The Lion's Tale

Switch to Schoology brings mixed reactions from community

Junior Shevi Lerner takes notes while watching a video on her computer.

Tal Arber, Reporter

September 14, 2020

Among the many changes students and teachers have had to navigate in distanced learning this school year was CESJDS’ switch from Google Classroom to Schoology.  The change was announced in an email sent to students a week before classes began. The school chose Schoology because it integrates produc...

Slideshow: Students return to school online

Slideshow: Students return to school online

Rochelle Berman, Assistant Copy Editor

September 4, 2020


Final exams canceled for online learning

Rather than having final exams, JDS high school students had an extra week of classes.

Mark Polin, Guest Writer

June 12, 2020

CESJDS has canceled high school final exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a mixture of thrill and sadness among students. As students struggle through these unprecedented times, there has been a significant amount of uncertainty and stress regarding their education and wellbeing as JDS ...

Teachers offer educational extensions through video chats

Online extension opportunities are being offered by JDS faculty members to enrich student learning. These opportunities range from discussing philosophy to singing.

Ivan Endelman, Sports Editor

May 6, 2020

In an effort to maintain a sense of connection with the CESJDS community amidst the coronavirus pandemic, JDS teachers have offered their unique skills in the form of online extension opportunities.  These classes range from one-time American Idol singing programs to recurring Evening Philosophizing cla...

School hosts virtual assemblies to mark Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Over 250 students, teachers and families joined two virtual assemblies for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Adam Drexler, Features Editor

May 1, 2020

Earlier this week, the CESJDS Upper School held online ceremonies for Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut. Yom Hazikaron is a day of remembrance in honor of fallen Israeli soldiers and civilian victims of terror attacks, and Yom Ha’atzmaut is Israel’s national independence day. Typically, the Upper Schoo...

Lindner to leave after this school year

High School Principal and Associate Head of School Dr. Marc Lindner sits at his desk to work. After four years at JDS, Linder is leaving to be the head of school at a Jewish day school in Los Angeles.

Matthew Rabinowitz, Managing Copy Editor

March 26, 2020

High School Principal and Associate Head of School Dr. Marc Lindner will be leaving CESJDS after this school year to be the head of school at Los Angeles’ Sinai Akiba Academy. At the start of this school year, Lindner and his wife started discussing how the distance between Washington, D.C. and ...

Class of 2020 capstone trip cut short by coronavirus

Members of the Class of 2020 pose for a final photo in the late afternoon before leaving for the U.S. Many of them were up since 2 a.m. to cherish their final day together.

Matthew Rabinowitz, Managing Copy Editor

March 24, 2020

The CESJDS capstone trip was cut short due to U.S. fears that Israel would shut its borders and lock the alumni in Israel.  JDS alumni on their capstone trip were woken up at 3 a.m. IST on March 15 to emails from their parents giving them permission to board a privately-chartered jet home to the ...

Principals host Zoom call for parents on coronavirus updates

CESJDS parents were sent the above email to join a virtual conversation on upcoming steps for the school in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eva Bard, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 23, 2020

CESJDS principals held a school-wide Zoom call for 300 JDS parents from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. The meeting addressed questions and concerns raised by parents about the future of the school year during the pandemic.  High School Principal and Associate Head of School Dr. Marc Lindner began t...

Fears of coronavirus causes JDS, statewide school closure for nearly two weeks

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, schools across Maryland will be closed for a nearly two-week period, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday afternoon. CESJDS is amongst those closing.

Sophie Kaplan, Style Editor

March 12, 2020

This afternoon, the administration sent an email to parents announcing that in accordance with all Maryland public schools, CESJDS will be closed from March 16 until March 27. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the statewide order for public schools in a press conference this afternoon.  The novel ...

Juniors start new outdoor nature club

Juniors Jacob Svoysky and Jack Weitzner recently started a new outdoor nature club.

Oren Minsk, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Juniors Jacob Svoysky and Jack Weitzner recently started a nature club that goes on hikes outside of school and is meant to be a place for students to relax. “There were no clubs that embraced nature and gave an opportunity to relax from the stresses of life in the natural environment,” Svoysky...

AMHSI cancels Eastern Europe portion of senior capstone trip due to coronavirus

With the Eastern Europe portion of the trip cancelled, students on the senior capstone trip will have more time to hike and explore Israel's nature.

Matthew Rabinowitz, Managing Editor, Copy

March 4, 2020

The Alexander Muss High School in Israel has canceled the CESJDS Class of 2020’s senior capstone trip to Eastern Europe due to the Israeli Ministry of Health banning Israeli teen travel to Poland in light of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  “There are many teen groups in Israel … so this is affecting...

Netanyahu leads in third Israeli elections in past year

Israeli voters headed to the polls for the third time in the past year in the midst of a political stalemate over control of the Knesset and Prime Ministership.

Tal Arber, Reporter

March 3, 2020

With 99.5 percent of the votes counted, Likud party leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory Monday night as it was projected that he would gain more seats in the Knesset than his opponent from the Blue and White party, Benny Gantz.  In the third election in Israel within the p...

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