MoASSP Messenger

Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals

August 17, 2018 Volume 32 Number 4

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.
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Share your #1st3Days of school excitement by tweeting pictures and video.

Don't forget to tag @MoASSP, @NASSP, and use the #1st3Days.

Quote for the Principal's Journey

"One of the most impactful things a principal can do to increase their job satisfaction and effectiveness is a network. Both MoASSP/MAESP and MLDS provide the ideal structure for learning, growing and networking with colleagues across the region and state."


Teresa Tulipana, Ed.D.

Leadership Development Specialist

Update From the Executive Director

Your success is our business @MOASSP. This year is full of promise & anticipation. You are skilled at noticing & responding. Treasure every moment. A new year begins, unselfish in service to others. Interruptions allow for opportunities to lead. #1st3Days #moassp


This is an exciting time of the year. This past week, back to school nights have been offered for stakeholders. Later this evening in schools across Missouri, jamborees will be underway. School is happening.


As Matt Finch, Principal at Marceline, said in an email to his Northeast principal colleagues this week, “Finally some noise in the hallways! It's go time.” Well stated Matt.


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

  • Welcome MoASSP's Newest Members
  • Highlights of our visit to KC this week
  • MOCAP Revisited
  • Fall Conference Registration
  • Leadership Resources
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See who has joined us this past week. Welcome new MoASSP members. Click on a name and connect with a colleague in your district or another part of the state by sending an email.

We added 75 new members this past week. Total membership is now 709.

If you see inaccurate information, please email Katy. Thanks for helping us keep our database up to date.


  1. Central
  2. GKCMPA
  3. Northeast
  4. Northwest
  5. SASSP
  6. South Central
  7. Southeast
  8. Southwest

Join MoASSP Today

Your local district, MoASSP, and NASSP needs you. We encourage you to join NASSP by going through MoASSP membership process.


MoASSP "Show Me" Tour Heads to KC

Visits to the following schools:
  • Lee's Summit North
  • Lee's Summit HS
  • University Academy
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Lee's Summit North Principal, Dr. Jeff Meisenheimer

Jeff and his leadership team use the power of images to help display a clear vision and expectations throughout the hallways at Lee's Summit North.
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Lee's Summit High School Principal, Dr. John Faulkenberry

John and his leadership team promote "Tradition, Pride, and Excellence through the halls of Lee's Summit High School.
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University Academy Executive Director & Superintendent, Tony Kline, Assistant Superintendent, Rebecca Gudde

Tony and his leadership team promote and celebrate a college-going culture and the success of recent graduates at University Academy.
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Dr. Teresa Tulipana, Leadership Development Specialist

Doug and Clark met with Leadership Development Specialist, Dr. Teresa Tulipana, at the KCRPDC. They paused for a picture in historic Union Station.


Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school. Learn how to improve leadership skills AND the skill of teachers you serve in this year’s administrator book study, Get Better Faster: A 90 Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo. Get Better Faster shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success by focusing on the actionable and the practice-able. Invest an hour and a half one Wednesday each month to discuss the month’s reading, plan for implementation and problem-solve obstacles. For more information, contact Dr. Teresa Tulipana.

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Longtime successful principal for Kansas City Public Schools and North Kansas City Schools, Bob Russell, will be mentoring new principals this year in the KC metro.

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Dr. Marsha Chappelow, KC Charter Schools' Field Director MO-Dept of Secondary/Elementary Education

During their trip to Kansas City this week, Clark and Doug met with Dr. Marsha Chappelow to explore ways MoASSP can support KC charter school principals.
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John Robertson, DESE Coordinator for Educational Support Services visited the MoASSP Office this past week to talk about MOCAP.

We shared an overview of MOCAP in last week's Messenger.

John Robertson will be at the Fall Conference to update us on MOCAP.

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Mark Your Calendar for the MoASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference "Leading A Healthy Climate in OUR Schools!"

Sunday, Sep. 30th, 5pm to Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 11am

Holiday Inn Executive Center - Columbia 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW, Columbia, MO 65203

Schedule for Clark & Doug for August 17-24

  • Friday, Aug. 17: MoASSP Office is Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 20: MoASSP Office
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21: Clark and Doug Visit Illinois Principals Association in Springfield, IL
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22: School Visits
  • Thursday, Aug. 23: MoASSP Office
  • Friday, Aug. 24: MoASSP Office is Closed
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Building Relationships

A Review of the Latest in Educational Literature

Check out the Marshall Memo.

This Week's Video to Help Kick Off the School Year

This moving video of Rita Pierson has been around for a while. It still captures why we are in this business. It is worth seeing again and again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnMTHhKdkw

Top MoASSP Tweet for the Past Week

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SAVE THE DATE: National Principals Conference July 18-20, 2019 in Boston, MA

Missouri was well represented with 97 attending the National Principals Conference last month in Chicago. Save the date now to attend next years conference. If you are interested in attending or presenting, click here to begin receiving updates.

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: TBD
  • 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 Peterson, 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: Cathy Freeman, Hillsboro HS
  8. Southwest Region: Keith White, Buffalo HS

Mike Smith Headlines MoASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference with Opening Keynote...Sponsored by Jostens

Founder of The Bay & Skate For Change | Host of @theharbortv | Snapchat: TheHarborTV | @FindYourGrind | Check out my time speaking at @legacycan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQza46wEjP4

MoASSP/MCCTA Features "Digital Principal of the Year", Dr. Bill Ziegler, As Closing Keynote At Fall Conference

Dr. Bill Ziegler is an award-winning School Leader, author, and speaker. He has been recognized as the 2016 Pennsylvania Principal of the Year and the 2015 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal Award Winner. He is the co-author of Future-Focused Leaders - Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate for Real Educational Change. Bill serves as a High School Principal and has 20 years of experience as a School Leader. Bill resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two high school and college-aged children.

Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsors for Helping Support the Vision & Mission of MoASSP

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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.