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Class of 2016 graduation

Class of 2016 graduation

Noy Dahan, Photo Editor
February 18, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The Class of 2016 graduated on Feb. 7 at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Check out photos from graduation below.

Avant Assessment Hebrew Test: a step to strengthen the Hebrew curriculum

Avant Assessment Hebrew Test: a step to strengthen the Hebrew curriculum

Isaac Silber, News Editor
February 17, 2016
Filed under News

CESJDS students in grades five to 10 are in the process of taking the Avant Assessment Hebrew Test to gauge each student's proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are taking the test as part of a multi-year retooling of the Hebrew department. JDS is redesigning its Hebre...

Upper School campus to undergo construction this summer

Upper School campus to undergo construction this summer

Talia Denicoff, News Editor
February 9, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

When Upper School students return from their summer break in September, they will find their school building looking different than how they left it.  It has recently been announced that construction of the Annette M. & Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus will take place over the summer o...

Eighth-graders present at annual Weinberg Family Science Fair

Eighth-graders present at annual Weinberg Family Science Fair

Ilan Cohen, Photographer
February 4, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

After weeks of preparation, eighth-graders presented their science fair projects to parents, teachers, fellow students and others. The Weinberg Family Science Fair was held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 after school at the Upper School campus....

Students voice their presidential choices ahead of the Iowa Caucus

Students voice their presidential choices ahead of the Iowa Caucus

Addie Bard, Reporter
February 1, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

“If I had to choose I’d choose Hillary Clinton because I believe in the ideas that she stands for, I think that she is very experienced and is the most qualified for the position, and she is in the best position to follow through on her promises.” -Junior Abby Mintz     &nb...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Ari Feuer, Sports Editor
January 29, 2016
Filed under News

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Schedule changes coming soon

Schedule changes coming soon

Gabe Krantz, Reporter
January 25, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Upper School students might need to get ready to say goodbye to A, B and C days. The administration will make major changes to the Upper School schedule next year that will likely involve the elimination of the current block schedule system. The changes, which have not been finalized, were partially...

Seniors frustrated after final day of high school canceled due to weather

Seniors frustrated after final day of high school canceled due to weather

Isaac Silber, News Editor
January 21, 2016
Filed under News

After months of planning and years of waiting, the seniors were informed at 4:36 p.m. on Thursday that their last day of high school would be canceled. CESJDS decided to close school on Jan. 22 because of the anticipated snow from Winter Storm Jonas. Just minutes after the decision was made, Head...

Senior Daphne Lerner reaches scoring milestone

Senior Daphne Lerner reaches scoring milestone

Josh Paretzky, Managing Editor, Web
January 21, 2016
Filed under News, Sports

The game was far from over, but that did not stop the girls varsity basketball team from storming the court. On Jan. 11, in a game against McLean High School, senior Daphne Lerner scored the 1,000th point of her CESJDS basketball career, an impressive and rare accomplishment in the Lion’s basketball...

Increased Islamophobia triggers discussion, concern

Increased Islamophobia triggers discussion, concern

Ari Feuer, Reporter
January 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

During their time at CESJDS, students have studied their fair share of anti-Semitism throughout history. Jews, however, are not the only group of people who have faced faith-based prejudice. Currently, another kind of intolerance is striking the U.S. in response to the Islamic State’s radical agenda:...

Civil rights panel sheds light on black-Jewish relations

Civil rights panel sheds light on black-Jewish relations

Miriam Minsk, News Editor
January 20, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

There are hidden heroes everywhere: at home, in the classroom and in the greater Jewish community. For film director Aviva Kempner, Julius Rosenwald especially stood out. In an effort to provide the community with educational programs for the school's 50th anniversary, CESJDS co-hosted a social justice...

Did CESJDS ace the new A+ policy?

Did CESJDS ace the new A+ policy?

Zoe Reichbach, Guest Writer
January 7, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The A+ policy in high school was changed by the school administration at the beginning of this year after four years of use. While grades totalling 97 percent or higher used to be awarded an “A+,” they now are marked as just an “A.” In a meeting with the ninth grade earlier this year, Upper Schoo...