Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Taiko Drums @ HIS - Friday afternoon brought Ranbyoshi, the taiko drum performers of whom Ms. Sugino is a member. The very interactive and fun performance was a wonderful cultural highlight for our students, teachers and visiting parents. These are the kind of events that bring Japanese culture into the heart of the learning experience and we would like to thank Ranbyoshi for coming to perform at HIS.


College Week - Last week high school students participated in presentations from various universities. One of the main feature universities was Stony Brook University (NY) a school that has signed a partnership agreement with HIS and one which offers HIS students various opportunities.


We next look forward to the visit of the University of British Columbia, which will be on October 31st.

  From the Principal’s Office  

The Secondary Parent Orientation will be held today (September 12) at 5:00 pm in the teacher’s lounge.  New (and returning) parents are welcome to come and learn more about the middle school and high school program at HIS.

Community BBQ - Note on your calendar that the PTA and the Student Council will be co-hosting a community BBQ on the back field directly after school on September 22 (the day of the open house).  The student council will be organizing fun games for the kids and the PTA will be providing lots and lots of meats for the BBQ.  Please bring your appetite and get to know more of the HIS community!

 @ Niseko 

Thank you Ms. Lola for your awesome commitment to team building at HISNiseko. Last week on Saturday, the teachers and staff hiked Annupuri. On Friday night, the entire team, minus me, and families enjoyed the night together playing cards and eating great food.
More team building events are on the way.
Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • September 12th Monday - Cultural Exchange with Niseko Primary AM
  • September 16th Annupuri Hike with students
  • September 21 Halloween Meeting with Niseko Town Council
  • September 22, HISNiseko Open House (Invitation attached)
  • September 29 Back to School Night

Save the Date: Back to School Night September 29th from 6:00- 7:00ish.
HISNiseko is proud to host our annual Back to School Night this September 29th. Students and teachers will share their thinking from each day and show exhibitions of our learning. It looks to be a great night for our HISNiseko learning community.

Best of luck and thank you.
Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Husky Spotlight 

MP2 Student Nia Erickson Receives Silver Medal in Art Competition!

Congratulations are in order to our our very own Nia Erickson for her recent award at the 44th annual We are the Children of the Sea! art contest.Nia traveled to Tokyo to receive the silver ribbon for her painting Music in Water, which was chosen from over 10,000 other works! Good job, Nia!!

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 

Do you ever have trouble receiving the weekly HEx, Husky-Info bulletins or other school-wide emails?  Do you have another email address to which you’d like to receive these electronic communications? If so, please email our communications coordinator at jtomasine@his.ac.jp so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!


 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Ms. Sugino - for bringing the Ranbyoshi performance here to HIS.
  • Mr. Fazio - for arranging the College Days at HIS for the benefit of our university-bound students.
  • Mr. Erickson, Mr. Tomasine, Mr. Sugino, Ms. Dixit and Ms. Harmon for accompanying the grade 9~10 classes on their annual overnight to Niseko.
  • Mr. ‘Tara’ and Mr. Watanabe for driving the buses to Niseko and back both Thursday and Friday.


 Elementary Activities 

Activities  started last week with Fun Games on Tuesday with Mr Kelly and Guitar on Wednesday with Mr Johnson. Both groups had large numbers of enthusiastic kids.

 After School Music Lessons 

Please consider joining the After School Violin and Piano program, where we offer private lessons for students from preschool to highschool. There are limited rental violins also available for elementary students.

We currently have 3 excellent professional violin teachers and 1 piano teacher. If you are interested, please read the attached documents below under each teacher’s name, which has detailed information about their respective lesson fees, times, our course regulations, and the Application/Consent Form.

Sign up will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis except for those students who decide to continue lessons from last year. All returning and new students must print and sign the Application/Consent Form by Aug. 31st (Wed). If you are unable to open these documents, there will be some printed and placed in front of the music room. In addition, there will be envelopes where you may submit your forms. Please submit them by the deadline. We will not accept electronic submissions!


(please click the teacher’s name to open the attached document and Application/Consent Form.


Lesson Room


Teaching Language

Ms. Ichikawa (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Oshima (Piano)


Music Room

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Kawamura (Violin)


Rm 201

3:45- 6:00

Japanese or English

Ms. Tomioka (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00


Violin Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 500 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥5 000/lesson
60 min lesson - ¥6 500 /lesson  

Piano Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 000 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥4 250 /lesson
60 min lesson - ¥5 500 /lesson

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kirin Sugino at ksugino@his.ac.jp or
Yutaka Sugino at ysugino@his.ac.jp

After School Japanese (ASJapanaese) 課外日本語教室  

Japanese Classes Currently Available! 生徒募集中
Back by popular demand, HIS offers after school Japanese language lessons. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 PM.
The following classes are available:



(Current) Age Range



Beginner +

Grade 7 - 11

Room 302


Native / Near-native

Grade 4 - 10

Room 301



Grade 2 - 5

Room 302

For program information and applications, please contact the program director at asjapanese@his.ac.jp










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asjapanese@his.ac.jp まで。皆さんのご応募をお待ちしております。

 Japanese Kanji Proficiency Test (Kanji Kentei)  


The HIS Japanese Department would like to announce that we are scheduling the Kanji Proficiency Test (Kanji Kentei) on Saturday, October 29th at HIS.

Students can choose from Level 2 through Level 10. We need to have at least 10 people to have HIS as a venue.

For registration and any questions, please email Yumi Miyatake (ymiyatake@his.ac.jp) by Thursday, September 22nd including birthdate, Japanese name in Kanji/katakana, and level. Both students and parents are welcome to register.

Levels and Fee:

  • Level 2 (University): 3500 yen
  • Level semi-2 (10~12th grade): 2500 yen
  • Level 3 (9th grade): 2500 yen
  • Level 4 (7~9th grade): 2500 yen
  • Level 5 (6th grade): 2000 yen
  • Level 6 (5th grade): 2000 yen
  • Level 7 (4th grade): 2000 yen
  • Level 8 (3rd grade): 1500 yen
  • Level 9 (2nd grade): 1500 yen
  • Level 10 (1st grade): 1500 yen



 Upcoming Events 


September & October Events

September 12 - Secondary Orientation Session at 5:00 in the teacher’s room
September 19 - Respect for the Aged Day / School Closed
September 22 - Open House / School in session
September 23 - Cross Country Day
September 29 - October 2 - JV and MS Volleyball Tournament
October 3 - School Holiday
October 6- 9 - HS Girls Volleyball Tournament
October 10 - Parent Teacher Conferences (no classes)
October 17 - 21 - Fall Break (no classes)
October 28 - End of 1st Quarter

 From PTA 

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

NEXT MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 7th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

PTA EMAIL: pta.sapporo@gmail.com


The soccer team played their first game of the season last Wednesday against Hiragishi HS. On Monday they will play the visitors from Shoshi Gakkuen on Rutherford Field.

The HS volleyball girls had a very busy weekend with home games against Seishin on Saturday and then away games with Seishu HS on Sunday morning. On Tuesday they will be at home again with the visitors from Sumikawa JH. Come and watch them.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for Sep 12 - Sep 16 !

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