McKay High School Counselors

Students are assigned to counselors according to last name.
Please refer to the alpha assignments below to identify your school counselor.

Alpha A-Ced

Natalie Dunn
About Ms. Dunn

Alpha Cej-Fr

Pascual Oropeza
About Mr. Oropeza

Alpha Fu-He

Virginia Antunez
Virginia Antunez
About Mrs. Antunez

Alpha Hi-L

Merri Bath-McDonald
Merri Bath-McDonald
About Mrs. Bath-McDonald

Alpha M – Ng

Jill Newman
Jill Newman
About Ms. Newman

Alpha Ni – Roc

Javier Gutierrez Baltazar
Javier Gutierrez Baltazar
About Mr. Gutierrez

Alpha Rod – Tri

Lonnie Duran
Lonnie Duran
About Mr. Duran

Alpha Trin– Z

Christina Lilly
Christina Lilly
About Ms. Lilly

What McKay Counselors Do

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Academic Support

Assisting students to succeed in the classroom.

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Resources (Mentoring and Tutoring)
  • Study Skills
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Graduation Tracking
  • Scheduling and forecasting
  • 504 Plan Coordination
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College & Career Readiness

Provide support and resources for students for life after high school.

  • Assisting with College Applications
  • College Research
  • Career Research
  • FAFSA Support
  • Scholarships
  • Letters of Recommendation
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Social / Emotional

Assist students in a variety of social emotional needs. While we are not licensed therapists, we are trained to support students with a variety of needs.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Social Skills Development
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Harm/Suicidal Idealization
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity

McKay’s Academic Resources

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Support people who check in with students regarding attendance and academics

TBDMentor - 9th Grade
Laura Garibay CejaMentor - 10th Grade
Morgan SchmidtMentor - 11th Grade
Arturo AlfaroMentor - 12th Grade

Behavior Specialists

Individuals supporting students with behavior in school

Juan LlamasBehavior Specialist - 9th Grade
KJ MacraeBehavior Specialist - 10th Grade
Stanley RobertsBehavior Specialist - 11th Grade
Patty RodriguezBehavior Specialist - 12th Grade

Scots Scholars

Opportunity on Saturday mornings for students to receive additional support in their classes. Students should connect with their teachers prior to attending Saturday school so that teachers can provide materials for students to work on.

Saturday School is held on from 9am-12pm in the library on the following dates:

  • October 16
  • November 20
  • January 22
  • March 5
  • April 23
  • May 21

Enrichment Academy

Opportunity for students to receive tutoring before school and after school.  Students should bring all of their materials that they need assistance with.

Morning sessions run every day from 7:10-8:10 in the library. Afternoon sessions run every day from 3:30-5:00 in the library. Dinner is offered for students who check in by 3:30.

Transportation is not provided.

StudentVue /ParentVue

Student management systems detailing grades, attendance, assignments, and other important information.

Call the main office if you do not have a user account at 503-399-3080.

Visit StudentVue/ParentVue portal.

Travel Card

Tool for students and parents to use to assist in tracking attendance and homework each day. Travel cards can be picked up in the Student Support Center.

Cultural Advocates

Individuals collaborating and supporting students from specific cultural backgrounds.

Kenny RamirezPacific Islander Cultural Advocate
Community Resource Specialist
Karly Rose FosterIndian Education Cultural Advocate
Community Resource Specialist

Transition Education Program Advocate

Supports students who have lost housing, are couch surfing, or sleeping in car/tent/street. Click here more information on the STEP/Homeless Program

Maritza CejaSTEP Student Advocate
503-391-4060 ext. 203207

Crisis Resources (Emotional & Mental Health)

Marion County Youth and Family Crisis Services:
503-576-4673 ♦ Call 503-576-HOPE

Polk County Crisis Line:
503- 623-9289 ♦ 1-503-581-5535 (after hours)

Psychiatric Crisis Center:
503-585-4949 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill)

Northwest Human Services Crisis and Info Hotline:
503-581-5535 or 1-800-560-5535

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or  Text HOME to 741741
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio en espanol 1-888-628-9454

Trevor Project
(crisis line for students identifying as LGBTQIA+): 1-877-565-8860

Oregon Youthline
(teen to teen crisis and help line): 1-877-968-8491 or text ‘teen2teen’ to 839863

Teen Dating and Domestic Violence 24/7 hotline:
Center for Hope & Safety (formerly Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service)

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College & Career Readiness Resources

Talent Search is a college prep program to assist low income and/or first generation students. Commitment and time to the program is less than Upward Bound. Email Ellen Massey for additional questions regarding the Talent Search program or call 503-399-3080.

U.S. Department of Education TRIO Talent Search Program

Upward Bound is a college prep program that assists low income and/or first generation students who would like additional one-on-one support and who can devote time year-round to the program. Reach out to Ana Arredono-Franco for additional questions regarding the program or call 503-399-3080.

U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Program

Oregon Career Information System assists students with discovering post-secondary plans and career planning.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a resource for career exploration. The website has over 150 different careers with information about job growth, education needed for occupations, annual pay, and other important information related to career exploration.

Connect with local military recruiters to discuss branches, jobs, and other opportunities. These branches also visit the school every now and then so be on the lookout for them at lunch!

Apprenticeships provide opportunities for individuals to earn money while receiving on the job training.

  • State of Oregon’s Apprenticeship and Training Division offers resources to those wishing to apply to an apprenticeship program or are looking to get more information on what programs are available in Oregon.
  • Oregon GEAR UP (stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is an organization supporting low-income students to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Administered by Oregon State University.

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April 27th, 2020|

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April 6th, 2020|

“The counseling team at McKay has put together a resource folder. Information about COVID-19, community resources, and mental health supports can be found HERE. Thank you and please stay safe. -McKay Counseling Team”

20-21 Sophomore through Senior Survey

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Students interested in taking any level of Spanish, or interested in taking Japanese, Teacher Cadet, AVID, Yearbook, or being an Office/Teacher Aid should fill out the survey.

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February 27th, 2020|

20-21 Future Freshman Forecasting Sheet- Incoming freshman please utilize this worksheet to help you select courses for next school year. 20-21 Grade Elective Sheet- Incoming freshman please use this as a reference for courses you [...]

Survey for 2020-21 McKay Freshmen

February 27th, 2020|

Students, please take this survey ONLY if you are wanting to take Japanese, Spanish, or PE by Proficiency as a 9th grader. Click here for the survey.