MoASSP Messenger

Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals

August 2, 2018 Volume 32 Number 2

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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Are you a member of one of the strongest principal associations in the country? Have you renewed your membership for MoASSP and NASSP for 2018-2019? Both MoASSP and NASSP need you. We encourage you to join NASSP by going through MoASSP membership process.


Announcing Fall MoASSP PD Offerings

Interesting look at locations nationally where the MoASSP Messenger was opened and read last 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.

Update From the Executive Director

What an incredible few days we experienced at Tan-Tar-A for the 57thAnnual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators. This edition of the MoASSP Messenger is packed full of takeaways from this annual conference hosted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Heartfelt standing ovations for former Commissioner, Margie Vandeven, Pioneers in Education, Interim Commissioner, Dr. Roger Dorson, and Governor Mike Parson were symbolic of the positive tone throughout the two and one-half days. I encourage you to connect with these hyperlinks above to experience virtually a little bit of the conference.


As we transition from summer reflection and planning to “back to school” “critical firsts”, our hope is that you will find this edition of the MoASSP Messenger informative, useful, and uplifting as you carry out one of life’s highest callings, that of an educator.


We have only one chance to make a great first impression. One of my mentors, former North Kansas City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tom Cummings, would always say, “We have one chance to roll it out...you can’t roll it back up once you roll it out.” Great advice!


As you begin to welcome staff, students, parents, and community back into your school think about how you might make those great first impressions (“critical firsts”). There is a google doc later in this MoASSP Messenger for you to share best practices, tools, and protocols with colleagues regarding “critical firsts.”


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

Inside this Issue

  • Membership Reminders
  • PD Offerings
  • From the Executive Director
  • Clark & Doug's Schedule for the upcoming week
  • Winner of Last Week's Quiz
  • Fall Activities Startup Reminder
  • ClipGrab Video Resource
  • Advancing School Leadership in Missouri
  • Collaborative Coalitions
  • MLDS & "Critical Firsts"
  • Websites to Explore & Share
  • From the MoASSP Archives
  • Videos to help INSPIRE & MOTIVATE
  • MoASSP PD Reminders
  • MoASSP Tweet of the Week
  • In Case You Missed it (Several items from last week)
  • MoASSP Messenger Quiz (The first 2 to respond to Ginny via email receive a FREE registration to a MoASSP PD workshop minus the fall conference).

Schedule for Clark & Doug for August 2-8


  • Thursday, Aug. 2: MoASSP Office
  • Friday, Aug. 3: MoASSP Office is Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 6: MoASSP Office
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7: Meeting with Bob Larivee Executive Director Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators (MCCTA)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8: Doug attends School Law Seminar in Springfield
  • Thursday, Aug. 9: Clark MoASSP Office, Doug out of the office
  • Friday, Aug. 10: MoASSP Office is Closed

Winner of Last Week's Quiz

Congratulations to Theresa Wilson for being the first to email Katy last Thursday with the correct answer to the following question...What month and year was the very first Messenger published? Answer: August 1987. Theresa receives a FREE registration to this year's fall conference. Theresa is Assistant Principal at Carl Junction HS and was the 2017 Missouri Assistant Principal of the Year.

Fall Activities Begin Monday, August 6 Across Missouri

ClipGrab Provides an Excellent Resource for Converting Videos

"ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other online video sites. It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step." If you like to embed videos into your PowerPoint, Prezi presentations, ClipGrab might be your answer.

MoASSP Collaborates with MASA, MAESP & DESE to Advance School Leadership in Missouri

This past week, Dr. Jim Masters, DESE Director for Educator Evaluation and Training Office of Educator Quality, Dr. Paul Katnik, DESE Assistant Commissioner for Office of Educator Quality, Doug Mirts, MoASSP Program Director and Development, Clark Mershon, MoASSP Executive Director, and Dr. Michael Schooley, MAESP Executive Director met to debrief the Beginning Principal Conference held June 26 and 27. Feedback from the 100+ in attendance was very positive as Dr. Mike Rutherford and Dr. Todd Whitaker along with Missouri Leadership Development Specialists facilitated keynotes and breakout sessions.


Planning is underway to again offer the Beginning Principal Conference in Columbia on July 15, 16, 2019. If you are a new principal, make plans to attend. More information to come.

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Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) & MoASSP collaborate on many statewide issues.

MASA Executive Director, Dr. Doug Hayter and MoASSP Executive Director, Clark Mershon, pause for a quick photo during this week's Cooperative Conference for School Administrators. From leadership development to legislative issues, both MASA and MoASSP are working together on behalf of school administrators across Missouri.
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MO-CASE Visits MoASSP Office

Mr. Steven Beldin, Director of Innovation and Learning with the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE), visited the MoASSP office this past week. MO-CASE is a subdivision of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). MO-CASE is dedicated to the professional development and support of administrators and supervisors of special education within Missouri's educational settings.


"We look forward to partnering with MO-CASE on future workshops. I have known Steven for a long time working together in North Kansas City Schools. Very few people know special education like Steven. He is an expert," states Clark Mershon.

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"Effective leadership is the hallmark of successful schools. Cultivating that capacity in every Missouri principal is essential to the success of each student. The Missouri Leadership Development System is the right approach, at the right time, for the right reasons," comments Dr. Roger Dorson, DESE Interim Commissioner.


According to recently retired MoASSP Executive Director, Phil Lewis, "MLDS is uniquely positioned to provide training and support to all principals in Missouri and at each stage of their careers. MLDS is an exciting initiative to strengthen all our schools and help close the performance gap for our highest-need students."


The purpose of the MLDS is to develop and support effective school leaders. Essential competencies have been identified and clustered into five categories:


  1. Visionary Leader
  2. Instructional Leader
  3. Managerial Leader
  4. Relational Leader
  5. Innovative Leader


Throughout this school year, we will begin unpacking MLDS to help all of us internalize this valuable resource. Whether you are a new principal or a veteran, we can all learn from each other.


As we begin a new school year, great first impressions are so important for a school leader. They just don't happen. You need to plan for them.


MLDS talks about "Critical Firsts." When preparing your:


  • first faculty meeting,
  • first daily/weekly staff bulletin,
  • address your first PTSA meeting,
  • the first day of school,
  • first address to your student body,
  • first intercom announcement, etc.


What are best practices, tools, and protocols for you to consider?


Click here to share what you do at your school.

Clark & Doug visit with Thomas C. Murray during the 57th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at Tan-Tar-A.

Thomas C. Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in D.C. Tom kicked off the conference Sunday with a very passionate keynote address. During his address, Thomas, "On your worst day...you are a child's best hope." You can connect with Tom on Twitter. See below.
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Websites to Explore & Share with Your Staff

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a project of Governor Parson and the First Lady. Only 28 Missouri school districts are involved currently. You might want to check out the website below.

From the MoASSP Archives

We have included the MASSP Fall Conference Program from 1970. Registration was $3.00 and the cost of the banquet was an additional $4.25.
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Poem for the Principal's Journey


The Bridge Builder

BY Will Allen Dromgoole


An old man going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

Through which was flowing a sullen tide

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.


“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,

“You are wasting your strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?”


The builder lifted his old gray head;

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followed after me today

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

This Week's Videos to Help INSPIRE & MOTIVATE You, Staff, Students, & Parents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyeUbfe8Oqc

Knowing Your Why Gives Your What Purpose...Great video to share with your staff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZe5y2D60YU

How Do You Respond When Things Don't Always Go Right...See how this weatherman handles difficulty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXuc7SAyk2s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc70j5wt1MU

A Heart Warming Video...Don't forget your custodians. They play an essential role in your school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1ezVvB697E

Top MoASSP Tweet for the Past Week

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  • MoASSP Board of Directors
  • District Presidents
  • MoASSP Office Staff
  • Membership Information
  • Fall Conference Registration

MoASSP Board of Directors

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  • 8 Involved Districts
  • 16 Dedicated Board Members
  • 1,785 Members (17-18 school year)
  • 565 Members & growing (We added 53 memberships since last week.)
  • 1 Association that Educates, Motivates, & Advocates
  • 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): TBD
  • 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: Dave Rapp, Mid-Buchanan 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

Our MoASSP office team working for you. We make your business our business.

Check out Doug, Katy, and Ginny's Gallup Top 5 Themes below.

Mike Smith Headlines MoASSP Fall Conference with Opening Keynote...Sponsored by Jostens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQza46wEjP4

MoASSP Features "Digital Principal of the Year", Dr. Bill Ziegler, As Closing Keynote At 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.

This Week's MoASSP Quiz

The first two people to email Ginny here in the MoASSP office by responding to the question below will receive a free registration to one of the MoASSP PD Workshops (minus the fall conference).


Question: What are best practices, tools, and protocols you consider when preparing for those "Critical Firsts," such as:


  • first faculty meeting,
  • first daily/weekly staff bulletin,
  • address your first PTSA meeting,
  • the first day of school,
  • first address to your student body,
  • first intercom announcement, etc.
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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.