HUSKY EXPRESS June 15, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Graduation Celebrations & Academics

This week is a celebration of academic and personal successes. Please come out to the HIS Reads to hear high school students debate their book of choice.
[Tuesday 16 @ 8:30 ~ 11:00]

Attend the grade five Moving On UpCeremony
[Tuesday 16 @ 11:00 ~ 12:00]

Come celebrate our graduates at the GraduationCeremony
[Thursday @ 4:30 ~ 5:30]

Community Thanks -- As we bring the final chapter of the 2014~15 school year to a close, we thank you, the students and families of HIS, for another wonderful year of your support of learning. See you in August!!


  From the Principal’s Office  

This week, the seniors return from their service trip to Vietnam.  Check out pics from their travels at:  We look forward to their presentation on their adventures on Wednesday after lunch!

Also this Wednesday, secondary school will enjoy a field day with six cross-grade teams competing throughout the morning and afternoon.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, Mileposts 1,2, and 3 will enjoy the outdoors at Takino for the day.

Please remember, Monday and Tuesday this week are normal school days.  All students are expected to be at school at the regular time to attend classes.

A busy week, with just 3 and a half days left to summer vacation!

 @ Niseko 

After a great water unit celebration with MP2 from Sapporo, HIS Niseko is off to rafting on Monday as our exit point celebration. Beautiful weather and blue skies await!



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。

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to:

  • Husky Hugs to Library Volunteers:
  • These volunteers make it possible for the library to be open every school day.  They have shown diligence and reliability.  Please give them a big thanks and Husky Hug: Atsuko Clipstone, Hiroko Terada, Nina and Katarina Kurosawa, Karen Katayama, Silvia Spolaore, Azumi Morinari, Yuko Komaki, Naoko Asai, Vivian Wu, Samantha Seccombe and Naomi Dotiyal. -- Mrs. Riggins


 Elementary Activities 

Thank you to everyone who were activity leaders this past year. The program only exists because of the generosity of your time and interest.

 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 

Upcoming events for next fall include attending our own college fair as well as the Kanto Plains area fair. Ours will take place on September 10th from 1-3pm. The largest one in Japan will take place at St. Mary’s in Tokyo on September 11th. Over 90 recruiters will be present to answer questions about their schools. These are great opportunities not just for rising Juniors, but anyone trying to figure out options after HIS.

PSAT (Practice SAT) will take place next October. If you are in grades 9-11 and considering programs that require the SAT, you are encouraged to take this practice exam to assess your areas of strength and improvement for the actual test. Also, as a grade 11 US citizen, this test is a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship.

See this link for more information:

The test is approximately 2500 yen. I have checked in with students via their homerooms and we will place the initial order this next week.

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

Upcoming Events:
Link of the Week:
Keep brain in learning mode but choose something you want to learn - check out coursera - they’re not for credit, but they do alleviate what many of the returning college students described as “summer brain”:

 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!


 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.

 We are still accepting applications! 


 Upcoming Events 


June 16 ~ H.I.S. Reads, Book Debates 8:30 ~ 11:00 in the MPR  
June 16 ~ MP3's Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony: 11:00 ~ 12:00 in the MPR
June 16 ~ Yearbook Signing in the Gym: 12:00 ~ 12:40
June 17: Lunch Jazz Band Performance - 12:00 ~ 12:45 - Field (Weather Permitting)
June 18 Last Day of School (1/2 Day) Graduation Ceremony from 4:30 pm
June 19 ~ August 18 Summer Break
June 22nd~July 17th Summer School 
Aug 19 Opening Ceremony 10:30 am (New School Year Start)
Aug 19 All Community Picnic 12:00 noon



Summer Community Basketball will continue during the break for any students or community members. Every Wednesday from 6-8 pm.
All welcome.

 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 9th and final meeting of the school year on Wednesday, June 10th. Minutes of each Executive Board meeting appear a month later in the homepage Governance 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 section the “Meeting Minutes Archive.”

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