AP Classes - Special Information for Students and Parents
Thank you for registering with College Board for your AP class or classes. Barlow has more than 340 students scheduled to take more than 460 AP exams this year! Below is important information about the AP exam and the next steps you will need to take:
AP Exam Expectations and Return Fee:
-All AP students are required to take the AP exam for the class(es) they are taking.
-AP Exams for all students will be ordered on November 12th.
-After November 12th, if a student does not take the exam for an approved reasons, College Board will charge a $40 exam return fee, which the student will be required to pay. Withdrawing from the class is NOT an approved reason; withdrawing from Barlow to go to another school IS an approved reason.
Cost and Payment:
-The cost of each AP Exam will be $79. For students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, the exam cost is $10.
-Students can pay the exam fee to Bookkeeper Kim Simmons in the main office, or at the Bruin Webstore online.
-Payment is due by March 13, 2020.
-By November 18th, student accounts will show the AP exam balance. If your family made a $50 deposit at the start of the year, it will be applied to your account.
-If you need assistance with exam payment, contact your AP teacher or your Assistant Principal.
-If you have questions, please see Testing Coordinator Lynn Hollenbeck in Room 202 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why did College Board move up their registration and ordering to the Fall instead of the Spring? See this link.
ASPIRE is a program that connects community volunteers with students to both mentor and assist them in choosing post high school options as well as completing applications for college and scholarships. Our ASPIRE Program has been instrumental in helping students succeed after high school by showing them the various options available to them. We are looking for more volunteers to become part of the ASPIRE Program and help in our College and Career Center. For more information, view this Video Clip. If you are interested, please contact Patty Neuenschwander in the College and Career Center at 503.258.4890.
Student of the Month
As part of our student recognition program we send PRIDE Notes (a post card) home to students who have demonstrated Purpose, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence. Each month we then compile a list of students, by grade level, and generate a ballot for staff to vote both a male and female student to become a Student of the Month. In order to spotlight our best and brightest, students receive a certificate, their picture is hung in a main hall for the month, and they get a PRIDE T-shirt.
New administrators oversee various departments including business/ finance and curriculum/ instruction
School wins $15,000 in technology and classroom supplies
Degrees and Certifications:
Dear Barlow Community,
For the past 22 years I have had the pleasure of working with students as an educator. During this time, I have been a science teacher, a technology teacher, a coach, and an administrator. Through my time in the Gresham Barlow School District I have worked at both Sam Barlow High School and at Gordon Russell Middle School. In each school I have learned some very different skills and walked away from each building with some life long lessons.
The first lesson I have learned is that regardless of where you are, a major component to school success is based on the community that supports a school. Whether that is a parent group, an athletic team, an academic department, or a group of high-energy students, community is what drives a school. Yes it is important that we provide a curriculum that pushes our kids to excel in academic areas, but it is more important that we structure our school in a way that builds a community of high expectations for all. For if we do this, and we support kids, there is no ceiling for what our students will accomplish.
The second lesson I have learned is that kids don't really care how much you know, until they know how much you care. It is our job as a school to build a community where there are no invisible kids and each student knows that they are important. There must be a place where every student feels safe, has an adult to talk to, and knows that they can reach out to a mentor at any given time. When we establish a culture such as this, students feel free to explore, stretch themselves academically, and are willing to help one another accomplished goals.
The third and final lesson I have learned is that education is a process. With that in mind, it is our job to provide students with an environment that works through developmental stages over a four-years so they can gain the skills needed to graduate from high school. That means we must support them academically, provide a safe environment for social interactions, and teach behavior expectations so all students can grow and learn while at Barlow. We must understand that a fourteen-year-old freshman boy is going to learn a little different than a senior girl. We must understand that a sophomore girl is going to face challenges that a sophomore boy will be clueless about. Through this process, we need to rely upon the relationships we have formed with our students to guide them on this journey, all the while pushing them to exceed their own personal expectations.
As I think about this upcoming school year I can't convey in words how honored I am to serve as your principal and lead Sam Barlow High School. It is a great school, a great staff, and a great community that deserves the very best. While I will never claim to know it all, I will always work my hardest to provide the best experience I can for you and your students.
Bruce C. Schmidt, Jr.
Sam Barlow High School