State Testing 30-day Notice

By law, Oregon school districts must notify parents about annual state testing at least thirty days before testing begins. Testing will begin in Salem-Keizer in February 2019. A copy of the 30-day notice and opt-out form can be picked up in any school office starting on January 7, 2019. For more information about state testing, please visit the Oregon Department of Education website:

2018-11-14T16:36:54+00:00November 14th, 2018|

McKay Celebrates our Veterans

On Friday, November 9th the McKay National Honor Society put a Veterans’ Day Celebration on for the McKay community.  This was supported by our catering students who provided a great breakfast and also our music programs who provided the entertainment.  Many veterans joined in the celebration. McKay High School acknowledges and appreciates the commitment and sacrifice our veterans have made.  We look forward to celebrating with everyone again next year!

2018-11-14T11:49:32+00:00November 14th, 2018|

Nov. 20 Boundary Open House Event Postponed, New Date TBA

20 de noviembre Evento de reuniones informativa de ajuste de límites POSPUESTO. Pronto se anunciará una nueva fecha.

In response to community feedback, the November 20 Boundary Open House event has been postponed. A new date, locations and format for the next community input event will be announced soon.

At its meeting on November 6, the Boundary Review Task Force heard feedback collected following Boundary Open House events held at three locations on October 30. Examples of themes heard in the community feedback ranged from concerns about the ability to attend the Open House on November 20 date, to concerns about impacts to neighborhoods, socio-economic balance and continuity of progression from elementary to middle and high schools.

After reviewing the feedback and a presentation on equity, Task Force members continued to work on making boundary adjustments with the feedback in mind. Updated maps that show the group’s progress will be posted on the district website when ready.

The Task Force will continue working and making adjustments until it reaches consensus on a final boundary adjustment scenario. The goal of the Task Force is to provide a final recommendation for adjusted boundaries to the Superintendent at the December 11, 2018 School Board meeting.

Visit the boundary adjustment page of district website to follow the work of the Boundary Review Task force.

2018-11-15T09:13:02+00:00November 8th, 2018|

Native American Awareness Gathering

Join Salem-Keizer Public Schools and learn more about our Native American and indigenous populations in a free family event on Nov. 30, 2018. We invite you to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with music, dancing, storytelling and dinner! The gathering takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the Chemeketa Community College Building 2, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.

There are nearly 700 Native American students in our Salem and Keizer schools. November is Native American Heritage Month, and we’re honoring the unique heritage and culture of the Native American community all month.

Be sure to follow our social media channels to help us share the incredible work of our native students, staff and community members.

2018-11-08T14:48:08+00:00November 8th, 2018|

College Application Week November 5-9th

What is College Application Week? College Application Week (CAW) is a statewide initiative. High schools across Oregon will conduct College Application Week events throughout the month of November. Oregon CAW has been successfully implemented in Oregon since 2012.  

What is the goal of College Application Week? Our goal is to provide every graduating high school senior with the opportunity to apply to college. Much of the focus of CAW is geared toward first- generation college students, low-income students, and other students who face barriers. We encourage all students to participate in events to help them explore and prepare for postsecondary education, including certificate programs, two-year degrees, and four-year degrees.  Last year we were able to serve about 150 seniors during CAW by giving them the space, resources and extra support. Some used that time to get help finishing FAFSA/ORSSA, some applied to universities, welding/culinary/trade schools, etc.

What happens during College Application Week? Think of CAW as a school spirit week, during which we all work together to build excitement and awareness surrounding the college exploration and application process. The library computer lab is reserved. Counselors and Mr. Brooks will be in there all throughout the day to support seniors who want to come in and take advantage of this opportunity.

2018-10-30T17:50:50+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Welcome Kristiina Gargner, McKay High School Nurse


 My name is Mrs. Kristiina Gagner and I am the School Health Nurse at McKay High School.  This is my 9th year working as a registered nurse and my 1st year working as a School Health Nurse.  Before coming to McKay High School, I enjoyed working at Albany General Hospital for 5.5years and Salem Health for 3.5 years.

 I graduated from Oregon State University (B.S. Psychology) and University of Portland (B.S. Nursing).

 You can reach me at 503-399-3080 during school hours. I do have voicemail, so you can leave me a message anytime. I will return your call as soon as I can.

 My email address is Please feel free to contact me with any health-related questions or concerns. I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and students at McKay High School this year.

 Kristiina BSN, RN

2018-10-26T14:56:18+00:00October 26th, 2018|