Monday, January 20, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Soup Supper

On Monday, January 20, the Belleville High School Student Council, under the direction of adviser Jake Ziehr, hosted its annual MLK Day Soup Supper in the cafeteria. The cold weather, along with a home girls' basketball game against Broadhead, brought in a large crowd.

Jon Benash's high school Art students designed and created bowls for the event in Ceramics class. Participants were able to choose their own bowls to take with them at the end of the night.

With such a fantastic showing, Mr. Ziehr and the BHS Student Council will be able to provide a hefty donation to the Belleville Food Pantry and other local charities in honor of Dr. King. Thank you to Mr. Ziehr, our student representatives, and all those who came out in support of this wonderful community event!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

2020 Spirit Club Lock-in

Belleville High School's Spirit Club held its 4th annual Junior/Senior Lock-in for upperclassmen on Friday, January 17. Despite the weather, 33 BHS students participated in a night of activities that included a Road Rally-style scavenger hunt, movie, dodgeball, and table tennis, as well as food, snacks, and drinks into the morning hours.

The highlight of the lock-in was a late-night trip by bus to the old elementary school for games of flashlight hide-and-seek. That brought back a lot of memories for this group of 11th and 12th graders. As usual, the Spirit Club lock-in provided an opportunity for the seniors to spend time with one another, as they enter their final semester of high school.

Thank you to Spirit Club adviser Mrs. Tretow, along with Mr. Fell, Mrs. Schmitz, and Mrs. Smith for staying up all night with the students. Thanks too to Jannan Kosak for transporting the students on our adventure down to Pearl Street and back!

We hope that these Wildcats look back fondly on this night years from now!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Middle School Spelling Bee

On Friday, January 17th, Belleville Middle School hosted its annual Spelling Bee. Nine students from both 7th and 8th grades participated on stage, having qualified through a test taken in their English Language Arts classes the previous week. After five early rounds, the field was narrowed to three contestants- Isaac Erb, Emilee Ehlert, and Aidan Cook. These three put on a show, as they then went another 14 rounds on their own before a championed emerged. At one point, Aidan earned the opportunity for a championship word, before Isaac eventually won the contest in the 19th round. Emilee secured the runner-up spot in the next round.

Isaac moves on to compete in the regional Spelling Bee on February 5 at Stoughton High School.

Congratulations to all of our contestants, and thanks to Mrs. Killerlain, the middle school's Advanced Learner Coordinator, for organizing today's event. It was my most memorable Spelling Bee as principal.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Wildcat Bobbleheads!

Students in Mr. Neumann's Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) course have completed their own bobbleheads. Skills involved in this process included:
  • Sketching.
  • Design.
  • 3D solid modeling (using Inventor).
The Stratasys 3D printer then created students' small plastic equivalent. In addition, calculations were made in their engineering notebook to determine mass, surface area, and the price of their bobbleheads made from ABS plastic (and what the price would equate to if made from gold).

What a way to get students engaged in their learning!

Middle School Students-of-the-Month for December

On Friday, January 10, Belleville Middle School staff recognized Students-of-the-Month for December. Seventh and eighth grade students met separately at first to be recognized by their grade-level peers. Then those selected attended a breakfast with Mrs. Norton in their honor. Students also received Catty Shack bucks for the school store, along with the opportunity to place their handprints on the walls of the middle school's Literacy Lounge. Congratulations to these Wildcats for starting the new year (and decade) off strong!
Front Row (L-R): Isaiah Wilkinson, Ethan Derke, Samantha Frey, Charlotte Fox, Aiden Campbell, Ben Johnson, Brady Mousseau
Back Row (L-R): Theran Eichelkraut, Chase Varney, Niles Monroe, Mallory Thompson, Lillian Hoffman, Addison Edge

Thursday, January 9, 2020

High School Students-of-the-Month for December

Belleville High School staff recognized Students-of-the-Month for December with a pizza lunch on Thursday, January 9. Students received individualized certificates from their nominating teachers, along with movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters. All of the departments at BHS were able to nominate a student. Staff recognized these students, in part, because of their positive attitude, work ethic, and as role models to other students. Students always have a chance to provide input to the administrative team during these lunches about ways to improve the school. Congratulations to these outstanding Wildcats!
 Josalyn Vorpahl, Ava Foley, Averi Boyum, Yisel Balderas- Perez, Jake Fahey, Kaitlyn Schoenike, Holly Flick and Alexandra Steckelis

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

They're Back...

Mr. Bussey's ninth grade Physical Science classes recently tested their Rube Goldberg Machines, incorporating the seven simple machines into their designs. You have never seen balloons popped with so much effort and thought put in. As Mr. Bussey would say, the students did a "nice" job!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Preparing for the March 3rd ACT!

Belleville High School had another strong showing for its second full-length ACT practice test this morning (1-4). Using Method Test Prep in this round, students learned of their scores immediately and could see their growth from each subject last year. We are hoping for record-setting performance on the statewide March 3 testing date! We are proud of the initiative and effort that are students put in on a voluntary Saturday morning! Student input on the ease or difficulty of different sections of the test provide our staff with valuable feedback as well.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Middle School Market

As part of 7th grade Social Studies classes, Mr. Gentilli and Mr. Swenson hosted the first of three Middle School Markets this winter. Students develop, create, market, and sell a product. After each market in the middle school's Literacy Lounge, students can reflect on their successes and areas for growth and make changes for the next market. This interactive project focuses on economic concepts that students are learning in class. Items sold today ranged from pizzas, to stickers, and smoothies. The timing for last-minute holiday shopping was ideal!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Winter Band Concert

On Tuesday, December 17, Belleville Middle and High Schools' Band students performed in their annual winter concert under the direction of Stephanie Meir. The middle school band of just over 70 students opened the night with four pieces. The Jazz Ensemble came onto the stage next with another three pieces including a "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and a vocal solo by Miles Fahey in "Silver Bells." The night concluded with four additional songs by the nearly 60 students in the Symphonic (High School) Band. These four songs featured nine different soloists.
Congratulations to Mrs. Meir and her students for filling the auditorium with holiday cheer!