Nancy Meislahn, the Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid at Wesleyan University visited NIS courtesy of the US State Department to give presentations to groups of students, teachers and parents about the US college experience. In addition to meetings with parents, Meislahn met with teachers to give pointers on writing teacher recommendations for students, and also met with students on pointers about writing good personal statements for their college application. Hopefully these sessions helped students and parents become better prepared for the college application in the years to come.
NIS Scholarship Golf Tournament was held at Springfield Golf Club on Saturday. 30 golfers enjoyed a great day for golf, and thanks to their support, we were able to raise much-needed funds for scholarships, which will help many students. Special thanks to Delta Airlines for their grand prize and also Springfield for hosting the event for us again this year.
This has been a dark, difficult and deeply sad week for all of us who are a part of the NIS community as we mourned the sudden and untimely death of Gr. 12 student Sho S. in a traffic accident on April 3. An NIS student since age 3, Sho was the light and life of the high school and the Gr. 12 students, and his smile and energy is missed dearly by those who knew, loved and cared for him. We are extremely grateful for the counseling help we received from so many other schools including Yokohama International School, Christian Academy in Japan, the Montessori School of Tokyo, the American School in Japan, Osaka International School, and all of the messages of condolences and support from so many more in our community. The ability of the NIS community to support our healing together has given us all faith and hope that we will be able to help our students, staff and community members who are suffering to find the joy in their lives which Sho would want them to have. A celebration of Sho's life is tentatively planned for May 30 at 2:30 pm, and more information to come soon, but anyone in the extended NIS family is welcome to join that afternoon to remember Sho.
The HS girls softball team is hosting Osaka and Marist this weekend for the annual "Keith Dixon Spring Classic". Special thanks for coming up to Nagoya for this annual event featuring our beloved Mr. Dixon!
Please join us in the Commons tonight for an evening of crazy cowboys, sassy saloon girls, cowardly heroes and go-getting heroines, plus a special guest appearance from Lightnin' the Horse! This family show set in the Wild Wild West is guaranteed to entertain, and we'll be serving free nachos too. Free admission, doors open at 5:45pm
The ELC Kindergarten and Preschool students have begun to work collaboratively on a unit. They have been talking about their classroom environment and how the space is used. The teachers have been guiding the students on their mission to redesign the ELC space. Over the weekend the teachers moved all of the furniture, toys and resources into one area of the building. On Monday morning the students entered the empty classrooms and were excited to see what was going on. One 5 year old student exclaimed "Whoa! I said we need to build a new school and now it's real life!". The students have spent most of this week redesigning and reorganising the whole ELC building.
Educators, parents, students, care-givers and others interested in creating an inclusive community gathered from all over Japan on Saturday to share and learn together about a variety of issues related to social and emotional health for a diverse Japan at the Creating Connections Conference 2018. The conference had a range of panel discussions, presentations and workshops related to: Depression & Anxiety, Learning Differences, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bullying & Cyberbullying, Health & Safety, LGBTQ Issues, Cultural Identity, and Finding and Accessing Support. Thank you everyone for coming together! Special thanks to A. Carlson for her work to organize and implement this important conference.
Before completing their Unit of Inquiry on "How the World Works", the Gr. 3 students researched where they would like to donate their funds by looking at various organizations which give back to either the local or worldwide community and they chose the Japan Service Dogs Association! Today, JSDA came in with two dogs to thank the students for their donation. Thank you Gr. 3 and JSDA for helping our community!