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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!
Last week more than 270 Bellville students participated in the annual Police Week Drawing Contest sponsored by the Belleville Police Department. Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as the contest winners: Ava, Emma, Ava and Ellie!
Last night many students participated in the annual science fair at Belleville Intermediate School. This year the experience was enhanced by encouraging students to showcase integrated projects around science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics- hence the event's updated name "STEAM Fair!" Thank you toallof the students who participated as well as the families and community members who came to support them! We would also like to extent a big thank you to Mrs. Ogodogu and Mrs. Xistris for organizing the event as well as the Intermediate School custodial staff for the physical set-up.
It was a very exciting morning in kindergarten! As part of their life cycle unit, kindergarten students have been observing the development of ducks and chickens from egg to chick. This morning throughout the three kindergarten classrooms, more than 12 chicks had made their appearance! Stay tuned for more pictures!
Below you will find a note written to an early elementary teacher about how their child loves reading. “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo
It was an exciting morning at Belleville Elementary School! Students and staff welcomed Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Deputy Secretary, Jay Risch, along with State of Wisconsin Department Communications Director, George Althoff. Mr. Risch read the children's book, Those Shoes, to all 4K through First Grade Students. Those Shoeswas selected by state librarians as the mentor text for Money Smart Week 2018. Thanks to Bill Wilcox, husband of School Board Member, Julie Porto, all students at the elementary school will take home a copy of this educational text! Partnering with Belleville School District, United Bank and Trust of Belleville, represented by Diane O'Connor and Jessica Buttenhoff, presented each child with a commemorative piggy bank in honor of Money Smart Week. Another huge thank you goes to Rick Francois, of Francois Ford, for awarding each student with a quarter so that piggy banks don't go home empty. To end the morning, High School Marketing teacher, Eric Farrar, brought some of his marketing students to facilitate financial literacy activities in all classrooms. Thank you Mr. Risch, Mr. Althoff, Mr. Wilcox, Mr. Francois, Mr. Farrar, Mrs. Porto, Mrs. O'Connor, and Mrs. Buttenhoff for making Money Smart Week memorable for our students! A big thank you to Belleville Superintendent, Pam Yoder, for making this event possible!
All Belleville Intermediate shcool, fourth-grader students had the opportunity to submit a haiku to the the Dane County Haiku Contest. Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry that consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables. This year two Belleville students had their Haiku selected as a winning poem and published in a Haiku booklet. Olivia and Ripley attended a poetry reading celebration on Monday, April 23rd at Eagle School in Madison. There were over 1,500 Haiku entries submitted and only 38 winners from the Dane County area. The Haiku Contest is organized by the Dane County Advanced Learner Network. Congratulations to Olivia and Ripley!
On April 4, students at Belleville Elementary and Intermediate School were lucky to attend a mindfulness assembly hosted by hip-hop mindfulness artist JusTme! JusTme is a student centered mindfulness teacher who has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of students across America. JusTme lives in California and is currently working in the Madison area as a Breathe for Changeinstructor.
Students in first grade celebrated the 120th day of school today! One of the activities students participated in was creating a bucket list of things they want to accomplish before they turn 120 years old. Here are some of their responses!
"I want to have 100 dogs and cats."
"I want to be a teacher!"
"I want to be a snowboarder in the Olympics!"
"I want to climb a mountain."
"I want to go to London, the South Pole and the North Pole."
Students in 4th grade have been learning about pop art in art class. After learning about pop artist, Claes Oldenburg, 4th graders created sock donuts. These delicious looking donuts are currently being displayed at the New Glarus Bakery! Stop by and take a peek....more donuts are being delivered to the bakery soon!
The past few days have been very busy at Belleville Elementary School with just over 50 families attending the annual 4K Registration & Screening! What a pleasure it was to meet our incoming students and families! If you have a child who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2018 and did not attend this week's 4K registration, please contact Tony Schmit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Teacher collaboration, when practiced with a focus on
instructional strategies, curriculum, and assessment particularly,
has benefits for both teachers and students...Student
achievement gains are greater in schools with stronger collaborative
environments and in classrooms of teachers who are stronger
collaborators." (Learning Forward, 2011) On Monday, February 19, staff from Belleville Elementary and Intermediate Schools continued their collaboration around designing integrated Units of Study. Teachers worked to refine their daily lesson plans as well as align their overarching unit objectives with rigorous mentor texts and daily learning targets. What a productive day it was! Learning Forward. (2011). Standards for Professional
Learning. Oxford, OH: Author