Principal Update: A Loss to the McKay Family

 Please reference the message from Principal Rob Schoepper on a loss in our McKay family.


Hello McKay Students and Families,

Today we learned of a devastating loss to the Royal Scot family. Andrew Rosas, one of our students, was killed in an off campus shooting earlier this week. This news is incredibly difficult for everyone, especially with us not all being here at school. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Andrew. He will always be a part of our school, our community and our McKay family.

When events such as this occur, it is not unusual for us to react with shock, sadness, fear, anger and other feelings. Those reactions may rise and fall throughout the remainder of the day, and even for days to come. Some of us will want to have quiet time alone, and others may want time to talk with peers or adults. Some of you who did not know Andrew may be ready for teachers to return to academics sooner than others.

I would like to remind us that we all need to practice patience and respect for each other. We encourage you to talk about Andrew and remember him. If you need additional help or time to talk about your feelings, please connect directly with your counselor. We will have counselors and crisis team members available all day and as long as you need them.

Your safety and your wellbeing, both physically and emotionally, are our greatest priorities. We are here for you. We will give you the space and the support you need to grieve.

Thank you.

Mr. Schoepper

2020-09-24T14:37:17-08:00September 24th, 2020|

Principal Update: Comprehensive Distance Learning 20-21

Hello McKay Royal Scots!  Please reference the Principal Update from Mr. Schoepper as we start the year in Comprehensive Distance Learning.  In this update, Mr. Schoepper reviews some key shifts to start the school year to support accountability, access to rigorous content and the importance of school-home communication as we navigate a virtual teaching and learning world.

Hello Royal Scots Families,

We are excited to get the 20-21 school year launched! Our teachers and staff have been working extremely hard to prepare for the coming school year. They have spent the last few weeks planning for classes and attending trainings to support teaching and learning in a virtual world. Although the school year will look very different from what we have known, I can assure you that we will provide all our Royal Scot students access to quality, rigorous instruction that will support them as they navigate content requirements.

I would also like to direct your attention to our school website. Two-way communication between school and home is important and will be a priority as we function in Comprehensive Distance Learning. We will update information and announcements regularly. This is also where students can access Canvas, our learning management system, when school starts on Wednesday, 09.16.20 for CCR Advisory.

Please bookmark the link so you can easily access this bank of information –

I wanted to take some time before we officially launch the 20-21 school year to review some shifts across all the high schools in Salem-Keizer:

Student Attendance Requirements:

  • Daily attendance will be taken each day students are in Teacher-led classes from Tuesday – Friday. Students will be marked present when they demonstrate one of the following:
    • Participation in a video class,
    • Communication from the student to teacher via chat, text message, communication app or email,
    • A phone call between the teacher or educational assistant/paraprofessional and student,
    • Posting of completed coursework to Canvas or email,
    • Turning in completed coursework on a given day.
    • Students will be marked absent when there is no evidence of student interaction during a 24-hour period surrounding a scheduled class.

Family Connections (Teacher Office Hours):

● Family connections is another name for office hours. It will not only be a time for students to get additional support on assignments and schoolwork, but also a time for the whole family to connect with their teacher. This will offer extended time for wraparound supports as needed.

Grades and Report Cards:

● Unlike the spring, students will receive letter or proficiency-based grades just as if they were in a typical in person classroom.

Music and Physical Education:

● Music and PE courses will be a perfect example of innovation from our teachers.
● Although each course may look a little different, it is our priority to make access to music and physical education available to students.


● To support cohorting across the system, electives options were simplified to support a smooth transition to blended learning when possible.
● Elective options were based on forecasted options submitted by students in the spring, with courses with the highest level of interest, and ability to adapt to online/blended learning were given priority.
● Students cannot change schedules for elective purposes.

Embedded Honors Classes:

● This year, honors tracks will be directly embedded into secondary courses. Similar to what has been done with math courses in years past, all honors opportunities for students will be coordinated in the same class as students who may not be participating in the honors track.
● Students should work directly with their teacher to identify opportunities for honors.
● Specified information about honors will be included in the syllabi for honors applicable courses.

We look forward to another great year and partnering with each of you.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2020-09-14T07:43:19-08:00September 14th, 2020|

McKay High School 2020-2021 Update Newsletter

Please review the update information from Mr. Schoepper in both English and Spanish as we prepare for school in September.  Please remember to regularly check our website for updates and key information.

Royal Scots Logo McKay High School 20-21 School Year Information | 20-21 Información del año escolar

August 10th, 2020

Principal, Rob Schoepper

Welcome back, Royal Scot Families! The start of the 20-21 school year will not be the same as we have known, so I wanted to share some important information to our families, and to assist you all in having a successful start to the school year.

20-21 School Year Options

Families can choose between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), which is a component of a Blended Learning Model, or the online EDGE program.

If families choose Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), they don’t have to do anything but make sure their student is registered at their neighborhood school for the 20-21 school year. Registration is done through ParentVUE.

Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) will be different than the spring:

o Your students will have assigned time each day to meet with their class in a schedule.
o We will be taking attendance, monitoring learning and awarding grades and credits for all 9th – 12th grade students.
o Your student’s teachers will be available to students and will be teaching new content at a high level.
o Daily advisory classes (CCR) will be required for all students. CCR is our College and Career Readiness Advisory program.
o CDL will be in place until at least November 13th for 9th and 10th graders.
o CDL will be in place until at least January 28th for 11th and 12th graders.

If families choose EDGE – which is 100% online – they need to submit an online application. Enrollment in EDGE keeps their student connected to their neighborhood school, but is a different educational platform.

Our school district has shared more information about both of these options. Check out the Return to School 2020 page on our district website for more info!

Salem-Keizer Public Schools will also implement a ‘Slow Start’ to the 20-21 school year. September 8-11 will be used to establish connections with students and families. The official start of comprehensive distance learning, including the recently announced online-only EDGE program, is set for Monday, September 14, 2020.

Enrollment Changes
If your student won’t be enrolled at McKay High School in the fall – family moved, homeschooling, enrolled in different educational or school program, etc. – please contact us!
Registrar – Megan Everetts Zellick
Office Manager – Blanca Ochoa

Building Closed for Summer Bond Construction
Our campus is currently closed. Our school is under bond construction and our staff is on summer break. Please continue to check our school website for updates and about back-to-school info. We will share relevant information leading up to the soft start week of September 8th-11th, and how we can remotely help our families with any questions they may have.

Yearbook, Locker & Other School Item Distribution
Student items from school lockers, PE lockers, and classrooms will be available at a later date this summer/early fall. This also includes pre-purchased yearbooks. Once the district determines a plan, we will let our families know.

McKay High School | Información del año escolar 20-21    Royal Scots Logo

¡Familias Bienvenidos de nuevo! El comienzo del año escolar 20-21 no será el mismo que hemos conocido, así que quería compartir información importante con nuestras familias y ayudarlos a todos a tener un comienzo exitoso del año escolar.

Opciones del año escolar 20-21

Las familias pueden decidir permanecer como estudiantes de McKay o el programa EDGE 100% en línea.

Si las familias deciden seguir como estudiantes en McKay, no tienen que hacer nada más que asegurarse de que su estudiante esté registrado en la escuela de su vecindario para el año escolar 20-21. El registro se realiza a través de ParentVUE.

El aprendizaje a distancia será diferente a la primavera:

o Sus estudiantes tendrán un tiempo asignado cada día para reunirse con su clase en un horario.
o Tomaremos asistencia, monitorearemos el aprendizaje y otorgaremos calificaciones y créditos para todos los estudiantes de 9º a 12º grado.
o Los maestros de su estudiante estarán disponibles y enseñarán contenido nuevo a un alto nivel.
o Se requerirán clases diarias de asesoramiento (CCR) para todos los estudiantes. CCR es nuestro programa de asesoramiento sobre preparación universitaria y profesional.
o Aprendizaje por computadora estará vigente hasta al menos el 13 de noviembre para los estudiantes de 9º y 10º grado.
o Aprendizaje por computadora estará vigente hasta al menos el 28 de enero para los estudiantes de 11º y 12º grado.

Si las familias eligen EDGE, que es 100% en línea, deben enviar una solicitud en línea. La inscripción en EDGE mantiene a su estudiante conectado con la escuela de su vecindario, pero es una plataforma educativa diferente. Siga el enlace para la solicitud:

Nuestro distrito escolar ha compartido más información sobre estas dos opciones. ¡Visite la página Regreso a la escuela 2020 en el sitio web de nuestro distrito para obtener más información!

Las escuelas públicas de Salem-Keizer también implementarán un “comienzo lento” para el año escolar 20-21. Se utilizará del 8 al 11 de septiembre para establecer conexiones con los estudiantes y las familias. El inicio oficial de la educación a distancia, incluyendo el programa EDGE, está programado para el lunes 14 de septiembre de 2020.

Cambios de inscripción

Si su estudiante no se inscribirá en McKay High School en el otoño (la familia se mudó, la educación en el hogar, se inscribió en un programa educativo o escolar diferente, etc.), comuníquese con nosotros.

Registradora – Megan Everetts Zellick

Gerente de oficina – Blanca Ochoa

McKay está cerrada por construcción de verano

Nuestro edificio está cerrado actualmente. Nuestra escuela está en construcción y nuestro personal está de vacaciones de verano. Continúe visitando el sitio web de nuestra escuela para obtener información sobre el regreso a la escuela. Compartiremos información relevante antes de la semana de inicio del 8 al 11 de septiembre, y cómo podemos ayudar a nuestras familias con cualquier pregunta que puedan tener.

Distribución del anuario, casillero y otros artículos escolares

Los artículos de los estudiantes de los casilleros de la escuela, los casilleros de educación física y los salones de clases estarán disponibles en una fecha posterior este verano / principios del otoño. Esto también incluye anuarios comprados previamente. Una vez que el distrito determine un plan, se lo informaremos a nuestras familias.

2020-08-14T11:52:09-08:00August 13th, 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 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:

From Oregon Health Authority, Resources for Families and Schools in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese:

From Oregon Health Authority, images for social media:

From the World Health Foundation, when to use a mask:

From Mythbusters, a (yucky) video about sneezing safely:

From Johns Hopkins Medicine, a video about how to wash your hands effectively:

From, just about the cutest video on germs and handwashing you’ll ever see:

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|
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