Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School ~ February 2020


It is hard to believe that we are now halfway through the school year. Students have completed their first semester of classes, our winter sports programs are at the tail end of their season, and we are beginning to plan for things like graduation and forecasting for the 2020-21 school year. I am always amazed at how fast time flies.

By the time you receive this newsletter, your student will have completed their final exams and grades will have been recorded. Take some time to talk to your student about the grades they have earned. This is a nice time to celebrate successes as well as planning for improvement where needed. This process of reflection is great for your student and will help you to gauge where they are both academically and emotionally. If you have questions or concerns about their grades, please don’t hesitate to contact their teachers or counselor to get more information. This is especially important if you have a senior and are wondering about your student completing all of those graduation requirements.

We have been super excited to start the second semester. I am pretty certain that your student has had a few changes to their schedules. They may have a new elective class or a new teacher for one of their core classes. With those changes come new classroom procedures, new personalities, and changes in expectations. Asking them to describe these things is key to starting the new semester on the right foot. These are also great conversation starters that require more than a one-word response or the proverbial “everything is fine” that you may get between naps or the mid-evening refrigerator run.

Another Successful Year With Our Graduation Rate:

For the past four years we have been working very hard to make some key changes in order to increase the success of our students. Fortunately, that work is beginning to really pay off. The Class of 2019 posted a graduation rate of 83%. This is especially impressive when you consider that there was a significant number of students behind in credits after their freshman year. In addition to making up ground, we posted a rate 3% higher than the state average. Our three-year average for our graduation rate is 85%, which demonstrates that we have some great programs in place to support kids and consistently trend above state and neighboring schools. Currently, we have outperformed all other large high schools in East County. Moving forward, we are targeting a graduation rate of 90% within the next three years and aim to make Barlow a quality place for each student.

Indicators for Long Term Success

Ninth Grade On-Track

A key indicator of long-term high school success and graduation rate is the number of freshman who are on-track to graduate at the end of their freshman year. A freshman is considered to be on-track when they have earned 6 or more credits at the end of their ninth grade year. Data has illustrated that a student who is on-track at the end of their freshman year has a 90% chance of earning a high school diploma. That is a very strong predictor of success and illustrates why we are focusing on our newest Bruins.

Over the past two years we have utilized one of our staff members, Paul Quirke, as a High School Success Coach to help us track student progress and to work with teams of freshman teachers to develop better ways of working with ninth graders. Paul and our Freshman House Teams have done some amazing work the past two years and at the end of the first semester, 86% of our freshman are on-track, which also represents the highest number of students achieving this goal to date. We are proud of their work, the way they support students, and ultimately increasing the likelihood that more students will graduate from Barlow.


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. Along with our On-Track rate, Attendance is a key indicator to long-term success and graduation. To put this in perspective, a student who attends 90% of the time, and is On-Track at the end of their ninth grade year, has a 95% chance of graduating from high school. Again, attendance is important.

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. Please push your student to be in school on a daily basis. It is in their best interest.

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.

We truly appreciate your support. Thanks for all you do as parents, guardian, and supporters. Go Bruins!

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Pre-Game Party ~ Feb. 14th

Beardown Week is Feb. 10-14! This year's theme is "Bruins Around the World".

All students and community members are welcome to come to our first "Beardown Bash - Pre-Game Party" on Friday, Feb. 14 from 4:00-6:30pm before the home basketball games against Gresham. There will be several food vendors, games to play, and activities hosted by SBHS clubs. Come have fun at the Beardown Bash and stay to support the Bruin basketball teams!

Blood Drive

Friday, Feb. 28th, 7:45am-1:45pm

5105 Southeast 302nd Avenue

Gresham, OR

Open to students, staff, and parents. This drive will take place in our Holevas Gym. If you are a parent and would like to give blood, please contact our Activities Director, Dan Dalzell.

Exclusion Day


Exclusion day for state required immunizations is Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until their records are complete. Letters will be mailed the first week of February to parents whose children are incomplete and will be excluded if not updated by February 19th. Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.

February/Febrero (Spanish)

El día de exclusión para las vacunas requeridas por el estado es el miércoles, 19 de Febrero del 2020. Los estudiantes que no están al día no podrán asistir a la escuela hasta que sus registros estén completos. Las cartas se enviarán por correo la primera semana de febrero a los padres cuyos hijos están incompletos y serán excluidos si no se actualizan antes del 19 de Febrero. Por favor haga arreglos para que su estudiante reciba las vacunas necesarias para que pueda permanecer en la escuela. Si necesita ayuda para localizar a un proveedor de atención médica o una clínica, comuníquese con la enfermera de la escuela.

National Honor Society

Attention all Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors interested in applying for NHS for the 2020-21 school year. Students that are eligible will receive a letter by mail in March notifying them. If you are interested please fill out the application and submit by the deadline. The process has changed from years past so please read the instructions carefully. Inductions will be held in early May. If you need information about NHS please visit this website. National Honor Society

On February 26th during the last home double header basketball game our current NHS will be running its first scholarship raffle night. Multiple gift baskets donated from our community will be available for raffle. Please plan to support of scholarship program by bringing some extra cash to buy raffle tickets. All money raised will go directly to student scholarships. Cost of raffle tickets $2- each or 3 for $5, 7 for 10$ or 15 for $20. You will be able to choose what basket you'd like to have a chance to win. We will have tickets available before the event as well, just ask your friendly NHS member.

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THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 is an interactive dinner theatre experience at the Gresham History Museum! The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at a strange house replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and an intense German maid—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when murderer makes their reappearance. The audience will be treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly witty whodunnit. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets now at

Traffic Warning

Due to complaints of vehicles speeding in the school zone and on arterial roads nearby, traffic enforcement will increase in these areas. As a reminder, please reduce your speed and increase your following distance during inclement weather like: slushy or icy conditions, limited visibility or heavy rain. Thank you for your continued efforts in reducing crashes and injuries. Your wallet will also thank you.

~Officer Sasser, SRO

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

School Climate Survey

This year the Gresham-Barlow School District is partnering with families to better understand the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) needs of our students. SEL refers to mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life. In order to learn more about student experiences specifically at their school, we will be asking students in grades 3-12 to provide feedback via an online survey they will complete at school sometime between February 18-28. The survey should take about 20-30 minutes to complete and will be available in Spanish, Russian and English. Please know that all student responses will be completely confidential. This feedback will provide valuable insights as we look to improve our practices and the learning experience for every student.
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College & Career Center

College & Career Webpage: You will find useful information, including scholarships, upcoming activities and a college visit calendar.



Seniors! If you have NOT completed your FAFSA or ORSAA, now is the time to do so!

We will be hosting a FAFSA Help Night on Wednesday, March 4 from 6-8pm. Spanish speakers will be available. Bring your 2018 tax documents and social security numbers if available. Parents and students should plan to attend. Please see Patty in the College & Career Center if you have questions about how to prepare.


Feb. 15. Final deadline: March 1.)

      • Report any scholarships you are offered and/or accept to the C&CC. (Private and school scholarships) This information will be added to your graduation program, so don’t forget to let us know.
      • Bring your financial aid award letters to the C&CC for clarification.
      • See the list of scholarships available in the C&CC.

The OSAC (Oregon Student Access and Completion) Scholarship is now available. Completing the OSAC online application allows students to apply for up to 40 of the over 600 scholarships available. To apply, go to The completed application must be filed no later than March 1. Don’t forget, if you apply by Feb. 15, you will be eligible for one of the 80 - $1000 “Early Bird Scholarships.” Also, filing by Feb. 15 allows you some time to make corrections to the application if OSAC tells you they are needed. You will also want to request that transcripts be uploaded to the OSAC site by SBHS. (Choose High School Verification when choosing transcripts options on the application.) This scholarship also requires four 1000 word personal statements and an activity chart/resume. This is NOT one you want to put off to the last minute. Come get help in the C&CC.

THE OREGON OPPORTUNITY GRANT has received millions of dollars to support college enrollment and success. This is a need-based grant. To qualify, all you need to do is fill out your FAFSA or ORSAA.

To learn more, go to:

There is information to help you determine possible funding you can receive.

How do we learn more about OSAC, Oregon Opportunity Grant and the Oregon Promise? Come to an informational event for parents and students on Thursday, Feb. 20th from 6-7pm. Jenn Satalino, from The College Place, will be here to help you understand all the opportunities open to your student with these three applications. Follow the signs from the front door of the school.


The Portland Spring College Fair will be on Sunday, April 26th from 12pm to 3:00pm at the University of Portland, Chiles Center. It’s FREE! Stop by to learn about many schools. Meet with representatives and see which college may be right for you. It is extremely important that you make the effort now to talk to school representatives. Learning what schools have to offer will make your college decision much easier next year.


NOW is the time to start thinking about post-graduation plans. We can help! Drop in to get your own ASPIRE mentor or come ask questions at the C&CC.

· Take the SAT or ACT this spring.

· Research colleges/trade schools/careers

· Plan spring and summer college visits.

· Start creating your Activities Chart/Resume.

· Contemplate who you will ask for your Letters of Recommendation.

· Begin saving and organizing photos and documents you will use in scholarship applications.

· Research and apply for scholarships you can do as a junior.



March 14, May 2, June 6


Feb. 8, April 4, June 813, July 18

These are TEST DATES – you need to register 3 or 4 weeks before the actual test.

SAT registration online at

ACT registration online at

CSS Profile: Families applying to more than one private college or university may be requested to furnish a copy of the CSS profile, which charges registration and processing fees. The application is available online at


Career Exploration Opportunities

ASVAB testing and Career Exploration Program offered here at 11:30 on February 6th and private test results are given on February 18th.

Boeing Tech Prep will be visiting on February 12th, 4th period in Holzbach's room, all are welcome. (We will be visiting MHCC and their machining and welding program in March)

Career Exploration Tours in February-

  • MetroEast Media Tour- free camera class and orientation this also includes a year's worth of classes and equipment that can be checked out. Amazing opportunity for students interested in all kinds of media. February 11th, 11:30 to 2:30

  • Allied Nursing program through MHCC is a great way to enter the medical field of nursing, come take a lab class and get info to begin here on February 19th- 8:00 to 11:00

  • Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Day- come learn about the variety of engineering careers available with hands-on learning, guest speakers, and tours. February 20th, 7:30 to2:30.

  • HVAC is a great trade with the ability to "Earn as You Learn" a career field that is "hot" and will allow a journeyman to make a good living. Tour the union training center and a local HVAC company to hear how to begin this career. February 27th, 8:00 to 2:00.

Lunchtime Spotlight Table - College & Career Center

  • MHCC will be here twice in February bring their certificate programs to be highlighted at the Spotlight table during students' lunch. We have their nursing program here on the 12th.

  • Summit Salon Academy will be here on February 5th, their cosmetology, and their esthetics programs.

  • NW Youth Corps will be here to give students more information about their summer paid service-learning programs.

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Senior Student and Parent Information

There are a few meetings and deadlines coming. Please see the dates below.

Senior "SANP2020" Meeting:

Parents of seniors, please join us for a meeting on February 3rd to help plan the Senior All Night Party. We will meet in the staff cafeteria at 6:30pm.

SANP2020 Facebook Page

Jostens Graduation Orders:

You can visit the Jostens website for more information.


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 Celeste Pellicci

H-O Melanie Marrone

P-Z Kelly Hart