Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School ~ June 2018


From the Principal

Students of the Month

Sam Barlow is committed to recognizing students who have shown their Bruin PRIDE by awarding a Student of the Month for each grade level. Students can be nominated for Student of the Month by receiving a PRIDE Note from a staff member throughout the month. The staff then votes for one male and one female student from each grade to receive this recognition. Our outstanding Students of the Month for March are:


Carson Jensen

Olivia Francis


Austin Parras

Marites Krogstad


Max Valladolid

Shelby Fox Winkler


Megan Ward

Nathan Booth

Scholarship Winners

Please congratulate the following students on their great fortune as winners of the PCC Future Connect Scholarship:


Kolin Azar

Yadira Mendez Alvarado

Diego Calderon

Luis Rodriguez Montiel

Estefani Garcia Delgado

Aisha Salih

Juan Lopez Cholula

Hailey Benfield

Uriel Carrasco

Nathan Booth


VIvian Jones

Caden McFarland

Hannah Archuleta

Logan Blaney

Iselda Lopez Ubaldo

Ben Petryuk

Luis Sanchez-Rocha

Janely De Los Santos Bustamente

Guillermo Aguirre

Jessica Romero

Kayla Mann

Taryn Jones

Iselda Lopez Ubaldo

Many of the waitlist students will move up on the list as other students decide on other options. This is a great opportunity for our students to have a college coach, access to scholarship funds, help with FAFSA, chances to study abroad and lastly, an opportunity for full ride scholarships for the last two years of a 4 year program at OSU, PSU, Lewis and Clark and Pacific University.

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Lions Breakfast Club

Please congratulate the following students for their recognition last night at the Gresham Lions Breakfast Club scholarship awards dessert. Our remarkable 16 top GPA seniors spent the evening with our local Lions Club members, their families and State Representative, Carla Piluso, as keynote speaker.

Three of our seniors were awarded $1000 each to be used for their future college expenses. These winners were: Alexis Ubaldo-Zurita, Kaitlyn Bethurum and Cole Edmondson.

The recognition winners were: Sulamita Sorokina, Rachel Amadio, Bethany Cox, Cara Farnes, Heidi Coulton, Autumn Wilson, Sarah Gernhart, Hayden Kehn, Vaimoli Bigler, Erich Hoffman, Victoria Nash, Lauren Timzen, Anthony Wilkins.

Increased Traffic Enforcement

Due to an unusually high level of complaints about speed and unsafe driving within a few miles of the school, the Gresham Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a higher level of traffic enforcement in the area through the rest of this year. Please watch your speed, other unsafe driving behaviors and don't drive people if you're not supposed to. This is a fair warning to obey all traffic laws. Please drive safe. Thank you.

Parking Passes for the 2018-19 School Year

During the summer of 2018 we will begin bond construction at Sam Barlow. As a result, we will be losing several parking spaces due to the installation of portable classrooms and construction equipment. Taking that into consideration, we have revised our parking pass policy.

To purchase a parking pass, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a valid Oregon Drivers License

  • Have current car insurance

  • Attend at least 85% of the days during the second semester of this school year.

  • Have no more than 10 unexcused absences in any period

  • Must be a Junior or Senior

If students meet the above criteria, Seniors and CAL students will have first priority on purchasing parking passes. We will then sell the remaining parking passes to those who qualify through a lottery system.

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 Paul Quirke

F-J Erin Boelow

K-Ra Oscar Rethwill

Re-Z Molly Ninneman


Karen Galicia


Ryan Alexander


A-G Cheeri Schacht

H-O Tim Collins

P-Z Kelly Hart

Barlow Pool


link to our website

Contact Angie Miller

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Class of 2019, Welcome to your senior year!

This year will be busy and filled with challenges and excitement for your future. Your College & Career Center is here to assist you on your journey. We will work hard to answer your questions and make your senior year a fun and productive one.

Applying to College-First Steps:

  • Visit a wide variety of schools now so you can determine the right fit for your future.

  • Make sure the colleges you are considering have the programs you want.

  • Pay attention to application deadlines. Start a calendar of due dates. Many schools have an early application deadline of November 1.

  • Ask for letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, employers, etc. (Do not wait until the fall to do this. Ask now!)

  • Request an official transcript from the registrar, after your final grades have posted, or use your Common Application to request an electronic version through your Naviance account.

  • Apply to colleges using Naviance or directly on a college’s website.

  • Make sure your SAT or ACT test scores are where you need them to be. Re-test, if necessary, in the fall. Send your scores to schools. Either test is acceptable.

  • Complete an activities chart/resume to use for college applications and scholarships.

  • Research financial aid options and learn more about the FAFSA, your primary source of college funds.

FAFSA-What is it and how do I get ready to apply?

The FAFSA is your way to get help paying for college. It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA creates free grant funds and loans for you to use to go to college. The FAFSA is also a part of the Oregon Promise grant, which provides you with free community college tuition.

This summer is a great time for you and your parents to get started on your FAFSA process. The FAFSA doesn’t actually open until Oct. 1, 2018, but you can do a few steps before then. The first thing for you to do is to create the FSA ID number for 1.) the student and for 2.) the parent(s). The best way to do this is to go to and look for the blue tab at the top of the page that says “FSA ID.” If you are curious where you might fall in terms of grant (free) funds and loans, see the fafsa4caster at:

Don’t’ forget that the College & Career Center has ASPIRE mentors to help you navigate through the important details of your senior year. Apply for a mentor and get the assistance you need! Watch for an upcoming summer email with additional details. Remember to use your free time wisely over the summer to get ahead of the busy fall coming your way. You will be very glad you prepared when those deadlines approach.

If you have any further questions, feel free to email Patty Neuenschwander at or call 503-258-4890. Have a great summer!