Friday, October 27, 2017

Liquid Nitrogen Cheetos!

Mr. Bussey was at it again on Friday (10-27) in his Physical Science classes! Students learned about the effect of temperature on gases and solids through a lab in which Cheetos are placed in liquid nitrogen. Check out the students' reactions below:

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week ended on Friday with a large number of students wearing red to support this year's theme, "The future is key so stay drug free." The week's themes included:
Monday: Wear Sweats - “Staying Drug Free is No Sweat."
Tuesday: Wear Hats - “Put a Cap on Drugs."
Wednesday: Wear Team Jersey - “Team up against Drugs."
Thursday: Wear Black or Camo - "Help Blackout Drugs.”
Friday: Wear Red - “Use Your Head and Wear Red”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BHS's Math Team begins competition season

Belleville High School's Mathletes (Math Team) have their new t-shirts and are ready to dance into competition season. They have their first meet next Wednesday at UW-Platteville. BHS will compete in Division III against Bellevue, Cascade, Dyersville Beckman, Cochraine-Fountain City, Lancaster, Lena-Winslow, New Glarus, and Viroqua.

Monday, October 23, 2017

J-Line Dance Crew

To kick off Red Ribbon Week, the School District of Belleville hosted two performances by JLine Dance Crew on Monday (10-23). The three singers and dancers performed for about 45 minutes in each session. They concluded by telling their personal stories about combatting bullying, overcoming adversity, and chasing their dreams in life.

This year's Red Ribbon Week theme is, "Your future is key, so stay drug free." Thank you to the Belleville Area Cares Coalition for providing students with water bottles and earbuds as they exited the assembly.

National Honor Society Replenishes Little Libraries

After Mr. Neumann's Advanced Trades classes created Little Free Libraries last year as part of the school's outreach efforts, members of National Honor Society rotated and re-stocked them with new books last week. NHS had originally sponsored a book drive in the spring to initially fill the libraries. Thank you to these NHS members for continuing to support our literacy initiative!

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!