September 2016


New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Renchen Lhamu - Agnes

9/30/2016

"I'm Renchen Lhamu and I come from China, where I graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University. I am happy to have the opportunity to live in Skopje. I like the city and have already been given a Macedonian name, which is Agnes. I enjoy experiencing different cultures, especially ones with a long history, such as the Macedonian. I even lived in Egypt for some time in order to improve my Arabic. In my opinion, learning a language is the best way to understand another culture. That's why I am really excited to be joining the Nova family as a Chinese teacher. I hope to do my job well so that everyone in my class will learn not only the language but also experience a part of the rich Chinese culture. Having said that, I will focus on teaching my students some practical language skills which could be useful in everyday life. I am looking forward to bestowing on my students not only knowledge about Chinese language and culture, but also inspire a curiosity for the unknown."

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Community Service class

9/29/2016

n the upcoming two weeks, the Community Service Core class will be held by the member of Center for Youth Activism KRIK, Irena Krsteva and two German volunteers, Norma Witlandt and Peter Ernst. They will introduce the students to the organization's activities related to people with Down Syndrome and the possibilities for international experience through the ERASMUS + program. In addition, they will talk about the importance of volunteering seen from German perspective. Check out the phto gallery from the event here

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Pre-K students plant flowers

9/29/2016

Yesterday our gardener Viktor paid a visit to the Pre-K playground.  Our Pre-K 3 & 4 students were able to help him plant some beautiful flowers. Each student chose a special flower, loosened its roots a little, and then planted it carefully.  We also talked about how flowers need water and sunlight in order to grow strong.  We are looking forward to looking after our special flowers in the coming months. Check out the photo galery from the event here

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Library Language Workshop

9/28/2016

The European Day of Foreign languages is an annual event held on December 26th, where people celebrate linguistic diversity. In order to raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe and encourage students to learn languages, we organized a Language Workshop in the Library. During the workshop, students from different nationalities were translating famous English poems into their own language, thus promoting cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition to this, four advisory classes gathered in the Library during Advisory today, in order to discuss the importance of learning a foreign language. They also did an interactive quiz that helped them learn many new interesting things and facts about all the languages spoken in Europe. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Johnny Appleseed Day

9/27/2016

Today the kindergartners of Ms. Stewart's class and their Reading Buddies celebrated folk hero, Johnny Appleseed Day with a lot of activities. First they watched an online reading of a mini biography of the pioneer apple farmer who established orchards throughout the American Midwest and then were engaged in many centers. The centers helped to learn about apples which is a staple Macedonian crop, but additionally reinforced such concepts as counting, sequencing, motor skills, analyzing, drawing visual descriptions, while in collaborating settings. In addition to spending time being role models for their buddies, the 5th graders were able to link the topic to movement (5 Themes of Geography) of the apple's start in Central Asia to all parts of the world. Both grades however were able to enjoy many forms of the apple....which can be half the fun!

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Elena Nicheva

9/27/2016

"My name is Elena Nicheva. I live in Skopje and come from eastern Macedonia. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius. I have been teaching since 2010 with experience in one-to-one and group lessons, implementing a variety of teaching techniques and strategies. I am pleased to be part of NOVA as a learning specialist and excited for my new role. I am enthusiastic, communicative and positive. In my free time, I love hiking, doing pilates, being with the people I love, and of course, travelling. I love music too."

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Library club organizes first book sale

9/27/2016

On Friday, during the Back-to-School Night (BTSN) the HS Library Club organized a book sale of more than a hundred titles of brand new young adult fiction books and used fiction and non-fiction books for adults. The HS Book Sale was a wonderful opportunity for the Library Club members to take the BTSN visitors through the world of literature, while meeting new people and having fun. The proceeds from the book sale will go to the Library Club budget for the creative student activities that they organize on a monthly basis.

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Tufts University visit to NOVA High School

9/26/2016

Tuesday, September 20, marked the first of hopefully many visits to our campus by a US university representative, namely, Ms. Yulia Korovikov, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Tufts University. Ms. Korovikov met with students in our upperclassmen division, addressing several key components of the overall application process as well as the specifics of a Tufts's application. Sharing her invaluable insights into the makings of an excellent personal statement, Ms. Korovikov also addressed the reality of applying to a highly selective school, particularly looking at the makings of what constitutes a good "fit" for Tufts (being a nice person, for one). Following the interactive presentation, students had a chance to ask questions, and address their own concerns/ideas/thoughts about the US application process. We are highly appreciative to International ACAC (Jen Simons in particular) for making this visit a reality, and to Ms. Korovikov for taking the time to plan a meaningful visit to a part of the world that does not tend to get visits. Looking forward to the next one! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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100% Fresh and Bio Smoothies

9/23/2016

Preorder smoothies on our menu or create your own. Available in the High School cafeteria. Orders should be placed at least 2 hours in advance.

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International Fairy Tea Party Day in PreK

9/23/2016

Today was International Fairy Tea Party Day!! Our PreKindergarten students celebrated by creating wings, wands, and flower crowns. Tea and fairy cakes were shared by all. Our youngest students demonstrated their creativity and passion for nature on a beautiful sunny afternoon. This was an opportunity to participate on an international level, that we hope will become a tradition. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Continuing to Foster a Culture of Scientific Inquiry - A 2nd FiRC Guest Lecturer Arrives

9/22/2016

On Tuesday, September 20th, NOVA HS had the pleasure of welcoming back one of its distinguished graduates. Lura Pollozhani, a graduate of the London School of Economics, came to NOVA as guest speaker for the Foundations in Research Course program (FiRC). Ms. Pollozhani, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Austria, delivered a lecture based on her personal experience as a researcher studying politics and identity. Ms. Pollozhani shared her with our HS students her process in identifying a topic and constructing a meaningful research question, allowing students to envision social issues which could motivate them as well. Students seized this opportunity to ask about research in the social sciences. Ms. Pollozhani addressed questions from grade 12 students dealing with aspects of research such as quantitative analysis and conventions in conducting research interviews with members of the public. NOVA will continue to welcome back many of its esteemed graduates as part of the FiRC program to share their experience with current students. Guest lectures will continue through November and attendance is open to all members of the NOVA community.     Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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International Peace Day

9/22/2016

"Peace Day was established by the United Nations in 1981 in an effort to encourage the world to work as one for worldwide peace. The 5th graders commemorated the day by making peace cranes and signs that will be exchanged with others in areas across the world. Students were challenged to envision a world of peace and how we can work towards achieving such. We hope that Wednesday's awareness will instill each student with a gaining acceptance and tolerance for cultures different than our own. Additionally, we hope that we can all strive for an intercultural connection."

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HS Friday Shortened schedule

9/20/2016

The High School is hosting its Parent Back-to-School night this Friday, September 23rd. The event will last from 5 PM to 8 PM at NOVA. Due to this, we will be ending the school day earlier, by 1 PM. Attached is the shortened schedule for Friday.  Note: No actually class-time has been cut, only Core and Brunch.

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Learning Macedonian Language in small groups in Kindergarten

9/20/2016

Having children work in small groups is important because they learn how to collaborate while doing purposeful, hands-on activities that encourage problem solving and decision-making. In our Kindergarten Macedonian language classes students are learning about upper and lower case letters through puzzles, finding matches with picture/letter cards, building letters with colorful sticks, soft wires (pipe cleaners), and elastic bands on geoboards. They also identify them through playing Bingo. By the end of the classes, kindergarten students were able to find the proper matches, and compose their names using different materials. This was the beginning of a great school year! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Promoting a culture of scientific inquiry - A FiRC Guest Lecturer

9/20/2016

On Friday September 16th, the NOVA community was treated to its first guest lecturer in the Foundations in Research Course (FiRC), Dr. Rodney Rosalia. Dr. Rosalia presented on the topic of "Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer". This high level lecture focused on the cutting edge research experience of Dr. Rosalia, who is NOVA's new HS Scientific Inquiry Coordinator. Dr. Rosalia shared with students and faculty his work in immunology and cancer research. Dr. Rosalia discussed issues such as research ethics, evidence based approaches to the health of young adults, and the scientific methodology which underpinned his research. Students had the opportunity to ask questions after the lecture, which they used to engage with Dr. Rosalia and to further their understanding of the field of medical research. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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Forum Theatre

9/16/2016

Are you interested to raise your voice against oppression? To perform, enjoy and have fun?  Join us at the first FORUM THEATER group here at NOVA!   What is Forum Theater?  Forum theater is the process in which the audience members could stop a performance, often a short scene in which a character is being oppressed in some way. The audience are encouraged to not only imagine change, but to actually practice that change, by entering the stage as 'spect-actors' to replace the protagonist and act out an intervention in order to break the oppression.   Interested in joining?  See Mr. Dragan Markovski in the library or apply online: dragan.markovski@nova.edu.mk

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Chinese language classes

9/15/2016

NOVA is offering Chinese for the 3rd consecutive year. This year, taking Chinese will also count towards CAS on the side of creativity. For more information you can talk to the CAS coordinator, Dragan Markovski, or Ms. Maru Fuentes, Modern Languages Department Coordinator.

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Confucius institute [anniversary celebration]

9/12/2016

The third anniversary of the opening of the Confucius institute in Macedonia was marked on the 7th of September at the National and University Library in Skopje by celebrating Chinese culture and showcasing the successful activities of the institute. NOVA International Schools were invited to partake in this celebration and were represented at the event by Mr. Viktor Novakovski, Head of Schools and Ms. Maria Fuentes, Modern Language Department Coordinator. NOVA has been a partner with the Confucius institute from its inception having signed a memorandum of cooperation in 2014 and offering Chinese language courses for three consecutive years . We would like to wish the Confucius institure a successful continuation of their operations, in the hope of celebrating many more anniversaries. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Debate Club first meeting

9/12/2016

Our very own social science professor Mr. Richard Whitrock will take on the role as the coordinator of the High School debate club this year. On September 7th, the debate club held its first official meeting. throughout the year the students will learn about the art of debating, argumentation, public speaking, collaboration and team work. We wish them all the debate luck in the world, and we are eager to see them participate in their first international tournaments. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Math Club

9/12/2016

A group of people enthusiastic about Math decided that they want a venue where they can meet and discuss math. This inspired us to form our Math club. We work on any type of puzzling math problems, the main goal being to solve them, to hang out, and participate in the CEESA high school math competition. We meet twice a week, in room 104. Out first meeting this year will be on the15th of September. If you are interested in joining, add your name to the list on the info board in the main hall.

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Jennifer Endres

9/9/2016

"Hello, my name is Jennifer. I am from the United States where I completed my studies in education of both elementary and middle school. I have been teaching for several years now, yet recently taught abroad in Africa. Although, teaching in a foreign land is recent in my career, I am no stranger to traveling or living in other countries as I was an international student myself. This year I am teaching grade 5 with a great group of children. I am super thrilled to be in Skopje as well as teaching at NOVA this school year. In the classroom, I hope to bring my spark for interactive learning and facilitate as much as I can for growth. In my spare time, I try to remain active. There are soooo many things that keep me going – spending time with my family, sports, outdoor activities, cooking/baking, learning about the environment & customs, etc. I always like to be busy!"

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Sofija Popovska wins second place at the International German Olympics (IDO) 2016 in Berlin

9/7/2016

We would like to congratulate our student Sofija Popovska, who won second place at the International German Olympics (IDO) 2016 in Berlin. She placed second in a competition involving 124 participants from 64 countries around the world. Sofija, you made us proud! http://vecer.mk/skopska/sofija-popovska-viceshampionka-na-olimpijada-po-germanski-jazik

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Jelena Donevic

9/7/2016

My name is Jelena Donevic, from Skopje, Macedonia. At home I speak Serbian, because both my parents are from Serbia, however I was born in Skopje. I studied German language and literature at the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski". At the moment I work at the Goethe Institut as a teacher and examiner for the German language exams. I am new at NOVA this school year and will be a part- time teacher, teaching German II and III. Working with teenagers at NOVA High School, believing in others and showing others their potential makes me excited about my new role. In my free time I love long walks with my dog, go hiking, biking or jogging. I love to do sports and read books! On the weekends, I also love to bake!"

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Chinese culture and language presentation

9/6/2016

Representatives from the Confucius institute in Skopje presented parts of their Chinese culture and language. HS students were able to see a Tai Chi demonstration, also the different ways of preparing and serving tea, and the uniqueness of Chinese calligraphy. The presentation was a part of the ongoing collaboration between NOVA and the Confucius Institute, which delivers language instruction to NOVA student twice a week. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Community Service group leader

9/6/2016

Do you want to lead any of the community service groups here at NOVA? Do you want to develop or enhance your leadership skills and contribute to a better community? Earn extra CS points, receive additional trainings and skills support by participating in National / International programs. Apply to be community service leader now! Groups that we need leaders for are:  Environmental Protection & Recycling Group Animal Lovers Group Working with Roma Helping the Elderly  Special Needs Assistance Group Needs Response  Food group Interact – Rotary Club   To apply send your short motivation letter with the group you are applying for to dragan.markoski@nova.edu.mk no later than September 11th, 2016   Make a difference in the world!  

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NOVA alum and Yale graduate, Aleksandra Gjorgievska, featured in www.faktor.com

9/5/2016

NOVA alum and Yale graduate, Aleksandra Gjorgievska, featured in www.faktor.com as the only Macedonian employed for the Fortune 500 company, Bloomberg News, working as a journalist: http://faktor.mk/2016/09/01/faktor-storija-kako-edna-23-godishna-skopjanka-stana-del-od-blumberg/

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HS Resource Room

9/1/2016

The Resource Room at NOVA will operate Monday to Thursday from 3:15 until 4:00p.m. in room 304. It is designed to provide one additional venue for academic success and enrichment. The Resource Room will be open to ALL students. Everyone who needs English language support, 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, 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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August 2016


HS Library Club

8/31/2016

Dear students, we are inviting you to join our Library Club, which is a long-term group that provides ongoing service for the library, from advising on library rules and regulations to collection development, planning library events and conducting contests. The Library Club calendar includes events such as book sales, get connected @ your library events, book buffets, get caught reading, read my T-shirt day, idiom competitions, reading competitions, festive storytelling, blind dates with books and many many more. The Library Club members meet twice a month, from 3.15pm until 4pm. If you are interested, please sign up with Ms. Ana Trajkovska or Ms. Sonja Stojkovic in the Library. Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 5th, at 3.15pm.

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HS Book Club

8/31/2016

The NOVA HS Book Club is a group of students that get together once a month to talk about books and their reading experience in general. It is a wonderful way to engage students and contribute to the reading culture at our school. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Book Club, please sign up with the librarians. Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6th.

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Christian Polizzi

8/30/2016

"My name is Christian Polizzi and I am excited to be joining the NOVA Middle School team from Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated with a degree in History and Government from Christopher Newport University. The past few years I have been teaching Social Studies to grades 6-8 at a high performing, innovative charter school. I am pleased to be teaching 6th Grade Language Arts/Social Science here at NOVA. I have an international background having grown up overseas attending multiple international schools around the world. I am thrilled to connect with the students on a global level. In the classroom we will have a strong focus on embedding personal connections to support and amplify our skills in writing, reading and historical interpretations. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, cooking and traveling. I am always up for a new adventure and I am eager to see what Macedonia holds for me."

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HS add/drop week

8/29/2016

The ADD/DROP period has started on Monday and will finish this Friday, September 2 at 4 pm. Please submit all course change requests through plusportals.com/nova using your nova email. If you need to consult someone over your schedule changes, please see the counselors in rooms 306 and 307. All changes will be approved only if requested electronically. Until notified of the change, please follow your current schedule. Thank you for your patience. 

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Ana Foteva

8/29/2016

"I am a Macedonian who has come back to her home country after 12 years of life in the United States. After obtaining my B.A. in German and English and my M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and study abroad at the University in Cologne and the Humboldt University in Berlin, I left for the United States to pursue my PhD in German literature. In my book based off of my dissertation, I explore the Habsburg and Ottoman imperial legacies in the Balkans and the cultural identities created in the interaction between these empires and the local populations. In the United States I lived, worked, and studied in three different states and at three different universities: Purdue University in Indiana, University of Minnesota at Morris in Minnesota, and St. Lawrence University in New York State. At NOVA I will be teaching: GER I; GER III; GER IV; IB in German Ab Initio; and IB in German as language B. In the first two weeks of my new job I have been touched by the helpfulness and the cordial and spontaneous art of communication of my colleagues at NOVA. I am now eager to get to know the young generation of Macedonian and international students and to experience the intercultural communication in my home country. Things have changed a lot in this respect since I last taught in Macedonia, and NOVA is the best example for it. I am also happy to work with international faculty and exchange experiences of working and living abroad. I am overjoyed to teach a foreign language in Europe again, where people have always been aware of the linguist diversity. I also hope to be able to revive my old habit of hiking on Vodno and enjoy the scenery, which I missed so much while living abroad."

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Rodney Rosalia

8/26/2016

"I was born and raised on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. After finishing high school on my native island, I moved to the Netherlands for my academic studies, my masters program in oncology was done in Amsterdam and my PhD. degree was obtained at the medical faculty of Leiden University. I will be teaching Earth & Life Sciences, Biology, and Chemistry at NOVA. The most exciting aspect of teaching for me is the prospect of working together with the young and talented students and preparing them for an academic career. My hobbies are all about a healthy lifestyle, I enjoy cooking and I am a big football fan, supporting FC Barcelona. To stay fit, I do crossfit and lift weights a couple of times a week."

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New ES Music Room and EMS Dance Studio

8/26/2016

Our new ES Music Room and EMS Dance Studio are awaiting its first students for the academic 2016-17  

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Richard Whitrock

8/26/2016

"Hello, my name is Richard Whitrock and I'm excited to be joining the NOVA family this year along with my wife and two young children (aged 3 and 7 months).  We are from Texas, USA (Houston), and are already loving our new Macedonian home.  I graduated from the Honors College at the University of Houston, I am a certified teacher of 10 years with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with 2 minors (Architecture and English), and will be teaching AP Economics (macro and micro), IB History, AP Research, and coaching our new debate team.  I've been involved in competitive speech and debate since the age of 12, and am looking forward to traveling the world with our students as we participate in debate tournaments both here and abroad.  Interesting hobbies and talents include a love of cooking (and an obvious love of eating), novel writing, poetry, and I'm constantly reading (both fiction and non-fiction).  I look forward to meeting you, and to a successful year at NOVA."

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Faculty Poetry Reading

8/26/2016

This Wednesday, August 24th, the NOVA Teacher's Drama Club organized a Poetry Reading in order to commemorate the birthday of the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. His poems were read in 7 different languages: Spanish, English, Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian. Borges himself once stated that he has always imagined that “paradise will be a kind of library”, and we hope we recreated that spirit in our own library yesterday along with tea and biscuits. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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New Faculty Introductions 2016-17 - Ashley Whitrock

8/26/2016

"I'm from Texas, and I spent most of my life in Katy, a suburb of Houston. I studied Creative Writing at the University of Houston, and I've been teaching literature for twelve years. I'm excited to begin teaching IB English A and B (both 11th grade) and English 9H at NOVA. Diversity and culture have always been important in my classes, so I'm looking forward to learning about our different students and their backgrounds and experiences. That, and the small class sizes. When I'm not teaching or doing mom things with my two kids, I love movies, reading, and writing (poetry and musicals)."

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NOVA Team Building 2016

8/18/2016

“Days like yesterday make us feel appreciated, give us the chance to get to know each other in a different way, not just being "the MS math teacher" or "the new HS German teacher". Yesterday made me realize once again that the best thing about NOVA is the great faculty it has. “ Jasmina Dzurovska Blazevska, Middle School Science and Math Teacher

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NOVA Bus Service

8/16/2016

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Job openings for the academic 2016-17

8/5/2016

We are hiring!  NOVA International Schools is seeking an individual for the following three positions: English Language Teacher (http://nova.edu.mk/ControlPanel/Upload/HTML/About%20us/English%20Language%20Teacher.pdf) IT Coordinator(http://nova.edu.mk/…/U…/HTML/About%20us/IT%20coordinator.pdf) All applications and inquiries should be directed to info@nova.edu.mk.

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July 2016


Summer School and Summer Camp 2016 Final Performance

7/6/2016

Our three-week Summer School and Summer Camp journey was one of excitement, friendship, and wondrous academic achievement! While our sun-bronzed Campers embarked on a series of adventure-packed activities ranging from archery and horseback riding to fencing and kayaking, our Summer Schoolers took a plunge in the bottomless sea of learning by engaging in a vast variety of language, art, music, dance, and computer activities. The fun peaked during our final performance, when our students had the opportunity to showcase not only their academic growth, but also the joy of rekindling old friendships and making new ones. The flight of time means little if it leaves no trail of memories; and although the three weeks that we spent together have now come to an end, they certainly left us many sweet memories that will keep our hearts ablaze for months until we meet again! Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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