HUSKY EXPRESS May 20, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Special 60th Anniversary Performance and 60th Anniversary Panel by John Kamitsuka

Mr. John Kamitsuka was one of the earliest students at Hokkaido International School, joining the school when it was housed in the Christian Center and when it met in a small house.

Today, Mr. Kamitsuka is a globe-trotting pianist with a history of performance at some of the world’s most recognized music venues including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Yamaha Hall.

For past ten years, we have been uniquely privileged to have Mr. Kamitsuka return annually to HIS to perform for our students and community. This year he will hold two performances and emcee a 60th Anniversary Panel of Alumni and CommunityMembers to recount personal stories from the school’s 60 years of history.

Mr. Kamitsuka will appear as follows:


Monday, May 27

  • 1:00 - 1:30 -- Thirty-minute performance for Elementary
  • 1:30 - 2:15 -- 45 Min Panel Discussion (history recount)
  • 2:30 - 3:30 -- Thirty-minute performance for Secondary - a special performance by John for the secondary and for the general school community. This will go out in the HEx and on ALMA this week.

All HIS community members are welcome! We would love to see you there at either of the performances and for the 60th Anniversary Panel.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Executive Board Survey
The Executive Board of HIS is very interested in receiving feedback from the school community. Therefore, they are asking that the parents and guardians of HIS students please take a few minutes to complete a short survey by May 31st, 2019. Parents will receive this survey by email this week.
The results will be analysed and discussed at a future meeting and the results might be used to help establish executive board goals moving forward.
Thank you very much for your participation.

PTA Meeting - Wednesday, June 5th
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA on Wednesday, June 5th, from 15:45 in Room 206. 
Everyone is welcome, please join us! 
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me at

Important Information for CDGP
Monday June 3rd - Students must have completed all their year’s HUSKIES standards commitments.

How many should you have completed?
1st Semester - 1 standard
1st Year - 3 or 4 standards
2nd Year - 7 standards
3rd Year - 10 standards

EIR Requirements
A reminder that extracurricular involvement credits are required for graduation. HS students please ensure that all your credits have been counted for this year by speaking to Ms Sugino as soon as possible.

Online Course Application Form / Agreement
Students in next year’s junior and senior classes interested in taking an online course are reminded to submit to me the Online Course Agreement as soon as possible this week. Remember that taking such a course for HIS credit requires a significant amount of summertime work and commitment. There are several deadlines that need to be observed.

 The HIS Reads Finals: May 24th 

What is the one factor that most greatly impacts our future? Our future kids, our future generations, our future world? A love for reading.

“But reading is dead!” you say.
Not quite yet.
Give it a chance. Watch 16 students give it life.

The HIS Reads Finals.
Friday, May 24th from 1:00-3:30.
4F Gymnasium.

Concessions available.
Defenses admirable.
Reading saves lives.

For more details on HIS Reads, visit the homepage:

 From the College Advising Team 

Dear junior parents,

As the year draws to a close, juniors continue to have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings with Mr. Fazio and Ms. Harmon to make sure they are on track for successful applying to colleges or universities in the fall. Additionally, please be aware of the following required meetings for juniors:

Wednesday, May 22: 3:30-4:30 after school meeting in Room 304 introducing Common App
Required for any students applying to U.S. colleges (and encouraged for others as well. Increasingly, international schools like Temple University in Japan and some European schools are using Common App)

DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, June 11: 3:30-4:30 after school workshop in 304 on personal statement writing

Thursday, June 12: 11:50-12:30 lunch meeting in 201 for students applying to Japanese universities
Required for any students applying to Japanese universities

The College Advising Team
Nick Fazio ( and Laura Harmon (

 @ Niseko 

HIS Niseko PTA Fun and Fitness Day is June 1st
Thank you to all the parent volunteers who offered to help out for the 1st ever HIS Niseko Fun and Fitness Day. The goal of this day is: “Every student having fun, being active, participating in team activities.”
This week, I head to Sapporo for two board meetings. During this time, I will borrow all needed equipment to ensure that the Fun and Fitness Day is a success.
Thank you, Ryan McKay and Jess Ripper for spearheading and organizing the event. We look to build on our successes to make this day a sustainable and annual tradition.
I will be sending emails to parent volunteers this week in regards to logistical planning.


May 21 - Fabulously colorful day

Campus Beautification
Thank you to the parent volunteers, teachers and students who helped us to beautify our campus. We spent a good hour on Wednesday:

  • Digging up our backyard garden plots
  • Removing the tables and other nicknacks from the back shed.
  • Picking up rocks,
  • Removing junk
  • Remove dandelions,
  • Getting the lawn mower in working order.

Your help in getting our campus in shape is really appreciated.

Cultural Exchange with Niseko High School
Big time cheers go out to the fine students from Niseko High School. The MP3 students had a good time designing and creating their own garden. Thank you for your help in getting it done.
Thank you also for our annual after-gardening soccer match. The HIS Niseko goalkeeper may need to retire after this year’s performance.

Thank You, Town of Niseko!
And finally, I wish to thank the Town of Niseko for once again introducing our students and staff to the culture and tradition of a Hokkaido school lunch. This year, MP1-MP3 students, parents, and teachers were served a delicious helping of saba (mackerel) fish along with miso soup and vegetable rice. We washed it down with a serving of Hokkaido milk.
Thank you Mori san and Ms. Anita for a wonderful moment at our school. We are very grateful for our Niseko town folk who support what we are all about at HIS Niseko.
Domo arigato goziamasu. I am already looking forward to next year’s lunch.

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Greetings from the Executive Board 

If you wish to learn about what the Executive Board is
and what we do, please follow this link to the HIS homepage:
(Governance page is here)
If you wish to read the minutes to our meetings,
to read in detail, what exactly was discussed and decided on,
then follow this link to the HIS homepage minutes archive:
(Minutes Archive is here)

 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 us at  or phone the main office so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!


Dear Huskies,

We are 10 days away from our big day in Kitara Main Hall!
A big thank you to community members who have donated their time to help in preparing the costumes for our students. Our next big rehearsal is next Tuesday, May 28th, and it will be with all costumes!

As many of you may know, ticket sales are managed by a small body of volunteer parents and students who have been working hard to advertise our concert by reaching out to various organizations and institutions. However, there are only 5 people on this PR and ticketing team and there’s only so much they can do! Ticket sales remain slow, and as of May 21st, we have sold only 437 tickets out of our goal of 1000.

Do you know families outside of HIS that might be interested in coming to an all-English concert? Do you have connections to other education institutions, friends in dance, sports, and arts groups, neighbors, colleagues that might be willing to try our concert out? Kitara is a wonderful venue- perfect for dressing up. Are there people you know that might just want to come for the wonderful vibe that the concert hall has?

We would love the entire community to come together to make this concert happen! The stage is set and all we need is an auditorium filled with people!!

Music Department

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

May 31 HIS CONCERT 2019 at Kitara Hall
June 17 Moving On Up Ceremony
June 18 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)

 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, June 5th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact Neil at

English lesson offered by a parent with teaching experience. If you are interested or would like to have more details, please contact More information will be posted on the PTA website as soon as it is available

PTA Information Website:


Really fun game of volleyball last Wednesday and the honors even at one set each between the HS girls and the teacher all-star team. Another rematch has been tentatively decided for Wednesday, June 12th.
Futsal players should return their uniforms to Kyogo or to Mr. Kelly. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Go Huskies!


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

 The Publications & Media class 

This year the students have revived the online student website, www.TheHusky Pulse with lots of new content including artwork from elementary, middle, and high school students, MP3 narratives, high school writings, student articles on HIS events and the Hokkaido outdoors.

Also check out HIS Newscast, a series of quirky video reports created by high school students.

The Husky Pulse, created by students for all to see.


 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

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