The Lion's Tale

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

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

Jessica Gallo, Reporter

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 are a valuable part of a student’s education, teaching them skills and information...

True colors

True colors

Sabrina Bramson and Oren Minsk

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 of homosexuality in America, which rose by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016, according to the Pew Re...

Finding middle ground

Finding middle ground

Aliza Rabinovitz and Kate Sosland

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...