HUSKY EXPRESS June 10, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

HIS Piano & Violin Recital

Aside from our fabulous music program, we also have an afterschool music program supported by dedicated piano and violin teachers. Just a week after the Kitara “ONE 1” performance, on Saturday, May 8, the musical talents of some of our students were again staged at a separate annual event, the Piano & Violin Recital.

Students and their teachers came together under the umbrella of the music department to stage the recital at the very beautiful Meiji-Era HOHEIKAN, located in Nakajima Park. Some 50 ~ 60 members of the HIS community gathered to listen to a wide range of pieces. It was a very lovely evening. Thanks to our student performers and our after-school

You Are Invited

A reminder that all HIS community members are invited to the graduation ceremony for the graduating class of 2019, the final and most important event of our 60th anniversary year.

The gym doors will open from 12:30 pm. We are looking forward to a very rewarding event and opportunity to see off our seniors class.

Graduation, Thursday, June 20, Gym
13:00-13:05 Welcome, Head of School
13:05-13:10 Words from Executive Board Chair
13:10-13:20 Secondary Awards, Principal
13:20-13:25 Words from Homeroom Advisor
13:25-13:45 Words from Class of 2019
13:45-13:50 Song from Class of 2019
13:50-14:05 Keynote Speaker, Jon Omori
14:05-14:15 Presentation of Diplomas
14:20- Presentation of Graduating Class & Closing Remarks, Head of School


Incoming Teachers for 2019 ~ 2020  

HIS welcomes the following new teachers for next school year:

  • Ms. Rory Pickett will join Ms. Beatty next school year. Ms. Pickett is a career elementary teacher from the United States who last taught at Yokohama International School.
  • Mr. Andrew Wannar will join the HIS Niseko as the MP3 teacher. Mr. Wanner is another career teacher, coming from the United States originally but with recent teaching experiences in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Both incoming teachers coming highly recommended and we look forward to getting to know them even more.

  From the Principal’s Office  

End of Year - Secondary
An important reminder to secondary students in these last couple of weeks to get all your assignments in on time before teachers finalize your grades. Parents, please check Alma for your child’s current, up-to-date status.

Returning Textbooks and Materials
Please note that students must return all their textbooks and other borrowed materials by Friday, June 14th. Report cards and transcripts cannot be issued until all materials have been returned or lost materials paid for.

EIR Requirements
A reminder that extracurricular involvement credits are required for graduation. HS students, please ensure that all your credits have been counted for this year by speaking to Ms. Sugino as soon as possible.

Online Course Application Form / Agreement
Students in next year’s junior and senior classes interested in taking an online course are reminded to submit to me the Online Course Agreement by Friday, June 14th.. Remember that taking such a course for HIS credit requires a significant amount of summertime work and commitment. There are several deadlines that need to be observed.

 @ Niseko 

HIS Niseko PTA Fun and Fitness Day


The weather cooperated and everyone, (I think), had a great time!
Thank you to our intrepid PTA volunteers who helped us have fun and stay fit. Thank you also, Klass Kitchen for the awesome burgers and sausages.

HIS Niseko Talent Show


On June 14, at 2:30 sharp, our students and staff will host our annual talent show. Our annual Talent Show has arrived.  We are excited to again be celebrating the many and varied interests of our students. There will be singing and a bit of speechmaking.  

Students and Parents are requested to submit their talent items to the homeroom teachers by June 11, 2019, so as to facilitate the program list.

WHO: Any interested students
WHAT: Performing an interest of their choosing
WHEN: Thursday, June 14 @ 2:30 PM


Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko


Dear Huskies,

A short but immense thank you to all community members and parents who sold tickets and came through the rain to fill our auditorium last Friday. Last year we had 797 people come to watch our show with 170 performers. This year we had a whopping turnup of 845 super supportive people with only 130 students standing on stage! Needless to say, we already felt a huge difference in the applause after our very first piece! But it wasn’t just in the sheer increase of clapping volume- you clapped and cheered so much, and I think the students literally heard and felt all the love from you. And to answer your calls, they grew so much as people and as performers. Thank you so much for being a part of that process.


 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!

 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)

 From the College Advising Team 

Dear junior parents,

As the year draws to a close, juniors continue to have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings with Mr. Fazio and Ms. Harmon to make sure they are on track for successful applying to colleges or universities in the fall. Additionally, please be aware of the following required meetings for juniors:

DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, June 11: 3:30-4:30 after school workshop in 304 on personal statement writing

Thursday, June 12: 11:50-12:30 lunch meeting in 201 for students applying to Japanese universities
Required for any students applying to Japanese universities 

The College Advising Team
Nick Fazio ( and Laura Harmon (

 Sports Day Reminder 

Sports day for all Secondary students will be Wednesday, June 19th. The event will run all day. Students should be ready for the day with water gear and a change of clothes. Students should also be wearing their “house” color shirts.

Thank you,
PE Department

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

June 17-18 High School Overnights
June 19 Secondary Sports Day
June 20 Last Day of School
June 20 Graduation
June 17 Moving On Up Ceremony
June 18 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)

 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.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, June 5th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact Neil at

English lesson offered by a parent with teaching experience. If you are interested or would like to have more details, please contact More information will be posted on the PTA website as soon as it is available

PTA Information Website:


The new basketball backboard system is up and running in the outside car park and many kids enjoying it during recess breaks and after school. We appreciate the PTA for purchasing this for us. A big thanks to PK and Sohta who helped assemble it.

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.

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. 30 (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

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