McKay Football was featured in an article on OregonLive’s website this week. Great job Royal Scots!
Before presenting diplomas to eight McKay graduates at the September 10, 2019, school board meeting, Principal Schoepper took a moment to recognize the teachers, mentors and administrators who helped these students reach their goal. The McKay graduation team were all presented Spotlight on Success certificates by School Board Chairperson Marty Heyen.
Those recognized were:
• Terra Shiffer
• Jenna Kurka
• Dan Larsen
• Patty Rodriguez
• Ken Ramirez
• Deleah Salstrom
• Dwight Roberson
• Rosma Wase
• Ranae Quiring
• Jerimy Kelley
• Miranda Cryns
• Wendy Stradley
• Ricardo Larios
Eight diplomas were awarded to new graduates from McKay High School last night at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting. The students are our final eight graduates in the Class of 2019.
Each student was called one-by-one to the front of the board room. Principal Rob Schoepper handed new graduates their diplomas, and they shook hands with Superintendent Christy Perry, school board directors and McKay staff. After that, the beaming graduates showed off their diplomas and celebrated with their proud families and friends.
Video courtesy of: Capital Community Television Salem
The new graduates didn’t have enough credits to graduate with their peers on June 5 or in the summer on August 1. To help them across the finish line, McKay launched an Extended Credit Recover Program last month for the eight students. They needed from .5 to 3 credits to graduate. All eight attended class at McKay in August to reach their goal of graduating.
Before the diplomas were awarded, Schoepper praised students and thanked the McKay graduation team.
“I have to say the students earning diplomas tonight worked very hard over the summer,” Schoepper said. “They never gave up and put in the effort needed to achieve this important accomplishment, supported by a terrific McKay team. As principal, I want to thank all of you for your work and sacrifices this August. It means a lot.”
Last night’s graduates are:
- Esperanza Martinez
- Alejandra Cuesta-Meraz
- Misael Manzano
- Toni Cedillo
- Asher Padilla Esparza
- Angel Hance Route
- Ruth Langmoir
- Jamayca Jackson
With the addition of the eight graduates recognized last night, a total of 2,786 students, which includes 120 students who earned GEDs, graduated from Salem-Keizer high schools in the Class of 2019.
McKay students rolled up their sleeves for the Red Cross today and donated blood. There’s a critical need for blood donations in our region right now, and the Royal Scots stepped up. Find out how you can help here. https://katu.com/news/local/facing-critical-shortage-of-type-o-blood-red-cross-offers-donors-amazon-gift-card
Career and Technical Education students from McKay in the Salem-Keizer FFA Chapter got up extra early last weekend. That’s because they volunteered all weekend at the Oregon Ag Fest, giving out free starter plants to visitors who dropped by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) booth.
Royal Scots freshman Rebekah Major says volunteering last weekend at the OAN booth tested students’ social skills, helped them improve problem solving and taught them how to work quickly to help customers. The OAN supports McKay’s agriculture program and the FFA chapter by donating giving students a chance to win scholarships, and by donating money to help raise the next generation of agricultural professionals.
Our Business Partner of the Month for March 2019 is Starbucks Coffee. We’re recognizing Starbucks for its support of our Career and Technical Education programs, our students and our staff.
Iban Lopez Tinoco, store manager of the Starbucks coffee shop at Lancaster and Silverton Road, represented Starbucks and received the award at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting on March 12, 2019.
The list of ways Starbucks supports Salem-Keizer Public Schools is long. It includes:
- Donating equipment for North Salem High School’s student run coffee shop
- Providing coffee for AVID events, Career and Technical Education events
- Providing breakfast and coffee for Summer Professional Development Trainings for teachers
- Participating in mock interviews and classroom visits for AVID
As for Starbucks’ support for our CTE programs, it has been a sponsor of the CTE & Industry Summit for three years, and also has held competitions for students, based on the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” for the past two years.
This year’s student competition was called “The Pitch,” and was held at McKay High School last month. Teams of students from our high school Business and Marketing programs “pitched” new business ideas to a panel of Starbucks executives.
The first place winning team was Logan Lewallen and Owen McKay from Sprague High School. They presented a business idea for a Rift Cup that has a divider down the middle, so customers could buy two drinks in one cup.
Two McKay High School teams tied for second place. Students Matthew Quirarte and Javier Alcantar-Garcia suggested Starbucks target the growing Hispanic population nationwide by offering drinks and pastries derived from Hispanic culture.
Crystal Nguyen pitched the idea of Starbucks developing an ube latte. Ube is a sweet yam originating in the Philippines. Crystal’s presentation was impressive because at the last minute her teammates were unable to attend the competition, so she carried on solo with a poise that impressed the judges.
Thank you Starbucks for all the support you have given our CTE and AVID programs. It’s a pleasure to recognize you as our Business Partner of the Month.
***Story has been updated to reflect the removal of Waldo Middle School from the exceptions list, which NOW ONLY includes Judson, North Salem and McNary.
Because of those inclement weather-related school closures, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools, with the exception of three secondary schools scheduled for major construction, will add one day to the 2018-19 school calendar. The updated calendar does not apply to Judson, North Salem or McNary – those schools remain on the original calendar so major construction will not be delayed.
*Please note that should any day be missed moving forward, SKPS will revisit the calendar to ensure compliance with state standards.*
Details On 2018-19 School Calendar Changes:
- High School Finals – FORMERLY June 10-12, NOW June 11-13
- Elementary Last Day – FORMERLY June 11, NOW June 12
- Elementary Grading Days – FORMERLY June 12-13, NOW June 13-14
- Secondary Last Day – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
- Middle School Early Release – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
- Secondary Grading Day – FORMERLY June 13, NOW June 14
Updated Calendars For All Schools EXCEPT Judson, North Salem and McNary
Original Calendars for Judson, North Salem and McNary ONLY
Click the link to visit the Calendar page on the district website.
More than 330 eight graders from Stephens Middle School recently took a field trip to McKay High School to learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs they can join as freshmen next fall.
“We’ve been really happy with the showcase process and we’re getting students in the right programs,” said McKay Assistant Principal David Wood.
McKay CTE programs include: Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Business and Marketing, Computer Programming and Engineering, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts and Nursing.