The Lion's Tale

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. “...

CESJDS Athletic Director arrested on sexual abuse charges

CESJDS Athletic Director arrested on sexual abuse charges

Aliza Rabinovitz and Kate Sosland

May 1, 2018


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May 1, CESJDS Director of Athletics and Summer Programs Mike Riley was arrested and charged with sexual abuse offenses for a “sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student” in 1984-1985, according to a release by the Montgomery County Police Department. The investigation, which began on April 20, ...

Film spreads awareness about anxiety

Film spreads awareness about anxiety

Matthew Rabinowitz, Reporter

May 1, 2018


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In response to the rise in anxiety among teenagers, high school students watched “Angst,” a movie that illustrates the pressures and stresses of being a teenager. IndieFlix’s “Angst” came out in May of 2017 and documents the struggles that many high schoolers deal with due to their anxiety....

College guidance counselor plans to leave at end of school year

College guidance counselor plans to leave at end of school year

Izzy May, News Editor

April 27, 2018


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Last week, students and parents were notified by email that Dorie Ravick, a CESJDS college guidance counselor of seven years, will be leaving JDS at the end of this school year. Ravick is planning to finish off the year by completing the juniors’ recommendation letters and then she will transfer to t...

Congressman Jamie Raskin presents to Progressive Club

Congressman Jamie Raskin presents to Progressive Club

Sophia Miller, Reporter

April 11, 2018


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On Tuesday, April 10 during Community Time, Congressman for Maryland's 8th Congressional District Jamie Raskin visited CESJDS and spoke to the Progressive Club about the current political climate and his experiences in Congress. See the infographic below for a student and faculty responses to his presentation. ...

March for Our Lives in pictures

March for Our Lives in pictures

Kate Sosland, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2018


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Lessons beyond the classroom: Faculty begins brain science workshops

Oren Minsk, Reporter

March 22, 2018


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As a new professional development initiative, CESJDS is partnering with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School to educate teachers about applying brain science to teaching and learning. During the spring and summer of 2018, JDS faculty will be participating...

Spanish Department heads south: Administration confirms educational trip to Argentina for summer 2018

Sophia Miller, Reporter

March 22, 2018


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This summer, nine CESJDS students will travel to Argentina for a one-week trip to Buenos Aires. This trip is meant to give students cultural exposure and teach them what Jewish life is like in a Latin American country, according to Spanish teacher and World Languages Department Chair Silvia Kurlat Ares. On...