HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 27, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Secondary Student Speech Contest

Last week’s student speech competition was a wonderful opportunity for HIS secondary students to demonstrate the progress they have made in standing before their peers and teachers and demonstrate that they have taken another step towards being the effective Husky communicators they aim to be.

A large thanks is due to faculty-emeritus, Ms. Amalie Aseltine, who advised the Speech Club and coached the thirteen  students through the development of and presentation process of their speeches. Ms. Aseltine volunteered her services to the this process and we and the students who benefited from her work owe her an immense debt of gratitude for what she has achieved.

Finally, congratulations are to be extended to all participants and in particular the three finalists whose strong performance lead to their selection. Finalists were: Sashsa Shin (Grade 11 - 1st place), Kate Fukui (Grade 12 - 2nd) and Raja (Grade 8 - 3rd). Ainu Cultural Experience

Last week middle school students were treated to a bit of Hokkaido’s unique cultural diversity through a visit of Sapporo University students who came to present on Ainu culture.

Sapporo University, a sister school of HIS, is home to an Ainu studies program that has drawn much interest. The students came to dressed in traditional Ainu clothing, performed on Ainu instruments and worked with our students to join in Ainu dances.

HIS is thankful for the opportunities provided by our relationship with Sapporo University and we look forward to hosting them again in the future.


  From the Principal’s Office  

SAT Exam Changes:  Please note that the College Board has made changes to the international testing schedule.  

One of these changes will take effect this school year. The SAT (with and without essay) is now cancelled in June.  (Note however, SAT subject tests WILL still be administered internationally in June).

I will inform the HIS community of further College Board changes for next year in upcoming communications.

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - This Wednesday March 1st at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.

Spring Bazaar 2017: Looking forward to the upcoming Spring Bazaar on April 15th.. Please stay tuned for information about how you can get involved.
Event organization will get started at the PTA meeting on March 1st.
All parents are welcome!

MAP Testing - Please note that the second round of MAP testing for 2016-17 is coming up in March.  Details and a full schedule coming soon.

 @ Niseko 

HIS Niseko Writing Celebration THANK YOU:

Thank you all for attending our Writer’s Workshop Writing Celebration. We hope that you were able to get a better idea of our writing curriculum. We were happy for an audience to read and reflect on our writing. It was a joy to watch the young writers give their speeches and share their work.
The teachers and student writers are already planning future celebrations.


ELL Update

Our ELL program of studies is taking shape. It is an exciting process. We are currently determining English Language levels of our students. Mr. Mernin will contact parents after completion of selected students individualized learning plans. Claire Yao, ELL leader from HIS Sapporo will visit Merek, Barry, and Susan near the end of March for comprehensive training and support with our ELL development.
We are very much looking forward to Claire’s expert guidance.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

March 1: Mummy & Me
March 1: Husky Day (Please wear Forest Green and Black, if possible)
March 2: International Read Aloud

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 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  MARCH 1st at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge
Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.


 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 

About 2 more months left till the big day- ticket sales for "ABC" have finally begun! Please don’t wait to get one or two or more! The concert will feature students from MP1 to Gr. 12 who will perform songs from different places, times, and occasions. It will also feature two songs composed by 2 of our very own community members!

Starting this year, we will introduce two types of tickets: free seating general tickets and reserved seat invitation tickets. For details, please see the following:

<For Free Seating General Tickets>
Adult: 2,000 yen
High school & under: 1,000 yen

Early Years to MP3 students and parents:
Submit the form sent out to all students and money in an envelope to your child’s homeroom teacher by March 8th*.

Secondary students and parents:
Submit the form and money in an envelope to the HIS office*.

*no change available

<For Reserved Seat Invitation Tickets>
Adult: 5,000 yen
High school & under: 4,000 yen

This year, we have special reserved seats for people who wish to donate 3000 yen in addition to the ticket price to reserve a good seat without having to wait in a long line before the concert. These reserved seats are limited to 50 people and are given on a first come first serve basis. The donations will be used to cover the cost of the concert, and the balance will be carried forward to next year's production. If you wish to purchase these seats, please send an email to the HIS Concert office. The seats will be assigned in the order of the emails received. In your e-mail, please write the student’s name, grade, and the number of tickets you wish to purchase (adult and/or child). The names of those who have made the donation by purchasing these tickets will be listed in the concert program. If you have any questions, please contact HIS Concert office at

  • Students who will be performing in the concert will not need to purchase tickets.
  • Early Years will not be performing. To see the concert, they will need to purchase tickets.
  • Tickets for the general public will be on sale at Daimaru Fujii Central (South 1 West 3 Chuo-ku Sapporo) from March 15th.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Mr. David Wakabayashi for coming to talk to MP3 about the Internment of Japanese people in America during WW2.

  • On Friday, HIS Niseko was privileged to receive a visit from Mr. Yutaka Sugino and his wife, Junko.  The lovely couple dedicated their day, came all the way from Sapporo, in the snow, to help us with our Spring Concert rehearsal. Our students and teachers, though tired, will long remember this day. Thank you.
  • Hugs go out to Dan, secondary teachers and those who went out to support the HS Ski Days on Thursday and Friday of last week. Two very successful days.
  • An advance thanks to Rod Kelly and Karen Katayama who will be accompanying the MS basketball trip to Kobe. Go Huskies!!
  • Amalie Aseltine for overseeing the Speech Club and Speech Contes




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。

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


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 Upcoming Events 


MARCH Events

March 2 - 3 - HS Overnight Trip (Jozankei)
March 2 - 3 - Middle School Girls BBall Tourney
March 7 - Branding Progress Report (2pm) / IMYC Info Session (2:45pm)
March 9 - 10 - Middle School Overnight (Takino)
March 13 - 24 Junior Service Trip (Sri Lanka)
March 31 - Sports Award Banquet


Well done to all the MS girls basketball players who held their `Goal a Thon` last week … and a big thank you to all the generous people who sponsored them.
This week they will go to Kobe for a tournament. We wish them all the very best and have good fun !
Futsal practice is now in full swing. We will be asking players as to who will commit to going to the tournament in April.
Community Basketball each Wednesday from 5 pm… all members of the community welcome.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu-  Feb 27 - Mar 3

 Elementary Activities 

So many kids enjoying Snow Fun last week in perfect conditions. I also hope that they enjoyed the hot cocoa that followed ?

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