HUSKY EXPRESS November 17, 2014


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

The 1st Quarter of the school year comes quickly to a close over this next week. I look forward to the Fall Festival, the exciting first and major event of the school year and encourage you all to be there.

  From the Principal’s Office  

HS Quarter 1 Reports: Please log into PowerSchool to see updated progress reports after October 31.

Fall Festival Thank-you to everyone - parents, teachers, staff and students - who put so much effort into the organization of the fall festival.
I was unfortunately unable to attend as I was away at a conference.  However I have been repeatedly told about what an enjoyable time it was. Great work!

 @ Niseko 

Check this out!

Noah Senzai got an award for
Idemitsu Children’s Art Contest


 Terry Fox Run Thanks 

Some words of thanks from Professor Mark Hamilton (Tokai University) regarding the Terry Fox Run of October 18th.

Thank you for your amazing support of the Terry Fox Run on Saturday. Your volunteer spirit and generous contribution of time and energy helped to make it a successful event. I am proud to report that we exceeded our goal of 100 participants and that we raised over 230,630 yen with on-site donations and t-shirt sales.

I hope you’ll check out the community Facebook Page <
> and share your experience with friends and family

 Outdoor Education 


Priyanka, Yuri, Ayaha, Mukhayyir, Jun Hyun, Hiro,
& Lev at the summit.


Students of the Outdoor Pursuits course climbed Mt. Tarumae and decended to Lake Shikotsu over the weekend.


Community members welcome on AdHOC trips … just email Dave Piazza at for more inofrmation.

 Upcoming Events 

  • Nov 17 College Fair 1-3pm
  • Nov 22 Niseko Drama Performance
  • Nov 24 Labor Day (no school, PD day for teachers)
  • Nov 28 Sapporo Drama Performance @ Sumikawa Chiku Center (6:00 ~ 8:00)
  • Dec 4~7 MS Boys Basketball Tournament
  • Dec 12 International Day & Winter Celebration
  • Dec 19 ~ Jan 13 Winter Break
  • Jan 15~18 JV Girls & Boys BB Tournament
  • Jan 22~25 HS Girls & Boys Tournament
  • Jan 30 End of First Semester (Report Cards)

 Babysitting/Odd Jobs Directory 

Check out this directory of students able to help! Email Mrs. Currie at if you have trouble accessing the directory or would like to post any job needs. If you know of anyone that needs help with specific projects, just write!

 Noh Invitation 

Invitation to the Noh performance

HIS Japanese class has been practicing the Noh as a cultural asset of the program. Mr. Iwamoto, the director of the Hosho School in Sapporo, kindly is inviting students and parents to the performances held in Kyoiku Kaikan on November 29th.
You can enjoy the performances by the three schools; Kanze, Hosho and Kita). The Noh program (with the mask) is "Katsuragi" performed by the Kanze school. The performances will start from 13:30 and will be until 16:30.

10 tickets are available for free admission for the HIS community members. If you are interested in and/or have any questions, please contact me via email.

Naoko Machidori

If you are new to Japan, this would be a great opportunity to learn about the traditional theater performance.

Ms. Machidori

 Elementary Activities 

After School activities start this week. Great job by the Guitar Club at the Fall Festival too !
Here’s some taste testers from last session’s Husky Snacks:

 Husky Hugs 

Hugs go to the Senior Class and other students and teachers who went over to Niseko to support the town’s annual Halloween event, which was planned by HIS Niseko. Aside from student participation, thanks go to Ms. Koga (main planner), Ms. Currie, Mr. Salter, Ms. Roe and Mr. Roe who helped to put on the event.  

 Yearbooks still available! 

The books are 5000 yen. Sibling price is 8500 yen for two books. Limited supply. Contact Mr. Shaffer at

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the Calendar

 From PTA 

The PTA encourages all HIS families who have facebook to join “HIS Family and Friends” as this is a great way to find out about things going on at the school and in our community.

 ArtSonia Gallery for
Elementary Students

Elementary On-line Gallery at ArtSonia
Art Room News – Invitation to the Art Gallery of your child

MP1 through 3 students have explored art and created very nice work. Their beautiful art is uploaded to their own Art Gallery on ArtSonia ( Please do not forget to activate the digital portfolio of their individual Art Gallery.

It is easy to activate the gallery. Please go to, and then go to your child’s screen typing in the screen name on the Permission Form. On the screen, you will see the column to type the security key. Please type the unique security key on the Permission Form, and set up the security Q&A. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or concerns.

Ms. Machidori

The online gallery is also a great way to share your child’s art work with family, relatives and friends.

 New HIS Website 

HIS is very excited to finally be switching over to a new website. From Monday of next week (November 17) make a point of visiting the new school website. HIS will also be hosting a “New Website Launch Party” the following week, November 24th at 8:30 in the morning. School administration will be on hand to explain the details of the website. Please make a point of joining the Launch Party! Coffee and treats will be on hand!

 College/Alumni Corner 

Hi, everyone! My name is Marika Harada, an HIS alumni from the class of 2006! I was a premed student at the University of Rochester and graduated with two degrees in Chemistry and Religion. Today, I am a second year medical student at St. George’s University in Grenada. University of Rochester is located in upstate NY, and its climate is very similar to the weather in Sapporo! There are about 6000 undergraduates and its class sizes are relatively smaller, making the classes more interactive among professors and students. As a premed student, you will have to complete a set of required courses such as physics and biology during your undergraduate studies. I also recommend obtaining some clinical and research experiences before applying to medical schools. I strongly believe that my research 

experience has prepared me well to retain a tremendous amount of information you learn at medical school. Medicine is a long journey (and studying), but it is a lot of fun if you love science! But regardless of what you decide to study, stay committed to your passion and build a habit to always challenge your knowledge! Good luck and have fun learning!

Upcoming Events:
College Fair - November 17

 HIS Theater 

The HIS Theatre class needs the following props for their November play.  If you have any of these items and don't mind us borrowing them we would greatly appreciate it.
Typewriter (old if possible), dart board, coat rack, empty aquarium, painting easel.  
Just email me ( if you can help.

 Babysitting/Odd Jobs Directory 

Check out this directory of students able to help! Email Mrs. Currie at if you have trouble accessing the directory or would like to post any job needs. If you know of anyone that needs help with specific projects, just write!

 Community Kendo - come try! 

Interested in learning more about the practice of Kendo? The Sumikawa Kendo Club will be practicing in the HIS gym for the next two Sundays from 9:30-12. Come watch! If you would like more information in English, contact Colleen Currie in Japanese, contact Atsuko Clipstone at


The high school girls basketball team had a 52-48 win last Saturday against the visitors from Seishin. It was great to see so many new members of the team contributing to the performance. The middle school boys played away against Nakanoshima JH on Sunday afternoon and went down 64-52 in an entertaining game which also featured many new players to this sport. This week the JV team play at home on Wednesday and the MS boys have another away game on Saturday morning. Go Huskies !

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 2nd meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 24th. Minutes of each Executive Board meeting appear a month later in the homepage archives. However there is also a brief summary of each board meeting on the Administration page of the HIS website under the heading “Board News.” This is updated soon after each meeting. Below the summary is a link to the latest minutes from the prior month. All the year’s minutes and previous years’ are accessible from the HIS homepage site, click the tab HIS Downloadable Documents to see the Executive Board Meeting Minutes Archive.

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