The Lion's Tale

My journey from MCPS to JDS

My journey from MCPS to JDS

Josie Stein, Guest Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

My backpack was meticulously organized. I carefully selected my outfit and laid it out the night before. As I walked through the main doors, I was both eager and anxious. It was my first day of freshman year at a completely new school.  I transferred to CESJDS in 2016 after attending Eastern Mid...

New definition of activism: path of understanding

New definition of activism: path of understanding

Kate Sosland, Editor-In-Chief

August 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In a field of unkempt grass that seemed to go on forever,  I stood hand in hand with my black and Jewish peers singing freedom songs. I was in Anniston, Ala., honoring the Freedom Riders’ bravery. There was nothing next to us except a sign that indicated that this was the site of the bombing of a...

Teenagers are not ready to vote

Teenagers are not ready to vote

Oren Minsk, Reporter

June 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Political polarization and teenage activism have both become increasingly common in the US today, which raises the question of whether the federal voting age should be lowered to 16. The cities of Takoma Park and Hyattsville, MD, have already done so for municipal elections, prompting a discussion of wheth...

Should Zimriyah continue to be a competition?

Should Zimriyah continue to be a competition?

Sabrina Bramson and Tali Kuperberg

May 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Below are two responses to the following prompt: Zimriyah lets students celebrate Israel's independence through a competition; however, many believe it distracts from the purpose of Yom HaAtzmaut. Should Zimriyah continue to be a competition? Features Editor Sabrina Bramson believes that Zimriyah ...

Arab-Israeli Conflict class should be required

Arab-Israeli Conflict class should be required

Ilana Kaplan, Reporter

May 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Whether we realize it or not, going to a Jewish school inherently isolates many of us from exposure to negative and hateful speech surrounding Israel. When we leave the confines of the school, both before and after graduation, we must learn to effectively advocate our beliefs through informed and constructive...

Students must stand to make the most of our brains

Students must stand to make the most of our brains

Editorial Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Human bodies ascend to their physical peaks during adolescence, the same time the mind becomes more sophisticated and refined. As a critical stage of human development, the teenage years should be among the most active periods in a person's life. Yet today’s average teenager is as sedentary as a...

The ups and downs of CESJDS’ GPA system

The ups and downs of CESJDS’ GPA system

Matthew Rabinowitz, Reporter

May 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As a new student at CESJDS with little prior knowledge of Hebrew, I have to take ECP level Judaic classes because many require higher levels of Hebrew. All academic classes at JDS, including Judaics classes, are graded on a four-point GPA scale for the ECP level and five-point scale for the advanced level, s...

From student to faculty: Math teacher Robbie Shorr reflects upon his years at CESJDS

From student to faculty: Math teacher Robbie Shorr reflects upon his years at CESJDS

Robbie Shorr, Guest Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A lot has changed about CESJDS recently, but I’m going to explain something that has remained constant since my high school days at JDS until my return this year as a math teacher. (And, no, I don’t mean the fantastic cafeteria cookies. That’s an article for another time.) Since I started at th...

Should students have been able to walk out for gun control without academic penalty or missing class?

Should students have been able to walk out for gun control without academic penalty or missing class?

Reilly Lowell and Ari Gershengorn

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Below are two responses to the following prompt: On March 14, CESJDS allowed participation in a school walkout for gun control in response to the shooting in Parkland, Fla. Should students have been able to walk out without academic penalty or missing class? Guest Columnist Reilly Lowell believes that ...

Audiobooks are worth the listen

Audiobooks are worth the listen

Ilana Kaplan, Reporter

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

From the moment we wake up to the second our heads hit the pillow at night, we rely on our eyes to observe and absorb information more than any other sense.  By the time we sit down to complete assigned school readings, our eyes are exhausted, worsening our visual processing and ability to physically...

It is our generation’s time to lead change

It is our generation’s time to lead change

Editorial Staff

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As students who are too young to vote, it’s easy to feel closed off from the world of politics. Even though we can follow local and national news, form opinions and debate with peers, our voices often feel futile in a political landscape dominated by adults. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas...

Stand in solidarity

Stand in solidarity

Josh Diewald, Reporter

February 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, hundreds of high school and middle school students in the Montgomery County area staged walkouts from their schools on Wednesday, Feb 21, to show support for gun control laws. Students from Richard Montgomery High School...