Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Candidates for Head of School 
Last week (Sept. 24 ~ 27), HIS hosted Mr. Brightman and Mr. Schlosser and their partners to both campuses for the final stages of the head of school selection process. 

Each candidate was interviewed by widely represented stakeholder groups, including the Executive Board, Board of Councilors, Administration, Elementary and Secondary Teachers, and of course, Students. 

The Head of School Search Committee has been working through the feedback collected from stakeholder groups. The data will be used to inform a final recommendation from the committee. The recommended candidate will be sent to the Executive Board for discussion. The EB will then make its final decision and contact the finalist candidate to confirm acceptance before announcing the decision to the school community. 

We look forward to knowing who will step into the role of head of school from 2020 ~ 2021.

New Library ID Cards 
IT Coordinator, Mr. Katayama, has been working with the library to establish new student ID cards. 
The new cards will bear pictures of the student, a bar code (for easy library book check out) and an issue date of November 1. Cards will be valid for a period of one calendar year. The new cards will make it easier for students to get transportation passes for the bus and subway system.
Our appreciation to Mr. Katayama for the hard work to professionalize our school’s ID card system.

  From the Principal’s Office  


Parent-Teacher Conferences - Monday, October 14th
Secondary parents: Please contact me at if you would like to set up an appointment to see your child’s teachers. If a teacher (or teachers) are requesting a meeting, I will contact those parents next week.
Elementary parents: You will soon be receiving the parent conference schedule from your child’s homeroom teacher.


MAP Testing September 30 - October 18
Starting on Monday, September 30, HIS students in grades 4-11 will be administered standardized external tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
We give grades 4-11 students MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in the areas of Math, Reading, and Language Usage.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. With MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Over three weeks, your child will spend a total of about 4 hours completing these tests.
Teachers use the data collected on these tests to better adapt lessons and assignments to your child’s individual needs.
Reporting back to you:
Included with your child’s final report card this June, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth over this year. This report will show specific areas of growth, specific needs, and comparative data with peers, US norms, and other International schools.
If you have any questions about these exams, please feel free to contact me.
Also, I encourage you to check out the following website:

Mark your calendars…
The Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 9th, from 10:00 - 14:00.
Profits from this event go to PTA funds, which allow us to distribute grants for the betterment of student learning at HIS.
Please note that if you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, please consider attending our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd.
Stay tuned for more information about the Fall Festival coming soon here in the HEx, through emails, and on the PTA website.

PTA Steering Committee Meeting
A reminder that on Wednesday, October 2nd the PTA Steering Committee meeting 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.

 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)

The Executive Board had its annual Scholarship Fundraiser this June. If you wish to see the Final Report,that shows how much money we were able to raise, please find the link to the document here.

 From the College Advising Team 

Save the date:
Thursday October 17 from 5-6pm
The College Advising team will be holding an information session, specifically geared towards parents of 11th and 12th grade students, about the college application process. We will talk about what students should be doing now in order to best position themselves for college or university applications. Please bring your questions!

Nick Fazio and Laura Harmon
The College Advising Team

Nick Fazio and Laura Harmon
The College Advising Team

 @ Niseko 

HoS Candidates visit Niseko-Thank You
Thank you for all our stakeholders for a most informative and productive candidate visit. Both candidates had positive things to say about our community and about the future of our school. Thank you, Merek Sinclair, for your work with the Head Search committee and Melissa Moss for leading the parents’ meeting. Special thanks to Michael Burns from the Town Council for providing excellent translation service.

Save the Date October 5 Niseko Halloween Festival
Saturday, HIS Niseko helps the Town Council to host Niseko Halloween Festival. For over eleven years, the town and HIS Niseko have brought the spirit of Halloween to the children of the region. Please thank the HIS Sapporo for traveling to Niseko to help with decoration, trick or treating, face painting and clean up.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct 2 Mummy and Me
  • October 2 Block 1 MAP Testing Reading
  • October 4th - Intl Read Aloud
  • Oct 5 Niseko Halloween Festival

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Library News 

Hello Parents the library would like you to assist your students get more out of our library.  You are welcome to come in with your child and borrow from 3:30 to 4:30 each school day. Of course students can always come in before school and at lunchtime as well so do encourage them to always have a book to read that interests them!

We are actively seeking to recruit volunteers to help our existing dedicated parents and former parents who are the mainstay of our library service.  Without the support of parents we could not provide the range of books that we currently have. Please contact me if you would like more information or drop into the library.

 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!

 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.

PTA Information Website:

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS
Oct 14 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Oct 18 - 19 HS & MS Girls VB Tourney
Oct 21-25 Fall Break 

Science in Action

B3 Nature of Science had an exciting day last Friday, working as assistants for the MP2 classes as they designed a solution to the problem “How can you move water from one place to another without spilling it?” Effectively, they had to design a miniature aqueduct or irrigation system!

Photo by Mr.Aseltine.


Well done to Coach Marquez and the JV girls volleyball team who played many strong games last weekend in Osaka. They eventually placed 4th out of 8 teams.
A big thanks also to our chaperone Mrs. Rosero Perez for looking after everyone so superbly.
The varsity girls will enjoy away games this week with Seishin and Hokusei High Schools. The JV team can look forward to a home game next Monday with Sumikawa JH.
Go Huskies!

 Babysitting / Tutoring 

If you are a 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.

This year, 2 of our violin teachers are offering group lesson options. Please see the attached pdf for Ms. Ichikawa and Ms. Kawamura’s lessons for more information.

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. 29 (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

Download Document Here

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