The Lion's Tale

CESJDS embraces new movement to encourage kindness during Kislev

CESJDS embraces new movement to encourage kindness during Kislev

Matthew Rabinowitz, Assistant Opinion Editor

December 4, 2018


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Throughout the Jewish month of Kislev, CESJDS has embraced a new initiative called #kislevisforkindness, which encourages kind acts during the month that includes Hanukkah. Announced by Director of Jewish Life Stephanie Hoffman during Kabbalat Shabbat two weeks ago, JDS has showcased the movement...

School targets mouse problem

School targets mouse problem

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

November 30, 2018


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A mouse appeared in the high school wing of the Upper School campus a few weeks ago, and this past week, mice have been spotted around the building multiple times. According to Upper School Facilities Administrator Bill Belke, the main reason for mice appearing in the school is that it is getting...

STEM day introduces students to jobs and field applications

STEM day introduces students to jobs and field applications

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

November 21, 2018


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High school students had a day dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math on Wednesday, Nov. 21, where they listened to speakers from different fields present on their work and its different applications. A few weeks before, students were given a list of speakers and could request three...

School and community address Pittsburgh hate crime

School and community address Pittsburgh hate crime

Daphne Kaplan, Assistant Features Editor

November 4, 2018


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“When good things happen we come together to celebrate, and when bad things happen we come together to support one another,” Associate Head of School and High School Principal Marc Lindner said on Monday during a school-wide assembly, two days after the horrific hate crime at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pi...

New art requirement draws controversy

Izzy May and Matthew Rabinowitz

October 26, 2018


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A new graduation requirement mandates that students, starting with the current freshman class, obtain 10 arts credits.  These credits can be earned in different ways, including taking arts classes at CESJDS, taking out-of-school music lessons, being a part of or attending a school production and vi...

Test policy gets makeover

Test policy gets makeover

Shira Godin, Style Editor

October 26, 2018


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A new high school test-taking policy prohibits teachers from answering content-based questions during assessments. The administration crafted this policy after being approached by faculty members. Academic Dean Aileen Goldstein noticed an increasing trend in students getting hung up on asking questions...

Lead found in water outlets: administration responds to results of school’s water tests

Lead found in water outlets: administration responds to results of school’s water tests

Alex Landy, Copy Editor

October 25, 2018


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An email sent by Head of School Rabbi Mitchel Malkus this afternoon announced that after testing a total of 266 sources of water in both campuses in accordance with a new Maryland law, a total of four non-drinking water outlets contained elevated lead levels. Both campuses sampled all of their water out...

Spanish teacher publishes new book

Spanish teacher publishes new book

Sally Rogal, Reporter

October 15, 2018


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After world Languages Department Chair and Spanish teacher Dr. Silvia Kurlat Ares heads home from a long school day, she works late into the night researching, writing and revising academic books and articles. This past August, Kurlat Ares published her second solo book titled “La Ilusión Persisten...

Administration implements new, more restrictive phone policy

Administration implements new, more restrictive phone policy

Izzy May, News Editor

September 26, 2018


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At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the CESJDS administration implemented a new cell phone policy for all high school students. Before each class period, students are mandated to put any cell phones with them into a makeshift phone rack hung at the back of every classroom. Although cell phones ...

Administration switches school security company

Administration switches school security company

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

September 16, 2018


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There has been a common notice among students, faculty and parents when they enter the building each day: a new face at the security desk. Over the summer, CESJDS administrators decided that the school, both Upper and Lower School campuses, would no longer employ Securitas, the security company that ...