HUSKY EXPRESS March 28, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

HIS Welcome Back Our Juniors & Seniors- The week before Spring Break saw out Juniors go off to on of the most important experiences in their high school life, the Habitat for Humanity trip to Vietnam. There, juniors assisted in the construction of a home for a family in need.
There experiences are life changing for our students, not to mention that they have contributed to changing the lives of the family they provided a home to.
Seniors too experienced a Service Learning Trip to Okinawa where they learned about the value of mangrove forests and helped to maintain this essential part of the ecosystem by helping to plant more mangrove trees.
Make a point of stopping a Senior or Junior to hear about their experience first hand.

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  

Student MAP Testing:
Starting on Tuesday March 29th, HIS students in grades 4-11 will be administered standardized external tests from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
We give grades 4-11 students MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in the areas of Math, Reading, and Language Usage.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  With MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Over three weeks, your child will spend a total of about 4 hours completing these tests.    Reporting back to you: Included in your child’s final report card this June, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth over this year.  This report will show specific areas of growth, specific needs, and comparative numbers with peers and other International schools.

If you have any questions about these exams, please feel free to contact me.  

Spring Bazaar Volunteers:
Thank-you everyone who has already volunteered for a job or two at the Spring Bazaar.  If you’re willing to pitch in to make the bazaar a success, please find the sign up sheets on a table at the school entrance.

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.

Spring Bazaar Vending Spaces:
There are still some spaces left! Please reserve a space at or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Tuesday, April 12th


 @ Niseko 

Spring Concert Cheers
Big thanks to all that came out to watch our students perform at last night’s Spring Concert in Sapporo. A special thanks to Kyoko Senzai, Merek Sinclair, Machiko Churchill, Yuuki Suzuki and Mitsuhiro Naruse for your support. You are all most appreciated.
Math Journals
MP1 and MP3 students are writing, sketching and organizing their mathematical thinking during each math class, of late. Teachers are hard at work modelling how to journal effectively. This habit makes for more meaningful number sense.

Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Thank you very much for supporting the HIS elementary music program by attending "MUSICing" on March 17th. 

A professionally made DVD and professionally taken photos will be available for you to purchase in early April. Please stay tuned for the announcement.
A very important note that there has been some hiccup between the music department and JASRAC (The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) regarding this year’s show (---Issues are dealt with quickly and properly, so things should be straightened out soon). We asked before the concert that there'd be no photographing or videotaping of the performance, but if you happened to have missed the announcement and taken photos or/and video during the performance, please refrain from sharing them with public or/and on social network sites (facebook, etc). Thank you very much for your corporation.  
上演前と休憩時間終了後に写真撮影•ビデオ撮影は固くご遠慮いただくようにお願いしましたが、もし写真•ビデオを撮影されてしまった場合は、著作権上の問題がありますので、Facebook などの Social Network 上にコンサートのビデオ等を掲載することはお控えください。ご協力お願いします。


Community Basketball each Wednesday from 5 pm …. Straight after school on Wednesday you can come up and try Volleyball. Mixed teams and all welcome.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Mr. Piazza, Mrs. Oda & Mr. Ishii - for the successful Habitat for Humanity trip to Vietnam.
  • Mr. Erickson & Ms. Miyatake for the successful Okinawa Service trip with participating Seniors.


 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

 Elementary Activities 

Hopefully we can send out notices this week and start next week.. Would love to hear from any teachers or parents who would be willing to lead an activity until the Golden Week break ?

 Husky Calendar 

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

 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。

 Upcoming Events 


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 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 28 - April 1 !

 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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