Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Open House - A reminder to all that HIS is open to the wider community on Thursday of this week, September 22. Please come and join the school community for information sessions and for our after school BBQ.

The schedule for guests is as follows:

  • 8:30 - Current HIS Families may visit classes
  • 9:30 - School Opens for Prospective Families
  • 10:00 - Information Session in the MPR for Prospective Families
  • 10:30 - Tours of the School Provided (Japanese & English)
  • 11:00 - Q & A Session in the MPR
  • 11:30 - Guests free to visit classes.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Community BBQ - 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!

Secondary Progress Reports - With the end of the month approaching, we encourage you to log into PowerSchool on or after September 30 to see how your child is doing currently.  

PowerSchool Login Information - Students will have received their PowerSchool login password from their homeroom teacher.  As well, parents were mailed a letter with this information at the beginning of the school year.  Note that parents and students use the same information, so if you did not receive these details, please check with your son or daughter.

Student Babysitters - I am putting together a list of students who are interested in babysitting.  Please look to next week’s Husky Express for details.

 @ Niseko 

Annupuri HIke
Thank you all for your support in getting our student hikers to the mountain. I am proud that so many made it to the peak, and that all are safe and sound. I am encouraged to walk with such warm and caring, parent chaperones. Big time thanks to the HIS Niseko team for bringing such organized commitment to our school.
You all made it a very special day.


Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • September 22, HISNiseko Open House (Invitation attached)
  • September 23 Cross Country Race (Sapporo)
  • September 29 Back to School Night

OPEN House
This September 22, from 10:20- 12:00. All are invited to see our school in session. This is a chance for prospective and current parents to watch our students and teachers learning together. It is one highlight of our school year.
Feel free to kindly tell your friends. (Invitation attached)

Back to School Night September 29th from 6:00- 7:00ish.
HIS Niseko is proud to open our doors for our annual Back to School Night, this September 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Students and teachers will share their thinking and show exhibitions of our learning. It is a great night for our HIS Niseko learning community.

Cross Country News
On Friday, September 23, MP1 and MP3 will head to Sapporo to compete in the annual cross country race hosted by HIS Sapporo. Best of luck to all runners.

Best of luck and thank you.
Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Open House! 

All families are welcome to visit our school on Thursday, September 22 for the annual HIS Open House!
HIS Families are welcome to visit their child’s classrooms throughout the day.
Prospective families are welcome for the morning session. Schedule for the morning session is as follows:

  • 9:30 am  - School Opens for Visitors
  • 10:00 am - School Highlights Presentation
  • 10:30 am - School Tour
  • 11:00 am - Question & Answer Session & Classroom Observation
  • 11:45 am - Conclusion

See website for details!


 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!


 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!

Teacher (please click the teacher’s name to open the attached document and Application/Consent Form. Date Lesson Room Time Teaching Language
Ms. Ichikawa (Violin) Tue Rm 206 3:45 - 6:00 Japanese
Ms. Oshima (Piano) Tue Music Room 3:45 - 6:00 Japanese
Ms. Kawamura (Violin) Wed Rm 201 3:45- 6:00 Japanese or English
Ms. Tomioka (Violin) Thur Rm 206 3:45 - 6:00 Japanese

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:

Day Level (Current) Age Range Room
Tuesday Beginner + Grade 7 - 11 Room 302
Thursday Native / Near-native Grade 4 - 10 Room 301
Friday Beginner Grade 2 - 5 Room 302

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

曜日 レベル 年齢幅(現時点) 教室
火曜日 初級から 7年生〜11年生 302番
木曜日 ネイティブ ・上級 4年生〜10年生 301番
金曜日 初級 2年生〜5年生 302番


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.

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 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 

Fall Festival Volunteers Needed!  Please contact us at pta.sapporo@gmail.com if you are interested.  Fall Festival organizing meeting will be scheduled for sometime next week (TBA).

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  October 5 at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

PTA EMAIL:pta.sapporo@gmail.com


The soccer boys had a very fun game last Wednesday against the visitors from Shoshi HS. Great to see and hear so many people supporting them. Next Monday we will return the favor when we visit their school. The volleyball girls played some very exciting sets last Tuesday against Sumikawa JH. We took the final set narrowly to take the game by 3 sets to 2. A feature was that everybody played some valuable court time. The games were watched by an appreciative audience.

The girls will play again on Wednesday against Keihoku HS away and then we will be home next Sunday morning with Makomanai JH.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for Sep 19 - Sep 23 !

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