Graduation Trip: The Worst Rides

By Chris Wang 

Space mountain: IIII
Gold mine: I
UFO: I
Maya rollercoaster:
Pirate Ship: III
Jurassic Cruise: IIIIIIIIIII

According to the poll above, 11 out of 19 people disliked the Jurassic Cruise, making it the #1 Worst Ride at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Theme Park. The main reason seemed to be, not the ride was lame, but that in comparison with the other rides it became lame. Perhaps, younger students or the elderly would have enjoyed it more.

“The Jurassic Cruise smells like urine and is really stupid.”

-Pierre Merigot.

 

“It was for preschoolers.”

-Tommy Kim.

 

“This thing was like a dying slug, and it smelled like the dinosaurs were doused in chlorine beforehand …”

-Nathan Wang.

 

“It was plain boring.”

-Shannon Van.

Hotel Review: Sleeping in the Wilderness

“Better than I had expected” -Tommy, 6A

Atayal Resort, Taiwan *** out of ****

By Jasper Chuang

     Atayal Resort, where 6th graders slept during the graduation trip, appeared to be nothing more than small cramped cabins. Although, many students said that it was cozy. However, they enjoyed themselves so much like monkeys, that the noise was not contained within the wooden walls. Thus, several students complained about the volume. In addition, many complained that the temperature in the cabins was very high, which most likely disturbed students’ sleep.

An example of an Atayal cabin, before the monkeys arrived.

Should the graduation trip be educational?

By Candace Lin

Many teachers say that the graduation trip should be educational, claiming that it’s learning, just out of school. But most students disagree with this logic. Why should the trip be educational? It’s a time for us to enjoy two fun and relaxing days, learn more about our classmates, and most of all, celebrate the end of elementary school.

Unfortunately, the graduation trip has passed and the “non-education” idea cannot be used in this year’s graduation trip for the 6th graders. But this change can still be made for the graduates to come. No student in his/her right mind would want a whole two-day trip of learning that makes the brain leak with boredom. The graduation trip is a time for us to have fun, before we get too old, since graduating means going into a higher grade.

If we just have “school” for the trip, it won’t really be a graduation celebration anymore. If it weren’t educational, we could take our minds off school for a couple days and live our life like it should be done. If our graduation trip is educational, it’ll be just like school, except for we aren’t limited to our own desk. It will be boring for students: countless touring, learning about Taiwan’s culture… we wouldn’t have the spirit to talk to each other or think properly. Even if we did listen to the guide, most of the information wouldn’t stick to our heads. If it did, there wouldn’t be too much we could do with it. If it weren’t educational, we could learn more about each other and have a great trip.

Lastly, the graduation trip is for showing that we are graduating, meaning graduating from school. Graduating means to complete a step or grade in school, so if our trip is educational, we aren’t really having a trip to graduate from school; we’re having it to progress in school – and progressing in school isn’t really celebrating the end of school. In fact, it’s not really a trip anymore, it’s more like a working trip. Translated, that’s just like a business trip, but for elementary students. It sounds demented, but if it’s educational, then that’s what the graduation trip really is: a trip for work.

Conclusively, the graduation shouldn’t be educational, in order for us to have a great two days. We can also learn more about other classmates we don’t normally talk to, and finally, be ourselves.

Should animals be kept in zoos: By Chris and Pierre.

Should animals be kept in captivity in zoos.

Chris Wang

Cons:

Some people never thought how the animals are treated in zoos. This essay will tell people why zoos are not right because humans mistreat the animals, animals will behave differently in captivity, and it is inhumane. That is why zoos are bad.

 

The first reason why zoos are bad is because zookeepers will invariably mistreat animals. For example zookeepers give them improper diet and lack of exercise. It will cause the animals to become thinner and thinner and die slowly. Another example is that zookeepers do experiments on the animals. After the experiment the animal will become crazy and start to do weird things. Sometimes zoo trainers will abuse the animals if they don’t respect them and do as they are told. The zoo trainers will use their whips or bats to hit the animal. As a result, those are some ways zoo keepers have mistreated the animals.

 

The second reason is that animals will behave differently in zoos. One example is that the animals will fight in the the cage and cause trouble because they are in too close proximity to each other. In the end, one of the animals will die while in the fight. The second reason is that if they don’t have enough food to eat they will eat each other. They will eat each other because they are too hungry. On the other hand, animals will feel lonely if they are alone in their cages. Usually there are not a lot of animals in the cages and these animals might strike out at anyone or anything near them. Lastly, these are some examples why we should ban zoos.

 

The last reason is that it is inhumane to animals. The first example is that the animals want to be in the wild not in their cages. All the animals in the zoo belong in the their habitats, in the wild. The next example is that animals have lack of privacy. People will always be watching what the animals are doing such as, taking pictures of them. The last example is that the cages are too small for the animals. Elephants need a lot space because, the elephant is the biggest land animal on the world. Finally, that is why zoos are inhumane.

 

In conclusion zoos are bad, because zookeepers mistreat them by not giving enough food and exercise, animals will behave differently in captivity, such as attacking each other, and it is inhumane to animals. That is why why zoos are bad. People should ban all zoos on Earth.

By: Chris Wang and Pierre Merigot Pros and Cons.

Should animals be kept in captivity in zoos.

Chris Wang

Cons:

Some people never thought how the animals are treated in zoos. This essay will tell people why zoos are not right because humans mistreat the animals, animals will behave differently in captivity, and it is inhumane. That is why zoos are bad.

 

The first reason why zoos are bad is because zookeepers will invariably mistreat animals. For example zookeepers give them improper diet and lack of exercise. It will cause the animals to become thinner and thinner and die slowly. Another example is that zookeepers do experiments on the animals. After the experiment the animal will become crazy and start to do weird things. Sometimes zoo trainers will abuse the animals if they don’t respect them and do as they are told. The zoo trainers will use their whips or bats to hit the animal. As a result, those are some ways zoo keepers have mistreated the animals.

 

The second reason is that animals will behave differently in zoos. One example is that the animals will fight in the the cage and cause trouble because they are in too close proximity to each other. In the end, one of the animals will die while in the fight. The second reason is that if they don’t have enough food to eat they will eat each other. They will eat each other because they are too hungry. On the other hand, animals will feel lonely if they are alone in their cages. Usually there are not a lot of animals in the cages and these animals might strike out at anyone or anything near them. Lastly, these are some examples why we should ban zoos.

 

The last reason is that it is inhumane to animals. The first example is that the animals want to be in the wild not in their cages. All the animals in the zoo belong in the their habitats, in the wild. The next example is that animals have lack of privacy. People will always be watching what the animals are doing such as, taking pictures of them. The last example is that the cages are too small for the animals. Elephants need a lot space because, the elephant is the biggest land animal on the world. Finally, that is why zoos are inhumane.

 

In conclusion zoos are bad, because zookeepers mistreat them by not giving enough food and exercise, animals will behave differently in captivity, such as attacking each other, and it is inhumane to animals. That is why why zoos are bad. People should ban all zoos on Earth.

 

Pros:

They should be kept in zoos for educational purposes.

 

Individual interaction with exotic animals face-to-face allows an experience that promotes wonder to enter our lives. Without the wonder of the encounters that they experience, people will quickly lose interest in safeguarding the few wild places that are left in our world. Exhibits and programs about Earth’s aquatic ecosystems also became important parts of most zoos’ public-education efforts.

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.

Pro- Con: Students should have smartphones

Pro: Students should be able to bring their smartphones to school. By Jasper Chuang “Ahhhhh! My foot! Somebody get call 911!” “Nobody has a phone!” Students should be able to bring their phones to school because they would be able to access the internet with their devices and emergency care. They could have access to their parents, friends, and games. Consequently, smart phones help students become smarter. Students also have the ability to call their parents for emergencies. In addition, students will relax even more during break time because of texting to friends, family members. They can also play games that can make them smarter, help their reaction to things like when a ball comes to you, when playing a game that needs a lot of reaction, such as heart- attack(poker card), dodgeball, and speed(poker card). Even though phones could ring during class, the teacher could take away everybody’s phone which is turned off. If a phone did not get taken away, the student will not see their phone until the end of the school year. If the phone has been taken away one month before summer break, they will not see their phone until next year. With smartphones, students are able to connect to many people, emergency cares and games. Smartphones can make lives easier for students in both schools and at homes.

Con: Students should not bring smartphones to school

By: William Wang

“When can I play my smartphone?”

“When is it break time? I want to play my game!”

These questions above are heard daily in classrooms during class time. Do you call that focusing in class when they are waiting to playing their smartphones? Of course not.  Another problem that arose when bringing smartphones to school is it disturbs the learning environment because smartphones can ring loudly when the teacher is teaching class. The last problem we should consider is bringing smartphones to school allows the student to play more than what is considered appropriate. The excessive amount of time they spend on their phone can hurt their eyesight. Furthermore, we all aim to create a safe and equal environment but having a smartphone at school can make the gap between rich and poor more obvious. Please consider the following explanations.

If students bring smartphones to school, they will not focus in class. Students will look forward to play their phones instead of listening to the teacher. Also, students will think what is happening to their games currently, which is not focusing in class. If students want to play their smartphones, they should play it at home because home is the appropriate place to play their games. And think about it, if students play smartphones, it will hurt their eyes because of Blu-ray. So either at school or at home, playing your smartphone and not doing homework is not suggested unless you have Blu-ray glasses, which is expensive.

Another reason why students should not bring smartphones to school is because if the phone rings in class, it disturbs class. These are some examples of disturbing class:

  1. When phone rings, it might annoy the students and students might laugh because of the ring tone.
  2. Teachers trying to find whose phone is ringing then taking the phones to turn it off then confiscating the phone is all a waste of time. If you think about it, there are around 30 students in each class. The teacher spends about 5 minutes through this whole process, which is wasting 155 minutes in total (30 students and 1 teachers) and wasting the students money because your parents pay every minute that you are in class.

The last reason why students should not bring smartphone is because the gap between rich and poor is going to be more obvious. The students who do not have smartphones might be envious at the students who have smartphones because they can play in break times in school. But the students who do not have smartphones also want to have smartphones, so parents who don’t have have enough money to afford the money for buying smartphones will be very upset. Why not create the safe and equal environment that we all want and not bring smartphones to school? The ending result will be that everyone is happy with their school life while focusing on learning and not complaining to parents of wanting a smartphone.


So for the people who have smartphones, why not sympathize with the students who do not have smartphones by stop bringing your smartphones to school? It helps an envious free environment, making it a happier place to go for everyone while creating a learning environment that schools are set out to do. By focusing on learning instead of playing your phones excessively, it will not let your eyesight deteriorate. Due to these reasonable reasons, we should all not bring smartphones to school.

Food in Class

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Pro

By  Halle

Should the students be able to eat food in class? Yes! Some people are neatly clean and don’t like the sound of munching food in their mouth. However, eating food during class can help you stay alert and focused, you wouldn’t have time to eat, and you won’t be hungry.

First of all, eating food during class can help you stay alert and focused. If you are sleepy in class, you can get out your snack, like energy bar, to wake you up and pay attention. Also, some students are very stressed and won’t be able to eat food, so eating snacks during class time would let them focus and get healthy.

Second, you won’t have time to eat. Some students wouldn’t have time to eat breakfast because they are rushing to get to school. However, when they come to school, they wouldn’t have time to eat because class starts. In addition, students should able to eat breakfast during class time so they would stay healthy and have time to eat. Another thing is that

Third, you won’t be hungry. During class time, a lot of students whine about that they are hungry. Therefore, if the teachers let them eat, they won’t whine how hungry they are. Also, when the students are hungry, they would feel uncomfortable. When the students’ stomach growl, it gets harder to focus during class. Some of the students think that they make a mess after eating, but they can still clean after eating.

In conclusion, students should be able to eat during class time because eating can stay you alert, you won’t have time to eat, and you won’t be hungry. Eating can let you pay attention and take time eating.

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Con

By Ashley Huang

Everyone likes to eat. But should food be allowed during class? No. Food should not be allowed in class.

First of all, it can be a big distraction to a student. Not paying attention in class is disrespectful to both the teacher and other students. Others students might feel uncomfortable hearing chewing or swallowing noises and can not concentrate on learning.

Second, health issues such as allergy is a big problem. If someone is eating a food other students are allergic to, they might start to itch or have other allergic reactions, even if they didn’t eat any. If someone have a certain disease and cannot get close to a certain food, he/she might be in danger if a student next to him/her is eating that food.

Third, most schools have a lunch time. Students should be able to wait until lunch time, even if they are really hungry. No one should be really hungry anyways, because they should’ve eaten breakfast. If they did not eat anything in the morning, it should be their own problem. Students should not be eating in class just because they are hungry.

Students should be learning and paying attention to the teacher, not eating and providing distraction to both him/herself and others. It could be unhealthy and unclean, and sometimes even threatening. So to conclude, students should not eat during class.

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