The Lion's Tale

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 ...

School Sick: Statewide shutdown shifts academics online

Daphne Kaplan, Mischa Trainor, and Eva Bard

June 8, 2020

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, temporarily halting conventional life across the globe. Following WHO’s declaration, Governor Larry Hogan issued a state-wide shutdown on March 12 that closed non-essential businesses, public buildings and public...

Canceled: Potential recruits stay on top of their game despite losing spring season

Sophia Miller and Adam Drexler

June 8, 2020

With the spring travel and AAU seasons being canceled, many athletes were forced to change their expectations of what the season would entail. These cancellations have caused drastic changes to an athlete’s college recruiting process, as athletes now must primarily rely on communication rather th...

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...

Opinion: Why I choose to stay home during the COVID-19 quarantine

Opinion: Why I choose to stay home during the COVID-19 quarantine

Daniela Abrams, Guest Writer

May 4, 2020

Being stuck at home all day with six siblings can often be tiring. Whether my brother is yelling at me to get him something or my sister needs me to be her source of entertainment, it doesn’t take much for me to get annoyed with them. But as much as I would like to leave my house and bike to my friend...

School hosts virtual assemblies to mark Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Over 250 students, teachers and families joined two virtual assemblies for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Adam Drexler, Features Editor

May 1, 2020

Earlier this week, the CESJDS Upper School held online ceremonies for Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut. Yom Hazikaron is a day of remembrance in honor of fallen Israeli soldiers and civilian victims of terror attacks, and Yom Ha’atzmaut is Israel’s national independence day. Typically, the Upper Schoo...

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