Head of School
Dear HIS Community,
It has been a busy couple of weeks! Some of that being “busy” has happened in easily observable ways (sports, Pippudake trip, class hikes, assemblies, etc.), but a lot of it is happening more quietly, as students explore new ideas and academic experiences. I was out at recess with the elementary students this week, and several came up to me and shared recent discoveries they’d made (plants, insects, dirt...). I was reminded of the natural curiosity and desire to learn that we all share. A large part of our work as educators is keeping that curiosity alive by putting compelling new ideas and experiences in front of students--then letting them explore those ideas and experiences to make meaning for themselves. This is what experiential learning is all about, and our students have been embracing it during this first full month of school.
Read on for more about what the Huskies have been up to this month. There’s a lot to be proud of. October here we come!
Head of School
From the Principal’s Office
Congratulations to Hemi Meikle (Grade 9)!
One of our freshman students took part in the New Zealand downhill skiing championships and came in first place!
After coming back from serious injury last year, Hemi beat the odds and was crowned the overall New Zealand Champion in the Under 16 division -- in his first year in that division!
He was the Under 14 champion last year.
We wish Hemi a huge congratulations and look forward to his return to HIS in a few weeks following quarantine!
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.
- 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 Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The next PTA meeting will be online
Wednesday, October 7th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm via Zoom.
Greetings from HIS Niseko.
September Virtue of the Month: Diligence
"By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable"
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 go out to...
- All staff for sharing your Journey Lines and engaging in our Professional Development day last Monday. Hearing staff stories was a powerful reminder of what an amazing collection of talent and experiences we have on Team HIS.
The HIS library is now open. While students are checking out new books, please make sure books that were checked out last year are returned.
After School Japanese Language Progam
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email.
Upcoming Sapporo Events
October 5 - 30 -- MAP Testing Grades 4 to 10
October 14 -- PSAT Grades 10 and 11
October 15 -- PSAT Grades 8 and 9
October 19-23 -- Fall Break
November 3 -- Parent-Teacher Conferences (details to come)
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
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
From PTA (Sapporo)
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 2:30 pm via Zoom.
PTA email: email@example.com
HIS Parent E-mailing List
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)