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!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Early Release Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is an Early Release day.  Schools will dismiss at 12:30.  Have an amazing Spring Break!

IS Indoor Olympics

🔦On your mark...get set...GO! 🔦

This afternoon was an exciting one here at the Belleville Intermediate School! Hosted by our own, Mrs. Houser, and refereed by Mr. Schmitz, Mrs. Putnam, Ms. Olson, Mr. Webber, and Mrs. Berg, this year's Indoor Olympics proved to be a blast! "Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success." ~MUHAMMAD ALI                                 Relay Video

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Busy Day in 4K!

In Belleville, we believe that children are the future of our community. Our innovative 4K program is designed in alignment to the Department of Public Instruction's philosophy of Early Childhood Education.  As a result, we are deeply committed to:

  •    providing our youngest learners with an environment surrounded by caring and responsible adults who help students develop self-confidence as well as the ability to make appropriate choices and decisions; 
  • establishing a supportive environment that fosters development at a pace appropriate to each individual child and where children can explore and initiate their own learning;
  • creating a rich and responsive language environment (both verbal and written);
  • designing an environment that reinforces and celebrates students' developmental accomplishments and guides the practice of newly acquired skills;
  • engaging in responsive, respectful, reciprocal partnerships with families and community members;

  • nurturing student's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development; and 
  • developing sustainable partnerships within the community in order for all children to be successful, 
  • because...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Persuasive Writing- 3rd Grade

3rd grade students have been working on persuasive writing.  In language and writer's workshop, students have been learning how to introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state their opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons the support their position. Additionally, students have been learning how to provide reasons that support their claim by using linking words and phrases that connect their opinion to their reasons.  This young lady shares with us why she feels it is important to conserve energy!

Artist of the Month!

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create."
President Barack Obama

We are excited to share with you March's Artists of the Month!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Activity- Grade 2

Peer collaboration is a key principle in STEM education and Project Lead the Way. According to the article, "Critical 21st Century Skills Every Student Needs and Why" by Lee Watanabe Crockett (2016), "Students must possess the ability to collaborate seamlessly in both physical and virtual spaces, with real and virtual partners globally. Simply put, better collaborators make better students—and better citizens."  Preparing our students to be productive 21st century adults is the premise for our district mission and vision.

It was a very exciting day for many students as they participated in a special St. Patrick's Day, STEM activity within Project Lead the Way- Design and Modeling lesson!  After listening to the text, The Night before St. Patrick's Day,  the objective of this lesson was to utilize the Design and Modeling Process to create a unique device which could trap even the sneakiest of leprechauns. Students had the choice to work independently or collaboratively with others. After filling out their Design Process graphic Organizer, students were encouraged to create a prototype of an effective leprechaun trap, using a variety of supplies (including glitter!).  If you would like to hear the story used to build the foundation of this lesson, please click here! Enjoy! 
"Once I catch my leprechaun he won't be able to escape because I have a fence!"

"Our leprechaun will climb up the tube, slide down the green slide, and get caught in the cup.  He won't be able to get out because leprechauns are very small!"

"Our leprechaun is going to get caught in all the grass!"

"My leprechaun is going to come for all the gold glitter!  Then, he will get stuck in the glue!"

Please click here to see Mrs. Xistris' exciting technology blog for more about Project Lead the Way in Belleville for students in grades K-5!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LEGO Drive!

The Belleville Intermediate School is trying to increase their Lego collection! Legos are used in activities within Project Lead the Way and will be used to enhance the IS STEM Lab. In addition, Legos act as a tool to deepen student collaboration, creation and creativity!

Donate new or used Legos for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate at the Book Fair! For a chance to win the Book Fair gift certificate, donations must be in by Tuesday, March 21 at noon. However, Lego donations are always welcome and we would greatly appreciate any you are able to provide! Thank you!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Annual A.L.I.C.E. Student Training

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The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance to staff here in Belleville. We strive to regularly evaluate policies and procedures to help us with this priority. Though we remain hopeful that an event, such as an active shooter, is something that we never have to face, we must do our best to prepare and train for such an event in efforts to provide the highest level of safety for our students.  In 2015, after more than a year of study by the District Safety Committee and after being passed by the Board of Education, the School District of Belleville adopted a new strategy known as the A.L.I.C.E. plan for an active shooter event.  A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, and is endorsed by many federal, state and local law enforcement officials. The district’s previous plan for an intruder in a building was to lock doors, turn out lights, minimize sound, and move away from windows. In light of recent school violence, the A.L.I.C.E. plan offers a different philosophy. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way so staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide training so those involved in a crisis will have a better chance of surviving.  The principles of A.L.I.C.E. are life-skills that will prepare children for safety events in a host of public settings- not simply a school building!

During the month of March, students at the Belleville Elementary and Intermediate schools will be reviewing A.L.I.C.E. procedures with their classroom teacher and will use the book, I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared, to guide their discussion.

Before a formal A.L.I.C.E. drill is conducted with students later this spring, we want to work with students to help them understand what they are doing and why. It will be explained that teachers have options, and any decision made will be based on the situation and the best information available.  
This afternoon, a parent letter was sent via Skylert communicating this lesson topic with families. If you did not recieve this letter via email,a copy of it can be found here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

As we all look forward to Spring Break, here is a fun, little timer to help us count down the days!

Thank You Families!

A huge thank you to all of the students, families, friends, and staff members that made this year's Intermediate School Spring Concert and Art Show such a wonderful event.  As the famous Chinese American cellist ,Yo Yo Ma, once said, "Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel.  If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education."  We hope you enjoyed the music as well as browsing the gallery of artwork!  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring Concert Reminder

We can't wait to see Intermediate School students and families at tonight's Spring Concert! Students may begin reporting to their classroom at 6:45 so that families can find seats. The concert will begin promptly at 7:00 and will last approximately 1 hour.  See you there!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Read Across America Day!

Belleville Community Leaders read in classrooms across the Elementary and Intermediate Schools on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in efforts to celebrate Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss's birthday, and the joy of reading. Our thanks to these leaders for taking time to brighten our student's and teacher's day with stories and poetry: Rick Francois, Francois Ford; Pam Emmerich, Belleville Curriculum Director; Officer Bill from the Belleville PD; School Board Members Mike Treder and Elizabeth Lowery, Katie Fox from Kate's Hair Studio, LLC,  Librarians Bronna and Holly fom Belleville Public Library, Kyleah McKnight from Union Bank and Trust, Judith Edge from Belleville Hometown Pharmacy and our very own Superintendent, Pam Yoder, from the School District of Belleville.