HUSKY EXPRESS April 25, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Parent Teacher Conferences Day

A quick reminder to parents of this short and full week of important things. First, please remember that Wednesday is both a Late Start Day and Parent Teacher Conferences.

Classes will finish at lunchtime (12:10), however, lunch will not be served by the kitchen and students who are not attending conferences are expected to leave campus. Conferences will begin from 13:00.

Conferences are an important chance for teachers and parents to communicate on the progress of your child so that both home and school can work together to ensure the success of each student.


Golden Week

Although HIS does not take the entire week off, the school will be closed on both Thursday and Friday. We hope that you enjoy the long weekend as a family. This is the final breathing spot before the end of the year.

When we return from Golden Week,we will have just six weeks left in the school year.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent and Student Surveys
Last week, parent and (secondary) student surveys were sent out to the school community as part of our WASC accreditation process.
Please take a few moments to complete this survey by May 5th 2017.

The accreditation process is a six-year cycle of:

  • ensuring clarity on the school's mission and purpose
  • gathering of school data,
  • clarifying of what all students should know, understand and be able to do,
  • analyzing student performance,
  • examining the academic, social, personal program of the school
  • identifying critical areas for improvement
  • creating a school-wide action plan

In the spring of 2017-18, HIS will be visited by a team of educators from WASC who will evaluate how our school is doing in addressing WASC criteria in areas of: 

  • organization of student learning
  • curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • support for student personal and academic growth
  • resource management and development

Perception (opinion) data is one of the important types of evidence analysed in our report to WASC.  Your completion this anonymous survey will therefore be of great help to us.    Thank-you!

Next PTA Meeting
The next PTA Steering Committee meeting is  MAY 10th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Elementary Parents Pick-up
Now that spring is here and temperatures are rising, could elementary parents picking up their children please wait in the front genkan or outside the front doors?  This will be very helpful to minimise noise and disruption for elementary classes at the end of the school day.  Thank-you for your understanding!

Upcoming Testing:
- AP Exams--- May 1 - 19

- SAT Exams--- Saturday, May 6

 @ Niseko 

Hokkaido University Students visit HIS NIseko
Saturday, HIS Niseko opened it's doors to the graduate students of Hokkaido University. Over 40 students toured the school; then listened to a lecture on admissions, curriculum, students, and teachers. We discussed how our school came to be.
Thank you all. Special thanks to Professors,Masashi Nara, Ph.D. and Tadashi Endo, for an afternoon of learning and fellowship.

Niseko Community and Corporation Scholarship Program Update
HIS Niseko continues the to establish a scholarship program for the Niseko community. This month, we will present to the Executive Board our plans towards opening a scholarship bank account, determining criteria for applying for a scholarship, and forming a scholarship committee to draft documentation (receipts, tax limitations, application, etc.).
It is a long but worthwhile process.


Parent Testimonials
Cheers to our parent community for sending in the supportive testimonials. Each goes a long way in crystallising what we are doing here. Here is one excerpt:
“Our first impression of a friendly school within a welcoming community has proved well-founded. The boys settled quickly into their classes and, as they bonded with their peers, we were afforded a springboard into the larger Niseko community through school activities and friendships.
The class teachers are the school’s greatest asset. They have shown themselves to be compassionate, knowledgeable and flexible in their approaches. Communication between home and school is excellent: with a weekly, illustrated newsletter and informal chats whenever necessary. Discussions are open and timely and parents’ opinions are valued.
A genuine feeling of partnership is generated between staff and families.”
Please keep sending in more testimonials. They are quite helpful.

Spring Bazaar
We gently request donations for the HIS Niseko PTA Annual Spring Bazaar. Items should be new or in good condition. They should be suitable for Spring and Summer. Clothes, toys, books,homewares and sporting goods are welcome. 

Please, kindly leave donated items at the back of the stage in the MPR. We appreciate your generosity.

Office Staff member needed for Summer Seasonal School
HIS Niseko is seeking Japanese/English speaking applicant for the position of Seasonal School Office Staff from July 20th to August 22nd, 2017. Training will be conducted in May.
An hourly wage of ¥1,000 shall be paid.
If you are interested, please contact Barry Mernin @ or call us @ (0136)55-5252.
Upcoming Dates of Note:
May 2nd Tuesday - Merek Niseko Primary School Meeting 4pm
3rd May: No Spirit Day (Parent Teacher Conferences)
May 8th Niseko Primary School Host Cultural Exchange 10:25 - 11:10
May 9th Niseko Primary School Host Cultural Exchange 10:25 - 11:10
May 10th Niseko Primary School Host Cultural Exchange 10:25 - 11:10

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Music Department 

A Big Thank You!

Dear HIS community,

Thank you so much for coming to support our students. Thank you also for your flexibility and understanding as we prepared for the big day. We were so extremely proud to see our students transform into the performers you saw that evening over the course of this year, and we hope you were too!

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out 

  • The HIS PTA and HIS NISEKO PTA for their countless, tireless and indispensable efforts to support the performance at KITARA this past weekend. The power of the performance was rivalled only by the power of our parents to support our students and teachers. Thank you!!



SKATEBOARDING will be on offer as an afterschool activity this Fall!!


HIS is on the lookout for used skateboards and skateboard parts. We hope to collect equipment donations to support this extracurricular activity.
If you have an old deck, helmet or pads, or even a set of wheels, trucks or bearings please contact Mr. Tomasine & Mr. Gambino:

 Grade 10 Donation Request 

The current Grade 10 class continues to fundraise in preparation for their service trip next year, and they are currently in need of a small refrigerator to store supplies for fundraising activities. If any HIS community members have a used, working refrigerator they would be willing to donate, please contact Ms. Harmon at

 Upcoming Events 


MAY Events

May 3 - AM Shortened Class Schedule / PM Parent Teacher Conferences
May 4 - 5 - HIS Golden Week Holiday (no school)
May 13 - Elementary Sports Day
May 13 - 16 - Freshman Class TripMay 21 - AdHOC Sarugawa Raft
May 25 - Huskies Day
May 25 - 26 - Elementary School Overnight
May 26 - John Kamitsuka Piano Recital


MS Volleyball girls are enjoying their `Spring Training` and are enthusiastically there in great numbers each Tuesday and Friday. Futsal each Wednesday in the gym and Community Basketball follows this.

Go Huskies !Really big numbers of MS girls turned up last week for the first day on `unofficial` Spring practice. It was great to see so many newcomers as well.

Gym use from this week. Monday … Elementary Basketball. Tuesday … MS Volleyball. Wednesday … Community Basketball. Friday … MS Volleyball

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu -  May. 1 - 5

 Elementary Activities 

Mr Johnson and Mr Katayama do such a fantastic job every Wednesday afternoon leading our guitar group. We really have some budding guitarists of the future.

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Do you ever have trouble receiving the weekly HEx, Husky-Info bulletins or other school-wide emails?  Do you have another email address to which you’d like to receive these electronic communications? If so, please email our communications coordinator at so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 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  MAY 10th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

 Hand-Made Paper for Sale 

Dear HIS Community,

The Early Years class has been busy recycling paper to make new paper to help look after our environment. We have also been discussing the plight of animals on Earth, and are wanting to help endangered animals. We are looking to sell our recycled paper in order to fundraise money and make a donation. Please support us by buying a homemade card…perfect for all occasions such as Mother’s Day, Birthday’s and thank you notes.

Full size: 100yen
Half size with envelope: 100yen
E-mail Ms. Ashlee or visit the classroom to purchase.  (




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