HUSKY EXPRESS April 4, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

First Steps With Lesson Study- Teachers met last week in four teams to take their first steps with Lesson Study. As you may recall, April 25 will be a Professional Development Day for teachers and a school holiday so that all HIS teachers can dedicate a day to professional dialogue on lesson creation.

The program comes to us from the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. Its roots are found here in Japan but the system is influencing schools around the world. HIS is the first international school in Japan to make use of this immensely powerful program. A thanks to the four lead teachers: Mrs. Oda, Mr. Piazza, Mr. Pangier and Mrs. Shibuya.

Financial Assistance Applications  -  HIS Financial Assistance applications will be available from the office on April 6 through to the end of the month.


 HIS Summer School 2016: Accepting Applications 

In our last issue we introduced the 2016 HIS Summer School Coordinator, Mr. William Howell. In this week’s issue, we are excited to relay information about the Summer School curriculum and scheduling. Please head over to our Summer School 2016 Page to check out the details!


  From the Principal’s Office  

Spring Bazaar Organizing Meeting on Wednesday April 6 at 2:00
(Note that this replaces the regularly scheduled PTA Steering Committee Meeting).

Spring Bazaar Volunteers:
Thank-you everyone who has already volunteered for a job or two at the Spring Bazaar.  If you’re willing to pitch in to make the bazaar a success, please find the sign up sheets on a table at the school entrance.

Spring Bazaar Donations for PTA Booth:
A huge thanks to everyone who has already dropped off goods for the the PTA to sell at the Spring Bazaar!  A really great start!
If you have some items that you’d like to get rid of, but are not planning on having your own vending space at the bazaar, please consider a donation to the PTA.  All proceeds from sales go toward grants to school programing (which directly benefit our children).
The donation box is at the front entrance to the school.

Spring Bazaar Vending Spaces:
There are still some spaces left! Please reserve a space at or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Tuesday, April 12th

 @ Niseko 

Recruitment of Prospective Families at HISNiseko

Thank you all that were able to participate in our discussion on student enrollment. I am encouraged with the team spirit that our teachers and parents share. I am proud of our work together.

MAP Testing

As of this writing, the MP3 students are taking their Measure of Academic Progress standardized tests. It is a joy to see them so engaged in their assessments of learning.
As Neil Cooke, Principal of HIS Sapporo noted; this June, each MP3 student will receive a report detailing specific areas of academic growth and areas of need. I look forward to using each report as a guide for further instruction.
Please send any questions or comments my way.
You may read more about MAP Testing here
Dates of Note for Next Week
April 4th MAP testing, MP3-Math
April 6th Mummy and Me
April 7th EY Ski morning
April 8th MP1/3 Ski/Snowboard afternoon

Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 After School Japanese (ASJapanaese)


Japanese Classes Currently Available! 生徒募集中

HIS has begun offering after school Japanese Language lessons. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 PM in Room204.
Seats are currently available for native or near-native Japanese speakers, from MP3 - High School.
For program information and applications, please contact the program director at


お問い合わせは: まで。皆さんのご応募をお待ちしております。

 Kanji Kentei


Japanese Department is scheduling for the Kanji Proficiency Test (Kanji Kentei) on Saturday, June 4th, from 1PM-2:15PM at HIS. Students can choose from Level 2 to 10. We need to have at least 10 people to have HIS as a venue. Please register by emailing Yumi Miyatake ( by Friday, April 15th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her.


 Thank you very much for supporting the HIS elementary music program by attending "MUSICing" on March 17th. 

A professionally made DVD and professionally taken photos will be available for you to purchase in early April. Please stay tuned for the announcement.
A very important note that there has been some hiccup between the music department and JASRAC (The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) regarding this year’s show (---Issues are dealt with quickly and properly, so things should be straightened out soon). We asked before the concert that there'd be no photographing or videotaping of the performance, but if you happened to have missed the announcement and taken photos or/and video during the performance, please refrain from sharing them with public or/and on social network sites (facebook, etc). Thank you very much for your corporation.  
上演前と休憩時間終了後に写真撮影•ビデオ撮影は固くご遠慮いただくようにお願いしましたが、もし写真•ビデオを撮影されてしまった場合は、著作権上の問題がありますので、Facebook などの Social Network 上にコンサートのビデオ等を掲載することはお控えください。ご協力お願いします。


Sports Awards Dinner …. Friday April 22nd from 6-9 pm in the MPR. Come and celebrate the efforts and achievements of our sports teams. Enjoy some delicious food and fun times.

Tickets available soon.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Mr. Cooke  - for getting everything ready for the MAP tests
  • PTA Steering Committee - for their beautiful Spring Bazaar window advertisements.


 Elementary Activities 

This round of activities will conclude at the end of April.

Tuesday is Badminton/PingPong,

Wednesday is Guitar, and

Friday is Drumming.

Please return those permission forms to participate!

 Husky Calendar 

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

 Upcoming Events 


April 8 End of Quarter 3
April 16 Spring Bazaar
April 22 Sports Award Banquet

April 25 Teacher PD (no school)

April 28 Drama Performance
April 29 Parent Teacher Student Conferences / Teacher PD (no school)

May 2 -3 HIS Holiday (No School)
May 7 SAT Exams
May 14 Elementary Sports Day
May 14 - 17 Freshman Class Trip
May 18 Elementary Sports Day (Backup)

 From PTA 

Spring Bazaar Organizing Meeting Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:00 in the teacher’s room.
(This replaces the regularly scheduled PTA Steering Committee Meeting)

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 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for April 4 - April 8 !

 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。

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