Friday, September 13, 2019

NBC15's Game-of-the-Week

Mike "Jocko" Jacques and NBC15 Sports were in Belleville tonight for the "Game-of-the-Week" against the Pardeeville Bulldogs. We appreciate Jocko spotlighting the Belleville High School Band and Dance Team live during the 5 o'clock newscast. Hopefully, the hype will produce a victory for the football Wildcats in front of the home crowd tonight!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Belleville Noted for Rise in English-Language Arts Scores

Despite the title of this morning's Wisconsin State Journal article "English, math skills slipping," the School District of Belleville was noted for huge gains in English-Language Arts (ELA) this past year. "Belleville posted some of the highest gains in English/language arts, increasing by about 22 and 23 percentage points in the fourth and eighth grades..."

As you can see in the tables below, Belleville had the second highest 7th grade ELA scores in the county, behind Deerfield. Belleville's 8th graders had the fourth highest ELA scores in Dane County, with proficiency scores rising over 20 percentage points from the previous year.

Belleville High School's ELA scores on the ACT ranked second in the county, trailing only Middleton-Cross Plains.

In addition, class average scores (for 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grades) for all content areas (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) were at least six points above the state average.

Congratulations to our students and staff! Our system-wide approach is working, and our focus on literacy is producing results! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CPR in Health 9

Mrs. Tretow's freshmen Health classes are in the midst of their CPR unit. Today's lesson focused on clearing blocked passageways. I have confidence that these Wildcat students have the skills to step up in a critical situation. It also looks like a pretty tough workout on those chest compressions for some!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Recognition for Belleville's Attendance Rate

As we begin the 2019-20 school year, we want to give a shout-out to our students and parents for getting our learners to school each day! We can do great things when we have our students in front of our awesome staff everyday. Please continue to communicate with the attendance offices as the year progresses. We appreciate it!
Check out our data at just over 2 minutes into this video clip!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First Day PBIS Videos

The staff was excited to get our students back today for the start of the 2019-20 school year. After class meetings, students and staff watched our 4th annual PBIS videos with their 1st block classes. These videos serve two purposes:

  1. Celebrate our accomplishments from the previous school year.
  2. Clearly explain our behavior expectations for the new school year, based on pitfalls from the past.
As always, we try to showcase our students and staff and add a little humor to them when we can. Enjoy!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Spirit Club Welcome Students

The Spirit Club was out on Labor Day with their advisor, Mrs. Tretow, preparing the entrances at both buildings to welcome students back to school on Tuesday morning. Hopefully, the rain stays away so that this sidewalk chalk art will hold up for them to see. Keep your fingers crossed!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Staff Camaraderie

Now in its fourth year, the staff of Belleville Middle and High Schools posed for their staff poster on Thursday. Mr. Bussey and Mrs. Alsteens hatched the original idea for the first poster, modeling it after the high school sports team posters. Mrs. Krueger devised this year's theme: "Come one. Come all, to the greatest show on earth." We can't wait to see what Green Briar Photography comes up with! Stay tuned...

Updates to the Middle School

In an effort to update the facilities in the middle school and provide a space for individual and small-group work, lockers from the middle school commons were moved to the adjoining middle-high school hallway. This created additional space for a new "Literacy Lounge." The early reviews from students and staff have been extremely positive. Thank you to Mrs. Schultz for her tireless efforts to find furniture to perfectly accommodate the space!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time Lapse Auditorium Remodel

Belleville Middle and High Schools have been a busy place this summer. Since June, construction crews have:
  1. Updated the auditorium.
  2. Repaved the parking lots.
  3. Resurfaced the gym floor and the track.
  4. Added soundproofing panels to the Band room.
  5. Relocated middle school lockers (with updates to the Commons).
  6. Created a secure entrance for the district office.
These upgrades are an investment in our students. They have excelled in this environment. Thank you to the school board and community taxpayers for making our school a place that students look forward to coming to each day!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Back-to-School Dance

On Friday (8-23) night, the Belleville Area Cares Coalition sponsored Jamie "DjViscious" Vega for a dance after the first home football game in the gym. The dance was offered to 7th-12th graders, and nearly of 100 of our students attended. It was a great time for those who participated, pumping up school spirit before the start of the year! Thank you to Doug McClain from Family Service Madison for providing the funding so that the dance was free of cost to students, and to Teresa Pelton and Mrs. Tretow for chaperoning!

Friday, August 23, 2019

New Trophy Case Installation

The long wait is almost over. Thanks to contributions from the Booster Club, and what I believe Bart Morrick refers to as the "Old Track Guys," the cabinets for a new trophy case at the high school entrance arrived yesterday and were assembled today. We are still waiting on glass, paint, and some finishing trim. However, we hope that it will be filled when visitors and spectators arrive yet this fall for home volleyball games.

Thank you to the Boosters, the alumni track athletes, and the school board for coming together on this project. Belleville High School had been restricted in what trophies and memorabilia could be display in the only trophy case in the building. Now BHS will be able to prominently display our well-deserved awards and introduce new and historic pieces currently in storage.

Finally, we owe a huge debt of gratitude and appreciation to Korey Trainor and Finish Systems for investing so much time, passion, and attention-to-detail into this project. He has set the standard so high with all of the Prom sets lately, but he again exceeded expectations on this new trophy case!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Spirit Club Prepares for the New School Year!

Mrs. Tretow and members of the high school Spirit Club began their preparations today for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Students started the morning by helping out with the opening PBIS video that will debut on the first day of school. They then turned their attention to re-painting the Wildcat paws leading to the entrances at both buildings. Finally, they "cupped" the stadium fence as well for the start of the fall football and soccer seasons.

Although bothered by a bat at the Elementary School, their work today starts to get others in the right frame of mind to start the school year with excitement and enthusiasm! Thank you for your efforts!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Post-Football Game Dance

After the first home football game against New Holstein on Friday, August 23, the Belleville Area Cares Coalition (BACC) will host a dance in the high school gym. DJ Vicious will provide music courtesy of BACC. The dance will start approximately at 8:45pm (after the game) and will end at 11pm. This dance is open to both middle and high school students.
We hope to see our students that night and welcome them back for the upcoming school year!

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.

Criteria
  • 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!