HUSKY EXPRESS Sept 23, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Open House 


HIS opened its doors to the greater Sapporo and Hokkaido communities on Monday, September 16 (Respect for the Aged Day) and welcomed 30 guests to a presentation on the school’s curriculum and programs. 

While guests attended their orientation to the school, HIS parents visited classrooms to watch their children engaged in learning. 

The school day concluded with a BBQ in front of the school. It was well attended and a good opportunity for the school community to come together and mark our progress with the first few weeks of the school year.

Child Protection at HIS


Administration would like to thank the many volunteers and parents who came out to join in child protection training, which was offered over the first weeks of school. This was a key next step in our school’s move forward to ensure best practices in child protection. 

As a member of the Japan Council of International Schools, HIS must work to and maintain the high standards of child protection required of the organization. As a JCIS school we must have the following: 

  • Staff Code of Conduct - Link provided below
  • Effective recruiting practice with a specific attention to child protection - Achieved through our hiring agencies and practices
  • Reporting Guidelines - See our policy document below 
  • Ongoing child safety education for school community - Annual online training for teachers and in-house training for staff, volunteers and vendors
  • Published child protection policy to both internal and external audiences. - See policy document below

The essential documents that HIS follows to ensure best practice in child protection include our Code of Conduct and our Staff & Student Protection Policy and Protocol documents as well as a Signs to Look Out For to help you identify indicators of abuse or predators. 

Final Document: HIS Code of Conduct - Google Docs

HIS Student & Staff Protection Policy & Protocol - Google Docs

Signs to Look Out For - Google Docs

As an additional follow up to ensure a safe school environment, in the fall of 2019, school administration introduced the HIS - Vendor / Volunteer Service Provider Agreement, which requires all volunteers and vendor providers to be trained in child protection and to uphold and sign to the school's Code of Conduct. 

Through these documents and through other information on child protection, I encourage you to become better educated on child protection issues and support us in creating a safe and wholesome environment at HIS.

Please visit our school’s Profile Page where these policies and documents are now posted. School Profile 

Recommended Documentaries: 

  • Leaving Neverland (Netflix) 
  • Abducted in Plain Sight (Netflix)

  From the Principal’s Office  


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, 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.


HIWA Bazaar

The Hokkaido International Woman’s Association (who advertise our events each year through their “What’s on in Sapporo” publication), have asked me to let you know of their upcoming bazaar on October 6.  Please see below for details:

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.

 @ Niseko 

HoS Candidates to visit Niseko on September 26th
From: Dave Wakabayashi
Head of School Search Committee Chair
Executive Board Member
“The HoS Search Committee has narrowed down the field to the final 2 candidates and they and their spouses are scheduled to visit Sapporo and Niseko the week of Sept 23rd and will be meeting with all the constituent groups that are part of HIS community. In both locations we have scheduled sessions to allow the candidates to introduce themselves and speak to the parent community. Parents are highly encouraged to participate in these sessions and ask questions.”

Please also find attached letters written by each of the candidates.
Below is the updated schedule for the Niseko day. Please write to Liene or me if you have any questions or comments.

Thursday, September 26
HoS candidates visit HIS Niseko
7:00~9:00 Hotel Departure & Travel to Niseko (Barry R.)
9:10~10:40 Niseko Parent Meeting (Niseko Chomin Center)
10:40~12:00 (Free Time) Candidates are available for conversations at the school.
12:00 ~13:00 Lunch with Barry R.
13:00~14:00 Visit to Hirafu
14:00~15:30 Barry M and Liene with Tim (45 minutes) James (45 minutes)
15:45~17:00 Both candidates meet with HIS Niseko Teachers
17:00~ Return to Sapporo/Hotel (Barry R)

PTA Meeting
Just a gentle note that the first PTA meeting of the school year will take place on September 27th at the Chomin Centre in Niseko. The meeting starts at 9 am.

Save the Date October 5 Niseko Halloween Festival (Volunteers Needed)
HIS Niseko is proud each year to help the town host Halloween Festival. For over eleven years, the town and HIS Niseko have brought the spirit of Halloween to the children of the region. Each year, HIS Niseko paints a cow for display during the Halloween Festival.
This year, the Town Council is looking for parent volunteers on October 5 to direct children as they go trick or treating.
Please contact me if you wish to volunteer.

The 11th Nakamura Keith Haring Collection International Drawing Contest
I am so very grateful to be able to work with the MP1-MP3 artists as they entered their Keith Haring inspired art pieces in Nakamura Keith Haring Collection International Drawing Contest. I am ever hopeful that some of our student artists will win this year. Fingers crossed!

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:


 Scholastic Bookclub 

Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Scholastic Book Club.
We are delighted to let you know that thanks to your support we earned $59.50 to spend on books for the school.
Please look out for our next Book Club to order great books at great prices and earn loads of free books for our school while you do.

MP3 teacher
Room 205  

 Science in Action 

Biology students have continued their work in genetics and heredity, learning the basics of genetic crosses and how to use Punnett Squares. This included modeling activities using coins and dice to generate random samples for statistical analysis.

In The Nature of Science, students are continuing to learn about chemical reactions, how to interpret chemical equations, and how to balance those equations.

AP Physics students concluded their kinematics unit by designing and conducting three experiments to explore the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration. These simple early experiments give the students a chance to develop skills that will allow them to tackle more challenging questions later in the year.

In AP Psychology, students are learning about the biological bases of behavior. Part of this has been an introduction to neuroanatomy, for which students constructed physical models of neurons and brains. Rumy led a discussion about whether “split brain experiments” imply that we have two brains (spoiler: they don’t!).

Finally, a big thanks to science Lab Assistant Hut and his friends for cleaning out Nagini’s snake habitat!

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

Sept 30 MAP Testing begins
Oct 14 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Oct 18 - 19 HS & MS Girls VB Tourney
Oct 21-25 Fall Break 


Good luck to the JV girls volleyball team and coach Marquez for their tournament this weekend in Osaka.

Go Huskies!

 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


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.

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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