School News

Art Santuary Hosts Guest Artist – Cross Program Collaboration Increases Learning

Visiting Artist at McKay

Advanced Ceramics artists were fortunate to have Alejandro Jimenez, a poet and educator, visit and share some incredible and relevant socially minded poetry today. Students were enamored by his art form…and the passionate delivery of his spoken word which infused his personal life experiences and Mexican culture. The timing of this opportunity couldn’t have been more perfect, as these student artists are starting to develop their own concepts for using their ‘visual’ voice to create and communicate a powerful Social Commentary Sculpture.


On another note, it is always exciting how such different programs can come together and merge their superpowers! Here are several fantastic and very professional metals/woods CTE students helping Mrs. B problem solve a support system for a large scale work of art. They have made several visits to consult with her and take measurements as they would with a potential ‘client’. They are working together to design and weld this internal frame from scratch. They will also build a base for its final presentation. 


2018-04-25T09:58:18+00:00 April 25th, 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

2018-04-11T15:04:25+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

McKay Youth & Government Delegation Successful at the Capitol

McKay had only four delegates this year for the annual YMCA Youth & Government Legislative session at the State Capitol, but the two teams represented McKay well.

Adriana Escorcia was elected Clerk of the Senate and performed incredibly well, keeping everything organized and efficient.

Raul Marques ran for President of the Senate but lost the campaign by only a few votes.

Both McKay measures passed both the House and the Senate and went to the Youth Governor’s desk. One measure was signed and the other was vetoed due to concerns over costs to small businesses.

The delegates debated well and showed great poise and professionalism!

Go Scots!

2018-04-09T15:06:27+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

McKay FBLA Shines at State Conference

The McKay FBLA Club sent 13 members to the state conference in Portland April 5, 6, & 7. The group represented McKay incredibly well. In competitions with members from 60 schools around the state, our 13 students earned 6 top ten awards. Most impressive are the 1st and 2nd place finishes. These 2 teams are now qualified to compete at FBLA Nationals in Baltimore, Maryland this summer. The challenge now is to come up with approximately $5,000 to cover the trip for the 4 students.

 FBLA State 2017-18 Competition Results

 Banking & Financial Systems –
1st place – Daniel Dang, Henry Trinh

Marketing –
2nd Place – Ben Ho, Montse Coria

5th Place – Axel Arredondo Franco, Chelsey Urquiza
     10th Place – Iveth Bazan Ayala, Carolina Segura

      9th Place – Ben Ho

Computer Problem Solving
     9th Place – Axel Arredondo Franco

Go Scots!

2018-04-09T13:57:13+00:00 April 9th, 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.

2018-04-16T13:38:14+00:00 April 5th, 2018|

District Partners to Host Screenagers Events

Salem-Keizer Public Schools, in partnership with the Marion County Health Department, and Salem and Keizer Police Departments will be hosing two events to view the nationally recognized documentary, Screenagers. Details on each event can be found below.

Screenagers delves into the struggles our students face with technology and the world of social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Each screening event is free to attend and is open to all. 

Wednesday, April 11 |  6-8 p.m.
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem

 Tuesday, April 24 |  6-8 p.m.
Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer

2018-04-02T16:57:46+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|

Make a difference! Cast your vote! – ¡Haz la diferencia! ¡Emite tu voto!

Make a difference! Cast your vote!

Please remember to register to vote or update your voter registration if you have moved or changed political parties so you’re ready to fill out and return your ballot when it arrives in the mail.

To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and at least 17 years old. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 15 election is April 24.

Registered voters receive a ballot in the mail about two weeks before an election.

There are three ways to register to vote in Oregon:

1.      Have your Oregon driver’s license or state ID card handy and register online

2.      Pick up a voter registration form at the post office or library (or download online) and return it in the mail

3.      Go to the county elections office to fill out a form

If you have moved, changed your name or mailing address, or want to change political parties, you can update your voter registration through the same methods.

For more information about voting in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.


¡Haz la diferencia! ¡Emite tu voto!

Por favor, no olvide inscribirse para votar o si es necesario actualice sus datos personales de votante si se ha mudado o ha cambiado de partido político para que esté preparado y pueda rellenar y devolver su boleta electoral cuando les llegue por correo regular.

La inscripción de votante en Oregon requiere lo siguiente: debe ser un ciudadano estadounidense, un residente de Oregon y tener por lo menos 17 años de edad. La fecha límite para votar en las próximas elecciones del 15 de mayo es el 24 de abril.

Los electores inscritos reciben una boleta por correo regular aproximadamente dos semanas antes de una elección.

Hay tres maneras de rellenar la solicitud para la inscripción de votante en Oregon:

1.      tenga a la mano su licencia de conducir de Oregon o tarjeta de identificación del estado para inscribirse por internet

2.      recoja una solitud para la inscripción de votante en la oficina de correos o en la biblioteca (o puede descargarla por internet) y devolverla por correo regular

3.      vaya a la oficina de elecciones del condado para rellenar un formulario

Si se ha mudado, cambiado el nombre, o tiene una dirección postal diferente, o desea cambiar su partido político, puede actualizar su inscripción de votante utilizando los mismos métodos.

Para obtener más información sobre cómo votar en Oregon, por favor, consulte el sitio web de: Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

2018-03-19T14:06:06+00:00 March 19th, 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

2018-03-16T15:01:31+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

Spring Student Led Conferences March 21 & 22


Wednesday, March 21
3:30pm – 4:45pm    Staff Prep / Dinner

Student Led Conferences
4:45pm – 7:00pm

Thursday, March 22

7:30am – 8:00am   Staff Prep

Student Led Conferences
8:00am – 11:45am
11:45am – 12:30pm  Staff Prep / Lunch
12:30pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm  Staff Prep / Dinner
5:30pm – 7:00pm

2018-03-12T15:47:50+00:00 March 12th, 2018|