Head of School
Dear HIS Community,
The final HEX of 2020--hard to believe. We have come a long way together since August, and it is worth taking a moment to reflect on some of what we have accomplished together. Just a few examples:
- Our students have demonstrated so much growth, academically and personally. The positive impact of uninterrupted high quality in-person instruction is evident, as our students demonstrate great progress on the MAP, classroom assessments, and other exhibitions of learning.
- At a time when a large number of schools on Hokkaido have closed due to Covid-19 quarantines, we still have not had a known case. It may yet happen--but regardless, we should celebrate the vigilance and care our staff and community have shown to keep everyone healthy up to this point.
- While the pandemic continues to create uncertainty, and many international schools have experienced declining enrollment, ours has continued to grow since August.
- And maybe most importantly, our community has pulled together to support one another in countless ways to navigate all of the challenges of 2020. Thank you for that; it has been an inspiration to see.
I hope that everyone takes some well-deserved time over the break to rejuvenate. There is a lot to be proud of from our start to the 20-21 school year--and the best is yet to come.
Stay healthy and have a wonderful holiday season!
Head of School
From the Principal’s Office
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday. Have a restful winter break and looking forward to seeing you in the new year!
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day Thanks!
On behalf of the teachers and staff of HIS, thank you so much to all the parents who contributed to the wonderful table of delicious food yesterday! Everyone very much enjoyed their trip (or trips!) to the teacher's room throughout the day.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to Project Santa this year. As always, HIS donations were very generous and will help bring some happiness to children in local orphanages this Christmas season.
Parent ALMA Accounts
All parents and guardians from EY to 12th grade should have an Alma account. If you never received an account activation email, or have forgotten your Alma Login details, please contact me and I will resend it for you.
Semester 1 Final Report Cards
S1 final report cards for all students will be distributed in early February.
We encourage students to use the winter break to catch up if you have fallen behind.
Please contact your teachers for details on how you can make best use of your time.
Private violin lesson
Due to COVID 19, unfortunately, we are not able to offer the after school violin & piano program at HIS this year.
However, If you are still interested to start or continue violin lessons, Our veteran violin teacher, Mrs. Kawamura offers private lessons at her residence.
If you are interested, please contact Mr. Sugino. firstname.lastname@example.org
Violin teacher: Ms. Kawamura
Language to teach: Japanese or English
Lesson venue: Chuo-ku, Subway Nishi 28 chrome area.
Greetings from HIS Niseko.
Best Learning We Have Seen:
Three cheers to the EY students.
We are so proud of your social and emotional growth. Your confidence, your kindness, and your joyfulness are an inspiration to us all. Thank you Ms. Emily for your excellent care.
Congratulations EY kids on your discussions about what makes a city. You give us lots to think about.
Introducing Bri Bailey:
It is with immense pleasure that we formally announce that former HIS Niseko seasonal school teacher, Bri Bailey, currently a resident of Kelly Wyoming, USA, has signed a teaching contract with HIS.
Bri is to be the founding HIS Niseko Middle School Teacher starting in August 2021. Bri has spent time teaching international middle school in Cairo. She has been awarded teaching grants to research in South Africa, Ireland, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. She has taught public school at a couple of junior high schools in Texas.
Bri is a Google Certified Educator.
We are thrilled to work and learn alongside Bri. Bri's digital teaching portfolio is linked here. Her educational platform and her guide to place-based education are attached to this newsletter. Please read them at your convenience.
Niseko Santa Project 2020 THANK YOU!
Three cheers to all who have donated to our Niseko Santa Project.
Thank you for practicing the virtue of generosity. When you donate, you help us show care for others. You help us count our blessings. You help us treat others with dignity and respect.
Thank you for your kindness. We will send photos in an upcoming email and on our school’s Facebook page.
Thank you again and may you have the most wonderful holiday season.
Husky Hugs go out to...
- PTA in both Niseko and Sapporo for supporting end of year celebrations of staff and students
- All staff, wishing everyone a wonderful break and thank you for all that you do
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.
Upcoming Sapporo Events
Thursday, December 17th: Last day of school before winter break
Friday, December 18th to Monday, January 11th: Winter Break
Tuesday, January 12th: First day back at school after winter break
Thursday, January 28th: End of Semester 1
All we can do is keep our fingers crossed that we can get our basketball teams back on the floor again sometime in 2021 ? In the meantime everyone should stay as active as they can indoors or outdoors.
From PTA (Sapporo)
PTA Steering Committee Meeting
PTA Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.
- January 13 @ 1:00pm 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)