Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
MESPA Monday Memo
June 26, 2017

FINAL EDITION!
MESPA is Closing June 30!
After June 30, you may reach Rick Rogers at:
508-541-7997
or
c/o MSSAA
30 Forge Parkway
Franklin, MA 02038  
From the Executive Director:
Monday Memo
This will be the last edition of the MESPA Monday Memo.  For 46 of the past 50 weeks, the Monday Memo has faithfully arrived in your email In box.   My intent in reinstating the weekly Monday Memo last July was to communicate regularly with you in order to:
  • Publicize our weekly Blog and monthly Twitter chats and drive more members to those platforms.
  • Provide a regular, concise piece reflecting on educational and/or leadership issues.
  • Publicize MESPA programs, workshops, and conferences.
  • Keep you informed of state policy and legislative matters.
  • Make you aware of additional opportunities provided by DESE and other professional associations.
 
The leadership team at MSSAA will be discussing what form of communication would be most beneficial in the coming year.  The MSSAA currently publishes a quarterly called The Leader and sends out individual emails with announcements.    

I hope you have found this weekly message to be informative, not overly intrusive, and, perhaps on occasion, insightful.  

Closing Thoughts
The past couple of months since the Spring Conference and selling our office in March have been strange.   Not unlike cleaning out the home of a loved one, digging through records and memorabilia since MESPA began in 1926, started to grow under the leadership of Nadya Aswad Higgins in the 1980’s and rose to prominence with the purchase of the office and training center in 1991 brought a mixture of sadness, appreciation and pride.   

It was a privilege to serve you over the past year.  As I have told colleagues all year, my work with MESPA has given me a new appreciation for how many talented and dedicated principals are out there. I have been inspired by your work.  I also have a deeper appreciation of the challenges principals face today (including job security) and a renewed commitment to the vital role a professional association can and must play in providing support with these challenges.  

I look forward to continuing to serve you next year at the new MSAA.  Principals supporting principals!

Rick Rogers
Join Your MSAA!
MESPA Nominations for MSAA Board
The MESPA Board has submitted the following nominations to serve on the Board of Directors of the new MSAA.  These nominations will be voted on at the MSSAA Annual Meeting held during the Summer Institute.
  • 3rd Vice President:  Julie Vincentsen, Principal of the Ruggles Lane Elementary School in Barre.  Julie has served as the chair of our Professional Development Committee and coordinated our weekly blog posts.
  • At Large Representative: Liz Garden, Principal of the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton.  Liz has served on the Professional Development Committee and maintains an active presence on Twitter and Voxer.
  • At Large Representative: David Keim, Principal of the Miller Intermediate School, in Holliston.  David is a long-time MESPA Board member, a past President, and recipient of the Passios Outstanding Principal Award in 2015.
  • NAESP Representative:  John Quinn, Principal of the Roosevelt Avenue Elementary School in North Attleborough.  John is another long-time board member who will  continue to serve as our active liaison to the National Association of Elementary School Principals. 
 
In addition, Christopher Dodge, Principal of Dexter Park Elementary School in Orange, has agreed to serve as Chair of the Elementary Committee (to be voted on by the new committee in September).  Chris also is an active member of the Professional Development Committee, organizing our EdCamp in February and coordinating our monthly Twitter chats.  As a committee chair, Chris would also sit on the Board of Directors.   

The MESPA Board believes this slate will bring a balanced mix of MESPA history and more recent work to revitalize our professional learning offerings.  They are respected by their peers and recognized for their active participation and meaningful contributions to the association. They are eager to contribute to a unified PK-12 association.  
Membership Information
For more information about the unified PK-12 Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association and to download an enrollment form, go to:  http://mespa.org/register-2/  

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 .
Attend the MSSAA Summer Institute!
July 26-28, 2017
Preconference Workshops Available July 25
MESPA members are extended a warm invitation to attend this year’s MSSAA Summer Institute at the member rate.  Many of the offerings (including preconference workshops) are relevant to PK-12 school leaders.  It’s also a great time to meet some of your secondary colleagues.

Check out the recently published Summer Institute Program.

Registration information can be found at the   Summer Institute Information Page.  
A Thank You for Donated Service!
Our thanks to Valley Green Shredding who donated their services TWICE to MESPA this spring and shredded a combined 200 boxes of records.  Why so generous?   To quote Eric Wartel, the owner,  “Ms. Flanders (as in MESPA’s Jill Flanders) made such a difference in my children’s lives, I am  happy to help her – and principals – out.”    Thank you to Jill for making these arrangements and to Eric Wartel and Valley Green Shredding for providing this service to MESPA. 

If you need shredding services for home or office, we can highly recommend Valley Green Shredding.
Going to Philadelphia? Support Student Literacy!
The PA Principals Association will be coordinating a book donation project during the National Conference in Philadelphia.   Conference participants are encouraged to donate a book appropriate for the K-8 level.  The books will be donated to Southhawk School which is in the School District of Philadelphia.  Andrew Lukov is the principal of Southhawk School that has a population of 41% English Language Learners so Spanish versions are also needed.  Books can be dropped off at the PA Principals booth adjacent to the Scholastic area.  If you forget to bring a book, you can purchase one from Scholastic and donate it to this school.  The PA Principals Association thanks you in advance for your support of this project.  Please help us put books in the hands of these children.

For information on the joint NAESP/NASSP National Conference, go to: http://www.principalsconference.org/