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New Superintendent Search Begins

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The Pendleton School District is beginning its search for a new superintendent. Jon Peterson, current superintendent, will retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The Pendleton School Board has contracted with the company, Window to Leadership LLC, to conduct the search.

In November, a survey was done to seek input about the qualifications members of the Pendleton community want in the new superintendent and to identify strengths and areas for improvement in the district. Also, a public meeting and meetings with staff were held to gather input.

A report of the overall survey and meeting results will be submitted to the school board for its consideration in developing a profile for prospective candidates and use in search literature.

For more information about the superintendent search, please contact Tami Calvert at the Pendleton School District Office at 541-276-6711 or tami.calvert@pendleton.k12.or.us.

Welcome NEW McKay Mustang Staff members!

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We are pleased to announce some new staff member to McKay Creek Elementary School this year.

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Mrs. Smith has been a member of the Pendleton School District for 22 years.  She has been a staff member at McKay Elementary, Sunridge Middle School, Washington Elementary, Nixyaawii Community School, and Pendleton High School as a teacher, counselor, and administrator.                      


2nd grade teacher:  Jen DeGrofft

Mrs. DeGrofft comes to the Pendleton School District from Athena Elementary School, where she taught for 11 years. 


PE teacher:  Kim Brown

Ms. Brown teaches PE at Sherwood and McKay this year.  She is a graduate of Walla Walla University, and this is her first year teaching.  She is originally from Milton-Freewater, Oregon.



Special Education teacher:  Katie Gillem

Ms. Gillem teaches Special Education at McKay Creek Elementary.  She is a graduate of Pacific University.  This is her first year teaching.  She is originally from Prineville, Oregon.




English Language Development teacher:  Laetitia Schreier

Mrs. Schreier is a former Kindergarten teacher and ELL Teacher & Building Coordinator from Morrow County School District.  She has 13 years of experience working in schools.  She will teach ELD at McKay Creek Elementary and Sherwood Elementary.



Educational Assistant: Aimee Gunter

Mrs. Gunter was an Instructional Assistant substitute.  She has volunteered many hours at McKay, in the past. We are excited to have her on staff fulltime at McKay.


Indian Education Coordinator: (temporary) Rachel Guardipee

Rachel comes to McKay as a Title VII Indian Education Coordinator.  She is a member of CTUIR and works in multiple Pendleton Schools to support Native students in Reading, Math, attendance, and being successful at school.


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Carrie has worked for Pendleton School District for many years.  She was formerly the courier delivery person for PSD.  Her new appointment at McKay is as a Daytime Custodian.





Kitchen- Nita Westfall

Nita has worked for Sodexo for many years.  She is new to McKay as the lead kitchen staff.


School Supply List Available

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Parents and students are gearing up for the start of the school year at the end of this month. Here is the supply list for Pendleton elementary schools:

Elementary School Supply List (all elementary schools)

McKay Creek Elementary School

1539 SW 44th Street

Pendleton, Oregon

Phone: (541) 966-3000

McKay Creek Elementary School

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