Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Orientation Night

We had a great turnout for 7th and 9th grade orientation tonight (8-24). Our upperclassmen gave tours to the new middle schoolers, and the Ethics Club ran the incoming freshmen through a dilemma in two smaller groups. We hope the students (and parents) left feeling better prepared for the start of school next Thursday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Preparing for September 1st

Mrs. Tretow and the Spirit Club worked on re-painting the Wildcat paws leading into the building this morning (8-15). They also helped to film a PBIS video about behavior expectations for the start of the year, focusing on electronics use, tardiness, and the dress code. Thank you to this group in helping to prepare for a great 2016-17 school year!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Project Lead the Way Teacher Training

Belleville Middle and High School has three teachers at Project Lead the Way training at the Milwaukee School of Engineering this summer. Ed Neumann, who will teach the new Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) course, is a master teacher of Engineering Design & Development (EDD)- teaching other teachers about the course.  Lana Swenson is in training to teach the Gateway class for Middle School students, and Meredith Smith is participating in a different training to teach Principles of Engineering. Project Lead the Way is one of the School District of Belleville's three initiatives.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Middle School Field Trip Information

Field Trip Form and Payment: Please make sure to have a field trip form signed have paid the field trip fee prior to September 9th.  Field trip forms and schedules will be available at registration.

High Ropes and Service Learning Field Trip at Bethel: This field trip will take place on Friday, September 9, from 7:30 am-5:00 pm. The bus will leave the middle school at 7:30am. Please make arrangements for drop-off and pick-up. Students will spend half the day on the new high ropes course and the other half on mulching the trails at Bethel. Both activities concentrate on team building and collaboration.  

You will need: A sack lunch, water, snacks, work gloves, sturdy shoes (no sandals), comfortable clothing (no short-shorts are allowed - must be at least mid-thigh), sunscreen, bug spray, and a working attitude!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

More student summer travel!

Britney Markhardt landed in Bucharest, Romania at 7am this morning (8-3).  She is headed to her host home in Craiova. You can follow her time there at:

Monday, August 1, 2016

World Affairs Seminar

Britney Markhardt and Grace Schulting, seniors-to-be at BHS, attended the World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha from June 25 through July 1. This year's theme was "Water: Global Resource to Share and Protect." The seminar's goal is to develop global leaders and citizens with an innovative, rigorous academic program. Britney and Grace were selected to participate in the World Affairs Seminar by Belleville High School's (Student) Leadership Committee, led Mrs. Walejko. Grace noted, "I loved the fact that we were exposed to numerous cultures- not only from other states, but other countries as well.  Having the opportunity to [experience] each other's lifestyles allowed me to better understand a different way of living that is new from the 'small town' life I'm used to...I was able to create relationships with people who I am still in touch with currently!" THANK YOU TO THE KIWANIS FOR FUNDING THIS OPPORTUNITY!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Farm to Table Dinner

A Wisconsin Farm-to-Table dinner and fundraiser was held on Saturday, July 30, at the Sunburst Dairy Farm in Belleville. On Brian and Yogi Brown's 33rd wedding anniversary, they hosted this event which featured a farm tour, live music, and catered dinner. The dinner was prepared by Tyler Sailsbery, the owner of Black Sheep and Fin & Hooves restaurants in Whitewater. The ingredients for the meal came from local producers like Wolff's Bellefontaine Pheasant Farm and the Hop Garden. The beef used was raised by Belleville High School senior Clarice Loeffelholz. Tours of the farm were given by 2015 Belleville graduate Whitney Brown and 2010 Belleville graduate Cory Brown. Proceeds for the fundraiser went to the Busy Beaver 4-H Club.

It was a great night to celebrate local agriculture and to learn about the origins of the food we eat. All those involved represented Belleville so well!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Boundary Waters Trip

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Houser returned Friday after their 6-day, 5-night annual trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Seven 2016 graduates joined them. The group canoed, portaged, fished, cooked, slept under the stars, and did some wildlife viewing. What a great way to spend some of your last summer before college! 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer AODA Trip to Noah's Ark

Barb & Tracy Funseth and Jody Gerner have been taking students from Belleville on a summer day-trip to the Dells for each of the last 27 years. Susette Alsteens has joined them for the last 12 years. It provides kids in the community an alternative to alcohol and other drugs. The school district donates the bus, and the drivers drive for free. Some students would never have this opportunity without this program. The bus also stops for everyone to eat on the way home. Thank you to these great volunteers!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Badger Girls' State

During the week of June 19th, seniors-to-be Taylor Halvensleben and Liz Ortgiesen participated in the 73rd annual American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State Government and Leadership Conference. The girls were selected by Belleville High School's Leadership Committee, led by Sandy Walejko- the Gifted & Talented Coordinator. They were sponsored by American Legion Post 460, and the Belleville Community Club donated the fees for the conference. The 6-day conference was held at UW-Oshkosh. It develops leadership skills and educates the girls on the democratic government process by creating a 51st state that follows all of the laws of the state of Wisconsin. During this process, Taylor ran for city alderman and county supervisor seats.  Liz ran for a city treasurer seat.  The girls noted that the most memorable part of the experience was "meeting a whole bunch of new people."