P.O. BOX 2120




January 11, 2002




Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Middle School Association Annual Conference




The Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) are pleased to provide you with registration information and a preliminary agenda for the 2002 Virginia Middle School Association Annual Conference, to be held March 14-16 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. The VMSA sponsors this outstanding professional development opportunity on an annual basis. Middle Schools in Motion: Growing, Changing & Achieving is the theme of this years conference, which is designed for teachers, principals, assistant principals, directors of instruction, supervisors, college personnel, and administrators of public and nonpublic middle schools.


Thursday, March 14, 2002


Conference workshops are scheduled for Thursday afternoon and evening. An opening session from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. will feature Bill Ecker, who has served middle school students for more than 30 years as teacher, counselor, principal, and superintendent. Concurrent workshop sessions follow the opening session from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. with a variety of presentations by well-known Virginia middle school educators.




Friday, March 15, 2002


The general session that begins at 8:15 a.m. will again feature Bill Ecker who will present Frog Kissing - Bringing Out the Best in our Middle School Students. Regional meetings will be held from 9:45 to 10:10 a. m. followed by 100 concurrent workshop sessions for the remainder of the day. The annual banquet will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature Monte Selby, professor of middle and secondary education, as the keynote speaker.


Workshop sessions, which also will continue Saturday morning, feature a variety of topics: brain research, state standards, strategies, teaming, scheduling, technology, transitions to and from the middle level, discipline, alternative education, and school climate.


Saturday, March 16, 2002


Following the early bird workshops and concurrent sessions the conference will conclude with an annual panel discussion scheduled to begin at 10:20 a.m.


The Norfolk Waterside Marriott will house all the conference programs this year. Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. Please contact The Marriott at 1-757-627-4200 and ask for the VMSA conference rate. All rooms not confirmed with a reservation by February 17, 2002, will be released to the public.


The registration form, which is found at, must be completed and returned to Tina Kiracofe, VMSA associate executive director, 244 Chapel Road, Churchville, VA 24421 no later than February 16, 2002.


We look forward to seeing you in March. If you have questions about the conference or desire additional information, please contact Ms. Kiracofe at, (540) 245-5046, or fax (540) 245-5049.