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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...

Jewish awareness and inclusion month educates on disabilities

Jewish awareness and inclusion month educates on disabilities

Oren Minsk, Reporter

February 14, 2018

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

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...

Anatomy elective fleshes out body structure and function

Anatomy elective fleshes out body structure and function

Aliza Rabinovitz, In-Depth Editor

October 25, 2017

In one classroom, students will stand at lab tables with dissection tools beside them and a rabbit in front of them. Anatomy and physiology is a semester-long class offered only to seniors. It has been taught by Head Athletic Trainer Jessica Matula for the past four years and its lessons encompass...

Enrollment decline shakes up house of coins

Enrollment decline shakes up house of coins

Ari Feuer and Kate Sosland

October 20, 2017

The 2008 recession was a leap off of a very tall cliff for the entire U.S. economy. As millions of people lost their jobs and livelihoods, private schools like CESJDS took a big hit. In the decade from 2004 to 2014, a decade marked by the recession, private school enrollment in the Washington, D.C. area...

Mind over matter: Psychology offers glimpse of human behavior

Mind over matter: Psychology offers glimpse of human behavior

Izzy May, Reporter

September 26, 2017

Come December, tri-fold boards will decorate the shelves of the Levitt Library, each one portraying a different mental illness and listing several celebrities that might have it. Seniors are able to participate in this project if they choose to take psychology, a semester-long course in human behavior. For...

Even in face of tragedy, chain remains unbroken

Even in face of tragedy, chain remains unbroken

Isaac Silber and Rina Torchinsky, Managing Editor, Copy and Editor-in-Chief

August 29, 2017

When a student’s grandparent dies, the school typically helps students mourn the loss by reaching out to the family and being lenient about homework deadlines. But there was no  precedent for a student death in the Upper School until this past school year when seventh-grader Senesh Magill died sudde...

Under the same roof: Pluralism in the community

Under the same roof: Pluralism in the community

Addie Bard and Aliza Rabinovitz

April 5, 2017

Since ancient times, the population of what is now approximately 14 million Jews has been divided into many denominations. This variety of denominations can make it difficult to find a place that is accepting and open to all. Pluralism can be found throughout the Jewish community and is one of CESJDS’...

Turn off the lights: Facing climate change

Turn off the lights: Facing climate change

Aliza Rabinovitz, In-Depth Editor

February 14, 2017

In months typically associated with an onslaught of snow days, students walk into school without winter jackets. January 2017 brought with it a local record of 19 days in a row above freezing. In their recent unit on conservation, the sixth grade touched upon this phenomenon and the worldwide warming...

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