In-District Transfer (IDT) Applications Must Be Turned In March 1 – 31, 2018

Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2018-2019 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2018. This includes elementary, middle and high school students.

IDT applications received after March 31, 2018, will not be considered.

IDT request forms can be picked up at your student’s resident school, and must be completed and returned to the student’s assigned school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

More information on the in-district transfer process can be found on the Student Transfers page on the district website.

2018-03-01T15:26:27+00:00March 1st, 2018|

Principal Update

Hello McKay Community,

I want you to know that starting this spring McKay High School, North Salem High School and Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be partnering with Dr. Salam Noor and Mountain West Investments with a clear goal on improving student success through educational innovation opportunities.  This is a four year partnership with a goal to improve the graduation rate at both McKay and North by  at least 10% during that time. On behalf of the McKay, we are grateful for this opportunity and partnership.  We are excited for the collaboration and support as we move our community closer to our vision of ‘Every McKay student graduating college and career ready.’  I will continue to update our community as we launch and begin this work.

Go Scots!

2018-03-01T15:21:25+00:00March 1st, 2018|

Engineering Day Field Trip Opens Career Opportunities

A group of McKay underclass men and women attended an Engineering Day field trip on February 27th.  Mr. Wenger, the Engineering/CAD instructor, and Mrs. Hull, a Math instructor, had the opportunity to select and lead the students on this field trip.  They said that they tried pick young students that had demonstrated math, science and engineering skills that may not have considered engineering as a future profession. The trip was limited to 20 students, but Mr. Wenger was able to get a few extra McKay students on the field trip.  Participation by McKay students by far outnumbered all the other high schools in attendance.  The students who attended had the opportunity to meet with college representatives, quiz engineers, listen to an engineer speaker and tour industry sites.   The hope is that this activity will have a positive influence on these students as they begin to make career and college decisions.  Mr. Wenger said, “We want the student to be taking classes at McKay that will help them prepare for their future.”  Both Mrs. Hull and Mr. Wenger are involved with the MESA club (Math Engineering, Science Achievement).  If you, or you know of someone interested in MESA, please encourage them to attend MESA meetings from 3:30-5:00 on Thursdays in the Auxiliary math building. Also, McKay will be offering an Intro to Engineering class next year, so please consider signing up for it. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hull (pt. 3) or Mr. Wenger. (Rm 123).     

2018-02-28T16:57:46+00:00February 28th, 2018|

McKay FFA Member Takes First Place

Congratulations to Ms. Nanci Banderas for placing FIRST in our district job interview career development event today.  

Three of our students competed today, Kelly Phan, Zair Ku Beiza, and Nanci Banderas. All of them represented McKay, and the Salem-Keizer district wonderfully. These students have worked hard practicing their interviewing skills, and fine tuning their resumes/cover letters in preparation for this event.

 Schools that competed were St. Paul, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Cascade, Gervais, and North Marion.

 Nanci will be moving on to the Sectionals contest this Thursday.

2018-02-27T15:24:26+00:00February 27th, 2018|

Scots Athletes Make History

This has been a great week and Winter Sports Season for McKay Athletics.

Last weekend we had some wrestlers and a swimmer do some outstanding things at the state level that are unparalleled in school history.

1.       David Rubio – Junior – avenged his 3 overtime loss in the GVC Finals to Landon Davis of Sprague to win a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!  This is only the second individual wrestling state championship in McKay history.

2.       Tess Barnett – Freshman – qualified for the state tournament in Girls’ Wrestling and placed 4th at state.  She is the first female state placer in school history. 

3.       Lidiia Buiko – Sophomore –  qualified 15/16 for state in swimming in the 100 yard Backstroke.  She is the first swimmer from McKay to qualify for state since 2002.  Lidia currently holds 3 individual school records, and a 4th as a member of the 200 freestyle relay and broke her own school record at state Friday Friday by 2.75 seconds! to qualify for the state finals Saturday.  She swam an equally fast time on Saturday placing in the top 10 in the state.

4.       Boys Basketball qualified for a play in game this morning.  They will play that game tomorrow, Saturday Night 7:00 at Sunset High School in Beaverton.  Please come and support them as they play to qualify for the state championships in basketball.

If you see these outstanding athletes, please congratulate them for their outstanding success.

2018-02-23T11:09:44+00:00February 23rd, 2018|

Forecasting for 2018-19 School Year Underway

From February 26 – March 21 in Social Studies classes, McKay students will have the opportunity to forecast their class schedule for the 2018-19 school year. They will review their graduation requirements, see their teacher recommendations, select their desired elective courses, and have an individual conversation with their Counselor.

The McKay master schedule for 2018-19, as well as students’ individual schedules, are built based on choices made by students during this forecasting process, so please make informed decisions.

We encourage parents to have conversations with students about their interests, and which classes and programs at McKay would be a good fit for them.

To help you out, you can also access these resources:

·       A video preview of some elective courses here:

·       View a list of elective options here or from the attachments below:

·       Review the McKay registration bulletin here or from the attachment below:

2018-02-23T09:04:13+00:00February 23rd, 2018|

McKay and South Salem Culinary Students Participate in Community Dinner Event

Friday night students from South Salem Culinary and McKay Culinary worked together to put on a six course dinner for the community. The theme was Surf N Turf (something from the Sea or something from the Land with each course).

Along with the menu we had a specialty drink menu created by Sammy (a student who wants to be a Mixologist after high school).

The students worked very hard both front of house and back of house to ensure the community was finished by the promised time of 8:30pm.

At the end of the meal the students came out and introduced themselves by name, grade and what they worked on during the event.

Chef Laura explained that Culinary is a CTE program and maybe college is not a right fit for everyone after high school. CTE programs offer experience and training in technical fields where students might have the opportunity to either go straight into industry or attend a technical college post high school.

Students then shared how CTE programs (especially Culinary) help prepare them for ANY career choice they make by practicing Professional Skills employers are looking for.

The community was able to ask questions to the students and everyone did a great job responding with thoughtful answers.

Sammy (the phenomenal mixologist) ended the evening by thanking everyone for attending and told them she hoped to see them at the next event in April for Taste of Italy.

Chefs Laura and Chris are VERY proud of their students and so grateful to the community for supporting the Culinary programs.

2018-02-20T14:43:52+00:00February 20th, 2018|

AVID Seniors Visit Waldo & Stephens

On Wednesday, February 7th and Friday, February 9th we sent several McKay AVID 12th grade ambassadors to Waldo and Stephens Middle Schools to speak with current 8th grade students about the transition to high school, strategies for managing busy, stressful schedules, and how AVID can play a role in students’ success.  Our seniors shared honestly about the obstacles they’ve faced, and why they have chosen to remain in AVID despite periods of doubt and uncertainty.  They have each been accepted to multiple four-year universities and will be making some big decisions in the next few months!  We’re proud of them for being courageous leaders.

2018-02-12T15:05:41+00:00February 12th, 2018|

McKay FBLA Shines at Regional Competition

The McKay FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club made a fantastic showing at the regional competition on Saturday February 10. McNary High School hosted the event the brought FBLA clubs from all around the valley to compete in business skill events.

McKay has 15 club members this year and they competed in both team and individual events. All 6 teams qualified in the top 10 for their events and 13 of 14 placed in the top ten in their individual events. This means all qualified to compete at the State level. The club now prepares for state competition, which occurs in March, with the State Business Leaders Conferences coming the first week of April. Go Scots!

Events and placing:

Team Events

Banking & Financial Systems – Dang and Trinh -2nd
Entrepreneurship
               Team 2 – Josie Carstensen, Iveth Bazan Ayala, CarolinaSegura – 5th
               Team 1 – Axel Arredondo Franco, Chelsey Urquiza, Katty Liu – 6th
               Team 3 – Danilo Gutierrez Cornejo, Bryan Arechiga Villa  – 8th
Marketing
Team 1 – Ben Ho, Montse Coria – 1st,
Team 2 – Diem Pham, Nathan Nguyen – 6th

Individual Events

Advertising – Josie Carstensen – 3rd, Chelsey Urquiza – 8th, Montse Coria – 9th, and Ben Ho – 10th
Computer Problem Solving – Axel Arredondo Franco – 1st, Jesus Barocio Garibay – 4th
Economics – Henry Trinh – 5th, Jesus Barocio Garibay – 6th, Bryan Arechiga Villa – 7th, Diem Pham – 8th, and Carolina Segura – 9th
Future Business Leader – Nathan Nguyen – 1st
Introduction to Financial Math – Danilo Gutuerrez Cornejo – 1st

2018-02-12T11:07:03+00:00February 12th, 2018|