MoASSP Messenger March 1, 2019

Volume 32 Number 26 VIP

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.


“Effective [teaching] practices are especially beneficial to students who walk into school with any kind of disadvantages, and these same students are disproportionately harmed by mediocre and ineffective practices…”. Kim Marshall

This week's quote was taken from Marshall Memo #775. We have included the entire article below written by Kim Marshall. Many of you will be wrapping up evaluations shortly. As you reflect on this year's process and think about adjustments for next, consider what Kim says in his article.


  • Wagner Portrait Group Spotlight
  • Great quote and article by Kim Marshall
  • 18 New MoASSP Members
  • Please take the Missouri Teacher Workforce Survey
  • Earn recognition as a digital leader...application from NASSP is now available
  • Clark & Doug visit with Legislators this week
  • A panel of Experts at a Spring Conference near you
  • Richard Phillips visits MoASSP office
  • MoASSP Show Me Tour Visits Van Horn and Truman High Schools this past week
  • GKC MoASSP Meeting
  • NE MoASSP Aspiring Leaders Workshop
  • Suicide Prevention Workshop this past week
  • Upcoming Character Strong Training
  • Simple Kindness
  • Video: Getting Students Committed to Excellence

Help Welcome Our Newest 18 MoASSP Members. Also, those attending the Aspiring Principals Workshops around the state will receive a membership through June 2019. Welcome 25 Aspiring Principals from NE Region.


Update From the Executive Director

It's a fabulous Friday! It's marvelous March. Spring is on its way. We have had another great week for the Association. The Messenger highlights many of the activities and meetings we have had this week as we continue to ADVOCATE, COLLABORATE, EDUCATE, and MOTIVATE. The Messenger also contains a few action items as follows:

  • Vouchers and/or Charter School Expansion will be debated this coming week at the State Capitol. Look for ORANGE MESSAGE MONDAY MORNING FOR A CALL TO ACTION.
  • Complete the Missouri Teacher Workforce Survey
  • Register for the Spring Conference
  • Apply for the Digital Leader Recognition. Let's have another winner from Missouri. @DavidGeurin, Principal at Bolivar HS was a winner in 2017.

Missouri Scholar 100 Notifications will be mailed in the next week.

Wagner Photo Group Spotlight

For many years, Wagner Photo Group has been one of our valued corporate sponsors. Click on their image above and find out all of the great services provided.


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

Advocating for Principals...MoASSP Visits State Capitol. Local Legislator paid MoASSP a visit today.

This past week, MoASSP Executive Director, Clark Mershon, and MoASSP Program Director spent time in the halls of the Missouri State Capitol visiting with legislators. Thanks to Representative Chuck Basye for dropping by the MoASSP office on Friday. As we continue to monitor the various bills impacting education in Jefferson City, MoASSP will continue to develop authentic relationships with members in both houses. We also need EVERY principal to become an "Advocate". With 1,350 MoASSP active and retired members, our "principal voice" can have a dramatic impact in Jefferson City. It's simple and easy. Click here to become an "Advocate".

MoASSP Icons Return for Spring Conference Panel

You won't want to miss our four legendary MoASSP figures who served this Association for many years. They will be together during the Spring Conference. More details to follow. We are reaching out to our retired principal colleagues and have a special Spring Conference rate for them to attend. For more information, click here.

Longtime Career Educator, Richard Phillips Visits MoASSP

We were pleased to have Richard Phillips drop by our office a couple of weeks ago. Richard was in education for more than 50 years as a teacher and school administrator. He also worked at DESE for many years. Richard was awarded the prestigious Pioneer in Education Award from DESE a few years ago. Richard's devotion to education is still front and center. He and others are working on reconnecting retired administrators back to their Associations. We certainly will partner with Richard and others to reconnect our former colleagues. As longtime principal and MoASSP Board Member and Past President, Jim Head, said, "There is a wealth of untapped knowledge within the retired ranks."
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MoASSP Show Me Tour Visits Van Horn & Truman High Schools

In next week's Messenger, we will be highlighting Van Horn and Truman High Schools in the Independence School District. Pictured below is Van Horn Principal, Justin Woods, and his Administrative Team. And, Truman Principal, Ronda Scott, and members of her Administrative Team. MoASSP appreciates their support of our Association. Both teams have 100% membership in MoASSP and GKC.
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Greater Kansas City MoASSP Holds Winter Meeting

The Greater Kansas City Principals Association met this past Wednesday at Black on Burlington in North Kansas City for their Winter Meeting. President Charlie Belt, Principal at Blue Springs South HS, facilitated the meeting. The program featured "The Three Wise Men" seated in the photo below with the GKC Board. From left to right is Dr. John Faulkenberry, Principal at Lee's Summit HS, Dr. Marty Jacobs, Principal at Liberty North, and Dr. Brad Kincheloe, Principal at Park High School. All three have a total of over 70 years of experience as a high school principal. The expert panel provided "words of wisdom" as they shared experiences from their storied journey.
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NE MoASSP Hosts Aspiring Principals Workshop this Past Week.

About twenty-five Aspiring School Leaders attended the annual workshop this past week at the MSHSAA Building. Thanks to Dr. Kerwin Urhahn and his staff for providing the location.
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MoASSP & MSCA Co-Sponsor Suicide Prevention Workshop

MoASSP Program Director, Doug Mirts and MSCA Director of Advocacy, Dr. Shari Sevier, provided a Suicide Prevention Workshop in Webb City this past week. Thirty-two attendees benefited from the information presented. This was an opportune time for teams to update and refine their building-level suicide prevention action plan. Thanks again to Dr. Sevier and everyone at MSCA. We value the partnership we have with Missouri School Counselors and Missouri School Psychologists.
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Character Strong Workshop April 17 Lee's Summit North High School

Click the link below for more information and to register.
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Have You Registered for the National Principals Conference in Boston? See link below.

Aspiring Superintendent's Workshop March 27 Lodge of Four Seasons...Information Below.

Governor Parson Announces National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils...$300,000 available for fitness equipment

See letter from Governor Parson and application below.

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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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.

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.