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Alumni in office

Alumni in office

Karen McDaniel, Writer

November 20, 2018

Though national government gets more attention, local politics affect our daily lives more intimately. It’s especially exciting when people who are known throughout the community become involved in government. For BFA in particular, there are four alumni who have held positions in local government o...

Only fools juul in school

Only fools juul in school

Katharina Spöth, Writer

November 20, 2018

Using prohibited and risky e-cigarettes is part of the many students’ everyday life. E-cigarettes aren’t just repudiated alternatives for obstinate chainsmokers anymore, they have become a dangerous trend among the “cool” reckless youth. Two out of 78 students who took part in a poll for this article,...

The Big Contro-fur-sy

The Big Contro-fur-sy

Elizabeth Pietras, Writer

November 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

June 13, 2018

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

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

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...

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