HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 10, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Wishing the Husky Community a Very Happy Holiday

The end of the calendar year marks many national and international holidays, including Christmas and of course New Years. We would like to wish everyone in the school community the very best of the holiday season and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the year of the dog.


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!!

New Dorm Presentation: Parent Coffee Time (at the Next PTA Meeting)
The next PTA Steering Committee meeting will be at 3:45 pm on Wednesday, January 17th.
The head of school will give a short presentation of concept photos and floor plans for the dormitory expansion.
We look forward to seeing lots of parents there!

  From the Principal’s Office  

Welcome Back
Hoping you all had a wonderful and festive winter break and wishing everyone a very happy 2018!

PTA Meeting
Please note that this week’s PTA meeting is rescheduled.  
The next PTA meeting will be held Wednesday January 17th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Room (Room 206).

MAP Testing
Starting on Wednesday January 10th, HIS students in grades 4-11 will be administered standardized external tests called 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 data with peers, US norms, and other International schools.
If you have any questions about these exams, please feel free to contact me.
Also, I encourage you to check out the following website:

Semester Report Cards
As we approach the end of the semester (January 25th), students should be working hard to complete their final assessments.  
Please note the following distribution dates for reports:

  • Elementary: Students will bring home reports on Friday, February 9th
  • Secondary: Reports will be downloadable on Alma as of Wednesday, February 7th

 @ Niseko 

New Year’s Greetings from HIS Niseko.


We are excited and grateful to begin 2018 with six new students to our campus. This brings our total to 27 enrolled students.
The Executive Board in Sapporo has agreed to employ me as the school leader for at least two more years. My family’s decision to stay in Hokkaido stems from the untold efforts of many fine people. Our school is a direct result of focused passion, patience, excellence and hard work. I look forward to our student’s continued academic, social and emotional growth.
We honor each day with our students. We look ahead to the coming months as we celebrate Pi Day, Book Week, and Poetry Cafe. We highly anticipate competing in Sports Day as well as singing and dancing during the annual Spring Concert at Kitara.
Finally, we at HIS Niseko especially look forward to growing alongside you. We are here due to your gratitude, commitment, and dedication to the Niseko region. Thank you.
On behalf of my family and all who work and learn at HIS Niseko, may we wish you the happiest of New Year’s greetings.

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 is rescheduled.  It will now take place on Wednesday January 17th


New! PTA Information Website:

 Elementary After School Activities 

Gearing up for Quarter 3 Activities!


Welcome back to HIS after the winter holiday!

HIS Would like to again thank our activity sponsors and willing parents for their support of our after school activities in Quarter 2. 

Check back next week for information on the activities for Quarter 3. The session will start in early February.





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 



January 9 - School resumes
January 12 - 13 - JV Boys BB Tourney
January 25 - End of 1st Semester
January 26 - 27 - Girls / Boys BB Tourney

February 2 - 4 - Snow Festival Classic BB Tourney
February 5 - School Holiday (no classes)
February 15 - 16 - ES/MS Ski Days
February 22 - 23 - HS Ski Days

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of January 8 - January 12


Good luck to the JV Boys Basketball team who will be heading down to Kobe on Thursday for a tournament at the Canadian Academy. We will be participating against some very strong teams so good luck to all the players and Coach Mario.

Go Huskies!

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
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