MoASSP Messenger

Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals

September 14, 2018 Volume 32 Number 8

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

"Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why."

Bernard Baruch

Update From the Executive Director


There is something about an apple that is refreshing, wholesome, and healthy. Perhaps, you recall bringing a shiny apple to school for the teacher? How about picking apples? Or, hot apple pie fresh from the oven? As we approach apple season in Missouri and the first day of fall, I hope you take time to embrace the changing of this season, and all that our great state of Missouri has to offer.

State Board Meeting Tuesday

Click on the image below to access the agenda.

Phone2 Action

We have partnered with NASSP and have access to a new advocacy tool called Phone2Action. Please take a moment to become an advocate. Registering is simple. See the link below.

84th Annual Fall Conference

We are looking forward to our two principals of the year and assistant principal of the year present at the 84thAnnual Fall Conference September 30-October 2. See details below.

1,000 Member

See who the 1,000 MoASSP member is for 2018-2019.

Special Session Update

Click here to see the latest regarding the Special Session in Jeff City. We appreciate the "Legislative Bulletin" each week to help keep us informed with legislative issues.

Regional Meetings

Thanks to Northeast MoASSP and Central MoASSP for their hospitality this week. Doug and I enjoy visiting around the state. Our travels take us to Farmington next Wednesday for the Southeast MoASSP Regional meeting.

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

  • Upcoming Regional Principal Meetings
  • Check out & welcome MoASSP's 51 Newest Members
  • Upcoming Conferences & Workshops
  • On-Line Resources
  • This Week's Videos
  • 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

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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.

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Missouri Principals & Assistant Principal of the Year Present at the 84th Annual Fall Conference

Mark Your Calendar for the 84th Annual MoASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference "Leading A Healthy Climate in OUR Schools!"

Sunday, Sep. 30th, 5pm to Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 11am

Holiday Inn Executive Center - Columbia 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW, Columbia, MO 65203

Well Attended Northeast & Central Regional Principal Meetings This Past Week

Both meetings each attracted 100 plus administrators. Well done Northeast and Central.

Northeast Regional Officers Pause for a Photo During Meeting at Mexico Middle School Tuesday

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MSHSAA 101 Meeting at Mexico Middle School With Assistant Executive Directors Don Mauer & Ken Seifert

Central Regional Officers Pose for a Photo During Meeting in the Elliott Student Union on the University of Central Missouri Campus Thursday

The meeting was called to order by President, Jonathan Petersen, Principal of Smithton. Reports by the Secretary/Treasurer, Chris Marshall, Principal of Versailles, Membership by Jarrod Steffens, Principal at Clinton, Legislative by Brian Himes, Principal at Sherwood, MoASSP Board by Brandon Harding, Principal at Cole Camp, UCM Representatives, MARE, and MoASSP. A number of new business items were mentioned such as Roundtable Discussions, Satellite Meetings, Assistant Principal topics for the March 14 meeting, Awards Banquet, and fundraising. MSHSAA 101 presentation followed.
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Upcoming Regional Meetings

Southeast MoASSP

Southeast MoASSP will meet this coming Wednesday, September 19 at the Centene Center Theater #2 Black Knight Drive, Farmington, MO (Location is across from the Farmington HS.). There will be an Athletic Directors' Meeting at 9:00, MSHSAA 101 Session at 9:30, and Principals' Meeting at 10:30.

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 51 members this past week.

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

Congratulations to Marcella Swatosh, Ava MS Principal for becoming the 1,000 MoASSP Member for 2018-2019.

Marcella will receive one-night free lodging at the Holiday Inn Executive Center during the 84th Annual Fall Conference here in Columbia.

Total membership is now 1,008. 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

Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Several Online Resources to Check Out

This Week's Videos

Top MoASSP Tweet 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.