MoASSP Messenger December 20, 2018

Volume 32 Number 19

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

"It's A Wonderful Life"

"All you can take with you is that which you've given away."

1946 Classic Holiday Movie

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Update From the Executive Director

"It's A Wonderful Life"

What more can you say? My favorite Christmas movie of all time is once again being played around the clock on a channel somewhere. When "It's A Wonderful Life" was released in 1946, it wasn't a hit. Now, it is one of the most popular holiday movies. Each time I watch this treasure, I am reminded of many positive messages that are everlasting. As you settle into the holiday season, find something that will help center you once again, where you can say, "It's A Wonderful Life."

New Year's Resolution

As we head into the new year, MoASSP recommends one resolution for you. If you haven't signed up as an advocate through the MoASSP Action Center, please do so. It only takes a few seconds. Your principal voice is essential as we move into the 2019 legislative session. There isn't a better way for you to help educate legislators than to invite them to come to your school for a visit and shadow you. When you do, take a photo or two, and tag us @MoASSP.

Coming in 2019

  • Video Broadcasting Messengers & More
  • AMBA (See more information below)
  • Mental Health Symposium
  • New Principals Conference
  • Assistant Principal Offerings

Calling ALL Retired Missouri Principals

The MoASSP staff is in the process of reconnecting with retired principals around the state. Currently, we have eighty-one retired principals who have either a lifetime membership (one time fee of $112) or pay their dues ($34) annually. Please help us pass the word to colleagues around the state who are no longer employed full-time in education and encourage them to reconnect with MoASSP. Here is a link you can send them...Calling All Retired Missouri Principals

New Members

Help me welcome three new MoASSP members. See the list below.

MoASSP Sponsors Opioid Workshops

Tragically, too many people, communities, and schools are struggling with a crisis that is sweeping the nation. MoASSP will be sponsoring three Opioid Workshops in January and February. I have included more information below.

25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Program

Check your mailbox the first of the year for information regarding this year's program. I have also included a little more information below.

Missouri Administrative Openings

This is the time of the year when administrative positions begin to open. See below for three popular online posting sites.

GKC Offers EOC Workshops

See below a message from Dr. Charlie Belt of workshop dates and how to RSVP.

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

MoASSP will be closed for the holidays from December 21 through January 1. From all of us at MoASSP, may you experience the joy in the season.

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Help Welcome Our Newest 3 MoASSP Members

Total MoASSP Membership is now 1,288. If you see inaccurate information, please email Katy. Thanks for helping us keep our database up to date.

Job Postings

MoASSP office receives phone calls from school districts requesting to post principal vacancies. We have included three popular job posting sites below for your information.


MoASSP is proud to announce a new partnership with Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA). For over 30 years, AMBA has served members of educator associations like ours with discounts on travel, gifts, and everyday shopping. MoASSP values your commitment to the association, and we strive to add value to your membership. Through our partnership with AMBA, you and your family can enjoy thousands of exclusive, valuable discounts at online and retail locations such as Walgreens, Costco, Royal Caribbean, Target, T-Mobile, Regal Entertainment Group, Avis, and more. Also, significant group health insurance benefits are available to our members, whether employed or retired. Starting 2019, look for details on how to download the MyAMBAdiscounts app, how to take advantage of the MyAMBADining program, and how to enroll in group plans through MoASSP.

25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Scheduled for April 28

Attention High School Principals

Katy and Ginny are busy stuffing envelopes ready to be mailed on January 2 to all high school principals with information regarding the 25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 program. Applications must be in the MoASSP office by 4:00 PM on February 22, 2019. As a reminder, each high school submitting candidates for Missouri Scholars 100 consideration must have at least one administrator a member of MoASSP. It isn't too late to join, click here for membership information.

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MoASSP Offering 3 Opioid Workshops January 24, February 6, & February 20

See the flyer below for more information. You can also go to the MoASSP website.

Greater Kansas City Announces EOC Workshops

Contributed by Dr. Charlie Belt, Principal, Blue Springs South HS and President of GKCMoASSP.

Now that we have each received initial EOC data from 2017-18, and will begin testing the revised biology curriculum this spring, the GKCMPA HS Principal's Roundtable has elected to bring back our EOC workshops. During the week of January 14-18, the following schools will host workshops:

  • January 14 Biology at Grain Valley High School RSVP here
  • January 15 Algebra II at Lee's Summit High School 8:00 am to 2:00 pm RSVP here
  • January 16 English II at Oak Park High School 8:00 am to Noon RSVP here
  • January 17 Algebra I at Blue Springs Freshman Center 8:00 am to 2:30 pm RSVP here

You are invited to RSVP by January 7 with the name of an influential teacher, representing each content area, for each respective workshop. Once names have been collected, the assigned facilitator will reach out to the invited teachers, assigning each one a lesson or two to bring. Lessons will be assigned based upon the expectations (standards) we are expected to cover.

Ultimately, each teacher should return home with a portfolio of strong lessons tied to each of the expectations (standards) found within each course which can then be shared with colleagues. Additionally, participating teachers will receive instruction regarding interpreting and utilizing released data and will be provided time to collaborate with fellow teachers of their subject area.

There is no cost for teachers to participate. That said, the RSVP system must be honored so all participating teachers end up contributing to the overall effort. Participating teachers will be given one hour to go off-site and enjoy lunch.

To sign up your staff member, please fill out the linked RSVP located above. If for some reason you are unable to fill out the form, send your teachers' names and email addresses to the following appropriate contact:

Many thanks to John Faulkenberry (LSHS), Jeremy Plowman (GVHS), Chris Sartain (OPHS), and Doug Mattson (BSFC) for coordinating and hosting these workshops.

Thomas C. Murray Opening Keynote for MoASSP Spring Conference March 30-April 2

Leading and Learning in Today's School for Tomorrow!

Go to the MoASSP website to register.

Character Strong Workshop Scheduled for January 23 at Lee's Summit North HS in KC

For more information, see below.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

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

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.