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Head of School Circle Celebration reaches more people with virtual event

CESJDS celebrates its annual Head of School Circle Celebration over livestream with speeches from alumni and a performance by Shir Madness.
November 19, 2020

For the first time online, CESJDS held its annual Head of School Circle Celebration on Wednesday. This event celebrates the success of the past alumni and the lessons JDS has taught them that influence...

Shir Madness participates in charity event

Shir Madness and Hooshir, a college a cappella group they partnered with, host a virtual concert for nonprofit Main Street.
November 6, 2020

CESJDS’ a cappella group Shir Madness held a virtual concert over Zoom for the nonprofit group Main Street on Nov. 4. The event’s purpose was to bring the Main Street members closer together by sharing...

CESJDS kindergarten and Gurim in full swing for hybrid learning

Kindergarten students learn at the Lower School while wearing masks and remaining socially distant.
October 30, 2020

Since the beginning of the year, kindergarten and Gurim students have been going to school in-person, five days a week. There are more than 60 Gurim and kindergarten students who are at school in-person. Laura...

CESJDS resumes in-person activities

Dance team, like many other athletics has resumed in-person practices.
October 22, 2020

Since the beginning of the school year, all CESJDS sports and certain clubs have held practices and meetings on school grounds so that students can interact in person.  Dean of Students and Interim...

New resources allow for more opportunities during distance learning

New resources are being provided to students this year during distance learning. Ceramics student Lindsay Shell used school given art supplies for her assignments.
October 8, 2020

In an attempt to make online classes feel more interconnected between students and teachers, CESJDS has invested in many new online resources for specific departments.  It can be hard for students...

CESJDS to begin transition to hybrid learning

Plexiglass placed in main office and around school as a safety precaution with the return of in-person learning.
October 5, 2020

Head of School Rabbi Mitch Malkus announced that CESJDS will begin to transition from distance learning to hybrid learning at the end of October in an email he sent on Oct. 1.  The Lower School and...

CESJDS Receives National Blue Ribbon School Award

In 2020, CESJDS was named a National Blue Ribbon School. The award is given to schools that show academic excellence and success.
October 5, 2020

On Sept. 24, Head of School Rabbi Mitchel Malkus announced that CESJDS was officially recognized as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. JDS was one of only 50 independent schools in the U.S. that were...

Montgomery County revises Covid-19 religious services policy

Participants pray in a socially distanced communal gathering outside.
September 30, 2020

Montgomery County will now allow religious facilities to reopen for indoor services for up to 40% occupancy as of September 22. This restriction follows the previous rule of one participant per 200 square...

Switch to Schoology brings mixed reactions from community

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

Final exams canceled for online learning

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

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