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The face behind the desk

The face behind the desk

By Danny Ingber
March 15, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Every time you walk into the main office whether it be for a kippah, a lunch pass or a late note, there is one person that is always behind the desk: Front Desk Administrator Assistant Kendra Dunbar. Dunbar came to CESJDS from a staffing agency in August 2014 for what was initially a three-month t...

Rodney to the rescue: Junior volunteers at fire station

Rodney to the rescue: Junior volunteers at fire station

Isaac Silber, News Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under Features, Uncategorized

When the bell goes off, instead of sprinting to class, junior Nathan Rodney sprints from his bed in the Cabin John Fire Station to the awaiting ambulance. Rodney is an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) observer for the Cabin John Fire Department. Despite not being certified to perform medical duties, a...

New teacher welcomed to Science department

New teacher welcomed to Science department

Addie Bard, Reporter
March 11, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Uncategorized

The routine weekday for middle school science teacher Cassandra Ly begins at  7 a.m. when she walks into CESJDS. She starts the school day by running through her lesson plans. When the first bell rings, Ly heads to her classroom to teach for the day. After work, Ly enjoys spending time at home walking h...

Eighth-grader soars to new heights

Eighth-grader soars to new heights

Isaac Silber, News Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

While he cannot drive a car, Sam Fingerhut can fly a plane. This past summer, Fingerhut attended Bullis Aviation Camp, where he went up in a plane at the Montgomery County Airpark. This gave him his first genuine experience of something he had always dreamt about. “I’ve always had a real p...

Science with religion

Science with religion

Amelia Davidson and Kate Sosland
March 11, 2016
Filed under Features

  Most schools do not have a Beit Midrash. Even fewer schools have a Beit Midrash and a Science department office separated by a single hallway. According to Academic Dean Aileen Goldstein, one of CESJDS’ goals is to be involved in both the Jewish community and in the academic world. To d...

A pain in the back: weighing in on the health risks of backpacks

A pain in the back: weighing in on the health risks of backpacks

Amelia Davidson, Reporter
February 23, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Backpacks have long served as a symbol of school life. In most people’s minds, they are a key part of what identifies a person as a student. Research, however, is showing that instead of simply being a practical tool with which students can carry their books and belongings, backpacks have been negatively ...

Black History Month creates race dialogue

Black History Month creates race dialogue

Kate Sosland, Reporter
February 18, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Black History Month elevates February from an ordinary month to 29 days dedicated to remembering and understanding the important role of black history in the United States. This dedication of the month originated in 1915 when Historian Carter G. Woodson and Minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Associati...

Fantastic pets and where to find them

Fantastic pets and where to find them

Emily Cohen, Reporter
February 5, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Seventh-grader Gavin Rakkit Not many students can say that their morning routine includes a pet horse, but seventh-grader Gavin Rakkit’s routine includes two. Rakkit adores his pet horses, Millie and Addison, but the thought never occurred to his family to own the animals until 2011 when Rakkit’s family ...

Flying the nest

Flying the nest

Shira Godin, Reporter
February 3, 2016
Filed under Features

On her first day of college at the University of Pittsburgh, CESJDS alumna Emily Levy (‘15) looked around at the many people and opportunities she had yet to experience, and felt a surge of anxiety course through her. Coming from a smaller high school, she felt intimidated going from knowing everyone in ...

Life as a rabbi’s child

Life as a rabbi’s child

Alysse Weinberg, Managing Editor, Design
January 31, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

For some kids, ‘bring your child to work day’ happens at the doctor’s office or the bank. For others, ‘bring your child to work day’ happens every Saturday. Junior Nadav Kalendar, whose father is a pulpit Rabbi at Congregation Olam Tikvah in Virginia, said that his home life revolves around...

The real cost of senior year

The real cost of senior year

Addie Bard, Reporter
January 24, 2016
Filed under Features

Parents typically spend years saving up money to send their children to college. Yet CESJDS senior year costs, adding up to about $18,000 on top of the standard tuition for the first semester, are not always taken into account. Between the Israel trip, prom expenses, yearbook ads, college applications,...

Q&A with Alan Gross

Q&A with Alan Gross

Ilan Cohen, Photographer
January 22, 2016
Filed under Features, Q&A

Exclusive Lion's Tale interview with Alan Gross, who discusses his imprisonment in Cuba.

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