MoASSP Messenger October 19, 2018

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month #RethinkPink

Volume 32 Number 13

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.

Attention Non-Members

Hurry, time is running out. You are in the final days to receive the Messenger if you are not a member of MoASSP. Since 1925, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals has been serving secondary school principals in ALL corners of the “Show Me” state. Members include middle and high school principals and assistant principals, central office leaders, higher education, aspiring leaders, and retired administrators. We encourage you to join NASSP by going through the MoASSP membership process.MoASSP Membership Benefits and Information NASSP Membership Benefits and Information. Join today!
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Missouri Governor Mike Parson Recognizes Principals Month #thankaprincipal

Quote for the Principal's Journey

This quote and image below are proudly displayed at historic Northeast High School in Kansas City.
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Update From the Executive Director

Happy Boss’s Day

This is your lucky day. Not only is October National Principals Month, today is Boss’s Day! Always celebrated the 16th day of October, the concept of Boss’s Day originated in 1958 by an employee of State Farm in Illinois. Her boss was her father. Interesting fact.


What makes a good boss? According to one google search, traits such as approachable, good communicator, understanding, fair, and honest are associated with being a good boss. Let's look instead toward the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) to describe effective school leaders. Attributes such as, “providing moral direction for the school and promoting ethical and professional behavior among faculty and staff,” or, “act according to and promoting the professional norms of integrity, fairness, transparency, trust,” help describe effective school leaders.


Whatever day or month it is, continue to celebrate and recognize the very special role you have in leading your school and community.


What's in the rest of this issue...


  • Archived Messengers
  • Professional Learning Opportunities
  • Fall Conference PowerPoint Presentations including Hot Legal Topics
  • State Assessment Update
  • New Website Coming Soon
  • Better Schools for Missouri Endorsements
  • November 6 Ballot Language
  • On-Line Resources (The Opportunity Myth, Mike Smith Resources)
  • Upcoming Regional Meetings
  • National Principal of the Year DC Event
  • Phone2Action
  • MoASSP Visits Missouri Schools
  • Lead2Feed Free Resource
  • Membership Update
  • This Week’s Video
  • Tweet for the Week


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

Fall Conference PowerPoint Presentations

We have updated the google drive folder with Fall Conference PowerPoint Presentations. We have also included the presentation "Hot Legal Topics" by Shellie Guin of Guin Mundorf in the folder and below.

Performance Level Setting Process for Math and English Presentation

DESE has shared the math and English cut score presentation that was made Tuesday, October 2 after the conclusion of the Fall Conference. The presentation was provided to the MoASSP Board of Directors and others in attendance. DESE also provided an opportunity for the MoASSP Board and the audience to ask questions. DESE continues to seek feedback regarding the establishment of cut scores for math and English. To share feedback, click the link above.

Announcing New Website Launch

In just a few days, MoASSP will be launching a new website. The new look will provide the following features:


  • Event Registration
  • Membership Management
  • Enhanced Communication
  • New Content Tools such as blogs, forums, video, photos, etc.
  • eCommerce (online store)
  • Board of Directors portal


"We are excited about this new opportunity for our Association," comments, Executive Director, Clark Mershon. "Doug (Mirts) has done a great job in keeping our current website a premiere place for updates and news," adds Mershon. The new website will allow the entire MoASSP office staff to optimize all of the features provided by the new format. Take a glimpse at the new format below.

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Better Schools for Missouri...Mid-Term Endorsements Announced

Better Schools for Missouri was formed in 1991 by the Missouri Council of School Administrators as a way for supporters of public education to help elect candidates in Missouri that share the value of quality public education. Click here for the 2018 mid-term endorsements. MoASSP is one of the ten administrative associations that comprise Better Schools for Missouri. Be informed of the 2018 ballot measures.

Online Resources to Check Out

The Opportunity Myth

According to TNTP (The New Teacher Project), "We’ve been telling students that doing well in school creates opportunities—that showing up, doing the work, and meeting teachers’ expectations will prepare them for their futures. Unfortunately, that’s a myth." TNTP's mission is to ensure that poor and minority students get equal access to effective teachers. To find out more, read the executive summary.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

Attention South Central Principals

South Central MoASSP will meet this Wednesday, October 17 at 11:00- Matt's Steakhouse, Rolla, MO. Click here for the agenda. We hope to see you there.

Attention GKCMPA

The GKCMPA will have their annual fall meeting on Wednesday, November 7 at Jack Stack Freight House, located at 101 W. 22nd Street in KCMO. The social hour sponsored by Bob and Jeff Enger (Jostens) will begin at 5:00 PM followed by a dinner buffet at 6:00. The keynote speaker is Ryan Lefebvre, KC Royals Broadcaster. The cost is $30 check or PO payable to GKCMPA. You can pay at the door or mail in advance to Bart Woods, GKCMPA Treasurer, 200 E. 5th Street, Kearney, MO 64060. Please RSVP by October 31.


Here is a quick list of other upcoming GKC events for your calendar. More information forthcoming.


Upcoming Assistant Principal Roundtables

  • December 5 - Summit Technology, LSR7
  • January 29 - Winnetonka HS


Upcoming HS Principal Roundtables

  • November 14 – Blue Springs South HS
  • January 9 – Oak Park HS


GKCMPA Aspiring Principal Conference and Winter Meeting

February 6


GKCMPA Board Members

  • President -- Charlie Belt, Blue Springs South HS
  • President-Elect -- Tressa Wright, Plaza MS (Park Hill)
  • Past President -- Corey Willich, Park Hill HS
  • Treasurer -- Bart Woods, Kearney MS
  • Secretary – Kayla England, Lee’s Summit West HS
  • MoASSP Representative – Jeff Meisenheimer, Lee’s Summit North HS
  • At-Large Rep – Wendy Kline, Truman HS
  • At-Large Rep – Randy Oliver, Van Horn HS
  • At-Large Rep – Drew White, Winnetonka HS

Dr. Jeff Meisenheimer Represents Missouri at National Principal of the Year Event in DC

Lee's Summit North Principal, Dr. Jeff Meisenheimer, traveled to Washington DC a few weeks ago to participate in the National Principal of the Year ceremonies and advocacy activities. Jeff was able to visit with Missouri Senator, Roy Blunt and Missouri Congressman, Emanuel Cleaver from the 5th District.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=33&v=axWzok4Jmrw
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Advocacy In Action...Register now for Phone2Action!

MoASSP has partnered with NASSP with a new advocacy tool called Phone 2 Action. 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 alerts.


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.

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Rolla High School Administrative Team

Bulldog Recognition

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Principal Stephanie Green & Assistant Principal Curtis Walk

"The greatest art of all is the art of living."

https://youtu.be/GYePugIki94
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Park Hill High School Administrative Team

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Northeast Vice Principal Steve Belen & MoASSP Executive Director Clark Mershon

Northeast Administrative Team

Doug Bolen, Principal
Steven Belen, Vice Principal
Veneta Pearson, Vice Principal
Paula Rogers, Vice Principal
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Activities Director, Jason Fenstermaker | K12 Principal, Kathy Butler | Assistant Principal, Todd Brendel

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Knob Noster High School Assistant Principal/Activities Director Adam Easterwood & Principal Connie Morris

Real & Relevant Learning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI74fTizNGg&feature=youtu.be
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La Monte 7-12 Principal, Hilliary Owens

GKCMPA Principal Roundtable

Hosted by Park Hill Principal, Dr. Brad Kincheloe, high school principals from Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Lee's Summit West, Lee's Summit, Park Hill South, Raytown, and Oak Park gathered this past Wednesday for their monthly Roundtable Luncheon. Lunch was provided by Bob and Jeff Enger of Jostens. Dr. Chad Bruton, Principal at Raytown shared information about Lead2Feed. See details below. GKCMPA also planned for EOC Content Workshops to be held in January. Next meeting is November 14 11:30-1:00 at Blue Springs South HS, hosted by Principal, Dr. Charlie Belt. All KC metro high school principals are invited to attend.
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FREE RESOURCES: LEAD2FEED STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=926v_FEAYTU

Membership Update

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


Total membership is now 1,121. Click on a name and connect with a colleague in your region 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
  2. GKCMPA
  3. Northeast
  4. Northwest
  5. SASSP
  6. South Central
  7. Southeast
  8. Southwest

This Week's Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJv5IYHTqOM

Top MoASSP Tweet for the Week

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

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.