History of MMSA
In February 1976, it was observed that there were approximately 175 schools in the State of Missouri with various grade combinations of five through eight. It was felt that there was a need to exchange ideas, programs, and curriculum innovation throughout the state in middle level education. A state association was a possible vehicle to accomplish this purpose. This would be an organization of all people interested in the middle school child and programs that would facilitate his/her growth.
On Saturday, April 3, 1976, twenty-three interested participants form throughout the state met in Columbia, Missouri to share ideas about middle school education. They agreed on the need for an association in our state. A steering committee was selected from volunteers and a constitution committee was formed. All 175 schools were informed of the outcome of the April meeting and were invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, June 17, 1976, to adopt the MMSA constitution. Thirty-one participants attended the June meeting. It was unanimously voted to request affiliation with the National Middle School Association (now Association for Middle Level Education).
A membership drive began in October 1976. Our first state meeting was held on November 19, 1976, during the National Middle School Conference in St. Louis. Procedures for election of officers were established, and the dates of March 25-26, 1977, were selected for the first State conference. A nominating committee for our officers was appointed. In January of 1977, James Cockrell was elected treasurer, Grace Harmon was elected secretary, Addison Webber was elected as vice-president, and Thomas Moeller was elected as president. Regions were determined and voting for representatives took place at the spring conference.