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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring Fling Middle School Dance

Belleville Middle School hosted its Spring Fling dance on Friday, April 20, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Commons. It was a Hawaiian that the weather finally started to shift! The staff is very proud of the 8th grade girls who organized and promoted the dance, including the song list and dance & lip sync competitions. There was a ton of energy and enthusiasm!

State Forensics

The 2018 Belleville High School Forensics Team is headed to the state competition tonight (April 20). The Wildcats will perform on the UW-Madison campus at 7 pm.
BHS has 19 entries, with 25 total students participating. Congratulations and good luck!
Coaches: Mrs. Alsteens and Mrs. Jenkins
Missing in picture: Owen Benash

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

FFA Donkey Basketball

Don't miss Belleville's FFA Donkey Basketball fundraiser on April 24 in New Glarus. Belleville will play Monroe, and hopefully, another game in the championship. Tickets are less expensive if purchased in advance. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Exploring Hospitality Field Trip

Today in Exploring Hospitality Management, a Madison College dual-credit course, students spent the morning learning about the wine and spirits business from 13th generation French winemaker, Phillippe Coquard, owner of Wollersheim Winery and Distillery in Prairie du Sac.  The knowledge and skills required in the areas of agriculture, wine science, manufacturing, business operations, marketing, and retail to bring high quality, affordable beverages to the consumer was very interesting and far more involved than any of us realized! [Submitted by Mrs. Gartley]
​From left to right: Christian Baxter, Max Gerner, Win Erskine, Mr. Coquard, Jordan Caputo, Nick Fahey, Danny Enloe.
​One of many rooms with fermenting tanks​

​Automated bottling

Friday, April 13, 2018

Opening Night of the Musical

Belleville High School's musical "Into the Woods" opened on Friday, April 13. The cast included 29 students, from freshmen to seniors. The musical's storyline combines the fairytales of "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Rapunzel" into one cohesive plot.

This was Mrs. Vogel's directorial debut at BHS. She, along with Mrs. Krueger, led our talented students in putting on a truly enjoyable show! As of Friday afternoon, there were still 14 tickets available for Saturday night and 50 available for Sunday afternoon. We hope that you come out to support our students!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

High School Students-of-the-Month for March

Belleville High School staff recognized its Students-of-the-Month for March on Wednesday, April 11. Students were treated to a pizza lunch and received a personalized certificate from their nominating teacher, along with movie passes donated through the Marcus Theaters Student Motivation Program. Teachers commented that this group is hard working and has a positive attitude!

Congratulations to the following Wildcats:
Front Row: Anna Nolden,  Brooke Kiefer, and Kori Rogers
Back Row: William DeJonge, Drew Shrader, Dylan Gratz, Maddy Weber, Raina Nicholson, and Ruben Avina

Monday, April 9, 2018

School Board Representatives

At the school board meeting on Monday, April 9, senior representatives Riley Medenwald and Gracie Samon were recognized for their contributions throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Riley and Gracie met with Mr. Perry every week before a school board meeting and then attended the meeting the following Monday. They updated the school board members on events and activities from the high school in the previous month. The April school board meeting was their last meeting together before graduation, with the Capitol Conference Academic Honors Banquet scheduled during the next school board meeting in May. Thank you to Riley and Gracie for their input this year! Their names are now engraved on the plaque for school board reps at the main entrance of the building.

FFA Banquet

Mrs. Knudson and the Belleville Future Farmers of America held their annual banquet on Sunday, April 8. This year's officers (Devin Brown, Nick Fahey, Amanda Lettman, Mitch Mussehl, and Brianna Halvorson) turned the chapter over to next year's officers:
President - Amanda Lettman
Vice President - Mitch Mussehl
Secretary - Alan Woller
Treasurer - Brenna Meier
Reporter - Carol Rankin

Awards went out to Jorden Roelke (Most Active Member), Brianna Halvorson (Most Active Officer), and Lance Varney (Best Meeting Attendance).

Leah Hanna (Beef Production) and Brianna Halvorson (Equine Science, Small Animal Production & Care, and Veterinary Science) earned their local proficiency awards.

Congratulations as well to:

Saturday, April 7, 2018

State Science Olympiad Results

Coach Meredith Smith reports that the Belleville High School Science Olympiad team took 8th place overall at the state meet out of 50 Division C schools. This event took place on Saturday, April 7, on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

Congratulations to the following medal winners:
2nd Place in Thermodynamics: Otto Anson and Jack Nolden

4th Place in Mousetrap Vehicle: Logan and Noah Niesen
4th Place in Sustainable Energy: Emma and Otto Anson

5th Place in Rocks and Minerals: Gianna Diaz and Gary Salmela
5th Place in WiFi Lab: Hansi Bartle and Gianna Diaz

6th Place in Mission Possible: Logan and Noah Niesen
6th Place in Protein Modeling: Roxana Grunenwald, Elise Medenwald, and Gary Salmela

Students experienced more than just the competition. On Friday, students attended different science lectures and demonstrations. Guest speakers addressed the competitors from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Raptor Program.

On Friday night, Belleville students also took part in an Escape Room. It was a great way to cap another successful season!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Middle School Students-of-the-Month for March

On Friday, April 6, Belleville Middle School staff recognized Students-of-the-Month for March. Teachers addressed the 7th and 8th grade students, acknowledging the selected students' efforts in front of their peers. Students received a certificate from their nominating teacher, a Catty Shack Buck for the school store, and a 3-D printed Wildcat from Mrs. Swenson. They also had the opportunity to put their handprints up in the Commons.

Congratulations to these wonderful Wildcats!
From Left to Right: Mason Krantz, Kyle Hansen, Devin Campbell, Jake Fahey, Carson Syse, Josh Danz Grass, Coral Kramer, Cole Monroe, Annika Esselstrom, Breleigh Kiefer, Kailee Nowak, Ava Foley, Kailey Prochaska, Maizy Hollis, and Megan Dyrhaug

1, 2, 3, 4 We Declare a Penny War!

Starting on Monday, April 9, the Middle and High Schools will take on the Elementary and Intermediate Schools in a Penny War to raise funds for the new Elementary School's playground equipment. The Penny War will run until Friday, April 20. Selfishly, I want our building to win because the opposing schools' students get to pick what happens to the other buildings' principal. I really don't want to shave my head, take a pie to the face, or spend the night on the roof! So, please encourage your students to add "positively" to the MS-HS bucket and "negatively" to the ES-IS bucket . 

Stay tuned for a video with Mr. Conzemius and myself on the Facebook pages!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Large Group Band Festival

Mrs. Meir brought both middle and high school Band students to Marshall on Wednesday, April 4, to participate in the conference's Large Group Band Festival. Altogether, 106 Belleville students participated in this event. Trevor Thole, the BHS Band President, introduced the band to the judges.  The high school band received a "1st" score, and the middle school band received a "2nd" score. Mrs. Krueger and the Choir students will participate in a similar festival on April 18 at Lodi High School.