HUSKY EXPRESS June 3, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

“ONE 1” Performance at Kitara

A congratulations to the music department and the school community for such an amazing performance at Kitara Hall last Friday. It was an unforgettable experience and the praise and appreciation were felt registered by everyone who spoke about the evening. We look forward to greater things again in the future.  


Staff & Faculty Thanks to our Wonderful PTA

This Monday, our very wonderful parent community come out to provide all of us working here at HIS with a feast that quite literally covered the entire board table in the Teacher’s Lounge.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank every contributor and a special thanks to those parents who stayed around to monitor the table and talk to visiting teachers. It was a very special time.

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 Khemlani, 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 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.

Incoming Teachers for 2019 ~ 2020

HIS welcomes the following new teachers for next school year:

  • Ms. Rory Pickett will join Ms. Beatty next school year. Ms. Pickett is a career elementary teacher from the United States who last taught at Yokohama International School.
  • Mr. Andrew Wannar will join the HIS Niseko as the MP3 teacher. Mr. Wanner is another career teacher, coming from the United States originally but with recent teaching experiences in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Both incoming teachers coming highly recommended and we look forward to getting to know them even more.

  From the Principal’s Office  

End of Year - Secondary
An important reminder to secondary students in these last couple of weeks to get all your assignments in on time before teachers finalize your grades. Parents, please check Alma for your child’s current up-to-date status.

Returning Textbooks and Materials
Please note that students must return all their textbooks and other borrowed materials by Friday, June 14th. Report cards and transcripts cannot be issued until all materials have been returned or lost materials paid for.

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 7th (EXTENSION DEADLINE) - 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 summer time work and commitment. There are several deadlines that need to be observed.

 @ Niseko 

HIS Niseko PTA Fun and Fitness Day


The weather cooperated and everyone, (I think), had a great time!
Thank you to our intrepid PTA volunteers who helped us have fun and stay fit. Thank you also, Klass Kitchen for the awesome burgers and sausages.

HIS Niseko Talent Show


On June 14, at 2:30 sharp, our students and staff will host our annual talent show. Our annual Talent Show has arrived.  We are excited to again be celebrating the many and varied interests of our students. There will be singing and a bit of speechmaking.  

Students and Parents are requested to submit their talent items to the homeroom teachers by June 11, 2019, so as to facilitate the program list.

WHO: Any interested students
WHAT: Performing an interest of their choosing
WHEN: Thursday, June 14 @ 2:30 PM


Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko


Dear Huskies,

A short but immense thank you to all community members and parents who sold tickets and came through the rain to fill our auditorium last Friday. Last year we had 797 people come to watch our show with 170 performers. This year we had a whopping turnup of 845 super supportive people with only 130 students standing on stage! Needless to say, we already felt a huge difference in the applause after our very first piece! But it wasn’t just in the sheer increase of clapping volume- you clapped and cheered so much, and I think the students literally heard and felt all the love from you. And to answer your calls, they grew so much as people and as performers. Thank you so much for being a part of that process.


 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!

 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:

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 (

 Sports Day Reminder 

Sports day for all Secondary students will be Wednesday, June 19th. The event will run all day. Students should be ready for the day with water gear and a change of clothes. Students should also be wearing their “house” color shirts.

Thank you,
PE Department

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

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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