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Posted Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 12:25:00 PM
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.
Posted Monday, Apr 16, 2018 4:09:16 PM
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.
Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 4:00:00 PM
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.
Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 3:00:00 PM
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!
Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM
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
Posted Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 4:00:00 PM
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.
Posted Monday, Apr 9, 2018 4:14:00 PM
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.
Posted Friday, Apr 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM
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!
Posted Monday, Apr 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM
Quarter 4 Home Language Club (HLC) started this week with Portuguese on Monday, and Chinese, French, Korean and Japanese on Friday (from April 6). Home Language Club is an after-school, high school student-led activity to celebrate and nurture the diverse languages in our community.We hope your child can join HLC in Q4!
Posted Monday, Apr 2, 2018 3:16:00 PM
Visual Arts combined with Performing Arts and a dash of Japanese acting: what a treat this year's Spring Arts show was. Students enjoyed themselves as they showcased learning from their classrooms. On offer was some Jazz, some classical pieces, a Blues performance that probably stole the limelight and a sneak peak of the Autumn musical. We hope the parents enjoyed it as much as we did! You can watch the video here ->
Posted Friday, Mar 30, 2018 3:11:07 PM
Congratulations to the 2nd graders for successfully completing their "Forces in Motion" unit as part of the Science Series supported by Raytheon. The students spent weeks inquiring into simple machines and using the design cycle to create designs that incorporate their understanding of forces and motion. It was a fun way to present their learning to the community, and we are grateful for Raytheon for supporting science at NIS!
Posted Friday, Mar 30, 2018 2:41:33 PM
Gr. 11 students spent two days in Fukui prefecture at Eiheiji, one of Japan's main Soto Zen Buddhist temples for a two-day retreat as part of their "Theory of Knowledge" (TOK) class. The fieldtrip has become an annual event for the Gr. 11 TOK students, providing them with a chance to not only learn about different ways of thinking and being through meditation, but also to experience a unique aspect of Japanese culture. We are greateful for the monks of Eiheiji for hosting our students each year.
Posted Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Grade 12 students who have just gone through the college application process visited the grade 10 class to share their experiences and help the grade 10 students get better prepared for their college preparations. The 12th grade students talked about what they were doing when they were in grade 10 to prepare for college, what they think worked well for them, and what they thought that they should have done differently. Thank you 12th graders and good luck 10th grade students!
Posted Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 11:28:36 AM
Two years ago, the ELC Kindergarten students embarked on a learning journey that was unique and inspiring...and we thought it woud be a great visual exaple of the learning in the ELC. So to help show who the ELC students learn, we collected their writing, their drawing s and photos, and went through all of their discussions and conversations, which are also very important, and after a lot of work, created the book "The Art of Tea". The book will be on display in the ELC and available digitally.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 12:59:21 PM
Gr. 10 students from the JNL class hosted 11 students from local orphanages on Tuesday as part of the Chubu Children's Fund (CCF) initiative to provide scholarships, mentoring and life-skill training to children in local orphanages and children's homes. The CCF was formed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) as part of the way that funds from the Walkathon can have more of a long-term impact in the community. The NIS students helped the ACCJ with their first session with the student visitors, who came from several local orphanages and children's homes. After learning about the CCF and the opportunity to apply for CCF scholarships, NIS students led an IT training session in small groups to share tech skills and get acquainted. Special thanks also to Cezars for providing lunch for students.
Posted Monday, Mar 19, 2018 8:38:00 AM
Join the Open House at Nagoya International School - the region's only fully accredited, full IB program school. Participants will be able to see classes in session and speak with current parents afterwords. Registration required -for more information, visit here ->
Posted Friday, Mar 16, 2018 4:04:32 PM
The Grade 2 has been inquiring into simple machines and using the design cycle to create and innovate. They have designed machines using a range of the simple machines that they have been learning about. These are designed to work in new and innovative ways and incorporate their understanding of forces and motion. As an integral part of the design process, students will be participating in an exhibition of their work, wherein they will describe what they have created and invite feedback on their inventions. Come and join them on Friday, March 30 at 1 pm as they present their work! Special thanks to Raytheon for sponsoring this event!
Posted Friday, Mar 16, 2018 4:03:24 PM
The NIS community gathered on Thursday evening to celebrate the arts at the Secondary Arts Night, held in Owariasahi this year. The Grade 6-9 students put on an amazing show of art, music and drama for all who came. Great job students! Special thanks to HOPE International Development Agency and QSC Audio for donating their PA system for the evening!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 2:00:00 PM
Seven years after the Tsunami we are honored to welcome a representative of the city of Rikuzentakata to learn of the tragic story of the city and how we can continue to stay connected as friends in Japan. Thank you for the relationship with our school and for sharing your city's story.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM
In their unit on "How the World Works", they explored economic activity and endeavored to create their own companies. They started by researching possible products they could create, and after some market research to see which products were popular with different demographics, they created companies and made a prototype of their chosen products, determined the cost and made a price and then worked to mass produce their product. Once production was on schedule, students created video commercials to display at a school assembly and made posters or flyers to build excitement for their product within the student community. Students also decided where the money from market day was to go by looking at various organizations to give back to either the local or worldwide community. They worked hard to make enough of their product to create a large profit on market day so they can raise as much money in order to donate a large amount of money to their chosen cause. All in all the students learned a tremendous amount about business plans, supply and demand and how a marketplace operates. Great job Gr. 3!
Posted Friday, Mar 9, 2018 8:37:27 AM
MYP Student-Led Conferences were held on Thursday. Students led a 20-minute conference with their parents and homeroom teacher, after preparing for this in advance, looking at their learning through the IB Learner Profile attributes, and then tying them together by reflecting on their ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills they have been focusing on. Great job Gr. 6-10 MYP students!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 4:09:00 PM
Too much trash and the lack of an effective recycling system has been brought up by students as an issue over many years at NIS. Finally, thanks to the drive and inspiration provided by a group of Grade 2 students, we are going to do something about it. NIS Action on recycling is a group that now includes students from across the school who are determined to change the NIS mindset and provide recycling stations in each corridor. Watch this space, there are some disruptive events coming soon!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 1:00:00 PM
Gr. 5 parents got together with the Associate Primary Principal and PYP Coordinator for a PYP Exhibition Parent Information Meeting. The PYP Exhibition is the culminating project for the PYP and a rite of passage for the Gr. 5 students as they transition to the MYP. The Exhibition is a demonstration of how students can take action as a result of their learning, and a celebration of who our students are as learners. The students will carry out an inquiry into a topic of their interest, develop an action they can take, and present their entire process in April at the PYP Exhibition. We all look forward to celebrating their learning journeys!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Thank you PTA and all our families for the wonderful food and hospitality for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day today, which featured an endless amount of food all day! We are appreciate the chance to partner together with parents for our students, and grateful for the contributions from the PTA and parents. Thank you!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 11:00:00 AM
After months of preparations, the Gr. 1 JFL (Japanese as a Foreign Language) students performed "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Giant Turnip" in Japanese for their parents and peers. Great job Gr. 1 JFL students!
Posted Friday, Mar 2, 2018 4:36:00 PM
Applications are now open for the 2018 NIS Summer Program. We look forward to another fun summer at NIS. Please go HERE for more information and HERE for applying (online only). Course descriptions will be coming later in April/May.
Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 2:35:26 PM
NIS Administrators joined a global community of school leaders clearing calendars, silencing phones, throwing on athletic shoes and immersing themselves in student life for a day. The goal of course is to improve the student experience by better understanding the student perspective by walking in the shoes of the student for a day! We thank the students for putting up with us adults for a day!
Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM
How has climate change acted as a catalyst for human migration? Gr. 7 students have been investigating this question over the past few weeks in their Science and Individuals and Societies classes. They produced documentaries to teach Gr. 4 about how climate change has affected human migration.
Posted Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 4:00:00 PM
Grade 2 & 3 students had loads of fun at the annual Library Sleepover on Friday, Feb. 23. Special thanks to the many high school students who volunteered to host games, and, of course, the parent chaperones who helped overnight!
Posted Friday, Feb 23, 2018 8:00:00 PM
The NIS Community Raffle came to a close on Friday, with the winners all be chosen at the Winter Welcome Potluck hosted by the PTA. All main prize winners can be found here ( The REAL winners are all of the students at NIS - thank you everyone for your support this year!
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