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What the Middle School Capstone Project means to us

What the Middle School Capstone Project means to us

Alec Silberg and Darya Dayanim

March 9, 2020

If you were at CESJDS in middle school, then you probably remember your capstone project at the end of eighth grade. However, what may have seemed like just another project to finish in another humanities class can actually be meaningful if you cared about the cause that you supported. Capstone is a...

Don’t eat at restaurants that donate to discriminatory organizations

Don’t eat at restaurants that donate to discriminatory organizations

Jessica Gallo, Opinion Editor

March 2, 2020

They say if your actions don’t support your words, then change cannot occur. This fall, due to consumer pressure, Chick-Fil-A, the third most popular fast food chain in the country, announced a plan to stop its donations to organizations with anti-LGBTQ policies. As of this year, the chain will no...

Instagram should remove likes and followers altogether

Instagram should remove likes and followers altogether

Eva Bard, Style Editor

February 24, 2020

In late November, Instagram updated its app to hide the total number of likes on a post from one’s followers but left users with the ability to see the number of likes on one’s own posts. The whole concept of having “hidden likes” has changed the Instagram environment to be more care-free and has en...

Are “Snapmaps” good for the world?

Are “Snapmaps” good for the world?

Matan Silverberg, Reporter

February 10, 2020

In the summer of 2017, Snapchat introduced a new feature called Snapmaps that allows users to share their location and follow the location of others. This might seem like just another fun social feature on the popular app, but it has many possible downsides including addiction, exclusion, stalking and even te...

The Iowa Caucuses should be replaced with a normal primary system

The Iowa Caucuses should be replaced with a normal primary system

Mischa Trainor, In-Depth and Design Editor

February 7, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Caucus system should be replaced with a normal primary in order to simplify the process and prevent errors. The Iowa Democratic Caucus, which took place on Monday, is the first contest of the presidential nomination process. The way it is conducted differs from the majority of the cont...

For the sake of the nation, avoid mixing entertainment and politics

For the sake of the nation, avoid mixing entertainment and politics

Matan Silverberg, Reporter

February 5, 2020

A State of the Union speech should be exactly that: an analysis of where we are as a country that includes both the good, the bad and a plan where we need to go to continue to strive for success. However, President Donald Trump’s speech was less of an actual “State of the Union” and more of a r...

Limit how often you look at PowerSchool

Zara Ducker, Reporter

February 3, 2020

I was having a relaxing weekend until  I checked Powerschool on Sunday and saw that one of my grades went down. All of a sudden, my weekend wasn’t so enjoyable.  Like many other schools, CESJDS uses PowerSchool, a grading website that shows students their grades for specific assignments, missing ass...

MCPS rightly works toward reforming school zone redistricting process

MCPS rightly works toward reforming school zone redistricting process

Rochelle Berman, Assistant Copy Editor

January 24, 2020

The Montgomery County Board of Education is looking to change the way they draw school zones to ensure that facilities across the county are being spread equitably, that each school zone is racially and socioeconomically diverse and that students live in close proximity to their schools.  It seems...

Steer clear of rampaging rumors

Josie Stein, Outgoing Features Editor

January 16, 2020

My grade is a class of 85 students. With a class that small, it gets very tempting to immerse yourself in the drama and personal lives of others. Coming from a large, public middle school, this particular aspect of CESJDS was a shock to me. My biggest regret of high school was letting the drama of freshm...

Learning on the course instead of class

Izzy May, Outgoing Opinion Editor

January 16, 2020

There are some things you learn in the classroom, and others you learn on the race course. When I joined cross country in seventh grade, I had no idea the team’s influence would reach all aspects of my life. Now, I encourage everyone to participate in a sport. Cross country is a unique sport in th...

Take eight classes to avoid a work overload

Sabrina Bramson, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

January 16, 2020

From the start of high school, we are programmed to prepare for college. “Participate in every extracurricular activity.” “Get an internship.” “Start studying for the SAT.” “Take the right classes.” But at CESJDS, it’s not just “Take the right classes,” it’s “Take the right nin...

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