HUSKY EXPRESS September 7, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Parent Coffees

I would like to express my thanks to the many parents who attended the Parent Orientation Nights.

Please look to next week’s Husky Express for the list of Parent Coffees that will be hosted throughout the first semester.

Each Parent Coffee will have a different focus and will be an opportunity for parents to visit with professional staff to learn about an aspect of the school’s programs, about the learning that is taking place or about future plans and developments.

We look forward to seeing parents attend regularly and have been encouraged by the many parents who have been out recently at school events.


  From the Principal’s Office  

PSAT Tests Students who have requested to take PSATs next month are reminded that they should submit payment to Mr Fazio by Friday September 11.

The PTA Fall FestivalOrganizing Committee is holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 8th at 2:30 in the teacher's lounge (Rm 206)

The PTA is proposing a community BBQ at the school on September 23rd (the day of the open house).  More information will be announced shortly.

External Testing for 2015 - 16

Throughout the year, there are several external assessments administered at to our students HIS.  As we approach each date, more information will be forwarded to the age groups of students involved.  Here though is a look at the general calendar for the year:

September 7 - 18  DRA Testing
September 28 - Oct 16  MAP Testing

October 3  SAT
October 14  PSAT November 7  SAT
January 23  SAT
January 25 - 29  WrAP
March 28 - Apr 15  MAP Testing
May 2 - 13  AP Exams
May 7  SAT
May 9 - 22  DRA Testing
May 18 - 20  AP Exams (late testing period)
June 4  SAT

 @ Niseko 

Please accept my gratitude for all that were able to make to our first PTA/Coffee of the 2015-2016 academic year. We are quite lucky to have your support. Special thanks for our many volunteers. Again...Thank you!

Swim Class @ HISNiseko

On September 1, the students took their swimming lessons. Thank you to Mr. Sinclair, Ms Lola and Mrs. Senzai for organizing a fantastic, differentiated learning experience. It was meaningful for all.

Book Recommendation:A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)by Barbara Oakley

“In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to learning effectively—secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they’d known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there’s only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions—you just need the creativity to see them.” (Amazon)

Watch this space as HISNiseko grows and feel free to drop me a line.

Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator

 After School Violin Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin lessons with a professional musician. Lessons are held on Wednesday & are available in English & / or Japanese. A few lesson times remain available starting from 4:45pm. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email


Yoko Kawamura
Ms Kawamura has been teaching violin in Sapporo for over 25 years. Ms Kawamura founded the HIS After School Violin Lessons Program in 1996 where she taught until 2005.
She graduated from Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Kanagawa and studied at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music in the U.S under the direction of Silvian Iticovici. Ms Kawamura has worked as a freelance musician as well as performing regularly with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. 

 Husky Highlights 

A Fresh Perspective

We would like to thank recent HIS intern Mr. Winston Fong Jian Song for inspiring our secondary students. Wilson set an excellent example for our students through his international mindedness, breadth and depth of international experience and strong professionalism.
Wilson had this to say about his time at HIS:


Advanced Placement
Before the internship, I was curious about the student experience at HIS, and was also keen to better understand the Advanced Placementsyllabus (which is less common in Singapore schools). Having observed high school Science classes, I have been thoroughly impressed by how HIS leverages its size to provide individualised care for their students. There is a strong pedagogical appreciation for the differing needs of each student in HIS

Creativity, Collaboration & Academic Rigor
During the internship, I have been privileged to have interacted with a diverse range of high school students, each with their own set of aspirations and perspectives. It is heartening to note that these students are given the freedom to explore and learn in a collaborative manner in the classroom, which would enhance both their intellectual development and the richness of their interpersonal relationships.

During his time at HIS, Winston was able to share with some of our students about his experiences at Imperial College, London, from which he is a recent graduate. HIS would like to thank him for his time at HIS and we wish him the best as he goes on to study his master’s degree at Cambridge.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to:

  • Peter & Silvia Mergaert for their generous donations of furnishings to the school and Dormitory 2 program. We will sincerely miss the Mergaert family and appreciate the practical help they have provided with their donations.
  • Hajime Katayama for the immense amount of work he has done this year to get us electronically ready for this new school year. Thanks so much Hajime!



The soccer team and the `Staff All Stars` teams played a thrilling 3-3 draw last Tuesday. A return match is certainly on the cards ! The volleyball teams continue to impress on the practice floor and the high school girls will get their first chance at an opposition team when they play Makomanai next Saturday morning.

 Elementary Activities 

Activities will commence this week with Storybook Club on Monday, Fun Games on Tuesday and Guitar on Wednesday. Good numbers have signed on for all 3 activities. Let the fun begin !

 Sapporo Community Events  

Presentation and Discussion on English as an International Language / English as a Lingua Franca


Presentation: English as an International Language - An Interpreter’s Viewpoint” by Yuriya Kumagai, a conference interpreter. 

Discussion: “English as a Lingua Franca” with 5 non-native English speaking researchers and research students at Hokkaido University.

Presented by Hokkaido Academy of Interpretation(HAI).

2pm, Sat. Sept. 19 at L-Plaza Hall (N.8 W.3).

Admission free. Booking required. Write to for details and booking in English.

北海道通訳アカデミー(HAI)主催 世界共通語としての英語。9/19(土) 2pm 北8西3目エルプラザ内ホール。HAI教務顧問の熊谷ユリヤ(同時通訳者)によるトーク「世界共通語としての英語‒ 通訳者の視点から」と、北大の研究者・研究生・大学院生による「世界共通語」ディスカッション(同時通訳付き)。入場無料、先着150名。



 Outdoor Leadership 

Outdoor Pursuits Makes Kayaks
Student of the Outdoor Pursuits class completed construction of 4 kayaks last year. The kayaks are made of wood and canvas, and are 100% student built.  

 Husky Calendar 

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

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, October 7th at 3:30.
Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.

 Upcoming Events 


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)
Sep 24 Cross-country Day Makomanai Park (All School)
Oct 3 SAT Exams
Oct 12 Parent Teacher Student Conferences (no school)
Oct 17 - 25 Fall Break (no school)
Oct 30 End of Quarter 1
Oct 31 Fall Festival

 College Corner 

My Name is Nicholas Fazio and I have been working here at HIS since 2011 in the middle school. I have taken over Colleen Currie’s college counseling position and am very much looking forward to working alongside the students in preparing for College. Keep your eye on the HEX for upcoming events and deadlines, such as the upcoming College Fair on September 10th.

 After School Piano/Keyboard Lessons 


HIS offers after school piano / keyboard lessons with a professional musician. Lessons are held on Monday &are available in English & / or Japanese. If Monday lessons fill up Wednesday will be available. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email


Shoko Kumagai
Ms Kumagai graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology. She is due to complete her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, this year. She has taught K-12 music at schools in both USA and Japan. She was an active piano accompanist in Missoula Montana, USA, founded and directed Show Choir in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture, and taught Middle School Keyboard Class at HIS last school year.

 After School Piano Lessons 


HIS offers after school piano lessons with a professional musician. Lessons are held on Tuesday  & are available in Japanese. A few lesson times remain available starting from 5:00pm. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email


Kayoko Oshima

Ms Oshima graduated from Hokkaido University of Education with a music degree. She has performed with Concerto da Salone and Concorde and many concerts hosted by the Chopin Association. She is currently teaching at Otani Junior College and is a member of Japan Piano Education Alliance.


Zumba Classes- see image for details.

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