HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 15, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

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!


Alumni Association for the 60th Anniversary

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.

If you are an alumni, please contact us so we can put you on the Alumni Contact List. Contact us at either or contact the head of school directly at

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

  From the Principal’s Office  

PTA Meeting
A reminder that this month’s PTA meeting will be this Wednesday January 17th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Room (Room 206).  Please email me if you are attending and require a babysitter.

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

MAP Testing
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing continues this week
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:

 @ Niseko 

Thank you all for a terrific week of learning at HIS Niseko.
Student Enrollment Update
Happy 2018 to all.
We are overjoyed to have such positive energy running through our thriving international elementary school. Thank you for your patience as we allow time for the children to adjust to new routines and traditions.
We look forward each day to help you grow academically, emotionally and socially.

Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko Day was Thursday!

Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko was a smashing success.
Thank you, parents, prospective parents, teachers, and staff for your help. It was a huge transition from our usual routine but quite welcome.

Executive Board to Visit
The HIS Executive Board has scheduled to meet with HIS Niseko families on Saturday, January 20, 2018. All HIS Niseko parents, teachers and staff members are welcome to a Question and Answer information session starting at 13:00.

Skiing with Hokkaido Core

Thank you, teachers, staff, and parents for your partnership in getting our kids onto the mountain. Special thanks to the fine folks of Hokkaido Core for their expert ski instruction.
On Friday, each student received differentiated and “just right” learning on the Annupuri slopes. It is an amazing undertaking to properly pack, transport and return back to campus safely.
Our new ski bibs look rather groovy!

You can read more in Powderlife Magazine: Niseko powder classes at Hokkaido International School

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 17 PTA Liaison Meeting in Mr. Mernin’s classroom.
  • January 17, 2018 MAP MP3 Reading Test @ 8:30 am
  • January 17, 2018, MP1 students attend Asobook
  • January 18 PTA Meeting
  • Saturday, January 20th, 2018- Executive Board Meeting at HIS Niseko
  • January 25, 2018, Writing Celebration at 15:00 (Parents are Welcome)

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:


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 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 15 - January 19


Well, that is it for the JV tournament. It has been a fantastic experience for all the boys and a pleasure to stay at such a wonderful school.
Our first game on Friday was against Yokohama Dragons who we beat 44-32.

We then played CA Falcons who we led until the last quarter when they edged ahead to beat us 40-35. We all slept well that night.

The first game on Saturday was against the CA Eagles who we beat easily by 59-20. We had a good break before we played the Osaka Sabers and the winner would advance to the championship game. The Huskies started very strongly and we built a good lead early. The nature of the contest made it quite a physical game. Unfortunately for us we suffered the most from foul problems and lost 4 of our players before the end of the game. The final score of 53-40 did not indicate the closeness of the game and the boys could have been very proud of their efforts. We had little time to `lick our wounds' because we then had to play almost immediately against Yokohama Dragons for 3rd place. Once again we got off to a great start and led 14-4 at quarter time and we still led at halftime but then the Dragons hit the front during the 3rd quarter. We could not recover as tiredness took its toll and the skills dropped off and we lost 52-31 to a team that we easily beat on Friday.

A unique fact is that we led at halftime of every game that we played!

Coach Mario was so pleased with the efforts and achievements of all the boys. I can also report that their behavior was excellent on and off the court. I also want to acknowledge the coaching of Mario who at all times was positive and encouraging towards our team.

Thanks also to Masa for doing a great job with the stats and to Pamu who videoed and live streamed all our games. Steven who filled in as 'guest' for the YIS game.

William was voted MVP by his teammates and accepted his award at the presentation ceremony.

This week the HS girls will play Hiragishi HS away on Tuesday and the HS boys will play Hokkai HS on Wednesday in a home game.

Go Huskies!

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