Today, we are celebrating the achievements of our seniors in Math, Science and World Language.
Construction season is gearing up in Salem Keizer School District. Many schools are currently under construction, including McKay, and a total of 20 schools are expected to be under construction within the next couple of months. Just over $58.7 million is being invested in expansions and improvements at McKay, thanks to the bond that voters passed in 2018.
While schools are currently closed and many businesses are in different stages of reopening because of the coronavirus pandemic, the governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order allows construction businesses to operate provided they implement social distancing policies. Our construction contractors are fully informed about the requirements of social distancing.
Highlights of the work happening at McKay include four new classrooms, 11 new science labs, a new library media center, a kitchen and cafeteria expansion, two expanded career and technical education program spaces for culinary and engineering, security improvements to increase visibility of the main entry from the front office and much more. The improvements for our school will be amazing!
Construction began in May and is expected to be completed early in the fall of 2021. Our campus is closed to visitors – Please do not enter fenced areas and obey all posted signs.
McKay’s office will be relocated to Stephens Middle School during the summer. Campuses will remain closed, and the schedule for staffing the school office will vary during the summer. Please contact McKay’s office at 503-399-3043 for information about summer office hours.
Thank you for supporting the 2018 bond that is funding the improvements at McKay to help relieve overcrowding, expand learning opportunities for science and CTE and better support students as they prepare for graduation.
The list of work planned, a photo gallery and other information about McKay’s bond project can be found on the district website. More information about bond-funded construction in Salem-Keizer Public Schools can be found at www.salemkeizer.org/projects-status.
Today, we are celebrating the achievements of our seniors in English, Social Studies and ELD. Way to go Scots!!
We are celebrating the Class of 2020 in unique ways this year. For the next several days we will be posting videos highlighting Royal Scot Seniors. Go Scots!
McKay Art Show – Distance Learning Style
May 21st would have been our 20th Annual Spring Student Art Show.
In lieu of this event, the teachers in the Art Sanctuary decided to honor just our senior artists this year. Please take a moment to celebrate with us, the hard work of these incredibly talented students as well as reflect on the power of the art show which has become deeply embedded into the culture of our school. We are committed to moving forward with this valuable and essential tradition and look forward to a 20th Annual re-do next year.
All the News at McKay High School for the week of May 26-29, 2020
Hello McKay Community,
I know that with the news that came out about furlough days, there are a lot of questions of what that means for our distance learning model. As you have likely heard, the state is predicting significant budget shortfalls, and these furlough days will help save the district up to $8 million to go toward saving programs and staffing next year. Thankfully, due to state and federal relief programs, employees will access additional resources, so they will not see impacts to their pay. Current staff will see a 20% reduction in their work hours, and for the most part, that means that the entire district will be closed on Fridays. Grab and go meals can still be accessed on Fridays, and I encourage you to take advantage of that. Please note that due to construction, we will have to close down the McKay meal site on June 1. Meals can be accessed at Chavez Elementary, though, from 11-1. And on Tuesdays beginning June 2, Chavez also will offer free boxes of food from Marion Polk Food Share. You can access meal site information here.
With the reduction in work hours, we will offer instruction Monday-Thursday. Just like with normal weekends, students may still receive assignments to complete during that time, but there will be no synchronous learning or office hours on Fridays.
For our educators, furlough days will be May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 11, which is a Thursday. The rest of the district will continue furloughing on Fridays through July 31. There are frequently asked questions about the furlough here.
We also have some great news out of McKay this week, and that was the announcement of Larkin Foley as the Regional Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of Larkin, and we know she will represent us well at the state level!
This has been a challenging year to say the least, but I am proud of our community for how we have adapted to everything that has come our way. I hope you all continue to stay healthy and safe. We look forward to when we can welcome everyone back to McKay, and with the amount of construction that’s already begun here, it’s safe to say McKay will look like a totally different place when you do.
McKay High School’s Larkin Foley Named Regional Teacher of the Year
Larkin will go on to compete for the statewide honor, announced this fall
Salem, Ore. – In any other school year, a Teacher of the Year announcement at a school would involve a secretly planned celebration with plenty of delicious treats under the guise of a staff meeting. But for Larkin Foley, it was an online meeting with her McKay High Principal Rob Schoepper that got “bombed” by Superintendent Christy Perry. Together, they let the 10-year veteran teacher know that she had been selected by a state panel as the Regional Teacher of the Year.
Foley, a graduate of Willamette University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, first joined McKay High in 2010. Teaching English and AVID, Foley is lauded by her peers and students alike as a tireless champion for her students.
Last fall, Foley was named a Crystal Apple Award recipient. She was nominated for that honor by her colleagues citing her commitment to making sure students got every chance they could to succeed and graduate.
“It’s no coincidence that McKay High’s graduation rate has been growing steadily,” said McKay Principal Rob Schoepper. “Larkin makes a difference in our kids’ lives. She’s authentic, genuine and trustworthy, and on top of that, she’s an outstanding educator. This recognition couldn’t go to a better candidate.”
Superintendent Perry echoed the sentiment: “At the school level, we’ve seen how Larkin commits to and inspires her students. But at the district level, Larkin was a steady force in our work around the Student Investment Account. I was able to see how the principles of equity drove her to both advocate for and champion initiatives. Hands down – our district is better because of Larkin.”
Upon learning of her honor, Foley said, “I would just love to give a shoutout to my Willamette Academy family and to McKay High for being a place that taught me a lot and a place that I call home.”
With the recognition, Foley received $500 and will compete at the state level, with a winner to be announced this fall.