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