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Jazzy Science Time

By Mary

Fourth to sixth grade IBSH students assembled in the gymnasium at 10:10 am, to start the IBSH Elementary Science Fair. According to the teachers of IBSH, this science fair was conducted to teach students about the scientific method, to bring science thinking in daily life, and to give the students an opportunity to conduct experiments. Parents also came to the science fair to view their kids projects, and see other people’s hard work. The fair had judges who were both normal science teachers, and professors that specialize in science. Mr. Steven, the IBSH disciplinarian, also walked around and listened to the presenters’ speeches.

While some people worked very hard and even created special videos as an additional visual aid for their topics, others were slacking of and wondering around instead of correctly presenting their experiments. The judges were fairly strict, asking specific questions and striking the unexplained parts the presenters didn’t mention. On the other hand, they were very polite and kind, listening carefully to every word spoken and not being too judgmental. The pupils that worked individually had to stay next to their posters most of the time, yet the people that worked in groups had time to wonder around and view their friend’s experiments.

“In my opinion, the science fair was fairly boring because of the surveys we had to write while the science fair, which was extremely time consuming,” said Ashley, a girl form sixth grade. Many other participants shared the same idea as Ashley, and thought it was too much hard work for one small event.

“The science fair was very enjoyable, and I loved the competitiveness among the participants!” opposed another sixth grader Kelly. But no matter if the students enjoyed the fair or not, the parents themselves thought it was a fun learning experience. In the conclusion, the Science Fair was a very busy event for the students, but also an intense competition, and the students are curious to know which people will be the winners.

Ten Most Expensive Food in the World

Ten Most Expensive Food in the World

By: Annie

$1 U.S. dollar= $30 NT

10) Mattake or Matsutake Mushrooms-$30,000NT


9) Westin Hotel Bagel- $30,000 NT


8) Zillion Dollar Frittata- $30,000 NT


7) Craftsteak Wagyu Ribeye Steak-$84,000 NT


6) Bombay Brassiere’s Samundari Khazana Curry-$96,000 NT


5) Domenico Crolla Pizza Royale 007-$126,000 NT


4) Densuke Black Watermelon-$183,000 NT


3) Yubari King Melons-$686,160 NT


2) Almas Caviar-$750,000 NT


1) Italian White Alba Truffle-$4,812,180 NT


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Read ’til you drop: Books of 2014

By Katelyn Chen

2014 has passed, and next in line comes 2015. It’s a new year with new hopes and opportunities, but do you know what happened last year? So now, I am going to introduce you to the top five young adult fiction novels of 2014.

According to Goodreads, the number one popular novel of 2014 is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, book six of the series The Mortal Instruments. This book is the last book of the series, and is a dazzling and wonderful conclusion. In this book, Sebastian Morgenstern is turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter, who withdraws to Idris. This book includes betrayal, adventure, and danger. Read the book to find out more!

City of Heavenly Fire  by: Cassandra Clare NUMBER ONE
City of Heavenly Fire
by: Cassandra Clare

Next comes The One, book three of The Selection by Kiera Cass. An exciting, emotional, and dangerous plot brings the perfect end to the series. In the book, Prince Maxon is stuck choosing between the last two finalists, America and Kriss. However, rebels keeps on attacking, and this time it’s the Southern Rebels, who are more deadly and always kills someone when they attack. What happens in the end of the book, is for you to find out yourself.

The One by: Kiera Cass NUMBER TWO
The One
by: Kiera Cass

In third place is Cress by Marissa Meyer, book three of the series The Lunar Chronicles. In Cress, Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlett, and Wolfe are fugitives on the run, trying to stop Queen Levana from marrying Emperor Kai. They find a girl named Cress, who has been living on a satellite since childhood, making her an excellent hacker. Depending on Cress to help them overthrow Queen Levana, they have an incredible journey and adventure.

Cress by: Marissa Meyer NUMBER THREE
by: Marissa Meyer

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, book three of Shatter Me, comes in fourth place. In the final book of the series, Juliette doesn’t know if any of her friends are still alive, and can only rely on Warner, commander of Section 45. However, she doesn’t know if she can trust him, though he saved her life and promised Juliette to help her master her powers and save the world. This story is suitable for people who enjoyed reading Divergent, Hunger Games, or Legend.

Ignite Me by: Tahereh Mafi NUMBER FOUR
Ignite Me
by: Tahereh Mafi

Finally, coming in fifth place is the last and final book of The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus. In The Blood of Olympus, the crew of Roman and Greek demigods on the Argo II must try harder to stop Gaea’s minions, the giants from helping Gaea wake, thus needing the blood of two demigods; one boy and one girl. The Athena Parthenos will be carried to Camp Half-Blood to stop the war between them and Camp Jupiter, while Argo II will be heading for Gaea. Without the help of the gods (who are suffering from multiple personality disorder), the Athena Parthenos, how can a team of seven demigods stop Gaea?

The Blood of Olympus by: Rick Riordan NUMBER FIVE
The Blood of Olympus
by: Rick Riordan

2014 had many wonderful books, and these are just five of them. Look forward to books in 2015, which will be just as interesting and fun as these! 

Lifelong Companions; Phones of 2014

By LiT

A year had passed and many things had gone past. Take phones for an instance. Phones are an essential part of modern people’s life. The impact phones make on our current life is almost too obvious. But some phones are more likable than others. In this article, you find lists of the most favored phones in 2014.

Some of the most popular phones are the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Motorola Moto G. Both had appeared on the Best Phone List for CNET and Pocket-Lint. The Nokia Lumia phones and the Sony Xperia also seemed to be pretty popular. Both had appeared many times on the Pocket-Lint list.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus had came out September in 2014, and had quickly won over many fans. People compliment it on it sleek smoothness and the quality for its photos. It has larger screens and faster processors. And faster WiFi was probably the best part.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was known for its camera, battery life, display, design, reception, and call quality. Another enjoyed feature is the S pen. It’s like a pen or pencil, but you use it to select things on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It also allows you to write with you own handwriting easily on it. In fact, according to many people, the S pen is their favorite thing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Despite being released in November 2013, it was one of the favorite phones in 2014. Despite not being the best of best, it still was good enough to win over many people. It’s display and software were pretty satisfactory and the camera and battery life were acceptable. But its most outstanding part was its low, low price. Only $180. And with a price like that, you don’t need to be the best to still be on the list of the most favored phones!

2014 had offered us many new companions to consider. I wonder what 2015 will offer?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

iPhone 6

Christmas Cheer!!

BY: Katelyn and Felicia (Alexis/Lexi)

Merry Christmas! Christmas is coming up VERY soon, and we need to know some things about Christmas. NO ONE should be celebrating Christmas without knowing what it’s about, right? So now, I am going to tell you some information about Christmas. First of all, Christmas is an annual festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas is normally celebrated on December 25th, and is the first day of the Christmastide, which ends after twelve nights. Christmas is not only celebrated by Christian people, but is also celebrated by many non-Christian people. “Christmas” is a compound word that originated from the term “Christ’s Mass” and is also known as Midwinter, Natiuiteo, Noel, and Geola.

Have you ever wondered why people wear red and green for their Christmas clothing? People wear green because of evergreen plants like holly, ivy, and mistletoe, which has been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long, dark winter. They also reminded people that spring would come and that winter wouldn’t last forever. An early use of red was as apples on the paradise tree. They represented the ‘Fall of Adam’ in the plays. Red is also the color of holly berries which represents the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.

But… how about Santa and his reindeers? Santa, also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Kris Kringle, is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins. Santa is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on December 24th, or Christmas Eve. Santa is believed to make a “naughty or nice” list every year, and gives presents to the nice kids, and coal to the naughty kids. However, kids will have to REALLY believe in Santa Claus to receive gifts, and they WILL get gifts. DO NOT doubt Santa Claus!

Rudolph, however, is a fictional character created by Robert L. May in 1939, when he wrote a book named ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Rudolph doesn’t have any legendary, historical, or folkloric origins, and is just a made up character by the author. There is now also a song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” which is very popular during Christmas season. 



Mistletoe, example of green
Mistletoe, example of green
Santa Claus
Santa Claus
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Sleep In Saturdays?

By Candace

According to a poll conducted at the IBSH Elementary School in the fall of 2014, kids don’t like waking up early on Saturdays (on average). Guess what — they don’t like waking up late either!

Here are the facts:  Most kids wake up on 8:00 to 9:00 at a 50% out of 40 IBSH Elementary kids. 22.5 kids wake up from 6:00 to 7:00, and 17.5 from 10:00 to 11:00. 5% of kids wake up on 12:00 and also 5% for other times.