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

Earlier this year I was honored to join fifteen other Jewish day school leaders as part of the eleventh cohort of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI). We represent a wide array of school administrator roles - Principals, Heads of School, and Directors - who are all relatively new to the role of their current senior leadership position.

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

I was impressed with Ms. Westover’s writing ability and found myself absorbed in her story.  While her life experience includes extreme hardships that I do not wish upon any others and is, hopefully, foreign to all members of our community, it does touch on a number of points that are pertinent to the educational program in our high school.

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Middle School Culmination Ceremony 2019 Address - Dr. Eliana Lipsky
Dr. Eliana Lipsky

The Class of 2023 is and will always be the first CESJDS middle school class in what has become a thriving and strong middle school. As the first 6th graders here at the upper school you were initially disappointed about waiting until 8th grade for your grade trip, which was totally worth it! We also know that sometimes being the first made you feel a bit like guinea pigs.

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