HUSKY EXPRESS May 27, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

“ONE 1” Performance at Kitara

The HIS Community is excitedly looking forward to this Friday -- May 31 -- when they will see the fruit of their months and weeks of commitment and practice to the performance at Kitara Hall.

Please come out and see our students on stage. You will leave the performance feeling excited and inspired by the talent of our students coming together on the Big Stage.

See you there. For last minute ticket information, please call HIS.


60th Anniversary Piano Performance by John Kamitsuka

Mr. John Kamitsuka arrived at HIS on perhaps the hottest day in Sapporo history for May, to give a special performance to HIS students and community members. He performed twice, once for the elementary students and a second time for the secondary students. Both performances included a 4-hand piano piece with the help of one of our newest students, Haruhito. Our thanks again to John Kamitsuka for visiting us each year and maintaining links to his alma mater.

60th Anniversary Memory Lane Panel

In conjunction with Mr Kamitsuka’s visit to HIS, a group of alumni and community members joined a five-member panel to revisit their time at HIS and to mark the progress that the school has made over its 60 year history.

Mr. Kamitsuka recounted the earliest years of the school, talking about the largely  American and missionary-based school community that characterized HIS in its early years. Mr. Teiji Midorikawa, who attended HIS from 1970 ~ 1979 and Mr. Ken Tobe, who attended from 1976 ~ 1983 spoke of years of transition and about personal identity as members of such a unique, “alternative” school within the Sapporo context.\

Ms. Kathleen Riggins, former Board Chair and parent and recent HIS librarian, spoke of the years of transition when HIS moved from the Fukuzumi campus to the then new school grounds and facilities here in Hiragishi. Finally, Mr. Rohit Kemlani, recent HIS graduate (2018) and University of Buffalo student, spoke of his ten years at HIS and his transition from that of a Russian-speaking Indian to that of an international school students at HIS. He also related how much he valued his international education and how it has prepared him for a global mindset that he carries into university life today.

HIS would like to sincerely thank the panelists for their participation with a special thanks to Mr. Tobe for his donation of photographs from his time at HIS. The two framed photos will find space in the school while the electronic photos will be kept in school archives and uploaded to the HIS Facebook page.

Facebook Approval Process

A thanks to PTA members who brought a problem to the attention of the administration regarding the membership approval process to the HIS Families and Friends Facebook page.

To ensure that school administration can ensure each applicant is a legitimate HIS members, please take the following steps:

  • Email the head of school at
  • List your full name and Facebook name so school administration can identify who you are.

This will allow administration to make sure that our community and personal data is protected.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Student Performance this week - Looking forward to seeing the community come out to see our students show their talents at Kitara Hall this coming Friday, May 31st.

PTA Meeting - Wednesday, June 5th
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA on Wednesday, June 5tth, 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.

 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)

 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 

Please allow me to thank Ms. Liene and Ms. Anita for their excellent collaboration while Liene is on maternity leave. Both have done outstanding work helping the school move forward and I am very appreciative.

Thank You, Ruriko Yasui

Please allow me also to thank Ms. Ruriko for translating into Japanese my latest letter to donors. Ruriko’s help will directly affect HIS Niseko families as we continue our fundraising for the HIS Niseko Financial Assistance fundraising.

Peace Ride May 28

Yuka Itoh (G10), Kai Yamagami (G10) from UWC ISAK Japan, are travelling through Hokkaido by bicycle. The purpose of this trip is to share the idea of peace and mindfulness. The riders will conduct a workshop that connects students’ daily lives and the idea of peace.
Yuka and Kai will visit HIS Niseko this May 28 for two sessions. We look forward to their visit.

Kondo Cultural Exchange 2018-19

Next week MP1 and MP3 will head to Kondo Primary School for a cultural exchange. We will be planting rice with the Kondo Primary school students. We are waiting to confirm the date based on the rice readiness, but we expect this to be later next week. Please notice the list of things to bring as we will get very muddy. We have been recommended to bring old long socks to walk in the fields that we can throw away once used. HIS Niseko PTA Fun and Fitness Day is June 1st

Fun and Fitness Day

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 fitness activities.”
We look to build on our successes to make this day a sustainable and annual tradition.

Overnight for MP3 June 4th and 5th.
Thank you to Sapporo teachers, Rod Kelly and Alison Manjyoume for inviting the Niseko MP3 students to this year's Jyozankei overnight camping trip. On June 4th, Grade 2 students will spend the day with their Sapporo friends and create some art together. Grade 4 students will stay overnight and enjoy hiking, camping, grilling and play with their 4th grade Sapporo friends.

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 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!

 Music Department 

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 Student Performance @ Kitara
June 1 SAT Subject Tests
June 4-5 Elementary Overnight (Jozankei)
June 6-7 Middle School Overnight (Toya Lake)
June 17-18 High School Overnights
June 19 Secondary Sports Day
June 20 Last Day of School
June 20 Graduation
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 in PTA website as soon as it is available

PTA Information Website:


The new basketball backboard system is up and running in the outside car park and many kids enjoying it during recess breaks and after school. We appreciate the PTA for purchasing this for us. A big thanks to PK and Sohta who helped assemble it.

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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