HUSKY EXPRESS June 5, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

HIS Remembers a Long Time Friend - Hokkaido International School pauses to both mourn and celebrates the life of the late Mr. Ryuzo Hirano who passed away on May 31, 2017.

Mr. Hirano was the warm and friendly face that daily greeted the many bus riders of the school. His easy laugh and warm smiles will be remembered by all. Hirano-san began working for HIS from 2003 after a career of bus driving. He came to HIS at the recommendation of his friend, Toyama-san, another HIS bus driver, and remained at HIS until 2015 when he fully retired.

Mr. Hirano’s wake ceremony was held on the evening of June 2. A large bouquet of flowers was sent from the school staff, and administration and staff members represented the school to pass on their condolences to Mrs. Hirano and the Hirano’s daughter.

If members of the school community wish to send a message of condolence, please give them to the office and we will send them on to the Hirano home.


Annual Middle School Science Fair - Another very successful Middle School Science Fair was held under the direction of Mr. Fazio and the middle school team of teachers.

The fair is a wonderful opportunity for our students to explore areas of science that are of interest to them and to learn the methods of research and testing that produce sound results.

Congratulations to all for the wonderful showcase of learning.

June 5 Art Show

If you enjoy art, please schedule time today to attend the school’s Art Show. It will showcase art from all ages and some pieces of art will be available for purchase.

Come out and support our students in their artistic endeavors. 3:00 ~ 5:00 in the MPR (first floor)

  From the Principal’s Office  

An important reminder to secondary students in these last two weeks to get all your assignments in on time before teachers finalize your grades.  Parents, please check PowerSchool for your child’s current up-to-date status.

Next PTA Meeting
The last 2016-17 PTA Steering Committee meeting is coming up on Tuesday, June 6th.  We encourage everyone to come if you are interested in joining the steering committee for 2017-18.  New members bring new ideas, so please consider it!

PSAT Exams October 2017
I am collecting the names of students (9th grade - 11th grade next year) interested in taking the PSATs in Fall 2017.
It should be noted that in the interest of accurately tracking student progress year after year, HIS requires all 11th grade students to take the PSAT (and HIS will cover the cost for them).

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • To receive feedback on student strengths and weaknesses in skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • To see how their performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to universities.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (11th grade students).
  • To help prepare for the SAT. Students can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.
  • To receive information from colleges when they check "yes" to Student Search Service.

For the above reasons, we encourage students in 9th and 10th grade to also consider taking PSAT for practice.  Please note however that for students in 9th and 10th there will be a fee of $16 US (approximately 1800 yen)

Students in 9th or 10th grade next year who are interested in taking the PSAT this coming fall should let me know either in person or by email by Friday June 9th 2017.

 @ Niseko 

Save the Date: June 9th @ 9:30 AM

There will be an upcoming PTA Meeting on June 9th at 9:30 AM. The main topic will be tuition fees and the HIS Niseko Financial Assistance Program. Mr. Ratzliff will attend this meeting. All HIS Niseko parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Spring Bazaar THANK YOU!
Heartfelt thanks go to our intrepid PTA. This year’s Spring Bazaar was especially wonderful. It is a joy to watch everyone work for a common cause. We had quite a good crowd despite the rain.

Thank you for all that you do for our students!

Gardening and Weeding Beautification
Another round of thanks to our PTA for taking time to help cut down our weeds in preparation for our annual flower planting. The campus is going to look wonderful thanks to you. Much appreciated!

Upcoming Dates of Note:

June 7 Favourite StoryBook Character
June 7 Mummy & Me
June 7 AsobookJune 8th 10:00~11:20  Flower Planting
June 9  Teacher Appreciation Day
June 9  PTA meeting in Niseko
June 15 Last day of school - Graduation @ Sapporo Campus
June 16 Teacher Last Day in Sapporo- farewell party

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko


Awards for International School Japanese Book Trailer Contest

MS and HS Advanced Japanese classes have worked on producing book trailers for the Japanese Book Trailer Contest. They all competed with the students in International schools all over Japan.
All students did a wonderful job!
Congratulations to those who received a prize!


Please look at their works from the link below. 

Section A A
ward for Excellence(優秀賞): Ena Kanai
Section A Honorable Mention  (準優秀賞): Riho Fujiwara
Section B  Grand Prize (最優秀賞): Hana Katayama and Maria Ishikawa

Section A Honorable Mention (準優秀賞): Ayaha Ikezawa
Section A  Honorable Mention (準優秀賞): Ryu Katayama
Section B Award for Excellence (優秀賞): Nina Nielsen
Section C Grand Prize (最優秀賞): Alex Togashi

 Music Department 

HIS Choir Performs for the America-Japan Society - Last Thursday, HIS Choir students joined Ms. Sugino and traveled downtown to the Grand Hotel to perform at the annual general meeting of the Sapporo Chapter of the American-Japan Society. The leadership of the society annually looks forward to the appearance of our students on the stage where they are complimented for the energy they bring to entertaining. Thanks for being such a powerful voice for our school.

 Hokkaido International School Concert ABC  

Dear HIS Parents, Guardians, and Students,
We are very pleased to announce that the DVD of the concert “ABC” will be available for you to
purchase. If you are interested, please fill in the form below and return it with the money in an
envelope to either Mr. Sugino or Miss Sugino before June 9th, Friday. (No change please.)
We will give you or your child the DVD once it arrives on June 14th, Wednesday.
Cost: 1000 yen

  • Filmed and edited by very talented HIS high school students.
  • 3 cameras were used for the recording.
  • The sound is recorded by the Kitara Concert Hall Sound Engineer.
  • The DVD will come in a case with the concert poster design on it.
  • The duplication of the master recording is done by a professional company.
  • This kind of DVD easily costs around 5,000 yen to 10,000 yen but, because of the

recording is done by our HIS high school students, we are able to offer as a low cost of
1000 yen.

DVD Order Form Download


 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out 

  • Laura Harmon & Principal Cooke - for caring for the SAT testing over the weekend..
  • Mr. Fazio & MS Teachers - for supporting the Science Fair
  • HIS Reads Judges - for supporting this wonderful process that entices HS students to read.
  • HIS PTA - for the very kind and generous spread of food that was provided to HIS staff today in the lunchroom.


 Beach Clean-up Service Trip 

As and end-of-year project, 27 students from grade 9-12 participated in the Beach Cleanup at Otaru Dream Beach on Sunday, May 28th. This event was hosted as a combined project of the ACT Service Club and the Student Council. ACT Club members, Student Council members, as well as other students spent a full day cleaning up the beach.

Although the weather was cloudy and rainy, the students were able to make a community contribution by clearing the area. It was a worthwhile experience, and taught many of us the importance of no littering, in order to save the environment. Thank you Mr.Piazza and Aseltine for chaperoning the trip!

 Upcoming Events 


JUNE Events

June 7 - HIS Reads Finale
June 8-9 - MS Overnight Trip
June 14 - MS / HS Sports Day
June 15 - Last Day of School / Graduation
June 16 - Teacher’s Last Day


The MS girls volleyball team continues to impress in their `Spring Training` for the upcoming season as do the MS boys basketball team. Thanks to Pedro and Nicholas for coaching these up and coming basketball players.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu -  June. 5 - 9

 Elementary Activities 

Thank you to all the students, teachers and parents who supported this program this year.

 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.

We ask that parents please complete the PTA Survey sent out last week if you have not done so yet. This will help us as we work to improve the PTA at HIS.

Next meeting is  June 6th 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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