Thursday, March 15, 2018

Capitol Conference Math Meet

The Capitol Conference Math Meet was held Monday, March 12, at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The Belleville team had a couple individual standouts.

Riley Medenwald tied for fifth place overall in the Varsity division, and Jack Nolden tied for first place overall in the Junior Varsity division.

The Belleville varsity team finished 2nd in the Capitol Conference South and 6th overall. The junior varsity finished 1st in the Capitol Conference South, with a 2nd-place finish overall.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Science Night 2018

Students in Mr. Bussey's and Mrs. Smith's high school Science classes displayed their current research and exhibited new skills and knowledge at Tuesday night's Science Night.

The event began at 5pm with a soup supper in the cafeteria to benefit the Outdoors Club. Science presentations began shortly afterward at 6pm around the building. This included 26 student projects in the hallways and classrooms. The Science Show kicked off at 6:30pm in the auditorium. Advanced Placement Physics students put on 8 demonstrations on stage.

Along with our five Advanced Placement, dual-credit, and Project Lead the Way courses as well as Science Olympiad and numerous field trips, Science Night is another tremendous opportunity to both learn and demonstrate student's knowledge.

Friday, March 9, 2018

High School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday, March 9, Belleville High School staff recognized students-of-the-month from February. Students were treated to a Tano's Pizza lunch. They received a personalized certificate from their nominating teacher and movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters (as part of their Student Motivation Program). Teachers noted that these students took on rigorous academic courses, helped other students, and demonstrated leadership.

Congratulations to:
Josephine Latorre, Ayisa Ceesay, Brynnna Winkers, Mya Enerson, Jaydon Winkers, Ogden York, and Kalin O'Rourke
Not Pictured: Heidi Wegehaupt

Thursday, March 8, 2018

More Capitol Conference Honors

The Capitol Conference South boys' basketball all-conference team was announced on Wednesday. Two Belleville seniors were named to the team. Brock Kelly and Drew Shrader were named Honorable Mention. Congratulations to these two seniors, as they cap their Wildcat basketball careers!

Aspiring Chefs

Students in Mrs. Gartley's Culinary Arts class are learning how to analyze recipes to generate a plan for prep tasks and how to set up a workstation. Even they are amazed at how efficient they are becoming! They have created tasty menu items like today's made-from-scratch stir-fry to enjoy with their friends. [Submitted by Mrs. Gartley]

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Engineering and Manfacturing Field Trip

Mr. Neumann took his Technology Education students out into the field on Wednesday, March 7. The trip was linked to current curriculum initiatives in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) and PLTW (Project Lead the Way). Mr. Neumann is always seeking experiences to expand student exposure to technology, careers, equipment, practices, software, and materials outside of the classroom. 

Check out the scenes from the businesses that they visited!
  • Federal Industry
  • Isthmus Engineering
  • Madison-Kipp in Sun Prairie

Yahara River Writer's Contest

The results from the Yahara River Writer's Contest are in, and the School District of Belleville has 10 winners this year- including five from the Middle School. They are invited to attend the 2018 Yahara River Writer's workshop and ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at Union South on UW-Madison. 

Congratulations to students below in the following categories:

Catherine Booth (1st Place): The "United" States of America
Alyssa Caskey: America

Gavin Boyum: Protesting the National Anthem
Matthew Loshaw: Web Filters in School

Josh Kean: The Sounds of the Game

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

State DECA Results

Senior Drew Shrader and sophomore Ogden York competed at Wisconsin DECA’s State Career Development Conference.  They competed in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing team event.  They handled themselves in professional manner and impressed the judges. Although the results are not in yet, they made the school district and community of Belleville proud. [Submitted by Mr. Farrar]

Saturday, March 3, 2018

More Science Olympiad Success!

At this weekend's Marquette University High School Invite, the Belleville High School Science Olympiad Team took 2nd place in the Small School Division and 3rd place overall. They missed 1st place by a mere 19 points! Mrs. Smith was particularly smitten with the trophy the team received- a silver-plated Erlenmeyer flask topped with a dinosaur.

Congratulations to the following medalists:

1st Place 
Chemistry Lab - Otto Anson and Riley Medenwald
Herpetology - Cody Koeppel and William Meyers
Mousetrap Vehicle - Logan Niesen and Noah Niesen 

2nd Place 
Fermi Questions - Elise and Riley Medenwald
Mission Possible - Logan and Noah Niesen
Write It Do It - Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald

3rd Place
Forensics - Roxana Grunenwald and Connor Theis
Microbe Mission - Roxana Grunenwald and Trevor Thole
Protein Modeling - Roxana Grunenwald, Elise Medenwald, and Gary Salmela
Rocks and Minerals - Gianna Diaz and Gary Salmela
Sustainable Energy - Emma and Otto Anson
WiFi Lab - Hansi Bartle and Gianna Diaz

4th Place
Astronomy - Riley Medenwald and Gary Salmela
Electric Wright Stuff - Logan Niesen 
Hovercraft - Elise Medenwald and Connor Theis
Picture This - Tyler Beyer, Christian Hakala, and Ryan Posthuma
Remote Sensing - Jack Nolden and Trevor Thole
Towers - Josh Bowers and Bryson Jelle

5th Place
Disease Detectives - Gary Salmela and Emma Veeneman
Thermodynamics - Otto Anson and Jack Nolden
Towers - Hansi Bartle
WiFi Lab - Tyler Beyer and Jacob Kean

Friday, March 2, 2018

Sub-district Forensics Meet at Verona

Congratulations to the Belleville Wildcat Forensics team. They will send 22 entries (involving 28 students) to the district competition on March 19!

Top scorers last night were:

Students who scored a perfect 25 out of 25
Gary Salmela - Public Address
Mya Enerson - Poetry
Owen Benash - Radio

Students who scored 24 out of 25
Taylor Vesperman - Poetry
Eliza Woods - Prose
Julia McNamar - Farrago
Jenna Blask - Demonstration

The Wildcats will compete in the District meet at Stoughton High School on March 19th.

Go Cats!

Pastries with Parents and Student-of-the-Month Celebration

On Friday, March 2, Belleville Middle School staff invited parents into the Commons between 7:30 and 8:00am for coffee and doughnuts. This annual event allows parents and teachers to get to know one another even better in an informal setting outside of parent-teacher conferences.
Parents could then stay for the announcement of middle school students-of-the-month for February, also held in the Commons.
Congratulations to: Alonzo Vega, Hugo Araujo, Averi Boyum, Nicole Steele, Karena Simmons, Gianna Cisneros, Nicole Rufenacht, Mia Ace, Yisel Balderas-Perez, Madeleine Saeger, and Mikayla Caskey

Both events were a very positive way to start the month and a Friday morning!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Capitol Conference South All-Conference Team

On Tuesday, February 27, the Capitol Conference named its girls' basketball all-conference team. The Belleville Wildcats placed three student-athletes on the team. Congratulations to:

1st Team
Rachael Heittola

2nd Team
Kalin O'Rourke

Honorable Mention
Jade Halvensleben
Way to go Wildcats!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Math 24 Winners

The Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network put on a Math 24 Regional Tournament today at Union South on the UW-Madison campus. Belleville competed in the South Region against Albany, Argyle, Beloit, Evansville, Lake Mills, McFarland, Monona Grove, Montello, New Glarus, Oregon, Parkview, St. Ann, Stoughton, and Waunakee.

Zach Thole took 5th in his grade level (8th grade), and Brady Mousseau took 6th in his grade level (6th grade). Matthew Loshaw WON his grade level (8th grade).

As their good-looking t-shirts indicate, "That's the Wildcat Way!"

Think Spring!

With the weather warming up outside, Mrs. Knudson's Plant & Soil Science class enjoyed its first round of transplanting plugs. They worked together to transplant four varieties of plants which began the process of preparing for the class plant sale in May! Stay tuned...

Solo & Ensemble Festival Results

Belleville High School Band and Choir students, under the direction of Mrs. Kruger, Mrs. Meir, and Ms. Penniston received 18 starred first scores at Wisconsin Heights High School on Saturday, February 24, moving 12 group, duet, and solo performers on to the state festival at UW-Platteville on Saturday, April 28.

Congratulations to:
Female Triple Trio
Male Triple Trio
Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Miles Fahey: Music Theater - Tenor/Bass Solo
Noah Fahey: Tenor Solo
                      Music Theater - Tenor/Bass Solo
Mili Julian: Musical Theater - Soprano/Alto Solo
                     Soprano Solo
Eve Palmer: Piano Solo
Erin Przybyl: Musical Theater - Soprano/Alto Solo
                        Soprano Solo
Mikaela Steckelis: Musical Theater - Soprano/Alto Solo
                                Piano Solo
                                Soprano Solo
Trevor Thole: French Horn Solo
Heidi Wegehaupt: Flute Solo
Noah Fahey and Mikaela Steckelis duet
Mili Julian and Mikaela Steckelis duet

Monday, February 26, 2018

Preparation for Upcoming Musical

In preparation for this year's musical Into the Woods, Mr. Neumann's Advanced Trades class has been assisting by creating props for the production.

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC APRIL 3RD. There will 7pm shows on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, and a matinee on Sunday, April 15.

It should be a wildly entertaining show!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wonders of Physics

Mrs. Smith and Mr. Bussey took 14 Science Olympiad students to the Wonders of Physics show on the UW-Madison campus on Saturday, February 17. They combined this with a visit to the Ingersoll Physics Museum in Chamberlin Hall. Our Science Department staff members are always looking for ways to spark students' interest and passion in the subject area!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Basketball Game Recognition

The Belleville boys' basketball team played New Glarus on Senior Night on Friday night.

At halftime, girls' varsity soccer coach for the Sugar River Raiders, John Ziperski, was recognized with a watch for being named the 2016 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches' Association state and sectional Coach-of-the-Year (for small, public schools).

Eric O'Connor's parents, Steve and Sherry, were presented with a plaque for Eric after the game, along with the recognition of the other seven seniors. That plaque will be on display at BHS. Korey Trainor created tonight's plaque, while his son Jackson designed and created one for the boys' locker room.


Middle School Winter Week Activities

Winter Week ended at Belleville Middle School with a field trip to Sky Zone in Madison on Friday. This field trip was an incentive trip for students who met our PBIS expectations with no more than one office disciplinary referral from January 24 through February 14. The students had an hour and a half to jump on Friday afternoon.

From 5-7pm on Friday night, the Middle School Student Council held a dance for Valentine's Day. Students could then buy a reduced-priced ticket to the home boys' basketball game against New Glarus for Senior Night. Middle school students also played in the pep band for the game!

The Outsiders Literature Discussion Groups

Mrs. Schultz's 8th grade English Language Arts classes are engaged in literature discussion groups. The students are comparing the main characters of two books with the same theme. They all read The Outsiders and then could select an independent novel of their choice to compare and contrast. Their work is now displayed in the Middle School hallways.

Wildcat Pride Day

Belleville High School celebrated Wildcat Pride Day on Friday to end Winter Week. Starting at 2:15pm, students had a choice to participate in the following activities:
  • Karaoke
  • Chess, cribbage, and board games
  • Cribbage
  • Video gaming
  • Salsa dancing
  • Fitness training, yoga, and time in the gym
  • 3-D printing
  • A movie
  • Minute-to-Win-It

Students qualified for this afternoon incentive by avoiding multiple office disciplinary referrals in the first three weeks of the new semester. Students who did not meet this PBIS expectation worked in a quiet study hall with a review of the behavior expectations matrix.

We hope this event allows students who routinely show respect, responsibility, and safety a chance to enjoy an afternoon to bond with their peers and teachers!