HUSKY EXPRESS Sept 14, 2020


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School  

Dear HIS Community,

We have had a busy and positive start to the month of September! Students have been hard at work, settling into the rhythms of a new school year.

I have been impressed by many things about our students over the past few weeks, but I’d especially like to note how much I have appreciated their kindness and consideration toward one another. Our work not only about cultivating great scholars, but also about cultivating great people; our whole community has a lot to be proud of in this year’s Huskies.

I would also like to thank the Sapporo PTA for our recent meeting about goals for the year and ongoing support for teachers and students. We are lucky to have such an engaged and dedicated group of parent leaders, and their creative ideas are benefiting the school on a daily basis.

We are glad that our management of the pandemic and use of strong health & safety protocols continues smoothly, and we truly appreciate everyone’s ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.

As always, if you have any ideas or concerns you’d like to share, please reach out (


Best wishes,

Tim Schlosser
Head of School


  From the Principal’s Office  


Student MAP Testing


Last year, our Spring testing session for MAP had to be cancelled due to school building closure in response to Covid 19. This unfortunately meant that we lost the chance to measure student growth for the school year (an important aspect of MAP testing).
MAP scores for the 2019 Fall semester were recorded in the system, however, and will be included on reports generated this year for returning students.
Exact Fall testing dates for students from grade 4 to grade 11 are not finalized yet, however I expect us to begin testing in the first week of October.
Please stay tuned for more on this in an email and in our next Husky Express.


Students in grades 10 and 11 take the PSAT/NMSQT on the morning of Wednesday, October 14
The PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. If a student earns a high score on the PSAT during their junior year, they could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests skills in reading, writing, and math. It also can be an invaluable measure of college readiness.
Last week I distributed PSAT/NMSQT student guides that include a practice exam in the package.

Students in grades 8 and 9 take the PSAT 8/9 exam on the morning of Thursday, October 15
The PSAT 8/9 supports students with early feedback on the skills and knowledge expected for college and career readiness.
The PSAT 8/9 helps students determine what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school—and it supports educators as they guide the way.
Students sitting this exam will be tested on the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.
Students can also share their scores with Khan Academy to create a personalized practice experience in preparation for taking the SAT later in high school.
The college board does not send out a student guide and practice test for the PSAT 8/9. However students can find a practice exam online at this link.

SAT Exams
- September 26, 2020
Deadline for registration is passed

- October 3, 2020
Deadline for registration:September 4, 2020

- November 7, 2020
Deadline for registration: October 7, 2020

- December 5, 2020
Deadline for registration: November 5, 2020

PTA Meeting
PTA Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The next PTA meeting will be online Wednesday, October 7th at 1:30 to 2:30pm via Zoom.


 @ Niseko 

Greetings​ ​from​ ​HIS​ ​Niseko.​ ​​


September Virtue of the Month: Diligence

"By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable"
Ben Franklin

Best Learning I Have Seen:

So much good stuff happening at the school. Big time props to the student writers in MP1. Friday’s launching of the writer's workshop celebration was a joy to behold. It is fantastic to see the student writers honor each other’s writing growth. Thank you, MP3 students, for your support of the younger writers. Your comments and suggestions were on target and very much appreciated.
Keep writing, everyone, every day!

PTA Meeting this September 18

Please kindly note that our first PTA meeting of the school year will be held at the Chomin Center @ 1:00 PM, September 18. We have reserved the large room upstairs to accommodate all our parents. We will be broadcasting the meeting live via Zoom for those who are unable to attend in person. Head of School, Tim Schlosser is slated to attend.

Thank You Niseko Teachers!

Thank you for another wonderful week of learning at HIS Niseko. I am thrilled at the growth I see with our student writers. Friday’s writing celebration was truly meaningful and perfectly appropriate. Thank you for your hard work in building the writing stamina. Your work is most appreciated.

Thank you also for your continued work in building a brain friendly learning environment. I am filled with delight that the growth mindset is readily apparent in each classroom. I know how difficult this is to get across to children. Thank you for your hard work.

“Superheroes may wear disguises at times, but they always remember who they truly are, and, when necessary, they'll don a cape and do what has to be done, because they know why they're on earth. Perhaps the key for us, because we don't live in a comic book, is to integrate the superhero part of ourselves with our regular, daily self so that we don't need to wear disguises and so that we can be whole. That would be true power. “

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators
by Elena Aguilar


 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Thank you to all staff and students who played in last week’s staff / student volleyball game!
  • Thank you to the HIS Sapporo PTA for a great opening meeting, and to the HISNiseko PTA for your support with the start of the school year.


 After School Japanese Language Progam 

◯スケジュール 10月から始めます。
毎週火曜日 3時45分〜4時45分(小学生)
毎週水曜日 3時45分〜4時45分(中学生、高校生)

◯講師 渡辺真弓
◯費用 1回1000円。自分の都合で欠席する場合は返金されません。
◯連絡先 渡辺真弓(

After School Japanese Language Progam (ASJLP)
Let's learn more about Kanjis, Conversation, and Japanese Grammer.
who is the teacher? Mrs. Mayumi Watanabe
who can take it? Any students over Grade 4
days & time? Tuesdays for grades 4 & 5, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Wednesdays for MS & HS, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
what is the fee? ¥1,000 per class - not refundable if an absence is due to your own reason
ASJLP will start in October. Here is the schedule for each class.
Tuesday: October 6, 13, 27, November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15, January 12, 19, 26
Wednesday: October 7, 14, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, January 13, 20, 27

If you are interested, please send me ( an email.
Mayumi Watanabe

 Upcoming Sapporo Events 

Sep 14 - Cross Country Day
Sep 21 - Teacher PD Day. No school for students
Sep 22 - Regular school day


Both the HS and MS Volleyball teams have been enjoying good numbers and good fun at their practices.
Last week the HS girls played the staff `Old Stars` team. The first 2 sets were very close with the `Old Stars` just holding sway but in the final set Coach Anne put her `superstar` lineup together and the girls won convincingly … or maybe the `OId Stars` lack of fitness showed up ? Anyway … we hope to do it again this week and then hopefully we have some games coming up against local Japanese schools.
Go Huskies !

  From the College Advising Team  

Dear juniors, seniors, and families,

One of the positive changes that has come out of the covid-19 situation is that HIS students this year will be able to attend the Kanto Plain college fair virtually! This is the big college fair for Japanese international schools where students can learn about programs all over the world. This year, each college or university will have a virtual session, so it is important that students look up the date and time of schools they are interested in and register if necessary.

Please find attending schools here:

Students are reminded that if a session they would like to attend interferes with class time, they must get permission from their classroom teacher BEFORE attending the meeting.

As always, Mr. Fazio and Ms. Harmon are available to schedule meetings with students regarding questions they may have. Juniors will find the college advising sign up sheet on their homeroom/college advising Google classroom. If none of the slots available work with students’ study halls, they should email Ms. Harmon and Mr. Fazio to set up a time during lunch or after school.

The College Advising Team
Mr. Fazio and Ms. Harmon /

  From PTA  

PTA Steering Committee Meeting
PTA Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The next PTA meeting will be online Wednesday, October 7th at 1:30 to 2:30pm via Zoom.
PTA email:
PTA Website:


 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!


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

 Greetings from the Executive Board 

Notices 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)

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