Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Middle School Students-of-the-Month

On Thursday, March 23rd, Belleville Middle School teachers acknowledged their Students-of-the-Month for March. Students were recognized in a morning assembly in the Middle School Commons.  Each teacher spoke about the student and presented them with a certificate, along with a Catty Shack (school store) buck and movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters. Students were also able to put their handprints and signatures up on the on the walls of the Commons. A theme for this month's winners was a sense of humor and work ethic. Congratulations to these Wildcats!
Top Row: Madeylyn Winterburn, Callie Smith, Chloe Smith, Alison Erskine, Kennedy Dreger, Zoe Rule, and Risandi Bartle
Bottom Row: Andrew Remy, Ryan Downing, and Carson Heller
Not Pictured: Brooke Everson

Friday, March 17, 2017

District Forensics Results

On Thursday (3-16) night, every member member (29 total) of the Belleville High School Forensics Team who competed at the district competition, hosted here at BHS, qualified for the state meet on April 21st at UW-Madison! Belleville students qualified in 23 different categories. Top scores went to:

Owen Benash and Joey Sokol

Emily Flick and Eliza Woods

Solo Acting
Noah Fahey, Julia McNamar, and Taylor Vesperman

Group Interpretation
Grace Jaramillo-Hoffman, Shea O'Malley, Grace Schulting and Mikaela Steckelis

Alan Woller

Congratulations to all of our advancing students and to Head Coach Mrs. Alsteens and assistant Coach Mrs. Walejko. It was a great night to be a Wildcat!
Mrs. Alsteens with Ruth Phillips (District 11 Chairperson) & Adam Jacobi (WHSFA State Director)

Science Night

On Monday, March 14th (Pi Day and Einstein's birthday), Belleville High School students hosted their annual Science Night (and Soup Supper to support the Boundary Waters summer trip). Eleven advanced Science students put on demonstrations on the auditorium stage for the audience. Crowd pleasers included "Purple Flame, Purple Flame" and "Elephant Toothpaste." Another 40 projects were also on display in the hallways. These ranged from food preservatives, to ink block psychology, and a rat maze. Staff enjoyed participating in some of the students' experiments leading up to Science Night. Congratulations to Mrs. Smith and Mr. Bussey and their students for a successful night of demonstrating student learning! Thank you to the Treder Family for prize donations! [Photos courtesy of Dana Zimmerman]

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Yahara River Writers Contest Results

The results of this year's Yahara River Writers Project were released on Wednesday (3-15). Belleville Middle School is proud to announce that 8 of our students placed in the competition- the most that we have ever had! All of our winners were 8th graders. They include:

Cassie Narf
Jaxon Pier

Roxana Grunenwald - 1st Place
Jenna Banfield
Christian Hakula

Cecilia Grefsheim

In addition, for the first time in school history, a cover design of a Belleville student will adorn the cover of the anthology put out by the Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network. The cover belongs to Josephine Latorre. Way to go Wildcats!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Quilts of Valor

On Wednesday (March 15) morning, 8th grade students at Belleville Middle School hosted a Quilts of Valor program.  The Quilt of Valor is the highest honor that a civilian can present to a veteran. Vicki Sasso, who represents the Quilts of Valor Foundation, spoke to the students and guests about the history and importance of the program.  The students also explained what they learned during this process.  The learned and blogged about several military campaigns including the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom.  However, they also took away research skills, along with communication and teamwork skills.

The presentation today was completely student-led and was simply amazing!  Most importantly, students were able to honor local veterans. Erica Long presented her dad, Kevin, with a quilt.  Adrianna Herritz presented her father, Josh, with a quilt.  Raina Nicholson was also able to present her grandfather, Bliss, with a Quilt of Valor.

The program today was a culmination of work that began back in November.  It demonstrates the school district's partnerships with the Quilts of Valor Foundation, Belleville Public Library, and Patches & Petals.  Today's program clearly showed why Belleville is a great place to be.  Our students were tremendous.  Thank you so much to Mr. Gentilli and Mrs. Schultz for leading this effort.  They should be very proud of the performance of their students today!

Monday, March 13, 2017

World of Robotics

To begin students' morning of the March 13th Early Release Day, Jack Burrus presented to 7th and 8th graders on the "World of Robotics." All middle school students this year are taking a Design & Modeling course as part of the Gateway curriculum of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Next year, they will be exposed to Computer Science as part of PLTW. In two years, 7th grade will then transition to a PLTW Robotics course.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Belleville High School's "Brigadoon"

Twenty-three cast members, along with twelve crew members, performed in "Brigadoon" on opening night- Friday, March 10th. This includes 18 seniors participating in their last musical. Congratulations to Director Nicholas Balabuszko, Assistant Director Leah Balabuszko, and musical directors Sara Krueger & Kris Penniston. The show, an adaptation of the famous 1954 Gene Kelly musical featuring the song "Almost Like Being in Love," is a love story involving characters from two different eras in time who meet in the Scottish village of Brigadoon. Congratulations to all those involved with this entertaining production!

Middle School Happenings

Friday, March 10, was a busy day at Belleville Middle School! Mr. Pamperin wrapped up a unit on Stunts & Challenges in Physical Education that involved climbing, juggling, double-dutch jump ropes, unicycles, and stilts. Take a look at our talented students in the gallery below!
Mr. Gentilli also took a group of 8th grade students, at the request of the public library, to an information gathering session. Our students provided feedback on the design of the new library.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Students-of-the-Month for February

Belleville High School teachers from eight departments nominated Students-of-the-Month for February. These students were recognized with a pizza lunch on Wednesday (3-8). Students also received a certificate from their teachers and movie passes donated by Marcus Theater's Student Motivation Program. A theme about these students took shape while reading their nominations- they are hardworking young people. Keep it up Wildcats!
Left to Right: Evan Reifert, Justin Knoebl, Luke Kelly, Trevor Enloe,
Lexi Helsell, Shea O'Malley, Lio Serrano, and Mili Julian

All-conference Boys Basketball Players

Congratulations to junior Drew Shrader and senior Dan Meier for being named to the All-Capitol Conference South teams. Drew was voted onto the 2nd Team, and Dan was voted in as an Honorable Mention selection. They made Wildcat basketball exciting to watch this year!