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...

The Return To Five Day In Person Learning
Lilli DiGrande and Abyssinia Haile April 10, 2021

Minnechaug has begun the process of gathering data from students and families regarding the return to five days a week in person learning. On Monday, April 5th, Minnechaug sent...

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...

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 2: School Committee Candidate Dagmar Mechem Speaks with The Smoke Signal About Her Positions on Education
Margaret Szpakowski, Editor in Chief • May 11, 2021
In this episode of TenTalk, Dagmar Mechem talked with The Smoke Signal about why she is running for the Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District School Committee and what she envisions for the district. The Smoke Signal placed an announcement on its Facebook page asking candidates to participate. 
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
Class of 2020 Superlative Winners!
Class of 2020 Superlative Winners!
December 17, 2020

(If your photo is not included below, email Mr. O'Connor at [email protected] and he will upload it.)   Most Likely to be President   Clark...

...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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