The Mercury

SBAC switch up

SBAC switch up

Ambyr Wagner, Editor-In-Chief

February 22, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Juniors and sophomores, rejoice with happiness because you don’t have to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test this year or the next. The SBAC has officially been moved from being administered to the junior class, to the freshman class. “We received that information from ...

“Karen” about BFA

“Karen” about BFA

Grace Bates, Writer

February 16, 2018


Filed under News, Profiles

Karen Chesser’s day is not laid back in any sense. She is a busy woman, helping students with their careers, and getting them ready for post graduation. Working only part time at  BFA, her days are very eventful and never dull. “It’s totally random every day. I could be here all day at my ...

Building new paths

Building new paths

Nick Clark, Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Wet clothes, muddy shoes, soaked floors, and ruined binders are all the results of BFA’s open walkway splitting the North building with the South building. Connecting the North Building and South Building of the BFA campus is a walkway without a roof or source of protection from the elements that...

Fighting for the body!

Fighting for the body!

Alek Wolfe, Assistant Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

Sports, sports, sports. People love sports. Hockey, basketball, football and soccer are a few that people follow or play. One sport that not everybody is familiar with is wrestling. Whether it be in the ring or just on the mat, it can be fun to watch, and challenging to participate in. Because...

The Importance of SLPs

The Importance of SLPs

Taylor Lavigne, Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

What are SLPs, you may ask? SLP is the abbreviated form for Speech-Language Pathologist. Speech-Language Pathologists are professionals who are trained to help treat children and adults who have speaking disorders and language difficulty. They work with people of all ages who have various disorders...

It’s a sub . . . maybe

It’s a sub . . . maybe

Ambyr Wagner, Editor-In-Chief

December 15, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Students absolutely love substitute teachers (subs). It’s a well known fact because that means that students are able to get away with a lot more things, like playing on a cellphone and having to do less class work; it’ll be homework and they can do it then.  Or, it is going to be movie day! ...

AP student success

AP student success

Kira Williams, Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Bellows Free Academy Advanced Placement (AP) student scores not only outshine the Vermont state average, but the global average as well. Classes included in this academic excellence are Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, Literature and Composition, Music Theory and many more. ...

Raising money and new hopes

Raising money and new hopes

Nick Clark, Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Powder Puff: a charity event filled with energy, excitement, laughter, spirit, and hope has become an event looked forward to by the BFA community. The first ever Powder Puff football game was October 20, 1945, at Eastern State Teacher’s College, in Madison, South Dakota. The game was originally...

Internet emergency

Internet emergency

Julia Scott, Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Our culture is steeped in the influence of the Internet. It’s in our homes, schools, and businesses. So what happens if our relationship with the Internet and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is fundamentally changed? We may find out if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overturns “Net...

Deux écoles, un prof; two schools, one teacher

Deux écoles, un prof; two schools, one teacher

Eric "Jasper" Johnson, Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

How many teachers do you know who teach at two schools on the same day, five days a week? You may or may not know that BFA’s new French teacher Bruce Pollard isn’t limited to teaching at BFA, but he also teaches at Fairfield Center School. This teaching at two schools like Pollard does may...

Sexual assault: nationwide to BFA

Sexual assault: nationwide to BFA

Haley Seymour, Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Every 98 seconds, a person living in the United States is sexually assaulted, and 99 percent of perpetrators do not get charged, according to the Huffington Post. Recently, many “famous” people have been accused of sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment. These people include: Harvey Weinstein,...

BFA’s PBGR/PBL promise

BFA’s PBGR/PBL promise

Eric "Jasper" Johnson, Writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under News

Recently, BFA’s been in a new phase with the new PBGR/PBL grading system and the newly implemented Learning Management System (LMS) known as Canvas. The Vermont Agency of Education says; “Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) are the locally-delineated set of content knowledge and skills...

Next Stop News
News