MASS AWARDS
 
AASA National Conference on Education (NCE) Convention Incentive Award
The Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS) incentive award program is intended to provide a special opportunity for two (2) administrators to attend the AASA NCE for professional development.  The convention will be held on March 2-4, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.  Qualifications, criteria and application for the 2018 Award will be available next year.
 
2016-17 Recipients Heading to New Orleans! 
 
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Bob Connors                   Cal Ketchum 
 
Superintendent of the Year
At the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership held in Billings, Tobin Novasio, Superintendent of Lockwood Schools, was selected as the 2016-17 Superintendent of the Year for Montana.  The award is sponsored by the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).
 
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Tobin Novasio, Superintendent of Lockwood Schools, was selected as the 2016 Superintendent of the Year for Montana and honored at the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership (MCEL) held in Billings October 19 – 21. The award is sponsored by the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

 
Mr. Novasio has been a school administrator for 15 years and a superintendent in Montana since 2005.  He currently serves as the MASS President-Elect and as a delegate to the 2016 School Administrator of Montana (SAM) Delegate Assembly.  His district has witnessed substantial educational growth over the past three years due in part to the implementation of an after school program and an expanded gifted program, providing  intervention kindergarten to targeted 4 year olds, application of a behavioral analysis room, and implementation of a breakfast in the classroom program.    With funding being a continuous concern, Mr. Novasio has implemented an Educator for a Day program which provides an opportunity for trustees to address taxpayers’ questions and keep the lines of communication open. 
 
Tobin believes that effective communication is accomplished by consistently sending the same message while using different formats.  He also focuses on communication and relationship building between the administrative team and teaching staff.   

The Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS), in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), annually recognizes and rewards outstanding leadership in the superintendency.  This program seeks to honor those strong Montana school district leaders who work successfully with their entire learning communities to provide the highest quality education that is possible.  

Regional Superintendent of the Year 
Each of the nine MASS regions selects a Regional Superintendent of the Year.  Those candidates are then in contention for the Montana Superintendent of the Year Award.   The 2016-17 Regional Superintendents of the Year are:
 
Bob Connors, MASS Northeast Region
Loyd Rennaker, MASS Western Region
DK Brooks, MASS North Central Region
Tobin Novasio, MASS South Central Region
Annette Hart, MASS Central Region
Robert DoBell, MASS 4-Rivers Region
Cal Ketchum, MASS Northwest Region
Jim Hansen, MASS Southeast Region
Brad Moore, MASS Hi Line Region 
 
These Regional winners were presented their awards during the MASS Fall Conference on September 19, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Montana.
 
For more information on the awards available and the process, please contact
Associate Director Pat Audet at sampa@sammt.org or by phone at 442-2510.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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