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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!
Posted Friday, Feb 23, 2018 2:00:00 PM
The kindergarten students had the opportunity to visit the Nagoya Science Museum today. Students experienced many different kind of exhibits and loved the ones that were hands on! Their favorite floor was the 3rd floor, where there was a water exhibit as well as some features that tricked their eyes. Students could shoot water cannons, play with rubber ducks, drive a pretend fire truck, and many more. Everybody loved the field trip and wanted to stay longer!
Posted Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM
The Tokyo Olympic Committee invited NIS students from Grade 1-6 to participate in the selection of the official mascots for the 2020 Olympic Games! Students learned about the significance of each mascot before casting their votes in class. Each class was able to send 1 overall vote to the committee. In the end, Candidates A received 5 votes and B received 7 votes! We look forward to finding out the winner, chosen by Primary school students from all over Japan.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 7:00:00 PM
Gr. 11 students and parents were invited to the library for the College Information Session on Tuesday evening, Feb. 20. It was a chance for Gr. 11 students and parents to go over the basic flow of the application processes for universities and colleges, and discuss what students should be focusing on between now and next fall.
Posted Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 11:57:34 AM
A group of grade 9 students performed scenes of 'Fugee' by Abi Morgan, a scripted piece about teenage asylum seekers living in the UK for the Gr. 8 and 9 students on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Drama Room. It was a great performance that highlighted the stress and emotions of young adults caught in difficult situations across cultures that were the fault of adults and regional politics.
Posted Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 11:36:11 AM
The grade 10 students and parents had an opportunity to look ahead and learn more about the last two years of their high school at NIS at the "IBDP Information Session" held on Tuesday, Feb. 13. After a general overview of the two-year DP program that they will embark upon from August, teachers presented course details and provided a chance for both students and parents to talk about the courses and view textbooks and other resources to help them make choices to move forward.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 2:23:00 PM
The Raffle Class Baskets are now on display! Check them out in the Raymond Building entrance. Special thanks to our parents and the PTA for donating, collecting and organizing these baskets!
Posted Thursday, Feb 8, 2018 1:00:00 PM
Tania Lattanzio is here at NIS working with teachers for two days to develop assessment practices throughout NIS. This visit is a chance for NIS to broaden our understanding of assessment and how we can use various assessment strategies to inform our teaching and learning.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 9:00:00 PM
High school students put on two performances to a nearly full house on Tuesday evening, Feb. 6. "Two Face True Face", written and directed by the Gr. 10 cast, and "Fossils" both focused on teenagers, with parents specifically relating to much of the uncomfortably humorous dialogue in "Fossils". Amazing performances by all! Special thanks to all who helped and supported the Drama department.
Posted Sunday, Feb 4, 2018 9:00:00 PM
The NIS Boys Basketball team completed a sweep of the basketball tournaments this season, winning the Hokkaido Snow Festival Classic in Sapporo for the first time ever, just one week after winning the WJAA tournament here at NIS. The team went undefeated in both tournaments. Congratulations Dolphins!
Posted Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 5:00:00 PM
Middle School Girls Basketball and Boys Soccer teams hosted Kyoto for a day of friendly games at NIS on Feb. 3.
Posted Friday, Feb 2, 2018 3:56:52 PM
Gr. 4W is in the lead, with 1G and 7W close behind in the ticket sales race! Thank you everyone for your help with the Raffle - only two more weeks until the drawing!
Posted Friday, Feb 2, 2018 2:15:00 PM
The ELC celebrated "Setsubun" today. A scary looking Oni (demon) came to the ELC, but the students were very brave and threw rice (instead of roasted beans) at him. The poor Oni who we think may have actually been Dutch, had no choice but to run away, thus ensuring that all of the evil spirits were driven away and the ELC will have good luck for the rest of the school year!
Posted Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 2:43:18 PM
The MYP Personal Project exhibition will be held in the Library on Jan. 31 from 6-8 pm and everyone is welcome! The project is an opportunity for the 10th graders to design a truly personalized product that can be either creative or intellectual that demonstrates the student's consolidation of their learning in the MYP
Posted Monday, Jan 29, 2018 2:00:00 PM
Congratulations to the HS Boys Basketball team on their first place finish at the NIS home tournament January 26-27. The boys played a fantastic style of basketball typified by a smoothly flowing offense, and showed strong team camaraderie throughout the tournament. Great job to Coach Fast, Coach Graeber, and all the boys. The team tries to make school history next week by becoming the first NIS team to bring home the Hokkaido Cup championship trophy - good luck! (Dolphins play on Friday afternoon at 5:45, Saturday at 9:45 and 2:45, and, if all goes well, Sunday at 10:30 and 4:00 - streaming live here:
Posted Friday, Jan 26, 2018 3:52:14 PM
Today and tomorrow, NIS is hosting the WJAA Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament, and the girls are at Marist. The boys won the first game today against Marist 66-32, and next plays Sons of Light. It would be great to get parents, teachers, and students out to support our hard-working dolphins here at NIS! Saturday will feature playoff action in the morning, and trophy games at 2:20pm (3rd place game) and 3:40pm (Championship Game). We hope to see a lot of green in the stands! Good Luck Dolphins!
Posted Friday, Jan 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM
Thursday and Friday turned into fun days outside with the snow between classes and during breaks as Nagoya was hit with a cold-front that also brought snow on both days!
Posted Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 3:00:00 PM
Congratulations to these four Tshirt designers for being chosen as finalists for the Walkathon Tshirt Competition, sponsored by the H&R Group. Winning design will be chosen on Tuesday evening, Jan. 30 at the ACCJ Shinnenkai.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM
Gr.4 is currently investigating human-made global warming and its causes. For the past few weeks they have visited the high school chemistry lab and inquired into our Earth, the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, and the impact our actions have on the world around us. This week students had the chance to create a model atmosphere, to show the effect too much carbon dioxide has on the earth's temperature. Stay tuned for student led action and speeches on how the NIS community can reduce their carbon footprint!
Posted Friday, Jan 19, 2018 4:37:08 PM
The 2018-2019 school calendar - the one-page version with all school holidays - is now available for viewing or downloading. Please go HERE if you wish to look at next school year's calendar! (It can also be found on Haiku Home)
Posted Friday, Jan 19, 2018 4:11:46 PM
Special thanks to the Gr. 8 Mathematics students in Mr. Goodman's class for taking care of the Community Raffle Leader Board! 8W and 1W are in the early lead so far!
Posted Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 1:22:43 PM
NIS held our first unannounced fire drill today, during which all students, staff and guests all successfully exited the building and were accounted for safely! Luckily the weather was sunny and warm. These drills are important to conduct if ever a real emergency evacuation were needed.
Posted Monday, Jan 15, 2018 5:53:00 PM
For Gr 2's new unit, "Human Actions Impact the Environment", students conducted a trash audit, collecting trash from bins all over school, and then sorted them into 12 different categories, including "burnables", "non-burnables". "PET bottles", "paper" "food" etc. They discovered most of the trash was actually recyclable. What will happen to all these recyclable materials when they are taken away in the yellow trash bags? That's what the Gr 2s are going to find out next...
Posted Monday, Jan 15, 2018 5:48:00 PM
Adam Gidwitz, the author of the Grimm Trilogy visited NIS today to meet with students. Gr. 4 and 5 students enjoyed listening to him while he talked about the real versions of the Grimm fairy-tales. He then held writing workshops for middle school students and walked them through steps to show them how to become great writers themselves. Thank you Mr. Gidwitz for your inspiring presentation and workshop!
Posted Friday, Jan 12, 2018 2:45:36 PM
Japanese students in the ELC gave a presentation to the ELC about Japanese new year customs and students enjoyed various games and crafts typical for Japanese new year. Special thanks to Japanese mothers who made the decorations and prepared the activities!
Posted Friday, Jan 12, 2018 11:42:57 AM
The 2018 NIS "Community Raffle" has started! This combined effort between the school and the PTA provides important support to the school's fundraising efforts that helps all students at NIS. 100% of the raffle proceeds will be donated to the NIS school budget via the Annual Giving Fund. Special thanks to the companies who have kindly donated prizes so far - Delta Airlines, the H&R Group, the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, and the Hilton Nagoya, and also Japan Mobility for some great class prizes. We hope that everyone can support the raffle again this year!
Posted Monday, Jan 8, 2018 7:49:00 AM
We wish everyone in our community the most happiest of New Year's in 2018! We look forward to working with everyone to help each of our students inquire, inspire and impact!
Posted Friday, Dec 15, 2017 4:17:32 PM
The 2018 Walkathon is scheduled for May 20, and all students received a design-form for submitting a design by January 22. All NIS students are welcome to submit ONE design! Special thanks to the H&R Group for donating an iPad Mini to the winner! The winning design will be chosen at the ACCJ Shinnenkai on January 30.
Posted Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 5:45:54 PM
The ELC celebrated the semester finish with their annual Winter Concert and potluck lunch, featuring wonderful performances by all preschool and kindergarten students. Much of the work performed was written, designed and created by the students themselves! Great job ELC students! (and parents too!)
Posted Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 10:24:57 AM
The NIS Robotics Team participated in their first competition this past weekend, joining the "First Lego League" Competition at Nagoya station. Consisting of middle school students and led mainly by four high school students, the team learned much at their first-ever competition, a day-long event that involved several other teams in the region. Congratulations Dolphins!
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