MoASSP Messenger April 19, 2019

Volume 32 Number 31

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.


“The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius.”

~Victor Hugo Hunchback of Notre Dame

Update From the Executive Director

The Power of A Place

All of us will remember this week as we recall the image of Notre Dame Cathedral burning. Like many of you, I spent much time watching and listening to the horrific news coming from Paris. This past week, I reminisced on the two trips to France during my tenure as the principal of Staley High School accompanying French students. My two favorite places to visit were Normandy and Notre Dame. In Russell Moore's Blog, he references the Cathedral and "the power of a place." With 30,000-60,000 visitors each day to this 850-year-old place, there must be something about "the power of a place." With its massive arches, beautiful stained glass windows, twin towers, flying buttresses, and gargoyles, "this place" maintains a tradition that has lasted centuries. One of the commentators mentioned that people leave the Cathedral in better shape than when they arrived. Another news outlet referenced the Cathedral as old but not out of date. As you lead your school, never underestimate "the power of your place" and the critical element of tradition. When you link "the power of your place," with tradition, and genuine relationships with people, your school will be the strength of the community and a symbol of inspiration. Your students will leave you better than when they arrived.

SAVE THE DATE..."School Wellness Symposium...Building Bridges Together"

We are excited to offer this great opportunity for K-12 educators and community members for November 17 and 18, 2019 in Columbia, Missouri. Click here for more information.

25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100

In 1995, Dr. Robert C. Howe's vision became a reality. His goal was to create a program recognizing 100 of the outstanding seniors in Missouri. Twenty-five years later, this traditional event is one of the premier academic celebrations in America. I have included samples of headlines, pictures, and articles highlighting some of the best our state has to offer for 2019.

Legislative Update from Jeff City

There are about four weeks left in the session and anything can still happen with Charter School Expansion, vouchers, etc. For a rundown on recent days at the State Capitol with education issues, go to Missourinet. The State Capitol is closed today and Monday for Easter recess. Doug and I will be back in Jeff City on Tuesday of next week with our lobbyists.

Regional Meetings & Recognitions

Doug and I visited Central MoASSP Spring Awards Dinner this past week in Warrensburg. I was able to attend Northwest MoASSP's final meeting of the year this week. GKC MoASSP had their awards banquet on Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the award winners from each of the Regions. Many of the Regions surprised recipients with "Prize Patrols" at their respective schools, which is a lot of fun and makes a memory for those chosen. We will recognize all of the award winners during the 85th Annual Fall Conference September 29-October 1 where all roads lead to Columbia.

New Principal Conference Information is Included

Board Approves Value Add to 2019-2020 Membership

I have included exciting news regarding next year's membership.

Special Time of the Year

Our Messenger theme centers around this particular time of the year. All of us here in the MoASSP office (Doug, Katy, Ginny), hope each of you have a beautiful Easter.

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


  • 2019-2020 Membership Information
  • Aspiring Superintendent Cohort Registration Information
  • 25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100
  • Opportunity for Northwest Principals
  • Job Vacancies


The Board of Directors approved several membership changes for the 2019-2020 school year that includes three value adds. The MoASSP office will be mailing 2019-2020 information out to you soon. Here is a summary of some exciting new membership opportunities.

  • MoASSP will provide up to $500 per incident for each active member to initially begin a consultation of the legal process. Members will be able to access legal advice and information concerning contract difficulties, state laws, and related educational issues. MoASSP active members seeking legal consultation must first call the MoASSP office and speak to the Executive Director.

  • Each active member will receive access to the Ed Leaders Network (ELN). MoASSP is one of fifteen states that have partnered with ELN. Each active member and their faculty will have access to high quality online professional development library. See flyer below — more information to come.

  • MoASSP will provide first-time active members a free registration to the 85th Annual Fall Conference in Columbia or the 48th Annual Spring Conference at The Lodge of Four Seasons as an added benefit.

  • 2019-2020 Membership Rates: Active Membership is $279, Associate Membership is $84, Retired is $35.

Look who has joined first for 2019-2020.


We have about 350 students, parents, principals, and staff who have RSVP'd for the 25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Program, April 28. Here are a few reminders for those who have RSVP'd.

  • Location is the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri.
  • Reception begins 11:15, Awards Luncheon starts at noon.
  • Find time to congratulate your recipient.
  • Forward news release to your district media department and local media.
  • Send any news articles printed in your local paper or links highlighting your student(s).

We have included a sampling of headlines, online articles, pictures, and audio as schools across the state celebrate the Missouri Scholars 100 Class of 2019. What started in 1995 by Dr. Robert C. Howe, Executive Director, and the MoASSP Board of Directors is a program with statewide acclaim.

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Achievements: Area Youth Honored

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Attention Northwest Principals

We have the opportunity to bring the nationally known EdTechTeam to the Saint Joseph area for an EdTechTeam Summit. We are interested in hosting this incredible event at our school but would love to partner with you in the event. We are looking at several date options with the Google team. However, it is relatively flexible. It is two full days and would take place at some point July 9-11 or July 16-18 here at Mid-Buchanan High School.

Please reply to me personally and let me know if you would be interested in sending teachers to this event this June. Here's the information I need to know:

  • How many individuals would plan on sending?
  • Do you have a preference on dates?

We are moving relatively quickly on this, so I need to know by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 24. We need to know what the interest in this event would be before we can sign on with the EdTechTeam. This is not a solid commitment, but it is necessary to get us to determine if this is a possibility. So, if you say you are sending 10 and you end up with 8 or 12, it's not a problem at all. This is a truly valuable professional learning experience for teachers, administrators, and support staff and I am excited to have you join us as partners in the event.


Allison Kreifels


Mid-Buchanan High School

3221 SE State Rte H

Faucett, MO 64448

Jay Apostol, Principal, Monett MS wants to know if you have registered for the National Principals Conference in Boston? Click image for link.

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.