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MSHS Principal Advocates for Education in Washington DC


Mount Si High School Principal John H. Belcher visited Washington DC, March 18-20, to encourage Washington State’s members of Congress to pass laws that enhance the nation’s public schools. His visit was part of the annual Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).


Belcher was recently elected president of the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP), which involves working with and representing high school principals across Washington State. One of the key roles of this three-year leadership position is advocating on education policy, education reform, and the importance of the principalship in student achievement.


Belcher was one of 180 school leaders from across the country who converged on Washington DC, for the NASSP Advocacy Conference. The event included presentations and panel discussions on the most pressing federal policies affecting education, and culminated with a day of visits with elected officials on Capitol Hill.  Belcher met with the offices of House Representatives Denny Heck, Kim Schrier and Rick Larsen, and Senator Patty Murray.


“As a principal, my job is to provide each student in my school every resource and opportunity possible so they can reach their full potential,” said John Belcher. “That job extends to advocating for my students at the highest levels of government. I believe my conversations with members of Congress and their staff gave them a clearer impression of the impact their decisions have on schools here in the Snoqualmie Valley School District.”


Mr. Belcher in the White House Press Room.

Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher got a special tour of the White House, including the press room.


AWSP Board member visit Capitol Hill.

AWSP Board members during their day on Capitol Hill.


Selfie at the West Wing entrance

Taking this selfie at the entrance to the West Wing.

Mr. Belcher enjoyed seeing priceless artifacts and works of art that have survived two White House fires over the years.