HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 21, 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.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa Reminder - Last 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 do contribute a donation to this worthy cause.  Hopefully together we can make a difference in the lives of some less fortunate during this season.  Thanks!   

(Please see below for how to donate).

  • Price range of a gift from 1500 yen to 2000 yen
  • Each student should buy a present for their same gender and age level.
  • NO CARDS / LETTERS / NAME should be attached to the gift
  • Please write your age, gender, a simple description of the gift on a “post-it” and attach it to the gift. (ex; “age 7, girl, stuffed animal”)
  • Please do not write anything directly on the present
  • Important: Please do not wrap the gifts
  • All gifts should be store-bought (no used or 100 yen shop items please) 

* Elementary Students: We will collect your gifts from your homeroom teacher
* Secondary Students: Please deposit gifts in the box found at the library desk

Presents are to be brought to HIS by: Monday, December 5th (at the latest)

 @ Niseko 

Movie Night Thank You!
Thank you all for coming to our Movie Night last Friday. We had a terrific crowd. On a personal note, my son had a blast chasing your sons and daughters around the Multi Purpose Room. He had an excellent time and slept late on Saturday morning.
Thanks also to HIS Niseko PTA for meeting during the show to discuss the Santa Project logistics and English Language Learning happenings on our little campus.
Next movie night is scheduled for March 31, 2017.

Substitute teachers, rock on!
Big time thanks to parent Melissa Moss and Susan Otani for diligently pitching in and teaching while Mr. Sinclair and Ms. Lola were away. Your kindness and flexibility were greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Hokkaido Core!
On Wednesday after school the team had our first planning and partnership session with expert ski instructor, Winse Heyward. The HIS Niseko team is stoked to work with Winse's crew yet again, this winter, to help out with our ski curriculum. We are indebted to Winse and the fine folks of Hokkaido Core for their generosity, commitment to excellence and world-class service.
Thank you again and lets have a wonderful winter together!

Santa Project 2016
Thanks to everyone for getting the word out about Santa Project. I am proud to announce that we are accomplishing our fundraising goals.

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



 Husky Spotlight 

HIS Students Receive Awards in Art Contest!
Out of 5483 entries from all over Hokkaido, 166 art works were selected and have received different awards in the recent Idemitsu Art Contest.
4 awards in the "Fine Art" category were given to the following students:

  • Theodore MP2
  • Baylie MP3
  • William MP3
  • Koyuki MP3

All 166 pieces will be on display from January 5 -9 at the underground walkway between Sapporo St. and Odori St. Congratulations!

 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 JV boys had their first game last week and scored an exciting 4 point win against the visitors from Keihoku HS. A great effort from our young team. This Monday they will play against the visitors from Shoshi HS.

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. 21 - Nov. 25

 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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