February 2013


Parent Teacher Dinner

2/26/2013

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PTA Bowling and Pizza

2/26/2013

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Elementary School Determination Assembly

2/26/2013

Determination was the key quality during January and February. At our assembly, students shared personal experiences of how they worked hard to learn something new, or master a skill from skiing and swimming, to reading and learning the multiplication facts – all examples of determination.

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Pre Kindergarteners Visit the Dentist

2/22/2013

Our youngest students had fun meeting the dentist and learning about how important it is to brush your teeth.

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2/22/2013

Skopje International Airport has confirmed our request for a field trip. Meeting place and time:Nova International Schools Saturday 23rd February at 10amStudents will be responsible for organizing their own transportation to and from airport. All Nova students are welcomed. The field trip is free of charge.

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Tips to Ace Final Exams- A Letter From the Librarian

2/22/2013

Finals were just around the corner, and with them, a whole new set of stress for many of the students. Observing the students studying in the Library, I realized that most of them were exhausted and in panic, and not being able to find a spot to study in the crowded library was just adding additional, but unnecessary stress to their studying. It is then when I decided to write this article, send them a direct message that being quizzed on the entire semester worth of content does not have to be that stressful, and give them some high school study tips that would get me in the right mindset to get prepared for my exams whenI was at their age.   Dear students, 1. Study All Semester Long (Review all your notes and reread all the important passages in your textbook. That will really keep all those facts in your brain on the test day). 2. Get It All Out (Make sure you have all your books, notes, study guides and writing utensils in front of you). 3. Create Your Perfect Study Area (Get rid ofas many distractions as possible-like music, television, the internet, and your phone. The place where you study should be quiet, comfortable and free from distractions). 4. Avoid Late-Night Studying (Studies showthat skipping out on sleep to cram for a test can actually lead to worse grades). 5. Get Enough Sleep (Get a full of 8 hours ofsleep, so your brain is in good shape). 6. Eat Well (Eat a lot of mixed nuts, cereals,fruits and vegetables and drink freshly squeezed juice every morning. That will give you the energy to keep on studying). 7. Find a Study Buddy (Two heads think better than one, but be careful to use the time wisely and not socialize). 8. Quiz Yourself (The best way to quiz yourself is to make flashcards). REMEMBER! Once that week of finals is over,you are free! You can sleep in late, and waste all day playing video games, basketball,football, going shopping, listening to music and everything else that youlike doing. Do take my advice, modify it to your needs and you will have great success following this plan, just as I had when I was in high school.

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4th Grade Presentation

2/21/2013

Our fourth grade weather scientists created and presented their power points about hurricanes and tornadoes. Then we were treated to a Reader’s Theater telling the story of Rumpelstiltskin with a twist.

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CEESA Math Competition

2/21/2013

On February 8-9,for the second time in three years,NOVA had the honor to host the annual CEESA HS Math Competition. It was a busy time in the high school that week, since the teachers from our Math Department worked relentlessly so that everything could run smoothly. NOVA was represented by four teams of three students, and two other students who were teamed-up with students from other CEESA schools. After two intense days of solving math problems, the feeling that the students achieved something great predominated in the school auditorium.Our student, Despina Stefanoska won the second place in the senior individual division, while Martin Trpovski won the fifth place competing in the junior division. Well done, guys! See you next year in AIS Budapest!

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How to Make Your Dreams Come True

2/20/2013

“How to make our dreams come true?” - aquestion so commonly posedby many students while trying to transform their ambitionsinto reality. The members of the Student Council, however, already received the answers to this question at a presentation organized by two young and ambitious leaders from President Ivanov’s “Alumni Association”. Together with Emilija Dzurovska, Daniel Gokeski, and school principal Mr. Viktor Novakovski, the students from grades 9-12 eagerly discussed their greatest hopes and dreams, along with the actions they would take for these dreams to come true, thus making the several hours spent in the school library interactive, educational and most of all, motivating. Through amusing activities, relaxed conversations and inspiring videos the students learnt how charity work, care for the environment and the society, determination and self-initiative can help them grow into strong and successful individuals. A fun debate between volunteers from the audience was meant to be the last lesson givenin this presentation, which managed to capture and preserve everyone’sa ttention till its very ending. The debate taught both its participants and the spectators about the importance of cooperation, care and respect for others and common sense in the search for success, since, after all, the seare the greatest human values one can ask for. Sofija Paneva, grade 9

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Rob Leveillee’s Visit

2/20/2013

The visit by the Director of International Accreditation, AdvanceEd Dr. Rob Leveillee, couldn’t have gone much better. At the end of his three hour visit, Mr. Leveillee admitted that he had not expected to see such excellence, and noted that during his travels, which constitute 75% of the year,he would refer to our school as a place of excellence, for other aspiring schools to follow.His visit was largely unannounced, and the tour was a spontaneous no-agenda drift through campus grounds, meeting innocent bystanders, having lots of discussions. He was visibly impressed by our students who seemed very diverse but quiteat home,by the conversations with accomplished educators, and by our facilities.

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High School All School Assembly

2/19/2013

Six months of unforgettable experiences that led us to an exploration of entirely new horizons. Six months filled with remarkably zealous competitive spirit, and yet an even more remarkable tendency towards cooperation and coherency in the common battle for success and recognition. Six months that had brought with them an immense variety of new knowledge acquired, new friendships born, new challenges and projectsone following another like an unbroken flow of a river. The annual “All-School Assembly” held on February 4, began with certificates of recognition awarded to students who had demonstrated exceptional dedication, enthusiasm and successin the fields of natural and social sciences, languages, mathematics, arts and sports. The “Student of the Department” announcements were followed by several videos made from striking events such as the “International Day”and NOVA International Schools’ Christmas performance. These videos, along with short presentations that served as a reminder for just some of the many successful stories “written” by NOVA’s students, played the role of a time machine that carried all the spectators back to the celebrations and occasions that made 2012 an unforgettable year. Hence, they managed to revive impressions that, based on the sincere grins enchanting the school auditorium will be cherished in years that are yet to come and renewed on assemblies that are yet to be held. Sofija Paneva, grade 9

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Knowledge Bowl, Zagreb

2/19/2013

12 little hours spent aboard a minivan: hurtling through wintry, desolate, and peopleless landscapes stranded together aboard this tiny space shuttle were two drivers, two teachers, and eight students. A journey to ascertain knowledge, to test the tenacity of one’s nerves, to challenge others’ views, to infringe rules and to get away with dodging rules, to shake hands with the opponents and congratulate them, and above all, to engage in endless logical deductions, “We were defeated by the fourthranking team, but we defeated the third-ranking team by a landslide, thus, we should be – what - second?” But we are not. No big deal. Because we had the best homeward journey: 12 hours of unflaggingly passionate philosophical discussions about books, society, anarchy. One against all, all joined together, profound and witty remarks of these scholars-in-the-making seemed to illuminate and heat-up the small space of the mini-van with the synergy that was almost synaesthetic. At times, bound to overhear the fledgling ‘philosophers’, the two teachers could not hide their amazement and snicker at the aptitude they demonstrated in adeptly switching from English into Macedonian, to the point that even the only non-native speaker of Macedonian in the heat of the moment (argument) fluently spoke Macedonian. United in this, the proud teachers laughed at them and with them. And the conclusion, “This was a good ride back home.” and “Now I see some people with different eyes.”

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Congratulations to Bisera Djundeva

2/18/2013

Congratulations to Bisera Djundeva on her admissions to ECLA Bard, a liberal arts university in Berlin! Well-done!

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Congratulations to Mila Nedeljkovic

2/4/2013

Congratulations to Mila Nedeljkovic on her acceptance to Jacobs Bremen University’s Bachelor of Arts in Global Economics and Management. In addition, Mila has been offered a €5,000 scholarship as well as a full financial aid package (involving loans and/or grants), which will arrive in the weeks ahead. Well done, Mila!

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Congratulations to Despina Stefanoska

2/4/2013

Congratulations to Despina Stefanoska who has been accepted to Jacobs Bremen University’s Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology! She has been offered a €10,000 scholarship, which she is told will likely increase after Jacobs’s Round II decisions are made. In addition, she is guaranteed a full financial aid (grants and/or loans) package covering all of her expenses. Nicely done, Despina!

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Austrian Ambassador visited NOVA

2/1/2013

NOVA HS students welcomed Austrian Ambassador to Macedonia, His Excellency Thomas Michael Baier on Thursday January 31, and were delightfully immersed in the honest lecture entitled “Viewing Austria”. The warm welcome and their conversations with Mr. Baier afterwards leave room for hope that we’ll see the Ambassador again.

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January 2013


Congratulations to Mila Nedeljkovic

1/31/2013

Congratulations to Mila Nedeljkovic on her acceptance to Jacobs Bremen University’s Bachelor of Arts in Global Economics and Management. In addition, Mila has been offered a €5,000 scholarship as well as a full financial aid package (involving loans and/or grants), which will arrive in the weeks ahead. Well done, Mila!

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Congratulations to Despina Stefanoska

1/31/2013

Congratulations to Despina Stefanoska who has been accepted to Jacobs Bremen University’s Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology! She has been offered a €10,000 scholarship, which she is told will likely increase after Jacobs’s Round II decisions are made. In addition, she is guaranteed a full financial aid (grants and/or loans) package covering all of her expenses. Nicely done, Despina!

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Congratulations to Olja Simoska (Class of 2010)

1/30/2013

Congratulations to Olja Simoska (Class of 2010) and her team on their published work in the Journal of Chemical Education! Using a Homemade Flame Photometer To Measure Sodium Concentration in a Sports Drink

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Middle School - Read to Win!

1/28/2013

Today (January 28 2013) the Nova International School Kicked of the Read to Win contests. Students who read a Fantasy novel in February can enter to win a $15.00 i-tunes card by answering one of the two preselected questions. Winners, one per grade level, will be chosen at an assembly at the end of the month. A new prize and new genre will be announced every month.

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Congratulations to Simon Simoski on his acceptance to DePaul University

1/28/2013

Congratulations to Simon Simoski on his acceptance to DePaul University! Simon has been made the recipient of DePaul's merit-based awards! Way to go!

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Congratulations to Simon Simoski on his admissions to University of Hartford's College of Arts and Sciences

1/28/2013

Congratulations to Simon Simoski on his admissions to University of Hartford's College of Arts and Sciences. Simon has also been made the recipient of Hartford's International Student Scholarship, renewable annually for a maximum of 4 years. Well-done!

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Congratulations to Afrim Zenuni

1/22/2013

Congratulations to Afrim Zenuni on his offer from Regent’s College, London on his offer for the BA Hons in Global Management. Well done, Afrim!

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Congratulations to Masa Svent

1/22/2013

Congratulations to Masa Svent on her conditional offer for Biological Sciences at University College London! Bravo!

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Congratulations to Simon Simoski

1/17/2013

 Congratulations to Simon Simoski on his offer of admission to Binghamton University's Harpur College of Arts and Sciences! Well-done!

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Congratulations to David Dlaka

1/16/2013

Congratulations to David Dlaka (Nova Class of 2013) on his offer to read Physics at Lincoln College, University of Oxford! Well done!

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Congratulations to Anastasija Pejkovska

1/15/2013

Congratulations to Anastasija Pejkovska on her acceptance to Albright College and on the partial scholarship she’s been offered. Well done!

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December 2012


An Unforgettable Experience MEP Madrid, Spain

12/26/2012

Just overa year after NOVA hosted the 35th international session, it was time for Madrid to run the show. The 5 member delegation formed by our students Elisaveta Ampova (grade 12) and Kristina Madjoska (grade 10) along with Stefan Stojanovski (SUGS ‘Orce Nikolov’), Petar Ivanovski (SUGS ‘Nikola Karev’) and Mile Grncarov (SU ‘Jane Sandanski’ – Strumica),made their way to Madrid, ready to take on the realm that is MEP. The session started in an unorthodox manner with team building and committee meetings on the first day, this is because no official government buildings are open on weekends and thus all General Assembly (GA) activities needed to be held on a weekday. The second day saw an official gathering of all delegations in the Senate of Spain where each head ofdelegation presented their countries. The next two days leading up to lobbying included finishing off resolution writing and a trip to Toledo for delegation meetings. Lobbying and amendments were debated all before the plenary sessionof the GA. A two day plenary session included all 10 resolutions being either adopted or rejected and an overflow of tears once the session was pronounced closed for everyone had to go home.

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Angels on the Ground

12/26/2012

How wonderful it was to see the artistic abilities and musical talents of people with Down syndrome  and NOVA students merge in a vibrant and heart-warming Angel Tree party. Teachers and parents also participated in a heated atmosphere in the Elementary/Middle School Building by showing off their zumba dancing skills. We were delighted to hear these kids recite poetry and reveal their other talents. The promotion of inclusion was embedded in the fundraising part through selling artwork and books created and written by our guests with Down syndrome. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Paediatric Clinic (Oncology Ward), where some of the NOVA High School students volunteer.

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How Does It Feel to Be Everywhere

12/26/2012

On Monday, October 19th, Lura Pollozhani, a very positive Nova Alumna, one of two siblings of former Minister of Education Mr. Aziz Pollozhani, came to the Library to share her university experiences with the current NOVA students. She delightfully spoke about the Malmö University in Sweden, where she graduated, the Geneva University, where she attended an intern-ship program, the London School of Economics, where she took up her Master studies, her involvement at the National Institute for Training and Research in Switzerland, the Geneva Health Forum in Switzerland, and her current occupation in the Centre for Inter-cultural and Political Studies in Macedonia. Having always been drawn to the study of Social Sciences, Lura discovered that she was interested in International Relations mostly because “she was used to being everywhere” and because this study was quite interdisciplinary. She spoke about how she was constantly active and that her choices tended to change along with her desires to research on different spheres of study. She also talked about her life in the places she visited in terms of finding places to stay and fitting into the new cultures. Through this short summary of her life as a student, Lura advised students on the application processes, grades and credits, from using  information given on a university’s website to finding the right person to contact, and she particularly emphasized the importance of knowing multiple languages. Above all, she was very positive and encouraged the student present to keep on doing what they are already doing!

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NOVA Winter Performance DVDs on Sale!

12/21/2012

We are pleased to inform you that the DVDs for the Elementary and Middle School and High School Winter Performance are available for purchase. Buy your own copy and see why everyone is talking about one of NOVA's most memorable holiday performances. Price: 250 denars

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Israeli Ambassador Lecture at the Faculty of Law

12/20/2012

In October, Mr Bocevski’s AP Comparative Government class together with Mr Viktor Novakovski was invited to attend a lecture by the Israeli Ambassador in Macedonia at the Law Faculty. During the lecture Mr. Yosef Amrani focused on the problems between the Jewish Israeli and the Muslim Palestinians living in Israel. He also talked about possible future situations and solutions proposed by the Israeli government. This was a wonderful experience as the students from NOVA interested in global political issues were able to learn more about Israeli foreign affairs as well as Israeli internal issues from Mr. Yosef Amrani himself. Emilija Tasevska, 11th grade

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Peer Tutoring

12/20/2012

Being part of this Community Service project in NOVA represents a personal satisfaction, and in the same time, a big honor for me. Moreover, this tutoring project in particular, fits into my domain of activities that I enjoy doing. Basically, the purpose and goal of this project is to help fully or partially in the studying process of students who face difficulties in managing the material by themselves. From September this year, I’ve been working with a classmate and my experience in tutoring proved to be very effective by the academic achievements that the student reached. Romana Tasevska, 10th grade

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A Memorable Assembly - Todd Fletcher’s Visit

12/20/2012

On November 9,one of the favourite and  most frequently visited areas of NOVA, the school library, became a centre of a meeting among students of various ages and nationalities, united by their love for writing, music and drama. Led by the words of Mr. Todd Fletcher, a professional writer, actor and director coming from Connecticut, the USA, the students discovered the wonderful opportunities to develop and present these creative skills, provided by Mr. Fletcher’s drama school. The students’ interest and will to discuss the art of creating a drama filled with music, action and humor, grew rapidly as the meeting progressed, culminating with the principal’s ambition to include NOVA in one of Mr. Fletcher’s future projects. Sofija Paneva, 9th grade

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NOVA’s Flash Mob Goes “Dance Again” at Skopje City Mall

12/19/2012

On the 9th of November at 6 pm promptly, the Nova students and the studio Ritam Plus, surprised the people in City Mall with a flash mob! Both groups had been preparing for 2 months and couldn’t wait to perform in front of everyone. Afterwards, they told us that they were nervous before they started performing, but now that it is finished, they wish they could do it all over again! I think that we can all agree that we would like to see something like this again soon. All in all, the build up to the flash mob was exciting and the flash mob itself was excellent!       Watch the video here!

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Obama Vs. Romney (Mock-Presidential Debate)

12/19/2012

In a successful attempt to get students involved in the US Presidential Elections, Mr. Ivica Bocevski, together with NOVA’s MEP Office organized a simulation of the third US Presidential debate between Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and President Barrack Obama. The event was attended by many students, the Novakovski Family and the US Ambassador in Macedonia, H.E. Paul D. Wohlers. The event consisted of Mr. Ivica Bocevski and Lav Georgievski in the role of President Obama, and Mr. Aleksandar Mitreski and Monika Spancheska as Governor Romney. The debate was kicked-off by the moderator, David Dlaka, who explained the schedule, rules, and roles of everyone participating. The debate began with a panel on the war on terror, with Governor Romney’s (Monika Spancheska) opening speech, followed immediately by President Obama’s (Lav Georgievski) speech. Afterwards, Mr. Bocevski and Mr. Mitreski debated on foreign policy. The debate got heated and candidates argued aggressively, thereby successfully simulating the town-hall format of the actual US Presidential Debate.  David Dlaka, 12th grade

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Newtown, CT Memorial

12/17/2012

Our community's hearts and minds go out to the families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Expert Opinion

12/17/2012

Windows 8 Review ... The programmers that want to develop apps that will work on the Metro interface will have to get used to work with the XAML programming language as well as the language they will code in. For example, if a C# programmer wants to develop an application for Windows 8 they will have to use C# for the internal programming and XAML to develop the interface. This might be slightly harder for programmers that have no experience with XAML ... My personal opinion about Windows 8 is that it is pretty good, and it has many other great features besides the Metro interface, like better security and networking and many more I will not mention because it’s off topic here. Although I think that Windows 8 would be a little challenging to new users that are not very experienced with Windows and computers, I still think that Microsoft did a great job at creating this amazing operating system. Marko Calasan 7th grade

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The Browser Wars

12/17/2012

In Mr. Milanovski's class, the war has begun!  Not that type of war, Browser Wars! Students were divided into groups and each group had a browser to evaluate. They needed to research browser history, quality, ease of access, popularity etc. After each group had to defend their browser as the best by comparing it to the other browsers.  Students created beautiful presentations on Power Point and Prezi full with detail, pictures and videos.  Luckily, there were no casualties in our Browser War!

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British Council Project

12/17/2012

Five students fromNOVA Middle School, Petar Pesev, Anna-Sophie Kloppe, Marie Claire Pechmoller,Dejana Begovic, and William Soderberg took part in the 'Fun, Education, Stop Motion Animation' projectsupported by the British Council.  A team of Macedonian primary school teachersworks on introducing stop motion animations in the education process.The aim of the project is to make the education more engaging though the uniqueuse of stop motion animation in a imaginative, innovative and creativeway. The students from NOVA worked togetherwithstudents from Primary school 'Vlado Tasevski' from Skopje forrecording the voice over of the animations.  The stop motion animations will be presented at the MicrosoftPartners in Learning Global Forum 2012in Prague,Czech Republic

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Angel Tree 2012

12/13/2012

People with special educational needs together with NOVA students demonstrated their artistic abilities and musical talents in what turned out to be a truly memorable Angel Tree Event.NOVA teachers and parents also participated in heating up the atmosphere in the Elementary and Middle School building by showing off their zumba dancing skills. This year, the promotion of inclusion was embedded in the fundraising part through selling artwork and books created and written by people with Down syndrome. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Pediatric Clinic (oncology ward), where some of our NOVA High School students volunteer.

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Interview and CV coaching workshop by Angela Kostova

12/13/2012

Human Resource Specialist (Training and Development), T-Home Macedonia Ron Brown Fellow 1999-2001, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania    Monday December 17, 2012, from 12pm to 1:30pm, HS library Ms. Kostova will conduct a hands-on workshop to interested NOVA upperclassmen who are in need of polishing their personal resumes for university admission, summer programs or internships; she will also conduct mock interviews with the participants, to highlight the importance of responses and behaviors, as it relates to university admissions, but also applicable to the workplace. A sign up for this workshop is mandatory, as the target group is limited to 20 students. The signup sheet will reside in the counselors office, room 306 until 10am, this Monday morning. Hope to see you there.  

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High School Winter Performance 2012

12/11/2012

                                                             “Matrix”Who wouldn’t want to know what the future has in store for mankind? Our parody-style rendition of the movie Matrix (I) is a cautionary tale of a high tech-ridden world that turned against its creator – man. In an epic battle of good and evil, for the first time the antagonist is a matrix, a “neural-interactive simulation,” a “computer-generated dream world” that controls the human population and uses it for energy. Even though the few enlightened heroes stand up to and vanquish their nemesis with bravado, man should never forget what the great prophet of science Albert Einstein said, "I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots."

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Elementary and Middle School Winter Performance 2012

12/11/2012

"A Forest Fairy Tale" Far to the east, over ranges and rivers lies a single solitary peak. Hidden from the eyes of the curious, the forest hides a mysterious world. Astonishing and unique creatures reside there, protected by their generous and kindhearted fairy. The little forest inhabitants prepared a great feast to honor their beloved fairy. Guests gathered from near and far and celebrated for two days and two nights. On the third day, unexpected visitors interrupted the celebration. They brought fearsome news about a hostile army approaching. Despite the warning, the feast continued…..but not for long! Darkness covered everything and put the little forest in peril. The generous fairy vanished without a trace. There were only a few left in the forest. They were helpless and heartbroken. They sent for the wisest and the strongest. Will they be able to rescue the forest fairy and defeat the darkness?  

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St. Nicholas visiting NOVA Early Education Center

12/5/2012

Thanks to Ambassador Marriet Schuurman and the Dutch Embassy, Saint Nicholas and Black Peter visited our youngest students and passed out traditional Dutch treats.

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