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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November 2016


FiRC Students Appreciate the Analysis of the Zombie Apocalypse

11/30/2016

NOVA's own zombie specialist and English language and literature instructor Ms. Ashley Whitrock dropped in on FiRC students on Friday November 18th. In a presentation that was both whimsical and formal, FiRC students had the opportunity to trace the development of a popular literary and cinematic trope, from its inception as Haitian slave folklore, all the way to the contemporary writing of American authors, such as Max Brooks. Ms. Whitrock demonstrated to FiRC students that no subject matter is outside the scope of academic inquiry. Students considered their own knowledge and analytical propensity for tracing the development of popular culture using the tools provided by their research and writing related classes at NOVA. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Urban Design Takes Centre Stage in FiRC

11/30/2016

On Tuesday, November 22nd, FiRC students were given a lesson on urban design from Ivan Mirkovski, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Architecture within the Technical University of Vienna. FiRC students enjoyed an interactive lecture that traced the historical development of urban design and explained the influence that various disciplines and art forms have on contemporary urban design. Students with an interest in architecture, psychology, art, engineering, and design all had something to learn as they engaged with the speaker from an academic and practical standpoint. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Students explore literature sounds

11/30/2016

Students are creating sound loops using a mixing application to identify sounds that correspond to the tones used in popular literature (The Giver and The Hunger Games). Students analyzed how an author's choice of words or descriptions created a tone for the reader. Next they will be analyzing how various media techniques can be effectively used to translate the theme of a story.

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'Leadership for success' workshop in NOVA.

11/23/2016

Dear NOVA students, on the 30th of November feel free to attend the 'Leadership for success' workshop held by guest speakers Todd Geisst and Steve Simpson, both former managers at Proctor and Gamble. The workshop begins at 4pm and will last until 8:30pm. If you wish to attend the workshop please do register on the following link: https://docs.google.com/a/nova.edu.mk/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTMn2T2M2W5cOo4UqiW56_zrdLfnwrnXmH1MDxBMjxAam9tg/viewform?c=0&w=1

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NOVA students visit Clinical Hospital Acibadem Sistina

11/22/2016

43 students from grade 7, accompanied by their science teacher Ms. Natasa Kardula visited the Clinical Hospital Acibadem Sistina last week. The visitors were welcomed by the friendly team of doctors and administrators. They first visited the Biochemical Laboratory, where students were able to see how a modern laboratory operates, how tests are usually performed done processed in order to obtain information about the health of a patient. Afterwards, they were able to talk to Dr. Dzengis Jashar, who guided the group to the amphitheater, where he held a presentation about cell structure and functions. The students had a chance to observe different cells through a microscope and participate in meaningful discussions. They demonstrated their previous knowledge and learned many new things. This visit was a whole different educational experience with the goal of increasing students’ interest in science and technology. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament

11/21/2016

This year, the Supernovas hosted the annual CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament. Games were played between schools from six different countries, the grass fields were appropriate and the matches were officiated by professional referees, in accordance with the CEESA regulations. The games were played on a round robin basis and consist of two halves of 25 minutes each, with a 5 minute break between the halves. The Supernova soccer team was made up of 14 girls; most of them not experienced soccer players. However, what these girls lacked in experience was made up for in heart and sportsmanship. The CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament was a very exciting event; the sheer determination and will to succeed displayed by the girls was a victory in itself. They felt they had improved and walked away with smiles and a sense of pride for their hard work. The passion for the sport, the contribution and the efforts is what made the 2016 girls' soccer season a memorable one for all of us, the girls and the coaches. Check out the photo gallery from the tournment here The entire photo gallery can be found on: http://ceesa-sports.weebly.com/gallery.htm

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High School Assembly

11/21/2016

The 17th of November marked the first assembly for our 11/12 graders. Under the theme of ‘passion’, our NOVA community had three different presentations. Firstly our student Anja Veterova (11th grade) had a musical performance alongside our very own faculty member Mrs. Ana Trajkovska. Then we had our NOVA parent Mrs. Ana Durlovski sharing her passion about opera singing. Finally we had our student Andrej Ilievski (12th grade) presenting about a topic he holds dear: cyber security. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA faculty ‘professional learning community’ workshop

11/21/2016

On Friday [November 18th] the NOVA faculty community from both the high school and the middle school attended a workshop on ‘teacher standards’ during our ‘professional learning community’ time. The interactive workshop focused on developing and analyzing ‘teacher standards’ that help define our work as educators as well as provide a common language for communication among ourselves. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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9th national Model European Parliament simulation

11/18/2016

The 9th national session of the Model European Parliament - Macedonia will take place from the 18th until the 20th of November 2016, in NOVA International Schools. In this year's national simulation of the Model European Parliament, NOVA will host around 50 delegates from 16 different schools in Macedonia. The purpose of MEP is to connect peers from different parts of the country, interested in the European Union, and to give them a chance to discuss, debate, and write resolutions about the most recent and decisive debates in the EU. Top five delegates will be chosen to represent Macedonia at MEP international session in February, to be held in Maastricht/Arnhem, The Netherlands.

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College Fair

11/17/2016

Dear NOVA community, On the 17th of November 2016 please join the annual college fair, organized by the American Embassy in Skopje. The official commencement of the fair is 4pm and the venue is the National University Library ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’.      

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ELTAM Conference 2016

11/17/2016

Last month (October 14-16, 2016), the English Department took part in the 9th biannual IATEFL-TESOL International Conference, organized by the English Language Teachers' Association of Macedonian (ELTAM), which NOVA has been a part of for the last two years. The conference proved to be an excellent professional development opportunity inspiring attending members and presenters to constantly adapt and adjust to emerging educational trends and new generations of learners. The two days were packed with plenary sessions and workshops, confirming the conference's motto - re-imagining teaching and rejuvenating and transforming classroom practices - as a visionary choice. NOVA English Faculty member Bela Gligorova presented part of her research titled "Conceptualizing (the) language of 'the Post-Other': The Balkan(s) and English as a medium", focusing on the role of international education in localized context, particularly when working with TCKs. http://www.eltam.org.mk/tabs/view/159deb21fd22027a0aff3c98eb261098  

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CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament 2016 featured on Telma TV

11/17/2016

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HS Soccer Tournament in Helsinki

11/17/2016

This year the High School soccer tournament was held in Helsinki. Our school was traveling there as returning champions with many wishes and great responsibilities. We practiced hard for two months and our main goal was to represent our school in the best possible way, and have fun while doing that. At the end of the tournament our students won the 5th place. Once again the HS soccer team showed good motivation, inspiration, togetherness, fair play and learned that is very important to stay together as a team in every moment and share every experience. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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NOVA LEGO Robotics Club [New after school program in NOVA

11/17/2016

Dear NOVA community, allow us to present our newest after-school program: the NOVA LEGO Robotics Club, open to our middle school students. We use LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics sets to promote STEM principles and theories. Students learn how to design, build, and program robots, and in the same time they develop critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and digital literacy skills. Most importantly students have FUN with the ANIMAL ALLIES Challenge!!! You can find out more about the challenge on www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge. Several students from this club will have the opportunity to participate at the FLL challenge tournament in 2017. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA @ the Bazaar for Elderly 'Mother Theresa'

11/16/2016

The NOVA students alongside our Parent Teacher Association [PTA] participated at the traditional Bazaar organized by the home for elderly “Mother Teresa” and in celebration of Saints Kuzman and Damjan. At the bazaar, they were selling handcrafts, chocolate chip cookies, hot drinks. All the money that they raised were donated to the home for elderly to support them in their future activities. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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NOVA Japanese Club, Haiku Workshop

11/15/2016

Last Friday (11.11.2016) the Japanese Club at NOVA High School organized a Haiku Workshop. The workshop was led by Vladimir Martinovski: an associate professor, teaching the subject of Comparative Poetics at the Department of General and Comparative Literature at Sts Cyril and Methodius University. Professor Martinovski is also a published poet; his works include Sea Moon (haiku and tanka), Hidden Poems (haiku), and And Water and Earth and Fire and Air (haiku). During the workshop the students learned about the history of haiku, read haiku poetry as well as tried to write haiku poems themselves. They also had an opportunity to discuss Japanese poetry and culture with the guest lecturer Yokari Ota - a professor from Japan currently teaching Japanese Language at the Sts Cyril and Methodius University. This activity was led by our student Tamara Barsova.  

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NOVA hosts CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament (in the media)

11/15/2016

          

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Angela Policano

11/15/2016

“My name is Angela Policano. I come from Italy, but I have lived in Skopje for 5 years now. I love Macedonia and I have met so many great and wonderful people here. I graduated at the University Federico II in Naples with a focus on Literature. I have taught Latin Literature and Language and Italian literature and Language in the Scientific High Schools in Italy.This year I will have the honor to teach Italian Literature and Language to the native speakers at Nova International Schools. I like teaching a lot. According to me, the teacher is the right person who can help students become responsible people, make them develop their critical and independent thinking skills, and make them confident in expressing their opinion. I like reading and cooking. I adore opera and theater, and listening to classical music.”

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Cub Scout Pack 2187 [hike to Matka Canyon]

11/14/2016

On Sunday, Cub Scout Pack 2187 hiked to Matka Canyon to hold its "Cub in Shining Armor" Pack Meeting, where the Cub Scouts learned how to be courteous to others and our natural world. In addition to boating to a cave where bats live, the Cub Scouts also learned the importance of the buddy system, what to do if you get lost in the woods, and the principle of leaving no trace when your visit nature. To understand the value of conservation the Cub Scouts collected trash on the path out of the canyon, leaving the canyon better than how we found it. Yours in Scouting,Robert Scott Cubmaster, Pack 2187. Check the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA tournament [NOVA Girls’ Soccer Team]

11/10/2016

The NOVA Girls’ Soccer Team is playing a tournament in the next three days (Thursday through Saturday) on the Alumina field against the CEESA school teams from Serbia, Bulgaria, Finland, Ukraine, and Latvia. Everyone is welcome to come and support our team. The games will take place from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.    For more tournament related information, including results and photos, you can visit the following webpage: http://ceesa-sports.weebly.com. 

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More than just a Soccer Tournament

11/10/2016

The NOVA Middle School Boys recently returned from a CEESA Soccer tournament in Riga, Latvia that can be described as anything but ordinary. Upon arriving to Riga, the team realized that this would not be an ordinary soccer tournament. The first day of the tournament showed that the boys were going to be playing a different type of soccer that day: snow soccer. With over 15 centimeters accumulated (and still more coming) the boys realized they would have to learn how to play the sport in a whole new way. Despite the near whiteout conditions the NOVA Boys showed resilience in the face of adversity. Even with our best efforts we won only one game out of three that day. The following morning the boys had the opportunity to play at the Olympic Center in downtown Riga. We played our first game of the day and narrowly lost to the host school. After a brief respite we prepared for our last match of the tournament against the International School of Riga. It was an intense game of back and forth soccer. The NOVA soccer boys played hard but nevertheless we found ourselves down 3-1 at halftime. After a deep talk about resilience and relentlessness the NOVA boys came out with renewed intensity to tie the game at the end of regulation. Our team engaged in a emotional penalty shoot out filled with tension, frustration, and finally happiness. The NOVA boys pulled away with the win to cap off the tournament. All in all, our students had a lot of fun, made some new friends, experienced Latvian culture and had a once in a lifetime experience. Check out the phto gallery from the tournament here  

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MS girls’ soccer team – returns from Kiev with the bronze

11/10/2016

From November 3rd through the 6th, our MS girls attended the CEESA soccer tournament in Kiev, winning 3rd place. Playing with only eight players our girls won three matches, had a draw in two matches and lost only one. Our girls tried very hard, supported each other and played with their hearts until the last minute. During the tournament the girls did not only show their soccer skills, but also responsibility and great maturity by constantly taking care of each other. They are truly amazing and we are all very proud of them! Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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"Think of Us" anti- hunger campaign

11/9/2016

Honoring Thanksgiving this year, and aiming to raise awareness and help alleviate hunger among local families, NOVA Community will support "Think of Us" anti- hunger campaign.Every day during brunch in the cafeteria there will be students with designated donation box and providing flyers and more information on the campaign.The collected donation will be used to buy necessary food for those in need.

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Cub scouts’ NOVA campout

11/8/2016

NOVA’s Cub Scout Pack (2187) organized a Halloween-themed Family Campout on October 29-30 in the Elementary School complete with grilled hot dogs and s'mores. The Cub Scouts, boys in Grades 1-5, participated in a campfire program with songs and skits and trick or treating, as well as, discovering essential scouting tools like outdoor cooking, tying knots, using a compass and tent camping. They were especially excited at the opportunity to spend the night at school. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Foundations in Research Course Considers Literary Theory by Jelena Nikodinoska

11/7/2016

FiRC students are tasked with choosing an independent research paper on a subject of their choosing. Students may choose to use their love of literature to generate a topic for their paper. So, on November 1st, Grade 11 and 12 students in the FiRC program were given a special guest lecture by Jelena Nikodinoska. Ms. Nikodinoska is a NOVA graduate who went on to study abroad in the United States and in France, getting her Masters in American Studies at the University of Paris. Ms. Nikodinoska is now putting her knowledge to good use at the school that matriculated her as NOVA's MS librarian. Her presentation last Tuesday included insight into the various schools of literary criticism. NOVA HS student were prepared to engage with the presentation, asking questions that showed that NOVA's English department is as strong today as it was when Ms. Nikodinoska graduated in 2008.  

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Red Cross group is organizing a clothing drive

11/4/2016

The Nova Red Cross Group is organizing a clothing drive for the month of November. We’re inviting the whole school community to participate and donate for the ones in need. You can leave your clothes at the HS security desk. Students will pick them up and select respectfully before donating them to The Center for Street Children and The Center for Homeless people.

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High School Halloween Party

11/3/2016

Friday the 28th marked the High school Halloween Party organized by the Student Council. The party brought together many students from our high school to showcase their costumes, share stories, dance, have fun, and play games in the thematically decorated auditorium.  The students had a great time organizing and enjoying this event. We are all very grateful to the kind support by our Parent Teacher Association in providing assistance for this event. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Elementary School Halloween party aired on Nasa TV

11/1/2016

NOVA`s Elementary School Halloween Party will be featured on Nasa TV today, November 1st, from 4:40 pm and 9:10 pm. It will be rebroadcasted on Wednesday, November 2nd, from 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

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October 2016


Middle School Halloween Party

10/28/2016

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Book Buffet

10/28/2016

Yesterday, our students had a wonderful opportunity to take pleasure in the Book Buffet that the Library club organized during brunch time. The Library club members placed ten books of their choice in the library, and they invited ten students to participate in a limited-time reading session. Each of the student-volunteers began reading the book placed on their desk until the timer went off.Then, they had to quickly hand in the book to the person next to them and start reading the one that was given to them. At the end of the reading activity, the students were asked if there was a book they sampled that they would like to continue reading. The students who expressed their interest in reading one of those books, checked them out, and they hardly wait to finish it and write a student book recommendation that will be posted on the library info board.

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Leo Club 2016-17

10/28/2016

Leo Club NOVA is holding its first meeting on Thursday, 3rd of November, in room 201. We would like to invite everyone interested in participating for a short informative meeting after school. If you are eager to participate, but cannot make it to the meeting please contact Sandra Matlievska.

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Annual Humanitarian Walk 2016

10/28/2016

The Library Club is organizing the annual humanitarian walk. Anyone who is interested in participating can come to the short meeting on Monday, 7th of November, in room 104. If you are keen on participating, but cannot make it to the meeting please contact Sandra Matlievska or Ms. Trajkovska. 

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International Bandana Day

10/28/2016

Empathy is at the heart of what is meant to be human. It is a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, and for success. Empathy begins with the capacity to take another perspective--to walk in another’s shoes. As an international school, it is essential to identify with and have understanding of another’s situation, feelings, beliefs, and motives. Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Today for International Bandanna Day, students wore bandannas to represent strength, an attribute that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances and emerge without losing confidence, and solidarity, unity that binds people together. In addition, the students created cards and letters of encouragement to the children of Skopje’s Children’s Hospital battling cancer. Among so many things with this, Mrs. Endres’ class contributed to their community and discovered that whether you are 9 or 99, that you can make a difference.

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Elementary School Halloween Party

10/27/2016

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FiRC Considers "Smart Materials"

10/27/2016

FiRC Students at the HS were introduced to a special guest speaker who came to speak with students about engineering and the applied sciences. Dr. Jovana Jovanova, from the University of Cyril and Methodius's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at UKIM. Dr. Jovanova completed her PhD at the Vienna Institute of Technology in 2015. She gave her presentation on the cutting edge of research in the field of "Smart Materials", which are those new and exciting polymers and alloys whose reactive properties are being exploited to find solutions to some of the most pressing design needs in fields like biomedical research, aerospace engineering, and industrial application. NOVA HS students had the opportunity to hear, first hand, what problems and opportunities the exciting field of mechanical engineering has to offer in the 21st century.

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Middle School Ethnic Lunch

10/27/2016

To round off a week of intense research and polemics that culminated in a Model UN debate this past Friday, our Middle School students and their teachers enjoyed our NOVA Ethnic Lunch. They all had the delicious opportunity to engage in discerning the unique and incredible tastes of Middle Eastern cuisine, ranging from falafel and couscous to pita bread and coconut lemon syrup cake. These mouth-watering delicacies certainly gave a great finishing touch to our celebration of academic effort and comradeship! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Laser Hunt with Detski Svet

10/26/2016

Continuing the celebration of the International Day of the White Cane, NOVA Students had a unique opportunity to play laser hunt with their peers with impaired vision from the State School "Dimitar Vlahov" and the NGO "Detski Svet". NOVA Students supported the students in the laser hunt game, competed and had a lot of fun. Enjoy this short video from the event.

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Do you have the write stuff???

10/25/2016

NOVA is holding its short stories contest titled as NOVA Writing Pearls, open to all  NOVA young writers. Stories can be of any genre and between 300 and 1000 words in length. Finalists will have their short stories published in the NOVA Pearls–edition of 2017. Work should be submitted to Ms. Julija L. Krstevska: julija.krstevska@nova.edu.mk

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NOVA MS Model United Nations debate

10/25/2016

On the 21st of October 2016 the NOVA MS had its first Model United Nations simulation. The event was a MS wide debate in the school auditorium for grades 6-8. Throughout the week of October 17th, scholars engaged and formed a position over a central question: Should the world run on 100% renewable energy by 2050? In the preparation process each class was divided in half to represent two different countries. Each country has a predisposed position on the central question. Scholars were given information in the form of case studies that they analyzed and synthesized. The case studies contained academic articles, statistics, graphs and relevant maps which the scholars evaluated through the use of content specific graphic organizers.The debate contained four rounds: the introduction, two rounds of rebuttals and closing remarks. In between each round the delegates in the audience shared poignant information that they thought would help benefit those who were debating. This allowed for optimal scholar engagement throughout the event. At the conclusion of the debate, delegates received the opportunity to discuss the information divulged and had the opportunity to decide how they would vote regarding the central question. Nine countries voted to run on 100% renewable energy versus seven countries voting against the resolution. Check out the photo gallery from the event here.

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US Elections Insight

10/21/2016

To all NOVA students: Do you want to learn more information about the US Elections, about the primaries, voting and the presidential campaign? Come this Friday (October 21st) at 10 am in the auditorium and learn more. Levi Smylie, political officer at the US Embassy in Skopje will deliver the presentation.

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Middle School International Week Debate

10/21/2016

This week NOVA MS scholars will be engaged in a simulation of the United Nations. Scholars will represent a country based on their homeroom and will represent their views on a central topic. The topic this year is, “Should the world run on 100% renewable energy by the year 2050?”Each class will represent two different countries in this debate. The final event will be an academic debate between the MS led by the top two debaters in each class (16 scholars debating in total). Scholars not debating will be engaged in providing information to students that are debating. The event will culminate in a vote to come to a resolution.

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Elementary School International Performance

10/18/2016

The culminating event of our ES International Week was our annual International Days Performance. Students performed songs and dances from the Czech Republic, the US, Germany, the Philippines, Slovenia, Italy, Japan, Ghana, Colombia and Serbia. The amphitheater was decorated with our ES students’ paintings, masks and silk panels created in the style of South America, specifically Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. It was a rich and colorful celebration of diversity! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EEC International Days Open House

10/18/2016

On Thursday afternoon the EEC welcomed parents to an International Days "Open House" afternoon. In the weeks leading to this event,our youngest learners had been exploring different cultures through read alouds from books related to the various countries they come from. They retold their favorite parts through drawings which were exhibited in the classrooms. They were involved in making crafts related to various countries and learning about other cultures. In Kindergarten the children learned a song featuring all the languages spoken in their classrooms, and made maps of their place in the world. The children enjoyed showing their parents all the crafts they made and explaining what they had learned about the various cultures. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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International day of the White Cane

10/18/2016

To celebrate the International Day of the White Cane, NOVA International Schools together with the NGO "Detski Svet" organized a football match. The NOVA HS Boys team and the team "Nov Pocetok", a team of young people with damaged sights, enjoyed 2 hours of amazing football and great time together! "The students had an unique opportunity to shoot penalties while blindfolded, putting them in the situation and experience that the peers from the opposing team are experiencing" Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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FiRC Considers Artificial Intelligence

10/18/2016

FiRC Students were privilege to yet another presentation on Friday, October 14th from Dr. Vladimir Radevski, a professor from the South East European University of Skopje and a NOVA parent. Dr. Radevski gave a talk titled: "Artificial Intelligence: Those Machines that Mess with our Minds". The talk focused on the technologies that predominate modern life and the increasing reliance of humanity on the artificial intelligence of software. Dr. Radevski's talk marks the 5th Foundations in Research Course lecture at NOVA HS. Students involved in FiRC continue to be exposed to a wide variety of academic disciplines as they prepare to embark on a research journey of their own. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Resource Room

10/18/2016

The Resource Room at NOVA International School will operate Monday to Thursday from 3:15 until 4:00p.m. in room 305. It is designed to provide one additional venue for academic success and enrichment. The Resource Room will be open to ALL students. Everyone who has a question regarding English Language, wants to receive additional help in Math or relearn concepts in Science, is invited and will be supported and challenged. Mrs. Julija Krstevska, Mrs. Natasa Stojanovska and Mrs. Jasmina Angelevska will be available to answer questions and help students be successful. In addition peer students will be there to support and instruct those who need to work on their homework, projects or presentations. Community service hours will be awarded to peer tutors.    

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Alumni Reflections with Nikola Danev, Columbia University NOVA class of 2016

10/14/2016

At NOVA International Schools, we take pride in the academic achievements of our Alumni members.Today we are pleased to share the story of Nikola Danev (NOVA Class of 2016), currently a student at Columbia University.

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Football match between Detski Svet and NOVA High School

10/14/2016

o celebrate October 15 - International Day of the White Cane - symbol of the blind people, the organization Detski Svet and NOVA High School are organizing a football match. The team Nov Pocetok and NOVA HS Boys will meet at 2:00 pm at the NOVA court and play a friendly match. The students in the morning will go to a Laser Hant and get to know each other and have fun.  

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Elementary School International Performance

10/14/2016

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NOVA Writing Pearls vol. 2 / NOVA ‘Writing Pearls’ book promotion

10/13/2016

The 6th of October marked the book promotion of the second edition of our very own ‘Writing Pearls’. This publication contains short stories written in English by NOVA’s students who are now officially published authors. Their book can be found in our school library as well as the National and University Library "St. Kliment of Ohrid. The book is a result of an ongoing program which is a joint effort by NOVA’s faculty members and students to encourage creative writing among young people. Congratulations to everyone involved. Check out the photo gallery from the event here Professor Dragi Mihajlovski: A Few Words On The Latest Anthology Of New Short Stories In Macedonian Language The Macedonian short story began its life with the first short story Rashedba (A promenade) written  in the nineteenth century by our well known revivalist Rajko Zhinzifiv.  I consider, however, the best Macedonian short story of the nineteenth century and not only of this century, to be Siljan Shtrkot (Siljan, the Stork) by Marko Cepenkov. Miscellaneously, the work of Grigor Prlichev and some other collections of folk works provided material for Krste P. Misirkov  to write his book in 1903 Za makedonckite raboti (On Macedonian Matters). In the five, very significant for us, Macedonians, articles on the history of Macedonia and especially in the paper Nekolku zboroi za makedonckiot literaturen jazik (A Few Words on Macedonian literary language, Misirkov proposed the formation of Macedonian standard language on the basis of, according to him, central Macedonian dialects.  It took more than 40 years before one of the greatest Macedonian linguists and writers Blazhe Koneski provided us with standard Macedonian language, as means for the development and realization of our ideas. By then, Macedonian writers either wrote in the one of the languages of our neighboring nations or in English . I was born 1951 in Bitola, at the time when I could say that I had predecessors who wrote before me in standard Macedonian language.  I have published nine collections of short stories and six novels in standard Macedonian language, so far. Apart from my own literature,  I have translated many English and American writers and works among which the epics Beowulf, Paradise Lost and the Complete Shakespeare work which comprises 37 plays, 154 sonnets and his non-dramatic works of about 4000 rhymed lines. Many anthologies or Selections of Macedonian short stories have been published since then in Macedonian language or in other foreign languages, compiled and translated either by our visiting professors from USA or UK or by editors of important publishing houses.  But it was in the times when we all fought for the wider recognition of Standard Macedonian language and its literature! Nowadays you do not have to fight and prove that our language and literature exist! You do not have to lose time on such trivial things. We fought for you! Now we just want you to fight with your works and to win! During my studies of English language and Literature, and especially later, I learned an important thing which I give over to you, the very young pearls of the Macedonian short story: We do not study foreign languages to show the foreigners how clever we are or to teach them their own language and literature, but to enrich our literature, our language and our culture with new ideas and concepts.`Stick to these tenants and you will be more successful in the time that comes.  Show the world your superb knowledge of English language, but show it at the same time, how much you strive to be original, and you can be original only if you tell the story from the point of your own country, from the point of your own culture!  

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NOVA Writing Pearls vol. 2 in the Media

10/10/2016

              

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Preparation for International Days in Elementary School

10/7/2016

We take you inside the art studio, where we are preparing for our international exhibition. Through creative methods and different painting techniques we introduce students’ visual experiences intended to engage the audiences’ grasp of the South American spirit. Playing with colors that depict Brazilian carnival, we created masks in the spirit of the ancient Mayans, created balance with the Tree of Life, and visited Peru through the traditional costumes of the Mola. Starting with an ancient map, and ending with the prints of The Gate of the Sun, constructed by the ancient Tiwanacu culture of Bolivia, we designed movement of traditional Bolivian fabric and symbols of their thoughts, ideas, and dreams through the use of the Sun and feather pattern. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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First PTA Assembly

10/5/2016

Dear NOVA parents, Please mark your calendar for this coming Wednesday, October 5th, from 6-7pm, for the first PTA Assembly of the year. During the assembly the PTA will choose its new leadership, Co-chairs and committee presidents, as well as, develop a calendar of activities and overarching goals for the school year. For more information on the PTA, visit the following link: http://nova.edu.mk/parent_teacher_association_.aspx

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NOVA Writing Pearls vol. 2

10/4/2016

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Month of September in Kindergarten

10/4/2016

Here's a sneak peek of our kindergarten daily activities. This September we explored the body and outlined it using objects from around the classroom. We played a guessing game using our sense of smell, went on a listening walk, and tasted some yucky and yummy things. Everyone worked really hard on our group projects and in our centers. Some of the books we read inspired us to experiment with colors and food. It's been a month of fun for Ms.Ceki's kindergarten class. Check out the photo gallery from the activities here

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​FiRC Discusses ​Computer Mediated Communication

10/4/2016

[On October 4, 2016,] Mira Bekar, Assistant professor at the English Department at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, came to NOVA as the fourth guest speaker for the Foundations in Research Course program (FiRC). Ms. Bekar gave a lecture based on her dissertation research, which focused on computer-mediated communication. She explained to students how qualitative research is conducted in the field of Applied Linguistics and talked about the relation between language, writing, and social interaction in online text-based chatting in Macedonian and English. Students had the chance to learn how serious research can be designed from mundane activities we are all involved in, such as online chatting. She also demonstrated how they can do cross-linguistic research on identity, culture, appraisal and interpersonal meaning in computer-mediated communication.

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Alumni interview with Ermira Kamberi (Class of 2007) and Zlatka Kuvendziska (Class of 2016)

10/3/2016

At NOVA International Schools, we take pride in the academic and professional achievements of our Alumni.Today we are pleased to share the story of Ermira Kamberi (NOVA Class of 2007) and Zlatka Kuvendziska (NOVA Class of 2016). Both Ermira and Zlatka are currently undertaking their distinctive academic adventure at the Leiden University in the Netherlands. Learn more about these successful young women by watching the video.

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Aerobics/Pilates Classes for Parents

10/3/2016

Health Benefits: Aerobics: -          Improves work of the Cardiovascular System, -          Increases Energy and Endurance, -          Reduces risks of developing different diseases (Heart Diseases, Diabetes), -          Reduces  Body Fat , Stress, Anxiety, Depression Pilates: Improves: -          Strength, -          Coordination, -          Flexibility, -          Balance, -          Body Awareness When/Where: Mondays and Wednesdays from 08:30 – 09:30, at Nova HS Fitness Studio Cost:  1500 den/month Taught by:  Luli Imetovska -          Bachelor in  PE, -          European Master Degree in Health and Physical Activity, -          Fitness and Health Educator With 20 Years Professional Experience  Please direct all inquiries to Ms. Luli Imetovska at luliimetovska@yahoo.com

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Cub Scout "Creepy Crawlers" Pack Meeting

10/3/2016

During our last pack meeting the cub scouts learned about the important role insects play in our natural world and the six essential items needed for outdoor activities. Thanks to the parents who helped! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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