Library stays open during CDL

Keeping McNary library during CDL (comprehensive distance learning) is quite the challenge but McNary's librarian Jeanne Woodley is up to the challenge.

Woodley said that many students simply are “not interested in checking out books,” she said. Many just don't feel the need or desire to get a book. Because they either are already reading a book in their english class, or they don't prioritize it because they have more pressing matters such as schoolwork. These reasons are understandable but they don't hold students back as much as students may have thought. This is because there is one library rule that does not apply right now during CDL. That is with late fees, the normal late fee rule does not apply. Students will still get late warnings if the book is checked out more than three weeks but if it is returned in good condition there will be no fees.

On account of Covid-19 safety measures, students can no longer check out library books from the library in person, but instead have to schedule appointments. This process has to be done online where students can request and put holds on books that they want. Afterwards students can pick them up at the school library. Once they are returned to the library they can not be returned to the shelves immediately. Due to the district wide practice of sealing books in plastic bags for two days and then disinfecting them. But once this process is complete they are returned to the shelves and they are available for checkout again.

 “We should all find a book that we enjoy and try to get away from staring at a computer screen,” she said.

Adopt-a-Celt 2020

McNary recognized for work during Distance Learning

UPDATE 12/7/2020

McNary got some national attention about the work our staff & students have been doing to combat the struggles of distance learning. Mr. Jespersen was interviewed for an article by the Associated Press.

Check out the story here.


McNary staff and students worked extra hard at the end of Quarter 1 to figure out new ways to connect with students, improve grades, and make connections. It wasn't always easy, and there are still many challenges - but the McNary Admin team and all the staff have been going above and beyond to find ways to make distance learning a bit easier for students.

Mr. Jespersen had the privilege of being interviewed by several local news stations about the work that McNary staff have been doing to connect with kids in new and unique ways while keeping safety first. Check out the stories below to see what all we've been up to.

Click on the pictures below to find out more.

Interview with Fox 12 News

Interview with KGW

Interview with KOIN 6

SKPS freezes all extra curricular activities

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide two-week freeze on activities to help slow the spread of rapidly increasing coronavirus cases, impacting communities across the state. This took effect Nov. 18, 2020.

After additional guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) announced the suspension of all indoor extracurricular activities, while allowing some instances of outdoor activities. However, with the exponential rise of COVID-19 cases in Marion County, the previous decision to suspend all SKPS extracurricular activities will remain through the freeze.

Although this was a difficult decision, ultimately, this two-week freeze will allow our students to focus on their academics at the start of the second quarter while helping to support the health and safety of the Salem-Keizer community.

The suspension of activities for our district will continue until at least Dec. 2, with additional updates on the status of our extracurricular activities through the end of the statewide freeze.

Meanwhile, SKPS is committed to resuming athletic activities as soon as the metrics improve and/or when we can safely.

Thank you for your patience during this crucial time for all of us.

AIAN Celebration 2020

SKSD's Indian Education program will be hosting a virtual American Indian Alaskan Native Celebration. We would love to have as many people join as possible.

Facebook event:

District website story:


Class Act Events has coordinated the SnoBall dance the past nine years and have decided to move forward this year in a positive way and give ALL high school students an opportunity to "attend" the 67th Annual SnoBall during this challenging time. So we decided to have a "VIRTUAL SnoBall Dance" December 5th from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

We have partnered with Allied Video to produce a live event so students can still attend from home in a safe/fun way. We will feature a live DJ, with live song requests, drawings for prizes, photos via a virtual SnoBall photo booth and an opportunity to interact live and celebrate from a safe place. Dutch Bros has returned as a presenting sponsor and as a part of that sponsorship is providing a coupon for a free 16 ounce Dutch Bros drink which will be included for all participating students.

Tickets are available now for purchase at They are only $7 and will include the above plus chances to win prizes.

If you have any questions you can contact Susan Adkins at or at (503-999-2626)

McNary Celtic Connections - Fall 2020

The McNary Celtic Connections for fall 2020 is available to download. Stay up to date with things that are happening around McNary. You can find the link on the Student & Parent page or click on the link below to download your copy!

EDGE/CDL student transfer period is open

Students wanting to transfer between EDGE & Comprehensive Distance Learning can now apply to transfer between programs. Families need to complete the online transfer from found on the district website. Click below to find out more about your learning options.

Jostens Graduation Packet Pickup

Jostens will be at McNary on Monday, November 2nd, 1:00 to 5:00 to hand out graduation packets. Please plan to come by the school and pick yours up. Packets will need to be turned back in on Monday, November 9th. Jostens will be at the school to collect packets from 2:00 to 6:00. They will have tables set up in the parking lot.

Please enter the school from Lockhaven and exit on Chemawa. We will have people there to direct traffic.

Can’t make it in to school to pick up your packet on November 2nd? Go to the Jostens website and see what is available to order. Extra packets will also be available in the main office.

We hope to see you all there!

2020/2021 Yearbook

The price of the yearbook has been lowered to $35 this year. That price will go up to $45 on January 8, 2021. Be sure to order your early to reserve your copy!

To pay for this year’s yearbook, please use our online payment portal at

login instructions:

To log in to your student account, please use the following username and password:

  • Username: Student ID number (found on student’s ASB/ID card or in Parentvue)
  • Password:  Student last name (case sensitive – as it appears in Parentvue)

 Once you log in:

  • select YEARBOOK
  • select YEARBOOK 2020-21
  • click on the blue BUY button, then go to your cart and pay.

Senior Pictures - Class of 2021

2021 Senior Photographs

The 2021 McNary Claymore Yearbook is gearing up to be a unique publication this school year, and it will need your senior picture.

  • Senior pictures will be due on Friday, January 8, 2021
  • Publisher Herff-Jones will begin accepting your senior pictures on October 22. They have an improved website that will make the process much easier.
  • To submit your photo, either you or you photographer will need to upload your electronic photograph to:

  • The school code will be:


  • Your electronic photo should be at least several MB in memory. Your professional photographer will most likely give you file sizes that will be big enough to reproduce well. 
  • The preferred file type is jpeg, or jpg.
  • Photographs should be vertical in orientation. Horizontal photos will be cropped to vertical. A head and shoulder shot is preferred. Full body shots are fine. 
  • Photos need to conform to community standards. We have the right to reject a photo and ask for another one.

The 2020 Yearbook -- “Building Our Future.”

The 2020 McNary yearbook is now available for pick up in the main office. Please go to the “Service Center” button on the front of the McNary webpage to book an appointment. Copies are still available for purchase for $60

Fall Conference Schedules

Fall Conferences are right around the corner. Teachers will be setting up 10 minute conference spots over Zoom on October 19th & October 26th. We will release information about how to reserve a time spot soon.

Cadets cleanup McNary

On 28 September, 18 AFJROTC cadets from McNary High School spent 3 hours pulling weeds and cleaning the grounds of the courtyard at the newly renovated McNary High School.  For most, this was the first time back on campus since COVID-19 forced students and teachers into distance learning.  

Asked about construction improvements to the school that occurred over the summer, Cadet 1st Sergeant Arthur Johnson said “It was great to see how much things have changed”,

and the cadets were more than happy to contribute in bringing the courtyard up to a level representative of the McNary community.  Cadet Lieutenant Jaden Campa said that the work the cadets put in “makes it look like a place where you can actually go and hang out”.  Arthur agreed: “Instead of staring at a wasteland from your classroom, you can actually go outside and enjoy it”.

AFJROTC is a 4-year high school program whose purpose is to educate high school students in leadership roles while making them aware of the benefits of citizenship.

Class of 2020 Commencement Photos

If you want to purchase photos from the McNary Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies in August you can view and purchase all the photos that were taken by following the instructions below.

Visit the Lifetouch website at this link

Fill out the form with the following information and click FIND.

You will see all the photos from commencement. Click on a picture and you will see pricing and purchasing information.

You can find a PDF of these instructions on the Student and Parent pages of the website.

McNary Ribbon Cutting

For more details about the completion of the Bond work at McNary click on the link below.

Student Cohort Groups Announced

You can now login to ParentVUE and StudentVUE to see your student’s assigned attendance cohort. Students have been assigned to either a Tuesday/Thursday attendance cohort or to a Wednesday/Friday attendance cohort.

EDGE students will see EDGE as their assigned attendance cohort.

All students, K-12, who live at the same residence should have the same attendance cohort.

Ahora puede iniciar su sesión en ParentVUE y en StudentVUE para ver el grupo de asistencia asignado a su estudiante. Los estudiantes han sido asignados a un grupo de asistencia los martes y los jueves o a un grupo de asistencia los miércoles y los viernes.

Los estudiantes en el programa EDGE verán al programa EDGE como su grupo de asistencia asignado.

Todos los estudiantes, del kínder al 12º grado que viven en la misma residencia deben tener el mismo grupo de asistencia.

Reunification Days for incoming Freshmen

Incoming 9th graders that need to return or retrieve items from their Middle School can find out information about reunification days at the links below.

Claggett Creek Reunification Day (September 10-11):

Whiteaker Reunification Days (September 9-10):

2020 Yearbook Distribution Update

Getting a yearbook signed is another rite of passage the class of 2020 will miss out on. However, seniors who have paid for a book should get it in their hands at August’s graduation ceremony.

The adviser of the McNary yearbook staff, Ryan Somerville, hopes to distribute the 2020 Claymore at graduation, if COVID-19 social distancing practices allow.

Cover of the 2020 McNary High School Yearbook

The printing of McNary’s yearbook was delayed when the publisher Herff-Jones shut down their printing plant in Kansas City, Missouri because of the COVID-19 virus.

Yearbooks will be distributed to the rest of the student body when school reconvenes.

We still have some copies available to be purchased for $60. Get one ordered while they last. You can submit your order at


Otra de las costumbres que los estudiantes de la generación 2020 se perderán son los autógrafos en el anuario. Sin embargo, los estudiantes por graduarse que liquidaron el anuario lo tendrán en sus manos en la ceremonia de graduación en agosto.

El asesor del personal escolar encargados de la organización del anuario de McNary, Ryan Somerville, espera sea distribuido durante la graduación Claymore 2020, si lo permiten las prácticas de distanciamiento social debido al COVID-19.

La impresión del anuario de McNary se retrasó debido a que el editor Herff-Jones cerró su planta impresora en Kansas City, Missouri debido al virus del COVID-19.

Los anuarios serán distribuidos al resto de los estudiantes cuando la escuela reanude sus actividades.

Todavía tenemos algunas copias del anuario disponibles a la venta por $60. Ordena tu copia antes de que se agoten. Puedes ordenar el anuario en:

McNary Bond Updates

Construction season is gearing up in Salem Keizer SchoolDistrict. Many schools are currently under construction, including McNary, and a total of 20 schools are expected to be under construction within the next couple of months. Just over $54.2 million is being invested in expansions and improvements at McNary, thanks to the bond that voters passed in 2018.


While schools are currently closed and many businesses are in different stages of reopening because of the coronavirus pandemic, the governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order allows construction businesses to operate provided they implement social distancing policies. Our construction contractors are fully informed about the requirements of social distancing.


Courtyard between the existing building and North addition.

Highlights of the work happening at McNary include 14 new classrooms, one new science lab, expanded Career and Technical Education program spaces for automobile, culinary, digital media and residential construction, additional special education classrooms, expanded parking and much more. The improvements for our school will be amazing!


Construction began in 2019 and is expected to be completed early in the fall of 2020. Our campus is closed to visitors – Please do not enter fenced areas and obey all posted signs.


Campuses will remain closed, and the schedule for staffing the school office will vary during the summer. Please contact McNary’s office at 503-399-3233 for information about summer office hours.


Inside the new music room.

Thank you for supporting the 2018 bond that is funding the improvements at McNary to help relieve overcrowding, expand learning opportunities for science and CTE and better support students as they prepare for graduation.


The list of work planned, a photo gallery and other information about McNary’s bond project can be found on the district website. More information about bond-funded construction in Salem-Keizer Public Schools can be found at


Se ha puesto en marcha la temporada de construcción en el Distrito Escolar de Salem-Keizer. En muchas escuelas ya empezaron los proyectos de construcción, incluso en McNary, y dentro de los próximos meses se calcula que un total de 20 escuelas estarán bajo construcción.  Se han invertido un poco más de $54.2 millones en los mejoramientos de McNary, gracias al bono aprobado por los votantes en el 2018.

Mientras las escuelas permanecen cerradas y muchos negocios se encuentran en diferentes etapas de reapertura debido a la pandemia del coronavirus, la orden ejecutiva de la gobernadora “Permanezcan en casa, salven vidas” permite poner en marcha las operaciones de los negocios de construcción a condición de que sigan las directrices de distanciamiento físico. Nuestros contratistas están completamente informados sobre los requisitos de distanciamiento físico.

Algunos de los aspectos sobresalientes del trabajo en McNary incluyen 14 nuevos salones de clases, un nuevo laboratorio de ciencias, una expansión al área de Educación de Carreras Técnicas para el programa de sistemas automotrices, artes culinarios, medios digitales y construcción residencial, salones de clases adicionales de educación especial, ampliar el estacionamiento y ¡mucho más!  ¡Los mejoramientos en nuestra escuela serán fenomenales!

Los proyectos de construcción comenzaron en el 2019 y se espera terminar a principios del otoño del 2020. Nuestro plantel escolar está cerrado a los visitantes.  Por favor, no entren en la propiedad cercada y sigan las instrucciones de todos los letreros para estas áreas de construcción.

Los planteles escolares permanecerán cerrados y el horario del personal escolar puede variar durante el verano. Por favor, comuníquense con el personal de oficina de McNary, llamando al 503-399-3233, para obtener información referente al horario de oficina de verano.

Gracias por apoyar el bono del 2018 que provee los fondos para financiar los mejoramientos en McNary con el objetivo de aliviar la superpoblación, añadir oportunidades de aprendizaje de ciencias y educación de carreras técnicas y mejorar en ayudar a los estudiantes mientras se preparan para la graduación.  

Pueden consultar la lista de los trabajos que se han planeado, una galería de fotografías y más información sobre los proyectos del bono en McNary ingresando en la página web del distrito. Consulten más información sobre los proyectos de construcción financiados por el bono en las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer en el siguiente sitio:

McNary students and staff explore distance learning

Even though students haven’t been in classrooms, that doesn’t mean school itself is out. 

The situation isn’t helpful right now, but even with this going on some things are shining light on the matter. Distance learning is something new to McNary, and the students are all in it together. 

Success has been present even during these times. Mr. Jespersen, the principal of McNary, shared a few words and examples of the successes some have made. 

“Some students are doing better,” he said when asked about students dealing with social distancing learning. 

“No distractions” is another factor he mentioned as to why some students are being successful. These successes are not going unnoticed. Jespersen stated that he keeps track and acknowledges “highlights and goals”. 

Jespersen even included the staff as in example. “Herr Mangan, who made a video for his kids” he said. “I’m proud of the staff and the students.” he also said. 

The situation might be dark, but the staff and students are working hard to shed some light with their accomplishments and progress.

McNary staff flattening the curve

While switching to online school, McNary High School staff is making sure to stay safe and to stop the spread of COVID-19.

During a virtual interview on May 6 with Erik Jespersen, principal of McNary High school, he explained what the McNary staff is doing to flatten the curve of COVID-19. “The school custodians and staff are doing many things to keep McNary clean,” he said. 

When going in to clean out their classrooms, teachers have to wear gloves and sign in. After teachers leave the main building, the custodial staff goes through and cleans where the teachers were, Jespersen said.

Additionally, some of the McNary science teachers gave input on how to flatten the curve. 

"Not being in the building with over 2000 people has helped limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said freshman honors science teacher Mrs. Jessica Graham. “A high population of people in a confined space can make the spread of the virus faster. By being in quarantine,it helps stop the spread from person to person."

Teachers are also encouraging students to follow the instructions given out by the health departments. Wearing masks and washing your hands frequently will help stop the spread. 

McNary seniors take one final step on campus

With high school coming to an unexpected halt for seniors, it’s time to prep for graduation. On May 7th, seniors took one final step on campus to clean out their lockers and receive their cap and gown. McNary staff worked to create a way in which all students were able to get what they need while maintaining cleanliness. 

Nolan Bryant, a graduated senior at McNary high school, shared his thoughts while entering campus. 

“All of the staff were wearing a combination of face masks and gloves as well as checkpoints stationed throughout the process to keep everyone organized,” he said. “Students never had to leave their car unless they had walked there in the first place, which helped keep social distancing guidelines. Additionally, all seniors were given specific times to come in to keep numbers down.”

While the safety of staff and students remains as the top priority during this pandemic, the emotions of being on campus for seniors was ever present. 

 “I’m glad I got the time I had as a senior, though going back today made me think that there was so much more I could have done,” he said. 

“I was really looking forward to the end of the year senior festivities. Many of my friends graduated last year and seeing them having a good time made me look forward to being able to do it myself,” Bryant said. 

“I had many unique classes this year, and I’m sad I didn’t get to finish them,” he continued. “I had created long term goals that I won’t be able to finish this year, one of them being the spring book drive I helped put on with the library staff.”

“Just seeing the outside created the same feeling of when a goodby goes unfinished,” he said.

Senior Day Information for May 7th

Attention Seniors!!!

Senior Day is this Thursday, May 7th. We want to highlight a couple of details before you come to the school. We are looking forward to seeing you all!!!

• Please come at your scheduled time. We are trying to manage the flow of traffic by assigning times. Go to the link to find your scheduled time

• ENTER on Chemawa and EXIT on Lockhaven. All traffic will be directed to enter at the Chemawa entrance, including seniors who are walking to Senior Day.

• You will need to stay in your cars. We need to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. We will direct you through the assigned stations (see map).

• We will be CLOSED between noon and 1:00. Please do not come to the school at this time.

• Make sure to bring any district property with you to turn in such as music equipment and attire, athletic or JROTC uniforms, Chromebooks, library books, or textbooks.

• You can check your account balance online before you come on the 7th. Go to

Atención Estudiantes del Grado 12!!!

Senior Day es este jueves 7 de mayo. Queremos darles unos detalles antes que vengan a laescuela. ¡Esperamos verlos a todos!

· Estamos asignando horas especificas cuando usted y su estudiante puedan llegar a la escuela. Por favor busque su tiempo programado en la página de McNary

· ENTRA por Chemawa y SALIR en Lockhaven. Todo el tráfico será dirigido a entrar por Chemawa, incluyendo los que van caminando.

· Tendrán que quedarse en sus autos. Necesitamos adherirnos a las pautas apropiadas de distanciamiento social. Lo guiaremos a través de las estaciones asignadas (ver mapa).

· Estaremos CERRADOS entre el mediodía y la 1:00. Por favor no venga a la escuela en este momento.

· Asegúrese de traer cualquier propiedad del distrito para entregar, como equipo de música y vestimenta, uniformes deportivos o JROTC, Chromebooks, libros de la biblioteca o libros de texto.

· Puede consultar el saldo de su cuenta en línea antes de venir el día 7 de mayo. Vaya a la página

2020 Yearbooks still available!

The 2020 yearbooks are completed and awaiting publication and there are still some unsold copies.  To get your reserved, you can go online to purchase a yearbook.  

The online payment portal is located at:

Seniors - pay your school fees before pickup day on May 7th

Seniors, as you prepare for Senior Day on May 7th, one of the stations you will be going to is our Bookkeeper to clear any fees you may have on your account. Did you know you can go online and check your account balance? Did you know you can pay your fees online? Check out the details below! The online payment portal is located at:

Parent login instructions:

To log in to the student account, please use the following username and password:

Username: Student ID number (found on student’s ASB/ID card or in ParentVue)

Password: Student last name (case sensitive – as it appears in ParentVue)

Once you log in, you should be able to see the list of fees.


Estudiantes del 12° grado, en preparación para el Día de los Estudiantes del 12° grado el 7 de mayo, una de las estaciones a las que acudirán es la de contadora escolar para liquidar cualquier cuota pendiente que puedan tener en su cuenta. ¿Sabían que en línea pueden consultar el balance de sus cuentas escolares? ¿Sabían que pueden liquidar las cuotas en línea? ¡Consulten los detalles a continuación! El portal en línea para realizar los pagos se encuentra en:

Instrucciones de ingreso para los padres de familia:

Para ingresar a la cuenta de su estudiante, por favor, utilice la siguiente contraseña y el nombre del usuario:

Nombre del usuario: Núm. de identificación del estudiante (lo encuentra en la tarjeta ASB/ID o en ParentVue.

Contraseña: Apellido del estudiante (sensible al uso de letras minúsculas y mayúsculas-debe escribirse como aparece en ParentVue).

Una vez que haya ingresado, usted podrá ver la lista de las cuotas.

Senior Pickup Times - May 7th

On Thursday, May 7th seniors will have the opportunity to return any district property such as music equipment and attire, athletic or JROTC uniforms, chromebooks, library books or textbooks. Students will be able to pick-up their cap & gown, retrieve any items from their lockers, and pay any outstanding fees.

In order to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines and avoid long wait times, we are requesting that students try to arrive on campus at specifically designated times based off their last names.

All items dropped off or received will be done in our parking lot. Students or their guardians will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire process. There will not be access into the building.

Find Pickup times HERE

Hola, El jueves 7 de mayo, los estudiantes del año 12 tendrán la oportunidad de devolver cualquier propiedad del distrito, como equipos de música y vestimenta, uniformes deportivos o de JROTC, Chromebooks, libros de la biblioteca o libros de texto. Además, los estudiantes podrán recoger su toga y birrete de graduación, recuperar cualquier artículo de sus lockers y pagar las tarifas pendientes.

Para cumplir con las medidas apropiadas de distan-ciam-iento social y evitar largos filas, estamos solicitando que los estudiantes traten de llegar al campus a horas específicamente designadas en función de los apellidos.

Durante todo este proceso, todos los artículos entregados o recuperados se realizarán en nuestro estacionamiento. Los estudiantes o sus guardianes permanecerán en sus vehículos y no habrá acceso al edificio.

Hey Parents, YOU ROCK!

McNary Teachers want to give a HUGE shout out to all the parents out there learning to balance work and online school. We love you. YOU CAN DO IT!

We will play again.

Dear Celts,

Today, tomorrow, next month, next year. #WeWillPlayAgain

Spring Sports Refunds

Celtic families,

Our hearts go out to our athletes, especially our seniors, who are missing out on their spring season. We are currently working on refunding spring athletic fees. If you paid by credit card you will be refunded directly to your card minus a 2.75% “convenience” fee charged by the credit card company. Any payments that were made by cash or check will be refunded with a check in the mail to the address on file with the student’s Synergy account. We ask for your patience as we work on issuing refunds as quickly as possible.

We thank you for being understanding during these times. If you have any further questions please contact our office manager at 503-399-3233.


Familias de McNary:

Los acompañamos de corazón a nuestros deportistas, especialmente nuestros estudiantes seniors, quienes se perderán su temporada deportiva de primavera. Actualmente estamos trabajando en reembolsar las cuotas de los deportes de primavera. Si usted pagó con tarjeta de crédito el reembolso irá directamente a su compañía de tarjeta de crédito menos el cargo de servicio de 2.75%. Cualquier pago que se hizo con dinero en efectivo o cheque será reembolsado en cheque por correo regular al domicilio indicado en la cuenta estudiantil Synergy.  Les agradecemos su paciencia mientras trabajamos en emitir los reembolsos lo antes posible.

Gracias por ser comprensivos durante estos tiempos.  Ante cualquier pregunta, sírvanse a contactar con el/la gerente de oficina al 503-399-3233.

Seniors! Apply now for Bolt to Chemeketa

Seniors that have met graduation requirements and are in good academic standing can apply for an accelerated spring term at Chemeketa for free! Find all the information you need to apply at the College & Career Center webpage!

Statement from Superintendent Perry Regarding School Closure and High School Guidance

With the preservation of public health as the guiding light, today Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education announced that our school doors will not open again for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Like you, we are hurting, but we know this latest guidance comes as another measure to keep us as safe and healthy as we can be.

For the Class of 2020 – we see you. There is no world in which this is fair. We will not give up on finding creative ways to honor you and restore every amount of normalcy that we can. At this time, no decisions have been made about graduation ceremonies or the opportunity for students to reschedule events like proms as we are awaiting further direction regarding social distancing requirements. As soon as we know, we will share that as we know you are anxious for information on the year-end traditions and celebrations.

With this announcement comes important guidance for high school students, particularly our nearly 3,000 high school seniors. There is no change to the number of credits required to graduate. We now consider March 13th as the final day of coursework just for students in the class of 2020, and we will issue a .5 credit as “Pass,” or “Incomplete” for the work completed t o this date. This guidance applies to students set to graduate in June of 2020. For those seniors who don’t have enough credits as of March 13, we will create individualized distance learning schedules to help you earn credits through the end of the school year to stay on track with the Class of 2020. In addition, Essential Skills and Personalized Learning Requirements are suspended.

This guidance issued by ODE aligns with the SKPS Distance Learning Plan in that the district will be moving to a pass, incomplete system in grades 9-12 for the remainder of the closure period.

As we evaluate this guidance, we will communicate additional details directly from your school, and high school seniors will receive individual guidance on next steps.

We will continue to honor distance learning for all of our students in grades K-8, and we will follow a plan to report on progress toward focused standards for Distance Learning. Distance learning begins on Monday, April 13, but please know we do not expect it to look like the school days we had only a handful of weeks ago.

To view the full guidance from the state, please click here.

If you weren’t able to get a Chromebook for your student, you can rent one for free for the remainder of the emergency closure. Just come to any one of our high schools between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Friday, April 10.

We will continue to provide free meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all of our 35 sites throughout the duration of the emergency closure, and on Monday, we’ll open Eyre Elementary as an additional location, as well.

We know this is unlike anything we as educators, parents or student s have ever seen before. Since this emergency closure began, our priority has been and will continue to be our high school students. Our educators and administrators are committed to being problem -solvers and partners for our high schoolers so their paths to graduation are not interrupted by this pandemic. We’re grateful to our partners in neighboring districts, at the state and in higher education for taking extraordinary measures to help us provide individualized and unique learning opportunities.

We urge you – please err on the side of caution. Stay home. Stay healthy. Our buildings, fields and playgrounds may be closed, but we are still here to support you. We can’t wait to see all of you again.

Estimadas familias de Salem-Keizer:

El día de hoy, en aras de preservar la salud pública, la Gobernadora Brown y el Departamento de Educación de Oregon (ODE, por sus siglas en inglés) anunciaron que nuestras escuelas no abrirán por el resto del año escolar 2019-20. Así como usted, nosotros también lo lamentamos, pero sabemos que estas pautas recientes son otras medidas para mantenernos seguros y saludables.

Graduandos del 2020: pensamos en ustedes. No hay forma de que esta situación sea justa para ustedes. No nos daremos por vencidos, conseguiremos formas creativas de honrarles y restablecer la normalidad lo más que podamos. Hasta este momento, no se han tomado decisiones relacionadas cos las ceremonias de graduación o con la oportunidad para que los estudiantes reprogramen los eventos como los bailes de promoción, ya que seguimos a la espera de más pautas relacionadas con los requisitos de distanciamiento social. Sabemos que están ansiosos por obtener información sobre las tradiciones y celebraciones del final del año escolar, y les informaremos tan pronto como obtengamos esta información.

Junto a este anuncio, fueron provistas pautas importantes para los estudiantes de la preparatoria, particularmente para los estudiantes del 12º grado. Actualmente consideramos el 13 de marzo como el último día de los cursos solo para los graduandos del 2020, y emitiremos un crédito de .5 como “Aprobado” o “Sin calificación” por el trabajo completado hasta esta fecha. Estas pautas aplican para los estudiantes que están listos para graduarse en junio del 2020. Para aquellos estudiantes que no obtuvieron suficientes créditos a la fecha del 13 de marzo, crearemos programas individualizados de enseñanza a distancia que les ayudarán a ganar suficientes créditos hasta el final del año escolar para que se mantengan en vía a la graduación junto con los graduandos del 2020.

Estas pautas emitidas por ODE se alinean con el Plan de enseñanza a Distancia de SKPS en el sentido de que el distrito pasará a un sistema de aprobación, sin calificación en los grados 9-12 por el resto del período.

A medida que evaluamos estas pautas, les comunicaremos los detalles adicionales directamente desde su escuela, y los estudiantes del 12º grado de la preparatoria recibirán orientación individual sobre los próximos pasos.

Continuaremos honrando la enseñanza a distancia para todos los estudiantes desde el kínder hasta el 8º grado, y seguiremos un plan para reportar el progreso hacia los estándares de la Enseñanza a Distancia, la cual comenzará el lunes, 13 de abril, pero tenga en cuenta que no esperamos que emule los días escolares que teníamos hace algunas semanas atrás.

Si usted no pudo obtener un Chromebook para su estudiante, aún puede obtener uno de forma gratuita por el resto del cierre escolar de emergencia. Solo tiene que asistir a cualquiera de nuestras escuelas preparatorias de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. el viernes, 10 de abril.

Continuaremos proveyendo alimentos gratuitos de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. de lunes a viernes en todos nuestros 35 sitios de distribución de alimentos por la duración del cierre escolar de emergencia, y adicionalmente abriremos la Escuela Primaria Eyre.

Sabemos que esto es diferente a todo lo que nosotros como educadores, padres o estudiantes hemos visto antes. Desde que comenzó este cierre escolar de emergencia, nuestra prioridad ha sido y seguirá siendo nuestros estudiantes de la preparatoria. Nuestros educadores y administradores están comprometidos a resolver problemas y ser aliados de nuestros estudiantes de la preparatoria para que su camino hacia la graduación no se interrumpa por esta pandemia. Agradecemos a nuestros aliados en los distritos vecinos, en el estado y en la educación superior por tomar medidas extraordinarias para ayudarnos a proporcionar oportunidades de enseñanza individualizadas y únicas.

Le instamos, por favor, a ser precavido. Quedarse en casa. Mantenerse sano. Nuestros edificios, campos y parques infantiles pueden estar cerrados, pero aún estamos disponibles para apoyarlo. Esperamos con entusiasmo verlos a todos nuevamente.

Christy Perry


Additional Opportunity for Students to get Chromebook

After distributing more than 20,000 Chromebooks on April 2 and 3, Salem-KeizerPublic Schools (SKPS) will offer an additional opportunity for students in need of devices to rent Chromebooks at no cost from the district for the duration of the emergency school closure. Chromebooks must be returned at the conclusion of the emergency closure. Students who have personal devices do not need to have a Chromebook to complete distance learning requirements that begin on April 13.

Devices will be made available at each of the district’s six traditional high schools – McKay,McNary, North Salem, South Salem, Sprague and West Salem – on Friday, April 10 from 8 a.m.until 6 p.m. Devices are available to any SKPS student in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students must either present their student ID or provide their ID number.

Families can preregister for the device here:

The distribution of devices comes in advance of distance learning requirements that begin onApril 13. This is also an opportunity for families to switch out any devices that may not be functioning properly or devices that came with improper chargers.


Free Chromebook rental for students


8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday April 10


McKay High, 2440 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem

McNary High, 595 Chemawa Road N, Keizer

North Salem High,765 14th St. NE, Salem

South Salem High, 1910 Church St. SE, Salem

Sprague High, 2373 Kuebler Blvd. S., Salem

West Salem High, 1776 Titan Drive NW, Salem

¿Todavía necesitas un Chromebook?

Los Chromebooks disponibles de forma gratuita estarán disponibles en cualquier escuela preparatoria entre las 8 a.m. y las 6 p.m. el viernes, 10 de abril.  Ingrese en este enlace para registrarse previamente para la adquisición de su dispositivo electrónico.

Los Chromebooks deben devolverse al finalizar el cierre escolar de emergencia. 

Students line up for distance learning for all

Cars snaked through McNary's parking lot from noon to 6:30 pm on Thursday to pick up Chromebooks for online learning during the Coronavirus pandemic. The district is offering free rentals of the computers for families who may not have access to a computer at home, or may need additional machines for multiple siblings. The distribution of Chromebooks will continue Friday, April 3, from 8 am to 1 pm.

AP Testing Date Changes

College board recently announced changes to the dates for AP tests.

Exam Dates

Most AP teachers and students we surveyed prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.

Exams will be given from May 11–22.

Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.

Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

View the full testing schedule.

We encourage you to remind your students about exam dates for their courses.

Exam Format

Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.

Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.

For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.

Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.

Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

Find out more information & get helpful links for studying at the College Board Website

Chromebook at Home Instructions

Download an instruction sheet for connecting to the SKSD Chromebook that was rented from the school. If you further assistance contact a teacher.

Student Edition - English

Student Edition - Spanish

Staff Edition

SKPS Offers Chromebooks to Students in need of devices.

Devices will be available for curbside pick-up April 2 and 3 at each of the district’s six traditional high schools

All Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) students in need of devices for supplemental learning will be able to rent Chromebooks at no cost from the district for the duration of the emergency school closure.

Devices will be made available at each of the district’s six traditional high schools – McKay, McNary, North Salem, South Salem, Sprague and West Salem – on Thursday, April 2 from noon until 6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 3 from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Devices are available to and student in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students must either present their student ID or provide their ID number.

The distribution of devices comes as the second phase of supplemental learning. On March 21, online supplemental materials were released. Beginning the week of March 30, hard copies of supplemental materials will be available for pick-up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays at the district’s 35 meal locations.

At this time, wifi hot spots are not available. An order has been placed for a limited amount, and further information will be forthcoming when it has been fulfilled.

Free Chromebook rental for students

Noon until 6:30, Thursday, April 2
8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 3

McKay High, 2440 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem
McNary High, 595 Chemawa Road N, Keizer
North Salem High,765 14th St. NE, Salem
South Salem High, 1910 Church St. SE, Salem
Sprague High, 2373 Kuebler Blvd. S., Salem
West Salem High, 1776 Titan Drive NW, Salem

Students must bring their ID or know their ID number to obtain a Chromebook. Students must be present to receive a Chromebook.

SKPS to Close March 16 - April 1

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will close March 16 through April 1. All schools will be open Friday, March 13. During the closure, all school-based sports and extracurricular activities will also be cancelled. Additional guidance will be distributed to SKPS staff on Friday, March 13.

At this time, staff will be expected to return on Monday, March 30. The state will assess and either confirm or adjust return dates by Wednesday, March 25.

SKPS staff are working on identifying ways to provide meals to students during the break and will have more information about that on Friday.

“Given the seriousness of the current situation, we firmly believe that this decision is the best one we can make given all available information and keeping the best interests of our students, staff, and community at the center,” said Superintendent Christy Perry.

SKPS will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with state agencies and will provide updates during the extended break.

Stay up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 Closures:

SKSD Operations Updates

Dear Salem-Keizer Community,

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Brown announced new guidance tonight regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with this evening’s guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. This action is not related to a presumptive case. At this time, there are no presumptive cases in Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect for 30 days.

This includes the suspension of all school-based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and professional development meetings and events. With regard to athletics, we are following new state guidance denying audience admission at all school-based events, with the exception of essential personnel and credentialed media. The list of affected activities will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will update you as we make those decisions.

To be clear, we are taking every step possible so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools open.

We realize that this decision will impact every school community, and we know that many of the events, student performances and other gatherings that we are suspending are those that schools, students and families look forward to all year long. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with trip planners, event organizers and others who are responsible for the affected activities. In cases when we are mandated to offer access to community members (e.g. Board of Education meetings), we hope to offer continued online streaming and are currently exploring other alternatives, including virtual meeting platforms in order to continue the district’s governance and business.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. Our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas. And we are making sure schools have adequate cleaning supplies.

Students, families and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.

Finally, you can find district messages about COVID-19 coronavirus, resources, links to public health agencies and a question/comment form by visiting

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. We will continue to rely on the guidance from Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. Please know that this message and the decisions being made at this time are being done in collaboration with many of the State of Oregon’s largest school districts, including the Beaverton School District, Eugene School District, Hillsboro School District, Portland Public Schools, and Salem-Keizer Public Schools. We appreciate their partnership at this time. A high tide raises all boats, and we all collectively share concern for the health and safety of our students and communities.

With appreciation for all you do,

Christy Perry

Con el aumento en el número de casos confirmados de coronavirus COVID-19 en Oregon, la gobernadora Brown anunció esta noche una nueva recomendación con respecto a las reuniones grupales. Seguimos comprometidos a mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas y seguras. De acuerdo con la guía de esta noche, y para minimizar las oportunidades potenciales de propagación del virus, hemos decidido comenzar proactivamente a suspender los eventos que reúnen a grandes grupos de estudiantes, adultos y miembros de la comunidad. Esta acción no está relacionada con un caso presunto de Coronavirus. En este momento, no hay casos presuntos en las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer.

La suspensión de actividades escolares no esenciales comienza de manera inmediata, a partir del jueves 12 de marzo, y permanecerá vigente durante los siguientes 30 días.

Esto incluye la suspensión de todas las asambleas y eventos escolares, excursiones fuera de la escuela y reuniones y eventos de desarrollo profesional. Con respecto a los eventos deportivos, estamos siguiendo una nueva recomendación estatal que prohíbe la admisión de la audiencia en todos los eventos escolares, con la excepción del personal esencial y los medios de comunicación acreditados. La lista de actividades afectadas crecerá a medida que trabajamos con otras organizaciones y partes interesadas en los próximos días. Los actualizaremos a medida que tomemos esas decisiones.

Para ser claros, estamos tomando todas las medidas posibles para poder continuar brindando educación de alta calidad a todos nuestros estudiantes y mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas.

Sabemos que esta decisión afectará a todas las comunidades escolares, y sabemos que muchos de los eventos, conciertos estudiantiles y otras reuniones que estamos suspendiendo en las escuelas, son celebraciones que los estudiantes y las familias esperan durante todo el año. Suspender estos eventos es coherente con la recomendación de las autoridades de salud, y creemos que es un paso prudente y responsable en este momento. Trabajaremos con los organizadores de eventos y otras personas responsables de las actividades afectadas. En casos en los que tengamos que ofrecer obligatoriamente acceso a miembros de la comunidad (por ejemplo, reuniones de la Junta Directiva de Educación), esperamos ofrecer una transmisión continua en línea. Actualmente estamos explorando otras alternativas, que incluyen plataformas de reuniones virtuales para continuar con los asuntos y negocios del distrito.

La seguridad, la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal son nuestra máxima prioridad. Continuaremos trabajando en estrecha colaboración con las autoridades de salud pública para minimizar tanto la propagación del coronavirus como la interrupción en las escuelas o para los estudiantes. Continuaremos enfatizando la importancia del lavado de manos en la escuela. Nuestros conserjes continuarán priorizando las superficies de alto contacto en los salones de clase y áreas comunes. Igualmente continuaremos suministrando a las escuelas con los materiales de limpieza adecuados.

Los estudiantes, las familias y todos en nuestra comunidad pueden apoyar nuestros esfuerzos lavándose las manos con frecuencia, cubriéndose la boca al toser o estornudar, y usando desinfectante para manos. Aquellos que experimenten síntomas de resfriado o gripe deben quedarse en casa, y solo regresar a la escuela o al trabajo si no han tenido síntomas por 24 horas. Si le preocupan los síntomas, consulte con un médico.

Finalmente, puede encontrar mensajes del distrito sobre el coronavirus COVID-19, recursos, enlaces a agencias de salud pública y un formulario de preguntas / comentarios visitando la página

Gracias por su cooperación y comprensión durante este difícil momento. Continuaremos confiando en la orientación de las autoridades de salud pública de Oregon, el Departamento de Educación y la Oficina de la Gobernadora. Tenga en cuenta que este mensaje y las decisiones que se toman en este momento se toman en colaboración con muchos de los distritos escolares más grandes del estado de Oregón, incluidos el distrito escolar de Beaverton, el distrito escolar de Eugene, el distrito escolar de Hillsboro, y las escuelas públicas de Portland y las escuelas públicas de Salem-Keizer. Agradecemos su colaboración en este momento y todos compartimos colectivamente la preocupación por la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y comunidades.

Spring Conference Schedule

UPDATE: Spring Conferences have been cancelled.

Germany Trip Cancelled due to Health Concerns

The 2020 Germany trip is canceled due to the coronavirus

The Germany trip for 2020 has come to a surprising and disappointing halt due to recent events regarding the coronavirus. Not only will the Germans not be able to attend McNary in the spring, but the group that will be going to Germany will no longer be going this year.

Both Mrs. Frau Secor and Mr. Herr Mangan are hoping to do the trip next year in 2021, however that would mean that the current seniors in the group will already be graduated and therefore cannot attend.

Spring Break Construction Updates

Temporary Traffic Adjustments at McNary High School

Bond construction is making a lot of progress at McNary! The main entrance will be under construction, so traffic flow changes will be made for student pick up and drop off. These changes will help accommodate getting students to the new temporary entrances safely.

  • The main entrance will be closed starting March 19.
  • Both temporary entries are for students to use during drop off before school.
  • Once the school day has started, the only available entry for students, parents and the general public will be the west-side gym entrance (as shown on the map below).

Please refer to the map below for entrance and traffic flow adjustments.

Entrance adjustments will be in effect starting Thursday, March 19. Traffic adjustments will be in effect the Monday after spring break. Both will last for several weeks.

Signs will be posted, and staff will help direct traffic for the first few days of adjustments.Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are excited for the amazing improvements planned for McNary!

For more information about bond construction, please visit the district website.

Spring Sports Registration Deadline

Students wanting to participate in spring sports must have their registration filled out, fees paid, and a physical on file before February 28th.

CTEC Application Deadline

Upcoming Events: