The Lion's Tale

Switch to Schoology brings mixed reactions from community

Junior Shevi Lerner takes notes while watching a video on her computer.

Tal Arber, Reporter

September 14, 2020

Among the many changes students and teachers have had to navigate in distanced learning this school year was CESJDS’ switch from Google Classroom to Schoology.  The change was announced in an email sent to students a week before classes began. The school chose Schoology because it integrates produc...

New students face tougher transition with virtual school

Students appear on a Zoom class on their first day back to school after summer vacation.

Ella Waldman, Reporter

September 11, 2020

Starting at a new school is often quite hard. New students are surrounded by new peers, new teachers and a new environment. But starting at a new school amid the coronavirus pandemic is even harder.  The CESJDS admissions office has been changing its practices to help new students as they face the ...

Berrypicking provides outdoor activity, break from screens during pandemic

Larriland farm is based in Woodbine, Maryland, about 45 minutes north of the CESJDS Upper School campus.

Eliot Rogal, Reporter

September 9, 2020

There are few options for outdoor activities right now, which is why I was very excited to go berry picking with my family this summer at Larriland farm in Woodbine, Maryland.  Berry picking has always been a great thing to do with your family because you get to spend time outside and when you ge...

Students start online craft apparel stores

Olivia Cohen, Guest Writer

September 8, 2020

While quarantining, many students have started businesses to fill their free time, some of the most popular being jewelry and accessory shops. In addition to making money and gaining business skills, some teens have found that running a business has made their overall mood better and added some e...

Final exams canceled for online learning

Rather than having final exams, JDS high school students had an extra week of classes.

Mark Polin, Guest Writer

June 12, 2020

CESJDS has canceled high school final exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a mixture of thrill and sadness among students. As students struggle through these unprecedented times, there has been a significant amount of uncertainty and stress regarding their education and wellbeing as JDS ...

QuaranTEENed – Summertime Sadness

QuaranTEENed - Summertime Sadness

Addie Bassin and Jonathan Morris

June 2, 2020

Many students at CESJDS look forward all year to attending their sleepaway camps during the summer. With the recent cancelation of most camps, students and their parents are left wondering how they are going to fill their summers, and how this is going to set them behind during the college process....


Jessica Gallo, Opinion Editor

May 14, 2020

To the average teenager, hearing that they don’t need perfect grades to pass a class decreases their motivation to work as hard as they would to get an A. If you only have to do the bare minimum, and no one would ever know, why would you put in the extra time and effort? And if you choose to go above a...


Mark Polin, Reporter

May 14, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CESJDS has resorted to online learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  Schools across the country have been using remote learning for multiple weeks, and upon the beginning of quarter four, Montgomery County Public Schools have switched to a system that ...

Grade governments take initiative during Covid-19 crisis

Grade governments take initiative during Covid-19 crisis

Jessica Gallo, Opinion Editor

May 8, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, CESJDS grade governments have been stepping up to help those in need throughout the community and staying connected during this time.  The junior class grade government recently organized a food drive to alleviate pressures on those who have lost their jo...

Teachers offer educational extensions through video chats

Online extension opportunities are being offered by JDS faculty members to enrich student learning. These opportunities range from discussing philosophy to singing.

Ivan Endelman, Sports Editor

May 6, 2020

In an effort to maintain a sense of connection with the CESJDS community amidst the coronavirus pandemic, JDS teachers have offered their unique skills in the form of online extension opportunities.  These classes range from one-time American Idol singing programs to recurring Evening Philosophizing cla...

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