Principal Statement, Student Loss at McKay

This is the statement by Principal Schoepper that staff shared with students today regarding this loss of one of our students.


To: McKay High School Students

From: Rob Schoepper, Principal

 Date: Tuesday, 01.23.18

 Today we learned of a devastating loss to the Royal Scot family. Last night, Alfredo Hernandez, a junior here, lost his life in a shooting off campus.

 We are all deeply saddened by this loss. Alfredo will forever be 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 didn’t know Alfredo may be ready for teachers to return to academics sooner than others.

 We all need to practice patience and respect for each other. We encourage you to talk about Alfredo and remember him.  If you need additional help or time to talk about your feelings, you may go to the Safe Room, which is located in our McKay library. Counselors will be available all day and as long as you need them.

 You will be expected to sign out of your class and into the Safe Room.  It is important that you be in a setting with an adult present. For your wellbeing, tight accountability of attendance is critical during time of trauma and loss.

 As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we have additional law enforcement on campus today. Please feel free to talk to them about any safety concerns you may have. Your safety and your wellbeing, both physically and emotionally, are our greatest priorities. We are here for you. We will give you the space you need to grieve.

Thank you.

 Mr. Schoepper

2018-01-23T12:17:21+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Principal Update January 2018 English/Spanish


Hello McKay Community,

It was nice welcoming our community back from the long winter break last week. We have successfully transitioned back into learning here at McKay High School. As I have visited classrooms and have conferenced with both students and staff, our community is working hard to prepare for semester one finals here at the end of the month. We ask that you continue to conference with your student regarding assignments and activities. Likewise, please remember that if students need additional support, we provide after-school tutoring in our library every day until 5:00 pm. Teachers are also available to meet directly with both students and families.

Before the winter break, we hosted a McKay-area community meeting to review facility needs as well as projected enrollment numbers. We also reviewed the initial conceptual design for McKay High School, which will address these needs. I appreciated all the McKay community who came to our meeting to hear about this and to provide input into the process. For those of you who could not make it, I am attaching this information to review. Please know that I am happy to discuss this information with you at any time. Please call the office directly at 503.399.3080.

We appreciate the partnership and support here at McKay High School as we continue to move our school closer to our vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

Rob Schoepper

Principal, McKay High School


11 de enero de 2018

Estimada comunidad de McKay:
Nos dio mucho placer darle la bienvenida a nuestra comunidad luego de las largas vacaciones invernales. La transición a las clases diarias ha sido exitosa en la Escuela Preparatoria McKay. En mis visitas a las aulas y en las conversaciones con el personal y con los alumnos, me he dado cuenta de que la comunidad se esfuerza al máximo por prepararse para los exámenes finales del semestre, los cuales se harán a fines del presente mes. Les pedimos que sigan al tanto de las tareas de clase y de las actividades estudiantiles. Asimismo, por favor, recuerden que, si el alumno necesita apoyo complementario, en la escuela damos tutoría diaria en la biblioteca después de clase hasta las 5 de la tarde. Los maestros también están en la mejor disposición de reunirse con los alumnos y las familias cuando sea necesario.

Antes de las vacaciones invernales, celebramos una reunión con la comunidad que vive en la zona de asistencia de McKay para conversar sobre las necesidades de la escuela, la proyección de la matrícula y el diseño conceptual de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay. Les damos las gracias a los miembros de la comunidad que acudieron a la reunión para expresar sus opiniones sobre estos asuntos. En beneficio de los que no asistieron a la reunión, adjunto dicha información a la presente carta. Por favor, tengan la certeza de que estoy a la disposición de ustedes para conversar en cualquier momento sobre los temas que tratamos en la reunión. Por favor, llamen a la oficina al teléfono 503.399.3080.

Agradecemos la colaboración y el apoyo de todos en la Preparatoria McKay mientras continuamos trabajando a fin de hacer realidad nuestra divisa: “Todos los alumnos se graduarán listos para la Universidad y para la vida profesional”.

Rob Schoepper

Director de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay


2018-01-16T08:29:47+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

Principal’s Update November 15, 2017


Hello McKay Community:

I wanted to be sure to follow up regarding the incident this morning whereby McKay High School was identified in a graffiti threat up in Keizer.  Student and staff safety is always our top priority and, as a result, we err on the side of safety if there is any possibility of a dangerous situation.  We have worked closely with both the Salem and Keizer Police and our Security Department to ensure all students and staff were safe during this time.   Thankfully, we have never had a serious incident.

While today has not been a typical day at our school, I want to commend our community for how we came together during this situation.  We do not take threats lightly.  I appreciate everyone involved who took steps to keep our students, staff and community safe.  Again, school safety is a team effort and we appreciated the cooperation of students, staff, parents and police.

The Keizer Police are still investigating the graffiti, and if anyone has any tips, please call 503-390-3713 or email  Individuals can remain anonymous.  Reference Keizer Police Department Incident #17-4776.

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School


15 de noviembre del 2017

Saludos comunidad de McKay:

Quiero asegurarme de mantener un seguimiento respecto al incidente de esta mañana en donde la Escuela Preparatoria McKay fue identificada en una amenaza hecha en un grafiti en el área de Keizer. Nuestra mayor prioridad es la seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal docente, y como resultado, preferimos ser precavidos en caso de que exista la posibilidad de una situación peligrosa. Hemos trabajado tanto con la policía de Salem como con la de Keizer, y con nuestro propio departamento de seguridad, para garantizar que todos los estudiantes y el personal docente estén a salvo. Afortunadamente, nunca hemos tenido un incidente serio.

A pesar de que hoy no ha sido un día típico en nuestra escuela, quiero elogiar a nuestra comunidad por la forma en la que nos unimos durante esta situación. No tomamos las amenazas a la ligera. Me siento muy agradecido por todos los participantes quienes tomaron la iniciativa para mantener a los estudiantes, personal y a la comunidad a salvo. Nuevamente, la seguridad de la escuela es un trabajo en equipo y agradecemos la cooperación de los estudiantes, personal, padres y de la policía.

La policía de Keizer aún está investigando el grafiti y si alguien tiene alguna información al respecto, por favor, llame al 503-390-3713 o escriba a  La identidad de los informantes permanecerá anónima. Llame al Departamento de Policía de Keizer y utilice el número de incidente 17-4776.


Rob Schoepper
Escuela Preparatoria McKay

2017-11-16T07:30:36+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Principal Update: November 2017

Hello McKay Community,

Our vision – ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

It is hard to believe we are into November.  It feels like yesterday when we met with our incoming freshman on the first day of school.  These students are now almost a third of the way into their first year here at McKay.  I have been impressed with our student body.  They are showing up to school, working hard both academically and in extracurricular activities.   Likewise, our staff is continuing to work collaboratively on implementing instructional strategies we identify as WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading).  By providing our students access to these college and career readiness strategies our students are developing skills to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, along with the ability to collaborate as part of a team.  We know these skills are essential to their success in college or careers.

Here are few November reminders for our McKay community:

  1. Please remember that we are hosting the ‘McKay Area Bond Listening and Learning Forum’ on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm.  Parents and student in our McKay High School Feeder and any interested staff and community members are invited to attend this event.  This is an opportunity for our community to learn and share about needs of our schools along with how the proposed bond measure would address these needs.  Please call me directly here at McKay if you have questions at 503.399.3080.
  2. On Monday, November 20th in the evening and all day Tuesday, November 21st will be having our fall Student Led Conferences. These are opportunities for our students to share their course progress and goals, discussing overall strengths and weaknesses and answering questions posed by parents or guardians.  Please note that these Student Led Conferences are a requirement to receive credit in CCR class (College and Career Readiness Advisory Classes).  Both our students and staff have been working hard in preparation for these conferences.  We hope to see you there.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2017-11-14T10:53:22+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

Principal October Update – El 6 de Octubre, 2017


Hello McKay Community,

All of us here at McKay are excited about the new school year.  It is hard to believe that we are approaching the first grading period.  We have had a successful start to the year.

Because you all are a key part of how we support the success of our students, I want to keep you up-to-date on topics that are important to our community.  One of these topics is the improvements that schools in our district need.

Over the last two years, the school district’s Facilities & Planning Department staff and a contracted architectural firm created a plan that identifies and addresses the physical needs of school and support department buildings. Along with school principals and select school staff, the planning team assessed all buildings in the school district, examined population projections, and the space needs of our programs.

Their work fulfilled a state requirement to create a Long Range Facilities Plan that lists the improvements each school and support department needs in order to meet enrollment projections, and to provide the kinds of spaces that will support our educational programs for the next several years.

Here are some examples of the needs included in the plan:

  • Our schools need additional space to support current enrollment and projected enrollment. Enrollment in our district has grown steadily over the years, and is expected to continue. Enrollment projections predict almost 1,000 new students in Salem-Keizer in only five years. That’s about the equivalent enrollment of two elementary schools or one middle school. Five of our six traditional high schools are already at or over capacity. More than half of our 42 elementary schools and 10 of our middle schools need some kind of additional or expanded space, ranging from classrooms to gyms to cafeteria expansions and more.
  • Our high schools need expanded Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs

CTE programs, formerly called vocational programs, have a powerful effect on students. In our district, students who concentrate on a CTE program have a graduation rate of about 87 percent. The state average graduation rate for all students is about 75 percent. It’s easy to understand why CTE is important and we need to continue to support our students’ ability to access this program.

  • Our middle and high schools need additional or renovated science labs

Some spaces used in our schools for science education are simply a classroom with a sink. This limits our educators’ ability to offer the kind of science education the 21stcentury demands. Additionally, our middle schools don’t have enough science education spaces to support a full year of science classes. Middle school students in our district are currently offered one half-year of science education. Ten of our middle schools and all of our comprehensive high schools need new or renovated science classrooms. Our high schools also need fully equipped chemistry labs.

  • A number of our schools need enhanced seismic safety

Our district has made good progress in the past in retrofitting buildings for seismic safety, but there’s still more work to do. Our engineers have performed initial screenings to identify areas in schools that need strengthening that would allow students and staff to safely exit buildings if a major earthquake were to occur. The areas that need strengthening are categorized from low to very high risk. Addressing the highest risk areas first is one of our goals in making seismic improvements. Another goal is to upgrade the design standard of additions to allow them to be re-occupied immediately following a major earthquake, not just allow safe exit from the building.

A citizen’s task force reviewed the list of facility needs, and felt the work was necessary. However, the cost to complete the work is estimated to total around $620 million. This is far beyond what the district can afford to pay from the operating budget. The citizen’s task force recognized this, and recommended that the School Board pursue a general obligation bond to fund the construction work. The School Board accepted the recommendation, and voted to place a bond measure on the ballot in May of 2018 for the community to consider.

It’s important to remember, however, that the bond package is not yet final. The School Board will continue to discuss the bond in upcoming meetings. Future news about the bond package will be posted on the district’s website and in our school newsletter. To read more about the district’s facility needs and the history of the bond package please visit

Thank you for all your continued support of our students and staff here at McKay High School.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School


El 6 de Octubre, 2017

Estimados padres:

Todos nosotros en la Escuela McKay sentimos gran emoción por el inicio del año lectivo. El año ha empezado bien, y nos causa gran gozo regresar y hacer algo que disfrutamos bastante: preparar a los estudiantes para la graduación y una vida llena de éxitos.

Usted es un factor importante para nuestro éxito y deseamos mantenerle informado sobre los temas de importancia en la escuela. Uno de estos temas tiene que ver con los mejoramientos que necesitamos en las escuelas de nuestro distrito.

Durante el trascurso de los últimos dos años, el personal del Departamento de Instalaciones y Planificaciones del Distrito y un bufete de arquitectos crearon un plan para identificar y planear cómo satisfacer las necesidades existentes en los planteles escolares e instalaciones del distrito. En conjunto con algunos directores de las escuelas, un grupo selecto de personal escolar y el equipo de planeación evaluó todos los planteles e instalaciones del distrito escolar, analizó las cantidades de matrícula proyectada y la necesidad de espacio para la función de nuestros programas.

El trabajo que el equipo realizó cumple el requisito estatal de crear un plan a largo plazo de las instalaciones del distrito que dicte los mejoramientos que cada escuela y departamento necesita para la matrícula proyectada y para poder proveer el espacio necesario y apoyar el funcionamiento de nuestros programas educativos durante los próximos años.

A continuación, tienen algunos ejemplos de las necesidades descritas en el plan:

• Necesitamos más espacio en nuestras escuelas para la matricula proyectada. La matrícula en nuestro distrito ha aumentado ininterrumpidamente durante los años y se espera que continúe aumentando. La matrícula proyectada indica que tendremos un aumento de casi 1,000 nuevos estudiantes en Salem-Keizer en solo cinco años. La matrícula es equivalente a la de dos escuelas primarias y una escuela intermedia.

Cinco de las seis escuelas preparatorias tradicionales ya casi están al máximo de capacidad o ya están sobrepobladas. Más de la mitad de las 42 escuelas primarias y 10 de las escuelas intermedias necesitan algún tipo de expansión o espacio adicional para salones de clases, expansiones en los gimnasios o la cafetería y más.

• Las escuelas preparatorias necesitan ampliar los programas de Educación Técnica y de Carreras Profesionales (CTE, por sus siglas en inglés)
Los programas de CTE, anteriormente conocidos como programas vocacionales, tienen un efecto profundo en los estudiantes. En nuestro distrito, los estudiantes que se enfocan en un programa de CTE tienen un índice de graduación de aproximadamente un 87 por ciento. El índice promedio de graduación para el estado de todos los estudiantes es aproximadamente un 75 por ciento. Es fácil comprender la importancia de los programas de CTE.

• Nuestras escuelas intermedias y preparatorias necesitan un laboratorio de ciencias nuevo o renovaciones en los laboratorios existentes
Algunos de los espacios utilizados en nuestras escuelas para ciencias son sencillamente un salón de clases regular con un lavabo. Esto pone límites a las habilidades de nuestros maestros para ofrecer la educación de ciencias requerida en el siglo 21. Adicionalmente, nuestras escuelas intermedias no tienen suficiente espacio designado para que los estudiantes tomen ciencias durante todo un año lectivo. Actualmente, a los estudiantes de escuela intermedia se les ofrece medio año de ciencias. Diez de nuestras escuelas intermedias y todas nuestras escuelas preparatorias necesitan un laboratorio de ciencias nuevo o renovaciones en los salones de clase de ciencias existentes. Nuestras escuelas preparatorias también necesitan laboratorios de química completamente equipados.

• Algunas de nuestras escuelas necesitan mejorar la seguridad antisísmica
En el pasado, nuestro distrito ha logrado hacer un buen progreso en reforzar las escuelas para la seguridad antisísmica, pero aún queda más trabajo por terminar. Nuestros ingenieros han realizado las evaluaciones iniciales para identificar las áreas en las escuelas que necesitan reforzamiento, lo cual permitiría a los estudiantes y al personal salir seguramente de los edificios en caso de que ocurriera un gran terremoto. Se designan por categoría las áreas que requieren reforzamiento desde bajo riesgo hasta alto riesgo. Una de nuestras metas es primero dirigir nuestra atención a las áreas de alto riesgo para mejoramientos de reforzamiento antisísmico. Otra meta es actualizar las instalaciones de acuerdo al estándar de diseño para los mejoramientos antisísmicos que permiten la entrada a las instalaciones inmediatamente después de un gran sisme además de la salida segura en caso de una emergencia.

Un grupo de voluntarios para la planificación de las instalaciones revisó la lista de las necesidades en las instalaciones y determino que tal trabajo era necesario. Sin embargo, el costo estimado para completar el trabajo es aproximadamente un total de $620 millones. Esto sobrepasa la posibilidad del distrito para sufragar los gastos con los fondos del presupuesto operativo del distrito. El grupo de voluntarios para la planificación de las instalaciones reconoció este hecho y recomendó que la junta directiva escolar del distrito persiguiera una iniciativa para un bono de obligación general para sufragar el trabajo de construcción. La junta directiva escolar aprobó la recomendación y voto para colocar la iniciativa del bono de obligación general en la boleta electoral de mayo de 2018 para la consideración de la comunidad.

Sin embargo, es importante recordar que los planes de la iniciativa para un bono de obligación general son solamente preliminares. La junta directiva del distrito escolar continuará dialogando sobre el bono de obligación general en sus reuniones próximas. Las noticias acerca del bono se publicarán en la página web del distrito escolar y en nuestro boletín escolar. Para leer más información sobre las necesidades en las instalaciones del distrito y la historia completa de la iniciativa para un bono de obligación general, por favor, consulten el siguiente sitio de internet:

Muchas gracias por todo su apoyo para los estudiantes de nuestra escuela y de todo Salem y Keizer. Anticipo otro excelente año colaborando con ustedes para el beneficio de nuestros estudiantes.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2017-10-11T06:05:05+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

College & Career Readiness

Hello McKay Community,

Our vision here at McKay High School is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

A continued part of our work this year in making this a reality is through our CCR (College and Career Readiness) classes.   We believe that CCR not only support students’ ability to create positive relationships with peers and staff, but also supports their development with essential skills like critical thinking, oral academic language development, organization/time management, goal setting and planning for post-graduation success.  We know these skills are essential to both their academic and ultimately career success.

Here are some key highlights for both our McKay parents and students regarding CCR class:

  • CCR will take place twice each week on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • It is scheduled after 1st and 5th periods each day and runs around 30 minutes.
  • CCR is identified as ‘0’ period on student schedules
  • CCR is a pass/no pass class and will count for .25 credits each year.
  • Students spend time in CCR preparing for Student-Led Conferences scheduled for November and March.

We look forward to another great year here at McKay High School and look forward to partnering with each of you as we move closer to our vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

Go Scots!


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2017-08-23T11:45:28+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|

Parent Summer Letter 2017-18

Hello McKay Students, Parents, and Community,

I want to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. Our vision here at McKay High School is, “Every student graduates college and career ready.”

Meeting the educational needs of every student is our number one priority.  This is a team effort and, as principal, I look forward to partnering with each of you to ensure your student graduates from McKay ready for college or careers and to be an active and contributing member to our society.  Likewise, we have numerous opportunities for parents to get involved here at McKay High School.  Please do not hesitate to call us at 503.399.3080 to discuss these opportunities in further detail.

This letter is coming to you full of important information and dates so please review it accordingly.

Taking Care of Business Days (Parent/Guardian and student attendance is required)

Dates: August 16 and 17

Family Nights

These nights are focused on career and college readiness—how to prepare for, get into, and succeed in post-secondary education (Career Tech, Two and Four year degrees).  Please check our website for updates and specifics as these events approach.  We look forward to your participation.

These meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • October 2, 2017

  • November 6, 2017

  • December 4, 2017

  • January 8, 2018

  • February 5, 2018

  • March 5, 2018

  • April 2, 2018

Scots Scholars (Saturday School)

Scots Scholars is for all McKay students. During Scots Scholars, students are able to access the computers, as well as work with teachers on class assignments. The hours for Scots Scholars are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with free breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and free lunch served at 12:00 p.m. Ensuring that your student is completing his/her assignments and learning the appropriate skills and content for each class, will help guide him/her to success at McKay and beyond.

Scot Scholar Dates:

  • October 7, 2017

  • November 4, 2017

  • December 9, 2017

  • January 20, 2018

  • March 3, 2018

  • April 21, 2018

  • June 2, 2018

Student Led Conferences (Student with Parent/Guardian attendance is required once during the school year.)

  • November 20, 2017 (evening only)

  • November 21, 2017 (all day and into the evening)

  • March 21, 2018 (evening only)

  • March 22, 2018 (all day and into the evening)

Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to move closer to our McKay vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

Go Scots!

E.R. Schoepper III

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2017-07-20T14:22:33+00:00 July 20th, 2017|