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JDS mandates teachers to get vaccinated

JDS mandates teachers to get vaccinated

Rochelle Berman and Jonah Beinart February 11, 2021

A new policy by CESJDS mandates that all teachers (with exceptions of special circumstances) must receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This policy went into effect recently and teachers are...

Landy sent out an email to families of seniors at 11:54 a.m. on Friday announcing that the Capstone Israel Trip would be delayed.

Senior Israel trip delayed

Daniela Abrams, News Editor February 7, 2021

The Irene and Daniel Simpkins Israel Capstone Trip was delayed on Friday after Israeli cabinet officials made the decision to extend the lockdown on Ben-Gurion Airport until Feb. 20. Alexander Muss High...

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors begin to attend in-person school twice a week.

Entire high school attends in person school after the graduation of the class of 2021

Jared Schreiber, Reporter February 4, 2021

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are now able to learn together on-campus for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. The decision to have all three grades return to campus together, which began on...

Applying to college in a pandemic: Seniors adjust to changes in application process during COVID-19

Netanya Shaffin, Reporter February 1, 2021

In most years, the day after a student reads an acceptance letter, they can run into the college counseling office to share their excitement and happiness with their college counselor. This year, they...

The Class of 2020 and their counselors in Israel last year before they got sent home due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

COVID-19 heavily impacts the Capstone Israel Trip: New safety precautions are added including a 14-day quarantine, fewer seniors attend the trip

Rochelle Berman, Incoming Managing and Copy Editor February 1, 2021

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the senior Class of 2021 is preparing to go on their Irene and Daniel Simpkins Israel Capstone Trip in a different manner than ever before. After the Class of 2020 was sent...

Sophomore Jonah Gross prepares to take a test.

Tests: To adapt or maintain? – High school departments reevaluate how to assess students during the pandemic

Jared Schreiber, Reporter February 1, 2021

During distance learning, all departments have had to evaluate whether the assessments they typically administer are the best methods of assessing students’ abilities virtually. Some departments have...

Attendees were given the opportunity to write and share poems at the end of the event

[email protected] event provides opportunity for members of community and others to share personal stories

Nini Panner, Reporter January 26, 2021

CESJDS welcomed speakers from around the world this weekend to speak on resilience and their personal struggles at the [email protected] event with 150 guests virtually attending. The three hour event gave...

Marra Gad sharing her story as a biracial Jew in Thursday's assembly.

Award winning author, speaker and producer Marra Gad joins JDS assembly

Lielle Coombe, Reporter January 19, 2021

Award-winning author, speaker and producer Marra Gad shared her story of growing up in the late 1900s as a biracial Jewish woman during Thursday's high school assembly. Gad was adopted into a White...

Dr. Lisa Vardi will become High School Principal on July 1. She is currently the Bullis School's Director of Teaching and Learning.

JDS selects new high school principal for coming school year

Matthew Rabinowitz and Aaron Gallo January 13, 2021

Head of School Rabbi Mitch Malkus announced Monday that Dr. Lisa Vardi will be the next high school principal starting July 1. Vardi was chosen out of three finalists after months of community discussions,...

New Purple Line expected to open in 2024 that will extend from Bethesda to New Carrollton, Md.

Purple line expansion into Bethesda will allow for faster commutes

Eitan Malkus, Assistant Opinion Editor January 8, 2021

The ambitious Purple Line expansion of the Washington Metro is set to resume construction after Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved a $250 million legal settlement on Dec. 16. The board unanimously...

Rioters with flags march toward the Capitol Building early afternoon on Jan. 6.

Miles from JDS campuses, Capitol Building invaded by pro-Trump rioters

Daphne Kaplan and Rochelle Berman January 6, 2021

Mere miles from the CESJDS campuses, thousands of rioters breached the gates of the Capitol building during the electoral college vote certification around 2 p.m. today. In response, Washington Mayor...

CESJDS families joined together to celebrate Hanukkah with several virtual events including candle lighting.

JDS celebrates Hanukkah through virtual events

Lincoln Aftergood, Reporter December 18, 2020

This week, CESJDS has hosted a slew of virtual events to celebrate Hanukkah and bring the community closer together through various activities. The Zoom calls included activities in which participants...

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