School News

State Testing 30-day Notice

By law, Oregon school districts must notify parents about annual state testing at least thirty days before testing begins. Testing will begin in Salem-Keizer in February 2019. A copy of the 30-day notice and opt-out form can be picked up in any school office starting on January 7, 2019. For more information about state testing, please visit the Oregon Department of Education website:

2018-11-14T16:36:54+00:00November 14th, 2018|

McKay Celebrates our Veterans

On Friday, November 9th the McKay National Honor Society put a Veterans’ Day Celebration on for the McKay community.  This was supported by our catering students who provided a great breakfast and also our music programs who provided the entertainment.  Many veterans joined in the celebration. McKay High School acknowledges and appreciates the commitment and sacrifice our veterans have made.  We look forward to celebrating with everyone again next year!

2018-11-14T11:49:32+00:00November 14th, 2018|

College Application Week November 5-9th

What is College Application Week? College Application Week (CAW) is a statewide initiative. High schools across Oregon will conduct College Application Week events throughout the month of November. Oregon CAW has been successfully implemented in Oregon since 2012.  

What is the goal of College Application Week? Our goal is to provide every graduating high school senior with the opportunity to apply to college. Much of the focus of CAW is geared toward first- generation college students, low-income students, and other students who face barriers. We encourage all students to participate in events to help them explore and prepare for postsecondary education, including certificate programs, two-year degrees, and four-year degrees.  Last year we were able to serve about 150 seniors during CAW by giving them the space, resources and extra support. Some used that time to get help finishing FAFSA/ORSSA, some applied to universities, welding/culinary/trade schools, etc.

What happens during College Application Week? Think of CAW as a school spirit week, during which we all work together to build excitement and awareness surrounding the college exploration and application process. The library computer lab is reserved. Counselors and Mr. Brooks will be in there all throughout the day to support seniors who want to come in and take advantage of this opportunity.

2018-10-30T17:50:50+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Welcome Kristiina Gargner, McKay High School Nurse


 My name is Mrs. Kristiina Gagner and I am the School Health Nurse at McKay High School.  This is my 9th year working as a registered nurse and my 1st year working as a School Health Nurse.  Before coming to McKay High School, I enjoyed working at Albany General Hospital for 5.5years and Salem Health for 3.5 years.

 I graduated from Oregon State University (B.S. Psychology) and University of Portland (B.S. Nursing).

 You can reach me at 503-399-3080 during school hours. I do have voicemail, so you can leave me a message anytime. I will return your call as soon as I can.

 My email address is Please feel free to contact me with any health-related questions or concerns. I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and students at McKay High School this year.

 Kristiina BSN, RN

2018-10-26T14:56:18+00:00October 26th, 2018|

McKay High School InvenTeam Receives $10,000 Grant

Congratulations McKay!

We have a team of students that are Inventors on the McKay High School InvenTeam. They received a grant for up to $10,000 through the Lemelson-MIT program. This school year they will be working on their invention (an adaptive cup for individuals with dysphasia) and then will travel to MIT in June to present during Eureka Fest.

Be sure to congratulate these amazing humans!

Yesterday two indiviudals from the Lemelson-MIT Program flew out to host a training with the McKay High School InvenTeam.


2018-10-24T13:51:26+00:00October 24th, 2018|

WOU On-Site Admissions at McKay A Big Success!

Dave Compton was here for our WOU On-Site Admissions event today, and we have some great news to share.  Here are the stats:

 42 McKay seniors applied and had appointments today

  • 38 students were accepted on-the-spot
  • 4 students received a conditional acceptance with instructions to submit SAT/ACT scores and letters of recommendation

We’ll call that a successful day! 

2018-10-22T15:21:41+00:00October 22nd, 2018|