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A new approach to STEM education

A new approach to STEM education

Amelia Davidson, Reporter
November 28, 2016
Filed under News

As part of an initiative to rethink and improve the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at the Lower School, CESJDS established a three-year partnership with George Washington University (GW) this summer. One Lower School faculty member from each grade will be mentored by ...

Families celebrate Shabbat Across JDS

Families celebrate Shabbat Across JDS

Isaac Silber, News Editor
November 28, 2016
Filed under News

This year, over 145 CESJDS families gathered together at each other’s homes Friday night, Nov. 18, for Shabbat dinner as part of Shabbat Across JDS. Shabbat Across JDS is a set Shabbat where JDS families are encouraged to invite new or old friends over for Shabbat dinner or lunch as a way to build a se...

Administration surveys community about schedule changes

Administration surveys community about schedule changes

Addie Bard, Reporter
November 28, 2016
Filed under News

Drastic changes were made to the middle and high school schedules for the 2016-17 school year, and the administration recently began the process of receiving formal feedback from students and faculty. A survey was sent out to middle school students and faculty on Oct. 31, while the high school recei...

Reactions to the results of the 2016 U.S. election

Reactions to the results of the 2016 U.S. election

Addie Bard, Amelia Davidson, Emily Cohen, Ari Feuer, and Rina Torchinsky
November 9, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

In reaction to Donald Trump being elected president last night, we asked high school students to share their responses in one word.compiled by Ari Feuer, Emily Cohen, Amelia Davidson and Addie Bard...

Middle school Community Service Day through pictures

Middle school Community Service Day through pictures

Talia Horowitz and Miriam Minsk
November 4, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

On Wednesday, Nov. 2 the sixth through ninth grade participated in a day of service and attended a variety of locations, including the National Mall and Martha's Table. Look below for pictures from the day.

Indonesian Muslims visit through U.S. State Department

Indonesian Muslims visit through U.S. State Department

Talia Denicoff and Miriam Minsk
October 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

A group of five Indonesian Muslim scholars and teachers, including one translator, visited CESJDS on Oct. 13 as part of a twelve-day tour of American schools. The U.S. State Department hosted the Indonesian Muslims and contacted JDS to request that they open their doors to the visitors. Many of th...

Government grant funds updated security measures

Government grant funds updated security measures

Addie Bard and Emily Cohen
October 10, 2016
Filed under News

For the new school year, CESJDS received the maximum amount of money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which annually allocates money to schools and organizations. JDS applies for the grant every year, and this year was the third time in the past six ...

New policy restricts students’ use of cellphones

New policy restricts students’ use of cellphones

Isaac Silber, News Editor
October 10, 2016
Filed under News

In order to limit student usage of cellphones during school hours, the administration revitalized the school’s cellphone policy. The official policy was introduced to students on Sept. 19. The policy states that middle school students must keep their phones in their lockers the entire school day. ...

The Upper School celebrates Hispanic Heritage Week

The Upper School celebrates Hispanic Heritage Week

Isaac Silber, News Editor
September 23, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Check out the photos below to see how the Upper School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Week.

9/11 commemorations

9/11 commemorations

Ilan Cohen, Reporter
September 12, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Freshman Davida Goldman  "I commemorate 9/11 by trying to remember all the people that were lost and trying to just really think about them and give them a piece of my mind, and show respect."     Senior Yona Levitt  "I wouldn't go out of my way to commemorate 9/11...

Recruiting cubs to join the club

Recruiting cubs to join the club

Rina Torchinsky, Features Editor
August 30, 2016
Filed under News

Most classrooms at the Lower School campus have sharpened pencils, chapter books and calculators, but one classroom is a bit different. Rather than school desks, this classroom is brimming with petite chairs, short tables and glue sticks. This fall, CESJDS is introducing Gurim, a pre-K program designed...