The Lion's Tale

Opinion: Switch to Schoology brought unnecessary change

Sophomore Zara Ducker views her classes dashboard on Schoology.

Zara Ducker, Reporter

September 21, 2020

As CESJDS started the school year remotely, the school decided to transfer from Google Classroom to a new system called Schoology. The system is very different from the previous service, Google Classroom, and many students believe that the transition has been very confusing and was unnecessary.  The s...

Review: Tatte Bakery amazes with diverse menu

Tatte Bakery offers a wide array of both entree-type meals and baked goods.

Jonathan Morris, Features Editor

September 17, 2020

Tucked in D.C.’s West End between George Washington University and Rock Creek Park, sits a picturesque bakery and cafe with Israeli influence. Tatte (rhymes with latte) is a bakery and cafe founded by Israeli Chef Tzurit Or. Alongside standard fare like croissants, sandwiches and salads, you ...

Review: Hailee Stenfield’s new extended play record, “Half Written Story”

Hailee Steinfeld has released a new extended play record.

Taylor Polonsky, Guest Writer

September 16, 2020

Hailee Steinfeld pulled our heartstrings with her new extended play record (EP), “Half Written Story.” The first half of the two-part project is raw and unveiled with her feelings around her most recent relationship and how it ended. The second half, which will be released at the end of the summ...

Opinion: A deep dive into the tracking application Life360

Life360 is a mobile app that allows users to track certain devices of friends or family.

Ivan Endelman, Sports Editor

September 15, 2020

As a teenager becoming increasingly independent, the fact that my parents have the ability to track my every move can sometimes be unnerving, but that sense of discomfort is rare due to the trust I have in my parents. Overall, Life360 has a beneficial effect on families across the globe.  Life360 ...

Switch to Schoology brings mixed reactions from community

Junior Shevi Lerner takes notes while watching a video on her computer.

Tal Arber, Reporter

September 14, 2020

Among the many changes students and teachers have had to navigate in distanced learning this school year was CESJDS’ switch from Google Classroom to Schoology.  The change was announced in an email sent to students a week before classes began. The school chose Schoology because it integrates produc...

Opinion: JDS should start composting

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Gabi Simon, Reporter

September 11, 2020

As I open the lid of my compost bin, the sweet smell of fresh dirt and rotting produce wafts into the air. Deep in its dark depths, fungi, worms and other bugs thrive, eating their way around the bin. In less than a year, I will move the buildup of organic soil into my garden to feed my plants, savin...

New students face tougher transition with virtual school

Students appear on a Zoom class on their first day back to school after summer vacation.

Ella Waldman, Reporter

September 11, 2020

Starting at a new school is often quite hard. New students are surrounded by new peers, new teachers and a new environment. But starting at a new school amid the coronavirus pandemic is even harder.  The CESJDS admissions office has been changing its practices to help new students as they face the ...

Berrypicking provides outdoor activity, break from screens during pandemic

Larriland farm is based in Woodbine, Maryland, about 45 minutes north of the CESJDS Upper School campus.

Eliot Rogal, Reporter

September 9, 2020

There are few options for outdoor activities right now, which is why I was very excited to go berry picking with my family this summer at Larriland farm in Woodbine, Maryland.  Berry picking has always been a great thing to do with your family because you get to spend time outside and when you ge...

Students start online craft apparel stores

Olivia Cohen, Guest Writer

September 8, 2020

While quarantining, many students have started businesses to fill their free time, some of the most popular being jewelry and accessory shops. In addition to making money and gaining business skills, some teens have found that running a business has made their overall mood better and added some e...

Slideshow: Students return to school online

Slideshow: Students return to school online

Rochelle Berman, Assistant Copy Editor

September 4, 2020


Give summer reading books a chance

Junior Mira Beinart reads her history summer reading book in a hammock.

Eva Bard, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 4, 2020

Sure, summer reading can seem annoying to some. Homework over the summer is never an appealing idea, but the little effort it takes to read a book will actually benefit your participation and understanding of the course as a whole. Though reading one book can be quite helpful, too much summer readin...

One Size Fits Small? A look into Brandy Melville’s sizes and their effects on teens

Talia Sporkin, Guest Writer

June 12, 2020

Since its founding in 1970, Brandy Melville has become one of the most trendy and fashion-forward stores for teenage girls. Known for its pleasing aesthetic, California vibe and muted color scheme, Brandy Melville has deemed its customers “Brandy girls.”  Many CESJDS students frequently shop at Bran...

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