MoASSP Messenger March 25, 2019


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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Update From the Executive Director

Happy Monday & the Start of Public Schools Week

Whether you are on spring break, coming off of spring break, or don't have a spring break, I hope this Messenger has something for you. "Public Schools Week is this week. Nine out of ten students attend a public school. With mounting changes in the education system, it is a critical time to speak out about the value of public education--the bedrock of our society." NASSP

Video by MoASSP President Ed Gettemeier, Principal Hardin MS

Take a couple of minutes to hear from our Association President. Ed provides helpful reminders for all of us as we prepare ourselves and our staff for the last couple of months of school.

Love the Quote

I wish my wife and I would have had this quote about 27 years ago when our oldest son was born. It's true. As you work with your parents, you might find the right opportunity to share this bit of wisdom.

Niles Media Group Sponsor Highlight

One of our newest sponsors is Niles Media Group. Check out their website to see all of the opportunities they can provide schools all around sports marketing and training students for broadcasting and game day productions. Soon, they will be producing video segments for MoASSP. Niles staff will be sharing information at the 47th Annual Spring Conference.

Survey Requests

I have included three opportunities for you to share helpful feedback regarding Career and Technical Education, Opioid Crisis, and Culturally Responsive Schools. Please take a few minutes to assist these efforts.

47th Annual Spring Conference

Since 1973, MoASSP has provided a time to gather at the Lake for professional development, networking, and inspiration. This Messenger offers a preview of things to come in just a few days at Lodge of Four Seasons. If you aren't registered, no problem. I have included all of the information you need.

Legislative Session Starts Back Up Today

Doug and I are headed back to Jeff City this morning for our weekly School Administrators Coalition meeting. Each of you should have received the Legislative Bulletin sent last Friday for a recap of where we are with legislative issues. We are at the midpoint mark of the session. MISSOURI PRINCIPALS have responded to our "calls to action." Thanks! Stay involved. We will keep you informed.

Washington DC Trip

Missouri was well represented this past week for NASSP's annual Advocacy Conference. I have included a couple of pictures in this Messenger as proof that we were there. (-: Seven of us were able to visit with ten senators and representatives about issues important to NASSP and MoASSP.

Assistant Principals Week April 8-12

I have included information about the upcoming AP Week.

Safe Travels & Next Messenger

Doug and I are looking forward to seeing you at the Lake in a few days. Travel safe. Be looking for the next Messenger around April 5. Of course, you can expect to see the Marshall Memo tomorrow morning. And, we will send out any Calls to Action regarding legislative issues.

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


  • Public Schools Week March 25-29
  • Niles Media Group Sponsor Highlight
  • Message from MoASSP President
  • Resources to Help Deal With Stress
  • Capitol Hill Visit
  • Survey Requests
  • Horace Mann Resource for Members
  • Welcome New Members
  • Spring Conference Information
  • 25th Annual MO Scholars 100 Reminders (No can still RSVP your attendance for the April 28 Program.
  • School Leadership Vacancies

April 8-12, 2019 is National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools across the United States.

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Your feedback is important. Please take a few minutes to complete these anonymous surveys below. Also, I have included information from NASSP proposed position statement regarding "Culturally Responsive Schools. You have an opportunity to provide comments. cmershon

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As a Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP) member, you have access to Horace Mann’s suite of solutions to help your employees manage student loan debt. Horace Mann has helped educators save an average of $250 per month in student loan payments.* Click on the image below for more information.

Welcome MoASSP's Newest Members

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Congratulations to all of the Missouri Scholars 100 recipients and Honorable Mention students.

Principals of Missouri Scholar Recipients Action Items

  • Mark your calendar April 28, 2019, Columbia, MO Holiday Inn Executive Center
  • Reception begins 11:15, Awards Luncheon begins at noon.
  • Find time to congratulate recipient and discuss the form that they received in the mail.
  • The Student Form is due back to the MoASSP office by March 22. With some schools on spring break, we will continue to take forms past the deadline.
  • Send postcard back to MoASSP on your RSVP or the name of a representative from your school attending the ceremony.
  • Forward news release to your district media department and local media.
  • Send any news articles printed in your local paper.

Principals of Honorable Mention Recipients Action Items

  • Find time to congratulate recipient.
  • Forward news release to your district media department and local media.
  • Send any news articles printed in your local paper.

Have You Registered for the National Principals Conference in Boston? Click image for link.

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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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.