Hello McKay Royal Scots!  Please reference the Principal Update from Mr. Schoepper as we start the year in Comprehensive Distance Learning.  In this update, Mr. Schoepper reviews some key shifts to start the school year to support accountability, access to rigorous content and the importance of school-home communication as we navigate a virtual teaching and learning world.

Hello Royal Scots Families,

We are excited to get the 20-21 school year launched! Our teachers and staff have been working extremely hard to prepare for the coming school year. They have spent the last few weeks planning for classes and attending trainings to support teaching and learning in a virtual world. Although the school year will look very different from what we have known, I can assure you that we will provide all our Royal Scot students access to quality, rigorous instruction that will support them as they navigate content requirements.

I would also like to direct your attention to our school website. Two-way communication between school and home is important and will be a priority as we function in Comprehensive Distance Learning. We will update information and announcements regularly. This is also where students can access Canvas, our learning management system, when school starts on Wednesday, 09.16.20 for CCR Advisory.

Please bookmark the link so you can easily access this bank of information –https://mckay.salkeiz.k12.or.us/

I wanted to take some time before we officially launch the 20-21 school year to review some shifts across all the high schools in Salem-Keizer:

Student Attendance Requirements:

  • Daily attendance will be taken each day students are in Teacher-led classes from Tuesday – Friday. Students will be marked present when they demonstrate one of the following:
    • Participation in a video class,
    • Communication from the student to teacher via chat, text message, communication app or email,
    • A phone call between the teacher or educational assistant/paraprofessional and student,
    • Posting of completed coursework to Canvas or email,
    • Turning in completed coursework on a given day.
    • Students will be marked absent when there is no evidence of student interaction during a 24-hour period surrounding a scheduled class.

Family Connections (Teacher Office Hours):

● Family connections is another name for office hours. It will not only be a time for students to get additional support on assignments and schoolwork, but also a time for the whole family to connect with their teacher. This will offer extended time for wraparound supports as needed.

Grades and Report Cards:

● Unlike the spring, students will receive letter or proficiency-based grades just as if they were in a typical in person classroom.

Music and Physical Education:

● Music and PE courses will be a perfect example of innovation from our teachers.
● Although each course may look a little different, it is our priority to make access to music and physical education available to students.

Electives:

● To support cohorting across the system, electives options were simplified to support a smooth transition to blended learning when possible.
● Elective options were based on forecasted options submitted by students in the spring, with courses with the highest level of interest, and ability to adapt to online/blended learning were given priority.
● Students cannot change schedules for elective purposes.

Embedded Honors Classes:

● This year, honors tracks will be directly embedded into secondary courses. Similar to what has been done with math courses in years past, all honors opportunities for students will be coordinated in the same class as students who may not be participating in the honors track.
● Students should work directly with their teacher to identify opportunities for honors.
● Specified information about honors will be included in the syllabi for honors applicable courses.

We look forward to another great year and partnering with each of you.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
Principal
McKay High School