Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Concert Pianist John Kamitsuka to Visit HIS This Friday: John Kamitsuka is a “Husky” from the earliest days of Hokkaido International School. Mr. Kamitsuka grew up in Sapporo and attended HIS from a very young age. After returning to the United States, he pursued a career in music and went on to be a concert pianist.
Almost every year, Mr. Kamitsuka returns to Sapporo and he has kindly made sure to pay us a visit here at HIS. All from the HIS Community are welcome to attend.

Day:     Friday May 13
Place:  Multipurpose Room (first floor)

Time:   2:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you here at HIS.


 HIS Summer School 2016: Accepting Applications 

Please head over to our Summer School 2016 Page to check out the details!


  From the Principal’s Office  

AP EXAMS CONTINUE --- Good luck to all of our high school students sitting AP exams this week.  Although studying is of course important, please don’t lose sight of the importance of a good night’s sleep as well - especially the night before your exam(s).

It should be noted, that for a small school we have a high percentage of students participating in the AP program - 39 students with 58 exams being administered.  Well done, Huskies!

The next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is Wednesday, June 1st at 3:45 in the teacher’s room.

 @ Niseko 

Cheers to all of you for yet another wonderful, albeit short, week of learning at HIS Niseko.

Visit from the Hokkaido Office of Shinkansen Promotion
Recently we were fortunate to be visited by members of the Hokkaido Government Office of Shinkansen Promotion. Kyoko and I participated in a lesson observation followed by an hour long discussion on internationalism in Japanese schools. We discussed ways to express our common understandings.
Each member of the group left deeply impressed with our students and school.

PTA Volunteer Morning
This Friday, May 13th, at 8:30 am we will be again giving attention to our garden and soccer field. All available parents are invited to kindly help us:

  • weed
  • pick up rocks
  • clear out flower bedding
  • Tend our garden
  • rake and level our soccer field

With help, we should be able to get most of our work completed by 9:20. Please contact Mrs Kyoko Senzai if you would like to help us out.

Visitors from the Niseko Day Service
Today we received gifts of towel cloths that were designed by the Niseko elderly day care service. I was quite proud to be able to open our doors to our neighbors. Each of our honored guests left with a smile. I hope to continue our relationship for years to come.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
May 9th 10th 11th Niseko Primary Cultural Exchange
May 10th Crazy Hair Day
May 11th Asobook
May 11 @16:45 Halloween Meeting with Paul H. at the Town Council
May 12 International ReadAloud
May 14- Sports Day in Sapporo


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。


HIS is proud to be showcasing the talents of it students who have been taking After School Violin and Piano lessons with the professional musicians and teachers, Eiko Ishikawa, Masami Tomioka, Kayoko Oshima, Shoko Kumagai and Yoko Kawamura.

Join us for an afternoon of music in the MPR on Sunday, 5th June at 2pm. FREE


日 時 6月5日 午後2時より
場 所:HIS 1階MPR 



Open gym Volleyball every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5pm … All boys and girls welcome
Thursday is Volleyball girls only
Community Basketball each Wednesday from 5pm.

Go Huskies !

 “MUSICing” DVD Information 

“MUSICing” DVD (4500 yen) on Sale
Thank you those who have ordered the concert DVDs. If you haven’t done so, and if you would like to purchase, please email Ms. Kumagai ( DVDs are now sold at 4500 yen.
*Pictures of the concert will be ready to be sold soon. Thank you for your patience.

“MUSICing” DVD (1枚4500円)
コンサートDVDの先行予約は終了しました。今後購入希望の方は、熊谷 ( までご連絡ください。1枚4500円で購入いただけます。


  Suds for Support  

The sophomore class will be running a carwash on the upcoming elementary sports day (Saturday, 14th of May). From 8:30-13:00. The cost will be 1000円, with all the proceeds going to our Habitat for Humanity junior service trip. 

To find out more about Habitat for Humanity go to: (English) Or (Japanese)

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Ms. Yao, Mr. Pangier, Ms. Sugino & Mr. Fazio - for chaperoning the middle school on their excursion to Rusutsu.
  • Dan Adams - for planning the coming Elementary Sports Day (May 14).


 Elementary Activities 

Calling for volunteers to lead an after school group until the end of the year. Hopefully, we can send notices home soon outlining the available choices for students.

 Husky Calendar 

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

 Upcoming Events 


May 14 Elementary Sports Day
May 14 - 17 Freshman Class Trip
May 18 Elementary Sports Day (Backup)

June 2 - 3 Middle School Overnight
June 4 SAT Exams
June 15 HS Sports Day
June 16 Last Day of School / HS Graduation
June 20 Summer School Begins

 From PTA 

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - Wednesday May 4th

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 May 9 - May 13 !

 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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