November 2017


Happy Thanksgiving from Pack 2187!

11/23/2017

On Sunday, November 19, Pack 2187 held its November Pack Meeting, "Cubs Give Thanks." During this time of the year, we give thanks for the bounty we have received. Giving thanks is an expression of our gratitude and trust in a higher power. Cub Scouts learned what it means to be thankful and about being reverent, the twelfth point of the Scout Law. During the meeting, Cub Scouts also assembled packages with thermal socks, mandarins and children's storybooks. On November 22, the packages were distributed to Roma children that participate in Sumnal's early childhood development program. Then, Cub Scouts sang songs, went on a turkey hunt, and participated in Thanksgiving-themed games, like "Stuff the Turkey," "Corn Pitching," and "Cornucopia." At the close of the meeting, one Cub Scout was recognized for completing his Bobcat rank, while other Scouts completed individual adventures, including pocketknife safety. Following are photos from the meeting. Happy Thanksgiving from Pack 2187! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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200th anniversary of Jane Austen

11/22/2017

We invite you to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death through her life, novels, modern adaptations, and media. The event will take place in the HS Library on 22, November, 2017 (Wednesday) during the lunch period (11:45-12:15).

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CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament, Riga [Latvia]

11/20/2017

This year, the 2017 CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament took place in Riga, Latvia and was played over 3 days with schools arriving from 6 different counties. If there is one word that has defined the Supernova girls’ soccer season this year, it is team. They have succeeded as a team and they have failed as a team. From the very onset of the tournament, the Supernovas made it clear that it wasn’t a team to be taken lightly; they were compact on defense and fearless going forward. Our girls were electric throughout the first match against ISB, yet the determined and physically fit Dragons emerged as 3 – 1 winners. The Nova girls lost again in the second match to the most powerful and dominant team from Kiev by a 2 goal difference. Although the team was exhausted and sore, our girls had not lost their enthusiasm and returned early the next morning facing last year champions - skillful and well drilled team from Sofia. It took the Wolves powerful strike late in the second half to break through and earn a 1 - 0 win over the Supernovas. Although our girls had a few shots at the goal and possession of the ball most of the game, the ultimate example of team play, demonstrated by the disciplined Huskies from Finland led them to a 1 - 0 victory. The match that showed how much heart the Supernovas really had, was the one they played against the team from Latvia. Displaying excellent technical and tactical skills the Lynxes arose as winners, beating the Supernovas by a one goal difference.For the fifth place spot, the Supernovas and the Wolves battled through two half-times and a penalty shootout to determine the victor; Sofia won through penalty kicks. Our girls fought hard until the very last second of the game, making their coaches, impressed and proud of the team. Although the competition was tough, overall, this year's Soccer Tournament was extremely exciting. Investing time and energy in our youth, whether on the sports field or in the classroom, has been a key philosophy of Nova coaches. There is no greater award then watching the girls gradually developing into superb athletes and becoming true team players. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Basketball Season 2017

11/20/2017

Dear students, "This is a message for all the would-be Kobe Bryant's, Steve Nash's,  and Candace Parker's out there. Starting on Monday next week, the basketball season will begin at NOVA. To start off the season, NOVA is going to have an OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COMPETITION. Weather permitting, there will be a skills based competition for students in grades 9 through 12 to take part in DURING BRUNCH ON MONDAY. The winner of the competition will receive a free away-team NOVA jersey"

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Scouts meeting "Cubs Give Thanks"

11/19/2017

Dear Scouts and Prospective Scouts, On Sunday, November 19, Pack 2187 will hold our monthly meeting from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at NOVA ES. The theme of the meeting is "Cubs Give Thanks." During this time of the year, we give thanks for the bounty we have received. Giving thanks is an expression of our gratitude and trust in a higher power. "On my honor I will do my best to help other people at all times..." Sumnal, an organization that organizes early childhood development in Skopje's Roma community, needs our help collecting 35 pairs of thermal socks for children ages 3 to 6. Please bring 1-2 pairs of thermal socks for ages 3 to 6 to Sunday's Pack Meeting. We aim to prepare 35 packages for children who attend Sumnal's early childhood development program. It would be great if the Bear Scouts could also bring a healthy snack to share. Hope to see you on Sunday! Yours in Scouting.

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

11/17/2017

Dear NOVA families, the 12th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-twelve.html

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NOVA cross country club on the CEESA tournament in Prague - In the Media

11/17/2017

        

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U.S. Embassy College Fair

11/16/2017

Dear NOVA students, on Thursday, November 16th from 5pm until 7pm you can visit the U.S. Embassy College Fair at KIC - Cultural Information Center.

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Inside the HS Spanish class [Gamification in action]

11/14/2017

The objective of this class was to practice the oral interaction in Spanish by asking and answering questions in past simple (preterito indefinido) and past perfect tense (preterito perfecto). At the beginning of the class the students reviewed the construction of both tenses and then, through game they shared their past personal experiences. The game consisted on rolling the die and moving forward on the board. When falling into a box, the students had to ask a question related to personal information. After finishing the game they were asked to compare and explain the usage of each tense. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA HS soccer tournament, Sofia

11/14/2017

This year’s HS soccer tournament was hosted in Sofia. The SuperNOVA team practiced hard with the ultimate goal of representing NOVA in the best way possible. This year's team consisted of new, young and less experienced members, however fully dedicated to do their utmost. The tournament itself took place at AAS school campus, offering great athletic facilities, which combined with the sunny weather, provided an ideal opportunity for an excellent competition. The tournament was a positive experience for the students: learning about fair play, playing enthusiastically, and growing competitively, while realizing it takes a lot of discipline, team work and dedication for the achievement of better results. All SuperNOVA teammates were pleased to have been part of the 4th place finishing team and the tournament in general, knowing it was a great opportunity to make new friends and socialize with students from other international schools. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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NOVA hosts CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament

11/11/2017

This week, NOVA had the pleasure to host the CEESA Middle School Girls Soccer Tournament. On a nice and sunny weather the Supernova’s played against five other CEESA blue division soccer teams from Belgrade, Sofia, Riga, Kiev and Baku. This year, we had a very young team and for a majority of the players this was their first soccer experience. However, throughout the tournament the Supernovas gave their best on the field, played fair and at the same time established new friendships and had fun. They succeeded in building their confidence and improved their soccer skills. We look forward in returning next year stronger and wiser. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA Coffee Morning, New International Curriculum

11/10/2017

On November the 8th the Parent Teacher Association organized an Information Session where more than 40 parents turned out to hear Mr. Russell O'Neill, NOVA EMS Principal talk about the new International Curricula that we will be implementing at the school. This was the first of a series of Parent Information Sessions that we will be running to ensure that you are fully informed and up to date with the process. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA MS Boys Soccer Tournament in Kiev

11/10/2017

The NOVA MS Boys Soccer Team was recently in Kiev to compete in the CEESA Soccer Tournament. The boys team has worked relentlessly throughout the season on developing essential skills such as passing, shooting, and collaboration. The team headed to Kiev excited by the challenges they would be facing there. Over the course of the tournament the team had six games against other CEESA schools around Europe. The boys were resilient in the face of adversity. The players won four of the six games, tied in one game and lost in the finals to bring home the second place trophy. As a team we scored around thirty points throughout the tournament and allowed only ten. Off the pitch the players had the chance to experience a different culture. As a team we had the opportunity to tour the Ukrainian national soccer stadium. Players stayed with host families from the international school in Kiev and had the chance to try local cuisine, see local sites, and meet other international students. In the end the players had a fulfilling cultural experience and brought home much more than just a second place trophy. We are proud of the NOVA MS Boys! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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SuperNOVA Weekend (Nov. 9th-12th)

11/9/2017

Dear NOVA community, this upcoming weekend is truly a SuperNOVA one, with a total of three sports competitions taking place. During the next several days will be celebrating the school’s athletic spirit and cheering for our teams. We have a team of 17 students participating in the HS Boys Soccer Tournament in Sofia, 10 students as part of our HS Girls Soccer team in Riga, Latvia, and finally a team of 5 MS and HS students, as part of our Cross Country team heading towards Prague for their upcoming competition. The entire school is cheering for you girls and boys. Good luck! On this link you can follow the schedule of games for the HS Boys Soccer Tournament in Sofia: https://hsboysfootball2017.tumblr.com/schedule On the following link you can watch a live stream of all the HS Boys Soccer Tournament games: https://livestream.com/accounts/4031758/events/7907876

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Donate for the First Sensory Garden in Macedonia

11/9/2017

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PTA Morning Coffee

11/8/2017

NOVA International Schools would like to invite for a coffee morning session on November 8th with the NOVA EMS Principal Mr. Russell O'Neill.

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NOVA hosts CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament - In the Media

11/6/2017

       

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Venjamin Milcev, NOVA alumni interviewed for fakulteti.mk

11/6/2017

Venjamin Milcev, NOVA alumni and Berklee College of Music graduate, interviewed for fakulteti.mk, and his experience working as a sound mixer/producer for Larrabee Sound Studios, responsible for recording hits for some of the most important artists of today. http://www.fakulteti.mk/news/17-11-04/venjamin_milchev_muzichki_producent_od_makedonija_dzhesi_dzhej_me_iznenadi_so_dve_golemi_torti_za_mojot_rodenden.aspx

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NOVA HS assembly [spirit day]

11/6/2017

Assembly @ Nova on 3rd November: Tug-of-war, squeals of laughter, joyous faces, loud cheering for our classmates.....no mention of academics or any other worry that any HS student might have. This was a day to be remembered, when students flocked to support each other, when students demonstrated who they are as individuals and as a member of a team. This was the day that Nova students connected with each other, unafraid of the possibilities....... Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament 2017

11/3/2017

During the weekend of 3-4 November NOVA will host the CEESA Blue Division Middle School Girls Soccer Tournament 2017. We are excited to welcome the participating schools: - International School of Belgrade, Serbia - Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria - Pechersk School International – Kiev, Ukraine - International School of Latvia – Riga, Latvia - The International School of Azerbaijan – Baku, Azerbaijan - NOVA International School – Skopje, Macedonia More than eighty MS girls and coaches, enthusiastic about the game of soccer, will spend two days filled with competitiveness, social interactions and valuable cultural exchanges. We hope this will be a great experience for all involved participants who will have fond memories of their time in Skopje. If you want to follow the games see the schedule for the tournament in the link bellow. Tournament website: http://ceesa-sports.weebly.com 

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

11/2/2017

Dear NOVA families, the 10th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-ten.html

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CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament hosted by NOVA

11/2/2017

From the 2nd until the 5th of November NOVA is hosting the CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament. We are welcoming schools from: Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Latvia, and Azerbaijan. More than eighty MS girls and coaches enthusiastic about the game of soccer will spend two days full with soccer, social interactions with their peer and valuable cultural exchange. Find out more information on the CEESA sports website! http://ceesa-sports.weebly.com/

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HS Shorten Schedule for Friday, November 3, 2017

11/2/2017

Dear students and parents, We’ll follow a slightly different schedule (5 min. shorter classes) to accommodate longer advisory class. Thank you! 08:15 - 09:10 E period 09:15 - 10:05 Spirit day 10:10 – 11:05 F period 11:10 – 12:05 G period 12:05 – 12:30 Lunch 12:35 – 13:30 H period 13:35 – 14:15 Core time

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Halloween preparations

11/2/2017

To see how NOVA EMS prepared for the Halloween parade & party please check the photo gallery from the event here

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ES Halloween Parade

11/1/2017

Five little pumpkinsSitting on a gateThe first one said,"Oh, my, it's half past eight!"The second one said,"There are witches in the air!"The third one said,"Good folk, beware!"The fourth one said,"We'll run and run and run!"The fifth one said,"Let's have some fun!"OOOOOOOH, went the windAnd OUT went the lightAnd the five little pumpkinsRolled out of sight Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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October 2017


Middle School Halloween Party

10/31/2017

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EMS Halloween Day

10/31/2017

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/26/2017

Dear NOVA families, the nineght edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-nine.html

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Library Markerspace challenge

10/26/2017

The first Markerspace challenge took place in the high school library on October 25th. Students were challenged to design and build a model roller coaster using only duck tape, paper tape, paper, wooden spatulas, marble, straws and cardboard.The students had to decide on the theme of the roller coaster, the features and the physics and mechanics of the ride. Even though they didn't manage to finish the design on time, they were very excited and willing to meet some other day to finish the project. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA International Schools [20th anniversary] - call for short stories

10/26/2017

Dear NOVA alums, this year NOVA International Schools is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This is your anniversary and we are very proud of everyone that has been a part of this journey. We would like to mark this milestone by inviting you to share some moments from your time spent at NOVA. So allow us to take 5 minutes of your time, and invite you to fill in this e-form. Thank you very much for doing this, we hope you like the outcome.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBkdC5oinGGgqwEF8nc2rKr71UWOB0xXOtj-Ikv09vvg2k6A/viewform

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Interview with NOVA graduate and Civil Rights Lawyer Ivan Kochovski FiRC presentation

10/25/2017

Ivan Kochovski graduated from NOVA International Schools in 2009, and continued his studies in international and human rights law at Utrecht University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He works as a lawyer representing refugees in asylum and deportation procedures, conducts research on Roma discrimination and statelessness, and holds training for students and professionals on human rights and refugee law. On Wednesday, October 18th, Ivan came to speak with students in the Foundations in Research Course about what "truth" means in the area of law. Ivan related his harrowing and emotional experiences in asylum advocacy in Macedonia to students. His key advice to Foundations in Research Course students was to "question their assumptions" when they set out to write a research essay.

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20 years NOVA International Schools Photo

10/25/2017

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/19/2017

Dear NOVA families, the eighth edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-eight.html

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The desire for communication has no boundaries!

10/18/2017

In collaboration with the state school 'Partenie Zoografski’, NOVA students will meet weekly with their state school counterparts in order to learn sign language. During these classes, students from the state school will act as instructors to our students, teaching them the wonders of sign language. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Roman aqueduct Scout Hike

10/17/2017

Dear Scouts and Prospective Scouts, On Saturday, October 14, Pack 2187 hiked to the Roman aqueduct to learn about its history and the history of Skopje in the Roman period. Did you know that the Romans built aqueducts across their empire to transport water from natural sources to settlements? Thanks to Leonida Bassa for being our guide! Following are photos from Saturday's hike. During our hike the Cub Scouts also found clues related to the 12 points of the Scout Law. Each is a goal for every Scout. "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent." Scouts do their best to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries. And, age-specific dens continued working on "adventures" learning about the natural world. Then, Scouts and their families picked up litter from the historical site, in the spirit of the Outdoor Code. "As [a Scout], I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners, be careful with fire, be considerate in the outdoors, [and] be conservation minded." The conservation activity was a chance for the Scouts to leave the world better than we found it. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA's EAL Job-Alike Workshop

10/17/2017

Our NOVA ESL Teachers from the Elementary, Middle, and High School Division took part in CEESA's EAL Job-Alike Workshop on October 6-7, 2017, at the American International School of Budapest. The conference proved to be an exceptional learning experience, an exchange of successful, both old and new, ESL/EAL teaching strategies and an inspiration for invigorating new projects. It was a session of sharing knowledge, experiences, and creative ideas for teaching our students. Some of the strategies, methods and projects that our team recognized as powerful motivators that may be utilized in further invigoration of our students' motivation are as follows: · Information and Instruction on WIDA English Language Proficiency Assessment Tools that will serve for ESL students' assessment and appropriate placement; · Inquiry in the ESL classroom; · Additional strategies to build background vocabulary for ELL; · Audio clips as tools to increase students' vigilance and participation; · Translanguaging as a method to increase oral and written language proficiency; · Developing Books as Word Walls and Stories as Word Webs; · Use the Dialog Reading Method as a tool to develop oral language; · Best practices for teaching grammar through context; · A joint activity at a one-semester online course at Stanford University: Constructive Classroom Conversation: Improving Student-To–Student Interactions. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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FiRC lecture speaker, Dr. Rodney Rosalia

10/16/2017

The Foundations in Research Course had Rodney Rosalia, a former Natural Sciences Instructor and Scientific Inquiry Coordinator at NOVA, visit the HS as a guest speaker on Wednesday to discuss medical research. Dr Rosalia is currently the Scientific Officer at the Zan Mitrev Clinic (ZMC, www.zmc.mk/en) in Skopje. In this role, Dr Rosalia supervises scientific research and coordinates scientific communication between the ZMC and international audiences. Dr Rosalia presented some of the ongoing research at ZMC to students relating to a novel surgical treatment approach for Aortic Stenosis that is performed at ZMC. Aortic stenosis is the most prevalent and severe heart valve disease, which primarily affects the elderly, who have a poor life expectancy once diagnosed. NOVA HS students were able to ask questions about ongoing medical research being done in Macedonia, in particular at the ZMC, that has the potential to make a worldwide impact on the development of cardiovascular surgical practices. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2018

10/12/2017

Week Without Walls program (WWW) provides exciting opportunities for NOVA students to explore the world through project based learning and build meaningful relationships with each other. It is required for all students in grades 9, 10 and 11. On Monday, 9.Oct.2017, procedures, expectations and trip descriptions were posted online on the WWW website: weekwow.weebly.com Trip registration will commence on Friday, 13.Oct.2017 @ 6:00 pm and close 22.Oct.2017 @ 6:00 pm. The signup form will be made available online at weekwow.weebly.com enabling each student a choice of 4 trips, in order of preference. Time of submission will be taken into consideration (first come first served) The registration form is open and available ONLY to students with an active NOVA e-mail account (@nova.edu.mk). For more information you can also visit the Week Without Walls page on our website: http://nova.edu.mk/week_without_walls.aspx.

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Red Cross Activity, World Homeless Day

10/12/2017

October the 10th marked the World Homeless Day. To raise awareness and encourage the community to help those in need, the City Red Cross of Skopje organized a small ceremony in their Center for Homeless People in Skopje. The Youth Club of the City Red Cross of Skopje and our NOVA students worked together in preparing and delivering a complete meal for the beneficiaries of the Center.They also had the chance to meet the homeless people from our city and hear their stories. The leaders of the NOVA Red Cross Club, Mija Jovchevska, Mia Miloshevska, Njomza Selmani and Anastasija Markovski, were our representatives at the event. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/12/2017

Dear NOVA families, the seventh edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-seven.html

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NOVA Red Cross Club, World Homeless Day

10/10/2017

Dear all, Tuesday, October the 10th, marks the World Homeless Day. To raise awareness and encourage the community to help those in need, the City Red Cross of Skopje is organizing a small ceremony in their Center for Homeless People in Skopje. The Youth Club of the City Red Cross of Skopje and our NOVA students will be working together in preparing and delivering a complete meal for the beneficiaries of the Center.They will have the chance to meet the homeless people from our city and hear their stories. The leaders of the NOVA Red Cross Club, Mija Jovchevska, Mia Miloshevska, Njomza Selmani and Anastasija Markovski, will be our representatives. 

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Igor Ristovski & (astro)photography

10/9/2017

My name is Igor Ristovski, I am a high school teacher at Nova International Schools where I teach computer science in web applications and multimedia applications. Aside from teaching computer science I am also a graphic designer and extreme sports addict whenever I don't wear my teacher super suit. My latest challenge is astrophotography, and it has posed the greatest challenge to me as a photograph so far. Partly this is due to the mechanism of taking the photos, namely you need to go on a remote location during the night, when it is completely dark. The process is tricky as well, it takes a lot of time and energy but it all pays off the moment you expose your photo in Adobe Lightroom and see what you have captured. I do my best to incorporate this passion in the school with other astronomy enthusiasts as we have obtained a ‘Celestron Telescope’ that can help us observe the night sky and take even better pictures. Check out the photo gallery here

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PTA members learn about adolescent stress

10/6/2017

Our first High School coffee morning was a huge success! A packed cafeteria full of parents eager to learn about ways to support their child's learning, and keen to hear about the types of stress that high schoolers experience. Our Psychology Teacher, Valentina Trpkoska, alongside Ashley Whitrock, one of our English Faculty, reassured parents of the many ways Nova tends to the well-being of our student population. Stress proved to be a hot topic and we are committed to working more closely with our community in finding effective ways to manage stress, both in and out of the school setting. Thank you to our parents for showing such a keen interest and we look forward to facilitating similar workshops. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Inside the Social Science 10 classroom

10/6/2017

Students in Social Science 10 engaged in the activity of formulating a research question for their upcoming research paper. Beginning with broader topics within the larger area of 19th century European Imperialism, students brainstormed various approaches on their chosen topics that they can explore further on. Following that, students engaged by asking each other open-ended questions on their chosen topics, helping their partner narrow the inquiry to one that is clear, complex and focused. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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"How the West Was Fun" Pack Meeting

10/5/2017

Dear Scouts and Prospective Scouts, Howdy Y'all! On Sunday, September 24 Pack 2187 held its first Pack Meeting of the school year, "How The West Was Fun!" We saddled up the horses, rounded up the Cub Scouts and had a Western-themed carnival. Cub Scouts tested their skills and teamwork with carnival games, like pass the corn please, potato sack races, snakes and other critters in my boot, boot scootin' boogie races, old fashioned photo booth, let's rodeo ring toss, flying disk toss, and lawn bowling. Following are some photos. During the meeting, Cub Scouts also learned about the fifth point of the Scout Law; a Scout is courteous. Being courteous means respecting others beliefs, their belongings, their privacy, and a respect for the ground others walk on and the air they breath. When we respect others we show respect for ourselves. A Scout is polite to everyone and knows good manners, which is especially important when welcoming new members. All interested boys (K-5) attending NOVA or QSI are invited to join the Pack! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Inside the IB Economicss class

10/5/2017

Exploring Elasticities in IB Economics - Focus on Price Elasticity of Demand (PED)! Today, the IB Economics students learned that elasticity is not just a concept in Physics but in Economics too - helping us understand and explain some of the complexities of the markets, consumer behavior following price changes of different products, and different strategies of the sellers for marketing their products. Through practical problems, students learned how to calculate the PED, and to interpret the results in light of the consequences to total revenues. They also learned how to identify the PED, plot the demand curves that reflect different PED values, and to apply the reasoning to various examples from everyday life. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Coffee Morning Session

10/4/2017

Dear NOVA parents, You all are cordially invited to the Coffee Morning  Session with Valentina Trpkoska, our High School psychologist, on October 4 at 8:15. The topic of Ms. Trpkoska's presentation is Managing Stress for You and Your Child. We will meet in the HS cafeteria. Hope to see you there, NOVA PTA

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Inside the IB Theory of Knowledge classroom

10/4/2017

The IBDP TOK 11 class engaged in an inter-cultural competence exercise aimed at familiarizing students with the three different categories of providing constructive feedback in relation to an unseen/unknown cultural artifact. Academically known as the description-interpretation-evaluation exercise, the overarching purpose of this class activity was to raise student awareness concerning the personal and cultural relativity of value judgments. According to the student feedback provided at the end of class-time, the most difficult aspect was to keep the description free from evaluative terminology, and to try to accommodate an alternative frame of meaning within the culturally-bound worldview of the participating students. Eventually, the activity's end-goal of practicing description prior to interpretation and evaluation, demonstratively proved itself to be an essential pre-requisite to inter-cultural understanding. In conclusion, heightening student awareness of the limitations and mis-understandings potentially arising from unchallenged cultural and socio-centricity intends to promote the values of international-mindedness and world citizenship, as humanist principles deeply interwoven in the fabric of NOVA's educational philosophy and pedagogy.   Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/4/2017

Dear NOVA families, the sixth edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-six.html

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Foundations in Research Course, an interview with the FiRC coordinator Daniel Cunningham

10/2/2017

If you want to learn more about the Foundations in Research Course [FiRC], the benefits of academic research for students and schools, make sure to watch NOVA’s social science teacher and FiRC coordinator Mr. Daniel Cunningham.

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International Day of Older Persons

10/2/2017

The 1st of October is the International Day of Older Persons. To celebrate this occasion, our students visited the Home for Elderly "Mother Theresa" and played a friendly match of chess with its residents. Students were able to learn chess strategies, while having fun playing the game that both they and their elderly opponents love.

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September 2017


EMS weekly e-newsletter

9/27/2017

Dear NOVA families, the latest edition of the EMS newsletter is online. Get the latest updates and stories from our community: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-five.html

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European day of foreign languages

9/27/2017

Yesterday NOVA marked the European Day of Foreign Languages. In celebration of the diversity of languages and with the aim to raise awareness of the importance of learning a new language and promoting the cultural and linguistic diversity of our school we organized a Translation Workshop in the Library. During the workshop students from different nationalities were translating famous English poems into their native languages, and after the event, their poems were hung on the library info-board. By organizing such events in the library on an annual basis, we truly hope to encourage lifelong language learning in and out of the school. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA HS, Back to school night [September 2017]

9/26/2017

Back to School Night in High School was held on Friday 22 September. Our community gathered to hear how faculty at Nova design learning experiences for our amazing students. Curriculum details aside, we are aware that it is our approach and our attitudes to learning that has the greatest impact on growth. Parents alike were able to witness how we approach our classes, and with their support, students stand to benefit the most. As you all know, it takes a village to raise a child. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Through the Lens of a Critically Acclaimed Director, Research

9/26/2017

Ana Jakimska, a famed Macedonian director and a former NOVA student, came to speak with Foundations in Research Course students about research in Film and Theater. She also spoke to students about her recent work, The Children Will Come, which is being premiered at film festivals around the world​, and which has been awarded as the 'Best Short Film' in Spain, Kosovo, and China. Ms. Jakimska's insight and experience serves as an example to NOVA students interested in the Arts. Foundations in Research Students who are interested in pursuing research in the Arts will be able to work under Ms. Jakimska's guidance, allowing for an inspiring example of community based inter-generational transmission of knowledge. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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European Day of Foreign Languages

9/26/2017

September 26th is the European Day of Foreign Languages. Therefore, we would like to invite HS students to our library for a student poem translation session. We would also like to encourage students who come from countries other than Macedonia to sign up with the librarians and participate in the session by translating a famous poem into their native language. The session will take place on Tuesday, September 26th, during lunch in the HS library.

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HS Knowledge Bowl qualifications

9/25/2017

The HS Knowledge Bowl club invites all interested students to take part in the first or the second round of qualification exams scheduled for next Monday and Wednesday, September 25th and 27th, respectively, at 3:20 p.m. sharp in the Library. Each interested student will be offered to choose between either taking the Math and Natural science exam or the History and Literature exam, in order to qualify for the Knowledge Bowl club membership, at the prospect of participating in the upcoming international CEESA competition. For the sign-up sheet and all additional information, please contact Mr. Ane Tuntev and/or Mr. Bojan Marina.  

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High School Back to School Night

9/22/2017

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NOVA ES, Back to School Night [September 2017]

9/22/2017

This past Wednesday, in the lull of the late afternoon, NOVA opened its doors for its ES Back to School Night. We invited the parents of our youngest, Elementary School students, to step into our world and experience a gist of their child's school life. Aiming to impart our equal dedication to the academic, social, and emotional facets of learning, together with the parents in our community we transformed our classrooms into grounds for sharing ideas about our vision, hopes, goals for our students. Finally, in our shared pursuit to shape the minds of lifelong learners, we promised to collaborate, plan together - and learn together. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Sign up to learn sign language

9/22/2017

Dear NOVA students, sign up to learn sign language with the students from the state school 'Dimitar Vlahov'. The classes are going to take place every Thursday after school.

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The importance of research in film making, advice from Ana Jakimska

9/22/2017

Ana Jakimska, a NOVA alumnus, is a renowned film director and the author of two short films, music videos and a documentary, all of which have been internationally screened and acclaimed. She is currently developing her professional feature debut titled Midnight Train. In addition, Jakimska actively participates in film festivals in the country and abroad. This week Ana visited our school for a FiRC presentation on film-making and this is the message she sent to all NOVA students interested in the field.

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NOVA International Schools on social media

9/20/2017

Follow NOVA International Schools on social media and get up to date with current activities, events, projects and programs in the schools. Follow us on: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Twitter

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Mr. Stanley Rutkowski

9/20/2017

Dear NOVA community, meet Mr. Stanley Rutkowski, one of the latest additions to the NOVA faculty in 2017. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Elementary and Kindergarten Education, I moved to Manassas, Virginia and taught in Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) for eight years. My exposure to inquiry-based models at MCPS helped me develop my instructional practice s and beliefs. I taught fourth grade at George C. Round Elementary School for four years and taught fifth and sixth at Mayfield Intermediate School for four years. In that span of time, I got married to my beautiful wife, Natalie, and had two wonderful children, Sarah and Anna. I also received a MA in New Professional Studies (Teaching) at George Mason University. Next, my journey brought me to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) where I taught fifth grade for two years at Lorton Station Elementary School. Here I learned how integrate best practices in both reading and writing workshops, as well as guided math models of instruction, into my instruction. After two years, my family and I moved to New Delhi, India, and served as diplomats for the United States Department of State. I taught fourth grade at The American Embassy School, where I learned how to integrate technology (apps, I-pads, Google Classroom, etc.) in the classroom to enhance my teaching practices. We returned home (Bristow, VA), where I taught fifth grade at Gunston Elementary School for the past three years. I learned how to enhance my instruction through Collaborative Learning Teams (CLT) and a CLT cycle, which helped promote teacher effectiveness in the classroom. Currently, my family and I are once again serving as diplomats for the United States Department of State. I am grateful to be a part of the NOVA community and am excited about the opportunity to teach internationally and experience all that NOVA has to offer.

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NOVA Scouts, Fall Family Campout

9/20/2017

On September 16-17, Cub Scout Pack 2187 organized its Fall Family Campout. Following are some photos. Cub Scouts learned how to set-up camp and about the importance of the Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Code: "As a [Scout], I will do my best to - Be clean in my outdoor manners. Be careful with fire. Be considerate in the outdoors. Be conservation minded." Then Cub Scouts discussed good sportsmanship before playing Blob, Drop the Bacon and Red Light Green Light. After our evening cookout and celebrating Bojan's 9th birthday, the Cub Scouts stargazed the sixth planet in our solar system, Saturn, with help from the Astrological Society of Skopje and performed in a campfire program. The next day, following reveille and breakfast, the Pack went for hike in the fields around Bardovci and participated in an inter-faith worship service. Special thanks to the Schweitzer-Bluhms for letting us camp in your backyard. Yours in Scouting, Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

9/19/2017

The fourth edition of the NOVA EMS Newsletter is out and ready for our families to get the latest updates on our school: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-four.html  

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HS Newletter September 2017

9/19/2017

The NOVA High School proudly presents the HS Newsletter with a welcome note from our HS Principal and some updates on school events and educational developments: http://nova.edu.mk/ControlPanel/Upload/News/News%202017-18/HS%20Newsletter%209.2017.pdf

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The 'Library on wheels' parks in NOVA

9/15/2017

‘Readers are Leaders’ is a USAID project aimed at strengthening literacy and numeracy skills for early grades students. The project involves the broader community in this process and intends to raise the interest of students in reading and mathematics. The ‘Library on Wheels’ activity is a part of this project that involves a special vehicle, equipped with books and didactic reading and math materials. The ‘Library on Wheels’ bus visited NOVA International Schools yesterday and we had a great time. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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Elementary School Back to School Night

9/14/2017

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Knowledge Bowl match, September 2017

9/14/2017

Our HS Knowledge Bowl (KB) team decided to start this year's activities with a rarely seen battle of GIRLS versus BOYS. This time around there were no teachers in the arena, only experienced competitors: Ina, Anastasija, Ana, and Jovana, on the girls' side, versus the ardent boys' team comprised of Emil, Borjan, Sergej, and Art. The master of ceremony was, as always, our own Svetlana Guguchevska, long-time coach of the MS KB team with a relentless passion for the game. The game itself was dynamic and full of suspense throughout, with hits and misses on both sides. At the end of the heated competition, the boys' team won by a single point - 17:16. If you enjoyed the competition, and, perhaps even answered some of the questions yourself, we invite you to join our KB team in the forthcoming season. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Student Council announcement

9/14/2017

Dear NOVA community members, The Student Council will be having an OPEN DAY tomorrow, Friday, during lunch (11:45-11:55). The goal is to inform students and other members of our school that don't quite know what the Student Council is, of its role, its past work, objectives and alike. Hence, this is your opportunity to voice your questions, and maybe even get involved by joining. Everyone is welcome to attend!  

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FiRC presentation, September 2017

9/14/2017

On Wednesday, September 13th, Foundations in Research students were treated to an account of the experiences of a former FiRC student, Josip Apostolski. Josip, who is currently a senior at NOVA, completed FiRC last year. He decided that he had insight to share with this year's students regarding the research and writing process. Josip's work last year was quantitative in nature, as he ran a statistical analysis of NOVA test scores. Josip analyzed the relationship between SAT scores and the IB and AP programs to determine which program's curriculum and instruction produced the highest SAT scores. FiRC students, Josip explained, are helped by understanding that academic research and writing is approachable from many angles and open to people with a variety of interests. Josip's walk-through did a great deal to demystify the process for new students. check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Middle School Back to School Night

9/13/2017

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

9/12/2017

Dear NOVA Families, we’re happy to share with all of you the third edition of the Elementary and Middle School newsletter: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-three.html

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When passion and learning merge, Robotics and Drones

9/12/2017

Dear NOVA Community, Our student Bojan Nikov has been pursuing his passion for robotics and drones flying. as an inspiration, venue for learning and self actualization, participating into numerous international competitions and manifestations in Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece.We do hope and fully encourage Bojan to continue on the route of success.

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Debate in the Classroom, an interview with Richard Whitrock

9/7/2017

If you want to learn more about competitive debating, integrating debate in the classroom, the benefits of debating for students and schools, make sure to watch NOVA’s social science teacher and debate trainer Mr. Richard Whitrock.

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Mr. Russell O'Neill

9/5/2017

Dear NOVA community, we would like to introduce to you our newest member, Mr. Russell O'Neill, our new Elementary and Middle School Principal. His experience, qualifications and personality will help our school continue living out its mission, nurturing old and forging new bonds. Originally from Australia, Russell started as a lower and middle school teacher during the 90s. Since 1998, Russell has been a Director of eight schools, serving many diverse populations. He was (since 2014) the Lower School Principal at Shanghai Community International School-Hangzhou International School, a school community similar to ours in size and diversity. Russell holds a Bachelor Diploma and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Murdoch University, Australia. His Master of Early Childhood Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education are in progress. In 2013 Russell received the Charitable Work for Underprivileged Children Award. In 2006 and in 2004 he was twice nominated for the Principal of the Year Award. In 2002 he was the Equity and Diversity Award winner, and in 1993 he received the Innovation in Education Award, as well as the Teacher of the Year Award by the Western Australia Education Department. He has keynoted conferences for Kindergarten and Early Childhood teachers. Russell has worked in each of the 7 states of Australia, visited close to 70 countries, and lived and worked in China, UK, Africa and Indonesia. In his view, however, being internationally minded is ‘not a variety of stamps in the passport, but rather an approach to learning and living, an approach of appreciating, understanding and respecting people from different backgrounds, beliefs and cultures’. One of Russell’s strengths and passions is curriculum; he is trained and experienced in the delivery of IB – Primary Years Program (PYP), International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) as well as the Australian Curriculum. He has also lead curricular change in schools that now implement the IB PYP, MYP and DP programs. Russell was identified as one of the first Apple Distinguished Educators. He has implemented technology programs to aid learning, including several 1-to-1 mobile device technology programs at three schools. We would like to welcome Russell to our NOVA community and wish him nothing but success.

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

9/5/2017

Dear NOVA Families, we are happy to share with you the second edition of the Elementary and Middle School newsletter: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-two

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Deborah Haines

9/5/2017

Dear NOVA Community, my name is Deborah Haines, I come from California and have been in education for 25 years, and as of now, have taught in five countries: U.S., Germany, Portugal, Dominican Republic, and now here in Macedonia. My background and passion is English Literature and Writing, and my early experience was teaching IB English at the high school level. Since then I have developed my leadership skills as Curriculum Coordinator for IB's Middle Years Program in several schools, and also was fortunate to work for the IB Organization as a school evaluator and trainer. I have a grown daughter who was an IB student, who now works as an Environmentalist. I tend to think, breathe, and live education, but when I am not, I love reading, yoga, and the ocean.

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NOVA in support of the project "Happiness"

9/4/2017

NOVA is trying to support the project "Happiness", an NGO collecting school supplies for kids at Social Risks. Bring your donations directly to Mr. Dragan Markoski or place them in the donation box located in the cafeteria. Lets make the beginning of new school year enjoyable for everyone!

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After-School Activity Fair

9/1/2017

On the first day of September the EMS hosted its After-School Activity Fair. The fair provided students and families the chance to learn more about the spectrum of activities available to them for the upcoming school year, including art, ballet, capoeira, choir, soccer, laughter yoga, gymnastics, robotics, and cub scouts. We’re all eagerly anticipating the start of activities from this coming Monday, September 4th. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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