Welcome Future Royal Scots!

A bilingual message from our principal welcoming the incoming class of 2024.



2020-06-16T09:16:51-08:00June 16th, 2020|

Principal’s Update May 21, 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.


Rob Schoepper

2020-05-21T10:32:23-08:00May 21st, 2020|

A message to our McKay Seniors from Principal Rob Schoepper

A Message to our McKay High School Class of 2020

From: Rob Schoepper, Principal

To our Royal Scot Seniors:

As you have already heard, Governor Brown announced that schools across the State of Oregon will remain closed through the end of the school year. Although this information did not come as a shock, it is difficult to express how disappointed I was to hear this news. To many of our McKay staff and community, our Senior events and our McKay Graduation are the absolute highlights of the year. These next two months were reserved to celebrate and honor you and your accomplishments through 13 years of education. It was reserved for your Senior Prom, your Senior Sunset Dinner, your Senior Awards, reminiscing with your classmates of 13 years, and, ultimately, your graduation day. We will be getting back to you on what we can do at McKay to try to salvage some of these important milestones.

This is not how I envisioned addressing you at this time in your high school career. Please know that you are the ones that are on everyone’s mind right now. You have managed the late nights, the rigorous assessments, the relationships, the homework sessions after work, the heartbreaks, the setbacks, and the successes. You have found ways to balance all of the highs and lows and continued to move toward the goals you have set for yourselves. You have successfully navigated your way through the challenging gauntlet of high school and are worthy of being honored. My heart goes out to you and your families.

McKay High School will be doing everything we can to find innovative ways to honor you over the course of the next couple of months. You represent the very best in our McKay community and deserve to be honored. You have made us proud!

Regarding the remaining two months of your education at McKay High School, please see the important points below.

· Seniors in good standing (meaning on track to graduate and passing all classes as of March 13th) will be issued credit for classes in progress and will graduate on time.

· Seniors not in good standing as of March 13th will engage in distance learning opportunities with McKay teachers to recover credit and graduate on time. Teachers will focus efforts on standards not met as of March 13th and/or credit recovery opportunities to meet graduation requirements. You will have as many opportunities as needed to get to a passing grade and support from the McKay staff and community.

· Each senior family will be contacted to review any remaining graduation requirements, as well as, post-graduation opportunities.

· For information from Colt Gill, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Oregon, related to Oregon high school seniors, please click here.

With appreciation,

Rob Schoepper, Principal

2020-04-09T15:37:48-08:00April 9th, 2020|

Principal Message: Loss of a McKay Student

Royal Scot Family,

Today is a very sad day for our community. David Murao, a freshman at our school, has passed away. We’ve been in touch with his family, and in this time of great grief and sorrow, they are appreciative of our school community that is mourning with them. David’s passing is even more difficult with the current restrictions on gatherings and social distance – we wish we could all be together to grieve him as a family. We do have counselors who are standing by and ready to talk to you – you do not have to go through this experience alone. Some of you may get calls from our counselors without reaching out, but if you do want help, please just email me at schoepper_rob@salkeiz.k12.or.us. You’ll get a call from someone who can help you through this. You can also text teen helpers at the Oregon YouthLine between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily by texting “teen2teen” to 839863. You are not alone in this. Your teachers, coaches and other school staff are grieving with you, and we are here to help you. Many of our students in the Pacific Islander community are connected to Ken Ramirez – please know that he is also a helper and will be there for you.

Let us honor David by coming together anyway we safely can in this time of immense sadness.

With profound appreciation for our McKay community,

Principal Rob Schoepper





2020-03-30T12:35:50-08:00March 29th, 2020|

Principal Update: Coronavirus and Flu Resources

Hello McKay Community,

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is working closely with our public health agencies to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our students and staff safe. Our custodial staff has increased the frequency of cleaning shared surfaces like bus seats, desks, doorknobs and tables, but we know the number one way to help prevent the spread of this virus, as well as the cold and flu, is to ensure that we encourage healthy behaviors like handwashing. If handwashing is not available, hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol are recommended. Should a case be diagnosed in our district, we will follow the direction of our public health agencies, and communications will go out to our community through autodialers, emails, website postings, social media updates and press releases.

Below you will find a number of resources for our community, students and families:

From the National Association of School Psychologists, resources for parents to talk to their children about the coronavirus: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?fbclid=IwAR1fUL-8nrl8vRuzFvYXg4jPn9mCai1TJNGN0KdLry_xQupoqlBj1g1TDxw

From Oregon Health Authority, Resources for Families and Schools in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/COVID19.aspx

From Oregon Health Authority, images for social media: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Documents/Social%20Media%20Images.pdf

From the World Health Foundation, when to use a mask: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

From Mythbusters, a (yucky) video about sneezing safely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vw0hIs2LEg&feature=youtu.be

From Johns Hopkins Medicine, a video about how to wash your hands effectively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI&feature=youtu.be

From ChildcareResources.org, just about the cutest video on germs and handwashing you’ll ever see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKrFxahFC4&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions or want to discuss our protocols please call our office directly at 503.399.3080.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2020-03-09T12:52:43-08:00March 9th, 2020|

Principal Update: Coronavirus Update

Hello McKay Community,

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is working with the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to determine crisis response plans that align with forthcoming CDC guidance. That guidance specifically will cover exclusion and closure recommendations. In the event of a diagnosed case in the area, we will follow their direction along with that of the local health departments to ensure we’re taking every step possible to keep our community safe.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to promote healthy behaviors like frequent handwashing that align with current CDC recommendations.

The attached “Am I too sick for school” documents in English and Spanish may also be useful while we await further direction.

Thank you,

Rob Schoepper

2020-02-27T10:00:45-08:00February 27th, 2020|

McKay Bond Newsletter 2020

Hello McKay Community –

Bond-funded construction will begin at McKay at the end of the school year in June 2020.  Please reference the attached update for work starting this year.


Rob Schoepper

2020-01-31T15:25:42-08:00January 31st, 2020|

Principal Update: Student Success Act Community Input Sessions


Hello McKay Community,

As you may have heard, Salem-Keizer School District will be receiving more than $35 million this year from the Student Success Act. Annually, this investment account can only be used to meet students’ mental or behavioral health needs and increase academic achievement for students.

As principal, I want to personally invite you to hear about how best to invest these dollars.  The district is holding a community forum in Keizer at McNary High on November 18th from 6-8 p.m. If you cannot make that event, the district will be holding another one in Salem at South Salem High on November 20th from 6-8 p.m.  Dinner and childcare will be provided at both events and translators will also be available.

Below are the addresses for these community events.

Monday, Nov. 18 | 6-8 p.m.
McNary High
595 Chemawa Road N., Keizer

Wednesday, Nov. 20 | 6-8 p.m.
South Salem High
1910 Church St. SE, Salem

If you need additional information, please visit salemkeizer.org.

I hope to see you there!

Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

2019-11-15T12:03:55-08:00November 15th, 2019|

Principal Update: Upcoming Bond Construction

Construction is planned to start in June 2020 and is estimated to take about 18 months to complete. This means McKay will be under construction for much of next school year (2020-2021). It also means the campus will be closed for the summers of 2020 and 2021.  Please reference the attached information from Principal Schoepper on the upcoming Bond work happening here at McKay High School.

2019-10-07T17:31:59-08:00October 7th, 2019|

Principal Update: Student Attendance

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.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2019-09-05T16:30:42-08:00September 5th, 2019|