HUSKY EXPRESS August 12, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Opening Ceremony 2015 ~ 2016

We look forward to welcoming all HIS students, families and staff to Opening Ceremony 2015 at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 19th.

HIS staff have been very busy over the past few weeks and days preparing the building for all of you and we are very excited to be able to introduce you to the newest additions to our instructional staff and to sharing some of the exciting things ahead of us for this next school year.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Hope your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable!

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone again (and greeting newcomers) at the opening ceremony on Wednesday August 19th.

A few notes:
Secondary students who have not completed their course selection forms for 2015-16 please come see me in the afternoon on Wednesday, or first thing on Thursday morning (August 20)

The PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Monday, August 17 at 3:00.  On the agenda will be a discussion of our opening ceremony membership and volunteer drive.

(Please note, all future meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month).

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from HIS Niseko.

My name is Barry Mernin. I've taught in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Jordan and the USA. I am excited to learn with my amazing staff. I can’t believe how beautiful life is here. My baby boy, Taiga and wife, Naomi-san are adjusting quite nicely.
Watch this space as HIS Niseko grows and feel free to drop me a message anytime. 


 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to:

PTA Co-Chair Atsuko Clipstone and members of the PTA who helped out for the BBB Festival in July.
The wonderful incoming teachers for 2015~16 who are already making wonderful contributions to this school.

New Teachers are:

  • Barry Mernin (Niseko Admin & MP3 Teacher)
  • Gergana Marinova (Middle School)
  • Joe Tomasine (Communications / ELL) 
  • Justin Gambino (MP1) 
  • Kirin Sugino (Music) 
  • Kristin Dixit (Math Support) 
  • Lola Lai (EY - Niseko) 
  • Mark Erickson (Art / Outdoor Ed.)
  • Yumi Miyatake (Japanese Lang, ELL)



We welcome all old and new players to volleyball and soccer practices under coaches Adams, Kelly and Sim. Schedules will be posted when students return.
Community basketball is a popular activity each Wednesday between 6- 8 pm.
All welcome.

 Elementary Activities 

Do you have an interest, talent or skill that you would like to share with a group of elementary students each week after school ? Usually each block of activities is for 1 hour, once a week and continues for about 5 weeks. We would love to hear from any teachers or parents who can support this program. Please contact Mr Kelly.

 Outdoor Leadership 

Soranuma & Niseko Up First
Highschool Students: Ready your backpack, break-in your boots, and fluff your socks, because the overnight hiking and camping trips to Soranuma and Niseko will be here fast, September 3-4.

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the school website.

 From PTA 

The first PTA Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for Monday August 17th.    

We look forward to seeing returning committee members at 3:00 in the teacher’s lounge to discuss our opening ceremony membership and volunteer drive.  Any other parent interested in getting involved is more than welcome to attend as well.

Please note, all future meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month.

 Upcoming Events 


Aug 19 Opening Ceremony 10:30 am (New School Year Start)
Aug 19 All Community Picnic 12:00pm
Aug 20 First Day of Classes (A day)
Aug 26 Elementary Orientation 8:30 am / 3:45 pm
Sep 2 Secondary Orientation 8:30am / 5:00pm
Sep 3-4 HS Overnight
Sep 10 College Fair 1:00pm
Sep 17 Back to School Night 6 pm (Elementary)
Sep 21-22 Holiday (No school)
Sep 23 Open House 10:00am
Sep 24 Back to School Night 6 pm (Secondary)

 Husky Highlights 

Celebrating Achievement: HIS Reads

We are proud to honor the achievement of all participants in June’s event series HIS Reads. For those fortunate to have been present, it goes without saying that the series was powerful, challenging all present to think critically. If you weren’t able to make it, please visit the HIS Reads homepage ( to watch the video of the winner.

We are also proud to pass on the following highlights from a review of the events we received from an HIS parent:

On the task...


…(during the events, participants were charged with the task of convincing a panel of judges on) the quality of the text they had chosen, on how useful it was for humanity and of its value as a book to be read….

On the process…


...although it was clear that these students were being asked to do something they were used to doing, the task itself was by no means easy. Despite having learned to problem solve and communicate to others from a young age here at HIS, I was impressed at the difficulty of the undertaking these students were involved in during HIS Reads...

On the product… 


...It’s true that the winner was a student who answered Mr. Pangier’s questions by fully drawing on a balance of competencies. That said, Ms. Yao brought a meaningful perspective when she said “amazing debate is possible when you put effort into improving upon what works for you, what you’re good at.” This is about potential. In other words, the debate series was a “beginning” even for those students who came up short of first place. This left me awestruck.

-- Selections shared with permission from Ms. Yoshie Ishikawa

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