About our Schools

Located 20 miles southwest of Madison, Belleville is a charming village that boasts a strong educational system along with a strong sense of family within the community. For a small city of just under 2,500 people, Belleville offers “big-school” opportunities in a small-school atmosphere. Belleville Elementary School hosts 4K through 1st grade with just over 190 students while the Intermediate School hosts 2nd through 6th grade serving just over 350 students. Our schools provide big-school opportunities in a safe, student-centered, welcoming environment that one would expect in a small town. This is one of the many reasons Belleville was voted one of Madison’s best suburbs!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Miss Michelle Author Visit

All K-6 students at Belleville Elementary and Intermediate Schools participated in an exciting enrichment opportunity this morning when children's author Miss Michelle came to visit. Miss Michelle is an energetic author, illustrator and motivational speaker for children.  She inspires students of all ages with her message of kindness, overcoming doubts, and friendship.  Please click on the images below to hear Miss Michelle read a few of her stories!

                                         






Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall Fest 2017!

Despite the drizzle and cool temperatures last night, Fall Fest was once again a wonderfully fun family event!  Thank you to everyone that helped make Fall Fest a big success!






Friday, October 6, 2017

4K Pumpkin Patch Fun!

Despite the clouds and drizzle, today was a fun day for students in 4K!  Visiting the pumpkin patch at Sutter's Ridge was a great way to learn more about science and the growth cycle of plants.  Of course no visit to Sutter's Ridge is complete without picking your own pumpkin to take home!





Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Introducing Third Graders to Genetics

Project Lead The Way (PLTW), one of our district's three initiates, is one component of Belleville's comprehensive science curriculum. In PLTW today, 3rd grade students began learning about genetic traits by engaging in an individual traits survey.  In this introductory activity, students took an inventory of their own easily observable genetic traits. Working in small groups, students also observed how their trait inventories differ from those of others.

In this photo you can see some of the various gene traits students were surveying for.  

If you inherited one or two copies of the dominant “tongue rolling gene” from your parents, then you would be able to roll your tongue. If you inherited two copies of the recessive tongue rolling gene” instead, then you would not be able to roll your tongue (childrensmuseum.org).  Both of these students seem to have inherited their parent's dominant tongue rolling gene!

One example of a dominantly inherited trait is the presence of a widow's peak (a V-shape) at the hairline.  Neither Mrs. Kraemer nor this student seem to have this dominant gene; OK, Mrs. Kraemer might have a little one!

A dominant allele (an alternative form of a gene) causes the last joint of the little finger to bend inward toward the fourth (ring) ringer.  Both of these students have found that they have the recessive allele causing their pinky fingers to be straight.t.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rockin' the Rock Wall!

According to articles in Healthy Living and Health Fitness Revolution, there are many benefits to rock wall climbing.  Some climbing benefits include; strengthening and toning muscles, increasing flexibility, reducing stress, and boosting brain function.  Second graders in Mrs. Houser's physical education class are experiencing many of these benefits first hand! 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Open House Tonight!

We look forward to seeing you tonight at Open House!  The Intermediate School Open House will be from 5:30 - 6:15 and the Elementary School Open House will be from 6:15 - 7:00.  Open House is a great opportunity for families explore the classroom, meet their child's teachers, meet other parents, as well as visit the book fair.  

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open tonight from 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. at the Intermediate School.  The book fair is packed with books, posters, and a host of other goodies for children in Pre-K through middle school. We hope to see you there!



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Parent Newsletter

Please enjoy the first Parent Newsletter of the 2017-2018 school year linked here!

Friday, September 22, 2017

No School on Monday, September 25


PLTW: Designing a Foot Orthosis




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The charge for 6th grade students in Project Lead the Way's Biomedical Module this week has been to use the design process to collaboratively create a foot orthosis.  Please click on the video above to see this design challenge introduction (also linked here). 
Students in Project Lead the Way are learning that there are many ways to solve a problem and that sometimes solving a problem is simple and fast, and other times it is complex and takes years to develop a solution. 
In this activity students work in teams to solve a design challenge. In this challenge they are asked to design, test, and build a model solution for patients with a movement disorder called cerebral palsy (CP). In this activity, students put on their "designer hats" to document and explore steps needed solve the problem.




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beating the Heat!

Things sure have heated up temperature wise this Homecoming Week!  Belleville Elementary and Intermediate School staff are working together to ensure students stay hydrated and as comfortable as possible during this heat wave. 

Families are encouraged to send a labeled water bottle to school with their child.  Students will be given the opportunity to refill water bottles frequently throughout the day.  If you have questions or concerns, please call your child's building secretary.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Homecoming Week: September 18-22

Below you will find a list of homecoming activities as well as the Elementary and Intermediate Dress Up Schedule. We look forward to an exciting week! Go Wildcats!

Monday -  Grade Level Color Day - Dress in your grade level color
5K- Green
Grade 1- Red
Grade 2- Pink
Grade 3- Black
Grade 4- Green
Grade 5- Red
Grade 6- Blue
                4:30 -- JV Football Home vs New Glarus
                7:00 -- Homecoming Powder Puff Game in Stadium

Tuesday - Music Genre Day - Dress like your favorite music genre (ex: country, disco,
     5:00/6:45 -- Boys Soccer at Lakeside Lutheran
     5:15/6:30 -- Girls Volleyball at Cambridge
     4:30 -- Cross Country at Cambridge

Wednesday - "America" Day -  Dress in red, white and blue
    5:00-8:00-- “Scoopie Night” at New Glarus Culvers

Thursday - Throwback Day - Dress like the 60’s, 70's, 80's, or 90's
    7:00 – Homecoming Pep Rally

Friday - School Spirit Day
 2:30 - Homecoming Parade Begins
 7:00 – Homecoming Football vs Waterloo

Ready...Set...Reading Workshop!

At Belleville Elementary School, students are learning the components of Reading Workshop.  Every day, Reader's Workshop begins with a whole group read aloud (grade level text) in which students learn strategic reading behaviors.  Reading behaviors are taught through elements of the Gradual Release of Responsibility which include teacher modeling, guided practice, collaborative turn and talks, and daily independent practice.  


Creating, Organizing and Opening Rich Classroom Libraries


Rich classroom libraries are a central component of the Comprehensive Literacy Model.  Linda Dorn, author of the instructional anchor text, Teaching For Deep Comprehension, states that "....students read better when they have greater access to books and other reading materials. A well-organized classroom library is an important factor in promoting children's ability to access texts with efficiency."  Belleville teachers have worked hard to create, stock and organize their classroom libraries with a variety of texts in efforts to provide their students with enriching materials that support the reciprocity between independent reading and reflective writing. Classroom libraries contain different "levels" of texts and students learn to independently identify "just right texts" for their own  reading levels. It is important to note that classroom libraries are organized by feature of genre, not by levels of difficulty.

In preparation for the "Grand Opening" of classroom libraries, teachers help their students learn how libraries are organized and prompt students to identify ways that texts can be classified.  In tandem, students and teachers co-crate anchor charts with "logical classifications for books.....and hang the anchor charts on the wall as reference tools."

















Kicking off Thoughtful Logs!

Thoughtful Logs are a key tool in the Comprehensive Literacy Model.  One of our partners in comprehensive literacy explained that, "The goal of the thoughtful log is to provide students' with a tool that organizes their thinking and records their learning.  The most important part of the thoughtful log is the "My Thinking" section that contains students' thoughtful entries (their thinking while reading or after discussion).  This helps make thinking visible for sharing with others."  In Belleville, all students in grades K-6 have a thoughtful log and the logs are tabbed to reflect the thinking and learning that occurs throughout their literacy block. 

  




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beginning of the Year!


It has been a fun-filled, busy beginning of the year here at Belleville Elementary and Intermediate Schools!  Students have been engaged in academic activities and well as team building and discovery activities.  We hope you enjoy the photo montage below!