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!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Semester in Review!

2017 in Quick Review

Winter Break!

Just a friendly reminder that Belleville schools will be closed from December 25 - January 2.  Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.  We wish you all a relaxing and safe holiday season! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Creating Integrated Units of Study

While students were enjoying their final day of Thanksgiving break, Belleville Elementary and Intermediate School teachers were hard at work creating integrated units of study aligned to their grade level Project Lead the Way Biomedical module!

The morning session included a facilitated study of all four stages of an integrated unit as well as a critical analysis of complex texts that support student learning.  Throughout the afternoon, teachers worked in instructional teams to select both digital and print texts that would support, extend and enhance their unit of study.

Click here for a short video on some of our great work!
Video credit:  Dawn Stiegert

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No School Reminder

Just a reminder that there will be no school on Wednesday, November 22 through Monday, November 27.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 28.  Have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable Thanksgiving break!

Thank You!

A simple "thank you" doesn't seem adequate when we consider the blessings Belleville families and community members give us on a daily basis.  Sometimes, though, a simple thank you is all we can give.  So....thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your child's life, education and upbringing.  Please enjoy this short "Kid President" video and let us know what YOU are thankful for!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Small Group Reading Instruction

In her 2005 book, Teaching for Deep Comprehension, Linda Dorn, states that in high performing literacy classrooms, teachers meet frequently with small groups of students with the purpose of differentiating instruction.  

Here is one student who has mastered a text from her kindergarten guided reading group!

Dorn, L. J., & Soffos, C. (2006). Teaching for Deep Comprehension: A Reading Workshop Approach. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Quarter 1 Parent-Teacher Conferences

We look forward to seeing parents tonight or next Tuesday night at Parent-Teacher Conferences!  If you have not yet signed up for a conference with your child's teacher, please call the Intermediate School office at 608-424-3371 or the Elementary School office at 608-424-3337.  Classroom teachers are excited to share all the hard work that students have done over the past few months!

Monday, November 6, 2017

2nd Grade Discovery Class- Challenge: How to Prevent a Landslide!

Following the Design and Modeling Process, students are being challenged to identify a local or global problem, brainstorm solutions and ultimately sketch, construct and share their idea with classmates.  As teachers, our goal is to empower students to see that their dreams can become reality and their solutions could positively impact their world.  

"The If Kids Could Cure contest engages the next generation of problem solvers to ask what problems children dream of solving in order to make the world a better place" (Scholastic, 2017).  This national Scholastic contest aligns perfectly with the most recent Project Lead the Way Biomedical modules that students engaged in last month. Student work will be submitted, with parent consent, to Scholastic's "If Kids Could Cure" contest with the grand prize providing resources for our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Lab and Discovery Class!  

           (This video is shared via YouTube and is unlisted for privacy.)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Writing Across the Disciplines

According to Linda Dorn (2015), founder of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy model and director of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Center for Literacy, "Transfer involves figuring out which knowledge and skill applies to a particular situation and how this prior information can be modified, adapted, and accommodated to address the current problem. Transfer is all about higher level thinking– applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and creating."

Sixth graders in Mrs. Johnson's math class are using their math journals to synthesize new learning.  Writing across other disciplines such as math, science, and socials studies helps students demonstrate concept mastery as well as solidify, retain and extend their learning (http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/writing/secondary/wac.html)

Way to go, Sixth Graders! 

Dorn, Linda (2016). [PowerPoint presentation] Retrieved from https://readingrecovery.org/images/pdfs/Conferences/NC13/Handouts/dorn_%20teaching_%20for_tomorrow.pdf

(n.d.). Retrieved October 24, 2017, from https://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/writing/secondary/wac.html

Monday, October 23, 2017

Red Ribbon Dress Up Days!

Monday- Wear Sweats

Tuesday- Wear Hat

Wednesday- Wear Jersey

Thursday- Wear Black or Camouflage 
Friday- Wear Red

Red Ribbon Week- JLine Dance Crew!

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed every October in schools throughout the United States.  To kick off the week here in Belleville, students across the district participated in a JLine dance crew assembly.  An artist from New York, New york, JLine is a strong supporter of anti-bullying and drug prevention. JLINE has performed for over 1 million students nationwide. His music and message have reached audiences of all ages, letting them know they are not alone and inspiring them to reach for their goals.

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

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.