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Riddle Me This: The Not Man, Not Bird, Not Branch, Not Rock What is the GCD and why should you complete it? So you want to make your own app? Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll? The Biggest Infidels (According to Al-Qaida) Cross Country Skiing competes in Marathon Race

Riddle Me This: The Not Man, Not Bird, Not Branch, Not Rock

“There is a story that a man and not a man, saw and did not see, a bird and not a bird, perched on a branch and not a branch, and hit him and did not hit him, with a rock and not a rock.”  ~ Plato Well this one’s a stumper. Written by none […]

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What is the GCD and why should you complete it?

In the last year the ZIS Upper School has been introduced to the Global Citizen Diploma (GCD), a program that allows students to tell their story. This diploma is not just about academics, and it doesn’t just show students as a grade or GPA. The GCD involves a student’s written reflection about activities that they have […]

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So you want to make your own app?

Ben Daniels is only 19 years old and has successfully managed to make an app called Teardrop. The game was published on the 12th of January 2015 and hit close to 400 downloads in the first day. Teardrop is quite an addictive game, which requires the player having to collect the tears coming from an […]


Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll?

Several months ago in September 2014, all students participated in a survey from a company called Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD). The results are now in and what do they say about the drug culture at our school? The long and short of it is that generally, you are all very well behaved. Well done! […]


The Biggest Infidels (According to Al-Qaida)

“Wanted List” TheWire Al-Qaida’s Wanted List calls for the deaths of the people who committed crimes against Muhammad. These crimes are not the crimes that we would think deserve capital punishment but according the Al-Qaida portraying or ridiculing prophet Mohammed must end with death. This list came out in 2010 but reentered the spotlight early […]


Cross Country Skiing competes in Marathon Race

On March 8, 2015, Mr. Mullens and 13 of his cross country skiers participated in the Engadin Ski marathon, where they either raced 21 or 41 km, starting in Maloja and ending in either Pontresina or S-chanf in the Kanton of Graubunden. The team, which consists of 9th to 12th graders, participated in the Cross […]

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The Snowy Tale of Outdoor Pursuit

March 17, 2015

Recently, my outdoor pursuits class when skiing and snowboarding for our second outdoor weekend. We were in the region of Laax and Films and spent three days in these mountains, from the 6th of March and ended on the 8th of March. The first day we had to be at Thalwil train station at 6:10 […]

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The Enigmatic Hero

March 16, 2015

“Are you paying attention?” I’m going to tell you a story. A story thats existence is the reason why you’re reading this. Without these events that transpired in this most dark period of history, the device you are currently reading from would not exist. No doubt, some of you are thinking this is the story of […]

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The Life of an Athlete

March 13, 2015

If you could take the most athletic people you know, get them in better shape, and then fill a school full of people like them, you would have something similar to IMG. The actual school is dwarfed by the 500 acre campus which is mostly dedicated to sports fields and athletics facilities, as well as […]

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Why I Visited 34 Colleges and Why You Should Be As Crazy As Me

March 10, 2015

In rental cars, we drove thousands of kilometers to visit thirty four colleges, from upstate New York and Maine, almost to the Canadian border, all the way down to the Carolinas and even west to Indiana. That’s enough Burger King drive-throughs, roadside motels and “top 40” radio to last a lifetime. We visited two schools […]

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We See You, America

March 9, 2015

Whether it be for the surplus weight they stereo-typically carry, the seemingly obsessive relationships they have with their guns, or simply their inability to locate “Switzerland” on a map, we – the wider world – love to pick on the USA. Why? Because they are a super power, and if “School of Rock” taught us […]

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Are the Arts being overshadowed by Sport?

March 7, 2015

Do you think the arts are valued the same ways athletics are? Although ZIS requires both PE and art credits to graduate, many students believe that sports may be valued more than arts. A prime example of this is the ninth grade Snow Day. Because of bad weather, it was rescheduled to Wednesday, February 25th. […]

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ZIS Wins ISST Warm-up in Home Pool

March 5, 2015

The ZIS Upper and Middle Schools hosted a Swim meet on Saturday February 28th at the pool in Adliswil. This meet had five schools from all around Europe to come to compete in the event. The day started at 10:30 and ended at 3:00 in the afternoon. It was a short event but all of […]

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March 5, 2015

It was a calm, warm summer Wednesday in West Windsor, New Jersey.  My sisters and I had just returned home from a day long intensive ballet camp.  As we unpacked our dance bags and prepared for yet another afternoon of lounging by the pool in the golden sun, we all agreed that something was different. […]

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Movies You Will Not Want To Miss: 2015

March 5, 2015

2015 should change the cycle that movies have gotten into, the repetitive spiral to common themes could be broken this year. This year is a big year for the super hero movies. A new Fantastic Four and the second Avengers movie are ready to hit the screens in 2015. Here are 11 movies that are […]

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Learning How to Survive an Avalanche

March 5, 2015

The ski season is here and ski resorts are opening up to allow travelers to enjoy the snow. For the people who want to have the snow to themselves, they adventure out into the backcountry. These people put themselves up against the full force of Mother Nature and by avoiding conventional runs. Skiers and Snowboarders […]

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