McKay Art Awards 2020

McKay Art Show – Distance Learning Style

May 21st would have been our 20th Annual Spring Student Art Show.

In lieu of this event, the teachers in the Art Sanctuary decided to honor just our senior artists this year. Please take a moment to celebrate with us, the hard work of these incredibly talented students as well as reflect on the power of the art show which has become deeply embedded into the culture of our school. We are committed to moving forward with this valuable and essential tradition and look forward to a 20th Annual re-do next year.

2020-05-26T14:07:38-08:00May 26th, 2020|

May 26, 2020 – McKay News

All the News at McKay High School for the week of May 26-29, 2020

2020-05-25T16:56:25-08:00May 25th, 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|

McKay’s Larkin Foley – Regional Teacher of the Year

McKay High School’s Larkin Foley Named Regional Teacher of the Year

Larkin will go on to compete for the statewide honor, announced this fall

Salem, Ore. – In any other school year, a Teacher of the Year announcement at a school would involve a secretly planned celebration with plenty of delicious treats under the guise of a staff meeting. But for Larkin Foley, it was an online meeting with her McKay High Principal Rob Schoepper that got “bombed” by Superintendent Christy Perry. Together, they let the 10-year veteran teacher know that she had been selected by a state panel as the Regional Teacher of the Year.

Foley, a graduate of Willamette University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, first joined McKay High in 2010. Teaching English and AVID, Foley is lauded by her peers and students alike as a tireless champion for her students.

Last fall, Foley was named a Crystal Apple Award recipient. She was nominated for that honor by her colleagues citing her commitment to making sure students got every chance they could to succeed and graduate.

“It’s no coincidence that McKay High’s graduation rate has been growing steadily,” said McKay Principal Rob Schoepper. “Larkin makes a difference in our kids’ lives. She’s authentic, genuine and trustworthy, and on top of that, she’s an outstanding educator. This recognition couldn’t go to a better candidate.”

Superintendent Perry echoed the sentiment: “At the school level, we’ve seen how Larkin commits to and inspires her students. But at the district level, Larkin was a steady force in our work around the Student Investment Account. I was able to see how the principles of equity drove her to both advocate for and champion initiatives. Hands down – our district is better because of Larkin.”

Upon learning of her honor, Foley said, “I would just love to give a shoutout to my Willamette Academy family and to McKay High for being a place that taught me a lot and a place that I call home.”

With the recognition, Foley received $500 and will compete at the state level, with a winner to be announced this fall.

2020-05-19T07:54:36-08:00May 19th, 2020|

Summer Credit Recovery

Summer Credit Recovery Starts June 15

2020-05-18T10:31:06-08:00May 18th, 2020|

McKay News May 18,2020

McKay News for the week of May 18-22, 2020.

2020-05-18T06:52:08-08:00May 18th, 2020|

Counselor Contact Information and COVID 19 Resources

Counselor Contact Information

Counselor Grades/Last Names Email New Phone
Josh Lane 9th Grade: A-LE 971-900-5223
Sydney Piras 9th Grade: LO-Z 971-900-5234
Merri Bath McDonald 10th Grade: A-L 971-915-1099
Dawn Piersma 10th Grade: M-Z

12th Grade: MB-PA 971-332-3668
Jennifer Strong 11th Grade: A-FU

12th Grade: A-GAN 971-915-1512
Virginia Antunez 11th Grade: G-ME

12th Grade: GAR-MA 971-332-3942
Lonnie Duran 11th Grade: MI-Z

12th Grade: PE-Z 971-915-1687

Resource information on Google Classroom

We have created a classroom for students to access information about all things counseling:

Students go to Google classrooms and add this class to access the resources: Class code: mvirexp

Coping with Stress & Sadness
Coping with isolation during Covid
Grief & Loss
COVID resources-food, shelter, utility assistance
Mindfulness activities
Free social/emotional activities
Tech support
Forecasting materials for class selection

And more to come!
Most resources are located in this Class Folder and in the classroom materials section.
You can also check out different activities for stress, coping, mindfulness on our classwork section.
Our counseling team will be making regular posts & announcements here in the Stream as well.
We miss you and we are here for you! Please reach out if you need us.
2020-05-14T11:06:15-08:00May 14th, 2020|

McKay News May 11, 2020

All the news for McKay for the week of May 11-15, 2020.

2020-05-11T06:58:58-08:00May 11th, 2020|

Missed School Meals Benefits Now Available – Apply before May 18

Oregon to provide over 351,000 children with benefits to replace the meals they get at school

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorized DHS to provide Oregon P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to more than 351,000 students receiving free or reduced-price school meals in Oregon, including almost 147,000 students already receiving Nutrition Assistance. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June.

Eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will have their March, April and May benefits automatically deposited to their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts in late May. Students who get free or reduced-price school meals but do not receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail.

Read the full ODE article here.

Additional information for Salem Keizer families is outlined below.

  1. If the family is already qualified to receive free or reduced meals at school, they do not need to do anything further. They will automatically be included in the benefits. If they are not sure, they can contact food services to verify that they are qualified. The phone number is 503-399-3169 and you can click here to email.
  2. If a family is not already qualified for free or reduced meals at school, we would like to them apply online ASAP. Here is the link: . Paper applications are always an option but they would need to physically get to food services and that may take a long time in the current situation.

As always, if you have additional questions, call the school office at 503-399-3080.

2020-05-06T11:31:58-08:00May 6th, 2020|

McKay News May 4, 2020

All the news for McKay for the week of May 4 -8, 2020.

2020-05-04T07:26:30-08:00May 4th, 2020|