MoASSP Messenger January 14, 2019

Volume 32 Number 21 VIP

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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QUOTE FOR THE PRINCIPAL'S you think about the new year.


Denis Waitley

QUOTE FOR THE PRINCIPAL'S you think about Martin Luther King Day recognition.


Dr. Martin Luther King


  • New value-added benefits for MoASSP members. Activate your FREE benefits today. See details in this Messenger.
  • Niles Media Group partners with MoASSP. Check out Sports Marketing Academy.
  • Board of Directors quarterly meeting held last week.
  • Updated Missouri school administrator vacancy links.
  • 100th General Assembly
  • State Board Updates
  • Meet MoASSP's Newest Members
  • Updated Opioid Workshops & Spring Conference Registration Information
  • 25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Scheduled for April 28 Information (In case you missed it.).

Update From the Executive Director

Launching Pad

A new year, a new legislative session, 62 new Missouri House of Representatives, four new Missouri State Board of Education Members, a new commissioner, new challenges, but, also, new opportunities. I always valued the start of something new and embraced the "fresh start" "clean slate" of another year. To maximize this time of the year, think about giving a "State of the School Address," to your staff, PTSA, or how about scheduling grade level meetings to celebrate the first semester and to reiterate your expectations. Whatever you do, use the start of 2019 as a "launching pad" and have the belief that it's going to be a great year.

MoASSP Video Segments

Soon, we will be providing another way for you to receive information from MoASSP. Video segments on a variety of topics and personalities will be provided. Thanks to a recent partnership with Niles Media Group.

Value-Added Benefits

Don't overlook the information in this Messenger on how you can activate FREE benefits and discounts for you, your spouse, and children.

Legislative Bulletin

With the new legislative session underway, stay up to date with what is happening at the state capitol. The Legislative Bulletin is prepared each week to provide an overview for Missouri school administrators on issues impacting schools. It is your one source to help stay educated on essential matters in Jefferson City.

State Board of Education Update

The State Board of Education met for the first time this past Tuesday with returning Commissioner, Dr. Margie Vandeven. The agenda included the approval of Jonathan Petersen to serve on MACCE replacing Dr. April Adams, Principal at Liberty High School. On behalf of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, we are grateful for the service of April serving on MACCE for several years. April has represented MoASSP exceptionally well during her tenure. Jonathan is the Principal of Smithton High School. We look forward to his future involvement and leadership on MACCE.

Dr. Paul Katnik, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Educator Quality, shared sobering information regarding Missouri's teacher workforce. Missouri has fallen to 49th in average teacher pay for beginning teachers. Board members had a lengthy discussion on this issue. Teachers represent the largest workforce in Missouri. Dr. Chris Neale, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Quality Schools, provided an update on MSIP 6.

Four Basics of MoASSP

  • Advocate
  • Collaborate
  • Educate
  • Motivate

Missouri Administrative Openings

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.

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

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

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS...25th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Scheduled for April 28

By now you should have received 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. In case you didn't get the mailing, see link below with all of the information needed.


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 Action Center.

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. 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.

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.

Help Welcome Our Newest 4 MoASSP Members

Total MoASSP Membership is now 1,293. If you see inaccurate information, please email Katy. Thanks for helping us keep our database up to date.

School Administrator Coalition Meeting January 14

The first meeting of the Missouri School Administrator Coalition will be held Monday, January 14. Representatives from each of the administrator groups in Missouri will discuss education legislation such as Foundation Formula, Charter School Expansion, Voucher Tax Credit, and Reading Intervention. Become educated on the important issues happening in Jefferson City impacting education, by reading the latest legislative bulletin sent out last Friday,

You can be assured that MoASSP (Clark & Doug) will be attending each Monday morning meeting, weighing in on legislation that could impact education in Missouri. For a complete list of House bills and Missouri House of Representatives, click here. For a complete list of Senate bills and Missouri Senators, click here.

Take a few minutes to view the President Pro Tem, Dave Schatz, address the Missouri Senate and House Speaker, Elijah Haahr's opening day address in the House of Representatives.
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Character Strong Workshop Scheduled for January 23 at Lee's Summit North HS in KC

For more information, see below.

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.
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MoASSP Board of Directors Gather in Columbia for Quarterly Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the MoASSP Board of Directors met this past Wednesday and Thursday at the offices in Columbia. The goal of the sixteen principals during the two days was to guide strategy, operational issues, policy, and compliance items. "On behalf of all secondary school principals in Missouri, Doug (Mirts), Katy (Kovar), and Ginny (Stevens), we value the input and leadership the board provides and the time and devotion they give to our Association," comments Clark Mershon, Executive Director.

The agenda included a financial review, regional reports, and updates from each board member, Programming and Development report, and the Executive Director report. New business included membership dues, Principal of the Year selection process, mental health symposium, the concept of a pre-conference, corporate sponsorships, and Missouri Scholars 100. Also, the board heard six presentations from the following:

  • Steve Yoakum, Executive Director, PSRS
  • Bo Carr, AMBA (New MoASSP corporate sponsor providing value-added benefits to members. See additional information in this Messenger.)
  • Dr. Kerwin Urhahn, Executive Director, MSHSAA
  • Scott Kimble, Director of Legislative Advocacy Missouri Council of School Administrators
  • Dr. Chris Neale, DESE Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Quality Schools
  • Kevin Carey and Jan Witherwax, Central Trust Company (MoASSP Investments)
  • John Sprugel, Niles Media Group (New MoASSP corporate sponsor providing video and broadcasting opportunities to Missouri schools. See additional information in this Messenger.)

The next meeting of the MoASSP Board of Directors is March 30 at Lodge of 4 Seasons.

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PSRS/PEERS Executive Director, Steve Yoakum..."We need to ensure we keep PSRS and PEERS viable for the next generation."

Longtime Executive Director of PSRS/PEERS, Steve Yoakum, addresses the board Wednesday morning. All principals should help educate their staff on the importance of paying attention to retirement issues. Steve encouraged principals to call the retirement office and request a representative come to help explain retirement planning to their staff.
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DESE Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Quality Schools, Dr. Chris Neale... "I send you greetings from Dr. Vandeven who values the relationship she has with MoASSP."

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It's Official! AMBA is Corporate Business Partner...MoASSP MEMBERS ENROLL TODAY & START SAVING

To activate your FREE myAMBA discounts CLICK HERE. You can also go to the MoASSP website. Go to the Member Area in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Log-in and find the AMBA Benefits Link. If you have not logged on before as a MoASSP member, follow the prompts and create an account. Don't hesitate to contact the MoASSP office (573-445-5071) if you have difficulty. Ginny and Katy are happy to help you.


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.


We are pleased to announce that Niles Media Group has partnered with MoASSP. Niles will be producing MoASSP video segments. For more more information on their Sports Marketing Academy, CLICK HERE.
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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.