Congratulations to Senior Tyler Kynaston for being selected Salem sports and breakfast clubs athlete of the week for this week. Tyler is the Quarter back for McKay’s football team. Tyler helped lead his team to a 42-41 overtime win over Lebanon Tyler was 7-13 passing for 195 yard and 3 touchdowns and carried the ball 24 times for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns. “He served as leader on the field and sideline for us.“ way to go Ty!
PSAT Day is coming up! High scores on PSAT may count for essential skills (a graduation requirement) and provide opportunities for scholarships to college. PSAT’s will be on Wednesday, October 16th for 9th– 11th graders. School starts regular time and you will report to your CCR class for testing. Be on time for school! Testing begins promptly at 8:30. 12th graders will receive important information and dates about graduation. School will release at 1:00 PM.
The Homecoming Dance has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 10th from 9:00pm-11:30pm. We had to reschedule to allow students additional time to turn in the dance agreement forms that are now required by our district; these forms are required before any student can purchase a ticket to any dance.
If you have already turned in your form and bought your ticket, no problem! Mark your calendars for October 10th.
If you still need to buy a ticket, make sure you pick up a dance agreement form in the main office and returned the signed copy to the bookkeeper when you purchase your ticket. Once a dance agreement form is on file for you, it is good for the rest of the school year!
We just revived our Homecoming Dance tradition a few years ago…and it gets better every year! Let’s keep it going!
McKay Culinary would like to thank all who came out and supported our students in the 5th edition of the Saturday Market Community Chopped Challenge. Students from all 5 schools with culinary programs competed. McKay students who competed include Mena Drakeley, Drake McKeever, Kesi Thissel, Nathan Wollard, and Riley Ross Jacobson.
The winning team consisted of Gabe Ingersol (South Salem), our own Nathan Woolard and Riley Ross Jacobson representing CTEC Culinary. Congrats to all foer making this event a great success!
McKay Alum Dave Brundage led the Sacramento River Cats to the National Championship. Congrats to to him and the Salem Keizer Volcanoes for the great success. Click here to see the full story.
The School Dance Information and Agreement Form (English & Spanish) will be in the main office for students to pick up. The Dance Agreement Form needs to be signed by parent/guardian and turned in completed with $5.00 to the main office to get your tickets. Make sure to swing by and get this turned in prior to the dance. A ticket is required to enter the dance. There are no guest passes available for the Homecoming dance. The dance will be from 9:00-11:00 PM on Friday September 27th. We look forward to seeing you there! Go Scots!
Hello McKay Families and Community,
Our vision is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’ As we get the new school year off to a successful start, it is important to address this issue of chronic absenteeism. Last year one in three students at McKay were considered chronically absent. This means these students attended less than 90% of the time. This impacts student learning and achievement at a foundational level and results in fewer students walking across the graduation stage.
Here are some key findings:
- Students who attend school regularly are 172% more likely to graduate.
- Missing just two days of school each month results in an entire month of lost instruction.
- Arriving tardy to school matters. Being consistently 15 minutes late to school results in missing two weeks of instruction each year.
- When too many students miss class, this impacts all students as instruction is slowed.
It is important to note that research has shown a correlation between student attendance in school and work attendance later in life. Habits built throughout a student’s K-12 career is carried into adulthood. This also connects to employability. Missing class results in missing important skill development for success after high school.
As principal, I want to challenge us as a community to do better. We have strong attendance systems in place this year to address this issue. We are also celebrating our students who meet or exceed our target of 90% attendance. We realize that it requires a school-home partnership to ensure our students are fully supported. I am asking us to work together to improve attendance at McKay. Please work with us by communicating with your student the importance of regular attendance and getting to school on-time.
If you want to discuss the importance of regular attendance or resources we have available to support students and families please call me directly at 503.399.3080.
McKay High School