Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Paw Painting

Spirit Club members, under the direction of Mrs. Tretow, met this morning to re-paint the Wildcat paws that lead to the school and the stadium. They also placed cups in the fence for both the Wildcats and Raiders. Our first home event is Thursday, August 17th- a home football game against Elcho starting at 6pm. Thank you ladies for showing your school spirit!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DECA Retreat

On August 1st, the DECA Leadership Board held its annual DECA leadership retreat. This year, with the generous donation from Mike Treder, the DECA Leadership Board experienced an escape room at My Escape Mission, located on the eastside of Madison. The students were given one hour to work together to solve clues, disarm a mock explosive, and escape the room. With five minutes left, the DECA students came together and completed their mission. The students learned not only team-building and communication skills but how to overcome adversity when the situation became more challenging. As their advisor, I can honestly say that I was extremely proud of their willingness to support each other and work together to achieve their goals. I have now challenged the students to bring what they learned from this experience into the school year and apply their knowledge to make DECA and the School District of Belleville better. [Submitted by Mr. Farrar]

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Belleville Students Far Outperform National Advanced Placement Scores

The College Board released its Advanced Placement scores for Wisconsin on Thursday, July 6. Belleville High School’s 2017 scores from May were the second highest in school history, with 78.18% of tests taken reaching the qualified (passing) level or above. In 2011, 82.18% of BHS students passed their AP exams with a score of 3 or higher. However, 147 AP exams were taken by Belleville students in 2017, compared to just 52 in 2011. The 147 AP exams taken ties another school mark set in 2016.

The 78.18% passing rate of Bellville students on this year’s Advanced Placement exams outdistanced the national average of 55.36% by over 22 percentage points. Belleville students averaged 3.2237 on their AP exams.  

The College Board reports Advanced Placement scores on a 5-point scale. A “5” is considered extremely well qualified, a “4” is well qualified, a “3” is qualified, and a “2” is possibly qualified.  The College Board gives no recommendation with a score of “1.” According to the College Board website, students scoring a “3” or above have proven themselves capable of completing introductory-level coursework in a specific subject at the college-level. Most colleges and universities award their own credit to students with AP scores of “3,” “4,” or “5.”

Belleville High School offers 10 Advanced Placement courses, including Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Environmental Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics, Psychology, United States Government & Politics, and United States History.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Awards Programs

On Friday, June 2, both the Middle and High Schools held their annual awards programs to end the school year. The middle school recognized students on the honor roll and with outstanding attendance. The staff also awarded Excellence Awards and Most Improved Awards. Congratulations to:
7th Grade Excellence Awards
Ava Foley
Haven Hatleberg
7th grade Most Improved Awards
Catherine Booth
Kenna Edge
8th Grade Excellence Awards
Jenna Banfield
Josephine Latorre
8th Grade Most Improved Award
Tyler Fahey 
Logan Niesen

At the high school awards program, seniors received 66 scholarships worth more than $41,000. Thank you to all of our local organizations and community members who donated to support our graduates in pursuing their post-secondary education!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eighth Grade Service Learning

Today at Gibbs Lake Park, our 8th grade students assisted in service learning projects. They took down old trail signs, pulled garlic mustard, picked up trash, groomed trails, and stained equestrian obstacles. These hours could be their first on their way to earning a high school Wildcat Service Cord!

"Putting it all together" in Health 9

Mrs. Tretow's Health 9 students welcomed Dr. Angelie Singh, a resident at UW Family Medicine, into their class today. This year, they have discussed how their choices impact their health. Dr. Singh talked with the students and was able to show the students the impact their choices have on their organs. She had examples of a smoker's lung, liver, heart, and brain, as well as a spleen and spinal cord. This lesson was the culmination of many of the class's discussions this year.

Culinary Arts Showcase

Aspiring Chefs:
Culinary Artists completed their Final Showcase Project on Tuesday, May 30. Students planned a brunch menu and designed a marketing tool and production sheets to keep them on task during preparation. Students met with two judges (a staff member and another student) who scored aspects of the project. Thanks to staff judges Mrs. Alsteens, Mr. Bussey, Mr. Cryderman, Mrs. Dettwiler, Mrs. Knudson, and Mrs. Schween, along with student judges Dylan Gratz, Cole Kleibor, and Kristen Lowery. [Submitted by Mrs. Gartley]

Friday, May 26, 2017

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

With the end of the school year just one week away, Belleville Middle School acknowledged its last round of students-of-the-month for May. This group included students that staff thought deserving that had yet to be nominated this year. We look forward to the 7th graders providing leadership as 8th graders next year and for the 8th graders to blossom as freshmen in the high school.
From left to right: Carol Rankin, Jenna Blask, Jeremy Matteson, Shylah Lietz, Raegan Harnish, Samantha Behr,  Jenna Duerst,  Logan Niesen, Berlyn Gobel, William Meyers, Tori Olson, Elise Mousseau, Drew Enloe, Michael Walker, Jacob Engstad, Cade Miller, J.J. Wenger, Kaitlynn Bowers, Cole Monroe, Hunter Lindstrom, Natalie Brown, Jackson Sies, Alexis Lamboley, and Aiden Lietz

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Red Nose Day

Students at Belleville Middle School celebrated Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 25th. This was in an effort to raise awareness and money to fight child poverty in the United States. Seventh and eighth graders raised about $150 for the cause and had a fun time at lunch today with their noses!

Little Free Libraries

As part of the Middle and High School's School Improvement Goals this year, we combined our academic goal to improve literacy with a community outreach goal. This came to fruition today when several student-designed and student-built Little Free Libraries went up around the village. Mr. Neumann's Trades classes were involved in the construction, while the National Honor Society supported a book drive to help fill them. We hope that they are put to good use! 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jazz in the Park

Despite less than ideal weather, Jazz in the Park went on as scheduled Wednesday night (5-24). The Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz played and sang in Library Park for nearly an hour and a half. Even though they played in overcast, windy conditions with temperatures in the fifties, the students heated up the venue with their performance. Thank you to the Music Boosters for running the concessions at the event!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rotary Ethics Symposium

The Rotary Ethics group led a symposium today at Belleville High School. The morning started out with two skits to prepare students for the day. Then, within 10 student groups, junior and senior student leaders who had received training from the Rotary led others through three rounds of ethical dilemmas. The Rotary teaches students to:
R: Recognize an ethical issue.
O: Obtain information about the situation.
T: Test alternative actions from various predictions.
A: Act consistently with your best judgement.
R: Reflect on decision after you act.
Y: Yield to your ethical judgements.
This is all in an effort to ultimately get students to make decisions based on the Golden Rule.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Holocaust Speakers at BHS

Mrs. Jenkins's English 10 class and Mr. Hodgson's Advanced Placement United States History class had the opportunity to hear from Holocaust survivors today (5-19) during 4th block. Dr. Mark Olsky from Fitchburg spoke and answered student questions. This event occurred in conjunction with a presentation last night in the high school auditorium put on by the Belleville Public Library. Students received a copy of the book Born Survivors about the concentration camp at Mauthausen.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

High School Combined Band & Choir Concert

A school year that began with marching and included a Veterans' Day performance, Winter concerts, jazz tour, trip to Washington, D.C., large group festivals, and Solo & Ensemble started to wind down with Wednesday night's (5-17) Spring Concert. The Treble (Women's) Choir began the night by performing five songs. Over 70 high school students in the Concert Choir then performed another five songs. The Symphonic Band also played five songs to conclude the evening. Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Meir said goodbye to a very large senior class that included a combination of 31 12th graders that sang in the Choir, played in the Band, or did both.

Be sure to come out next Wednesday for Jazz in the Park at Library Park, beginning at 6:30pm!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Yahara River Writers Ceremony

Ten Belleville students won Finalist Awards in this year’s Yahara River Writers Contest. Sponsored by the Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network, the annual Yahara River Writers Contest encourages Dane County students in grades 5-8 to create poems, editorials, short stories, and cartoons. Over 50 Belleville students from grades 5-8 entered this contest along with students from other Dane County and area schools.

Of the thousands of entries, 165 were chosen as Top Ten Finalists and received Top Ten honors at the Yahara Writers Workshop and Awards Ceremony at the UW-Madison on May 9. At the ceremony, finalists attended a workshop with the other award winners in their category. After the workshop, each finalist received an award and a copy of the 2017 Yahara River Writers Anthology, which includes all the top ten finalists’ entries in each of the four categories. 

Belleville Top Ten Finalist Awards went to:
Grade 5:
Cartoon: Alora Spiegel
Grade 6:
Editorial: Ella Blask
Grade 8:
Poetry: Cecilia Grefsheim
Cartoon: Cassie Narf and Jaxson Pier
Editorial: Jenna Banfield and Christian Hakala

In addition, two 8th graders received special recognition. Roxana Grunenwald was honored with the 1st place Editorial Award, and a drawing by Josephine Latorre was chosen as the cover art for the 2017 Yahara River Writers Anthology. [Submitted by Sandy Walejko]

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Biotechnology Presentation Night

Tonight (5-10) at the BioPharmacetical Technology Center Institute (BCTI). sixteen seniors from nine Dane County high schools presented the research they were involved with at their Youth Apprenticeship worksite. Belleville senior Mikayla Cann presented on-going research on P-Rex1 in cancer, a project Mikayla assisted for the last 17 months at Dr. Robert Lowery's Biotechnology company, Bellbrook Labs.

Youth Apprentices in this career pathway are enrolled in Biotech courses at BCTI one evening per week. For more information contact Teresa Gartley, School-to-Career Coordinator.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Middle School Combined Band and Choir Concert

Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Meir put on the Spring Middle School Combined Band and Choir Concert on Wednesday night, May 10. Over 50 7th and 8th grade Band students performed four songs. Over 70 7th and 8th grade Choir students also performed four songs. The night featured "send off" songs for the departing 8th graders, with the Band playing "Funkytown" and the Choir singing "Hooked on a Feeling." As Mrs. Meir said, they will be taking their show on the road on May 19th to the Trills and Thrills Festival at Six Flags Great America. We are so lucky to have the quality music program that we do in Belleville!

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Project

The Project Lead the Way course Computer Integrated Manufacturing is a new class to Belleville High School this year. During the computer aided manufacturing unit, students were introduced to programming G&M code. Their first activity had them creating 20-30 lines of code to run their initials on the Fadal CNC mill.

The playing card box activity challenged students to create a BHS-themed box of their own design. The activity utilizes Inventor HSM Pro to create the milling functions and G&M code. The top of the card box contains over 26,000 lines of code to "tell" the mill where to cut. 

The activity would not have been possible if not for generous donations from Cate Machine and Welding, Isthmus Engineering, and JM Performance Products.

High School Students-of-the-Month for April

On Wednesday (May 10th), high school teachers recognized the last round of Students-of-the-Month for the 2016-17 school year. Staff from each content area nominated a deserving student by writing about how these students exemplified the Wildcat Way. Students celebrated with a pizza lunch with the principals. They also received movie passes donated by the Marcus Theater Student Motivation Program. This was a great group with whom to wrap up the year!
Left to Right: Josh Grebel, Brenna Meier, Tashayanna Derke, Lily McMahan, Britney Markhardt, and Grace Schulting
Not pictured (due to AP Testing): Derek Baumgartner, Patrick Schwoegler, and Tim Wegehaupt

BMS Pastries with Parents

Thank you to the parents who joined us in the Middle School Commons for Pastries with Parents this morning (Wednesday, May 10th). Thank you also to Taher for helping set up and serve the coffee, juice, and doughnuts. It was a great event to begin to wrap up the school year, allowing for teachers to talk with the the most influential people in these 7th and 8th graders lives- THEIR PARENTS!