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Take the road less traveled: Combat political polarization

Take the road less traveled: Combat political polarization

Editorial Staff
October 10
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

You know that it’s Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. This election, however, is about more than just the candidates’ names. It is about education, healthcare, the economy and many other issues that are troubling our country. As students, many of whom will be voting in the coming years, it is our res...

A day in the life of math teacher Andrew Goldman

A day in the life of math teacher Andrew Goldman

Andrew Goldman, Guest Columnist
October 10
Filed under Features, Guest Column

6:05 a.m. Alarm goes off. 6:06 a.m. Backup alarm goes off. Acknowledge, once again, that one of my resolutions this year was not to use the snooze button. Tomorrow, maybe. Put on some “Discover Weekly” and slump out of bed. 6:40 a.m. Tie or bowtie? Blue laces or black? Trick question — always...

Athletes kneel as a way to stand tall

Athletes kneel as a way to stand tall

Daniel Baumstein, Guest Columnist
October 10
Filed under Guest Column, Opinion

As Americans, we take great pride in our country and have many ceremonies to show our patriotism. We get easily offended if anyone questions America’s greatness, but sometimes questioning and even protesting is necessary to progress as a country. Such is the case with the relatively new practice of a...

Calling all pinball wizards

Calling all pinball wizards

Miriam Minsk, Editor-in-Chief
August 30
Filed under Opinion, Style

Since VÜK’s May opening in Bethesda, Md., authentic New Yorkstyle pizza and pinball are only a short drive away from the Upper School campus. VÜK is located on St. Elmo Avenue, in the slightly older part of Bethesda. It’s a small restaurant, seating 64 people, and is filled with bright neon sign...

A lion’s travels: Expanding horizons

A lion’s travels: Expanding horizons

Ben Shrock, Editorial Cartoonist
August 30
Filed under Opinion

This summer, I went to Costa Rica on a three-week community service trip through a company called West Coast Connections. I hadn’t gone on any sort of teen tour or a trip like that before, and I was really excited to have the opportunity to do something new. The experiences exceeded my expectations....

Seven grades, one building, still united

Seven grades, one building, still united

Editorial Staff
August 30
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Whether it be sharing teachers, classrooms or a cafeteria, we have never felt a large separation between the middle school and high school until this year, and despite new changes this year, there is no reason to let this separation increase. This year, the high school and middle school are essential...

Learning on the job

Learning on the job

Shira Godin, Reporter
August 30
Filed under Opinion

Summer hasn’t been my favorite season for a long time. I’ve always associated it with hot weather, bugs, my friends leaving for summer camp and the stress of not knowing what to do with two months of freedom from school. After realizing sleepaway camp was not for me, my summers usually consisted of ...

Junior reflects on personal battle with depression and recovery process

Junior reflects on personal battle with depression and recovery process

Yona Levitt, Guest Columnist
June 1
Filed under Guest Column, In-Depth, In-Depth, Opinion

This past fall, I battled major depression and suicidal thoughts. For the first six weeks of my depression, I had not told anybody about my troubles, only making the depression worse and more dangerous. It is unclear to me as to why I thought this, but I was positive that I would die on Oct. 28, 2015...

Facing the stigma together through social media

Facing the stigma together through social media

Editorial Staff
June 1
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we might expect to find our various social media feeds filled with information and posts on mental health. Unfortunately, a quick scroll through Twitter or Facebook will show just the opposite: an uncanny silence regarding mental health and the seriousness of th...

Cutting out conformity through fashion

Cutting out conformity through fashion

Talia Cohen, Guest Columnist
June 1
Filed under Guest Column, Opinion

Walking through the halls of CESJDS are hundreds of individuals, and yet at first glimpse they all mix together. There is a sea of Lululemon leggings, maroon Brandy Melville T-shirts and white low-top Converse shoes. This does not inherently look like a problem, but it becomes one when teens feel li...

The problem with Maryland’s new drunk driving law

The problem with Maryland’s new drunk driving law

Gabe Krantz, Opinion Editor
June 1
Filed under Opinion

It is no secret that many people drive after consuming alcohol, but the new Alex and Calvin’s law does not help solve this major problem. Especially given the grave circumstances in which it was inspired, it fails to address a main cause of teen drunk driving: the adults who supply the alcohol. Dru...

Restaurant review: Zoës Kitchen

Restaurant review: Zoës Kitchen

Shira Godin, Reporter
April 4
Filed under Opinion, Style

Zoës Kitchen has always been a go-to restaurant for my family. Being 10 minutes away from my house it is convenient as well. With its modern decor and fast service, Zoës Kitchen has never let me down. The food at Zoës Kitchen is created based on a Mediterranean-style menu. The menu consists of d...