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Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 10.02.13 AMThe Japan Society Education Program would like to invite you to participate in and support the Tomodachi Japan Society Junior Fellows Student Exchange Program. The Japan Society has selected twelve students to come to the United States as junior fellows, and Newtown High School will be hosting two of them. We are looking for a male NHS student to host a Japanese male high school student this March. The Junior Fellow will stay with the host family from Sunday, March 16, 2014 through Sunday, March 30, 2014 (15 nights and 16 days). If you are interested in this unique opportunity please contact Mr. DeJulio (dejuliot@newtown.k12.ct.us) by Friday, February 14, 2014.

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On Sunday, January 26, 2014, NICE Club members Rilind Abazi, Lee Cummings, Jerri Lee, and Mitchell Roberts, together with NICE Club advisors Mrs. Barron and Mr. DeJulio, spent the day volunteering at the Japan Society. Throughout the day, the students and teachers from NHS assisted staff from the Japan Society as well as two other high schools in NY to celebrate Japanese culture and bring the Japanese New Year festivities to children in New York City. Rilind, Mitchell, Lee, and Jerri spent the day making kites, practicing the art of calligraphy, painting gourds, mashing rice, and pounding on Taiko drums with children!

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On August 3 and 4, 2013, the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) welcomed two Japanese delegates, Koichi Sarashina, Vice Director, and Kenta Harigaya, English teacher, from Jiyu Gakuen, a prominent K-college private school located in the western suburbs of Tokyo. Within its 25 acre campus, Jiyu Gakuen, founded in 1921, educates 900 boys and girls from ages four to twenty-two. While in the United States, Mr. Sarashina and Mr. Harigaya attended the Japan Society’s third annual Going Global: International Student Social Networking Project Conference for Educators held in New York City. Newtown High School science teacher Mr. DeJulio attended the conference as an Executive Council member of the NICE program. Members of the NICE team met with the two educators with hopes to collaborate with them on international opportunities in the future. During their time here, they learned about the community, chatted professionally, and shared in American culture.

In the pictures below, you can see the delegates experiencing Frank Pepe Pizzeria, the Orange Fireman’s Carnival, and a visit to an American farm and historical home – accompanied by Katherine Matz, Timothy DeJulio, Susan McConnell, David DeFeo, Linda Gejda, Elizabeth Ward, and the Aho & Shearin Family.

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On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Newtown High School Counseling Director Cathy Ostar focused her Exploratory Guidance class on Japanese culture with the help of two invited students, Leah Wallace and Annie Beier. Each of the girls attended Ritsumeikan International Student Forum in Kyoto, Japan; Annie attended last year and Leah attended this year. TAP students learned origami; Japanese culture, pictures, and language; and how to use chop sticks. Thank you, Leah and Annie!

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japanese_artIn collaboration with NICE, Japan Society presents Summer Workshops for Newtown in Japanese Art from Calligraphy to Manga. This is a six-day workshop for high school students. Students will create and learn about Japanese art this summer through hands-on workshops on topics such as printmaking, calligraphy, manga and mask-making. During the intensive week-long program, aspiring artists and art aficionados will create artwork, learn about Japanese art history and meet artists and experts in the field. The workshop culminates in a student-run art opening and reception for friends and family. This experience is pen to students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2013. No prior art experience is necessary. Eligible students must be 1) Participants must be high school students as of September 2013. 2) Participants must attend all of the scheduled workshop sessions and the art opening (8/19/13-8/23/13, 10am-4:30pm and 8/24/13, 12pm-4:30pm).

Students must submit the general application form (attached) or tuition waiver application form by Friday, June 21, 2012. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited and advanced registration is advised. Applications will be accepted after this date subject to space availability. Student tuition is $250 ($230 for Japan Society members), and includes materials and lunch. A limited number of full and partial tuition waivers are available. Please submit or mail the complete general application and a check ($250/$230 Japan Society members) made payable to Japan Society to:  2013 Summer Immersion Workshop, Education Programs, Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

For more information about this program, please contact (212) 715-1275 or the NICE Office, nice@newtown.k12.ct.us

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Two National Junior Fellowship students from Japan are visiting Newtown High School as part of the international US-Japan Student Fellowship. Ayumi Miyamoto and Moe Fujikawa will be attending NHS through March 28, 2013.

Ayumi and Moe will “shadow” their hosts, NHS juniors Lee Cummings and Emily Berube, throughout this week, and they will observe and participate in other classes and activities during their visit. So expect to see them around and please welcome them to our school.

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Newtown High School students Leah Wallace (12th grade), Mitchell Roberts (11th grade), and Faith Pereira (10th grade), along with Newtown High School social studies teacher Jason Edwards, participated in the Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School 3rd annual International Student Forum in Kyoto, Japan, from February 14, 2013 – February 18, 2013. Each student was assigned to a chosen Theme Group, worked for almost three months to prepare for the Forum, and produced finished products to present the Forum of student-delegates from ten countries, as far away as England, New Zealand, Thailand, and China, to name a few. Leah worked with the “Start-Up Technology, App and Video-Game Design” Theme Group, and created an app called “Flick 3D.” Mitchell performed with the “Spoken Word, Poetry, and Comedy” Theme Group, and Faith had a prominent solo as part of her “Music” Theme Group. Each Theme Group had the chance to visit and investigate professional and cultural sites on tour, and to work with an expert in each field.

Our NHS student-delegates also had other opportunities to shine amongst this group of amazing participants. Mitchell delivered the Opening Benediction during the formal Opening Ceremony, while Leah and Faith shared the formal NHS introduction to the conference. Leah was also honored with the chance to speak during the Closing Ceremony, on behalf of herself, our school, and all the student-delegates at the Forum.

Before “Open Mic” night, all three of our student-delegates had the chance to share a piece of American culture with the Forum, and to give all participants a chance to see how the NHS community has come together in recent months. Graffiti is an American art form and outlet; it was put to great use at Ritsumeikan, as you can see if you come see the banner on display at NHS.

The RUISF was a tremendous opportunity for student and professional growth, and to “…build a strong community that will change the future,” in the words of the Forum mission statement!

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On February 13, 2013, a small team of Newtown High Scholl students and one teacher will travel to Kyoto, Japan. The team, consisting of Mitch Roberts, Leah Wallace, and Faith Pereira, have been preparing for the thirty-country conference with the support of Mr. Jason Edwards, Social Studies teacher. For the second year in a row, Newtown will be the only US program represented. Newtown has also received the honor of invitation from the Ritsumeikan Uji Schools to open the official conference with a welcome address from Mitch Roberts to formally welcome the participating countries and begin the international forum. The welcome ceremony is recognized for its ceremony and traditional spirit that highlights the Japanese culture. The Newtown team will participate in an intense and immersive learning experience that entails presentations, international collaboration, and critical analysis of global challenges our students face in the future.

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Japan Society Headquarters of NYC has selected five exceptional students from Japan to come to study at nationally selected high schools in the United States from March 16, 2013 – April 4, 2013. These five students will participate in the international Junior Fellows Project. Newtown has been selected as one of the national host schools. We are seeking a host family from March 17, 2013 – April 2, 2013.

Our one guest will stay with a Newtown family to experience the American culture and complete a study project that requires the student to observe and interact with the school and community at large during their stay.

At the conclusion, the hosting student will have the opportunity to participate in a specialized Japan-US Retreat hosted by Japan Society. All five Japanese Fellows will return on April 3 to Japan Society with their hosts. The day will include presentations by the Fellows of their projects, discussion and team building activities, a lunch with select leaders from the New York area, and some tourist activities in New York.

Interested families are to contact Mr. Hiruo at hiruoj@newtown.k12.ct.us or the NICE Team at nice@newtown.k12.ct.us

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Japan Society of New York, through the NICE program, is now offering a junior fellows program to any student interested in studying in Japan. The program is open to any student leader who is interested in traveling throughout Japan and experiencing a variety of cultural opportunities including meeting high school students in Japan. The trip will take place from July 1, 2013 – July 24, 2013 throughout Japan with a focus on Tokyo. Applications are available with Ms. Ward, Ms. Repay, Mr. Edwards, or in the NICE office, and are due January 31, 2013 to Japan Society (The basic paper application is due to Ms. Ward or Ms. Repay by Friday January 11, 2013 at 2:00pm). Students and parents can also access the Japan Society website for more information.

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In partnership with Japan Society, NICE would like to announce the launch of the Japan Society Junior Fellows Program, a 3.5 week exchange program to Japan for five future leaders from US high schools.  NICE will coordinate the applications for Japan Society Headquarters in NYC. Final candidates will be determined by Japan Society. These students must demonstrate a high level of leadership and global citizenry capacities. Japan Society is committed to offering this program to qualified applicants regardless of financial circumstances, and have implemented a needs-blind admission policy.

·    Where?  Homestay in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Japan; travel to other parts of Japan
·    When?   July 1-24, 2013
·     Who?  Five high school students who are freshman, sophomores or juniors as of fall 2012; attend a school that is hosting a Junior Fellow from Japan or is participating in the Going Global social network; and is supported by their school’s/district’s international or intercultural program and administration (3 students maximum per school may be nominated for the final national selection process) .
·   Cost? $3,500, full and partial scholarships available based on need.  Needs-blind admission policy.
·   Application deadline to NICE Office: January 4, 2013

Program Highlights:
·         Design and carry out an in-depth project exploring an aspect of Japanese culture
·         Meet with leaders in business, the arts and other fields
·         Live with a Japanese family for two weeks
·         Participate in local high school classes and after-school activities
·         Learn Japanese words and phrases during introductory language lessons
·         Bond with Japanese and American Junior Fellows during a multi-day retreat in Japan
·         Join the Junior Fellows Alumni Network

The application information will be available online soon. All applications need to be turned into The NICE Office (located in the F Wing) for review. Questions can be directed to Mr. Hiruo and members of the Japan Project Team.

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The Newtown International Center of Education is pleased to announce that the 2013 Ritsumeikan International Student Forum team has been selected. This will be Newtown’s second year attending the RUISF and we continue to be the only school invited to the world wide forum from the United States. The RUISF will take place in Kyoto, Japan February 14-18, 2013. The three students selected after an intense application and interview process are Leah Wallace (12th), Mitchell Roberts (11th), and Faith Pereira (10th). They will be accompanied by Mr. Jason Edwards, who will be the faculty representative to the forum. The NHS RUISF team has a ton of work ahead of them as they prepare a presentation on the conference topic – Creativity and Development in the 21st Century. This amazing opportunity will be a life changing experience for all involved.

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NICE Nights will be held the first Wednesday of every month at Newtown High School and will feature a different country with which NICE is building or has a relationship. Each country will hold a culture workshop first and then will show a movie that corresponds with their culture. The first NICE Night will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in the NHS Cafetorium. There will be a Japanese language and origami workshop from 4:30pm – 5:15pm and the movie Castle in the Sky to follow. Please join us for this fun family event!

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For the second consecutive year, Newtown High School will be sending a team of students to the 2013 Ritsumeikan International Student Forum in Kyoto, Japan.  There will an informational meeting for students and staff on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 2:10pm-3:00pm in the NHS cafetorium.  Please direct questions to Ms. Repay, Mr. Hiruo, Mr. O’Connell, or Mrs. Ward. (If you attended the informational meeting in the spring, you need not attend)

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For the second consecutive year, Newtown High School will be sending a team of students to the 2013 Ritsumeikan International Student Forum in Kyoto, Japan.  There will an informational meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 2:10pm-3:00pm in the NHS cafetorium.  Please direct questions to Ms. Repay, Mr. Hiruo, Mr. O’Connell, or Mrs. Ward.

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On Thursday, May 24, 2012, NICE sponsored a Japanese cultural event. Students, faculty, and members of the community were introduced to basic Japanese introductions and origami. The event was led by Ms. Shima Ayaka from the University of Bridgeport.

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NICE presents Ponyo as the Japanese Film Festival feature on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall at 6:00pm.

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The Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) welcomes Shima Ayaka, University of Bridgeport graduate student, to Newtown High School on Thursday, May 24, 2012, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (cafetorium).  She will be presenting an introduction to Japan that will include conversational introductions, origami, and pop culture.  The workshop is open to all ages throughout the Newtown community.

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NICE presents the next movie in its Japanese Film Festival – Shall We Dance?.  The presentation will be Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:30pm in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall.  The movie is free and is open to all members of the Newtown community.  About the film:  The film is very popular with an American audience. The film tells a story of a “salary man” – a unique Japanese term that refers to a white collar office worker – who, on a whim, decides to try something that is completely out of his character: ballroom dancing. What starts out as a whim turns into his passion.

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NICE presents the My Neighbor Totoro as this week’s feature in the Japanese Film Festival on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall at 6:30pm.  The event will be introduced by student ambassador Eric Song. Probably the most popular Japanese “anime (animation),” the film tells a story of two young girls’ encounter with Totoro – a mythical and lovable creature of the woods – who takes them on a dream-like journey. The film takes up Japanese doubts about their runaway materialism and excessive dependence on (and faith in) technology at the expense of preserving the preciousness of nature. The film is rated G and will be shown in the dubbed English version without subtitles.

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