Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School ~ June 2019


As we enter the final days of the 2018-19 school year I have taken some time to reflect on what has been accomplished. There is so much to be proud of at Sam Barlow High School.

On Thursday, June 11th, we will celebrate our senior class at the Memorial Coliseum for Barlow’s 50th Commencement Ceremony. Not only is this a historic event for our school community, it is also a notable accomplishment for our seniors. The Class of 2019 has been a great group of students who have made Barlow proud on so many occasions. Whether through individual or class successes, the Class of 2019 will live in our memories for years to come.

As we proudly send off the Class of 2019, we are also beginning to become excited about the choices that our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders have made during the forecasting season. We have seen an increase in the numbers of students taking Honors, Advanced Placement, and College Credit Bearing courses next year. We could not be happier about the high expectations these students have for themselves and the education they want to experience. We have also seen increased numbers in our Career and Technical Education classes. The updated shop spaces have piqued student interest and they are benefitting from our top-notch facilities. On a final note, next year we are offering the opportunity for juniors and seniors to go to our feeder elementary and middle schools to learn about the education profession through the Cadet Teaching Program. Students in this program will partner with a master teacher, support student learning, develop and deliver lessons, and learn about the teaching profession. This will be an outstanding opportunity for all involved and we are thrilled to be “growing our own” at Sam Barlow High School.

Our student athletes and performers did not disappoint during the 2018-19 school year. All but two of our programs qualified for the state level competition, girls water polo won a state title, our musical Mamma Mia performed at the state Thespian festival as the featured act, we had two National Champion female racquetball players, and our girls cross country team tied for first with a team GPA of 3.9, and a myriad of students will be performing and competing at the collegiate level next year. There are simply too many top finishes to mention in detail. Throughout each season, our Superfans supported their fellow students, enjoyed the excitement of high school events, and our community enjoyed our renovated gym. It was a great year for the Bruins.

Over the course of the year we have managed a major construction project. We have had to share classrooms, work though parking issues, navigate tight hallways, and lost common spaces making our halls a bit more cramped during lunches. However, we have made it through the year. We can now see the products of our struggle as the stadium and track are near completion, the auditorium will be finished soon, much of the new wing is in the final phases of construction, and students are now using our renovated courtyard. The finishes are amazing, the school is taking shape, and by next fall we will open 25 new classroom spaces, new commons areas, a fully renovated and updated auditorium, and enjoy what the students, staff, and community have supported. What a series of amazing accomplishments.

While there are only a few days left in the school year, now is the time to coach your student up regarding finishing strong. There is still work to be done, but we are pleased with the work that has been completed and excited about what is ahead of us. Finals will be given during the week of June 10th through our traditional half day schedule. Please work with your student to ensure that they are studying and preparing for their exams. There are few things that match up to the feeling of completing crushing a final exam. Help them experience that feeling.

I wish you all a very happy summer, thank you for your ongoing support, and take some time to congratulate your student on all the things they have done well and celebrate the accomplishments they have experienced. Go Bruins!


Sam Barlow recognizes 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 April are:


Lydia Kienle

Danny Sanchez


Daniel Bethurum

Natalie Prince


David Rhodes

Ari Wallace


Jireh Roush Cole

Monica Gifford

Report Cards can be found in ParentVue!

Beginning this school year, paper report cards will be available by request only.

You can access your student's progress reports and report cards online through ParentVue. To access the report card from your ParentVue account, just click on the 'report card' button from the menu on the left side of the screen. If you have trouble logging into your ParentVue account or need to get it set up, please contact Teresa Juden in our Student Management Office.

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 Teresa Juden at


All textbook and novels are due back to the Textbook Department (TMC) by the last day of school June 4th for Seniors and June 13 for for all other students. After that date, if books are not returned they will be marked as lost and each student will be responsible for the cost of these items. If you're not sure what books are on your account, please stop by the TMC for a printout. Students must return their textbooks before they leave for the summer. If you have any questions please contact Lori Engdall at 503-258-4887.

Returning overdue Library books

With the end of the school year the Barlow Library will be sending overdue notices to parents and guardians. Please help us to help your student by encouraging them to return their borrowed Library items. Students with overdues cannot check out any additional Library materials until these items are returned, so getting them back really matters. Thanks in advance for your support!

TMC Update

The TMC will be closed from June 14 to mid-August.

If you have any questions about a lost textbook, please call 503-258-4887 and leave the following information:

Student Name

Student ID Number

The Book or Books in Question

A Name and Phone Number to Call Back

I will return your call as soon as I get back into the building.

Thank You,

Lori Engdall

Textbook Coordinator

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Parking Passes for 2019-2020

Parking at Sam Barlow High School is a privilege and requires a permit. Due to extremely limited space, parking passes will only be sold to qualifying Juniors and Seniors in late August. Passes will be sold in the Student Management office to students who are good attenders, have no outstanding fees or fines, and hold a valid driver’s license and insurance.

NOTE: Students who have less than an 85% attendance rate will not be eligible for a parking pass.

Guidelines and applications will be available on the school website in early August.


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.

Please enjoy the start of the second semester. We hope to see you at a school sponsored event or activity. It is always a great experience to see our students competing and performing as it really fosters a sense of community.

9th Grade Summer Academy

You should have received an email from the school district with information regarding the 9th Grade Summer Academy happening in August. This is an opportunity your student does not want to miss out on, so be sure to register soon!



2019 AP Student & Parent Newsletter attached.

English 1-2 Summer Homework

If your student will be in English 1-2 next year, they will need to make sure they have their summer homework from Mrs. Wilczewski.

PSAT test date set!

The 2019 PSAT test date has been set for Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019. The test will be held at SBHS starting at 7:30am. Please note: this test is given 1 time per year, nationwide. This will be the only opportunity for your student to take this test at Barlow High School for the 2019-20 school year. The state of Oregon will allow sophomores to take the test for free. Juniors must pay a fee to take the PSAT. Prices will be announced in the fall. Juniors are urged to participate in the PSAT as this is the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship. Watch for registration (through the bookkeeper) in late September.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Accomplishment

We are proud to congratulate Gavin Lund and Logan Masoumpanah on being accepted to Construction Camp. They applied along with many others to have the opportunity to learn about construction in the pre-apprenticeship program. They will be putting in 40 hour work weeks for 8 weeks this summer and will be paid while participating in the program! With hard work and some great connections, these two students will be developing job skills, work history, and making money for their futures. Bruin PRIDE!
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The Class of 2019 Graduation Information

Graduation, June 11, 2019, 5:00 PM Memorial Coliseum. The senior newsletter has more detail about the event and what is required of students in attendance. We have attached the newsletter as a pdf below.

A reminder that Thursday, June 6thseniors will be participating in a Graduation Walk at all of our elementary and middle school feeders. Seniors need to bring their cap and gown to wear during the assembly and on the grad walk. A phone call was sent out to all seniors and parents regarding details of this day.

Student Google accounts will be deactivated on July 1st. Each graduate received a yellow paper with instructions on how to transfer their data. If they need assistance, they can make a request in the office.

Seniors can pick up this year's book at the Yearbook Distribution Party, tentatively planned for 9/18/19 5-7p in the Courtyard. Watch for a confirmed date/time in early September.


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.


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 Cheeri Schacht

H-O Tim Collins

P-Z Kelly Hart