November 2014


NOVA Service Learning Program takes part in "Small acts of kindness" campaign

11/28/2014

NOVA students part of the Service Learning program, in collaboration with the organization "Humanity without Borders", prepared over a 100 homemade/handmade cards with inspirational quotes, messages and wishes for a speedy recovery for the patients of the Institute for pulmonary diseases in children-Kozle. This was a part of the "Small acts of kindness" campaign. http://www.malidelanadobrina.mk/kartichki-so-zhelbi-za-pobrzo-ozdravuvanje-za-decata-vo-detskata-bolnica-za-belodrobni-zaboluvanja-kozle-skopje/        

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First Alumni presentation by Allan Castillo, class of 06

11/27/2014

As part of the schools efforts to develop the Alumni office, we’ve began our series of alum presentations and interviews. The first presentation was by Allan Castillo, class of 2006, in front of 27 Economics juniors and seniors on the topic of entrepreneurship. This presentation provoked great interest and discussion among participants  and was a great opportunity for our alum  to share his experience and knowledge on the subject. An interview with Allan Castillo, as part of our Alumni interviews series, will follow shortly. Check out the photo gallery from the presentation here

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EMS Performance of Arabian Nights aired on Nasa TV

11/27/2014

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Congratulations to Katja Davis

11/26/2014

Katja Davis, 5th grade NOVA student, entered her artwork in the international art competition "Poster of peace". We are happy to report that she won first place in Macedonia and her drawing will represent Katja and NOVA at the competition final in the US.

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Happy Thanksgiving

11/26/2014

Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more!  Here are some of the things our students said they're thankful for: Friends/Family/Food/Ability to go to this school/Rationality and reason/God/Allah/Teachers/Colleagues/School brunches/Travel/Being lucky enough to have everything I need/My parents for giving me opportunities/The best year of my life/Health/Education/Siblings/Roof over head/Overcoming hardship/Good grades/Love and Respect.  

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Elementary and Middle School Holiday Performance

11/25/2014

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Another successful PTA Bake sale at NOVA

11/25/2014

We are happy to report that our monthly PTA Bake sale was a great success. It was hosted by parents of 3rd grade students, whose prepared sweets and treats were enjoyed by the whole NOVA community. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to dedicate a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and PTA Events & Fundraising Committee members for making this day special.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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GLOW celebrates 10th anniversary at NOVA

11/22/2014

Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) of Macedonia celebrated their 10th anniversary at NOVA. For this occasion it teamed up with the Young Men's Leadership Project (YMLP) to hold a reunion for all camp alumni over the years. Over 75 people attended including former campers, volunteers, staff and friends. NOVA International Schools is happy to support GLOW through the years in its mission to assist girls all over Macedonia in developing leadership skills and making new friends.  glowmacedonia.wix.com/glowmacedonia

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Blind Date with a Book

11/21/2014

Have you ever been on a Blind Date with a Book? If not, it is time for you to come to the HS Library and choose one of the wrapped up books placed on the Librarian’s counter to be your partner in the week that follows. After dating i.e. reading the book, please complete the Blind Date with a Book Form and leave it with the Librarian. Good luck! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA Bake Sale

11/21/2014

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Spirit Day

11/19/2014

Dear HS students, Get in touch with your inner athlete and feel comfortable all day! Let us all wear sportswear tomorrow, Thursday  November 21st! Join your fellow students in celebrating our Spirit Day by wearing your jerseys and tracksuits. Prizes will be given to the Advisory Team of students that takes the best photograph in sportswear.  

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NOVA takes part in CEESA Cross Country tournament in Bulgaria

11/17/2014

NOVA International Schools' first-ever cross country team participated at the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) cross country tournament on a very muddy and hilly course in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 13-15 November. Nova's eight high school students and one middle schooler competed among a total of 162 participants from 13 schools. Nova’s top finishers were eighth grader Soren Putney with a 10th place finish in the middle school boys 2.5-kilometer race; Borjan Venovski with 28th place in the high school boys 3.5-kilometer race; and Emily Perkins Rock with 17th place in the high school girls 3.5-kilometer race. After completing two races on Friday and Saturday, the runners rounded out the tournament by joining with students from other schools in a series of noncompetitive relays. Our students were also treated to a cultural performance by folk dancers and singers who taught them the traditional Bulgarian horo dance. Afterward, Nova students sampled Bulgarian cuisine and roasted marshmallows over a bonfire while watching fireworks set off to celebrate CEESA’s 25th anniversary. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Kindergartners visit Macedonian National Television

11/17/2014

As a closure to the FUN-tastic unit about the weather, NOVA Kindergartners visited Macedonian National Television, where they had a chance to role play as real weather reporters.Looking through the cameras was even more exciting, and we have our homeroom parents Mr. Heaslet and Mrs. Dimitrievska to thank for initiating and organizing this trip.  Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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International High School Boys Soccer Tournament hosted by NOVA

11/15/2014

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NOVA and Univ. Cyril and Methodius sign cooperation agreement (in the media)

11/14/2014

                                                                   

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Teen Advisory organizes successful fundraiser

11/12/2014

The Parent Teacher Conference that took place last Friday, November 7, was a perfect opportunity for NOVA parents  to consider purchasing a fiction and non-fiction book for their own reading pleasure. Thanks to the Teen Advisory Board students,  two big tables were set up in the HS Atrium, where around a hundred books were exhibited. Our Teen Advisory Board students eagerly stayed at the bookstand for the whole duration of the Parent Teacher Conferences and offered books to our parents utilizing their sales skills. The funds raised will be used for resourcing the many activities the Teen Advisory Board organizes throughout the year.    

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CEESA Cross Country Competition

11/12/2014

NOVA will be participating in its first ever cross country tournament organized by the Anglo-American School of Sofia. On Friday, November 14, 2014 from 8:30Am to 3:30PM local time, as well as Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM the tournament will be broadcasted live. You can watch the live stream on the following link: https://new.livestream.com/AASSofiaWolves/XC according to the attached tournament schedule. Besides a live feed, on the link you’ll be able to access scores, exclusive updates, and more. We wish the best to our SuperNOVA athletes.    

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CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament in Helsinki

11/12/2014

Our high school girls attend the tournament hosted by the International School of Helsinki. Although the weather conditions were less then perfect, including  snow and high winds, the girls enjoyed themselves playing against the other CEESA Blue Division soccer teams. The SuperNOVAs had an encouraging and exciting start to the tournament with a 1:1 tie against the Anglo-American School of Sofia. This game built up confidence in their soccer skills and the team became more motivated in their second game against Pechersk School International, fighting a real battle of skill and determination on the soccer pitch.  The SuperNOVAs started off their second day of competition with a loss against the tournament hosts, the International School of Helsinki, but were able to end the day on a positive note with a 5:2 win over the International School of Latvia. On the last day of competition, the SuperNOVAs played a very tight game against their traditional rivals, the International School of Belgrade, which ended in an unfortunate 3:2 loss and disqualified them from playing in the 3rd place match. This did not disappoint our girls, which came prepared to secure the tournaments fifth place, by repeating their win over the school from Latvia. They led the charge throughout the game, guided by the courage and fire in their hearts, wining the game 3:1. We feel confident that the girls will return next year stronger and wiser now that they’ve experienced the tournament first-hand. The SuperNOVAs were competitive and set the tournament benchmark when it came to warm ups, teamwork, dress code and team spirit. In conclusion, we are happy to report that the 2014 CEESA HS Girl’s Soccer Tournament was a huge success in all respects. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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NOVA wins international high school soccer tournament

11/11/2014

This year’s CEESA HS Boys Soccer Tournament took place in Skopje for the first time. It was a great honor and responsibility for NOVA to host 5 different international schools. The tournament was held at the national football federation's training center. NOVA’s team went through two months of intense training in preparation for hosting the tournament, with the main goal to present itself and the school in the best possible light.NOVA had an excellent start to the tournament by securing two victories on the first day of competition. The first against the Anglo-American School of Sofia (with a s score of 9:2) and the second versus Pechersk School International from Kiev (3:0). The second day proved to be equally successful for the SuperNOVAs, having won both games, against the International School of Latvia (3:0) and the International School of Helsinki ISH (2:0). These results enabled NOVA to directly qualify for the final of the tournament against the only other undefeated team, the International School of Belgrade. The game proved to be worthy of a final, with both teams having control of the ball at different stretches of the game. The score in regular time was tied, and so the heavily contested game had to be decided in a penalty shoot-out. The man of the match ended up being our goalie Vasil Petrovski, who successfully defended three penalty kicks. The SuperNOVAs were ecstatic to have won the tournament and celebrated it with a victory chant. Our team showed once again, that good motivation, inspiration, fair play, are key ingredients to achieving success. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Pre-K Fire Station visit

11/11/2014

Pre-Kindergarten 2.5-4 visited the Fire station while learning about Community Helpers and Safety. The firefighters showed us their equipment and explained what to do if there is a fire. The children pretended to be firefighters and rode in the truck and tried on some equipment. We had a great time and look forward to our next field trip. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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International High School Boys Soccer Tournament hosted by NOVA in the Media

11/10/2014

     

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Elementary School Halloween Party

11/7/2014

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A Theatre guest in school: Ms. Simona Spirovska

11/5/2014

Simona Spirovska, an actress working at the Theatre for children and youth from Skopje was our guest at NOVA.  Our Theatre students had the opportunity to meet Ms. Spirovska and take a closer look at issues related to theatre. Ms. Spirovska, experienced in both professional theatre and dance performances, discussed the difference between being on stage and in front of a film camera, the role of body and speech in performances, among other things.  Our students were engaged in an interesting theatre exercise which Ms. Spirovska led: Brook’s improvisation. Students were given a task to transform paper in various objects through performance. You can notice the creative chaos we made in the Drama room as well as the enjoyment of our students. We thank Ms. Spirovska for her time and effort and look forward to having her again as our guest. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here  

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International High School Boys Soccer Tournament hosted by NOVA

11/5/2014

Starting from tomorrow until Sunday NOVA will host the CEESA HS Boys Soccer Tournament. Our NOVA team together with teams from five other CEESA schools from Belgrade, Kiev, Helsinki, Riga and Sofia will compete for the title - CEESA Blue division Soccer Champion. All games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be played  at FFM’s (Football Federation of Macedonia) soccer center in Aerodrom (Lisice).  The tournament is open to visitors, so we invite you to come and support our team. Participants: NOVA (NOVA International School, Macedonia); ISH (International School of Helsinki, Finland); PSI (Pechersk School International-Kiev, Ukraine); AAS (Anglo - American School of Sofia, Bulgaria); ISL (International School of Latvia, Latvia); ISB (International School of Belgrade, Serbia);  

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Another productive PTA Coffee Morning Hour at NOVA

11/5/2014

The PTA’s first November Coffee Morning Hour was a very positive and productive affair. In front of over 20 Elementary and Middle School  parents and both division principals,  three students from the HS Food Advocacy Group, under the guidance of Mrs. Maja Lazarevska, NOVA’s Service Learning coordinator, presented the importance of  making smart food choices and gave suggestions for implementing healthier meals options in the school cafeteria. PTA members had a chance to taste the student’s  Jamie Oliver’s Rainbow Rap which was prepared in front of them for this particular occasion.  In addition, the PTA Events & Fundraising Committee received recognition by the Elementary and Middle School division principal for their successful fundraising effort during both Halloween parties. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA MS Boys Soccer Tournament – Sofia

11/5/2014

After a year long pause our Middle School Boys Soccer team participated on the CEESA MS Boys Soccer tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria and made it all the way to the final. This was a great success for our group of eleven MS boys who spent the last two months working hard, building their fitness, developing soccer skills, and learning what it takes to be a team. During  period of two days these boys, led by their coaches Mr. Pancevski and Mr. Ristovski, played seven games versus teams from Sofia, Belgrade, Helsinki and Kiev and made a score of four wins, one draw and two losses which was enough for winning the second place and the silver medal. With their enthusiasm, commitment and attitude Al-Mahmoud Mohammed, Bojkovski Filip, Chemerikikj Tomi, Cuzmici Emilijan, Dacic Mehmed, Dimitrov Filip, Francesco Zincone, Knaggs Alexander, Mackovski Filip, Mitropetros Georgios, Trpchevski Andrej made us all very proud and we are looking forward to witnessing their success in other tournaments during the school year, as well as repeating or exceeding this accomplishment in next year's soccer season. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament – Belgrade

11/5/2014

This weekend, the middle school girl’s soccer team faced off against six other CEESA schools (Pechersk School International (PSI) from Kiev, International School of Belgrade (ISB), British International School (BIS) from Belgrade, International School of Latvia (ISL), International School from Helsinki (ISH), and the Anglo-American School of Sofia (AAS)) down at the BASK soccer turf in Belgrade.  It was a great weekend in terms of weather and in terms of play for our SUPERNOVAS.  In the first game against International School of Helsinki the SuperNOVAs won 2-0. It was a team effort, with different goal scorers. After the game, the mounting enthusiasm took over amplifying the team spirit, and resulting in yet another positive outcome in the follow up game against the British International School of Belgrade. Eva Lucius scored the first goal of the tournament, and Victoria Stanoeva scored five goals as well.  It was a rough warm up with Sara Aliu, the goalie, almost twisting her ankle, but she toughed it out for the tournament and played strong. In the third game NOVA went up against BIS and scored four goals. Nova won 4-0. Although the SuperNOVAs lost the game against the International School of Belgrade, they dominated the field for long stretches of time. The SuperNOVAs went down 5-1, but scored quickly before halftime by Eva Lucius who scored a strong goal as she dribbled through the defense. The girls fought hard and never gave up, they persevered and made us as coaches extremely proud. Katja and Melisa came in strong to keep the ISB girls out and Victoria and Eva had a good game with 1 goal for Eva and 3 other close chances. The fourth game against ISB was won by the Dragons, though with good amounts of playing time by all the girls on our team. However, the girls’ zeal and dedication guaranteed that we would return home with a trophy. The following game was a heavily contested affair, with NOVA winning the game after scoring 3 penalties. The girls played a tough semi-final against ISL, showing great fight and dedication.  They showcased their talent, stepped up, and played a great game. Ana Gonzales played amazing defense throughout the tournament, especially in the semi- finals, being in the right place at the right time and shutting down the other teams’ players.  NOVA returned with a bronze medal. Besides winning a medal, many of our players were commended on their exceptional play and energy given on the soccer field, Eva Lucius (the captain) and  Sara Aliu (the goalkeeper); Viktoria Stanoeva and Ana Gonzales for making a huge effort on the field as well as Katja Hadzievska, Melisa Peksevim, and Julia Curry. Milka Kitanovska, Rosanna Prevete, Gabriella Butler, Sofia Tanevska, Masha Samsonenko, and Anne-Sophie Zolow were a huge support on the field, and throughout the games. The girls had a great season, played together as a team, and demonstrated strong willpower and character. As coaches we are extremely proud of them for their determination, progress, sense of fair play, good sportsmanship, and attitudes throughout the whole season and tournament. All of this is a testament of the commitment and heart our players have. We appreciated all of the support from parents, teachers, students and host families throughout the tournament.  Special thanks to Ms. Kitanovska, Ms. Curry, Ms. Butler, Ms. Gonzales, Ms. Tanevska and Mr. Curry for kicking around with the girls and helping them improve during their free time. You and your families brightened up our days and made this trip even more worthwhile.It was the most successful middle school girls team ever, and absolutely an honor for us as coaches to coach such a wonderful group. Vera Sotirovska & Nick Tamjanoski     Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here .  

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Middle School Pep Rally Assembly

11/4/2014

At an assembly we celebrated the victories of our two MS CEESA Football teams. The girls brought home the 3rd place trophy! The boys won the 2nd place trophy! Congratulations, Supernovas! We’re so proud of our teams! We also gave out prizes for the best Halloween costumes.  Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here

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NOVA Cross Country Race

11/4/2014

Thirty-two speedy students, teachers, and parents from the Nova community took part in the Nova International Schools 5K race on 1 November at Skopje City Park. This goal of the five-kilometer race was to support Nova's new high school/middle school cross country team, which will send nine students to the CEESA tournament from 13-15 November.   The winning racers were:  Borjan Venovski (first place male) - 22:27 Andrew Stievater (second place male) - 22:49 Illya Khomenko (third place male) - 23:40   Emily Perkins Rock (first place female) - 27:57 Olivera Zaceska (second place female) - 28:15 Caroline Buttemere (third place female) - 28:17   Race Results:   Thanks to everyone who participated!   Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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A great Halloween party for the kids and successful PTA fundraising event

11/3/2014

On October 31st, all parents, students and visitors enjoyed a fantastic Halloween party organized by the NOVA PTA Events & Fundraising Committee. There was something for everyone, fantastic treats prepared by the 4th and 5th grade parents and other PTA members, fun games and crafts, and incredibly creative masks. This very first fundraising event of the school year was great a success. Collected funds will go towards the Middle and Elementary school projects and activities. Check out the photo gallery from the event here Short video from the event: 

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After School Activities (November 2014)

11/3/2014

After School Activities (November 2014)

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First NOVA Cross Country Race

11/1/2014

Test your speed and support Nova’s new cross country team as they prepare for the CEESA tournament in Sofia! There will be a five-kilometer race on Saturday, November 1st, in Skopje City Park. All members of the Nova community are eligible to participate. Please see Mr. Austin Fast for a registration form. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 30th.  Registration Form Map:  

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Nova International Days

11/1/2014

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October 2014


MS Halloween Party Highlights

10/30/2014

Here are the highlights of yesterday’s NOVA Middle School Halloween party. It was great fun to see so many costumes, enjoy the band’s music performance, and hear students sing as part of the Karaoke Show. Prepare yourself for one more Elementary School Halloween Party tomorrow! Check out the photo gallery from the event here Short video from the event:

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High School’s First All School Assembly

10/30/2014

Yesterday, October 30th, saw the high school's first all school assembly for the academic year. These assemblies have not only become a tradition but they also embody our school's spirit. During yesterday's advisory class, we paid tribute to the events and individuals that made the first quarter and the start of the school year a successful one. Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here

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Theatre Class Performance Exam

10/29/2014

A Performance Exam took place on October  27th, in the High School Drama room. Students attending Theatre class presented their solo and group performances.  Performances ranged from musical acts to silent etudes, from comedies to dramatic monologues, which students wrote themselves. Several students attending the Filmmaking class were also present, in order to make their casting decisions for their up-coming film projects. The audience was filled with teachers following the performances, as well as, students providing support to their classmates. It was an interesting learning experience for the Theatre students in terms of dealing with stage fright and performing in front of an audience. Applauses filled the room, after each performance, and could even be heard in the hallways. Elena Gagovska Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS student Jana Cholakovska, featured on www.donacii.mk

10/28/2014

HS student Jana Cholakovska, featured on www.donacii.mk for her involvement in the Service Learning program at NOVA, and her work with the Red Cross, Rotary International, school for visually impaired children and youth "Dimitar Vlahov", and the organization "Give us Wings" http://www.donacii.mk/inspirativni-prikazni/jana-cholakovska-posvetenoto-vreme-e-vsushnost-najdragocenoto/

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HS student Kala Netkova, featured on www.donacii.mk

10/28/2014

HS student Kala Netkova, featured on www.donacii.mk for her involvement in the Service Learning program at NOVA, and her work with Sumnal, Habitat for Humanity, and the Children's Hospital in Skopje http://www.donacii.mk/inspirativni-prikazni/kala-netkova-dobrotvornata-rabota-ne-se-meri-vo-chasovi-tuku-vo-srekjni-lica/

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MS Boys Football tournament – Sofia

10/28/2014

You can watch the live stream of the tournament through the website: http://new.livestream.com/AASSofiaWolves. Please note that the tournament will be played on two fields simultaneously. Each field has its own page, so make sure to check the tournament schedule for the location of each game and tune in to the live stream of the corresponding field. You can find the game schedule, score updates, photos, and more at each Field’s page. Field A (Vitosha) will be streamed at: http://new.livestream.com/AASSofiaWolves/MSSoccerA Field B (Balkan) will be streamed at: http://new.livestream.com/AASSofiaWolves/MSSoccerB Go SuperNOVAs!!! Schedule of games:

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Nova International Days

10/25/2014

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Poetry Reading in the Library

10/22/2014

Once, Robert Frost said: “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words. ”Eight students turned international author’s thoughts into words in the Library yesterday at our First Poetry Reading of the year. As part of the “October-Month of Foreign Languages” Library Program, the students read poems by international authors both in their original language and English. We all enjoyed the poetry reading as we rarely get an opportunity to hear that many languages all at one place. The librarian would like to thank the students who participated and the Teen Advisory Board members for taking an active role in the organization of this event and would also like to encourage other students to sign up for other Library events as they are not only educational, but fun as well. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Middle School Halloween Party

10/22/2014

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Elementary School Halloween Party and Fundraiser

10/22/2014

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NOVA High School International Day a resounding success

10/21/2014

We are happy to report that more than 80 students were included in the preparation and the presentation of Albania, Australia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Macedonia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA through food tasting, language and music performances. We would like to thank our special guests “Ansambl Makedonija”, composed by students from “Ilija Nikolovski –Luj” – Skopje and “University of Goce Delcev” – Stip, for their extraordinary performances. Check out the photo gallery from the event here   Short video from the event:

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Community Service/Service Learning first quarter outcomes

10/20/2014

We are happy to report we’re off to a great start. The following has been achieved in only the first month and a half of school: 38 students were part of a two days HERA educational workshop and got certificates for peer educators regarding youth sexual and reproductive heath.  30 students completed the Red Cross PHV educational program for creating and managing youth projects. 11 students participated in the Habitat for Humanity activity in Veles. 30 students from the Red Cross group supported by Tinex markets volunteered at the homeless shelter. 135 meals were prepared and served, in honor of World Food Day. 11 students went trough a two day training session for swimming for special needs children, organized by the Give us Wings organization. 4 students are tutoring NOVA students that struggle with school curriculum. 5 students volunteered for three hours in Pakomak on the Green Bus project. 2 Students went trough the program for youth environmental leaders organised by the organization GoGreen. 12 students are working on an in-school campaign for food education as a part of the Jamie Oliver Food revolution. 8 students are making greeting cards for sick children trough donacii.mk 40 students had two activities at the Skopje Zoo and two more are to follow.   Many students earned community service points trough other in-school activities such as International Day and Model European Parliament. 200 students have completed their Community Service requirement for the quarter.  Two more weeks of first quarter remain and we expect many more activities to be performed by our students.    Maja Lazarevska Community Service and Service Learning Coordinator

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NOVA High School students donate food for the homeless

10/17/2014

In honor of World Food Day, on October 16, our Red Cross group of 30 students, generously supported by TINEX Markets, prepared food packages and sandwiches for 80 beneficiaries of Red Cross’s shelter for the homeless in Skopje. We are proud that we can continue our successful collaboration with the Red Cross as part of our Service Learning Program. In the past, our partnership has consisted of several donations of food, hygiene products, and small home appliances. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA High School International Day

10/16/2014

This year’s International Day will take place on Monday, October 20 during Brunch and Advisory class. We are very happy to report that a total of 80 students will participate representing no less than 15 different countries and cultures, traditions, languages, food and music.

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MS and HS libraries receive new tablet computers

10/13/2014

We’re happy to report that both the HS and MS libraries have been enriched with new tablets. We would like to thank MPM publishing house for their gracious donation of 10 Lenovo tablets, as part of their effort in popularizing the Macedonian English language news agency www.independent.mk. This donation was a part of our continued effort in enriching the library experience for our students, and making the libraries epicenters of student learning.   Check out the photo gallery from the donation here

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Vote for the official High School International Day poster

10/13/2014

As part of the preparations for our High School International Day which will take place on Monday, October 20th, 2014, we would like YOU to be part of choosing the official poster for this year’s event. All 4 posters are made by high school students involved in the organizational committees for the event. Just click LIKE for your favorite one, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday afternoon.  Facebook photo gallery link We are proud to announce that more than 15 countries will be represented during the event, through their language, food and music; presented by more than 80 high school students. 

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Ms. Elisabeth O'Connell, a senior US university admissions official visited NOVA

10/8/2014

October 6th marked the visit of Ms. Elisabeth O'Connell, a senior US university admissions official, as part of the US Department of State's Overseas School Project (Ms. O'Connell also serves in the capacity of a Director of International Admissions at University of Pennsylvania). Nova parents, students and faculty had the chance to workshop and go over the specificities of the holistic application process to US institutions of higher learning.  

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NOVA participates at Regional Meeting for Financial Education

10/7/2014

Mr. Ivan Novakovski, NOVA's manager, took part as presenter at last weeks Child and Youth Regional Meeting for Financial Education for Europe and Central Asia, held in Skopje. He presented on the topic of Financial Education programs and how they ought to delivered by the education and banking sector. Audience was comprised of representatives of central and commercial banks, and youth studying business from around the region. Mr. Novakovski presented NOVA's curriculum in the field of finance, and some successful examples from around the world.

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NOVA Alumni organization

10/7/2014

  // We're proud to initiate NOVA's Alumni Organization and introduce to you our Alumni coordinator, Ms. Katerina Zlatanovska Popova. She'll be the person responsible for tracking down all of our alums spread around the globe, and keeping in touch with them as they transition from university to the work place and beyond. The Alumni Organization is still in the initial stages of development, but we have big dreams and ideas! In order to expand the directory and move to the next stage of newsletters, reunions, etc., we need your help. If you are an alum, or are in contact with other alums, visit the following page (http://nova.edu.mk/alumni_in_action.aspx), fill out the provided registration form and encourage others to do so.To interact with former students, teachers and parents, we invite you to also “like” our FB alumni page. By becoming a member of our alumni group, you can network with other alumni or simply stay informed on alumni news and events. Please keep in touch as we love to see old pictures and read stories about your time with us.  

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5th national Model European Parliament simulation in the media

10/7/2014

           

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ES International Days Performance

10/6/2014

The grand finale to our International Days was a performance entitled “We are the Children of the World”. Students sang songs and entertained us with folk dances from Hawaii, Jamaica, Spain, Korea, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, Kosovo and Ecuador. The amphitheater was transformed into an Asian paradise with Chinese lanterns and dragons, Korean painting and panels, and Japanese fans created by our students. At the end we had our traditional “Parade of Flags” to celebrate our rich diversity. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS International Days Assembly

10/6/2014

Our Middle School International Day Assembly focused on being proud of our individual heritages, and being respectful of others. Through amazing poster and postcard presentations, poetry, videos, a puppet show and human moving sculptures students shared their pride and understanding of their home cultures. We sang “We are the World” and danced the Macedonian oro together. And last but not least, we had delicious tacos for lunch. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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5th national Model European Parliament simulation in Macedonia [3-5 October 2014]

10/3/2014

  Today NOVA International Schools will host the 5th national simulation of the Model European Parliament.20 High schools from 12 cities are going to join us for a three day event where students simulate the work of the EU Parliament.Follow updates from the event on:- Facebook: www.facebook.com/MEPMacedonia- Twitter: www.twitter.com/MEP_Macedonia- Blog: www.mepmk.wordpress.com/And starting today, follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/mep_macedonia

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University of Pennsylvania’s admissions director to visit NOVA

10/3/2014

We have the pleasure to announce the upcoming U.S. application workshop, which will take place on October 6 from 17:00 to 18:00 in the HS Library. This workshop is mainly targeting the seniors and their parents, although all interested 11th grade students and parents are welcome to attend since they are at the beginning stages of their application plans and process. We will meet and enjoy a workshop with a seasoned international admissions officer, Ms. Elisabeth O’Connell. Although Ms. O’Connell is coming to us in her capacity as a College Board consultant, she is the Director of Transfer and International Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.   

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September 2014


After School Activities (October 2014)

9/30/2014

After School Activities (October 2014)

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ES International Days Presentations - Day 1

9/30/2014

It’s always exciting during International Days when parents share games, crafts, songs, dances, stories and food from their culture with our students! Check out the photo gallery from the presetations here

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EMS International Days Performance

9/26/2014

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New Student Council Cabinet elected

9/26/2014

On September 10th, the elections for this year’s Student Council Cabinet took place. This year, there was change in the voting format. Namely, the decision was not made only by the student body, but also by Department Coordinators, Student Support Services Staff and school leadership. In addition, the senior chair and the junior chair have been substituted with senior and junior chair coalitions of two students. However, the senior chair was known in advance since only one coalition was nominated. The new senior chair members, Kristina Madjoska and Nikolaos Theodosiadis gave a short speech on the elections in which they stated their goals and plans for this year. The voting took place after all junior chair, secretary and treasurer nominees gave their speeches in which they answered why they are the right person/coalition for the position they were nominated for. The end result? Senior Chairs: Krsitina Madjoska and Nikolaos Theodosiadis Junior Chairs: Ana Arsovska and Sofija Paneva Secretary: Ina Dimova Treasurer: Petar Peshev We congratulate the newly elected officers and wish them all the best.

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Learning Chinese at NOVA

9/26/2014

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the first Confucius Institute in the world, and the 1st anniversary of this Institute in Skopje, open hours in Chinese language, writing, music and Tai Chi are being held today. As part of the collaboration between NOVA International Schools, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje and the Confucius Institute of Skopje, we would like to announce that, starting from October, our students will have the opportunity to learn Chinese in our high school. Secrets of the Chinese signs, literature and culture lectured by teachers from China will be part of the classes for the 15 students who have already signed-up. Nova, as an international school comprising more than 40 different cultures, is looking to establish closer ties with the Chinese community in Macedonia, and we are extremely enthusiastic about deepening our collaboration. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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ES Responsibility Assembly

9/26/2014

We started the year off with a focus on Responsibility. Ms. Jovanovski’s 2nd grade class performed skits showing how to be responsible during lunchtime, recess and reading during DEAR. Our 1st grade Macedonian Language class drew pictures of themselves being responsible and explained their drawings. The 4th graders sang a song about this character trait. Then we watched a special video showing all the ways our NOVA elementary students are responsible. It was a great start to the new school year! Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here Responsibility song:

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The PTA’s first Assembly meeting

9/24/2014

NOVA PTA’s First Assembly Meeting was a resounding success. The high school amphitheater was filled by 47 old and new PTA members, all enthusiastic to make a difference. The first order of business was to select the new Managing Board for the following two years. With a unanimous vote, Mrs. Nada Stievater (parent) and Mrs. Katerina Venovska (parent) were elected as PTA Co-Chairs; Mrs. Katerina Zlatanovska Popova (PR & Alumni Coordinator) was elected to the roll of Secretary and Mrs. Marija Kochovska (parent) will serve as the new Treasurer. The PTA’s operation was subdivided in three committees: Welcome, Events and Fundraising and School Improvement. Parents and teachers split into individual committees based on personal interest and were able to decide on their committee coordinators. They also had a chance to have an initial brainstorming session for future activities and projects. Mrs. Deepty Mundhra (parent) and Mrs. Aneta Machkoski (parent) were elected as the Events & Fundraising Committee coordinators; Mrs. Aleksandra Mitevska (HS Learning Specialist) was elected as the Welcome Committee coordinator; and Mr. Vladimir Radevski (parent), Mrs. Kristina Todorovikj Nikolikj (parent) and Mr. Gerard Lucius (parent) as School Improvement committee coordinators. Every committee coordinator made a brief report on the generated ideas such as evening of ajvar tasting, Halloween party for HS students, social gathering during the boys soccer tournament in November, one-way traffic on Prashka street, support during the NOVA reaccreditation, usage of sports facilities, website and social media communication, talented students and exchange programs among others. Each of the committee agreed to meet additionally for further coordination. PTA Managing Board and PTA Committee Coordinators will meet monthly. The next PTA Assembly Meeting is scheduled for November 18, 2014. We look forward to another fruitful meeting, in our efforts to grow NOVA’s sense of community. Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here

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HS Back to School Night

9/23/2014

Last Friday, September 19th, 2014, NOVA High School was a host to HS parents for the annual Back to School Night. As every year, this is unique occasion for the parents to be in their “kid’s shoes” by following their schedules, visiting classes and getting familiar with their teachers and courses. Parents had the opportunity to find out more about the Service Learning and Athletics programs, as well as, student support services and after school activities. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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NOVA nationally recognized for social responsibility practices

9/17/2014

NOVA has yet again been recognized for its social responsibility practices and the Service Learning program, by the Coordinative body for corporate social responsibility. NOVA received a plaque in the category Investment in the Community for small to medium sized organizations. NOVA's Service Learning program aims to develop the personality of students, helping them become more active, compassionate, and socially aware citizens. It is designed as a framework for experiential learning, intending to involve students in new roles, with the emphasis on learning from experience. As part of the NOVA graduation requirements, students need to successfully complete a minimum of one community service - service learning project each year, with a minimum of ten community service hours. This past year students were working on environmental protection, recycling, animal care, teaching/tutoring underprivileged children, and with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity organizations. Press Corner Link

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PTA Morning Coffee Hour – promoting a healthy diet

9/16/2014

Dear parents and teachers, We would like to thank you for showing up in such a large number to today’s PTA Morning Coffee Hour and for all your ideas and suggestions about promoting a healthy diet in our cafeterias. We will keep you informed about activities our Food Advocacy group will undertake, involving both NOVA parents and students, throughout the year. As some of you have requested here are the recipes of the smoothies and ice cream that you had a chance to taste: Vegetable’s smoothie: 1 cucumber, 2 sticks of celery, 1/2 lemon juice, and 1 piece of fresh ginger; add some water and mix in a blender. Fruit smoothie: 1 piece of melon, 10-15 leafs of fresh mint, 100 ml water; Mix in a blender. Ice –cream: 1kg. of frozen bananas and 300 gr. of frozen raspberries; Mix all in a blender and serve immediately. Feel free to share your healthy recipes or join us in cooking you favorite healthy dish together with the Food Advocacy group. Hope to see many of you at our upcoming coffee hour or one of our planned events. Sincerely, NOVA PTA Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Back to School Night

9/15/2014

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES for Friday, September 19, 2014

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The College Board and NOVA International Schools present: Pre-AP Workshops in Macedonia

9/12/2014

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US Embassy Blood and Food Drive

9/2/2014

Please Jointhe U.S. Embassy and Red Cross of Skopje for a COMMUNITY BLOOD AND FOOD DRIVEOn Thursday September 11, the U.S. Embassy will mark the U.S. National Day of Serviceby hosting a blood and food donation event in collaboration with the Red Cross of City of Skopje and the Institute of Transfusiology.Blood donors will be gladly accepted at the U.S. Embassyfrom 10:30 to 16:00.Ambassador Wohlers will give remarks at 11:30am.This event will help the Red Cross replenish blood supplies and provide needy families with food and other necessities for the winter months ahead.The process of blood donation should take less than twenty minutes from start to finish, including registration, a brief medical check/questionnaire from the Red Cross medical staff, and the blood donation.  Afterwards, enjoy a snack, and a juice from our juice bar.Donors must be between 18-65 years of age, and must have resided in Macedonia for at least six months. Donors cannot have donated blood in the last four months for women, or three months for men.We will also be collecting non-perishable food items and financial donations. Please consider donating a food item, especially if you cannot donate blood.

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Service Learning Student Focus Group meeting

9/2/2014

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