The Mercury

PLP’s: Possible or Pointless?

Ben Stoll, Writer

February 22, 2016

This year, the freshmen class of 2019 will be the first set of students from Bellows Free Academy that will set up Personal Learning Plans (PLP’s). Under the Act 77 Flexible Pathways bill, which was signed by Governor Peter...

Run Hide Fight

Colin McGovern, Writer

February 22, 2016

In life there are some situations we cannot fully prepare for. Over the last ten decades, active shooter situations has become more and more common. A protocol issued by the Department of Homeland Security may be the best precaution...

Parking Predicament

Julia Remillard, Writer

February 22, 2016

Despite the endless amount of cars lining the streets and filling the parking lots of local businesses, Bellows Free Academy (BFA) has still not addressed the problem of school parking. “What's the big deal?” you might...

Farmers feeding the local community

Levi Stanley, Writer

January 12, 2016

On Friday Dec. 4, 2015 the second annual Holiday Tractor Parade took place. The Saint Albans Co-op store created this event in late 2014, for the local farmers who wanted to highlight VT dairy, and that would thank the genera...

Books: cornucopia of knowledge

CJ Brown, Writer

January 12, 2016

Books are one of the oldest ways of sharing knowledge between all humans. Since the Sumerians wrote the first text down on clay tablets, this has been a life changing invention. The convenience of having endless knowledge at ...

Speaking poetry: needed or no

Ben Stoll, Editor

January 12, 2016

  It’s that time of year again, when students all around the country gather in their individual schools and begin putting poems to memory for Poetry Out Loud in hope of making it to the finals. But what is Poetry Out ...

Operation Happiness: a gift to the less fortunate

Colin McGovern, Writer

January 12, 2016

The December holidays are a time of giving, peace, and fun. Unfortunately, some members of the community need an extra hand of support to get them and their families through the holidays. The generous people that volunteer their tim...

Delay the start of the school day

Sierra Hernandez, Writer

January 12, 2016

Schools all around the country are coming to the same realization. Teenagers need sleep. As a result of this realization, many schools are pushing back the start of the school day to after 8 a.m. Many schools in neighboring...

Great coaching; what makes it possible?

Emilie Linstedt & Mercury Staff, Writer

December 30, 2015

Many BFA athletes recall a former coach with great fondness.  “Coach X was the BEST!”  But what was it about that coach? What are the qualities that make up a good coach, anyway?  Is it just the coach’s personality, or d...

Cell phones: a blessing or curse?

Colin McGovern, Writer

December 30, 2015

In recent years, the accessibility of portable devices, like cell phones, has skyrocketed to the point where most everybody has one. A study made by the Pew Research Center in 2013 has shown that roughly 78% of teens have cell ...

Language spotlight

CJ Brown, Writer

December 30, 2015

The language department at BFA is one of the many departments in the school. The department covers French, German, Latin and Spanish. Traditionally, textbooks featuring one language have been used. However, this has become a decl...

In depth on the students learning

Levi Stanley, Writer

December 30, 2015

As education moves forward into the future, many students are seeking to learn at their own pace and about their own interests. BFA offers a number of opportunities for students who do not tend to thrive in a traditional clas...

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