Notes from Principal Roop – September 19, 2019
School is back in full swing and students and teachers alike are doing a great job. This is the redesign launch year and everybody is excited about the changes that are taking place at Caldwell Schools.
The 1st day back to school was August 15th. Students were excited about the new school year and moving one step closer to graduation. Even though the students wouldn’t tell you this, they were getting a little bored and ready to come back.
This was an unusual year as school started before sports practices. The 1st day of practices wasn’t until August 19th. This gave coaches a chance to meet with their team and get ready for the season. This year’s high school sports teams include football with 27 players, volleyball with 17 players and 10 in cross country. This year’s middle school teams include football with 16 players, volleyball with 15 players and cross country with 4.
The fall media day was on August 28th. All fall sports teams took individual and team pictures. This was a good event that allowed parents and the school to get pictures of their students.
The Bluejay performance night was on August 29th in the gymnasium. The Bluejay Backers served hotdogs and water to all that were present. Athletic Director Sean Blosser talked to the patrons about sportsmanship and acting appropriately at school events. He also had all of the coaches introduce themselves and have rules and regulations available for all activities. The night ended with the volleyball and football teams scrimmaging.
On September 3rd, all students looked dapper for individual pictures. The high school varsity volleyball team also started off the year at Caldwell against Belle Plaine, Medicine Lodge and Chaparral. The junior varsity also played, but they competed at Belle Plaine. Both teams lost all of the first night matches.
There was a joint site council meeting on September 4th in the high school commons area. This year’s site council members include: Taylor Collazo, Leirin Cink, Alisha Belmear, Kim Lewellen, Emily Weber, Molly Partee, Crystal Carothers, Courtney Rohrbaugh, Eric Eaton, Kaitlin Thomas, Stephanie Reynolds, Daniel Schmidt, Stacy Roop and Aaron Roop. Stuco representatives Lucy Schneider and Will Barnes presented student activities to the council.
The cross country team finished well at its first competition at Clearwater on September 5th. The middle school volleyball and football teams also competed at home that day. The volleyball team won a set against Central, but lost the match. The football team lost against the Raiders.
September 6th was the first competition for the high school football team. This was also the first chance for the cheerleaders to rally the team. The team won its first game decisively against the South Haven Cardinals.
The high school volleyball team traveled to Cunningham on September 10th for matches against Cunningham and Pretty Prairie. The teams played better but still lost to the two taller teams.
The high school band traveled to the Kansas State Fair on September 11th to march and compete at the grandstand. The band did well and received a I rating for their efforts at the competition. After playing, the members enjoyed the fair and all of its wonders. While the band was away, the middle school was hosting the Caldwell Spelling Bee. This year’s champion was Maddy Doyle and Ashlee McDorman was the runner-up. Both of these students will be competing in the Sumner County Spelling Bee at Wellington Middle School on October 9th.
The middle school volleyball team traveled to South Haven to play volleyball and football on September 12th against Flint Hills. Both varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams lost to Flint Hills and the football game was postponed due to bad weather. The make-up date for this game will be October 24th in South Haven at 6 pm.
On September 13th, the high school football team played Flint Hills at Caldwell. The Impact Bank grilled hamburgers for the fans and the outcome was in favor of the Bluejays. This brings the football teams overall record to 2-0.
The high school volleyball team traveled to Norwich for a volleyball tournament on September 14th. They team lost all of the matches, but showed promise. The cross country team traveled to Wellington on this day and the boys’ team received 4th place at the meet.
Caldwell’s English teacher Wayne Greenlee was recognized as a nominee for the Kansas Teacher of the Year for Region IV on the evening of September 14th. The banquet was held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Wichita Kansas. Alan Jamison, LuAnn Jamison, Kate Barnes and Aaron Roop were present to support Mr. Greenlee on this great accomplishment. He was one of 14 secondary teachers that were recognized for this Region and is very deserving.
On September 16, the junior varsity football team traveled to Flint Hills to compete against the Mustangs. Caldwell played well and won the event.
With redesign as a major focus this year, many changes will be taking place creating an even more fantastic school. The school is planning on doing an Ed. camp later this fall to communicate with our patrons and showcase our students. Teachers are ready to make a difference in the students and do whatever it takes to make them successful. The goal areas for redesign are social emotional growth and personalized learning. We look forward to the exciting year ahead and plan on hearing your input at school activities throughout the year.