The Rita Effect

“I think it’s fair to say that one of the challenges is always going to be to what extent students are open and honest about their experience with stuff like this,”
ZIS US Principal John Switzer.

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Joker: An Unsuccessful Character Study of the Infamous ‘Clown Prince'

Joker follows Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a miserable loner who is always down on his luck. Arthur lives with his mother, taking care of her in a dilapidated apartment. His work life is not much better, working as a clown for hire for a ton of miscellaneous jobs and his aspiring stand-up comedy career isn’t […]

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Should Insta Posts Decide Politics?

In our social media-driven society, being a celebrity doesn’t only mean living a lavish lifestyle, attending parties, and throwing hundred dollar bills out of Maserati windows. It means having the power and voice to make the world become aware of significant issues.  Most celebrities have a tremendous number of followers on their social media. This […]

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El Camino: A Necessary Story or Forced Narrative?

Breaking Bad, touted as one of the greatest TV shows ever made, ended over five years ago. Its finale is celebrated for wrapping up all of the answers and polishing off the arcs of the characters it followed for over 5 seasons. However – seemingly out of nowhere – the shows creator, Vince Gilligan, announces […]

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System Change – Not Climate Change

We call ourselves climate activists. We attend climate marches. We pronounce our commitment to sustainability on our Instagram stories. But mostly, it’s a lie. We still take cars to school; fly to exotic destinations for beach holidays; forget to turn off the lights; eat beef from Argentina; stand under steaming showers for 20 minutes. Our […]

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ZIS’ Never-Ending Debate: IB vs AP

IB or AP? This is the daunting decision that looms over every Upper School student. Either students are trying to wrap their heads around which one to choose in the first place or they are living through the consequences of their choice. The task of choosing AP or IB, a mix of the two or […]

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Naked Attraction: The Bizarre and Beautiful

The images and information that we receive through our social media accounts are strongly mediated and censored. However, as a generation, there is one medium that we have seemingly completely disregarded: television.  When was the last time you turned on your TV and watched cable for entertainment? A long time ago I assume. This industry […]

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Mr. Markus: A Multilingual Activist

Coming to us from the booming metropolis of Washington DC, our new Upper School principal, Mr. Markus, is hoping to use his love of learning, multilingualism, and political activism to invigorate our school community.   Mr. Markus has a number of tasks he wishes to complete over the next two school years, but he still […]

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Lisa Lyle: Challenges, Cultures, and Relationships at ZIS

Being bilingual herself, Ms. Lyle appreciates both the beauty and the struggle of being caught up in a mix of cultures – it was this mindset along with her drive to improve communities that drove her to join ZIS.    Our new ZIS director, Lisa Lyle, spent much of her life studying and teaching all […]

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