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Time to rethink class discussions

Time to rethink class discussions

Jacob Sher, Guest Colmunist

October 26, 2018

Elementary school, middle school, high school, college. What do they all have in common? Lunchtime and class discussions. Whether it’s discussing the solution to the bicycle chain problem in geometry or analyzing Jack’s character development in “Lord of the Flies,” every class takes on this critical...

A smarter way to learn Hebrew

A smarter way to learn Hebrew

Editorial Staff

October 26, 2018

Five years ago, CESJDS invited the organization Hebrew at the Center to audit its Hebrew language program. After visiting teachers’ classrooms, reviewing the curriculum and interviewing faculty, Hebrew at the Center’s experts shared a report with recommendations for the school. JDS considered...

Find a place for homecoming at our school

Find a place for homecoming at our school

Josie Stein, Reporter

October 25, 2018

Over the past month or so, my Instagram feed has been bombarded with photos of beaming girls with corsages and hunky dates. You guessed it: It’s homecoming season. For many high school girls in the U.S., the first two months of school are spent adjusting to a new year of classes while also drea...

Community Time should be prioritized as a free period for students

Community Time should be prioritized as a free period for students

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

October 20, 2018

Often times, I find myself in an assembly during Community Time instead of completing schoolwork, attending a club, meeting with a teacher or socializing, which makes me wonder why my Community Time is being taken away. I would personally rather miss a few minutes of each class for an assembly, instead ...

The meaning of Hispanic Heritage Month for a student with strong Peruvian roots

The meaning of Hispanic Heritage Month for a student with strong Peruvian roots

Naomi Jaray, Guest Writer

October 12, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate Hispanic culture and heritage in the United States. Though this month is not widely celebrated, it is very important to be recognized in schools and organizations such as CESJDS. I appreciate how the school incorporates Hispanic culture and spirit into the nor...

New cellphone policy takes a positive spin

New cellphone policy takes a positive spin

Alex Landy, Copy Editor

October 7, 2018

The administration recently implemented a brand new policy that mandates all students to place their cellphones in containers in the back of each classroom or in their locker in for the duration of the class period. Since the very beginning of the new school year, I have heard mixed opinions from peers...

Presumption of innocence must be upheld in Kavanaugh hearing

Presumption of innocence must be upheld in Kavanaugh hearing

Sara Sporkin, In-Depth Editor

September 28, 2018

Montgomery County teenagers should care about sexual assault, but to direct anger at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is misguided. I should begin by saying that I believe Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was honest. There is no doubt in my mind that Ford...

As Montgomery County high-schoolers, we need to speak out against Kavanaugh

As Montgomery County high-schoolers, we need to speak out against Kavanaugh

Amelia Davidson, News Editor

September 27, 2018

On Thursday, Sept. 27, Christine Blasey Ford got up in front of Congress and once again publicly accused Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, of sexually assaulting her at a party in Montgomery County when they were in high school. Since Ford first spoke out in mid-September, she has received bo...

As US turns away refugees, we must take a stand

As US turns away refugees, we must take a stand

Editorial Staff

August 28, 2018

After World War II, the United States faced a moral crossroads. In 1933, the Roosevelt administration had refused to allow a ship with 900 Jewish refugees to dock at American shores, instead sending it back to Germany. In the same year, Congress ignored a bill that would have admitted an additional 20,000...

My journey from MCPS to JDS

My journey from MCPS to JDS

Josie Stein, Guest Writer

August 28, 2018

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

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

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...

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