HUSKY EXPRESS May 18, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Emergency Absence  -- I have had to return to Canada for a few days because of a family health issue. I apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. While I am away, Principal Neil Cooke will be able to respond to any questions or concerns that I would otherwise respond to.
I appreciate your understanding.

Barry Ratzliff 

  From the Principal’s Office  

-Elementary Sports Day: Thank-you to everyone who came out to the elementary sports day on Saturday. It was a really fun day and a huge thanks to the elementary teachers and Dan Adams for all their hard work and preparation.  Thanks also to Bob Johnson and family for their expert BBQing!  Despite the cool weather, everyone had a great time!

-MAP Testing and AP Exams continue this week.

 @ Niseko 

Thank you to all the parents who came out to support our students in our learning celebrations and to help in the spring clean up outside.

Check out our newest HIS Niseko editions!

 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.



HIS has offered the chance for students to have violin and piano lessons with professional teachers after school hours for over 15 years!
We would like to keep this opportunity going and are asking students who are interested in taking either violin or piano lessons to please contact Ms Manjyoume (MP3 teacher) ( so that your name can be placed on a waiting list.

Positions are limited and scarce (and currently unavailable) so we would like you to be aware that your name will be placed on a waiting list which is on a first come first served basis as well as seniority on the number of years you have attended HIS (this assumes that you have been waiting for an opening the longest)
If you would like information about the piano lessons including costs please contact Ms Manjyoume and for information about violin lessons, please contact Mrs Otsuka ( but you must contact Ms Manjyoume so that your name can be placed on the list.

When a violin position is available, the school has violins that you may be able to use (depending on availability of the size)
Please note that both the violin and piano lessons are conducted in Japanese.

Thank you for your understanding.

バイオリン&ピアノ レッスン(有料)のご案内
HISでは15 年以上、放課後にプロ講師によるピアノとバイオリンのレッスンをご提供して参りました!
バイオリンレッスン の内容について詳しくお知りになりたい場合、コーディネータの大塚さん(にメールでお問い合わせください。

 Yearbooks still available! 

Our Publications team has been working around the clock, and now our yearbooks are being printed as we speak! If you purchase the yearbook before May 8th, the “Early Bird” price is 4,500 yen. After May 8th, the regular price for the yearbook is 5,000 yen. Sibling discount for the yearbook is two for 8,500 yen. Contact Mr. Shaffer at or find a yearbook representative in the MPR every lunch time!



HIS is proud to be showcasing the talents of its student who have been taking After School Violin and Piano lessons with the professional musicians and teachers, Eiko Ishikawa, Masami Tomioka and Kayoko Oshima. As well as, the Middle School Keyboard class under the musical direction of Ms Kumagai.

Join us for an afternoon of music at The House of Jazz on Saturday, 30th May at 4pm.


 Husky Hugs 

Husky hugs go out to Ms. Meagan Pavey and Ms. Jennie Munson who lead the WASC accreditation mid-cycle visit to HIS last week. The process is always helpful to the ongoing work of school improvement.

Hugs also go out to Mr. Robinson and the drama students for their incredible staging of “Our Town”. There was more than one teary eye in the audience.


 Elementary Activities 

The last round of after school activities will start this week with Fun Games, Crazy Paint and Guitar. Any students still planning to join should return their forms this week.

 Outdoor Leadership 

AdHOC at Akaiwa Cliffs
Last weekend high school students in the HIS rock climbing club spent a day scaling sea-side cliffs out at Otaru. The photo shows Hiro looking for the next hold on “chimney”.

 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!

 Husky Calendar 

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

 College/Alumni Corner 

Selecting where to apply is what students begin to focus on this time of year. Taking advantage of summer opportunities to explore interests and places can be an option. Please let me know if you have any options that we can research. All high school students either have or will check out the link below run by the CollegeBoard. It can provide some useful information (although is limited to schools in North America and some in Canada and Europe).

As always, please write if you have any questions.

Office hours are B-days from 2-3:30.

Upcoming Events:
June 6th SAT
AP Exams begin have begun!

Link of the Week:



Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International Bookclub!

All books are now available for you to view and order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalogue and make your selection and then place your order online at

The online catalogue, which contains the entire Scholastic book list,  is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.

Please place your order online by April 6th, 2015.

Each order will earn free books for our school!

Delivery of the books to HIS will be between 7-10 days after the closing date. Your order will then be dispatched to your child in their classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 teacher, at

 Summer’s Cool 2015 

Summer School is happening!! Mark it on your calendar. June 22nd to July 17th. Applications are now available, here. Preschool will be learning “All About Me”, Elementary will be learning “Land, Sea, Sky”, and Secondary will be learning “Adventure Stories”. Secondary students can also improve their grades in other classes by registering for summer assistance.
Please email Mrs. Koga for more information.


 "Moving On Up" Morning 
Thursday May 28 (B-day)
8:30 - 10:30

Purpose: Welcome 5th graders and their parents into the middle school, share a presentation, share a skit, share a pancake breakfast together, and allow time for 5th graders to meet new friends and experience middle school classes.

Presentations on the following topics will be made by students:

  • MS procedures (schedules, email, late)
  • Google Classroom/Drive
  • Lockers
  • Powerschool
  • Schedule/Organization
  • Activities
  • IMYC Curriculum
  • Exit Points

 Upcoming Events 


  • June 3 - 15:  Senior Service Trip / Habitat for Humanity
  • June 18:  Last day of school / Senior Graduation


The JV Basketball team will play a `sayoonara` game this Wednesday against Seishu High school at home. Community Basketball will follow.

Go Huskies !

 Special Thanks to PTA 

A special thanks to the PTA for their grant supporting elementary class purchases of four document cameras to be used for IPC and other subject area learning in our elementary milepost classes. We appreciate the PTA's support for student learning!

from the Elementary Teachers


 Financial Assistance Applications Available for 2015 ~ 2016 

Financial Assistance Applications will be available for the next three weeks. Please speak to Ms. Shimako Abe in the office to receive an application packet.

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 3rd.  Our 11th and final meeting of the 2015-15 school year!

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.

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 7th meeting of the school year on Wednesday, April 29th. Minutes of each Executive Board meeting appear a month later in the homepage Governance tab, section “Meeting Minutes Archives.” There is also a brief summary of each board meeting in the Governance section of the HIS website under the heading “Board News.” This is updated after each meeting. All the year’s minutes and previous years’ are accessible from the HIS homepage site, under the Governance tab, section the “Meeting Minutes Archive.”

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