Greetings from the Executive Director! Thanks for taking the time to review our website. Our site possesses a wealth of resources for members and non-members alike. All links are located just above each page and the home page carries the most current news. Look the MSSA over and do not hesitate to "contact us" with any questions, comments or interest in our varied programs. Thanks, Dan Rask
Director's Schedule: April 15 - Dillon, April 16 - Fairmont (MACSS), April 17 - Fairmont (MACSS), April 21 - Helena (Chapter 57 hearing), April 22 - Helena (MT-EPAS), April 23 - Dillon.
Please use email or cell (406) 221 - 6303 if I am not at the office.
Office Manager's Schedule: Linda Sunderlin works from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week.
APRIL 23, 2014
MSSA wishes to thank all teachers, county superintendents and attendees at our consortium conferences this year. We have a record number of schools belonging and we served a record number of educators this year as well. We believe we offered the kind of professional development that our membership requested and the evaluations were very good on all presenters during the year. In April we served 108 attendees with dynamic and up to date mathematics activities and resources for SBAC. Stay tuned for the links to the conference materials. It will be up by the end of this week in the member section.
Next year's MSSA dates and sites for all MSSA professional development offerings are listed below. Let me know if there are any errors or conflicts.
In our "members section" is an aligned short version of a performance appraisal for educators and I have those for principals and superintendents as well. Our situation is a little different than larger districts but it is good to sit on the committee developing the model for all of Montana, continuing to make everyone aware of our unique qualities. We met again on April 22, 2014 to review work on the principal performance appraisal system and begin our effort on one for superintendent and a combined superintendent/principal system. I will be submitting our shortened version as the committee understands our unique circumstances and the great performance of our small schools in Montana.
I want to thank the Montana Association of County School Superintendents for having me update the membership on our activities both past and present. Congratulations to Carolyn Hutson of the Luther School District in Carbon County on being selected as the MACSS 2014 "Rural Teacher of the Year". Carolyn teaches grades K-2 in Luther and previously taught in Colstrip. She is a 30 year veteran I believe and more information will be forthcoming. She was honored at the MACSS Conference attended by the lieutenant governor and state superintendent. MSSA will now prepare her file to submit to the National Rural Education Association for their "National Rural Teacher of the Year" to be honored at the annual conference next October in San Antonio, Texas.
MSSA will hold their quarterly board meeting next Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the MSSA office on campus in Dillon @ 11:00 a.m. An agenda is posted in the "Board News" link of the website.
The new "Letters of Agreement" are now located at the bottom of the homepage of our website. Those letters have been mailed and do not hesitate to contact either Linda or I with questions. Thanks for a great year!
2014 - 2015 CONSORTIUM CONFERENCE DATES AND SITES
SMARTER BALANCED LINKS
http://www.keysurvey.com/f/601725/340f/ (SBAC field test feedback link)
MSSA CONSORTIUM PHOTOS
MSSA STANDARDS PROGRAM CONFERENCE MATERIALS
2014 - 2015 MSSA MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND LETTERS OF AGREEMENT
As always, "Our students are worth the effort".
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