Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School ~ June 8, 2021


Well, here we are, it is June 8th and we are on the verge of finishing another school year at Sam Barlow High School. While this year has been like no other, we have managed to work through the challenges of Distance Learning, building a Hybrid Schedule, providing opportunities for Athletics and Activities, and our students, staff, and community have truly made the most of a very bad situation. I can't thank you all enough for your ongoing support, patience, and grace.

While we have made the most of what I call "Covid Times," there has been some bumps, bruises, and heartbreaking stories along the way. We know this has not been easy for anyone and for some, these have been catastrophic times. Individuals getting sick, loss of family members, and trying economic times. We have seen many students take on jobs to help support their family and doing what it takes to make sure basic needs are met. None of these challenges have gone unnoticed and we have continued to focus our efforts and work on student outreach, providing support to families, and working to keep strong relationships in the classroom. We want you to know that Barlow is here for our students and families. Please don't hesitate to reach out as we will provide assistance and/or connections to assistance whenever possible.

As we wind down the school year in this next week I want you all to know that I have never been more proud to be part of a school or community. I will be the first to admit that we didn't always get it perfect, but we have worked very hard to get it right. The Barlow staff has given so much this year to provide the best possible opportunities for our students and families and we have managed to get quite a few things right. I am also so proud of our school community. So many families and individuals have given to others in these times of need, which have made me realize that our school walls extend quite a distance and the ideal of Bruin PRIDE has far reaching impacts.

I am sure there will be some who choose to focus on all the things that did not happen during the 2020-21 school year, but I will not be one of them. I encourage you to see all the good that has happened. It isn't too hard to find those bright spots if you just look.

I wish you all a healthy and safe summer and look forward to getting back to a full fledged school year in September.

Go Bruins!


In order to provide a concise outline for the last week of school, please see the updates given below. There are a few important items that you will all need to be aware of.

  • The last day for Seniors is Wednesday, June 9.
  • All students in 9th-11th grade will attend synchronous instruction from 8:45-10:50 as they have done during Quad 4 through Thursday, June 17.
  • The last day of in person instruction for Cohort A will be Monday, June 14. There will be no in-person instruction on Tuesday for Cohort A as we will be hosting graduation.
  • The last day of in person instruction for Cohort B will be Thursday, June 17.
  • All work must be submitted by 11:59pm on Thursday, June 17. Please don't wait until the last minute.
  • Materials, Textbook, and Technology return is scheduled for Monday, June 21 from 12pm-6pm.


We have just over one week of Quad 4 remaining and are working hard to help students finish successfully. This is the last big push to finish all work that has been assigned, perform on those last tests and projects, and to submit any late work that is outstanding.

All work, including late work assigned between April 14 and June 17 will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 17. To see if your student has missing work be sure to check their grades in ParentVUE or StudentVUE and look for the word "missing". If that is the case, then you know they can still turn that work in. The maximum penalty for late work is a 20% deduction. This is not the time to wait and let your student work on their own. Checking in on grades, identifying a plan for late work now, and getting assignments turned in is essential.

There is still time, but it is short and there is a need for a sense of urgency. We can get this done. Please don't hesitate to reach out and ask questions if needed.


On Monday, June 21st we will be hosting our textbook, materials, and supply return for the school year. The event will run from 12pm-6pm and we will need the following items returned to the school:

  • All Art and Culinary Arts kits that were distributed to students throughout the year
  • All textbooks (this includes textbooks that you may have from previous years)
  • Calculators that were checked out through the TMC
  • Library books that you have checked out
  • Music and instruments from Band and Choir
  • The ID Badge issued for Hybrid instruction
  • All hotspots must be returned
  • IF your Chromebook says "G4" on the bottom of the case then you must return the device. All other students will keep their Chromebook for the 21-22 school year. Please take care of that thing! It will be important.

Any items not returned will be added to your student's fees.

Here is the map that will be used on Monday, June 21: Textbook and Materials Return


While we have been working very hard to push all students to finish strong and pass all of their classes, we do know that some may not make that goal for every class this Quad. We also know that along the way we sometimes stumble a bit and need that extra help and assistance to make up for missed opportunities. Summer School is here for the rescue!

This year we are offering multiple sessions of credit recovery this summer that will provide students the opportunity to work directly with a teacher, make up for lost credit, and get back on track for graduation. Session one of credit recovery will run from June 28-July 15 and session two will run from July 19 - August 5. Students can enroll in more than one class and attend more than one session.

Credit recovery is available to ALL GRADE LEVELS including this year's seniors who need a class or two to finish. Let's do this!

Please be sure to contact Ryan Alexander or if you are a current ninth grader contact Paul Quirke at to sign up and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!


If your student forecasted for any AP class for the 2021-22 school year they will receive an email invitation from their AP teacher and will need to join the Google Classroom(s) by Thursday, June 17. Teachers will be posting their syllabus, what a typical week looks like in their AP class, any summer homework that may be required, and regular updates and supports for the class.

Some AP classes will have a summer assignment, which will be posted in the Google Classroom. Some AP classes will have summer work that will need to be picked up at the beginning of August; these students will be notified through the Google Classroom, email and phone.

While we encourage all students to remain in the AP classes they forecasted for, if a student wishes to change their forecasting to drop an AP class, they must send an email to Kelly Hart ( by June 30th. AP drops are discouraged after this point, and must be applied for and approved by an administrator.

AP Courses 2021-22 and Teachers:

  • AP Calculus A/B and B/C, Scott Overby
  • AP Statistics, Lauren Duncan
  • AP Literature, Rachel Wilczewski
  • AP Language, Jason Jenkins
  • AP Biology, Tai Quirke
  • AP Chemistry, Neal Bridgnell
  • AP Human Geography, Rich Kirstein
  • AP European History, Ben Bailey
  • AP US History, Andrew Pate
  • AP Macroeconomics, Rod Heiser

Please be sure to check with your student to ensure they have received this invitation, or invitations, if they are taking more than one AP course. We know there will be several notifications coming from their current teachers at the end of the year and we don't want them to miss out on getting this important information.


Sam Barlow Social Worker, Kim Louvin, is working with a team to help families have access to the most up to date information on Community Resources and Assistance Programs. If you are interested in receiving more information about any of these programs or are in need yourself, please answer the questions below and information will be sent to you via email, text message, and/or phone call.

If you need help applying for any of these programs, Ms. Louvin will do her best to contact you individually and walk you through the process or help you make connections. These are HARD times and we are here to help you. This information will remain confidential and your information will not be distributed to anyone at the school district.

To notify Ms. Louvin of your needs, please complete the information held in this link and she will get back to you as soon as possible: Community Resource Needs.


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 Teresa Ketelsen

P-Z Kelly Hart