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Maryland governor visits Lower School

Maryland governor visits Lower School

Jonathan Foldi, Managing Editor, Copy
December 16, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visited the Lower School today where he spoke to the whole school and then fielded questions from fifth-graders in a mock press conference. Hogan is a first-term governor and has served in office since January 2015. According to Lower School Principal Rabbi Matthew ...

Ambassador Dennis Ross speaks to senior class

Ambassador Dennis Ross speaks to senior class

Jonathan Foldi, Managing Editor, Copy
December 7, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke to the senior class on Dec. 7 about the current political situation in the Middle East, the role of the United States in the region and the challenges that President-elect Donald Trump will face. He discussed the current situations in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iran, Israel and ...

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
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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
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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.