Friday, January 29, 2016


The Middle and High Schools ran an alternate schedule today (1-29) to celebrate Wildcat Pride Day. Nearly all of our students qualified for a behavior incentive-based activity day, with less than three individual office disciplinary referrals for the month of January. At the high school, students participated in a variety of activities of their choice. The Middle School students went rollerskating in Monroe. It was a day to acknowledge the awesome students we have in Belleville!

Mr. Ziehr takes on Nicole Sanders in table tennis.
Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Meir hosted a music Kahoot competition.
Mr. Bussey invited students in to get acquainted with reptiles and amphibians.
Students in Ms. Olson's room played "Minute to Win It."
Students played chess in Mr. Cryderman's Room.

Middle School Spelling Bee

Belleville Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee on Friday (1-29) morning. After 12 rounds plus a championship round, 7th grader Roxana Grunenwald emerged as the champion. Christian Hakala, another 7th grader, was the well-deserved runner-up. Roxana will very quickly move onto the next phase of the competition. Wish her luck!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Go For Gold/Parents' Night

The home girl's basketball game on Thursday night against Cambridge wrapped up the "Go For Gold" fundraising week for Childhood Cancer Awareness. Players from both teams wore warm-up tee-shirts to support the cause. Savannah Grindle, a 2015 Belleville High School graduate and cancer survivor, was the game's honorary captain.

Thursday night's game was also Parents' Night. The girls wrote notes to their parents and presented them to moms and dads as players escorted them around the gym. Thanks to all our parents for the sacrifices that they make for their kids!
Claire Butters and Andrew DeLorme lead the Pep Band.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Improv Night

Belleville High School's Improv Club held their first show of the school year on Monday, January 25. Despite the poor weather, a nice crowd showed up to support and participate in the games. Thanks to Mrs. Alsteens for sending these photos along! The Improv Club plans to represent at Fine Arts Night and another Spring show.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Science Olympiad Success!

Belleville High School's Science Olympiad Team took 5th place overall for small teams (out of 30 teams in their division) over the weekend at UW-River Falls in just their second competition. Grace Przybyl and Britney Markhardt (a replacement for Jaden Kieler being ill and unable to travel after all his hard work) placed 1st in Mystery Design. Nicole Sanders and Riley Medenwald placed 3rd in Food Science. Trevor Thole and Britney Markhardt placed 4th in Hydrogeology! Congratulations to Mrs. Smith and her team for all their early success in just their first year!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Teens for Jeans Campaign

Belleville High School will once again be participating in the Teens for Jeans Campaign this year. Please bring your "gently used" jeans to the Main Office to donate to homeless teens in the area. During the week of February 1st, we will also be collecting jeans at the Thursday (2-4) and Friday (2-5) home boys' and girls' basketball games against Waterloo. It could help BHS win a $3,000 grant (and $500 for a celebration party). Thank you to Britney Markhardt, Clarice Loeffelholz, and Rachel Uebelacker for spearheading this effort!
The girls working last year's collection

Conference Wrestling Champions!

Congratulations to Coach Swenson and the Sugar River Raider wrestlers on winning the conference championship with a 71-6 victory over Cambridge last night at home!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ag Guest Speaker from Landmark Cooperative

Landmark Cooperative human resources representative Jeremy Henkels came and presented to the Plant & Soil Science class today. Jeremy spoke with students about the Landmark Cooperative as well as career opportunities. He explained to the class about the history and purpose of a cooperative.  He also highlighted specific careers for students both directly out of high school and after a college education. Landmark Cooperative not only has a location here in Belleville with animal nutrition, agronomy, and grain, but also other locations throughout the southeast quarter of Wisconsin. In addition, Landmark Coop also has a division in energy so there were many different job opportunities that he discussed involving those 4 areas that students could consider. [Submitted by Mrs. Knudson]

Science Night Set for March 15

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 15, for the High School Science Night. The soup supper to precede it will help to fund the students' Boundary Waters' trip this summer. The Science Show will begin at 6:30pm in the auditorium.

Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK Day Soup Supper

Thank you to all those families who attended this year's Martin Luther King Day Soup Supper in the bitterly cold weather. Donations go to those in need in Belleville. Thanks also to:

  • Mrs. Krueger and the Student Council, as well as Mrs. Alsteens, for their work leading up to the event.
  • Eve Palmer and her mom, Kris Penniston, for providing entertainment tonight.
  • Mr. Benash's Ceramics' classes for making the serving bowls for the event.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lock-in for Upperclassmen

On Friday night (1-15) following the home boys' basketball game, the Spirit Club hosted a lock-in for juniors and seniors. Thirty-eight 11th and 12th graders stayed from 10pm to 5am, playing and participating in a variety of games and activities including flashlight tag, human foosball, and boccerball. It was successful enough in its inaugural year to put it on again next year. Thank you to Mrs. Tretow, Mrs. O'Connor, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Fell, and Barb Funseth for hanging in with the students all night!

Friday, January 15, 2016

On Friday, January 15, Middle School Students-of-the-Month for December were recognized in a ceremony during Homeroom to start the day. Students' hand-prints are put up in the Commons to acknowledge this accomplishment. Congratulations to these 7th and 8th graders!
From left to right: Sophia Grady, Madalynn Weber, Brooke Kiefer, Heidi Wegehaupt, Jenna Shrader, Adrianna Herritz, Brooke Everson, Sean McDermott, Emma Erickson, Mitchell Mussehl, Royce Clark, and Mason Cribben

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Soup Supper

Join us next Monday night for this annual fundraiser!

December HS Students-of-the-Month

On Thursday (1-14), high school students recognized by individual departments were treated to a pizza lunch. Students also received their teacher's nomination form, donated movie passes from Marcus Theater's Student Motivation Program, and have their photo sent to the newspaper. It is a good time for Mr. Perry and Mrs. Schween to receive feedback on improvements that need to be made from the students' perspective.
Front: Logan Fahey, Kylie Inabnit, and  Jaydon Winkers
Back: Kori Rogers, Rachael Heittola, Cassidy Heller, Otto Anson,
and Lukas Freidig

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Middle School STEM Lessons

Since the return from the holiday break, Mrs Swenson has had her Science classes experimenting with electricity and magnetism. Students have also been using their Chromebooks with the TinkerCAD program to create small items on the 3-D printer. The Middle School invested in its own 3D printer during Term 2.

Monday, January 11, 2016


Belleville Middle and High Schools will present national cyberbullying expert Justin Patchin in a Parent Forum on Wednesday, February 10, from 6-7pm in the auditorium. He will be able to answer parent concerns and questions regarding Internet use and social media issues. Don't miss this special opportunity! He will be addressing our students and staff earlier that day.

FFA Half-time Conference

Belleville FFA recently attended the 2016 Wisconsin Half-time Conference in Stevens Point. Each school can have two members attend, and David Statz and Adam Laufenberg represented our chapter well! They participated in workshops presented by the State FFA Officers where they learned about community service, advocating for agriculture, and got some ideas for new activities that we can start here in Belleville. They also enjoyed a presentation by a past National FFA Officer and met many other members from around the state. [Submitted by Mrs. Knudson]

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Yoga in PE

Mrs. Tretow's Physical Education classes are currently practicing yoga. We are not only placing a priority on fitness, but on individual activities that can be done for a lifetime. The photo below shows her 2A PE class in the "upward dog" position.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Cate Machine and Welding Donation

Thank you to Gene and Steve Cate who donated and delivered a CNC mill today to the high school. The mill is valued at approximately $15,000. It will help us to launch another Project Lead the Way course - Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). The Cate family is hoping that their partnership with the school district is replicated by other area businesses. Steve Cate, a Belleville High School graduate, will spend time with teacher Ed Neumann each month teaching our students how to program and best use the machine. Cate Machine and Welding has also been a fantastic partner with our School-to-Career program, allowing students to job shadow at their shop, as well as taking on one paid student position per year.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Junior Class Scoopie Night

The Junior Class (2017) will hold a Scoopie Night Fundraiser at the New Glarus Culvers on Monday, February 8, from 5-8pm We hope to see you there!

Advanced Placement Honor Roll AGAIN!

For a second consecutive year, Belleville High School has earned a place on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll. We are 1 of only 425 school districts nationwide to receive the honor. To qualify, a school must show an increase in the number of students taking AP exams while maintaining or improving their scores of 3 or above (to qualify for college credit). In the Capitol Conference, only Lodi matched Belleville's success. Cambridge and Lake Mills also earned a spot this year. Madison, Verona, and Waunakee were the only other school districts in the area on the list. Congratulations to our students and staff!
(We are listed under the "School District of Belleville.")

Middle School Science Dissection

Mr. and Mrs. Swenson have their students dissecting and labeling frogs in their 7th grade Science classes. This is always one of the units with the highest interest levels for students. Just look at their faces!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Middle School Forensics

Thursday, January 7, the Middle School Forensics Team will travel to Willow Brook Middle School for the first meet.  The bus will leave at 2:30pm and will return around 8:30pm.  Team members will call or text parents on the way home.  The Level 1 meet will be held at St. Dennis in Madison on Thursday, January 21, and the Level 2 will be held here at Belleville Middle School on Thursday, February 4.  

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the meets.  Each meet will consist of three rounds.  Rounds will start on the hour, usually, with the first round starting at 4:00pm.  Students and spectators must be in the round before the start of the round and will not be able to leave the room until the round is over.  When the round is over, the judge will release the teams and spectators for a break before the next round.  Team members will not know how they performed until the end of the night.  The coaches will collect the written comments and ballots at the end of the evening and share with the team members.  

Between rounds, concessions will be available to purchase for both team members and spectators.  Team members may also choose to pack a sack dinner if they choose not to purchase food.  

Please email Mrs. Schultz or Mrs. Miller with any questions. or

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Opportunity for Future Scientists and Engineers

With our launch of Project Lead the the Way and expansion of the program in the years to come, here is an upcoming opportunity for our students.

Eagle Scout Honor for Abe Morrick

Congratulations to Abe Morrick for earning the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony on 1-3! Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Scouts, with only about 2 percent of all Boy Scouts reaching it. Abe had to pass through five ranks leading up to it and earn 21 merit badges. His service project (seen in the picture below) was to build a canoe launch on the Sugar River.