MoASSP Messenger April 26, 2019

Volume 32 Number 32

Since August 1987, MoASSP Messenger has been published by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.


"I am pleased to extend my personal congratulations to each of you upon your selection to Missouri Scholars 100. I also want to congratulate the parents, principals, teachers and the communities of these outstanding students. Being named to The Missouri Scholars 100 is a great honor. It says you are among the best and brightest in this state. As Governor and throughout my life--education has always been important to me."

Governor Mel Carnahan on the occasion of the very first Missouri Scholars 100 Celebration of Learning May 6, 1995


  • Letter from Mother & Principal
  • Missouri Scholars 100 Event is Sunday
  • NASSP Action Alert
  • 2019-2020 Membership Information
  • How to Make a Good First Impression
  • Job Vacancies

Update From the Executive Director

Welcome to the Last Friday in April

I can't believe April is almost gone. Finally, great spring weather. We certainly deserve these beautiful days. These are busy days (and nights) for principals. Many of you will have prom this weekend and then make the drive to Columbia on Sunday for the 25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Celebration as you support your student(s). We appreciate you!

Legislative News From Jeff City

With the last day of the session approaching (May 17), legislators are dealing with a host of bills and amendments, flooding, budgets, and yes, education. The Missouri Senate passed a $30 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year beginning in July. Now, budget negotiations will begin between the House and Senate conference committee. We are pleased with the proposed education budget amounts as follows:

  • $3.5 billion for the formula used to fully fund Missouri’s K through 12 public schools
  • This is a $62 million increase over the current year.
  • A K-12 school transportation budget of $112 million – an increase of $10 million more than the current year.

Other education bills discussed this last week are as follows:

  • school start date (HB 161), (MoASSP opposes)
  • the education ethics bill (HB 445)
  • the mandatory reading intervention bill (SB 349)
  • Charter School Expansion (SB 292 and HB 485) (MoASSP opposes)

Be ready this next week as we activate once again the MoASSP Action Center for you to contact legislators opposing school start date bill and charter school expansion bill.

Regional Meetings & Recognitions

Doug and I visited South Central MoASSP meeting this past week in St. James. South Central announced their Regional Principal of the Year winners. We will recognize all of the award winners during the 85th Annual Fall Conference September 29-October 1 where all roads lead to Columbia.

Whether you are aspiring, emerging, developing, or transformational, wherever you are on the “Principal’s Journey," it is a “matter of principal(ple).” Clark Mershon


The "Letter from Mother," I have used many times during this time of the year. Written by a mother sending her son off to kindergarten for the first time, this letter reminds all of us of the special relationship that families and schools share. As parents, remember how difficult it was to send our children off to kindergarten for the first time. To trust others to take up the task for us. As parents, we have been given much, and much is expected of our schools. That trust between home and school is our highest priority. The letter from the principal was written many years ago by Dr. Robert C. Howe. Both letters capture all of the emotions that are wrapped up during this season of graduation. Clark Mershon


All the festivities begin at 11:15 with a reception hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia. The lunch program will start at noon in Windsor Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. We have included Sunday's program below. We also found a picture from the 1996 Missouri Scholars 100 ceremony. Each of the scholars will receive a trophy compliments from Jostens, certificate (see below), commemorative pen, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution.
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NASSP encourages state associations to support the Equality Act by sending an email, tweet, and phone call to your US Representatives. Click on the link below for more information.



Our Newest Members for 2019-2020.

Great Opportunity for Educators in the South Central Region and Beyond

The South Central Learning Summit is scheduled for June 19, 2019, in Rolla. The registration link and program guide can be in the link below. The registration fee is $25 and a multitude of sessions to choose.

Upcoming Regional Meetings, Workshops, & New Principals Conference Information

Check out all of the upcoming regional, workshops, and spring conference information by going to the MoASSP website.
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MoASSP Board of Directors

  • NASSP Coordinator for Missouri: John Faulkenberry, Lee's Summit HS
  • MoASSP President: Ed Gettemeier, Hardin MS
  • MoASSP President-Elect: Marc Spunaugle, Lincoln HS
  • MoASSP Past President: Chris Hoehne, Ste. Genevieve HS
  • MoASSP Treasurer: Kathryn Greer, Francis Howell North HS
  • At-Large Non-Public: Valerie Todd, St. Mary's HS
  • At-Large Assistant Principal: Jennifer Strauser, Eureka HS
  • At-Large Middle Level: Jonathan Apostol, Monett MS
  • Kansas City (GKCMPA): Jeff Meisenheimer, Lee's Summit North HS
  • Northwest: Robert Bowers, Lathrop HS
  • Northeast: Scott Daly, Hallsville HS
  • Southeast: Dan Hecht, Kelly-Benton HS
  • Southwest: Sarah Odom, Cherokee MS
  • South Central: Jim Pritchett, Rolla HS
  • Central: Brandon Harding, Cole Camp HS
  • St. Louis (SASSP): Andy Croley, McCluer North HS
  • NASSP Board Member: Kevin Lowery, Lebanon HS

2018-2019 District Presidents

  1. Central Region: Jonathan Petersen, Smithton HS
  2. GKCMPA: Charlie Belt, Blue Springs South HS
  3. Northeast Region: Deborah Hill-Haag, Mexico MS
  4. Northwest Region: Beery Johnson, Benton HS
  5. SASSP: Gary Jansen, Crestview MS (Rockwood)
  6. South Central Region: Kelle McCallum, Washington HS
  7. Southeast Region: Lucas McKinnis, Bernie HS
  8. Southwest Region: Keith White, Buffalo HS
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Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals

The vision of MoASSP is to serve ALL middle level and high school administrators.

The mission of MoASSP is to improve secondary education through positive leadership and the enhancement of student performance.