Winter Letter to Families 2018-2019
December 21, 2018 By:Jason Heimerdinger
Dear McNary Families,
Over the past several weeks I’ve witnessed some amazing things that your students and staff have been working on this semester. For example, we now have students that are learning math in new and innovative ways. In our brand new Geometry and Construction (GiC) class students are learning complex mathematical concepts and then applying them in authentic and practical ways. Our kids are collaboratively designing and building everything from corn hole sets to goat barns all while applying the math that they learn in the class. In our culinary arts program, our students are applying their learned skills of baking and cooking and applying them to a catering business model. So far this year, our students have prepared tasty meals and provided outstanding customer service to officials at the Oregon Department of Education and to the executive team from our District office.
Since 2014 our school has been working very hard at following a blueprint that will help us become a world class high school. Our mission statement is “to be bold enough to be the best at educating, nurturing, and inspiring” and our plan for success has not waivered. As such, we have seen a steady increase in graduation rates coupled with ample scholarships for students seeking an education beyond high school.
One particular area of focus has been our expectation that all students participate in one club, one sport, or one activity (1:1:1) every year of high school. While we have seen a significant spike in student participation in extracurricular activities, we recognize there is still more work to be done in this area. Working in collaboration with our McNary Athletic Booster Club, the Salem-Keizer Beacons, and using our own internal resources, our students will now be able to participate in track without paying an athletic fee this year. Ultimately we would like to see this opportunity expand to more clubs, sports, and activities because we know that when students have an emotional attachment to their school, their grades, attendance, and behavior also improve. Students who participate, graduate on time, and with a competitive advantage.
Construction Changes Coming This Summer
Bond construction will begin soon at McNary. We are excited about the improvements we’ll see when construction is finished!
Safety of students, staff and community members is the top priority for the District and McNary. To make sure that construction can proceed safely, we will need to make some changes to our normal school operations.
Major construction is expected to begin right away at the end of the school year. This will require that our school campus, including the building and most outdoor areas, will be closed for the summer. The school office and some of our normal summer programs, such as the Summer Transition Program, will be relocated to Salem-Keizer’s Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). More information about our summer location and plans will be available soon.
The closed campus also means that community groups that use our facilities in the summer will need to find a different space. We know this won’t be easy for our community and we’re sorry for the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause, but the entire campus will be an active construction site.
The district’s Facilities Services Department is currently working on a plan to support the relocation of programs. We will share more information with you as soon as it’s available.
Thank you for supporting McNary and for your patience and understanding during construction. Please remember that construction is temporary, and the resulting improvements for our students will be worth the effort!
McNary High School
“Bold enough to be the best in educating, nurturing, and inspiring.”