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Despite MCPS change, administration stands pat on finals policy

Despite MCPS change, administration stands pat on finals policy

Addie Bard, Copy Editor
May 24, 2017
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After Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) decided to end finals for the 2016-17 school year, questions arose within the CESJDS community regarding the future of finals. The county chose to get rid of finals in order to maximize instructional time, former school board president Patricia O’Neill...

Middle school principal appointed

Middle school  principal appointed

Amelia Davidson, News Editor
May 24, 2017
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Following a multi-step search process, CESJDS announced that Eliana Lipsky will be the next middle school principal. The appointment came on April 25, three months after Rebecca Weisman, the current middle school principal, announced that she would leave the school after the 2016-2017 school year. Lipsky...

Connection that lasts

Connection that lasts

Aliza Rabinovitz, In-Depth Editor
May 24, 2017
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Now in its 51st year, CESJDS has over 3,000 alumni spread out across the world. This growing network of graduates is continuously engaged through frequent communication and events. There were two recent alumni events. On May 7, West Coast alumni and their families were invited to a meet-up on a beach...

New middle school principal hired

New middle school principal hired

Amelia Davidson, News Editor
May 3, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Following a multi-step search process, CESJDS announced that Eliana Lipsky will be the next middle school principal. This appointment comes three months after Rebecca Weisman, the current middle school principal, announced that she would be leaving the school following the 2016-2017 school year. J...

Pulse of JDS: Yom HaShoah

Pulse of JDS: Yom HaShoah

Rina Torchinsky, Editor-in-Chief
April 24, 2017
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The theater was unusually dark and nearly silent. The only sound that could be heard was the rustling of students’ shoes against the carpet as they looked for their seats. Within a couple minutes, the rustling had ceased and the presentation began. In order to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, ...

A mathematical combination: Administration reshuffles structure of highest math level

A mathematical combination: Administration reshuffles structure of highest math level

Amelia Davidson, News Editor
April 5, 2017
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After many significant academic changes in terms of curriculum and course levelling during the 2016-2017 school year, the CESJDS administration is shifting its focus to updating the math class structure. In an email sent out to JDS parents on March 20, Academic Dean Aileen Goldstein outlined a new...

Local Jewish organizations request security funding

Local Jewish organizations request security funding

Ilan Cohen, Style Editor
April 5, 2017
Filed under News

Following a rise in anti-Semitism across the United States and bomb threats targeting two Jewish centers within the county including the CESJDS Upper School, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has submitted a $225,000 security funding grant request on behalf of multiple Jewish institutions to the Mont...

Middle School seeks new principal

Middle School seeks new principal

Shira Godin, Style Editor
April 5, 2017
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Following Middle School Principal Rebecca Weisman’s announcement to the CESJDS community that she is stepping down, the faculty has begun searching for a replacement. After a three year tenure as middle school principal at JDS, Weisman’s decision to resign after the 2016-2017 school year was made...

Students, families to serve community on Families in Action Day

Students, families to serve community on Families in Action Day

Matthew Lawrenz, Guest Writer
March 30, 2017
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Around 700 to 800 volunteers are expected to participate in CESJDS’ annual Families in Action Day on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Families can engage in a variety of activities that will help local and even international communities in need. Parent Association President Sue Longman has been leading an act...

In response to bomb threat, community members hold “Bagels not Bombs” rally

In response to bomb threat, community members hold “Bagels not Bombs” rally

Ari Feuer, Rina Torchinsky, Isaac Silber, and Addie Bard
March 1, 2017
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Around 50 community members gathered Wednesday morning, March 1, in the parking lot outside Moti’s Market to rally against the recent bomb threats and other acts of anti-Semitism in the Jewish community. The rally, titled “Bagels not Bombs,” was organized by Jewish community members Esther Schrader and ...

CESJDS receives bomb threat, no explosive found

CESJDS receives bomb threat, no explosive found

Ari Feuer, Rina Torchinsky and Isaac Silber
February 27, 2017
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On Monday, Feb. 27, at 9:22 a.m., CESJDS received an automated bomb threat over the phone. After a police investigation, no evidence of any explosive device was found and school activities were not disrupted. High School Principal and Associate Head of School Marc Lindner was informed of the threat a...