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Contact Sensei using the following email address: dbhssensei@gmail.com

Not sure whether to study Japanese or another language?  Having difficulty convincing your parents why you should study Japanese?  Consider reading this presentation: "Why study Japanese?"  (A special thanks to Ambassador John R. Malott for use of this presentation he made to the delegation of Japanese teachers at the 2014 National Japan Bowl!)


General Schedule of Activities & Events


THIS WEEK

1/20 (M) - NO SCHOOL --- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/21 (T) - Government & Politics Club - 1st Meeting

1/22 (W)Japan Bowl Practice  - All levels

1/23 (Th) - Japan Bowl Practice - All levels

1/24 (F) - No After School Activities Scheduled


NEXT WEEK

1/27 (M) - Japan Club SCRAPBOOK Meeting - 2:50-3:50pm

1/28 (T) - Japan Bowl Practice

1/29 (W) - JNHS Tutoring --- 2:50-3:50pm

1/30 (Th) - Japan Bowl Practice

1/31 (F) - No After School Activities Scheduled


FYI

Click here for the Red(A)/Gold(B) Calendar for 2019-2020 academic year

Click here for the NEW official bell schedules for 2019-2020 academic year; we begin and end 10 minutes later than in previous years!



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ANNOUNCEMENTS & NEWS


The NEW Government & Politics Club!


Our first meeting of the year was held on Tuesday, January 21st in Room 116.  Student leaders were elected, and we had a discussion on the current impeachment trial of President Trump as well general partisan politics of today.  OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH.  All political leanings and those who are politically curious are welcome!  Join us for what will always be a spirited discussion!



Opportunities for Experiences in Japan


KCC-JEE Essay Contesthttps://www.kccjee.org/copy-high-school-essay-contest

DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 3rd, 2020 (M)

This is a high school essay contest in which a winner is selected for a FREE trip to Japan, with a 1 month summer homestay and instruction at Kyoto Language School.  Click on the link for eligibility requirements and application directions.


Youth for Understanding (YFU)-Japanhttps://www.yfuusa.org/study/scholarships

YFU is a well-established exchange program that provides students with experiences abroad.  The YFU-Japan program provides these opportunities for students throughout the year, for a complete semester or for a summer.  There are many summer scholarships offered for the Japan program.  Click on the Scholarships link for more information.


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Japan Club Update


Our next meeting of the school year is set for Monday, January 27th at 2:50pm. We will be focused on organizing our club scrapbook for this meeting... artists are especially welcome to help us out with design and artwork!

Be sure to get on our email contact list and connect with our social media accounts to keep up with meeting announcements and activity updates.  ALTHOUGH IT IS TOO LATE TO PAY DUES, you may participate in meetings that do not require spending money from our funds.  That's most meetings.  Check with officers about our upcoming meeting activities.


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Kakehashi Project Update


November 2019:  Kakehashi participants have been busy sharing their experiences in Japan the last few months, in an effort to follow through with our After Action Plan.  We have discussed our experiences and answered questions about the Japan Trip with students through our Freshman Round Up Orientation in August, through the Japanese classes in Japanese, and through our Japan Club in our most recent meeting on November 4th.  We hope to expand our activities to include a culture day activity with local elementary schools, and possibly even Deerfield Beach Middle.  And we will be hosted Consul General of Japan in Miami on November 26th to discuss our Kakehashi experiences and to develop further projects to promote Japanese cultural learning in our community.  We were honored to have him visit us!


Collazo-sensei thanking Consul General Hirata for his recommendation that Deerfield Beach High School participate in the 2019 Kakehashi Exchange Project



August 2019:  We are proud to have participated in the 2019 Kakehashi Exchange Project sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE).  We traveled to Japan from July 29th through August 6th this summer.  20 students and 5 teachers participated in a series of meetings, exchange activities, and travel experiences that each of us chronicled through social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook.  We presented our reflections and our plan for sharing Japanese culture when we returned at a reporting session with MOFA and JICE officials in Tokyo at the end of the trip.  I would like to thank all who participated in representing DBHS well throughout the entire trip.  All of you conducted yourselves well, compassion and sensitivity to this wonderful culture, and many of you provided formal greetings, presentations, and remarks of appreciation in Japanese when requested.  I'm so proud of all of you.  よくできましたよ!お疲れ様でした!


Deerfield Beach High School participants in the 2019 Kakehashi Exchange Project (in front of Sensoji in Asakusa, Tokyo)


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