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Sakura Medal Updates

  • Winning Sakura Medal Books for 2016


    Posted May 20, 2016, 3:37 AM by Linda Hayakawa
  • Our Sakura Medal Art Winners
    ASIJ artists Jocelyn M. and Hana J. have won the Sakura Medal Art Competition in the HS English and Japanese categories!
    To see all the winners, please visit the official Sakura Medal Art page

    Posted May 8, 2016, 9:59 PM by Linda Hayakawa
  • Sakura Medal Awards
    The tallies are in! The first and second place winners for reading the most English Sakura books are Hana A. and Anna M.  Kaitlyn W. read the most English and Japanese books combined. The winners in the Japanese category were Willis O. and Hana S. There were many second place winners for Japanese: Kai B., Noah D., Monet F., Isa H., Ty K., Max K., Aishwarya K., Rebecca M., Alissa C., Jordan O., Kei S., and Natasha O.

    Posted May 8, 2016, 5:33 PM by Linda Hayakawa
  • Japanese Sakura Medal Book Trailer Winners

    The first place winner for a trailer based on an ES Japanese book was Monika A.  The second place prize went to Monet F.

    First place for a trailer based on a high school Japanese book went to Anna M. and the second place winners were Millie K. and Hanae B.

    Here are their trailers.

    てんのないにっき Ten no Nai Nikki by Monika

    そこから逃げだす魔法のことば  Soko Kara Nigedasu Maho no Kotoba by Monet

    エヴリシング・フロウズ Everything Froze by Anna

    エヴリシング・フロウズ Everything Froze by Millie

    サラバ!上・下巻 Saraba! by Hanae

    Posted May 5, 2016, 11:37 PM by Linda Hayakawa
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  • Need Help Finding a Topic? NewsBank Can Help! Click the link for images and more information.  Harness the power of a powerful news database with Find a Topic—an effortless guide to relevant search results.  It’s as simple as one, two, three!   1.   Select a Topic   2.   Select a category from their suggested searches – “Business and Economics” such as       Entrepreneurship for Company Practices   3.    Dynamically generated search results page – “Entrepreneurship”Find a Topic puts the power of finding the right content into the hands of students and faculty. News becomes valuable information about a wide array of subjects.It is ideal for students needing help choosing and finding topics for assignmentsSupports all academic disciplines with unique primary sources not found in other resourcesProvides nearly 500 ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 10:52 PM by Linda Hayakawa
  • Update for Contemporary Literary Criticism Contemporary Literary Criticism is now Literature Criticism Online. The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, Literature Criticism Online brings together up to 10 acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Multiple search options are combined with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals. Libraries can subscribe to any or all of the series, allowing them to build collections that fit their needs. Please visit our OnlineResources/Databases page to access this amazing resource.
    Posted Nov 2, 2015, 5:36 AM by HS Lib
  • New! Classroom Video Streaming Classroom Video on Demand.  .....Please visit our databases page and scroll down to Classroom video.Classroom Video On Demand is a comprehensive streaming video subscription service for high schools, featuring unlimited access to more than 5,000 educational programs that can be viewed in class, at the library, or from home. 
    Posted Nov 2, 2015, 5:27 AM by HS Lib
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Cool Stuff We've Found

  • An Alien Megastructure Orbiting a Distant Star? "The Kepler space telescope's job is to find faraway planets that could potentially support life. But as The Atlantic reports, scientists are exploring the possibility that the telescope may have detected something even more exciting."For more, please visithttp://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/has-kepler-discovered-an-alien-megastructure-151014.htm
    Posted Oct 15, 2015, 6:55 PM by Linda Hayakawa
  • NOVA: New Human Ancestor Discovered: Homo naledi
    Posted Sep 23, 2015, 12:43 AM by Linda Hayakawa
  • Periodic Videos from The University of Nottingham Cool videos about each element on the periodic table! Who knew chemistry could be so much fun?http://www.periodicvideos.comHere's one on Methane
    Posted Apr 24, 2015, 9:59 PM by Linda Hayakawa
  • The Known Universe From the American Museum of Natural History
    Posted Nov 18, 2014, 5:46 AM by Linda Hayakawa
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If one of these books looks interesting, and we don't have it, talk to Mr. Chang, Mrs. Fugelsang or Mrs. Hayakawa. We can order it for the library!

Book Clubs - The English Book Club

The English Book Club reads both fiction and nonfiction. All monthly Book Club meetings are held during lunch/flex so they won't interfere with Activity Period clubs or after school activities.

Any HS student interested in joining the English Book Club should speak to Ren I., Karen H., Nana Y. or Andrea F., or or sign up in the HS Library. 

The English book club is reading Pulitzer Prize winner "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. 

They also read books by visiting author Naomi Shihab Nye in January. Ms. Nye then met with the club members to discuss her work. In November they read and discussed 

 Pulitzer Prize winner "All the Light We Cannot See." 

Book club meetings in November and January were shared via Skype with students from St. Mary's International School.

For archives of past years, please click here

Book Clubs - The Japanese Book Club

The Japanese Book Club reads fiction in Japanese. The books are selected by the club members.  All monthly Book Club meetings are held during lunch/flex so they won't interfere with Activity Period clubs or after school activities.

Any HS student interested in joining the English Book Club should speak to Nana Y. or Ms. Hakone.

Our first book for the 2015-16 school year will be

言葉屋 : 言箱と言珠のひみつ

言葉を心をつなぐ橋に! 小学5年生の詠子のおばあちゃんの仕事は、町の小さな雑貨屋さん。
……と思いきや、おばあちゃんの本業は、「言葉を口にする勇気」と「言葉を口にしない勇気を提供するお店」言葉屋だった! ひょんなことから言葉屋の成り立ちと使命を知ることとなった詠子は、その夏、言珠職人の見習いとして、おばあちゃんの工房に入門する――。 ネットやメールで傷つける言葉がたくさん発せられる今、言葉の大切さをうったえる物語です。 子どもといっしょに選んだ、第5回朝日学生新聞社児童文学賞受賞作。朝日小学生新聞7月~9月までの3か月間連載後に書籍化。

ASIJ has joined the Somewhat Virtual Book Club. Our students will discuss books with students across the US via Google Hangout.