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  • Friends of Freshmen

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    Use the QR code in the graphic below to fill out an interest form. We will send you updated information about tryouts as soon as they become available.

    Interest Form Link: Click Here to Fill Out Form

    Email us at:barlowdanceteam@gmail.com

    Visit our website: sites.google.com/view/barlowdanceteam

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  • Graduation, Evening of Excellence, and More!

    Please go to this link for detailed info about upcoming senior events: https://www.smore.com/0q3sk  

    Class of 2020 Evening of Excellence / Sr. Recognition - May 28 from 5:00-6:30pm

    Final Senior Clearance - June 1 from Noon to 4:00pm

    Graduation - June 4 from 3:00-7:00pm

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  • Barlow Seniors Dear Class of 2020,
    Seniors, we wanted to send you all a little support during these times. Just know everyone at Barlow continues to think about you and wish you were all still roaming the halls. Wishing you the best and hope this finds you all healthy and doing well. Just open the link and enjoy!
    Thinking of you Seniors: https://youtu.be/8dSipz7Ltag
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  • Jeff Schroeder Receives Oregon Thespians Award

    Jeff Schroeder Oregon Thespians Award Congratulations to our Theatre Teacher and Director Jeff Schroeder! The Oregon Thespians, a chapter of the International Thespian Society named Mr. Schroeder the 2020 recipient of the REX RABOLD MEMORIAL AWARD. Mr. Schroeder was nominated for his tremendous work in building the theatre program at Sam Barlow High School into a state and nationally distinguished program in only 6 years and for being such a positive, caring and life-changing teacher to so many students during that time.

    The REX RABOLD MEMORIAL AWARD is named in memory of Rex Rabold, graduate of South Salem High School and Western Oregon University, who distinguished himself as an actor and teacher, primarily at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland. Rex passed away in 1990.

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  • GBSD Schools Closed Due to Coronavirus for Remainder of School Year

    Due to the corona virus concerns, all Oregon schools are closed for the remainder of this school year. All sports and activities practices, meetings, rehearsals, and events are also canceled.  Watch for further updates regarding summer camps, tryouts, and activities.

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  • Bruce Schmidt Receives Award from Oregon Music Educators Asssociation

    Each year, the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) takes nominations from its members for its “Outstanding Administrator Award.” The award is presented at the annual conference banquet in January. 

    Bruce Schmidt OMEA Award

    This past fall, Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) band director Paul Nicholas took it upon himself to ask six people to join him in writing nomination letters for Principal Bruce Schmidt. The list of supporters for the award included current and retired educators, parents, volunteers, and students. All were eager to write a  letter as they have worked with Bruce in various capacities and all know his level of passion for the SBHS music programs. In early January, the District learned that Principal Schmidt had been named the 2020 OMEA Outstanding Administrator!

    The OMEA’s annual awards banquet was held on January 18 at the Graduate Eugene Hotel and Convention Center in Eugene, Oregon. Principal Schmidt and his family, SBHS Band Director Paul Nicholas, SBHS Choir Director Amber Schroeder, and hundreds of music educators from around the state attended. The event took place at the Graduate Eugene Hotel and Convention Center in Eugene, Oregon.

    Congratulations Principal Schmidt and thank you for the work you do to support SBH’s student body, staff, and families. This recognition was well-earned!

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  • Updated GBSD Mobile App is here!

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  • Join the conversation!

    Every voice matters at Sam Barlow High School

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  • Pay Fees Online in the Bruin WebStore!Bruin WebStore Graphic

    You may pay athletics fees, activities fees,

    course fees, camp fees, and even purchase items

    or make a donation toward a program online! 


    Follow this link: Barlow WebStore

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  • ASPIRE Volunteers

    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.

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  • 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.

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District News

Principal's Message

Mr. Schmidt



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Schmidt

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