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!!


Historic Visit: School Guest Tom Barnes

Just ahead of our 60th anniversary year, HIS received a very special visit from Mr. Tom Barnes who attended the precursor school to HIS, the US Military Base School, Camp Crawford Dependent School.

Mr. Barnes who was resident with his parents in Hokkaido in the years 1953 ~ 54, brought a wealth of historic information from his years at Crawford School. The closure of Camp Crawford has historically been cited as the reason that Hokkaido American School (later Hokkaido International School) was established in 1958.

HIS would like to thank Mr. Barnes for his visit to us last Tuesday and for his willingness to temporarily leave us his memorabilia so that we can digitize and add them to our archives.

Mr. Barnes left us with a small thanks in the form of Husky tee shirts for himself and his wife. We wish the Barnes our best as they return to the United States.

  From the Principal’s Office  

WASC Accreditation Visit
This week we welcome the visiting committee from WASC. They will spend Tuesday through Friday at Sapporo Camus (Monday at Niseko Campus) meeting with students, teams of teachers, and parents to affirm the findings we presented in our 2018 Self Study Report. If you are interested in reading the report itself, please find the report at:


As well, we invite all community members to come hear the final presentation from the WASC visiting team before they leave on Friday May 11th at 3:45 in the MPR.
For your information, the visiting team is comprised for 4 members:
Cameron Fox - Visiting Committee Chair - Head of School at American International School of Hong Kong
Tonya Parham - Director of Teaching and Learning at Ruamrudee International School, Bangkok, Thailand
Michael Taylor - Middle School Principal at ISS International School, Singapore
William Tragert - Assistant Principal, Middle School and High School at American International School of Guangzhou, China

Upcoming Exam Schedule:
May 7 - 18 - AP Exams
May 14 - June 1 - MAP Exams
June 2 - SAT Subject Tests

Next PTA Meeting
Due to WASC accreditation visit, the next PTA meeting will be postponed to May 16th, from 15:45 and we will meet in Room 206.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
We will be discussing and voting PTA Grants.
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me.

 @ Niseko 

PTC 2018
Thank you for a successful Parent-Teacher Conference day. I hope the day met your expectations. It was a joy to see so many friendly faces as we celebrated student learning.


Structured 15-Minute Interviews
Thanks also to the many parents who took the time to meet with me for structured 15-minute interviews. I was able to learn a lot about our school’s culture and heard many suggestions for improving our school.
I look forward to meeting more parents, teachers, and staff in the coming weeks as I prepare for the next three years.

Upcoming Dates

  • 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
  • May 12 Sports Day in Sapporo

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

  • MP1 Justin and Eugene and our librarian, Mandi Tull for making the trip to the Niseko campus for Big Book Buzz.


 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 PTA Meeting
Due to WASC accreditation visit, the next PTA meeting will be postponed to May 16th, from 15:45 and we will meet in Room 206.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
We will be discussing and voting PTA Grants.
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me.


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!

 Upcoming Events 



May 12 - Elementary Sports Day
May 16 - ES Sports Day (back up)
May 17 - 18 - Elementary Overnight

June 1 - Kitara Concert
June 6 - MS / HS Sports Day
June 7 - 8 - MS Domin no Mori
June 14 (AM) - Last Day of School
June 14 (PM) - Graduation
June 15 - Teachers’ Last Day

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of May 7 - May 11

 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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