9th Grade Bootcamp – June 24th – June 27th

Class of 2023

McKay is offering a jump start for incoming 9th graders starting Monday, June 24th and running through June 27th.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Applications can be picked up in the main office at Stephens.

For further questions, please contact Wendy Stradley @ McKay High School  (503) 399-3080.

2019-04-26T07:51:40-08:00April 26, 2019|

8th Grade Year End Promotion/Dance – Date Change

Attention 8th grade parents:  Due to inclement weather makeup day, we are moving our promotion and dance to June 12th. 

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact the main office.

Information on Promotion:

8th GRADE PROMOTION:  Family members and friends are invited to attend a promotion ceremony in honor of our 8th grade students.  This is not a formal event.  Appropriate dress includes slacks and collared shirts for boys, modest dresses or skirts for girls.  For guidance, please refer to the district dress code in the student handbook. Students must attend entire day at school in order to participate in this evening’s event.

June 12, 2019

McKay High School Gymnasium

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


 8th GRADE DANCE:  Following the promotion ceremony, students meeting the eligibility requirements are invited to a dance.  This dance will be held in the upper gym at McKay High School and is for 8th grade students only. Parents please plan on leaving after the promotion ceremony and returning after the dance to pick up your child. We are asking parents of 8th graders to each contribute $5.00 to cover the cost of the party. This is a voluntary donation, but would assist in the success of the evening’s event. You can send the money in with your student to the main office.

June 12, 2019

McKay High School Auxiliary Gym

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.


Promotion Requirements for 2018-19; in order for your student to be eligible to attend the 8th grade promotion and celebration, your student must meet the following guidelines:

A: Attendance second semester is 92% or better – make up absences with Saturday School if falling below

B: No more than 2 referrals, including for attendance issues (excessive tardies, skipping)

C: No more than 2 failing grades second semester


2019-04-01T10:59:55-08:00April 1, 2019|

[UPDATED] SKPS School Year Extended By One Day Due to Inclement Weather Make-Up

***Story has been updated to reflect the removal of Waldo Middle School from the exceptions list, which NOW ONLY includes Judson, North Salem and McNary.

Because of those inclement weather-related school closures, all Salem-Keizer Public Schools, with the exception of three secondary schools scheduled for major construction, will add one day to the 2018-19 school calendar. The updated calendar does not apply to Judson, North Salem or McNary – those schools remain on the original calendar so major construction will not be delayed.

*Please note that should any day be missed moving forward, SKPS will revisit the calendar to ensure compliance with state standards.*

Details On 2018-19 School Calendar Changes:

  • High School Finals – FORMERLY June 10-12, NOW June 11-13
  • Elementary Last Day – FORMERLY June 11, NOW June 12
  • Elementary Grading Days – FORMERLY June 12-13, NOW June 13-14
  • Secondary Last Day – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Middle School Early Release – FORMERLY June 12, NOW June 13
  • Secondary Grading Day – FORMERLY June 13, NOW June 14

Updated Calendars For All Schools EXCEPT Judson, North Salem and McNary

Click the links for the updated calendars in English and Spanish.

Original Calendars for Judson, North Salem and McNary ONLY

Click the links for the calendar for Judson Middle, McNary High and North Salem High in English and Spanish.

Click the link to visit the Calendar page on the district website.


2019-05-06T12:33:08-08:00March 21, 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.

2019-02-22T13:44:01-08:00February 21, 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 13, 2019|

Stephens Middle Student Designs New Patch for Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputies

Eighth grader Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja from Stephens Middle School designed the new Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) patch.

Deputies in the MCSO East County Service District will wear the new patch on their uniforms, said Sheriff Jason Myers at a special school assembly recognizing Jesus last Friday.

Marion County Sheriff's Office New Patch Art Contest

Stephens Middle Advanced Art teacher Gladys Jacobsen with Marion County Sheriff’s Office patch contest design winner Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja.

The design was one of 23 created in teacher Gladys Jacobsen’s Advanced Art class. Students were asked to make a patch design based on the question, “What do you love about your neighborhood?” All the contest entries have been showcased as decals on two MCSO vehicles since November.

“Jesus is not only a very creative and skilled artist, but a hardworking student as well,” Mrs. Jacobsen said. “He comes in after school to work on his projects and is very dedicated to his craft. I am so proud that he has been recognized for his hard work and talent.”

Marion County Sheriff's Office New Patch Art Contest

Marion County Sheriff’s Office patch contest design winner Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja.

Jesus said he was surprised to win the contest with his artwork featuring evergreen trees, a bright red apple reflecting the area’s orchards, and a compass in the middle. Jesus said along with art, he likes cooking, and hopes to take Career and Technical Education culinary classes in high school next fall.

Marion County Sheriff's Office New Patch Art Contest

Pictured from left: Marion County Sheriff Commander Joe Kast, patch design winner Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja, Sheriff Jason Myers and Undersheriff Troy Clausen.

Sheriff Myers said there has recently been an addition of 10 new deputies dedicated to the MCSO East Salem Service District, and they will all be wearing the newly designed patch on their uniforms.

“These are exciting times,” Sheriff Myers said. “We have the opportunity to develop some great relationships with the Hayesville and Four Corners communities.”

2019-02-06T19:38:27-08:00February 6, 2019|