Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
MESPA Monday Memo
June 5, 2017
From the Executive Director:
MESPA Blog: The Year in Review   
Until the hectic pace of June took over, the MESPA Blog has faithfully featured a new post each week usually written by principals from around the Commonwealth with an occasional guest blogger mixed in.   

In the spirit of providing inspiration to help you barrel through June, I wanted to highlight a few of the most widely read and inspiring posts from the past year. Here’s a sampling of five – with five more to follow next week.   And a special shout-out to Julie, who managed the blog each week and provided a vehicle for so many principals to tell their stories.   

Thank you to all who contributed posts this year.  Keep them coming next year!

Rick Rogers
Watch for your MSAA Membership Enrollment!
This week, current MESPA members will receive a letter and enrollment form in the US mail inviting you to join the new PK-12 Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA).   Please be sure to submit this for processing as you prepare for next year.     Note that this year’s payment will be made to the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA) because the new name (MSAA) will not take effect until after August 1st, 2017.   

Sign Up For a Committee
Members are also invited to sign up to serve on a committee – as a new way to get involved and connect with colleagues at all levels. The Committee sign-up can be found at:   www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSElementary.

Committees meet at the MSSAA office in Franklin generally four (4) times during the academic year for 2-3 hours per meeting (breakfast or lunch and mileage is provided). Meeting dates will be provided well in advance. The first meeting of all standing committees is MSSAA Convocation, September 19, 2017 in Franklin.   

A new Elementary Committee will plan professional learning and support opportunities geared toward elementary members. Continuing committees include: Middle Level, Assistant Principals, Urban, Teaching & Learning, Educational Policies, Legislative, and Retired. Information about these committees can be found at the “Committees” tab on the MSSAA home page:   http://www.mssaa.org/mssaa?sid=35.  

Professional Learning
We have already scheduled more than 95 Professional Development workshops discounted for you and your staff.  Sessions are of interest PK-12. The association is licensed and approved by DESE to award PDPs for all offerings.  

Join Us!
MESPA and MSSAA have worked together to pave the road to unification.  We are excited about the professional learning, services, advocacy and potential for growth that a unified PK-12 association will provide principals across the Commonwealth.   Join us today!