Training on foundational readking skills, students raise salmon for streams
Training on foundational readking skills, students raise salmon for streams
The Gresham-Barlow School District
Employee Newsletter
December 2023
Superintendent James Hiu with parent and 3 students
“What’s Going Well” in Gresham-Barlow School District
Take a moment to celebrate all we have accomplished
ECRI Educational Assistant Training at East Gresham Elementary
Training expands in 2023-24
Foundational skills support literacy for all
stock photo of laptop with app graphics around it
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Program helps students learn about salmon ecology and ecosystems
Aquariums bring nature into school settings
Graphic for ODE. Male student with various school activitiy related clipart around him
21st Century Community Learning Center Grant supports after-school academic enrichment
Grant aimed at mental health and well-being, K-5 literacy, and career & technical education (CTE)
  • End of year address changes:
    The end of the 2023 year is coming to a close, very soon.  Please make sure to update your mailing information in your employee portal to ensure your tax information arrives at your current residence.

  • Edustaff
    If you know of anyone interested in becoming a Substitute for GBSD, please have them apply at

  • Leave of absence/unpaid leave
    Please make sure to have employees reach out to Human Resources regarding any type of leave of absence they may be inquiring about.  Before an unpaid leave will be approved, the request will need to be submitted to Human Resources for consideration.

  • Licensed/administrative tasks
    We are pleased to welcome Kendra Bowens to our HR team. She is our new office manager that will handle all things licensed and administrative. Please send all communications to Kendra at
Two staff members and 3 students at conference
Students from Gresham and Barlow High Schools presented at Coalition of Oregon School Administrators' Equity Conference.
GBSD librarian, Thomas Moll, on stage with Jeff Kinney
 K-8 District Librarian/Media Coordinator Thomas Moll rocked book release event for Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, “No Brainer,” winning $1500 school libraries!
5 people turn over dirt with golden shovels at groundbreaking event
GBSD and Wallace break ground on District’s new School-Based Health Center!
Dates to remember
  • December 13: School Board Work Session & Business Meeting
  • December 20 - January 2: Winter Break - No School
  • January 3: Classes Resume
  • January 10: School Board Business Meeting
  • January 15: Martin Luther King Day - No School
  • January 17: School Board Work Session
  • January 22 - 24: High School Exams
  • January 28: No School: K-5 - Curriculum & Instruction Day, Middle Schools - Standards and Assessment Day, High Schools - Grading Day 
Inspire and Empower Each Student
Questions or Comments? Contact Athena Vadnais | 503-261-4550
Gresham-Barlow School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of this district and the board of education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups in any educational programs, activities or employment. 
Gresham-Barlow provides equal access to individuals with disabilities.  

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