Monday, February 29, 2016

National Honor Society Induction

On Monday night (2-29), Belleville High School's National Honor Society inducted its new members.
Mr. Gary DeLorme came back to give the keynote address.
The four pillars of the National Honor Society are character, leadership, scholarship, and service- represented by the four candles, all lit from the candle of knowledge.

2016-17 Course Selection Video

Parents and Students: Please take the time to watch this course selection video which describes the process and highlights most of our elective courses.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sheep Brain Dissection in MS Science

Mrs. Swenson's 8th Grade Science classes were very engaged in the dissection of a sheep's brain. This will prepare them later for Biology and Anatomy & Physiology.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ag Students Visit 3rd Grade Classrooms

Fourteen Belleville FFA members spent some time in the 3rd grade classrooms today for FFA week. The high schoolers helped the 3rd graders make chapstick. The ingredients were beeswax and soybean oil, so the FFA members taught about where those products come from. They also discussed the purpose of wax not only for our lips, but on the feathers of ducks and plants. The students also played an agriculture Jeopardy game where they learned some new terms and discussed what FFA and agriculture are really all about! The FFA members had fun interacting with the younger kids today and promoting agriculture! [Submitted by Mrs. Knudson]

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Middle School Overture Trip

Both the 7th and 8th grades took a field trip this morning (2-24) to the Overture Center to see the play "The Mojo and the Sayso." The show was recently reviewed in The Capital Times ( The play links back to English Language Arts curriculum in both grades. We are happy to expose our students to the Arts whenever possible.

FFA Members Meet the National FFA President

On Tuesday (2/23), 14 Belleville FFA members attended a presentation and workshop at Mount Horeb High School led by the National FFA President, Taylor McNeel. Belleville and Mount Horeb FFA Chapters participated in activities that focused on reaching their goals and educating others about what FFA is. The State FFA President and our State FFA Sectional Officer also helped with the event. This was a unique opportunity for students to interact with the National FFA President and celebrate FFA Week. The students are looking forward to watching Taylor lead the National FFA Convention in the fall. Check out the news broadcast:

Donation for the Belleville Food Pantry

Mrs. Alsteens and Mrs. Krueger, along with seniors Claire Butters and Andrew DeLorme, presented a check to the Belleville Food Pantry for $500 on Wednesday (2-24) morning. The donation represents two years of profits from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Soup Supper organized by the National Honor Society and the Student Council. This is service learning in action!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Eli Rule to State!

Belleville High School's Eli Rule is headed to the state swimming meet on Saturday, February 20, at UW-Madison's Natatorium in three events- the 200m Medley Relay, 200m Freestyle Relay, and the 100m Breaststroke.  Eli's coach, Scott Krueger, and his Oregon teammates joined Belleville Middle and High School students in wishing Eli good luck in an assembly at the end of the day. We are very proud of his accomplishments!

Rotary Ethics Symposium

Ten Belleville juniors represented the high school at the 16th Annual  Rotary Ethics Symposium on Friday, February, 19. The staff's Leadership Committee selected and invited the students for this opportunity. The group was led by Mrs. Walejko and Mrs. Miller. These students will join last year's participants (current seniors) in working through a problem-solving process with our high school students on Friday, March 25. Last year's participants have already taken the middle and high school staff through this process.

High School Forensics Sub-Districts

Congratulations to our Belleville High School Forensics Team, as all 32 members advanced to the District Meet in March. Top scorers for the evening were:

  1. Noah Fahey - His 4-minute Informative Speech received two perfect scores of 25.
  2. Grace Pryzbyl - Her Stroytelling received a perfect score of 25.
  3. Sadie Pattinson - Her Prose received a perfect score of 25.
Great job to Mrs. Alsteens and her team as they keep working toward State!
Missing Grace Pryzbyl, as she was attending the Rotary Ethics Symposium!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A.L.I.C.E. Parent Forum

Last night (2-10), administrators presented A.L.I.C.E., the district's new school safety protocols, to a group of about 25 parents and staff. A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. It takes a pro-active, age-appropriate approach to violent intruders in a school setting. The next step will to begin training with students in March.

Here is a link to the presentation:

Here is the video from last night (in two segments):
Segment 1:
Segment 2:

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dissection in Anatomy & Physiology

Mr. Bussey's Anatomy & Physiology classes are in the midst of a mink dissection. They are using photos projected on the SMART Board to help identify what they should be looking for with each cut. They are also documenting the process with photos to later label.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Start thinking Spring!

The Horticulture class transplanted their first set of plant plugs today during class! They potted, labeled, and watered  approximately 120 plants including geraniums, dianthus, juncus, and straw flowers. We will be heating up the greenhouse soon, and the class will continue to transplant more plugs, start vegetables & flowers from seed, and do some of their own experiments. All of these plants will be grown by the students and be sold in May at the annual plant sale during the village-wide garage sales. [Submitted by Mrs. Knudson]

High School Students-of-the- Month

On Thursday (2-11), Belleville High School staff celebrated our January Students-of-the-Month. They were nominated by each department in the building. They were treated to a pizza lunch (and Scotch-a-roos from Mrs. Schween), along with movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters. Congratulations to these eight outstanding students!
Left to Right: Delia Fullbright, Cheyenne Koeppel, Brianna Halvorson, Trevor Thole,
Rhett Cisler, Tyler Gilberston, Andrew DeLorme, and Jesse McNamar

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dr. Justin Patchin Presents on Cyberbullying

UW-Eau Claire Criminal Justice Professor, Dr. Justin Patchin, spoke to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at the end of the day on Wednesday (2-10), along with all K-12 staff after school, and 23 parents and students in a night session from 6-7pm in the auditorium. His message was that students, parents, the school, and law enforcement all need to work together to address the issue of cyberbullying and that we need to teach our children how to appropriately use technology, just like we would teach them to drive a car. His resource page ( has additional resources for teens and parents.

HS Winter Week

Belleville High School is breaking up the cold days of February with Winter Week. You can see the activities below, culminating with a dance from 8pm to midnight on Saturday night.
Tuesday's Lunch Games featured Class vs. Class Volleyball with the Juniors winning.
Wednesday featured Dress-Like-a-Teacher-Day and Dodgeball (won by the Seniors) at lunch!
Thursday featured Twins Day and Steal-the-Sticks (won by the Seniors) at lunch!
The Seniors once again won the relay race at Friday's lunch games.
Misters Hodgson, Volger, and Benash discuss the Seniors' winning strategy.

Thank you to our Student School Board Representatives

Thank you to Claire Butters and Andrew DeLorme for serving as this year's student representatives to the school board. The plaque at the Middle and High School main entrance acknowledges those who have served in this position. Claire and Andrew give periodic updates at school board meetings on what is happening in the building.
By the way, it was "Dress Like a Teacher" Day for Winter Week!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Science Olympiad is State-bound!

The Belleville High School Science Olympiad team is (unofficially, for now) state-bound, placing third in its regional on Saturday! As you can see by the results, BHS received 7 top-5 finishes- all this in the team's first year of existence. Congratulations to Coach Smith and her team!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The latest Wildcat News (#4)

Check out the latest at Belleville High School with the Wildcat News:

NHS Sponsors "Go Red for Women"

Friday (2-5) was national Wear Red Day, bringing awareness to the fact that heart disease and stroke kills 1 in 3 women every year. The National Honor Society sponsored a Penny War at the high school this week. It was won by the Freshmen Class, with a late surge past the Seniors. Thank you to Mrs. Alsteens and NHS members for fundraising for and promoting this cause this week!

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

Congratulations to our Middle School Students-of-the-Month. They were recognized in a Homeroom ceremony on Friday (2-5) in the commons. They received a gift certificate from the Catty Shack and will have their handprints on the wall. Keep up the great work!
Left to Right: Shylah Lietz, Cecilia Grefsheim, Aiden Lietz, Daniyah Farley,
Hansi Bartle, Tyler Fahey, Nathaniel Sack, and Ashlyn Svendson

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Animal Science Field Trip

Today (2/4), the Animal Science class went on a field trip to ABS Global in DeForest and the UW-Research farm in Arlington.  At ABS, students saw the "behind the scenes" procedures involved with collecting samples for artificial insemination.  They witnessed the laboratories where the semen is processed and learned about the value of genetics and the types of research done within the dairy and beef industries. They also toured the barns and learned the process of selecting desirable bulls and the procedure involved with confirming that their genetics have hit high enough standards to be sold to clients around the world.  We then went down the road to the UW Research Farm's swine and sheep facilities. Students learned about biosecurity and the advancements in technology & research done on the swine there, such as heart stents and even dental studies! Lastly, at the sheep farm they observed some ewes with their January lambs. The farm manager discussed the uniqueness of raising sheep, what traits make up a desirable ewe, and the processes of lambing, weaning, and shearing. It was a fun trip and connected well to our current unit focused on reproduction. [Submitted by Mrs. Knudson]

Middle School PE

Mr. Pamperin has once again started his very popular rollerskating unit with his Middle School students. We have access to the equipment for about two weeks. The students were here this morning, choosing to skate at 7:15am!

Medical Terminology Coursework

Students in Mrs. Gartley's dual-credit (from Madison College) Medical Terminology course reviewed vocabulary associated with organs  and were introduced to disorders in the upper and lower respiratory systems by active engagement, designing edible models and case scenarios to be presented to their classmates. [Submitted by Mrs. Gartley]
Sammy, Taylor, and Hannah researching and writing their respiratory system disorder case studies

Brooke and Ciara modify their normal respiratory system model to reflect pleurisy and lung cancer.
An edible respiratory model