Principal’s Notes

Notes from Mr. Aaron Roop,


Elementary Principal

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Mr. Aaron Roop is starting his fourth year at Caldwell Schools.

Mr. Roop is a 1991 graduate of Caldwell High School. He attended Garden City Community College and graduated from Southwestern College with a B.A. in physical education. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Newman University.

He began his teaching career in 1996 at Central-Burden as junior high science and physical education teacher.  He moved to Moscow in 2001 to become the K-12 physical education teacher and coach. Along with teaching, he coached football, basketball, baseball and track at both schools. While at Moscow he became the athletic director and the elementary principal in 2005.

He is married to Stacy Roop, who is also a Caldwell graduate and current school librarian and pre-school teacher. They have three children. Taylor (25) is a specialty sales representative for Daiichi Sankyo, Breck (22) is attending Johnson County Community College and Keeley (17) will be a senior at CHS.

Elementary Principal’s Report –


Elementary Principal Notes – Mr. Roop

October 17, 2016


The month of October is halfway done with many events being completed. Students have experienced grandparents week, the local spelling bee, 5th grade farm safety day, the Bluejay Way Assembly, the September AR party, the end of the 1st nine weeks, parent-teacher conferences and fire safety week.

Grandparents’ Week was September 12th-16th and we had plenty of grandparents eating at the school. This is a great event for the students and grandparents which is very enjoyable. The students love visiting with their parents and grandparents while eating a healthy lunch.

The local spelling bee took place on September 14th in the high school auditorium. Ms. Weber did a great job of organizing the bee, while the students did an outstanding job. Caldwell schools would like to thank Lisa Moreland for being the pronouncer and Amy Shoffner, Jean Ward and Jeanine Bevan for judging. The spelling bee was a tough challenge with Matrix Eames winning the bee, while Ezra Berline was runner-up. They both will compete in the Sumner County Spelling Bee in Wellington.

The 5th grade students enjoyed Farm Safety Day on September 23rd sponsored by KanOkla and Sunflower RC &D. All of the students were given a free t-shirt, a meal and were treated to a number of safety sessions including roll over demo/safety belts, lawn equipment safety, electrical safety, ATV safety, firearm safety, fire safety, first aid, drug and alcohol safety and health/smoking/chewing safety. The school would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped put on this great event.

The Bluejay Way Assembly was on September 30th with student of the month awards presented. The September students of the month were: Kindergarten – Hailey Dry, 1st grade – Richard Crumbliss, 2nd grade – Rebel Zulkoski, 3rd grade Brecken Hutsler, 4th grade – Piper Crumbliss and 5th grade – Kylee Reilly. Student of the month is based on students displaying respectful and responsible behavior, good attendance and exceptional grades for the past month. These students received a student of the month t-shirt and were taken out to eat by Mr. Roop on the following Monday. Great job students!

Jill Crumbliss and Kailey Jones put on the September AR party. The qualifying students played games in the gym and then enjoyed a healthy snack. The school would like to thank them for their support. Both of these ladies are on the elementary site council.

The end of the 1st nine weeks was on October 7th. The students enjoyed an afternoon out of school while the teachers were busy finishing up grades for the session. This 1st nine weeks has flown by really fast.

The elementary site council met on October 10th to discuss pertinent educational issues. Members this year include Aaron Roop, Kara Mayo, Stacy Roop, Jill Crumbliss, Kristin Hutsler, Kailey Jones, Christine Mayo and Lydia Stewart.  The site council will meet again on November 14th.

Parent-teacher conferences were on October 10th and 11th. Teachers and parents met to discuss their children and how they are doing this year. We had 96% attendance for Preschool-5th grade. Thank you parents for making your students’ education important to you!

Fire safety week was from October 10th-14th. This week involved classroom activities along with the local fire department bringing a truck to the school and doing a presentation. Chris Koch, Trevor Stevenson and Dennis Thurman did a great job making our student aware of fire safety issues. We would like to thank the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department for their time and dedication.

Upcoming events for the school include Homecoming on October 21st in which the students will be out of school. Picture re-takes will be on October 25th.  The
Bluejay Way Assembly will be on October 27th and then the students will not have school on October 28th. The CES Halloween Parade will occur on September 31st. The parade will start at 2:45. The Commissioner of Education in Kansas, Randy Watson will be visiting our school on this day also and we are excited to show him all the great programs that are happening at CES.



Elementary Principal’s Report – Mr. Roop


School is back in session and the students are doing a great job getting back in the flow. Parents have been to the school for numerous activities this year including Pre-school Parents’ Night, Back to School Night with a Title I and Parent Education Meeting and a 5th grade band meeting. Other school events for the students include the beginning of the school meeting and a rise and shine program on Monday mornings.

On August 18th, the Pre-school parents were informed of the format, rules and regulations that are encompassed with the Pre-school program. Many parents attended and were able to see the classrooms and meet both teachers, Linda Stow and Stacy Roop. Other Pre-school employees are Brandi Dvorak, Julie Deacons, Nicole Eaton, Aurie Weber and Joyce Smith.

The Back to School Night and Title I Meeting took place on August 29th.  We had 67% of the parents attend this event. Parents went to their students’ classrooms to understand procedures and practices that take place during the school days. Also during the evening, Dani Schmidt, Caldwell Schools Reading Specialist, presented pertinent information concerning our Title I Reading Program. Along with this, Kim White, At-Risk Coordinator, discussed parental issues for students. Caldwell Schools gave away Caldwell Bucks at the meeting and the winners were Jessica Caruthers, Stephanie McCormick, Kenda Ginn, Karen Van Noy, Lesly Blosser, Travis Cink, Tracie Mayo, Abby Maudlin, Kyane Berline, Julie Young, Nobie Cooper and Courtney Rohrbaugh.

Upcoming events for the elementary school include the beginning of the year Site Council meeting on September 7th, the Board of Education meeting on September 12th, the CES Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th grade students on September 14th, 5th grade Farm Safety Day on September 23rd, early release on September 28th at 12:30 and the Bluejay Way Assembly on September 30th.

We are very fortunate and excited to have hired some great educators for the upcoming year along with an already experienced staff. Alisha Belmear is our new 1st grade teacher, Kim Lewellen is our new 4th grade teacher and Kim White is our new At-risk coordinator. They bring many years of experience and a lot of excitement to the classrooms.