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The Big Contro-fur-sy

The Big Contro-fur-sy

Elizabeth Pietras, Writer

November 2, 2018


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Do you identify as a furry? Last month, the BFA daily announcements asked this controversial question, fueling an enduring and heated debate amidst the student body. Tori Jessiman (‘21),  the student responsible for the idea of a BFA “Furry Club,” confesses that her only intentions were to ...

French on duty

French on duty

Isaiah Cline, Writer

November 2, 2018


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Here at Bellows Free Academy, officer David French is the schools new School Resource Officer.  He is replacing officer Paul Morits, who preceded French. One of the first student resource officers according to Blackfoot Police was in the 1950’s, in Michigan “In the late 1950's, the first S...

Vrooming with Vincelette

Vrooming with Vincelette

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

November 2, 2018


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Many students were confused at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year to find that there was no Driver's Education teacher. In June 2018, Perry Bove, Driver's Education teacher for 34 years, retired. Bove was also a coach at BFA for over 30 years. When Bove suddenly retired, the Northwest Te...

You have the choice to raise your voice

You have the choice to raise your voice

Katharina Spöth, Writer

November 2, 2018


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Many students often feel the desire to get rid of something through speaking it out, but do not know where and with whom. Now a new place for this desire was established at BFA: the Students Voice and Diversity Club. “The main intention is to make sure that kids feel supported but also to give th...

Faith in our filters

Faith in our filters

Owen Biniecki, Writer

October 12, 2018


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The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Health recently conducted a series of tests on school drinking water, looking to find the water’s content of lead. The results of these tests were released last month. 16 schools statewide were tested, and among them almost 900 individual wa...

Vermont’s educational future

Vermont’s educational future

Julia Scott, Assistant Editor

June 13, 2018


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On April 1, Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe stepped down after announcing her resignation in the weeks prior. For many, this brought up concerns over the future of the Vermont State Legislature’s Act 46, a 2015 bill restructuring Vermont’s schools to a more “cohesive governance...

NM-See what we can do

NM-See what we can do

Eros Bouley-Swedo and Drew Pettengill

June 13, 2018


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Deciding to attend college involves many big challenges for a graduating senior.  Deciding to spend years of your life and thousands of dollars to further your education is a big choice. A huge deciding factor is the money part as it can put someone in debt for years and years. 71% of all American ...

CANVAS dies in “Infinity War”

CANVAS dies in “Infinity War”

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

June 13, 2018


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In 2016, BFA introduced Canvas, a learning management system for proficiency based grading. Canvas was supposed to align with PowerSchool in order to provide an official gradebook for report cards and official transcripts, as well as a place to store Personal Learning Plans, eportfolios, and manage ...

The takeover of promposals

The takeover of promposals

Owen Pelkey, Writer

May 21, 2018


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With prom season passing, the BFA community was not immune to the popular trend of “promposals” that have continued to rise since the beginning of the century. A promposal is a high school student’s way of elaborately asking another student to the prom, almost imitating a marriage proposal, hen...

Maple Run: what have they done?

Maple Run: what have they done?

Haley Seymour, Assistant Editor

May 21, 2018


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Running a school board is like cooking a large meal; however, preparing for four separate schools with four different chefs was spoiling the food. Before 2017, it seemed there were too many cooks in the Franklin Northeast Supervisory kitchen with each of the five school boards, so the school system ha...

High school vs the real world

Grace Bates, Writer

May 21, 2018


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High school is supposed to prepare students for college, but are high schools succeeding in preparing them? According to Hechingerreport.org, “students are getting out of high school without the skills they need to succeed in college.” With students not getting the proper skills they need i...

Hungry Americans

Hungry Americans

Eros Bouley-Swedo, Writer

May 18, 2018


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Hunger in America is a very serious problem that many families face every day. This can be due to a variety of reasons including lack of income or societal status. In some places in the world they don’t even have grocery stores with legitimate produce and healthy items because they would just get rob...

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