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Questions and Answers: ASIJ’s New Grading and Reporting System

Questions and Answers: ASIJ’s New Grading and Reporting System

Article by Ryne Hisada

October 20, 2020

The 2020-2021 academic year has been unlike any other, and certainly a foreign experience for students, teachers, and faculty at ASIJ. Naturally, as the year goes on, uncertainties will begin to dissolve, but until then, some remain.  One of these changes is ASIJ’s grading system for the high sch...

セミ in Tokyo

セミ in Tokyo

Article by Akika Altman-Chandler

October 8, 2020

Everything in Tokyo is incredible. It’s futuristic and compartmentalised and chimerical. I feel like I closed my eyes and woke up in a utopic simulation—my very own version of The Truman Show — where the sun lights up every cafe and skyscraper perfectly at four thirty in the afternoon; where everyon...

The Teacher Perspective of Hybrid Learning

The Teacher Perspective of Hybrid Learning

Article by Anna Armstrong

October 6, 2020

Living in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, we began a school year that is quite different from the past. But we students aren’t the only ones facing new challenges: Teachers are also learning how to navigate hybrid learning. Ms. Tricia Apel, a teacher in the math department, said that distance lear...

Humans of ASIJ – Ronan Takizawa ’22

Humans of ASIJ - Ronan Takizawa '22

Article by Take Zoot, Writer

September 29, 2020

How and why did you get into meditation?  “I used to live in India, and at my school [the American Embassy School in New Delhi], they practiced meditation quite often. Being in India, meditation is very much a part of the culture. Everyone practices yoga in the morning and meditates. When I ca...

Staying Organized With Distance Learning

Staying Organized With Distance Learning

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

March 30, 2020

One of the challenges of distance learning is keeping everything organized. Over the first few days of distance learning, we have had many resources to plan out our learning, which can improve productivity and help to manage stress. I asked several high school students about their organization techni...

Humans of ASIJ – Sean McGuire ’20

Humans of ASIJ - Sean McGuire '20

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

March 19, 2020

"Whenever I’m playing guitar, whenever I feel inspired, it’s like I’m in a trance. I’ve never really owned a video game console, so this has been my means of passing time forever. Guitar is a way for me to express myself or communicate my emotions. It’s fun to play. As with anything you do, ...

Humans of ASIJ – Solomon Kim ’20

Humans of ASIJ - Solomon Kim '20

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

March 18, 2020

"We didn’t expect to win; we knew the competition would be tough. It’s just good that we were able to pull it off." "This year has been a really interesting environment, especially with the new debaters this year to help mentor. I think debate provides a really good opportunity to expand your basic...

Humans of ASIJ – Anna Komisarof ’20

Humans of ASIJ - Anna Komisarof '20

Article by Lizzy Rekate, Writer

February 19, 2020

“My passion is using my interests as a way to contribute to the community. For example, last year I did EMPWR, which was combining my passion for fitness and female empowerment and advocating for girls. Also, recently I have been helping out in middle school and through (the club) SAFE and reducing plastic o...

Humans of ASIJ – Xian Benning ’21

Humans of ASIJ - Xian Benning '21

Article by Lizzy Rekate, Writer

February 18, 2020

“Junior year  I would say, I have a very different approach than a lot of other people do. I think that sophomore year was definitely my hardest year, and in junior year I realized that I could prioritize things that I like. So, I put more effort into English, and my AP’s.”  “It’s really exciting having a main role in the musical, it’s ...

Is the Kiosk Overpriced?

Is the Kiosk Overpriced?

Article by Espi Littlefield and Tei Kim

February 12, 2020

During activity, lunch, flex, or even between classes, the Kiosk is packed with students. It is perhaps ASIJ’s most popular place; any student, regardless of age or grade level has been there. Acting as ASIJ’s personal “combini,” many students agree that they spend more money at the Kiosk than an...

Bullet Journaling: Staying Organized, Artfully

Bullet Journaling: Staying Organized, Artfully

Article by Maia Macek, Writer

December 17, 2019

It’s that time of year when many of us are feeling the pressure of being a high school student at ASIJ. When a few days left until winter break we can sometimes slip out of some of the good habits that we started the year out with... or at least I can. Something that has really helped me and other ...

The Inside Track: Robin Lewis

The Inside Track: Robin Lewis

Article by Lisa Neureiter, Writer

December 17, 2019

In early October, ASIJ alum Robin Lewis ('07), spoke to ASIJ students about his high school life and the progression of his career. Lewis works as a consultant at the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and runs Social Innovation Japan as well as MyMizu, Japan's first free water refill app that aims to ...

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