MoASSP Messenger

Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals

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September 21, 2018 Volume 32 Number 9

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.

Quote for the Principal's Journey

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

F Scott Fitzgerald

Update From the Executive Director

Fall Conference Preview

We hope to see you in about a week for this year's Fall Conference. In this edition of the Messenger, we have included a preview of sessions and a glance at who will be honored at the luncheon on Monday. It isn't too late to register. Come join us in Columbia. We have something for everyone.


Phone2Action

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


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

  • Highlights of our trip to Southeast and Hardin MS
  • Digital Citizenship Resources from David Haug.
  • MSIP Update
  • Math and ELA Cut Score Update
  • Upcoming Regional Principal Meetings
  • Check out & welcome MoASSP's 50 Newest Members
  • Upcoming Conferences & Workshops
  • On-Line Resources
  • This Week's Videos
  • Top MoASSP Tweets 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

All Roads Lead to Columbia for the 84th Annual Fall Conference Preview

Help kick off National Principals Month by attending the Fall Conference.

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"Leading a Healthy Climate in OUR Schools!"

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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 Stickle, 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: KrisandraWorley, 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 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.

Southeast MoASSP & AD's Hold First Meeting of the Year

Our Southeast colleagues met this past Wednesday at the Centene Center across from Farmington HS. The agenda included MSHSAA 101, social media issues, and various updates including a MoASSP presentation by Clark and Doug. David Haug, Principal at Jefferson R-VII, provided his colleagues' information regarding their social media efforts at his school. David has graciously shared with all of us, resources to help address this issue. Thanks, David!
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Southeast Officers from left to right Treasurer: David Haug, Jefferson R-VII, President-Elect/Secretary: Gina Sitton, Advance HS, President: Lucas McKinnis, Bernie HS, MoASSP Board Member: Dan Hecht, Kelly-Benton HS, & MoASSP Past Board President: Chris Hoehne, Ste. Genevieve HS

Hardin Middle School in St. Charles Administrative Team

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MoASSP Visits Hardin Middle School

The MoASSP "Show Me" Tour continued this week with a visit to Hardin Middle School. The Leadership Team is composed of Assistant Principals Dr. Earl Draper on the left and Brian Kirton on the right. Dr. Ed Gettemeier, center, is beginning his tenth year as Hardin Middle School Principal. Ed is also MoASSP President for 2018-2019. It is evident that Ed and his team are leading a healthy climate at Hardin. From "The Leader in Me" to video equipment that helps to tell their story, great things are happening in this St. Charles school.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaOi5Q_heWg&feature=youtu.be

Assessment Update

The link below was shared at the State Board meeting on Tuesday. Blaine Henningsen, Assistant Commissioner; Lisa Sireno, Standards, and Assessment Administrator, Office of College and Career Readiness will reconvene stakeholders from the educational community and revisit cut scores for math and ELA.

MSIP Update

Chris Neale, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Quality Schools, facilitated the presentation and discussion.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

Southwest MoASSP

Southwest MoASSP Regional Meeting will be September 25, 2018, at the High Street Baptist Church located at 900 North Eastgate, Springfield, MO 65802. Park in the back parking lot and enter door #2 or #3. The Principals' meeting will begin at 8:45 followed by MSHSAA 101 Session at 11:00.

South Central MoASSP

Southcentral MoASSP Regional Meeting will be September 26, 2018, at Rolla High School. Check in with the front office staff. The address is 900 Bulldog Run, Rolla, MO 645401. The Principals' meeting will begin at 11:00 followed by MSHSAA 101 Session at 11:30.

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 1,058. 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

Several Online Resources to Check Out

Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

This Week's Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ousr8uKosk

Top MoASSP Tweets for the Week

Previous MoASSP Messengers & More

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.