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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! 😀

Hi- Five: My Favorite Book

STOP THE BRAIN-WASHING!

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

By Katelyn Chen

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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“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.

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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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Hi-Five: My Favorite Book

A Safe Scare

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

By Your Name Here

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SUMMARY: Please write a summary here of the book. Include the name of the book, author’s name, genre, intended age group, page count and publishing date. Also go over the basics of the plot without giving away the twists and/or ending. (3-5 sentences)

5-HiFivePlease write ONE of the FIVE things you love about this book. It could be a character’s personality, a setting, a word(s) the author uses, a plot point, an effect it has on you (ex. it’s scary!), a a character’s name, things it taught you, or anything personal.

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Please write ONE of the FIVE things you love about this book. It could be a character’s personality, a setting, a word(s) the author uses, a plot point, an effect it has on you (ex. it’s scary!), a a character’s name, things it taught you, or anything personal.

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Please write ONE of the FIVE things you love about this book. It could be a character’s personality, a setting, a word(s) the author uses, a plot point, an effect it has on you (ex. it’s scary!), a a character’s name, things it taught you, or anything personal.

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Please write ONE of the FIVE things you love about this book. It could be a character’s personality, a setting, a word(s) the author uses, a plot point, an effect it has on you (ex. it’s scary!), a a character’s name, things it taught you, or anything personal.

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Please write ONE of the FIVE things you love about this book. It could be a character’s personality, a setting, a word(s) the author uses, a plot point, an effect it has on you (ex. it’s scary!), a a character’s name, things it taught you, or anything personal. THIS SHOULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE!!!

Amazing Animals: Platypus

Duck or beaver? Thats the Question!

By Hina

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What animal has a bill, tail, webbed feet, spurs, eggs, claws, and venom? A platypus!  A platypus is a carnivore and is very rare. They mostly feed on a diet of shrimps, crayfish, insect larvae and worms. They usually live in the eastern part of Australia. Dr. Tom Grant is an expert on platypuses. He protects them and tells people about them. Platypuses are not usually recommended as a pet but you could still keep them as one. These animals are shy, elusive, very sensitive to noise and change in the quality of the water they swim in and are more active at night. They are, in fact, considered as a wild animal. It costs tons of thousands, if not a hundred thousand dollars to get one, including the proper licenses and habitat for one. In Australia, you will have a better chance of getting one because they will be more likely to have people who take care of sick ones or are allowed to have them for different reasons. But they are usually friendly as long as you don’t threaten them. Unfortunately, platypuses are an endangered species, and as a result, it’s illegal to export a platypus from Australia.

Sources:

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus

http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/benrud_ryan/what_does_a_platypus_eat.htm

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080610160444AATW8KI

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6QHzIJO5a8

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7ptN_5BWCc

Preview: Hotel Transylvania 2

By: Crystal

Hotel Transylvania 2 is an American animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It is the sequel to the 2012 film Hotel Transylvania (1). It is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Robert Smigel. It stars the voices of Selina Gomez, Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. The film is most likely to be released on September 25, 2015, in America, by Columbia Pictures. The main voice casts are: Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, the owner of Hotel Transylvania, and Mavis’ father. Selena Gomez as Mavis, Dracula’s vampire daughter. Mel Brooks as Vlad, Dracula’s father and Mavis’s Grandfather. Andy Samberg as Jonathan (“Johnnystein”), a human. David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man, one of Dracula’s best friends.