MoASSP Messenger December 3, 2018

Volume 32 Number 18

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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.

Quote for the Principal's Journey

"I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara's husband."

President George H. Bush

Update From the Executive Director

Friday's Messenger Today

Here's starting your week with Friday's Messenger.

The Evergreen Tree

"Its' beginning to look a lot like Christmas." Down through the centuries, the evergreen tree has been used as a symbol for this time of year. Celebrate the season, seize the moment, listen to your heart, and value relationships.

President George H. Bush

With the passing of President George H. Bush, flags will be flown at half-staff for thirty days and a national day of mourning will be this Wednesday. Take time this week as a school to remember the 41st President of the United States. President Bush's last words were, "I love you, too."

School Administrators Coalition (SAC) Meeting Today

MoASSP is one of ten administrator groups that meet on a regular basis to discuss legislative issues at the State Capitol. Today, Doug and I will be headed to Jeff City for the annual pre-session School Administrators Coalition (SAC) meeting to discuss the priorities of each association as well as the educational topics we will likely encounter during the 2019 legislative session. Over the weekend, over 150 bills were pre-filed at the Capitol. At least six are education related.

The principal voice is essential as we move into the 2019 legislative session. If you haven't signed up as an advocate through the MoASSP Action Center, please do so. It only takes a few seconds.

Calling ALL Retired Missouri Principals

The MoASSP staff is in the process of reconnecting with retired principals around the state. Currently, we have eighty retired principals who have either a lifetime membership (one time fee of $112) or pay their dues ($34) annually. Please help us pass the word to colleagues around the state who are no longer employed full-time in education and encourage them to reconnect with MoASSP.

Legislator Visits

There isn't a better way for you to help educate legislators than to invite them to come to your school for a visit and shadow you. When you do, take a photo or two, and tag us @MoASSP.

MoASSP Show-Me Tour

Take a glimpse into three schools visited in recent weeks. Doug and I dropped in on Eastgate Sixth Grade Center, Staley High School, and Smith-Cotton High School. Spend a few minutes and see examples of branding and marketing, academic programming, websites, and more. Don't forget to click on images to bring up a larger view. Every secondary school in Missouri has something exciting to share. You don't have to wait for the MoASSP Show-Me Tour to come to your school to share with your colleagues statewide. Send us a picture or two, tag us @MoASSP, and we will highlight your school in the Messenger.

New Members

Help me welcome nineteen new MoASSP members. See the list below.

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


We have exciting news for our MoASSP membership, spouses, and dependents. Benefits, such as discount dining, travel, and supplemental insurance at special group rates along with numerous merchant discounts will be provided to MoASSP members, spouses, and dependents. These benefits will also be available to retired administrators who have a retired membership or lifetime retired membership.

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MoASSP "Show-Me Tour

  • Eastgate 6th Grade Center
  • Staley High School
  • Smith-Cotton High School
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Thomas C. Murray Opening Keynote for MoASSP Spring Conference March 30-April 2

Leading and Learning in Today's School for Tomorrow!

Go to the MoASSP website to register.

New Information Regarding Enrollment & Graduation Planning for English Language Learners

DESE has published a new document filled with practical information regarding enrollment and graduation planning for English learners. Among the many topics include enrollment details, accepting international credits, grading policies, sample ICAPs and planning for students with interrupted formal education. For more information, click the link below. You can also contact Ryan Rumpf in the office of College and Career Readiness.

Next Meeting of the State Board of Education is Thursday, December 6.

Click on the agenda below.

Positive School Lip Dub..."WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER"

A few years ago, lip dubs were the thing in high schools and middle schools. Here is an excellent example of how one school community came together to combat drug abuse.

MoASSP Offering 3 Opioid Workshops January 24, February 6, & February 20

See the flyer below for more information. You can also go to the MoASSP website.

State Board Announces Return of Dr. Margie Vandeven

See the entire DESE press release below.

NASSP Seeking Input on New Position Statements (Educator Diversity & Drug/Alcohol Abuse...Click on the link below.

The position statements are now open for a 30-day public comment period. NASSP is looking for input from principals on the two statements. Do you agree with the position NASSP is taking? Is there additional language or resources that you would recommend? If you would like to submit any feedback, email NASSP Director of Advocacy, Amanda Karhuse, at by Friday, December 7.

New Kid-Grit Website Released

Kid-Grit is a holistic approach to creating a well-rounded student. Kid-Grit is where social-emotional learning, mindfulness and character education meet. For more information, go to their website.

Character Strong Workshop Scheduled for January 23 at Lee's Summit North HS in KC

For more information, see below.

Help Welcome Our Newest 19 MoASSP Members

Total MoASSP Membership is now 1,288. If you see inaccurate information, please email Katy. Thanks for helping us keep our database up to date.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

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

Top MoASSP retweet in recent weeks...

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 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: 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.