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McKay Athletics Builds Student Success

Dear McKay Parents and Community,

McKay High School’s vision is “Every student graduates college and career ready.”

I am excited to welcome everyone to the 2018-2019 school year. We have many athletic programs and students that have made tremendous progress this summer, and I look forward to a successful school year.

We believe that students at McKay who are involved in athletics will graduate college and career ready through the development of skills and characteristics that are transferable throughout their lives. Athletics at McKay support students’ development in our core values: leadership, scholarship, and competitiveness.

We believe that as students develop these values, they will become critical thinkers with skills to navigate their lives in a successful manner. Supporting students’ growth in these areas is our priority in McKay Athletics, and the reason for some changes at McKay. We have added an Athletic Leadership and Sports Psychology course that teaches athletes our core values and skills to apply and model those amongst their peers and teammates. We have also worked in collaboration with our head coaches and stakeholders to create our Athletic Success Program where students track attendance, set academic progress goals, and provided access to supports as needed. We believe that as these are monitored, and interventions and supports are provided when necessary, students will become successful and demonstrate continuous growth as critical thinkers and leaders.

We are in need of parent involvement and support to assist in the development of the most positive experiences possible for athletes at McKay. In athletics, we have an opportunity to be involved in our McKay Athletic Booster Club. We are seeking support from parents and community partners that can assist in giving our athletes and programs better opportunities and experiences. The boosters have been highly successful in the past year, as they built a turf facility, are painting the announcing building and track sheds, and are building a new and upgraded entrance to the stadium. All parties interested in joining the booster club or attending meetings should contact the school office or the booster club. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the McKay High School Library.

I am excited to announce our new Athletic School Office Specialist Stephanie Mentado-Hernandez. Stephanie comes to us from McKay’s student services office, as a parent of athletes at McKay, and an advocate for our athletic programs and student athletes. I look forward to her ability to think critically and proactively about athletics and bring a fresh and new perspective to make programs more accessible and systems more supportive for our families and students.

Please do not hesitate to call us at (503)399-3080 to discuss these opportunities in further detail. Thank you for partnering with us, as we continue our journey of success for your student and all of our Royal Scots.
We look forward to seeing you at student events this year. I look forward to a wonderful school year at McKay High School.

Go Scots!

Jerimy Kelley
Assistant Principal
Athletic Director
McKay High School

2018-08-16T10:36:34+00:00August 16th, 2018|

New Athletic Secretary Hired

“Our McKay Athletic Department would like to welcome Stephanie Mentado-Hernandez as our new Athletic Secretary. She has been currently working in the Student Center as a School Office Specialist. Stephanie has been a part of the McKay community for many years and is a great supporter of our school. She currently has 2 boys attending McKay High School and is very active in every aspect of our environment including but not limited to wrestling, football, booster club, and project grad.  Stephanie was born in Salem and graduated from the Teen Parent Program. Despite all odds she continued her education and untimely received a Bachelors in Psychology from Corban University. Her passion is to help mentor and guide students not only to achieve their goals but to believe in themselves no matter what their circumstances are. Stephanie is excited to work with all the amazing students “athletes” and to help them be successful.”

2018-08-09T06:20:27+00:00August 8th, 2018|

New Head Wrestling Coach Announced

We are excited to welcome Eric Harder as the Head Wrestling Coach at McKay.  He is a recent graduate from Western Oregon University. Growing up in Bethesda, MD He attended Walt Whitman High School where He participated in wrestling all 4 years. After graduating from Whitman, Eric moved to the west coast attending Pacific University. At Pacific He earn s earned 98 varsity wins and won the great lakes national qualifier to attend the Division III national championships. After college Eric found his passion for teaching and coaching. He immediately set out to coach and teach. Eric spent 2 years at Neil Armstrong Middle School and 1 year coaching at South Salem. During that time, He earned his masters in teaching which led him to coaching and teaching at McKay High School. He is a new social studies teacher at Mckay teaching AP world history and Economics. Eric says, “I am excited to teach a great group of student-athletes the skills they need to graduate college and career ready.”

2018-08-09T06:17:10+00:00August 8th, 2018|

Online enrollment verification via ParentVue

Salem-Keizer está activando una nueva función para facilitarle el proceso de verificación de inscripción de estudiantes. Lea la información adjunta para aprovechar esta función.

Cada año las escuelas envían al hogar información y documentos de inscripción en preparación para el próximo año lectivo. El objetivo es actualizar cualquier información que ha cambiado para contactar con los padres según sea necesario.  Este año el distrito escolar de Salem-Keizer ha añadido un método para que los padres de familia puedan verificar por internet la información de matrícula de sus estudiantes. 

Este proceso se completa al iniciar una sesión en ParentVUE, verificar la información que previamente nos proporcionó y para completar este proceso, por lo menos un padre de familia debe activar su cuenta de ParentVUE. La hoja adjunta contiene las instrucciones para activar su cuenta.  Si usted no tiene acceso a una computadora, pueden completar el proceso en la escuela de su estudiante.

Una cuenta de ParentVUE también le proporciona información adicional.  A través de ParentVUE usted puede monitorear el registro de asistencia de su estudiante, las calificaciones de su estudiante (de escuela intermedia y preparatoria), enviar/recibir mensajes a los maestros y los horarios de clases.

Por favor dediquen tiempo a activar su cuenta y conseguir acceso a esta información de su estudiante.


Salem-Keizer is activating a new feature to make the student enrollment verification process easier for you. Please read the attached information to take advantage of this feature.

Each year schools send home packets of enrollment information for the following year. The goal is to update any information that is changed to be able to contact parents if needed. This year Salem-Keizer is adding the ability for parents to verify their students’ enrollment information online.

This process will be completed through logging on to ParentVUE and verifying the information that you have previously provided. To complete this, at least one parent will need an active ParentVUE account. The attached sheet provides instructions on how to activate your account. If you do not have access to a computer, you can still complete this process at your school.

A ParentVUE account provides you with additional information as well. Through ParentVUE you can see attendance, student grades (Middle & High School), send/receive teacher communication and class schedules.

Please take a moment to activate your account to have access to this information for your student.


2018-07-23T07:46:43+00:00July 23rd, 2018|

Taking Care of Business Days – Días para hacer trámites escolares -August 15 &16

Dear McKay Parents and Community,

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

Meeting the educational needs of every student is our number one priority.  This is a team effort and, as principal, I look forward to partnering with each of you to ensure your student graduates from McKay ready for college or careers and to be an active and contributing member to our society.  Likewise, we have numerous opportunities for parents to get involved here at McKay High School.  Please do not hesitate to call us at 503.399.3080 to discuss these opportunities in further detail.

This letter is coming to you full of important information and dates so please review it accordingly.

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

August 15 and 16, see attached information.

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)

 Family Nights

These nights are focused on career and college readiness—how to prepare for, get into, and succeed in post-secondary education (trade, two year, and four year schools). These meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • October 1, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • December 3, 2018
  • January 14, 2019
  • February  4, 2019
  • March 4, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • April 29, 2019

Scots Scholars (Saturday School)

Scots Scholars is for all McKay students. During Scots Scholars, students are able to access the computers, as well as work with teachers on class assignments. The hours for Scots Scholars are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with free breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and free lunch served at 12:00 p.m. Ensuring that your student is completing his/her assignments and learning the appropriate skills and content for each class, will help guide him/her to success at McKay and beyond.  The following are dates for Scots Scholars:

  • October 6, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • January 12, 2019
  • March 2, 2019
  • April 20, 2019
  • June 8, 2019

Student Led Conferences (Student with Parent/Guardian attendance is required once during the school year.)

  • November 19, 2018 (evening only)
  • November 20, 2018 (all day and into the evening)
  • March 20, 2019 (evening only)
  • March 21, 2019  (all day and into the evening)

(See enclosed information.)

Bell Schedule

All high schools in Salem-Keizer are following an A/B block schedule for the 2018-19 school year. Next year students will have four, ninety minute class periods most days, and 40-43 minute periods on Mondays in weeks that have five school days.  This means that our students will now have eight classes each semester instead of seven.  And, our school day will end slightly earlier.  School begins at 8:20 a.m. and now ends at 3:10 p.m..  If your student does not ride the bus, please ensure your student is on time for school, dropping him/her off by 8:10 a.m.

(See enclosed bell schedule and calendar.)

 Thank you for partnering with us, as we continue our journey of success for your student and all of our Royal Scots.

We look forward to seeing you in August for our Taking Care of Business Days.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School


Estimados padres y miembros de la comunidad de McKay:

El lema de McKay es el siguiente: “Todos los alumnos se graduarán listos para la universidad y para la vida profesional”.

Nuestra prioridad consiste en satisfacer todas las necesidades docentes de todos los alumnos. Esta labor se basa en el trabajo colectivo, por lo que en mi función de director espero colaborar con todos ustedes para garantizar que los alumnos egresen de McKay listos para la universidad o la vida profesional y para convertirse en integrantes dinámicos y contribuyentes de la sociedad. Asimismo, ponemos a disposición de los padres numerosas oportunidades para participar en la Escuela Preparatoria McKay. Por favor, llámennos al 503.399.3080 para informarse de los pormenores de dichas oportunidades.

La presente carta contiene información y fechas importantes, por lo que les pedimos que la lean con atención.

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

15 y 16 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)

 Veladas familiares

Estas veladas tienen como asunto la preparación para la Universidad y la vida profesional: cómo prepararse, cómo ingresar en la Universidad y consejos para tener éxito en la educación superior (escuelas de comercio y en las universidades de dos y cuatro años). Las veladas se celebrarán de 6 a 7.30 p.m. los lunes siguientes:

  • 1 de octubre de 2018
  • 5 de noviembre de 2018
  • 3 de diciembre de 2018
  • 14 de enero de 2019
  • 4 de febrero de 2019
  • 4 de marzo de 2019
  • 8 de abril de 2019
  • 29 de abril de 2019

Escuela sabatina “Scots Scholars”

Esta escuela está abierta para todos los alumnos de McKay. Allí, los alumnos tendrán acceso a las computadoras y tendrán la oportunidad de hacer los trabajos de clase con la ayuda de los maestros. El horario será de 9 am a 12 del mediodía. Se servirá desayuno a las 8:30 am y almuerzo a las 12.00 del mediodía, ambos gratis para los alumnos. La realización de las tareas de clase y el aprendizaje de los conocimientos correspondientes al contenido de todas las clases ayudará al alumno a tener éxito en McKay y luego de egresar de la escuela. La escuela sabatina tendrá lugar en las fechas siguientes:

  • 6 de octubre de 2018
  • 3 de noviembre de 2018
  • 8 de diciembre de 2018
  • 12 de enero de 2019
  • 2 de marzo de 2019
  • 20 de abril de 2019
  • 8 de junio de 2019

Conferencias dirigidas por el alumno (Es obligatorio que los alumnos, padres y tutores legales asistan a una de estas conferencias).

  • 19 de noviembre de 2018 (sólo por la noche)
  • 20 de noviembre de 2018 (todo el día y parte de la noche)
  • 20 de marzo de 2019 (sólo por la noche)
  • 21 de marzo de 2019 (todo el día y parte de la noche)

(Lea la información adjunta).

Horario escolar

Todas las escuelas preparatorias de Salem-Keizer seguirán el horario propio del bloque A/B. El año siguiente, los alumnos tendrán cuatro períodos de clase de noventa minutos casi todos los días, y períodos de 40 a 43 minutos los lunes en las semanas en que haya cinco días de clase. Lo anterior implica que los alumnos tendrán ahora ocho clases por semestre en vez de siete y que el día de clase concluirá un poco más temprano. La escuela empieza a las 8:20 am y termina a las 3:10 p.m.. Los padres de los alumnos que no viajen en el autobús escolar deben traer al alumno con tiempo suficiente para que lleguen a la escuela antes de las 8:1 0 am.

(Adjunto encontrará el horario y el calendario escolares).

 Les damos las gracias por colaborar con nosotros a fin de que todos los alumnos Royal Scots tengan éxito.

Esperamos verles en agosto los días en que se hacen los trámites escolares.

¡Adelante, Scots!

Rob Schoepper
Director de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay

2018-07-13T06:06:47+00:00July 13th, 2018|

McKay CAD Students Bridge Test – Winners Announced

Students taking CAD 1 (Computer Aided Design) in the Engineering program at McKay competed in designing and constructing the most efficient bridge made of balsa wood.   The students were given the criteria and rules in early April.  Next, they completed their designs using AutoCAD software to produce scaled drawings of their bridges.  They were then sent home with their drawings, glue and balsa wood and given roughly 2 months to construct the bridge.  Testing the bridges was completed this week.  Students weigh their bridges, take pictures, and test it by hanging a bucket from the bridge and pouring sand into the bucket until failure (total destruction) has occurred. Then they compute the efficiency. (The weight of the bridge vs the weight it held). 

Mr. Wenger the instructor says, “It is always interesting to see what they come up with.” This was a record setting class.  The 1st place winner Justin Walker designed and constructed a bridge that only weighed 17.4 Grams, which is the lowest of all time for a winner. Congratulations to all these students. Their future in Engineering looks very bright.

The results are as follows: 

1st place – Justin Walker-  weight applied 49.4 lbs.  Efficiency  – 1289 lbs.
2nd place – Edouard Boyzo -weight applied 58.4 Efficiency – 858 lbs.
3rd place –  Dylon Stover –  weight applied 31.4 Efficiency – 801lbs


2018-06-07T15:23:01+00:00June 7th, 2018|