HUSKY EXPRESS Aug 28. 2017

Aug
28
2017

 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Child Protection Training for Volunteers
(日本語で行います)

Tuesday, 28th at 13:00any parent who is interested in volunteering over the school year or for those who will be offering an after school activity, are invited to attend the Child Protection Training that will be provided at the school by Sapporo City. There will be informal translation for English speakers at the side of the room.

Our accreditation requirements have become stricter over the years and we will soon be requiring all volunteers to be trained in child protection understandings.

We hope that this opportunity helps us to be a stronger institution and one that has the best interests of our studnets in mind.

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The Accreditation Cycle

The 2017~18 school year is also a WASC Accreditation year so we will be uniquely focused on what our school is doing and in discovering our strengths and areas for growth. Look for updates and news regarding the WASC Focus on Learning Self Study. We expect to conclude the process through a visit from the Visiting Committee of WASC which will likely be here sometime in April.

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As parents, you may be asked to participate in conversations and surveys. We look forward to your support with time as we seek to become an even better school.

Dear Secondary Parents,

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) Mr. Cooke and Mr. Ratzliff will be hosting a 'Parent Orientation Session' in the MPR for any elementary parent who is interested. The presentation will be similar to last year's Orientation Session, with some updates for this school year. We will begin at 7:00 pm and hope to finish at 8:30 pm.

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Note that babysitting will be provided for the time that is scheduled if requested. We hope that this will allow more parents to attend.

Please make time to come and talk to get questions answered in regards to the school. We look forward to see you there.

Yours,
School Administration

  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent Orientation Sessions:

Tuesday August 29 (Secondary) at 7:00pm
Although there will be some information specifically for new parents, there will also be several important topics discussed that are of interest and concern to all - including even our most veteran families.

Sampling of topics to be discussed:

  • New standards-based grading procedures
  • Preview of our new student information system - Alma (where parents can see at a glance their child’s progress)
  • Explanation of the Character Development Graduation Portfolio and the Extracurricular Involvement Requirement
  • New AP Capstone Seminar course
  • HIS Graduation and Enrollment Requirements
  • Expectations and guidelines regarding technology and phone use, gaming, dress code, attendance, lateness
  • and much more

ALMA Accounts (New Student Information System) - Note, after the orientation session on Tuesday night, we will be releasing parent accounts for Alma.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through the implementation process of this new and exciting system.  We are confident that you will see its value, but, as with anything new, it will take a while to adjust and to work out all the details.
An information package will be emailed to you in advance of parents receiving activation emails this week.

SAT Exams (October 7th  sitting)  - Deadline for registration: September 8th

PSAT Exams (October 11th sitting) - PSAT Exams are ordered for this year already based on requests last year.  However, I am allowed to expand that order if there is the need.  Please let me know if you would like me to order an exam for you (grades 9 -10) by Friday, August 25th.  NOTE:  ALL grade 11 students are automatically registered for this exam.

Students, please pick up your study guide from Mr. Cooke’s office.

A reminder that Wednesday, September 6th) 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 are welcome.  Please come to learn how you can get involved!  Babysitting is provided for parents who need it.  Please contact me for details.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

It was a joy to see so many smiling faces at the Niseko Kids Festival this weekend. Three cheers to the Executive Committee members for organizing such an incredible event.

Three cheers also to our supporters from Niseko Village as they hosted their 3rd annual Niko Niko Festival. The fireworks were incredible this year. We hope all had a terrific time.

This week, HIS Niseko welcomes five students from Niseko Middle School. The five students will intern and learn the ropes of international teaching. We are most certainly looking forward to hosting our special guests.

Have a great week of teaching and learning!

Sincerely,
Barry Mernin

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

 Music Department 

Dear Sapporo and Niseko Parents,

The photos for our 2017 concert, ABC, are now available to download for free! However, because the HEx is a public page, we will be posting the information via Huski-Info and our closed Facebook Page, HIS Families and Friends. The photos were taken by some of Mr. Erickson's publications students as well as Mr. Katayama as well! Please be on the lookout for the posts coming out soon!

 Child Protection & Safety Training in Japanese for Parents  

Dear Volunteer Parents,

In order to best care for our students here, all volunteers and staff at HIS are expected to attend a Child Protection & Safety Meeting. The City of Sapporo has offered to send someone to HIS to go over the important information this Tuesday, the 29th at 1:00. We will meet in the teacher's lounge. It will be conducted in Japanese, but I plan to have someone there to translate for those more comfortable in English.

I would love to see volunteers at the meeting.

THANK
YOU,Mandi Tull
HIS Librarian

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out 

  • Principal Cooke - for Preparing the school for it’s WASC Self Study Year and the school’s transition to the new online online administrative system, ALMA.
  • Tanya Dechodomphon - who we are also welcoming to HIS as our new EY teacher.
  • Mr. Mariano Alonso - who we are welcoming to HIS as the new PE teacher and dorm parent.
  • Mrs. Anna Charlebois - who we are welcoming to HIS as the breakfast cook and dorm parent.
  • Mr. Takashi Ogawa for the many hours of work put into preparing the school for this school year with repair and cleaning work.
  • Miles Zeorlin - who we are welcoming to HIS & Dorm 2.
  • Yuuki Suzuki and Anita Chiruki for their excellent organization during the seasonal school weeks. Your help is always appreciated.

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 Zumba is up and "dancing!" 

This is an HIS community activity, welcoming all ages! We have a wonderful, energetic teacher (Shiho-Sensei) who leads us from 5:30-6:15 every Thursday evening in the MPR (Sapporo). The cost is 500 yen for middle school and high schoolers and 1000 yen for adults.  Besides this very reasonable fee, all you need is some determination to give it a go, a pair of supportive athletic shoes, and comfortable clothing. Mrs. Oda (teacher) and Mrs. Atsuko Clipstone (HIS parent) are the contact people for this activity. If you need babysitting, please let Mrs. Oda (Rm #202)  know -- we will be trying to arrange something if there is a need. See you there! ZUMBA ON!!!! 

 From PTA 

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.

FIRST MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 6th

PTA EMAIL:pta.sapporo@gmail.com

 Extra Curricular Activities 

HIS is excited to host a variety of fun after school activities and extracurriculars this year. Sign up forms for Elementary activities (Sapporo Campus) can be found here:

Elementary Extracurricular Sign Up

Middle School and High School sign up forms will be emailed to students in the next several days!

 Upcoming Events 

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AUGUST & SEPTEMBER EVENTS

August 29 - Secondary Orientation at 7:00pm
August 30 - September 1 - Grade 12 Overnight Trip
August 31 - September 1 - Grade 11 Overnight Trip

September 4 - School Holiday
September 7 - 8 - Grade 9 / 10 Overnight Trip
September 18  - Open House (school day)
September 19 - Cross Country Day (20th back up)
September 29 - 30 JV Girls Volleyball Tournament

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of August 28 - September 1.

 Sports 

Good numbers have shown up to the practices for soccer and volleyball last week. Hopefully, we can arrange some games for the coming weeks to help prepare our teams for the tournaments. See pic of some MS Players just after they had elected Sari and Hana to be their captains for the upcoming season.

Go Huskies !

 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!

 
 
 
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