The Lion's Tale

Spanish teacher publishes new book

Spanish teacher publishes new book

Sally Rogal, Reporter

October 15, 2018


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After world Languages Department Chair and Spanish teacher Dr. Silvia Kurlat Ares heads home from a long school day, she works late into the night researching, writing and revising academic books and articles. This past August, Kurlat Ares published her second solo book titled “La Ilusión Persisten...

Broadway star Ethan Slater and JDS alum speaks to students

Broadway star Ethan Slater and JDS alum speaks to students

Sophia Miller, Assistant Sports Editor

October 10, 2018


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The atmosphere is hectic on opening night of the new musical, Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical, as the main character Ethan Slater tries to find some calm to get in the right mindset for his Broadway debut. On Oct. 9 Slater, a CESJDS middle school alum spoke to students about his journe...

Administration implements new, more restrictive phone policy

Administration implements new, more restrictive phone policy

Izzy May, News Editor

September 26, 2018


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At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the CESJDS administration implemented a new cell phone policy for all high school students. Before each class period, students are mandated to put any cell phones with them into a makeshift phone rack hung at the back of every classroom. Although cell phones ...

Administration switches school security company

Administration switches school security company

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

September 16, 2018


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There has been a common notice among students, faculty and parents when they enter the building each day: a new face at the security desk. Over the summer, CESJDS administrators decided that the school, both Upper and Lower School campuses, would no longer employ Securitas, the security company that ...

Spanish students explore Argentina

Spanish students explore Argentina

Amelia Davidson and Izzy May

August 28, 2018


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On June 17, ten CESJDS students departed for a week-long trip to Argentina, alongside Spanish teachers Deby Kijak and Dr. Silvia Kurlat-Ares. The group stayed in Buenos Aires, visited various attractions in the city and learned about Judaism in Argentina. This story was featured in the Volume 36, Iss...

Registration, revamped: Four new courses added for 2018-2019 school year

Registration, revamped: Four new courses added for 2018-2019 school year

Matthew Rabinowitz, Assistant Opinion Editor

August 28, 2018


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Hebrew Literature: Hebrew Novel ADV This course, offered to seniors as an alternative to sequentially-leveled classes, is similar to an English course in the sense that students will have the opportunity to analyze different pieces of Hebrew literature, according to High School Principal and Associ...

Administration aims to make new textbook policy convienent, cost-effective

Addie Bard, Managing Editor, Copy

August 28, 2018


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New for the 2018-19 school year, CESJDS will provide school-owned textbooks for the students, which they will use for the year and return in June. This policy is a shift from previous years, when parents were provided a list of all necessary textbooks and materials for classes and purchased them themselves.  ...

Administration reevaluates Zman Kodesh program

Rebecca Weiss, Features Editor

May 30, 2018


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In preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, the CESJDS administration surveyed students, faculty and parents about the current Zman Kodesh program. They will be using the survey results to adjust the Zman Kodesh offerings for the future. The survey was sent out by Director of Jewish Life Stephanie...

Beyond the stress: New club promotes dialogue about mental health

Beyond the stress: New club promotes dialogue about mental health

Irit Skulnik, Reporter

May 30, 2018


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In the past several months, CESJDS students have partnered with the administration to pioneer a Mental Health Awareness Club that aims to end the stigma regarding mental illness. They strive to create a safe space for students suffering from various mental afflictions. Dean of Students Roslyn Landy and...

Finals weight reduced to 10 percent

Finals weight reduced to 10 percent

Sara Sporkin, In-Depth Editor

May 30, 2018


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In a departure from past policy, final exams for CESJDS’ 2017-2018 school year will be worth ten percent of the grade for the year. In previous years, finals were worth 14 percent of the year’s grade. According to High School Principal and Associate Head of School Dr. Marc Lindner, the old policy...

Freshman class discusses ethical dilemmas in NIH trip

Freshman class discusses ethical dilemmas in NIH trip

Matthew Rabinowitz, Reporter

May 18, 2018


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On May 16, the freshman class went on a field trip to the National Institute of Health to learn about bioethics. The trip was jointly planned by biology teacher Kelly Grosskurth and Ethical Dilemmas teacher Paul Blank. Grosskurth credited Blank with coming up with the idea for the field trip. “...