August 2014


HS beginning of school year

8/28/2014

Dear new family, The administration team at NOVA High School is happy to invite you to our school on Wednesday August 27 at 11am for our new family orientation. This is an opportunity for your family to socialize with newcomers alike, your child to meet the Advisory and subject teachers, and become acquainted with many aspects of school life. The student orientation will take around 3 hours; a separate one for interested parents will begin at the same time, and take around 1 hour. We would like to encourage you to set up your own school account, and review any course syllabi, class supplies list, attendance records, class assignments, course calendars, class reports and grades posted there. Parents who have created accounts can also find out more about school events, athletics, afterschool activities, and download recent school documents. To set up your own account, send us an email to info@nova.edu.mk with the word ‘Edline’ in the subject of the message, and include your first and last name in the text. We will contact you shortly with instructions. Your child’s schedule will be distributed on orientation day. To request changes to this schedule you should have an active online account. The course-change registration portal will open at 8am on Thursday Aug 28 and close at 4pm on Friday Sep 5. Once you log-in to your account, simply locate the electronic add/drop/change form and follow directions. It may take up to a week for us to process changes; the requests must meet guidance counsellor approval, and will be processed so long as there are spaces available. A few upcoming dates to note: Thursday and Friday, August 28-29, 2013 at 8 a.m. – Full A and B Days Students should arrive well before 8am. The first A and B days are intended to introduce students to their courses. Personal introductions, course syllabi and classroom policies are typically discussed during our first day of school. Textbooks and Locker keys (August 28 -29) You will pick up all course required texts and reading materials from your teachers during the classes Thursday and Friday August 28-29. Locker keys are also available from the security desk, during the first days of school. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.Warmly, NOVA High School Administration Team Other important dates to remember:Monday, September 8-Independence Day (non-working day)Friday, September 19 – Back to School Night

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HS schedule of classes (Aug. 28th)

8/27/2014

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EMS Principal Welcome Letter

8/22/2014

Dear Parents and Students, Yes, it's just about time to begin a new school year!  I hope you are enjoying your summer and feeling ready to get back to school. We're looking forward to seeing you all again. Here's some important information: ·  Wednesday, Aug. 27 is Student Orientation. Elementary at 10:00 - 11:00, with a short meeting about ESL from 11:00 - 11:30. Middle School at 12:00 - 1:00. We invite all families, new and returning, to come and meet the teachers, and get important information about classes. At this time you can also sign up for the Hot Lunch Program, Bus service, Day Care and order supply packets. ·  Thursday, Aug. 28 it the first day of school. It is a half day - dismissal at 12:00 for all students. ·  Friday, Aug. 29 is a full day of school. Dismissal at 3:00. The Hot Lunch program will start on Monday, Sept. 1, so please provide a snack for Thursday, and a snack and lunch on Friday for your child. The bus service will start on Tuesday, September 9th. ES and MS Class lists will be posted near the front entrance at 9:00 on Monday, August 25. Parent requests have been honored as much as possible and we have worked hard to make the classes balanced and beneficial for all students. No further changes will be made and we appreciate your support and understanding. I am very happy to be the principal of both Elementary and Middle School and eager to continue developing NOVA into the best school it can be. I look forward to working with you to make this a productive and enjoyable school year. See you soon! Warm regards, Cindy Gold M.Ed Elementary and Middle School Principal

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HS Principal Welcome Letter

8/22/2014

Dear parent, We are excited to welcome you to the new school year. For us teachers it has already begun. The summer has been exceptionally busy, hosting a world-class event (video here: http://www.globalconnections.org/news_and_initiatives/GCSeminarXVI_thoughts.aspx), but also busy with new enrolments. Our community is thriving, and it is shouldering the additional responsibilities well. I believe we are prepared for our most successful year yet. We look forward to welcoming our new high school families next Wednesday August 27 at 11am to the family orientation. If weather permits, we’ll go outside the building for a bit of socializing, to be joined by a number of our faculty and staff. There, I hope to also invite you to attend the first of many morning coffee hours, and to become a member of our parent-teacher association. I believe the best way to help your student is to join our efforts in helping all of our students.I have a few exciting changes to introduce to you here, all happening this year. We will be discussing them in greater detail at several upcoming events as well: Our campus will receive enhanced security, an additional security guard near the main parking lot. The school will adopt a new open campus policy, making it a privilege, one that our freshmen will need to earn, and that our sophomores, juniors and seniors will need to maintain.    In the spring, we are finally saying farewell to school excursions, in favor of a more robust learning experience called ‘a week without walls’. Your student will collaborate with peers in groups of 20, chaperoned by 2 of our faculty and staff. The groups will embark on a 3-5 day projects outside the confines of our school. This project-based learning will involve some travel, ranging from the nearby city center, to as far as another country.    This year, generously supported by the US Department of State, and partnering with College Board, we are able to bring a few major events at Nova. First is an October visit by the admissions director of an Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania; she will offer insight and training to our college counselors and teachers, but also offer an evening session for those families who are interested in finding out more about US college admissions. During our spring professional development, College Board will invite seasoned veterans to conduct vertical teams workshops for our grade 6-12 pre-AP programs, in Math, Science and English.  Finally, in addition to our rich program of events and extra-curricular activities, we would like to offer our students the opportunity to join cross-country coed, and varsity tennis. You can register your intent to join with our AC/AD, who will give more details, pending a sufficient number of interested families. We are eagerly anticipating the new school year, and the opportunity to meet you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you - those of you making Skopje and Macedonia your new home, those making Nova your new community, or those returning, with whom we share an eventful history. Most respectfully,  Viktor Novakovski High School Principal NOVA International Schools

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July 2014


NOVA International Schools Congratulates its AP students on a successful May 2014 session!

7/16/2014

With 66 AP students and around 150 exams, we are happy to report a resounding 82% success rate, with more than 11% higher than the previous exam session! Big congrats to the Class of 2014 for their AP Awards (9 in total, including 2 students being awarded an Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)). We are also pleased to see a successful run for our junior class, the Class of 2015, with 12 AP Awards in place. Indeed, it has been a tremendous group feat, with everyone pulling in their weight. However, we’d also like to take this opportunity to single out a few names, of exceptionally dedicated and consistently hard-working AP students, whose Awards have made us so proud this day: Class of 2014 (Isidora Bojkovska, Vasil Kuzevski, Nikola Matlievski, Blanka Nakova, Bard Ajdini, Velimir Todorovski and Mila Georgievska) Class of 2015 (Martin Trpovski, Timothy Predmore, Monica Benya, Marija Trajanoska, Georg Chemerikikj, Stefan Spirovski, Elena Gagovska, Sara Jovanovska, Stefan Djaleski, Sergej Shteriev, Kala Nekova and Slavica Srebrova) Class of 2016 (Sofija Paneva)

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NOVA International Schools Congratulates its IBDP students on a successful May 2014 session!

7/16/2014

With 15 Diplomas earned, several courses successfully completed and anticipated candidates earning their IB stripes, we’d like to thank our students for coming full circle in a challenging and oftentimes strenuous academic programme. In terms of small and large victories, we’d like to acknowledge the exceptional work of few students whose high scores and overall top marks helped create both personal and communal victories in our little corner of the IB world: Simona Sarafinovska, on her resounding 43 points, Emilija Tashevska (41) , Ilina Dimitrovska (40), Sara Jankoska (38) and Aleksandra Kljuseva (39)!

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Summer School and Summer Camp 2014

7/7/2014

Even though our summer adventure has come to an end and we celebrated our accomplishments in a festive mood, we never said that this is the end of our journey together. On the contrary, it is a start of a wonderful friendship. As we take a plunge into summer we will remain continually inspired by all the students who showcased their talent; danced, sang, and delivered truly memorable lines during our NOVA summer school and camp final performance. It was a month of joy and adventure as we learned from each other and grew together regardless of whether we were testing our adventurous spirit by climbing mountains or reading a book. We managed to bridge the age gap, and proved once again the true value of education. Thus we promise to meet you again next year to recollect our poignant memories, and rewrite our story as we embark on new adventures.(Let us dream a dream together, and reach for the stars!) Check out the photo gallery from Summer School and Camp 2014 here Check out the photo gallery from the final performance here Short video from the final performance:

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June 2014


Have a great summer vacation!

6/25/2014

   

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First week of Summer School and Camp

6/25/2014

We cannot believe that a week has gone already! We could hear the excited students chanting “Summer School Is Cool” as they were learning new skills and having fun! The adventuresome campers proved yet again that there is no mountain high enough or a river wide enough for their unyielding spirit. The adventure has just begun.  Check out the photo gallery from the first week of Summer School and Camp here

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First day of NOVA Summer School and Camp

6/17/2014

Our summer is officially off to a GREAT start! Our Little Starts and Flowers were adorable; the Dream Catchers were whimsical; the Dragonflies were magical; the Golden Fireflies were glowing, and the Emeralds shone brightly on the first school day. This creative assemblage of students made our first day of summer school unique. Getting ready for camp is part of the fun! The NOVA campers where in for some great fun undertaking their first challenge:  rock-climbingon the not so high, but nonetheless surprisingly steep mountain Vodno. This made their first day of camp incredibly exciting, and at the same time challenging. For all those thrill seekers out there NOVA summer camp was THE place to be. Check out the photo gallery from the events here

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NOVA children’s books donation

6/16/2014

NOVA donated children’s books to the neo-natal ICU at Mother Teresa Hospital. NOVA Advisory Board members, Sara Predmore, and US Ambassador Wohler’s wife, Mary Jo, visit and read to the babies there.

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Middle School Graduation Ceremony

6/16/2014

Clad in gold, our 8th graders graduated with pride. Amid singing, dancing and presidential awards we celebrated their hard work and the end of a wonderful school year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Summer School and Summer Camp 2014

6/16/2014

For more information on the Summer Camp and School 2014, visit the following link:http://nova.edu.mk/summer_camp_and_school_2014.aspx. 

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NOVA's University Acceptances

6/13/2014

All of NOVA's university acceptances and enrollments for the academic 2013-14, including our Hall of Fame enrollments throughout the years.http://nova.edu.mk/university_acceptances_2014.aspx

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Elementary School Assembly - June 2014

6/13/2014

We said “Farewell” to those students who will be leaving NOVA and it was bittersweet. Then we played one last game together with all our children from Pre K to Grade 4. We will miss those who are moving on, and look forward to seeing our returning student in August! Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here

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Final thoughts by NOVA's graduating class of '14

6/10/2014

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NOVA Bus Service

6/10/2014

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HS Robotics Team visits 3rd and 4th Grade

6/9/2014

NOVA High School students from the Robotics Club visited 3rd and 4th grade science classes to explain about robotics and  share the “Hit the Mole” game they created. The younger students were inspired and had a great time playing the game! Check out the gallery from the visit here

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HS Teachers’s Appreciation Day

6/9/2014

Friday, June 6th, was a special day for our high school teachers who were being honored for their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work over the course of the academic 2013-14. A special celebration was organized in their honor, with lots of food, drinks, music, flowers and presents. The teachers were very happy to see that around 20 high school parents took this opportunity to show their appreciation by cooking food, bringing drinks, organizing music and making this party a memorable, most relaxing and fun event they have ever had. Dear parents, now it is our turn to say THANK YOU! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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ES Book Fair

6/6/2014

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Happy - Performed by NOVA Elementary School

6/5/2014

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NOVA graduates, Genc Isljami and Donna Urdinov, interviewed in TEA Moderna

6/5/2014

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Elementary End of the Year Performance

6/5/2014

Our End of the Year Performance – Walking on Sunshine – was a festive and joyful celebration! Every grade sang and danced and there was a surprise screening of our Happy video for the finale. Check out the photo gallery from the performance here

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Ballet Recital

6/4/2014

One June 2nd, our young ballerinas had the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned through the school year, as part of the Ballet extracurricular program. Parents had a lovely afternoon watching their children perform a graceful choreography during the Ballet Recital. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS All School Assembly and Reader Awards

6/4/2014

With an astounding total of nearly 400 submissions, this semester's Reading Contest series came to a magnificent close. Over the months of February, March, April, and May, our dedicated Middle School participants nurtured their love of books, enriched their knowledge and imagination, built their reading skills and stamina, and were rewarded for their pleasurable efforts with a number of appealing prizes. We look forward to continuing this tradition of reading encouragement in the coming academic year as well.

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Giffoni Day 2014

6/3/2014

Come and participate on the second Giffoni Day this Saturday, June 7 from 12pm to 5pm and give your support to our NOVA High school band. Take part in various activities and have fun!

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Music Without Limits

6/3/2014

On Friday, May 30, the high school outdoor auditorium turned into an oasis of friendship between our parents, teachers and students. We all gathered together for a Jam session and took delight in the performances of the HS band, MS band, Teachers’ Band, the HS dance group and special guest stars Kontraplan and Oscar Trio. We all had a wonderful time together, and we truly hope that this will become a NOVA annual tradition. Check out  the photo gallery from the event here

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Elelementary School Endurance Assembly and Reader Awards

6/2/2014

At our Reading Awards assembly every elementary student was honored with a certificate based on their efforts to read daily. Our Master Readers read every day, including weekends and have made the most progress. We also celebrated Endurance, and played a balancing game to show our endurance in balance. Also, the awards reflected a student’s reading endurance, how much time they can focus on reading a book, a very important skill for all core subjects. Our young readers are very proud of their accomplishments. Check out the photo gallery from the assembly here

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Elementary School End of the Year Performance

6/2/2014

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Head of School, Venera Novakovska, being interviewed for daily newspaper Nova Makedonija

6/2/2014

Head of School, Venera Novakovska, being interviewed for daily newspaper Nova Makedonija: http://www.novamakedonija.com.mk/NewsDetal.asp?vest=5311494574&id=136&prilog=0&setIzdanie=23188  

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Students donate equipment to Red Cross Homeless shelter

6/2/2014

On Friday  May 30th, three of our HS students accompanied by Ivan Markovski, our Service Learning coordinator, visited the Red Cross homeless shelter. With funds collected through several fund raisers, students were able to donate much needed equipment to the shelter. For this purpose the Red Cross provided our student volunteers with an itemized list, which included a microwave, a haircut and shaving tool kit, a device for measuring blood sugar levels, and an electric pot. We thank the students for their dedication to making a difference, even as the school year is drawing to a close.

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