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An Interview With Mrs. Brookes
Cayla Ryan Bartosz, Staff Writer • March 8, 2024

It’s a Friday afternoon in Mrs. Brookes’s classroom, where at the front of the classroom stands the whiteboard she uses to present slideshows for note-taking. Oftentimes, this...

The Tapestry of My Ethnicity
Ava Connors, Multimedia Editor • March 8, 2024

When the spotlight hits me with the question, who am I? There is no one specific answer that I can give. I don’t simply fall into one category. I am not the kind of person you...

She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Cayla Ryan Bartosz, Staff Writer • November 3, 2023

It is a rainy autumn night as my mother drives through the darkness to our hotel in Foxborough. We’re on our way to a Studio Two concert, one of several Beatles tribute bands...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Ellen Ochoa
Savannah Loubier, Staff Writer • October 25, 2023

Ellen Ochoa was the first Latina in Space. She’s Mexican-American and was born May 10, 1958. While an active astronaut Ochoa logged almost 1,000 hours in space. She became the...

Book Review-Letters of Enchantment Duology by Rebecca Ross
Katja Wurm, Staff Writer • February 1, 2024

In a market that is already saturated with young adult “romantasy” and fiction, it is hard for any one author or novel to stand out from...

"Guts" by Olivia Rodrigo - Album Review
Cayla Ryan Bartosz, Staff Writer • November 3, 2023

“I am as light as a feather, I’m as stiff as a board” Olivia Rodrigo coos over gentle guitar chords, in the first lines of the pop-rock...

Sam’s Weather Report
Sam Ey, Weather Editor • May 14, 2024

Weather of the Week A relatively seasonable to above average temperatures this week. The beginning and end of the week look to be the picks of the week, with Tuesday, Thursday,...

Sam’s Weather Report
Sam Ey, Weather Editor • April 8, 2024

Weather of the Week Monday is mostly clear, which is good for the rare solar eclipse. Warm this week, mainly in the mid-60s. Tuesday runs towards a chance of 70 degrees. A storm...

The Importance of Role Models in a Child's Life
Imani Ibrahim, Contributor • March 8, 2024

Although teenagers face problems that can feel insurmountable, many choose not to seek help from role models. According to Minnechaug Assistant Principal Joanne White, this is...

A Game-Changer in the World of College Basketball Recruitment
Domenic Fantone, Sports Editor • February 1, 2024

In recent years, the landscape of college basketball has witnessed a seismic shift with the emergence of alternative pathways for aspiring hoop stars to showcase their talents....

Chino Hills (2016) vs. Montverde Academy (2020)
Domenic Fantone, Sports Editor • February 1, 2024

In the area of high school basketball, certain teams marked their names into the history books contending for what possibly might be the greatest high school basketball team ever...

Veggie Diets Are NOT The Elitist, Unsustainable Lies You’ve Been Told
Roman Kavanagh, Contributor • February 1, 2024

Dear Those Who Want to Make A Difference, You may have heard all sorts of things about vegetarianism/veganism. In our capitalist society, there are a few elitist stereotypes surrounding veggie diets that say they are unaffordable...

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...

2023 Senior Field Day Photos
May 11, 2023

Ongoing project to get a student representative on the School Committee
Thomas Manning, Correspondent • May 12, 2022

Would you like to have more representation for the school district than ever before? Well, I can tell you that this possibility might soon become...

Chaugs Varsity Field Hockey Team poses after their win against Longmeadow.
Minnechaug's Varisty Field Hockey Wins Against Longmeadow
Quinn Suomala, Editor in Chief • October 18, 2021

Congratulations to Minnechaug's Varisty Field Hockey team! They defeated Longmeadow, the number one team in the Western Mass league. This was...

The Above the Influence Club will also hold a car wash fundraiser from 9 to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.
ATI Kicks Off New Year with Info Meeting
September 10, 2021

The Above the Influence Club is having an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 2:15 to 2:30 p.m... This meeting is open to anyone...

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
Banana Oat Muffins that Make the New Year a Little Less Daunting
Banana Oat Muffins that Make the New Year a Little Less Daunting
Abyssinia Haile, Multimedia Editor • February 11, 2022

The New Year: a symbol of change, ambition, and optimism for the upcoming 365 days of 2022.  While many tend to seize the transition...