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Principals Perspective (June 2024) - Ms. Cassandra Batson
Ms. Cassandra Batson

As we approach the end of the 2023-2024 school year, I have been reflecting on my first year as the Middle School Principal here at CESJDS. Though I have been at this school since February 2016, this past year was by far the most eye opening as a leader. There were obstacles and challenges that I never anticipated - with the biggest being on October 7.

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Principals Perspective (May 2024) - Dr. Lisa Vardi
Dr. Lisa Vardi

We have an extraordinary array of artistic interest and talent in the CESJDS High School, one that is pointedly cultivated by our dedicated arts faculty who provide numerous opportunities to engage in the arts inside and outside the classroom. In a difficult year filled with loss, sadness, and uncertainty, the arts have provided space for students to express themselves.

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Excerpts from CESJDS Board President Remarks - Graduation 2024
Ayala Nuriely Kimel

Class of 2024, together, this entire community, has created, year by year, the beautiful mosaic of your memories. 

And for so many of you, it is that moment when you stood proudly at the Israel rally in November 2023, yelling to the world that the hostages have to be brought home, and mesmerizing the crowd of 300,000 people during the largest pro-Israel gathering in U.S. history, by loudly singing, and dancing, shoulder-to-shoulder, SO PROUDLY “Am Israel Hai.” Such a powerful moment that made all of our hearts burst with pride, love, and nahas!!!

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Principals Perspective (January 2024) - Dr. Lisa Vardi
Dr. Lisa Vardi

Ms. Levitan and I wanted to engage our students in questions of civic responsibility, what they must do, and collective obligation, what Americans should do, to ensure a vibrant democratic future.  We wanted students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and character traits articulated in our Portrait of a Graduate, most especially those of an ethical, responsible, and compassionate global citizen AND independent, creative, and critical thinker.

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