Monday, November 20, 2017

Speech Class Practice at the Elementary School

Mrs. Alsteens's Speech class took the opportunity to read to Mrs. Meier's Kindergarten class at the Elementary School on Monday, November 20. The high school students were able to utilize some of the skills that they have been honing. What a great learning experience for both groups of students!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Egg "Chuck" Experiment in AP Physics

In AP Physics today (11-16), Mrs. Smith tested the students' egg carton designs. She threw them off the bleachers at the stadium. As you can tell by their shouts and laughter, the students truly enjoyed the experiment. They had to use their knowledge of the impulse-momentum theorem to keep their egg "alive." Unfortunately, some didn't make it!

Physical Science Rockets

Mr. Bussey's Physical Science classes finished firing their rockets today (11-16). Freshmen Victoria Lancaster created a second "egg" rocket. It did not fly far, but it did protect the egg inside upon landing. Students were surprised that although the egg was fresh that it smelled rotten because of the sulphur from the rocket.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Belleville Science Olympiad Meet

Now in its third year in existence, Belleville's Science Olympiad team hosted its first-ever home invitational on Saturday (11-11). As usual, the team performed well, with the varsity placing second in its division. Overall, the varsity medaled in 13 out of 28 events, with the JV placing in three more events.

Coach Meredith Smith wanted to thank staff members Mr. Bussey, Mr. Gentilli, Mrs. Houser, Mrs. Schultz, Mrs. Schmitz, Mr. Schneider, Mrs. Swenson, and Ms. Whitmore, as well as the night custodial staff for helping make the event happen. In addition, 2017 BHS graduate Grace Pryzbyl came back from college to help run events.

1st Place
Otto Anson and Riley Medenwald: Chemistry Lab
Gianna Diaz and Trevor Thole: Herpetology
Hansi Bartle and Connor Theis: Materials Science
Logan and Noah Niesen: Mission Possible
Gianna Diaz and Gary Salmela: Rocks and Minerals
Emma and Otto Anson: Sustainable Energy
Otto Anson and Jack Nolden: Thermodynamics

2nd Place
Cheyenne Koeppel and Lauren Theis: Anatomy and Physiology (JV)
Noah Niesen and Jack Nolden: Code Analysis 
Riley Medenwald and Gary Salmela: Astronomy
Otto Anson and Emma Veeneman: Disease Detectives

3rd Place
Josh Bowers and Connor Theis: Hovercraft
Tyler Beyer and Bryson Jelle: Materials Science (JV)
Logan and Noah Niesen: Mousetrap Vehicle
Tyler Beyer and Jacob Kean: WiFi Lab (JV)
Roxana Grunenwald and Emma Veeneman: Write It/Do It

DECA's Emerging Leaders Conference

On November 12-13, thirteen students from BHS's DECA chapter attended the Emerging Leaders Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Students participated in numerous workshops that taught them about productivity, engagement, marketing, and leadership skills within both DECA and the larger the business world. After completing the first day's events, students had the opportunity to network with nearly 1,000 students from various DECA chapters around the state. [Submitted by Mr. Farrar]

DECA Trivia Night

On Friday, November 10, DECA held its first-ever Trivia Night. With over 20 categories of questions, 12 teams competed for bragging rights and a small prize. The Catty Shack provided food and drinks for the contestants. There was also a silent auction that was anchored by three metal signs created by Belleville High School's Advanced Trades course. Fun was had by all! [Submitted by Mr. Farrar]

Friday, November 10, 2017

Education + Skills = Career Preparation

Students in Mrs. Gartley's Personal Finance & Careers class spent the last two class periods exploring what it means to invest in themselves for career development. Today, they were placed in teams, given building supplies and a level of education (high school drop-out, HS diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, and doctorate), along with a physical or communication limitation. Within those constraints, they were to build the highest free-standing tower. 

They discovered that education alone does not guarantee success. While all three teams with post-secondary education created tall towers, the team with less investment in formal education and more reliance on transferable personal and technical skills built the tallest and sturdiest free-standing tower. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

October High School Students-of-the-Month

Belleville High School teachers nominated students-of-the-month for October and recognized them with a pizza lunch on Thursday, November 9.  Teachers found similarities in all of these students including their talent, work ethic, and positive attitude, which they described in a certificate.

Congratulations to the following Wildcats!
(Left to right): Cody McMillan, Ella Michel, Natalie Brown,  Logan Winklepleck, Kylie Herring, Jacob Shrader, and Mitch Mussehl

Veterans' Day Program

Belleville High School students performed tremendously at Wednesday night's program to honor our veterans. Sophomore Alan Woller and junior Julia McNamar read the poems "I Stood Watch into the the Night" and "The Best on Earth," respectively. Senior Noah Fahey sang the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." All three were wonderful in their tributes to the veterans in attendance. Thank you to Connie Urfer and Betty Wolff for helping to organize this event again this year!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Capitol Conference Academic Bowl

The Belleville High School Academic Bowl team, under the direction of coaches Mr. Hodgson and Mrs. Smith, competed in the Capitol Conference meet at Watertown Luther Prep on Monday (11-7) night.  Although there were still some juggling of scores, it looks like the Belleville team took second place behind Columbus. Two Belleville students took top scores in their areas.

Gianna Diaz had the top score for the Physical Science test. Vanessa Erb had the highest score for the U.S. History test. Way to go Wildcats!