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Why standardized tests are harmful to students as they enter the real world

Why standardized tests are harmful to students as they enter the real world

Lincoln Aftergood, Reporter

November 8, 2019

In the past few weeks, CESJDS sophomores and juniors have taken the practice SAT and ACT tests to familiarize themselves with what will become critical components of the college admissions process. While this is a common practice across the country, standardized tests should be reevaluated to see wh...

Should Jews celebrate Halloween?

Should Jews celebrate Halloween?

Adam Drexler, Reporter

October 31, 2019

Within the Jewish community, there are many different beliefs about celebrating Halloween. A significant number of American Jews choose not to celebrate Halloween, as it originated from ancient Pagan tradition. However, I believe that American Jews should be able to celebrate Halloween, as it is an exciting...

Suicide prevention is needed every month, not just once a year.

Suicide prevention is needed every month, not just once a year.

Daphne Kaplan, In-Depth and Design Editor

October 23, 2019

In a politically polarized country, it is routine to advocate passionately for a cause when tragedy strikes, and then forget about the issue in the following weeks. It is also too common for individuals to be so consumed by their everyday lives that they minimize the intensity of calamities, such as shooting...

Why the NCAA should embrace paying their athletes

Why the NCAA should embrace paying their athletes

Tal Arber, Reporter

October 17, 2019

A revolutionary change is coming to collegiate sports as California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the “Fair Pay to Play” Act on September 30. I support this legislation because I believe that if colleges are using athletes to promote their name, image and popularity, these players should receive co...

Should President Trump Be Impeached: Pro vs. Con

Should President Trump Be Impeached: Pro vs. Con

Mischa Trainor and Ava Fradlin Ryan

October 11, 2019

Sophomore Mischa Trainor, Pro: I believe that Congress should pursue the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump because our government is responsible for pursuing justice and upholding the values of democracy. An anonymous government worker (whistleblower) accused President Donald Trump of withholdi...

We must pursue impeachment to protect democracy

Mischa Trainor, Assistant Sports Editor

October 7, 2019

I believe that Congress should pursue the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump because our government is responsible for pursuing justice and upholding the values of democracy. An anonymous government worker (whistleblower) accused President Donald Trump of withholding almost $400 million in a...

Stand for what you stand on

Stand for what you stand on

Eva Bard, Reporter

October 4, 2019

The arctic is predicted to experience its first ice-free summer by 2040. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Now, the lives of animals and humans are endangered every day. This is why I and over four million people around the world and I skipped class and work on Sept. 20 to attend ...

A New Wave of Education: Student takes online oceanography

Ryan Bauman, Guest Writer

October 4, 2019

The recent addition of Virtual High School (VHS) courses to the CESJDS curriculum has become extremely popular. The VHS courses are classes that students can register to take online during school hours. Last year, these online classes were fully booked, with some kids even trying to switch in from their...

Editorial: Trump declares disloyalty in Jewish Democrats

Editorial: Trump declares disloyalty in Jewish Democrats

Editorial Staff

October 4, 2019

In a press conference in the Oval Office this past August, President Trump stated that American Jews who vote for Democrats in elections show a “lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” To any rational person, not only is this statement grossly inaccurate, but it also actively grants violent, antise...

Why middle school students should have to take P.E.

Why middle school students should have to take P.E.

Lincoln Aftergood, Reporter

September 23, 2019

When I was in middle school, P.E. was a required, semester-long class that you needed to take in order to get sports credits each year. Now, middle-schoolers are no longer required to take P.E. each year. Instead, they can obtain their credits through participation on sports teams. However, I believ...

Why cursing is much worse than you think

Jessica Gallo, Reporter

September 16, 2019

During a typical five minute passing period, I head to my next class and walk through at least five conversations where I hear my friends and peers cursing, not out of anger or frustration, but out of habit like it’s no big deal.  When I was younger, I almost never heard anyone swear. When I wa...

9/11 needs more recognition

9/11 needs more recognition

Sabrina Bramson, Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2019

When I walked into school, it seemed like any other Wednesday. I was greeted at the door by familiar faces. I said good morning to the guard on duty. I saw the morning announcements on the white board at the front of the school. I walked to the alcove to put my backpack away. And I headed to my Zman K...

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