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After spending the season working on routines, the dance team filmed their final performance to be shown at Kabbalat Shabbat.

Dance team thrives during the pandemic, expanding from a winter only sport to a year round one

Gili Schisterman, Guest Writer February 24, 2021

Through difficult circumstances, the CESJDS high school dance team has used team practices as a way to stay connected with their friends and classmates through distance and now hybrid learning. Although...

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Two females join JDS wrestling team

Sophie Kaplan and Sasha Karasik February 17, 2021

For the first time in CESJDS history, there are two new female members of the varsity wrestling team. Although wrestling is typically a male-dominated sport, strides of progress are being made as sophomore...

Without any parties to attend, many families got creative with their Super Bowl meals.

Without big parties, Super Bowl watchers had to find new ways to make the game fun

Max Schwartz, Reporter February 10, 2021

Although Super Bowl LV was still played amidst the pandemic, many had to watch and enjoy the game differently than they normally would. Many who would have previously held large super bowl parties had...

Three seniors make athletic collegiate commitments

Tal Arber, Reporter February 1, 2021

Next year, three students from the class of 2021 will continue their athletic careers as collegiate athletes. Through hard work and dedication, the students have been able to pursue their goal of competing...

A fresh start for Washington football: Pressure and protest over allegedly racist name leads to team’s rebranding

Max Schwartz, Reporter February 1, 2021

Amid a racial awakening in the U.S. due to the protests following the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Washington’s NFL team chose to drop the “Redskins”...

Sophomore Jonah Gross watches a baseball game from home with no fans in the crowd.

With limited fans, sports games just aren’t the same

Harry Davidson, Assistant Copy Editor January 28, 2021

Throughout the past year, all the major American sports leagues have undergone drastic changes in the presentation of their sports games, including banning or limiting fans from attending games. The absence...

Freshman Shani Schwartz shoots a free throw at a basketball game.

PVAC cancels winter sports competitions, forcing sports teams to shift focus

Nini Panner, Reporter January 19, 2021

The Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) has officially canceled winter sports, but winter teams will continue practice through the end of February without league competitions. The winter sports offered...

Freshman Yaeli Greenblum swims laps during practice.

JDS sports give students a sense of community during pandemic

Elliot Rogal, Reporter December 24, 2020

After a long day of virtual learning, freshman Yaeli Greenblum goes to the school building for track. She then socializes with friends before starting her warmup. Since the pandemic limited social interactions,...

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard took part in protests of police brutality over the summer.

Sports leagues, players advocate for social justice reform

Ivan Endelman, Features Editor December 7, 2020

Sparked by the brutal deaths of Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and George Floyd, sports leagues have begun using their platforms to advocate for social justice. While individual players have advocated for...

Wizards select Israeli Deni Avdija in the 2020 NBA draft

Wizards select Israeli Deni Avdija in the 2020 NBA draft

Ivan Endelman, Sports Editor November 24, 2020

Teenage basketball phenom Deni Avdija will become the second Israeli to play in the NBA this upcoming season, after being drafted to the Washington Wizards as the ninth pick.  Avdija, who is only 19...

Upper School STEM Coordinator Cassandra Batson takes a selfie with her dog while taking a break during a home yoga session.

How teachers are working out

Sophia Miller, Sports Editor November 17, 2020

“I workout or go for a run every morning before school starts. At first, it was a lot harder [to fit in a workout during quarantine] because I used to go to a gym, … but once I made it a routine it...

Athletic trainer Victoria Simonetti wraps a student's wrist with elastic tape.

Profile: New JDS athletic trainer Victoria Simonetti

Tal Arber, Reporter November 9, 2020

Victoria Simonetti joined the CESJDS community as the new head athletic trainer and anatomy teacher at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. She previously worked at Richard Montgomery High School...

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