February 2017


PTA’s second General Assembly for 2016-2017

2/28/2017

NOVA's Parent Teacher Association [PTA] had its second General Assembly meeting on February 22nd. The GA session was very successful, and the PTA managed to sign up parents for several key positions. Namely, during the meeting, the Co-Chairs introduced Ms. Ahu Güldoğan as Treasurer and Ms.Olga Radchenko as new Chair of the School Improvement Committee. The PTA's future plans and events were presented by the Chair of the Events Committee Ms.Aneta Mackovski. There was an open discussion held regarding PTA's current united fundraising campaign to assist NOVA in its efforts to purchase air purifiers for all classrooms. This campaign is a joint effort with NOVA teachers and administration. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA hosts and participates in ELTAM's General Assembly

2/28/2017

On Saturday February 25th the English Language Teachers Association in Macedonia [ELTAM] had its General Assembly hosted by NOVA International Schools. This event comes two years after NOVA and ELTAM signed a memorandum for cooperation between the two institutions aimed at creating educational platforms for professional development for teachers and academic staff, as well as educational exchanges between these organizations. Representatives from NOVA also presented the Boris Trajkovski-NOVA scholarship program to their colleagues and participated in the work of the General Assembly.

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NOVA hosts CEESA MS Girls Basketball Tournament

2/27/2017

From the 2nd up until the 5th of March NOVA International Schools will be hosting the CEESA Blue Division Middle School Girls Basketball Tournament 2017. We are excited to welcome the following international schools:• International School of Belgrade, Serbia • Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria • Pechersk School International – Kiev, Ukraine • International School of Latvia – Riga, Latvia • NOVA International School – Skopje, Macedonia We hope they enjoy their time at NOVA and in Skopje.

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NOVA HS Winter Performance Featured on Alfa TV!

2/23/2017

NOVA's HS Winter Performance [The Great Fall & From Spain With Love], will be broadcast on Alfa TVthis Sunday, February 26th, from 8:45 am. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform.

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Boris Trajkovski-NOVA Scholarship Program in the Media

2/22/2017

                     

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Annual Evening of Classical Music

2/22/2017

This year on Thursday, March 16, 2017 the Elementary, Middle and High School will have the annual Evening of Classical Music. This is a wonderful opportunity for NOVA students that have taken private lessons for at least one year to perform for their friends and family in our school. Because of the large interest, we need to know how many eligible students would like to perform. To play, students need to have taken private lessons on their instrument for at least one year. All students who fit these criteria and who come to all the rehearsals will be able to perform. We will have an audition for the Middle School and High School students on Thursday, March 9th at 3pm in the MS Music Room. There will be two rehearsals on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th during school hours. We are looking forward to a great evening of classical music.

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ES Reading Awards

2/22/2017

On February 15, 2017, the Reading Awards were held in the ES and MS Libraries. Students from grade 1 to 5 shared their reading response, drawings, or projects about their favorite books, characters, authors and illustrators. Not only are we proud to see our students develop a love for reading and consistently keep their reading records, we are impressed by their use of academic vocabulary during book talks. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Parent Teacher Association General Assembly

2/22/2017

Join the Parent Teacher Association in NOVA and attend the General Assembly on the 22nd of February 2017.

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Exhibition knowledge bowl match ‘NOVA KB team vs. Teachers’

2/20/2017

The first Knowledge Bowl exhibition match between the NOVA teachers and students took place lat Friday, February 17th, in the NOVA HS auditorium. The exhibition match aimed to showcase to the wider student community what a knowledge bowl competition looks like, and reaffirm the importance of a well rounded education. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA Robotics competition in Prague

2/20/2017

This year the robotics competition was held in Prague for the third and last time. We competed against 12 other teams from Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Russia and Latvia. This year’s game was called "Velocity vortex". The rules of the game: score as much balls by shooting/throwing in the vortex, press the beacon to claim it, or raise a ball above the vortex. We started great and quickly progressed to the 4th position, after a while that came down to the 11th position. With high spirits and a great experience the team consisted of 3 students from grade 12 and 3 students from grade 9 came back with experience that marks a beginning of a great trip for grade 9 students, and an end for the trip for grade 12 students. Now we are left to expect the challenge for next year which will be announced in September 2017, for the competition that will go back to Romania. Check out the photo gallery from the competition here

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NOVA EMS Winter Performance Featured on Alfa TV!

2/19/2017

NOVA's EMS Winter Performance [Star Wars], will be broadcast on Alfa TV this Sunday, February 19th, from 8:45 am. It will run again on Sunday, February 26th, from 8:45 am. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform.

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MS Valentine`s Party

2/17/2017

MS Students celebrated Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 14th. Everyone enjoyed in the wonderful band's performance, and karaoke show. Funds collected will go to the MS Science department. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Cookie day [PTA Air Purifier Campaign]

2/17/2017

On the 14th of February [Valentine’s Day] NOVA’s Parent Teacher Association organized a fundraising ‘Cookie Day’ activity where they prepared and sold fresh cookies to both the EMS and the HS students. This fundraiser is a part of the broader Air Purifier Campaign which the PTA is organizing. In this joint venture with Nova teachers and administration they will commit future efforts towards raising funds to purchase air purifiers for each classroom and shared space. Nova will match all funds that are deposited into an account set aside for this project. Let's provide clean air for our children! Please join our efforts! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Exhibition knowledge bowl match "NOVA KB team vs. Teachers' team"

2/17/2017

Dear students, faculty and staff,If you want to find out what it feels like to compete in a knowledge bowl quiz, do not miss out on the unique opportunity of attending the exhibition knowledge bowl match "NOVA KB team vs. Teachers' team", this Friday during lunch, from 12:55 to 13:15 o'clock, in the HS Auditorium. See many of you there!

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MEP Macedonia @ the 46th international MEP session in Arnhem, Maa

2/16/2017

The Macedonian delegation attended the 46th international session of the Model European Parliament that took place in Arnhem, Maastricht and Brussels from the 4th until the 12th of February 2017. The event brought together delegations from 29 countries, with more than 200 students participating. In the Macedonian MEP delegation we had our very own Njomza Selmani, who participated in the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy. When the MEP delegation visited Brussels they got together with Members of European Parliament, EU Commissioners, and members of the Committee of the Regions, with the sole purpose of presenting a youth treaty and making sure that the voice of the European youth is heard. The visit was very exciting for the Macedonian delegation that got a chance to meet with the minister - counselor Ms. Finka Serafimova at Macedonia's diplomatic mission to the European Union. There, they had a productive discussion about the clauses in the "Youth Treaty", for which the mission expressed their full support. The delegation also debated on Macedonia’s prospects of joining the EU, and opportunities for young Macedonians within the Union. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Interact - Rotary club

2/15/2017

Dear students, if you are interested to join the NOVA Interact - Rotary club please contact Ina Kronevska, Marija Arsova or Lucija Kjosikj. Sign up list is also posted in the library.

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MS Valentine`s Day Party

2/14/2017

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Cookie Day

2/14/2017

Cookie day in the NOVA HS and EMS, on the 14th of February.

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Promoting Human Values Workshop

2/13/2017

Last week 18 NOVA's students joined Red Cross's National program for 'Promoting Human Values' and received the necessary training to successfully complete the program and run their own projects. We wish them the best of luck. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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NOVA in support of the homeless

2/10/2017

Dear NOVA Community, initiated by our student Filip Petrovski, we are starting campaign to collect donations for community members living on the margins of our society. We are asking your kind contribution of canned food, clothes and money. The donations will be distributed to the Social Center "Dunja", and others in need.

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CEESA HS Robotics Competition in Prague

2/10/2017

The NOVA HS robotics club has sent six of its students and two coaches to a four day CEESA HS Robotics Competition in Prague. We hope they all enjoy the competition.

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NOVA repeats Knowledge Bowl success

2/9/2017

We are pleased to announce that NOVA's High School Team won the 1st place at the CEESA Knowledge Bowl tournament held in Zagreb this last weekend. The time and energy invested during full three months of preparation and practice clearly paid off, demonstrating that our team belongs at the very top. This is a notable triumph - NOVA winning first place second year in a row! The placement of our B selection within the four best teams in the tournament, stopping just short of the bronze medal, confirms, without doubt, the high academic standards that our school has come to establish through the years in regards to both breadth and depth of knowledge. Check the photo gallery from the event here

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MS Math Counts competition hosted by NOVA

2/9/2017

From Feb 2-5, 2017, NOVA International School hosted the MS Math Counts competition for the very first time. 47 students and 13 coaches came from the international schools of Moscow, Zagreb, Tirana, Budapest, Belgrade, and Sofia. In total the tournament brought together 60 contestants organized into 15 teams of 4. All of the student participants were hosted by NOVA families. NOVA was represented at this competition with 13 of its students, all of them exhibiting the best of their knowledge, test taking skills, and confidence. NOVA won the Fair play trophy and a notable success is Matej Stojmanovski, a seventh grade student that made it into the top ten individually ranked students.  Their coaches Iva Ristovska-Petkovska and Nikolce Petrovski are proud of them. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS Math Counts Competition hosted by NOVA in the Media

2/7/2017

           MS Math Counts Competition hosted by NOVA featured on MTV1:

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Zoki Poki visits NOVA

2/3/2017

Our Elementary School second graders were reading the book ‘Zoki Poki’, a popular character from Macedonian children’s literature and analyzed these stories in their notebooks. They turned their notes into colorful "Reading Boxes" decorated with drawings and illustrations and enriched them with their written narratives. To the surprise of many students, during class they were visited by Mr. Zoran Blazevski, the real-life inspiration behind the story of ‘Zoki Poki’. Students spent the entire class asking Mr. Blazevski questions about the character and his childhood stories and memories. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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GLOW and YMLP Impact Summit [hosted by NOVA]

2/2/2017

On Saturday, the 28th of January NOVA International Schools hosted the January Impact Summit organized by the organizations ‘Girls Leading our World – (GLOW)’ and ‘Young Man Leadership Project – (YMLP)’. The goal of the event was to bring together staff and campers from the 2016 GLOW and YMLP camps to highlight the service the campers and staff completed in their home communities both in their local GLOW or YMLP club and alone. The event was also a great way to bring the staff and campers together from GLOW and YMLP 2016 to catch up about what everyone has been doing since camp in the summer.  

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Italian Corner at NOVA International Schools (In the media)

2/1/2017

     

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January 2017


NOVA hosts MS math tournament

1/31/2017

Starting on February 3rd, NOVA will host and compete in a two-day international math competition. The tournament will welcome a total of 60 students from six international schools located in Central and Eastern Europe. During the tournament, students will solve mathematical problems and dilemmas both individually and in teams. We wish them all the best of luck.

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NOVA International Schools Instagram page

1/26/2017

NOVA International schools now has its own Instagram page, where we are already posting highlights from our school activities. Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nova_int_schools

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Promoting Human Values

1/26/2017

Dear students, Join the National Program of the Red Cross "Promoting Human Values" It is an excellent opportunity to gain CAS experiences and earn CS points! You will receive training and the possibility to design and run your own projects and actions. Apply by February 3rd, 2017 by sending email to Ms. Sonja Stojkovich and Mr. Dragan Markoski

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After-School Activities Fair

1/26/2017

Today, NOVA organized the after-school activities fair hosting NOVA families from the EMS. Parents had a chance to meet the teachers/instructors of these clubs and find out more about this semester’s after-school activities that we are offering. The after-school activities program offers 21 different activities including clubs that focus on performing art, fine arts, sports, academia and many more. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA students join the #retvitniobrok campaign

1/25/2017

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Students clean snow for the elderly

1/23/2017

Ten of our students went to the Home for Elderly "Mother Theresa" and shoveled snow. Thus, they made it possible for the elderly to have easier access to their homes. Even though it was really cold outside, our students were in good spirit, doing a tremendous job. We would like to thank them for their dedicated effort. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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College visits on campus

1/23/2017

Dear juniors and seniors, Admissions representatives of the Minerva Schools at KGI is coming to NOVA to deliver a presentation on Minerva’s program structure and application procedures on February 8th. Interested juniors and undecided seniors are welcome to sign up with the counselors, as their regular decision II deadline is March 15, so there’s still time to apply.   Dear students, The NYU Abu Dhabi regional outreach officer is coming to NOVA on February 14th to deliver a presentation on NYUAD admission and application procedures. Interested students need to sign up with the counselors. 

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Snow Shoveling

1/20/2017

An excellent opportunity for all NOVA students to get involved in the community service program.

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Cub Scout City Council

1/20/2017

On Sunday, January 15, Scout Pack 2187 organized its monthly meeting. The theme of the Pack Meeting was "Cub Scout City Council" and emphasized "Obedient," one of the 12 points of the Scout Law. We learned that Cub Scouts follow the rules of their family, school and Pack. They also obey the laws of their community and country. Also, Club Scouts participated in a photo scavenger hunt. Some of the things they needed to photograph were a Transatlantic Council patch, a cloud, a flower, a rock, a stick, something huge, something shiny, something colorful, something small, three Cub Scouts, veins of leaf, water and something alive. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Hot Meal and Snack (Semester 2)

1/19/2017

“Dear Parents, We’re happy to introduce a more paper friendly and visually appealing way of signing up your children for the Hot Meal and Snack (Semester 2) menu. Please visit our on-line form (link), containing photos of all meal options, to make your children’s meal selection. We look forward to serving your children tasty and nutritious food, throughout the semester. Cafeteria Staff”

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Toys for Tots campaign

1/19/2017

Cub Scout Pack 2187 supported the U.S. Marine's Toys for Tots campaign again this year, collecting toys for area children without parents. Thank you to Staff Sergeant Randy P. Carreon for your willingness to include the Cub Scouts in your philanthropy! Service projects, like Toys for Tots, are one way Scouts can keep their promise "to help other people at all times." To support the initiative, Cub Scouts collected toys at our chartered organization, NOVA Elementary School; delivered them to the Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje; helped gift wrap the presents; and, joined Santa Claus and the Marines to bring them to the children at SOS Children's Village. Special thanks to NOVA educator and former Girl Scout, Jennifer Endres, for helping the boys with the toy collection and delivery! In this album you can see a few photos from their efforts. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Nikola Danev’s first-hand experience on college admissions and US

1/16/2017

On the 12th of January 2017 Nikola Danev a NOVA alum from the class of 2016 and a Columbia University student came back to our school for a presentation aimed towards our school community. In it, Nikola talked about his academic endeavors and university life in the United States, and via an interactive game he also gave a variety of tips and tricks that will enhance NOVA’s student test taking abilities, and college application skills. Moreover, Nikola outlined the changes and challenges that he faced as a NOVA student when going to an Ivy League school. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS Winter performance DVD on sale

1/12/2017

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HS Winter Performance DVD on sale

1/12/2017

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Service learning for the holidays

1/9/2017

The days leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, NOVA students and Santa Claus visited the kids from the Sumnal Center in Skopje and delivered their Christmas gifts which were a generous donation from the Makrpogres company in Macedonia. Our student Anja Veterova brought the holiday spirit by singing several songs, while everyone else had a great time socializing. The NOVA spirit visited our friends from the organization Trisomnia 21 as well. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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December 2016


9th MEP national simulation

12/19/2016

The MEP - Macedonia program is a simulation of the work of the European Parliament. This November, NOVA International Schools hosted the national MEP session for the ninth time, where approximately 60 students and 10 MEP alumni members from 16 participating high schools form various cities in Macedonia took part in the simulation at the national level. Students competed with each other, discussing, debating, politicking and writing resolutions about the most recent and decisive debates in the European Parliament and the European Union. This national simulation of the European Parliament is one of the many activities that the MEP- Macedonia program performs throughout the school year. The students are simulating the work of the Members of the European Parliament in three different committees within this institution and delegates are evaluated based on their knowledge of the EU and EU institutions, public speaking, debating and negotiating skills, lobbying and the ability to write resolutions. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS Winter Performance 2016 (Star Wars) in the Media

12/15/2016

         

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EMS Winter Performance 2016 (Star Wars)

12/14/2016

In a distant Galaxy reigned by the Force, all the planets and their inhabitants live in harmony and freedom. However, the dark clouds of evil appear when the ruthless Darth Vader and his storm troopers threaten to seize the Force and begin a reign of terror. When the Dark Side invades Naboo, the Blue Planet, three heroes break free: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. The destiny of their homes and friends are in their hands. They venture on a journey to seek help from the neighbouring planets. Will these heroes succeed in uniting the Galaxy and restoring freedom? Or will the forces of darkness prevail? Check out the photo gallery from the performance here

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Leadership for success

12/13/2016

‘Leadership for success’ was a one day training on developing leadership skills among young people held by mister Todd Geisst – a former financial director of Proctor and Gamble, alongside his retired colleague from Proctor and Gamble mister Steve Simpson and hosted by NOVA International Schools. The event gathered around 100 students from high schools all over Macedonia, and was organized the by 'Млади на прагот на животот ' Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Coffee with Mrs. Venera Novakovska

12/13/2016

On December 10th, Mrs. Venera Novakovska [the founder of NOVA International Schools] participated in a 2-hour informal gathering where she shared stories about her lifelong dream of building a successful Macedonian educational institution with a global mindset and local and international impact. The coffee meeting, in which the audience had a chance to ask questions, was organized by the Social Innovation Hub. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Learning about exotic minerals

12/13/2016

Eighth graders and their science teachers, Ms. Milena Stojanovska and Ms. Jasmina Dzurovska-Blazeska has a guest presentation by Mr. Ray Power, a mining engineer and scientist who works with the extraction of different exotic metals in refineries around the world. He discussed the practical applications of the periodic table, and how metals are used in everyday objects such as cell phones. We were amazed to learn that more than 60 different metals are used in one cell phone. Students used a portable X-ray fluorescence analyzer to check for the presence of metals in different objects like jewelry, cell phones, key rings etc. They used their analyzing and inferring skills to discuss the results of this real time elemental demonstration. One student was disappointed to find out that her ring was not made of 100% silver. At the beginning of the presentation when students were asked "Who wants to be a scientist?" only a few hands were raised. But at the end, Mr. Power’s explanations and enthusiasm inspired more than a dozen students to express their desire to become scientists. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary and Middle School Winter Performance

12/12/2016

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HS Winter performance

12/9/2016

Wednesday the 7th of December marked the annual winter NOVA High school performance.  The event brought together the entire NOVA community of students, parents, teachers, our friends and supporters as guests for the hour long performance that included more than 50 students on the stage. The performance combined the drama class performance of a play  titled “The Great Fall” based on a short story by Daniil Kharms and a musical titled “To Spain with Love” incorporating songs by singer Enrique Iglesias and performed by our dance, choir and band class. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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High School Winter Performance

12/7/2016

Season’s greetings from NOVA!On December 7th, at 19:00 at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, NOVA would like to cordially invite you to our holiday gathering and performance, a much-loved tradition. We hope that our high school performing arts students will inspire us and evoke the holiday spirit. The performance is a unique medley of two parts: a play titled “The Great Fall” based on a short story by Daniil Kharms and performed by our drama class, and a musical titled “To Spain with Love” incorporating songs by singer Enrique Iglesias and performed by our dance, choir and band class.Admission is 200 denars with proceeds going to the Fine and Performing Arts at Nova. Tickets can be purchased during working hours every day from our accounting offices.

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Cub Scouts gather to celebrate holiday season

12/6/2016

On December 4, Cub Scout Pack 2187 gathered for a Pack Meeting at NOVA Elementary School. "Celebrate" was the meeting's theme to honor the season of hope and good thoughts toward others.  One of the 12 points of the Scout Law is "Cheerful." This month, the Cub Scouts explored how to be cheerful, even when things don't go our way. Scouts and their families painted ceramic ornaments with guests from Keramika Cafe and learned about proper flag care from the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment. To spread cheer, Scouts serenaded the Pack with "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer" and heard from the Marines about the Toys for Tots campaign and the importance of giving to others. To promote the merits of good sportsmanship and fair play, the Cub Scouts played "Blob" and "Ballooney" to understand how to best to work as a team. Thank you to our guests and all that contributed! We also recognized four Cub Scouts (Neo, Marx, Theo and Justin) for earning their Bobcat rank at the December meeting. Congratulations Cub Scouts! Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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Coffee with Mrs. Venera Novakovska

12/2/2016

On December 10th, at 7pm until 9pm, Mrs. Venera Novakovska [the founder of NOVA International Schools will participate in a 2-hour informal gathering where she’ll share stories about her lifelong dream of building a successful Macedonian educational institution with a global mindset and local and international impact. The coffee meeting, in which the audience will have a chance to ask questions, is organized by the Social Innovation Hub Skopje. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, you can visit the following link. https://www.facebook.com/events/1856828461196041/

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PTA Mixer

12/1/2016

NOVA's Parent Teacher Association [PTA] is organizing an event ['PTA Mixer'] aimed at bringing together the teachers and parents from the NOVA community. The event will celebrate a successful conclusion of the first semester in this academic year, All parents and teachers are invited.

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‘Think of Us’ campaign

12/1/2016

In the past 2 weeks NOVA International Schools community has been collecting donations to support the Red Cross ‘Think of Us’ campaign. Today we have raised 10 770 denars from our entire community, half of which were donated by the school. With the donations we bought much needed supplies and we donated them to the Red Cross. We are aware that with this donation we cannot stop hunger, but as a community we believe we have shown that we are devoted, energetic and always ready to help. We would particularly like to thank our students Mimi Kostoska and Sara Muratovic for their constant effort to make this action work. Happy thanksgiving!

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