McKay Musician Places 2nd at State

Last Saturday was the OSAA State Solo Competition at Pacific University. Luis Mejia placed 2nd in state on euphonium (looks like a baby tuba). This is an amazing accomplishment. Luis is an extremely dedicated musician, and he just finished a recorded audition for one of the Marine bands. Congratulations Luis! Go Scots!

2019-05-01T15:17:22-08:00April 30th, 2019|

Salem-Keizer FFA Chapter at Oregon Ag Fest 2019

Career and Technical Education students from McKay in the Salem-Keizer FFA Chapter got up extra early last weekend. That’s because they volunteered all weekend at the Oregon Ag Fest, giving out free starter plants to visitors who dropped by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) booth.

Royal Scots freshman Rebekah Major says volunteering last weekend at the OAN booth tested students’ social skills, helped them improve problem solving and taught them how to work quickly to help customers. The OAN supports McKay’s agriculture program and the FFA chapter by donating giving students a chance to win scholarships, and by donating money to help raise the next generation of agricultural professionals.

FFA students at Oregon Ag Fest 2019

Agriculture teacher Gearld Hosler says there are 30 students in the Salem-Keizer FFA Chapter, and about 300 students who study agriculture in Career and Technical Education classes at McKay High School.

FFA teachers at Oregon Ag Fest 2019

Pictured from left: Volunteer Nicole Billington who is the parent of a McKay High grad and is the advisor of the Camelids and Critters 4H Club; McKay plant science teacher and Salem-Keizer FFA Chapter co-advisor Krysta Phillips; and McKay agriculture teacher and Salem-Keizer FFA advisor Gerald Hosler.

FFA at Ag Fest 2019

McKay teacher Krysta Phillips says she loves the Oregon Ag Fest, and has been bringing her children to the event for years. She says Salem-Keizer FFA students learn professional skills like customer service and benefit from interacting with people from the very young to seniors. McKay teacher Gearld Hosler says that Salem-Keizer FFA students learn professional skills like accountability, time management and communication. He said another important skill students learn is how to answer customers’ questions.


2019-04-30T10:56:46-08:00April 30th, 2019|

Summer Work Opportunity for McKay Students

See the attached flyer regarding this summer’s Youth Litter Patrol, an ODOT program that was founded in 1977 to help clean up highway rights of way. This is a great opportunity for students at least 16 years old to work outdoors with a team and have a role in maintaining the environment—while earning pretty good money for a summer job!

2019-04-16T13:44:21-08:00April 16th, 2019|

New School Dance Policy

The safety and security of every student is our highest priority here at McKay High School. Because we do strive to create the safest environment possible, the school district has recently adopted new policies and precautionary measures for school sponsored dances. These policies will apply to Prom, scheduled for April 27th. Attached you will find:

·       A letter from Director of High Schools, Larry Ramirez, outlining the new policy in detail.

·       An agreement that must be signed and submitted prior to attending any dance.

·       An Application for a non-McKay student to attend a McKay dance that must also be submitted in advance.

Please take the time to review these documents so you are most prepared to have a fun and safe experience. Thank you.

2019-04-12T06:31:20-08:00April 9th, 2019|

McKay FBLA MemberTakes First in State, Other teams place 4th & 7th

On day 1 of the state FBLA Leadership Conference, McKay’s Danilo Gutierrez Cornejo was awarded first place for his test results in Political Science. This earns him the opportunity to compete in the FBLA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas this summer. Congrats Danilo!






McKay’s Banking & Financial Systems team placed 4th, also qualifying for nationals. The team of Carolina Segura, Cynthia Lor, and Cesia Olvera faced a very challenging scenario, but managed to rise into the top 4.






Our Business Ethics team of Andrew Dang, Nathan Nguyen, and Jordan Cousineau faced a daunting challenge against 22 other teams and pulled off a 7th place finish.


2019-04-10T06:29:27-08:00April 4th, 2019|

Salem Keizer FFA Chapter Performs Well at State Convention

During spring break we had 16 students travel to Redmond, OR for our State FFA Convention for 4 days.

We had our Beginning Parliamentary Procedure team compete against the other top teams in the State, our McKay students did a fantastic job and placed 4th in the State!

Our other students also participated in a knowledge quiz and placed 4th in the State as well!


Parliamentary Procedure:
Lilli Benson
Taralynn Nguyen
Rebekah Major
Oscar Hernandez
Divina Alaniz
Shanela Ibarra

Knowledge Quiz:
Jackson Breyer
Shanela Ibarra
Elijah Boardman
Taralynn Nguyen
Oscar Hernandez
Zoey Eads
Divina Alaniz


2019-04-02T15:24:13-08:00April 2nd, 2019|

Spotlight on Success: Business Partner of the Month for March 2018

Our Business Partner of the Month for March 2019 is Starbucks Coffee. We’re recognizing Starbucks for its support of our Career and Technical Education programs, our students and our staff.

Iban Lopez Tinoco, store manager of the Starbucks coffee shop at Lancaster and Silverton Road, represented Starbucks and received the award at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting on March 12, 2019.

The list of ways Starbucks supports Salem-Keizer Public Schools is long. It includes:

  • Donating equipment for North Salem High School’s student run coffee shop
  • Providing coffee for AVID events, Career and Technical Education events
  • Providing breakfast and coffee for Summer Professional Development Trainings for teachers
  • Participating in mock interviews and classroom visits for AVID

As for Starbucks’ support for our CTE programs, it has been a sponsor of the CTE & Industry Summit for three years, and also has held competitions for students, based on the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” for the past two years.

This year’s student competition was called “The Pitch,” and was held at McKay High School last month. Teams of students from our high school Business and Marketing programs “pitched” new business ideas to a panel of Starbucks executives.

The first place winning team was Logan Lewallen and Owen McKay from Sprague High School. They presented a business idea for a Rift Cup that has a divider down the middle, so customers could buy two drinks in one cup.

Two McKay High School teams tied for second place. Students Matthew Quirarte and Javier Alcantar-Garcia suggested Starbucks target the growing Hispanic population nationwide by offering drinks and pastries derived from Hispanic culture.

Crystal Nguyen pitched the idea of Starbucks developing an ube latte. Ube is a sweet yam originating in the Philippines. Crystal’s presentation was impressive because at the last minute her teammates were unable to attend the competition, so she carried on solo with a poise that impressed the judges.

Thank you Starbucks for all the support you have given our CTE and AVID programs. It’s a pleasure to recognize you as our Business Partner of the Month.

2019-03-28T13:34:55-08:00March 27th, 2019|

[UPDATED] SKPS School Year Extended By One Day Due to Inclement Weather Make-Up

***Story has been updated to reflect the removal of Waldo Middle School from the exceptions list, which NOW ONLY includes Judson, North Salem and McNary.

Because of those inclement weather-related school closures, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools, with the exception of three secondary schools scheduled for major construction, will add one day to the 2018-19 school calendar. The updated calendar does not apply to Judson, North Salem or McNary – those schools remain on the original calendar so major construction will not be delayed.

*Please note that should any day be missed moving forward, SKPS will revisit the calendar to ensure compliance with state standards.*

Details On 2018-19 School Calendar Changes:

  • High School Finals – FORMERLY June 10-12, NOW June 11-13
  • Elementary Last Day – FORMERLY June 11, NOW June 12
  • Elementary Grading Days – FORMERLY June 12-13, NOW June 13-14
  • Secondary Last Day – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Middle School Early Release – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Secondary Grading Day – FORMERLY June 13, NOW June 14

Updated Calendars For All Schools EXCEPT Judson, North Salem and McNary

Click the links for the updated calendars in English and Spanish.

Original Calendars for Judson, North Salem and McNary ONLY

Click the links for the calendar for Judson Middle, McNary High and North Salem High in English and Spanish.

Click the link to visit the Calendar page on the district website.


2019-05-06T12:33:08-08:00March 21st, 2019|

McKay Athletes Honored for Academic Excellence

“All four of these senior basketball players not only have amazing athletic abilities but most importantly amazing academic success. Anita Lao, Diana Cruz, Leva Mike, and Danica Cheremnov were honored for their academic and athletic success this year. Thank you Rotary Club for the invite to lunch and the opportunity to share a little bit about our amazing Student Athletes. #ScotsPride “   

2019-03-18T08:01:46-08:00March 18th, 2019|