Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School


Is it really November? It is unbelievable how fast a school year can go. It seems like we were just welcoming students into the building, finalizing schedules, and enjoying fall sports in the warm sun of September. Yet here we are with the cold east wind kicking in at the dawn of winter. Time just flies.

October and November can be challenging months for students. The newness of the school year has worn off, school has become a “routine”, and sometimes that results in settling into patterns of procrastination and complacency. During this time, it is great to ask your student to show you what they are doing in class, to explain what they have learned, or to simply sit down in a relaxed environment without technology or distractions and have a conversation. While it often time seems they don’t want us around, that is not the case, our kids want us to ask those questions as it lets them know we really care. Our kids are only with us for a fraction of their lives, the time we spend investing in them now will have a lasting impact on their future. Remember, time flies.


I am sure you have all received your student’s six-week progress report in the mail. However, we are now in the middle of the tenth week of the school year. Do you know if your student has improved their grade? Fallen behind? If the answer is “No”, there is a tool that you can use to find out about your student’s performance. ParentVue is a system that enables you to get up to date information on your student’s grades, attendance, and information about class assignments. This is an invaluable resource that can help you partner with your student and their teacher to monitor progress and set goals. I consistently use this application for both of my students, as well as for working with other students at Barlow.

You can find the free app in iTunes or Google Play. Simply go to those sources and search for “ParentVue”. Please send Teresa Juden an email at: so she can send you an activation code for this information. Once your account is activated, you can access this information on either your computer or mobile device. If you have multiple students in the district you will be able to access all of their information from the same screen.

Parent Teacher Conferences

I wanted to personally invite all of you to our Parent Teacher Conferences that will be held in our gym on the evening of Tuesday, November 21st and the morning of Wednesday, November 22nd. This is a great opportunity to meet our staff, talk to teachers who work with your student, to learn about our programs, and to pick up your student’s twelve-week grades. We will send you a detailed email outlining specific times and the conference format as we approach the November 23rd date. We hope to see you there.

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

New Staff

Tyler Christianson: Once a Bruin, Always a Bruin

Joining the Sam Barlow Bruins staff is a true privilege. I feel like my last six years working for educational organizations and graduating from the University of Montana has been leading up to this moment. I’ve been working at Upward Bound, a non-profit college preparation organization, for the last six years and I also was a Guest Teacher in Oregon almost all of last year. After receiving my degrees in Marketing & Management, along with a Business Education Licensure, Oregon lured me into its rainy arms. I’m thrilled to be part of the SBHS team as one of the CTE teachers and an AVID teacher. I’ll be teaching in the computer lab this school year, so please feel free to stop by and talk technology with me. A few of my favorite hobbies include drone videography, disc golf (frolf for my fellow Seinfeld fans) and anything to do with basketball. My High School in Helena, MT also has a Bruin as our mascot, so I feel like this is the place I’m meant to be. I’m looking forward to a great year of school with the Sam Barlow Bruins!


A parent or guardian may bring their student lunch for lunch time or school related items to the main office for pick up. We do not accept deliveries for any other non-school related items throughout the day, including drinks. They will be refused and we will not call your student to the office to pick up deliveries.

Additional questions?

Please call us! 503-258-4850

Honoring our Vets

Barlow Veterans’ Display in the Library - November 2017

Every November, the Library Staff at Barlow assembles a Veterans’ Day Display that showcases the contributions of the Barlow Staff and their families to the defense of our nation. The Library will be open the day of Parent Conferences on November 22nd, so please check out the display! Photos of the display will also be on the SBHS Library/Media Center website.


Click here to purchase your tickets.
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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.

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.

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.

Speech and Debate Awards

Last month our Speech and Debate team participated in the Sandy Kickoff Tournament. Barlow students walked away with a long list of awards. Way to go team!!

1st Place - Elora Riley - Novice Radio Commentary

1st Place - Kanen McReynolds – Open Radio Commentary

2nd Place - Kayden Doering - Open Radio Commentary

3rd Place - Liz Card - Open Radio Commentary

4th Place – Milly Wilson - Open Radio Commentary

1st Place – Alyssa Elwell – Novice After Dinner Speaking

1st Place – Anna Leach and Ryan Rubin – Novice Duo Interp

2nd Place – Robyn Wilczewski and Meikelo Cabbage – Novice Duo Interp

3rd Place – Andrew Lor – Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

2nd Place – Rita Medel – Open English Language Learner Interp

3rd Place – Daniella Lopez-Medel – Novice English Language Learner Interp

1st Place - Claire Putnam – Open Dramatic Interpretation

2nd Place – Alyssa Elwell – Novice Original Oratory

3rd Place – Brianna Green – Novice Original Oratory

1st Place – Liz Card – Open Expository Speaking

2nd Place – Katie Card – Open Expository Speaking

3rd Place – Jade Minzlaff – Open Expository Speaking

1st Place – Laurie Noyes – Novice Expository Speaking

1st Place – Ryan Rubin – Novice Impromptu (tie)

1st Place – Anna Leach – Novice Impromptu (tie)

3rd Place – Yiu Tran – Novice Impromptu

1st Place - Milly Wilson – Open Impromptu

1st Place – Katie Card – Open Prose Interp

3rd Place – Jade Minzlaff – Open Prose Interp

2nd Place – Valerie Yang – Novice Prose Interp

1st Place – Valerie Yang - Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate

1st Place – Robyn Wilczewski and Anna Leach – Novice Policy Debate

2nd Place – Alyssa Elwell and Elora Riley – Novice Policy Debate

1st Place – Kayden Doering and Kanen McReynolds – Open Parliamentary Debate

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This year the District Equity Team is working to:

--make visible our district equity statement of: All students deserve to academically excel in an environment that honors and respects their diversity.

--bridge the diverse equity professional learning experiences people have participated in across the district and highlight how this learning all aligns with our common district vision.

--The district equity team will have 2 subgroups this year focused on improving communication with equity in our district (what we are doing and how, as well as improving district webpage) and another group focused on supporting professional learning in equity and building a teacher resource library.

--share out that this year our district equity team and administrators will have a focus on Culturally Responsive Teaching.



  • Bring CD/DVD’s, Thumb Drives to Chris Holzbach in Room S3
  • Mail them to the Sam Barlow Front Office (5105 SE 302nd, Gresham OR 97080)
  • Email the photo to

See attached portrait requirements document.


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.