HUSKY EXPRESS January 25, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Basketball Congratulations

Both boys and girls’ (varsity) basketball teams had busy weekends in Nagoya and Kobe. Comments indicate that our boys are gearing up for a very strong team in 2016~17 so we look forward to great things!!
The girls’ team, despite three injuries and one case of the flu, managed to finish 3rd. Again, next year looks to be an incredible year for the girls as well. 


A Thanks on Safety

I’d like to thank the consideration families have made to ensure that the MPR is safe, monitored and cleared in a timely manner so that other students groups can make use of it for their scheduled activities.

We will continue working to find equitable and safe use of the school’s facilities and will work with teachers and parents to develop guidelines that we can all work comfortably with.

As we work to extend our After School programs, we believe that children will find more to do after school and that we will find the MPR is increasingly in use.  -- School Administration



  From the Principal’s Office  

WrAP Tests
This week, students in grades 3 to 10 (at both HIS campuses) will be participating in a writing assessment published by the Educational Records Bureau in the US.
This standardized assessment, known as the “ERB WrAP”, requires students to construct well­-organized
essays that demonstrate writing skill.
WrAP tests are one of the many tools used by HIS teachers and administrators to gather valuable information about student writing ability. With this information, teachers can better serve student needs as they plan writing instruction throughout the school year.
Student essays will be graded by ERB in six areas: overall development, organization, support, sentence
structure, word choice, and mechanics.

The ERB WrAP is administered in two sessions (on consecutive days).

  • Grades 3 to 4 ​­­­ two 60­ minute blocks
  • Grades 5 to 10 ​­­­ two 50­ minute blocks

HIS Testing Days this week:

  • Grade 9s and 10s​ will be tested on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Middle School​ students will be tested on Thursday and Friday
  • MP2 and MP3​­ Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Niseko Testing Day​­ Please check with Niseko School office

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Semester 1 Reports:  Semester 1 comes to a close on January 29th.  Teachers will complete report cards and they will be sent out at the end of the following week.

PTA Steering Committee Meeting
Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 3rd.  Please remember that all parents are welcome to attend.

 @ Niseko 

March 5-HIS Board of Executives meet at HISNiseko
HISNiseko is proud to host our Board of Executives this March 5th. We look forward to showing them all that we have accomplished together.

APRIL-25 No School for Students
Please note in your calendars that there will be a school holiday on April 25th so that teachers and administrators can facilitate the next stage of implementing Lesson Study professional development.

Liaison Committee
Thank you to our Liaison committee members for helping us reflect on our students’ writing. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 18 @ 9:20 am

Movie Night
Our first movie night of 2016 will be held on Friday, January 29 from 6:00- 8:00 PM. The entire HISNiseko community is invited to join us for some family fun.

Next PTA Meeting
Our next PTA meeting will be held on Friday, January 29 from 9:20- 10:30. Our topic of discussion is: “What is International Mindedness @ HISNiseko?”

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 After School Music Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin, piano & keyboard  lessons with  professional musicians. Lessons are held Mon-Thurs. & are available in English & / or Japanese. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email

HISでは放課後にプロの先生によるバイオリン、ピアノ、キーボードのレッスンをご提供しています。レッスンは英語または日本語で、毎週月曜〜水曜日に行われます。まだ空きがありますので、ご興味のある方はMP3、ルーム205のAlison Manjyoume(アリソン万城目)までメールでご連絡ください。



The HS boys team suffered 2 narrow losses on Friday in Nagoya in the toughest side of the draw. This put them into the 5th place playoff against Hiroshima which we won easily. They will now set their sights on our own SFC.The HS girls in Kobe eventually placed 3rd which was a great effort considering how they were affected so much by injuries as the tournament progressed. Both teams are to be congratulated on their outstanding play and great team spirit. A big thanks also to coaches Mario and Kaori and their faithful chaperones Ms Lai and Mr Adams.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Ms. Kumagai - for her many efforts being put into getting students ready for the elementary performance.
  • Coaches Mario and Kaori -- for the wonderful weekend of basketball at Kobe and Nagoya for our boy’s and girl’s teams. Congrats for the successes!
  • Dan Adams & Lola Lai - for helping to chaperone the teams on their trips.
  • Basketball Teams -- for being such wonderful ambassadors for HIS. 




 Elementary Activities 

Notices will come out this week for new After School Activities. We had to wait until we knew what was happening with the Japanese language program.
Continuing will be guitar, drumming and IGO plus some new choices.

 Husky Calendar 

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


HIS Elementary Concert “MUSICing”

Thursday March 17th at 6:30pm

Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (札幌市教育文化会館)

*Music Department is looking for pirate hats and cowboy hats. Please email Ms. Kumagai ( if you have any that we can borrow.

*もしご家庭に「海賊ハット」又は「カウボーイハット」が眠っていて、コンサートのために貸しても良いという方がいらっしゃいましたら、熊谷 ( まで連絡ください。

 Physical Education 

Middle and High School ski dates are 18th & 19th February.
Elementary ski dates are 24th & 25th February.

H.I.S. will be skiing at Fu's Ski Resort.

More information will be sent out within the next couple of weeks.

 Outdoor Leadership 

Outdoor Leadership Class:
Sapporodake Snowshoe Hike

The Outdoor Leadership class embarked on their Sapporodake hut and hike trip during the weekend of January 16th and 17th. The trip started with a 5k snowshoe hike in the dark up to the rustic Heyamizu hut where the students spent a cool night. The next morning an array of hot ramen and rice meals were consumed before the snowshoe towards Sapporodake summit. The advance on the summit was filled with beautiful panoramic views and picturesque fields of Hokkaido powder. After a successful summit, the students descended down the mountain for onsen and curry as a finish to a great weekend!  Great work OL class!

 Upcoming Events 


Jan 29
- End of First Semester
Feb 5 ~ 7 Snow Festival Classic
Feb 11  Foundation Day (no school)
Feb 18 - 19 MS / HS Ski Days
Feb 24 - 25 Elem Ski Days
Feb 26 Elementary No School (MS / HS in session)

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.  Any parent is welcome to attend, and please let Atsuko and Neil know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

 Husky Lunch 

The weekly menu for HIS school lunch will now be posted on our website. Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the menu for January 25 - 29!

 HIS Cheerleading Recruits
 Elementary Students


As the snowy season approaches, every year during the Snow Festival season, HIS hosts a basketball tournament here in our gym. The Snow Festival Classic showcases  the Junior Varsity Boys, Varsity Boys, and Varsity Girls teams. Our teams are joined by those from all around Hokkaido and even an international school in Nagoya.

In order to make the tournament more enjoyable for all, HIS Athletics is creating a Cheerleading Team for students in Early Years and Mileposts 1, 2 & 3. Boys and girls are both invited and practices will be every Thursday from 3:30~4:30. Practices will begin based on the availability of those who sign up. Performances will include the Pep Rally on Day 1 of the Tournament, Feb 5th, and the half-time show on Saturday, Feb 6th. If your child would like to join, please contact us as soon as possible!! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at practice!!




 Student Council One Yen Drive


HIS Student Council is currently raising money for an orphanage in Cameroon. Our fundraiser is called the one yen drive. There will be petroleum bottles in every class and classes will put one yen coins in the bottles. The goal is to collect as many one yen coins as possible. Our goal is to raise $800-$1000 this year. Funds raised will go towards building showers for those who live and work at the orphanage, as well as towards buying school supplies, computers and indoor cooking facilities. The fundraiser will run until February and donations will be made in March.

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