Monday, October 24, 2016

Geometry in Action!

Mrs. Spellman's Geometry classes practiced trigonometry concepts today by launching rockets of their own design. They used clinometers to measure the angle of slope. Foresters often use clinometers to quickly measure the height of trees. They are also used by land surveyors.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ACT Results (Compared to Dane County)

Congratulations to our students and thank you to our teachers on strides made on ACT scores, proving that Belleville High School is one of the top schools in Dane County!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

First Student Council Meeting

With voting finalized last week, the newly elected Belleville High School Student Council met for the first time today (10-18) at lunch. Mrs. Schween led them through a review of roles and then the students selected an agenda for their work this year (in addition to the Blood Drive). Mr. Ziehr will take over as Student Council adviser when he returns next week.

Robotics Programming in Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Mr. Neumann's Computer Integrated Manufacturing class took two days last week to assemble VEX robotics kits. They are now learning how to program them. They will eventually be de-constructed and reassembled and programmed differently for various functions. Belleville High School is the second smallest school in the state to offer this Project Lead the Way course. We are a small high school with big opportunities!

Strides for Africa

Chris Jimieson presented to Belleville Middle School 7th graders this morning (10-18) in the auditorium. Chris is from an organization called Strides for Africa and has previously worked with school districts such as McFarland in Southern Wisconsin.

Chris was brought in by English-Language Arts teacher Elizabeth Miller. Mrs. Miller's 7th grade ELA classes are reading Linda Sue Park's book, A Long Walk to Waterthe story of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan during the Sudanese Civil War. The novel spotlights the current water crisis in Africa.

Chris, Mrs. Miller, and her 7th graders, along with the 7th grade Social Studies teachers, are all working together to try to fund a well in Liberia, the cost of which is about $2,500. Chris demonstrated the need for clean water sources in African villages in his presentation this morning.

We hope this project provides our students a global perspective and how they can impact the lives of others. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

BHS's Newspaper: The Prowl

On Friday, October 14, 2016, students of the Newspaper Production class, along with Mrs. Miller and Mr. Farrar, traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to attend the Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference. This is the first year that Belleville High School has offered this class, and the conference offered much needed insight on how to successfully create a newspaper. At the conference, students learned new media-based and writing-based techniques that will further the success of The Prowl.
The students, along with Mrs. Miller and Mr. Farrar, enjoyed a beautiful day exploring and learning at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Literacy in Action in Belleville

Today's (10-14) classroom visits were just one example of how our teachers are incorporating literacy into their practices. The chart below was created by Mrs. Jenkins's Advanced Placement Literature class. The class has been reading "Hamlet," and the students created several charts to remember the characters and their relationship to other characters in the play. Going one step further, they made connections from the Shakespeare play to the movie "Lion King" and the television series "Game of Thrones" to which they are familiar.

Mr. Bussey also makes Friday "little book, big idea" day by reading to and discussing with his Sophomores in Biology. They were resistant at first but now remind him that he has to read to them to end each week. Mr. Bussey is also journaling with students on a regular basis.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Publicity for BHS's New Auto Course

Last night (10-12), NBC15 ran a story on Belleville High School's new automotive course. Students from both Belleville and New Glarus had the opportunity to sign up for the course which is held on Wednesday nights from September to May. Students earn high school credit and also can receive their certification through this process. The course is run through the Dane County School Consortium and is taught by Ned Lease, who teaches the same course during the day at Oregon High School. Thank you to Francois Ford for providing a state-of-the-art "classroom" for the students. Check out the news story starring BHS's Jordan Caputo!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Voter Registration

Mr. Hodgson and his Advanced Placement Government class organized a voter registration drive at lunch today (10-12) for those seniors who will be 18 and eligible to vote in the November 8th election. Volunteers from the Village of Belleville, Town of Exeter, and Town of Montrose were here to register students. It was a real-life learning opportunity for these young adults to participate and have a voice in the democratic process!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

High School Students-of-the-Month

The Belleville High School staff recognized its Students-of-the-Month for September on Tuesday (10-11). Each department nominates a student by writing about them and how they exemplify the Wildcat Way. Students were treated to a pizza lunch and received a certificate from their teacher and a gift card donated by the P.T.O. Congratulations (from left to right) to Jered Barclay, Maddie Bartels, Connor DeLorme, Aimee Sies, Matt Hackman, Cheyenne Koeppel, and Adam Gaff!
Not Pictured: Tashayanna Derke