Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wildcat News: Senior Tribute

Thank you to McKenzie O'Connor and Grace Schulting for putting together this final Wildcat News as a tribute to our graduating seniors!

Business Marketing Trade Show

Mr. Farrar's Business & Marketing class put on its 1st Annual Trade Show in the auditorium this morning. Twelve student groups had display boards and Google Presentations on their laptops to present to each potential investor. This was the culmination of the students' final project that included a written essay, a presentation, marketing plan, and display of a unique beverage product. Thank you to the staff and school board members (Angie Edge!) for judging these presentations. After rating each product, judges then invested "Farrar Bucks" into the company they felt had the most potential- similar to ABC's "Shark Tank" reality show. As always, Mr. Farrar is looking to improve and expand on this idea for next year.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Red Nose Day at BMS!

Red Nose Day, promoted primarily through Walgreens, is a campaign dedicated to the prevention of childhood hunger (and having fun while doing it). Proceeds benefit children in the United States and some of the poorest countries in the world. Through their efforts today, Belleville Middle School donated over $200 to this cause. Thank you to Associate Principal Schween for helping to launch this effort and to our awesome middle school teachers for promoting it. Even our food service team got involved and provided students with special cookies at lunch today!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chromebook Collection Time!

Chromebooks will be collected at the end of the year. Students in grades 9-12 that have been taking their Chromebooks home must return them to the school.

  • Remove any stickers that you may have added to the Chromebook.
  • Report any damage immediately so that your Chromebook can be repaired.
  • Broken screens may incur a cost.
  • Missing or damaged chargers will be charged $30.

Middle School Garden

Mr. and Mrs. Swenson's classes have been working on planting a garden outside of the Middle School with their 7th grade Science classes. This will continue into the summer with one of Mr. Swenson's summer school classes. In the past, the food produced was donated to the local food pantry. This is hands-on, community service!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Science Show & Tell

Mr. Bussey's Anatomy & Physiology class examined a cow's lungs, trachea, thoracic cavity, etc. today (5-20). The compressor allowed him to simulate air filling and expanding the lungs. Word of this activity quickly spread, with students in the same hallway asking their teachers to allow them to come down and see it for themselves. Mr. Bussey has done a terrific job this year at generating student excitement and engagement!

Employer Appreciation Breakfast

Mrs. Gartley organized our 1st annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast this morning (5-20). Belleville High School has 27 students on job sites with 25 different local employers. This involves three programs: Youth Apprenticeship, Work Experience, and Job Shadowing. Thank you to all the employers for their willingness to take on and mentor our students! Congratulations to Mrs. Gartley (and Mrs. Zimmerman) for the success in re-launching the School-to-Career Program. It provides experiences for students that we cannot replicate in the classroom.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

High School Spring Concert

The High School Band, Treble Choir, and Concert Choir dazzled a packed house on Wednesday night (5-18), with each group performing four pieces. Nearly 60 Symphonic Band students, 16 Women's Choir students, and almost 70 Concert Choir students performed. For a high school of 265 students, this shows what tremendous programs that Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Meir have grown and maintained. Thank you to accompanist Kelly Garrow for all of her hard working in preparing for this night. Congratulations to the seniors in their last go-around in this event in their high school careers!
All of our Seniors

Throughout the night, students introduced songs from critical writing that they had completed in class.

Advanced Trades Class is in the furniture business

Mr. Neumann and his Advanced Trades class have recycled wood from projects completed earlier in the year and repurposed them into outdoor furniture pieces. Students planned and then built the chairs and benches, with mostly staff purchasing them. Mrs. DeCabooter sent me the picture below with the message, "I've had so many compliments on it!!!"

Monday, May 16, 2016

Please Make Time for this Fundraiser!

Please encourage family, friends, relatives, and neighbors to come out to the new Francois Ford this Saturday, May 21, from 10am-4pm for a no-pressure test-drive. For every test drive, $20 comes back to the school district for athletics and the Spirit Club. There will be music and free food as well. We would appreciate your support!

Friday, May 13, 2016

High School Students-of-the-Month for April

Belleville High School recognized its Students-of-the-Month from April on Friday afternoon with a pizza lunch. This was the last round for the year, with teachers nominating a total of 68 9th-12th grade students this year. Thank you to Marcus Theaters for donating all of the movie passes that the students received throughout the year. This shows what a wonderful group of students we have here at BHS!
From left to right: Bridget Olig, Justin Knoebl, Grace Patrow, Denise Rankin, Kristen Lowery, Leah Hanna, Grace Hicks, Lily McMahan, and Nicole Sanders
Not Pictured: Amber Kolste

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mikayla Cann - Youth Apprenticeship Project

Last evening (5-11) Junior Mikayla Cann presented her Youth Apprenticeship Biotechnology project at the annual event held at the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute in Fitchburg. In addition to the weekly class Mikayla attends each week, she works at Bellbrook Labs and is mentored by Dr. Robert Lowery. Mikayla plans to continue her Biotechnology Youth Apprenticeship during her Senior year. Mikayla explains her work with Dr. Lowery in the following statement:

"I perform transformations into E.Coli cells in order to create the protein of interest, P-Rex1. This protein is used to carry white blood cells to the site of the infection. When a person has cancer, P-Rex1 cannot distinguish between white blood cells and cancer cells, due to the fact that cancer cells disguise themselves. P-Rex1 then carries cancer cells and spreads them around the body, which is how cancer spreads. I am working on finding the correct conditions to mass produce this protein, P-Rex1. Once I find the correct conditions, next year I will test different types of drugs on it. If I find a drug that inhibits P-Rex1 from spreading cancer cells, then tumors would not spread. Then it's possible to pair this drug that stops the spread of cancer with another drug that stops the growth of the tumor, cancer could be cured in that patient."

Nice job Mikayla! [Submitted by Mrs. Gartley]

"To Kill A Mockingbird" Overture Center Field Trip

Mrs. Alsteens and Mrs. Miller took English 9 and English 9 Honors students to the Overture Center this morning (5-12). They were there to see the play adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Students in both classes read the book as part of their curriculum at the start of the 1st Semester. Seeing a performance like this can bring the story to life and solidify learning.

Middle School Spring Band & Choir Concert

On Wednesday night (5-11), Mrs. Meir and Mrs. Krueger put on the annual Middle School Spring Band and Choir Concert. The combined 7th and 8th grade band played six pieces. The MS Band is comprised of over 50 students.  The MS Choir, with over 75 students, performed 4 more selections. These two programs prepare students and feed into our large high school groups. Thank you to these two teachers for their tremendous level of dedication! Thank you too to Mr. Gentilli for contributing the photos below!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Capitol Conference Honors Banquet

On Monday night, May 9, the Capitol Conference held it Academic Honors Banquet, celebrating academic excellence by recognizing the outstanding scholars from each of the conference's twelve schools. Most schools, including Belleville, recognize their Top 10 graduating seniors. The event was held at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. Belleville's own Tim Stadelman, the Chief Financial Officer and one of the owners of J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., was the guest speaker for the event. Tim's own three son's were all invited to this same banquet. Congratulations to the Top 10 of the Class of 2016!
Seated from left to right: Andrew DeLorme, Lauren Severson, Lauren O'Connor, Kevin Zimmerman, and Brandi Long
Standing from left to right: Hannah Jones, Bridget Olig, Nicole Sanders, Marissa Atkins, and Brian Weasner

Belleville resident and Capitol Conference Academic Honors Banquet guest speaker
Tim Stadelman with Andrew DeLorme

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Prom Night!

The Junior Class ('17) of Belleville High School hosted Prom tonight (5-7). The theme was "Be Ready for a Night Out of This World." Almost 95% of the Juniors were in attendance. Joey Sokol and Krista Diaz were voted 2017 Prom King and Queen. Congratulations to this very deserving pair! Thank you to all the parents and families who volunteered their time in set-up and for showing their support at the Grand March. Thanks also to Chief Eichelkraut and his officers for their presence in the building tonight. Finally, thank you to Ms. Olson, this year's Prom Coordinator, for directing the dance.

Friday, May 6, 2016

This Month's Middle School Students-of-the-Month

Belleville Middle School celebrated their Students-of-the-Month today in a ceremony during Homeroom in the Commons. The nine students below were recognized in front of their peers. They received their certificates, along with a Catty Shack Buck redeemable at the school store. This will also be forwarded onto the Post-Messenger-Recorder. You many see some of these same students earn recognition at the Middle School Awards scheduled for the last day of school (June 3rd) in the auditorium at 8:30am.
From left to right: Jenna Blask, McKenna Folkers, Julian Viney, Jacob Kean, Cade Miller, Marissa Pindilli, Ogden York, Jordyn Thomas, Alex Grignano 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dane County School Consortium Youth Apprenticeship Recognition Program

Students from 15 schools gathered at McFarland High School tonight (5-5) to honor students in the Dane County School Consortium Youth Apprenticeship Program. Belleville High School recognized Jacob Bowers and David Statz in Manufacturing and Brian Weasner in Information Technology. Thank you to employers Envision IT, LLC, S&T Trucking & Excavation, and Cate Machine & Welding for taking these students on. Thank you to Mrs. Gartley, BHS's School-to-Career Coordinator, for so rapidly expanding this program!

Mock Crash Event

In a preventative effort with Prom and Graduation approaching, Belleville High School, along with the Belleville Fire & Police Departments and EMS, held a Scared Straight/Mock Crash event this afternoon (5-5). Thank you to Megan Campbell, Rhett Cisler, Hannah Jones, Sadie Pattinson, Patrick Schwoegler, and Brian Weasner, as well as Mrs. Fahey, for acting in the demonstration. Thank you also to Ron Babler, Bill Eichelkraut, Brian Hollis, and Gary Ziegler for all of their work to organize this event. We want our students to celebrate big events in their high school careers by making safe and healthy choices!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

NBC 15 Airs Mrs. Smith's Crystal Apple Award Segment at 6pm Tonight


Town Hall Meeting on Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

On Tuesday, May 3rd, a group of 23 gathered at Belleville High School to hear speakers and a panel discussion on teen alcohol and drug use. This event was hosted by the Belleville Area Cares Coalition. Dr. Judy Reed and Special Agents Gist and Pertzborn (of the Division of Criminal Investigation) presented for about a half hour each before joining Dr. Alison Brock (UW Health Belleville Family Medicine) and Judge Mary Gehin on a panel presentation. Topics covered included the rise in heroin use, over-the-counter drug misuse, and prescription drug abuse. This event, along with a Mock Crash scheduled for Thursday, May 5th, were held as preventative efforts with Prom on Saturday night and graduation on June 5th.