The Lion's Tale

Finding middle ground

Finding middle ground

Aliza Rabinovitz and Kate Sosland

January 25, 2019


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From multiple bell sounds to academic philosophy, the middle school has had its fair share of change over the past five years. With only three years to complete a grant with high expectations for a developmentally-appropriate middle school, it was a struggle to determine how best to change CESJDS. Sixth-graders...

Guarded

Guarded

Addie Bard and Daphne Kaplan

December 20, 2018


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On Oct. 27, 11 Jews were shot and killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh, Pa. The shooting was “likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States,” the Anti-Defamation League said.   The recent shooting correlates to an increased...

On the job

On the job

Josie Stein, Reporter

October 26, 2018


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On the weekends, junior Davida Goldman can count on one thing: arguing with the same skate coach who constantly complains about the ice on the rink. This is one of the many challenges she faces when working as a secretary at the Cabin John Ice Rink. Goldman is one of an estimated 34 percent of U.S....

Subject to change: The long process behind making CESJDS student and faculty schedules

Subject to change: The long process behind making CESJDS student and faculty schedules

Aliza Rabinovitz, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2018


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Two months into each school year, while students are still adjusting to a new set of teachers, textbooks and assignments, the administration begins building next year’s schedule. Every November, teachers and administration start discussing what courses they will offer and whether there should be...

On the road: commute times vary widely among teachers and students

On the road: commute times vary widely among teachers and students

Alex Landy, Reporter

June 7, 2018


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At the early hour of 5 a.m., middle school Jewish Text teacher Rabbi Marci Aronchick gets dressed and eats breakfast before her lengthy commute from Baltimore to Rockville. Aronchick is one of many CESJDS teachers and students who face extended drives to school each day. Aronchick’s commute generally takes an hou...

All up in smoke: Despite health risks, teens are drawn to Juuling

All up in smoke: Despite health risks, teens are drawn to Juuling

Addie Bard and Kate Sosland

May 30, 2018


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Prom night at CESJDS was cut short for two seniors, a sign that the vaping phenomenon sweeping the nation has hit close to home. While this was the only recorded incident regarding a JDS student vaping, the administration had been aware of the nationwide vaping and Juuling trend, according to High School...

Student-teacher dynamics shape community

Student-teacher dynamics shape community

Irit Skulnik, Reporter

May 4, 2018


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Walking through the halls of CESJDS, students constantly wave and nod to their teachers as they pass them. These interactions exemplify the nature of the relationship between students and teachers at the school. According to Dean of Students Roslyn Landy, JDS has a very relaxed environment, which al...

Free from AP: A look at the school’s AP course policy, how it has changed and how it compares with the nation

Free from AP: A look at the school’s AP course policy, how it has changed and how it compares with the nation

Aliza Rabinovitz and Kate Sosland

March 22, 2018


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Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designed to offer in-depth exploration into subjects of interest and to push forward one’s academic ideas and experiences, according to the College Board, conductor of the AP program. Since the late 1990s, however, CESJDS has decided to not offer the classes in the...

Pencil to paper: Students explore different forms of writing in new class

Pencil to paper: Students explore different forms of writing in new class

Jesse Edberg, Reporter

March 19, 2018


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There is a new English class at CESJDS, one in which students write fiction and poetry instead of essays, and learn to exercise their creative rather than analytical muscles. English teacher Melissa Fisanich has reinstituted the Creative Writing class this semester after the course was on hiatus for th...

Jewish awareness and inclusion month educates on disabilities

Jewish awareness and inclusion month educates on disabilities

Oren Minsk, Reporter

February 14, 2018


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This February marks the tenth annual Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month, and CESJDS joins Jewish organizations around the country for the second year to advocate for individuals with disabilities. Director of Educational Support Services Lenore Layman says that JDAIM is a time to stress the...

Hungry for a healthy diet: Local Jewish eaters, chefs embrace green nutrition trends

Hungry for a healthy diet: Local Jewish eaters, chefs embrace green nutrition trends

Ari Feuer and Rina Torchinsky, Outgoing Editors-in-Chief

January 31, 2018


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Washington, D.C. restaurateur Sara Polon walks into her Takoma Park restaurant Soupergirl and starts preparing her colorful soups. Polon and her staff wake up the stove and mix together their all-natural, vegan ingredients into one of the most popular soups in the D.C. area. Polon, who graduated...