In view of the current path and strength of typhoon #21, and in response to the advisories issued for our area, NIS has determined that the safest decision is to close campus on Monday Oct. 23. While we are always reluctant to cancel school, safety is the priority, and based on the information available and given the extensive commute of many of our families, it is simply too great a risk to hold school as normal tomorrow. Therefore there will be no school tomorrow, including all after school activities, and NIS offices will be closed for the whole day. We thank all NIS families and visitors for your understanding.
NIS parents who have joined to support the school community as "Parent Partners" gathered for a meeting to discuss recent activities, possible plans for the year ahead, and to have a chance to welcome new parent volunteers over lunch. Parent partners play an important role in helping to advance the school mission for our community, and we are grateful for their support - and always need more so please consider joining if you can!
Grade 3-5 Monsters came to NIS for their Creature Council - a convention of sorts to debate some of the finer points of being a monster and finding a balance between being scary and being friendly! Students preformed twice - once in the morning as a dress rehearsal, and once in the evening. Special thanks to all the parents who helped behind the scenes to support the production!
Gr. 9 design students are learning programming language with a 3D programming software "Alice" in Design class, and were looking for "clients" and their stories so they can create movies. On Thursday, they visited their first "clients - the 5th graders and heard their stories. The Gr. 9 students will then return with their storyboards for their 3D animated movie ideas and their "clients" will pick the best one, and eventually, the completed movie will be presented!
As part of their annual river survey, the Gr. 12 biology students braved the hot sun and the huge spiders to investigate the water quality of a nearby creek. The goal of the study is for students to realize that fieldwork poses very different challenges to lab work. The students also investigated different ways of managing the same parameters to encourage them to think about selecting the best techniques for each situation. Finally, students placed leaf-packs which we will retrieve in a week or so to complete a macroinvertebrate study.
It was a great day outside for the annual Primary Sports Day this Monday, with Primary students splitting up into two teams - the Green and White teams - and competing all day in events that were both fun and challenging. Special thanks to the many parents who came out to watch (and join!), as well as the many teachers for their hard work to make the event happen. And...congratulations to the White Team!
The grade 5s have been involved in an initiative to protect endangered fireflies in Shidami through the restoration of local wetlands, and on Oct. 6 were visited by representatives of a citizens group who they hope to collaborate with.
As a culmination to their study of nuclear and particle physics, the Gr. 12 physics students visited the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Gifu prefecture.
- MonOct23 School/Campus CLOSED (Typhoon) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- TueOct24 Classes Resume (Q2 Begins)
- TueOct24 Fire Drill
- TueOct24 Wk 1
- WedOct25 Early Dismissal 2:00 PM to 2:00 PM