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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, Dan Rask's Schedule: April 13 - Miles City, April 14 - Bozeman, April 16 - Butte.  Please use email or 221-6303 if I am not at the office. 

Office Manager, Linda Sunderlin's Schedule:  Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT: APRIL 13, 2015

We have launched a new website and will run both through the rest of this school year.  Please take a look at www.mt-ssa.org/

We are launching this site to replace the current site.  I will continue to update both sites for your convenience until July 1, 2015.  At that point, this will become the official site of the MSSA.  April's conference schedule as well as next year's schedule is located in the "Conference Calendar and Registration" page.  I will be sending out a survey from Survey Monkey this Wednesday regarding next year's schedule.

We have surveyed our membership regarding a summer institute this year.  The results of that survey concluded to stay with the February slate for next year.  There is considerable interest in a summer institute with just under 50% indicating such.  I will develop a team of teachers to consider an institute in summer 2016.  We then can look at the site, date, venue and agenda more thoroughly.  Thanks for responding.  We had 41 responses.  Be looking this week for presenters and topics for next year's calendar of opportunities.

 

The privatization bills keep moving along.  Here is a brief rundown of where they are currently:

HB 377 - (Eliminate Common Core and SBAC).  Heard in Senate Education and Cultural Resources 3/16.  No further action as of yet.

HB 433 - (Tuition Tax credit for private school enrollment).  Failed in Senate Judiciary, Wednesday, April 8.  Remains in committee.

HB 501 - (Student Data Collection and Privacy).  Tabled in Senate Judiciary on March 20.

HB 596 - (Charter School Bill).  Hearing in Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee Monday, April 13 @ 3 p.m. in Room 422.

We have adjusted the dates of next year's calendar for Lewistown and Helena in September.  Please check that change of days on the calendar located in the "Conference Calendar and Registration" page.

We have just scheduled our 'Teachers of Hutterite Children" Conference on August 10, 2015 @ College of GF - MSU.  Information will be forthcoming and both in the Forum link as well as the Conference Calendar link.  This will be a one day conference.

2015 - 2016 "Letter of Agreement"

2015 - 2016 CONSORTIUM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR. 

2015 MSSA APRIL CONFERENCE DATES AND SITES - AGENDA

2015 MACSS "RURAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR" - DAWN DAWSON OF BENTON LAKE ELEMENTARY IN CHOUTEAU COUNTY!

64TH MONTANA LEGISLATIVE SESSION PAGE

 

As always, "Our students are worth the effort".

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