HUSKY EXPRESS May 21, 2018

May
21
2018

 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

WASC Accreditation Visit

ACS-WASC or the Accrediting Commission for Schools: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is the California-based commission that accredits all California and Hawaii public schools, most private schools along the West Coast and a majority of the international schools in the the Asia-Pacific. ACS-WASC also accredits the East Asia Regional Council of Schools, of which HIS is a member.

Last week was our WASC accreditation visit and the WASC Visiting Committee (VC) spent the entire week at HIS, starting with HIS Niseko where the VC had an opportunity to pose with Mt. Yotei in the background.

On Friday, at the conclusion of the visit, the VC members presented their main findings (Commendations and Recommendations) to the community. We look forward to receiving the full report to learn how best to move forward with our next steps as a school.

University Acceptances:

We would like to congratulate our graduating class on the list of outstanding universities that have already offered places to our graduating students. Although the list continues to grow, we are excited to share those that we have been informed of:

  • Arcadia University
  • Arizona State University 
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Brock University
  • Center College
  • Clarkes University 
  • Colorado State University 
  • Drake University 
  • Drexel University 
  • Emerson College 
  • Franklin University - Switzerland 
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Jacobs University 
  • Knox College 
  • Ohio State University
  • SUNY at Albany 
  • SUNY at Bingham 
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • Hokkaido University 
  • Loyola Marymount University 
  • Oregon State University 
  • Pacific International Hotel 
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Trent University 
  • Washington State University 
  • Wilfred Laurier University 
  • University of Central Missouri 
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Indianapolis 
  • University of Hawaii 
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Oregon 
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • University of Washington Tacoma
  • University of Toronto 
  • University of British Columbia 
  • University of Calgary 
  • University of Alberta 
  • University of San Diego 
  • University of Mississippi

We look forward to watching this list grow!!

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  From the Principal’s Office  

MAP Testing
Over the next couple of weeks, HIS students in grades 4-11 will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).

We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s 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. And 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 the next three weeks of testing, your child will spend a total of about 4 hours completing these tests.

Each school year, students in grades 4-11 take the tests in the fall and spring.

Fall testing helps your child’s teachers plan instruction according to individual strengths and weaknesses. Following the spring testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth over this year.

For more information, please visit NWEA’s website: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/

Upcoming Exam Schedule:
May 14 - June 1 - MAP Exams
June 2 - SAT Subject Tests

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, June 6th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
This is our last Steering Committee Meeting of the school year. If you are interested in perhaps becoming a member for 2018-2019, please and join us to check it out!
Everyone is welcome, please join us! We will be discussing and voting on PTA Grants.
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me.

 @ Niseko 

Dear Parents and Teachers of HIS Niseko,

Niseko Town School Lunch Experience
Sincere gratitude to the Town of Niseko KYUSHOKU CENTER for kindly serving today’s Japanese School Lunch Experience.
It was quite an honor.
Thank you very much to the Administrative Assistants, our PTA and the Town of Niseko for arranging this special cultural event.
The food was healthy, fresh and very much delicious.

WASC Visiting Committee Presentation
All stakeholders of HIS are invited to view the WASC Visiting Committee Presentation at HIS Niseko this Tuesday @ 15:40 in Mr. Sinclair’s classroom.
This presentation will include the Visiting Committee’s initial findings on our schoolwide strengths and suggestions for critical follow up. The presentation is less than one hour.
All school stakeholders are most cordially welcome to attend. This viewing will be held in lieu of our regular teaching team meeting.

Financial Assistance Program Donor Wall Unveiling this June 5 from 14:45-15:30
I am determined to sustain our Financial Assistance Program. Donated money directly affects student learning at our school and directly helps our school keep our tuition affordable. The school’s donors have demonstrated a deep commitment to our work of providing an international education to children in Niseko.
As part of our appreciation, I would like to invite all HIS stakeholders to our HIS Niseko Donor Recognition Wall official unveiling this June 5 from 14:45- 15:30.
It promises to be a red-letter event.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 22 Kitara Art Exhibit Deadline
  • May 22 @19:00 ~ Joint Board of Councilors ~ Executive Board Session
  • May 23 EY Ohisama 10:45~12:00

Barry Mernin

Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko
bmernin@his.ac.jp

 Concert 2018 "The Present"  

Coming Soon! Click to see the Promotion Video.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • MP1 Justin and Eugene and our librarian, Mandi Tull for making the trip to the Niseko campus for Big Book Buzz.

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 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 Neil or Megumi know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, June 6th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
This is our last Steering Committee Meeting of the school year. If you are interested in perhaps becoming a member for 2018-2019, please and join us to check it out!
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
We will be discussing and voting on PTA Grants.
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me.

PTA EMAIL: pta.sapporo@gmail.com

New! PTA Information Website: 
https://sites.google.com/his.ac.jp/parent-teacher-association/home

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 

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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 our communications coordinator at jtomasine@his.ac.jp so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 Upcoming Events 

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JUNE EVENTS

June 1 - Kitara Concert
June 6 - MS / HS Sports Day
June 7 - 8 - MS Domin no Mori
June 14 (AM) - Last Day of School
June 14 (PM) - Graduation
June 15 - Teachers’ Last Day

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of May 21 - May 25

 Sports 

We still have many keen players and their coaches getting some valuable Spring Training and full credit to them. There are MS and HS Volleyball players, MS and JV Basketball players, Community Basketball players but there are also many determined students increasing their fitness in the weight room. This facility is only open to high school students and you must get a permission form from Mr. Kelly. Get active!

 Babysitting 

If you are an HIS parent and are looking for a babysitter for an evening or on the weekend, please feel free to contact huskyinfo@his.ac.jp
Interested HIS parents can then be provided with a list of students available for babysitting.

 
 
 
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