HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 22, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

New Dorm Construction:
Itaya Construction Company, selected for the dormitory expansion project, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on January 31. Construction will begin on February 1st with the removal of the storage sheds that currently stand next to the main dorm.
The front parking lot will be closed to use from January 30. HIS will keep the back parking lot open to parents during the construction period.
Itaya construction will use the empty lot next to the school for their equipment and construction hut. This will limit disruption to school operations. The roadway between the dormitory and school building will remain open for use throughout the construction project.


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 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!!

[In 2018 ~ 2019, HIS will be celebrating its 60th anniversary]
The minutes of Executive Board meetings have been uploaded to the Meeting Minutes Archives page of the school’s for this school year. Here is the link:

  From the Principal’s Office  

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.


HIS Niseko Ice Sculpture 2018
Every year at the Scenic Niseko Event at JR Niseko. Local teams carve a variety of different snow sculptures for visitors and locals to enjoy. These sculptures provide a background to a variety of events and turn it into a magical winter wonderland.
This year they are looking for teams of people both corporate and private to create some sculptures and put your mark on 2018’s winter landscape.
Our MP3 students are, once again taking the lead on this project. As a service learning opportunity, our students will design, create and reflect upon a thing of beauty.
We support the MP3 students and await their results.

Check this space for more information.

Facebook Friends

We currently have 384 likes on our Facebook page. Thank you all for sharing the good news about our learning community.

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 25, 2018, Writing Celebration at 15:00  (Parents are Welcome)
  • January 25, End of the first semester.

Congratulations, Mack
HIS Niseko offers our sincerest appreciation to MP3 student, Mack.

This week, Mack demonstrated the virtue of ASSERTIVENESS. Mack needed research for his Mission to Mars project. He negotiated with his parents for access dad’s iPhone to listen to a podcast about possible life on Mars. Mack’s creative determination to learn about the world around him is impressive.

Well done, Mack and good luck with your research!

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

 From PTA 

PTA Steering Committee Meetings

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.

The next meeting is this week on Wednesday, February 7th


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 22 - January 26


The HS boys basketball team had a fantastic win last Wednesday against the perennial powerhouse team of Hokkai HS. The HS girls also had an excellent game with our neighbors the Hiragishi HS.
This week both teams travel south for WJAA tournaments and we wish them and their coaches all the very best.
The MS team will play Seishu HS this Saturday afternoon in our own school gym. 

Go Huskies!

 Donation request: Please help equip the Class of 2019 for their service trip to Cambodia! 

The Class of 2019 will be completing a Habitat for Humanity house build project in Cambodia in March. In order to help with site construction, we would like to ask for donations of the following materials:

  • 20 goggles
  • 20 mallets
  • 20 pliers
  • 10 tape measures

 Any donations of these items can be brought to Room 304. If you have any additional questions, please email Thank you for your support!

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
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