Volume XLI                                JANUARY 2019

No. 281

In This Issue...

  1. MAEMSP President Message 
  2. SAM Executive Director Message
  3. 2019 Legislative Session Information
  4. SAM Needs Assessment Survey Deadline
  5. Montana Principals Conference
  6. Mobile Learning
  7. Award Deadlines


Upcoming Conferences and Meetings

January 27-29:  Montana Principals Conference - Helena - Register

February 11:  MT-PEC Caucus Day on the Hill

February 14-16:  AASA National Conference on Education - Los Angeles

February 20-22:  MCEC Conference - Helena

February 25-28:  MACSS Mid-Winter Conference - Helena

March 18:  Day of Advocacy - Helena

March 18-19:  MASS Spring Conference - Helena

March 18-19:  METAtechED - Helena

** View the full SAM Calendar**  


Thank you to this month's featured Business Partners! 

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SAM Leadership
Laurie Barron
Peter Hamilton
Jon Konen
Past President
Peter Hamilton
Jacob Haynes
Justin Helvik
Vice President
Joel Graves
Past President
Pam Meier
Craig Crawford
Shelley Andres
Vice President
Lance Boyd
Past President
Marlin Lewis
Dale Olinger
SAM Representatives
Cal Ketchum
Mike Perry
Tobin Novasio
Past President
Rick Duncan
Federal Relations Coordinator
Linda Marsh
Karen Underwood
Brian Norwood
SAM Office
Kirk Miller
Executive Director
Gary Wagner
Operations Manager
Kim Scofield
Communications Specialist  




What is Your Purpose in 2019? 

by Pam Meier, MAEMSP President

The new year provides a convenient time for us as leaders to reflect, both as an opportunity to appreciate the progress that has been made throughout the year and also to identify goals to help us, our staffs and our school communities continue growing personally, professionally and collectively.

With this said, the recent passing of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush, provided the Nation a collective opportunity to reflect upon him both as an individual and as an elected official. Hearing the numerous tributes given by former colleagues, friends and adversaries provided some deeper insight into the importance of Servant Leadership and the lasting impact it can have on those around someone embodying the attributes of a servant leader.

Oftentimes, elected officials are judged by the number of consecutive terms for which they served or the landmark policies or legislation they championed. However, in the case of President George H. W. Bush, most of the tributes from former world or national leaders focused on his attention to the needs of others at the expense of his, even if it eventually cost him a re-election. In an interview prior to his death, he attributed his focus on service to others as a result of his life being spared in a plane crash in World War 2. Two of his crewmates perished in that crash, which haunted him daily for the entirety of his life - why was he spared? What was his purpose?

He concluded that the answer would be found in service to others around him, including his country. Not everyone has to be drawn to politics to find a way to serve others. I would venture to say that most, if not all, of us were drawn into education by our deep desire to make a difference in the lives of others, be it the children or staffs in our buildings or the community we serve through our roles in education.

In 1997, he wrote:

“I have pursued life itself for many years now with varying degrees of happiness. Some of my happiness still comes from trying to be in my own small way a true point of light. I believe...there can be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. I do not seek a Pulitzer Prize. I do not want press attention. I don’t crave sitting at the head table or winning a coveted award…”

I hope as we move into 2019, we can all take a moment to reflect not only on what we’ve accomplished but more importantly how much more there is left to do in our service to others. Our leadership most importantly provides opportunities to serve as positive leadership examples through our actions in service to others. While the intent of our actions may not always be appreciated by others, I hope we can be sure that those intentions are in the spirit of service. So to leverage a phrase made famous by former President Bush, I hope as fellow members of MAEMSP we can all serve as a “thousand points of light” in the many ways we serve our students, staffs and communities.

Happy 2019!

Pam Meier
MAEMSP President

SAM Anticipates an Outstanding 2019!

by Kirk Miller, SAM Executive Director

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Happy New Year!  2019 promises to be a fine year for SAM and our members as we work together to make a positive difference in the education of our students!  The promise on the horizon anticipates excellent professional learning opportunities for our SAM members, a deep dive into advocacy with our SAM advocacy priorities at the forefront, and continued effort of our administrators all across the state to participate fully in the work that impacts the education of our children.  The three goals of the SAM Strategic Plan provide focus for this important work…

Leadership Involved in Decisions that Impact Education:  SAM affiliate members modeling and promoting the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and leadership actively engage in impactful discussions on education.

Advocacy:  SAM members will be equipped with accurate information and prepared to use it to advocate for public education.

Professional Learning and Services:  SAM will extend and expand the professional learning delivery system using the expertise of the SAM affiliate’s, as well as other service providers through professional development, mentorship, and other member services.

Thank you SAM members for your participation and contributions to your professional association, SAM.  Our collective effort around the strategic plan goals will lead us to the promise of an outstanding 2019!  

Happy New Year to you from your team at SAM!

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Montana Principals Conference 2019

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Sunday, January 27:

Monday, January 28:

In attendance will be:
NASSP President Christine Handy & Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti
NAESP Executive Director Earl Franks

Tuesday, January 29:

More information 

Register HERE!

Award Deadlines 

January 9, 2019 (Extended from Dec. 14 Deadline)


  • Adrian Langstaff Award 
  • NAESP Conference Incentive Scholarship Award
  • Appreciation Award

More information:   2019 MAEMSP AWARDS


  • Conference Incentive Award

More information:    2019 MASSP AWARDS

January 11, 2019


  • Special Education Director
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Regular Education Teacher

More information:   2019 MCASE AWARDS

Legislative Information for the 2019 Session

As we approach the 66th Legislative Session beginning on January 7, 2019, SAM is creating tools for effective communication to be used by our members during the legislative session.

Visit the SAM website, click on the menu items associated with the "2019 Legislative Session" tab under "Advocacy" to review the resources
we are putting together for the session. Please note that login is required as only SAM members have access to the legislative tools. Please call the SAM office if you have difficulties logging in. 

The SAM website can serve as a great place to follow important happenings during the session. We are also seeking SAM members who will assist in advocacy by joining the SAM Legislative Network 2019 (SAMLN19).  Click HERE to see the description and responsibilities of the SAMLN19.  Click HERE to join SAMLN19.

Please join over 80 SAM members and sign up so we can ensure that educators' voices are heard clearly in the 2019 Legislative session. We know that our strength in advocacy for the education of Montana’s children comes from our member’s effort during the session to help our legislators understand and balance the needs for providing an outstanding system of public schools to meet the full educational potential of each child!  


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SAM Needs Assessment Survey Deadline - January 11, 2019 

Please click SAM SURVEY 2019 to complete the survey. 

Mobile Learning

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and its state affiliate chapter, Montana educational Technologists Association (META) are pleased to continue to support the work of current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams in leading all aspects of digital learning transformations.  Last month CoSN shared information on Cloud Computing with SAM members.


This month we focus on the topic of Leadership for Mobile Learning.  Whether it is a school or district provided device via a one-to-one program or a BYOD implementation, the planning and execution work involves far more than a discussion about choosing a device.  The all too common mistake that happens when schools or districts embark on leveraging mobile learning to improve student success is the emphasis on the "what" (the digital device) rather than the "why".

CoSN is pleased to provide school leaders with an overview of the details that must be addressed regarding both technological platforms and human capacity when initiating and sustaining a mobile learning environment.  You are invited to access a one-page guide for Leading Mobile Learning at 


CoSN has partnered with edWeb to provide a monthly webinar series on topics essential for leading digital transformations.  School superintendents serve as panelists on each webinar and share their stories and expertise.  Every webinar is recorded for viewing by those who are not able to join the live broadcast.  The title of the January 14, 2019 webinar (scheduled for 5:00 pm ET) is "leadership for Mobile Learning:  Creating a Shared Vision".  Learn more and register for this free webinar at 


If your school or district would like more information about joining CoSN or getting more involved with CoSN, please contact Brian Calvary, CAE, CoSN Director of Membership and Chapters, at  [email protected].

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Thank you to SAM's Business Partners! 

Please take time to visit their websites.

Montana Big Sky Sponsors

Health Insurance
P O Box 4579 - Helena, MT 59601
[email protected]
Phone: 406-457-4400

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Technology Innovation
1309 NW Bypass - Great Falls, MT 59404  
[email protected]    
Phone: 406-727-5994   

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Professional Learning Organization 
1031 N. Academic Way, Ste. 242  
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
[email protected]
Phone: 208-292-2529  

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Rigorous Learning For All Students
1587 Route 146 - Rexford, NY 12148
[email protected]
Phone: 518-399-2776   

Total Education Solutions in Technology (T.E.S.T)     PO Box 2900
Missoula, MT 59805
[email protected]
Phone:  888-401-6950

Montana Glacier Sponsors

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Infinite Campus is the largest American-owned student information system
4321 109th Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449 stephanie.sondrol@infinite
Unique approach to teaching K-6 math using hands-on, interactive games
37 E 28th Street Suite 600
New York, NY 10016
[email protected]

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Mileposts™ cloud-based
achievement & data management
408 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste.300
Boise, ID 83706 [email protected] 
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430 Ryman St., #102
Missoula, MT 59892 
[email protected]

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Empowering Teachers To
Drive Their Own Professional Learning
84 Sherman Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
 [email protected]
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 School property & liability insurance
1200 North Montana Ave.
Helena. MT. 59601
[email protected]


Montana Mountain Sponsors

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solutions
34 West 6th Avenue, Suite 2B
Helena, MT 59601
[email protected]

Lowest total operational cost clean buildings  2525 Overland Avenue
Billings, MT 59102 [email protected]
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School portraits, yearbooks & sports portraits
2110 Overland Ave., #115A 
Billings, MT 59102 [email protected]

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Education Employee Financial Products & Services
621 W. Mallon, Suite #301
Spokane, WA 99201 [email protected]
509-279-2540, Ext 353                                                                                            

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Safe, Easily Managed School Networks
106 East Sixth Street, Suite 500
Austin TX 48701
[email protected]  512-904-0544   

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Auto, homeowners, life insurance and financial services
617 W Stolley Park Road
Grand Island, NE 68801
[email protected] 
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Education’s Premiere Recruitment Service PO Box 2519
Columbia, MD 21045 [email protected]
877-812-4071 x94
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College Assistance, Job Skill Training   
1956 MT Majo Street  
Fort Harrison, MT 59636
[email protected]

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A leading provider of comprehensive Custodial, Grounds & Facility Operations and Maintenance services  
4702 Western Ave. Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37921 [email protected]
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Connecting Schools, Parents, and
Communities through Cloud-Based                  
Communication Tools
218 N. 3rd Ave 
Durant, OK 74701
[email protected]
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School Workers’ Compensation & Liability
PO Box 7029 - Helena, MT 59601
[email protected]
Phone: 406-457-4418


Montana Meadow Sponsors

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College Readiness and Success
5889 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. Suite 210 
Greenwood Village, CO 80111   
[email protected]     

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School Accounting Software
145 Southlake Crest, Suite 1
Polson, MT. 59860
[email protected]
Phone: 800-353-8829

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Technology Services Partner
16 6th Street North, Ste 42
[email protected]

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Technology planning, project  & solution  services
2135 Charlotte Street
Bozeman MT 59718
bbassett @pinecc.com      

Montana Med Express
[email protected] 
Phone: 800-955-2880



900 N. Montana Ave. Suite A-4| Helena, MT. 59601| Phone (406)442-2510 | Fax (406)442-2518 




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