HUSKY EXPRESS June 1, 2020

Jun
1
2020

 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Latest Update for the Week of Monday, June 1

Dear HIS Community,                                                       

This is an update on the most recent news on HIS’ response to the lifting of the state of emergency. 

Government announcements and the recent drop in infection numbers allowed for the state of emergency to be lifted and Sapporo City has announced that Sapporo schools will return in stages to classroom instruction from June 1st but will retain the strict social distancing rules that were outlined by the Ministry of Education.

HIS too will return to instruction in the building from June 1st, guided by the following principles: 

  • Placing prevention of the spread of the virus as our primary goal
  • Remaining in full compliance with the updated guidelines for return that have been issued by the Ministry of Education 
  • Following the lead and guidance of the local Boards of Education  
    https://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/article/423422 [Japanese]
  • Remaining informed of the practices of JCIS schools 

Similar to the previous opening, HIS will return to it’s daily schedule of 10:00 AM ~ 3:00 PM. This will allow us to best protect our students and community, while meeting the needs of those students who must remain online. 

Survey indications show that over 80% of our student body will be returning to the school building for learning when we reopen. Naturally there are several students who are unable to enter Japan due to travel restrictions. They will continue to connect with classroom learning online and through morning and afternoon contacts with their teachers. 

HIS has revised its  Covid Procedures and Practices Guide, which was sent out to our community. The guide can also be found online in the downloadable documents section of the school’s website. Please find the link here. 

We are very pleased that HIS can finish its school year with learning in the building, giving opportunity for students and teachers to be with one another in person and to allow us to conduct learning assessments and classroom-based activities that will help to wrap up the school year. 

Note that the school building will be closed this summer for required renovation work. After so many weeks of the intense and daily preparation required to set up for online learning, our teachers are in need of their well deserved summer holidays. As originally scheduled, teachers will have their final report-in day to work on August 19. Ongoing global travel bans and separation from family and loved ones will make the summer of 2020 a particularly challenging one for our community members. We trust that the summer will be a restorative one despite the ongoing presence of Covid-19. 

This coming week, both the Executive Board and the Board of Councilors will be meeting to discuss future plans for the school as it rises to the challenges of the current situation. 

Sincerely yours,

Financial Assistance Information

If you are in need of Financial Assistance for the 2020 ~ 21 school year, please contact Administrative Assistant, Mr. Tawaraya in the school office and he will be able to send you the documents. 

In the interest of Social Distancing, note that this year’s application documents will be mailed to homes.

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  From the Principal’s Office  

Welcome Back!

We are all looking forward to being back in the building on Monday June 1st for the last couple of weeks of school.
As most of us transition back to in-person learning, we should commend students for all the hard work they have put in to keep up with their studies while online. Parents also, thank you for all of your support at home!
Finally, a huge thank you to the teachers who worked so hard to continue presenting lessons under these difficult circumstances. I received many emails over the last few weeks from parents expressing how impressed they were with the level of learning that continued even as we were away from the school building.

Unfortunately, not everyone can make it back to HIS next week. Many dorm students, for example, are stranded in their home countries and cannot yet return to Japan due to ongoing travel bans. To these students, we wish you all the best and we look forward to seeing you all back here as soon as possible for next school year.

Stay tuned for many announcements about the final two weeks of school

Act Club Video
Many thanks to the community service ACT Club for preparing a video to show the HIS community how to make sustainable masks!
As masks are often difficult to find at this time due to high demand, they wanted to help out by explaining how we can easily make our own.
Link: https://vimeo.com/422264601

 

 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)

The Executive Board had its annual Scholarship Fundraiser this June. If you wish to see the Final Report,that shows how much money we were able to raise, please find the link to the document here.

 Library 

Return to school Library book return

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We want to make the return of books a safe and manageable experience for all. It would be helpful if we can return books in the following order -

  • MP 1 - Monday and Tuesday
  • MP 2 - Tuesday and Wednesday
  • MP 3 - Wednesday and Thursday
  • Secondary - Thursday and Friday

This should allow us to cope with the cleaning and shelving of returned books and to quickly get back to normal with lending.

Finally, we definitely do not want books returned at this time from any family where there has been any form of respiratory illness. These books should stay with the family for another 2 weeks (minimum) after the illness has subsided. When notified, the Library will simply renew these books to eliminate overdue notices.
regards
Mr. Nick
Librarian

  Supporting Learning  

 

The Covid Response

During these challenging times, HIS teachers have been doing so much to support and expand on their students' learning experiences. Here are just a few examples: 

Elementary students showed their enthusiasm, their joyfulness, their creativity, and their AWESOME HIS spirit last week when they participated in Fun Friday!

After a kick-off Zoom dance party, students chose from a diverse menu of activities, from sports to art to design and building and more! It was a great day away from screens, and a way to “get together” as a community during the time of social distancing!

Please look at all the photos and videos here:
https://sites.google.com/his.ac.jp/his-fun-friday/photosvideos

 

Dear HIS Families and Friends,

I hope this message finds you well, positive, resilient, curious, and self-directed through our current difficult world circumstances.
Currently, 16 HIS Reads Finalists are battling to defend reading.
Please show your support by watching the finalist videos and reaching out with encouragement.
In no particular order, our 16 HIS Reads finalists!

Kento: https://youtu.be/aHYNoze-J_Y
Yuna: https://youtu.be/iIqP_VjIwBo
Ko: https://youtu.be/UFi83vCCFXo
Sari: https://youtu.be/wBUgCkClYCA
PK: https://youtu.be/6PINqZdHPhA
Nina: https://youtu.be/VFMwesLqtO0
Jiho: https://youtu.be/6FI2QxMt0TU
Kenyu: https://youtu.be/92KRciFp-_g
Fiona: https://youtu.be/5Ct1qo9ixLw
Joohye: https://youtu.be/FvBzB7CoXck
Ranko: https://youtu.be/vKX1swCZDMw
Ray: https://youtu.be/SjVbAn6DeOk
Kei: https://youtu.be/5HZ5gRbELeI
Natasha: https://youtu.be/wzp8WSXSemQ
Kyogo: https://youtu.be/dBszOJ3omvg
Haru: https://youtu.be/f-UBzyRuOBc

Congratulations to the finalists.
All the best to you through the student ranking phase. May you reach the Top 5, standing proudly atop the virtual stage in front of our Final Judging Panel. May your voice rise above the crowd.

And to our HIS Community, stay tuned for our final announcement on June 5th, where 5 special judges will determine the ultimate defender of reading!

Sincerely,
Mr. Jared Pangier

Creative and Helpful Service Tip from Two of Our Students: 

Creative and Helpful Service Tip from Two of Our Students: 

Please look through the below video to learn a really helpful way of putting together a facemask that can be reused again and again. 

I upload to School Vimeo site,
Link: https://vimeo.com/422264601

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Mr. Tim Schlosser, incoming head of school for spending this e-week of transition conversations and planning with our community.
  • Executive Board and Board of Councilors members for their support and meetings this week to help plan through this time.
  • Incoming 2020~21 parent, Jiang, who has helped the school to secure enough masks for staff.
  • Elementary teachers to arranging the very productive Fun Friday of last week.

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 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 us at his@his.ac.jp  or phone the main office so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 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 his@his.ac.jp  
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 his@his.ac.jp  

 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.

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 Elementary 

Variety Show
Thanks to so many kids and families being involved and sending in their talents and skills, we were still able to produce a quality show that showcased a wide variety of ages and interests.
A HUGE thanks to YiShun of MP3K who edited all the videos, transitions, audio and captions for the video. For those of you have not seen it yet, here is the link …

Link: https://vimeo.com/422264632

Hopefully next year we can be `live` on stage in the MPR again?

 @ Niseko 

Dear Teachers, Staff, Parents and Prospective Parents of HIS Niseko

It is an absolutely beautiful morning.
I hope this message finds you well. Thank you to all the parents and helpers for keeping the kids safe. The MP3 students are enjoying outdoor recess together as I write this paragraph.

Fun and Fitness Days

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The HIS Niseko community is invited to take part in Fun and Fitness Days on Friday, May 29th, and Saturday, May 30th.
Fun and Fitness Day is important. It is a unique way that our school community can stay connected and support one another in a fun and meaningful way. The events are designed to be done indoors or outdoors using common household items. Families are not asked to purchase any specialized equipment or supplies. I have included video tutorials for each activity. Students will not be penalized in any way for skipping events due to equipment.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. Families can choose to participate, but it’s not a requirement.

  2. Your family will be asked to choose a minimum of 4 events to complete. However, you may complete as many events as you’d like.

  3. On May 29 and May 30, our students will participate in events, complete a scorecard, share photos and videos through email, or LINE texts to Mr. Mernin.

  4. My email is bmernin@his.ac.jp

  5. Each student that completes at least 4 events will receive a certificate of participation from Mr. Mernin.

  6. Scorecard and Event cards attached via PDF. (Please print)

  7. Have a blast with your family!

I appreciate your cooperation and are hopeful that your entire family will use it as a way to be physically active together and with the school community. Hopefully, next year, we can participate in Fun and Fitness Day 2021 together, on campus.

There is to be no online learning services on this Friday. Teachers and I will spend the day, working from home or at school, writing narrative report cards for the 2nd semester, as well as planning for the final two and a half weeks of the academic school year. 

Write back if you have any questions or comments.

HIS Niseko is fully operational starting June 1st.

HIS Niseko will also fully open our building to instruction on June 1st. Teachers will not be expected to provide online learning as we no longer have any families opting to stay at home. The school will run on a normal 08:30- 15:30 schedule. Wednesday will be a delayed opening of 09:30.
Thank you teachers for creating continued opportunities for students to learn during these times.
Please continue to be a consistent, supportive, and caring part of each child’s life. Let us all continue to be flexible, friendly, patient and positive.

Our primary objective remains to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Thank You, HIS Niseko PTA and Tim Schlosser

Thank you to the PTA for your participation at Wednesday’s Zoom session to discuss the upcoming tenure of our next Head of School, Tim Schlosser. It was a very engaging session and great to see everyone able to share their questions. Please feel free to message him any remaining unanswered questions that you may have.

  From PTA  

Unfortunately, the PTA has not been able to meet very often in the second semester this year due to continuing COVID 19 concerns.
However, we very much look forward to things returning to normal soon and to seeing you all at upcoming meetings in the fall!
Let's hope we can enjoy the fun-filled PTA-sponsored events again soon!
Please contact us to find out how you can be involved.

PTA EMAIL: pta.sapporo@gmail.com
PTA Information Website:
https://sites.google.com/his.ac.jp/parent-teacher-association/home

  Sports  

Sadly, there was no actual Sports Awards Dinner this year but we did produce a video featuring the coaches and pics of the various sports.
https://vimeo.com/421789225

Award winners were :
Varsity Sports
Reika, Haru, Lilith, Kaori, Aina, William, Sohta, Joshua
JV Sports
Kamila, Sari, Emi, Tadashi, Kenyu, PuKuan
MS Sports
Chihiro, Seito, Mareto

  From the College Advising Team  

Dear 11th and 12th-grade students and parents,
As college plans for next fall are uncertain for some students due to the current situation, please remember that Mr. Fazio and Ms. Harmon are still available to meet for college advising sessions, even remotely. Rest assured that colleges and universities around the world are extending flexibility and understanding given the current constraints with travel and standardized testing, but we are always here to help you navigate the process. 

Ms. Harmon and Mr. Fazio
The College Advising Team

  AP Capstone  

Congratulations go out to two students who successfully completed the 2 year AP Capstone program! Their journey culminated in the presentation of original research to a Zoom audience this past month. After a year-long process of study design and data collection, the following two projects were presented:

How International Students Perceive the Effects of Bilingualism: A Case Study
presented by Reika Wakabayashi

Gaming as a Predictor of Performance on Scales that Measure Hope and a Willingness to Engage in Pro-environmental Behavior: A Study on Secondary Students 
presented by Subha Chowdhury

A special thanks to the community members who volunteered their time to help our students as expert advisors this year: Mr. Ishii, Professor at Sapporo Gakuin University, and Mr. Tomasine, ELL Coordinator.

If you are interested in knowing more about the AP Capstone program or helping students engage in the research process, please don’t hesitate to contact AP Capstone teachers Ms. Harmon and Mr. Pangier.

 Music 

Virtual Performances!!
WEEK 1
This semester has been very heart-breaking for the music department. May 29th would have been the big concert day for all of us, and the disappointment is really sinking in… Not only did we miss our Kitara concert, but we also missed 3 months of making music together!

However, the show must and will go on!!!

Today we are proud to present our very first virtual choir video of our Secondary Choir (6th-12th grade students)!!!!
Please support the students by clicking the link below and watching their performance of Two Too Wet, with full-on choreography. There are some solos that you wouldn’t want to miss as well ;)

Secondary Choir (link embedded)

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A very special thank you to the amazing Kyogo Nagashima and Tyler Clements for taking charge of putting together the audio and videos of 36 students!

Next week, stay tuned for videos from our instrumental classes (High School Keyboard, then Beginner/Advanced Band) and mayyyybe we can get a video of High School dance as well!

Stay positive and stay musical everyone!

 
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