Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School


Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Sam Barlow High School. I am happy to say that we have had a smooth and productive start. We hit the ground running with our Friends of Freshmen program by welcoming all 479 ninth graders on Tuesday, September 5th. Our athletic and activities teams have begun to see the hard work they committed to this summer pay off during competitions and performances. The Barlow staff returned energized and ready to provide a quality experience for your student in the classroom and throughout the building. Finally, I am very excited to begin my fourth year as the principal of Barlow and look forward to the great things we will achieve this year.

Once again, I must send a huge “Thank You” and recognition to the congregation of Good Shepherd Community Church and the volunteers who helped beautify our campus on Saturday, August 19th. There were approximately 200 people who helped weed planter beds, spread bark dust, pressure wash the courtyard, paint handrails and doors, and simply spruce up our campus for the start of the school year. It was a very productive day, but more importantly, it was a time to bond as a community around a shared goal.

It is hard to imagine that a year ago I was asking you all to consider voting on a school bond that would provide much needed funds for our district’s schools. Due to your vote, we are at the threshold of a major construction project at Sam Barlow High School. Staff, students, and community members have been in the process of planning this work for the past eight months and we have finally finished the design process. We have generated plans for the construction of 24 new classroom spaces that includes new Science labs. Our auditorium will undergo major renovations and we will be enhancing the performing arts spaces through the construction of a new band room and small theater. There will be a covered stadium with bathrooms, concession stand, resurfaced track and new turf to host quality home athletic events. There will be a major remodel of our Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Engineering, and Business and Computer labs. Finally, all classrooms in the building will be completely renovated and get new furniture for students.

There are so many projects that I can’t list them all. Besides that, my words just don’t do the project justice. Please look for an invitation to attend an Open House where we will describe all aspects of the project, show images of the various spaces so you can get a clear idea of what it is we will be building, and the impact it will have on our school atmosphere and educational programs. We can’t thank you enough for your support and I look forward to sharing this work with you.

On a final note, I wanted to wish all of you a great school year and GO BRUINS!


What are the office hours?

7:00am - 3:30pm daily

Closed on holidays and some inservice days

What is the main office number?


Can I leave a message for my student?

Yes. If necessary, we can take messages from a parent or guardian only. Messages will not be delivered to class except in an emergency, but will be held in the office. Students are paged during designated paging times, and it is the student’s responsibility to pick up the note.

Can I bring a present or send flowers/balloons to a student?

We are unable to accept gifts, flowers/balloons for students. We will refuse all attempted deliveries.

Additional questions?

Please call us! 503-258-4850

Who Can Help?

If you have concerns about your child’s schedule or other concerns, 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


A-G Cheeri Schacht

H-O Tim Collins

P-Z Kelly Hart

Meet Our New Staff

Charyl Adams: I have lived in the area for 33 years. My Dad was in the Navy so we moved around a lot, Oregon is my home. I am the oldest of 9 children! I have worked for the district for 29 years (I was hired when I was 10), all of them at Hall School. I have 5 children, 12 grandchildren and one on the way. I love to bake, quilt, read (historical fiction or fantasy), garden and going to garage sales. I am a Duck, BYU Cougars, and Dallas Cowboys fan (because my husband of 41 years is from Texas!). I love spending time with my family, bright colors, being around positive, happy people and being organized. My favorite flowers are daisys, favorite dessert is any fruit pie (except rhubarb), and my favorite food is nice, warm freshly baked bread with real butter and homemade jam, YUM! I am thrilled to be the new Production Secretary at Barlow and getting to know you all better!

Kim Delacruz: Kim Delacruz is our new Health Assistant and will be working in our Health Room for a few hours every Tuesday and Thursday. She comes to us with almost 20 years experience as a Certified Medical Assistant and most recently worked as the Health Assistant at East Orient Elementary School, where I've been told, she was a total rock star. She is a Barlow parent and community member and I know her dedication to our students and school will make her a great asset to our team.

Michael Duffy: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Portland and a Master’s’ degree in Sport Administration from the United States Sports Academy. In addition, I have completed graduate level coursework in Education at Portland State University and Western Governor’s University. I am endorsed to teach Language Arts, Social Studies and Math. Prior to this job I taught at Cascade Junior High in Turner, Oregon. I have also taught at Douglas High School, Powers High School, Eddyville Charter School and Illinois Valley High School, as well as Rogue Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Mt. Hood Community College and Western Oregon University. It’s truly an honor to join the staff at Sam Barlow and Springwater Trail High Schools.

Doug Grant: Doug is originally from Glastonbury, CT. He majored in English at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and after earning his BA in 2000 he moved to San Diego. He remained in Southern California for almost fifteen years, earning his teaching credential and beginning his career in education before he and his wife decided that they wanted a change of scenery. Oregon turned out to be the type of place both of them longed for, and they relocated to the Portland area this last August. He is now a proud Bruin at Sam Barlow High School.

Paisley Green: Paisley Green received her bachelor's degrees at Northern Arizona University and her master's at Oregon State University. She's one of those people who moved to Oregon, fell in love, and decided to stay. Her passion for teaching was sparked by a series of amazing high school English teachers in her home state of Arizona, and she's excited to continue working with students at Barlow. When she's not teaching, Paisley can be found in various museums, on hiking trails, or curled up with a good book.

Anita Lamoureaux: Anita Lamoureux (Ms. L) comes to us with many years of business industry experience; having jumped into the field of education 15 years ago. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (SFSU), a Master's degree in Career Technical Education (USF) and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership (NCU). Ms. L recently moved to OR from Southwest Florida. She has two sons, Benoit (22) who is a performer/actor in Orlando, FL and Nicholas (19) who will be attending Full Sail University in the spring. Ms. L is thrilled to get to know Oregon with her boyfriend, Rich, as they travel across the state exploring and hiking the beautiful PNW. She is proud to say she is a Red Sox and Patriot's fan and now adds being a BRUIN to her list!

Shaun Lutz: My name is Shaun Lutz and I’m one of the new hire Educational Assistants. I am actually a Bruin alumni, graduating from SBHS back in 2009. This past summer, I earned my bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Applied Health and Fitness. Eventually I hope to take my health and fitness background and earn a master’s in education. I coach football at the JV and Varsity level for Barlow, and have spent time in the past working with the basketball and baseball programs as well. Being at Barlow feels comfortable through my time spent here both as a student and as a coach, and I look forward to sharing the lessons learned with the students I encounter during my time, now as a facilitator.

Josh Pikop: I am the new Woods teacher. My education is in Industrial Design but for some reason I ended up back in Carpentry and Electrical Construction. Just recently my wife (who has been in education for many years) told me I would make a good teacher. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I enjoy spending time with family and anything that involves being surrounded by our beautiful Northwest landscape. I look forward to working with your kids and hopefully I can be a positive role model in their path to adulthood.

ASPIRE Volunteers Needed

ASPIRE is a program that connects community volunteers with students to both mentor and assist them in choosing post high school options as well as completing applications for college and scholarships. Our ASPIRE Program has been instrumental in helping students succeed after high school by showing them the various options available to them. We are looking for more volunteers to become part of the ASPIRE Program and help in our College and Career Center. For more information, view this Video Clip. If you are interested, please contact Patty Neuenschwander in the College and Career Center .


Guys and Dolls ~ November 10 - 18, Steel Magnolias ~ February 15 - 24, Lend Me A Tenor ~ April 19 - 22

Student Absences

Absences can be excused by phone, email or sending a note to the Attendance Office. All absences must be excused within 2 days following the absence. The attendance line is accessible 24 hours a day. A note should contain the following information; Student name, Student ID number, Date(s) of Absence, Time period of absence, Reason for absence, Parent/Guardian signature.

Please note that the attendance number is 503-258-4860 The old number (503-674-5600) is no longer in service, so please be sure you remove that from your contact list.

Immunization Report

The State of Oregon now requires schools to notify parents of their immunization exemption rates for each required vaccine twice each school year. These rates will now be posted on our school’s website, in our school office, and sent home to parents twice a year. The rates attached are the exemption rates as of last spring. Approximately the second week of March we will post the updated rates. These new rates are collected and tallied in mid February 2018.


Friday, Oct. 20th, 7pm

5105 Southeast 302nd Avenue

Gresham, OR

Barlow Bruin Football will take on the Gresham Gophers during the 2017 Homecoming Football Game. This will be an exciting evening as we recognize our Senior players and celebrate during the Homecoming half-time show. We will have a packed house, so we are offering additional parking at East Orient Elementary and West Orient Middle and will run a shuttle to and from the game starting at 5:30pm throughout the game.


Get the latest news and information regarding the Senior All Night Party here. Continue to watch your email for upcoming important information regarding Senior activities and graduation.