Saturday, August 19, 2017

Welcome to Grade 7 Math

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new Academic Year! I hope you enjoyed your summer and relaxed. My name is Mr. Tepe and I will be the mathematics teacher of Grade 7 this year. 

In grade 7 and 8 we are going to follow Cambridge International Mathematics Secondary 1 framework. I will use the following books as a reference. 

1. Oxford International Maths for Cambridge Secondary 1 (Cambridge Checkpoint and Beyond) (book 2)
2. Mathematics for the International Student Year 7 MYP 2

It is optional for students to buy these books.

Please follow the blog pages to see the math homework and announcements. I will assign homework twice a week.

Students should use grid lined notebooks during the math classes. I have not been able to find big size notebooks in Japan so far, and therefore decided to use the same type of books that students were using in primary years. So you can purchase grid lined notebooks from local shops.

It is also suggested to keep math papers (math essay, classwork, quiz papers, handout activity papers and worksheets) in folders during the year. Keeping a notebook and archiving papers will help students to have better opportunities while preparing for math exams. Moreover note taking is an essential skill for students to gain in early years.

This year students will also need to purchase a scientific calculator. It can be any brand, but I think Casio is easier to use. Please make sure that it is not a graphics calculator; they are very expensive. 

However I must emphasize that calculators will be used in a limited way during grade 7 and 8. Students will not do every calculation on the calculator. That’s why solutions in homework assignments and paper exams need to be shown with methods and steps. In some papers students will not be allowed to use calculator at all. For your information, math topics like estimation circles, percentages and statistics require use of calculator. Use of calculator is another essential skill to learn this year since students will need it in high school math and science classes. We are going to use the calculator in mid-September so I request everyone to come to my class with a calculator on Monday, Sep 11.

Lastly students need to have a geometry set which contains a 20 or 30 cm ruler, a compass and a protractor. 

In short here are the supply list for math classes:
l  Grid lined notebook
l  A Folder to carry papers
l  Scientific calculator
l  Geometry set
l  Pencil, eraser

I hope it will be a successful and fruitful year for all of us. I am looking forward to see my students soon. 

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Tepe

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Welcome to JAL class!

Hello! Welcome back to Horizon 2017-2018! Shizuka sensei  is here again, and I am so excited to have you this year, too.

During the summer I went to Tottori and Shimane prefecture, and I finally finished visiting all the 47 Japan prefectures!! I also went to Bangkok, Thailand and had a great time.  I read 5 books this summer, I will share them in class. How was your summer? Please be ready to explain your summer in Japanese!

We will start with a new textbook, either Genki 1 or Genki 2. You will use the School textbook and you will buy your own workbook. Also I ask you to bring a notebook (any kinds).
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at


Shizuka Miller

Welcome to Music Class

Welcome back to Horizon! I hope that you had a lovely summer and are ready for the new school year. My name is Ms. Shay and I am very excited to continue as your music teacher this year. I am originally from Arizona in the United States, and I received my education from Western Michigan University. This is my sixth year teaching, and my third year here at Horizon. I look forward to getting to know your children better as we begin the school year together.

This term in Grade 7 we will begin our introduction to the guitar.  We will cover all of the basics including how to properly set up, tune, and care for our instruments.  By the end of the term we will also be able to play several chords, and be able to fingerpick basic melodies.

One quick note about guitars: This year, we are requiring students to purchase their own guitars, as students need to be able to practice regularly (at home) to improve their playing ability. If you need any advice or help with choosing the right instrument, more information is provided in the supply list.  Also, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at

I’m looking forward to a great year!

Musically yours,

Ms. Shay

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Welcome to JNL class

Dear G7 Parentes

I hope you have a great summer break with your child.
The new academic year is just around the corner.
I am really excited for the new year.

I am Higa, teaching G7 JNL class in this year. I was teaching secondary JNL students last year.
It is surely going to be great year for new G7 students with fun events, fun learning.

In JNL class, we will study with essays in autumn term, with literatures in winter term, with poems/classic literatures in spring term. All topics are from Japanese textbook that they will get when new academic year starts. They will also use other some books in this year.
I am planning to weekly organize Kanji quiz and Kanji homework.
At first class, I will instruct what they do and need to bring for this class.
(Just in case, please kindly remind your child to get a notebook for JNL class.)

I am looking forward to working/cooperating with you through this year.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

Mr. Higa

Secondary Japanese Teacher

Welcome to Grade 7!

Welcome to Grade 7!

I am very excited to be welcoming both students and families to Grade 7 this year at Horizon Japan International School. 

Along with being the Grade 7 Homeroom teacher, I will also be teaching English, Geography and History to the Grade 7's. This year, we have a wonderful group of teachers who will be guiding the students in an array of subjects. It is definitely going to be a year full of fun activities, exciting field trips, and lots of wonderful learning! 

In English, we will begin the year with a detailed look at genre with the discussion of theme, plot, setting, and other literary features that make up different styles of writing. We will glimpse various genres including fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, biography, autobiography, fairy tale and comic strip.

In History, we will take a look at what history is all about. We will look at some important people and historical events, as well as historical sources.

In Geography, we start the unit by delving into the wonderful world of maps! We will study different types of maps, exciting map features and also how to be a good global citizen.

A little bit about me:

Originally from Canada, I have spent the past 6.5 years living and travelling around the world. After graduating secondary school from the small town of Kingston, Ontario, I flew across the country to Vancouver to do my first university degree at The University of British Columbia.
There I studied and achieved a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre Studies.

Once my degree was completed, I decided to accomplish my dream of living and working around the world and set off on an adventure.

My first stop was Brighton, England where I lived and worked for 2 years. Although Brighton was nice, I decided some nicer weather was overdue, so decided to board a 42 hour flight and fly across the world to the beautiful New Zealand. There I completed my second degree, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching, and achieved that within the year.

While I was finishing my degree, I was snapped up by a wonderful intermediate school in the heart of Auckland, where I stayed for 3 years. I taught Year 7 and covered many subjects such as Reading, Writing, Maths, Unit Studies, Art, P.E. and Te Reo Maori. I have always loved learning about different cultures and so became involved in many school events such as the school’s annual Hangi’s, Fia Fia nights, and other cultural activities. I learned a lot about the surrounding cultures and was very happy to be in such a culturally inclusive school. There were at least 24 different cultures in my class alone!

Although I loved New Zealand, I found it was time for a new adventure and so I hopped on another airplane and flew to my 28th country, Japan! So far I am loving Japan and very much look forward to learning more about this beautiful country!

I am greatly honoured to be part of this wonderful school and am looking forward to working with you all throughout this year.

Best regards,

Miss. Sarah

Welcome to Art Class!

Hi there!  My name is Ms. Mutrux and I'll be your art teacher this year.  I'm really excited to be teaching at Horizon and especially to be living in Japan.  In my class, we'll be creating some cool projects, learning new skills, expressing ourselves, and talking about art.  I can't wait to meet all of you!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

HW 7.15.2017

History - study for

Letter for LA - work on if they did not turn it in