Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School ~ September 2023


We are off and running!! What a great start to the school year from where I sit. We are currently enrolling 1682 students. As you may have heard, many classes are packed and our elective programs are robust. The counseling team continues to burn the candle from both ends getting students enrolled and welcoming families into the community.

If you and your student have any needs, please have them email or make an appointment with their counselor. We continue to process advanced placement requests for dropping, please know that many of these may not be possible given how tight our classes are based upon last years forecasting. As enrollment and class balancing stabilizes, our assistant principals will work to process the requests for drops in our advanced placement programming.

Please take a look below as there are some great things happening in the coming days and weeks.



Sam Barlow will be hosting its first Latinx Family Night Tuesday September 19th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Invitations have gone out to families to attend where we will introduce them to our systems and resources that exist for all students as well culturally specific resources for students and families of our Latinx population which accounts for 32% or 454 of our students. We are excited to offer this and look forward to engaging this community moving forward. As you have questions or input, please see Amanda McLeod or Katie Ray who have been an integral part of planning for this event - thank you to both of them.


We wanted you to be aware of some important upcoming dates

  • Friday, 9/15 The Bruins of Sam Barlow take on the Gophers of GHS at Gresham for the annual football throw down
  • Friday, 9/15 Deadline for PSAT Registration (read below)
  • Tuesday, 9/19 we will host our first annual Latinx Family night in the media center
  • Monday, 9/25 Know Your School Parent Meeting (In Person - Media Center)
  • Friday, 9/29 Staff Inservice Day - No school for students
  • Friday, 9/29 Homecoming Dance
  • Saturday, 9/30 Teddy Bear Parade - Downtown Gresham
  • Homecoming is the week of September 25th - 29th (versus the Scots of David Douglas)


In the need to make a payment or order transcripts or get your Associated Student Body Sticker (ASB)? For your convenience login to our new Sam Barlow webstore and sign up and everything you need is at your fingertips.

Pay for items like the 23-24 ASB sticker & preorder the 23/24 yearbook with your MySchoolBucks account:

1. Go to and click Sign-Up Today

2. Visit School Store and select Browse All Items

3. Choose the item you’d like to purchase and add it to your cart

4. Check out with your credit/debit card


While we always encourage students to take the bus to school, we also understand that there are times when students must be dropped off or picked up from school. In order to make this a smooth process, there is a structured process for moving through the parking lot.

Student pick-up and drop-off will be located in the Main Parking Lot off Lusted Road. Please be sure to review the diagram that outlines the process before you head to school on the first day. Understanding the procedures will be critical with respect to improving traffic flow. The more people who follow the procedures as detailed the better. Please help us out by following the guidelines.


Lockers are issued through request only. Students will find a QR code displayed on television monitors and posted on bulletin boards throughout campus. Once they scan the QR code, they will enter the requested information, be issued a locker, and receive an email to their school Gmail account with the locker number and combination. Lockers will be assigned throughout the first two weeks of school on a first come, first served basis.

PARENTVUE APP (Check your students' progress)

You can download the ParentVue App directly to your phone for free. It’s very simple to do and we have included the step-by-step instructions for you below.

  • Go to your App store or Android Market and search for ParentVue.

  • Click ‘install’ and then ‘open’ when installation is complete.

  • You will have a screen prompting you to swipe left to find your district. If location is activated on your phone, our district should pop to the top. If not, type in Gresham-Barlow School District in the search bar.

  • Once you choose Gresham-Barlow School District, you will be asked to log in.

  • Once you have logged in, you will have access to your student's information, such as;

    • Class Schedule

    • Current Grades in all classes

    • Progress Reports

    • Attendance

    • Teacher communications

    • Access to update your contact information

    • Many more…

  • You can also select which language you prefer to use by clicking on ‘change’ at the bottom of the screen.

This is a great resource to have at the tip of your fingers. If you need assistance logging in or resetting your password, please contact Brandie Seibel at


In order to park at Sam Barlow High School, students must purchase a parking pass. For detailed information on parking at Sam Barlow, please review the Parking Pass Informational Letter. The cost of a parking pass will be $30.00 for a Main Lot pass and $25.00 for an Annex Lot pass. All parking passes will be sold based on the following criteria:

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

  • You must be a Junior or Senior

  • Attended at least 85% of the days during the second semester of the 2022-23 school year

  • Have a valid Oregon Drivers License

  • Have current car insurance

  • Completed the Parking Pass Application. The application must be printed and completed prior to purchase. If you need a copy, please stop by the main office between the hours of 7:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.

If students met the above criteria, Seniors, CAL students and those who have a zero period will be given first priority on purchasing parking passes. All other Juniors will be placed into a lottery system with numbers being drawn randomly. Students whose numbers are drawn will be notified by student management.


In order to connect with our school community, Principal Jason Bhear will be hosting a monthly parent meeting on the fourth Monday of each month. During this meeting, Mr. Bhear 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. Bhear will gather input from parents and guardians to help make the Barlow experience quality for all.

The meetings begin at 7:00pm and end at 8:30pm and this year we are running a hybrid model with some meetings being conducted virtually through the use of Google Meets and some in-person in the Media Center. The meeting dates for the 2023-24 school year are: 9/25 (in-person), 10/23 (in-person), 11/27 (virtual), 1/22 (in-person), 2/26 (virtual), 3/18 (virtual), 4/22 (in-person), and 5/20 (in-person).

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 for virtual meetings. We look forward to seeing you at the end of each month.

Big picture


Each year students can take the PSAT as either a preparatory exam for the SAT or to qualify as a National Merit Scholar. This exam is geared towards Juniors, therefore, any Junior who would like to quality for a National Merit Scholarship must take this exam.

We will be offering the PSAT for Barlow students on Tuesday, October 31st . To sign up for this exam, please read below:

  • Focus is for 11th graders (though freshman and sophomores can also sit for the exam).
  • The cost for the exam is $18.00. You can have your student pay our bookkeeper through either a check or cash
  • Students must pay for the exam by Friday, September 15th

While many colleges and universities no longer use the SAT as an entrance requirement, and are "test blind", there are several scholarships that utilize a combination of Grade Point Average (GPA) and an SAT score to evaluate student performance. So please consider this practice opportunity for your student as it will give them a good idea of what these standardized tests are all about.


Sam Barlow High School is home to an amazing College and Career Center. Tia Molony, our College Coordinator, is consistently finding ways to connect students with scholarship opportunities, hosting presentations from colleges and universities, and helping students with the college application process. LindaLee Frazier, our Career Coordinator, works to provide students with exposure to career opportunities by linking local businesses to classrooms, hosting presentations from business leaders, and connecting students to apprenticeship programs, the military, and local job options. These two work tirelessly to provide opportunities for your student.

Please see their newsletter for incredible details and current opportunities:


On October 17 we will be hosting a college and career testing day for all high school students. The ACT and PreACT provide a unique opportunity for students to connect with colleges that they may wish to attend, while also giving students individual feedback on potential careers that match their unique skills and interest. Both the ACT and the PreACT are aligned to high school level content so that students can get a sense of their readiness to pursue college or career options once they graduate from high school.

All 9th grade and 10th grade students are required to attend, and will be taking the PreACT.

For 11th and 12th grade students, the ACT will be offered to all who wish to take this exam.

Please Sign-up with the link below.


Deadline for Juniors and Seniors to register is 10/1/23. Our Freshmen and Sophomores DO NOT need to sign up. All of these exams will be offered free of charge.

Here are some links that you may find helpful.

More information will be coming your way soon, but please reach out to your home high school if you have any questions.


In order for students to reach their full potential in the classroom, they must attend school. We want all students to attend at least 90% of all school days. Students should only miss school if they have a fever, have been vomiting, have a medical appointment, or a family emergency. We fully understand that students will sometimes miss school, but limiting the number of missed days is important. Students can’t learn unless they are in class. If we have more students attending at a higher rate, we can also increase the success of our students and our graduation rate.


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.

Can I deliver coffee/specialty drinks to my student?

No. We will not accept any Dutch, Black Rock, Country Coffee, etc.

Additional questions?

Please call us! 503-258-4850

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.

COUNSELORS (Caseload by Last Name)

A-C Shae Morris

D-H Erin Boelow

I-M Paul Quirke

N-Sa Oscar Rethwill

Sc-Z Molly Ninneman


Katie Ray


Amanda McLeod


Araceli Arredondo


Isabel Jones


A-G Heidi Husbands

H-O Bethany Wilson

P-Z Doyle Huelsman