MoASSP Messenger February 22, 2019

Volume 32 Number 25 ADVOCACY...VIP Edition

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.


“Possessed of a powerful emotional intelligence, Abe Lincoln was both merciful and merciless, confident and humble, patient and persistent – able to mediate among factions and sustain the spirits of his countrymen. He displayed an extraordinary ability to absorb the conflicting wills of a divided people and reflect back to them an unbending faith in a unified future." Doris Kearns Goodwin

(See Article Below: "Eleven Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln")


  • Horace Mann Spotlight
  • MoASSP Action Center: Calling ALL Missouri Secondary School Principals & Retired Principals
  • Information for the Prairie Lands Writing Project
  • Leadership Lessons from Lincoln
  • Wallace Foundation Video on Climate
  • State Board Agenda & PowerPoints from Tuesday
  • Media Wise

Update From the Executive Director

One CLICK sends a strong message to Missouri Legislators...Calling All Missouri Secondary School Principals & Retired Principals to CLICK.

Happy Friday! As we close another week, it has been a busy one at the State Capitol. Doug and I have traveled the road between Columbia and Jefferson City a few times this week.

We continue to build a strong advocacy base of support in all of our Regions, encouraging EVERY principal to become an “Advocate” through the MoASSP Action Center. Here is the link for you to click on to become an “Advocate.” You can also share with colleagues who may not be a MoASSP member. With 1,314 MoASSP members and growing, our "principal voice" can have a dramatic impact in Jefferson City. This is also a great way for our retired colleagues to continue making a positive difference in support of a strong educational system in Missouri.

We sent out two calls for Missouri secondary school principals to take action. On Monday, all of you should have received our opposition campaign with Senate Bill 160 (voucher bill), encouraging you to connect with your State Senator. As of this morning, we have 8 Senate districts out of 34 that we don't have "Advocates." See dark grey areas of the Missouri map below and the regions (9: KC, 18: NE, 30: SW, 1,4,5, 13,14: SL) where we are missing a connection with the State Senator. Click here to send a message to your State Senator regarding SB 160.

We also turned our attention this week to House Bill 581 (Charter School Expansion Bill). If you haven’t clicked on the link to send an email to your State Representative, please do so. According to the Legislative Bulletin, HB 581 was filed by Representative Rebecca Roeber (R - Lee's Summit). HB 581 was voted out of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Tuesday last week by a vote of 8 to 5. Last Wednesday, the bill was voted out of the House Rules Committee by a vote of 7 to 2. As a result of passing the House Rules Committee, the bill will now be placed on the House calendar for debate. This means that HB 581 could be debated on the House floor next week. We need you to contact your state representative(s) immediately and request that they oppose HB 581.


Spend a little time with Doris Kearns Goodwin's article, "Eleven Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln" as you grow your own leadership as a principal. There are so many parallels with these eleven lessons and the principalship. I have included an excellent Wallace Foundation video on how one principal creates a positive climate in her school.

  1. Acknowledge when failed policies demand a change in direction.
  2. Anticipate contending viewpoints.
  3. Know when to hold back and when to move forward.
  4. Set an example.
  5. Understand the emotional needs of the team.
  6. Refuse to let past resentments fester.
  7. Control angry impulses.
  8. Protect colleagues from blame.
  9. Keep your word.
  10. Gauge sentiment.
  11. Establish trust.

Missouri Scholar 100 Applications Due Today 4:00 PM

Horace Mann Spotlight

For many years, Horace Mann has been one of our valued corporate sponsors. Click on their image above and find out all of the great opportunities available for MoASSP members.

CHALLENGES WITH RECRUITING & RETAINING TEACHERS IN MISSOURI...Principals needed to answer a quick survey.

As Doug and I travel the state, we hear of two main concerns with principals. Mental health issues and recruiting and retaining teachers. Take a few minutes to click on the link above to provide DESE needed information as they update the State Board on this growing concern.

STUCO News...Character Strong Training April 17, 2019

I will be providing information in next week's Messenger regarding the rescheduled Character Strong Training at Lee's Summit North. MASC Executive Director, Terri Johnson, reminds principals about their State Convention March 7 - 9 at Lindbergh HS. They are expecting their largest crowd ever! Just at 1200 students and advisors! Way to go!!!

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

Missouri State Senate District Map...Our goal is to connect with ALL 34 Senators.

The dark grey is where MoASSP is lacking "Advocates" according to the MoASSP Action Center with our opposition to SB 160 (vouchers). If you are in one of these districts, sign up to be an "Advocate" in support of our opposition to SB 160. Click here.
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Help Welcome Our Newest MoASSP Members. Also, those attending the Aspiring Principals Workshops around the state will receive a membership through June 2019. Welcome 37 Aspiring Principals from SASSP.

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The Wallace Foundation...School Leadership In Action: Principal Practices

Have You Registered for the National Principals Conference in Boston? See link below.


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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.