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Principal QuiringRanae Quiring
McKay High School

Welcome Back!

Hello Royal Scots Family!

We are working tirelessly to prepare for our first day with our 9th graders – Tuesday, September 7, 2021!  I think it’s safe to say that we have all been looking forward to the day when our students can return to school and enjoy a more typical learning environment.

We are ready for students to return, learn more about our new spaces in the building, and spend time together as a community again.  As we return to in-person learning, we are still finishing up our new spaces.  Students may notice that furniture in some new spaces and classrooms is mis-matched and used. Pandemic-related supply chain issues have delayed delivery of the new furniture needed to fill the additional spaces. Until the new desks and tables arrive, these spaces will be temporarily outfitted with used furniture on loan from around the district. The new furniture order is expected to arrive later in the fall.

Overall, students will notice these amazing new and modern spaces at McKay:

  • 21st century library-media center.
  • 11 science labs with prep and storage space.
  • A career-technical education building with spaces for the agriculture, culinary and engineering programs.
  • New music spaces including the choir room, a black box theater and storage.
  • Two new Developmental Learning Classrooms.
  • Improved traffic flow and a parent drop-off loop.

I look forward to working with you to have a very successful start to the school year!

Miss Quiring

Estamos trabajando incansablemente para prepararnos para nuestro primer día con nuestros estudiantes de noveno grado, ¡el martes 7 de septiembre de 2021! Creo que es seguro decir que todos esperábamos con ansias el día en que nuestros estudiantes puedan regresar a la escuela y disfrutar de un entorno de aprendizaje más típico.

Estamos listos para que los estudiantes regresen, aprendan más sobre nuestros nuevos espacios en el edificio y pasen tiempo juntos como comunidad nuevamente. A medida que regresamos al aprendizaje en persona, todavía estamos terminando nuestros nuevos espacios. Los estudiantes pueden notar que los muebles en algunos espacios y aulas nuevos no coinciden y se usan. Los problemas de la cadena de suministro relacionados con la pandemia han retrasado la entrega de los nuevos muebles necesarios para llenar los espacios adicionales. Hasta que lleguen los nuevos escritorios y mesas, estos espacios se equiparán temporalmente con muebles usados ​​en préstamo de todo el distrito. Se espera que el nuevo pedido de muebles llegue más adelante en el otoño.

En general, los estudiantes notarán estos increíbles espacios nuevos y modernos en McKay:

  • Biblioteca-centro multimedia del siglo XXI.
  • 11 laboratorios de ciencias con espacio de preparación y almacenamiento.
  • Edificio de educación carrera técnica con espacios para los programas de agricultura, gastronomía e ingeniería.
  • Nuevos espacios musicales que incluyen la sala del coro, un teatro de caja negra y almacenamiento.
  • Dos nuevas aulas de aprendizaje evolutivo.
  • Flujo de tráfico mejorado y un circuito para dejar a los padres.

¡Espero trabajar con ustedes para tener un comienzo muy exitoso del año escolar!

Directora Quiring

September 7th, 2021|

Introducing Principal Quiring! | ¡Presentamos a la directora Quiring!

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has officially announced Ranae Quiring as the new principal at McKay High School starting in the 2021-22 school year.

Arabic | Chuukese | Marshallese | Russian | Swahili

Educational Leadership

With more than 25 years of experience in education, Ranae has served in the district for the past eight years, most recently as an assistant principal on the Royal Scots team! Ranae has served in multiple educational roles throughout her career including as a classroom teacher in Arizona and Southern Oregon, as an instructional coach, as well as supporting the district in developing professional learning options for area schools.

“Throughout my career as an educator, I have maintained that our greatest opportunity is in the collaboration and learning we do together to meet the needs of our students,” said incoming principal Quiring. “I look forward to continuing this work and advancing how we, as a McKay community, can work together to support all students.”

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McKay High School Principal Ranae Quiring

Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer han anunciado oficialmente a Ranae Quiring como la nueva directora de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay a partir del año escolar 2021-22.

Liderazgo educativo

Con más de 25 años de experiencia en educación, Ranae ha servido en el distrito durante los últimos ocho años, ¡recientemente como subdirectora en el equipo Royal Scots! Ranae ha desempeñado múltiples funciones educativas a lo largo de su carrera, incluso como maestra de salón de clases en Arizona y el sur de Oregón, como entrenadora de instrucción, así como también, prestando su apoyo al distrito en el desarrollo de opciones de aprendizaje profesional para las escuelas del área.

“A lo largo de mi carrera como educadora, he sostenido que nuestra mayor oportunidad está en la colaboración y el aprendizaje que hacemos juntos para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes”, dijo la directora entrante Quiring. “Espero continuar con este trabajo y avanzar en cómo nosotros, como comunidad de McKay, podemos trabajar juntos para apoyar a todos los estudiantes”.

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Ranae Quiring, Directora de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay

June 11th, 2021|

Announcement from Principal Schoepper


Hello McKay Community,

Over the past four years, my goal has been to constantly do what is best for all our students and to recognize and build upon their many abilities and talents. It has been a true honor to serve the McKay community as principal.

The purpose of this communication is to let you know that I will not be returning to McKay High School in the fall. Effective July 1, 2021, I will be serving in a district level position supporting teaching and learning K-12. I will be working with schools across the district on learning acceleration opportunities and co-designing programs for students and families most impacted by the pandemic.

I am excited about this assignment and the new challenges it brings in supporting our students in Salem-Keizer. At the same time, I am saddened to be leaving a place I have called home for the past four years. We have done some incredible work together and have seen significant gains in teaching and learning during that time. When McKay opens its doors in the fall, we will have completed a multi-year $55 million bond renovation. Our facility will truly be state of the art and a place for high levels of teaching and learning for years to come.

It has been an honor to serve this community over the years. I have benefited greatly from the experience both professionally and personally. I look forward to investing in my new role, just as I have done at McKay High School.

Thank you again for all the personal and professional support you have provided me over the last several years. The Salem-Keizer School District is a great place to learn and work and I anticipate many more years of working together in supporting our students.


Rob Schoepper

June 2nd, 2021|

At school while under construction | En la escuela y en construcción

Welcome back to school!

Things certainly look different this year. McKay was just starting to prepare for construction when the COVID-19 pandemic closed school in March of 2020. Construction has been able to continue during the last several months and contractors have made great progress.

There’s still a lot of work to be done, however, and our school will be an active construction site until the fall. Here are some important safety instructions to remember while at McKay:

  • Staff, students and visitors must obey all posted signs, and stay out of the construction zone. Signs, fences, and barriers are in place to make sure school operates safely and construction progresses as swiftly as possible.
  • The construction crew will be actively working around campus during the school day. It may be tempting to ask the workers questions or talk with them but distracting construction workers can create a safety hazard. Please allow workers to focus on their jobs to keep themselves and others safe.
  • There will be construction vehicle traffic around campus during the day. Please use extra caution when walking, biking or driving around McKay. Stay focused on the road and watch for vehicles.
  • Construction contractors will park in the areas shown on the map. The majority of parking is available for staff and students.
  • Walk paths have been established to provide a safe way to get across campus. Please use the pathways shown in pink on the map to travel between the main building, the temporary portable classrooms, and the bus loading area. The sidewalk from Wolverine to McKay will remain open.

Student safety is our top priority at McKay High School. Thank you for being cautious and staying safe during construction. And thank you to the Salem and Keizer communities for supporting the 2018 bond that is funding these important improvements for McKay High School.

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¡Bienvenido de regreso a la escuela!

Ciertamente, las cosas serán diferentes en la escuela McKay este año. La escuela McKay estaba preparándose para iniciar la construcción cuando, debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, las escuelas cerraron en marzo de 2020. La construcción ha podido continuar durante los últimos meses y los contratistas han logrado un gran progreso.

Sin embargo, todavía queda mucho trabajo por hacer y nuestra escuela será un sitio de construcción activo hasta el otoño. Aquí hay algunas instrucciones de seguridad importantes para recordar mientras esté en la escuela McKay:

  • El personal, los estudiantes y los visitantes deben obedecer todos los letreros publicados y mantenerse fuera de la zona de construcción. Hay letreros, cercas y barreras en su lugar para garantizar que la escuela funcione de manera segura y que la construcción avance lo más rápido posible.
  • El equipo de construcción trabajará activamente en el área escolar durante los días escolares. Puede ser tentador hacer preguntas a los trabajadores o hablar con ellos, pero distraer a los trabajadores de la construcción puede crear un peligro para la seguridad. Permita que los trabajadores se concentren en sus trabajos para mantenerse seguros a sí mismos y a los demás.
  • Habrá tráfico de vehículos de construcción alrededor del área escolar durante el día. Tenga especial cuidado al caminar, andar en bicicleta o conducir por la escuela McKay. Manténgase enfocado en la carretera y esté atento a los vehículos.
  • Los contratistas de la construcción se estacionarán en las áreas que se muestran en el mapa. La mayoría del estacionamiento está disponible para el personal y los estudiantes.
  • Se han establecido sendas para caminar para proporcionar una forma segura de cruzar el área escolar. Utilice las sendas que se muestran en rosa en el mapa para trasladarse entre el plantel, los salones portátiles temporales y el área de carga del autobús escolar. La acera de Wolverine a McKay permanecerá abierta.

En la Escuela Preparatoria McKay, la seguridad de los estudiantes es nuestra prioridad principal. Gracias por ser cauteloso y mantenerse seguro durante la construcción.

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April 13th, 2021|

McKay High School Construction Update (Video) | Actualización del bono de la escuela preparatoria McKay (video)

McKay High School is currently undergoing bond-funded construction. Thanks to the Salem and Keizer voters, expansions and improvements planned for McKay will support student success!

La escuela preparatoria McKay se encuentra actualmente bajo las labores de construcción financiadas por los bonos. ¡Gracias a los votantes de Salem y Keizer, las ampliaciones y mejoras planeadas para McKay apoyarán el éxito estudiantil!

February 12th, 2021|

Principal Update: Successfully Transitioning to Quarter 3 and Upcoming Events Date: January 26th, 2021

Hello McKay Families and Community,

I wanted to take some time here at the end of the quarter to update you all on a great opportunity planned for all students before we launch Quarter 3.  On Tuesday, February 2nd and Wednesday, February 3rd we will be participating in an event called ‘Beyond: Creating Opportunities and Launching Your Future.’  The event features keynote speaker and spoken word poet Brandon Leake, the recent winner of America’s Got Talent.  This two-day event will provide students with opportunities to learn about education and career options, hone their skills and find out what really matters to industry professionals, college admission counselors, military partners and more!  With over 100 sessions being offered, I am confident your son or daughter will find relevant information that will support them as they plan for their futures.  Linked HERE is a google slide deck with all the event details.  You can also connect directly with your student’s CCR/Advisory teacher for specific information on the event, schedule or break session options.

Planning for the Week Ahead:

  • Monday, February 1st is a Grading Day for McKay Teachers and Staff.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd and Wednesday, February 3rd: Beyond: Creating Opportunities and Launching Your Future Event – Please reference the link above for details.  Students will start each day in their CCR advisory classes before moving to breakout sessions each day.
  • Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February 5thQuarter 3 officially starts again in Comprehensive Distance Learning.

A few reminders for us as we transition into Quarter 3:

  1. We regularly update our website with key information and events for our McKay students and community.  If you have not done so, please bookmark the link so you can easily access this bank of information –

 Student Attendance Requirements: Just a reminder to families that 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.
  1. 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.

Attached you will find the flyers for the Beyond event next week.  Lets have a great start to Quarter 3.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

January 26th, 2021|

Principal Update: A Loss to the McKay Family

 Please reference the message from Principal Rob Schoepper on a loss in our McKay family.


Hello McKay Students and Families,

Today we learned of a devastating loss to the Royal Scot family. Andrew Rosas, one of our students, was killed in an off campus shooting earlier this week. This news is incredibly difficult for everyone, especially with us not all being here at school. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Andrew. He will always be a part of our school, our community and our McKay family.

When events such as this occur, it is not unusual for us to react with shock, sadness, fear, anger and other feelings. Those reactions may rise and fall throughout the remainder of the day, and even for days to come. Some of us will want to have quiet time alone, and others may want time to talk with peers or adults. Some of you who did not know Andrew may be ready for teachers to return to academics sooner than others.

I would like to remind us that we all need to practice patience and respect for each other. We encourage you to talk about Andrew and remember him. If you need additional help or time to talk about your feelings, please connect directly with your counselor. We will have counselors and crisis team members available all day and as long as you need them.

Your safety and your wellbeing, both physically and emotionally, are our greatest priorities. We are here for you. We will give you the space and the support you need to grieve.

Thank you.

Mr. Schoepper

September 24th, 2020|

Principal Update: Comprehensive Distance Learning 20-21

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 –

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.


● 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
McKay High School

September 14th, 2020|

McKay High School 2020-2021 Update Newsletter

Please review the update information from Mr. Schoepper in both English and Spanish as we prepare for school in September.  Please remember to regularly check our website for updates and key information.

Royal Scots Logo McKay High School 20-21 School Year Information | 20-21 Información del año escolar

August 10th, 2020

Principal, Rob Schoepper

Welcome back, Royal Scot Families! The start of the 20-21 school year will not be the same as we have known, so I wanted to share some important information to our families, and to assist you all in having a successful start to the school year.

20-21 School Year Options

Families can choose between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), which is a component of a Blended Learning Model, or the online EDGE program.

If families choose Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), they don’t have to do anything but make sure their student is registered at their neighborhood school for the 20-21 school year. Registration is done through ParentVUE.

Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) will be different than the spring:

o Your students will have assigned time each day to meet with their class in a schedule.
o We will be taking attendance, monitoring learning and awarding grades and credits for all 9th – 12th grade students.
o Your student’s teachers will be available to students and will be teaching new content at a high level.
o Daily advisory classes (CCR) will be required for all students. CCR is our College and Career Readiness Advisory program.
o CDL will be in place until at least November 13th for 9th and 10th graders.
o CDL will be in place until at least January 28th for 11th and 12th graders.

If families choose EDGE – which is 100% online – they need to submit an online application. Enrollment in EDGE keeps their student connected to their neighborhood school, but is a different educational platform.

Our school district has shared more information about both of these options. Check out the Return to School 2020 page on our district website for more info!

Salem-Keizer Public Schools will also implement a ‘Slow Start’ to the 20-21 school year. September 8-11 will be used to establish connections with students and families. The official start of comprehensive distance learning, including the recently announced online-only EDGE program, is set for Monday, September 14, 2020.

Enrollment Changes
If your student won’t be enrolled at McKay High School in the fall – family moved, homeschooling, enrolled in different educational or school program, etc. – please contact us!
Registrar – Megan Everetts Zellick
Office Manager – Blanca Ochoa

Building Closed for Summer Bond Construction
Our campus is currently closed. Our school is under bond construction and our staff is on summer break. Please continue to check our school website for updates and about back-to-school info. We will share relevant information leading up to the soft start week of September 8th-11th, and how we can remotely help our families with any questions they may have.

Yearbook, Locker & Other School Item Distribution
Student items from school lockers, PE lockers, and classrooms will be available at a later date this summer/early fall. This also includes pre-purchased yearbooks. Once the district determines a plan, we will let our families know.

McKay High School | Información del año escolar 20-21    Royal Scots Logo

¡Familias Bienvenidos de nuevo! El comienzo del año escolar 20-21 no será el mismo que hemos conocido, así que quería compartir información importante con nuestras familias y ayudarlos a todos a tener un comienzo exitoso del año escolar.

Opciones del año escolar 20-21

Las familias pueden decidir permanecer como estudiantes de McKay o el programa EDGE 100% en línea.

Si las familias deciden seguir como estudiantes en McKay, no tienen que hacer nada más que asegurarse de que su estudiante esté registrado en la escuela de su vecindario para el año escolar 20-21. El registro se realiza a través de ParentVUE.

El aprendizaje a distancia será diferente a la primavera:

o Sus estudiantes tendrán un tiempo asignado cada día para reunirse con su clase en un horario.
o Tomaremos asistencia, monitorearemos el aprendizaje y otorgaremos calificaciones y créditos para todos los estudiantes de 9º a 12º grado.
o Los maestros de su estudiante estarán disponibles y enseñarán contenido nuevo a un alto nivel.
o Se requerirán clases diarias de asesoramiento (CCR) para todos los estudiantes. CCR es nuestro programa de asesoramiento sobre preparación universitaria y profesional.
o Aprendizaje por computadora estará vigente hasta al menos el 13 de noviembre para los estudiantes de 9º y 10º grado.
o Aprendizaje por computadora estará vigente hasta al menos el 28 de enero para los estudiantes de 11º y 12º grado.

Si las familias eligen EDGE, que es 100% en línea, deben enviar una solicitud en línea. La inscripción en EDGE mantiene a su estudiante conectado con la escuela de su vecindario, pero es una plataforma educativa diferente. Siga el enlace para la solicitud:

Nuestro distrito escolar ha compartido más información sobre estas dos opciones. ¡Visite la página Regreso a la escuela 2020 en el sitio web de nuestro distrito para obtener más información!

Las escuelas públicas de Salem-Keizer también implementarán un “comienzo lento” para el año escolar 20-21. Se utilizará del 8 al 11 de septiembre para establecer conexiones con los estudiantes y las familias. El inicio oficial de la educación a distancia, incluyendo el programa EDGE, está programado para el lunes 14 de septiembre de 2020.

Cambios de inscripción

Si su estudiante no se inscribirá en McKay High School en el otoño (la familia se mudó, la educación en el hogar, se inscribió en un programa educativo o escolar diferente, etc.), comuníquese con nosotros.

Registradora – Megan Everetts Zellick

Gerente de oficina – Blanca Ochoa

McKay está cerrada por construcción de verano

Nuestro edificio está cerrado actualmente. Nuestra escuela está en construcción y nuestro personal está de vacaciones de verano. Continúe visitando el sitio web de nuestra escuela para obtener información sobre el regreso a la escuela. Compartiremos información relevante antes de la semana de inicio del 8 al 11 de septiembre, y cómo podemos ayudar a nuestras familias con cualquier pregunta que puedan tener.

Distribución del anuario, casillero y otros artículos escolares

Los artículos de los estudiantes de los casilleros de la escuela, los casilleros de educación física y los salones de clases estarán disponibles en una fecha posterior este verano / principios del otoño. Esto también incluye anuarios comprados previamente. Una vez que el distrito determine un plan, se lo informaremos a nuestras familias.

August 13th, 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

May 21st, 2020|

A message to our McKay Seniors from Principal Rob Schoepper

A Message to our McKay High School Class of 2020

From: Rob Schoepper, Principal

To our Royal Scot Seniors:

As you have already heard, Governor Brown announced that schools across the State of Oregon will remain closed through the end of the school year. Although this information did not come as a shock, it is difficult to express how disappointed I was to hear this news. To many of our McKay staff and community, our Senior events and our McKay Graduation are the absolute highlights of the year. These next two months were reserved to celebrate and honor you and your accomplishments through 13 years of education. It was reserved for your Senior Prom, your Senior Sunset Dinner, your Senior Awards, reminiscing with your classmates of 13 years, and, ultimately, your graduation day. We will be getting back to you on what we can do at McKay to try to salvage some of these important milestones.

This is not how I envisioned addressing you at this time in your high school career. Please know that you are the ones that are on everyone’s mind right now. You have managed the late nights, the rigorous assessments, the relationships, the homework sessions after work, the heartbreaks, the setbacks, and the successes. You have found ways to balance all of the highs and lows and continued to move toward the goals you have set for yourselves. You have successfully navigated your way through the challenging gauntlet of high school and are worthy of being honored. My heart goes out to you and your families.

McKay High School will be doing everything we can to find innovative ways to honor you over the course of the next couple of months. You represent the very best in our McKay community and deserve to be honored. You have made us proud!

Regarding the remaining two months of your education at McKay High School, please see the important points below.

· Seniors in good standing (meaning on track to graduate and passing all classes as of March 13th) will be issued credit for classes in progress and will graduate on time.

· Seniors not in good standing as of March 13th will engage in distance learning opportunities with McKay teachers to recover credit and graduate on time. Teachers will focus efforts on standards not met as of March 13th and/or credit recovery opportunities to meet graduation requirements. You will have as many opportunities as needed to get to a passing grade and support from the McKay staff and community.

· Each senior family will be contacted to review any remaining graduation requirements, as well as, post-graduation opportunities.

· For information from Colt Gill, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Oregon, related to Oregon high school seniors, please click here.

With appreciation,

Rob Schoepper, Principal

April 9th, 2020|

Principal Message: Loss of a McKay Student

Royal Scot Family,

Today is a very sad day for our community. David Murao, a freshman at our school, has passed away. We’ve been in touch with his family, and in this time of great grief and sorrow, they are appreciative of our school community that is mourning with them. David’s passing is even more difficult with the current restrictions on gatherings and social distance – we wish we could all be together to grieve him as a family. We do have counselors who are standing by and ready to talk to you – you do not have to go through this experience alone. Some of you may get calls from our counselors without reaching out, but if you do want help, please just email me at You’ll get a call from someone who can help you through this. You can also text teen helpers at the Oregon YouthLine between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily by texting “teen2teen” to 839863. You are not alone in this. Your teachers, coaches and other school staff are grieving with you, and we are here to help you. Many of our students in the Pacific Islander community are connected to Ken Ramirez – please know that he is also a helper and will be there for you.

Let us honor David by coming together anyway we safely can in this time of immense sadness.

With profound appreciation for our McKay community,

Principal Rob Schoepper





March 29th, 2020|

Principal Update: Coronavirus and Flu Resources

Hello McKay Community,

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is working closely with our public health agencies to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our students and staff safe. Our custodial staff has increased the frequency of cleaning shared surfaces like bus seats, desks, doorknobs and tables, but we know the number one way to help prevent the spread of this virus, as well as the cold and flu, is to ensure that we encourage healthy behaviors like handwashing. If handwashing is not available, hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol are recommended. Should a case be diagnosed in our district, we will follow the direction of our public health agencies, and communications will go out to our community through autodialers, emails, website postings, social media updates and press releases.

Below you will find a number of resources for our community, students and families:

From the National Association of School Psychologists, resources for parents to talk to their children about the coronavirus:

From Oregon Health Authority, Resources for Families and Schools in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese:

From Oregon Health Authority, images for social media:

From the World Health Foundation, when to use a mask:

From Mythbusters, a (yucky) video about sneezing safely:

From Johns Hopkins Medicine, a video about how to wash your hands effectively:

From, just about the cutest video on germs and handwashing you’ll ever see:

If you have questions or want to discuss our protocols please call our office directly at 503.399.3080.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

March 9th, 2020|

Principal Update: Coronavirus Update

Hello McKay Community,

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is working with the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to determine crisis response plans that align with forthcoming CDC guidance. That guidance specifically will cover exclusion and closure recommendations. In the event of a diagnosed case in the area, we will follow their direction along with that of the local health departments to ensure we’re taking every step possible to keep our community safe.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to promote healthy behaviors like frequent handwashing that align with current CDC recommendations.

The attached “Am I too sick for school” documents in English and Spanish may also be useful while we await further direction.

Thank you,

Rob Schoepper

February 27th, 2020|

McKay Bond Newsletter 2020

Hello McKay Community –

Bond-funded construction will begin at McKay at the end of the school year in June 2020.  Please reference the attached update for work starting this year.


Rob Schoepper

January 31st, 2020|

Principal Update: Student Success Act Community Input Sessions


Hello McKay Community,

As you may have heard, Salem-Keizer School District will be receiving more than $35 million this year from the Student Success Act. Annually, this investment account can only be used to meet students’ mental or behavioral health needs and increase academic achievement for students.

As principal, I want to personally invite you to hear about how best to invest these dollars.  The district is holding a community forum in Keizer at McNary High on November 18th from 6-8 p.m. If you cannot make that event, the district will be holding another one in Salem at South Salem High on November 20th from 6-8 p.m.  Dinner and childcare will be provided at both events and translators will also be available.

Below are the addresses for these community events.

Monday, Nov. 18 | 6-8 p.m.
McNary High
595 Chemawa Road N., Keizer

Wednesday, Nov. 20 | 6-8 p.m.
South Salem High
1910 Church St. SE, Salem

If you need additional information, please visit

I hope to see you there!

Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

November 15th, 2019|

Principal Update: Upcoming Bond Construction

Construction is planned to start in June 2020 and is estimated to take about 18 months to complete. This means McKay will be under construction for much of next school year (2020-2021). It also means the campus will be closed for the summers of 2020 and 2021.  Please reference the attached information from Principal Schoepper on the upcoming Bond work happening here at McKay High School.

October 7th, 2019|

Principal Update: Student Attendance

Hello McKay Families and Community,

Our vision is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’  As we get the new school year off to a successful start, it is important to address this issue of chronic absenteeism.   Last year one in three students at McKay were considered chronically absent.  This means these students attended less than 90% of the time. This impacts student learning and achievement at a foundational level and results in fewer students walking across the graduation stage.

Here are some key findings:

  • Students who attend school regularly are 172% more likely to graduate.
  • Missing just two days of school each month results in an entire month of lost instruction.
  • Arriving tardy to school matters. Being consistently 15 minutes late to school results in missing two weeks of instruction each year.
  • When too many students miss class, this impacts all students as instruction is slowed.

It is important to note that research has shown a correlation between student attendance in school and work attendance later in life.  Habits built throughout a student’s K-12 career is carried into adulthood.  This also connects to employability.  Missing class results in missing important skill development for success after high school.

As principal, I want to challenge us as a community to do better.  We have strong attendance systems in place this year to address this issue.  We are also celebrating our students who meet or exceed our target of 90% attendance.   We realize that it requires a school-home partnership to ensure our students are fully supported.  I am asking us to work together to improve attendance at McKay.  Please work with us by communicating with your student the importance of regular attendance and getting to school on-time.

If you want to discuss the importance of regular attendance or resources we have available to support students and families please call me directly at 503.399.3080.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

September 5th, 2019|

Taking Care of Business Days – Días para hacer trámites escolares -August 14 &15

Taking Care of Business Days (Parent/Guardian and student attendance is required.)

August 14 and 15.

School Supplies

Please ensure your student comes to school prepared with the following school supplies:

  • One, two inch, three-ring binder
  • One pencil pouch
  • Pencils
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Loose, college ruled notebook paper
  • Nine dividers
  • Nine, single-subject, college ruled, spiral notebooks.  (Most classes require students to have a spiral notebook, including CCR)
  • A calendar/planner to track homework assignments and activities
  • Two graphing composition notebooks for math classes. (One per semester, per course)


Días para hacer trámites escolares (la asistencia de los padres, tutores legales y alumnos es obligatoria)

14 y 15 de agosto (lea la información adjunta)

Útiles escolares

Cerciórese de que el alumno asista a la escuela preparado con los útiles siguientes:

  • Un cuaderno de tres anillas de dos pulgadas
  • Un estuche para los lápices
  • Lápices
  • Bolígrafos (de tinta negra o azul)
  • Hojas de renglón ancho
  • Nueve separadores
  • Nueve cuadernos de espiral con hojas de renglón ancho para cada una de las asignaturas. (El alumno debe tener cuadernos de espiral para casi todas las clases, incluida CCR)
  • Una agenda con calendario para llevar la cuenta de todas las tareas de clase y actividades escolares
  • Dos cuadernos de papel cuadriculado para las clases de matemáticas (uno por cada semestre y por cada curso)


June 14th, 2019|

Principal Update: Momo Challenge

Dear McKay Families,

Recently, something called the “Momo Challenge” has been making the news. In it, content that is created for children is supposedly interrupted by a scary-looking character who provides instruction to children about how to complete suicide. Other iterations of this story include similar experiences on WhatsApp or Snapchat. YouTube officials have confirmed that, contrary to press reports, it hasn’t seen any evidence of videos showing or promoting the “Momo challenge” on its platform. If the videos did exist, YouTube officials say they would be removed instantly for violating the platform’s policies. Additionally, there have been zero corroborated reports of any child ever taking his or her own life after participating in this “challenge” that many national news organizations are calling a hoax.

Real or not, this serves as an excellent reminder to be active participants in your child’s online experiences. Here are some tips to help ensure your child is safe online:

* Ensure that you set up parental controls – this will help restrict what your child can and cannot see online

* Don’t turn the other cheek – report and block anything that concerns you online

* Turn off YouTube’s “suggested auto-play” so your children don’t view content they haven’t selected

* Download apps to help monitor your child’s online activity. A great example is “FamilyTime,” available on both Android and IOS. With the paid version, it allows you to customize precisely what content your kids should have access to, set time limits, track location, and more. The software gives you tools to set homework and bedtimes, or merely limit the total time that your kids spend on their phones. There’s also support for geofencing so that you get alerts when that phone enters or leaves a specific area, and location tracking, so that you can see where your child is. You can block or control on an app-by-app basis, apply internet filters, monitor calls and texts, and keep an eye on contact lists. The free version also offers some of those features.

* Download “SafeOregon.” Managed by the Oregon State Police, SafeOregon allows you to report unsafe online behaviors, like bullying, by submitting a screen shot or written report. Reports may also be made anonymously.

Talking to your children about suicide can be scary. The district is hosting community events just for that purpose. The next “Speak Up!” town hall forum will be on March 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. at North Salem High. Dinner, childcare and translations services will be available at no cost.

As always, if you have any concerns about your child’s safety, please let us know so we can help.

Thank you,

Rob Schoepper

February 28th, 2019|

Principal Update: Attendance

Principal Update: New Semester, Stronger Attendance at McKay!

Hello McKay Community,

As we transition into semester 2 of the 2018-19 school year, it’s important to keep regular school attendance a priority in your child’s life. Throughout the district, you may have heard about Every Day 24J, the districts attendance campaign to help raise awareness about how chronic absenteeism affects our students.

Did you know we currently have nearly 1 in 3 students who are chronically absent across the district? That means 29 percent of students are missing, on average, two days of school each month. If this continues, chronically absent students will miss out on an entire month of instruction for the 2018-19 school year.

As you would expect, this impacts learning at foundational levels and can negatively impact a student’s likelihood of reaching high school graduation.

How can I help my student be at school every day?

• Communicate with us here at McKay
Every once in a while, your student may need to miss school. When these situations occur, it’s important to communicate with us. If unforeseen challenges arise such as transportation or child care – we can work to connect you with resources to help.

• Know when your student truly is too sick for school
When a child gets sick, it can be difficult to determine if they are too sick to attend classes. Utilize our when is sick too sick flyer to help you determine if your child should stay home. If your child needs to stay home, it’s important to communicate with us to ensure they can stay on top of all assignments or create a plan for absence.

• Set good examples and enforce rules. Talk positively about the impacts of education
As a parent, grandparent or guardian, you are your child’s most influential teacher. Talking positively about how education can impact your child’s life and setting expectations with your children early about attendance can help your child feel motivated to attend regularly.

• Stay involved in your child’s school life and after-school activities
For students, there is often much more to school life than attending classes. Staying involved in your child’s interests and helping them navigate after school activities can help students feel more connected to school. Remember to regularly check our website for an updated calendar of all the activities and event we offer throughout the year.

• Show your interest in your child’s academic work and attend conferences
Attending conferences allows for open lines of communication with your student and their teachers. This helps you identify if your child is struggling in a particular area and how to connect them with proper supports.

At McKay High School our vision is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’ Students who regularly attend school are more likely to graduate, setting the stage for success in college and higher rates of employability.

Again, as we transition into the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year, please help us in encouraging your student to be here all day, every day at McKay High School.

Rob Schoepper

January 9th, 2019|

Principal Invitation: Speak Up! Preventing Teen Suicide

Dear McKay Families and Community,

I want to invite our community to an upcoming event we are hosting here at McKay on January 16th, 2019.  Talking to your children about suicide is not easy.  Please join us and area mental health professionals in a listening session and focus group to help identify strategies that facilitate conversations with loved ones and young people about mental health.  This is an important event for us as a school community.  Please join us for dinner starting at 5:00 pm.  Speak Up!  Preventing Teen Suicide will run from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  We will also be providing child care for this event.  I hope to see you there.

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

December 20th, 2018|

Principal Update: Boundary Adjustment Open Houses and Upcoming Fall Conferences

Hello McKay Families and Community,

A Boundary Task Force has been reviewing boundaries in all Salem-Keizer high school feeder systems.  This group is working to balance enrollments across the district and to make sure we fully utilize the additional capacity built into the 2018 bond program.  This group will be making boundary recommendations that will be presented at the December 11th, 2018 School Board meeting.

McKay parent and community input is critical in this process so I am inviting you all to attend one of two Boundary Open House events with me at CTEC on Portland Road.

Please plan to attend one or both of the Boundary Open House events:

Location: CTEC (Career Technical Education Center)

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dates: Tuesday, October 30th and Tuesday, November 13th

Again, these are opportunities for input into this process.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Likewise, please mark your calendars for our Fall Student Led Conferences here at McKay.  These are scheduled for the evening of Monday, November 19th and the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, November 20th.  These are student-led and provide valuable insight in your student’s present level of performance, academic and extracurricular goals and opportunities to connect with teachers.  These are also required for all students as part of CCR (College and Career Readiness) classes.  We will be sending out a detailed schedule over the next week or so.

As always, please connect with me directly if you have questions and need support.  We are a team in this work to ensure we move our community closer to our vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’


Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

October 22nd, 2018|

Principal Update: Attendance Matters!

Hello McKay Parents and Community,

Our vision is ‘All students will graduate college and career ready.’ We are so excited to be partnering with each of you in support of our students as we work to ensure our vision is realized for every student here at McKay. 

With it being the first week of school, our staff and students are working diligently in classes reviewing procedures and expectations, course requirements and, most importantly, allocating adequate time to develop relationships and a strong sense of community in every classroom.   We believe this work is foundational to the start of the year.   Developing a safe and welcoming environment is key to effective learning outcomes for all students. 

Another area that we believe is foundational to student success is the importance of regular attendance.  We expect all students to attend 90% or more of their classes for the year.  To put this in perspective, students must attend at minimum 9 out of every 10 school days.  If students attend less than this 90% mark, it affects learning and creates gaps key information students must know in order to be successful in classes.  Attendance matters and regular attendance will improve academic success.   

As we start the 2018-2019 school year, I ask that we as a community continue to support our students’ ability to attend regularly.  We have numerous supports for our students and families in the area of regular attendance so please feel free to call our office at 503.399.3080 to get more information and resources on attendance.

We appreciate the continued partnership and support to ensure all students graduate college and career ready here at McKay High School.

Rob Schoepper

September 5th, 2018|

McKay Graduation Changes


Hello McKay Parents and Community,

The spring is an exciting time of the year as we celebrate our students’ accomplishments and begin planning for the coming year.  For our seniors and their families, we are excited to be celebrating you all at graduation on Friday, June 8th at 8:00 pm at the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Our team is working to finalize our planning around this event.  There are some adjustments we are required to make this year.  This is to meet both facility and safety guidelines for the Pavilion location.  We are expecting a large graduating class here at McKay of over 500 students.  The Pavilion has a maximum capacity that cannot exceed 5,000 people.  The fact is we have outgrown what is currently the largest venue we can rent to hold our graduation ceremony.  For the last two years, there have been security and safety concerns because of overcrowding in the seating areas.

To ensure we are complying with facility and safety guidelines we are implementing the following:

  1. Each McKay HS graduate will receive 10 tickets for this event.

  2. Each graduate will be surveyed for the number of tickets they may need for graduation.

  3. We can guarantee 10 tickets per graduate to start and will consider requests for additional tickets if other graduates are not using all 10 of their allotted tickets.

  4. Tickets will be distributed to graduates on Tuesday, May 29 with their caps & gowns.

  5. Only guests with tickets will be allowed into the Pavilion. Children under age 5 who can sit on a parent/guardian’s lap will be allowed without a ticket. 

We recognize that changes in our processes can, at times, be difficult to navigate.  We truly thank you  for your patience and understanding with this new process and in helping us ensure that we can provide a memorable graduation for our seniors in a safe and secure environment.


Mr. Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School


Un saludo a los padres y a toda la comunidad de McKay:

La primavera es una época emocionante del año en la que celebramos los logros de nuestros estudiantes y comenzamos a planificar para el próximo año. Para nuestros estudiantes del 12do grado y sus familias, estamos entusiasmados por celebrar su graduación el 8 de junio a las 8pm en el Pavilion del Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Nuestro equipo de organización está trabajando para finalizar la planificación de este evento. Han surgido algunos ajustes que se nos ha requerido hacer este año. Esto es para cumplir los lineamientos de seguridad general y los establecidos por las instalaciones del Pavilion. Esperamos la asistencia de un gran número de graduandos en McKay de más de 500 estudiantes. El Pavilion tiene una capacidad máxima que no puede exceder de 5000 personas. En efecto, nosotros hemos sobrepasado la capacidad máxima de los lugares de mayor capacidad que podemos alquilar para llevar a cabo nuestra ceremonia de graduación. En los últimos dos años, hemos tenido preocupaciones de prevención y seguridad debido a la superpoblación en las áreas de los asientos.

Para asegurar que cumplamos con los lineamientos de seguridad y prevención de las instalaciones, implementaremos las siguientes normas:

  1. Cada graduando de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay recibirá 10 boletos de entrada para este evento.

  2. Cada graduando será encuestado acerca del número de boletos que ellos puedan necesitar para este evento.

  3. Garantizaremos 10 boletos por graduando para comenzar y consideraremos las solicitudes de boletos adicionales si otros graduandos no usarán todos sus 10 boletos asignados.

  4. Los boletos de entrada les serán entregados a los graduandos el martes 29 de mayo con sus togas y birretes.

  5. Solo los invitados con boleto les será permitida la entrada al Pavilion. Los niños menores de 5 años de edad que se puedan sentar en el regazo de sus padres serán permitidos sin boleto de entrada.

Nosotros reconocemos que los cambios en los procesos, en algunas ocasiones, pueden ser difíciles de aceptar. Nosotros verdaderamente apreciamos su paciencia y comprensión en este nuevo proceso y su ayuda a asegurar que podamos proveer una graduación memorable para nuestros graduandos en un ambiente seguro y a salvo.


Sr. Schoepper
Director, Escuela Preparatoria McKay

May 9th, 2018|

Principal Communication: Student Walkout

April 10, 2018

Dear McKay Parents, Guardians and Community,

As principal of McKay, I want to inform you about a possible student walkout that may occur on Friday, April 20. I hope that this communication allows you to better understand what may occur that day and to give you an opportunity to have discussions with your student about this event.

First, any type of student led demonstration/walkout that occurs is not a McKay High School sanctioned or endorsed event. As always, our students are allowed to exercise their right to freedom of speech. Student and staff safety is always our top priority. We work with our partners at the Salem Police Department and with our own security team to ensure our students and staff are safe and that we can maintain a learning environment during any student led/demonstration or walkout.

Back in March, some of our students participated in a national walkout that honored the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida tragedy. That demonstration was peaceful, remained on campus and students returned to class after the 17-minute walkout. The reason I write to you today is that our students organizing this walkout have informed me that they will be leaving campus to join others at the Oregon State Capitol. I want to give you as much information as I have so you can be informed.

• The walkout will begin at 10 a.m. on April 20 with students who choose to participate.
• The demonstration is to call for Gun Policy Reform.
• There are no plans to conduct the walkout on campus. Students have a planned route that they will walk to get to the Oregon State Capitol.
• The McKay High School staff and security will work to ensure that our students are safe from the point of walkout to exiting campus. None of our McKay staff or security will supervise the demonstration at the Capitol.
• When students leave campus for the demonstration, it will be an unexcused absence.
• We encourage students to prearrange this unexcused absence so we can best account for all of our students that day.

Here are some important things to know and talking points with your student if your student elects to participate in the April 20 walkout off campus.

• As this walkout is not a McKay sponsored event, it is important to know that if students leave campus, they are choosing to enter an uncontrolled environment where there will not be supervision from staff at McKay High School or Salem-Keizer Public Schools. This is why we feel it is extremely important for students to stay on school grounds.
• The District’s transportation policies and schedule will not be altered for this event. SKPS will not be liable for any incidents that may occur from non-approved forms of travel during this non-sponsored activity.
• The District will work with local law enforcement to help keep students as safe as possible while off campus. It is important to understand that students leaving campus will no longer be the responsibility of Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

Please call or email me if you have questions or want to discuss this in further detail at 503.399.3080.


Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

April 11th, 2018|

Computer Science Classes in 2018-19

Dear McKay Parents, Guardians, Community and Alumni,

McKay High School has an exciting opportunity to teach computer science to our students starting in the 2018-2019 school year, see attached.

April 5th, 2018|

March Principal Update: Bond Measure

Hello McKay Community:

I would like to update our community on the 2018 Proposed Bond on the May 15th Ballot.
The School Board has finished its work on a bond package and has referred it to the May 15 ballot for the community to consider.
Before finalizing the bond, the Board heard feedback through a community survey, through the Community Facilities Task Force and through listening sessions with staff and community members held in every high school neighborhood. The Board twice asked staff to revise the bond package to make sure it aligned with the feedback they received and still addressed the needs of facilities.
Highlights of the proposed bond include:
• Increasing safety and security, including seismic safety of schools
• Adding/expanding space to relieve crowding and prepare for future enrollment, including general education classrooms and space for music programs
• Adding/expanding space for career-technical (vocational) education at all six traditional high schools as well as Roberts High School
• Adding/renovating science labs at middle and high schools
The proposed bond package totals $619.7 million and if passed by voters in May, is estimated to increase the current property tax levy rate by $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed value.
To be eligible to vote in the May election, you must be registered voter and reside in the district. To register or to update your voter registration, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website:
You must be registered by April 24. Ballots will be mailed to voters on April 25. For more information about the proposed bond measure, please visit


Rob Schoepper

Estamida communidad de McKay,

La propuesta de ley que aparecerá en la boleta electoral del 15 de mayo de 2018

La Mesa Directiva Escolar ha concluido su trabajo con respecto a la propuesta de ley sobre la que la comunidad tomará su decisión en la boleta electoral del 15 de mayo.

Antes de darle los últimos toques al contenido de la propuesta de ley, la Mesa Directiva Escolar recibió las opiniones de la comunidad mediante una encuesta, a través de la Comisión de Ciudadanos Dedicados al Estudio de las Instalaciones Escolares y por medio de reuniones destinadas a recoger las opiniones del personal y de los integrantes de la comunidad celebradas en todas las escuelas preparatorias. La Mesa Directiva Escolar le pidió dos veces al personal que revisara el contenido de la propuesta de ley para cerciorarse de que reflejara las opiniones recibidas y de que abordara los problemas presentes en las instalaciones escolares.

Aspectos destacados de la propuesta de ley:

  • Incrementar las medidas y los procedimientos de seguridad, con inclusión de instalaciones y alarmas antisísmicas en las escuelas.
  • Agregar aulas nuevas o agrandar las existentes para aliviar el problema de la superpoblación estudiantil y prepararse para la matrícula futura, con inclusión de aulas de educación general y salones de música.
  • Agregar aulas nuevas o agrandar las existentes para la docencia técnica-profesional (vocacional) en las seis escuelas preparatorias tradicionales y en la Escuela Preparatoria Roberts.
  • Agregar laboratorios de ciencias nuevos o renovar los existentes en las escuelas intermedias y preparatorias.

La propuesta de ley tiene un valor de $619.7 millones. En caso de que los votantes la aprobasen en mayo, se calcula que incrementaría el impuesto actual sobre bienes inmuebles en $1.24 por cada $1,000 del valor de tasación.

Únicamente los votantes inscritos y residentes del distrito tendrán derecho a votar en mayo. A fin de inscribirse o de actualizar su inscripción de votante, visite la página Web de la Secretaría del Estado de Oregón:

El plazo para inscribirse vence el 24 de abril. El 25 de abril se enviarán por correo las boletas electorales. Para informarse a fondo sobre este asunto, por favor, acceda a la página web siguiente:


Rob Schoepper
Director, McKay High School

March 16th, 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!

March 1st, 2018|

Principal Statement, Student Loss at McKay

This is the statement by Principal Schoepper that staff shared with students today regarding this loss of one of our students.


To: McKay High School Students

From: Rob Schoepper, Principal

 Date: Tuesday, 01.23.18

 Today we learned of a devastating loss to the Royal Scot family. Last night, Alfredo Hernandez, a junior here, lost his life in a shooting off campus.

 We are all deeply saddened by this loss. Alfredo will forever be part of our school, our community and our McKay family.

 When events such as this occur, it is not unusual for us to react with shock, sadness, fear, anger and other feelings.  Those reactions may rise and fall throughout the remainder of the day, and even for days to come.  Some of us will want to have quiet time alone, and others may want time to talk with peers or adults.  Some of you who didn’t know Alfredo may be ready for teachers to return to academics sooner than others.

 We all need to practice patience and respect for each other. We encourage you to talk about Alfredo and remember him.  If you need additional help or time to talk about your feelings, you may go to the Safe Room, which is located in our McKay library. Counselors will be available all day and as long as you need them.

 You will be expected to sign out of your class and into the Safe Room.  It is important that you be in a setting with an adult present. For your wellbeing, tight accountability of attendance is critical during time of trauma and loss.

 As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we have additional law enforcement on campus today. Please feel free to talk to them about any safety concerns you may have. Your safety and your wellbeing, both physically and emotionally, are our greatest priorities. We are here for you. We will give you the space you need to grieve.

Thank you.

 Mr. Schoepper

January 23rd, 2018|

Principal Update January 2018 English/Spanish


Hello McKay Community,

It was nice welcoming our community back from the long winter break last week. We have successfully transitioned back into learning here at McKay High School. As I have visited classrooms and have conferenced with both students and staff, our community is working hard to prepare for semester one finals here at the end of the month. We ask that you continue to conference with your student regarding assignments and activities. Likewise, please remember that if students need additional support, we provide after-school tutoring in our library every day until 5:00 pm. Teachers are also available to meet directly with both students and families.

Before the winter break, we hosted a McKay-area community meeting to review facility needs as well as projected enrollment numbers. We also reviewed the initial conceptual design for McKay High School, which will address these needs. I appreciated all the McKay community who came to our meeting to hear about this and to provide input into the process. For those of you who could not make it, I am attaching this information to review. Please know that I am happy to discuss this information with you at any time. Please call the office directly at 503.399.3080.

We appreciate the partnership and support here at McKay High School as we continue to move our school closer to our vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

Rob Schoepper

Principal, McKay High School


11 de enero de 2018

Estimada comunidad de McKay:
Nos dio mucho placer darle la bienvenida a nuestra comunidad luego de las largas vacaciones invernales. La transición a las clases diarias ha sido exitosa en la Escuela Preparatoria McKay. En mis visitas a las aulas y en las conversaciones con el personal y con los alumnos, me he dado cuenta de que la comunidad se esfuerza al máximo por prepararse para los exámenes finales del semestre, los cuales se harán a fines del presente mes. Les pedimos que sigan al tanto de las tareas de clase y de las actividades estudiantiles. Asimismo, por favor, recuerden que, si el alumno necesita apoyo complementario, en la escuela damos tutoría diaria en la biblioteca después de clase hasta las 5 de la tarde. Los maestros también están en la mejor disposición de reunirse con los alumnos y las familias cuando sea necesario.

Antes de las vacaciones invernales, celebramos una reunión con la comunidad que vive en la zona de asistencia de McKay para conversar sobre las necesidades de la escuela, la proyección de la matrícula y el diseño conceptual de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay. Les damos las gracias a los miembros de la comunidad que acudieron a la reunión para expresar sus opiniones sobre estos asuntos. En beneficio de los que no asistieron a la reunión, adjunto dicha información a la presente carta. Por favor, tengan la certeza de que estoy a la disposición de ustedes para conversar en cualquier momento sobre los temas que tratamos en la reunión. Por favor, llamen a la oficina al teléfono 503.399.3080.

Agradecemos la colaboración y el apoyo de todos en la Preparatoria McKay mientras continuamos trabajando a fin de hacer realidad nuestra divisa: “Todos los alumnos se graduarán listos para la Universidad y para la vida profesional”.

Rob Schoepper

Director de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay


January 16th, 2018|

Principal’s Update November 15, 2017


Hello McKay Community:

I wanted to be sure to follow up regarding the incident this morning whereby McKay High School was identified in a graffiti threat up in Keizer.  Student and staff safety is always our top priority and, as a result, we err on the side of safety if there is any possibility of a dangerous situation.  We have worked closely with both the Salem and Keizer Police and our Security Department to ensure all students and staff were safe during this time.   Thankfully, we have never had a serious incident.

While today has not been a typical day at our school, I want to commend our community for how we came together during this situation.  We do not take threats lightly.  I appreciate everyone involved who took steps to keep our students, staff and community safe.  Again, school safety is a team effort and we appreciated the cooperation of students, staff, parents and police.

The Keizer Police are still investigating the graffiti, and if anyone has any tips, please call 503-390-3713 or email  Individuals can remain anonymous.  Reference Keizer Police Department Incident #17-4776.

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School


15 de noviembre del 2017

Saludos comunidad de McKay:

Quiero asegurarme de mantener un seguimiento respecto al incidente de esta mañana en donde la Escuela Preparatoria McKay fue identificada en una amenaza hecha en un grafiti en el área de Keizer. Nuestra mayor prioridad es la seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal docente, y como resultado, preferimos ser precavidos en caso de que exista la posibilidad de una situación peligrosa. Hemos trabajado tanto con la policía de Salem como con la de Keizer, y con nuestro propio departamento de seguridad, para garantizar que todos los estudiantes y el personal docente estén a salvo. Afortunadamente, nunca hemos tenido un incidente serio.

A pesar de que hoy no ha sido un día típico en nuestra escuela, quiero elogiar a nuestra comunidad por la forma en la que nos unimos durante esta situación. No tomamos las amenazas a la ligera. Me siento muy agradecido por todos los participantes quienes tomaron la iniciativa para mantener a los estudiantes, personal y a la comunidad a salvo. Nuevamente, la seguridad de la escuela es un trabajo en equipo y agradecemos la cooperación de los estudiantes, personal, padres y de la policía.

La policía de Keizer aún está investigando el grafiti y si alguien tiene alguna información al respecto, por favor, llame al 503-390-3713 o escriba a  La identidad de los informantes permanecerá anónima. Llame al Departamento de Policía de Keizer y utilice el número de incidente 17-4776.


Rob Schoepper
Escuela Preparatoria McKay

November 15th, 2017|

Principal Update: November 2017

Hello McKay Community,

Our vision – ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

It is hard to believe we are into November.  It feels like yesterday when we met with our incoming freshman on the first day of school.  These students are now almost a third of the way into their first year here at McKay.  I have been impressed with our student body.  They are showing up to school, working hard both academically and in extracurricular activities.   Likewise, our staff is continuing to work collaboratively on implementing instructional strategies we identify as WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading).  By providing our students access to these college and career readiness strategies our students are developing skills to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, along with the ability to collaborate as part of a team.  We know these skills are essential to their success in college or careers.

Here are few November reminders for our McKay community:

  1. Please remember that we are hosting the ‘McKay Area Bond Listening and Learning Forum’ on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm.  Parents and student in our McKay High School Feeder and any interested staff and community members are invited to attend this event.  This is an opportunity for our community to learn and share about needs of our schools along with how the proposed bond measure would address these needs.  Please call me directly here at McKay if you have questions at 503.399.3080.
  2. On Monday, November 20th in the evening and all day Tuesday, November 21st will be having our fall Student Led Conferences. These are opportunities for our students to share their course progress and goals, discussing overall strengths and weaknesses and answering questions posed by parents or guardians.  Please note that these Student Led Conferences are a requirement to receive credit in CCR class (College and Career Readiness Advisory Classes).  Both our students and staff have been working hard in preparation for these conferences.  We hope to see you there.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

November 14th, 2017|

Principal October Update – El 6 de Octubre, 2017


Hello McKay Community,

All of us here at McKay are excited about the new school year.  It is hard to believe that we are approaching the first grading period.  We have had a successful start to the year.

Because you all are a key part of how we support the success of our students, I want to keep you up-to-date on topics that are important to our community.  One of these topics is the improvements that schools in our district need.

Over the last two years, the school district’s Facilities & Planning Department staff and a contracted architectural firm created a plan that identifies and addresses the physical needs of school and support department buildings. Along with school principals and select school staff, the planning team assessed all buildings in the school district, examined population projections, and the space needs of our programs.

Their work fulfilled a state requirement to create a Long Range Facilities Plan that lists the improvements each school and support department needs in order to meet enrollment projections, and to provide the kinds of spaces that will support our educational programs for the next several years.

Here are some examples of the needs included in the plan:

  • Our schools need additional space to support current enrollment and projected enrollment. Enrollment in our district has grown steadily over the years, and is expected to continue. Enrollment projections predict almost 1,000 new students in Salem-Keizer in only five years. That’s about the equivalent enrollment of two elementary schools or one middle school. Five of our six traditional high schools are already at or over capacity. More than half of our 42 elementary schools and 10 of our middle schools need some kind of additional or expanded space, ranging from classrooms to gyms to cafeteria expansions and more.
  • Our high schools need expanded Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs

CTE programs, formerly called vocational programs, have a powerful effect on students. In our district, students who concentrate on a CTE program have a graduation rate of about 87 percent. The state average graduation rate for all students is about 75 percent. It’s easy to understand why CTE is important and we need to continue to support our students’ ability to access this program.

  • Our middle and high schools need additional or renovated science labs

Some spaces used in our schools for science education are simply a classroom with a sink. This limits our educators’ ability to offer the kind of science education the 21stcentury demands. Additionally, our middle schools don’t have enough science education spaces to support a full year of science classes. Middle school students in our district are currently offered one half-year of science education. Ten of our middle schools and all of our comprehensive high schools need new or renovated science classrooms. Our high schools also need fully equipped chemistry labs.

  • A number of our schools need enhanced seismic safety

Our district has made good progress in the past in retrofitting buildings for seismic safety, but there’s still more work to do. Our engineers have performed initial screenings to identify areas in schools that need strengthening that would allow students and staff to safely exit buildings if a major earthquake were to occur. The areas that need strengthening are categorized from low to very high risk. Addressing the highest risk areas first is one of our goals in making seismic improvements. Another goal is to upgrade the design standard of additions to allow them to be re-occupied immediately following a major earthquake, not just allow safe exit from the building.

A citizen’s task force reviewed the list of facility needs, and felt the work was necessary. However, the cost to complete the work is estimated to total around $620 million. This is far beyond what the district can afford to pay from the operating budget. The citizen’s task force recognized this, and recommended that the School Board pursue a general obligation bond to fund the construction work. The School Board accepted the recommendation, and voted to place a bond measure on the ballot in May of 2018 for the community to consider.

It’s important to remember, however, that the bond package is not yet final. The School Board will continue to discuss the bond in upcoming meetings. Future news about the bond package will be posted on the district’s website and in our school newsletter. To read more about the district’s facility needs and the history of the bond package please visit

Thank you for all your continued support of our students and staff here at McKay High School.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School


El 6 de Octubre, 2017

Estimados padres:

Todos nosotros en la Escuela McKay sentimos gran emoción por el inicio del año lectivo. El año ha empezado bien, y nos causa gran gozo regresar y hacer algo que disfrutamos bastante: preparar a los estudiantes para la graduación y una vida llena de éxitos.

Usted es un factor importante para nuestro éxito y deseamos mantenerle informado sobre los temas de importancia en la escuela. Uno de estos temas tiene que ver con los mejoramientos que necesitamos en las escuelas de nuestro distrito.

Durante el trascurso de los últimos dos años, el personal del Departamento de Instalaciones y Planificaciones del Distrito y un bufete de arquitectos crearon un plan para identificar y planear cómo satisfacer las necesidades existentes en los planteles escolares e instalaciones del distrito. En conjunto con algunos directores de las escuelas, un grupo selecto de personal escolar y el equipo de planeación evaluó todos los planteles e instalaciones del distrito escolar, analizó las cantidades de matrícula proyectada y la necesidad de espacio para la función de nuestros programas.

El trabajo que el equipo realizó cumple el requisito estatal de crear un plan a largo plazo de las instalaciones del distrito que dicte los mejoramientos que cada escuela y departamento necesita para la matrícula proyectada y para poder proveer el espacio necesario y apoyar el funcionamiento de nuestros programas educativos durante los próximos años.

A continuación, tienen algunos ejemplos de las necesidades descritas en el plan:

• Necesitamos más espacio en nuestras escuelas para la matricula proyectada. La matrícula en nuestro distrito ha aumentado ininterrumpidamente durante los años y se espera que continúe aumentando. La matrícula proyectada indica que tendremos un aumento de casi 1,000 nuevos estudiantes en Salem-Keizer en solo cinco años. La matrícula es equivalente a la de dos escuelas primarias y una escuela intermedia.

Cinco de las seis escuelas preparatorias tradicionales ya casi están al máximo de capacidad o ya están sobrepobladas. Más de la mitad de las 42 escuelas primarias y 10 de las escuelas intermedias necesitan algún tipo de expansión o espacio adicional para salones de clases, expansiones en los gimnasios o la cafetería y más.

• Las escuelas preparatorias necesitan ampliar los programas de Educación Técnica y de Carreras Profesionales (CTE, por sus siglas en inglés)
Los programas de CTE, anteriormente conocidos como programas vocacionales, tienen un efecto profundo en los estudiantes. En nuestro distrito, los estudiantes que se enfocan en un programa de CTE tienen un índice de graduación de aproximadamente un 87 por ciento. El índice promedio de graduación para el estado de todos los estudiantes es aproximadamente un 75 por ciento. Es fácil comprender la importancia de los programas de CTE.

• Nuestras escuelas intermedias y preparatorias necesitan un laboratorio de ciencias nuevo o renovaciones en los laboratorios existentes
Algunos de los espacios utilizados en nuestras escuelas para ciencias son sencillamente un salón de clases regular con un lavabo. Esto pone límites a las habilidades de nuestros maestros para ofrecer la educación de ciencias requerida en el siglo 21. Adicionalmente, nuestras escuelas intermedias no tienen suficiente espacio designado para que los estudiantes tomen ciencias durante todo un año lectivo. Actualmente, a los estudiantes de escuela intermedia se les ofrece medio año de ciencias. Diez de nuestras escuelas intermedias y todas nuestras escuelas preparatorias necesitan un laboratorio de ciencias nuevo o renovaciones en los salones de clase de ciencias existentes. Nuestras escuelas preparatorias también necesitan laboratorios de química completamente equipados.

• Algunas de nuestras escuelas necesitan mejorar la seguridad antisísmica
En el pasado, nuestro distrito ha logrado hacer un buen progreso en reforzar las escuelas para la seguridad antisísmica, pero aún queda más trabajo por terminar. Nuestros ingenieros han realizado las evaluaciones iniciales para identificar las áreas en las escuelas que necesitan reforzamiento, lo cual permitiría a los estudiantes y al personal salir seguramente de los edificios en caso de que ocurriera un gran terremoto. Se designan por categoría las áreas que requieren reforzamiento desde bajo riesgo hasta alto riesgo. Una de nuestras metas es primero dirigir nuestra atención a las áreas de alto riesgo para mejoramientos de reforzamiento antisísmico. Otra meta es actualizar las instalaciones de acuerdo al estándar de diseño para los mejoramientos antisísmicos que permiten la entrada a las instalaciones inmediatamente después de un gran sisme además de la salida segura en caso de una emergencia.

Un grupo de voluntarios para la planificación de las instalaciones revisó la lista de las necesidades en las instalaciones y determino que tal trabajo era necesario. Sin embargo, el costo estimado para completar el trabajo es aproximadamente un total de $620 millones. Esto sobrepasa la posibilidad del distrito para sufragar los gastos con los fondos del presupuesto operativo del distrito. El grupo de voluntarios para la planificación de las instalaciones reconoció este hecho y recomendó que la junta directiva escolar del distrito persiguiera una iniciativa para un bono de obligación general para sufragar el trabajo de construcción. La junta directiva escolar aprobó la recomendación y voto para colocar la iniciativa del bono de obligación general en la boleta electoral de mayo de 2018 para la consideración de la comunidad.

Sin embargo, es importante recordar que los planes de la iniciativa para un bono de obligación general son solamente preliminares. La junta directiva del distrito escolar continuará dialogando sobre el bono de obligación general en sus reuniones próximas. Las noticias acerca del bono se publicarán en la página web del distrito escolar y en nuestro boletín escolar. Para leer más información sobre las necesidades en las instalaciones del distrito y la historia completa de la iniciativa para un bono de obligación general, por favor, consulten el siguiente sitio de internet:

Muchas gracias por todo su apoyo para los estudiantes de nuestra escuela y de todo Salem y Keizer. Anticipo otro excelente año colaborando con ustedes para el beneficio de nuestros estudiantes.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

October 6th, 2017|

College & Career Readiness

Hello McKay Community,

Our vision here at McKay High School is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

A continued part of our work this year in making this a reality is through our CCR (College and Career Readiness) classes.   We believe that CCR not only support students’ ability to create positive relationships with peers and staff, but also supports their development with essential skills like critical thinking, oral academic language development, organization/time management, goal setting and planning for post-graduation success.  We know these skills are essential to both their academic and ultimately career success.

Here are some key highlights for both our McKay parents and students regarding CCR class:

  • CCR will take place twice each week on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • It is scheduled after 1st and 5th periods each day and runs around 30 minutes.
  • CCR is identified as ‘0’ period on student schedules
  • CCR is a pass/no pass class and will count for .25 credits each year.
  • Students spend time in CCR preparing for Student-Led Conferences scheduled for November and March.

We look forward to another great year here at McKay High School and look forward to partnering with each of you as we move closer to our vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

Go Scots!


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

August 23rd, 2017|
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