Saturday, May 19, 2018

Managing Fun!

Vitense Golfland owner and PGA Professional Joel Weitz told Exploring Hospitality Management students during a field trip Friday (5/18) that his grandfather, George Vitense, started the business in 1955 with a mini-golf course and driving range. From those humble beginnings, his family expanded the business to include multiple recreation activities, meeting rooms, an arcade, indoor mini-golf, catering, and in-house food services that draw around 3,000 customers a day during peak times throughout the year. Mr. Weitz is also an accountant, which has helped him with the management aspects of operating a profitable business. [Submitted Mrs. Gartley]
 Students attending included (l to r) Win Erskine, Christian Baxter, Spencer Grindle, Jordan Caputo, Owner Joel Weitz, Danny Enloe, Kristin Lowery, and Nick Fahey.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Middle School Homeroom Community-building

On Friday, May 18, Ms. Whitmore organized a community building activity called "Alligator Attack" for homeroom. Students held a "boat" as a team. They were given two commands. "Go" allowed teams to advance forward, holding their boat, at any speed, as long as all members were holding on. "Attack" forced teams to put their boat on the ground and get aboard. If one team member fell off the boat, the team was finished and had to sit down. The goal was to make it to the end of the parking lot first.

It was a great May day to get outside in mixed 7th and 8th grade groups!


Performer of the Year

Congratulations to Dalton Fahey. On Thursday, he was named the Capitol Conference South Division Boys Performer of the Year in Track & Field. Way to go Raiders!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spring High School Concert

On Wednesday night, May 16, the Belleville High School Band and Choir performed in front of a full house. The high school's enrollment currently stands at 270 students. Of that total, there are 53 students who participate in Band and another 98 students who participate in Choir.

The Symphonic Band played three selections, including "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." The Women's Choir then sang five more songs, including "Landslide." The night concluded with the full Choir performing five additional songs, such as "Dixieland Delight."

Once again it was a tearful night, as Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Meir said goodbye to the 36 seniors in one or both programs. Don't forget that there will be a final concert next Wednesday, May 23, with Jazz in the Park at Library Park at 6pm!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Wisconsin PLTW Engineering Design Competition

Dylan Gratz, Nate Mabis, and Jared Schulting have been selected as one of 5 finalists in the state of Wisconsin for their Multi-sport Target project. They submitted their project to the Wisconsin PLTW Engineering Design Competition. According to Elizabeth McLean, Associate Director of STEM at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, "It was a very competitive year, and you and your team should be proud of your efforts."

The students have been invited to an awards banquet at MSOE on May 30, at which time the winners will be announced. A first place showing would allow each team member to apply for a MSOE Presidential Scholarship, along with $4,000 and funding for a New Product Development Assessment.

Congratulations to this Belleville High School team! This is the first time that Mr. Neumann has had a team qualify for this award!

U.S. News & World Report Honor for Belleville High School

Belleville High School (BHS) was recently named a Silver Medal Winner by U.S. News & World Report in its ranking of high schools, both in the state and nationally.  BHS was ranked as the 37th best high school in the state out the 494 total in Wisconsin. Three of the schools ranked above Belleville High School are considered alternative or charter schools in the Milwaukee area.

Other high schools in the area ranked ahead of Belleville include Verona, Waunakee, Middleton, and Sun Prairie. Congratulations as well to New Glarus High School which placed just above Belleville at #35 in the state.

It is a great time to be a Wildcat! Thank you to all of the efforts of our staff and students for this prestigious recognition!

Wisconsin State Rankings
Belleville High School Profile

Monday, May 14, 2018

Capitol Conference Academic Honors Banquet

On Monday night, May 14, the Capitol Conference celebrated its Top 10 academic students from each school. The event was held at the Sheraton Inn in Madison. Lake Mills High School Principal Cale Vogel, the incoming Capitol Conference president, served as the Master of Ceremonies. John Leadholm, the retiring boys' basketball coach and Dean of Students at Cambridge High School, was the guest speaker at dinner.

Congratulations to these ten Wildcats! This event was the culmination of their hard work and dedication over the past four years.
Front Row:  Riley Medenwald, Otto Anson, Brock Kelly, and Noah Fahey
Back Row: Ellianna Peterson, Cheyenne Koeppel, Skylar Butenhoff, Kalin O'Rourke, Aimee Sies, and Eve Palmer

Friday, May 11, 2018

High School Students-of-the-Month

For the final time for the 2017-18 school year, Belleville High School teachers recognized Students-of-the-Month- this time from April. Students were treated to a Tano's Pizza lunch on Friday, May 11. Students also received an individualized certificate from their nominating teacher and movies passes donated by Marcus Theaters. Staff noted that this month's nominees were role models to others and showed enthusiasm in class. Congratulations to these students who show the Wildcat Way!
From Left to Right: Ariana McDermott, Brandon Graves, Max Gerner, Cassidy Heller, Connor Theis, Hunter Carr, Jenna Banfield, Jenna Shrader, and Maya Severson

Sixth-Eighth Grade Spring Band and Choir Concert

On Thursday night, May 10, Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Meir held their annual Spring Band and Choir Concert. For the first time this year, the 6th grade joined the 7th and 8th grade for the concert. The Middle School Band, made up of more than 50 7th and 8th graders, played four pieces, including "Funkytown."  The nearly 70-member Middle School Choir played another four pieces, including "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Can't Stop the Feeling." The concert provided even more evidence of how strong of a 6-12 music program Belleville continues to assemble!
Thanks to Mr. Gentilli for videos and photos!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7th Grade Math Integration

Mr. Holm's 7th Grade Pre-Algebra class has been using geometry concepts in the design of golf courses. Today (5-10), he brought his class down to the new STEM lab to collectively create a model for one of these courses. Students were able use some of the equipment to build their course. This was a great transitional activity, as these 7th graders will have Mr. Neumann next year in the STEM lab for Project Lead the Way in 8th grade.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

In Plain Sight Wake Up Call for Parents

On Wednesday night, May 9, the Belleville Area Cares Coalition, along with the School District of Belleville, hosted a "Wake Up Call" for parents. The Your Choice Prevention Education presenters set up a teen bedroom on stage with hidden signs of drug and alcohol use, as well as those "in plain sight." An audience of over 30 was present for a discussion on signs and symptoms and parenting strategies. Those in attendance received a Parent Handbook with facts on alcohol and different drugs and what to look for as indicators of use or abuse.

Thank you to Belleville Cares for sponsoring this event and to all those who attended who are now more informed!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Belleville Students Win Writing Awards

Ten Belleville students were Top Ten winners 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. Top Ten winners were invited to the Yahara Writers Workshop and Awards Ceremony at the UW-Madison Union South on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018. At the ceremony, each student received an award and a copy of the 2017 Yahara River Writers Anthology, which includes all the Top Ten winning entries.

Middle School winners include Josh Kean (poem titled “The Sounds of the Game”), Catherine Booth (cartoon title “The “United” States of America”), Alyssa Caskey (cartoon titled “America”), Matthew Loshaw (editorial titled Web Filters in Schools), and Gavin Boyum (editorial titled Protesting During the National Anthem). Catherine  Booth’s cartoon placed 1st in the 8th-grade cartoon category.  

Intermediate School winners include Lillian Hanna (cartoon titled “An Animal’s Death is Up to You!”), Aidan Cook (cartoon titled “Roasted”), Alora Spiegel (poem titled “The Season of Snow”), Lexy Cardoso Reyes (poem in Spanish titled “Por favor amigo”), and Ariana Morales (poem in Spanish titled “Naturaleza”). [Submitted by Krissy Killerlain]

Belleville Students Place at Firestone Challenge!

Students enrolled in Belleville's Auto Technologies I course were encouraged to create a team and compete in Madison College's annual Firestone Challenge on Friday, May 4. These students attend class every Wednesday night during the school year with their instructor, Mr. Lease.

Belleville's team included seniors Trevor Enloe, Brandon Jimenez, Christian Rolfe, and Jaden Mathers (Albany). More than 300 students from 10 different schools attended this event. Belleville's team placed third overall, with partners Brandon Jimenez and Trevor Enloe placing fifth of all the partnerships competing. In addition to the team trophy, Brandon and Trevor won 170-piece tool sets, and Christian and Jaden won 53 piece tool sets. Congratulations!​​​ [Submitted by Mrs. Gartley]

Monday, May 7, 2018

Youth Apprenticeship Banquet

Mrs. Gartley, Belleville's School-to-Career Coordinator, and nine seniors attended the 24th Annual Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Recognition Program at Monona Grove High School on Monday, May 7. These students participated in Agriculture, Construction, Health Services, Information Technology, and Transportation fields. Students received credit and an early release from school for their paid employment. Thank you to the employers and parents for supporting BHS students in this endeavor, as they explored potential careers while still in high school!

Congratulations to: 
Devin Brown - Doug Brown Farms
Jordan Caputo - Zimbrick Inc.
John Dohm - School District of Belleville
Nick Fahey - Prairieland Dairy, LLC
Max Gerner - Priority Builders, Inc.
Brandon Jimenez - NRG Automotive Repair
Kyle Judd - T&L Electric
Isabelle Pier - SSM Health Monroe Clinic
Jordan Roelke - Voegeli Farms, Inc.

Advanced Placement Excellence!

The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) recognized Belleville High School as a Level I AP Pacesetter School.  Level I is WAPAC’s highest honor.  To achieve this level, a high school must have 30% or more of its graduating seniors take at least one Advanced Placement exam and have 70% or more of its students earn scores of 3 or above (out of 5) on the exams.  Last year, BHS had a 31.5% participation rate, and 73.6% of Wildcats scored 3 or higher on their exams.  Belleville High School is one of only 17 schools in the entire state to earn this award!  No other Capitol Conference school reached these heights.  Only Sun Prairie and Waunakee in our area joined Belleville on the list at Level 1.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Prom 2018: Under the Sea

On Saturday, May 5, Belleville High School students celebrated the junior Prom in the gymnasium from 8pm to 12am. At 9pm, every junior in attendance participated in the Grand March. Matt Hackman and Rachel Markhardt were named King and Queen for 2018. We had over 205 students here in attendance, with another 27 guests from 12 different high schools.

A BIG thank you goes out to Mrs. Smith for serving as the Prom Coordinator this year. Thank you to all the parents who helped to decorate on Friday night (and who will help take down on Sunday morning). Thanks as well to the junior parents (especially Pam Kelly!) for planning, organizing, and supervising Post Prom at the bowling alley and providing a safe place for our students!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday, May 4, Belleville Middle School teachers recognized Students-of-the-Month for April. Teachers spoke in front of 7th and 8th graders in the Commons to recognize students who have stood out for their efforts and actions in the last month. Students received a certificate, school store Catty Shack buck, and 3-D printed Wildcat from Mrs. Swenson, along with the opportunity to put their handprint up on the middle school walls.

Congratulations to this great bunch of Wildcats who are ending the year on a positive note!
From left to right: Anthony Nolden, Bowe Graves, Cooper Plueddeman, Daniel Judd, Colin Derke, Jackson Miyamoto, William Kramer, Lainey Winkers, Nicole Johnson, Noelle Brummel, and Kaydence Baxter

Wildcat Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The School District of Belleville enthusiastically invites you to the induction of the first class of the Wildcat Wall of Fame. Join the Class of 2018 in a public ceremony in the auditorium on Friday, May 18, at 10am in welcoming three members who have made great contributions to our community and schools and have made Belleville proud!

The 11-member member Wildcat Wall of Fame Committee comprised of school board members, school staff, students, and community members is honored to present:
NANCY FAHEY
LeROY FREITAG
BARB FUNSETH
A reception in the library to congratulate and acknowledge the inductees will follow the ceremony.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Engineering Design and Development Presentations

Mr. Neumann's Engineering Design and Development (EDD) class presented their year-long "I hate it when" projects tonight (5-2). Visitors and guests began with an informal question & answer session in the new STEM lab. Each of the three student groups later presented to over 30 judges and audience members in the auditorium. Projects included a multi-sport target, Gatorade bottle top, and lock-in weapon case.

The EDD class is Project Lead the Way's capstone course in engineering. Mr. Neumann is a PLTW master teacher in EDD. Before the students' presentations, Mr. Neumann noted that James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum, celebrated his birthday on the night of the presentations. Dyson went through 5,000 prototypes before finding real success. Each group developed a problem statement, researched past/present solutions, proposed a new solution, designed the product, constructed and tested it, and finally drew conclusions and recommendations. Our Belleville students certainly learned through both their failures and triumphs in this process!

State Solo & Ensemble Results

On Saturday, April 28, Belleville High School Students participated in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival at UW-Platteville. As students prepare for the High School Spring Concert on May 16 and Jazz in the Park on May 23, they are in prime performance mode!

The following students received scores of "1" for the performance:
Girls Triple Trio EnsembleGuys Triple Trio
Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Mili Julian & Mikaela Steckelis Duet
Noah Fahey & Mikaela Steckelis Duet
Miles Fahey - Music Theater Solo
Noah Fahey - Music Theater Solo
                       Tenor Solo
Mili Julian - Music Theater Solo
Eve Palmer - Piano Solo
Erin Przybyl - Music Theater Solo
Mikaela Steckelis - Piano Solo
                                Soprano Solo
Trevor Thole - French Horn

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Results from the Capitol Conference Art Show

At a ceremony at the Pyle Center on Sunday, Senior Cade Kelley received Belleville's "Best of School" award at the Capitol Conference Art Show. Cade's photo (see below) was also chosen as this year's "Viewer's Choice Award" winner! Congratulations to Cade and the other talented Wildcat artists who entered pieces into the 2018 show.
Mr. Benash, Lily McMahan, Bella Miller,  Ella Michel, Cade Kelley, Rozalyn Thays, Skylar Butenhoff, Madalynn Weber, and Kalli Westenberger

Friday, April 27, 2018

MS Math Team Results

On Friday, April 27, the Belleville Middle School Math Team placed 3rd in this year's 7th and 8th grade Math Meet in Cambridge. The Wildcats were only 7 points away from 2nd place.

Middle School Gifted & Talented Coordinator Krissy Killerlain also noted that two Belleville students placed in the competition. In fact, Matthew Loshaw placed 1st overall, and Zachary Thole placed 2nd overall! Congratulations to all of the Math Team members.

A Night of the Arts at Library Park

The Belleville High School Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz groups would like to invite you to attend the 4th annual “Jazz in the Park” concert. This concert will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:00pm at Library Park in downtown Belleville. Both groups will be performing contemporary jazz selections featuring such artists as: The Beatles, Coldplay, Jamiroquai, the Blues Brothers, Michael Buble, Chicago, and Sting. This concert is free and features about 50 of our outstanding high school musicians who have been rehearsing together since October. 

This year’s concert is a celebration of the BHS Fine Arts and Humanities classes. There will be Forensic performances from 6:00-6:30pm, along with an Art Fair featuring our talented high school artists.

Not only will you be able to enjoy a night of excellent music, but the Music Boosters will also be selling concessions at this event to raise money for the Belleville Music program. The Music Boosters will be selling brats, hot dogs, baked potatoes, and other treats. So bring a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy a relaxing evening with us.

In case of rain, the event will be held the same night and time in the Belleville High School auditorium. We are hoping for great weather and a great turn out!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Youth Apprentice Kick-off Lunch

Today (4-26), Mrs. Gartley, School-to-Career Coordinator, formally welcomed 17 new students to the Belleville Youth Apprenticeship Program. Over the next few months, students will secure employment in career areas such as Information Technology, Marketing, Hospitality & Tourism, Health Care (Physical Therapy), Dental Assistant and Nursing Assistant, Automotive Technician, Agriculture, and Architecture. Thanks to Josh Fassl, Director of the Dane County School Consortium, and Mrs. Norton, School Counselor, for joining our lunch meeting kick-off. [Submitted by Mrs. Gartley]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Floral Designs

Today (4-25), Mrs. Knudson's Plant & Soil Science class practiced their floral design skills to create some beautiful centerpieces! Next week, they will be making corsages and boutonnieres that they may choose to use for Prom.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Results from State Forensics

At the state Forensics meet on the UW-Madison campus on Friday, April 20, the Belleville High School team, under the direction of Coaches Alsteens and Jenkins, earned 9 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals. The following students earned perfect scores of 25 out of 25.

Miles Fahey - Prose
Noah Fahey - Solo Acting
Emily Flick - Prose
Mili Julian - Farrago
Julia McNamar - Farrago
Gary Salmela - Public Address
Taylor Vesperman - Poetry
Alexis Walker - Poetry
Eliza Woods - Prose
Not Pictured: Noah Fahey
It was a great day to be a Wildcat!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Capitol Conference Art Show

The Capitol Conference Art Show opened on April 16. It will run through Sunday, April 29, at the Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus (702 Langdon Street). Congratulations to Skylar Butenhoff, Cade Kelley, Lily McMahan, Ella Michel, Bella Miller, Rozalyn Thays, Madalynn Weber, and Kalli Westenberger for being included in the show! Mr. Benash is very proud of their work.

You can vote for the Viewers' Choice Award with this link.