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Principals Perspective (June) - Rabbi Matthew Bellas
Rabbi Matthew Bellas

While I am not the type of STAR WARS fan who dresses up in costume to go to each film in the theater (though I did always try to go in the first week for the last several movies) or be a major trivia buff, I really enjoy the STAR WARS collection.  And if you were to ask me who my favorite character is, and this was true even before the Class of 2027 chose its quote, I would have to say YODA. 

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Principal's Perspective (May) - Dr. Eliana Lipsky
Dr. Eliana Lipsky

Shavu-ot is that beautiful moment in our Jewish calendar when we celebrate both our love of learning and dedication to one another as a community. At JDS, we capture these feelings daily through our core values of Torah L'shmah/Learning for the sake of learning and Kehillah/Community. Students, families, and faculty alike were, and still are, sorely disappointed that we could not run our 8th Grade Capstone trip to the South.

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Principal's Perspective (May) - Dr. Marc Lindner
Dr. Marc Lindner

The Class of 2020’s theme for their Siyyum is Rabbi Hillel’s famous dictum from Pirkei Avot, 1: 14: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when?  In keeping with their theme, I’ll speak about doing for ourselves, doing for others, and how those two actions can be connected.  To begin, allow me to share a story.

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Principal's Perspective (April) - Dr. Eliana Lipsky
Dr. Eliana Lipsky

There are a multitude of reasons why families choose to send their children to CESJDS. The one that is most present in my mind right now is that we share an intense commitment to engaging our students in a values-based curriculum that promotes social justice. We promote these ideas by including Tikkun Olam/Repair the World in our core values and devoting an entire student outcome to being an ethical, responsible, and compassionate global citizen in our portrait of a graduate

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Principal's Perspective (February) - Dr. Marc Lindner
Dr. Marc Lindner

The Class of 2020’s theme for their Siyyum is Rabbi Hillel’s famous dictum from Pirkei Avot, 1: 14: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when?  In keeping with their theme, I’ll speak about doing for ourselves, doing for others, and how those two actions can be connected.  To begin, allow me to share a story.

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Faculty Remarks - Siyyum 2020
Natalie Levitan

Congratulations, Class of 2020! I feel honored to be here today on behalf of the faculty, to celebrate you and your accomplishments. It's done! The papers, tests, debates, all of it….Yes, sometimes at 3 am, but regardless, it all got done. So today, my friends, is a great day to pause and reflect upon what has occurred over your time here at JDS. Siyyum marks the culmination of your studies. It is a time to acknowledge the hard work you have put into your classes, your extracurriculars, your community.

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Principal's Perspective (January) - Dr. Eliana Lipsky
Dr. Eliana Lipsky

There are a multitude of reasons why families choose to send their children to CESJDS. The one that is most present in my mind right now is that we share an intense commitment to engaging our students in a values-based curriculum that promotes social justice. We promote these ideas by including Tikkun Olam/Repair the World in our core values and devoting an entire student outcome to being an ethical, responsible, and compassionate global citizen in our portrait of a graduate

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Principal's Perspective (January) - Dr. Marc Lindner
Dr. Marc Lindner

As a high school faculty, we spend a lot of time talking about teaching and learning. There are always improvements to be made and different approaches to consider. At the center of many of our conversations is metacognition. The Merriam Webster definition of metacognition is, “awareness or analysis of one’s own learning or thinking processes.”

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Reflections on the High School STEM Conference
Mischa Trainor, Grade 10

I attended three different sessions during the High School STEM Conference. All of the sessions allowed me to explore my interests in the STEM field, and connect what I have been learning in my classes to the real world. During my first session of the STEM conference I heard from Chaim Kirby who is a principal software engineer. Mr. Kirby works on developing software to make the medical field more efficient, including disease outbreak tracking applications.

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Why We Still Teach Algebra II and Other Legacy Math Subjects
Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, Dr. Marc Lindner, and Reuben Silberman

A recent Washington Post perspective article argues that Algebra II and, perhaps, Calculus should be removed from high school math curricula across the country because students won’t likely use the topics in those courses. In their place, the author suggests that courses on big data or statistics would be most relevant to their future needs.

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Rochelle Berman (Grade 10) gives her reflection on last week’s parsha, Vayera
Rochelle Berman

I read an article recently by John Pavlovitz about his experience at the grocery store the day after his father passed away. Since it was so hard for him to keep himself together, he was rude to some fellow customers, which was these strangers’ only interaction with him. Some random guy was treating them disrespectfully, so they could only assume that he acted in a rude and ill-tempered way all the time. No one knew that his father had just passed away, so this was their only idea of who he was.

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Principals Perspective (November) - Rabbi Matthew Bellas
Rabbi Matthew Bellas

What is gender inclusion education, you may ask?  It is a program of learning that engages students, staff, families, and the community with topics such as gender stereotyping, understanding gender as “binary” or “non-binary”or “spectrum,” and engaging with terms such as “gender identity” and “gender expression.” 

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