MoASSP Messenger May 31, 2019

Volume 32 Number 35

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.
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QUOTE FOR THE PRINCIPAL'S JOURNEY

“This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re going down there, and we’re throwing everything we have into it, and we’re going to make it a success.” — former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower

Update From the Executive Director

75th Anniversary of D Day

If you ever get a chance to visit France, a must stop is Normandy. It will change your life forever. We remember the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II next Thursday. President Eisenhower's quote above motivates me. As leaders, expecting success, is a core value of a strong leader.


MoASSP Show Me Tour Continues

We were in several schools this past week, and we always enjoy having a brief word with principals and their staff. We have many exemplars of excellent schools doing great things for students and communities. I have highlighted Washington HS, Layfette HS, and Webster Groves HS below.


Standing Desks

If you are contemplating ordering a standing desk for your office, you may get a laugh at a two-minute video I included below.


What's Your Purpose

There is research showing that people who have a definite purpose in life live longer. Thanks to Bob Larivee, Executive Director, MoACTE, for sharing an interesting article that supports what we have believed for a long time. Translate this to hiring staff with a definite purpose or mission-minded calling to education. I have included the article below.


In Case You Missed It

I have included several items below (Marshall Memo, MoASSP PD, MLDS Survey) in case you've missed earlier communication.


Summer Board Meeting/Retreat of the MoASSP Board of Directors, Regional Presidents & Presidents-Elect

The quarterly meeting of the MoASSP Board of Directors will be June 19-20 in Columbia. As is tradition, we invite Regional Presidents and Presidents-Elect to attend.


Storms & Flooding

Our hearts go out to Missouri communities impacted by the devastating weather that has affected so many in recent weeks. Many times, principals are asked to help lead the charge with community cleanup efforts. We are thinking about all of you as you provide support, resources, and comfort for people in need in your community.


Appreciate the Good Things in Life

We are happier and healthier when we "take time to smell the roses (flowers)." As you head into summer mode, take care of yourself.


MoASSP Summer Hours

As we head into summer mode, our office here in Columbia will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:30-4:00 each day starting today through August 30.


Whether you are aspiring, emerging, developing, or transformational, wherever you are on the “Principal’s Journey," it is a “matter of principal(ple).”


Have a great weekend.


Clark Mershon

IN THIS ISSUE OF THE MESSENGER

  • D Day 75th Anniversary
  • 85th Annual Fall Conference
  • What's Your Purpose
  • A Humorous Look at Standing Desks
  • MoASSP Show Me Tour Highlights this Week
  • 2019-2020 Membership Information
  • It isn't too late to register for the National Principals Conference in Boston

PLANNING CONTINUES FOR THE 85TH ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE

MoASSP and the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators: the administrative division of Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education (MoACTE) have co-sponsored the Fall Conference for many years. MoASSP Executive Director, Clark Mershon and MoACTE Executive Director, Dr. Bob Larivee, met this week to continue planning the upcoming Fall Conference September 29-October 1 in Columbia. Dr. Bill Daggett, International Center for Leadership in Education, Founder, and Chairman, will open the conference on Sunday evening.

A HUMOROUS LOOK AT STANDING DESKS

A trend we have seen in recent years in offices are standing desks. If you are debating on whether or not to stand or sit while you are in your office, take a look at this humorous two-minute clip of "The Office."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfMan8d5240

MoASSP Visits Washington High School

We continue to visit schools throughout Missouri. This past week, we stopped in at Washington HS and visited with Principal, Dr. Kelle McCallum, and members of her administrative team. They were in a summer mode as they completed their last day of school last Thursday. From left to right are: Mary Kleekamp, Assistant Principal, Shawn Wallace, Assistant Principal, Dr. McCallum, and Dr. Joe Dierks, Assistant Principal. For more information about Washington HS, click on the image to the right.
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A ONE OF A KIND DESK AT WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BUILT BY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, SHAWN WALLACE.

https://youtu.be/WL0Rh1e8A6M

MoASSP DROPS BY LAYFETTE HS IN WILDWOOD, MISSOURI

We spent a few minutes visiting on Tuesday of this week, visiting with Layfette HS Principal, Dr. Karen Calcaterra. She is a proud member of MoASSP. Layfette HS is in the Rockwood School District. For more information about Layfette HS, click on their image to the left.
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SEVERAL IMAGES AS YOU STROLL THROUGH THE HALLS AT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL

WEBSTER GROVES HIGH SCHOOL NEXT STOP ON THE MoASSP SHOW ME TOUR

This past week, our travels also took us to Webster Groves High School. We met briefly with Dr. Matt Irvin, who just completed his first year as Webster Groves HS principal. For more information about this iconic high school, click on their logo to the right.
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A FEW IMAGES AS YOU ENTER WEBSTER GROVES HIGH SCHOOL BUILT IN 1906 WITH A RICH HISTORY

TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES (FLOWERS). TREAT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY...DINE, SHOP, TRAVEL, SAVE.

82 MO School Administrators Headed to Boston July 18-20

It isn't too late to sign up for the National Principals Conference in Boston July 18-20. Click on this link for more information.

The Instructional Change Agent: 48 Ways to Be the Leader Your School Needs

Adam Drummond's book captures the heart of a principal by providing a fresh look at time-tested systems that spotlight the core values of the principalship that will sure to increase stakeholder value. This wisdom-packed book of everyday, realistic, and purpose-filled ideas, is recommended for any principal’s bookshelf. Clark Mershon, Executive Director, MoASSP. Adam was the closing keynote at the MoASSP Spring Conference.

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.