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Profile of new Jewish history teacher Julie Tonti

Profile of new Jewish history teacher Julie Tonti

Adam Drexler, Features Editor

February 20, 2020

Imagine having to wake up at 3 a.m. to research a Holocaust-related question from a student as well as new material from three different curriculums every night, and then coming to school bright and early the next morning to teach the newly-learned material to five high school classes. For new Jewish ...

Two eighth-graders win JDS middle school spelling bee contest

Two eighth-graders win JDS middle school spelling bee contest

Sophie Kaplan and Maya Preuss

February 12, 2020

The tension rose throughout the theater as the 24 contestants in the middle school spelling bee trickled down to just two. The spelling bee took place on Feb. 11 during the middle school elective periods.  Each middle school class first held a spelling contest where the top two to three participants ...

Aquaponics tank brings STEM into the cafeteria

Aquaponics tank brings STEM into the cafeteria

Tal Arber, Reporter

January 21, 2020

At the start of the school year, the kitchen staff decided to incorporate the school’s STEM program by placing an aquaponics tank in the cafeteria. The two tanks simultaneously support three fish and grow a mixture of broccoli, radish and non-GMO salad blend. When fully grown, the kitchen staff uses t...

‘Tis the (prom) season

‘Tis the (prom) season

Josie Stein, Outgoing Features Editor

January 16, 2020

Students and faculty have recently witnessed several “prom-posals” throughout the halls, marking the end of the seniors’ year and the beginning of prom season. While CESJDS prom is traditionally held in late January, the meticulous planning process starts at the beginning of the school year. Dean o...

Meet the Accafellas: Senior boys form a capella group

Meet the Accafellas: Senior boys form a capella group

Matthew Rabinowitz, Contributing Editor

January 16, 2020

A group of eight senior boys came back from their Shabbaton with a new calling: singing in their new a cappella group, the Accafellas. “For the longest time, we’d been thinking, ‘Hey, what’s a way to spice up our grade? We’re kind of boring,’” Accafella member senior Arieh Fischtal sa...

Video: Kosher Conundrum: Off-Campus Eating

Video: Kosher Conundrum: Off-Campus Eating

Addie Bassin, Guest Writer

January 9, 2020

Updated note: the CESJDS Food Services Director is Erick Gilbert. The video mistakenly refers to him as Eric. The mistake first appears at minute 2:27.

Last-minute holiday gift ideas

Last-minute holiday gift ideas

Josie Stein, Features Editor

December 18, 2019

This post has been updated to correct photo errors.

Transfer from local Catholic school explores Jewish identity at JDS

Transfer from local Catholic school explores Jewish identity at JDS

Sophie Kaplan, Reporter

December 9, 2019

Traveling up to an hour-and-a-half every morning to go to school may sound inconvenient, but compared to her negative experiences at a Catholic school, it is quite appealing. That is according to sophomore Olivia Needelman, who recently transferred to CESJDS. Needelman left a Catholic high school in Pri...

New, popular app TikTok draws large youth audience

New, popular app TikTok draws large youth audience

Jonathan Morris, Reporter

December 6, 2019

With one billion active users, TikTok--the number one most downloaded app on the Apple App Store--is the latest social media craze that has captivated teens and adults alike. Rebranded from Musical.ly, TikTok is comprised of short looping, whimsical and often musical videos. TikTok is most popular among teens as 66% of...

Seriously into squirrels: New science teacher’s research paper goes viral

Seriously into squirrels: New science teacher’s research paper goes viral

Mark Polin, Guest Writer

November 21, 2019

On a cold Ohio morning in 2015, Oberlin College student Emma Lucore pulled a little red wagon full of equipment through town to research squirrels. Little did she know that her research would make her a media sensation a few years later just as she was starting her teaching career at CESJDS in 2019. Luc...

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