Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School


Parent Teacher Conferences

We hope you had the chance to participate in our Parent Teacher Conferences on November 21st and 22nd. While I realize the format of conferences is not always as personal as we would like, it is time well spent. If you were unable to attend, or could not meet with all of your student’s teachers, please be sure to contact them through either email or by phone. There is always the chance of setting up an appointment to meet with staff members after school to discuss specifics as well. We will find ways to support you and your student.

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.

Go to a Performance or Event

A great way to be connected to the school community is to attend a performance or athletic event. There are multiple opportunities to see the student body in a great environment representing their school and special program. I promise that you will be very impressed with our students, whether you attend an athletic event, a night at our fall musical or a winter concert. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with our students, coaches, and fans regardless of what event I attend. It is a great thing to do!

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 hope you are able to find the time to sit down with your student(s) and share a great story, listen to the stories they have to share, or to just be near while they are “doing their thing”. No matter what kids say, knowing that you are willing to spend focused time with them is just what they want and need. Time is the best gift anyone can give and the price is right. I wish you all the very best this holiday season and hope to see you at an event or gathering sometime soon.

Go Bruins!

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

Snowball Dance

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 8-11pm

Sam Barlow High School

Barlow's Snowball Dance will be on Saturday, December 9 from 8:00-11:00pm at Barlow. Guest passes will be available starting on Nov. 13 and tickets go on sale on Dec. 1. Attire for the Snowball Dance is formal or semi-formal and tickets are sold for couples or for singles.

Sophomore Parking Passes:

Sophomores who are eligible to purchase a parking pass, and wish to do so prior to winter break, may park in the Annex Lot. These passes are $25.00. If eligible sophomores wish to park in the Main Lot, they will need to wait until after winter break to purchase that pass. Main Lot passes are $30.00. Sophomores who wish to purchase a pass should go to Student Management and speak with Rocky Grandjean for an application and details. Requirements of eligibility can be found in the Parent Handbook as well as the Student Code of Conduct.


We have a very exciting Choir Alumni Concert planned for this year on Wednesday, December 13 2017, in celebration of Sam Barlow's 50th Anniversary. Directors Amber Schroeder (2010-Current) and Gary St. John (1991-2007) are partnering to lead a big Alumni Choir and we would love to have you sing with us once again!! Please fill out the form on our website to RSVP and we will send you music to rehearse! We would also like to treat you to a special Alumni reception, where you can hear more about the program, upcoming performing arts bond renovations and the BarlowVIPS, our nonprofit parent fundraising group, and also connect with past directors/choir members.

  • 5:00pm Alumni Rehearsal

  • 6:30pm Alumni Reception

  • 7:30pm Concert

Happy Holidays from Sam Barlow High School Band!

This year’s winter concert by the Symphonic Band will be a special one! It will take place in the Sam Barlow auditorium on Thursday, December 14th at 7:30pm For our celebration of Barlow’s 50th year, we have commissioned renowned band composer Kevin Walczyk to write a piece specifically for us and for our celebration. The world premier of Lift Your Banner Skyward will take place, performed by our Symphonic Band. The piece’s melodic material comes from our very own Sam Barlow Alma Mater. We will also continue our tradition of inviting alumni to attend and perform if they wish! The alumni band rehearsal will begin that evening at 6pm in the auditorium. Retired director Charles Bolton and current director Paul Nickolas will share conducting duties with the alumni band. Also on the program will be a performance by the Sam Barlow Jazz Band. Please spread the word of this unique concert to all who have been a part of the band program over the past 50 years. We hope you can all join us to celebrate the school we love!

Outside Food and Beverages are Not Allowed

Outside food and beverages are not allowed at school events (games, dances, etc.). This includes Dutch Bros, Starbucks, Burgerville, etc. Please be sure you finish your food and drinks before arriving.

"Alumni Basketball Night"

Saturday, Dec. 16th, 6pm

5105 Southeast 302nd Avenue

Gresham, OR

All Alums are invited to the Alumni Basketball Game on Saturday, December 16 Basketball games vs. Sandy. Girls Varsity is at 4:30 and Boys Varsity is at 6:00. We want to encourage all Barlow Alumni to come out.

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.


We are currently in the planning stages of our first ever Career Fair for all students that will be held at Barlow on March 15, 2018. We would love your help in collecting our list of possible speakers. Talking points for presenters may include, their education/career journey, typical workday, career trends, pros and cons of job, salary range, training/education licensing required, high school classes that would pertain to career and helpful technology to become familiar with. Please send any contact names with email address and/or phone numbers to Tia Molony at or Patty Neuenschwander at

Student of the Month

Sam Barlow is now 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 October are:


Miguel Garcia

Kylisha Carlos


Angelica Santos Perez

Cody Macias


Aaron Xiong

Whitney Waddell


Lillian Nomie

Ben Petryuk

Winners chosen for the SBHS Library "Great Books at the Movies" Contest

On November 29th, the three student winners of the Barlow Library "Great Books at the Movies" contest were chosen. To enter the contest, students just needed to check out a book from our Library during the month of November. Our principal, Mr. Schmidt drew the names of the three lucky winners. To see photos of the winners with their books, check out the SBHS Library Events page on our school's website.

Sam Barlow Bruinettes Dance Clinic

The Sam Barlow Bruinettes Dance Team is hosting the 11th annual “I Heart Dance” clinic Tuesday January 23rd and Thursday January 25th with a halftime performance at the basketball game on Friday January 26th. This cost is $20 for those who pre-register and $25 to register on the first day of the clinic. Registrations must be received by January 5th to receive a t-shirt. For more information visit our website at or email us at

Juniors & Seniors:

Have you created your “All About Me” binder?

If you are planning to attend college or a trade school and/or apply for scholarships, you will want to be organized. Senior year is full of time consuming commitments. If you get your things in order now, life will be easier later.

1. Get a 3” binder. Start accumulating and organizing information about you and your accomplishments.

2. In the binder, include: copies of official transcripts, letters of recommendation, copies of awards and certificates, records of your financial aid account names and passwords, SAT and ACT scores, copies of your senior photo, your activity chart/resume and photos of you doing the things you do in your free time (like community service.)

3. Put your materials in plastic sleeves to keep them neat and organized. Scan them when and store them on your Google docs.

4. Keep this binder in a SAFE place where you can access it quickly when a scholarship or college opportunity arises.

5. There are materials for you to use in the C&CC if you need them.

Facebook Info: Useful tips can also be found on the Barlow Senior Class of 2018 facebook page, SBHS Class of 2019, the Sam Barlow (yellow and black bear logo), and/or the Sam Barlow (Public) facebook pages.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Patty Neuenschwander at 503-258-4890 or



Don’t forget to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)!

The FAFSA is an important item for colleges and scholarships. Both student and parents should go online to apply for their FSA ID at

Your FSA ID will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and later access your processed Student Aid Report (SAR.) The FSA ID will stay with the student and parent(s) for all four years of college. Students will use this login each October when the FAFSA application opens. Visit for more information.

Below is information provided by the Office of Student Access and Completion regarding the FAFSA and Oregon’s version of it, the ORSAA:

DACA Students & Undocumented Students and Families, under ORSAA and FAFSA:

In Oregon, students must complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA to be considered for state-funded grants, including the Oregon Opportunity Grant and Oregon Promise. All students who are U.S. Citizens, or Legal Residents, should complete the FAFSA.

DACA students and other undocumented students, who are not eligible for federal student aid programs, should complete the ORSAA. The FAFSA and ORSAA are not tools that are used to identify undocumented parents or to deport families.

The ORSAA is used exclusively by the state of Oregon, not the Federal government. The Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) shares a student’s ORSAA data only with the Financial Aid Office at the school(s) the student listed on the ORSAA.

Oregon uses the ORSAA to process applications for state grants and other aid programs administered by OSAC. Access the ORSAA at:

Helpful resource on FAFSA and Undocumented students

Federal Financial Aid & Undocumented Students Q&A:

For additional assistance with the FAFSA or the ORSAA, please contact the College & Career Center at 503-258-4890.


Please see attached Senior Baby Ad document for details.

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.

Oregon Promise Grant

Seniors with a 2.5 GPA: Students should register for the Oregon Promise, Oregon’s free tuition application for community colleges in Oregon. The application requires that seniors file their FAFSA, have a GPA of 2.5 or better and plan to attend a community college within 6 months of graduation. The application is open from Nov. 1 to June 1. If seniors plan to attend a 4-year university, this option is your safety net. Make sure to include an Oregon community college on your FAFSA as part of this application’s requirements.

To apply, go to: