MoASSP Messenger

Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals

August 23, 2018 Volume 32 Number 5

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

"Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It's transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's strengthening."

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

Update From the Executive Director

This edition of the MoASSP Messenger has a little bit of a music theme with the passing of the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, this past week. Her quote above reminds us of the importance of music in our lives and certainly in our schools. I can’t imagine a school without a pulsating music program.

Tomorrow evening, marching bands in all corners of the “Show Me State”, will take the field providing an opportunity for students to showcase their talents while offering entertainment and inspiration to those in attendance. Music helps to elevate the Friday night experience which is the “front porch” in many of our schools. Whatever your “front porch” is, it can be an entryway to help reveal to the community a positive glimpse of student life and culture. Don’t forget the Aretha said, “it’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.”


We continue to field calls from principals regarding Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). The bill becomes law on August 28. According to several key decision-makers, who I talked with this week, the earliest the law could be operational would be the second semester. School boards still need to adopt policies addressing these changes. The intent of the bill we support. Providing course access to students is a good thing. We shared an overview of MOCAP in last week's Messenger. John Robertson, DESE Coordinator for Educational Support Services, will be at the Fall Conference to update us on MOCAP and be available for questions and answers.

84th Annual MoASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference

Don’t miss our annual fall conference September 30-October 2. Since 1934, MoASSP has offered a fall conference for school administrators. This annual tradition will mark the 84th fall principals and assistant principals have gathered together to network and learn about the latest in school leadership. This year’s theme is “Leading a Healthy Climate in OUR Schools!” See additional conference and hotel registration information below.

Principal Leadership & Student Leadership

I have included another great article in this week’s Messenger from Dr. Jim Masters as he continues to “unpack” the Missouri Leadership Development System. With the start of school, now is a good time to ensure you have systems in place for “student voice.” Check out the article and links in this week’s Messenger about the value in Student Council.

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
  • Visit to the "Land of Lincoln"
  • Unpacking MLDS
  • Student Council
  • Fall Conference Registration
  • Upcoming District Meetings
  • Helpful Resources & Links
  • In Case You Missed It

Join Your Local, State, and National Associations Today

We encourage you to join NASSP by going through the MoASSP membership process.

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A Personal Touch

Ginny Stevens, MoASSP Administrative Assistant, has been calling secondary schools to confirm names and email addresses of principals and assistant principals. We want to get it right and keep our membership and potential membership as accurate as possible.

We added 69 new members this past week. Total membership is now 778. Click on a name and connect with a colleague in your district or another part of the state by sending an email.

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

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

MoASSP "Show Me" Tour Visits "Land of Lincoln"

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MoASSP Visits IPA Tuesday

Clark and Doug spent the day Tuesday in Springfield, Illinois with Illinois Principal Association Executive Director, Dr. Jason Leahy and Deputy Director for Professional Development, Dr. Sue Homes. We have a very strong collaborative relationship with our colleagues to the east. Conversations centered around communication processes, advocacy, membership, corporate sponsorships, Educational Leaders Network (ELN), and micro-credentialing. Our time was well spent as we continue to explore ways to help support our Missouri secondary school principals.

Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) by Dr. Jim Masters

You will find an excellent article below as we continue to "unpack" MLDS.

NASSP, MoASSP & Missouri Association of Student Councils...A strong alliance in support of developing student leadership in our schools.

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MASC, NASSP & MoASSP... "Better Together"

Take a few minutes to see how you can maximize your Student Council in your school. NASSP and MoASSP are proud to be sponsors of the Student Council. Check out the article below written by MASC Executive Director, Terri Johnson. Clark will be meeting with Terri next Wednesday in St. Joe.

Please share the video below with your STUCO advisors. Both the article and the video provide you with great insight as you continue to develop systems that promote student voice.
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Mark Your Calendar for the 84th Annual 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

Upcoming District Meetings This Coming Week

August 29

  • South Central Principals will meet at the White Mule Winery 2087 Highway 50 Rosebud, MO at 11:00 AM. Doug will be attending and provide a MoASSP update.
  • Northwest Principals & Activity Directors will meet on the campus of MWSU in the Hall of Fame Room at Spratt Stadium. The meeting will begin at 9:00 AM. Clark will be attending and provide a MoASSP update.
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Link Provides Excellent Relationship Building Activities

A Review of the Latest in Educational Literature

Check out the Marshall Memo.

This Week's Video

This CNN video shows how an inner city principal provided a free laundromat for his students to help mitigate bullying.

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 84th Annual MoASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference with Opening Keynote...Sponsored by Jostens

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MoASSP/MCCTA Features "Digital Principal of the Year", Dr. Bill Ziegler, as Closing Keynote at the 84th Annual 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.