Friday, March 25, 2016

March Madness Campaign

Mrs. Alsteens and the National Honor Society created a bracket competition for different 3B classes in an effort to collect Belleville food pantry donations. In all, over 1,200 items were donated by our students and staff. Mrs. Jenkins' AP Lit. & Lang. class won the competition by collecting over 550 food items on their own! That class defeated the Main Office and Mrs. Tretow's class in consecutive weeks. Mrs. Alsteens reports that this was the most successful food drive to-date! Thanks to all of those who contributed.

Ethics Symposium Day at BHS

Belleville High School juniors and seniors led an Ethics Symposium during today's (3-25) Early Release schedule. These students had been trained by the Rotary Club over the last two years. Mrs. Walejko and Mrs. Miller guided the process, but it was truly student-led. After an introductory skit in the auditorium, the student leaders took their peers (separated into 9 large groups) through three ethical dilemmas. Staff helped to facilitate these respectful interactions. The day ended with feedback and input for a future session. It was a great day to be a Wildcat!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

German Exchange Visitors

Belleville High School has welcomed 19 German students this week. They have attended classes for a few days and are visiting local attractions (like the House on the Rock today) for the rest of the week. Over Spring Break, they will travel to Chicago with Frau Brown to visit some of the tourist destinations there. Willkommen!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Research Presentations in MS ELA

Mrs. Schultz's 8th grade students presented their research topics to classmates today. You can see her learning objective below.
Students like Bryson Jelle and Royce Clark utilized our 1:1 technology to take their classmates through presentations on a variety of topics. Bryson focused on nuclear weapons in Iran, while Royce concentrated on the current state of Syria. These presentations incorporated speaking and listening into the reading and writing components of the research. They also met technology integration standards.
This lesson demonstrates many of the district's initiatives (literacy and technology) that have been the focus of our teachers this year.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Big Time Mathlete!

Jackson Nolden took 1st place in Grade 7 in the state on this year's Wisconsin Mathematics League test! This is quite an accomplishment which he has now achieved multiple times. There were approximately 1,500 seventh graders from 46 schools who took the test from around the state. Congratulations, Jack!

Friday, March 18, 2016

MS Stunts & Challenges PE Unit

Mr. Pamperin ended his middle school Stunts and Challenges Unit this week. Students had the opportunity to experiment and practice with stilts, unicycles, juggling, and pogo sticks. They are exposed to activities that they are not typically involved in and are not usually part of a regular Phy. Ed. curriculum. Check out our students in action!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BHS Science Night

Belleville High School Science teachers and students put on a wonderful and interactive display last night (3-15) for the newly formatted Science Night (and Soup Supper to support the Outdoor Club's trip to the Boundary Waters). Students displayed projects and then AP Chemistry and AP Physics students put on demonstrations starting at 6:30pm. The crowd was tremendous, and it was a great experience for our younger students to witness. If you missed out, check out the pictures and make plans to be here next year!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tara Hanna - Wisconsin Basketball Coaches All-Star

Belleville's Tara Hanna was selected to play in the Division 4 WBCA All-Star Game. She will be a member of the South squad. The game will be held on June 17th at JustAGame Field house in the Wisconsin Dells. Congratulations on this accomplishment, Tara!

The BHS Forensics Team Moves on to State

Congratulations to our BHS Forensics Team sending 31 students to the State meet on April 15th! The following students received TWO perfect scores last night:
Prose: Sadie Pattinson
Play Acting: Kira Elmer & Lauren Severson
Solo Acting: Eliza Woods
Group Interpretation: Jade HalvenslebenRylee Hubbard, Anna Nolden, and Abby Winterburn 

Mili Julian also received one perfect score in Storytelling.

Many other students improved their scores, and Coach Alsteens reports solid scores in all 3 rounds.
We are very proud of our Wildcat Forensics Team! On to State!!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

FFA Attends Kiwanis Luncheon

Today (3-14), FFA members Adam, Brianna, Denise, Leah, and Tara attended the Downtown Madison Kiwanis's Luncheon. All Dane County FFA Chapters are invited to this event to meet the Kiwanis's members and for the presentation of the Louis M. Sasman Awards. One member from each chapter earns this award each year, and Tara Hanna was our recipient!

Omega Man

While the high school students scheduled for classes today (3-14), 7th-9th graders had the opportunity to sit in on a presentation by Omega Man. Through feats of strength (ripping a phone book in half, bending steel, and breaking a bat), he shared a positive message with students about being a HERO (Helping Everyone Respect Others).

Friday, March 11, 2016

Guest Speaker: Rep. Pocan

Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District Representative Mark Pocan visited Belleville High School Civics and AP Government students on Friday (3-11) afternoon. He spoke about his job and then took questions from the students. Civics students have to take the state-mandated Civics Test for the first time this year, and AP students have their test approaching in May. Thank you to Mr. Hodgson for setting up this opportunity for our students!

BHS Van de Graaff Generator

Check out Mr. Bussey's students experimenting with a Van de Graaff generator for the first time. 

High School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday (3-11), Belleville High School honored their Students-of-the-Month for February, with each department nominating a student excelling in their subject. Students were treated to a pizza lunch and received their nomination form, along with movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters. This group provides feedback to the administration each month on ways to improve the school.
Left to Right: Dalton Fahey, Jared Schulting, Otto Anson, Jackson Richter, Eduardo Fraire, Daniel Covarrubias, Amanda Lettman, and Krista Diaz
Not Pictured: Mariah Hustad

Thursday, March 10, 2016

School-wide Ethics Symposium Scheduled for March 25th

Check out Marian Viney's article on the Ethics Club at BHS and their plans for a school-wide event on Friday, March 25:

Middle School Math Team

Congratulations to our Middle School Math Team in their competition at Lake Mills today. Seventh grader Jackson Nolden took first place overall. He had a perfect score of 100. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Who Says Scientists Can't be Creative?

Check out Skylar Butenhoff's and Isabelle Pier's claymation video on cells from Mr. Bussey's Biology class. For those of you not familiar with claymation, every time you see movement is another picture that they piece together (over 400 total). What a great effort! This is our 1:1 technology initiative in action.

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday (3-4), the Middle School Students-of-the-Month were honored in a ceremony to start the day. They received a certificate, Catty Shack bucks, and their handprint on the wall. We will also submit this photo to the paper this week. Look for it there as well. Congratulations to this fine group of 7th and 8th graders!
Front Row: Roxana Grunenwald, Erica Long, Caitlyn Johnson, Brandon Graves, Hope Phommachack,
Back Row: Erin Kittleson, Kirsten Krantz, Hailey Butenhoff, Sean Hagen, Lukas Judd, Jackson Sies, Mason Schwoegler

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Solo and Ensemble Results

Congratulations to the Belleville High School Band and Choir students for their performances in Waterloo over the weekend. James Grasby, head of Lakeside Lutheran, personally e-mailed me with "Nate: I had the pleasure if adjudicating a number of Belleville students at today's solo-ensemble festival at Waterloo.  They were super kids who were well prepared!  Very polite!  Please pass my compliments on to your music people."

Here are the results compiled by Mrs. Krueger.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Read Across America

Mr. Gentilli's Social Studies classes made a guest appearance on Wednesday (3-2) at the Intermediate School during toddler time as part of the Read Across America program. Check out our role models in action!