Wednesday, February 27, 2019

All-Conference Girls' Basketball

Congratulations to three Belleville Wildcat girls basketball players for their selections to the Capitol Conference South Division All-Conference Teams. Senior Rachael Heittola was a 1st Team selection. Senior Jade Halvensleben was selected to the 2nd Team. Junior Jenna Shrader received an Honorable Mention. Hopefully, these three and the rest of the Wildcat team can upset Markesan in the sectional semi-finals tomorrow night!

Monday, February 25, 2019

DECA Trivia Night

DECA held its 2nd annual Trivia Night on Monday, February 25, in the Belleville High School library. Teams of four could register a table for $20. A silent auction featuring 11 items and baskets donated by local businesses took in bids throughout the night. Runners took food, snack, and drink orders from the school store, the Catty Shack. Jack Nolden developed 100 questions, with 10 questions in each of the 10 rounds. It was a great turnout for a cold weeknight in February! In the end, a team consisting of Ron, Jacob, and Josh Kean won the $100 top prize.
Repeat winners!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Science Olympiad: Badger Invite

Both Belleville Middle School's and Belleville High School's Science Olympiad teams participated in the Badger Invite at Hamilton Middle School in Madison an Saturday, February 23.
Middle School Results
2nd Place
Write It Do It - Aidan Cook and Lexi Radl

3rd Place
Geocaching - Carson Heller and Reid Nolden

5th Place
Picture This - Aidan Cook, Annika Esselstrom, and Lexi Radl
Road Scholar - Tony Diaz and Annika Esselstrom

6th Place
Code Busters - Skyler Beyer and Annika Esselstrom

High School Results
1st Place
Forensics - Risandi Bartle and Roxana Grunenwald
Protein Modeling - Roxana Grunenwald, James Gustafson, Gary Salmela, and Karena Simmons

2nd Place
Boomilever - Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen
Code Analysis - Jack Nolden and Zach Thole
Mission Possible - Carson Heller and Logan Niesen
Thermodynamics - Jack Nolden and Zach Thole
Water Quality - Zach Thole
Write It Do It - Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald

3rd Place
Aerial Scramble - James Gustafson and Logan Niesen
Circuit Lab - James Gustafson and William Meyers
Experimental Design - Emma Anson, Elise Medenwald, and Karena Simmons
Geologic Mapping - Mason Schwoegler and Zach Thole 
Mousetrap Vehicle - Carson Heller and Logan Niesen
Wright Stuff - Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen

4th PlaceExperimental Design - Hansi Bartle, Julian Fulbright, and Dray Kieler
Fermi Questions - Jack Nolden and Zach Thole
Mechatronics - James Gustafson and Matt Loshaw
Sounds of Music - James Gustafson and Mason Schwoegler

5th PlaceCode Busters - Katie Bowers, Jack Nolden, and Mason Schwoegler
Designer Genes - Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald
Dynamic Planet - Emma Anson and Zach Thole

6th PlaceAnatomy and Physiology - Mitch Mussehl
Disease Detectives - Emma Anson and Elise Medenwald
Herpetology - Katie Bowers

State Wrestling: Danny Enloe

Congratulations to senior Danny Enloe! Over the weekend, Danny finished 6th at the state wrestling meet in Division 2 in the 285 pound weight class. Danny has already been invited to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game and will play football next year at UW-Platteville.
Thanks to Lana Swenson/Green Briar Photography for the photos!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Regional Champs!

The #2 seed Belleville Wildcat girls' basketball team defeated Pardeeville 84-58 at home on Friday night and then Broadhead 65-46 again on Saturday night to win the regional title. They will take on the #1 seed Markesan Hornets on Thursday night at DeForest Area High School. Congratulations, ladies!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Wildcat Pride Day

On Friday, February 22, nearly all Belleville Middle High School students qualified for participation in the annual Wildcat Pride Day through good behavior in the first four weeks of the second semester. On Friday afternoon, middle school students had an hour and a half of jump time at Sky Zone Madison. High school students had choices to roller skate at Fast Forward Skate Center in Madison, bowl at Schwoegler's Sugar River Lanes in Belleville, or watch the movie "Glass" at New Vision Theaters in Fitchburg. It was an afternoon that both staff and students enjoyed!

Sub-district Forensics Results

Congratulations to our Belleville High School Forensics Team, as they ALL advanced to the District meet in March. Highlights from sub-districts included perfect scores from Emily FlickJacob Kean, Claire PatrowMikaela Steckelis, and Alexis Walker. Jenna Blask, Miles Fahey, Mitchell MussehlMason Schwoegler, and the Group Interpretation of Grace HoffmanRylee Hubbard, Anna Nolden, and Abby Winterburn scored 24 out of 25. Congratulations to these Wildcats!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Mr. Neumann: Woodwork Career Alliance Skill Evaluator

Wisconsin added 10 more Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Evaluators to their ranks recently. They completed their training at Madison College. These teachers are now certified to award WCA Credentials to their students. With over 50 evaluators, Wisconsin has the largest number of WCA Accredited Skill Evaluators in the country. Spurred on by funding from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, high schools in the state can receive up to $1,000 per student for each credential awarded.

Seven high schools were represented from across southern Wisconsin, including Kenosha (Indian Trails and Bradford), Kettle Moraine, Belleville, Madison (La Follette), Beloit, and Stoughton. In addition to the high school teachers, Rick McDonough, a retired boat builder with 37 years of industry experience attended. Rick volunteers at Hands On Deck, a non-profit organization based in in Green Bay, which uses boatbuilding to teach and inspire at-risk youth.

Also in attendance was Bill Esler, from the Woodworking NetworkBill spoke to the attendees about the need for skilled graduates for the Wood Industry. Madison College instructor and WCA Chief Evaluator, Patrick Molzahn, led the training.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

“Inspiring Teens Magazine” Spotlight: Ali Zimmerman

Congratulations to Belleville Middle School 8th grader Ali Zimmerman! She is being featured in “Inspiring Teens Magazine.” Her story is currently on their blog. She will appear in Issue 17 of the magazine. A shout-out to Mrs. Swenson, Ali’s Science teacher, for nominating her!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Middle School Science Olympiad

In its first year in existence, the Belleville Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed in just its second competition on Saturday and its first away meet. Coach Smith and her team traveled to Boyceville for the Middle School Regional Tournament.
The team medaled in 4 of 22 events, placing 11th out of 18 competing teams (and 12th out 28 teams overall, including exhibition teams). 

Medaling at Boyceville were:
Annika Esselstrom and Lizzie Lloyd: 3rd in Meteorology

Isaac Erb and Isaac Russow: 4th in Circuit Lab
Tony Diaz and Holly Flick: 4th in Herpetology
Josh Kean and Lexi Radl: 4th in Mystery Architecture

With more experience and practice, it won't long before these students achieve the success of the high school team!

An End to Winter Week

The week of February 11-15 was Winter Week at Belleville High School. Dress-up days this past week included Pajama Day, "America" Day, Valentine's Day, and Flannel Friday. Lunch games included Wildcat Ball Pong, Scooter Curl, and No-Peek Volleyball. The week ended with a lock-in for juniors and seniors. Nearly fifty students began the lock-in on Friday night, and twelve made it to 5am Saturday morning. Students took part in flashlight tag in the middle school, a movie in the auditorium, a scavenger hunt, and games like trench ball in the gym. Thanks to Mr. Fell, Mrs. Schmitz, and Mrs. Tretow for staying up all night with our students. Now that's the Wildcat Way!

Friday, February 15, 2019

High School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday, February 15, Belleville High School teachers recognized Students-of-the-Month for January. Students received personalized certificates from their nominating teachers, along with movie passes donated by Marcus Theaters. They were also treated to a Tano's Pizza lunch. For many of these students, teachers commented on their constant desire for improvement. As always, Mr. Perry and Mrs. Schmitz surveyed the group about ways to improve the school.
Left to Right: Brandon Graves, Carol Rankin, Jordyn Thomas, Matt Hackman, and Luke Kelly
Not Pictured: Taylor Fredrickson, Jacob Shrader, and Emma Veeneman

Thursday, February 14, 2019

DECA Trivia Night

Don't miss out on the re-scheduled DECA Trivia Night! Even though it has moved to a Monday night to avoid other conflicts, we hope to once again pack the library. Last year's inaugural event was extremely entertaining, and the students hope to build off that momentum. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Mock Trial Results

The Belleville High School Mock Trial Team won three out of its four rounds at Saturday’s regional tournament at the Dane County Courthouse. While BHS did not place in the top two to advanced to state, they did finish fourth out of the 13 teams at the competition (based on the performances of other schools in different court rooms). These Wildcats showed well despite the loss of practice time with their attorney because of the recent poor weather. They will return a strong team next year!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Donation from TDS

Telephone & Data Systems (TDS) employees have the opportunity to donate $200 each year to a cause. For the second time in recent years, Belleville residents and parents who are TDS employees pooled their donations and donated a check for $2,400 to Belleville Middle and High Schools at Monday night's school board meeting. The money will be utilized to purchase earbuds for middle school students, as well as a monitor for the cafeteria for video announcements and photos. The remaining money will then go toward renovations to the auditorium that are already underway. Thank you to Emily Campbell for reaching out and organizing this donation to the School District of Belleville!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Youth Apprenticeship Program Publicity

The Spring 2019 edition of "A Guide to STUFF Made and Built in South Central Wisconsin" was recently released.  The magazine is a production of BizTimes Media.  Within it, two Belleville High School seniors are highlighted for their participation in the Youth Apprenticeship program.  Julia McNamar has worked for J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., North American Mechanical, Inc., and now Federal Industries.  Hayden Askey has been employed by Cate Machine and Welding.  Belleville High School congratulates Julia and Hayden for their hard work and accomplishments in pursuing their desired careers much earlier than most of their peers.  BHS also appreciates the job that Mrs. Gartley, our School-to-Career Coordinator, has done to build the program and make connections with local and area businesses.  Finally, we cannot thank employers like Cate, Federal, Findorff, and NAMI enough for taking a chance on our students and creating strong bonds with our schools!ajuchine and Welding

Friday, February 8, 2019

Middle School Winter Week

Belleville Middle School celebrated Winter Week from February 4-8. Dress up days included pajamas, crazy socks, twins, and Valentines' colors. Lunch games revolved around trench ball, a shoe relay, and dodgeball. Student Council put on a dance on Friday night from 5-7pm in the commons to end the week on a high note!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Capitol Conference Forensics

Congratulations to our Wildcat Forensics team as they participated in the Capitol Conference meet last night (2-4). Highlights from the meet included:
  • Gary Salmela placed 2nd overall in Public Address.
  • Jacob Kean placed 2nd overall in Impromptu.
  • Scoring 25 out of 25 in Round 1 was Emily Flick in Prose.
  • Scoring 24 out of 25 in Round 1 round were:
    • Jacob Kean in Impromptu, Karena Simmons and Alexis Walker in Poetry, and Andrew Remy in Radio.
Great job Wildcats! [Submitted by Mrs. Alsteens]

Friday, February 1, 2019

Middle School Students-of-the-Month for January

On Friday, February 1, Belleville Middle School core staff, along with Music teachers, recognized students-of-the-month for January. After lunch in the auditorium, students received a certificate and an explanation of their nomination from their teachers. They also received a Catty Shack buck from the school store and a 3-D printed trinket from Mrs. Swenson. Although the location of the ceremony moved, students still had the opportunity to put their handprints up on the walls in the Middle School Commons for a lasting memory. Congratulations to these Wildcats who have started out second semester strong!
Front (L-R): Kaden Desmet, Owen Stoikes, Carter Scholey, and Nathan Meier
Back: (L-R): Jordyn Roberts, Carter Doyle, Everett Clark, Kailee Nowak, Allison Lietz, Ariana Cardenas Morales, and Alexis Radl
Not Pictured: Bo Zantow