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The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

Due dates may be a thing of the past as work will not be penalized for being late.

Administration introduces new grading policy

Stella Muzin and Nini Panner September 21, 2023

This year, the high school administration is implementing new grading policies in an effort to make the grading evaluations more equitable for students.  The administration established four new grading...

Antisemitic graffiti was found within a mile of Congregation B’nai Israel, CESJDS, Bender JCC and the Ring House on Aug. 27.

Antisemitic graffiti found in North Bethesda

Vivi Ducker, Reporter September 12, 2023

Antisemitic graffiti was found under a bridge in North Bethesda on Josiah Henson Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 27. The vandalized bridge featured a swastika and the message “CLUB ARYAN EXCELLENT” painted...

The school is enforcing the kippot policy for male-identifying students.

JDS makes efforts to enforce kippot policy

Talia Loeffler, Reporter September 12, 2023

This year, the administration is making an extra effort to enforce the school’s kippot policy. Having been neglected largely because of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the school has made the decision to refocus...

Senior Simon Reich builds a makeshift lighthouse at the Madatech science museum. Students on the SciTech program spent much of their time working at the Madatech museum.

Summer in science

Aliza Bellas, Opinion Editor September 8, 2023

This past summer, Israel’s Technion University held a science and technology based summer program for 48 international high school students in Haifa. This group included seniors Nava Feldman and Simon...

Subject to change

Subject to change

Kaylah Goldrich and Ella Waldman September 8, 2023

Several high school courses and programs are getting significant updates this school year. The freshman biology course will now be organized around storylines, the junior Hebrew curriculum will be centered...

Batson takes a stroll in D.C. with her family.

Principal Powerhouse

Ellie Fischman, Managing Editor, Copy September 8, 2023

In her eight and a half years as a science teacher and four years as Upper School STEM Coordinator at CESJDS, Middle School Principal Cassandra Batson has worked face-to-face with students to inform, educate...

Educators finish off their day at Al Ha’esh for dinner.

Jewish history in the making

Simon Albert, News Editor September 8, 2023

As students were out enjoying their summer vacations, teachers and administrators from CESJDS were leading an initiative to better Jewish history education nationwide. In 2019, JDS launched the Center...

Sophomore students attempt the climbing wall at Terrapin Adventures.

JDS students begin school year with service and bonding field trips

Mia Forseter, Reporter September 6, 2023

To conclude the first week of school, high school students had a chance to bond with their grade through adventure type field trips, while middle school students served the community through service field...

CESJDS faculty members came to the National Theater to support Shiri Cohen in the competition.

Junior competes in regional theater competition

Penelope Terl, Reporter June 7, 2023

As junior Shiri Cohen takes the stage at the National Theatre as part of the Brandon Victor Dixon awards, she begins singing “So Long Dearie” from “Hello, Dolly!,” as she had months prior on the...

Protesters stand outside the Israeli embassy on March 26.

Demonstrating for democracy

Lily Rulnick, Features Editor June 4, 2023

This spring, hundreds of people rallied in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judicial reforms. The plan, which Netanyahu...

Freshmen sit in an exhibit room Artechouse, an innovative museum combining art with technology. They also visited the U.S. Botanic Gardens and rode paddle boats at the Tidal Basin.

Lag Ba-Omer fun

Ella Waldman, In-Depth Editor, Director of Social Media June 4, 2023

Junior Rena Katz sits on the grass of the National Mall playing cards with her friends, soaking up the sun and enjoying the break from school. High school students and staff explored the Washington, D.C....

Eighth grade itinerary for their five day trip to Atlanta.

Atlanta adventures

Jonah Beinart, Features Editor June 4, 2023

From May 16 to 21, the eighth grade went on the third annual Bridges Capstone Trip to end their middle school experience. Accompanied by nine of their teachers, the eighth grade visited Atlanta and Montgomery,...

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