HUSKY EXPRESS Dec 12, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

HIS Student Appears in the Asahi Newspaper on the Topic of “Dreams”
HIS Senior, Mukhayyirkhuja “Mukha” Abdurakhmonov, was recently interviewed at HIS on the topic of Dreams for a series of articles of the same name by Asahi Newspaper.

Mukha’s Uzbeki background and experiences of growing up here in Japan and most recently his educational experiences at first Japanese and most recently here at the international school, are all addressed in the article.  

Mukha also speaks to his dream of going on to medical school in order to be a doctor who can help those in need around the world.


Please check out the article online:

Happy Holidays to the HIS Community

On behalf of HIS, I would like to wish everyone the very best of the season as you head into the holidays and plan celebrations with your family in the lead up to the New Year, the Year of the Rooster.

  From the Principal’s Office  

I’d like to wish everyone a very happy holidays!  Looking forward to seeing you all  again in the new year!

Winter Celebration -- Thank-you

Thank-you to the PTA members and the Student Council members who prepared and served the food and drinks after the Winter Celebration!  Also, much appreciation to all the performers and their teachers for a great show!  

Project Santa -- ... More Thank-yous

Many many thanks to the student council and ACT club members who spent all Sunday afternoon wrapping the Project Santa donations!  Great Husky (and Season’s) Spirit!

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - Wednesday January 18th at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.

 @ Niseko 

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • 11th January: Favourite Colours (Second day back in school; keep it simple)
  • Jan. 11th EY skiers go to Annupuri AM
  • Jan.12th International Read Aloud
  • January 12, 2017 - Bring A Friend to School Day
  • Jan. 13th older kids Moiwa PM
  • Jan. 18th EYs  skiers go to Annupuri AM
  • Jan. 18th Asobook 2:15- 3:15
  • Jan. 20th older skiers go to Moiwa PM
  • Jan 25th Yoji Centre Readaloud 

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Music Department 

Hokkaido International School proudly presents our annual music concert,

"A B C"

Date:    April 21st, 2017 FRIDAY
Time:   7 p.m.
Venue: Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Small Hall)
Tickets: Adult: 2000 yen
Child (High School and under): 1000 yen 

The HIS Music Department is pleased to announce that we will be performing at Sapporo Kitara Concert Hall next April! Kitara is one of the most prestigious concert halls in Japan with beautiful facilities and fabulous acoustics. Since 2001, HIS had held more than 10 annual concerts there, and we are so excited to be returning to this venue!

All students from Milepost 1 to Grade 12 will be involved in either the performing or producing of the concert. It is going to be a fantastic showcase where you will see them singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Here are our

MP1, MP2, MP3 music
Secondary Choir
Instrumental Class
Jazz Band
MS Performing Arts
HS Music Appreciation 

If your child or friend is in one of these classes, please consider coming to the concert to support their work. Quick! Grab a pencil and mark your calendars!

We are looking for volunteers:

We are currently looking for parents who would be willing to volunteer to support our concert in the duties listed below. If you are interested, please contact Mr. or Ms. Sugino via email by November 30th. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Printing programs, tickets, flyers
  • Organising costumes and props
  • Public relations
  • Ticket Sales
  • Any other contributions you can think of!

 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。

 Elementary Activities 

Thank you so much to the leaders of After School Activities. We are looking for volunteer leaders for the new round of activities to start after Winter Break.

 Upcoming Events 


December & January Events

December 16  (- Jan. 9) Winter Break (No Classes)

January 10 - Classes resume
January 12 - 15 - JV Girls and Boys Basketball Tournament
January 19 - 22 - HS Girls and Boys Basketball Tournament
January 21 - SAT Exam
January 28 - Kanji Proficiency Test
January 28 - 29 - Outdoor Leadership - Sapporodake
January 30 - End of 1st semester


The HS boys and HS girls teams both had strong wins over the weekend against their respective opponents. The boys defeated the visitors from Okadama HS and the girls beat the visitors from Seishu HS. This week the HS boys have home games against the very strong teams of Hokkai HS and Hiragishi HS on Monday and Thursday.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please see here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for Dec. 12 - Dec. 15

 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



 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  January 18th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge
Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


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