School News

Deadline Extended – Turn in Boundary Adjustment Sibling Forms by March 8

Because of the recent snow days, the deadline to turn in a Boundary Adjustment Sibling Request Form has been extended to Friday, March 8, 2019.

Families whose residence address is affected by a boundary adjustment were mailed letters in February. If you believe your address is affected by a boundary adjustment but did not receive a letter, please contact your school.

For more information about boundary adjustments or the Boundary Adjustment Sibling Form, please visit https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/boundary-adjustments or email info@salkeiz.k12.or.us

Debido a los recientes días de nevadas, la fecha límite para la entrega de los formularios de traslado de escuela para hermanos debido a los ajustes a los límites escolares fue extendida para antes del viernes, 8 de marzo de 2019.

En febrero, fueron enviadas unas cartas por correo para aquellas familias cuya dirección de residencia se ve afectada por el ajuste a los límites escolares. Si usted piensa que su dirección se ve afectada por el ajuste a los limites escolares pero no recibió una carta, por favor, comuníquese con su escuela.

Para obtener más información sobre los ajustes a los límites escolares o sobre el formulario de traslado de escuela para hermanos debido al ajuste a los límites escolares, por favor acuda a: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/boundary-adjustments o envíe un correo electrónico a: info@salkeiz.k12.or.us

2019-03-08T09:58:42-08:00March 1st, 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
Principal

2019-02-28T15:30:09-08:00February 28th, 2019|

Future Freshman Night – March 4, 2019

Please mark your calendars and join us at McKay on Monday, March 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for our Future Freshmen Open
House.
 This is an opportunity for our future freshmen and their families to meet our staff and learn about the programs and activities at McKay. Child care and refreshments will be provided.

 Por favor marquen sus calendarios y únasen a nosotros en McKay el lunes, 3 de marzo de las seis a las siete y media de la tarde para nuestra casa abierta de estudiantes que entraran al grado 9 el proximo ano. Esta es una oportunidad de conocer a nuestro personal y aprender sobre los programas y actividades de McKay.Tendremos refrescos y cuidado de niños.

Future Freshmen Open House Poster 2019

2019-02-27T11:26:32-08:00February 27th, 2019|

Forecasting 2019-20

From March 1 – April 5 in Social Studies classes, McKay students will have the opportunity to forecast their class schedule for the 2019-20 school year. They will review their graduation requirements, see their teacher recommendations, select their desired elective courses, and have an individual conversation with a Counselor.

The McKay master schedule for 2019-20, as well as students’ individual schedules, are built based on choices made by students during this forecasting process, so please make informed decisions.

We encourage parents to have conversations with students about their interests, and which classes and programs at McKay would be a good fit for them.

To help you out, you can also access these resources:

·       A video preview of some elective courses here: https://youtu.be/QT0wMvouj38

·       Review a list of elective options here:

·       Review the McKay registration bulletin here:

2019-02-22T17:19:01-08:00February 22nd, 2019|

McKay High School CTE Showcase Hosts Stephens Middle 8th Graders

More than 330 eight graders from Stephens Middle School recently took a field trip to McKay High School to learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs they can join as freshmen next fall.

“We’ve been really happy with the showcase process and we’re getting students in the right programs,” said McKay Assistant Principal David Wood.

McKay CTE programs include: Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Business and Marketing, Computer Programming and Engineering, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts and Nursing.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Teacher Gerald Hosler talks with Stephens Middle School students about the Agriculture program at McKay High School during the Royal Scots’ CTE Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Mr. Hosler is also the faculty advisor for the Salem-Keizer Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

One of Automotive Technology teacher Noel Thiel’s students shares with Stephens Middle School eighth graders information about opportunities in the CTE program.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Students in the Business and Marketing program learn how to handle money at the Maps Credit Union branch at McKay. Teacher Carl Garner talks with Stephens students about opportunities they can explore.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Students in the Business and Marketing program learn how to run a business in the Scot Shop, where McKay students can buy snacks. Teacher Roy Adams talks with Stephens students about things they can learn.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Computer Programming and Engineering teacher Katrina Hull shares her enthusiasm for STEM with Stephens students at the McKay CTE Showcase. Mrs. Hull was recognized for educational excellence with a 2018 Crystal Apple Award by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

McKay students in teacher Michelle Zielinski’s Construction Technology program show Stephen’s students how to safely operate equipment during the McKay CTE Showcase.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

McKay Culinary Arts teacher Chris Feskens showed Stephens students the outdoor cafe area adjacent to his classroom during McKay’s CTE Showcase. Teacher Amy Holcomb also works with students in the Royal Scots’ Culinary Arts program.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Nursing teacher Carol Martinez works with Stephens students at the McKay CTE Showcase for eighth graders. Teacher Amanda Rivera also instructs students in this program.

2019-02-21T15:44:07-08:00February 21st, 2019|

Spring Sports Registration Now Open – Deadline Feb 27

Spring is almost here and Spring Sports Registration is up and ready. If you plan on participating in  Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, or Golf this is the place to sign up. Follow the prompts in the link and submit your athletic registration. If you have any questions stop by the athletic window and see Mrs. Stephanie Mentado #GoScots 

https://www.familyid.com/mckay-high-school/2018-2019-spring-athletic-registration-9

2019-02-14T09:07:02-08:00February 14th, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Votes to Approve Boundary Adjustments

The Salem-Keizer Board of Directors voted 5-2 last night to approve the boundary adjustment proposal brought forward by the Boundary Review Task Force. Directors Blasi and Lippold opposed. The boundary adjustments will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year and only apply to incoming kindergarten through third-graders, sixth-graders and ninth-graders. Students entering grades four, five, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 12 will not be impacted by the boundary adjustments. Transportation will be provided both for students in the new boundaries and those who are not impacted by the boundary adjustments and will be continuing in their existing schools. Students enrolled in special programs will continue in those special programs.

Families impacted by the boundary adjustments will receive personalized letters in their preferred language in the coming days detailing the transition. Maps are available at schools to review the 36 areas of Salem and Keizer impacted by the adjustments.

The Boundary Review Task Force is a 45-member volunteer committee comprised of representatives from the special education community, PCUN, Mano a Mano, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem-Keizer NAACP and all geographic regions.

Thanks to the community’s passage of a bond in May, SKPS will invest $619.7 million in Salem and Keizer in the form of school expansions, renovations and improvements over the next five to six years. Boundary adjustments will shift students away from crowded conditions and into these new, improved learning environments.

To view the boundary adjustments website, click here.

2019-02-13T15:43:23-08:00February 13th, 2019|

McKay Banking Program Student Shines at Salem Chamber Luncheon

Monday, February 11, 2019 found six McKay students at the Salem Chamber Luncheon Forum. The partnership with McKay and Maps Credit Union was on full display during the luncheon. Jacob Boring, one of the management team in the Advanced Banking Management class, took the stage to share his experience with the program at McKay and then introduced two of the distinguished guest panelists.  The panelists spoke about the importance of Career and Technical Education and the guests included Christy Perry, our Superintendent. Several panelists commented on the skills demonstrated by Jacob as he stood in front of the large crowd of Salem business and community members. Jacob did an amazing job representing McKay High School and the partnership we have with Maps.

 

2019-02-12T15:00:46-08:00February 12th, 2019|

McKay Theatre Soars at Regionals

Another Regionals success! This group of first-time competitors battled sickness & nerves, pushed through, supported one another, and learned a ton! Special to the day: senior, LJ Allise, walked (sang?) away with the third highest score (of 130 singers) and qualified to rep McKay at STATE and NATIONALS!!! Go, Scots!

2019-02-04T12:02:21-08:00February 4th, 2019|