HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 14, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

International Youth Forum

On Sunday, a group of Student Council members devoted half of their day as volunteer participants in the International Youth Forum, which was sponsored by the America-Japan Society of Hokkaido and the Hokkaido International Exchange and Cooperation Center. 

HIS participants divided up into various groups with fellow students from across Sapporo to discuss, from a global perspective, Japanese ~ American relations. The somewhat weighty and sometimes humorous conversations were of great benefit to those participants from outside of HIS who do not always have the opportunity to participate in discussions  that have such an open, discussion-based emphasis. As a result, our student really stood out and were the focus of praise from many.

Privately, I received compliment after compliment about the caliber of our students throughout the event and at a later reception. Other participating teachers, students and members of the Japan-America Society, as well as members of the US consulate, have consistently pointed out at how courteous, well-spoken and thoughtful our representatives are at this and similar events. Likely our students didn’t  realize it, but they all contributed to someone else's life experiences on Sunday and for that they need to be thanked for being such great representatives of what HIS stands for and for what our students are so easily able to do.


Members of the HIS Student Council pause at the end of the International Youth Forum for a photo op. A job well done in representing HIS and sharing their broad perspective of opinions.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa - Early this week, a letter will be sent home regarding HIS community participation in “Project Santa”, a charity which collects donated gifts to give to orphans of all ages during the holiday season.  This year, the HIS Student Council, “ACT” (Community Service Club) and the PTA are cooperating to organize our school’s participation in the project.  Please read the details about Project Santa when you receive them from your child.  Hopefully together we can make a difference in the lives of some less fortunate during this season.  Thanks!

PowerSchool progress reports are available to parents online today -  November 7th.

Student Babysitters - A reminder that busy parents looking for babysitters are invited to look at the HIS Babysitter List 2016-17  Please feel free to contact one of these students if you are in need of a babysitter.

 @ Niseko 

Happy Holiday Greetings from snowy HIS Niseko

My name is Barry Mernin. I am the Teaching Administrator for our humble international school. Once again, we are coordinating this year’s Santa Project for two local orphanages: Aiseigakuen and Iwanai Kouseien (114 children).
Our friends, Rie Pickering and Ami Small have began this project many years ago. HIS Niseko is proud to build upon their achievements.
For the upcoming Christmas season, we humbly request donations of money to buy:

  • toys
  • stationary
  • socks
  • Gloves and towels
  • Christmas cake

Just as last year, we request that each person donate 2000-3000 JPY so that HIS Niseko can order the above items via online purchase. HIS Niseko is organizing a group of PTA volunteers to order, wrap and tag each gift.
This request for money is totally optional.
Below are the two bank accounts that you may kindly deposit your donations:

#Post Office Bank (Yucho) Branch 908
Normal account 19946851 サンタノヘルパー
or Post Office Bank ATM 19060-19946851

# Hokuyo Bank Kutchan branch
Ordinary account 3612218 サンタノヘルパー

You may also drop off your donation of money to the Administration Office at Hokkaido International School-Niseko ℅ Administrative Assistants.
If you or your company would like to help, we would appreciate it greatly. Please send any questions or comments to or
Thank you and have a most wonderful holiday season from all of us to all of you!
Please share this message.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • November 14 Lesson Study Professional Development for Ms. Lola and Mr. Sinclair
  • November 23 Teacher Professional Development in Sapporo (No school for students)

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Elementary Activities 

After School Activities started last week with good numbers at each activity. We appreciate the efforts of the volunteer leaders.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Our Student Council - for participating in the International Youth Forum


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

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


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。

 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, January 28th 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 ( by Monday, December 12th 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 


November & December Events

November 23  - Teacher PD (NO CLASSES)
December 1- 4 - Middle School Boys Basketball Tournament
December 9 - Winter Celebration
December 16  (- Jan. 9) Winter Break (No Classes)


The HS boys basketball team had a solid win against Seishu HS last Monday in front of many appreciative fans. They then visited Hiragishi HS last Friday and scored a narrow victory 62-58. Coach Mario was pleased with their efforts.

See pic. The JV boys will have their first game this Wednesday against the visitors from keihoku HS. Come and cheer this young team on.

Go Huskies !

 Basketball Season Gym Schedule  

Please see here for information on when the gym is scheduled for use during the basketball season.


 Husky Lunch 

Please see here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for Nov. 14 - Nov. 18


 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  December 7th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge
Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.



 Outdoor Leadership

AdHOC Wheel had it second-ever excursion over the weekend. We explored 12 kilometers of pristine single-track, enjoying the autumn colors while dodging the bountiful tanuki dung heaps.

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