March 2018


Dutch Universities' Mini-Fair in Nova

3/30/2018

Yesterday, March 29, we hosted our first Dutch universities mini-fair, with admissions and recruitment representatives from 6 institutions (Tilburg, Erasmus, Twente, Leiden, UCR, and the HotelSchool in the Hague). We had more then 60 people in attendance, over the course of an hour and a half, parents and kids across all grade levels. The reps were also able to meet with Ambassador Plomp at the Embassy, and discuss further collaboration tactics. Thus, a really productive visit. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week without walls, Rozhen [Bulgaria]

3/30/2018

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the amazing WWW trip to Rozhen, Bulgaria. Its five-days mission to explore the Universe and seek out new perspectives.......” The trip Discover the Universe in Rozhen, Bulgaria was a very productive and meaningful learning experience. Our students had the opportunity to visit the National Astronomical Observatory in Rozhen, the largest Observatory in the Balkans. Our journey started with an introductory lesson about the astronomy equipment. The students explored the work of the telescope cameras and learned what the astronomers do with the pictures from the telescopes. We were lucky to have the clear sky and enjoy the night vision. The sky turned into a huge blackboard. By observing the night sky we were exploring the location of different constellations and star clusters, and we have learned about the evolution of stars - how the stars are born and how they die. We have learned how to determine the distances between the objects in the Universe. After each session, our wonderful and very skillful lecturers were open for quite curious discussions and they manage to satisfy the inquiring minds of our students. Besides the knowledge gained, we have enjoyed the amazing nature and the impressive landscape of the beautiful mountains around, as well as the delicious Bulgarian kitchen. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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Week without walls, Survival Adventure

3/30/2018

Words like fulfillment, joy, excitement, cannot even describe what we felt while on our trip to Plackovica. Our adventure was filled with hiking (during heavy rain, snow and even blizzard), rope hanging, rock climbing, fixing tents, first aid classes and a lot of cheering, and comments such as: "Go teacher, go, you can do it!”. And we did it, we did every silly thing they wanted us to, making us feel full of life and pride of their courage. The students cooked, washed dishes and took great care of the household. We fully enjoyed the wilderness of the mountain, and the unpredictable nature, where, even with the extreme weather conditions, we felt really safe, because we relied on each other like a true team. This week taught us all, great survival tactics and skills, acquired through practice and repetition, guided by the great First Aid team and team of professional mountaineers. We also laughed a lot, goofed around, and felt extremely happy. Plackovica created a bond that can never be broken. To our brave, silly, brilliant students: Thank you! We love you more than we can say. Ms. Arta Kjato and Mr. Aleksandar Ristovski (teacher chaperons) check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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Middle School Science Fair 2018 in the Media

3/30/2018

             

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Nova Writing Pearls book available for download

3/29/2018

The latest edition of the Nova Writing Pearls book is now available for download on NOVA's website. The NOVA Writing Pearls book is all about creativity and imagination. This book is one of the numerous, prominent and significant testaments of NOVA students’ vital capacity to be inquisitive and curious. This edition of Writing Pearls, hosts 7 short stories and 4 literary bites. Through their work, students showed to be independent thinkers, asked unusual questions, searched through forms and patterns and visualized alternatives. http://www.nova.edu.mk/writing_pearls.aspx

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Week without walls, from Sarajevo to Durbovnik

3/29/2018

On the first day, we visited the small town of Visegrad in Eastern Bosnia Herzegovina famous for its bridge on the River Drina. Mr. Janchovski explained the history of the city, as well as the importance of this bridge which inspired the famous writer, Ivo Andric, to write a Nobel Prize for Literature winning novel by that name. Day two brought us to Sarajevo where we enjoyed a walking tour through the city with a tour guide who was enthusiastic to share with us his experiences of overcoming war and maintaining a positive philosophy of life like so many people in this country have done. We saw the street where Gavrilo Princip initiated the World War I with his assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie. We saw the mix of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture as they influenced the culture and tradition of this town. We tasted the local cuisine and met a local coppersmith who was kind enough to demonstrate his craft for us. The tour guide took us to see the museum of the winter Olympic games held here in 1984 on our third day of this adventure. We also witnessed the underground tunnel that was used by the locals when Sarajevo was under siege 1992-1996 by the army of Republika Srpska. We watched a documentary about that war and it initiated many questions and inspired critical reflections among our students. To make the day better, we went to the National Park on Mount Igman where we saw the spring of River Bosna and experienced a fairy tale setting with lots of snow. On day four, we were astonished by the atomic shelter called Tito's Bunker, near the city of Konjic, on the Neretva river. We learned that it took 26 years and billions of dollars to build, but that it was only designed to shelter 300 people for a period of 6 months. The students were bursting to ask about how this bunker was made more than 50 years ago, what the purpose for it is now, and many other good questions.. We had a discussion about nuclear weapons, the Cold War, and the Nonaligned Movement. Next was the city of Mostar, a beautiful town, home to the old bridge and the story behind it. We had an amazing tour around the city and learned how many nations and religions lived here in peace throughout history. The small town Blagaj was next where we visited the ancient Dervish tekke, beautiful monastery under a cliff, and where the spring of the River Buna bubbles away. The fifth and final day brought us the figurative cherry on top of our excursion: the most beautiful city in the world, at least according to our group, Dubrovnik. The guide enchanted us with stories and legends about the history of this special city as well as the freedom and sovereignty that the citizens of this town have always felt. We learned about the famous denizens of Dubrovnik such as Marin Drzic, a Renaissance playwright and prose writer along with Roger Boskovich, a physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, and theologian. We had the most amazing time despite the cold weather, snow, rain, and heavy winds. This Week Without Walls experience was chaperoned by Mr. Tihomir Janchovski and Mrs. Jasmina Dzurovska-Balzeska. Check out the phto gallery from the event here

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NOVA Family Bazaar 2018 Invitation by Mr. Ivan Novakovski

3/28/2018

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Week without walls, Cluj [Romania]

3/28/2018

The trip to Cluj, Romania was a wonderful and memorable experience for all our students. The students explored the amazing opportunity to do service learning and experience a different culture by interacting and sharing their knowledge with their Romanian peers. The first day, we went to the Transylvania College where the students had the opportunity to visit classes and find out more about the educational system in Romania, their peers’ life and the learning opportunities that they have. We were all pleasantly surprised by the employees and the students who welcomed us warmly and organized different activities for us in the school, among which was the Public Speaking Workshop. We felt, at every instance, that they truly cared for us, both the kids and adults, and did their best to make this trip memorable for us. The next day, we went to Dobrin, a commune located in the Salaj County, Romania. We visited the one and only school there, where our students worked with the Impact Club on building a playground for the little kids that study at the school. Other highlights were the visit of the Botanical Garden and the main square and Cathedral in Cluj, and building a life-sized chess together with the students from the Transylvania College. Overall, this trip definitely has become the most adventurous and stunning journey of our kids’ lives-something they will remember for many years to come. Check out the photo gallery from the event here 

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MS Science Fair

3/28/2018

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EMS SPRING PARTY

3/27/2018

Dear parents, on TUESDAY MARCH 27th from 3pm-5pm the NOVA PTA will have a EMS SPRING PARTY and school bake sale. The PTA will feature games, Easter themed treat, delicious food and Easter eggs for the egg hunt. You are invited to support this event by donating some baked items ( store bought, sweet or salty). Please drop off your donations at the EMS cafeteria on TUESDAY March 27th. Donations are accepted throughout the day and at the time of the party and are sincerely appreciated!We are looking forward to seeing you at the party.

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Week without walls, Power of creation

3/27/2018

NOVA students had a chance to explore their creativity and to create jewelry, magnets and badges with polymer clay at the two day workshop that was held in Public Room and organized by the Nova high school. During the project students were given chance to paint murals in the library “ Drugarce” and to enrich this public library with their art. They were able to cooperate, create and explore themselves through the process of creating art. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS newsletter

3/27/2018

Dear NOVA families, the 21th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it:  http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-twenty-one.html

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Evening of Classical Music will air on NASA TV!

3/24/2018

We’re thrilled to announce that our Evening of Classical Music will air on NASA TV this Saturday , March 24th from 8:00 pm. It will be rebrodcasted on Sunday, March 25th from 5:00 pm and Monday March 26th from 9:45 am. Let your friends and family know so they can watch our young artists perform pieces of classical music.

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Nova students visit HC Vardar

3/23/2018

"Eat healthy, exercise daily, stay fit and positive!" That's the advice professional players from HC Vardar gave to NOVA students on their planned visit to one of their training sessions. The 5th grade students, accompanied by their teachers Ms. Guceva, Ms. Kardula, and the principal Mr. O'Neill, had a personal warm-up session with one of the best coaches Mr. Roberto Garcia Parondo and Ms. Marija Lojanica. The students were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the playres from the team and spend some time on the court. Here are some of the precious moments captured in photos. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Imagination training in Nova

3/21/2018

“IMAGINATION TRAINING” was a series of creative workshops led by the team of Buden Tetar for the children of Nova International Schools. The children worked on various projects, exploring the possibilities of different materials and techniques, but foremost exploring their own imagination and developing artistic skills, team spirit and creative confidence. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Evening of classical music in Nova

3/20/2018

Young musicians from all three Nova divisions - Elementary, Middle and High School, showcased their instrumental skills on our 7th Annual Classical Evening. The topic of the concert was "Instruments of the Future" and the special guest of the evening was the exquisite Macedonian piano player Dunja Ivanova. We also had an art exhibition of elementary and middle school students as well as a short presentation on couple of newly invented instruments. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA wins silver at basketball tournament [CEESA 1st division]

3/15/2018

NOVA and the HS Boys Basketball team had the honour of hosting the 2018 CEESA Basketball Tournament. NOVA athletes played against five visiting teams over three days, securing a 2nd place finish in a tense finals match against Istanbul International Community School. NOVA players distinguished themselves in terms of the level of skill displayed throughout the tournament. Similarly, NOVA students and families who attended the games left an indelible mark as audience members committed to cheering on all the competitors. Congratulations to our NOVA team, and to the massive and dedicated group of organizers for making this exceptional tournament possible. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA HS Boys Basketball tournament, team photos

3/15/2018

NOVA and the HS Boys Basketball team had the honour of hosting the 2018 CEESA Basketball Tournament. NOVA athletes played against five visiting teams over three days, securing a 2nd place finish in a tense finals match against Istanbul International Community School. NOVA players distinguished themselves in terms of the level of skill displayed throughout the tournament. Similarly, NOVA students and families who attended the games left an indelible mark as audience members committed to cheering on all the competitors. Congratulations to our NOVA team, and to the massive and dedicated group of organizers for making this exceptional tournament possible. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Learning the Cyrillic alphabet

3/15/2018

The busy bees from our first grade classes have learned all the letters from the Cyrillic alphabet. Our students have been reading for a while now, and now they have started writing during our Macedonian language classes. The class quickly agreed that this is a serious achievement that requires a celebration! Therefore on the 14th this month the first graders celebrated their success by having some popcorn, drinking some healthy juice and receiving their well deserved reading awards. Congratulations to all! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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7th Annual Classical Evening

3/15/2018

This year on Thursday, March 15, 2018 ат 18:30h in the EMS auditorium NOVA students will have their annual Evening of Classical Music.The special guest star for the night is Dunja Ivanova. Join us!

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Pack Ski Trip, Cyber Chip, and Raingutter Regatta

3/13/2018

On Saturday, February 24, Pack 2187 went skiing! Cub Scouts and their families traveled together to Zare Lazarevski Ski Center in the Mavorvo National Park for a fun-filled day on the slopes. With the help of experienced ski instructors, the Scouts learned skiing fundamentals and how to stay safe on the mountain. Special thanks to Arben and Val Jusufi for organizing and supporting this enjoyable winter event! On Sunday, March 11, With the help of their Akelas (parents), Cub Scouts earned their Cyber Chip, by learning internet safety best practices and how to be responsible online. The Scouts also sang songs about preparing for the Raingutter Regatta. Then, Cub Scouts shared with the Pack the importance of water and how we must work to conserve this precious resource. On your mark, get set, BLOW! With tremendous help from our Pack Committee Chair and Flotilla Admiral, Kris Mitchell, and other adult leaders, we launched our third annual Raingutter Regatta. Cub Scouts built and decorated their trimarans and learned about good sportsmanship. Cub Scouts received awards for their workmanship and the creativity of their vessels. The Cub Scouts raced their "lung-powered" sailboats through a series of race heats; then each den winner raced in the Pack Championship. Jac (Bear) came in third and a new Scout, Lukas (Wolf), was second. While Justin (Webelos) with the fastest boat was first! Congratulations to all our Scouts! Following are some photos from the mountain and the regatta. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Volleyball season

3/12/2018

We would like to inform you that the volleyball season for our HS volleyball teams for boys and girls will start the week of 12 - 16.March.2018. The first practices are scheduled for Monday, March 12, at 3:15 at FORZA. All boys and girls from grades 9 - 12 are invited to join the volleyball teams. Participation is free of charge and coaches don’t make cuts. The practices will be held at FORZA Gym from 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm and are scheduled as follows: MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY HS Girls HS Boys   HS Girls HS Boys HS Girls HS Boys

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Basketball player Marcus Ginyard visits NOVA #DoubleDribble

3/12/2018

Besides an interest in learning more about their favorite school subjects, high school boys also have a deep and abiding love for the game of basketball. Players who came to participate in the 2018 CEESA HS Boys Basketball Tournament had the opportunity to share their passion with a person who holds a love for the game that exceeds even theirs. Marcus Ginyard, a professional basketballer, came to share experiences from an almost decade long professional career in basketball. Mr. Ginyard visited NOVA to take part in the opening ceremony for the tournament, giving an empowering speech to NOVA athletes and the visiting teams from five other countries on the end result of dedication to practice, and the importance of learning from defeat. Mr. Ginyard even gave his time to the athletes in the form of a special practice session, in which he stressed the importance of focusing on the fundamentals of basketball. The lesson, of course, could be said to extend to any activity that our students take part in: you are never "good" enough to stop working hard at the things that got you to where you want to be. The sixty student athletes who competed at the tournament will have returned home with the experience of this tournament, and with the benefit of Mr. Ginyard's experience. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Collaboration between the Italian Embassy in Skopje and NOVA International Schools

3/12/2018

We are very happy to report that the collaboration between the Italian Embassy in Skopje and NOVA International Schools continues this year as well. Last Friday, 9th of March, another valuable contribution to our Libraries was made. The Italian Ambassador Mr Carlo Romeo donated 30 titles to our Libraries. We would like to publicly thank His Excellency Mr Carlo Romeo and his wife Mrs Antonella de Furia for always supporting our teachers and students and their dedication to spreading the Italian language and culture in Macedonia." Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Pack 2187 Raingutter Regatta

3/11/2018

Anchors away! It’s Raingutter Regatta time! Join your fellow scouts for an afternoon of fun.  When: Sunday, March 11 Where: NOVA ES  Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Following are the Pack 2187 Raingutter Regatta rules. Please read them with your child. Encourage your Scout to follow the rules and also speak with them about sportsmanship. If you do not already have your boat kit, please contact Milica Mitchell (milicamitchell@yahoo.com).  Please bring 300 MKD per Scout to pay for the Regatta emblems and awards. See you on Sunday!  Yours in Scouting, Robert Scott

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Classical Evening auditions

3/8/2018

Dear students, this year’s Classical Evening will take place on March 15.  Once again, there will be an audition for those of you willing to perform. The audition will be held in the EMS music studio this Thursday, March 8 at 3 o'clock. If you have any questions email them to sanja@nova.edu.mk.

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CEESA Division 1 HS Basketball Tournament for Boys hosted by NOVA

3/8/2018

From March 8th until 10th NOVA International Schools will host the CEESA Division 1 HS Basketball Tournament for Boys. We will be live streaming the games from the tournament. Make sure you watch the games, check the agenda and the participating teams on our CEESA sports website: http://ceesa-sports.weebly.com/ Games schedule#CEESA #Basketball #NOVA

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CEESA Division 1 HS Basketball Tournament Livestream

3/8/2018

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NOVA MS Movie Night

3/7/2018

On the 7th of March [Wednesday] the NOVA MS will organize and host a movie night for our students. The choice for the day is the Oscar nominated movie 'Hidden Figures'. The US Embassy is bringing this film experience to us and MS student council is organizing the event as well as selling snacks and drinks. The movie night will be on Wednesday, March 7th from 18:00 to 20:00 in the EMS auditorium. Bring a blanket, pillow, or just your curious self to learn about these great women in history. Learn more about the movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/

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MS Girls Basketball Tournament, Budapest

3/7/2018

From March 1st to 4th, NOVA’s MS Girls Basketball team participated in the CEESA Basketball Tournament, hosted by the American International School of Budapest (AISB). Besides the SuperNOVA's and AISB’s team the Budapest Blazers, other teams included in the tournament were the Istanbul Dolphins, the Belgrade Dragons, the Prague Falcons and the Warsaw Warriors. Our team was young but very enthusiastic and prepared for the new experience. Marija, Mia, Jada, Prina (all 6th grade), Sare, Tuana, Ekaterina, Vesa, Sara (all 7th grade) and Mariah (8th grade) were prepared to give their best! During our first match against the Istanbul Dolphins, we showed great energy and easily won the game, with a result of 18:9. After a short break we played against the well prepared Warsaw Warriors who took advantage of our inexperience and won. The last game was crucial for our placement for the next day’s round of match-ups, and the Budapest Blazers seemed ready for us. The favorites were well prepared, but our girls fought like lionesses. We won the game, and finished the first day successfully with 2 wins and 1 loss! For the second day the girls were sore but even more determined to play well. We started against the team with no losses, the Prague Falcons, aware that this team would most likely play in the finals. Surprisingly, we were on top until the 4th quarter, but towards the end, the girls became tired, we lacked enough substitutions, and unfortunately lost the game. This match took a lot of energy out of us. Luckily, we pulled ourselves together for the Belgrade Dragons and confidently won and were for sure in the game for the 3rd place, playing against the Warsaw Warriors. By this time, the SuperNOVA girls were tired, hurt with small injuries, and without enough substitutions. They played much better than the first day against the same team, which was still insufficient for a win. The girls left their hearts on the court, accepted their defeat with dignity and ultimately won the 4th place in the tournament. Being part of this tournament and playing versus other much more experienced teams was a great learning experience for our girls. We are proud to say that the SuperNOVA girls demonstrated great enthusiasm, skills, and team work on the basketball court and gave their utmost. Check out the photo gallry from the tournament here

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NOVA PTA event 'Models for a Night'

3/7/2018

NOVA PTA “Models for a Night” event: fun, successful, charitable and fashionable! The NOVA PTA extends gratitude to all guests, SIGNORI, AXEL and KOKEV designers, Stone Bridge Hotel, volunteers and models who have crafted an unforgettable NOVA night! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Basketball star, Mr. Marcus Ginyard visits NOVA's basketball team

3/7/2018

Nova International Schools is proud to announce that on the 2nd of March 2018 in support of our basketball program we hosted Mister Marcus Ginyard, a professional basketball player who currently plays for the first league in Macedonia. Mr. Marcus joined a regular NOVA high school basketball team training, and shared his immense international experience with our students. He was giving them tips and tricks on how to improve and how to understand the game of basketball better. Both the coaches and the players loved this visit and are looking forward for the next training session with Mr. Marcus which will be for all participants of an international tournament NOVA is organizing from March 8th until March 10th. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA coffee morning, March 2018

3/7/2018

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the factors that impact on our own resilience, and that of our own children. This morning our Elementary and Middle School Counselor, Julie Rice, shared with our High School parents, ways in which we can improve our resilience. Given the mobile nature of many of our families, it is important to have a core set of skills to rely on when our setting changes. We need to be flexible in our perspective, and accept that our identity shifts with time. Resilience can be developed over time; let’s celebrate that and find new ways to support each other! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS newsletter

3/6/2018

Dear NOVA families, the 20th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-twenty.html

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NOVA MS Boys Basketball team in Sofia

3/6/2018

Over the past weekend our NOVA MS Boys Basketball team traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria to compete in an international basketball tournament. Our team had been working hard on perfecting their skills, athleticism, and discipline throughout the course of the season. This tournament was a chance for the players to showcase their growth as players and as individuals. Over the course of the two days our players should resilience and relentlessness winning five of their six games. NOVA had the opportunity to compete in the championship match against the host school. The NOVA boys played a smart and disciplined game, but unfortunately lost by just two points. The NOVA team won 2nd place at the tournament, together with the much sought after sportsmanship award. More importantly, all coaches, teachers, and opposing players that we talked to raved about how well behaved and mannered our players were. We are extremely proud of our players' work and commitment. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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NOVA Writing Pearls, 2018

3/5/2018

The promotion of NOVA Writing Pearls, Edition-2018, was a testament of NOVA students’ vital capacity to be inquisitive, curious and ready to confront the future challenges. This edition of Writing Pearls, hosts 7 short stories and 4 literary bites. Through their work students showed to be independent thinkers, asked unusual questions, searched through forms and patterns and visualized alternatives. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Red Cross Projects in NOVA

3/2/2018

This year for the 4th time NOVA is a part of the National Red Cross program - RCA-PHV - Red Cross in Action- Promotion of Human Values. The main objective of RCA-PHV is inclusion of young individuals (high schoolers) form different ethnic background in mutual projects for development of a common understanding, tolerance and culture of dialogue. In the past two weeks 14 of our students have attended three different workshops where they had learned about the history and the activities of the Red Cross and the importance of being socially responsible. In the next two months they will run their own projects. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Nova Instagram Takeover

3/2/2018

Starting today, the Instagram profile of NOVA International Schools is going to be administred by our very own Jenesis Aiholani Ortiz. Jenesis is a student in NOVA coming from the state of Connecticut in the United States. She is in Macedonia as a part of the 'Yes program', and for the upcoming week everything you see on our Instagram profile will be from her unique perspective. #nova #novainternationalschools#instagramtakeover #education#internationaleducation #2018 #yes #yesprogram

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February 2018


Teachers VS Students Pick-Up Basketball

2/28/2018

The NOVA HS Boys Basketball team will be hosting a light game of pick-up basketball at Mondano Sports Center this Saturday at 3PM. The team will be spending the early afternoon fundraising in City Mall and in Centar for the "Sensory Garden" project at Dimitar Vlahov school. After their community service, the boys will be enjoying the (hopefully) good weather with an hour or two of basketball. It would be a pleasure to have faculty stop by to play with the HS team. A lot of the boys would like the chance to go up against their teachers, especially as they prepare to host the CESSA Tournament for the event.If you are interested in participating, you can let Mr. Cunningham know, or you can simply stop by on Saturday for a few games.Everyone is welcomed.

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Preparations for the NOVA PTA event 'Models for a night'

2/27/2018

With the preparations for the NOVA PTA event 'Models for a night' well underway we offer our community a sneak peak into the preparation process.

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NOVA Writing Pearls promotion

2/27/2018

The promotion will be launched by NOVA International Schools on Tuesday 27th February (today) at 6 p,m, in NOVA High School Library.

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EMS newsletter

2/27/2018

Dear NOVA families, the 19th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-nineteen.html

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AmCham Macedonia article from Mr. Viktor Novakovski

2/23/2018

The latest edition from the AmCham Macedonia magazine hosts an op-ed from the NOVA Head of Schools Mr. Viktor Novakovski. In his text Viktor talks about 'Education models and how to tell if they are a good fit for your child'.  https://view.joomag.com/amcham-macedonia-winter-2018-issue-56/0773746001519288881/p20?short

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HS Friday schedule of classes

2/23/2018

In support of the "Boris Trajkovski-NOVA" Scholarship Program 2018, we'll be having a modified time table in the HS for Friday, February 23. Please be informed that classes will be 50 minutes long, advisory class and core time will be canceled on this day. Thank you for your understanding. HS Administration 08:15 - 09:05  E period  Cancelled! Advisory Class 09:10 - 10:00  F period  10:05 – 10:55  G period  10:55 – 11:15  Lunch 11:20 – 12:10  H period  Cancelled! Core time 

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HS Newsletter February 2017

2/22/2018

The NOVA High School proudly presents the HS Newsletter February 2017

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MS Valentine's day party

2/20/2018

Middle school students celebrated Valentine's day with a party. Everyone enjoyed the music and the MS Band performance after which the party was traditionally closed with a karaoke show. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Robotics club, semi-finalist [CEESA competition, Romania]

2/17/2018

This years the CEESA robotics competition was held in Bucharest, Romania. There were 13 teams from 7 countries, including our very own Unit 42 from Nova International Schools. The competition this year was titled "Relic Recovery". The task of the robot was to stack boxes in columns and as a final mission to rescue the relic and balance on a board. Overall the competition required a great coordination between the drivers as they are both required to drive the robot. After the preliminary rounds our team managed to move to semifinals, where due to problem with electronics our robot stalled. However, the small problems that occurred didn't stop the team from having a great time at the competition bringing back more knowledge and skills for next year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Middle School Valentine`s Party

2/14/2018

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Blue and Gold Banquet, a celebration of scouting

2/13/2018

On Sunday, February 11, Cub Scout Pack 2187 organized its third Blue and Gold Banquet to celebrate scouting. Thank you to the banquet committee, chaired by Milica Mitchell and Julie Boyett, for organizing a great event. Following are some photos of the celebration. The event began with Cornhole (a classic American game) and a photo booth, followed by a flag ceremony. The Pack then enjoyed pizza and homemade desserts, including chocolate cake. Grade-level dens also performed songs, skits and told jokes. During the performance we learned that the BSA Cub Scout program began 88 years ago in 1930, and how many seconds there are in a calendar year. Hint: You don't need a calculator! Cub Scouts were then recognized for the completion of their achievements and received pins, emblems or belt loops, including the Messenger of Peace award for those Scouts that helped with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Parents and unit leaders were also recognized for their contributions to the unit. Thank you for all you do for scouting! The Scouts learned about sportsmanship by playing tug of war and competing in a balloon popping relay. Sportsmanship will be reinforced in next month's Raingutter Regatta, scheduled for Sunday, March 11. The banquet concluded with a flag ceremony and clean-up, emphasizing the importance of recycling. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Hand and bath towels donation

2/12/2018

Dear NOVA Community, please support our initiative to collect hand and bath towels.The donation will go for the Special Institution for People with Learning Disabilities in Demir Kapija. Because of lack of towels when residents are washed, all too infrequently, they are never dried. Your donation will be much appreciated.

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Cognitive Coaching came to Nova!

2/12/2018

With over 50 professional educators in our High School library, Nova faculty and administration engaged in the foundation course for Cognitive Coaching. We explored energising conversation techniques to enable creative planning, reflecting and problem-solving. We developed our active listening strategies and strengthened our understandings about the importance of trust, interdependence and community. We are looking forward to the growth of Cognitive Coaching here at Nova. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA MS Choir, annual CEESA event in Sofia

2/8/2018

From January 31st to February 4th, NOVA participated in the annual CEESA Middle School Choir for the first time. This year, the event is hosted by AAS Sofia. A choir of almost 100 students from 10 different international schools collaborated and practiced intensively within a few days. The choir members gave their best and performed in 2 amazing concerts. In this wonderful first experience, our students became more skillful in choir singing and had the chance to make new friends from all over the world. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Boris Trajkovski-NOVA Scholarship Program in the Media

2/7/2018

                

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NOVA participates at the CEESA Math Counts Competition in Budapes.

2/7/2018

From the 1st until the 4th of February 2018 NOVA participated in the annual CEESA Math Counts Competition for Middle Schools hosted by the American International School of Budapest. At the competition there was a total of 7 schools participating and around 60 students. The NOVA representatives at the event were: Matej Stojmanovski, Stefan Alexandru Savu, And Jegeni, Tamara Peshevska, and Elena Zhakova. Our MS Math Counts team won the third place in the team round showing great team work and very good math skills, gained through the last couple of months under the supervision of their teachers Ms. Iva Ristovska Petkovska and Mr. Nikolche Petrovski. Also, our Matej Stojmanovski ended up among the top ten individuals, and after the exciting Countdown round, won the 7th place. During the competition we visited a science museum, discovered the science behind some famous experiments, we went to a cultural tour in the beautiful city of Budapest, and had fun playing VR games with students from many other countries. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA hosts municipal physics competition

2/6/2018

NOVA was thrilled to host 70 talented students and their physics teachers of the five Karposh Municipality High Schools (NOVA, Georgi Dimitrov, Jahja Kemal, Nikola Karev and Orce Nikolov), who gathered for this year's municipal competition in physics. Students unleashed their skills in physics to tackle written problems prepared by DFRM (Society of Physicists of Macedonia), and figure out if they are up to the task to qualify for the regional competition in physics. Students were allowed two hours to solve five problems from selected topics, and it took additional three hours for the teachers to mark their efforts. Long hours for the teachers meant that students have resolved quite a lot of challenging puzzles, and fingers crossed that their work will unlock the next round for them. We're eagerly waiting for the official ranking to be announced by DFRM. Until then, we're sharpening our pencils for the next round. Good luck to everyone!  

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

2/6/2018

Dear NOVA families, the 18th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-eighteen.html

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Knowledge Bowl Team wins 3rd place, CEESA tournament in Belgrade

2/6/2018

In the aftermath of this year's Knowledge Bowl finals, we are pleased to announce that the time and energy invested by the students and the coaches were brought to fruition - NOVA's HS KB Team won the 3rd place at the CEESA KB tournament in Belgrade. During the qualifications, our teams defeated virtually all of the highest-rated teams, such as Moscow, Zagreb, and Krakow. In the elimination round on Friday, our teams won almost all the matches. This gave us the seeding advantage of being placed 1st (A team) and 3rd (B team) respectively, out of the 16 teams in total. This trend continued with a winning streak on Saturday, stopped only by this year's winners. The most important thing by far was the unwavering enthusiasm and sportsmanship of our players. Within our first selection, it was Art Saiti's speed and erudition that secured most of the team's victories. Along the same upward line, our B team, led by the experienced Ina Kronevska as their captain, also performed a string of brilliant games. It is worth mentioning that all of the newcomers, Aleksej Kubelka, Marko Kjalasan and Michiel Plomp, fully justified their inclusion in the team, both with their accurate answers and substantial contribution to the team's impetus. It was the concerted effort of Anastasija Markovska, as the A team's captain, Borjan Gagovski, and Emilian Cuzmici, which set up a very high standard of team performance eventually leading to the attainment of the well deserved spot among the three best teams in the competition. Let the successful NOVA HS KB team performance vigorously continue in the future! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Dr Rachel Deboys

2/5/2018

We are delighted to introduce our new High School Psychologist, Dr Rachel Deboys. We are very excited that she has joined the Nova Community and are looking forward to working closely with her to develop the social and emotional support we provide to our High School students. Rachel is a professionally trained Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with young people in education and health settings. Prior to moving to Skopje last summer, Rachel was working as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the UK’s leading children’s hospital in London. There she worked closely with children and young people and their schools to ensure that each child continued to make the best educational progress possible. Rachel has worked within schools across the UK, championing early intervention and support for students’ emotional needs and well as providing training for education staff to develop their awareness of the holistic needs of their students. She is highly experienced in combining her clinical expertise with her knowledge of the needs to students within academic settings. She is passionate about supporting student wellbeing and is looking forward to working with our Faculty, Students, and Parents. Rachel will work closely with our Guidance Counselors and our Student Engagement Co-ordinators. Students, staff and parents can arrange to meet with her throughout the school day. All matters discussed will be treated confidentially. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC (UK registration body) and adheres to their strict code of ethical practice. Rachel is able to provide one off or regular individual sessions for students who may be experiencing difficulties for example with stress, anxiety, low mood, identity, or relationships. Parents will be informed immediately, as per our Child Protection Policy, if any matters of significant concern arise. Students may initially meet with Rachel for up 4 sessions per semester. After the fourth session a review appointment with the student and their parents will be arranged. A joint care plan will then be agreed with regard to the provision of further sessions or any potential need for an external referral for additional support. Rachel will provide advice and guidance for staff and parents in managing the challenges associated with adolescence. Trainings for students, staff and parents will also be arranged to address topics such as exam stress. As a school we are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all of our students, enabling them to develop and thrive as learners with integrity and authenticity. We believe that Rachel’s addition to our Faculty will greatly facilitate our continued pursuit of this mission.

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Italian language courses in NOVA

2/1/2018

NOVA International Schools continues its collaboration with The Institute Dante Alighieri Skopje and The Italian Embassy of Skopje, and announces the launch of new Italian Language courses for both native and non-native speakers. The courses started on 30th of January 2018 at NOVA ES. There are two groups: BAMBINI ( 3 to 7 years old) and RAGAZZI (8 to 13 years old) The courses will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at NOVA ES.( Bambini from 15:15 to 16:15 and RAGAZZI from 16:15 to 17:15) Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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January 2018


PTA coffee morning: presentation on resiliency

1/31/2018

Today at the PTSA coffee morning, Julie Rice, one of the counselors here at the EMS, gave a presentation on resiliency. She shared six areas in which people can develop more resilience. Supportive people, meaningful activities, life skills (social and emotional), service (including chores), goals, and boundaries were discussed. Resiliency can ebb and flow over time. If you find that your resiliency is decreasing, take steps to increase it. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact the counselors to make an appointment. They would be happy to talk with you. You are also free to drop by the counselors' office this Friday during parent/teacher conference. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Coffee Morning

1/30/2018

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Saving the World: Rain-forests

1/29/2018

The second grade students at NOVA International Schools completed their first Unit using our new International Primary Curriculum (IPC) titled "Saving the World: Rain-forests". After spending weeks learning about the plants and animals of the world's rainforests, the products that come from the those regions, and ways to preserve them, the students felt it was time to share what they had explored, discovered, and learned. They invited parents and family members to come learn all about the rainforests and our conservation efforts. During our Exit Point event, students used rainforest products to make smoothies, cookies and fruit salads. They shared information about plants and plant parts, and the various animals that inhabit each layer of the rainforest. Students made recycled paper, planted seeds, shared recipes and displayed their art made from recycled materials. This event was also used to introduce and provide incentive for NOVA's recycling efforts. The entry fee was paid in empty water bottles and recycling paper. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS students learn about African music

1/29/2018

Students in EMS were focusing on a unit on African music, where they learned about African culture, music, traditions, and instruments. 5th grade students were divided into five groups and the activity they were working on was to create their own: tribe, tribal dance and a song. All groups presented their work in front of the other students and they all had to learn each others songs, music and dances. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

1/25/2018

Dear NOVA families, the 16th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-seventeen.html

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MS Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament, Sofia

1/24/2018

Over the weekend NOVA's Middle School Basketball team had the opportunity to participate in an international friendly tournament at the Anglo-American School of Sofia. The players have been working hard and have shown discipline, determination, and grit throughout the season. This tournament offered the players a venue to display their hard work. NOVA's team went 5-0 and won the tournament. Players worked together and were able to come out on top. Throughout the course of the tournament our players showed their humbleness through acts of sportsmanship. When an opposing player would fall, our player would always be the first one there to help them up. We look forward to continuing to practice hard and develop our skills as a team for the remainder of the season. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA International School 20th Anniversary Celebration will air on NASA TV

1/24/2018

We’re thrilled to announce that NOVA International School 20th Anniversary Celebration will air on NASA TV this Saturday , January 27th from 8:30 am and 8:00pm.  It will be rebrodcasted on Sunday, January 28th from 5:15 pm and Monday January 29th from 10:00 am. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this spectacular performance.

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WIDA International Institute - workshop

1/24/2018

Our Elementary ESL teacher, Ms. Marija Buralieva, attended a 4-day workshop titled WIDA International Institute: Implementing the WIDA Standards and Assessment System in International Contexts, held at the American School of Paris, Jan. 17-20, 2018. The 44 participants, K-12 teachers from over 20 different international schools around the world, engaged with components of the WIDA Standards and Assessment system and explored how it can be implemented in their context. During the institute, its participants used the WIDA standards framework to analyze the academic language demands of content standards at their school and worked on creating a draft of an instructional and assessment plan based on the needs of their students. The participants additionally had opportunities to develop context-specific implementation plans for communication and collaboration with staff members within their schools, to share resources, to debate over differentiation and assessment, as well as planning and instruction​ strategies​. Overall, ​it was ​a wonderful experience that opens doors to many new possibilities that we are yet to explore!

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Hot Meal and Snack 2017-18 (Semester 2)

1/22/2018

Hot meal and snack menu available for the II semester. Learn more about your options on this link: http://nova.edu.mk/cafeteria.aspx Or open the sign up form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjxqbNc99AcZ38fhD3-X33-OpT4wCGVXx8glqF7MRFj0u-rQ/viewform

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Very friendly volleyball tournament

1/17/2018

The ‘very friendly volleyball tournament’ was a fun filled sporting event organized by the NOVA community. It took place on the December 30th in the Forza gym. The event brought together groups of NOVA alums, parents, and teachers together for an evening filled with socialization and volleyball competition. The first place was won by the team comprised of NOVA alumni members. All participants had a blast, and are hoping this lovely winter sporting event will become a proud tradition of the school. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA EMS Winter Performance NOVA Takeover will air on NASA TV

1/17/2018

We’re thrilled to announce that NOVA EMS Winter Performance NOVA Takeover will air on Nasa TV this Saturday , January 20th, from 8:30 am and from 8:00 pm.  It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday 21st from 5:15 pm and on Monday 22nd from 9:45 am. Let your friends and family know so they can watch the spectacular performances of our students.

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

1/17/2018

Dear NOVA families, the 16th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-sixteen.html

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Innovative approaches in using Office 365 in the classroom

1/11/2018

NOVA is proud to share the news that our very own faculty member Mrs. Marija Petreska was awarded the first place for her innovative approaches in utilizing Office 365 in the classroom by Microsoft Macedonia. Well done Marija!

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NOVA students deliver 100 packages to the Roma Community center

1/9/2018

The NOVA IB CAS students visited the Development Association of the Roma Community in Macedonia and delivered 100 packages to the kids that are visiting the center daily. The packages were donated by MakProgres from Vinica. Thanks to everyone involved in the project and making this holidays more enjoyable to the ones that needed it the most!

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High school winter performance 2017, DVD on sale.

1/9/2018

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Camps GLOW and YMLP held a camp reunion and community impact summit at NOVA School

1/9/2018

On Saturday, December 16th, Camps GLOW and YMLP held a camp reunion and community impact summit at NOVA School. GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) and YMLP (Young Men's Leadership Project) camp alumni were reunited with peers and mentors from across the country, and those who are part of the GLOW & YMLP Clubs in their communities presented about the service projects and impacts they have made in their communities since returning from camp. Over 60 youth from all over Macedonia attended this event, with 11 different communities presenting on the service projects they completed this fall. GLOW & YMLP are programs run by YMCA Bitola with support from Peace Corps Macedonia.

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Winter Break schedule

1/3/2018

Dear school community,  Please note that the school will be closed from January 3rd through 9th, however on-duty administrators will be available by phone or e-mail, should you require any assistance. 

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