Saturday, December 15, 2018

Young Politicians' Community Service

Belleville High School's Young Politicians Club does more than just research nominees for the Wildcat Wall of Fame and work the polls during elections. On December 15, Mr. Hodgson and a dozen Young Politicians Club members gave up their Saturday to make tie-blankets to donate to Heartsong Assisted Living in Belleville. It's the Wildcat Way to think of others besides yourself, particularly around the holidays!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Winter Band Concert

On Thursday, December 13, Mrs. Meir and the Belleville Middle and High School Bands performed for their Winter Concert in the auditorium. Almost 80 7th and 8th grade students played four pieces. "Diary of a Grumpy Elf" included narration by Mr. Gentilli. The Jazz Band, comprised of over 30 high school students, played three more pieces, with soloists Gina & Gary Salmela and Jacob Kean. Finally, the Symphonic Band performed another three songs. An additional 65 students make up this band. Featured soloists included Royce Clark, Mili Julian, Maddie Saeger, and Bryson Jelle. As always, Mrs. Meir and her Belleville bands proved that they are the best around!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

High School Students-of-the-Month

On Thursday, December 13, Belleville High School staff recognized Students-of-the-Month for November. Students were treated to a Tano's Pizza lunch and received a personalized certificate from their nominating teachers, along with movies passes donated by Marcus Theaters. This month teachers recognized students who showed leadership, exceptional work, and served as role models to others. Congratulations to these students for showing the Wildcat Way- safety, responsibility, and respect!
Jacob Kean, Tori Lancaster, Cecilia Grefsheim, Carson Heller, Jake Steele, Nicole Steele, and Ellie Gentilli
Not Pictured: Elizabeth Case and Ariana McDermott

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PLTW Treat Machines

Mr. Neumann's  8th grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes are engaged in constructing treat machines. Students are utilizing the STEAM lab and its equipment this week to assemble them. The 3D printer, router, and laser engraver are just a few of the tools and equipment that students are exposed to as part of this project. Students can personalize their projects, as seen in the photos below. The hope is that this "Gateway" course, along with Mr. Farrar's 7th grade (PLTW) Computer Science class, motivate more middle school students to enroll in dual-credit Project Lead the Way courses in high school that can lead to college credit and opportunities for careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 

WIAA Sportsmanship Summit

On Wednesday, December 12, Mrs. Tretow and Mr. Fell brought ten Belleville High School sophomore and junior students to the WIAA Sportsmanship Summit in Stevens Point. They joined a record 800 students from 119 schools that meet at this summit every other year. Students were able to join in on five sessions:
  • The Coach and Participants Role in Sportsmanship
  • Obtaining Victory with Virtue
  • Sportsmanship: The Official’s Perspective
  • Peer Sportsmanship Leadership
  • Sportsmanship Student Roundtable Discussions
Our hope is to bring back positive leadership and new ideas in sportsmanship that can be shared with the rest of our student body and fan sections. We want our Wildcats to be the classiest fans in the state!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Fabulous Farm Babe Visit

On Tuesday, December 11, students in Mrs. Schultz's classes had the opportunity to meet with Pam Jahnke, "The Fabulous Farm Babe." She produces the Farm Report for Mid-West Family Broadcasting.  Eighth grade students were able to meet with her, ask questions, and tour the broadcasting facility.  This is part of a unit around The Omnivore's Dilemma, a book about different types of food production.  This will lead into a tour of one of three local farms by all 8th grade students on Friday, December 21.  In the past, this English Language Arts unit has made students think critically about the food they eat and from where it comes.  Thanks to the Farm Babe for hosting these Wildcats!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Tremendous Turnout for ACT Practice Test

On Saturday, December 8, 40 Belleville High School juniors participated in an ACT practice test from 8:00-11:30am in the library.  This represent 66% of the Class of 2020.  For the past three years, the state of Wisconsin has used the ACT and ACT Aspire as its state assessments for high schools.  This has forced schools to adapt, since the ACT had traditionally been used by post-secondary institutions to determine college readiness in comparison with same-age peers. Now the ACT comprises 80% of Belleville High School’s school report card score from the Department of Public Instruction.  In reality, the ACT exam that our 61 juniors will take on February 20, 2019, in a 4-hour time span, determines how our high school is viewed by the public and compared with other high schools in the area and around the state.   So, the stakes are extremely high!

In response, Belleville High School purchased access to Method Test Prep for all of its students two years ago.  Students access Method Test Prep as part of Career Cruising- a software program open to all secondary students statewide.  Method Test Prep can be accessed at any time online.  It features ACT preparation in the content areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.   Students can take 10-minute evaluations in each subject that provide an ACT predictor score for that sub-test.  Students can also create personalized quizzes within their weakest areas, as well as generate a list of ACT vocabulary terms that they have (or have not) mastered.  All of this generates data that teachers can access on individual students and the junior class as a whole.  Teachers can then plan lessons to address common skill deficiencies. 

Method Test Prep also offers a 20-week preparation program.  They tout an average increase of three ACT composite points for students that complete at least half of this program.  For the 2018-19 school year, BHS’s 11th grade core teachers have integrated this Method Test Prep program into their classes, with each teacher assuming one 20-minute lesson in their content area per week.  For all of the 2017-18 school year, BHS students answered 9,019 ACT prep questions.  With this new approach, students have already answered 18,282 questions so far this year.  Our hope is to increase students’ skills and familiarity with the exam to improve their individual ACT scores, thus raising Belleville High School’s overall average.  Belleville High School’s ACT Aspire predictor score for the Class of 2020 was 21.3.

This preparation also helps our students individually, as the ACT still represents a major factor in college admissions and in scholarships.  A rise in an ACT composite score of two to three points can lead to an increase in ten of thousands of dollars in scholarships to private schools!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday, December 7, Belleville Middle School staff recognized Students-of-the-Month for November. Core teachers, along with Project Lead the Way and Art teachers, nominated students for their work and positive contributions in the last month. Students received a certificate, Catty Shack bucks for the school store, and a 3-D printed Wildcat keychain. Students also had the opportunity to put their handprint on the walls of the Middle School Commons. Congratulations to these Wildcats!
Front Row (L-R): Mason Krantz, Jordan Babler, Casey Hagen, and Jake Fahey
Back Row (L-R): Emily Swanson, Alora Spiegel, Lindsey Schadewalt, Mason Folkers, Tony Diaz, and Seth Dettwiler
Not Pictured: Emily Gomez

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Future Quest Career Planning Field Trip

Both 7th and 8th graders participated in Future Quest on Wednesday, December 5. The field trip to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison sponsored by the Dane County School Consortium allowed students to explore 800 jobs in 16 career clusters. Students had approximately 20 minutes in each of four zones to talk to employers and to engage in many interactive activities associated with the companies and organizations. Students had prepared for the day by completing a skills and interest inventory in Career Cruising and then selecting those businesses that they wanted to visit with in advance. We hope students came away with a clearer picture of jobs and careers for which they would be well-suited!

DECA Sports & Entertainment Marketing Conference

On December 5, nineteen Belleville High School DECA students attended the 2018 DECA Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference held at the Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks' new arena. Students attended a number of different workshops with topics ranging from how the Bucks market themselves to careers in the marketing industry. The day ended with the students taking in a Bucks' game versus the Detroit Pistons.

Math Team Results

The Math Team recently competed at the 2018 UW-Platteville Math Contest. There were 9 schools with 14 teams in our division. Belleville won 3rd place, earning the team a plaque.

Individual award winners were:
Hailey Butenhoff
Roxana Grunenwald
Matthew Loshaw
Elise Medenwald
Jaxson Pier
Zach Thole

The team also competed at the Fall Capitol Conference Math Meet. In the Capitol Conference South, the varsity finished 2nd, and the JV finished 3rd.

Overall Conference Individual Winners:
Jack Nolden finished in 4th Place at the varsity level.
Erin Przybyl tied for 4th Place at the junior varsity level.

Middle School Geography Bee

On Wednesday, December 5th, twenty-three Belleville Middle School students participated in the annual National Geographic Bee. Students qualified to be on stage for this competition through a preliminary round of tests. Students on stage were eliminated after two incorrect answers. After nine rounds, Annika Esselstrom, Brady Mousseau, Anthony Diaz, and Joshua Kean remained as finalists. Annika eventually won the competition, with Brady battling for the runner-up spot. She will take another qualifying test for the state competition in March. Congratulations to these globally-aware Wildcats!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Results from Science Olympiad (Boyceville)

With 65 total teams from 35 schools traveling from three states, the Belleville High School Science Olympiad teams performed fantastically at this weekend's invitational at Boyceville. Congratulations to the 30 Wildcat students who took home 28 medals in 22 different events!

1st Place:
Gianna Diaz, Jacob Kean, and Jack Nolden - Code Busters
Jack Nolden and Gary Salmela - Geocaching
Gary Salmela and Zach Thole - GeoLogic Map

2nd Place:
Tyler Beyer and Christian Hakala - Amazing Mechatronics
Jack Nolden and Zach Thole - Code Analysis
Emma Anson and Emma Veeneman - Disease Detectives
Carson Heller and Gina Salmela - Mission Possible
Roxana Grunenwald, James Gustafson, Gary Salmela - Protein Modeling

3rd Place:
Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen - Boomilever
Josh Bowers and Gary Salmela - Circuit Lab
Emma Anson and Emma Veeneman - Dynamic Planet
Emma Anson, Hansi Bartle, Elise Medenwald - Experimental Design
Cody Koeppel and William Meyers - Herpetology
Josh and Katie Bowers - Tree of Life

4th Place:
James Gustafson and Jacob Kean - Amazing Mechatronics
Emma Anson and Gianna Diaz - Fossils
Katie Bowers and Gianna Diaz - Herpetology
Jack Nolden and Gary Salmela - Thermodynamics
Cole Monroe and Mason Schwoegler - Sounds of Music
Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald - Write It, Do It

5th Place:
Drayton Kieler and Michael Walker - Aeronautical Challenge
James Gustafson and Logan Niesen - Aerial Scramble

6th Place:
Julian Fullbright and Matthew Loshaw - Aerial Scramble
Sydney Gentilli and Jacob Kean - Astronomy
Angelina Parisot and Alexandra Steckelis - Disease Detectives
Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen - Mission Possible
Cody Koeppel and Andy Lloyd - Tree of Life
William Meyers and Tyler Stampfl - Wright Stuff

Friday, November 30, 2018

Signing Day

On Thursday, November 29, Rachael Heittola signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Bemidji State University Beavers. Bemidji State in Bemidji, Minnesota, is a Division II school in athletics. Congratulations to Rachael on her scholarship and the opportunity to extend her playing career to the college level! 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

8th Grade Public Service Announcements

Mrs. Schultz's 8th grade English Language Arts classes recently completed public service announcement projects. Check out this compilation of posters and videos ranging from littering to alcohol abuse.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Youth Apprenticeship Spotlight: Hayden Askey

Making an Investment in her Future!

Congratulations to Junior Youth Apprentice Adriana Gomez who successfully completed the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) evening course that she began in early September. Adriana and her classmates will take the state certification test on Saturday (11-17).

Adriana has been employed at Heartsong Assisted Living in Belleville since early August, putting to use the skills she has gained in her CNA course, as well as learning from her experienced workplace mentors on how to provide for the needs of the senior citizens living at center.

Juniors or Seniors interested in taking the CNA course and the state test during second semester or next summer should see Mrs. Gartley before the end of November to apply.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

NHS Induction

On Wednesday, November 14, the Belleville Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed in eight new members, including two seniors and six juniors. New NHS members include Hansi Bartle, Ella Campbell, Eleanor Gentilli, Dylan Gratz, Mitchell Mussehl, Jenna Shrader, Abigail Winterburn, and Ogden York. They joined eight other current NHS members inducted last year. Students apply to become a member of National Honor Society and must demonstrate the organization's four pillars: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Congratulations to this exemplary, well-rounded group of Wildcats!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

School Report Card Scores: Exceeds Expectations

On Tuesday, November 13, the Department of Public Instruction released school report card scores for 2017-18. Both Belleville Middle and High Schools received "exceeds expectations" scores. BHS remained competitive in the local area, while BMS had one of the highest scores in Dane County. Check out comparison scores as reported in the Wisconsin State Journal this morning. Thank you to our staff and students for all of their hard work in making us proud to be Wildcats!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Home Science Olympiad Meet

Mrs. Smith and the Belleville Science Olympiad Teams hosted a home meet on Saturday, November, 10. Thirty-five high school and eleven middle school teams participated in the event. BHS's "Platinum" team took 7th overall and 3rd in Division 2, behind perennial powers Boyceville and Prairie School. This was highlighted by two 3rd places finishes in Codebuster and Herpetology. BMS's team took 5th place overall and 3rd in Division 2, including 2nd place finishes in Geocaching and Amazing Mechatronic.

Medal Winners
Division C:
1st Place Codebusters: Gianna, Jacob, and Jack 
1st Place Geologic Mapping: Gary and Zach
1st Place Herpetology: Katie and Gianna
1st Place Amazing Mechatronics: James and Matthew

2nd Place Thermodynamics: Jack and Gary

3rd Place Astronomy: Tyler B. and Mason
3rd Place Circuit Lab: Josh and Gary
3rd Place Disease Detectives: Emma A. and Emma V.
3rd Place Experimental Design: Emma A., Hansi, and Elise
3rd Place Mission Possible: Carson and Dray
3rd Place Mousetrap Vehicle: Logan
3rd Place Protein Modeling: Roxana and Gary
3rd Place Sounds of Music: Gianna and Jacob
3rd Place Code Analysis: Jack and Zach

Division B:
1st Place Heredity: Isaac E and Annika
1st Place Geocaching: Holly and Ali
1st Place Amazing Mechatronics: Carson and Brady

2nd Place Crime Busters: Brady and Ali
2nd Place Dynamic Planet: Holly and Reid
2nd Place Picture This: Josh, Carson and Alexis
2nd Place Codebusters: Holly, Elizabeth, and Isaac R.

Friday, November 9, 2018

High School Honors Band

Mrs. Meir and select Belleville High School Band members participated in the Honors Band conference at New Glarus High School on Thursday, November 8. Students practiced with a guest conductor and then put on a concert that same night. Mrs. Meir reports that, "They did GREAT! It was a long day, but rewarding."

Thursday, November 8, 2018

High School Students-of-the-Month for October

On Thursday, November 8, Belleville High School staff recognized their Students-of-the-Month for October. Students were treated to a pizza lunch from Tano's and received a personalized certificate from their nominating teacher, along with movies passes donated by Marcus Theaters. In their nominations, teachers remarked that these students lead by example and take on challenges. Congratulations to these Wildcats! 
Matteo Latorre, Ogden York, Nate Mabis, Bryson Jelle,
Connor DeLorme, Hayley VandeBerg, Melanie Humke, and Megan Mahlkuch