May 2013


Elementary School Patience Assemby

5/30/2013

Last month we learned about probably one of the most difficult character traits to master – PATIENCE. Now we’re getting better at listening quietly and waiting our turn.

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NOVA students accepted at prestigious universities featured in Republika magazine

5/28/2013

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Yearbook 2013 on Sale!

5/27/2013

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NOVA Students Visited Alfa Television Station

5/26/2013

As part of their media education in Macedonian language classes, 8th grade students were supposed to visit one TV station. For this purpose, we went to Alfa TV and were able to see the inner workings of a TV station. From how a live show is produced to how the news and and the station are run, we were backstage, talking to journalists, directors and other members of the crew. The most interesting place for the students was the digital studio where all programs are actually custom made – by cutting and pasting parts of "films", performed by a specialized editing software, all with the purpose of making a perfect TV show. The students realized how much effort, time and resources are needed even for something as "simple" as a single minute "on the air"! We truly enjoyed our visit!

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MARBA High School Workshop

5/25/2013

 On May 22nd, the Macedonian Association of Ron BrownAlumni (MARBA), with support of the Embassy of the United States ofAmerica in Skopje, organized the second training session of the LeadershipSeries Lectures, focusing on Project Management and conductingProduction Simulation.These trainings are conducted by Ron Brown Alumni, targeting youth aged between 14 and 24, and involving topics related to entrepreneurshipand ethical leadership.Following the Basics of Project Management training, 12 students participated in the Production simulation. TheSimulation itself is a complex exercise, which treats all main aspectsof a small manufacturing enterprise: forecasting, planning, organisingand managing, manufacturing, marketing, negotiating, controlling, andfinancing, as well as team work and leadership.According the participants, it was an enjoyable learning experience.

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Volvo Field Trip

5/22/2013

A short while ago, several NOVA students were given the opportunity to attend the official premiere of the new Volvo FH Truck. As a matter of fact, it came as somewhat of a surprise to the few of us that had been selected to be some of the very first in this country to hop in Volvo's newest creation.It was April the 26, the sun was up, and we were at a parking lot hosting the brand new truck model. However, weren't there to get driven around. A task was given to us: remain in the cabin, note all it offers and assess how comfortable would it be to spend long hours, even days in it, while traveling through a wide range of climates and weather conditions and encountering various issues on the road.We tested the new modern features and the smartly designed setup of instruments, tools, storage spaces, resting spaces and useful appliances and features, the finest details of which the Volvo " special agents" were very patient to carefully present to us. Another aspect explained was the practicality of the new driver's dashboard, equipped with the top sensors and gadgets monitoring the state of the vehicle, which provides the driver constant information to assure that no potential trouble is caused due to irregularities, (like for example, engine overheating) . After all, the Volvo representatives did say that safety is the most important variable taken into consideration when creating their vehicles.The happening was also interesting for reasons other than the experience of seeing all the innovative features of a machine considered as ordinary as a truck. (We were also amazed to discover that that the cabin of the truck, which appeared to be quite ordinary, containing two beds, a TV and refrigerator, can, if stacked properly, house exactly 39 adult men!) The official premiere itself was rather engaging, giving us a glimpse in the world of promoting events of big corporations, such as Volvo.  The five of us, who were sent on the "secret mission" with a code name “Icon reborn” were invited on the stage to share our impressions. As students, we were the youngest there, and perhaps the big stage and extraordinary buffet was not something we would immediately connect with trucks and drivers. However, the premiere of Volvo FH proved to be great fun and quite a fascinating learning experience. We really hope we get to participate in something similar again.

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Elementary School Science Fair

5/21/2013

 Our students became young physicists, zoologists, nutritionists, environmentalists and sound engineers by asking questions and then conducting experiments and doing research to find the answers. Some of the questions were:  Why do these animals have different kinds of skin?  What is a healthy breakfast and why? What could I do if I were an electromagnet? Why do we need light to see? How does insulation affect heat?

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NOVA HS Band performance on Macedonian Senior Parade

5/17/2013

We are very happy to announce that our HS Band members rocked the stage on Macedonia square today, May 17th. They took part in the largest gathering of high school seniors in Skopje ever, as part of the Macedonian Senior Parade. Well done, guys!

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High School Performance

5/17/2013

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CEESA HS Volleyball Tournament in Belgrade

5/17/2013

Our high school girls volleyball team is participating in a CEESA tournament hosted by the International School of Belgrade. The will live stream the volleyball games on 2 separate channels on Friday and Saturday. You can watch and support our volleyball team on the following links: http://www.livestream.com/is_belgrade http://www.ustream.tv/channel/international-school-of-belgradeWe wish them the best of luck!  

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CESSA MS Girls Volleyball Tournament in Riga

5/14/2013

We’re very happy to announce that NOVA's MS girls won the 2nd place and Sportsmanship Award at CEESA's Middle School Girls Volleyball Tournament in Riga, Latvia. The team’s hard work, strong will, and cooperation skills make us all proud. Great job, Girls!

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Pre-K ZOO Visit

5/13/2013

Our Pre-K 3 and 4 year olds loved seeing the animals up close as they study zoo animals and pets.

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CEESA MS Girls Volleyball Tournament in Riga Games Schedule

5/9/2013

To follow and support our Middle School girls volleyball team competing against other CEESA international schools in Riga, you can watch a live video feed of the games on the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ceesa-middle-school-basketball You can look at the schedule of games to see when our girls are playing. Please note that Riga is one hour ahead of Skopje. We wish our girls volleyball team all the best!  

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NOVA Model European Parliament Speech Competition

5/8/2013

Celebrating Europe day on the 9th of May, the NOVA Model European Parliament (MEP) club is organizing a speech competition. Ten students will be competing, giving speeches on the topic: We believe that the European experiment has succeeded. Selected students from this competition will be representing NOVA High School on the MEP national session in the autumn 2013.The speech competition will begin at 3 pm on the 9th of May in the MS Media room. The event is open for anyone that wishes to attend. The following NOVA students will compete: Ina Dimova, Nikola Danev, Filip Nikolovski, Mishel Mucunska, Kala Netkova, Tijana Istochka, Sergej Grunevski, Mila Georgievska, Ana Arsovska, and Blanka Nakova.

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Interact club of NOVA chartered by Rotary International

5/8/2013

We're happy to report that the Interact club of NOVA International School has been officially chartered by Rotary International. This club is the first of its kind in the Republic of Macedonia, sponsored by the Rotary Club Skopje – Kamen Most. The occasion is all the more momentous when considering it took place at the 50th anniversary of the chartering of the first such club in the US. Congratulations to all of the Interact members for making this club a reality and for paving the way for other high school students around Macedonia to follow suit.

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Italian State Competiton

5/7/2013

Congratulation to Fjolla Zllatku for winning second place on the Italian  State Competition held on April 26th.   Well done Fjolla.   

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Elementary School Friendship Assembly

5/7/2013

April was Friendship month. At our assembly students performed the classic The Velveteen Rabbit, played cooperation games, shared narratives about their friends, and sang songs. At the end of the day everyone got a balloon that symbolizes how friends fill you up with love and happiness.  

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Elementary and Middle School Christmas performance " A Forest Fairy Tale" on Nasa TV

5/2/2013

We're proud to announce that this year's Elementary and Middle School Christmas performance " A Forest Fairy Tale" will be aired on Nasa TV during the Easter holidays.   It will air on Sunday, May 5th, at 9:30am, 6pm and 10:30pm, and Monday, May 6th, at 9:10am and 6:30pm.  We're happy that will be able to showcase the many talents of our students and faculty to the wider community. Our gratitude goes out to Risto Gogovski and the rest of the Nasa TV crew for their support.  

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April 2013


Spring Break Announcement

4/26/2013

NOVA International Schools is closed for classes from Monday April 29th through Monday May 6th   for Spring Break. During this time the business office will be open from 9:00 to 14:00. Regular classes will resume on Tuesday, May 7th. We wish everyone a restful and enjoyable Spring Break.

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Middle School Reading Awards Assembly

4/26/2013

Adventure April was a great success! We were visited by Captain Underpants! The contest for the pizza party puts grade 6 in the lead followed closely by grade 5. Next month, Mix it up May!

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PTA Bake Sale

4/24/2013

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French Theatre Group: Promoting Francophony

4/22/2013

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Congratulations to Stefan Rafajlovski

4/21/2013

Congratulations to Stefan Rafajlovski on being accepted to the University of California, San Diego! Bravo, Stefan!

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When You Give Life to a Robot...

4/17/2013

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7th ANNUAL FAMILY BAZAAR 2013

4/15/2013

NOVA Parent Teacher Association NOVA International Schools, Praska 27Saturday, April 20th, 2013 11am to 3pmFree admissionsCharity Event will provide funds to several organizations:o National Campaign for the opening of an Emergency Room at the University’s Childrens’ Clinic o NOVA Student Council supported local NGO’s:• Go Green –Recycling & Environmental Awareness• Daily center for children with cerebral palsy o NOVA Library ProgramEvents:• Book Fair – Sale of Children’s English Books• International Food Court – over 20 different national cuisines and gift items• Finest local craftsmen offering unique and traditional items • Raffle Ticket Drawing with valuable prizes!• Children’s Corner

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Ротари клуб Скопје Камен Мост – конференција за професионална ориентација

4/14/2013

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NOVA Habitat for Humanity Club Humanitarian Concert

4/7/2013

On Saturday evening, March 30th 2013, the NOVA Habitat for Humanity Club held a humanitarian concert in the Elementary and Middle School facility. This charitable event featured performances by the NOVA High School Band, Sara Markoska and Actias luna (led by NOVA HS student Viktor Safstrom.) Proceeds from the ticket sale and bake sale were raised towards the Habitat for Humanity Roma Housing Program  (http://www.habitat.org.mk/eng/rhprogram.html) which aims to reduce substandard living conditions for the Roma population in Skopje. Meanwhile, the club held a clothes, food and toys drive for the family of an 31 year- old widow living in substandard conditions in Kumanovo. This family is composed of three young children (of kindergarten and primary school age) and an unemployed mother with a difficult medical condition. Any help that she receives from social security amounts to 3000 denars per month.  With each ticket bought, guests were automatically entered in the lottery which offered prizes from the following sponsors: Vitalia, Oxette, Lush and Nana.  The Habitat club is delighted with the event's outcomes and is thankful to all the guests, volunteers, singers, bands, NOVA security and staff members for warmly offering their help and support to realize this project.   

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Middle School Science Fair 2013

4/3/2013

We would like to congratulate all the middle school students on an amazing science fair. We have the best amateur scientists. While everyone did a fantastic job we would like to announce the following projects as the overall winners:                                                                  3rd Place: Project 77- Pesticides                                   2nd place tie: Project 62 Salt Water Purification & Project 83 Wave Power                                       1st Place: Project 80 How Does the Sun’s Angle Affect Solar Cells?

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CEESA MS Knowledge Bowl in St.Petersburg in the Media

4/3/2013

   

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CEESA MS Knowledge Bowl in St. Petersburg

4/1/2013

Knowledge Bowl affords an incredible opportunity to students to show their knowledge and to experience another culture. The competition in St. Petersburg, Russia was the 4th such competition that NOVA middle school has taken part in and it was an unforgettable experience for us all. A total of six students divided in two teams and chaperoned by two teaches participated. Besides NOVA, another seven schools from St Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Vilnius, Krakow, Estonia and Bucharest were a part of the competition. On Thursday evening, we were picked up from the airport and bused to the school, where host families were waiting for the students. As a rule, students stay with local families and, in this way, are further exposed to the local culture and are encourage to become more independent. On Friday morning, students were given individual and group written assessments, the results of which are used to determine the initial seeding for the head-to-head rounds. While these were being scored, different groups were bused to previously selected locations for the cultural tours. NOVA chose to go to the Hermitage museum, where we saw famous works from Titian, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Canova, etc. After the cultural tours were completed, the real work began. The first leg of the competition began with individual written rounds for all participants, followed by group written rounds. Later into the day the second leg commenced with head-to-head rounds, which function similar to a quiz show where teams buzz in their answers. The total points of the day determin the ranking of teams for for 2nd day of competitions. Day two began with head-to-head rounds for total points, which determined the overall ranking of the competition. We at NOVA are very proud to report that our students took 2nd and 5th place out of 16 different teams and most importantly were also awarded Sportsmanship. The trophy for 2nd place is in recognition of our ability, while the trophy for Sportsmanship is in recognition of our spirit of fair play, friendliness and overall attitude and, perhaps most importantly, it is awarded by our competitors. Students vote for students. It is truly wonderful to realize that those who are playing against you for a prize will still vote for you as an individual, a team and a school. The trip was incredible. There is so much to see and do and it would take a lifetime to truly experience St Petersburg. We stood at the graveside of Dostoevsky himself. We visited the summer palace of Catherine the Great in the village of Pushkin. We visited one of the world’s most famous museums. We stood on the bridges of the ‘Venice of the North’ and breathed the freezing air. The experience, from beginning to end, is one that none of us will ever forget.

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Middle School Mystery March Reading Contest

4/1/2013

The Mystery March reading contest came to a close with a great "Action Packed" assembly. Julia Curry, Jana Cvetinovska, Kyra Kohne, and Marko Kjalason were our March winners. Each received a gift pass for bowling with a friend. Action April begins now, with movie passes as prizes.

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March 2013


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

3/29/2013

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FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC) Championships in Bucharest

3/27/2013

The NOVA HotBots, a robotics team based at NOVA Interanational Schools in Skopje, returned from the FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC) Eastern European Championships last weekend with two awards, Motivate and Promote. The Motivate Award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team spirit and enthusiasm. The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to those two awards, the HotBots were also runners-up for the Inspire award, which would have included an inviation to compete in the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouris USA. The cometition was held on March 21st and 22nd at the American Interanational School of Bucharest. The HotBots arrived on Thursday after a strenuous 12 hour bus ride.During Friday's practice rounds, the HotBots looked good and well prepared for Saturday's qualifications and finals. Despite experiencing a technical difficulty that cost the team 3 matches, the HotBots managed to stick together, and deliver excellent performance, although they did not qualify for the finals. This was naturally a wonderful experience for the robotics team as not only did the members get to compete but also they got to meet new like-minded individuals and friends.

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Habitat for Humanity Humanitarian Concert

3/25/2013

Dear all,NOVA High School's Habitat for Humanity Club invites you to the annual charity concert! This year, we invite you to help us raise funds to contribute to Habitat for Humanity's Roma Housing Program. As part of its mission to reduce substandard living conditions in Macedonia, Habitat created this program to aid the Roma community in Skopje. Join us for an evening of great food, music (provided by the NOVA High School band, Actias luna, and Sara Markoska) lottery prizes, and fun! Mind you, you must hold on to your ticket to win a prize!!! Tickets will be sold at the door at the price of 50 denars each.Sponsors for the lottery include:Habitat for Humanity MacedoniaVitaliaNestleOxetteLushNanaIn addition, please bring canned food or any old toys and clothing (for women and children) you may have. The food, toys and clothing collected with this drive will be donated to the family of a 31 year-old widow living in sub-standard conditions in Kumanovo. Date: March 30th, 2013Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm*The event will take place in the primary school building See you on Saturday!  NOVA High School's Habitat for Humanity Club

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Congratulations to Afrim Zenuni

3/25/2013

Congratulations to Afrim Zenuni on his acceptance to DePaul University in Chicago! Well done, Afrim!

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Grade 4B Drama and Presentation

3/25/2013

Grade 4B performed a short play, showcased their original poetry, projected their science power point projects, and shared their short stories with family and teachers. It was a celebration of their many achievements this quarter.

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Grade 4B experiments with magnets

3/22/2013

Grade 4B learned how magnets exert the forces of push and pull, and how iron objects can be magnetized and behave like magnets. They used the scientific method by stating a hypothesis, observing, and recording their observations.

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Evening of Classical Music DVD on Sale

3/21/2013

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Congratulations to Masa Svent

3/19/2013

Congratulations to Masa Svent on her offer from Cardiff University’s BSc in Biology (with a Professional Training Year). Well done, Masa!

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Congratulations to Simon Simoski

3/18/2013

Congratulations to Simon Simoski on his acceptance at Hofstra University! Simon has also been chosen to receive a Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship for the duration of his studies! Well-done!

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CEESA HS Girls Basketball Tournament in Helsinki

3/15/2013

Coaches Melissa Mitreski and Gary Young took ten girls to Helsinki to compete in the CEESA Blue Division girls' basketball tournament hosted by the International School of Helsinki (ISH). The trip was a wonderful adventure for the girls, who were hosted in pairs by five different families from ISH. Each game was competitive and hard fought, although we did not end up winning any of the games. The team gained valuable experience playing six games, including three on Friday. Only two of the ten had ever played before, so we were proud of the performance in spite of the scores. The team demonstrated good sportsmanship, getting along quite well with their opponents referee. We were treated to a national junior division boys basketball game which was very entertaining. The girls also had some free time to do some shopping, which is always an added bonus. We were grateful for the opportunity to compete.

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Evening of Classical Music

3/12/2013

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Pre K Students - Airport Visit

3/11/2013

Our Pre Kindergarteners explored the airport to learn about how it works and what goes on behind the scenes.

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Minister for EU Integration meets with NOVA students

3/8/2013

Minister for EU Integration, Mr. Fatmir Besimi, meets with four students, two of them from NOVA, selected to represent Macedonia at the International Model European Parliament in Norwich, England.

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CEESA HS Basketball Tournaments in Helsinki and Vilnius

3/7/2013

You can watch and support our SuperNOVA athletes. Please note both Helsinki and Vilinius are one hour ahead of Skopje. CEESA HS Girls Basketball Tournament in Helsinki will be streamed live  on the following link:   http://www.twitch.tv/ishceesa/videos Games Schedule CEESA HS Boys Basketball Tournament in Vilnius will be streamed live on the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ceesa-hs-basketball-tournament-2013-vilnius Games Schedule:      Day 1     Day 2     Day 3  

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Valentines Fund Raising

3/6/2013

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Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) application for summer program

3/5/2013

Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) has just announced the application for its summer program (open only to Grade 11 students). The school is able to nominate three students for this program. Those who are interested should speak to the counselors in room 306 before mid-March. Discover Your Talent - Summer Week - Bocconi University

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Congratulations to Lav Georgievski

3/5/2013

Congratulations to Lav Georgievski on his acceptance to the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts for Fall 2013! Nicely done, Lav!

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Anti Smoking Campaign

3/4/2013

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