Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School ~ December 8, 2020


Parent Teacher Conferences

We hope you had the chance to participate in our Parent Teacher Conferences on November 23rd and 24th. While I realize the format of conferences was much different than it has been in the past, it was still time well spent. The information that we collected from you, based on the conversations you had with your student's Advisory teacher, are helping us to refine the way we present distance learning in order to be more effective in this virtual setting. Additionally, the use of Google Meets has opened up new opportunities for us to explore in the future to provide better opportunities for families to connect with teachers. Thank your for you feedback and participation.

Parents of Seniors

For those of you who have a current senior, I am sure both you and your student are on overload. Needing to take senior pictures, completing the FAFSA, submitting college applications, scholarship applications, and the question “what are you going to do next year” from just about everyone can push both parents and students into the stress mode. On top of all that, your student may be getting to the point where they just don’t want to make a decision. These feelings and situations are totally normal and happen to every family of a senior. Remember, this is a major time of transition where there is quite a bit of uncertainty. Students may be wondering what it will be like to live away from home, being on their own, or if they are making the “right” decision. Parents are wondering the same. With uncertainty comes anxiety. Perhaps the best way to work through some of these issues is to have honest conversations between you and your student so everyone knows where the other is coming from. It is also important to serve as a bit of a buffer for your student with relatives and family friends. After all, these decisions are for the student and family, not others. On a final note, enjoy the time with your senior. Regardless of the decisions that are made now about next year, we only really have a few months left with our kids, why make this time all about the future.

The Season for Giving

As we enter the holiday season I encourage all of you to reflect on what matters most. It always seems that the newest item or gadget being advertised becomes the most important focus for our kids, which ultimately means a new found focus for us as well. However, the best gift in life can’t be purchased or wrapped. The gift of time spent with loved ones is something that can only be given from the heart and is more valuable than anything you can purchase. I know many of you are struggling, facing adversity, and uncertainty in these times. However, now, more than ever, it is time to be grateful for some of the things we have. Time spent with our family and loved ones, time to turn the world off and focus on what we have, taking the opportunity to share stories, listen, and share moments is always a great investment. I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of being "locked down", but I will say, the time I have spent with my wife and son's has been fantastic. If there is one thing I am thankful for, it is knowing that we are safe, that we care for one another, and that we are willing to weather this situation as a family. I hope and wish you all find those simple joys with the ones you love. Peace.


The first half of Quad Two is coming to an end on Wednesday, December 16th and students will be receiving progress report grades in Periods 5-7 (and those in Jazz Band and Barlow Sound Period 8). While this is only a progress report, it is a great indicator of how your student is doing in their classes at this time.

Please see the itemized list below so you can work with your student over the next week to ensure they have done everything possible to be successful.

  • Look at their current grade report in ParentVue to make sure they are not missing any work. If they are, teachers will be accepting all late until the grading period ends. It is important to get work turned in, even if it is only partially done. Some points are better than no points.
  • Students will have until 11:59 pm on Tuesday 12/15 to submit work. I would not suggest putting things off until the last minute so be mindful of the time.
  • If you have questions about work, assignments, or your students grade please don't hesitate to reach out to your student's teacher. They are there to help.
  • While Wednesday is a grading day and a non-student day, Thursday 12/17 and Friday 12/18 are full days of instruction.
  • Progress reports will be posted online Monday, December 21st for parents and students to view.

As the parent of a high school student, I know you may hear the "Don't worry, I've got it all taken care of" when you ask your student about their grade. While I support and work towards independent learners, sometimes a bit of oversight and the attitude of "Show Me" never hurts in times like these. Being involved is always a good thing.


Over the past ten years we have partnered with KGW to contribute donations to their "Great Toy Drive". Each year we have worked hard to spread the concept of giving, supporting our community, and focusing on others during the holiday season. Now, more than ever, families are going to need the support of their community to bring some normalcy to the holiday season. Please join us in contributing each Wednesday.

Starting on Wednesday, November 18th, drop off toy barrels will be placed at our main entrance. You can drive through between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm and drop off unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or clothing items for small children to teens. We will run collections on the following dates: November 18th, December 2nd, and December 9th.

Let's work hard as the Barlow Community to help those in need and to spread some amazing holiday spirit.


The Sam Barlow Yearbook Staff is asking you to send in your senior picture on or before December 11th. There are some guidelines you will need to follow for the picture to be "Yearbook Ready". Please visit the Senior Information page of our website and review the document, Senior Portrait Yearbook Requirements to read the yearbook guidelines so you submit the right picture.


Each year the Barlow Booster Club is responsible for planning the all-night party celebration for our graduating seniors. This year, while we are hopeful that a party happen, we have had to shift our focus. We are working hard to create new, safe, and meaningful memories for our seniors this year. These new programs will be passed down from year to year and eventually benefit all Sam Barlow Students.

Here is a quick update on all that is going on and how you can help.

Fundraise for FREE!!! Shop with Scrip!

Scrip is simply a gift card that you buy and spend at face value. We receive a rebate on each gift card purchased. And to make things even easier you can do it all from your phone using eGift cards that are available immediately! There are over 200 stores available as eGift cards including Amazon, Starbucks, Home Depot, Walmart, Target, Khols, and just about every national restaurant you can imagine.

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You can also have physical gift cards sent directly to your home to use in person or give as gifts. This even includes VISA gift cards!

Please download the RaiseRight app today and join our program using our group code


It's that simple.

Local retailers like Fred Meyer and WinCo will be available soon on our website

The website also gives important information about all the other fundraisers and activities that we have going on. Things like monthly cooking classes with our very own Chef Sam, a Jazzy Bagle bread fundraiser, Rocky Mountain Chocolates Christmas fundraiser, and monthly restaurant fundraisers.

You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram using #SBHS2021.

Thank you for your continued support of our amazing seniors!



Seniors should now be completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA) or Oregon Student Aide Application (ORSAA) for financial aid opportunities with their college education.

To determine which application to do, visit this site:

If you (the student and the parent) will complete the FAFSA, you must first create a secure FSA ID. Go here to do this:


Next, complete the FAFSA here:


If you will complete the ORSAA, go here:


Over the past two weeks our Administration, Athletic and Activities Directors, and coaches and advisors have been preparing to open outdoor workouts for our students. While we must host workouts outdoors and follow strict guidelines, we are going to be able to meet some key needs of our athletes and participants. The goals of our Season 1 workout program are to: connect student athletes and participants with their coaches and advisors, provide an opportunity for students to safely socialize, and to have the opportunity to engage in structured exercise programming.

While our athletes and participants will not be "playing sports" at this time, we feel strongly that this program will provide the much needed social-emotional supports that our students are currently missing and needing. This is a perfect opportunity to develop key systems that will eventually help us to begin sports, activities, and competition when permitted to do so.

To get more information on our programming, as well as the documents that need to be completed, please visit the Barlow Athletics Webpage.


In order to connect with our school community, Principal Bruce Schmidt will be hosting a monthly parent meeting on the fourth Monday of each month. During this meeting, Mr. Schmidt will present on a variety of topics to inform participants of what is taking place at Barlow. These meetings are never "one way" as Mr. Schmidt will gather input from parents and guardians to help make the Barlow experience quality for all.

The meeting dates for the 2020-21 school year are: 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26, and 5/24. The meetings begin at 7:00pm and end at 8:30pm and will be conducted virtually through the use of Google Meets. Each month an invitation will be sent to you with an agenda via email outlining the topics for discussion along with the link to the Google Meet. We look forward to seeing you at the end of this month.


Winter break is fast approaching and students will be off from school beginning Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st.

Classes will resume at 9:00 am on Monday, January 4th.

I hope you all have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable Winter Break. See you all in 2021!

Who can help?

If you have concerns about your child’s schedule or other issues, the following are the staff to contact. Email is a quick way to get answers to the questions you might have.


A-E Michelle Kahan

F-J Erin Boelow

K-Ra Oscar Rethwill

Re-Z Molly Ninneman


Kimberly Louvin


Paul Quirke


Karen Galicia


Ryan Alexander


A-G Celeste Pellicci

H-O Melanie Marrone

P-Z Kelly Hart

Immunization Report

The State of Oregon requires schools to notify parents of their immunization rates for each required vaccine. These rates will be posted on our school’s website, in our school office, and sent home to parents. The rates attached are the exemption rates as of the February exclusion date, which is always the third Wednesday of that month. Schools are required to publish this information twice each school year. These rates will be posted within thirty days of the February exclusion date. The same information will be shared again during the first half of the next school year. Again, these rates are collected and tallied each February.