Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Preparing for the 60th Anniversary

Quite amazingly, HIS is nearing its diamond anniversary. As many will know, HIS was founded as Hokkaido American School in 1958 when the US base, Camp Crawford, closed and with it came the closure of the base school that had been open to non-military expatriate Americans.

As we look forward to the next school year and our opportunity to celebrate 60 wonderful years, we are reaching out to current and past parent and especially alumni who wish to help out with the planning for the 60th year.

If you are interested in supporting HIS for the coming year, please email the head of school at

We are looking forward to hearing back from the Husky Community!!


Congratulations to the MS Basketball Huskies

Our congratulations go to the middle school boys basketball team who were the champions at the tournament this past weekend. This is a first for the Huskies and a very exciting look ahead to potential future championships as these boys move up from the MS to the HS. Way to go Huskies!! (See Mr. Kelly’s sports article below for the details).

  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa
Thank-you SO MUCH for all the presents donated this week for Project Santa.  They have not all been counted yet, but it looks like we have received almost 100 gifts for the orphanage from the families of HIS.
What wonderful Husky Christmas Spirit!

Progress Reports
Early next week, I will send emails out to parents regarding accessing progress reports through Alma.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.
Language Learning Discussion at HIS Niseko
Thank you to Claire Yao, ELL Coordinator, and Susan Otani ELL teacher for leading a most interesting and informative discussion about language learning.
Everyone appreciated your thoughtful approach to acquiring language ability. Thank you also for sticking around to observe student work in writing.
The HIS Niseko community very much value your expertise and timely advice.
Thank you, Ms. Lola, for spearheading this event.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 28th  Niseko Elementary Open House
  • November 29th EY Ohisama Read Aloud
  • December 6 Mummy&Me(3)
  • December 6 Asobook 2:15 -3:20
  • December 7 International Read Aloud
  • Friday,  December
  • 8th2017 SKI AM-EY -PM-MP1/3
  • December 14 Winter 
  • celebration December 16 Santa Project Delivery

Barry Mernin
Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 From PTA 

PTA Steering Committee Meetings

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 will be Wednesday December 6th


New! PTA Information Website:

 Elementary After School Activities 

Quarter 2 activities are underway!
Monday: Paper Airplanes with Mr. Tomasine (MP1) in room 102
Tuesday: Table Games with Ms. Tull (MP2)  in room 302
Wednesday: Photography with Ms. Dixit (MP3)  in room 204
Thursday: Book Club with Ms. Riggins (MP2/3) in room 204

General Information
Elementary activities will run until the beginning of winter holiday... Each activity is 45 minutes long, from 3:45 until 4:30. We have a full schedule of activities this quarter, with something for everyone and an activity going 4 days of the week!

Sign up
Please click the following link to sign up your child for after-school activities!!!

Sign up for (Quarter 2)


If you are an HIS parent and are looking for a babysitter for an evening or on the weekend, please feel free to contact
Interested HIS parents can then be provided with a list of students available for babysitting.

 Upcoming Events 



December 15 - January 8 - Winter Break (no school)
January 9 - School resumes

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of December 4 - December 8


Congratulations to the all-conquering MS Boys Basketball team who won this title at the WJAA tournament last weekend in Kobe. A magnificent effort to beat Canadian Academy Eagles by just 4 points in the championship game after coming from behind. Along the way, they also beat Osaka Sabers, Kyoto Flames, and Sons of Light. Ironically, The CA Eagles beat them by 4 points in the preliminary rounds. Coaches Matt McKinney and Gary Wilson are immensely proud of the boys as we are too. This is Husky history as they are the first MS team to ever win a tournament!
PK Cheng was named to the All-Star team.
The action continues this week though as the HS girls have games against Shinyo HS, Hiragishi HS, and Seishu HS coming up. The HS boys will also play Hiragishi HS. On Wednesday we hope to have a `3 on 3` competition at school for all comers.

Go Huskies!

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
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!

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