MoASSP Messenger May 24, 2019

Volume 32 Number 34

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.


"Remember what others have done for you."


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  • Memorial Day Weekend Edition
  • Survey Request
  • You, Wellness, & Self-Care
  • 100th Missouri General Assembly Update
  • See who has joined MoASSP for 2019-2020
  • How did Missouri do on National Title II Day of Action?
  • What do graduates and legislators have in common?
82 MO School Administrators Headed to Boston July 18-20

It isn't too late to sign up for the National Principals Conference in Boston July 18-20. Click on this link for more information.


Survey Request from Dr. Paul Katnik (DESE)

The Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) is conducting an external evaluation of the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS). CTAC is gathering data from those participating in MLDS and those who are not. They will present their findings at the September MLDS Commission meeting on September 11. Paul has requested that secondary school administrators complete this survey. It will take about 15 minutes. The window has been extended past today.


The window has been extended past today.

Update From the Executive Director

Memorial Day

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend and honor our great nation, communities across the country will mark this special day with ceremonies. One of the most significant ceremonies remains at Arlington, where American flags are placed on each grave. Another tradition is the wearing of red poppies in honor of soldiers who died in service. That tradition dates back to 1915. In the words of President Reagan on May 25, 1981,

“Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace -- a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.”

On Monday, wherever you are at 3:00 PM, unite with your fellow Americans in the National Moment of Remembrance established by Congress. Your graduating seniors joining the military will soon share a legacy of service that "crosses generational lines and upholds the values upon which our Nation was founded: service to a cause greater than self.” MoASSP joins you as we honor their decision to serve our country through military service.


As a principal, the Memorial Day weekend was one of my favorite times of the year. It usually meant that we had checked off a multitude of action items, including the ending of school. I would get home Friday afternoon and collapse. What a relief it was. Secondary school leaders, you can relate. There is a tendency to move on to the next thing, which there are many. Before you do, reserve time for YOU and your FAMILY. Here are a few ideas to help you relax and recharge so that you are at your very best:

Legislative Session Ended One Week Ago Today

Overall, public education faired pretty well in the 100th Missouri General Assembly this year. Missouri Lawmakers fully funded the Foundation Formula with increases for School Transportation Funding. The Education Omnibus Bill 604 (School Turnaround Act) included 14 amendments. The Legislative Bulletin should come out later today to an email near you. Here is a brief overview:

  1. 1st amendment states that a school may start no earlier than 14 days before Labor Day.
  2. 2nd amendment added allows needs-based A+ School Scholarships to cover dual credit or dual enrollment for qualifying high school students.
  3. 3rd amendment added deals with bidding requirements. The bill raises the threshold for existing construction bidding requirements to apply to projects costing more than $50,000.
  4. 4th amendment added requires DESE to make a school funding formula adjustment to compensate for the loss of school revenues due to the 2018 legislation reducing the financial institutions tax (FIT).
  5. 5th amendment added addresses teacher externships along with an equivalency schedule to allow externship hours to be considered for increases similar to graduate-level coursework on the salary schedule for districts before July 1, 2020.
  6. 6th amendment added pertains to the creation of the Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission and changes the definition of the Holocaust.
  7. 7th amendment added related to student transfers.
  8. 8th amendment added pertains to the agriculture pilot program and the social and emotional pilot program.
  9. 9th amendment added was an amendment about charter school lotteries.
  10. 10th amendment added relates to multiple issues which include: 1) mandatory employment-related sharing of information between districts; 2) training for board members regarding sexual harassment and sexual abuse; 3) compulsory background checks for volunteers; 4) an expansion of individuals who will be considered responsible for the care, custody, and control of students and 5) trauma-informed, age-appropriate sexual abuse training to students grades six and up.
  11. 11th amendment added expands the eligibility of children between the age of three and five to qualify for a district's or charter school's calculation of average daily attendance if they attend an early childhood education program under contract with a school.
  12. 12th amendment added allows a district to use an alternative instruction plan approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for up to 36 hours due to inclement weather, as specified in the bill.
  13. 13th amendment added was a provision which pertained to transportation hardship waivers for four districts.
  14. 14th amendment added relates to the prohibition of discrimination against "any person" based on a religious viewpoint for religious expression.

2019-2020 Membership Information

It is that time of the year, to renew your MoASSP membership. See below the 57 who have renewed their membership for the upcoming school year. Also, we have three new members to MoASSP. They are Scott Guilkey, Ben Flunker, and Laura Ort. Welcome aboard!!! All three of them will receive either a FREE Fall or Spring Conference registration.

Book Endorsement

I am pleased to share a new book written by our Spring Conference closing keynote, Adam Drummond. I had the honor to read the manuscript a few months ago and found it to be an excellent resource of fresh ideas for principals. See below for more information and link.

School Safety Task Force

Governor Parson has created a School Safety Task Force to help guide a strategic plan for leadership to "better align resources and assist school districts with this critical issue" (MSBA). I have included a link below if you are interested in sharing comments and concerns with the Task Force. The link also has video resources that you might find helpful.

"School Wellness Symposium...Building Bridges Together"

We continue to make plans for this great opportunity for school and community leaders to come together November 17 and 18 in Columbia.

ACT Conference

I have included a link with information for the Missouri Kansas ACT Conference September 13 in Kansas City.

Whether you are aspiring, emerging, developing, or transformational, wherever you are on the “Principal’s Journey," it is a “matter of principal(ple).”

Have a great weekend. You deserve it!

Clark Mershon

Our Newest Members & Renewals for 2019-2020.

If you see inaccurate information, contact Katy or Ginny in the office. How about sending these new members a quick email welcoming them to MoASSP? All new members will receive a FREE Fall or Spring Conference registration fee.


  1. Scott Guilkey Braymer C4 Principal NW
  2. Ben Flunker Parkway North HS Assistant Principal SL
  3. Laura Ort Scott City HS Assistant Principal SE

  1. Marci Beckley Butler HS Principal C
  2. Nancy Sutton Butler HS Assistant Principal C
  3. Rosemary Camp Liberty North HS Assistant Principal KC
  4. Steve Cook Delta Woods MS Director of Curriculum KC
  5. Edward Tate Liberty HS Assistant Principal KC
  6. Eric Arnold Ray-Pec South MS Assistant Principal KC
  7. Tara Bell Lead Innovation Studio Aspiring KC
  8. Michelle Howren Center HS Assistant Principal KC
  9. Krista McGee Center HS Assistant Principal KC
  10. Susan Dudley New Bloomfield J/SHS Assistant Principal NE
  11. Cara Engelbrecht Brunswick HS Principal NE
  12. Clark Howell Mark Twain HS Principal NE
  13. Jason Keilholz Marion C. R-II HS Principal NE
  14. Andrew McCarthy Hickman HS Assistant Principal NE
  15. Jason Miller Ida Cannon MS Principal NE
  16. Matthew Chance Bowling Green HS Athletic Director NE
  17. Kyle Fisher Harrisburg HS Principal NE
  18. Lisa Craig Stanberry HS Principal NW
  19. Miller Doug East Buchanan HS Principal NW
  20. Beery Johnson Benton HS Principal NW
  21. Matt Schuler Ritenour HS Assistant Principal NW
  22. Dottie Stoll King City HS Principal NW
  23. Monica Fulton Rolla JHS Principal SC
  24. Stephanie Grisham Rolla HS Assistant Principal SC
  25. Markie Lampkin Union HS lampkinm@unionrxiorg Assistant Principal SC
  26. Sheri Norman Rolla HS Assistant Principal SC
  27. Rich Parks Salem HS Assistant Principal SC
  28. Jim Pritchett Rolla HS Principal SC
  29. Josh Smith Rolla HS Assistant Principal SC
  30. Lance Amick Scott City HS Principal SE
  31. Kyle Borror Dunklin School District Aspiring SE
  32. Johnny McMinn Southland HS Principal SE
  33. Jada Bell Parkway North HS Assistant Principal SL
  34. Tori Cain Parkway North HS Principal SL
  35. Thomas Dittrich Hancock Place MS Principal SL
  36. Maureen Lovette Incarnate Word Academy Principal SL
  37. Michael Nickolai Saint Louis Priory School Director of HS SL
  38. Rhonda Page Parkway North HS Assistant Principal SL
  39. Robert Payne Hazelwood East HS Teacher SL
  40. Jared Rashford St. Louis Priory School Assoc. Headmaster SL
  41. Mike Rizzo Parkway North HS Assistant Principal SL
  42. Jennifer Wilhelm Orchard Farm HS Assistant Principal SL
  43. Roger Cavener Blue Eye HS Principal SW
  44. Randy Dougherty Skyline HS Principal SW
  45. Chris Grauf Republic HS Assistant Principal SW
  46. J.D. Hunter Camdenton HS Assistant Principal SW
  47. Bill Kurtz Camdenton HS Assistant Principal SW
  48. Randy Lightfoot Fair Play HS Principal SW
  49. Tyler Overstreet Republic HS Principal SW
  50. Shayna Peery Republic HS Assistant Principal SW
  51. Sam Rogers Carthage HS Assistant Principal SW
  52. Allen Schwantes Camdenton HS Assistant Principal SW
  53. Eric Stephens Republic HS Assistant Principal SW
  54. Matthew Street Pierce City HS Athletic Director SW
  55. Brett Thompson Camdenton HS Principal SW
  56. Christopher Kendrick Mid-Buchanan HS Assistant Principal NW

  57. Patrick Tray Fayette HS Principal NE


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The Instructional Change Agent: 48 Ways to Be the Leader Your School Needs

Adam Drummond's book captures the heart of a principal by providing a fresh look at time-tested systems that spotlight the core values of the principalship that will sure to increase stakeholder value. This wisdom-packed book of everyday, realistic, and purpose-filled ideas, is recommended for any principal’s bookshelf. Clark Mershon, Executive Director, MoASSP. Adam was the closing keynote at the MoASSP Spring Conference.

Upcoming Regional Meetings, Workshops, & New Principals Conference Information

Check out all of the upcoming regional, workshops, and spring conference information by going to the MoASSP website.
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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 Petersen, 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.