P. O. BOX 2120
May 17, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition - June 27 - 30, 1999
We extend a cordial invitation to principals, assistant 
principals, division superintendents, assistant 
superintendents, directors of instruction, supervisors, 
college personnel, and administrators of nonpublic 
secondary schools to attend and participate in the annual 
Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and 
Exposition.  This important conference will be held June 
27-30, 1999, at the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, 

A pre-conference clinic on school law will be held on 
Sunday, June 27, 1999, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.  
Participants at the clinic will hear outstanding national 
and state presenters on topics that address recent court 
decisions affecting legal and policy issues surrounding 
student conduct, discipline, the new IDEA regulations, 
teacher and principal evaluation for assessment, and new 
enacted General Assembly laws.

The annual conference will officially begin at 10 a.m. on 
Monday, June 28, 1999, and will feature a full-day 
Standards of Learning Symposium.  Conference participants 
will have an opportunity to hear Board of Education 
President Kirk Schroder and Superintendent of Public 
Instruction Paul Stapleton discuss progress towards 
implementing the state's Standards of Learning, SOL 
tests, and accreditation standards.  In addition, Jo 
Lynne DeMary, Cam Harris, and Tom Shortt, assistant 
superintendents for instruction, assessment, and 
accountability, respectively, will participate in a 
moderated question-and-answer session.

Immediately following the conference luncheon on Monday, 
which is included in your registration fee, a group of 
60-minute concurrent sessions, to be repeated once, will 
be led by Department of Education staff.  Assisting the 
DOE staff will be educators from school divisions 
throughout the commonwealth.  The format of these 
sessions is designed to provide participants with 
information on SOL training and technical assistance 
materials, which are being provided to school divisions 
through a state initiative.  Suggestions will be given on 
ways in which principals can use these materials.  The 
sessions also will include information on instructional 
strategies in each of the core SOL areas, strategies for 
monitoring SOL implementation, analyzing and interpreting 
SOL assessment data for instructional purposes, and using 
instructional technology to teach the SOL.

This single, annual event is held jointly by the Virginia 
Department of Education and the Virginia Association of 
Secondary School Principals (VASSP) to collaboratively 
develop and enhance middle and high school 
administrators' leadership skills, increase their 
understanding of current issues, and expand their 
knowledge base for educational change.

The theme for the conference this year is "Successful 
Attainment of the SOL: Fully Accredited Schools."  Much 
attention is given by the VASSP and the Department of 
Education to ensure conference attendees a wide offering 
of presentations and general sessions that will benefit 
them professionally.

A preliminary conference program synopsis is enclosed.  A 
detailed announcement about the general session speakers, 
workshop presenters, topics, etc., will be mailed to you 

The Williamsburg Lodge will house all the conference 
programs this year.  Hotel accommodations are available 
on a first-come basis, and we encourage you to return the 
enclosed accommodation application form as soon as 
possible to avoid disappointment.  All rooms not 
confirmed with a reservation by May 20, 1999, will be 

Enclosed are conference registration and accommodations 
application forms.  Please duplicate the forms as needed 
for others that would be interested in attending the 
conference.  The registration form must be completed and 
returned to:  Summer Conference, VASSP, P O Box K 170, 
Richmond, VA 23288. Please register as soon as possible.

Hotel accommodation forms are to be sent via mail 
directly to the Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Properties, 
Inc.  Only the enclosed official accommodations form or 
duplicates of this form will be accepted by the hotel.  
As in past years, the hotel will not accept room 
reservations over the telephone (this includes 
facsimile), written letter, or in person for this event.  
This procedure helps to assure some degree of fairness 
that everyone has an opportunity to receive the 
conference announcement and respond in a timely fashion.  
Room accommodations are reserved only on a first-come-
first-served basis via the enclosed form.

We look forward to seeing you in June.  If you have 
questions about the conference or desire additional 
information, please call VASSP at (804) 288-2777.

Enclosures:     A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
                ment will be sent to the superintendent's