HUSKY EXPRESS Sept 4, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

A Welcome to the 2019 ~ 2020 School Year

On behalf of the school, I would once again like to welcome back our returning and new students and families to this 61 year of the school. We are looking forward to another exciting year of positive learning experiences and want to thank your families for entrusting us with the process of teaching and learning that takes place here at HIS.

Through feedback at the first PTA, we heard from parents the request to incorporate more social events that bring our community together. I look forward to working with PTA to find times and social events that strengthen the bonds of community. Let's have a wonderful school year. 

Changing Shoes & Proper Sports Shoes

One of the important cultural observations followed by Hokkaido International School is that of changing shoes at the school. It helps us to maintain a very clean school environment and given our northern climate, makes a great deal of common sense.

In addition to the simple changing of shoes, we require proper footwear for physical education. Please read the important note from Ms. Marquez regarding shoes in PE.

Dear Parents and Students,


To ensure safety during PE classes, it is important to make sure students bring 2 pairs of shoes for class. One to use in the gym and the other for outside PE classes. Please make sure students wear inside and outside shoes that are for athletic use. Students are required to change shoes for indoor ones as a school policy. If the shoe students wear during the day at school are slippers or sandals, they are required to bring another pair of athletic indoor shoes for PE class. If a student is walking or coming to school with athletic shoes on a daily basis, they can use that pair for their outside classes. However, if students use boots or other types of non-athletic wear outside, they will need to bring a shoe that is safe for PE class. Thank you for your understanding.

PE Department.

Often students will not wish to bring a change of shoes for indoors or PE, please ensure that you have a conversation with your son or daughter about the above information and ensure they have the right footwear for school.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Alma Accounts
All new parents (or parents who had not yet initiated Alma) should have received account activation emails last week.
Please activate your account as soon as possible - especially if your child is in secondary as you will then be able to receive valuable information about assignment deadlines and academic progress through the semester.

Open House
A reminder of the upcoming HIS Open House on (Monday) September 16th.
Parents are welcome at any point during the day to visit their children's classrooms and see learning in action.
The PTA is planning a community BBQ for the afternoon directly following school, starting at 3:30. Please come out to join us!

Yearbook / ID Card Photos
Next week, plan have your child look their best as the Publications Team will be taking the 2019-2020 yearbook portrait photos (which will also be used for their school ID cards)
Early years and elementary students will have their pictures taken B1 & B2 next Tuesday, September 10th.
Middle school and high school students will have their pictures taken next Thursday, September 12th during B1 & B2.

SAT Exams (October 5th sitting)
The final deadline for registration: September 6th

PTA Steering Committee Meeting
A reminder that on Wednesday, October 2nd the first PTA Steering Committee meeting of the school year 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)

 @ Niseko 

Open House (School in Session)


This September 16, from 10:20 -12:00 is our annual OPEN HOUSE.

During Open House, the school operates, as usual, allowing prospective families to visit the school, receive a tour, learn about the school’s educational programs and observe lessons. HIS families may also attend school, observe classes and engage with visiting families.

English Try

On Tuesday, September 3rd, the Niseko town will have an 'English Try’ morning. At this time, groups of 6th grade Niseko and Kondo Primary school students will walk around the town and visit several town buildings including our school. Visiting students will practice using their English. At HIS Niseko, Merek and Barry will help talk to the visiting students to complete their ‘English mission’. The goal of the exercise is for local students to have a practical use for their English study, supported by the town.

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 AP Human Geography 

This year the high school Social Studies department will be introducing a new course: AP Human Geography, which explores the global geographic landscape from a human perspective-- examining the way that human economic systems, cultures, and governments impact and shape environments and vice-versa.

This course provides a great opportunity to integrate relevant, real-world topics into the classroom, and we would welcome any hands-on experiences, especially those related to Hokkaido, that would help make the course concepts more “real” for students. Later in the year, students will study the topics of agriculture and industry.

Parents, do you have any first-hand experience with local agriculture or industrial production? Do you have connections with local sites that could provide students with an opportunity to connect their learning to Hokkaido?

If so, please email Laura Harmon ( with any leads!

 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:

 AP Capstone 

Call for parent experts!

Do you have experience conducting original research at the graduate level, post-graduate level, or in your current work? Do you have experience with a particular data collection or data analysis method, whether quantitative or qualitative?

Our AP Research students need your help!

AP Research is the culminating course of the Capstone curriculum that asks students to add new research to an existing field over the course of the school year by designing a study, gathering data with a field-appropriate method, analyzing their findings according to an appropriate method, and presenting their findings in a 4,000-5,000 word research paper and oral defense.

We need experts to help coach our students in various data collection and analysis methods. Your help could take the form of coming into class and offering a mini-lesson on a method with which you have experience OR volunteering to be available as an expert advisor for students as they engage in the research process and have questions that come up.

If you have any experience that you think may be helpful, please email Laura Harmon ( so we can discuss possibilities. We appreciate your time in helping our students engage in this higher level work!


 Scholastic Bookclub 

Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International School Book Club.

All books are now available for you to order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalogue and make your selection and then place your order online at 

The online catalogue is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.

Please place your order online by Sunday, 22nd September 2019. 
Each order will earn free books for our school!
Delivery of the books to HIS will be between 7-10 days after the closing date. 
Your order will then be dispatched to your child in their classroom.
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Manjyoume 

MP3 teacher
Room 205  

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

Sept 4 - 6 Senior Daisetsuzan Overnight
Sept 16 Open House
Sept 19 MS Learning Trip
Sept 28 - 28 JV Girls VB Tourney

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Custodial and maintenance staff for their hard work over the summer to get the school building and grounds in order for the new school year.
  • Teachers and office staff for all the hard work they have put in to prepare classrooms, lessons and to ready for the start of school. 
  • The Executive Board and Board of Councilors for its ongoing support of the school. 
  • Professor Tony Chittenden for arranging for three of our students and Mr. Aseltine to join Hokkaido University’s research vessel this past week.



All welcome … old and new players to our Fall sports program. Get active !
We have JV and Varsity Volleyball for girls. We also have MS Volleyball for girls. All teams are practicing enthusiastically and learning new skills and growing confidence with their teammates.
We may have a teacher `All-Star` team give the varsity girls a game after school next Wednesday.

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.

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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