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The Lion's Tale

Lt. Col. Avi Levi presents on the Israel Air Defense System.
JDS hosts speakers from Israeli Embassy
Mia Forseter, Sports Editor • May 22, 2024

Following Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut, CESJDS invited three speakers from the Israeli embassy to further inform students about Israel and...

Joe Vogel speaking out to the community. Photo from
It takes a village
Adam Salomon, Reporter • May 22, 2024

While, door-to-door campaigning, Junior Rafi Seigel knocks on the door of a family household in Maryland’s sixth district, asking them to vote...

Sophomore Oliver Silver teaches his grandparents what hes been learning in math this year.
Dor L' Dor Day
Gila Safra, Reporter • May 22, 2024

Summer vs. winter
Summer vs. winter
Eliana Abrams and Maya GreenblumMay 20, 2024

Lions hold up banner after defeating Sandy Spring in the championship.
Varsity softball wins championship two years in a row
Tyler Portnoy, Reporter • May 19, 2024

Crack. The bat hits the ball and sophomore Carrine Shemesh sprints towards first base as sophomore Eliana Wolf crosses the plate, scoring the...

The baseball team has two managers who can be found at the majority of the baseball teams games, Jordan Levy (‘24) and junior Josh Berl.
All bases covered: managers support the baseball team
Vivi Ducker, Features Editor • May 17, 2024

When in attendance at any of the CESJDS varsity baseball team’s games this year, next to the players on the bench, the baseball team managers....

Beyond the classroom: the benefits of writing center and math lab

Stella Muzin
High school english teacher Melissa Fisanich helps her student with an upcoming assignment.

Sitting at my desk frustrated, I couldn’t think of any ways to improve my essay. Then, I remembered that I had a unique resource at my figure tips: writing center. I have learned that it is important to take advantage of the academic support that CESJDS provides because the teachers are there to help you with your work. 

Having to figure out ideas for writing assignments, and solve problems for math can often be daunting. Whenever I go to either math lab or writing center, I know that the teachers there will be willing to help me work through my assignment, whether it be a math problem or an essay.

Both the writing center and math lab have been around for over 30 years, with the range of people in each one per day fluctuating from about five students to as many as 30. 

Teachers from the math and English departments have a system of how they split up the days they are in writing center and math lab. Additional teachers, like those from the history department, will come to the centers when they know their students have a big assignment or test coming up so they can provide additional assistance. 

Many English and math teachers spend their lunch times going to writing center and math lab in order to make themselves available for students. However, there is no point in them giving up their time if students don’t take that opportunity to get help. 

JDS students are so lucky that they have access to these amazing tools, and utilizing them is extremely beneficial

— Lindsey Shapiro

I suggest that JDS students take advantage of these unique environments, as it can help alleviate their academic stresses and is a convenient solution. The teachers dedicate their break time to helping us therefore we should utilize the academic support

Since JDS is a relatively small school, students have the additional advantage of getting to know their teachers on a more personal level. Students can build deeper connections with teachers, making it easier for teachers to understand their students’ challenges.

A large number of public schools in the area do not have math labs or writing centers, and even if they do, they are led by peer tutors. While it can be nice to have other students look over your work, they often have less experience and do not know exactly what the teacher is looking for in the assignment. Having teachers who know the curriculum can be more beneficial.

Even if public schools were to have the same academic support system as JDS, the schools are much larger. Therefore, it’s harder for teachers to form as many personal relationships with students, so it is harder for them to understand the specific person and the kind of help they need.

However, at JDS teachers work closely with others in their department, and are usually somewhat familiar with the curriculum of other teachers in their department. Even if you are not working with your own teacher, they will still be able to help you because they know the type of project or assignment you are doing.

JDS students are so lucky that they have access to these amazing tools, and utilizing them is extremely beneficial. It is so rewarding to know that you took initiative to get the help you need, and we are lucky to have teachers willing to help their students with this.

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Lindsey Shapiro
Lindsey Shapiro, Reporter
Stella Muzin
Stella Muzin, Editor-in-Chief
Stella Muzin is eager to continue her work on Lion’s Tale as Editor-in-Chief after previously serving as Arts and Entertainment Editor. She's excited to continue designing spreads, editing articles and working with the rest of the staff. Outside of the newspaper, Stella is on the JDS Debate team and Swim team and is the president of the Political Discussion Club. In Stella’s free time you can find her binging reality TV or spending time with her family and friends. She's looking forward to a year of growth and improvement for the Lion’s Tale and can’t wait to be a part of it.  

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