November 2015


Teachers PD Day and Teachers and Staff Thanksgiving Lunch

11/30/2015

Using the Adaptive Schools approach, staff across all divisions engaged in strategies to develop collaboration at Nova. Differentiating  ways of approaching our work and interactions with each other, we have initiated  the development of a common language to enable us to communicate more effectively with each other, our parents and our students. This approach is part of a long term plan to enrich our growth as a collaborative community. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA HS International Day

11/26/2015

We can report that today’s NOVA HS International day, "Sensation and Experience”, was wonderful success. Our students and staff had the opportunity to taste some Macedonian ajvar, cheese pie and proya, Turkish ashure and coffee, Italian caprese cake and tiramisu, Romanian cake, Qatar’s delights, Indian chicken with rice, as well as Chinese steamed buns and German specialties. Workshops took place, during which specific cultural aspects of particular countries were presented. Participants had the chance to be impressed and to learn new skills by taking part in the following workshops: Chinese Tea Ceremony & Calligraphy, Italian emotions – Director’s dreams, US softball, Irish dance, Macedonian Oro and traditional instruments, Albanian traditional cloth decorating, Mexican traditional dance, Hungarian Rubik’s cube and art workshop. All in all, the experience greatly enjoyed by all as a fantastic expression of NOVA’s commitment to education through diversity. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Thinking Humanity Walk

11/25/2015

 “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness” Charlie Chaplain. The main idea behind the project “Thinking Humanity Walk - True acts of kindness” is to care for ourselves, others, and the community through a specific type of communication and through acts of kindness for total strangers. The goal is to teach students about global responsibility and how small ideas can make a big difference. Students walked the streets of Skopje dispensing positive vibes by sharing little gifts such as books, cookies, flowers, inspirational messages and free hugs with random strangers.   Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Teachers as Readers

11/25/2015

This year NOVA has started with a new initiative called 'Teachers as Readers'. Our aim is to provide a place and time for teachers to meet and share thoughts and ideas about literature. It allows teachers to make connections and share experiences across all three divisions. Today's discussions touched upon various genres and how books influence children's learning and personal growth. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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1st Grade Field Trip to Ethno Village

11/25/2015

Today the first grade visited Ethno Selo to participate in numerous activities with chef Adrijana Alacki. The students consolidated their learning about healthy food and where it comes from by first walking through a garden filled with fresh vegetables, and then by baking their own healthy cookies using ingredients such as honey, walnuts and pumpkin. It was a scrumptious experience! Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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EMS Thanksgiving Lunch

11/25/2015

Every year at NOVA our tradition is to serve a Thanksgiving turkey lunch to all our ES and MS students. The students say they love the food, but sitting together like a family is the best! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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High School International Day Program

11/24/2015

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Getting into HS International Day spirit

11/24/2015

Today, our HS Principal, together with few students and teachers, learned how to make ASHURE, the traditional Turkish desert. This workshop is part of our activities for HS International day and was led by our Albanian Language teacher, Mrs. Nora Taravari. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Kindergartners explore “teen numbers"

11/23/2015

From the Kindergarten Diary: The kindergarten students absolutely love to explore “teen numbers”. As a kindergarten teacher, I wanted my students to have a deeper understanding of how the numbers are made, and my goal was to help them identify these numbers as groups of one ten and some leftovers (ones). We’ve been going through numbers 11 – 19, one number a day. After using a variety of strategies, I’ve asked the students to show me the number 17 using any strategy and any single tool in the classroom they want to. I could not be more proud. The kindergartners were able to show the teen numbers with drawings, numerals, ten frames, counting mats, blocks, small objects such as shells and rocks, sand, play dough and cuisenarie rods. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Thinking Humanity Walk in the Media

11/23/2015

               

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Model European Parliament (MEP) 2015 international session in Berlin

11/20/2015

Leaving for Berlin on the Sunday morning of the 8th November, we were a bundle of nerves and excitement, displaying the tiredness that comes from hard work and careful preparation. This would prove to be a continuing theme over the coming week, with our days being packed full of committee meetings, sightseeing, debates, and meeting new people. Upon arrival, this MEP session began with the customary introductions and team building activities. For the subsequent days, we split into our committees, whereupon we discussed the respective issues we were to solve. The resolutions we were writing covered a number of topics, from the refugee crisis, to industry and research, to gender equality. Our resolution writing culminated during the last two days of our stay, in the General Assembly, where the hours spent scrutinizing the issues and debating the solutions in our committees was put to the test. The two days of the General Assembly were simultaneously the most arduous, and the most adrenaline-pumping of the week, partly because each of us presented a speech defending our respective resolutions.  We left Berlin with a tinge of sadness, all of us having gotten a lot closer during the experience. Ultimately, we all took different things away from this fantastic experience. Lessons were learnt, debts are owed, copious amounts of coffee were drunk, friendships formed, and most importantly, compromises were reached. All in all, it was a wonderful session, and we send our thanks to all those who made it happen. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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Leadership for success seminar at NOVA HS

11/20/2015

In partnership with the organization "Youth at the Threshold of Life" („Млади на прагот на животот“: www.mpz.mk, NOVA High School hosted the seminar "Leadership for Success" yesterday afternoon. Over 100 high school students from different parts of Macedonia attended the seminar, where they had the chance to learn about the foundations of leadership and emotional intelligence. The interactive lecture, accompanied by team games, was held by two special guests from the U.S., Mr. Todd Geist, Associate Director of Finance, and Mr. Steve Simpson, Product Supply Manager, both of whom work at the renowned American consumer goods company Procter and Gamble. Judging by the students's smiling faces and active participation, it may be concluded that the seminar was quite a beneficial and memorable experience for all. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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"Leadership for Success" seminar hosted by NOVA

11/19/2015

Todd Geist, the Associate Director of Finance and Steve Simpson, the Product Supply Manager at the renowned American multinational consumer goods company "Procter and Gamble", are coming to NOVA High School next Thursday, November 19. They will be holding a seminar called "Leadership for Success", so as to share with high school students what it takes to be a good leader in the business world and beyond. All NOVA students interested in attending the seminar should come to the library on Monday, November 16, at the beginning of Brunch for a brief info session and instructions on how to apply for the seminar. If you want to register for the seminar, please use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H5322Lfbl8TQbbZpv0T4RTB88zT3q-199x-iTelAg_Q/viewform?c=0&w=1.

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TEDx Youth@NOVASchools in the Media

11/17/2015

       

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HS International Day 2015

11/16/2015

This year’s HS International Day entitled “Sensation and Experience” will be held on November 25th, 2015 from 10:30-12:15 and is open to all high school students. Each workshop will represent a cultural aspect of several countries like: USA, Macedonia, China, Italy, Hungary, Albania, Turkey, Spain, Ireland etc. In addition an International Food Corner will be organized as a fundraising activity.

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The Voice of Children

11/16/2015

The project "The Voice of Children” is organized by Transylvania-College, Romania. The project sets out to prove that any boy or girl in this world can pass along the gifts of hope and inspiration. On the 10th of December at 19:00, students from Cluj-Napoca and all around the world will unite their voices for an online live a-capella performance of a Christmas song. The song will be played in 5 voice parts. The project has 1000 students enrolled from 26 schools in Romania, and an additional 200 students from the following countries: Finland; Spain; Colombia, India, UK, USA, China, and Macedonia. NOVA students started rehearsing last Friday and are looking forward to this unique and challenging live performance.  

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TEDxYouth@NovaSchools program November the 14th 2015

11/14/2015

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Maja Lazarevska, NOVA’s Service Learning coordinator, featured in the new lifestyle magazine “Portret”.

11/13/2015

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CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament in Sofia

11/12/2015

 This year, the annual CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The tournament was played over 3 days, with participating schools arriving from 6 different counties. The venue organization was excellent, as the fields were well suited to the needs of the tournament, official referees were provided for each match, and medical support was always close at hand with a first aid medic in attendance. Games were played on a round robin basis and consisted of two halves of 30 minutes each, with a 5 minute break between halves. The Supernovas gave their all throughout the tournament and played very good football. This effort is even more remarkable when one considers that these girls do not play in an organized league and have to rely on a two month practice period and only a pair of friendly games with the middle school students to develop their skills.The skillful and well drilled Huskies from Finland proved themselves to be dominant on the field, managing an 8 – 2 win over the Supernovas. Our girls became motivated and decisive, earning a fantastic first triumph over the Lynxes from Latvia and emerging as the victors, with a final score of 7 – 1. The Supernovas lost to the Wolves from Sofia by a 5 goal difference, but were not deterred when the game against the powerful Dragons from Belgrade took place. Our girls stayed determined and grew more and more confident with each passing minute, although the Dragons emerged as 7 – 2 winners. The match that showed how much heart the Supernovas really had was the one they played against the most powerful and dominant team from Kiev. Although they were outscored by 9 – 1, the girls fought right until the last second. Their performance impressed us, the coaches, and made us proud of the team.The Supernovas emerged as the overall winners in the match for fifth place, beating the ISL on penalties after the initial match ended in a 2 – 2 draw. This match proved to be one of the most exciting games of the tournament. Overall, this was a successful and engaging soccer Tournament.  There is no doubt that the girls and the coaches have made many memories together.  The passion for the sport, the dedication, and the effort is what made the 2015 girls' soccer season a memorable one. Check out the photo gallery from the tornament here

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Finding Our Audience

11/11/2015

Seventh graders put their knowledge to the test in the spirit of Einstein's words, "If you can't explain something simply, you don't understand it well enough".  With the intended audience of a young child, grade 7 designed an on-paper website featuring our study of Islam.  Then, younger students were given the chance to explore the roots, beliefs, practices, early empires, and cultural achievements of Islam.  The younger grades were a fantastic audience, asking questions and gaving useful feedback to the 7th grade writers. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Boys soccer team brings gold from Belgrade

11/10/2015

This year’s CEESA HS soccer tournament took place in Belgrade. As last year's champion team, our school arrived carrying with them many expectations. Our fresh, young, and inexperienced team practiced hard for two months, keeping in mind that our main goal was to represent the school in the best possible light. We were fortunate to play in excellent weather conditions on a perfect soccer pitch, ideal prerequisites for a great tournament. We started the tournament successfully, winning both matches against the schools from Helsinki (3:1) and Riga (2:1). The second day proved to be more challenging, with an easy win over the school from Kiev (5:0), and a hard fought victory over the International School from Belgrade (1:0), our biggest competitor for this year’s trophy. These wins qualified us directly for the tournament final. This was a second time in a row that we have played in the final. We were very proud to make it this far, with the previous wins boosting our confidence and raising expectations. The game proved to be an exciting clash of two able sides, with our students dominating on the soccer pitch for most of the game. We’re proud of our students showing fair play, playing with lots of enthusiasm, and wining the match 5:0, against the school from Helsinki.. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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NOVA hosts MS Boys soccer tournament

11/10/2015

From October 30th through to November 1st, NOVA had the honor of hosting the CEESA Blue Division Middle School Boys Soccer Tournament for 2015.The Tournament gathered teams from five international schools on the Alumina pitch:     -NOVA International School – Skopje, Macedonia (NOVA)    -International School of Belgrade, Serbia (ISB)    -Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria (AAS)    -International School of Helsinki, Finland (ISH)    -Pechersk School International – Kiev, Ukraine (PSI) In the many matches played on Friday there was a great deal of first score excitement and last minute uncertainty as the boys had lots of fun. The round-robin tournament culminated with placement games on Saturday afternoon. For 5th place, the Nova-White and Nova-Yellow teams engaged in a friendly game, which was eventually won by the White Supernovas. The bronze medal came back to the ISB's Dragons, after their 3:1 victory against the Wolfs from AAS. The toughest match on the pitch was played for the 1st and 2nd place finish between the Huskies (ISH) and the Panthers (PSI). Despite missing two players, the Huskies demonstrated their tenacity, coming in second to the Panthers only after an intense and spectacular match. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament in Riga

11/5/2015

The NOVA Middle School (MS) girls soccer team attended the fall soccer tournament hosted by the International School of Latvia. Our students enjoyed themselves, playing through harsh weather conditions against other CEESA blue division soccer teams.  The Supernovas had an exciting start to the tournament. However, their relative inexperience resulted in a loss to the schools from Helsinki and Belgrade.  The girls' first two games were used for confidence building. The success of this strategy was evident on the pitch in their third game against the Anglo American School of Sofia. During this match, the girls displayed both soccer skills and determination,  resulting in a 1:1 draw.  On the second day of competition, the Supernovas had the misfortune of playing the first and second place finishers from Helsinki and Kiev. They came close to playing in the 3rd place match-up in a closely contested game against the school from Sofia, but lost at the end.   Over the course of three days, the Supernovas succeeded in establishing great bonds with one another, relying on each other both on and off the soccer pitch. With their newly built confidence, the girls will return next year stronger and wiser. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Kindergarteners become farmers for a day

11/5/2015

What could be a better learning strategy for closing out the unit about plants and beginning a unit on animals than to directly interact with nature? On Friday, October 30, kindergarten students had a splendid time visiting a farm. Although we came back with muddy shoes and soil under our nails, smiles were shining on our faces. We were fortunate enough to see how cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots grow. We were even allowed by the farmers to pluck carrots from the soil. We were able to identify the roots, stems, leaves and flowers of the plants through direct exploration. Besides plants, we interacted with animals, petting a fluffy white rabbit, watching pigs run around the sty, and finally realizing that chickens had only two legs. We felt the soft feathers of baby quails with our palms, and some of us fearlessly approached a herd of goats. We fed a horse, and some of us even confidently climbed on it. At the end of our field trip, we recorded our observations in our science activity journals. According to our field trip report, we saw: 5 different mammals, 3 different birds, 4 insects, zero fish, zero reptiles and zero amphibians. We made a wish for our next field trip to be in a rain forest. We cannot help but extend words of appreciation to the helpful hands of Ms. Bali Gonzalez and Ms. Mimi Shindilovska, who initiated the field trip and assisted throughout. Thank you, mommies.  Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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Hype Expo

11/4/2015

A team of 4 NOVA students participated in the project HYPE  EXPO - The Global Youth Startup Awards 2015. Their idea and business plan for an ELDR – Watch, made them get to the finals in EXPO – Milan, being one of seven finalists in the competition! Well done, Kristijan Atanasov, Marija Pljakova, Armina Sinani and Tamara Barsova! http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/164171/Israel-Expo-pavilion-to-announce-Youth-for-the-Elderly-prize.html Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA MS Boys Tournament hosted by NOVA

11/4/2015

 A reportage from the CEESA MS Boys Tournament hosted by NOVA  will be aired on Nasa TV, today from 2:40pm and 7:40pm.  

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First HS General assembly

11/3/2015

The High School held it's first All School Assembly for the 2015/2016 academic year. A seemingly overcrowded auditorium brought together faculty and students to celebrate both school spirit and student achievement for the first quarter. The Dance class treated us to a spectacular performance to 'Hey Mama'. A great way to start the year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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ES Halloween Party in the Media

11/2/2015

     

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Interview with NOVA’s Public Relations and Alumni Coordinator, Ms. Katerina Zlatanovska Popova

11/2/2015

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HS principal, Mr. Viktor Novakovski, featured in the Board of Directors video of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association

11/2/2015

Our HS principal, Mr. Viktor Novakovski, featured in the Board of Directors video of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association, talking about the role of the organization, made up of 20 international schools. CEESA was formed to broaden the horizons of schools and to promote professional growth. In addition to the CEESA Annual Conference in March, CEESA sponsors regional workshops, institutes and meetings to foster professionalism, scholarship, and a deeper understanding of improvements for leading, teaching and learning. A unique offering of the association is that CEESA sponsors student activities, focusing on a variety of academic and non-academic areas, and a full schedule of sports events.

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ES Wisdom Assembly

11/2/2015

ES students learned about Wisdom during our first months of school. At our culminating assembly, the first grade Macedonia class illustrated and told the “Thirsty Crow” story. 5C created a detailed and informative powerpoint about being wise in school. The third graders sang “Let it Be” by the Beatles. Ms. Robeva’s second grade class shared their acrostic poems about how they can be wise. It was a great way to start off the year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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October 2015


Middle School Halloween Party

10/30/2015

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Driving directions from NOVA to Alumna soccer fields

10/30/2015

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ES Halloween Party at NOVA

10/30/2015

The PTA hosted an Elementary Halloween Party for grades Pre Kindergarten through Grade 5. Children paraded in their costumes, ate yummy Halloween treats, got their face painted, did crafts and games, and had photos taken. It was a ghostly good time! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary School Halloween Party

10/29/2015

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Hungarian Astronaut Visited NOVA

10/29/2015

Our 8th graders met Mr. Bertalan Farkas, a famous Hungarian astronaut who shared his travels through space. He is a wonderful role model who advised that playing sports is the best way to stay fit and train for the rigors of space travel. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA Blue Division Middle School Boys Soccer Tournament 2015

10/28/2015

It is our great pleasure to host the CEESA Blue Division Middle School Boys Soccer Tournament 2015. We are excited to welcome the following participating schools: - NOVA International School – Skopje, Macedonia - International School of Belgrade, Serbia - Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria - International School of Helsinki, Finland - Pechersk School International – Kiev, Ukraine

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PTA Educational Evening for HS parents

10/26/2015

As part of the many activities planned for the school year, the PTA has organized the first Educational Evening for parents, that took place Wednesday October 21st, dedicated to sharing perspectives on Third Culture Individuals. The workshop was organized and conducted by our school Psychology teacher Valentina Trpkoska assisted by our HS Psychologist Ivana Marinchek.A brief presentation provoked a warm and thoughtful discussion on the topic of Third Culture Individuals that focused on improving the established practices in school and family settings. Because, as an international community of learners, we seek to understand trends in a globalized world that specifically pertain to our students and their families. Those members of the NOVA community who fall into the category of Third-Culture Individuals are integrally linked to NOVA's mission celebrate individual and cultural differences. Due to the inherent multiplicity of their personal history, which often spans multiple countries and cultures over many years, they greatly enrich our school community. However, Third-Culture Individuals also face very specific issues in new environments, which is why NOVA stands ready to recognize and celebrate the individual as we strive to accommodate the needs of our students and their families. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA receives the National Social Responsibility Award for best practices in 'Investment in the Community' in the Media

10/23/2015

                   

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NOVA receives the National Social Responsibility Award for best practices in 'Investment in the Community'

10/22/2015

At the 7th  awards ceremony for the National Social Responsibility Awards, organized by the Macedonian Ministry of Economy, NOVA received the award for the category of best practices of ‘Investment in the Community’. This award is in recognition of NOVA's 'Thinking Humanity' project. The award is NOVA’s third National Social Responsibility award and constitutes an acknowledgement of the many years of creative and thoughtful service activities that help us provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students. Congratulations to our NOVA high school community, to all our students and especially our Service Learning coordinator, Ms. Maja Lazarevska, who remains exceptionally dedicated to a program that continuously demonstrates the amazing results that come from taking on meaningful challenges. For more details on the awards ceremony: http://www.utrinski.mk/?ItemID=C16E990869577E418B275C41EF2055EB For more details about the project you can visit the following links: http://www.malidelanadobrina.mk/kartichki-so-zhelbi-za-pobrzo-ozdravuvanje-za-decata-vo-detskata-bolnica-za-belodrobni-zaboluvanja-kozle-skopje/ http://www.malidelanadobrina.mk/thinking-humanity-walk-proshetka-na-humanosta-vo-skopje/ http://www.malidelanadobrina.mk/thinking-humanity-walk-2-vtora-proshetka-na-humanosta-vo-skopje/  

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Cooperation agreement with Italian Embassy and Dante Alighieri language Institute

10/22/2015

In presence of the Italian Ambassador in Macedonia, his Excellency Mr. Bellelli, and the Secretary General of the Dante Alighieri Institute, Mr. Alessandro Masi, as well as Mrs. Carmelita D’Alessio, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy, NOVA International Schools has signed a Cooperation agreement with the Italian Embassy and the Dante Alighieri language Institute, represented by their President, Mrs. Anastasija Gjurchinova. The agreement marks the beginning of special studies in Italian Language and Culture open to all Italian citizens at NOVA, as well as all International Baccalaureate students. As a result of this collaboration, the PLIDA exam, which is a special exam for proficiency in Italian, will be available to NOVA students willing to continue their studies at some of the many fine Italian Universities. This event marked the first of the many during the Week of Italian Language in Skopje, an event that is celebrated worldwide at this time of year     

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Cooperation agreement with Italian Embassy and Dante Alighieri language institute in the Media

10/21/2015

         

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PTA Educational Evening

10/19/2015

Dear HS parent, As an international community of learners, we seek to understand trends in the globalized world, specifically pertaining to our students and their families. Also of interest are those members who fall into the category of third-culture individuals. Due to their living arrangements, which often span multiple countries and cultures over many years, they greatly enrich our school community, but also face very specific issues. PTA would like to invite you to the first Educational Evening for parents this year, taking place Wednesday October 21st, from 18:30h in the HS Library, dedicated to sharing perspectives on Third Culture Individuals. The workshop is organized and conducted by our school Psychology teacher Valentina Trpkoska. It will take approximately 90 minutes, and is intended for parents only. It will involve a brief presentation, some specifics and hypotheticals, and an opportunity to discuss. We will focus on both opportunities and challenges arising from being internationally mobile. We would also like to inspire a discussion on improving the established practices in school and family settings. We hope you will find this opportunity of value, look forward to the occasion, and look forward to seeing you there.    To attend, please RSVP by 13:00h on Wednesday, October 21st to katerina.popova@nova.edu.mk Respectfully, PRA Managing Board

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Support the NOVA Hike for Hunger event

10/18/2015

In honor of the World Hunger Day (October 16), the Red Cross Club from NOVA is organizing a Hike for hunger to Vodno mountain Sunday, 18th of October. The Hike starts at 9:45 am at City Square and the final destination is Sredno Vodno.The purpose of the hike is to raise awareness for world hunger issues and to gather funds for providing food and supplies to homeless individuals in Skopje (The Homeless shelter). All participants in the hike are welcomed to donate in order to support the purchase of these products and the cause of the hike. Info Flyer (Macedonian and English)

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Week Without Walls 2016

10/15/2015

Week Without Walls (WWW) is an inquiry based educational program that provides exciting opportunities for students to learn about the world through the eyes of an experiential learner, and to build relationships with one other. It is required for all students in grades 9, 10 and 11. On Friday, October 9th procedures, expectations and trip descriptions were posted online on the WWW website: weekwow.weebly.com Trip registration will commence on 16.Oct.2015 @ 6:00 pm and close 23.Oct.2015 @ 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. 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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Middle School International Assembly 2015

10/14/2015

Our Middle School students created games, dances, presentations and videos to celebrate International Days. Our main theme was that it’s both our cultural differences and our similarities that allow us all to become lifelong friends. After the two assemblies we gathered for a Chinese lunch. check out the photo gallery from the assembly here  

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Kindergarten International Days 2015

10/14/2015

Once we concluded that “we are different from our heads to our toes”, we read “The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane DeRolf, making a classroom picture with our unique hand prints. Next, we explored our flags through coloring pages, based on number sense and numeration. We displayed the flags on the classroom garland. Mrs. Hilal Tarhan, introduced us to the famous Turkish cartoon character - Pepee. Also, she shared with us the game “Let’s go to the market”- popular among the kids in Turkey. At the end of her presentation, we enjoyed tasty “Gurabiya” cookies. Mrs. Khadija Durani showed us that we can use variety of materials for making different models. We made the Pakistani flag out of decorative, sparkling garlands. Also, we enjoyed Pakistani rice cooked with healthy vegetables.Mrs. Mila Cuzmici and Mrs. Mariana Sotchi warmed up the classroom atmosphere by sharing with us a vibrant dance from Moldova.  Also, each of us got one piece of “Martisor” bracelet from these dedicated ladies, who refreshed us with pumpkin and chocolate cookies at the end. Our classmate Cesar from Venezuela proudly shared with us the beauty of his country through a brief, child-friendly video.  His mommy Mrs. Bali Gonzales, a professional journalist, selected and compiled photos of rare animals, plants and beautiful sites, while Cesar accompanied the presentation with English narratives. Also, we tasted homemade “Empanadas” and “Arequipe”. How do you like the idea of having a piece of a crystal sea coast in your playgroundJ? This dream is a reality for our classmate Rade from Split, Croatia. He and his mommy brought this dream closer to us through making paper sailor hats, dancing and watching a fun video about the beauty of Croatia. In a single presentation, we had a chance to see almost all of the bodies of water in Croatia, such as the sea, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Also, we had a taste of Croatia. We tried “Bajadera” – the most famous Croatian chocolate brand, as well as delicious homemade cookies from Mrs. Perkovic’s oven. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Celebrating International Children's Week

10/14/2015

 Inspired by the International Children's Week which is held annually during the first week of October, the association "Humanity Without Borders"  in collaboration with NOVA International Schools prepared over 500 handmade cards with best wishes, thoughts and positive messages in Macedonian, English and Albanian and distributed them among 500 sick children in local hospitals. The goal of the activity was to brighten up a sick child’s day, and to wish them a quick recuperation and days filled with good health and happiness, while celebrating the week dedicated to children worldwide!  For photos and text in Macedonian visit the following link: http://www.malidelanadobrina.mk/kartichki-so-ubavi-zhelbi-podeleni-za-detskata-nedela/  

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NOVA ES International Day Performance

10/13/2015

In celebration and honor of the more than 40 nationalities represented in our schools, NOVA ES International Day Performance 2015 has proven to be the most colorful and inspiring event. Students from all grade levels presented songs, folklore, as well as the traditional music and dance of countries from all over the world. Parents, teachers, and friends had an opportunity to enjoy wonderful demonstrations of French, Brazilian, Mexican, Macedonian, Dutch, Turkish, Polish, Irish, Italian, Russian and Korean tradition and culture performed by our students from Kindergarten through Grade 5. During the event, as the 17th Chopin International Competition will be held in Warsaw from October 1–23, 2015,  His Excellency, the Ambassador of Republic of Poland in Macedonia, Mr. Jacek Multanowski made a generous donation, providing a wealth of literary resources on Chopin, as well as music CD’s for NOVA Libraries. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Promotion of NOVA Writing Pearls, 2015 edition

10/8/2015

Yesterday we were witnesses to the official promotion of our first NOVA Writing Pearls book. The book was inspired by students, written by students, dedicated to students, and published with the support of NOVA and the PTA. The book promotion took place in the HS Library in the presence of the young NOVA writers from the Middle and High Schools. After reading brief excerpts from the published short stories, the PTA Co-chairs awarded all the young authors, motivating these talented students to keep writing. At the end of this wonderful and inspiring evening NOVA Pearls Edition 2016 poster and open call was presented. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA acknowledges US Embassy for continued support

10/8/2015

During the first Advisory Board meeting of the 2015-16 school year, Ms. Venera Novakovski, Head of School, presented a plaque to Mr. Charles Wintermeyer, one of the two US Embassy representatives on the board, as a token of the schools gratitude for the embassy's continuous involvement in improving campus security. The plaque will be placed in the Elementary and Middle School building and it reads: "NOVA International Schools wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the United States Department of State for their support in making NOVA a safer environment for its students and families. Our gratitude goes to the Regional Security Office and to the Embassy of the United States in Skopje for their financial support and expertise."

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Donation Boxes for SOS Children Village

10/8/2015

During the next two weeks we would like to support one young boy from the SOS Children Village. Finally his dream has come true and after a very long period of time, he has started living with his mother Mila. The one thing that is left to be provided is a dining table and chairs for Goran to have somewhere to eat and do his homework. You too can help and become a part of this story. Donation boxes have been placed in the HS cafeteria and at ES/MS security desk. Thank you for your support.

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NOVA’s BrainoBrain classes begin

10/7/2015

This week Nova students started their Abacus adventure. With big smiles on their faces, students warmly welcomed the new learning experience. During class in a fun loving atmosphere, the children were challenged through interesting and engaging activities and games in order to increase concentration, perform fast and accurate calculations, build confidence and self-esteem and much much more. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary School International Performance

10/6/2015

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Celebration of World Habitat Day

10/5/2015

As part of the celebration of World Habitat Day, NOVA International Schools  - in collaboration with Habitat Makedonija - organized a photography exhibition taken by HS students titled “Public Spaces For All”. In addition, students from the Debate club presented pros and cons on the topic “Should we prioritize the commercial interest of a free space, or give importance to the public interest by creating meaningful and enjoyable public space for the people?” Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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World Habitat Day - exhibition of photography “Public spaces for all”

10/3/2015

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NOVA WRITING PEARLS

10/3/2015

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PTA’s donation for our soccer teams

10/2/2015

We would like to thank the PTA for their continued support of NOVA’s athletic program. The PTA has kindly donated 15 footballs, intended for the High School and Middle School boys and girls football teams. The equipment will come in handy during practices, as well as regular PE class. Through their generous support, we have been able to enrich the curriculum and to offer a wider selection of athletic programs. We are confident that this is only one of the many activities that the PTA will support in the 2015-2016 academic year.

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First Grade Dentist Visit

10/2/2015

First graders visited the Dental Center "Karakamchev" and learned what they need to do to make their teeth happy and healthy. "Brush your teeth for three minutes," said Irena Handziska, the dentist who offered NOVA students a tip on measuring brushing time. "Put a song on the radio and brush until it ends," she advised our fascinated students. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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Love, Fate & Hope

10/1/2015

NOVA students shared inspirational quotes and messages to random strangers on several locations in Skopje as part of today's activity organized by malidelanadorbina.mk,. 300 messages were spread among people, the students and the pedestrians were really enjoying the activity. We shared some messages at NOVA and spread some positive vibe as well. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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September 2015


First NOVA ALUMNI Networking Event

9/30/2015

Just one year forward from the creation of our NOVA Alumni web page, Facebook page, and database, as well as after the interviews and an array of successful projects with generations of past students, we reached the moment of organizing the very first alumni gathering. This was a great opportunity to meet some of our alumni from the Class of 2000 through the Class of 2014 and to share all the opportunities for collaboration, including the formation of a NOVA Alumni Organization and the expansion our alumni database. It was a memorable evening for both alumni and the whole NOVA team that should be marked as the very first step towards even bigger cross-generational gatherings in the near future. If you would like to join with NOVA Alumni, please register at http://www.nova.edu.mk/alumni_in_action.aspx Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA Cocktail Hour and first General Assembly

9/30/2015

The NOVA Parent – Teacher Association (PTA) sponsored Cocktail Hour and General Assembly took place yesterday. For two hours, in a convivial and vibrant atmosphere, our PTA Leadership shared information on the many PTA activities, donations and actions accomplished by all 3 committees during last school year. During the meeting a financial report on the 2014/15 year, together with the PTA 2015/2016 calendar, was presented. The first upcoming event will be the official book promotion of NOVA Writing Pearls, a collection of short essays written by NOVA students, scheduled for October 6th. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Fundraiser to support breast cancer awareness

9/29/2015

The NOVA Teen Advisory Board, in collaboration with the NGO Borka, is organizing a fundraiser on Thursday and Friday in the Auditorium by selling Go Pink! mugs, bracelets and T-shirts . All of you interested in symbolically supporting the fight against breast cancer may join the Walk against Breast Cancer this Sunday, October 4th. The departure point is Phillip II Square.

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The Health Science for NOVA Kindergarten

9/28/2015

Although our Kindergarten Curriculum covers “Health Science” within a clearly defined unit, we see the gaining of the healthy habits as an ongoing process that should be consistently encouraged.  A healthy lifestyle is an essential aspect of NOVA values, not simply a maxim that we reiterate from time to time. Therefore, we integrate The Health Science by graphing, collecting data, and interpreting with numbers on our math classes. We read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, by Eric Carle during our reading time, following the healthy choices of the caterpillar using green, caterpillar-shaped pipe cleaners. Within our time purposed for crafts and creativity, we create healthy 'food' with Play-Doh. We conclude during our science class by showing that we understand the concepts, preparing balanced healthy dishes with pictures and applications. Cooperative learning, integration, exploration, and fun are the keywords for our success in NOVA. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Professional Learning Community @ NOVA

9/18/2015

Starting from this September, each Friday, 2 - 4 pm is reserved for Teacher Professional Learning and collaboration. From the beginning of the school year teachers from all 3 divisions have been working on exploring curriculum by clarifying outcomes and diversifying instructional practices. The Vertical Alignment Between Middle School and High School will make the link between these divisions clear and explicit . Using the curriculum standards, all teachers are collaborating to produce a clear continuum that maps what is taught at each grade level from grade 6 through to grade 10. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Brainobrain at NOVA

9/17/2015

BrainoBrain is a unique skill development program, developing the foundation skills for learning such as Memory, Visualization, Concentration, Listening Skills, Learning Ability, Creativity, Self Confidence, and Speed & Accuracy etc. Classes      For Children of age 5-15 Years      10 levels in total      Each Level takes 3-4 Months to complete      Class size is 6 to 10 students.      Classes take place after school from 15:00 until 17:00 in room 105      Classes will be taught by Ms. Marija Ilieska, Brainobrain instructor and NOVA 1st grade teacher      Classes meet once a week for two hours. Benefits      Inspires Creativity      Builds Confidence      Increases Concentration      Cultivates Inner Leadership      Enhances Focus       Improves Self-Esteem      Boosts Memory Retention      Sharpens Problem Solving Skills      Fosters Effective Communication Contact marija.ilieska@nova.edu.mk More info about the program http://www.brainobrain.com.mk/

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HS Back 2 School Night

9/17/2015

Yesterday, NOVA HS hosted the annual Back to School Night for parents from grade 9-12. This was an official occasion for the parents to meet all of the teachers of their children by following abbreviated A and B Day Classes at the beginning of this school year. It was also a chance for parents to briefly walk in the shoes of their children, and experience what a NOVA school day feels like. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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First PTA Morning Coffee Hour of the year

9/15/2015

As with previous years, we will continue the tradition of hosting a Morning Coffee Hour every Tuesday at 8:00 - 9:00am. Today, the PTA hosted an hour of great connections with parents, sharing unique perspectives and learning more about important school issues - all over a hot cup of coffee in the Elementary & Middle School Cafeteria. The first guest was Mrs. Marija Ilievska, a grade one teacher and Brainobrain instructor, who talked more about the skills development program Brainobrain that will be offered to our students starting in October. Parents also had a chance to meet some of the PTA Managing Board members and Committee Coordinators and to find out how they can join in on the various activities and projects planned for the upcoming school year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA's Back to School Ice Cream Social

9/12/2015

NOVA's PTA has organized an Ice Cream Social for all Kindergarten, Elementary & Middle School students, their families, and teachers. The PTA would like to wish a happy new school year and a warm welcome to all new and returning students and families in our NOVA community.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Back to School Ice Cream Social

9/11/2015

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CS / CL Fair at NOVA

9/11/2015

Yesterday, our first Community Service & Community Learning Fair took place. Student volunteers presented their experience with the Community Service/Service Learning program, giving all High school students an opportunity to find out more about the new opportunities for the 2015/16 academic year. Check out the photo gallery from the fair here

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Back to School Night

9/11/2015

On Wednesday, September 16, the High School is hosting its Back to School Night event for parents. Students will follow shortened schedule on this day. Please find attached the timetable of classes.

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Donations for refugees passing through Macedonia

9/10/2015

Dear NOVA community, We are all facing an urgent call to help the thousands of men, women, and children who are displaced refugees passing through Macedonia. Starting this Monday, September 14th we will collect donations of winter clothes, canned/processed food, diapers and hygiene products. There will be designated areas in both EMS (at the front entrance) and HS buildings where you can leave the items during the day. All donations will be distributed to the immigrants at the Macedonian borders in the coming weeks. It is an important lesson for our students to think about others who are less fortunate and see how as a community we extend a helping hand. Kind regards, NOVA Administration

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NOVA students at Giffoni Film Festival

9/3/2015

This past summer, from July 17 until July 26, the largest children’s film festival in Europe, Giffoni International Film Festival took place in the little Italian town of Giffoni Valle Piana in Campania, Southern Italy, close to Salerno and Naples. Over 2,000 children attended the festival from 39 countries around the world. During the festival, these young cinema enthusiasts watch films, learn about the filmmaking process, and are called upon to judge and award the best submissions with prizes. This 39-year old festival has been impactful in the history of entertainment and culture. The festival has developed a impressive reputation not only in Italy, but internationally as well. Every year the festival attracts 100,000 guests, directors, producers, and movie stars. The Macedonian delegation was represented by our Minister of Culture, Ms. Kanceska – Milevska,  the Director of Macedonian film agency, Mr. Darko Basheski, the Ambassador of Italy in Macedonia, Mr. Bellelli and the Ambassador of Macedonia in Italy, Mr. Oliver Shambevski, as well as a select group of students and teachers from NOVA. The festival has been held in many different countries around the world with Poland, Argentina, Australia, Albania, China, Korea, India, Macedonia, and the United States having all hosted their own versions of the Giffoni Film Festival. Check out the photo gallery from the festival here .

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After School Activities - Semester 1 (2015-16)

9/1/2015

After School Activities - Semester 1 (2015-16)

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