Thursday, January 19, 2017

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

Similar to their efforts the last two year with Teens for Jeans campaigns, Seniors Rachel Uebelacker, Britney Markhardt, and Clarice Loeffelholz are launching a drive to collect 200 pairs of gently used shoes.  Their effort is called Soles4Souls and will run from January 23 through February 24.  They will collect shoes at two specific home basketball games- the girls' game on January 27th vs. Wisconsin Heights and the boys' game on January 31st against Marshall.  Students can also drop off donations at anytime in that month in the main office.  Gift cards will be awarded to top five student donations. Please consider looking through your closets and seeing what you could do without.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Soup Supper

Mr. Ziehr and the Belleville High School Student Council put on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Soup Supper tonight (1-18) in the high school cafeteria. Mr. Benash and his Ceramics I and II students created custom bowls for the event that the participants were able to keep. Despite the date being moved due to the weather, the turnout was superb, with great community support (well over 100 attendees)!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Junior & Senior Lock-in

Sixty juniors and seniors attended the 2nd annual Spirit Club lock-in. The night began with food in the cafeteria, and then the games got underway.  The students started with a Barb Funseth-created scavenger hunt around the building. They then transitioned to a much-anticipated game of flashlight tag in the middle school. The remainder of the night was filled with boccerball, table tennis, blind volleyball, human foosball, and movies in the auditorium. They all stayed safe, and hopefully, made some long lasting memories!
Scavenger Hunt Winners

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

High School Students-of-the-Month for December

Nine Belleville High School students were recognized today (1-11) at lunch for the month of December by each department at BHS. Students were treated to Godfather's pizza and Mrs. Schween's brownies, along with a certificate from their teacher and movie coupons donated by Marcus Theaters. For this round, teachers commented how hard the students worked and about their positive character.

Congratulations to the following students!
(Back Row - Dana Zimmerman, Melissa Messer, Skyler Grulke, Holly White
Front Row - Ryan Posthuma, Ogden York, Kalli Westenberger, and Jade Halvensleben)
Not Pictured - Cade Kelley

Saturday, January 7, 2017

DECA District Competition

On Saturday, January 7, a group of 13 students from Belleville High School traveled to Sun Prairie High School to compete at the 2017 DECA District Competition.  Seniors Treise Langhammer and McKenzie O'Connor won two medals apiece, as they worked as a team to tackle tough business issues in their role plays.  Freshman Jasmyne Roberts also won two medals for her role plays as well as a third medal recognizing her as a finalist in her event. Honorable mentions were given to Alex Grignano and Ella Campbell for recording solid performances in their events. Special thanks to Drew Shrader, Ogden York, Ryan Posthuma, Michael Viney, Isaac Brummel, Noah Morrick, Nick Pauli, and Cole Kleiboer for their strong performances. [Submitted by Mr. Farrar]

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lunch with the Governor

On January 5, 2017, six students from Belleville High School (Joey Sokol, Shea O'Malley, Leah Blask, Adam Gaff, Skylar Butenhoff, and Ryan Posthuma) attended the Wisconsin Economic Forecast luncheon.  The students were able to take part in this experience because of the generous donation from UB & T Bank in Belleville.  Students were able to hear Anthony Chan, Chief Economist with JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York, discuss the positive economic growth as a country.  He predicted that the Federal Reserve would raise the interest rates twice in 2017.  Students then had the privilege to hear Governor Scott Walker speak about the economic condition of Wisconsin.  He mentioned many statistics about how the unemployment rate has been shrinking.  According to the Governor, "Everyone in the State of Wisconsin who has the willingness and ability to have a job, should have a job."  He then went on to say that he wants to focus on career-tracking for students as early as 6th grade.  He wants students on the right track to gain the skills that employers of Wisconsin are looking for.  Senior Joey Sokol was even fortunate enough to ask the Governor a clarifying question.  

The luncheon was MC'ed by Jeff Mayers, President of WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com.  Jeff specifically thanked all the students for attending as he ended the day's presentations.  The students commented about how valuable the experience was.  Senior Shea O'Malley said, "It was a very interesting experience, and it was cool to watch Joey interact with the Governor." [Submitted by Mr. Farrar]

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Jazz Tour

Mrs. Krueger's and Mrs. Meir's Holiday Jazz Tour on Wednesday (12-21) took them to the Intermediate School, Dane County Regional Airport, Sauk Gardens, and Sugar River Senior Center. They performed at each location, spreading holiday cheer and garnering goodwill for Belleville Schools from their audiences! Mrs. Meir noted that the retired folks really enjoyed the big band standard, "In the Mood."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Band Concert

Mrs. Stephanie Meir led both the Middle and High Schools Bands, along with the Jazz Band, at tonight's (12-20) Winter Band Concert. Over 50 middle and 50 high school students performed in the auditorium. That represents about a quarter of our student population. The Middle School concert featured songs such as "All I want for Christmas Is You" and included soloists:

  1. Tyler Beyer
  2. Emma Erickson
  3. Jacob Kean
  4. Alexis Lamboley
The Jazz Band played favorites like "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch." Soloists for their four pieces included:

  1. Otto Anson
  2. Maddie Bartels
  3. Skylar Grulke
  4. Brock Kelly
  5. Patrick Schwoegler
Thirteen seniors played in their final Winter Concert. Mrs. Meir involved five different readers to interpret their three pieces. Maddie Bartels, Cole Myers, and Maya Severson all had solos in "Symphonie Fantastique." As usual, the Belleville Bands were stellar!

More Sports' Marketing

Belleville High School's Sports Marketing Class was back in action on Monday, December 19, for the Girls' Varsity Basketball game vs. New Glarus.  Students Dalton Fahey, Justin Knoebl, and Michael Bracken brought out the Wildcat to pump up the crowd and help cheer on their team.  They were also able to secure sponsors (BE Adventurous, Subway, Prairieland Dairy, and Patches & Petals) to offer fans interactive ways to win prizes.  The night kicked off with cookie decorating that got fans into the holiday spirit. The halftime show included two students competing against each other in a head-to-head free throw contest.  The fans witnessed a great battle where the Lady Wildcats came out victorious. [Submitted by Mr. Farrar]

December's Middle School Students-of-the-Month

The Belleville Middle School staff acknowledged its Students-of-the-Month for December in an assembly in the commons on December 20th. Their nominating teachers recognized them with a certificate. The students also received a Catty Shack buck to use at the school store and had the opportunity to add their hand prints to the wall in the Middle School Commons. Congratulations to this great group of Wildcats!

From left to right: Ava Foley, Hailey Butenhoff, Jacob Kean, Trent Baumgartner, Madeleine Saeger, Abigail Kuntzelman, Tyler Beyer, Tayler Yapp, James Arndt, Gavin Boyum, and Jordyn Thomas