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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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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