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Faculty Remarks - Siyyum 2019
Melissa Fisanich

Members of the Class of 2019, it is a sincere pleasure to have been chosen by your particular class as faculty speaker.  As a grade, you are beloved by the teachers at JDS for qualities you possess that make you very special.  You have always been an easy group to teach. You are an incredibly talented grade, as we’ll hear more about today and Sunday.

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Inclusion and Acceptance: Celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) at CESJDS
Lenore Layman

This month marks the 11th anniversary of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Jewish communal organizations across the country are participating in this month to raise awareness for the rights of individuals with disabilities. 

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Alumni Speaker Remarks – 2019 Graduation
Maya Lieber '12

Picture this: You graduate from JDS. You travel to Israel with all your friends. You are in your freshman year at college, and you land your first summer internship. Summer is here, and it’s your first day on the job, somewhere in Virginia. You’re late because you don’t know where you’re going. You find the place, you are rushing to get there somewhat on time.

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Class of 2019 Senior Walk
Dr. Marc Lindner

In Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of our Fathers, it’s said that we have three names in our lives: The name we are given by our parents. The name we come to be known by.  For you, Class of 2019, maybe this is what’s on the back of your senior jersey. The third name is much more than a name. It’s the essence of who we are, what emanates from us out into the world. It really can’t be encapsulated with just one name or one word. I have some thoughts about how to develop this third name that I’ll share with you now.

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Dean of Students Address - Graduation 2019
Roz Landy

It is always a privilege for me to speak to the senior class at their graduation ceremony, but, because of who you are, this is an especially meaningful year for me. You, Class of 2019, entered the high school with a reputation that made all of us excited to welcome you to the ninth grade. Your lower and middle school teachers spoke about your kindness, your accepting nature, and your willingness to look out for one another.  You had opinions and you were not shy about sharing them, but you always did so with respect and an open mind.

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

The CESJDS Middle School is committed to offering an exceptional program where innovation meets tradition. This past summer our Middle School team took a serious look at our Health and Sex education curriculum. We believed it was time to find new and better ways to engage our students in an important conversation with considerable consequences.

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My Journey with Flexible Seating
Nanci Henoch

I remember exactly when I realized that I needed to make a change in my classroom. It was November of last year. The students were ready for Thanksgiving Break and made sure to show it to me by being overly antsy. I figured it was just the time of year and that after a few days off they would return to a more calm state.

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From Outside In
Julie Hoover

“What does it mean to be Jewish?” I asked my mom. I had just started sixth grade, and my new friend Nancy had told me she didn’t go to church because her family was Jewish. I really liked Nancy. She was adventurous and direct. I hoped that being Jewish was not going to be a problem.

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