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New Middle School Phone Policy Sparks Controversy

New Middle School Phone Policy Sparks Controversy

Kate Sosland, Guest Writer
December 22
Filed under News, Showcase

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
Filed under News, Showcase

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
Filed under News, Showcase

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
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
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
Filed under News

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
Filed under News, Showcase

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
Filed under News, Showcase

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...

Q&A with alumnus Stephen Krupin

Q&A with alumnus Stephen Krupin

Carol Silber, Editor-In-Chief
November 2
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

Alumnus Stephen Krupin, who has previously worked as chief speechwriter for Secretary of State John Kerry, director of speechwriting on President Obama’s re-election campaign, and chief speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, spoke with The Lion's Tale when he visited CESJDS as part of ...

Students React to Recent Terror Attacks in Israel

Students React to Recent Terror Attacks in Israel

Gabe Krantz, Reporter
October 29
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Many CESJDS students wore blue and white clothing on Monday, Oct. 19 to show support for Israel during the current wave of terrorist attacks devastating the country. The initiative was sparked by a Facebook event created by Hebrew Academy sophomore Eliana Lebson. The event, whose description read “...

CESJDS Sophomores and Juniors Take PSAT

CESJDS Sophomores and Juniors Take PSAT

Ari Feuer, Reporter
October 27
Filed under News

With the fall holidays finally over, CESJDS students are just starting to get back into the usual routine. However, for sophomores and juniors, a monkey wrench was thrown into this acclimatization: Wednesday’s PSAT. Sophomores and juniors across the country take the PSATs, which are created by th...

Founders’ Day Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Founders’ Day Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Arielle Weinstein, News Editor
October 27
Filed under News, Showcase

Just as the building seemed emptied of students, last night the halls were yet again buzzing with activity. The cardo had flooded with current and former faculty members, alumni and parents of students that attended CESJDS in its earliest years as a school, all greeting each other and embracing enthus...