HUSKY EXPRESS March 14, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Spring Break Just Around the Corner- For many of us at school, Spring Break comes upon us as nearly as a surprise. It is often difficult to comprehend that so much time has passed since Winter Break and we often look back with pride at how much has been accomplished and ‘worry’ at how much is yet to be done.  

Emerging from the intensity and darkness of winter, Spring Break is a welcome break to catch up, recharge our batteries and get ready for the last 10 weeks of school.  

We hope that our families and students will enjoy the short holiday ahead of you and come back with a renewed sense of energy and excitement.
Financial Assistance Announcement 1 / Developing World Scholarship -  This is the first of three announcements to let HIS community members know that Financial Assistance applications will be available from the school office at the start of April. HIS Financial Assistance aims to support families through temporary financial circumstances that they may encounter and reduces over time.

The Developing World Scholarship is primarily reserved to for families from developing countries that are conducting research or academic studies at Hokkaido University under the support of th Ministry of Education.


 Introducing the Summer School Coordinator 

Will Howell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Washington State University, a Masters in Language Education from Indiana, and holds a teaching license in secondary English.  He is also a qualified secondary Social Studies teacher, and Honbu Dojo certified Yoshinkan Aikido Instructor – 4 dan.  Will has taught ELL students in Japan and the US for the past 18 years.  In the summer of 2015, he taught the secondary summer school students at HIS.  For the past four years, Will has been an ESL instructor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he helps international students make the cultural and academic transition from ESL to regular university classes.  Will’s hobbies are hiking, trail running, competing in triathlons, playing basketball, and learning how to play the ukulele.

As Coordinator of the Summer School Program, Will can be contacted at:


William Howell

  From the Principal’s Office  

Spring Bazaar Donations for PTA Booth:

A huge thanks to everyone who has already dropped off goods for the the PTA to sell at the Spring Bazaar!  A really great start!

If you have some items that you’d like to get rid of, but are not planning on having your own vending space at the bazaar, please consider a donation to the PTA.  All proceeds from sales go toward grants to school programing (which directly benefit our children).

The donation box is at the front entrance to the school.

The next Spring Bazaar Organizing Committee meeting is on March 15th  at 2:00 in the teacher’s lounge.

 @ Niseko 

Music Performance
As you are aware we will be participating in the Spring concert which will be held at Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan(
March 17th will be a regular school morning with early lunch at 11:30. Students and teachers will leave Niseko campus at 12:00 in order to rehearse at the Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan stage at 15:00. After this rehearsal students are dismissed until 17:30. Parents are welcome to pick up their child and have an early dinner of visit some of the sights of Sapporo.
We will all meet at the the waiting area at 17:30. The performance starts promptly at 18:30.

Dress Rehearsal:
We will have a full dress rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon on the HISNiseko stage from 14:50-15:20.

Dress Code:
Please send in your child’s costume in a paper bag by Monday, March 14. It will be collected by your child’s homeroom teacher. The students will be borrowing flashy vests from the Sapporo campus.
MP1 and MP3 students and teachers will take the school vans. Parents’ transportation information is forthcoming.
Please send your questions or comments to Kyoko or me .

If you would like to order dinner for your child from Mos Burger, please send your requests to Kyoko by Monday

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Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 After School Japanese (ASJapanaese)


Japanese Classes Currently Available! 生徒募集中

HIS has begun offering after school Japanese Language lessons. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 PM in Room204.
Seats are currently available for native or near-native Japanese speakers, from MP3 - High School.
For program information and applications, please contact the program director at


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。


HIS Elementary Concert “MUSICing” Update!!
Thursday March 17th at 6:30pm

Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (札幌市教育文化会館)
Concert-related Schedule for the next 3 weeks

Tickets on Sale  チケット一般発売 @HIS Office

Adult: 2000 yen, High school & under: 1000 yen

Tickets may be purchased directly from the HIS office on Tuesday the 15th, Wednesday the 16th, and Thursday the 17th. (Tickets are NOT sold on Monday the 14th.)

Transportation to and from Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (Reservation Deadline: Tuesday March 15th)
HIS⇔教育文化会館 スクールバス(要予約)

Transportation to and from Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan will be provided on Thursday March 17th for those students and families who need it.

School bus will leave HIS at 5:30pm and arrive at Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan at 6pm.
School bus will leave Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan 15 minutes after the concert is over to come back to HIS.
If you would like to reserve seats on school bus, please email Ms. Kumagai ( by Tuesday March 15th.
Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Milepost  or Grade
  • Which bus do you wish to reserve?
  • How many seats do you wish to reserve?

*This is on a first-come, first served basis.
*Please be on time. The bus will not wait for those people who are late.


Community Basketball each wednesday from 5 pm
Adults usually don`t arrive until 6 pm so the first hour is set aside for younger secondary students and/or those new to the game.
Still waiting for some students to return their uniforms.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out t

  • Rod Kelly - for taking the MS girls down to tournament in Kobe.
  • Karen Katayama - who helped to chaperone the MS girls on their trip.
  • Secondary Teachers - for supporting such a wonderful HS outdoor ed experience for HS students at Jozankei.  


 Elementary Activities 

This is the last week of activities before the Spring Break. A big thank you to all those who were leaders … Mrs Shibuya, Mrs Oda, Ms Ashlee, Mr Johnson and Mr Katayama. Would love to hear from any teachers or parents who would be willing to lead an activity after the break ?

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the school website.

 College Corner 

University of British Columbia -- Student Body President, Adnan Sharif was excited to learn that he was accepted to be a bachelor of science major at the University of British Columbia. Along with that, he was awarded a Major Entrance Scholarship.

UBC ranks in the top 40 universities globally and in the top 20 for public universities so it is a significant indicator of Adnan’s years of academic hard work. Adnan hopes to pursue a bio-chemistry (pre-medicine) course of studies at the university and hopes to enter the Canadian Army’s Medical Officers Training Program.  

Adnan’s ultimate goal is to be a medical doctor and is excited by the potential offered by the Canadian military because of its humanitarian efforts around the world and because he hopes to extend his leadership learning experiences which began here at HIS.

Adnan is still awaiting responses from Western University (Ont. Canada), Waterloo University (Ontario) and McGill University (Montreal).


Adnan Sharif, 2015 ~ 16 Student Body President
Class of 2016

 Upcoming Events 


Mar 12 - 21 Junior Class Service Trip
Mar 17 Elementary Concert
Mar 19 - 27 Spring Break (no school)
Mar 28 School Resumes

April 8 End of Quarter 3
April 16 Spring Bazaar
April 22 Sports Award Banquet
April 28 Drama Performance
April 29 Parent Teacher Student Conferences / Teacher PD (no school)

 From PTA 

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help organize for the upcoming Spring Bazaar.

The next Spring Bazaar organizing committee meeting is on March 15th  at 2:00 in the teacher’s lounge.

Please lend a hand to help make this year's event as successful and fun as last year's.

We hope to see you there!

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for March 14 - 18 !

 HIS Business Club Makes LINE Stickers 

The Business Club will be making HIS-themed LINE stickers and they need your help! Check out the HIS NEWS page for details.

 After School Music Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin, piano & keyboard  lessons with  professional musicians. Lessons are held Mon-Thurs. & are available in English & / or Japanese. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email

HISでは放課後にプロの先生によるバイオリン、ピアノ、キーボードのレッスンをご提供しています。レッスンは英語または日本語で、毎週月曜〜水曜日に行われます。まだ空きがありますので、ご興味のある方はMP3、ルーム205のAlison Manjyoume(アリソン万城目)までメールでご連絡ください。

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