HUSKY EXPRESS April 27, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

WASC Mid-Cycle Visit  -- This Monday and Tuesday, HIS will be hosting Ms. Meagan Pavey (Guangzhou International School) and Ms. Jennie Munson (Concordia International School) who have come to HIS to lead our mid-cycle WASC Accreditation Visit. We are proud of the work that HIS has accomplished since our 2012 Full Study Visit. We look forward to hearing their report on Tuesday.


New Lost & Found Display - In response to a request from the PTA, HIS has replaced the Lost and Found shelf with coat rack where lost and found clothing items can be displayed on hangers. We hope that this makes it easier for you to find lost items of clothing.

  From the Principal’s Office  

- WASC Accreditation Visit

On Monday April 27th at 2:30, current (and a few past) members of the PTA Steering Committee will be meeting with the WASC Visiting Team to help contribute to the 2015 WASC Mid-Cycle Visiting Team Report.  We thank them for the time they are taking out of their busy schedules to attend.

On Tuesday April 28th, we would like to invite all parents to meet in the MPR at 3:45 to hear with us some of the findings from the report from team members:

  • Ms Meagan Pavey (Middle School Principal at American International School of Guangzhou)

  • Ms Jennie Munson (Curriculum Director at Concordia International School Shanghai).

We hope that many of you will be able to attend to hear for yourself the progress HIS has made over the last three years since the last full self study of 2012.

- Spring Parent Conferences are scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, April 29th.  All conferences are scheduled according to parent or teacher request.

Elementary School - Parents will be contacted by homeroom teachers if a conference is required.  If you wish to schedule a conference, please contact the homeroom teacher directly

Secondary School - I will be contacting specific parents regarding conferences as required.  If you would like to arrange for a conference time on the 29th, please contact me at

 @ Niseko 

Spring is in the air! Baby chicks are almost here. Come celebrate with us on May 1st as we have our learning celebration. We’ll have IPC and baby animals to share!

 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。

 Come and enjoy the High School Theatre class' performance of Our Town by Thornton Wilder!  

This Pulitzer Prize winning play is brilliantly performed by HIS students. All proceeds go toward Advanced Placement test fees at the school.

More information.

 Husky Hugs 

This weeks our hugs are hugs of welcome to the students and families that we are welcoming to Hokkaido International School for the first time. It is so exciting to see our numbers grow and program expand. We welcome the contributions of new families and hope that you find your home here at HIS. 


 Elementary Activities 

This is the last week of this block of activities. I would like to thank all the activity leaders and invite anyone who can assist in leading an activity after the Golden Week break to please contact Mr Kelly.

 Outdoor Leadership 

AdHOC Rocks Club
Every Tuesday after school from 4-7 o’clock, members of the Rockers do indoor rock climbing. All secondary students are encouraged to come enjoy the thrilling and technical sport of rock climbing. If your interested, please talk to Mike (photographed above) or to Mr. Piazza.

 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 

Financial Aid for US citizens can be a particularly challenging process when living abroad. This week’s link of the week has an insightful article on filing taxes in Japan. If you are considering applying for FAFSA, check out their website to better understand the process so you can prepare:
read this specifically for those filing while living abroad

As always, please write if you have any questions.
Office hours are B-days from 2-3:30.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 2nd SAT
  • June 6th SAT

AP Exams begin after Golden Week.
The College Corner on the 3rd floor has a variety of new summer program mailings - stop by and check them out!

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

 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.”

 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.


 Upcoming Events 

  • Come and enjoy the High School Theatre class' performance of Our Town by Thornton Wilder! This Pulitzer Prize winning play is brilliantly performed by HIS students. All proceeds go toward Advanced Placement test fees at the school.
    Where: Hokkaido International School Stage (4F, Gym)
    When: Friday, May 1st. Doors open at 6:00 and the show starts at 6:30.
    How Much: 500 yen. Tickets will be sold at the door.
    More information. 

Other Events

  • April 26 - 28:  WASC Mid-Cycle Visit
  • April 29:  Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
  • May 4 - 5: School Holidays / Golden Week
  • May 6 - 22:  MAP Testing (Grades 4 - 11)  /  AP Exams
  • May 7 - Big Book Buzz
  • May 9 - 12:  Grade 9 class trip to Kyoto
  • June 3 - 15:  Senior Service Trip / Habitat for Humanity
June 18:  Last day of school / Senior Graduation


A good night was had by all who attended the sports awards dinner last Friday night which celebrated the efforts and achievements of our teams. Congratulations to all trophy winners. Thanks to everyone who came and all those students who helped out with various tasks. A special thanks to Ms Ashlee and the kitchen helpers who turned out such delicious meals.

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 May 6.

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

 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!


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