HUSKY EXPRESS April 24, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

The Value of the CDGP to HIS:

The C.D.G.P.

Character Development Graduation Portfolio

As an experienced WASC team member, I am aware of the challenge to evaluate every aspect of a school’s curricular program, particularly aspects of a character or global competencies such as International-Mindedness. The global competencies of The HUSKIES, are, however, exactly what the accreditation process seeks to determine. How best to “....measure … each student’s progress toward the schoolwide learning outcomes [HUSKIES]…” is a frequent topic of conversation on accreditation teams. It may be easy to measure growth in written communication through the grading of an essay, but measuring student growth in whether they “...manage their lives with integrity” or “...make ethical and moral choices” is a recent and yet very real challenge in modern education.

Like many schools grappling with this required task, HIS developed a portfolio process -- the Character Development Graduation Portfolio or CDGP -- precisely so that students could showcase their learning in areas that are less measurable.

In keeping with the requirements of our accreditation criteria, the CDGP has become a graduation requirement and was passed by the Executive Board in 2016. Students may struggle to find the motivation to complete all tasks required of our CDGP, particularly as it does not come with a traditional grade, however, it has immense value to the process of learning in a world where reflection is increasingly a valued aspect of what we do in all fields of life.

I would also invite you as parents to speak with your high school student to have them explain the progress they are making on their CDGP and to encourage them in the value of the process of reflecting on growth against the universal values embedded in our HUSKIES.

Should there be any questions in regards to inner workings of the CDGP, please do not hesitate to contact your homeroom teachers, Mr. Cooke or myself. We greatly appreciate your involvement as parents and thank you as always for your support of the school and its programs.

Morning Pick UP & Drop Off:
As dormitory construction causes congestion in the morning, we are asking that parents drop their children off further down the street from the building than usual and have your children walk back to the school building. This will prevent congestion around the school driveway.

In the morning, please avoid parking your car directly in front of the school as the bus needs to pull in to drop of children there. Usually, this is at 8:15 ~ 8:20 AM. 
Thank you for your cooperation.

Financial Assistance: 
Financial Assistance Applications will be available from the school office from Tuesday, April 2 ~ to Monday, April 30. 
HIS Financial Assistance is designed to support families who find themselves in temporary need of support. 
Please ask office staff for an application packet.

May 2 - ALL DAY Conference Day
Please note a change to the calendar from a ½ of instruction to no instruction for May 2. 
Teachers and administration made a decision to make May 2 an all-day student- parent-teacher conference day so that more time would be available to families to meet with teachers. 
There will be no instruction on May 2nd. 


  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent Teacher Conferences
Please note that Parent Teacher conferences are coming up on May 2nd. (There will be no classes on that day)

Secondary parents: If you wish to schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers, please contact me by Monday April 30th. If there is a specific concern that teachers would like to discuss, I might contact some parents directly to arrange a meeting time.

Elementary parents: If you would like to sign up for a conference, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher and they will schedule an appointment. As well, your child's teacher may be contacting you if they wish to meet with you to discuss progress.

WASC Accreditation Report
The 2018 WASC Self Study Report has been uploaded to the Downloadable Document page on the school website. Please find it at:

2018-2019 Secondary Course Selections
Please be sure to review 2018-2019 course selections with your child and return the form to me by May 1st, 2018.

Upcoming Exam Schedule:
May 5 - SAT Exams (w/ Essay, w/out Essay and Subject Tests)
May 7 - 18 - AP Exams
May 14 - June 1 - MAP Exams
June 2 - SAT Subject Tests

 @ Niseko 

Dear Teachers, Staff, Parents and Prospective Parents of HIS Niseko,


Financial Assistance System and Application- (Fourth and Final Announcement)
HIS Niseko is committed to offering some degree of financial assistance to families that demonstrate financial need in paying tuition. First and foremost, consideration is given to students who have no educational alternatives in Niseko
Each year, the school allocates 20% of the funds generated by our Corporate and Personal Financial Aid Fundraising drive.
Hard copies of the application and information document are on display in our school’s genkin until May, 31.
Please gently read each document and kindly contact Barry Mernin,, if you have any questions or concerns.
MP1-MP3 Poetry Cafe
Thank you to all the parents who showed up for our first annual Poetry Cafe. MP1 and MP3 students admirably performed original and previously published poetry in the MPR. We all sipped coffee and tea as we listened to the spoken word. Great moment.
Sports Day
We at HIS Niseko are looking forward to Sports Day again this Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Sports day will consist of Distance Races, Sprint Races, Limbo, Rock Star Janken, Magpies Attack, Extreme Team Janken, Sushi Ninja, Tug-of-War and Jump Rope.
We will follow with a Sausage Sizzle from 12:00 -12:30 pm. There will be a free optional Sausage Sizzle from 12:00 -12:30 pm provided by the PTA.

You are more than welcome to bring anything else that you would like to put on the bbq or just a picnic lunch.

Upcoming Dates

  • May 2 PTC Conferences
  • May 14 - June 1 - MAP Exams

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

 Concert 2018 "The Present"  

Coming Soon! Click to see the Promotion Video.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • The Lesson Study team of Ms. Oda, Mr. Sim, Mr. Gambino,and Ms. Tanya for making the trip from Sapporo to Niseko. We greatly appreciate your wisdom and dedication in enhancing the craft of teaching kids. 
  • Ms. Miyatake and Mr. Aseltine for chaperoning the 9th graders on their trip to Kyoto


 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.

The next meeting is this week on Wednesday, May 9th


New! PTA Information Website:

 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!

 Elementary After School Activities 

Dear Husky Parents,

Each of the following extracurricular activities will be offered for 6 weeks (starting the week of APRIL 2nd, and running up until the week ending MAY 11). All activities start at 3:45 PM, finish at 4:30 PM and are held once each week :


Please see the sign up above, or activities descriptions below for information on the instructor, day of the week and location
We hope you enjoy ES Extracurriculars in quarter 4. Go Huskies!!

- Activity Descriptions -

(open to grades 2 - 5) - meets Mondays, in the Gym, with Mr. Kelly
Have fun with your friends as you learn and practice some fundamental basketball skills and play some mini-games!
(open to grades K - 1) - meets Tuesdays, in room 102 (Mr. Gambino's room) with Mr. Tomasine & Mr. Gambino
Do you like to draw? How about reading stories? Do you like to build things? Do you like to talk with your friends or tell funny stories? Most of all, do you like to learn about yourself, your friends, your neighborhood and the world around you?
If you do, then come join CREATIVE ACTIVITIES with Mr. Tomasine and Mr. Gambino!
(open to grades 2 - 5) - meets Fridays, in room 205 (Mr. Kelly's room), with Mr. Cooke
Do you enjoy playing chess? Do you want to learn how to play chess? Either way, come and join us on Friday afternoons at 3:45 until 4:30 in room 204. We’ll practice chess moves and strategies, build friendships, and show good sportsmanship – all while having fun! We may even have a mini chess tournament at the end!

 Upcoming Events 



April 25 - 28 - Freshman Kyoto Trip

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of April 23 - 27


Spring Gym Use

Monday MS/JV basketball
Tuesday MS Volleyball
Wednesday Community Basketball
Thursday MS Basketball
Friday HS Volleyball
Go Huskies!

 Junior Service Trip to Cambodia School-wide Presentation 

The HIS community is invited to hear from the junior students who attended the service trip to Cambodia about their experience and learning. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April during A4 block between 2:40 and 3:30 in the MPR. 


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.

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