The Lion's Tale

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...

Opinion: Why it’s important to play multiple sports

Opinion: Why it's important to play multiple sports

Gabe Siegel, Guest Writer

June 12, 2020

In America, kids who generally play a sport at the college and professional level start to focus on playing one sport at some point during their school years. However, middle and high school students should not focus on one sport for the entirety of their teenage years even if they are planning to pl...

Review: “Unorthodox”

Shira Hass plays the emotional role of Etsy in

Lielle Coombe, Guest Writer

June 12, 2020

“Unorthodox” is based on the true, powerful and inspiring story of Devorah Feldman, portrayed through a fictional character Esther "Esty" Shapiro. Esty is a young woman born and raised in a very strict Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn who later escapes seeking more freedom.  After strugg...

Final exams canceled for online learning

Rather than having final exams, JDS high school students had an extra week of classes.

Mark Polin, Guest Writer

June 12, 2020

CESJDS has canceled high school final exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a mixture of thrill and sadness among students. As students struggle through these unprecedented times, there has been a significant amount of uncertainty and stress regarding their education and wellbeing as JDS ...

Opinion: Marching for racial justice amidst a deadly pandemic

Wearing masks as they march through downtown Bethesda, Maryland, peaceful protesters advocate for racial justice in the U.S.

Eitan Malkus, Guest Writer

June 5, 2020

Screams and shouts could be heard through the marching crowds. “Don’t shoot,” some yelled. Others began chanting “black lives matter” as hundreds marched through the streets of downtown Bethesda in a peaceful protest highlighting the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breoanna Tayl...

QuaranTEENed – Summertime Sadness

QuaranTEENed - Summertime Sadness

Addie Bassin and Jonathan Morris

June 2, 2020

Many students at CESJDS look forward all year to attending their sleepaway camps during the summer. With the recent cancelation of most camps, students and their parents are left wondering how they are going to fill their summers, and how this is going to set them behind during the college process....


Jessica Gallo, Opinion Editor

May 14, 2020

To the average teenager, hearing that they don’t need perfect grades to pass a class decreases their motivation to work as hard as they would to get an A. If you only have to do the bare minimum, and no one would ever know, why would you put in the extra time and effort? And if you choose to go above a...


Mark Polin, Reporter

May 14, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CESJDS has resorted to online learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  Schools across the country have been using remote learning for multiple weeks, and upon the beginning of quarter four, Montgomery County Public Schools have switched to a system that ...

Grade governments take initiative during Covid-19 crisis

Grade governments take initiative during Covid-19 crisis

Jessica Gallo, Opinion Editor

May 8, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, CESJDS grade governments have been stepping up to help those in need throughout the community and staying connected during this time.  The junior class grade government recently organized a food drive to alleviate pressures on those who have lost their jo...

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