HUSKY EXPRESS Aug 28, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Welcome to ‘60 Years of Leaning’ at HIS 
Opening Ceremony brought out the largest annual turn out of parents, students and students and staff. It was an exciting opportunity to welcome and welcome back a community on such an exciting year as this, our 60th anniversary year.


After students briefly met their classroom and homeroom teachers, they rejoined their parents (post a PTA meeting) to form a giant 60 on the back field while their parents and teacher surrounded them in in a giant circle. This a fun first activity for the year and a great photo opportunity.

We will be hosting other 60th Anniversary Events across the school year. These will include:

  • The Formal Opening of the New Dormitory addition. 
  • Screening of the HIS Documentary 
  • 60th Anniversary Gala Event
  • 60th Anniversary Piano Concert

Dorm 2 to Dorm New!!
Dreams do become realities and this has definitely been the experience for the HIS community as it first conceived of, developed and then realized construction of the new dormitory addition.

When we left school on June 14, the dorm was still a wrapped up construction project, however, Huskies were treated to a pleasant surprise when they came back to school to see the completed dormitory addition and an additional “face” to the school’s appearance.

This has allowed the rented “Dorm 2” students to move up to the main campus and join their fellow dorm students in the original dorm complex.

The official opening ceremony will be held early in the fall term. Look for announcements in the HEx.

HEX Distribution Every Tuesday
HIS Huskies, please look for the HEx (Husky Express) to come out every Tuesday after lunch.

Publishing the HUSKY is a major job and we thank contributing teachers and our IT Coordinator, Mr. Katayama for all the work that goes into keeping you updated each week.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Welcome to the new school year at HIS. Hope you all had a wonderful summer!

New teachers at HIS Sapporo for 2018-19:

Ms Cenobia Marquez teaches K-12 PE

Mr Nick Holywell teaches middle school language arts, science and social studies. As well, Mr Holywell is our new school librarian and is dorm parent for Dorm 1 along with his wife, Mrs Kate Holywell.

Mrs Miyuki Beatty joins us to teach MP2. Her husband, Mr Seth Beatty teaches high school language arts and ELL.
Mr and Mrs Beatty are dorm parents for our new Dorm 2 building.

The evening parent orientation sessions are scheduled for:
Monday, September 3 for elementary
Wednesday, September 5 for secondary
Both presentations will be at 5:30pm in the MPR

At both sessions, Mr Ratzliff and Mr Cooke will be presenting details of the school life and curriculum at HIS. Please contact me at if you require a babysitter.

SAT Exams (October 6th sitting) - Final deadline for registration: September 7th

A reminder that on Wednesday September 5th the first PTA Steering Committee meeting of the school year will be held in the teacher’s lounge (Rm 206) at 3:45. All interested parents, guardians and teachers are welcome. Please come to learn how you can get involved! Babysitting is provided for parents who need it. Please contact me for details.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from HIS Niseko.
We hope your students had an enjoyable first week of learning. We are excited to start the school year with our new students. We look forward to a wonderful year of growth with our new and incoming teachers.

Our school year is off to a flying start. This winter, over thirty students will learn in our international school. We are quite proud of our slow and steady growth and our secure place in the Niseko community.

As our Head of School writes;”...the Niseko students are attending the best school imaginable, in one of the most beautiful places, surrounded by the commitment of so many adults.”

I am quite proud to be able to lead this amazing school.

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Information from the Music department 

After School Violin and Piano Program

Please consider joining the After School Violin and Piano program, where we offer private lessons for students from preschool to highschool. There are limited rental violins also available for elementary students.

We currently have 3 excellent professional violin teachers and 1 piano teacher. If you are interested, please read the attached document below, which has information about our teachers and their respective lesson fees and times.

Sign up will be a first-come-first-serve basis except for those students who decide to continue lessons from last year. All returning and new students must sign the Application/Consent Form by Aug. 30 (Thursday)

There will be envelopes in front of the music room door. Please submit the forms into the appropriate envelope by the deadline. 



Lesson Room


Teaching Language

Ms. Ichikawa (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Oshima (Piano)


Music Room

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Kawamura (Violin)


Rm 201

3:45- 6:00

Japanese or English

Ms. Tomioka (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00



Violin Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 500 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥5 000/lesson
60 min lesson - ¥6 500 /lesson

Piano Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 000 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥4 250 /lesson
60 min lesson - ¥5 500 /lesson

 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 Megumi or Neil know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, September 5th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
This is our first Steering Committee Meeting of the school year. If you are interested in perhaps becoming a member for 2018-2019, please and join us to check it out!
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
We will be discussing and voting on 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!


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.

Also, ff you are looking for a student tutor for your child, please contact

 Upcoming Events 



Sept 5-7 Daisetsuzan - Grade 12
Sept 6-7 Soranuma - Grade 11
Sept 6-7 Niseko - Grades 9-10
Sept 17 Open House
Sept 18 Cross-country Day
Sept 24 School Holiday
Sept 25 11-12 Grade College Info Night, 5pm
Sept 28-29 JV and MS Volleyball Tournament
Oct 10 PSAT Exams
Oct 8 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences (No Classes)
Oct 12-13 MS and HS Volleyball Tournaments
Oct 22-26 Fall Break

 Husky Lunch 

Please note that from next week, the Husky Lunch Menu will no longer be posted to the website, instead it will be delivered directly to your email each Thursday. 


Sports for student athletes have already started. Everyone is welcome to attend so please see the attached schedule or posters around the school advertising the times.
We especially want to welcome any new students to join in these activities.
Community basketball will also resume this week at 6pm. Go Huskies !

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