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Who let the dogs in?

Who let the dogs in?

Julia Scott, Co-Editor

May 20, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

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


Filed under Features, Profiles, Showcase, Uncategorized

“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


Filed under Features, Showcase, Uncategorized

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


Filed under Features, Showcase

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...

Prom shoots for the stars

Prom shoots for the stars

Owen Biniecki, Writer

April 5, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

With the 2018-2019 school year quickly coming to a close, Prom is one of the last upcoming events. Alex Haag (‘20), a member of the Prom committee revealed details about the upcoming event, which will be on “May 18th from 7:00 to 10:30,” at the “Downtown Hilton on Battery Street in Burlington...

Clubs: for college or for fun?

Clubs: for college or for fun?

Kai Hemingway, Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

The pursuit of a good resumé for college can be a tough one. Wanting to make a good impression may be at the top of the list. Stacking up on clubs to flesh out a resumé seems like a good option, but is it really? The BFA website states that the clubs offered are great and hand out many opportunities to s...

Snow days, delays… it’s a craze!

Snow days, delays… it’s a craze!

Katharina Spöth, Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Less than three months left for students at BFA until we can finally fully enter our well-deserved summer break of 2019! Students are counting down the days but due to some tough snow days, the countdown wasn’t counting down all the time… The question that appears: how can we get out of sc...

Making waves in the lunchroom

Making waves in the lunchroom

Kai Hemingway, Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Lunchtime, I’m hungry! I’m not feeling the entree and I really don’t want pizza or a wrap. If I was at home I could heat up a frozen burrito. Why can’t I make one at school? Oh right, no microwave in the cafeteria! The students of BFA don’t have many options when it comes to lunch. Stud...

Revisiting CANVAS

Revisiting CANVAS

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

March 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Last year, The Mercury published an article titled "CANVAS dies in 'Infinity War'", which discussed that BFA would be switching from the learning management system "Canvas" to a new one, called "PowerTeacher Pro". BFA used Canvas from 2016 to 2018, and it was often the topic of a complaints within co...

From Mercury to Pluto?

From Mercury to Pluto?

Owen Biniecki, Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase

The future of journalism is of concern, especially in the “Age of Media Distrust,” as The Atlantic has called the current relationship between the worlds of journalism and politics in the modern era. This wave of attacks on the legitimacy of the press have even been spouted from current US pr...

The safety of BFA

The safety of BFA

Owen Biniecki, Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

The safety of our school and the wellbeing of its students is imperative. With horrific events such as the Parkland shooting that took place on Feb. 14, 2018, there has been rising fear of how safe students and children, are, especially when BFA had a scare and emergency dismissal just ten days after t...

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