Principal Update: Momo Challenge

Dear McKay Families,

Recently, something called the “Momo Challenge” has been making the news. In it, content that is created for children is supposedly interrupted by a scary-looking character who provides instruction to children about how to complete suicide. Other iterations of this story include similar experiences on WhatsApp or Snapchat. YouTube officials have confirmed that, contrary to press reports, it hasn’t seen any evidence of videos showing or promoting the “Momo challenge” on its platform. If the videos did exist, YouTube officials say they would be removed instantly for violating the platform’s policies. Additionally, there have been zero corroborated reports of any child ever taking his or her own life after participating in this “challenge” that many national news organizations are calling a hoax.

Real or not, this serves as an excellent reminder to be active participants in your child’s online experiences. Here are some tips to help ensure your child is safe online:

* Ensure that you set up parental controls – this will help restrict what your child can and cannot see online

* Don’t turn the other cheek – report and block anything that concerns you online

* Turn off YouTube’s “suggested auto-play” so your children don’t view content they haven’t selected

* Download apps to help monitor your child’s online activity. A great example is “FamilyTime,” available on both Android and IOS. With the paid version, it allows you to customize precisely what content your kids should have access to, set time limits, track location, and more. The software gives you tools to set homework and bedtimes, or merely limit the total time that your kids spend on their phones. There’s also support for geofencing so that you get alerts when that phone enters or leaves a specific area, and location tracking, so that you can see where your child is. You can block or control on an app-by-app basis, apply internet filters, monitor calls and texts, and keep an eye on contact lists. The free version also offers some of those features.

* Download “SafeOregon.” Managed by the Oregon State Police, SafeOregon allows you to report unsafe online behaviors, like bullying, by submitting a screen shot or written report. Reports may also be made anonymously.

Talking to your children about suicide can be scary. The district is hosting community events just for that purpose. The next “Speak Up!” town hall forum will be on March 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. at North Salem High. Dinner, childcare and translations services will be available at no cost.

As always, if you have any concerns about your child’s safety, please let us know so we can help.

Thank you,

Rob Schoepper
Principal

2019-02-28T15:30:09+00:00February 28th, 2019|

Principal Update: Attendance

Principal Update: New Semester, Stronger Attendance at McKay!

Hello McKay Community,

As we transition into semester 2 of the 2018-19 school year, it’s important to keep regular school attendance a priority in your child’s life. Throughout the district, you may have heard about Every Day 24J, the districts attendance campaign to help raise awareness about how chronic absenteeism affects our students.

Did you know we currently have nearly 1 in 3 students who are chronically absent across the district? That means 29 percent of students are missing, on average, two days of school each month. If this continues, chronically absent students will miss out on an entire month of instruction for the 2018-19 school year.

As you would expect, this impacts learning at foundational levels and can negatively impact a student’s likelihood of reaching high school graduation.

How can I help my student be at school every day?

• Communicate with us here at McKay
Every once in a while, your student may need to miss school. When these situations occur, it’s important to communicate with us. If unforeseen challenges arise such as transportation or child care – we can work to connect you with resources to help.

• Know when your student truly is too sick for school
When a child gets sick, it can be difficult to determine if they are too sick to attend classes. Utilize our when is sick too sick flyer to help you determine if your child should stay home. If your child needs to stay home, it’s important to communicate with us to ensure they can stay on top of all assignments or create a plan for absence.

• Set good examples and enforce rules. Talk positively about the impacts of education
As a parent, grandparent or guardian, you are your child’s most influential teacher. Talking positively about how education can impact your child’s life and setting expectations with your children early about attendance can help your child feel motivated to attend regularly.

• Stay involved in your child’s school life and after-school activities
For students, there is often much more to school life than attending classes. Staying involved in your child’s interests and helping them navigate after school activities can help students feel more connected to school. Remember to regularly check our website for an updated calendar of all the activities and event we offer throughout the year.

• Show your interest in your child’s academic work and attend conferences
Attending conferences allows for open lines of communication with your student and their teachers. This helps you identify if your child is struggling in a particular area and how to connect them with proper supports.

At McKay High School our vision is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’ Students who regularly attend school are more likely to graduate, setting the stage for success in college and higher rates of employability.

Again, as we transition into the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year, please help us in encouraging your student to be here all day, every day at McKay High School.

Rob Schoepper
Principal

2019-01-09T08:38:15+00:00January 9th, 2019|

Principal Invitation: Speak Up! Preventing Teen Suicide

Dear McKay Families and Community,

I want to invite our community to an upcoming event we are hosting here at McKay on January 16th, 2019.  Talking to your children about suicide is not easy.  Please join us and area mental health professionals in a listening session and focus group to help identify strategies that facilitate conversations with loved ones and young people about mental health.  This is an important event for us as a school community.  Please join us for dinner starting at 5:00 pm.  Speak Up!  Preventing Teen Suicide will run from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  We will also be providing child care for this event.  I hope to see you there.

Rob Schoepper
Principal
McKay High School

2018-12-20T14:43:08+00:00December 20th, 2018|

Principal Update: Boundary Adjustment Open Houses and Upcoming Fall Conferences

Hello McKay Families and Community,

A Boundary Task Force has been reviewing boundaries in all Salem-Keizer high school feeder systems.  This group is working to balance enrollments across the district and to make sure we fully utilize the additional capacity built into the 2018 bond program.  This group will be making boundary recommendations that will be presented at the December 11th, 2018 School Board meeting.

McKay parent and community input is critical in this process so I am inviting you all to attend one of two Boundary Open House events with me at CTEC on Portland Road.

Please plan to attend one or both of the Boundary Open House events:

Location: CTEC (Career Technical Education Center)

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dates: Tuesday, October 30th and Tuesday, November 13th

Again, these are opportunities for input into this process.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Likewise, please mark your calendars for our Fall Student Led Conferences here at McKay.  These are scheduled for the evening of Monday, November 19th and the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, November 20th.  These are student-led and provide valuable insight in your student’s present level of performance, academic and extracurricular goals and opportunities to connect with teachers.  These are also required for all students as part of CCR (College and Career Readiness) classes.  We will be sending out a detailed schedule over the next week or so.

As always, please connect with me directly if you have questions and need support.  We are a team in this work to ensure we move our community closer to our vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

Sincerely,

Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

2018-10-22T13:44:12+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Principal Update: Attendance Matters!

Hello McKay Parents and Community,

Our vision is ‘All students will graduate college and career ready.’ We are so excited to be partnering with each of you in support of our students as we work to ensure our vision is realized for every student here at McKay. 

With it being the first week of school, our staff and students are working diligently in classes reviewing procedures and expectations, course requirements and, most importantly, allocating adequate time to develop relationships and a strong sense of community in every classroom.   We believe this work is foundational to the start of the year.   Developing a safe and welcoming environment is key to effective learning outcomes for all students. 

Another area that we believe is foundational to student success is the importance of regular attendance.  We expect all students to attend 90% or more of their classes for the year.  To put this in perspective, students must attend at minimum 9 out of every 10 school days.  If students attend less than this 90% mark, it affects learning and creates gaps key information students must know in order to be successful in classes.  Attendance matters and regular attendance will improve academic success.   

As we start the 2018-2019 school year, I ask that we as a community continue to support our students’ ability to attend regularly.  We have numerous supports for our students and families in the area of regular attendance so please feel free to call our office at 503.399.3080 to get more information and resources on attendance.

We appreciate the continued partnership and support to ensure all students graduate college and career ready here at McKay High School.

Rob Schoepper
Principal 

2018-09-05T13:43:23+00:00September 5th, 2018|

Taking Care of Business Days – Días para hacer trámites escolares -August 15 &16

Dear McKay Parents and Community,

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.)

August 15 and 16, see attached information.

School Supplies

Please ensure your student comes to school prepared with the following school supplies:

  • One, two inch, three-ring binder
  • One pencil pouch
  • Pencils
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Loose, college ruled notebook paper
  • Nine dividers
  • Nine, single-subject, college ruled, spiral notebooks.  (Most classes require students to have a spiral notebook, including CCR)
  • A calendar/planner to track homework assignments and activities
  • Two graphing composition notebooks for math classes. (One per semester, per course)

 Family Nights

These nights are focused on career and college readiness—how to prepare for, get into, and succeed in post-secondary education (trade, two year, and four year schools). These meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • October 1, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • December 3, 2018
  • January 14, 2019
  • February  4, 2019
  • March 4, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • April 29, 2019

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.  The following are dates for Scots Scholars:

  • October 6, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • January 12, 2019
  • March 2, 2019
  • April 20, 2019
  • June 8, 2019

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

  • November 19, 2018 (evening only)
  • November 20, 2018 (all day and into the evening)
  • March 20, 2019 (evening only)
  • March 21, 2019  (all day and into the evening)

(See enclosed information.)

Bell Schedule

All high schools in Salem-Keizer are following an A/B block schedule for the 2018-19 school year. Next year students will have four, ninety minute class periods most days, and 40-43 minute periods on Mondays in weeks that have five school days.  This means that our students will now have eight classes each semester instead of seven.  And, our school day will end slightly earlier.  School begins at 8:20 a.m. and now ends at 3:10 p.m..  If your student does not ride the bus, please ensure your student is on time for school, dropping him/her off by 8:10 a.m.

(See enclosed bell schedule and calendar.)

 Thank you for partnering with us, as we continue our journey of success for your student and all of our Royal Scots.

We look forward to seeing you in August for our Taking Care of Business Days.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
Principal
McKay High School

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Estimados padres y miembros de la comunidad de McKay:

El lema de McKay es el siguiente: “Todos los alumnos se graduarán listos para la universidad y para la vida profesional”.

Nuestra prioridad consiste en satisfacer todas las necesidades docentes de todos los alumnos. Esta labor se basa en el trabajo colectivo, por lo que en mi función de director espero colaborar con todos ustedes para garantizar que los alumnos egresen de McKay listos para la universidad o la vida profesional y para convertirse en integrantes dinámicos y contribuyentes de la sociedad. Asimismo, ponemos a disposición de los padres numerosas oportunidades para participar en la Escuela Preparatoria McKay. Por favor, llámennos al 503.399.3080 para informarse de los pormenores de dichas oportunidades.

La presente carta contiene información y fechas importantes, por lo que les pedimos que la lean con atención.

Días para hacer trámites escolares (la asistencia de los padres, tutores legales y alumnos es obligatoria)

15 y 16 de agosto (lea la información adjunta)

Útiles escolares

Cerciórese de que el alumno asista a la escuela preparado con los útiles siguientes:

  • Un cuaderno de tres anillas de dos pulgadas
  • Un estuche para los lápices
  • Lápices
  • Bolígrafos (de tinta negra o azul)
  • Hojas de renglón ancho
  • Nueve separadores
  • Nueve cuadernos de espiral con hojas de renglón ancho para cada una de las asignaturas. (El alumno debe tener cuadernos de espiral para casi todas las clases, incluida CCR)
  • Una agenda con calendario para llevar la cuenta de todas las tareas de clase y actividades escolares
  • Dos cuadernos de papel cuadriculado para las clases de matemáticas (uno por cada semestre y por cada curso)

 Veladas familiares

Estas veladas tienen como asunto la preparación para la Universidad y la vida profesional: cómo prepararse, cómo ingresar en la Universidad y consejos para tener éxito en la educación superior (escuelas de comercio y en las universidades de dos y cuatro años). Las veladas se celebrarán de 6 a 7.30 p.m. los lunes siguientes:

  • 1 de octubre de 2018
  • 5 de noviembre de 2018
  • 3 de diciembre de 2018
  • 14 de enero de 2019
  • 4 de febrero de 2019
  • 4 de marzo de 2019
  • 8 de abril de 2019
  • 29 de abril de 2019

Escuela sabatina “Scots Scholars”

Esta escuela está abierta para todos los alumnos de McKay. Allí, los alumnos tendrán acceso a las computadoras y tendrán la oportunidad de hacer los trabajos de clase con la ayuda de los maestros. El horario será de 9 am a 12 del mediodía. Se servirá desayuno a las 8:30 am y almuerzo a las 12.00 del mediodía, ambos gratis para los alumnos. La realización de las tareas de clase y el aprendizaje de los conocimientos correspondientes al contenido de todas las clases ayudará al alumno a tener éxito en McKay y luego de egresar de la escuela. La escuela sabatina tendrá lugar en las fechas siguientes:

  • 6 de octubre de 2018
  • 3 de noviembre de 2018
  • 8 de diciembre de 2018
  • 12 de enero de 2019
  • 2 de marzo de 2019
  • 20 de abril de 2019
  • 8 de junio de 2019

Conferencias dirigidas por el alumno (Es obligatorio que los alumnos, padres y tutores legales asistan a una de estas conferencias).

  • 19 de noviembre de 2018 (sólo por la noche)
  • 20 de noviembre de 2018 (todo el día y parte de la noche)
  • 20 de marzo de 2019 (sólo por la noche)
  • 21 de marzo de 2019 (todo el día y parte de la noche)

(Lea la información adjunta).

Horario escolar

Todas las escuelas preparatorias de Salem-Keizer seguirán el horario propio del bloque A/B. El año siguiente, los alumnos tendrán cuatro períodos de clase de noventa minutos casi todos los días, y períodos de 40 a 43 minutos los lunes en las semanas en que haya cinco días de clase. Lo anterior implica que los alumnos tendrán ahora ocho clases por semestre en vez de siete y que el día de clase concluirá un poco más temprano. La escuela empieza a las 8:20 am y termina a las 3:10 p.m.. Los padres de los alumnos que no viajen en el autobús escolar deben traer al alumno con tiempo suficiente para que lleguen a la escuela antes de las 8:1 0 am.

(Adjunto encontrará el horario y el calendario escolares).

 Les damos las gracias por colaborar con nosotros a fin de que todos los alumnos Royal Scots tengan éxito.

Esperamos verles en agosto los días en que se hacen los trámites escolares.

¡Adelante, Scots!

Rob Schoepper
Director de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay

2018-07-13T06:06:47+00:00July 13th, 2018|

McKay Graduation Changes

05.04.18

Hello McKay Parents and Community,

The spring is an exciting time of the year as we celebrate our students’ accomplishments and begin planning for the coming year.  For our seniors and their families, we are excited to be celebrating you all at graduation on Friday, June 8th at 8:00 pm at the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Our team is working to finalize our planning around this event.  There are some adjustments we are required to make this year.  This is to meet both facility and safety guidelines for the Pavilion location.  We are expecting a large graduating class here at McKay of over 500 students.  The Pavilion has a maximum capacity that cannot exceed 5,000 people.  The fact is we have outgrown what is currently the largest venue we can rent to hold our graduation ceremony.  For the last two years, there have been security and safety concerns because of overcrowding in the seating areas.

To ensure we are complying with facility and safety guidelines we are implementing the following:

  1. Each McKay HS graduate will receive 10 tickets for this event.

  2. Each graduate will be surveyed for the number of tickets they may need for graduation.

  3. We can guarantee 10 tickets per graduate to start and will consider requests for additional tickets if other graduates are not using all 10 of their allotted tickets.

  4. Tickets will be distributed to graduates on Tuesday, May 29 with their caps & gowns.

  5. Only guests with tickets will be allowed into the Pavilion. Children under age 5 who can sit on a parent/guardian’s lap will be allowed without a ticket. 

We recognize that changes in our processes can, at times, be difficult to navigate.  We truly thank you  for your patience and understanding with this new process and in helping us ensure that we can provide a memorable graduation for our seniors in a safe and secure environment.

Sincerely,

Mr. Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

05.04.18

Un saludo a los padres y a toda la comunidad de McKay:

La primavera es una época emocionante del año en la que celebramos los logros de nuestros estudiantes y comenzamos a planificar para el próximo año. Para nuestros estudiantes del 12do grado y sus familias, estamos entusiasmados por celebrar su graduación el 8 de junio a las 8pm en el Pavilion del Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Nuestro equipo de organización está trabajando para finalizar la planificación de este evento. Han surgido algunos ajustes que se nos ha requerido hacer este año. Esto es para cumplir los lineamientos de seguridad general y los establecidos por las instalaciones del Pavilion. Esperamos la asistencia de un gran número de graduandos en McKay de más de 500 estudiantes. El Pavilion tiene una capacidad máxima que no puede exceder de 5000 personas. En efecto, nosotros hemos sobrepasado la capacidad máxima de los lugares de mayor capacidad que podemos alquilar para llevar a cabo nuestra ceremonia de graduación. En los últimos dos años, hemos tenido preocupaciones de prevención y seguridad debido a la superpoblación en las áreas de los asientos.

Para asegurar que cumplamos con los lineamientos de seguridad y prevención de las instalaciones, implementaremos las siguientes normas:

  1. Cada graduando de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay recibirá 10 boletos de entrada para este evento.

  2. Cada graduando será encuestado acerca del número de boletos que ellos puedan necesitar para este evento.

  3. Garantizaremos 10 boletos por graduando para comenzar y consideraremos las solicitudes de boletos adicionales si otros graduandos no usarán todos sus 10 boletos asignados.

  4. Los boletos de entrada les serán entregados a los graduandos el martes 29 de mayo con sus togas y birretes.

  5. Solo los invitados con boleto les será permitida la entrada al Pavilion. Los niños menores de 5 años de edad que se puedan sentar en el regazo de sus padres serán permitidos sin boleto de entrada.

Nosotros reconocemos que los cambios en los procesos, en algunas ocasiones, pueden ser difíciles de aceptar. Nosotros verdaderamente apreciamos su paciencia y comprensión en este nuevo proceso y su ayuda a asegurar que podamos proveer una graduación memorable para nuestros graduandos en un ambiente seguro y a salvo.

Sinceramente,

Sr. Schoepper
Director, Escuela Preparatoria McKay

2018-10-16T07:11:06+00:00May 9th, 2018|

Principal Communication: Student Walkout

April 10, 2018

Dear McKay Parents, Guardians and Community,

As principal of McKay, I want to inform you about a possible student walkout that may occur on Friday, April 20. I hope that this communication allows you to better understand what may occur that day and to give you an opportunity to have discussions with your student about this event.

First, any type of student led demonstration/walkout that occurs is not a McKay High School sanctioned or endorsed event. As always, our students are allowed to exercise their right to freedom of speech. Student and staff safety is always our top priority. We work with our partners at the Salem Police Department and with our own security team to ensure our students and staff are safe and that we can maintain a learning environment during any student led/demonstration or walkout.

Back in March, some of our students participated in a national walkout that honored the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida tragedy. That demonstration was peaceful, remained on campus and students returned to class after the 17-minute walkout. The reason I write to you today is that our students organizing this walkout have informed me that they will be leaving campus to join others at the Oregon State Capitol. I want to give you as much information as I have so you can be informed.

• The walkout will begin at 10 a.m. on April 20 with students who choose to participate.
• The demonstration is to call for Gun Policy Reform.
• There are no plans to conduct the walkout on campus. Students have a planned route that they will walk to get to the Oregon State Capitol.
• The McKay High School staff and security will work to ensure that our students are safe from the point of walkout to exiting campus. None of our McKay staff or security will supervise the demonstration at the Capitol.
• When students leave campus for the demonstration, it will be an unexcused absence.
• We encourage students to prearrange this unexcused absence so we can best account for all of our students that day.

Here are some important things to know and talking points with your student if your student elects to participate in the April 20 walkout off campus.

• As this walkout is not a McKay sponsored event, it is important to know that if students leave campus, they are choosing to enter an uncontrolled environment where there will not be supervision from staff at McKay High School or Salem-Keizer Public Schools. This is why we feel it is extremely important for students to stay on school grounds.
• The District’s transportation policies and schedule will not be altered for this event. SKPS will not be liable for any incidents that may occur from non-approved forms of travel during this non-sponsored activity.
• The District will work with local law enforcement to help keep students as safe as possible while off campus. It is important to understand that students leaving campus will no longer be the responsibility of Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

Please call or email me if you have questions or want to discuss this in further detail at 503.399.3080.

Sincerely,

Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

2018-04-11T15:04:25+00:00April 11th, 2018|

Computer Science Classes in 2018-19

Dear McKay Parents, Guardians, Community and Alumni,

McKay High School has an exciting opportunity to teach computer science to our students starting in the 2018-2019 school year, see attached.

2018-04-16T13:38:14+00:00April 5th, 2018|