Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Sewing with Nancy" Episode Airs

The "Sewing with Nancy" episode featuring last year's 8th grade students Adrianna Herritz, Jacob Kean, Erica Long, and Raina Nicholson premiered on Monday, October 16. Mr. Gentilli and Mrs. Schultz are recognized in the episode's description. The Quilts of Valor program on March 15th was a tremendous example of student-led, project-based learning. The episode is now available to watch online at:

Friday, October 13, 2017

S.T.E.M. Open House

The School District of Belleville hosted its first public open house of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) remodel and addition on Friday, October 13, in conjunction with the home football game versus Marshall.  Contractors, parents, students, and community members stopped by to see the space and the new equipment, including a CNC plasma cutter, CNC router, and laser engravers. Students Hayden Askey, Jack Gentilli, Julia McNamar, and Noah Niesen were able the show the visitors their newly acquired skills that they have developed already this school year. Thank you to Project Lead the Way master teacher Ed Neumann for the hundreds of hours of time that he has put into the planning of the facility, machinery, and curriculum to truly provide a 21st century and college & career ready education to the students of Belleville!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

High School Students-of-the-Month

On Wednesday (10-11), Belleville High School students were recognized by staff for their outstanding work to start the school year in September. Students were treated to a pizza lunch where they received a certificate from the nominating teacher. Marcus Theaters will also once again donate movie passes for these students.

Each department was able to nominate a student that exemplified the Wildcat Way in their subject area. During the lunch, students brainstormed ways to improve the climate and responsiveness at BHS.

Congratulations to Jack Diederich, Kody Fahey, Noah Fahey, Jack Nolden, Tyler Rufenacht, Connor Theis, Trevor Thole, Holly White, and Eliza Woods.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Drive-Your-Tractor-to-School Day

Monday (10-9) was Drive-Your-Tractor-to-School Day at Belleville High School. We had seven tractors in the back parking lot. Mrs. Knudson then organized an FFA photograph for the Yearbook with the members wearing their new hooded sweatshirts! There were some proud tractor drivers in the hallways this morning!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

Today (Friday, 10-6), Belleville Middle School recognized its first round of Students-of-the-Month for the 2017-18 school year. Students received a certificate and Catty Shack buck, along with the opportunity the put up their handprint in the Middle School Commons. Congratulations to these Wildcats for their great start to the year!
Front Row: Melanie Humke, Ella Blask, Madeline Miller, Samantha Behr, Alexa Lidstrom, and Jenna McKnight
Back Row: Holly Flick, Ali Zimmerman, Alyssa Caskey, Carson Heller, Mickey Stampfl, Gina Salmela, & Alexandra Steckelis

S.T.E.M. Open House on Friday, October 13th

The School District of Belleville and Mr. Neumann will be hosting an open house on Friday, October 13, for the new S.T.E.M. lab remodel and addition. The facilities will be open from 5:30pm until halftime of the home football game that night. You can enter through one of three doors on the north side of the school that face the stadium.

Mr. Neumann will be on-site, along with several students, to provide tours, answer questions, and discuss the direction of the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math program and curriculum. We are very proud of the new space and equipment and are excited to show it off and demonstrate it to parents, community members, and local businesses!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

World Cultures "Trip" to Machu Picchu

Mr. Hodgson's World Cultures class used Google Expeditions to travel virtually to Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru today (10-5). Classes began experimenting with this technology last year at both the Middle and High Schools. His freshmen students took turns on the "trip," giving their eyes a break, as it can make some a bit dizzy.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Strides for Africa Presentation

On Tuesday, October 4, Chris Jimieson from Strides for Africa presented to 7th and 8th grade students on how their $1,800 in donations last year funded a well in Johnsonville, Liberia at the Fountain of Life School. The village is just a little larger than Belleville. Mr. Jimieson presented Belleville Middle School with a plaque that notes that its fundraising efforts helped impact the lives of over 3,700 others. In his presentation, Chris had photos and video of the school children speaking about the impact the well has had on their lives, along with personal "thank yous." THANK YOU TO ALL YOU HELPED CONTRIBUTE TO THIS PROJECT!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

FRIDAY - Spirit Day

The Friday of Homecoming is usually one of the busiest, most fun days of the year. This year was no exception.

Friday included the Seniors taking their class photo.
The school day ended with the parade down Main Street.
The Middle School staff then held its Homecoming Picnic prior to the football game.

The night ended with a halftime show by the Belleville High School Band and a 28-0 victory over the Waterloo Pirates, making the Belleville Wildcats playoff-eligible for the first time since 1982!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Homecoming Pep Rally

On Thursday night (9-21), Belleville High School held its annual Homecoming Week Pep Rally. Sam Trainor and Cole Myers were announced as the King and Queen for 2017. It was a night of high spirits! We hope to see the entire community out tomorrow for the parade (at 2:30pm) and the football game against the Waterloo Pirates!

Middle School Market

Seventh grade students put on their first Middle School Market of the year in coordination with Mr. Gentilli's and Mr. Swenson's Social Studies classes. The students will have two more opportunities to improve upon their products and service. The 8th grade and high school students supported their efforts!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WEDNESDAY - America Day

As students dressed up in red, white, and blue and stars & stripes on Wednesday, the 7th and 8th graders competed in their annual shoe race. The 8th grade girls came out on top.
The high school students played perhaps  their favorite game of the week- Dodgeball! The Juniors won their first lunch game this week, defeating the Seniors in the finals.

Staff Spotlight - Jon Benash

Belleville High School's Art teacher Jon Benash applied and was accepted for a program between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Sports & The Arts (http://www.nba.com/bucks/release/milwaukee-bucks-looking-local-art-submissions-new-downtown-arena/). Mr. Benash was in Milwaukee on Tuesday (9-19), as the Bucks look for local artists to decorate their new arena. The arena is set to open for the 2018 NBA season. Hopefully, Mr. Benash's talents will be on display there!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TUESDAY - Music Genre Day

Tuesday of Homecoming Week was Music Genre Day. We saw some rockers, some rappers, and a lot of Country! During the middle school lunch games, the 7th grade took on the 8th grade in dodgeball.
At the high school lunch games, the seniors prevailed for the second straight day, conquering the Maze before the other three classes!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Homecoming Week - COLOR DAY

Belleville Middle and High Schools kicked off Homecoming Week on Monday (9-18) with Color Day. Students wore their class t-shirts to school.
At the high school, each grade submitted their class wall and rock.
During the extended lunch period, the middle school competed in kickball, while the high school participated in volleyball.
The night was capped by the Powderpuff football tournament.