MoASSP Messenger January 28, 2019

Volume 32 Number 22

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 role of the teacher should be “to keep alive the sacred spark of wonder and to fan the flame that already glows… to protect the spirit of inquiry, to keep it from becoming blasé from overexcitement, wooden from routine, fossilized through dogmatic instruction, or dissipated by random exercise upon trivial things.”

John Dewey (1910)

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  • Special Video Message from MoASSP President, Dr. Ed Gettemeier, Principal of Hardin MS. Hear from former Executive Director, Phil Lewis, JoAnn D. Bartoletti Executive Director NASSP and NASSP Region VI Board Member, Kevin Lowery, Principal of Lebanon HS. Ed also shares a great way to capture key thoughts with
  • MoASSP Mourns the Loss of Dr. John T. Glore, MoASSP Executive Director from 1995-1998.
  • Marshall Memo is now available as a value add to ALL MoASSP members.
  • Listen to a Spring Conference video promo by opening keynote speaker, Thomas Murray.

Update From the Executive Director

MoASSP President Dr. Ed Gettemeier

I'm sure you will enjoy seeing and hearing from our Association President, Ed Gettemeier, in the video above. Ed is doing a great job in his role as president for the 2018-2019 school year. Hearing from Phil again was extra special. Thanks to NASSP Executive Director for sharing her thoughts about the principalship and membership in our association. We are also fortunate to have a passionate voice at the national level with Lebanon HS Principal and Region 6 Board Member, Kevin Lowery representing us.

Sad News

We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. John T. Glore this past week. John served as the second fulltime Executive Director of MoASSP from 1995-1998. I was able to speak with Dave Backer this past week who represented our Association by attending visitation in St. Louis. Dave served as the first fulltime MoASSP Program Director, serving fourteen years under John and Dr. Jim King. During my early years as an administrator, John reached out to me many times to help solidify my involvement with MoASSP. As we remember John, I have included a few items below as we recall a great principal and a pioneer in our Association.

Marshall Memo

I am excited to share with our MoASSP membership that all of you now have access to the Marshall Memo as a value add. You will find that this resource will save you time, broaden your learning, and keep up on the latest writings and research in education. It is a great resource to share bits and pieces with your staff. Enjoy!

The Legislative Bulletin

We will be on a conference call this morning with the Missouri School Administrator Coalition. Representatives from each of the administrator groups in Missouri will discuss education legislation. Take a few minutes to review the latest legislative bulletin sent out this past Friday.

2019 Powerful Learning Conference

Doug and I are attending the Powerful Learning Conference in Tan-Tar-A today and tomorrow. Sponsored by the Missouri Professional Learning Communities Project and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, about 1,500 educators are in attendance. Doug and I enjoyed sharing our lunch table today with staff from Fulton High School. They presented on, "Succeeding at the Secondary Level." Principal, Chris Mincher and his team of four shared how their school evolved from a community of individuals to a community of collaborators. Congratulations to the following Missouri secondary schools being recognized for "Exemplary Professional Learning Opportunities today and tomorrow:

  • Cameron HS
  • Crocker HS
  • Fulton MS
  • Perryville HS
  • David H. Hickman HS
  • Russell Hawkins Jr. HS
  • Warrensburg HS

Content Validation Focus Group

In partnership with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Missouri Professors of Educational Administration (MPEA), MoASSP has been asked to conduct a content validation study on the new administrator performance assessment with a group of principals. Thanks in advance to those principals who have agreed to participate this coming Thursday in Columbia. They will be asked to provide feedback on how well each question measures the job duties of a principal.

AMBA Reminder

Take a few minutes to check out all of your membership benefits through AMBA. See details below. I was able to save about $40 recently on a rental car because of the discount code offered through AMBA. Check out the latest offers and deals.

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


Dr. John T. Glore served as MoASSP Executive Director from 1995-1998. The announcement of his hiring appeared in the February 1995 Messenger. Enlarge the photo to the right to read the article. Dr. Glore, Program Director, Dave Backer, and the Board of Directors provided a clear vision for the future as they purchased the MoASSP office that we have occupied for the past 20 years.
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Kim Marshall Welcomes MoASSP Members

We are pleased to announce that all MoASSP members now have access to the acclaimed Marshall Memo as a value add to their membership. To log-in for access to the most recent issue, archive and back issues, CLICK HERE. Type in Missouri in the e-mail box and Principals in the password box.

Kim encourages you to clip and share articles with colleagues. The format will be delivered in both PDF and Word format. Please don't forward the entire Memo. "I hope the Memo is very helpful", comments Kim.

The Marshall Memo, published 50 times a year since 2003, is designed to keep principals, teachers, instructional coaches, superintendents, and other Pre-K-12 educators well-informed on current research and best practices. Kim Marshall, drawing on his decades as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant, and writer, lightens the load of busy educators by serving as their "designated reader."

To produce the Marshall Memo, Kim subscribes to more than 60 carefully-chosen publications, and every Sunday reads through the material that arrived that week and selects 5-10 articles that have the greatest potential to improve teaching, leadership, and learning.



Join secondary principals for the MoASSP Spring Conference. Two keynote speakers, 20+ breakout sessions, networking, and learning. More information will be posted soon. MoASSP is always working to Advocate, Collaborate, Motivate and Educate! Reservation Link for Lodge of Four Seasons. Register for the Spring Conference.

Help Welcome Our Newest 9 MoASSP Members

MoASSP President-Elect, Marc Spunaugle, Principal at Lincoln HS & Northeast Region President, Deborah Hill-Haag, Principal at Mexico MS Attends Career Readiness in Missouri Task Force

Due to House Bills 1416 and 1606 a Career Readiness Task Force was formed by DESE. The 20 member team has representatives from statewide organizations like NEA, MSBA, MSCA, PTA, etc. The task force is required to get feedback to determine if a career readiness course should be required in the 8th or 9th grade. There was a lot of discussion from the group and there were representatives who felt there should be a mandate and others who felt there should not be a mandate. The survey is a way for people to express their opinion in regards to this issue. There will also be three public hearings this spring. Please take time to share your thoughts and be part of the conversation.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS...25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Scheduled for April 28

By now you should have received information regarding the 25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 program. Applications must be in the MoASSP office by 4:00 PM on February 22, 2019. As a reminder, each high school submitting candidates for Missouri Scholars 100 consideration must have at least one administrator a member of MoASSP. It isn't too late to join, click here for membership information. In case you didn't get the mailing, see link below with all of the information needed.


MoASSP welcomes members to become an "Advocate" by clicking on this link, provide the following information, and confirm subscription:

  • home address
  • cell number
  • personal email (not school)
  • You will then receive a text message from 528-86 with the following message: "Reply YES to confirm your subscription to Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Action Center.

It is that simple. You do not have to send a message to your legislator to become an advocate. When we have an action item that needs support, we will be ready to act. Your principal voice is essential as we move into the 2019 legislative session. 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.

Upcoming Regional Meetings, Workshops, & Spring Conference Information

Check out all of the upcoming regional, workshops, and spring conference information by going to the MoASSP website.
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It's Official! AMBA is Corporate Business Partner...MoASSP MEMBERS ENROLL TODAY & START SAVING

To activate your FREE myAMBA discounts CLICK HERE. You can also go to the MoASSP website. Go to the Member Area in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Log-in and find the AMBA Benefits Link. If you have not logged on before as a MoASSP member, follow the prompts and create an account. Don't hesitate to contact the MoASSP office (573-445-5071) if you have difficulty. Ginny and Katy are happy to help you.


MoASSP is proud to announce a new partnership with Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA). For over 30 years, AMBA has served members of educator associations like ours with discounts on travel, gifts, and everyday shopping. MoASSP values your commitment to the association, and we strive to add value to your membership. Through our partnership with AMBA, you and your family can enjoy thousands of exclusive, valuable discounts at online and retail locations such as Walgreens, Costco, Royal Caribbean, Target, T-Mobile, Regal Entertainment Group, Avis, and more. Also, significant group health insurance benefits are available to our members, whether employed or retired. Starting 2019, look for details on how to download the MyAMBAdiscounts app, how to take advantage of the MyAMBADining program, and how to enroll in group plans through MoASSP.


We are pleased to announce that Niles Media Group has partnered with MoASSP. Niles will be producing MoASSP video segments. For more more information on their Sports Marketing Academy, CLICK HERE.
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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 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.