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Halloween Creeps Into BFA

Halloween Creeps Into BFA

Xain DeMont, Writer

November 5, 2019

Ever since we were little kids, Halloween has been that one night a year where we dress up as someone other than ourselves, and gorge on endless amounts of candy.  Now that we’re older, Halloween is all about pranks, parties, causing trouble, and just spending time with friends.  Americans s...

The Secret Harm of Dab Pens

The Secret Harm of Dab Pens

Dylan Lamson, Writer

November 4, 2019

Note: The Mercury rarely uses anonymous sources in stories. The editor felt it was appropriate for this story.   With the rise of student vaping in schools, one would expect nicotine and tobacco offenses to rise at a similar rate as marijuana. However, Marijuana offenses have significantl...

Matilda, the musical miracle comes to BFA

Matilda, the musical miracle comes to BFA

Kai Hemingway, Writer

October 17, 2019

As another year of school commences, this year’s school play, the musical Matilda, does as well!  The original musical was first performed on December 9, 2010 by Musical Theatre International, MTI for short. The playwright was Dennis Kelly with Tim Minchin as composer and lyricist.  BFA’...

Calling All Students!

Calling All Students!

Kaia MacKenzie, Writer

October 17, 2019

Monday morning. You walk into your enrichment classroom and sit down  to listen to the announcements with your fellow advisees. You then are dumbfounded to find that you missed an awesome extracurricular school activity over the past weekend. Talk about Mondays!! Bellows Free Academy has and hosts...

1,2,3… PLC?

Julia Scott, Co-Editor

June 10, 2019

Teacher collaboration is vital to school cohesion. We see this cooperation in Freshman teams and department collaboration that help to unify curriculum and aid students. These groups, called Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs are designed allow teachers to meet, share, and work together ...

Mercury through the years

Mercury through the years

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

June 10, 2019

The BFA Mercury has been published regularly at BFA since 1930, when the school first opened. This student publication has covered many topics over the years from school safety to start times. So how many times has history repeated itself? 20 years ago, in 1999, students were talking about many of the s...

Optimism for journalism: what you didn’t know

Optimism for journalism: what you didn’t know

Katharina Spöth, Writer

June 10, 2019

If you're still thinking about your class schedule for next year, this article could have an impact on your choices and thus, an impact on your life. This article is based on interviews with a student journalist, an editor and the media advisor for BFA’s journalism class, as well as the reporte...

What’s in your water?

What’s in your water?

Owen Biniecki, Writer

June 4, 2019

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Health released a pilot report in Sept. 2018 on levels of lead in Vermont schools’ drinking water. The report revealed that 27 of 900 fountains tested had dangerously high amounts of lead, having lead contents of over 15 parts per billion (ppb). ...

Who let the dogs in?

Who let the dogs in?

Julia Scott, Co-Editor

May 20, 2019

The morning of April 18 seemed, at first, like any other to Lucien Montagne (‘19). He got ready for school and left his house to pick up his neighbor, who he drives to school. This is when the morning verged from its expected path. “As soon as I exited my house and went to open the gate I have...

Who is Mr. Perkins?

Who is Mr. Perkins?

Katharina Spöth, Writer

May 20, 2019

“Regular” teachers at BFA are mainly there to teach you about Pythagoras, the Feudal System and charcoal pencils. From time to time, a substitute teacher shows up and you eventually end up getting a lesson about life instead of how to solve for x. Most students at BFA have probably met John Perkins,...

What’s the #1 thing people miss from elementary school?

What’s the #1 thing people miss from elementary school?

Kai Hemingway, Writer

May 20, 2019

As time continues on and the future begins to rear its head, it’s nice to look back and reminisce on the simpler times -- those simpler times being elementary and middle school with their bright colors and lack of existential crises. Nostalgia’s origin started off negatively with the original...

In-class reading time: the secret for success?

In-class reading time: the secret for success?

Kai Hemingway, Writer

May 2, 2019

Independent reading, or sustained silent reading, isn’t implemented in every English classroom, but should it be? Built in independent reading time can offer a boost in important reading skills that every student should have. Larissa Hebert is an English teacher at BFA who has independent reading...

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