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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
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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...

Tweets About Acceptances to Princeton Spark Frustration

Tweets About Acceptances to Princeton Spark Frustration

Yonatan Greenberg, Managing editor, copy
December 27, 2015
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Exclamation points, silly photos and congratulatory messages were popping up all over the social media profiles of the three lucky seniors. The CESJDS twitter account could not resist getting in on the fun. On Dec. 16, three hours after three seniors were accepted into Princeton University, the JDS twitter...

Udance Umttr event raises money for mental-health care and suicide prevention

Udance Umttr event raises money for mental-health care and suicide prevention

Isaac Silber, Reporter
December 22, 2015
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As winter break approaches, junior Elan Arnowitz is preparing to DJ at Udance Umttr, a teen dance taking place on Wednesday night. The dance will raise money for the Umttr organization. Susan Rosenstock founded Umttr after her son, Evan Rosenstock, a former student at Churchill High School, took his...

New Middle School Phone Policy Sparks Controversy

New Middle School Phone Policy Sparks Controversy

Kate Sosland, Guest Writer
December 22, 2015
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Although cell phones are a big part of students' lives, they often distract students from classwork and engaging with their peers. At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year the administration created a new middle school cell phone policy; phones must stay in their lockers during the school day to...

A New Toy for the Library: Upper School Welcomes 3-D Printer

A New Toy for the Library: Upper School Welcomes 3-D Printer

Talia Denicoff, Reporter
December 16, 2015
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The Upper School library has lots of books and magazines, but it’s unlikely any of them will get students as excited as its newest addition: a 3-D printer. The printer is available for student use and was transferred from the Lower School earlier this year. The Lower School initially purchased the...

GSA Raises Awareness of Asexuality through Ace Awareness Week

GSA Raises Awareness of Asexuality through Ace Awareness Week

Josh Paretzky, Managing Editor, Web
November 27, 2015
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The CESJDS Gay-Straight Alliance held Ace Awareness Week last week in order to help educate the community about asexuality, otherwise known as Ace. “[The week was] to raise awareness for one of the colors, one of the stripes, of the LGBTQ community,” Jewish text teacher and GSA faculty advisor...

Ninth Grade Elections Swayed by Campaign Posters

Ninth Grade Elections Swayed by Campaign Posters

Aliza Rabinovitz, Guest Writer
November 16, 2015
Filed under News

Designing campaign posters proved to be an essential component in the class of 2019’s grade government elections Nov. 4. Interim High School Principal Roz Landy told students to vote for the candidate they believed would work the hardest for the grade. Campaign posters and speeches were alternate wa...

Zman Kodesh starts earlier in accordance with daylight savings

Zman Kodesh starts earlier in accordance with daylight savings

Noah Green, Reporter
November 12, 2015
Filed under News

Students might have noticed something strange regarding last week’s schedule; Zman Kodesh (Z”K) took place at the beginning of the school day rather than after period one. The reason for this, according to structured study hall teacher Brett Kugler, who is also the middle school advisor for the...

War and Civilization class visits Gettysburg Battlefield

War and Civilization class visits Gettysburg Battlefield

Joey Shoyer, Reporter
November 11, 2015
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It is said that the best way to learn is through experience. On Monday Nov. 2, seniors in the the War and Civilization history elective had the privilege of learning about the Civil War on a famous battlefield. These seniors took a full-day field trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania...

Montgomery County Students Advocate for Gay Rights in Response to Westboro Baptist Church Visit

Montgomery County Students Advocate for Gay Rights  in Response to Westboro Baptist Church Visit

Miriam Minsk, News Editor
November 9, 2015
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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a group from Kansas notorious for railing against gays, Jews and others, will be protesting at Churchill High School on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Students had initially organized a counter protest, but the administration forbade them from conducting it d...

Students wear blue to promote bullying awareness

Students wear blue to promote bullying awareness

Rina Torchinsky, Reporter
November 3, 2015
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While October is usually known as breast cancer awareness month, on Thursday Oct. 29, CESJDS students substituted their pink shirts for blue clothing to show solidarity with a national wave of bullying prevention.   Before students stepped through the front doors of school last Thursday, they re...