Saturday, February 28, 2015

Teachers Attend Ed. Camp

Belleville High School teachers Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Tretow, and Mrs. Wilcox attended the Madison EdCamp ( on Saturday at Sun Prairie High School. The three won the Amazing Race Challenge ( The competition was a web-quest using Google applications, My Maps, and teamwork. Congratulations to the Belleville staff!
The winning team!

Friday, February 27, 2015

LifeSmarts Competition (Submitted by Mr. Farrar)

On Friday, February 27th, four students (Elizabeth Erb, Jacob Hackman, Claire Johnsrud, and Alex O'Connor) from Belleville High School attended the LifeSmarts competition held at Edgewood College. LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League that promotes knowledge in the areas of Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Safety, Technology, and the Environment. This team of students had to qualify for this competition by taking a series of online tests. Only the top six schools in Wisconsin, based on the online tests, were invited to Edgewood College for the live competition. The live competition was completed after 8 hours, and Belleville prevailed as the runner-up (2nd place). This outcome rewarded each student in attendance from Belleville a $500 scholarship to a school of their choice.  I am extremely proud of their hard work and dedication. They proved that anything can happen if you believe in yourself and put your mind to it. Please help me congratulate Elizabeth Erb, Jacob Hackman, Claire Johnsrud, and Alex O'Connor on their recent success!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Career Exploration (Submitted by Mrs. Gartley)

Students in Mrs. Gartley's Culinary Arts I course spent a day this week at the Great Wolf Lodge learning about a wide range of hospitality career options as well as the importance of teamwork and high quality customer service. Thank you to Mr. Eric Schultz, Division Director of Guest Services and Housekeeping, for offering this opportunity to Belleville students for many years!

Exploring Medical Careers (Submitted by Mrs. Gartley)

Students in Mrs. Gartley’s dual-credit Exploring Medical Careers course demonstrate skills taking and interpreting vital signs while delivering care to a variety of health conditions exhibited by a computerized SIMMAN. Simulation Mannequins like this are a common teaching and testing tool in Madison College's healthcare degree programs. Thank you to the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System of Wisconsin for funding this learning experience for our students!
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Grace Patrow, Jacey Kropelin, and Savana Schmidt administer CPR.

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Ian Schultz, Joey Sokol, Colin Flick, and Amanda Sorenson assess the patient's vital signs.
Lucy Grady and Grace Schulting listen to their patient's heartbeat.

4th Annual March Madness Food Drive for Belleville Pantry

The 4th Annual March Madness Food Drive for the Belleville Pantry will start next week (March 2nd) and run until March 27th.  This year, the National Honor Society will be sponsoring the event.  Donations will be taken all month and be delivered to the Belleville Food Pantry. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Alsteens or an NHS member.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Girls' Playoff Basketball Win!

The Wildcat girls defeated Palmyra-Eagle 45-39 on Tuesday night at home. They have advanced to play #1 seed Cambridge at Cambridge Friday night.
In Mrs. Meir's absence, John Gorski led the Pep Band with a little flair at halftime!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Environmental Science Lesson (Submitted by Mrs. Knudson)

Last week, the Environmental Science class learned about the water we drink by using a sand-tank groundwater model provided to the district by UW-Stevens Point. With this model, students were able to simulate the flow of groundwater in a watershed to learn where it comes from and where it flows to. They were also able to observe the water table and how it changes with different scenarios, as well as the effects of pollution from common sources such as landfills and runoff. Through this hands-on activity, students gained a better understanding of the water cycle, importance and function of groundwater, and where the water from their faucet really comes from.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

3rd Term Parent-Teacher Conferences

Belleville Middle and High School enjoyed an excellent turnout for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, February 18th. They were once again held in an arena style in the gymnasium. If you missed this opportunity to meet with your student's teachers, please call or e-mail them about your student's progress. For the final set of conferences in May, teachers will meet with parents in their classrooms. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winter Week

February 16-20 is Winter Week at Belleville High School. Lunchtime contests include dodgeball, a clothes relay, volleyball, and a maze game in which the classes compete against each other. Dress-up days for the week include:
MONDAY - Pajama Day
TUESDAY - Sparkles Day
WEDNESDAY - Superhero Day
FRIDAY - Ugly Sweater Day
A dance will cap the week on Saturday night from 8-12pm in the gym.


Staff Celebration

Approximately 25 staff members gathered after school recently from the Middle and High Schools to celebrate and congratulate Agriculture teacher Melissa Knudson’s first child. Melissa is due at the end of March.
The staff hired Bakery Youth Apprentice Kyleah McKnight to design and prepare the cake for the baby shower. As you can tell, Kyleah is very talented!
Welcome to the Little Farmer!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Belleville Youth Apprentice of the Month

Senior Kyleah McKnight has wanted to own and operate her own bakery since middle school. The daughter of Erica Ehlert and Kevin McKnight applied at the high school for Youth Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Tourism. Kyleah has taken courses at the high school in her career pathway, is involved in FBLA, manages the new school store, is the Green County Dairy Queen, and has been involved in 4H. Kyleah learns technical bakery skills from mentor, Angela Neff and the staff at the New Glarus Bakery. She works in this paid position 10-15 hours per week while earning school credits. Kyleah has been accepted at Madison College in Business Management and is on the waiting list for Bakery Arts. For more information about work-based learning programs contact Teresa Gartley, Belleville School-to-Career Coordinator.

Looking for your child’s grades?

The school district’s new website allows you two ways to access your child’s grades. The first way to link to Skyward is by holding your mouse over the word “FAMILIES” at the top banner of the webpage and selecting “Skyward: Family Access.” Another option is to use the shortcut icon located in the top right corner of the website's homepage.

Skyward will allow you to access information about your child’s attendance, behavior, grades, lunch account, etc.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

MS Valentine's Day Dance

About seventy 7th and 8th grade students had a blast at the Valentine's Day dance on Friday night in the Middle School Commons. The students served as their own DJs, and Ms. Boudreau, Mr. Daniels, Mr. Gentili, and Mrs. Swenson chaperoned. The Commons was decorated, concessions were served, and a photo booth was set up. See other great things happening in the Middle School's Wildcat News.
Students gather around one round of the pie eating contest.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Save the Date for:
PTO Bingo on March 6th at the Intermediate School
Food will be served at 5:30pm, and Bingo starts at 6pm.

Please contact the PTO (at BellevillePTO@gmail.comif you would like to help by:
  • Donating prizes.
  • Making something for the Bake Sale.
  • Volunteering at the event.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rollerskating Unit in Physical Education

Mr. Pamperin has once again begun his rollerskating unit. Students rent the skates from Skatetime- a company that delivers them right to the school. The video below shows 8th graders honing their skills. JP provides words of encouragement over the public address system. They look much more adept going forward than they were practicing going backward!

Students of the Month for January

On Monday, 2-9, Students of the Month for January were invited to a pizza lunch in the Main Office. Along with the lunch, they received a certificate from their nominating teacher and free movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters. The picture below will be forwarded to the Post Messenger Recorder as well. Congratulations to these fine Wildcats!
Students from left to right: Baily Hubbard, Ryley Helwig, Alan Woller, Alex O'Connor, Jesse McNamar, Jade Halvensleben, Max Gerner, William DeJonge, Mason Cribben, and Ciara Roberts
Not Pictured: Jakson Trainor

Monday, February 9, 2015

FBLA Regional Leadership Conference (Submitted by Jesse McNamar)

On Saturday, February 7th, the Belleville Chapter of FBLA competed at the Regional Leadership Conference in Mauston. The students were also able to attend a number of workshops and team-building activities that were extremely valuable.

The results of the competition were as such:
  • Matthew Gehrts and Sadie Pattinson competed in Hospitality Management and finished in 2nd Place. They will compete in the State Leadership Conference.
  • Logan Fahey and Miranda O'Rourke competed in Business Financial Plan and finished in 3rd Place. They will compete at the State Leadership Conference.
  • Jesse McNamar competed in Job Interview and finished in 4th Place. He will be attending the State Leadership Conference.
  • Samantha Christen and Kylie Inabnit competed in Desktop Publishing and finished in 4th Place.
  • Treise Langhammer, Vittoria Smith, and Katie Stuessy competed in Website Design and finished in 4th Place.
It was an enjoyable trip for all competitors, and they look forward to the next level of competition.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Middle School Science Presenter

Middle School Science teacher Lana Swenson welcomed Bart Morrick into her 8th grade Science classes on Wednesday, February 4. Mr. Morrick is a Belleville graduate and is the father of three students in the Middle and High Schools. He works for HBM as an application engineer. His company provides equipment to Boeing, NASA, the United States Army, Siemens, Airbus, and Virgin Airlines. He spoke to students about his work experience with waves and sound waves, in particular. He brought examples in to produce sounds and discuss the waves produced by them. In one instance, the students jumped at the unexpected sound booming out of an old car horn.