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New middle school principal hired

New middle school principal hired

Amelia Davidson, News Editor
May 3, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Following a multi-step search process, CESJDS announced that Eliana Lipsky will be the next middle school principal. This appointment comes three months after Rebecca Weisman, the current middle school principal, announced that she would be leaving the school following the 2016-2017 school year. J...

Make America green again

Make America green again

Kate Sosland, Features Editor
May 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“I can’t believe I’m protesting for reality,” said the sign held proudly over my head during the People’s Climate March. I attended this march on Saturday, April 29, with hopes of bringing more attention to a pressing issue. On the 100th day of President Donald Trump’s administration...

“13 Reasons Why” prompts discussion, reflection

“13 Reasons Why” prompts discussion, reflection

Rina Torchinsky and Kate Sosland
April 28, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Style

“13 Reasons Why,” a new series on Netflix, is provoking dialogue among students, parents and the administration. This 13 episode series is about a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. Before she does, however, she leaves behind tapes intended for the 13 people who she blames for endi...

Pulse of JDS: Yom HaShoah

Pulse of JDS: Yom HaShoah

Rina Torchinsky, Editor-in-Chief
April 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The theater was unusually dark and nearly silent. The only sound that could be heard was the rustling of students’ shoes against the carpet as they looked for their seats. Within a couple minutes, the rustling had ceased and the presentation began. In order to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, ...

Pretty, but not tasty, in pink

Pretty, but not tasty, in pink

Jessie Lehman, Sports Editor
April 22, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Style

Starbucks is selling the Unicorn Frappuccino through Sunday, April 23. Lion's Tale reviewer Jessie Lehman shares her impression of the drink in this interactive visual review. Mouse over the dots to see what Lehman thought of different aspects of the drink. ...

Around the rink with speed

Around the rink with speed

Isabelle May, Guest Writer
April 7, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

At 6 p.m. every school night, freshman Ava Fradlin-Ryan sets aside her homework, laces up her skates and puts on her skinsuit, and is out on the ice with the rest of the Potomac Speedskating Club until 9:30 p.m. With much encouragement, and shouting, from coach Simon Cho, Fradlin-Ryan trains five days a...

Students, families to serve community on Families in Action Day

Students, families to serve community on Families in Action Day

Matthew Lawrenz, Guest Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Around 700 to 800 volunteers are expected to participate in CESJDS’ annual Families in Action Day on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Families can engage in a variety of activities that will help local and even international communities in need. Parent Association President Sue Longman has been leading an act...

All peachy with middle school musical

All peachy with middle school musical

Sabrina Bramson, Reporter
March 22, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Style

Dressed in a puffy pale vest and armed with colorful maracas, eighth-grader Drew Sadikman, the Earthworm, brought the house to roaring laughter as he sang “Plump and Juicy” to the seagulls. This was a standout scene in the middle school production of "James and the Giant Peach Jr." The story,...

In response to bomb threat, community members hold “Bagels not Bombs” rally

In response to bomb threat, community members hold “Bagels not Bombs” rally

Ari Feuer, Rina Torchinsky, Isaac Silber, and Addie Bard
March 1, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Around 50 community members gathered Wednesday morning, March 1, in the parking lot outside Moti’s Market to rally against the recent bomb threats and other acts of anti-Semitism in the Jewish community. The rally, titled “Bagels not Bombs,” was organized by Jewish community members Esther Schrader and ...

Boys varsity basketball wins championship

Boys varsity basketball wins championship

Jessie Lehman and Devira Friedman
February 27, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

The CESJDS boys varsity basketball team won the PVAC championship on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Wootton High School in Rockville by a score of 76-65 in a game that was a lot closer for most of its duration than the final score shows. Take a look at how the Lions did it and how they celebrated. ...

CESJDS receives bomb threat, no explosive found

CESJDS receives bomb threat, no explosive found

Ari Feuer, Rina Torchinsky and Isaac Silber
February 27, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On Monday, Feb. 27, at 9:22 a.m., CESJDS received an automated bomb threat over the phone. After a police investigation, no evidence of any explosive device was found and school activities were not disrupted. High School Principal and Associate Head of School Marc Lindner was informed of the threat a...

Lions, meet Hoyas

Lions, meet Hoyas

Jessie Lehman, Sports Editor
February 17, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

The middle school girls basketball team laced up their shoes for the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship against the Washington Waldorf Knights at 4 pm on Feb. 13. The team, coached by Upper School Learning Specialist Brett Kugler, may have lost this game 17-32, however, throughout the season ...