WATJ Survey

Dear WATJ Members:

 
WATJ Board Members would like to hear your feedback! If you have not yet shared your thoughts, please take five minutes to fill out this anonymous feedback survey to help us continue to improve WATJ, our leadership, our professional development, and our Japanese teacher community. Your responses will help us plan for the 2018-19 school year and beyond.
 
Thank you for participating in the survey and providing us with your thoughts and feedback! Our goal is to provide meaningful workshops and opportunities, and we can only continue to do this with your input.
 
アンケートは英語で書かれていますが、コメントなどは勿論、日本語でも英語でも結構です。
 
よろしくお願いします。
 
Thank you so much!
 
 
WATJ Board Members

Seattle Central Job Opening

先生方

お世話になります。以前、ワシントン大学の日本語セミナーに参加した宮本博史です。表記の件にて、現在、シアトルセントラル大学にて、秋学期より
一コマだけ元気の教科書を使って、レッスン1から4まで教えて下さる先生を大至急募集しています。添付資料ご参照下さい。お心当たりの先生、もしくは興味がある先生は、まず、私宛にメールを下さい。なにとぞ宜しくお願い致します。

以上

宮本博史

Hiroshi Miyamoto
Japanese instructor

First Year and Pre-Major Program
University of Washington,Bothell
Email:hm34@uw.edu

Applications need to be submitted through neogov

Job opening at Kentlake High School

Dear WATJ Members:

 
I am forwarding you the below email message (from myself) about a job opening at Kentlake High School!
 
 
Kentlake High School in Kent School District is looking for a 0.8 Japanese teacher to take over our strong program! The position has been in the past and could be 1.0 again with the right teacher leader. Kentlake is a diverse high school grades 9-12 with 1st year through AP Japanese. The adopted textbook is Adventures in Japanese, but the teacher has flexibility to be as creative as you wish.
 
The Kentlake World Languages department is a strong, close-knit group of teachers. We recently have received more and more district support for professional development and collaboration across the high schools. Additionally, Kentlake has a bilateral sister school exchange program, with visiting students in March and an outbound trip in July, and participates in the district-wide Cherry Blossom Festival in March — built-in opportunities for program advocacy and cultural learning for students.

Dear WATJ Members:

 
I am forwarding you the below email message (from myself) about a job opening at Kentlake High School!
 
 
Kentlake High School in Kent School District is looking for a 0.8 Japanese teacher to take over our strong program! The position has been in the past and could be 1.0 again with the right teacher leader. Kentlake is a diverse high school grades 9-12 with 1st year through AP Japanese. The adopted textbook is Adventures in Japanese, but the teacher has flexibility to be as creative as you wish.
 
The Kentlake World Languages department is a strong, close-knit group of teachers. We recently have received more and more district support for professional development and collaboration across the high schools. Additionally, Kentlake has a bilateral sister school exchange program, with visiting students in March and an outbound trip in July, and participates in the district-wide Cherry Blossom Festival in March — built-in opportunities for program advocacy and cultural learning for students.
 
I have loved my time here at Kentlake and am excited to help a fellow WATJ teacher find their place in this wonderful Falcon family!
 
The job will be posted soon on the KSD job websitehttps://kent.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx. Interested applicants can contact Kei Tsukamaki at keigaki@gmail.com for more details about the position.
 
 
 
Kei Tsukamaki
WATJ PresidentI have loved my time here at Kentlake and am excited to help a fellow WATJ teacher find their place in this wonderful Falcon family!
 
The job will be posted soon on the KSD job websitehttps://kent.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx. Interested applicants can contact Kei Tsukamaki at keigaki@gmail.com for more details about the position.
 
 
 
Kei Tsukamaki
WATJ President

Call for proposal for WAFLT Fall Conference!

Dear WATJ Members:

 
We have received a special invitation for a last chance opportunity to submit workshop proposals for the fall bi-state WAFLT-COFLT conference October 12-13 at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion in Portland.
 
The Thursday pre-conference workshop will be led by Paul Sandrock of ACTFL. The Friday keynote speaker is author of Keys to Planning for Learning, Laura Terrill. WAFLT is inviting WATJ teachers to submit Japanese-specific or Japanese-friendly workshops and are willing to consider our proposals after the original submission due date!
 
Please submit a workshop proposal! Share what you know and take advantage of this opportunity to learn from our Washington and Oregon colleagues.
 
Full conference details can be found at the WAFLT website. Hotel room reservations are available now. WATJ is happy to help facilitate carpools and room sharing if you email me here at watjinfo@gmail.com.
 
Kei Tsukamaki

General Meeting

Dear WATJ Members:

 
Save the date! Saturday, June 2nd is our last workshop of the 2018-19 school year. We are looking forward to seeing you at Kellogg Middle School at 9:00 for our general meeting.
 
Kellogg Middle School: 16045 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
 
Agenda
General meeting: 9:00-10:00
Workshop: 10:00-12:00
 
Workshop presented by: Kei Tsukamaki, Kentlake High School, and Yuki Yamane, Hyogo Prefecture Exchange Teacher
Workshop topic: Thematic Units and Authentic Resources (subject to change)
 
Remember you must attend at least two of the three workshops to be eligible to receive clock hours for the 2017-18 workshop series! Clock hour forms will be available in person at the June workshop.
 
Kei

3rd / 4th grade Japanese Immersion teaching position

Dear WATJ Members:

Please see the below job announcement in Seattle Public Schools for an immersion teaching program at McDonald International School!

Kei

I am looking to post information on an open 3rd / 4th grade Japanese Immersion teaching position we have open at McDonald International in Seattle.  The posting can be found here: http://bit.ly/2ENuUEe

Please let me know what we would need to do to be able to post this position.

Thank you for your help!

Patrick Brown

Assistant Principal / Subdirector /教頭

John Stanford International School

McDonald International School

Seattle Public Schools

Japanese Education Symposium

Dear WATJ Members:

Just a quick reminder to please RSVP for the upcoming Japanese Education Symposium on Wednesday, April 25th! RSVP deadline is this Wednesday the 4th, so please take a moment to fill out the Google doc link with your name and email address. You will receive the full invitation via email directly from Yanagimoto-san at the Consulate General.

Due to security purposes, you MUST RSVP to be on the list or you will sadly be denied access to the Consul General’s residence! Please be sure to RSVP by TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 4th to ensure you can attend this wonderful opportunity!

See you there!

Kei Tsukamaki

(forwarded message below)

You are cordially invited to the Japanese Education Symposium at the Consulate General’s official residence in Queen Anne on Wednesday, April 25th! Please see the message below from Yanagimoto-san with the details of the event. Doors open at 4:30 and the symposium will begin promptly at 5:00.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 4th with your name and contact information using the Google doc link. (If the link does not work, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/G16YR5phC7l1aaUk2) You will receive the formal invitation, with the full schedule and map and directions, directly from Yanagimoto-san after RSVPing. We hope WATJ members are interested in attending this amazing opportunity hosted by the Consulate General in support of Japanese language education.

The Consulate General is also seeking YOUR assistance and participation! The first portion of the evening will include short presentations in English about the current status of Japanese language education in Washington state. If you are interested in presenting, please email me at watjinfo@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 4th. We have been asked to put together a short PowerPoint presentation in English to share with attendees. We are looking for 2-3 volunteers who are interested in presenting!

I realize this is a very short timeline, and WATJ is working to support the Consulate General in finalizing all the details necessary to make this a huge success. We are very honored for the active support from Consul General Yamada-san and Yanagimoto-san, and we hope to have many WATJ teachers RSVP to attend on Wednesday, April 25th!

Kei Tsukamaki

日本語教育シンポジウムの開催:4月25日(水)17:00~(16:30開場) @公邸

内容:①米国および当地における日本語教育の現状に関する講演(講演者:国際交流基金ロサンゼルス日本文化センター原所長およびWATJ)

②今後の日本語教育に関するディスカッション(パネラー:企業関係者,元日本語学習者 等)

   ③シンポジウム後にレセプションを実施

備考:内容は変更する可能性もあります。正式な招待状およびプログラムは,後日当館よりお送りさせて頂きます。

March Announcement

Dear WATJ Members:

Happy March!

Kei Tsukamaki

  1. Speech and Skit Contest Registration

Time is running out to apply for this year’s speech & skit contest!

The teacher form is due on March 22nd, and student forms must be submitted online by March 30th or postmarked March 31st.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TEACHER ONLINE FORM WILL CLOSE AFTER THE DEADLINE AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPLY.

Please click here for all the details.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Jessica from the Hyogo Business & Cultural Center at jessica@hyogobcc.org

Best Wishes,

Jessica Record

Lead Project Assistant

Hyogo Business and Cultural Center

兵庫県ワシントン州事務所

プロジェクトアシスタント ジェシカ・レコード

1001 4th Ave Suite 4310,

Seattle, WA 98154

Phone: 206-728-0610

Email: jessica@hyogobcc.org

www.hyogobcc.org/jpn

  1. Full-time Japanese teacher position at Curtis High School

Doug Wohlers-sensei of Curtis High School, University Place School District, is retiring. Please see the below message from Wohlers-sensei.

Anyway, I’ll be retiring at the end of this year so we’re looking for a Japanese teacher.  I can imagine it may be difficult finding teachers now with the more stringent requirements.  I do, however, believe that Curtis High School is an attractive position. The University Place School District is located near the Narrows Bridge and Chambers Golf Course.  For those who live in Seattle they would be commuting the opposite direction of the rush hour traffic or they could move to where housing is much cheaper.

 

We pass levies by a 60+percent margin.  The Japanese position is full-time.  I have 2 first year classes that are full each year. In fact, typically students get turned away because I can’t add a third section.  There are also 2 second year classes and one 3rd/4th year combination class.  Usually I have about 22-25 3rd year students and 3-6 4th year students, though this year I have 30 3rd year students.  The principal, Tom Adams, is very supportive of the Japanese Program.  The position is posted on the University Place School District website and I’m sure that Tom Adams would be glad to answer any questions that potential applicants have.  Also, anyone can email me for information.

 

Thanks for offering to help.  Please send me any suggestions you might have.  Hopefully we can keep the Japanese Program going at Curtis since there is a lot of interest from the students.    Doug

 

Please contact Wohlers-sensei directly at dwohlers@upsd83.org.

  1. WATJ Benkyookai

Our third benkyookai will be on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 – 12:00. Let’s meet at Caffe Rococo at 136 Park Lane. There is free street parking as well as free parking in the garage behind the library on Kirkland Ave and 3rd St.

Please bring a challenge and/or question you are currently struggling with and we will brainstorm solutions together.

Join us afterwards for lunch!

Looking forward to seeing you for our next collaboration!

Speech and Skit Contest Registration Now Open!

Speech and Skit Contest Registration Now Open!

The 2018 Speech & Skit Contest Application is now open!

Important notices:

  • The contest will be on Friday, April 20th2018 at the Seattle Center Armory

o   There will be the Cherry Blossom Festival, but it will be scaled back. Most events will be in the Fisher Pavilion, so please be aware the contest will be in a separate building than the main events. This is all the information we have at this time.

  • Check-in will be at different times for speech & skits this year.

o   Students are welcome to attend all day, but will need to pay attention to the time in order to check in. (Skits will be perform in the morning, and speeches after lunch).

  • Levels 3 and 4 must submit a 1-2 sent summary in English about their speeches.

o   Students must still submit the draft of their speech in Japanese, but it can be incomplete and changed as long as it still follows the summary.

  • There have been updates to the Guidelines and Rules on the website, please read it over.
  • The application is due by emailto jsascwa@gmail.com on March 30th or by mail, postmarked on March 31st to Garfield High School,  Attn: Chizuru Imase 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

o   The drafts for level 3 and 4 are due April 8th sent to  jsascwa@gmail.com

Please see the website for details: https://jwspeechskit.wordpress.com

 

We thank you all for your interest and support of the contest! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at Jessica@hyogobcc.org