Farewell Photos: Senior Favorites
Farewell Photos: Senior Favorites
May 28, 2021
Click on the story to see the photos--and keep them coming, Seniors! We'll keep publishing them. Send your favorites to Mr. O'Connor at [email protected]
Editor Says Goodbye
Margaret Szpakowski, Editor in Chief • May 27, 2021

Dear Smoke Signal Readers, I have worked on this paper for four years. During that time, I’ve watched our staff grow and shrink and grow...

Senior Superlatives
Senior Superlatives
May 27, 2021
You cast your votes, now see who won this year's senior superlatives!
Seniors are hitting the road: here are their plans
Seniors are hitting the road: here are their plans
May 27, 2021
The Smoke Signal wishes all seniors the best of luck in wherever they go after high school!
Senior Wills
May 27, 2021
Check out what seniors are leaving behind!
Teachers and Students Prepare for Monday
Teachers and Students Prepare for Monday's Return
Abyssinia Haile, Lilliana DiGrande, Features Editor • May 14, 2021

Back in December, then-president-elect Joe Biden declared that a majority of schools across the nation can and should be open by May. As our own personal deadline fast approaches...

Gathering Aims to Stop Hate
Gathering Aims to Stop Hate
Lilli DiGrande May 11, 2021

According to an analysis released by the Center of the Study of Hate and Extremism, anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by 150 percent in 2020. Recently, Minnechaug Diversity...

World Care Club Cleans Up Area Park
World Care Club Cleans Up Area Park
May 7, 2021

Chaug's World Care Club members gathered at Fountain Park in Wilbraham to clean up the space. Volunteers from Chaug's National Honor Society also joined to help club members.

Prom Is On!
Morgan Hastain, News Editor • April 28, 2021

Attention all seniors! First off, I just wanted to personally congratulate you on all of the hard work you have done this past year. Between all of the homework, projects, exams,...

Participants can join this year
The Walk Must Go On
April 28, 2021

Minnechaug’s ATI (Above the Influence) club will hold its annual walk virtually this year. In the previous three years, the club has raised close to $4,000 for the Partnership...

Registration for Fall "2" Sports Closes on Feb. 24
Margaret Szpakowski, Editor in Chief • February 21, 2021

Registration for the Fall "2" season is underway on familyid.com. Chaug will be offering football, cheerleading, and indoor track. Registration will close on February 24th and...

The Positive Aspect of Sports in a Pandemic
Molly Oldread, Sports Editor • February 2, 2021

Mental health is an increasingly important issue in high school age teens. Often their extracurricular activities or their sports are an outlet for them. Sports provide a sense...

Swim Meet vs East Longmeadow, Feb. 12
February 13, 2021

Prom Is On!
Morgan Hastain, News Editor • April 28, 2021

Attention all seniors! First off, I just wanted to personally congratulate you on all of the hard work you have done this past year. Between...

Participants can join this year
The Walk Must Go On
April 28, 2021

Minnechaug’s ATI (Above the Influence) club will hold its annual walk virtually this year. In the previous three years, the club has raised...

Community Announces #StopAsianHate Rally
Morgan Hastain, News Editor • April 6, 2021

On Saturday, April 10 from 3 to 5 p.m., Ms. Norris, Minnechaug English teacher and advisor of the Diversity and Culture Club, will be co-hosting...

Here's How You Can Adopt a Senior
Sophia Ramos, Media Editor • April 5, 2021

Minnechaug community: Do you wish to help a senior out? Do you want to provide a gift bag to one of our amazing class of 2021 graduates? Then...

TenTalk Episode 5: School Committee Candidate Dr. Bill Bontempi Speaks With Minnechaug Smoke Signal About His Positions on Education
Abyssinia Haile, Features Editor • May 14, 2021

In this episode of TenTalk, Dr. Bill Bontempi talked with The Smoke Signal about why he is running for the Hampden Wilbraham Regional School...

Anti-Asian Violence Has Increased As a Result of Covid-19
Morgan Hastain, News Editor • February 21, 2021
Despite the fact that President Joe Biden had recently signed a “memorandum,” that denounced any discriminatory statements that government officials have made about Asian Americans, many people still believe that government officials, as well as police, need to be doing more to combat the violence
College Needs to be about Education for All, Not Profit
Ani Diefenderfer February 11, 2021

A prevalent issue facing our nation today is student debt. In fall of 2019, 19.9 million students were enrolled in US colleges. Most graduates from high school continue on to college, and thousands of them can’t afford many...

Which is Better: Hybrid or Remote?
Morgan Hastain, News Editor • February 6, 2021

As we consider moving back to in-person learning in a hybrid form, I believe we must remember that the hybrid model has proved itself to be a more effective way of learning, while also keeping in mind that some students have become...

When it Comes to Mental Health Needs, How Can 'Chaug Help?
Quinn Suomala, Editor • February 5, 2021
Overall, teens are struggling with more mental health issues than ever before, yet some students don’t feel that there has been enough of an increase in the support offered at Minnechaug.
If I Were President I Would Protect the LGBTQ+ Community
Morgan Hastain, News Editor • February 5, 2021

If I were president, I would start by addressing the violence against the LGBTQ+ community. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP), nearly one in ten LGBTQ surviors of domestic abuse have been sexually...

The Positive Aspect of Sports in a Pandemic
Molly Oldread, Sports Editor • February 2, 2021

Mental health is an increasingly important issue in high school age teens. Often their extracurricular activities or their sports are an outlet for them. Sports provide a sense of normalcy that high schoolers need, especially...

Dear America: I have long waited for them to listen, and I am growing tired
Clare Heinhold March 4, 2021

“When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, will you realize that you cannot eat money.” -Cree Native...

Dear America: 'The Fight for the Election is Over; We Must Now Fight for Our Way of Life'
Matthew Tillberry February 22, 2021

Dear America, These next four years will be tough. Our nation has been divided and tensions are high. Since the election the idea of how secure...

Dear America: Too Many Lives Have Been Lost
Emily Patrick February 6, 2021

Dear America,  It seems to be devolving as a nation. Everyone needs to start working together and listening, because this pandemic that we...

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Perspective: Being Black at ‘Chaug
Perspective: Being Black at ‘Chaug
Kiel Williams, Contributor • January 20, 2021
I believe we are on the verge of change because teachers and students are showing that people who are different do matter
...And A Belated Mardi Gras To You
...And A Belated Mardi Gras To You
Abyssinia Haile, Features Editor • March 3, 2021
In honor of the Mardi Gras tradition, the Smoke Signal is holding a contest for the best Mardi Gras related artwork. This could be a float, a mask, or some other Mardi Gras-related creation. Send photos of you making the art and the final project to [email protected], and the winner will win a gift certificate to Starbucks. Good luck and happy feasting!
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