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Graduation Trip: A Roller Coaster Ride

By Katelyn Chen

The destination of the 2015 IBSH 6th grade graduation trip was Nantou, and the students weren’t really looking forward to it. The trip had a rough start, with the tour guides screaming at us to keep quiet. We thought that the whole trip would be filled with adults giving strict rules. However, the trip was much better than we expected. Consequently, we had tons of fun.

When we got on the bus, we took out our phones and iPads expecting the tour guide to start playing a boring movie. Suddenly, Banana, the tour guide, started talking and playing games with us. We had to list cartoons, characters, things that are round, and many others. Those games distracted us from our electronics, and everyone enjoyed it.

We drove for about three hours to our first destination, the Grove Experience Factory. There was a tour guide that introduced us to the trains and surroundings, then brought us to the DIY place. We made a wooden stool, but it wasn’t as good as we expected. We only got to glue, screw and hammer things that were previously prepared, and draw with a frame they provided.

After leaving the Grove Experience Factory, we went to eat lunch at this big restaurant. Eight classes came to the graduation trip (including the Chinese side), so there was a lot of people in the restaurant. While we were eating it was very noisy, and the tour guides were very strict and we were not allowed to speak AT ALL while eating.

When we finally finished eating lunch, we were already one hour behind schedule. We walked to the Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park, and began a tour of the museum. A movie was played and we got to see real faults. It would have all been very interesting if we haven’t already went there during fourth grade field trip.

At last, we went to the hotel. Six people shared a room, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought. There were four beds, so some people could sleep by themselves. The beds were on the floor, and instead of being upset about that, we all got super excited and started jumping up and down on the bed. Then, it was dinner time.

Dinner was the same situation as lunch, but after the dinner, there was going to be a party. We thought it would be a lame, boring party, but it turned out to be a BONFIRE! We sang songs and held competitions, and two hours just seemed to fly by. In the end, the MC called some people up, and the air was deadly silent. Everyone was afraid they would get in trouble, and some people cried. The MC started talking about the things they did, and we thought the party would end on a sour note. Suddenly, the MC shouted HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Everyone sighed in relief. Overall, the party was the best part of the trip.

Bonfire at the hotel
Bonfire at the hotel

The next day, we went to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. We went on the cable car, and though it was exciting at first, we soon got frustrated because it took up two hours of our time. After the cable car, we separated into groups and started playing. Alice, Winnie, Reiko, and I went on the Mayan Adventure, a roller coaster that turns 360º. After that, we went on the UFO, a ride that falls from a 28 story drop. Then we went to the indoor facilities and played Space Mountain, the Pirate Ship, Carousel, and others. When it was finally time to leave, it was pouring outside. There was a dude passing out raincoats, so I quickly grabbed one from him and went. We got back onto the bus and drove back to school.

Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

Even though the graduation trip had lots of negative parts, the trip was still very fun, and we are all looking forward to the ninth grade graduation trip! 😀

IBSH Flea Market

By: Katelyn

On Wednesday, March 18, IBSH hosted its annual flea market because of the 32nd school anniversary. In fact, IBSH hosts a flea market every year to honor the school during its anniversary, making students from all classes work hard to finish in time for the event. The flea market took place at the IBSH quadrangle and the hallway that leads to the gym. There were performances in the gym, including dances, cheer leading, and lots of other hosted activities. Out in the quadrangle, kids from first to sixth grade were advertising games and selling toys, food, and including other merchandise. The middle school and high school kids set up their booths in the hallway to the gym, where there was more noise and students with their parents, who tried to buy some tasty goods.

“The flea market was awesome, and I got to hear my friend Alo scream for the first time.” says Mary, a sixth grader from IBSH. Kelly, another kid from sixth grade, says “The weather was burning hot! however that didn’t ruin all of the flea market fun.” Most students thought that the flea market was very amusing, and very enjoyable. “I can’t believe we earned so much money! I thought that our things weren’t good enough, that would cause in no one coming to buy them,” says another sixth grader. The 6A class earned about 8000 NT during the flea market by selling Styrofoam airplanes, pizza from Costco, frozen juice, and books. The pizza sold out in minutes. Also, parents came and bought books for their children, and students of all ages came and bought the airplanes. The frozen juice soon ran out just like the pizza. In the end, all of the 6A students agreed that selling goods at the flea market was a good learning experience for all of them.

Hi- Five: My Favorite Book


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

By Katelyn Chen

mysterious benedict society

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is a 512-page fiction, intended for children ages eight and up. When the book was first published on January 1st, 2007, it was immediately popular. This book is about four extraordinary children; Reynie Muldoon, Kate Wetherall, Constance Contraire, and Sticky Washington. They created a group named “The Mysterious Benedict Society,” and tries to stop Mr. Curtain from secretly brain-washing the whole world.

Trenton Lee Stewart
Trenton Lee Stewart


The cover is attractive, using the color yellow. Also, the illustrations are creative, and pulls the reader in. The font is cool, and the author puts the title in a banner. I like books with creative illustrations, covers, and fonts.


The descriptions are very detailed, and gives us a clear idea of what the author is trying to say. For example, the author describes Mr. Benedict and Mr. Curtain’s nose as a cucumber, so that the readers will imagine the noses big, long, and fat.



The author has a lot of imagination, and creates fun and interesting personalities for each of the characters. The names are also very creative, such as George/Sticky Washington. Kate Wetherall’s characteristics are also very creative, saying that she always brings a bucket full of things with her wherever she goes.

The characters- Kate Wetherall, Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Constance Contraire
The characters- Kate Wetherall, Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Constance Contraire


“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” This book tells us about the importance of family and friends. Without each other, the character wouldn’t have succeeded in saving the world.


The plot is fun, interesting, and intriguing, making the reader unable to put the book down. While the ending is probably quite expected, there are some unexpected twists in the middle of the book. The book is creative, cool, and captivating.

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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! 

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

Review: Taylor Swift’s new album: 1989

By: Katelyn

Taylor Swift, the only female singer in music history to have two albums hit the 1 million first week sales figure, has a new album. The album, 1989, was named after her birth year, and is already a bestselling album. “Shake it Off,” the first song to be released from the album, was immediately popular to people of all ages. In 1989, Taylor sings in a whole new different way, changing from her original slow, teary, guitar style to quick, rock style. Some people still likes Taylor’s old style, but most approve of her new style.

1989 mostly has rock style songs, with only a few teary songs. The songs in her album includes:

    • Welcome to New York
    • Blank Space
    • Style
    • Out of the Woods
    • All You Had To Do Was Stay
    • Shake It Off
    • I Wish You Would
    • Bad Blood
    • Wildest Dreams
    • How You Get the Girl
    • This Love
    • I Know Places
    • Clean

This album is  Taylor Swift’s first ever pop album, which makes it very special. “Clean” is one of the slow songs in the album, and is a refreshing break from all the pop songs. Hope all of you will enjoy listening to Taylor’s new album!

Foot Frenzy: IBSH Students’ Favorite Shoes

By Katelyn

According to a poll about favorite shoe brands conducted at the IBSH Elementary School by the Lemur staff in the fall of 2014, Nike, who got 42%, won the poll by a landslide, and compared to the 2% who chose Converse, is way more popular. Skechers, coming in second place, only got 17% of the votes. Then comes New Balance, 13%, and is followed closely by Adidas, 12%. Geox got 4%, tying with Lotto. However, 6% of the people decided to choose shoe brands other than those. Why does everyone like Nike? Is it really because Nike is good to wear and can be worn for a long time? More likely, it is because Nike advertisements are almost everywhere, which makes people think it is more famous and want to buy it.

When asked their feelings about Nike being the most popular shoe brand, Felicia replied, “Seriously? I never knew it was THAT famous… And I only saw it on commercials! Now I learned that lots of people like NIKE.” “Wow, I never knew NIKE was such a popular brand!” replied Annie.”Woah, I thought Adidas would be more popular,” replied another.Seems like students are all surprised that Nike is the most popular shoe brand of all grades.

In the future, if Nike keeps on being very popular, other shoe brands might be eliminated and the shops will all close down. All the star athletes will be wearing Nike shoes, and everyone will be wearing Nike. However, it is also very possible that Nike is just a temporary trend, and will soon end when Skechers or some other shoe brand takes over. Nike being the most popular proves that advertising is very important, and will most likely attract the attention of customers.

katelyn- favorite shoe brand

Peculiar Pets: Fennec Fox

By Katelyn 

In most peoples minds, foxes are sly, cunning, and usually the bad guy in cartoons. But unlike the normal foxes, fennec foxes aren’t like that!

Fennec foxes, also called fennecs, is a small nocturnal fox, found in the Sahara of North Africa. Fennec foxes most noticeable trait is its unusually large ears, used for releasing heat. They weigh 2-3.5 pounds, and have a soft, thick, short coat that is white on the belly and reddish or tawny on the back. They also have some black markings on their back and tail. Fennec foxes eats insects, small mammals, and birds. They are about the size of a cat, but their energy and playfulness is the same as a very active dog. Fennec foxes agility and the height they can jump is more like a cat.

Fennec foxes are energetic 15% of the time, snuggly 20% of the time, and rest of the time they are asleep. Fennec foxes DO NOT calm down with age! Most fennec foxes loves to be petted and cuddled, but only when they get to know you. They are generally not afraid of strangers, and is friendly to everyone. Most people say that male fennecs are easier to take care of than female fennecs.

Fennec foxes have a lifespan of 10-16 years, so will be a wonderful choice for a pet, but you will have to coordinate with its barking and never tiring energy!




Fennec foxes have large ears to release heat.
Fennec foxes have large ears to release heat.
Fennec foxes are snuggly 20% of the time.
Fennec foxes are snuggly 20% of the time.