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Belleville West High School (Directions)

Mission and Beliefs 

 
 
Belleville West is a new state-of-the-art high school recently built on 113 acres at the corner of Route 15 and Frank Scott Parkway West. The campus consists of a 360,000 square foot educational facility, a football/soccer stadium encircled by an 8-lane, all-weather track, athletic facilities to accommodate tennis, softball, baseball, cross country and physical education. It also contains a performing arts center, television studio, computer labs and numerous career and technology labs, in addition to classrooms that meet the educational curriculum of the district.
 
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Congratulations to the following students:  

 

For being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

National Merit Finalist 

Maxwell Juhas - Senior

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Juhas

 

Commended

Caydn Hillier - Senior

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hillier

 

Isadora Karathanos - Senior

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Achilles Karathanos

 

Garrison Woods - Senior

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Woods

 

 

 

 

 
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BW Caring for the Community

 
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Belleville West Music

Below you will find information specific to the Music Department at Belleville West High School.  The West Music Department features a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles including Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Orchestra, Marching Band, Show choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, as well as a number of additional choral and instrumental ensembles of varying instrumentation.  We encourage you to become involved in the many offerings of our department.


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC VOCAL MUSIC

Concert Band/Marching Band
Symphonic Band/Marching Band

The Concert Band and Symphonic Band are performing groups consisting of students from all grade levels of the high school.  During the first quarter of the academic year, students from the Concert Band and Symphonic Band join members of the flag and auxiliary units to form the Marching Band.  All students attend a summer band camp on the West campus prior to the start of school.  The Marching Maroons perform for athletic events, band festivals, and community parades throughout Illinois and the Greater St. Louis area.  At the conclusion of the football season, performance study in Concert Band and Symphonic Band includes standard literature by traditional and contemporary composers.  Note:  Admission to the Symphonic Band is through audition and consent of the instructor.  Please contact Dr. Birkner for Symphonic Band audition information; 222-7687.  MARCHING MAROONS WEBSITE

Orchestra:  The Orchestra includes woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments and studies music of the traditional and contemporary chamber orchestra.  Comprised of students from all grade levels, participation includes one full class period and campus performances throughout the school year.  Admission is by consent of the instructor.  Please contact Dr. Birkner for additional information; 222-7687

Jazz Band:  Jazz Bands an advanced ensemble consisting of students from all classes, but primarily sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  This ensemble features the study of music of significant jazz composers and performers and the study of jazz improvisation.  Students are selected from the Symphonic and Concert Bands or Orchestra.  Admission is through audition and consent of the instructor.  Participation in this class includes one full class period and numerous public performances including the home basketball games.
 
Jazz Ensemble:  This ensemble meets each day for one-half hour and is comprised of students from all classes.  Students are selected from the Symphonic and Concert Bands or Orchestra.  Admission is by audition and consent of the instructor.  Coursework includes the fundamental study of jazz improvisation and the performance of traditional and contemporary compositions.  Please contact Dr. Birkner for audition information; 222-7687
 
Instrumental Music Class:  This class consists of woodwind, brass and percussion students from all grade levels and meets for one-half hour each day.  This provides supplemental instruction for the student in Concert or Symphonic Band as a second instrumental class.  Scheduled opposite the lunch hour, this will enable students to continue study while completing Health and/or Driver Education requirements.
 
Fundamentals of Music:  This academic, non-performance class has been designed to explore the fundamental elements of music including pitch and rhythmic notation, melody, harmony, and musical composition.  A variety of musical styles and composers/performers will be studied to include American contemporary and popular music and music of other cultures.  This course is available to students in grade 11 or 12.  In addition, this class is offered for dual credit during the spring semester; Music 104-Fundamentals of Music on the SWIC campus.  Students may enroll for college credit while taking the class on the West campus.  Please contact Dr. Birkner for additional information; 222-7687

Mixed Chorus:  This choir is for freshman level students and students who are new to the choral program.  Participation in this class includes one-half class period each day and public performances on the campus. We focus on the basics of music theory, sight-reading and perform a wide variety of choral literature.  Please contact Mrs. Moeller @ 222-7686

Treble Choir:  This chorus performs a variety of choral literature for the female voice; grades 10-12.  Admission is through consent of the instructor.  Participation includes one-half hour class period each day and public performances on the campus.  Please contact Mr. Wilson @ 222-7629 or Mrs. Moeller @ 222-7686

Bass Choir:  This all male chorus performs various styles of choral literature for the male voice.  The group consists of students from all grade levels.  Admission is through consent of the instructor.  Participation in this class includes one-half hour class each day and occasional public performances on the campus.  Please contact Mrs. Moeller @ 222-7686

Concert Choir:  This is an advanced mixed choir that performs various styles of choral literature.  This choir consists of students in grades 10-12.  In 2002, this ensemble was selected for performance at the Olympic Torch Lighting Ceremonies in St. Louis.  Admission is by audition and consent of the instructor.  Participation in this class includes one full class period and various public performances. We also focus on advanced music theory and sight-reading.  Please contact Mrs. Moeller @ 222-7686

Bellevillettes:  This ensemble is an advanced treble voice choir that performs various styles of literature for the female voice. This choir consists of students in grades 10-12.  Admission is through audition and consent of the instructor.  Participation in this class includes one full class period and public performances during the school year.

Maroon Majic:  This is a select chamber choir which experiments with vocal a-cappella, jazz arrangements and a variety of choral literature.  Students are selected from Concert Choir and Bellevillettes.  Admission is through audition only.  Participation in this class includes one full class period and students must enroll for both semesters of the school year.  The ensemble presents numerous public performances outside of the school day.  Please contact Mrs. Moeller for audition information; 222-7686


 
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The following information appears in anticipation of the questions that usually arise about “Senior Pictures”:

            Students who will be seniors during the 2012-2013 school year and who want portraits in the senior section of the 2013 BELLEVINOIS, the yearbook of Belleville West, should have their pictures taken DURING THE SUMMER AND BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15 at one of the local studios listed immediately below.

Beine Photography – 257-9650                                   Humphrey Photography – 327-8500

Cedarleaf Photography - 234-9700                              Luttrell Photography – 277-3686

Crafty-Eye Photography – 233-1620                           McKinley Studios – 939-3202

Creative Bent Photography – 618-939-4933                Molto Bella Photography – 514-5154

Dinan Photos – 257-2007                                           Salvatore Cincotta Photography – 206-8619

Green Wall Studio – 558-6120                                    Vavak Photography – 236-3686

Hall Photography – 236-3797                                     Wagner Photography – 281-7558

Harding Commercial Images - 234-5460                     Becker Williams Photography - 910-7391

Larissa Photograph - 670-4536                                   Lori Powell Photography – 616-9803

Woodlands Photography - 539-6256             

Additional Studios Added:

Dawn Corwin Photography - 207-7428             Joshua Luke Photography - 920-7973

Julia Sternau Photography - 521-7067                               Purple Hearts Studios - 277-3992

Omnipix Photography - 670-2434                                         

            Problems have arisen in the past because a few students have had pictures taken by private individuals or by photographers not under contract to provide senior portraits to the school. Be sure pictures meet the specifications for inclusion in the BELLEVINOIS by having them taken ONLY at one of the above studios. You MUST take your senior photograph at one of the above studios or we will not accept the photograph.

            The photographers listed above are approved by the Bellevinois through their reputation in the community and their agreement to provide photographs with certain specifications. All pricing and business policies are entirely up to each studio.                                                                           (OVER)                  

In addition to the studio’s sitting fee and the cost of any photographs the senior chooses to order, these studios will charge an additional $19.00 yearbook fee. This will cover the cost of providing a color photo to the BELLEVINOIS for publication. However, if a student wants only a single color photo for the yearbook, with no additional orders, most studios will charge $35.00. Be aware that photograph prices will vary, depending on the studio and choice of portraits.

            The minimum standard for appropriate dress is good casuals. Do not submit a picture of you with your pet, in a sports uniform, or with any kind of hat. All photographs must be in color and must follow school rules: no hats, no bellies, no spaghetti straps, etc.   BELLEVINOIS and the school reserve the right not to print objectionable senior photos.

            All seniors must have their senior portrait taken before September 15. Questions regarding senior pictures may be directed to the Principal’s Office throughout the summer or through email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.