April 2015


NOVA High School Administration and Faculty 2015

4/30/2015

NOVA High School Administration 2015 NOVA High School  Faculty 2015  

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Elementary School Peace Assembly

4/30/2015

During April we learned about Peace. At the assembly the kindergarteners did skits about being a peacemaker with friends. 3M shared ideas about what makes them feel peaceful and restless. 5C created shelters out of various materials and had do work together and solve conflicts. At the end, we all shook hands and offered peace to each other. Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here

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Congratulations to Georg Chemerikikj

4/29/2015

Congratulations to Georg Chemerikikj on his admittance to the Bachelor Program in BIEF: Bachelor in International Economics and Finance for the academic 2015-2016 at Bocconi University! Georg has also been awarded the 2015-2016 Bocconi Merit Award: a full scholarship that will provide both a tuition waiver and free accommodation in one of the Bocconi Residences! Proud!

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HS Friendly Volleyball Tournament in Sofia

4/29/2015

Last weekend, three weeks before the official CEESA HS Volleyball tournaments, our NOVA HS Volleyball Teams for boys and girls participated on an invitational volleyball tournament organized by the Anglo American School of Sofia . Although this tournament was used by coaches as a chance to try out all players and detect teams’ strengths and areas for improvement, our NOVA girls team still managed to win the 3rd place trophy. Students behaved well and enjoyed their time in Sofia. We are looking forwards to the official CEESA tournament which will be held in Riga and Belgrade in May.   Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Congratulations to Kristina Madzovska and Ana Arsovska

4/29/2015

Congratulations to Kristina Madzovska and Ana Arsovska for being ranked among the top three speakers on the national debate championship and for being selected for the debate team to represent Macedonia at the international tournament Heart of Europe in the Czech Republic. http://www.mof.mk/najdobrite-govornitsi-na-natsionalnoto-debatno-prvenstvo-dobija-tselosni-stipendii-za-studirane-od-fon-univerzitetot/

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MS Knowledge Bowl 2015

4/28/2015

Our MS Knowledge Bowl teams came back victorious winning a First Place and Third Place Trophy. The competition was tough in Tirana, but our team did an amazing job! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Family Bazaar 2015 in the Media

4/27/2015

                        

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Family Bazaar 2015

4/25/2015

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High school class of 2015 group photo

4/21/2015

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First grade trip to the fire station

4/21/2015

Grade 1 students took a trip to the fire station. The children learned how firefighters protect the community. We thank the kind firemen for taking their time to show us what they do and what their job is all about. After our visit we also took a short picnic break and enjoyed the wonderful weather. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here  

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Rotary Conference for Professional Development 2015 in the Media

4/20/2015

                          

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3-та Ротари конференција за професионална ориентација (видео)

4/18/2015

Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост изминатите години своите активности ги насочи кон поддршка на млади талентирани луѓе во мисијата на остварување на нивниот целосен потенцијал. Во интерес на континуитетот на таа мисија, оваа година по третпат ќе организира конференција за професионална ориентација на млади под мотото „Да го одберам тоа што се бара или тоа што го сакам“.Конференцијата ќе се одржи во сабота, 18.04.2013, од 11:00 до 15:00 часот, во просториите на Meѓународното училиште НОВА. За време на настанот членовите на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост ќе го споделат сопственото искуство од својата професија, а истото ќе го сторат и неколку еминтентни гости говорници, на средношколци од 2-ра и 3-та година, се со цел да им се помогне во нивниот избор на идна професија. Пријави се за учество на info@nova.edu.mk (бројот на места е ограничен).  АГЕНДА НА НАСТАНОТ ПОСТЕР НА НАСТАНОТ

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3rd and 4th graders experiment with digital photography

4/17/2015

Students learned how to use a digital camera in computer class. They drew a background picture in the program Paint and printed it out. Afterwards they took a photo with the digital camera placing a small toy or object in front of the background.  The results were awesome. Check out the photo gallery from the class here

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French Institute visit

4/17/2015

Dear students, please be informed that the French Institute is coming to NOVA to give a presentation on the DELF and DALF diplomas this Friday, April 17th at 3 pm in the Library. Interested students need to sign up with Ms. Julija Zisovska or Ms. Sonja Stojkovic. 

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Young Botanists

4/16/2015

Sunlight and spring breezes were ideal conditions for our young Kindergarten botanists to plant seeds, observe and record their findings; and learn that plants live in the soil, and need water, sunlight and air to grow. The kindergartners expertly identified the roots, stem, leaves and flowers. They were eager to learn more, and giggled when we discussed how tasty the plant’s roots, such as carrots, potatoes and radishes can be. The grand finale  was the wonderful classroom display where our botanists classified all the roots, stems, leaves and flowers we eat! Thank you to our parents who brought in dozens of flowers. We are especially grateful to Mrs. and Mr. Buleski for bringing seedlings from the market, as well as to Mrs. Ana Kamceva who awarded our hard work with tasty cookies. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2015 (Service learning trip in Skopje)

4/12/2015

I feel tremendously inspired and grateful for having experienced all of these volunteering projects, and for having the opportunity to meet amazing people and children who in spite of having to deal with hardship (illness, poverty, old age), are still able to smile and look on the positive side of life. I feel my knowledge of institutions dealing with the less fortunate has significantly improved, especially in regards to their main goals and the way they operate (from learning more about cerebral palsy to grasping the concept of human rights). Through these experiences I improved my ability to be more patient, understanding and effective. One thing that makes me happy is the fact that this was not just another excursion but it was an experience worth remembering. Although I spent very little time with the young and elderly in need, I experienced strong feelings of joy and motivation, together with sadness and disappointment. After these experiences, I'm motivated to make a difference, and believe that everyone in this world has the ability to do so, because at the end we are all equal and we all have the same rights regardless of our skin color, our believes or our problems. (Angela Dimeska) Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2015 (Dante’s road – Italy)

4/10/2015

Since this was my first field trip as a NOVA student, apart from the learning component about Dante’s life and the Florentine culture, I expected to have a positive experience that would create lasting memories. From the first day we walked through the city centre, I couldn’t stop admiring the beautiful, renaissance and modern Italian architecture. I enjoyed the game “scavenger hunt” which was a clever way to get us to explore Florence on our own and to get to know it better with lot of fun and creativity. Through this task I began to fall in love with this city. The following days were devoted to visiting Dante’s house and other sites important to his life and his relationship with Beatrice, as well as the renaissance life in general: the Baptistery San Giovanni, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Duomo, the church of Santa Croce with the Monument to Dante Alighieri etc. I will never forget when we hiked up to Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoyed the spectacular view of the city. On the last day we finally visited the inside of the Duomo and climbed the bell tower (with its claustrophobic 414 stairs!), but at the end it was well worth it, since the view from the top was breathtaking.Overall, I could without a doubt say that this trip fulfilled and exceeded my expectations. Last day we could not leave the “centro storico” and I will definitely miss Florence. On the other hand, after this trip I will definitely try to visit it again. (Teodora Filipovska) Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2015 (Agritourismo-Italy)

4/10/2015

Although the trip was rather long… I found it to be bearable, and rather an adventure! Getting there was an amazing relief! It was absolutely beautiful! The first day we visited the cheese and wine farm. The whole 2 kilometers of the walk to the actual complex was lined with beautiful hills and sights… who would want to leave? We were led around and were allowed a special insight into the workings of the industry and the things that make them and the region unique! One of my favorite things we did while in Italy was most definitely the cooking with our chef! We were able to make our dinner with our own hands and it was such a blast, especially with the special instructions. We made pasta, and learned techniques for different aspects of the kitchen. The last day we visited Florence. Though we were only there for a short time, it was extremely beautiful and filled with history. I wish we just could’ve had more time to visit and roam. Overall, I was very happy I attended this excursion; I enjoyed the sights and the opportunity to take pictures immensely. (Sara Thomas) Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2015 (Political ideologies, Eastern Europe)

4/10/2015

My Week Without Walls trip included a tour of two of Eastern Europe’s finest cities. However, this was no ordinary tour. In Belgrade, we focused on the Yugoslav regime that lasted from 1945 to 1991. We visited the key governmental institutions while also attending a critical lecture concerning the downfall of Yugoslavia. Nonetheless, we also explored the historical side of Belgrade by observing the various underground sites and looking down at the beautiful city, with the Danube river, from the Kalemegdan. We also managed to cover a little bit of Physics at the Nikola Tesla museum. Even before arriving to Budapest, the city seemed fascinating enough on its own. I was astounded to find out how strongly the Hungarians retaliated against their Communist rule, while also certainly respecting it, as shown in the Memento Park. The city’s architecture and infrastructure proved to be like no other. I was pleasantly surprised by the capacities of both cities. Overall, the trip, although exhausting, was very informative and significantly influenced my views. The trip was, without a doubt, a massive success, that I would love to go on again. (Niccolo Serafimovski) Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2015 (Art Colony in Mavrovo)

4/9/2015

My experience was that it was a very positive, fun and productive experience, and it is the best field trip that I have been on in all my years of schooling. The entire atmosphere was very relaxing and even so I managed to get a lot of work done, because the way in which it was organized, the process of producing artwork was made to be a very enjoyable process. Aside from being productive it was also fairly educational as I went out of my comfort zone to paint landscapes (something which I have never done before) and learned the different techniques of achieving a believable landscape effect. Regarding the accomodation, the hotel was very good, the staff were professional, the rooms were clean and the food was very good. This field trip also provided a suitable atmosphere for forming new friendships, and that aspect of it was what I loved the most about the trip. Overall, it was the perfect field trip experience for me. It had just the right amount of education to make the trip worthwhile but not tiring, and it provided many opportunities for socializing and forming new friendships. ( Viktor Ivanovski ) Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2015 (Survival trip, Plackovica)

4/9/2015

For the Week Without Walls I took part in the survival trip that went to Plačkovica, This trip was a new experience for me because it was my first time to go hiking and the first school excursion I took part in. This trip offered many activities that one does not normally do. Almost all of the activities were outdoors and were very interesting. The activities included wall climbing, setting up tents, walking on a rope, hiking and zip lining. On the other hand there were indoor activities like cooking and cleaning. During the trip we hiked a lot but the hikes were fine. The hikes were very exhausting and long but we got to see new things. We spent 5 days in the middle of nowhere and we had our phones for a very short period of time so we had to resort to going outside or talking to other people face to face for entertainment. I can easily say that the best part of the trip was getting to know the other people better and the teachers that accompanied us were great and very supportive. Overall the excursion was a fun new experience and we acquired new set of skills because of it. (Fouad El Bakly)  Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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Week without walls 2015 (Science trip, Belgrade & Zagreb)

4/9/2015

Our trip was packed full of different experiences! The first stop was the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade. We had an extensive and fascinating introduction to the life and work of Nikola Tesla, with lots of well-explained practical demonstrations of his inventions, as well as how they paved the way for future scientific innovations that are commonly used in everyday appliances and electronic devices. A very enjoyable and educational experience followed by a great rest on the meadows near the Kalemegdan Fortress, topped off by sating our hunger with a batch of well-deserved burgers and fries at McDonalds. The next morning in Vincha Institute of Sciences, each student was assigned to attend one of five workshops. We found the staff to be very kind and they explained the entire material in an understandable manner that instantly sparked our curiosity. An incredible experience, amazing! In the spacious building of the Aeronautics Museum, our guide showed as a big number of planes dating from various periods. The last day of the trip was marked by a visit to the Technical Museum in Zagreb. The museum is so massive that we could visit just a fraction of it. The most exciting sections were the coal mine in the basement, the planetarium and Tesla room. With so many things to see in such a little time, this excursion was very successful. (Gele Robev) Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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3D ART

4/7/2015

Math is everywhere, even in the world of Art; making three dimensional shapes out of two dimensional nets. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here  

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NOVA PTA Easter Party and Bake Sale

4/6/2015

A great Easter Party took place at NOVA Elementary and Middle School hosted by the Pre-K, K and 1st grade parents, along with the more experienced PTA members. Kids enjoyed the beautiful weather, egg hunt, face painting, craft tables, and the many Easter treats sold. This was a great event to usher the beginning of their Spring Break! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Student-led conferences

4/6/2015

In both Elementary and Middle School we held Student-led conferences, where students showed and explained in detail their portfolios to their moms and dads. These conferences put the focus on the student and encourage them to take ownership of their work, as well as allow parents to better understand how their child learns. The opinion surveys showed that most parents overwhelmingly agree these conferences are highly beneficial in many ways.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA’s performance of Romeo and Harriet on Nasa TV

4/3/2015

NOVA's High School Winter Performance 2009, Romeo and Harriet, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV this Saturday, April 4th, from 8:00am and 9:00pm. It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, April 5th from 7:00pm and Monday April 6th from 12:00pm. Let your family and friends know so they can watch your loved ones perform.

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Inspirational visit by the young writer Ana Markoska to NOVA 5th grade Macedonian Language class

4/3/2015

NOVA 5th grade students had a chance to meet 12 years old book writer Ana Markoska during their Macedonian Language class. Presenting her first book, Ana talked about the process of creation of a book: beginning from right inspiration to a final result. Students had a chance to interact, ask questions and discuss over the stories. It was great memorable occasion for both Ana and NOVA’s potential future writers. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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University of Oxford scholars to visit NOVA

4/2/2015

A group of eminent lecturers from the University of Oxford is coming to NOVA on April 2 to give a presentation on application procedures and study programs at Oxford. The presentation will run in two sessions: general information on admissions and application procedures and a break-out session by fields of study. The presentation will take place in the Library at 11.00 am. Interested students need to sign up with the counselors in 306.

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Easter Party

4/2/2015

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Congratulations to Kristina Madjoska

4/2/2015

Congratulations to Kristina Madjoska on her acceptance to Harvard College! Proud!

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Robotics competition in Prague

4/1/2015

The Robotics experience this year was a growth project with new members, new ideas and new supplies. The team traveled to Prague in February for the First Tech challenge with their meticulously designed robot and competed valiantly against 12 other teams. It was a hard fought battle of engineering wits and the HotBots held their own. Although they did not place, the team came away energized and ready for a renewed commitment heading into the 2015-2016 school year. Everyone made new friends and experienced the wonderful hospitality from the International School of Prague. It was a welcome adventure and valued experience. Next year’s team expects to be a strong contender and there is already anticipation for the competition and the possibilities ahead. Check out the photo gallery from the competition here

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GLOW Staff Training at NOVA

4/1/2015

Dear Friends at NOVA, Thank you so very much for your continued support. We are so pleased that you allowed us to host our Staff Training at the NOVA again this year. The space is perfect for our needs and is always a cheerful, bright place to host an event. Attached are some photos from the training.  GLOW is so very grateful to you for your generosity. We hope our partnership continues! Best regards, GLOW Macedonia  

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After School Activities (April 2015)

4/1/2015

After School Activities (April 2015)  

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Elementary School Patience Assembly

4/1/2015

March was PATIENCE month. At the assembly 2J played Freeze Dance to show their patience skills. Our Kindergarteners performed skits about being patient in school.  Students in 5P read short original narratives describing a time when they were patient. At the end, Ms. Gold passed out magic pencils to all the students with birthdays in March. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Congratulations to Marko Calasan

4/1/2015

Congratulations to 9th grade student Marko Calasan for winning 1st place at the Macedonian State Informatics competition. Wishing you success at the Informatics Olympiad.

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March 2015


Grade 4 students are enthusiastic writers and scientists

3/31/2015

Grade 4N students are avid readers and engaged writers. Reading gives them the opportunity to travel to far away places and unknown worlds without having to leave the comfort of their classroom. Fourth graders also enjoy the writing process and always make sure to choose the most vivid and descriptive words, as to paint a picture in the reader's mind. For their latest writing assignment, they first read biographies of famous people to get familiarized with the genre, and afterwards wrote their own autobiographies.   Besides being avid readers and writers, our students are also fond of science and scientific experiments. Their latest experiment was intended to to confirm their knowledge of static electricity and electrons,  by using only a few basic items. They made a hypothesis, observed what happens when electrons move from one object to another, and wrote down their observations and conclusions.They explored how balloons interact with each other and other objects when rubbed with a wool cloth. Science is fun when you get to do some great hands on activities and projects. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Classical Evening on Nasa TV

3/27/2015

Our 27 elementary and middle school student performances on the piano, guitar, violin and drums will be broadcasted on Nasa TV this Saturday, March 28th, from 8am and 9pm. It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, March 29th from 7pm, and Monday, March 30th from 12pm. Let you family and friends know so they can watch your loved ones perform.

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PTA makes small but important donation for drama program

3/27/2015

NOVA’s drama program has experienced rapid growth over the course of one year. With 23 students attending Film class and another 29 students in the two Theatre classes, it became necessary for the Drama room to receive a makeover, with a new set of curtains and PTA's donation of pilows and scented candles. With their latest donation, the PTA has continued its mission of  supporting the school’s various programs, and enriching the learning environment for students.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Canadian study abroad opportunities

3/25/2015

Mr. Matthew McDonald, former NOVA college counselor, will give a presentation on study programs at Humber Institute of Technology in Canada and general information on studying in Canada this Wednesday, March 25th, at 3 pm in the Library. Interested students should sign up with the counselors. Sophomores are also invited to attend. 

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Thinking Humanity Walk

3/25/2015

NOVA students organized another "Thinking Humanity Walk", as part of their Week without Walls activity. During the walk over 255 people were approached and gifted with: 55 books (donated from TOPER and NOVA libraries), 200 cookies (donation from our community partner donacii.mk), 100 pages of poetry and compliments, and many free hugs! http://www.malidelanadobrina.mk/thinking-humanity-walk-2-vtora-proshetka-na-humanosta-vo-skopje/

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Grade 2 students visit the dentist

3/20/2015

Both grade 2 classes had a short field trip to the dental department at Neuromedica clinic.  Our host, Dr. Stipica Popovski,  was kind enough to help our students learn more about teeth, how to take good care of them and answer the many questions they had for him. Some students were brave enough to sit on his dental chair and get a dental check-up. We’re happy to report that the check-up concluded that all students have healthy teeth. At the end of the visit students received a bag of Colgate products as a present. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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Classical Evening

3/20/2015

At our Classical Night twenty-seven elementary and middle school students performed on the piano, guitar, violin and drums. Kristina Todorovikj Nikolikj and TINEX generously donated a Yamaha baby grand piano to NOVA and we are grateful for this amazing addition to our school. There was also a wonderful exhibition of student art, based on the styles of Kandinsky, Picasso and Matisse. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Програма за стипендирање НОВА-Борис Трајковски 2015 (резултати)

3/19/2015

Почитувани ученици,   Уште еднаш Ви благодариме за учеството на проектот за стипендирање Борис Трајковски -НОВА.   Резултатите се приложени подолу. Рангирањето започнува со најдобриот и завршува со најнискиот постигнат резултат. Во секоја колона, прикажани се поединечните резултатите од тестот по англиски јазик, математика и есејот.   Кандидадите пласирани од реден број 1 (еден)  до реден број 25 (дваесет и пет) најдоцна до среда 25 март 2015 година треба да  достават комплетната документација која вклучува: Препорака од класниот раководител и наставник по избор на ученикот Фотокопија од свидетелствата од  6, 7 и 8 одделение; фотокопија од полугодишните оценки од 9 одделение Фотокопија од дипломи/признанија добиени на натпревари (не уверенија или потврди за завршени курсеви и посетувани програми) Фотокопија од извод од матичната книга на родените и една фотографија со димензии за пасош   При поднесување на документите во  администрацијата на НОВА,  секој ученик ќе биде известен за терминот за усното интервју со комисијата за стипендирање.   Со почит, Фондација Борис Трајковски и Гимназија НОВА   РЕЗУЛТАТИ   Повеќе информации за програмата може да најдете на следниот линк: http://www.nova.edu.mk/boris_trajkovski_scholarship.aspx

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Grade 4B students teach each other about catastrophic events and weather

3/18/2015

4B students showed  great enthusiasm in learning about catastrophic events and weather. They were all assigned a particular event to research and prepare a presentation on. As true scientist,  they asked relevant questions about the catastrophic event/weather, and during computer class researched it using multiple internet resources. They all created power point presentations containing text, pictures, diagrams, and having cited all their relevant sources. In science class students throughly enjoyed themselves playing the role of teacher, presenting the researched topic and answering all of their classmate's questions. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS boys win gold!

3/18/2015

What an amazing journey! We are happy to report that NOVA's MS basketball team won all matches played during this year’s CEESA basketball tournament, including matches played in Sofia, as preparation leading to the tournament. The tournament took place in Riga and the SuperNOVA's secured first place with a final win against the Anglo American School of Sofia with 38 to 25. We congratulate the International School of Latvia for organizing an excellent tournament and their overall hospitality. Besides the official tournament competition our students had a chance to socialize with their friends from other international schools and each other. This was a wonderful experience for students and coaches. We look forward to competing again next year and ensuring the CEESA MS basketball trophy remains in Skopje. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Celebration of World Down Syndrome Day

3/18/2015

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Volleyball season

3/13/2015

The volleyball season for our high school boys and girls teams will start next week. The boys’ first practice is scheduled for Monday, while the girls’ practice will take place on Tuesday. All practices will be held at FORZA Gym from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.  There will be an informative meeting for all interested students on Friday, March 13, during brunch in the auditorium.  

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National Spelling Bee

3/13/2015

The National Spelling Bee (NSB) is a volunteer sponsored event for students in fifth grade through year four. The goals of the NSB are to: expand student vocabulary and encourage accurate word usage and pronunciation, increase the students' phonemic awareness, practice common spelling patterns, and increase students' confidence in their ability to use the English language. The National Spelling Bee aims to give students a forum in which academic excellence can be recognized and encouraged in an atmosphere of friendly competition between all ethnicities living within the Republic of Macedonia. What: Compete for an invitation to the Regional and National Spelling BeeWho: Students in Grades V-VIIII and Years I-IVWhen: Wednesday, March 25th Where: American Corner SkopjeHow: 1. Study the words from the word lists 2. Come and spell 10 words correctly Questions? Go to http://nationalspellingbee.wix.com/macedonia or https://www.facebook.com/nationalspellingbee

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Classical Evening

3/13/2015

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NOVA hosts CEESA HS Girls Basketball tournament

3/12/2015

This year’s CEESA HS Girls Basketball tournament took place in Skopje for the first time. It was both a pleasure and responsibility to host 5 different schools and 55 students from 24 different countries. The tournament was held for two days at the "Boris Trajkovski" sports center and for the final day of competition at the “Kale” sports center.  After three months of hard work and preparation  the SuperNOVA's were ready to represent their school in the best possible way.  The team had a rough start with losses in both matches during the first day of competition. The first match was a close encounter, losing it by a two-point differential, against the Quality Schools International from Bratislava (16:18). The  second matchup was a less competitive encounter against the International School of Helsinki. The SuperNOVA’s were off to a good start on the second day of competition, winning a very close and exciting match with a one-point margin over the Pechersk International School (PSI) from Kiev (22:21). The second game was lost with one of the tournament contenders the Anglo-American School of Sofia. In between matches a shooting competition for players took place and our team captain Gala Tomovska won 3rd place. To qualify for the 3rd place match-up, it was necessary to defeat the best team of the tournament the International School of Belgrade. Although our girls fought gallantly the end result (30:47) was in Belgrade’s favor, and allowed them to progress to the final of the tournament, which they ultimately won. The last match and 5th place game was against PSI from Kiev, and for a second time in a row, in what was a closely fought game, our girls lost by only a point. All was not last, as other teams recognized our teams effort, fair play, and respect on and off the court; voting to have us receive the Sportsmanship trophy, an important award at this level of competition. The tournament was an amazing experience for the team. It was a good example that success is measured by effort, and that achievement follows only after very hard work.  The team is already looking forward to next year’s tournament to showcase its growth and self confidence. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Chekov Monologues

3/11/2015

The high school theatre students had their second performance exam. One of the plays they worked on is Anton Pavlovich Chekov’s The Seagull. Impersonating the characters of Nina, Treplev, Arkadina, Dorn, Masha our students had a chance to  experience psychological realism on stage. Each student prepared their own wardrobe and decided on the character’s emotional state. Bravo for their effort and performances! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS boys basketball teams return victorious from Belgrade

3/10/2015

This year's CEESA HS Boys Basketball Tournament was hosted by the  International School of Belgrade (ISB). NOVA participated in the tournament  with two instead of only one team. After two months of intense  preparation NOVA went to the tournament not only to defend its first  place from last year, but also to present the school in the best  possible light. NOVA 1 team had an excellent score in the round robin  phase of the tournament, with four wins and only one loss, while the  NOVA 2 team won two matches and lost three.These results enabled NOVA 1  to directly qualify for the final of the tournament against the only other undefeated team, the International School of Belgrade (ISB), whilst NOVA  2 team secured the third place and silver medal match-up against the  International School of Helsinki (ISH). It was a huge success for both  teams at the end; NOVA 1 won second place and silver medal, and NOVA 2  the much sought after Sportsmanship trophy, ending up in fourth place. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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MS girls team brings back gold from Helsinki

3/10/2015

This year’s CEESA Girls Basketball Tournament took place in the port city of Helsinki, home to the ISH (International School of Helsinki) - Huskies. Ms. Simonovska and Mr. Temjanovski had the pleasure of accompanying ten Supernova players to the tournament: Cvetinovska Jovana, Georgievska Elena, Gonzales Ana Izabel, Kaynarca Yasemin, Kostovska Neda, Lucius Eva, Martinez Rodriguez Marta, Simic Sara, Stievater Elena Alexandra, and Tripunoska Marija. The tournament was hosted in a wonderful ​basketball facility, where our girls managed to defeat the Anglo American School of Sofia - Wolves by 27-13, International School of Belgrade - Dragons by 33-18, and International School of Latvia - Lynx by 35-16. NOVA’s winning streak continued on the second day of competition, by defeating  the host school ISH by 20-4, and Pechersk School International from Kiev by 43-13. This set up the final were our Supernovas were to play the ISB - Dragons for a second time. Although in past tournaments, teams had found it difficult to beat a team twice in a row,  our girls made it an uneventful and easy victory, becoming  2015 CEESA Blue Division Champions. Looking forward to next year's tournament and the chance to repeat our success. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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8th of March Humanity Walk

3/9/2015

Once again NOVA students shared happiness and joy by performing acts of kindnesses. To mark International Women's Day, our students shared gifts (nicely wrapped homemade cookies  with inspirational messages and women activists quotes) to women they randomly met on the street and shopping malls. The activity was organised through our community partner: www.donacii.mk http://www.malidelanadobrina.mk/osmomartovska-doza-vnimanie-vo-skopje/ Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Successful weekend for NOVA's basketball teams

3/9/2015

NOVA's basketball teams had an incredibly successful weekend. All five teams secured a trophy from the international tournaments they participated in. An impressive feat indeed.HS Girls team - Sportsmanship trophy (Skopje)HS Boys NOVA 2 team - Sportsmanship trophy (Belgrade)HS Boys NOVA 1 team - 2nd place (Belgrade)MS Boys team - Champions (Riga)MS Girls team - Champions (Helsinki)

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C.O.O.L. PARENTING with LOVE and LOGIC workshop

3/5/2015

Pamela Anderson, an American principal, counselor and trainer talked to NOVA parents and teachers about program called COOL Parenting with LOVE and LOGIC. It’s an approach that prepares children of all ages to make choices and begin to take responsibility. She made us all think about different ways to guide our children.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA hosts professional development workshop for English language teachers

3/5/2015

The first formal collaboration between NOVA and the English Language Teachers Association of Macedonia (ELTAM) took place last Saturday, February 28th, with a workshop organized by NOVA for the benefit of English language teachers in the public primary schools titled "Visual Literacy and work with children with special needs in English language classes”. The workshop was delivered by Biljana Torbakova, NOVA’s literacy specialist, and Sara Mcfiters, a representative of the US Peace Corps. The workshop is approved by the Bureau for Educational Development. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary and Middle School winter performance of Frozen aired on Nasa TV

3/4/2015

We’re thrilled to announce that NOVA's Elementary and Middle School winter performance of Frozen will air on Nasa TV on Saturday , March 7th, from 8 am and 9:10 pm. It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, March 8th from 7:10 pm and Monday, March 9th from 12:00 pm. Let your friends and family know so they can watch your loved ones perform.

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NOVA hosts CEESA HS Girls Basketball Tournament

3/4/2015

During the next three days NOVA will host the CEESA HS Girls Basketball Tournament. Besides our NOVA team, we will have teams from international schools from Belgrade, Sofia, Helsinki, Kiev and Bratislava. Have a look  at the schedule of games for all three days of competition. The games on Thursday and Friday will be played at Boris Trajkovski Gym, while the games on Saturday will be played at Kale Gym. We encourage you to come and support our girls.

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HS shortened schedule of classes (March 5th)

3/3/2015

We would like to inform you that on Thursday, March 05, 2015 we will follow a shortened schedule of classes. Please take note of the following timetable for details.  SCHEDULE OF CLASSES A 08:00 – 09:00  B 09:05 – 10:05  Brunch (10:05-10:30)  C 10:35 – 11:35  Advisory 11:40-11:55  D 12:00 – 13:00

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Elementary School Kindness Assembly

3/2/2015

The month of February was devoted to KINDNESS. The grade 2 ESL class performed a wonderful reader’s theater. Grade 3  pantomimed acts that started out as being unkind, but switched to examples of kindness and they also illustrated these ideas using symbols. Our 5th grade artists created a puzzle spelling out KINDNESS. Grade 1 sang the song, Kindness Counts. Our poets in 4N wrote moving poems that expressed their feelings about being kind. Our assembly was amazing! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Craft Studio

3/2/2015

If you want to express your creative ideas and make unique pieces of art, now you can do so by developing your craft skills through NOVA’s CRAFT STUDIO. You will have fun exploring crafts through several creative activities:      - Learning the basic stitches      - Learning creative embroidery stitches      - Fabric design      - Using felt for decorative 3d objects      - Decorating with beads and sequins Instructor: Nikola Buleski Mr. Buleski is a well known Macedonian fashion designer. He obtained his diploma in pattern making from the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Milan. Apart from working for his label Nikola Buleski- Bule, he is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design at the European University in Skopje and ESMOD Paris in Kuala Lumpur. He has extensive work experience in the field of design and pattern making selling his products throughout Macedonia and the world. Place: Middle School Art Studio Grade: 5 - 8 Time: 3 – 4 pm When: Tuesdays and Fridays starting from March Monthly Fees: 10 euros

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Running Club

3/2/2015

Get active and join Nova’s running club this spring to help you to:          - Increase your personal fitness          - Release stress (heard of “runner’s high”?)          - Build endurance and perseverance          - Strengthen your muscles, bones, and joints           - Take part in the Skopje Marathon on 10 May 2015 (either 5 kilometer, 21 kilometer, or 42 kilometer race) Students from Nova middle school and high school are eligible. Instructor: Austin Fast Grade: 5 - 8 Place: Meet in high school lobby at 3 p.m. We will run together to the river quay or the park by Vero 2 to practice. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 March until 10 May. Monthly Fees: 10 euros Please direct all inquiries to Austin Fast at austin.fast@nova.edu.mk.

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February 2015


NOVA and ELTAM sign collaboration agreement in the Media

2/27/2015

           

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After School Activities (March 2015)

2/27/2015

After School Activities (March 2015)    

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New Earth Trek program in Elementary and Middle School

2/27/2015

Grade 4B traveled around the world in our Social Science-EarthTrek class and landed in Canada. There, they had to pass many obstacles solving math, grammar, science, and reading comprehension problems that involve fun facts about Canada in order to get a ticket for their next destination. We had two visitors from International Learning Group that day and they both enjoyed to see how the students cooperated well in their teams. applied their knowledge to real-life situations, and showed an amazing sportsmanship! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA and the English Language Teachers Association of Macedonia sign collaboration agreement

2/25/2015

By signing the Memorandum for collaboration between NOVA International Schools and English Language Teachers Association of Macedonia (ELTAM), both institutions are committing themselves to promoting a culture of continuous professional development, and exchange of experience and colleagues amongst themselves. The first formal collaboration will take place this coming weekend on February 28th, with a workshop organized by NOVA for the benefit of English language teachers in the public primary schools titled "Visual Literacy and work with children with special needs in English language classes”. The workshop will be delivered by Biljana Torbakova, NOVA’s literacy specialist, and Sara Mcfiters, a representative of the US Peace Corps. The workshop is approved by the Bureau for Educational Development.  

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6th national Model European Parliament simulation in the media

2/24/2015

                         

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Learning About Three-Dimensional Shapes

2/24/2015

The kindergartners can easily find the three-dimensional shapes around them. They can explain that solid shapes are fat, not flat; a cone is like a hat; a sphere is like a ball; a pyramid is like a building tall; a cylinder is like a can of pop and a cube is like a dice you drop. These young mathematicians will confidently describe solid shapes using proper math vocabulary, such as: faces and edges. Also, our kindergartners can apply their knowledge about the three-dimensional shapes in real life. For example,  if you ask why builders do not use sphere-shaped bricks, they will explain that both cube and rectangular prism-shaped bricks can be stacked. Though, they love to create spheres with bubbles:-).  

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Congratulations to Ina Dimova

2/23/2015

Congratulations to Ina Dimova on her acceptance to Simmons College! In recognition of her significant accomplishments and potential for continued academic achievement in college, Ina has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship! Proud! http://www.simmons.edu/academics

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New Baby Grand Piano Donated to NOVA

2/20/2015

NOVA is now home to a beautiful baby grand piano, donated by parent and active PTA member Kristina Todorovic. She also serves as the manager of Tinex one of the largest chains of supermarkets in Macedonia. Thanks to her generous donation, students will have the chance to play on a professional piano and further their piano playing skills during music class, performances and after school activities, as well as fill NOVA with delightful music. Through such donations, the school is able to enrich its curriculum and provide students with a well-rounded learning experience that actively develops their creativity and appreciation of the arts. We thank Kristina and Tinex for their incredible donation and for further enriching NOVA’s learning community.  

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The Beauty of Taihu Lake

2/19/2015

Chinese traditional dance performed by HS teacher and students

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First graders read to their younger classmates

2/18/2015

First graders had the opportunity to read to their younger classmates in the PreKindergarten 3 group. For the first graders it was a great chance to practice their read-aloud skills, and for the PK3 students it was a chance to develop their listening skills and engage in the love of reading with a more developed reader. The activity was also intended to build bridges between the grades! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Keyboarding class

2/18/2015

Grade 1 students have begun learning proper keyboarding techniques in computer class. Check out the photo gallery from the class here

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Middle School Valentine`s Day Party

2/18/2015

 Middle School students performed dances, sang (karaoke style) and socialized at the Valentine’s Day Party. The MS Band provided music and with the ticket and snack sales we bought a new acoustic guitar for the Music Department. It was a great time for all! Chack out the photo gallery from the event here Short video from the event:

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Josip Apostoloski – new Macedonian under 16 tennis champion

2/13/2015

NOVA student, Josip Apostoloski has shown that hard work and dedication pay off. Josip won the Macedonian Under 16 Winter  Tennis Championships held last weekend in Kavadarci. In the final  Josip beat the number one seeded player in two sets, 7:6 6:3. On his way to the final he also beat the 2nd seeded player. Throughout the tournament he played confidently and consistently. Congratulations Josip, we are all very proud of you!

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PTA Waffle Day

2/13/2015

Our NOVA PTA served delicious waffles with a choice of toppings to students as a fundraising event. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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6th national Model European Parliament session

2/12/2015

The 6th national Model European Parliament session will be held on the 20-22 of February 2015. The event will bring together 60 students from 20 high schools from all over Macedonia. Divided in three Committees the students will simulate the work of European Parliamentarians. This is the official poster for the 6th national simulation. The poster is designed by Stefan Aleksikj.

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HS Valentine`s Party

2/12/2015

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MS Math Counts competition Pep Rally and Reader Awards Assembly

2/12/2015

Math Counts NOVA won third place in the team competition at the MS CEESA Math Counts competition held in Zagreb! Three of our students finished in the top ten: Emilijan Cuzmici, Borjan Gagovski and Jovana Cvetinovska won the bronze medal/third place in the individual round. We are very proud of all of six participants including Samuel Barton, Marija Simjanovska and Mehmed Dacic, who represented NOVA in the best possible way. This could not be achieved without the dedication of the MS Math teachers, Mr Petrovski and Ms Dzurovska Blazevska. Reading Awards Reading Awards were given to all students who put in consistent effort to read daily and fill out their reading logs. We are very proud of these Master Readers, who continue to develop their love of reading, a most valuable skill that has a positive impact on all subjects. 6th Grade Master Readers Gabor Magda, Caroline Buttemere, Elena Georgievska, Danilo Kuzmanovski, Rron Maliqi, Vasilisa Shashkova, Pelin Balaban, Filipa Cvetanova, Vesa Iseini, Zoe Lucius, , Leonid Chorogunov, Bojan Kostovski, 7th Grade Master Readers Nikola Chachorovski, Sofia Tanevska, Ana Isabel Gonzales, Samuel Barton, Gabriella Butler, Julia Curry, Mila Jankovska, Stefan Jovanovski, Milka Kitanoska, Marija Simjanoska, Marija Shanevska 8th Grade Master Readers Filip Bojkovski, Emilijan Cuzmici, Borjan Gagovski, Eva Lucius, Anja Mukaetova, Soren Putney, Leona Melles, Ana Marija Petrovic, Sara Simic, Marta Trajkovska , Sonja Manasijevic, Yasemin Kaynarca Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Waffle Day

2/11/2015

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CEESA Knowledge Bowl competition in Ljubjana

2/11/2015

Following three months of intensive preparation, the brave NOVA Knowledge Bowl team traveled to Ljubljana in Slovenia to compete against other CEESA teams. We are happy to report that one of our team secured the silver medal at this international competition, while the other finished 4th place overall. As happy as we are for the well-deserved trophy, we are even more grateful for the opportunity to meet students and teachers from our sister schools, to work and have fun together, and enjoy what the city of Emona (Ljubljana's Latin name) has in store for its visitors. Same as last year, Jana Cvetinovska's experience and motivation proved invaluable for our victory. On par with Jana, Sofija Paneva did an excellent job answering most of the natural science questions. Winged by his enthusiasm, Sergej Pazdrijan served as a perfect captain for the second team, while Anastasia Moussoura demonstrated her broad knowledge of classical culture and mythology. Both Borjan Venovski and Tamara Barsova scored important points for their teams and acquired the invaluable experience of participating in an international knowledge competition. We have every reason to believe that this success will help us in securing a strong team in the years to come. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Red Cross Donations

2/11/2015

The NOVA Red Cross would like to encourage you to help the people affected by the floods in the east of Macedonia by bringing bottled water and disinfectant products at the appointed desk in the HS auditorium and EMS auditorium latest by February 15th.

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NOVA continues its winning streak at international Math competitions

2/10/2015

Congratulations to Stefan Petrevski, Petar Peshev and Milan Samardjiski for winning first place in the Junior Division of the annual CEESA HS Mathematcs competition held this weekend in Istanbul! Let us also congratulate Katerina Bujaroska, Mija Jovchevska and Gele Robev on their great performance! All of them put forth tremendous effort and continued a fine tradition of bringing home a trophy from these competitions. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of our whole community, especially the support by other members of the Math Club. This sets yet another standard that both our students and teachers should look up to. We wish to repeat this success next year too, so if you think you are up to the task and can help, sign up with the Math Club as soon as possible! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS MathCounts competition in Zagreb

2/10/2015

This year’s Middle School MathCounts Competition held in Zagreb the 6th and 7th February, proved to be another successful endeavor for NOVA, having won third place in both the team and Jovana Cvetinovska in the individual competition. The achievement is even greater  when having in mind that this year’s competition included a larger number of schools, teams, nationalities, and difficulty of math problems.  The competition totaled 57 contestants, 19 teams, coming from 10 international schools, 6 NOVA students (Jovana Cvetinovska,  Borjan Gagovski, Emiljian Cuzmici,  Samuel Barton, Marija Simjanoska, and Meho Dacic), accompanied by two teachers, Natasa Kardula and Jasmina Dzurovska-Blazeska. One of the highlights of this year’s competition was when fellow teammates and good friends, Borjan and Emil, went against each other in the individual competition. Being prepared by the same teachers, Jasmina Dzurovska-Blazeska and Nikolce Petrovski, having the same amount of math practice (2 times a week in the last 5 months) you would expect the same outcome, but Borjan’s speed was crucial in him progressing further.Outside the competition, we had a lot of fun playing Ice Breaker games and performing Team Building activities with students from other schools. We also visited a Math Exhibit, toured Zagreb's Old Town, and learned about the history of the city from our tour guide.  The heavy snow could not stop us from discovering this beautiful city, shopping for souvenirs, riding the city trams, and visiting the biggest and oldest Cathedral in Zagreb. Our host school American International School of Zagreb did an excellent job in making us feel welcome. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Writing Pearls

2/10/2015

Make your writing a beautiful pearl for everyone to see and sign up for the short story contest entitled NOVA Writing Pearls open to all NOVA young writers from grade 6 to grade 12. Stories can be of any genre and between 300 and 1,000 words in length. For more details, please contact Mr.Austin Fast or Mrs. Julija Krstevska.

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Grade 6 modeling Biomes

2/9/2015

In science class, grade 6-1 presented their Biomes, and told a story about its habitat, ecosystem and population. We travelled to a tundra and a taiga, through rain forests and deserts, swam in a marine biome and returned home to a deciduous forest. The students showed creativity, skillful research skills and engaging presentation skills. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Middle School Valentine`s Dance Party

2/9/2015

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NOVA students make a difference in the community

2/6/2015

Happy to report that our Service Learning activities for the first semester of 2014-15 have been a resounding success. During this time NOVA students managed to complete a total of  2130 Community Service hours: 40 students worked on projects organized by the Environmental and Recycling group with a total of 189,5 hours  71 students worked on activities organized by the Red Cross Group with a total of 413 hours 12 students were involved in activities organized through the Habitat for Humanity Group with a  total of 58 hours 55 students were involved in activities organized by the Animal Care Group in the Skopje ZOO, with a total of 161 hours  8 students were involved in tutoring activities for Teaching Roma Group with a total of 23 hours 21 students were involved in activities organized by the Special Need assistance group with a total of 191,5 hours 37 students were involved in activities organized by the Food Group with a total of 87,5 hours 31 students were involved in Student initiated projects (Bring a smile to a child, Thinking Humanity Walk, Donation boxes for children of Ljubanci etc) with a total of 112 hours 5 students were involved in Advocating for a Cause activities as group leaders with a total of 50 hours  53 students were involved in activities organized by the Volunteering Group at NOVA with a total of 192,5 hours 3 students were involved in activities organized by the Interact club with a total of 7,5 hours 43 students volunteered on events such as the football match Macedonia-Slovakia and Ball of Diversity with a total of 173 hours 8 students volunteered in the organization of the Model European Parliament National Session with a total of 28 hours 209 students were involved in the organization of in-school events like Bake sale, International Day, and Christmas Performance with a total of 449 hours We would like to congratulate our students, and are looking forward to an even more fruitful second semester. 

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Congratulations to Sergej Grunevski

2/6/2015

Congratulations to Sergej Grunevski on his acceptance to the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo)! In recognition of his outstanding academic record, Sergej has been awarded an International Student Scholarship! http://www.geneseo.edu/

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Elementary School Commitment Assembly

2/6/2015

During January we learned about Commitment, how we can make a plan and follow it through. 1M shared how they are committed to becoming Master Readers. 4B presented respected musicians, scientists, sports figures, etc. who were committed and accomplished great things. 3M shot a video where each student shared what they are committed to doing. The second graders sang a song about following through. It is a relevant lesson for all. Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here

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Modeling ionic and covalent bond in grade 8

2/5/2015

Eight graders made models of molecules and used different materials to present ionic and covalent bonds. They also learned to write chemical symbols and formulas. We had a great time discovering this micro world and imagining how it was all created. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Congratulations to Kristina Madjoska

2/4/2015

Congratulations to Kristina Madjoska on being selected as a regional semi-finalist in the International At-Large group for the Jefferson Scholars competition at the University of Virginia! Competition for Jefferson Scholarships is exceedingly keen. Nominees from over 4000 participating schools across the world are competing for approximately thirty-three available scholarships. Proud! For more information on the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, please refer to the following link: http://www.jeffersonscholars.org/scholarship

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Microscopic wanderers from 6th grade

2/3/2015

After learning how to use a microscope, we chose samples from the classroom and analyzed them under the lens. We talked about how deep we can we go into the micro world. Student were amazed to see what a mouth smear, paramecium, chalk powder, plant leaf, the wing of a fly and a drop of pond water looks like under a microscope. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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After School Activities (February 2015)

2/2/2015

After School Activities (February 2015)

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