MoASSP MESSENGER September 28, 2018

FALL CONFERENCE EDITION...All roads lead to Columbia.

Volume 32 Number 10

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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Conference at a Glance (See program or mobile app for details.)


  • 4:00-6:15: Registration
  • 4:00-6:15: Exhibits Open
  • 4:00-6:00: MCCTA Executive Committee Meeting
  • 5:00-6:00: Mo-CASE Meeting
  • 6:00-7:15: Jostens Steak Dinner
  • 7:30: First General Session with Mike Smith
  • Networking & Refreshments Sponsored by Wagner Portrait Group
  • Sunday Night Football: Ravens vs. Steelers


  • 7:00: Breakfast with the Exhibitors
  • 7:00-11:00: Registration Continues
  • 7:45-8:40: Second General Session (Roger Dorson, Interim Commissioner of Education and John Robertson, Coordinator, Educational Support (MOCAP Overview)
  • 8:45-9:30: MoASSP Business Meeting and Regional Meetings
  • 10:15-11:05: Breakout Session I
  • 11:15-12:05: Breakout Session II
  • 12:10-2:00: Awards Luncheon
  • 2:15-3:05: Breakout Session III
  • 2:30: Golf Networking Opportunity
  • 3:30: Social & Networking Opportunity at Les Bourgeois A-Frame Shuttle Provided
  • 7:30: Networking, Hors D'oeuvres, & Monday Night Football Chiefs vs. Broncos


  • 7:15: Breakfast
  • 8:00: Trending Issues in Education Law
  • 9:00: Phone2Action
  • 9:30: In-House Teacher Pipelines
  • 10:00: Unleash Your Leadership Superpower with Bill Ziegler
  • 11:00: MCCTA Critical Issues in CTE
  • 11:00: MoASSP Board Meeting with DESE
  • 12:00: Adjournment of Fall Conference

Click Below to Register for the Conference

Holiday Inn Executive Center

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Lindenwood University Offering One Hour of Graduate Credit for Conference Participants

Dear Conference Participant,

You can earn one hour of graduate credit from Lindenwood University through your participation in this conference. In order to earn credit, you will complete the following steps:

  1. Visit complete the Enrollment Form and pay with your credit card. (Tuition fees are non-refundable)
  2. Fully participate in conference activities
  3. Complete the assignments and return by the deadline

For more information, click on the syllabus below.

Quote for the Principal's Journey

"Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen."

Pete Carroll, Head Coach Seattle Seahawks

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Update From the Executive Director

Fall Conference

All of us need a little nudge at times. The 84th Annual Fall Conference can provide you that "little nudge, direction, support, and coaching" that Coach Carroll talks about. It isn't too late to register. You can click on the links, call our office, fax, email us your registration and walk-ins are welcome. Safe travels to COMO and we will see you Sunday.

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

Stay Connected Digitally & Download the Conference Mobile App from Apple or Google Play Store

We now have this year's conference on a mobile app for your phone or desktop. It is quick and easy.

  • Go to Apple or Google Play Store
  • Download the “NASSP Events App”
  • Once downloaded, look for the MoASSP MCCTA Fall Conference event
  • Here is a link to the desktop version for those who don’t want to download the app on their phones -

Mo-CASE Meeting Sunday, September 30, 2018 5:00-6:00 PM Parliament I

The Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education will help kick off the conference with a session led by Mr. Steven Beldin, Director of Innovation and Learning for Mo-CASE.

Monday Afternoon Social Event

Enjoy the spectacular view overlooking the Missouri River. Click here for details.

State Award Winners Featured at the 84th Annual Fall Conference

Fall Conference Awards Luncheon Honorees

Robert C. Howe Service to Secondary Education Award Recipients

Since 1988, MoASSP has annually presented a very special award at the Fall Conference to those individuals who have made significant contributions to secondary education. This award was renamed the Robert C. Howe Service to Secondary Education Award in 1995. Virgil Freeman and Roger Berkbuegler this year's recipients.

Middle Level Principals of the Year by Region

  • Central: Jove Stickel, Lafayette Co. MS (Higginsville)
  • Greater Kansas City: Jeff Williams, Bridger MS (Independence)
  • Northeast: Troy Patterson, Monroe City MS
  • Northwest: Dave Richman, Penney MS
  • South Central: Shaun Fischer, Eldon MS
  • Southeast: Karl Shininger, Windsor MS
  • Southwest: Jenny Bogle, Carthage MS
  • St. Louis: Krisandra Worley, Saeger MS (Francis Howell)

High School Principals of the Year by Region

  • Central: James Frank, Crestridge HS
  • Greater Kansas City: Jeremy Plowman, Grain Valley HS
  • Northeast: Chris Willingham, Paris HS
  • Northwest: Michelle Johnson, North Platte HS
  • South Central: Cindy Hawkins, Owensville HS
  • Southeast: David Haug, Jefferson R-VII HS
  • Southwest: Natalie Cauldwell, Glendale HS (Springfield)
  • St Louis: Greg Mathison, Marquette HS

Assistant Principals of the Year by Region

  • Central: Sara Kenepp-Chapman, Warrensburg HS
  • Greater Kansas City: Tressa Wright, Bernard Campbell MS (Lee’s Summit)
  • Northeast: Joy Lillard, Troy-Buchanan HS
  • Northwest: Luke McCoy, Benton HS
  • South Central: Tim Webster, Cuba HS
  • Southeast: Robert Ison, Malden HS
  • Southwest: Josh Flora, Joplin HS
  • St. Louis: Lauren Cummings, Bernard M.S. (Mehlville) & Jennifer Younkins, Northwest HS

Exemplary New Principals of the Year by Region

  • Greater Kansas City: Chris Sartain, Oak Park HS
  • Northeast: Bruce Weimer, Macon MS
  • Southeast: Levi Rawson, Kingston K-14 MS/HS
  • Southwest: Allison Dishman, Republic MS
  • St. Louis: Tori Cain, Parkway North HS
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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.

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.