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!

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!

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