Tuesday, July 16, 2019

BHS Puerto Rico Trip

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Houser, leading a group of 10 Belleville High School students, departed for Puerto Rico this morning at 4am. They will be in the American territory for 15 days. Their trip will include culture, history, science, and of course, some fun in the sun. You can follow their travels at this website. Safe travels!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Release of Advanced Placement Test Scores

Teachers and administrators could access Advanced Placement test scores on July 5. Students in Wisconsin then learned of their scores on July 9. Recently designated as a Level 2 Pacesetter School by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC), students at Belleville High School once again achieved remarkable results! These accomplishments include:
  • All 17 students taking the AP Calculus AB and BC exams earned qualifying scores. Mr. Cryderman stated, "I had talked to this group about the opportunity to have a 100% pass rate. They had no real weak spots. However, I didn't think it would actually happen!"
  • All 12 students taking the AP U.S. History exam also earned qualifying scores. Mr. Hodgson remarked, "I'm really proud of the APUSH kids. We had six weather days and ACT prep, and they really came through, given the circumstances."
  • AP Environmental Science scores and AP U.S. Government and Politics scores were both 30% above the national average for 2019.
  • The 92% passing rate for the AP Psychology exam was the highest rate in school history.
For the first time, the College Board also released average scores and passing rates from the state. As with most standardized tests, Wisconsin typically scores higher than the national average. Comparing Belleville against the state creates a more rigorous standard. Even by these measures, Belleville High School's achievement shone through clearly, regularly topping the state average by at least 20%.

Congratulations to the Belleville students on their Advanced Placement accolades, and thank you to our six AP teachers for their commitment and dedication in preparing our students for these exams! To see how top colleges like the University of Wisconsin-Madison award credit for AP scores visit this link. Keep in mind that one credit at UW-Madison for 2018 cost $461.48.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Little Library Check-up

On Thursday, June 20, soon-to-be seniors Ella Campbell and Sage Mullen visited each of Belleville's Free Little Libraries. They cleaned them up and then added new used books at each location. Check out some new books for summer reading! #WildcatWay

Mrs. Vogel in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

Belleville Middle School English Language Arts teacher and fall play and & musical director Mrs. Vogel is showing her students how it is done! She will star as Truly Scrumptious in the upcoming Verona Area Theater Production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" over the next two weekends. Congratulations and thanks to Mrs. Vogel for modeling for her students!

Watch her promotional appearance on Wednesday's "Wake Up Wisconsin" on WKOW.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Engineering Design & Development Competition

On Tuesday, June 11, Matteo Latorre and Jakson Trainor were invited to the Milwaukee School of Engineering for Project Lead the Way's state Engineering Design and Development Competition. Of the 25 submissions statewide, the students' archery backstop project was selected as a finalist, placing it within the top eight in the state of Wisconsin. Although they ultimately did not place in the top three to earn scholarship money for their project, Matteo and Jakson represented Belleville High School well, even earning praise and encouragement from one of the judges who sought them out after the results were announced. It also continues a trend of two consecutive invitations to this prestigious event which Mr. Neumann hopes to carry forward with next year's students.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Graduation Ceremony

The 2018-19 school year officially concluded today with graduation of the Class of 2019. The rain held off as a large crowd gathered in the gym to recognize 63 new Belleville High School graduates. Valedictorian Kori Rogers and Salutatorian Luke Kelly sent their class off with excellent speeches. Mrs. Krueger and the graduates gave a final, heart-warming performance of Bruno Mars's "Count On Me." Thank you to Hunter Carr for this hard work on this senior video, celebrating all the graduates.
Congratulations and good luck!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Awards Ceremonies

On May 7, the last day of school, the middle and high school staff celebrated the 2018-19 school year with awards programs. The Kiwanis attended the middle school ceremony and presented their subject area excellence awards. They later treated the students to a celebration at the conclusion of the program. The 7th and 8th grade staff also distributed excellence and most improved awards by class.

At the high school awards program, soon-to-be graduates took home 115 scholarships worth about $125,000. This is more than $60,000 given out out last year. These are all local scholarships with real cash from area donors. Congratulations to the scholarship winners, and thank you for all the donations from local businesses and community members!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

8th and 12th Grade Trips

As the 2018-19 school year comes to a close, the 8th graders are wrapping up their last few days in middle school and the seniors are finishing their last days in high school. On Thursday, May 6, the Class of 2023 ventured to Yellowstone Lake State Park, while the Class of 2019 traveled to Devil's Lake State Park. Both groups enjoyed warm weather (with temperatures nearing 80 degrees) and time near the water to hang out with the classmates. These are the types of activities that the middle and high school staff hope create bonds and lasting memories for our students!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

All-Conference Baseball Selections

On Tuesday, May 4, the Capitol Conference released its all-conference baseball team selections for 2019. The Wildcats were led by Jaydon Winkers who was a 1st Team infielder and the South Division's Player-of-the-Year. Luke Kelly was a unanimous choice for 1st Team catcher. Austin Fahey (pitcher) and Jackson Richter (outfielder) were also selected to the 1st Team.

Dylan Gratz (outfielder) and Kody Fahey (utility player) were selected to the 2nd Team. In addition, freshman Trevor Syse was chosen as an Honorable Mention outfielder. Congratulations to these Wildcat baseball players and their successful season, finishing as co-champions of the South with an 8-2 conference record!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Connor DeLorme: Academic All-State Honors

The Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association recently announced its Boys Academic All-State Team for 2018-19. Belleville senior Connor DeLorme met the following criteria and was chosen as an Honorable Mention selection.

  • 3.85 (or higher) cumulative GPA
  • A minimum of a 29 composite score on the ACT test
  • Exhibiting exemplary sportsmanship
  • For selection, 80% weight is placed on academics, 10% weight for service, and 10% for accomplishments on the soccer field.
A link to the entire site and team can be reached at this link.

Congratulations to Connor on this achievement for showing the Wildcat Way on and off the field!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Softball All-conference Players

On Thursday, May 30, the Capitol Conference South Division released their softball all-conference team selections for this spring. Five Wildcats appeared on the list. First team selections included Madalynn Weber and Bailey Legler. Second team selections included Ella Campbell, Jillian Michaels, and Cecilia Grefsheim. Congratulations to these Wildcats and the team that finished 6-4 in the conference and 11-8 overall!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

2019 Wildcat Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Thursday, May 30, the Belleville Wildcat Wall of Fame Committee inducted three new members in a ceremony in the auditorium. C.H. Hageman, Yvonne Remy, and Brad Stiner were added to the wall, bringing the total number of inductees now to seven.

Since its inception, the school board and Wall of Fame Committee have placed a priority of student involvement in this process. Three students serve on the committee itself. Students from the Young Politicians' Club perform the research interviews and make a recommendation of finalists. For the first time this year, three more of Mr. Benash's Art students created the drawings that appear on the new inductees plaques. In addition, Mr. Neumann and his Trades students create the commemorative plaques that the inductees receive.

It was an honor to have Greg Hageman, Mrs. Remy, and Mr. Stiner back in the building to be recognized by current students and staff, former colleagues, and community members. Together, they served the school district for over 110 years. The seniors in attendance could certainly see how dedication and service are acknowledged by all those that these three Wildcats influenced.

Be sure to check out their new plaques added to the Wall of Fame at the high school's West entrance when you come for the the graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 9.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Inaugural Graduation Walk

To end the day on Friday, May 24, the senior class received their caps and gowns, tried them on for the first time, and then took the short walk to the Elementary School for our inaugural Graduation Walk.

Current and former staff members, students, and parents gathered in the cafeteria and through the hallways to congratulate these soon-to-be graduates. This event gave the seniors the opportunity to reminisce about their days at the old Intermediate School. It also gave teachers and support staff a chance to see just how far the Class of 2019 has come and how much they have grown. Finally, it allowed the Elementary School students to see their role models in an academic light and to envision themselves (through hard work) in the same situation a few years from now.

Now that the seniors have their caps and gowns, they can begin decorating them, preparing for final exams, and looking ahead to their senior trip and the graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 9.

As always, it was a great day to be a Wildcat! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jazz in the Park

Although a little windy, the large crowd that gathered for Jazz in the Park on Wednesday night enjoyed temperatures in the 70s. Library Park was filled with community members, parents, and of course, students for performances from Belleville High School's Vocal Jazz and Jazz Band groups. These two groups have been practicing throughout the year at 7am for this culminating performance.  Vocal Jazz, under the direction of Mrs. Krueger, performed first and delighted the crowd with songs such as "Blue Moon" and "Hallelujah." Mrs. Meir and the Jazz Band then thrilled the assembled audience with standards such as "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman and "You Made Me Love You" by Al Jolson.

Thank you to these two directors, their dedicated and talented students, and to Mr. Edge and Mrs. Maas for all their set-up to make this community event an annual success. It is a true showcase of our students' talents!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Spring Week at the Middle School

The core teachers at the middle school celebrated the change in weather to more Spring-like temperatures (finally!) with Spring Week from May 13-17. Dress up days included Hat Day, Jersey Day, Whiteout (7th grade) versus Blackout (9th grade), Throwback Day, and Tropical Day.  Lunch-time games included dodgeball, kickball, an egg relay, volleyball, and trenchball. The week concluded with Spring Fling Night on Friday with gym time to start and a dance (Tropical theme) to end the night.
There was a lot of spirit on display with just three weeks remaining in the school year!

Junkyard Wars

On Friday, May 17, Mr. Neumann and four Belleville High School students (Win Erskine, Matteo Latorre, Nate Mabis, and Cade Miller) participated in Blackhawk Technical College's (BTC) Junkyard Wars. The event was held at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton. This welding competition involves teams of four students from area high schools working together to create a sculpture from piles of junk. The students are given three hours to complete the project with guidance from BTC instructors. Although Belleville's creation did not win the event with their "Boot" creation, the Wildcat team learned a lot from their first foray into this type of competition and will come back better prepared next year!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Spring Band and Choir Concert

On Wednesday, May 15, the Belleville High School Band, under the direction of Mrs. Meir, and the Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Krueger, performed in front of the typical packed house for their annual Spring concert. The night began with the Symphonic Band playing four songs, including "Scarborough Fair," made famous by Simon & Garfunkel. After awards and a clearing of the stage, the Treble (Women's) Choir performed four songs, highlighted by "Jolene" and soloist Mili Julian. The night wrapped up with four more songs from the Concert Choir. The audience enjoyed the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and the more recent "Shallow" from the soundtrack of A Star is Born, featuring soloists Connor DeLorme and Anna Nolden.
More than 65 students played in the band, and over 110 sang in the choir. Mrs. Meir said farewell to 10 seniors, while Mrs. Krueger bid adieu to another 27 seniors. It was a night filled with emotion. 
Don't forget that Jazz in the Park will take place in one week- on Wednesday, May 22, at 6pm in Library Park!