Friday, April 3, 2020

Reminder; Online Learning Starts on Monday, April 6

Online learning for students at Belleville Middle and High Schools starts on Monday. Students should be checking their school GMail and Google Classrooms beginning on April 6. Please contact Mr. Perry or Mrs. Schmitz if you have questions or concerns, as we launch into this new platform. It will be an adventure for all of us, but one that I am confident will produce long-term benefits.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Comic Relief From Your Principals

The Friday before Spring Break is usually one filled with excitememt and anticipation. Today certainly feels different- now two weeks without students. Mrs. Schmitz and I put together a video that hopefully makes you laugh. We can't wait to have our students back in the building!

Friday, March 13, 2020

"My Fair Lady"

Belleville Middle and High School staff and students are in the midst of their spring musical production- "My Fair Lady." Nearly 30 students have a role in this year's production. A Thursday evening show was introduced for 2020, along with another on Friday night and two shows on Saturday. The show directed by Emma and Michael Vogel, with musical direction from Sara Krueger, was choreographed this year by Whitney Andersen. They brought "My Fair Lady" to new audiences, who saw it in the splendor of the renovated auditorium with updated lights, sound, and digital backdrops. Congratulations to all involved!
Photos courtesy of Mya Enerson

Thursday, March 12, 2020

DECA State Career Development Conference

From March 10-12, DECA held their State Career Development Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva. Four students from the Belleville High School DECA Chapter attended and competed in a variety of business and marketing-related events. Ogden York, Ceci Grefsheim, and Ella Campbell competed in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing event, while Alex Grignano competed in Human Resource Management. Even though we did not have any first place medals, these students performed at a high level and ranked among the top students in the state of Wisconsin. [Submitted by Erik Farrar]

High School Students-of-the-Month for February

On Thursday, March 12, Belleville High School staff recognized their students-of-the-month from February. Staff from each department nominated one student. Teachers commented not only on students' contributions to the school but their personalities that help make class brighter each day. Students received a personalized certificate from their nominating teacher, a pizza lunch, and movie passes donated by Marcus Theatres. Congratulations to these Wildcats on their efforts entering the Spring season!
(L-R): Alison Thompson, Hailey Butenhoff, Katherine Wescott, Jordyn Thomas, Cole Monroe, and Jordan Wilder
Not Pictured: Alex Grignano

Boys' Basketball All-Conference

On March 10, the Capitol Conference released its all-conference selections for boys' basketball. In the South Division, the Belleville Wildcats placed four players on the team. Senior Kody Fahey led the way as a 1st Team selection. Sophomores Carson Syse and Trevor Syse were both named to the 2nd Team. Junior Sawyer Fahey was named Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to Coach Noll and the team's 16-8 finish. According to, that is the Wildcats' most wins since at least 2002-03 when they were a member of the Six Rivers Conference. Way to go Cats!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Math Team wins the Capitol South

On Monday, March 2, the Belleville High School Math Team competed at the Capitol Conference Math Meet in New Glarus. The Wildcat varsity team won the South division! The team took second overall in the conference to Lakeside Lutheran in the North division. Jack Nolden led all Wildcats by medaling in the varsity competition. 

The Belleville JV Math team also won the South and placed third overall! They were paced by medal winner Jordyn Roberts.

Congratulations to these Wildcat Mathletes for this outstanding academic performance!

Girls' Basketball All-Conference

On March 4, the Capitol Conference released its girls' basketball all-conference team selections. After their awards banquet on Sunday night, we can now reveal that the Wildcats were represented by two sophomores on the 2nd Team - Callie Smith and Ava Foley. Senior Jenna Shrader also received Honorable Mention recognition. Congratulations to these individuals and to Coach Pharo on his first season (14-10) in Belleville!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Middle School Wrestling Team State

The Sugar River Middle School Wrestling Team participated in the WWF (no, not that WWF!) middle school team championship on Sunday, March 8, and came away with 3rd place! This tournament was a dual meet format where teams score points for each individual win, just like in high school. Congratulations to these Raiders!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday, March 6, Belleville Middle School core staff, along with their Agriculture and World Languages teachers, recognized 7th and 8th grade Students-of-the-Month from February. Seventh grade students were recognized in front of their peers in Mr. Swenson's room, while eighth grade students were recognized with their classmates in Mrs. Schultz's classroom. Students received a certificate, Catty Shack bucks to the school store, and the opportunity to put their handprints up in the middle school's Literacy Lounge.

Congratulations to these Wildcats who are performing at high levels entering the Spring!
Front Row: Adam Cann, Ariana Meyer, Kortni Johnson
Back Row: Jordan Babler, Lucas Meyer, Bo Zantow, Jack Erickson, and Carter Scholey

Solo & Ensemble

On February 29, over 50 Belleville High School students participated in the Capitol Conference South District Solo and Ensemble Festival. The student performances ranged from vocal and instrumental solos, to duets, trios, and even large groups such as Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz, Flute Choir, and Triple Trios. Students who received a rating of a starred first in Class A will be participating in State Solo Ensemble at UW-Platteville on April 25. Mrs. Meir and Mrs. Krueger were extremely proud of their students’ performances and wish to congratulate them on a job well done!

Belleville Bands
Class A - starred first rating: Heidi Wegehaupt, flute solo
Matthew Loshaw, piano solo
FLUTE CHOIR: Heidi Wegehaupt, Hansi Bartle, Jenna Shrader, Ellie Gentilli, and Destiny Sanabria.

Class A - first rating:
Jordyn Thomas, oboe solo
JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Alan Woller, Hunter Lindstrom, Roxana Grunenwald, Cole Monroe, Skyler Beyer, Gina Salmela, Matthew Loshaw, Christian Hakala, Josh Kean, Miles Fahey, Carol Rankin, Jordan Wilder, Holly Flick, Mason Schwoegler, Andy Lloyd, Tyler Stampfl, Maddie Saeger, Lauren Bartels, Carson Heller, Maddie Miller, Andrew Remy, Jacob Kean, Emma Veeneman, Heidi Wegehaupt, Gianna Diaz, Emma Erickson, Tyler Beyer, Alexa Lindstrom, Alison Zimmerman, Hansi Bartle, Tayler Yapp, Jenna Shrader, Katie Bowers, and Jordyn Thomas.

Class A - second rating:
Christian Hakala, alto sax solo

Class B - first rating:
Maddie Saeger, euphonium solo
Miles Fahey, trumpet solo
Averi Boyum, flute duet; Destiny Sanabria, flute duet
Alison Zimmerman, clarinet solo

Belleville Choirs
Class A - starred first rating:
Caitlin Johnson, musical theater solo
Jacob Kean, musical theater solo
Miles Fahey, musical theater solo
Alison Zimmerman, musical theater solo
Jenna Blask, musical theater solo
Alison Zimmerman, alto solo
Jacob Kean, baritone solo
GUYS TRIPLE TRIO: Jacob Kean, Andrew Remy, Justin Caputo, Miles Fahey, Josh Kean, Angelo Dohm, Aaron Arbuckle, Alan Woller, and Alex Grignano
LADIES TRIPLE TRIO: Erin Przybyl, Alexandra Steckelis, Gianna Diaz, Jenna Blask, Mya Enerson, Anna Wortman, Caitlin Johnson, Victoria Lancaster, and Jordyn Thomas

Class A - first rating:
Gianna Diaz, musical theater solo
Jordyn Roberts, musical theater solo
Erin Przybyl, musical theater solo
Miles Fahey, tenor solo
Alan Woller, musical theater solo
Erin Przybyl, soprano solo
Gianna Diaz, soprano solo
Caitlin Johnson, alto solo
Jenna Blask, soprano solo

Class A - second rating: 
Alan Woller, baritone solo
Jordyn Roberts, alto solo
Ali Zimmerman, Jenna Blask, duet
Miles Fahey, Erin Przybyl, duet.
MIXED VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Erin Przybyl, Alexandra Steckelis, Madi Winterburn, Gianna Diaz, Alexa Lindstrom, Brenna Meier, Jordyn Roberts, Caitlin Johnson, Ali Zimmerman, Callie Smith, Jenna Blask, Cierra Hayes, Hunter Lindstrom, Miles Fahey, Alex Grignano, Josh Kean, James Arndt, Jaxson Pier, Jacob Kean, Alan Woller, Andrew Remy, Aaron Arbuckle, Justin Caputo, and Matthew Loshaw
District Participants
State Qualifiers

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

ACT/Wildcat Pride Day

On Tuesday, March 3, juniors all across the state of Wisconsin took the ACT test. Our juniors at Belleville High School did the same. In addition, our freshmen and sophomores also engaged in ACT practice tests to gauge their current skills. Individual ACT results should begin filtering in by mid-April.

In order to unwind after a stressful morning, all Wildcats in grades 7-12 had the opportunity to take part in Wildcat Pride Day on Tuesday afternoon. Based on meeting behavior expectations in the last month, middle school students traveled to Sky Zone in Madison for an hour and a half of jump time. High school students had a choice of bowling, a movie, or ice skating offsite, or remaining back at school for a study hall or an open gym.

Check out the fun our students had in a celebration of their school experience!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

LifeSmarts Competition

On Friday, February 28, Belleville High School students Jacob Kean, Mitchell Mussehl, Jenna Shrader, Maddie Weber, and Ogden York competed at the state LifeSmarts competition. The Jeopardy-style competition was held at Edgewood College, with scholarship money available for those teams that placed first or second overall. After a well-fought battle, our Belleville High School students fell to Tomahawk High School on the final question of the competition. Each of the BHS students was awarded a $500 scholarship as a result of their efforts. Congratulations to these Wildcats!

Sports Boosters' Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

Looking for a night off from cooking? Join the Belleville Sports Boosters at Buffalo Wild Wings (Fitchburg) on Monday, March 9. Present the Belleville Sports Boosters' "Eat Wings. Raise Funds" ticket (or mention the event) to your server between 11:00am and 11:30pm, and 10% of your total bill will be donated to Belleville Sports Boosters. We appreciate your support of the Belleville Sports Boosters and all of our student athletes. Check us out on Facebook for upcoming events and meeting dates.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

DECA Sports & Entertainment Marketing Conference

On Thursday, February 27, ten DECA students traveled to Green Bay to attend the DECA Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference. The conference included tours of both Lambeau Field and the Resch Center. The students also had the opportunity to listen to many industry leaders talk about their roles and how to break into the sports and entertainment marketing field.

Mr. Farrar continues to find opportunities to engage his Business Education students in real-world applications and scenarios!

Friday, February 21, 2020

8th Grade Lock-in

Starting on Friday night and running into Saturday morning, Belleville Middle School staffed hosted an all-night lock-in for the 8th grade class. From 8:00pm to 5:30am, students took part in:
  • an open gym with cooperative games, volleyball, and dodgeball.
  • a scavenger hunt.
  • a Nerf version of Capture-the-Flag.
  • a movie in the auditorium.
  • pizza and ice cream throughout the night.
It was a wonderful way to make memories for this class that is already bonded so tightly together!

Thanks to Mr. Gentilli, Mrs. Schultz, Mr. Serum, Mr. Webber, Mrs. Swenson, Ms. Whitmore, and Mr. Jacobs for chaperoning throughout the night.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Forensics Sub-district Results

On Wednesday, February 19, the Belleville High School Forensics team competed at the sub-district meet at Monona Grove. Based on their performance, the entire Wildcat Forensics team (20 entries) will advance to the district meet on March 24.

Top performers with perfect (25 out of 25) scores included:
Alex Steckelis - Radio.
Jordyn Thomas - Farrago.
Alan Woller - Impromptu.

Wildcats with scores of 24 out of 25 included:
Jenna Blask - Farrago.
Miles Fahey - Impromptu.
Jacob Kean - Impromptu.
Claire Patrow - Impromptu.
Mason Schwoegler - Radio.

Congratulations to these Wildcats on their top-notch performance!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Kohl Scholarship Winner: Mitchell Mussehl

On Friday, February 14, Belleville High School senior Mitch Mussehl was notified that he had received a 2020 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship. This is a $10,000 scholarship based on academics, leadership, citizenship, and school & community involvement. He was one of just 12 winners in our CESA to receive this award!

Mitch will join other Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship, Student Initiative Scholarship, Teacher Fellowship, and Principal Leadership award recipients at a luncheon on May 16 in Baraboo.

Congratulations to Mitch on this honor in recognition for all of his hard work up to this point!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Spreading Science Olympiad to the Middle School

On Saturday, February 15, Coach Smith took her middle school Science Olympiad team to Boyceville for a regional tournament. The BMS team took 8th out of 18 teams, as they prepare to be contributors to the high school team. Medals went to:
2nd Place: Circuit Lab - Isaac Erb and Isaac Russow
3rd Place: Geocaching - Ben Johnson and Reid Nolden
3rd Place: Horticulture - Skyler Beyer and Liam Daugherty
4th Place: Disease Detectives - Skyler Beyer and Ella Blask 
4th Place: Experimental Design - Ella Blask, Isaac Erb, and Elizabeth Lloyd
Meanwhile, a select squad of the high school team traveled to Loyola (IL) to participate in a tournament (as a make-up for an earlier cancellation). Carson Heller and Logan Niesen won in Gravity Vehicle, and Logan and Hansi Bartle won again in Wright Stuff. They found a strong level of competition in Illinois that will help prepare them on their run to state.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Middle School Joins the High School Pep Band

How about this for ingenuity? 

Not being able to find a suitable lyre (a small clip that attaches to a musical instrument to hold sheet music) for his baritone horn, 8th grader Ben Remy took it upon himself to equip his horn with two sets of string attached to the horn's bell. He worked on this industriously on Tuesday in preparation for 8th Grade Pep Band Night. Ben joined 28 other 8th graders who played at the girls' home basketball game on February 11.

We can't wait to see what this group can do when they fully joint the BHS band next year!

Scenes from Winter Week

Both Belleville Middle and High Schools broke up the monotony of February with Winter Week. Students participated in dress-up days and played games at lunch time. Check out some of the school spirit scenes within the last few days!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

High School Students-of-the-Month for January

On Thursday, January 13, Belleville High School staff recognized Students-of-the-Month from January. Each department is able to nominate a student. Students are treated to a pizza lunch and receive movie passes courtesy of Marcus Theaters. In their personalized certificates, teachers noted that this month's nominees are model students who lead with their actions in the classroom. Congratulations to these Wildcats who have started the new semester out strong!
Victoria Lancaster, Drayton Keiler, Hansi Bartle, Aidan Keyes, Carson Heller, Alan Woller, Mason Schwoegler,
and Jake Steele
Not Pictured: Jakson Trainor and Emma Veeneman

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wisconsin Adirondack Chair Production in Technology Education

Mr. Neumann's Trades students are putting their design skills to great use and taking advantage of the state-of-the-art equipment at their disposal in creating Wisconsin-inspired Adirondack chairs. Check out this time-lapse video of the CNC router, along with the final product. Stay tuned for purchasing details!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Career Spotlight: Matteo Latorre and Mitch Mussehl

A Guide to STUFF magazine is produced by BizTimes Media in Milwaukee. Their "Made and Built in South Central Wisconsin 2020" edition features two Belleville High School seniors in the CAREER SPOTLIGHT section. Both Matteo Latorre and Mitchell Mussehl are featured on page 20 of the magazine for their participation in the Youth Apprenticeship program. They represent two different career pathways- Engineering and Health Sciences. Matteo is currently working at Federal Industries, while Mitch is working at Walgreens. Congratulations to these two Wildcats for representing Belleville High School and Mrs. Gartley's School-to-Career program so well!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Kicking Off Winter Week

On Friday night (2-7), Belleville Middle and High Schools kicked off the start of Winter Week with a middle school dance in the Literacy Lounge. Next week will include dress-up days (see the listings below), as well as lunchtime games. We hope to bring some Wildcat energy to to winter season!
Middle School Dress-up Days
MONDAY: Pajama Day
TUESDAY: Team Jersey/Favorite School Day
THURSDAY: Flannel/Winter Wear Day
FRIDAY: Valentine's attire

High School Dress-up Days
MONDAY: Pajama Day
TUESDAY: "Decade" Day
THURSDAY: Team Jersey Day
FRIDAY: Valentine's attire

Middle School Students-of-the-Month

On Friday, February 7, Belleville Middle School staff recognized their Students-of-the-Month from January. Students met by grade level to see their peers recognized and then nominated students had the opportunity to put their handprints up in the middle school's Literacy Lounge. Associate Principal Heather Schmitz then hosted a breakfast for this month's students. January's Students-of-the-Month also received Catty Shack bucks for the school store. Congratulations to these Wildcats, representing their school proudly in the new year!
Front Row (L-R):  Dakota Lehman, Blake Johnson, and Alex Smith
Back Row (L-R): Zella Palmer, Allison Dyrhaug, Aidan Cook, and Alora Spiegel

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Forensics Capitol Conference Results

The Belleville High School Forensics Team traveled to Lake Mills High School on Monday, February 3, to participate in the Capitol Conference Forensics Meet. Nearly all of the Wildcats on the team received a ribbon for their efforts.

Skyler Beyer received a 2nd all-conference medal in Public Address.

Blue Ribbon winners included:
Mya Enerson in Poetry.
Miles Fahey and Jacob Kean in Impromptu.
Alexandra Steckelis in Radio.
Jordyn Thomas in Farrago.

Red Ribbon winners included:
Jenna Blask in Farrago.
Andrew Remy and Mason Schwoegler in Radio.
Claire Patrow in Impromptu.
Karena Simmons in Poetry.

White Ribbons were awarded to:
Gianna Diaz and Holly Flick in Prose.
Ellie Gentilli, Brenna Meier, Jenna Shrader, and Madalynn Weber in Group Interpretation.
Madeline Saeger and Nicole Steele in Demonstration.
Alan Woller in Impromptu.

Congratulations to all our Wildcat participants. Our next meet is Sub Districts on February 19 at Monona Grove High School. We will be even better there!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

More Science Olympiad Success

On Saturday, February 1, Belleville High School's Science Olympiad Team competed in the regional competition at Edgewood High School. The Wildcats placed 2nd overall competing against top-notch competition from 14 other schools that included Argyle, Cambridge, Edgewood, Madison Country Day, Madison LaFollette, Madison Memorial, Madison West, Marshall, Monona Grove, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Platteville, Sun Prairie, and Waunakee.

Coach Smith's team enjoyed an enormous amount of individual success. This included:

1st Place Awards

  1. Code Busters: Gianna Diaz, Jacob Kean, and Jack Nolden
  2. Geocaching: Jack Nolden and Gina Salmela
  3. Horticulture: Katie Bowers and Zach Thole
  4. Mystery Design: Hansi Bartle and Mason Schwoegler
  5. Protein Modeling: Roxana Grunenwald, Gina Salmela, and Mason Schwoegler
  6. Robo Cross: Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen
  7. Wright Stuff: Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen
2nd Place Awards

  1. Boomilever: Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen
  2. Circuit Lab: James Gustafson and Zach Thole
  3. Detector Building: James Gustafson and Carson Heller
  4. Experimental Design: Emma Anson, Hansi Bartle, and Elise Medenwald
  5. Forensics: Roxana Grunenwald and Alex Steckelis
  6. Gravity Vehicle: Carson Heller and Logan Niesen
  7. Machines: Carson Heller and Jack Nolden
  8. Solar Polar: James Gustafson and Jack Nolden
3rd Place Awards
  1. Astronomy: James Gustafson and Jacob Kean
  2. Designer Genes: Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald
  3. Dynamic Planet: Emma Anson and Zach Thole
  4. Ornithology: Gianna Diaz and Jacob Kean
  5. Ping Pong Parachute: Logan Niesen and Gina Salmela
  6. Water Quality: Katie Bowers and Zach Thole
4th Place Awards

  1. Chemistry Lab: Jacob Kean and Jack Nolden
  2. Fossils: Emma Anson and Gianna Diaz
  3. Geologic Mapping: Mason Schwoegler and Zach Thole
These Wildcats will look to improve before their next invitational at Slinger on March 14. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Science Olympiad at UW-River Falls

On Saturday, January 25, the Belleville varsity Science Olympiad Team participated in the 9th Annual “Border Battle” Tournament on the campus of UW-River Falls. The Wildcats took 2nd place for small schools and 3rd place overall, behind Menomonie and Boyceville. The team fell just six points shy of the second slot.

The team earned 1st place finishes in:

  • Code Busters: Gianna Diaz, Jacob Kean, and Jack Nolden
  • Detector Builder: James Gustafson and Carson Heller
  • Dynamic Planet: Emma Anson and Zach Thole
  • Fossils: Emma Anson and Gianna Diaz
  • Horticulture: Katie Bowers and Zach Thole (OVERALL WINNER)
  • Machines: Carson Heller and Jack Nolden
  • Ornithology: Gianna Diaz and Jacob Kean
  • Protein Modeling: Roxana Grunenwald, Gina Salmela, and Mason Schwoegler
  • Sounds of Music: Jacob Kean and Mason Schwoegler
  • Water Quality: Katie Bowers and Zach Thole (OVERALL WINNER)
  • Wright Stuff: Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen (OVERALL WINNER)
They earned 2nd place finishes in:
  • Designer Genes: Roxana Grunenwald and Elise Medenwald 
  • Experimental Design: Emma Anson, Hansi Bartle, and Elise Medenwald
  • Geologic Mapping: Mason Schwoegler and Zach Thole
  • Mystery Design: Hansi Bartle and Mason Schwoegler
  • Ping Pong Parachute: Logan Niesen and Gina Salmela
  • Robo Cross: Hansi Bartle and Logan Niesen
  • Solar Power: James Gustafson and Jack Nolden
They earned a 3rd place finish in:
  • Disease Detectives: Emma Anson and Alex Steckelis
Their 4th place finishes came in:
  • Astronomy: Roxana Grunenwald and Jacob Kean
  • Circuit Lab: James Gustafson and Zach Thole
These Wildcat scientists are gaining momentum as they edge closer to the state meet in April!
Jack bringing home the trophy!