top of page

Principal's Blog   校長先生のブログ

New Life International School 
New Life International School 
New Life International School 
New Life International School 
New Life International School 
New Life International School 


December 8, 2023

This school year has been busy! We have two new full-time teachers, two new part-time teachers, two new part-time Japanese teachers, a new accountant, and many new students. 

The school went on field trips to Kawaguchiko and Midorigaoka Gym and Park, and the 6th graders went to Yomiuri Land in Tokyo. In February, the kindergarten through 2nd grade will go to the bus terminal and a park, and the 9th graders will go on a two-day trip to Tokyo and visit many places. The students are researching areas of interest now.

One of our students from last year won a haiku contest this year. She received 50,000 yen, and her name and poem were published on green tea bottles. Many students also entered an art contest but will hear from the company soon. 

The students are working hard now on next week's Christmas program. I hear children singing, doing drama, practicing original poetry, and playing handbells and ukuleles. It's a lovely sound! 

The student council is preparing for the Christmas Market on December 19 and 20. They are pricing the many donations that generous families have given. The market is open to the public from 9:00 to 3:30. 

All during the fun, students are studying hard. They are researching social studies and science projects, working feverishly in math, reading literature, writing essays, studying psychology, photography, and computers. 

The faculty are working hard, caring for and teaching the students, and preparing the self-report for WASC. That involves research, testing students, gathering information from students and parents, and many meetings. We are doing this to make New Life International School the best school we can be. 


January 25, 2023

I like this time of year. The students are settled in their classes and are hard at work. Many are preparing for science presentations for the science fair. Some are preparing a speech for graduation. All students will take a writing test next week. Many classes are busy working with novels and learning to love literature. The students are healthy and happy. They are working hard.


I'm looking forward to next school year. Three new teachers are joining NLIS. The 1st-graders and 2nd-graders will be separated for the first time. We are improving our Japanese courses by having two levels taught: Japanese for Japanese speakers and Japanese for students who don't speak Japanese at home. I believe this is going to be beneficial for all the students.  

August 4, 2022
The school year 2022-23 has been full of changes. New Life is now an official candidate for WASC accreditation. This means WASC approves NLIS. The coordinators of WASC will visit again with the goal of full accreditation. The principal has quit teaching and is now focused on helping the school become even better. Two new full-time teachers, one for the  3rd and 4th-grade classes, and one who teaches 9th and 10th-grade literature, 7th through 10th sciences, and Bible, have come this school year. Both teachers are excellent additions to NLIS. I have become a full-time principal and have retired from teaching. 
The school just finished a successful week of summer school. The theme was "space." The teachers and students read space books, learned about the planets in our solar system and the constellations, made an excellent glow-in-the-dark moon mobile with its phases, and even launched rockets. Teachers and students played with water balloons, water guns, a parachute, several group games, basketball, and minute-to-win-it relay games throughout the week. It was an exhausting, fun-filled week!


December 4, 2021

NLIS is experiencing much growth academically, socially, and numerically. Many new students have joined NLIS this year, and many new ones are coming in April 2022. Several classrooms have had to be reformed to make more room. We are currently looking for another building for our secondary students so that we can continue to grow.

Since July, WASC has visited NLIS, and we are continuing the accreditation journey with workshops scheduled this month and in January and February. NLIS will be an accredited school assuring our students of quality education and promising futures.  

There have been many activities during the fall months. Students celebrated 100 days of school, had camp literacy day, a sports day at Midorigaoka Gym and Park, and a class party. Professional student pictures were taken, and the 6th graders went to Disney Land. There were also observation days, an open campus, student-led parent/teacher conferences, and a food drive, all held successfully.

Students are now preparing for Christmas dramas and concerts for final tests and completing projects in classes. Students are working hard and learning well.  

bottom of page