Friday, September 13, 2019

NBC15's Game-of-the-Week

Mike "Jocko" Jacques and NBC15 Sports were in Belleville tonight for the "Game-of-the-Week" against the Pardeeville Bulldogs. We appreciate Jocko spotlighting the Belleville High School Band and Dance Team live during the 5 o'clock newscast. Hopefully, the hype will produce a victory for the football Wildcats in front of the home crowd tonight!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Belleville Noted for Rise in English-Language Arts Scores

Despite the title of this morning's Wisconsin State Journal article "English, math skills slipping," the School District of Belleville was noted for huge gains in English-Language Arts (ELA) this past year. "Belleville posted some of the highest gains in English/language arts, increasing by about 22 and 23 percentage points in the fourth and eighth grades..."

As you can see in the tables below, Belleville had the second highest 7th grade ELA scores in the county, behind Deerfield. Belleville's 8th graders had the fourth highest ELA scores in Dane County, with proficiency scores rising over 20 percentage points from the previous year.

Belleville High School's ELA scores on the ACT ranked second in the county, trailing only Middleton-Cross Plains.

In addition, class average scores (for 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grades) for all content areas (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) were at least six points above the state average.

Congratulations to our students and staff! Our system-wide approach is working, and our focus on literacy is producing results! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CPR in Health 9

Mrs. Tretow's freshmen Health classes are in the midst of their CPR unit. Today's lesson focused on clearing blocked passageways. I have confidence that these Wildcat students have the skills to step up in a critical situation. It also looks like a pretty tough workout on those chest compressions for some!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Recognition for Belleville's Attendance Rate

As we begin the 2019-20 school year, we want to give a shout-out to our students and parents for getting our learners to school each day! We can do great things when we have our students in front of our awesome staff everyday. Please continue to communicate with the attendance offices as the year progresses. We appreciate it!
Check out our data at just over 2 minutes into this video clip!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First Day PBIS Videos

The staff was excited to get our students back today for the start of the 2019-20 school year. After class meetings, students and staff watched our 4th annual PBIS videos with their 1st block classes. These videos serve two purposes:

  1. Celebrate our accomplishments from the previous school year.
  2. Clearly explain our behavior expectations for the new school year, based on pitfalls from the past.
As always, we try to showcase our students and staff and add a little humor to them when we can. Enjoy!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Spirit Club Welcome Students

The Spirit Club was out on Labor Day with their advisor, Mrs. Tretow, preparing the entrances at both buildings to welcome students back to school on Tuesday morning. Hopefully, the rain stays away so that this sidewalk chalk art will hold up for them to see. Keep your fingers crossed!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Staff Camaraderie

Now in its fourth year, the staff of Belleville Middle and High Schools posed for their staff poster on Thursday. Mr. Bussey and Mrs. Alsteens hatched the original idea for the first poster, modeling it after the high school sports team posters. Mrs. Krueger devised this year's theme: "Come one. Come all, to the greatest show on earth." We can't wait to see what Green Briar Photography comes up with! Stay tuned...

Updates to the Middle School

In an effort to update the facilities in the middle school and provide a space for individual and small-group work, lockers from the middle school commons were moved to the adjoining middle-high school hallway. This created additional space for a new "Literacy Lounge." The early reviews from students and staff have been extremely positive. Thank you to Mrs. Schultz for her tireless efforts to find furniture to perfectly accommodate the space!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time Lapse Auditorium Remodel

Belleville Middle and High Schools have been a busy place this summer. Since June, construction crews have:
  1. Updated the auditorium.
  2. Repaved the parking lots.
  3. Resurfaced the gym floor and the track.
  4. Added soundproofing panels to the Band room.
  5. Relocated middle school lockers (with updates to the Commons).
  6. Created a secure entrance for the district office.
These upgrades are an investment in our students. They have excelled in this environment. Thank you to the school board and community taxpayers for making our school a place that students look forward to coming to each day!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Back-to-School Dance

On Friday (8-23) night, the Belleville Area Cares Coalition sponsored Jamie "DjViscious" Vega for a dance after the first home football game in the gym. The dance was offered to 7th-12th graders, and nearly of 100 of our students attended. It was a great time for those who participated, pumping up school spirit before the start of the year! Thank you to Doug McClain from Family Service Madison for providing the funding so that the dance was free of cost to students, and to Teresa Pelton and Mrs. Tretow for chaperoning!