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Posted Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 6:17:15 PM
The PTA organized a Harvest Lunch and many parents, teachers and staff visited PTA House to enjoy delicious turkey and other goodies from Cezars Kitchen, as well as international home-made dishes form all over the world brought by parents. Thank you everyone!
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 5:06:53 PM
As part of our strategy to better support families as they transition into our school community, the "Transition" Parent Partners play a big role in providing guidance and invaluable parent-to-parent information to new or prospective families. Today, a group of parents met to discuss ways to provide better and more timely support to families interested in NIS.
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 3:44:19 PM
Gr. 1 went on a field trip to "Little World" in Inuyama today. This is a continuation on their Unit of Inquiry on homes to help them understand that homes reflect upon our identity and are influenced by local cultures. Students explored homes around the world and discusesed how the local environment affect how homes are built.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM
MS Language Acquisition - Japanese 3 is currently in the unit "Old is gold" based on MYP Global Context "Orientation in Space and Time". We are discovering the different view arose from generation gap as well as investigating why and how this was occurred. At the same time, we are also searching the essential of service - what the caring service should be and what the caring service gives for the audience as well as supporters. To consolidate the deeper understanding the "caring service" for elderly, the class visited a local volunteer group to help the elderly and held a students-initiated workshop to teach English through games and songs for elderly, which they think they can offer. It turned out that the students learned more than what they gave.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Junior Red Cross high school students visited the ELC to teach Kindergarten students how to wash their hands properly in order to wash off germs. To see how thoroughly they need to wash, the had Kindergarten students paint their hands and then try to wash them off. The Kindergarten students enjoyed painting their hands and washing them off wish soap, getting wet and rubbing and twisting their hands. Thank you Junior Red Cross for teaching the importance of self-hygiene before the flu season!
Posted Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 3:31:00 PM
NIS has many clubs and activities initiated by students in the hopes of having an impact on our community. Last week, the NIS Japan Service Dog Association Club visited the official facility of JSDA. They had a tour of the facility, and watched a service dog perform many of the tasks such as picking up coins, retrieving items from a fridge and assisting in removing shoes. It was a great opportunity for students to learn what happens at the facility and how these dogs have an impact on the lives of the people they help.
Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Staff and students at NIS enjoyed 'unplugging' from the world a little on Monday. The NIS community attempted a "Low Technology" day; teachers planned lessons without the use of laptops, ipads or interactive white boards and students were encouraged to switch off devices or leave them at home. We even encouraged the staff not to send or read emails all day. Some found the day to be a challenge, while others, like Grade 6, embraced turning off ALL tech including lights and heating! Once a semester we plan to run a low technology day, just to experiment with connecting to the world in a different way. We encourage our NIS families to embrace 'unplugging' once in a while too! For more information on how to reduce tech time at home take a look at this website - https://www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/
Posted Friday, Nov 10, 2017 2:00:00 PM
Aya Kawakami, an actor, director, producer and singer visited the Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 drama classes today to give hints and suggestions on their work. Thanks Ms. Kawakami!
Posted Friday, Nov 10, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Secondary students held the first lunchtime concert of the year today in the library, providing a nice backdrop to lunch today and a chance for NIS musicians showcase their talent.
Posted Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM
For about six weeks, 4W has been working on a project during a time called "Genius Hour". Students have had six hours in class to learn a new skill, become knowledgeable about a new subject, or create something that they have never created before. Genius Hour is centered on the idea of the students doing something independently, trying something new, failing, and then trying again. On Thursday, Nov. 9, 4W hosted their first "Genius Hour Gallery Walk" to present their work - it was great to share their project and talk about what they learned.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 2:09:46 PM
Two evaluators from CIS (Council of International Schools) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) have been on campus for the past three days as part of our re-accreditation process to get an update on the current status of NIS since our last accreditation was in 2012. The evaluators look at our school through the lens of student learning and wellbeing, international mindedness and the integrity and relevance of our vision and mission. The evaluators met with teachers, administration and support staff members, board members, parents and even students. The accreditation process is rigorous and helps each school be the best it can be. Parents should have confidence that if their child is learning at a CIS/WASC accredited school, then they are receiving a safe and rich learning experience.
Posted Friday, Nov 3, 2017 10:42:34 AM
Parents and students in grades 1-12 met with teachers today for 3-Way Conferences. Through three-way conferences, students are able to discuss themselves as learners and share their learning and understanding with their parents and teacher. The focus is on student reflection in order to support student learning.
Posted Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 2:00:00 PM
The PTA took their second "Cultural Trip"on Thursday, Nov. 2, this time to Arimatsu, which is famous for "Arimatsu Shibori" or tie-dying.
Posted Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Gr. 10 Japanese Language & Literature students organized a special ceremony at NIS for the 2017 ACCJ/NIS Walkathon Donation Presentation on Thursday, Nov. 2. The students welcomed ACCJ members and donors to celebrate the work by the many charitable organizations who help make our community better for so many in need. Thanks everyone for your help to make this event special.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 5:40:00 PM
It was a spooky but fun day at NIS. The annual Halloween parade for Primary students in costume was followed by the Halloween Fair, when students went around classrooms, did trick-and-treating, and enjoyed various games and activities planned and organized by HSSC and Kidzuna. Special thanks to all the high school students, parents and staff who made this event so enjoyable and memorable for all students and visitors who participated!
Posted Monday, Oct 30, 2017 4:16:57 PM
All NIS students from ELC to gr. 12 got together with all of the staff on the steps near the Wing Building to take our annual whole school photo. With a record number of 502 students, it was difficult to fit everyone in! It is wonderful to see our increasingly diverse and vibrant community of learners grow as we inquire, inspire and impact within our communities!
Posted Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 11:00:00 AM
The NIS campus was rocking at the 2nd "Open Mic" lunchtime performances with amazing performances by all - including some juggling!
Posted Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM
ELC students visited Shidami Yochien, a Japanese preschool in the neighborhood,  to participate in their "Kodomo-matsuri" (Children's Festival), and had fun playing games and doing crafts, and also enjoyed a powerful Taiko performance. Special thanks to our friends from Shidami preschool for the invitation and friendship!
Posted Monday, Oct 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Q2 Dolphin sports seasons started this week, with high school basketball practices every Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and middle school boys basketball/girls soccer practicing on Tuesdays and Fridays. Go Dolphins!
Posted Friday, Oct 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM
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!
Posted Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM
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!
Posted Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM
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!
Posted Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM
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.
Posted Monday, Oct 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM
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!
Posted Friday, Oct 6, 2017 4:45:09 PM
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.
Posted Friday, Oct 6, 2017 3:00:00 PM
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.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 4:00:00 PM
A mysterious white room appeared in the lobby in the Raymond Building. Actually, it was made by the ELC Kindergarten students, who have been exploring the artwork of Yayoi Kusama, and they decided to create their own NIS Obliteration Room. On Wednesday, it opened for the entire NIS community - and the Kindergarten students did the honor of putting the first sticker dots on its walls and furniture. They are excited to see how the room turns out. Everybody is invited to visit and help create the NIS Obliteration Room until Oct. 13!
Posted Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 4:00:00 PM
College application season has begun for grade 12 students. So far, representatives from several colleges and universities such as Purdue University, Savanah College of Art and Design, International Christian University (ICU) and Hosei University have visited NIS to meet with students and talk about their programs. This past week, representatives from Nagoya University visited with the gr. 12 students and parents in the iSpace for their presentation during lunch.
Posted Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM
Interested students were given the opportunity to perform at the first "Open Mic" session during secondary lunch. It was a great showcase of our multicultural community with songs and performances in different languages and genres.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 3:00:00 PM
Students have been getting ready for "Living the Mission Day" on Oct. 4 and this past week were putting final touches on plans. "Whole School Community Learning Day" is a community learning day when the whole school comes together and commits to the same learning goal.
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