HIS supports and promotes numerous activities outside the classroom that are rewarding, educational, and fun for our students (parents and teachers, too!). Extracurricular activity offerings at HIS provide students with the opportunities to accomplish to a greater degree the educational outcomes, or TADs (Transdisciplinary Skills and Dispositions), of the school's curriculum.
The HIS Student Council is an eleven-member secondary organization made up of representatives that are elected by their peers. Student Council is foremost a service organization, with the primary objective of making HIS a better environment for students. There are five executive officers that are elected by secondary students and a representative for each grade that are elected by their class peers. Student council’s mission statement is to initiate and develop projects to make HIS a great place. The main responsibility of each member is to be the voice for their grade and their peers at HIS. Student Council organizes and plans numerous events throughout the year such as dance parties, the End of the Year Party at the Sheraton, weekly secondary assemblies, welcoming new secondary students and teachers throughout the year, promoting special events, updating information on the Student Council board monthly, four weeks of intramural sports, spirit days and spirit stick activities, Winter Sports Pep Rally, secondary Talent Show, monthly virtues, and monthly community service projects.
Throughout the academic year, at least once each month, HIS students coordinate and participate in community service projects. Neighborhood clean-up campaigns, snow-removal, collecting Christmas gifts for underprivileged and orphaned children, and beach clean-up are just a few of the projects HIS students engage in to support the local community.
HIS students take an educational point-of-interest class trip to Kyoto at the end of Junior High (9th grade). Kyoto is considered the cultural center of Japan and the 9th grade students participate in traditional Japanese cultural events and activities. Time is also spent exploring and enjoying nearby Osaka and Kobe. Junior high students have three years to raise funds for these trips, and are encouraged and expected to do so as a homeroom. Parents will be asked to fund the amount required above the funds students are able to raise.
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Japanese Culture Week
A week-long festival at HIS packed with various activities including traditional Japanese dress, dance, music, food, games, and “mochi-pounding” or mochitsuki – the pounding of rice cakes, which is essential to the “Oshogatsu” or New Year’s celebration. Mochitsuki is a whole community event which requires many hands and is a time of fellowship and socializing with friends and family.