MoASSP Messenger October 5, 2018

Celebrate National Principals Month #thankaprincipal

Volume 32 Number 11

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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Missouri Governor Mike Parson Recognizes Principals Month

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Quote for the Principal's Journey

“It is impossible to overstate the crucial leadership role principals play in turning a building into a vibrant and safe environment for learning.”

NASSP President, Christine Handy #thankaprincipal

Update From the Executive Director

October is National Principals Month

As the banner above states, "Great Schools Have Great Principals." We have many great schools in every region of Missouri led by great principals. We now have a Missouri Governor who values the role of a school principal. Thank you to Governor Parson for proclaiming October as "Principals Month" here in Missouri.

One of the activities you might want to think about is to encourage a member of the community or a legislator to shadow you for a day. "Shadowing visits provide a wonderful opportunity for policymakers, members of Congress, and congressional staffers to experience firsthand the role and responsibilities of exemplary principals. It also provides an occasion to highlight the excellence in leadership that principals provide to schools, educators, and students nationwide," NASSP. Click here for more information.

Fall Conference...That’s A Wrap

The 84th Annual Fall Conference is now in the books. I commend MoASSP Director for Programming and Development, Doug Mirts, for his vision and attention to detail with all aspects of the conference. Both Katy Kovar and Ginny Stevens deserve praise as well for their hard work and dedication. For many years, longtime school administrator and former MoASSP board member, Neal Penberthy, has donated his time to assist with both the fall and spring conferences. We couldn’t do it without him. His volunteerism goes unnoticed most of the time.

Our Association is very fortunate to have a Board of Directors who have set the bar high. We value their expertise and passion for the principalship.

Lastly, any conference wouldn’t be worthwhile without those actively engaged in schools and the principalship. From the vendors to the presenters to all of the attendees, thank you for helping make the 84thAnnual Fall Conference a success.

Fall Conference PowerPoint Presentations

I have included a Google Drive folder link with PowerPoints we have received to date from presenters.

Missouri Leadership Development System

We have included another informative article from Dr. Jim Masters regarding MLDS. This week's article is all about "relational leadership."

NHS & Missouri School Counseling Association

Both of these organizations have great things happening. See a couple of opportunities below for you to consider.

Microsoft Commercial

Our closing keynote, Bill Ziegler, played this video as part of his presentation. If you are looking for a video to help inspire staff, students, and community on the importance of technology, this video is for you. It is well done by Microsoft.


MoASSP reached a milestone during the Fall Conference with our 5,000th follower.

Internet and Phones Down

With our transfer to a dedicated fiber line, the existing cable was severed yesterday morning. Our internet and phone service has been down for a while. We anticipate being back up by noon today or at the latest, Monday.


A reminder to become an advocate for our new advocacy platform. See the signup link below.

Next Week

I will share recent trips to Washington DC, Southeast and other regions in our great state.

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

  • Upcoming Regional Principal Meetings
  • Check out & welcome MoASSP's 50 Newest Members
  • Upcoming Conferences & Workshops
  • On-Line Resource (Find Your Grind)
  • This Week's Video (Microsoft Commercial)
  • Top MoASSP Tweet for the Week
  • In Case You Missed It

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 Breakout Sessions & Presentations PowerPoints

We have posted seven breakout sessions and presentation PowerPoints from the Fall Conference to this Google Drive Folder. We will continue to add presentations once we receive from the presenters.

Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association Meets Wednesday, Oct. 10 for Principal Luncheon Roundtable

GKCMPA Principal Roundtable dates and locations for 2018-19 are listed below.

Park Hill High School is hosting the roundtable this coming week. Email Dr. Brad Kincheloe to RSVP and if you have any agenda items you would like to be addressed.

Jostens (Bob and Jeff Enger) generously provides lunch. All meetings begin at 11:30 and conclude by 1:00 PM. This is the 11th year GKCMPA has met monthly. The networking and collaborative conversations have been extremely beneficial to KC principals.

KC middle school principals and secondary assistant principals also have roundtables throughout the year.

  • October 10: Park Hill HS, Brad Kincheloe
  • November 14: Blue Springs South HS, Charlie Belt
  • January 9: Oak Park HS, Chris Sartain
  • February 13: Blue Springs HS, Tom Alderman
  • April 10: Kearney HS, Dave Schwarzenbach
  • June 5: Lee’s Summit West HS, Chad Hertzog
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MoASSP Board of Directors Meet Sunday Prior to the Fall Conference

This past Sunday, sixteen board of directors and NASSP board member, Kevin Lowery, met for about five hours to discuss the business of the Association. Presentation by a long-time corporate sponsor, Horace Mann, was also an important segment of the agenda. Robert Curtis from Horace Mann, shared great examples of how educators benefit from this partnership.
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Robert C. Howe Service to Secondary Education Award

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.

The perpetual plaque reads...MoASSP honors the following individuals for receiving the prestigious Robert C. Howe Service to Secondary Education Award. Dr. Howe served as the first full-time Executive Director from 1987-1995. Each recipient has demonstrated service to education and steadfast faithfulness to improving the quality of education. They are, “The Consummate Professionals.”

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Congratulations to Roger (Dr. Berk) Berkbuegler for receiving the Robert C. Howe Service to Secondary Education Award

Roger graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. A master’s and a specialist degree in administration from Central Missouri State University, and an education doctorate from the University of Missouri. He first served as a teacher in two different districts for six years, worked as an assistant principal for the next four years, followed by twenty-eight years as the principal of Rolla Sr. High School.

During his tenure, Rolla Sr. High School was recognized as a Missouri Gold Star School and as a National Blue-Ribbon School. Roger has also served as a professor in the education department for the University of Missouri. Roger was honored to be named the Missouri principal of the year for MoASSP. He again was honored to be one of the first Missouri recipients of the National Milken Family Foundation Education awards of $25,000.00. He was also named as one of the top ten principals in the country by Pepperdine University. Roger served as president of MoASSP and was elected for two terms as the national coordinator for NASSP and served on the MoASSP board of directors for ten years. As a MoASSP Board Member, Roger was instrumental in establishing a full-time executive director’s position for MoASSP and securing their own building in 1998, currently located on Ash Street.

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Congratulations to Dr. Virgil Freeman for receiving the Robert C. Howe Service to Secondary Education Award

Virgil graduated from West Platt High School in Weston, Missouri in 1965. He has a degree in Physical Education from Missouri Western. He received his Master’s and Specialist’s in Education from Northwest Missouri State University. Virgil received his Doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

Virgil served 32 years in the Missouri Public Education system performing many roles.

He started in 1970 as a teacher and coach at East Buchanan High School in Gower, Missouri, eventually serving as athletic director. In 1991, Virgil became the principal at McDonald County High School in Anderson, Missouri. He later took a position as superintendent serving Appleton City and Wright City School Districts before retiring in 2002.

After retirement, Virgil joined the Northwest Missouri State University as a professor and has served in that capacity for 15 years before retiring once again this past July. At every level of leadership, Virgil has strived to put the students first. One of his most recognized accomplishments included helping the Wright City School District to pass their first-ever bond issue in the school’s history while helping them achieve the Accreditation with Distinction honor. But, the most satisfying part of his job is when a student comes up to him and shares what he did for them when they were in school.

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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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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

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Middle School 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)
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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

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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.

Membership Update...We added 50 members this past week.

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

Total membership is now 1,104. 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
  3. Northeast
  4. Northwest
  5. SASSP
  6. South Central
  7. Southeast
  8. Southwest

Online Resource to Check Out

This Week's Video

Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Top MoASSP Tweet for the Week

Previous MoASSP Messengers

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.

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.