HS DAILY – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • KINDERGARTEN BUILDING – KEEP OUT & KEEP DOOR CLEAR!

This is just another reminder to not use the corridors during break and lunchtime for chatting, studying etc. This is a learning space for the younger students. Also, another reminder not to block the doorways when you’re sitting outside the building. (Mr. Snowball)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Athletics/Activities

HS Girls Soccer – Joint practice/Scrimmage with Nippon Sports University this Friday, February 24th starting at 4:30 pm up at the YCAC.

Uniforms
– All second season athletes, please return your uniforms to the dance studio by Thursday February 23rd at the latest. Once you have placed your uniform in the correct basket , please remember to cross your name off the appropriate list. Thank you.

Dragon Council
-Meeting today in the dance studio at 1:30.

Fitness Interest
– All students interested in using the fitness equipment in the dance studio, please know that Mr. Ralph and Mr. Tananone will be holding introduction sessions on Tuesday the 21st and 28th of February. Once you have gone to one of these sessions, you can access the equipment outside of school hours. (Mr. Tananone)

  • HS Book of the Day

This is one of those awesome books where you love to hate all of the characters. Liked Gone Girl? This thriller is for you. #hsbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Thursday, February 23 (Day 1)

Grade 9 (P5+6): Grade 9 Looking In Seminar – Ms. McDiarmid, Mr. Pitter + Tutors / LOFT

Grade 10 (P5+6): GCD – Refresher / Reflection Time – Mr. Pitter + Tutors / Tutor Rooms

Grade 11 (P0): University Counselling – Work on Research and University Workbook – Tutors / Tutor Rooms

Grade 12 (P0): University Transitions – Ms. McDiarmid, Mr. Pitter + Tutors – Loft

  • The Building: Actors Needed! (Repeat)

The Building needs more actors! We are near the beginning of filming, but we still need more actors to play key roles! We also need some extras!

If you want to help, please contact Justin at 18cheethamj@yis.ac.jp

This notice will stay on the daily until the needs have been fulfilled. (Justin & The Building crew)

  • The Building: Props Needed! (Repeat)

The Building needs more props! We are near the beginning of filming, but we still need props! To help, we would love it if you lent them, so we can use them for filming, and return them to you. Below is a general list of things needed:

  • Shoulder pads
  • Knee pads
  • Sports “armor”
  • Used clothing
  • Old, broken bags
  • Helmets: Baseball, Skateboard etc (no weird trail bike helmets)
  • Working BB guns (even better if they are gas operated)
  • Baseball Bats (wooden ones work too!)
  • Facemasks (not the medical ones, the painting ones)
  • Any bits and pieces you think necessary for a post apocalyptic set/costume

If you want to help, please contact Justin at 18cheethamj@yis.ac.jp

This notice will stay on the daily until the needs have been fulfilled. (Justin & The Building crew)

HS DAILY – Monday, February 20, 2017

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Athletics/Activities

HS Girls Soccer – Joint practice/Scrimmage with Nippon Sports University this Friday, February 24th starting at 4:30 pm up at the YCAC.

Uniforms
– All second season athletes, please return your uniforms to the dance studio by Thursday February 23rd at the latest. Once you have placed your uniform in the correct basket , please remember to cross your name off the appropriate list. Thank you.

Fitness Interest– All students interested in using the fitness equipment in the dance studio, please know that Mr. Ralph and Mr. Tananone will be holding introduction sessions on Tuesday the 21st and 28th of February. Once you have gone to one of these sessions, you can access the equipment outside of school hours. (Mr. Tananone)

  • Live-Aid 2017

Live-Aid is HS concert hosted by the Student Service Committee and aims to highlight the work of High School Service Groups and fundraise for worthy causes while enjoying all the talent YIS has to offer. This year, Live-Aid is on Friday, March 10th.

Performers Wanted!
Student performers are currently being recruited (Performers – Read the details and sign up here – first come first served!).

Service Groups Wanted!
Additionally, any student groups that have a service focus or aspect are highly encouraged to express their interest in being considered for the spotlight and funds raised (Service Groups – Read the details and sign up here – the final group(s) will be determined by a student vote at a later date). (Ms. Urquhart)

  • Grades 11 & 12

Period 8 study hall students need to meet in the silent study room or the cafeteria today. (Ms. Katy)

  • The Building: Actors Needed!

The Building needs more actors! We are near the beginning of filming, but we still need more actors to play key roles! We also need some extras!

If you want to help, please contact Justin at 18cheethamj@yis.ac.jp

This notice will stay on the daily until the needs have been fulfilled. (Justin & The Building crew)

  • The Building: Props Needed!

The Building needs more props! We are near the beginning of filming, but we still need props! To help, we would love it if you lent them, so we can use them for filming, and return them to you. Below is a general list of things needed:

  • Shoulder pads
  • Knee pads
  • Sports “armor”
  • Used clothing
  • Old, broken bags
  • Helmets: Baseball, Skateboard etc (no weird trail bike helmets)
  • Working BB guns (even better if they are gas operated)
  • Baseball Bats (wooden ones work too!)
  • Facemasks (not the medical ones, the painting ones)
  • Any bits and pieces you think necessary for a post apocalyptic set/costume

If you want to help, please contact Justin at 18cheethamj@yis.ac.jp

This notice will stay on the daily until the needs have been fulfilled. (Justin & The Building crew)

  • LGBT History Month

Good morning everyone!

As you know, February is LGBT History Month. If you haven’t noticed already, posters have appeared around the school of historic LGBT icons and figures. Make sure to keep an eye out!

This Friday, the LGBTQ+ Group will be hosting a movie night in the Library, and everyone from High School, as well as teachers, are invited. We will be showing a documentary called *Paris is Burning. Doors open at 4:15, and food and snacks will be provided. The film is only an hour long, so grab a friend and come watch!

Have a great day, spread love.

*Paris Is Burning (1990) is an American documentary about drag queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for LGBTQ teens and young adults. (The LGBTQ+ Group)

  • HS Book of the Day

A tale of love & loss, magic & mystery, regret & forgiveness: Finn knows Roza’s been kidnapped but no one believes him. #hsbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

  • Conference: Women in Japan 2017: Problems, Possibilities, Power (Repeat)

The American School in Japan is hosting a one-day conference, Women in Japan 2017: Problems, Possibilities, Power. This conference will be held at ASIJ on Wednesday, March 8th from 1-5:45 pm. and is sponsored by their HS club SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality).

This conference is an opportunity for high school and university students to explore the current status of women in Japan. Participants will assess current barriers facing women and explore the possibilities for future empowerment. Keynote speakers include Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama, and Kuniko Inoguchi, House of Councillors Member.

The cost of the conference is 500 Yen.

If you are interested in attending this conference, please attend a meeting in Ms. McDiarmid’s office on Monday 20th February at 10:40 a.m. (Ms. McDiarmid)

HS DAILY – Friday, February 17, 2017

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  •  Room Changes

11L tutor go to M205
Periods 3 & 4 10C Science (Lorimer) got to M208
(Mr. Lorimer)

  • HS Book of the Day

Post terrorist attack, SanFran is a police state & 17 year old Marcus is master hacker fighting the gov’t to save his friend #hsbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

  • Conference: Women in Japan 2017: Problems, Possibilities, Power

The American School in Japan is hosting a one-day conference, Women in Japan 2017: Problems, Possibilities, Power. This conference will be held at ASIJ on Wednesday, March 8th from 1-5:45 pm. and is sponsored by their HS club SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality).

This conference is an opportunity for high school and university students to explore the current status of women in Japan. Participants will assess current barriers facing women and explore the possibilities for future empowerment. Keynote speakers include Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama, and Kuniko Inoguchi, House of Councillors Member.

The cost of the conference is 500 Yen.

If you are interested in attending this conference, please attend a meeting in Ms. McDiarmid’s office on Monday 20th February at 10:40 a.m. (Ms. McDiarmid)

  • New Research Resource (Repeat)

The Library recently registered for a new digital library: the Churchill Archive. It is a digital library which is highly useful for I&S and History students. Learn more about this resource in this library blog post. You can access it without logging in anytime at school. To access at home, the username is yokohama and the password is dragon. (Ms. Katy)

HS DAILY – Thursday, February 16, 2017

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • ISA’s today – grades 6 -9. Room changes for gr. 10 & 11

As with Tuesday’s sessions, please come prepared with book, scrap paper. Check your group’s room on the green noticeboard outside Ms Shiina’s office. Classes will re-commence at 11.50am. (Mr. Snowball)

Room changes for today Pd. 3 only

Gr. 11 English – CB M305 to M205
Gr. 11 English – BB to M404
Gr. 11 English – MRe to M101
Gr. 11 English – DH to M206
Gr. 10 Maths – PH to M202
Gr. 10 Maths – ZL to M302

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • New Research Resource

The Library recently registered for a new digital library: the Churchill Archive. It is a digital library which is highly useful for I&S and History students. Learn more about this resource in this library blog post. You can access it without logging in anytime at school. To access at home, the username is yokohama and the password is dragon. (Ms. Katy)

  • HS Athletics/Activities

Uniforms– All second season athletes, please return your uniforms to the dance studio as soon as possible. Once you have placed your uniform in the correct basket , please remember to cross your name off the appropriate list. Thank you.

Fitness Interest
– All students interested in using the fitness equipment in the dance studio, please know that Mr. Ralph and Mr. Tananone will be holding introduction sessions on Tuesday the 21st and 28th of February. Once you have gone to one of these sessions, you can access the equipment outside of school hours. (Mr. Tananone)

HS DAILY – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • Chiku

Full meeting today in M205. Please come prepared to report on your particular group’s:
1) activities so far
2) plans for this semester
(Mr. Snowball)

  • HS Book of the Day

Rad doesn’t begin to cover it: try out this biographical showcase of 40 extraordinary women around the world, past & present #hsbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

  • HS Athletics/Activities (Repeat)

​Official HS Boys/Girls Soccer as well as Badminton tryouts continue for the rest of the week. Boys and Girls Soccer will be going up to the YCAC, while boys and girls badminton will meet in the gym.

HS Girls Field Hockey– Good luck to the 5 girls who were selected to represent YIS at this Tuesdays all-star game at ASIJ.

Uniforms
– All second season athletes, please return your uniforms to the dance studio as soon as possible. Once you have placed your uniform in the correct basket , please remember to cross your name off the appropriate list. Thank you.

Fitness Interest
– All students interested in using the fitness equipment in the dance studio, please know that Mr. Ralph and Mr. Tananone will be holding introduction sessions on Tuesday the 21st and 28th of February. Once you have gone to one of these sessions, you can access the equipment outside of school hours. (Mr. Tananone)

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Thursday, February 16 (Day 6) (Repeat)

Grade 11 (P0): Social Emotional – MBTI and Conflict Resolution – Ms. McDiarmid, Mr. Pitter + Tutors / Cafeteria
Grade 12: No Tutor Period – Mock Exams

HS DAILY – Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • ISA

Please check the board outside Ms Shiina’s office to see which class you go to for the ISA assessments. Remember also what you need to bring to the sessions. (Mr. Snowball)

  •  Maths Challenge #10

Maths Challenge: Welcome back

Let’s see if you can do this week’s Maths Challenge #10. Due in Friday 24th Feb. Well done to Eishin and Haruna who in the lead for MS and HS respectively. – this will not be printed this week. Please send your answer electronically or on scrap paper to Mr. Harrison

Problem #10
A cycling club organised two different excursions and everyone in the club, went on at least one of the two excursions. Fifty percent of the members went on the first trip and eighty percent went on the second trip. Twelve members went of both trips. How many people belong to the cycling club? (Mr. Harrison)

  • ARTSCAPE 2017

Yesterday marked the opening of the annual Kanto plains ‘Artscape’ exhibition in Tokyo where work was showcase art and design work from our selected YIS MS and HS students. This year, 12 schools are participating in the exhibition which is held in Azabu Kids-to-Teens hall, Azabu, Tokyo. (A short distance from Hiro-o or Azabu-Juban stations) The exhibition will run from February 13th-28th. Please visit and check out some inspiring work!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwjzIVGlfJPoU0h3c1ZlbVRkOUU

(Ms Justice and Mrs Ralph)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • ISA ROOM CHANGES FOR TODAY

For grades 10 and 11, please see the list below.

P. 1/2

Gr. 11 History – RM t o M403A
Gr. 10 Science – SL to M310
Gr. 10 English – BB to M101
Gr 10 English – DH to M208

P. 3/4

Gr. 11 English – CB to M202
Gr. 11 English – DH to M202
Gr. 10 Maths – PH to M307

(Mr. Snowball)

  • HS Athletics/Activities

​Official HS Boys/Girls Soccer as well as Badminton tryouts continue for the rest of the week. Boys and Girls Soccer will be going up to the YCAC, while boys and girls badminton will meet in the gym.

HS Girls Field Hockey– Good luck to the 5 girls who were selected to represent YIS at this Tuesdays all-star game at ASIJ.

Uniforms
– All second season athletes, please return your uniforms to the dance studio as soon as possible. Once you have placed your uniform in the correct basket , please remember to cross your name off the appropriate list. Thank you.

Fitness Interest
– All students interested in using the fitness equipment in the dance studio, please know that Mr. Ralph and Mr. Tananone will be holding introduction sessions on Tuesday the 21st and 28th of February. Once you have gone to one of these sessions, you can access the equipment outside of school hours. (Mr. Tananone)

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Thursday, February 16 (Day 6)

Grade 11 (P0): Social Emotional – MBTI and Conflict Resolution – Ms. McDiarmid, Mr. Pitter + Tutors / Cafeteria
Grade 12: No Tutor Period – Mock Exams

  • HS Book of the Day

Try an evil retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a hilarious Cheshire, sexy joker, controlling parents & strange riddles #hsbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

HS DAILY – Monday, February 13, 2017

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • ISA

Tomorrow after homeroom, please go to your assigned room. The schedule will be on the boards outside Ms Shiina’s office this afternoon. The tests will run from pd 1 to 12.30pm. You need to bring pen and scrap paper for working out. Grades 6 & 7, you will not need a calculator. Grade 8 can use one if you want – but it cannot be the one on your phone. Grade 9s – you will need your calculator. Also, bring something to read – not your laptop – in case you finish early. (Mr. Snowball)

  • Cancer Seminar (Repeat)

Did you know that one in two men and one in three women are likely to suffer from cancer? What are the important things to know if you or a loved one were to get the diagnosis?

The National Cancer Centre’s Dr Katanoda will be coming in next Monday, first day back from ski break to present a seminar. It will be conducted in both English and Japanese, at 1:20 to 2:00pm in the loft. Please come along! (Michael Murakoshi-Singer, Grade 10)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Athletics/Activities

Official HS Boys/Girls Soccer as well as Badminton tryouts begin today, February 13th. Boys and Girls Soccer will be going up to the YCAC, while boys and girls badminton will meet in the gym.

HS Girls Field Hockey Good luck to the 5 girls who were selected to represent YIS at this Tuesdays all-star game at ASIJ. (Mr. Tananone)

  • Grade 10

Congratulations Grade 10! One more step finished with the personal project. Please turn in your report today on ManageBac and email a copy to your supervisor. (Ms. Katy)

  • HS Book of the Day

Until the accident, Ezra was king of the school. Now he’s starting over, w/ help from forgotten friends & a strange new girl #hsbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

HS DAILY – Tuesday, February 7, 2017

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  •  Greetings from Cambodia!

Hello YIS!
We are sending you greetings from Pursat Province, Cambodia! Today was our first introduction to the village of Tadeis and we got to work setting the rock foundation and mixing concrete for the pillars of the school building that will have classrooms for grades 4,5 and 6 students. We have some full days of work ahead of us and we will collaborate with the local workers and some of the school children. The next few nights will have us immersed in the village and we will camp out in tents.

Today we were also introduced to more of the HOPE International projects in Cambodia and are seeing first hand the impact of their projects for education, clean water and micro finance. We hope you all enjoy the long weekend break and we can’t wait to tell you more once we are back next week!

(HOPE Service Club Cambodia trip participants and Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Schneer and Ms. Urquhart)

  • Cancer Seminar

Did you know that one in two men and one in three women are likely to suffer from cancer? What are the important things to know if you or a loved one were to get the diagnosis?

The National Cancer Centre’s Dr Katanoda will be coming in next Monday, first day back from ski break to present a seminar. It will be conducted in both English and Japanese, at 1:20 to 2:00pm in the loft. Please come along!

(Michael Murakoshi-Singer, Grade 10)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • MOVIE NIGHT

The HS Student Council will be hosting a movie night TODAY, February 7th, in the Language building after school. Movies choices are Me Before You, Sherlock Season4 Episode1, the Breakfast Club, and Lights Out. Movies are free! Bring a friend and enjoy a film. (HS Student Council)

  • HS Book of the Day

This #hsbookoftheday is hilarious… in a British sort of way. Earth has been destroyed and Arthur travels space with, amongst others, a morose robot & the 2 headed, 3 armed ex-hippie president of the galaxy. This is Ms. Katy’s favorite book of all time, so please forgive the extended description. (Ms. Katy)

HS DAILY – Monday, February 6, 2017

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  •  Cambodia Coin Drive – FINAL RESULTS

Grade 9 – WINNERS! (¥4351)
Grade 6 – 2nd (¥5430)
Grade 8 -3rd (¥6247)
Grade 7 – 4th (¥6421)
Grade 10 – 5th (¥6553)
Grade 12 – 6th (¥6923)
Grade 11 – 7th (¥7628)
Teachers – LOSERS! (¥10,252)

TOTAL, we raised ¥53,805!!!
Thank you for all your contributions. The funds will go towards construction materials for the school building in Cambodia. See you next year to see if the teachers can make a coin drive comeback. (Ms. Urquhart)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • Girls Hockey

The girls hockey team came agonizingly close to making the finals at this weekend’s hockey tournament, with a draw against eventual winners ASIJ. Congratulations to the team for a very exciting season with some excellent team performances.
Please congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent the school in a league select team for an upcoming fixture with a local university team: Sophie de Beaufort, Kana Kawanishi, Sarah Piennar, Grace Chung, Maria-Luisa Luedecke. (Mr. Lorimer)

  • HS Athletics/Activities

Incredible week for athletics and activities this past weekend, as YIS was well represented across the events for KANTO and AISA!

HS Girls Field Hockey: The girls hockey team came agonizingly close to making the finals at this weekend’s hockey tournament, with a draw against eventual winners ASIJ. Congratulations to the team for a very exciting season with some excellent team performances. Please congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent the school in a league select team for an upcoming fixture with a local university team: Sophie de Beaufort, Kana Kawanishi, Sarah Piennar, Grace Chung, Maria-Luisa Luedecke.

HS Girls Basketball
: The girls basketball team saved their best for AISA, showcasing their best basketball on the biggest stage. The girls finished 4th after a back and forth match against KIS that came down to the final minute of action. Congratulations to Kate Morimoto and Jennifer Lin, for their selection to the All Tournament team.

HS Boys Basketball: Please congratulate all the members of the YIS Dragons on their first ever AISA boys basketball championship!! The boys recovered from their round robin loss to SIS, by beating them in the finals 47-33. Congratulations to Carlo Mosel, Duncan Aronson and Taro Shishikura, for their selection to the All Tournament team.

HS Math: HS Math travelled to Seoul for AISA Math and represented YIS incredibly well, finishing in 3rd place overall. Of course, we would be remiss if we did not congratulate our own Kazuki Doi for taking home the AISA individual competition, in a result that needed to be decided in a tiebreaker! Congratulations Kazuki! –

​Other News and Notes

Official HS Boys/Girls Soccer as well as Badminton tryouts begin the week of February 13th.

HS Boys Soccer– HS boys soccer season begins on today, 6th February. We will be meeting on the turf from 4-6pm, for an informal start to the season. All from Grades 9-12 who are interested in coming out for for the team are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please email Mr Claydon (claydonl@yis.ac.jp)). (Mr. Tananone)

  • HS Book of the Day

Girl meets boy. Girl dates boy. Girl breaks up with boy. Boy writes song about girl. Girl becomes famous. #hsbookoftheday is a witty romance (Ms. Katy)

HS DAILY – Friday, February 3, 2017

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • ISA TRIAL TESTS

On Monday or Tuesday, all grade 6-9 students will sit a trial test for the annual ISA tests. This year, the tests will be done online, hence the need for a trial. This will take place in your regular period one and two sessions, though the test will only take 45-50 minutes. While there are the usual two tests – Maths and English – you will only be doing the Mathematical Literacy for the trial. Please note, this is a trial and will not affect your YIS report.

You will still need to be prepared. You will need to:
– make sure your laptop is charged in the morning
– bring a pen, ruler and eraser
– bring scrap paper
– grade 9 need a calculator, MS students do not.
– you will be using Safari, not Chrome.

On Tuesday, there will be some room changes:
Ms Clark’s PE class – go to M103
Mr Murray’s PE class – go to M101
Mr Ralph’s PE class – go to M208
Ms Barbour’s class – go to M203

(Mr. Snowball)

  • Countdown to Cambodia Coin Drive – UPDATE

After 3 days of the Coin Drive, here are the current standings as of Wednesday evening:

Grade 9 – WINNING!
Grade 10 – 2nd
Grade 8
Grade 7
Grade 6
Grade 12
Grade 11 – 2nd to last
Teachers – LOSING!

Today is the LAST DAY to add coins to any grade! (Ms. Urquhart)

  • Rings Found

Two gold rings were found in the Art Room yesterday. Please collect them at the Secondary School Office. (Ms. Shiina)

  • Creative Writing Workshops (Repeat)

Holly Thompson is our visiting author this year! We will have creative writing workshops in whole grade levels at the following times:

Fri Feb 3 (Day 10)

  • Grade 10 – P3 and 4 (Loft)
  • HS Magazine – HS lunch (MB 303)
  • Grade 8 – P7 and 8 (Loft)

We will be doing lots of creative writing, so bring your English notebook and something to write with! (Mr. Hutton)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • Grade 10

ALL grade 10 students will have their Science review session for electricity and magnetism during periods 1 & 2 today. You should report to M313 at the beginning of period 1, or as soon as you have finished your medical if you are in 10B. (Mr. Lorimer)

  • HS Book of the Day

Eleanor & Park meets The Fault in our Stars in this love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die #hsbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Monday, February 6 (Day 1) (Repeat)

Grade 9 (P5+6): With Tutor – Tutors / Tutor Rooms
Grade 10 (P5+6): Personal Project / Peer Evaluations – Ms. Vance + Tutors / LOFT + Tutor Rooms
Grade 11 (P0): Social Emotional / The Art of Practical Kindness – Ms. McDiarmid, Mr. Pitter + Tutors / Cafeteria
Grade 12 (P0): CAS / Setting the Stage for Completing CAS – Mr. Harrison + Tutors / Loft

  • Movie Night (Repeat)

Hello Dragons,

The HS Student Council will be hosting a movie night next Tuesday, February 7th, in the Language building after school. Movies being screened are Me Before You, Sherlock Season4 Episode1, the Breakfast Club, and Lights Out. Bring your friends and enjoy a movie! Please bring your own snacks. Hope to see you there. (HS Student Council)