HUSKY EXPRESS April 30, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

University Acceptances:

We would like to congratulate our graduating class on the list of outstanding universities that have already offered places to our graduating students. Although the list continues to grow, we are excited to share those that we have been informed of:

  • Brock University 
  • Hokkaido University (MJSP)
  • Hokkaido University (MJSP)
  • Trent University 
  • Simon Fraser University 
  • University of Toronto 
  • University of Calgary 
  • University of Alberta 
  • University of California L.A. 

We look forward to watching this list grow!!


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.

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.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent Teacher Conferences
Please note that Parent Teacher conferences are coming up tomorrow - May 2nd. (At Sapporo Campus, these conferences are all day.  There will be no classes.)


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:

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,


Let’s Talk
“The international school principal fosters a climate and culture permeated by the notion that learning is always the lens through which we judge effectiveness; that relationships matter; that international-mindedness is fundamental.”

As the leader of HIS Niseko, it is my responsibility to foster a positive climate for our learning community. As we approach the end of my first three years at HIS Niseko, I invite parents and staff to meet with me for structured 15-minute interviews.

The conversations will focus primarily on three questions:
How do you feel about HIS Niseko, so far?
What bothers you about our school, so far?
What is going well or poorly?

Please press reply to this message if you would like to schedule a time to meet with me to talk.

Lesson Study
Kudos to the Lesson Study Team of Sapporo and Niseko.
The EY and elementary school teachers from both campuses met on Monday and Tuesday to collaboratively plan, teach, observe, revise and share the results of a single class lesson.
Both Ms. Lola and Mr. Sinclair rave about this particular form of professional development. The school was alive with helpful feedback from highly skilled educators.
We are extremely proud to host Lesson Study here at HIS Niseko.

Sports Day
We are busy gearing up for Sports Day at HIS Sapporo. This is a red-letter day on our calendar. Sports Day is held this May 12th on the HIS Sapporo sports field.

Please note that we've asked to make use of the Takadai Elementary School's parking lot for Sports Day. Unfortunately, they will have also an event on that day so we'll not be able to use it. Parents and teachers will need to park in the Sapporo campus parking lot.
I understand that this is a difficulty and I will try to see if we can reserve space for the Niseko travelers.

Upcoming Dates
May 2 PTC Conferences
May 3-4 School Holiday
Monday, May 7 -- WASC TEAM Visits Niseko
May 7, Cultural Exchange with Niseko Primary School
May 8 Cultural Exchange with Niseko Primary School
May 9 Cultural Exchange with Niseko Primary School
May 8 Big Book Buzz

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

  • Ms. Lopez and Ms. Nara for the very enjoyable Multicultural Fair that was put together for the school community.
  • The hard work of those PTA members who are supporting Ms. Sugino and Mr. Sugino as they prepare for the performance at Kitara. 
  • 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!

 Multicultural Fair  

Multicultural Fair took place on April 19th (Thurs.) and 20th (Fri.). MS and HS students taking language classes set up booths and presentations representing the beauties of spring through its celebrations and nature. Quizzes and games invited children to learn about spring in Japan and Spanish-speaking countries while having fun. ES students also participated by making decorations in school.

 Upcoming Events 



May 2 - PT Conferences (no school)
May 3 - 4 - School Holiday (no school)
May 5 - SAT Exams
May 12 - Elementary Sports Day
May 16 - ES Sports Day (back up)
May 24 - 25 - Elementary Overnight

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of April 30 - May 1

 Grade Nine Kansai Trip 

The ninth grade class enjoyed their trip to Kansai, enjoying some time at Universal Studios and the Osaka Aquarium, followed by a day and a half exploring the cultural sites of Kyoto. Kudos to the students for demonstrating responsibility and embodying many of the HUSKIES virtues!


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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