Students present at education conference, great apps for school staff
Students present at education conference, great apps for school staff
The Gresham-Barlow School District
Employee Newsletter
October 2023
Superintendent James Hiu and Greg Bell in front of GBSD letters
All-staff convocation celebration features student performances, guest speakers, and asks the question, “What’s Going Well?”
GBSD will identify and celebrate  “What’s Going Well” all school year long
Students present at educators conference
Portrait of 3 students, Dawn Joella Jackson, and Araceil Farias at COSA
Students from Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School presented at the Coalition of School Administrators’ Equity Conference. The group presented the work students have done in helping design the District’s inclusion audit, protocols for adopting curriculum, and the school-based health center plan. They have also been an integral part of presenting data to staff. Director of Student Engagement & Inclusion Dawn Joella Jackson and Director of EL and DLI Programs Araceli Farias provided support.
Tomorrow Bus parked outside in school parking lot
GBSD’S mobile tech lab brings fun and messy STEM activities to students
High school students help instructors bring the learning experiences to life
Hispanic Heritage Month
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The Gresham-Barlow School Board proudly passed a resolution officially proclaiming September 15 – October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. This resolution reflects our deep commitment to nurturing diversity, understanding, and appreciation within our community. During the month, Students and staff showcased the vibrancy of Hispanic heritage through dance performances, various art projects,and some even held events showcasing hispanic culture! GBSD also took to social media to highlight inspiring Hispanic heroes, encouraging our students to thrive! 
stock photo of laptop with app graphics around it
GBSD’s Teaching and Learning Team has curated a list of great apps just for educators
Apps align with the Technology Grade Level Plan
Everyone loves a parade
Cheerleaders walking in the Teddy Bear Parade
On September 30, Gresham-Barlow School District proudly participated in the 41st annual Teddy Bear Parade, showcasing their school spirit in the year's cuddliest parade! To view more smile-filled moments and an Instagram reel capturing all of the fun, click the links below:
Teddy Bear Parade Photos
Teddy Bear Parade Video
Mobile medical unit gets a makeover
Mobile medical unit
Our school-based health center mobile unit has a new look and is now rolling to school campuses. Run by Wallace, the mobile medical unit will be alternating weeks at Gresham HS and Sam Barlow HS. For more information on the dates and times they will be available, please contact Executive Director of Innovation and Partnerships Carla Gay.
stock photo of a lock with techonology elements to symbolize cyber security
Fake file sharing is a growing trend
Learn what to watch for 
Graphic with portraits of all GBSD principals
October is National Principals Month! Be sure to express your gratitude to our amazing leaders who inspire students, empower educators, and help our entire school community THRIVE!
Spread the word! Chartwell's, Gresham-Barlow School District's nutrition services provider, is hiring! 

Open positions include leads, cooks, and line workers.
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  • License renewals
    We are coming towards the end of another academic year, please make sure you are paying attention to your licenses and when they need to be renewed. Login to your TSPC accounts to check and keep track. It will cost you more money and penalties, if your licenses lapse and there isn't a grace period when you are in the classroom.

  • Edustaff
    If you have people interested in subbing for the District, please have them apply online at

  • Leave requests
    Please make sure that you are submitting your leave requests to your building supervisor before you take your time off.  All paid and unpaid leave needs to be approved by your supervisor before being submitted.

Staff members sitting at table to greet students on the first day of school
Clear Creek MS staff members greeted students with big smiles on the first day of school.  
Two DCD teachers with shaving cream and cheeseballs on their faces
Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 celebrated meeting their jog-a-thon fundraising goal in a fun and creative way! Shoutout to Mrs. Erickson and Mr. Lustig for being “grate” sports.
NGES students with dance perfomrers at Hispanic Heritage Night
North Gresham ES celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night with vibrant dances, yummy food,and a strong sense of community. 
Dates to remember
  • October 18: School Board Work Session
  • October 31: PSAT Test Day
  • November 1: School Board Business Meeting 
  • November 5: End of Daylight Savings Time
  • November 10: Veterans Day Observed - No School 
  • November 20: No-School K-8 Parent Conferences
  • November 21: No School High School, Grading Day and Parent Conferences
  • November 22: No School-K-8
  • November 23: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 24: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
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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