Saturday, January 26, 2019

A First for Science Olympiad

On Saturday, January 26, the Belleville High School Science Olympiad Team won the Small School Division (Division C) at UW-River Falls. They topped 24 other teams from 15 schools (and three states). For the first time in its short history, the Belleville team came out victorious over Boyceville High School, which has been one of the top four teams in the state for the last decade. Congratulations to Coach Smith and her Platinum Team! Thirteen students medaled in 18 events today!

1st Place
Experimental Design: Emma Anson, Hansi Bartle, and Elise Medenwald
Mousetrap Vehicle: Carson Heller and Logan Niesen
Protein Modeling: Roxana Grunenwald, James Gustafson, and Gary Salmela
Thermodynamics: Jack Nolden and Gary Salmela 
Wright Stuff: Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen

2nd Place
Amazing Mechatronics: James Gustafson and Jacob Kean
Code Busters: Gianna Diaz, Jacob Kean, and Jack Nolden
Dynamic Planet: Emma Anson and Zach Thole
Geocaching: Jack Nolden and Gary Salmela
Geologic Mapping: Gary Salmela and Zach Thole
Mission Possible: Carson Heller and Logan Niesen

3rd Place
Circuit Lab: James Gustafson and Gary Salmela 
Fossils: Emma Anson and Gianna Diaz
Sounds of Music: Gianna Diaz and Jacob Kean

4th Place
Fermi Questions: Elise Medenwald and Zach Thole
Food Science: Hansi Bartle and Katie Bowers 
Forensics: Emma Anson and Roxana Grunenwald
Herpetology: Gianna Diaz and James Gustafson

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Pie Auction

The Young Politicians' Club Pie Auction at Thursday night's home basketball game against the Cambridge Blue Jays brought in over $500. The proceeds will go toward a memorial for Eduardo Fraire. Congratulations on this success, introducing a fundraising approach new to BHS events!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

MLK Day Soup Supper

On Monday night, January 21, the Belleville High School Student Council hosted the annual Soup Supper in honor of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Day. Under the direction of Mr. Ziehr, the student council members served soup, breadsticks, and brownies in the cafeteria from 5-7pm. Those in attendance were able to take home a handmade and painted bowl from our own Ceramics students and other staff members. The student council donates proceeds from the event to local charities. As always, it was a wonderful way to celebrate Dr. King's message and bring the community together!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Spanish V Art Museum Project

Students in Spanish 5 recently engaged in an Art Museum Project. They studied the impact of art on culture, and culture on art. Three students even re-created paintings by famous artists (Grace Jaramillo-Hoffman, Megan Mahlkuch, and Mikaela Steckelis). Mrs. Vesperman wanted to show off some of their hard work! 

Middle School Spelling Bee

On Friday, January 18, Belleville Middle School students participated in the annual Spelling Bee. Twenty-eight students qualified to compete on stage this morning through a pre-test. After 8 rounds, Holly Flick (8th grade) emerged as our winner for 2019. Isaac Erb (7th grade) was the runner-up. Holly now qualifies to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee at Stoughton High School on February 25. Congratulations these great orthographers. Look that one up Wildcats!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Young Politicians' Pie Auction

The Belleville High School Young Politicians' Club will be hosting a silent auction on pies at Tuesday night's home girls' basketball game against New Glarus. Winners will be announced at halftime of the varsity game. Proceeds will benefit a memorial for Eddy Fraire. Please bring your wallets/purses and your generosity!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Middle School Robotics

As the first semester draws to a conclusion, Mr. Neumann is keeping the 8th grade Project Lead the Way students engaged. Students are building and programming VEX robotics kits. Today, a few groups were able to demonstrate a working "clawbot!"

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Science Olympiad at Medford

At the Medford Invitational over the weekend, the Belleville Science Olympiad Team placed third behind Menominee and Boyceville in this single division competition. Sixteen BHS students placed in the top 5 in 15 events. Congratulations to:

1st Place
Jack Nolden and Gary Salmela: Geocaching
Carson Heller and Logan Niesen: Mission Possible

2nd Place
Gianna Diaz, Jacob Kean, and Jack Nolden: Code Busters
Emma Anson, Hansi Bartle, and Elise Medenwald: Experimental Design
Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald: Write It Do It

3rd Place
Gary Salmela and Zach Thole: Geologic Mapping
Roxana Grunenwald, James Gustafson, and Gary Salmela: Protein Modeling

4th Place
Jack Nolden and Zach Thole: Code Analysis
Hansi Bartle and Katie Bowers: Food Science
Angelina Parisot and Mason Schwoegler: Sounds of Music

5th Place
James Gustafson and Jacob Kean: Amazing Mechatronics
Emma Anson and Emma Veeneman: Dynamic Planet
Carson Heller and Logan Niesen: Mousetrap Vehicle
Katie Bowers and Zach Thole: Water Quality
Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen: Wright Stuff

Saturday, January 12, 2019

DECA Career Development Conference

On Saturday, January 12, twenty-three Belleville High School DECA students participated in the District 3 Career Development Conference at Sun Prairie High School. BHS transitioned from FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) to DECA for the 2016-17 school year. They had not had a state qualifier in those three years until today. Caden O'Rourke and Ogden York were series champions in sports marketing and became the first Wildcats to receive an automatic bid to the state competition in Lake Geneva in early March.

The duo of Mikaela Steckelis and Lexi Walker, as well as individuals Ella Campbell and Cecilia Grefsheim, all medaled, receiving one of the top scores in either their tests or role plays. Kennedy Dreger filled in for Ella on stage, having to leave the event early.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

High School Students-of-the-Month

On Thursday, January 10, Belleville High School staff recognized Students-of-the-Month for December. They were treated to a Tano's Pizza lunch and received a personalized certificate from their nominating teacher, as well as movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters. Teachers appreciate these students' character, work ethic, and leadership. Congratulations to these Wildcats who are starting 2019 strong!
Matthew Loshaw,  Elise Medenwald, Andrew Remy, Risandi Bartle, Carson Heller, Erin Kittleson, Haley Boeck, Maddy Weber, and Kori Rogers

Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon

On January 9, seven students from Belleville High School attended the Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The luncheon hosted more than 500 business, government, and community leaders. Nationally recognized speakers focused on both regional and national economic trends. The newly elected governor, Tony Evers, spoke about the Badger state’s economy. The students enjoyed the day and learned about factors affecting the economy both locally and globally. Special thanks to UB&T for sponsoring the table at this event for the students!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wildcat Teachers Make Best Teachers List

Congratulations to the Belleville High School staff! On Monday, January 7, ranked BHS teachers as the 31st best public school staff in the state. Niche uses a rubric (see below) that includes seven different factors such as parent/student surveys and teacher absenteeism. We appreciate all that you do for our students and the opportunities that you provide them!


Belleville Middle and High Schools are increasing efforts to utilize community resources. We are looking for volunteers as tutors, mentors, event chaperones, as well as in other capacities. If you have talents and time to share, we are now creating a list for our staff to access and contact. If interested, please complete this form, and we will be in touch as opportunities arise. In addition, feel free to share the link with grandparents, other family, friends, and neighbors.

Monday, January 7, 2019

A Good Day Starts with Breakfast!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Science Olympiad Success

The Belleville High School Science Olympiad Team took 2nd place at the Slinger Invite over the weekend. Out of 23 total teams, Marquette University High School was the only one to top the Wildcats. BHS jumped Prairie School- a traditional foe who has placed ahead of the Belleville team at recent state meets. Congratulations to the following students who medaled on Saturday!

1st Place
Boomilever: Risandi Bartle and Carson Heller
Code Busters: Gianna Diaz, Jacob Kean, and Jack Nolden
Forensics: Roxana Grunenwald and Emma Veeneman
Geocaching: Jack Nolden and Gary Salmela
Mission Possible: Carson Heller
Protein Modeling: Roxana Grunenwald, James Gustafson, and Gary Salmela
Write It Do It: Jordyn Thomas and Jordan Wilder

2nd Place
Astronomy: Sydney Gentilli and Jacob Kean
Experimental Design: Emma Anson, Hansi Bartle, and Elise Medenwald
Mission Possible: Logan Niesen (and Roxana Grunenwald)
Wright Stuff: Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen

3rd Place
Geologic Mapping: Gary Salmela and Zach Thole
Sounds of Music: Cole Monroe and Mason Schwoegler

4th Place
Amazing Mechatronics: Matthew Loshaw and Michael Walker
Boomilever: Natalie Brown and Cole Monroe 
Dynamic Planet: Emma Anson and Emma Veeneman
Fossils: Emma Anson and Gianna Diaz

5th Place
Aerial Scramble: James Gustafson and Logan Niesen
Amazing Mechatronics: James Gustafson and Jacob Kean
Code Analysis: Jack Nolden and Zach Thole
Designer Genes: Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald
Sounds of Music: Gianna Diaz and Jacob Kean
Write It Do It: Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald

Friday, January 4, 2019

Belleville High School Recycling Video

The Catty Shack staff presents a video on recycling. Thanks to the school store for showing us RESPONSIBILITY as part of the Wildcat Way!

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday, January 4, Belleville Middle School staff recognized their Students-of-the-Month for December. Core teachers, along with Health and Physical Education teachers, announced their selections in front of the large group assembly in the commons. Students received a certificate, Catty Shack buck to the school store, a 3-D printed trinket from Mrs. Swenson, and the opportunity to put their handprints up on the walls of the commons. Many teachers noted that these students positively contribute to classroom discussions. Congratulations to these Wildcats for starting off the new year in positive fashion!
Front Row (L-R): Devin Campbell, Joe Mueller Graves, William Gobel, Megan Stone, Elizabeth Lloyd, Aidan Cook, and Taylor Bublitz
Back Row (L-R): Holly Flick, Kailey Prochaska, Averi Boyum, William Booth, Justin Pauli, Ben Johnson, Emily Gomez, Mackenzie Downing