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School Sick: Statewide shutdown shifts academics online

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...

Is shalom hello or goodbye? Alumni make own choices about practicing Judaism

January 16, 2020

As alumna Beyla Bass (‘19) sat and prayed in a Conservative synagogue, she looked down at her new bumblebee tattoo, and realized that it did not make her any less Jewish. Many CESJDS alumni, like Bass,...

Checks and balances: Are students prepared for the financial responsibility that comes with adulthood?

November 21, 2019

Many private school students are given ample academic opportunities and are taught to prioritize their school work over earning their own money through after school jobs. Their parents may give them hefty...

Do Good Diploma: Graduation Requirement Encourages Students to Serve Community

Do Good Diploma: Graduation Requirement Encourages Students to Serve Community
October 4, 2019

In accordance with CESJDS' core values as well as Maryland graduation requirements, high school students are required to fulfill 80 hours of community service over the course of their four years. This...

Academic Epidemic

August 27, 2019

High school students continue to find ways to break CESJDS’ academic honesty policy in order to brighten their transcripts to compete in today’s hyper-competitive college admissions process. JDS...

That’s so extra: Students shift gears after the bell rings

That's so extra: Students shift gears after the bell rings
May 23, 2019

The school day doesn’t end at 3:45 and neither does the learning: student life is just beginning. Students spend their afternoons pursuing all sorts of activities that they are passionate about. Extracurriculars...

True colors

True colors
Acceptance of LGBT community increasing across the country, JDS
March 15, 2019

The percentage of Americans who identify as LGBT has grown since 2013 and was 4.5 percent in 2017, according to a Gallup poll. This growth of the American LGBT community coincides with a growth of acceptance...

Finding middle ground

Middle school students work on their art projects in Art and Design, one of their six elective options.
A look at the middle school five years after being reimagined
January 25, 2019

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...

Guarded

Guarded
Local Jewish communities cope with the Pittsburgh attack
December 20, 2018

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...

On the job

On the job
October 26, 2018

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...

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
August 28, 2018

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...

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

June 7, 2018

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...

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