Ft. Hayes Arts and Academic HS - Winter 2018 Newsletter

A look at what we've been doing:


JP4: Shelby Bray, Chris Clites, Miniya Farley, Shawnee Hairston, McKenna Hensley, Delyssa Huff, Brieanna Taylor Jones, Rain Murphy, Jazlyn Reed-McFarland, Alisha Rivera, Peyton Taylor ,August Tewell, JP3: Jaimee Booth, Shianne Johnson, Kaylah Linkiewicz, Ian Lowe, Kalon Miller, Jaylynn Mitchell, Selena Ramirez, Ducli Ramirez-Abercrombie, Erin Riley, DaLona Smith, David Smith, Makayla Smith, Jaden Taylor, Danae Williams, Andre'a Wilson JP2: Ibrahim Bangura, Aaron Brent, Emily Burton, Lashona Nowell, Edzon Lopez-Gomez, Aiyana Perry, Kyajah Rodriguez, Emma Sears, Kirk Turns, Nicolaus Walls, Charlie Whitfield JP1: DeSiane Adkins, Lucy Aveni, Yazmin Cole, Sentoria Earthman, Malea Gibbs, James Grant-Williams, Xiaomin Guo, Quinn Hanna, Isaac Herbst, Shawn Johnson, Za'Tajza Short, Da'Cia Solomon, Jane Sperry, Jaida Wells, Asia White, Raymond Wood-Peoples AIMS: Alllison Burton, Ma'Liyah Caceres, Jay'Mya Cooper, Naomi Davis, Malachi Fulcher, Joey James, Cameran Jordan-Ruffin, Jalen Leavell, Khamari Loveless, Derick Mullens, Manasek Omar, LaCia Parker, Wendy Pinon, Nia Smith, Shalea Turner, Zion Wilson

"Why did you decide to study Japanese?"

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What is the National Japanese Exam?

The National Japanese Exam (NJE) is an online, proficiency-oriented, standards-based and culture-related assessment tool for middle school (junior high), high school, and college students who are studying Japanese as a second language. It was developed by AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) as a way for such students to test their Japanese skills and participate in a nation-wide exam with awards for high achievement.

See Ms. Ima if interested!!


School Partners Abroad is a reciprocal educational and cultural, 2 to 3 week, exchange between two partner schools, one in the United States and one in Japan. For the students, the exchange consists of living with a host family, attending classes at the host community's school and participating in extracurricular and community activities. Students tend to form emotional attachments to the host sister or brother and their families which often continue a long time after the program is over. In addition, students receive full immersion in Japanese culture, constant interaction with Japanese students, teachers and families and a comprehensive understanding of the customs and traditions of Japan.

Assistant Principal Dr. Stone and the following students will spend 3 weeks in Asahikawa, Hokkaido this summer:

2018 AATJ Nengajo Contest "YEAR OF THE DOG"

The AATJ Nengajo Contest is a nationwide contest for students in elementary school, middle school, high school, and university. All participants receive a certificate of participation. Winners at each level in each category also receive certificates and prizes from AATJ.

Q: What did the sushi say to the bee? A: Waasabee?!

- Kadayah Keys Japanese 2

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The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership association of Americans and Japanese who desire to bring the Japanese and American communities together, promote goodwill through the sharing of knowledge about Japan, and provide a forum for informed discussion regarding the Japan-U.S. relationship.

The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio is one of 37 Japan-America Societies located through the United States and is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

EVENTS • Speech Contest • Career Fair • Japanese Language Classes • ESL Classes • History Club • Women’s Club • Golf Outings • Film Screenings • Theatre Events • Group Outings & Tours • Guest Speakers • Business Seminars • Concerts & Performances

BECOME A MEMBER Full-Time Student: $10.00/yr Individual w/ Family: $100.00/yr (up to 4 members) Business/Corporation: $200.00 - $2,700.00/yr (based on membership plan)

Visit to view upcoming events and become a JASCO member


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Imamura Sensei

I cannot believe how quickly semester 1 flew by! Seems like yesterday I was back in Japan visiting family. I am so fortunate and grateful to be able spend a month every summer in Japan. I use the time to gather authentic materials for the classroom as well as keep up with new vocab! I enjoy working with students that are so full of passion for the Japanese language! I consider myself extremely lucky!

We finished the semester with the choosing of our 8 student "ambassadors" to Hokkaido. The students will represent Fort Hayes during a 3 week home stay adventure this summer! We also had many students compete in the National Nengajo contest sponsored by AATJ (American Association of Teacher's of Japanese). I can't wait to see the results!! It's been several years since Fort Hayes won. I feel like 2018 is our year to bring home another win!

We will begin Grading Period 3 with Japanese 1 students exploring modes of transportation in our "Trains, Planes and Automobiles" unit. Japanese 2 students will learn how to describe people in our "Heroes" unit. Japanese 3 students will delve into the mysterious realm of yokai in our "Folktales, Fables and Legends" unit. Finally, the students of Japanese 4 will explore racism in Japan, a heavy but interesting topic for sure.

I look forward to a wonderful second half of the year!

Tracy Imamura