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Expanding on proficiency-based grading

Expanding on proficiency-based grading

November 6, 2018


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A few years after the first implementation of proficiency-based grading at BFA, the system has seen massive evolution from the past ways of traditional grading. In many ways, this new system picks up focus on areas often misrepresented by traditional grades, mainly on the subjects of academic growth and e...

Dances in decline?

Dances in decline?

Karen McDaniel, Writer

November 5, 2018


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School dances have been popular social events among students for decades. BFA is no exception. Though it’s not exactly known how long BFA has held these events, it’s likely been around for the majority of the school’s existence. But has its popularity maintained the same all these years? I...

Thank you Mike Donoghue!

Thank you Mike Donoghue!

October 16, 2018


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The BFA Mercury staff thanks Mike Donoghue, former writer for the Burlington Free Press and part-time professor at St. Michael's College for coming to class today to speak to us about his Journalism experiences and how to be a better journalist!

Priorities for Minorities

Priorities for Minorities

Karen McDaniel, Writer

October 12, 2018


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Hispanic Heritage Month runs annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The question is, how many BFA students know this? Many schools, especially those with more diverse populations, celebrate months like these schoolwide, and typically incorporate them into their curriculum somehow. So, since BFA is not d...

Never gonna give you up…

Never gonna give you up…

Isaiah Cline, Writer

October 12, 2018


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Here at Bellows Free Academy, music is played during passing time. The music is constant and has been the same for awhile.  Why no change? Jennifer Konrad is a human services teacher for the Northwest Technical Center.  Mrs. Konrad has been here at BFA for two years and loves it. “I like ...

They’re poets, and they know it

They’re poets, and they know it

Elizabeth Pietras, Writer

October 12, 2018


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Poetry is to the mind as a warm bowl of soup is to a chilled soul; it nourishes us, revives us, and prepares us for the road ahead. In a 2006 study from the University of Liverpool, researchers observed the human brain in response to Shakespeare. Their data suggests that the language of poetry creates ...

“An apple a day…”

“An apple a day…”

Katharina Spöth, Writer

October 12, 2018


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Grabbing a family size pack of Goldfish and opening a can of Red Bull takes maybe twenty seconds of work to “prepare” something that some people may call a “meal”. At the same time, two out of three persons in the United States are diagnosed overweight or obese according to the National D...

Spanish equals Salemno

Spanish equals Salemno

Morgan Heth, Writer

October 2, 2018


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Kat Salemno, a young and energetic woman, is the newest member of the world languages department at BFA St. Albans. Salemno is teaching Spanish I and Spanish II at BFA, and in addition, is teaching sixth through eighth grade Spanish at Fairfield Center School. Salemno lives in Milton and says: “T...

Science with Mr. Brown

Science with Mr. Brown

Isaiah Cline, Writer

October 2, 2018


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Paul Brown is a new teacher in the science department, teaching biology. He has been teaching the subject for one year. In between the years of 2016-2017, Brown had the opportunity to become a long term substitute teacher for two schools in the science department: Connecticut Valley High School ...

Dezo”tell”e me about it

Dezo”tell”e me about it

Aliviah Bechard

October 2, 2018


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Darrin Dezotelle is a new staff member here at BFA. He is a Vermonter. “I grew up in the Cambridge/Waterville area, so I went to high school at Lamoille Union,” Dezotelle said. He explains that one of the teachers at Lamoille had a long term influence on him. “Ms. Cooney was the rea...

Guiding the way: a new intern in guidance

Guiding the way: a new intern in guidance

Karen McDaniel, Writer

September 28, 2018


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BFA welcomes some new additions to the faculty and staff. Mrs. Ashlie Olio is a new intern in the guidance department as a social worker. Mrs. Olio is not a native Vermonter, and in fact comes from somewhere drastically different. “I was born in Detroit, but I grew up on Long Island,” Olio sa...

Thank You Josh Kaufmann!

Thank You Josh Kaufmann!

September 24, 2018


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The Mercury thanks Josh Kaufmann, Sports Editor of the St. Albans Messenger for coming and talking to us all about Journalism!

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