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McKay Clubs Serve the Community

Students from the clubs, Boys 2 Men and Girls That Rock, have participated in 2 volunteer community service projects during the holidays.

Last November the students fed homeless men, women and families at the ARCHES Project in Downtown Salem for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Saturday, December 14th, the two groups helped build 13,000 food boxes and sorted through over 30,000 toys and gifts to be given out to kids and families in need this week at the Toys for Joy Drive at the Salvation Army KROC Center in Salem.

Way to make a difference Scots!


2019-12-16T12:17:30-08:00December 16th, 2019|

Salem Keizer FFA Shines in Keizer Light Parade

Saturday December 14 our FFA chapter had the pleasure of being in the Keizer Light Parade. Our students did an outstanding job putting their float together. Students fabricated the “FFA” letters, mounted them to the wood framework they built, fabricated the frame around the tractor tires for lights, and painted all of the mountains on the siding. They used a number of skills that they learned from a wide variety of their teachers here at McKay.

The students created the float around the theme of “Island of Misfit Toys”, featured, the train with square wheels (tractor), the airplane that can’t fly (Jesus Arreola), the cowboy who rides an ostrich (Elijah Boardman), Yukon Cornelius (Oscar Hernandez), the polka dot elephant (Eli the llama), Hermes the elf (Samuel Schuster), Rudolph the Rednose Goat, (Alex the Goat), Charlie in a box (Amber Ball), Flash the Llama sporting Silver and Gold, and a worker elf (Khyra Turrey). Also featured were our members sporting their official dress, Olive Kainoa, Harmony White, William Tuttle, Shanela Ibarra, Lilli Benson, Mena Drakeley, Ryan Billington, Rebekah Major, and Kaydance Sabin.


2019-12-16T08:50:18-08:00December 16th, 2019|

McKay Groups Help Brighten the Holidays for Local Families

Three McKay groups joined together in an effort to brighten the holidays for local families. The McKay Link Class, Future Business Leaders of America, and Student Government worked together to raise funds that were used to purchase coats, books, and toys for Family Building Blocks. The goal set by the Link class project team was to raise $600, a lofty goal that would double the efforts of the group last year.

In addition to the funds raised by students, a local organization donated several boxes of toys, and a company added some money and purchased items to the collection. With all the donations pulled together, the Link class delivered just under $1000 worth of gifts to brighten the holidays for families in need. Way to to Scots!

2019-12-13T15:45:28-08:00December 13th, 2019|

McKay Family Night a Success for Scholarship Knowledge

Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships, that was theme of our family night on Monday. We had close to 80 students and family members show up and learn about the process for finding and applying scholarships. Special thanks to Lacy Tolle, from the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC), who talked about having a strong personal statement and how with one application, students have access to over 600 scholarships! Mr. Brooks also did a fabulous job showing our community how to use the College Board Scholarship Search. We are very thankful for all of the staff, students, and families who make this possible!”

Click on the following links for more information:


College Board Scholarship Search:


2019-12-09T11:54:12-08:00December 6th, 2019|

McKay Speech & Debate Team Excels in Competitions

McKay’s Speech & Debate Team has had an excellent season so far.

Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Dominic Siro: 1st place Speaker Points (Willamette U.), 3rd place LD overall (South Albany); Emily McClain: 3rd place Speaker Points and 2nd place LD overall (Willamette U.)

Novice Parliamentary Debate: Ethan Miranda: 1st place Speaker Points (Willamette)

Novice Radio Broadcasting: Jennifer Valdivia Garcia: Finalist (South Albany)

Novice Impromptu Speaking: Ethan Miranda: Finalist (South Albany)

These talented speakers have been working hard all year, and we’ve got plenty of tournaments to go!

Go Scots!


2019-12-05T10:02:27-08:00December 5th, 2019|