March 2016


HS Humanitarian concert "Little Deeds - Great Cause"

3/31/2016

NOVA High School's Red Cross Group is organizing a Humanitarian concert "Little Deeds - Great Cause" in order to raise funds for Skopje's Center for Children from the Streets, as well as raise awareness of the issues faced by abandoned children and their right to education, carefree childhood, and essential living conditions. The event will take place on Thursday, March 31st, starting from 6pm in the NOVA Elementary and Middle School, and it will feature a lottery, band performance, bake-sale, and many other opportunities to donate and have fun. Special guest star Beatrix crew. The members of the Red Cross Group would be delighted to have you join them, and do little deeds to promote a great cause!

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WWW includes an El Mundo del Arte visit to Madrid

3/31/2016

During the 2016 Week Without Walls excursion, the “El Mundo del Arte” group visited Madrid, Spain as part of an art learning experience in which our students had the opportunity to experience firsthand Spanish art and culture as well as their way of life, patterns of behavior that order their world, as well as the traditional ideas, attitudes, and perspectives that guide their behaviors.  We visited some of the most iconic museums and venues in Spain and Europe, such as: Museo del Prado, where all students had the opportunity to contemplate and feel the power of greatness in spectators, by looking at the famous masterpiece Las Meninas from Diego Velázquez among many other world-famous works of art from Spanish, Italian, Flemish, German, English and other artists.  Notable stops on the trip included: Museo de América,  where we had a guided tour of the ancient civilizations and their ways of life, exploring the merging of the old and new world. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, where we explored select collections of the 19th and 20th century and where we were able to appreciate a variety of European Impressionism, Expressionism and Russian avant-garde works. We had the rare opportunity to see the exquisite Spanish Realism masters from 1940 until 1970. Palacio Real, where we could admire the treasure of the royal family through the centuries, where tapestries, carpets, porcelain, alcoves, crystal chandeliers, wall paintings Rococcó style a real feast for the eye. Palacio de Cristal, a botanical garden turned modern and contemporary art center, where Spaniards can present their art installations. We also visited the famous flamenco “tablao” Casa Patas where our students could appreciate the Spanish passionate dances through the authentic sounds and flavors of Spain and the intangible cultural heritage and way of life. Another place worth mentioning was Barrio de las Letras, (a linguistic neighborhood) home to the most famous Spanish writers in Madrid such as Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Francisco de Quevedo. Plaza Mayor and Plaza de España were among the numerous plazas visited in Madrid. Chech out the photo gallery from the trip here

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THEATER EDUCATION IN THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

3/30/2016

On March 26th, a day before the World Theater day, we organized our first training course related to teaching high school students Drama/Theater. The training course was offered to high school teachers from public schools in Skopje with the aim to support and improve the theater education in the educational process. Facilitated by our resident Theater teacher and expert Mr. Milosh B. Andonovski, the agenda of the training course consisted of four hours of activities related to acting, directing, and playwriting. Our NOVA high school students Monika Nikolovska and Marko Markovic took part in the activities and helped to demonstrate the Theater curriculum we have in our school. Learning took place, as note taking and smile-provoking moments occurred throughout the course. The 11 teachers from various public high schools enjoyed it and agreed upon the importance and need for similar training courses related to Theater education in future. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Service Learning March 21 - 27, 2016

3/29/2016

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NOVA`s Middle School Science Fair featured on Nasa TV

3/25/2016

NOVA`s Middle School Science Fair will be featured on Nasa TV this Saturday, March 26th, from 8:25am. It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, March 27th from 6:40pm and Tuesday March 29th from 7:50pm.

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PTA Easter Egg Hunt & 3rd Grade Bake Sale

3/24/2016

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NOVA Service Learning March 13 - 20, 2016

3/22/2016

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MS Assembly March 18th, 2016

3/21/2016

Middle School students celebrated their academic and extracurricular achievements on Friday the 18th during the MS assembly. A wide range of  activities and achievements were featured. In particular, the girls and boys basketball teams were honoured, along with the Mathcounts team. The winners of the Science Fair received their certificates and prizes for participating in the previous week's event. The children were happy to round our their year to date with a look back at their accomplishments. Students left the assembly looking forward to the events that will mark the rest of the academic year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS performance Freedom DVD on sale

3/19/2016

The DVD of the HS performance Freedom goes on sale this Friday, March 17th. Come and get your copy and see why everyone is talking about this performance.   

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PTA 3rd General Assembly Procures a New Book Donation

3/18/2016

On March 2nd, 2016 the NOVA PTA Third General Assembly was held at the HS Library. Parents and NOVA staff gathered to hear updates on the activities of the NOVA PTA in all three divisions of our school.  A pleasant evening hour enriched with the exchange of ideas and proposals for new action was wrapped up with a valuable surprise PTA donation of material for students, dedicated to supporting activity and fun in the classroom. This donation consisted of a collection of grammar games for ESL classes in all ES grades that will help students to spend time interacting and learning through a fun-filled process. In addition to resources for classroom games, a generous collection of 100 ES Library books for our eager young readers was presented. A joint effort between the NOVA PTA and its friends at the International School Bangkok (ISB) has made books like Amelia Bedelia, Boris, Owl's diaries, Flat Stanley, and many more become new residents of our ES Library collection. Thank you to the wonderful NOVA Community and its friends who, together, are continuing to  support the work of the NOVA PTA. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Brainobrain NOVA takes part in national Brainobrain competition

3/18/2016

We are proud to present our Brainobrain NOVA students at their first Brainobrain competition. Over 600 children from Macedonia competed in 38 categories at the fourth National Abacus Competition held at Jane Sandanski sports hall in Skopje, which was organized by the Academy for Children for "Brainobrain Europe." Children competed in three-minute "Brainobrain" tests, which challenge cognitive abilities in an exhilarating competitive environment. Participating NOVA students had their accuracy, speed, focus, concentration, visualization, and photographic memory measured in a series of events. Our students accomplished amazing results at the competition, presenting their skills, wining trophies and medals. The hard won rewards of the children’s incredible accomplishments were deeply appreciated as the students gained a new appreciation for the merits of academic contests. Congratulations to all! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Girls Basketball Team Return Victorious From Riga

3/18/2016

In an amazing display, the High School Girls' Basketball team went to Riga for the season tournament and came away with the first place trophy. The HS Girls dominated all five of the games they played. The first of these games was, possibly, the most exciting. The girls came back from a 9-20 halftime deficit to win 32-31 on a layup with six seconds remaining in the game. The excitement of the first game was closely matched by that of the finals, in which NOVA played Sofia. The girls were falling behind at halftime, but pulled out a 35-29 win by the end.  The girls showed a tremendous amount of confidence and courage in both these, and the other, games played in the tournament. This fantastic NOVA team made its coach proud.  All nine players contributed to the five wins. Their success was due to genuine team effort.  The girls enjoyed the games, but also had good times interacting with the other teams.  They were courteous and conducted themselves properly off the court as well as on.  Traveling with the team was a pleasure for both Ms. Nora Taravari and Mr. Gary Young. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Boris Trajkovski-NOVA Scholarship 2016 (results)

3/18/2016

The results of the first round of testing have been published. For more detalis about the scholarship project, the ranking of students according to the test results and 2nd round guidelines, please visit the following page: http://nova.edu.mk/bt-scholarship.aspx. We wish all 2nd round applicants the best of luck, and thank all students for their participation.     

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MS Science Fair 2016

3/17/2016

The 2016 Middle School Science Fair took place on Friday March 11th.  Students explored and were engaged in an inquiry process with the motto “Science is Music – Music is Science.”  In the morning, MS students participated in activities and workshops that focused on the science involved in the creation of music. Later, an exhibition took place where students presented projects and videos of their research and experiments, thus applying knowledge from the sciences of biology, physics, chemistry, and math to the world of music. The fair was a resounding success, with many fascinating projects being put on display for for the NOVA community.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Boys Basketball Gives Formidable Performance in Helsinki

3/17/2016

NOVA HS Boys basketball team went to a tournament hosted by International School of Helsinki. Our students warmed up playing in cold and windy Finland against other CEESA blue division basketball teams.  The SuperNOVAs had an exciting tournament, dominating the basketball court for much of the tournament. On the first day, our boys defeated our friends and rivals from Belgrade and Latvia. The second day, our team was successful against the other two teams, coming from Helsinki and Sofia. Our excellent performance on the court was widely recognized by all tournament participants. These wins qualified the SuperNOVAs for the tournament final, which began with a 9 point advantage by the end of the first quarter. Our boys demonstrated exceptional basketball skills, including proficient passing and shooting, and strong defense. Some bad luck appeared during the second quarter of the final, manifested by our missing a large number of shots. The pressure put on the team by low scoring resulted in poor passing and mistakes in both offensive and defensive play. At half-time we walked off of the court trailing 3 points. During the third quarter our SuperNOVAs came back in the game and took the lead once again. The third quarter was full of intensely tough and intense basketball, and where the score was constantly changing to favor first one team, then the other. Towards the end of the game, in the last quarter, our students were constantly behind by a handful of points. As a result, we didn’t reach the win. The SuperNOVAs lost the game by a mere seven points. The SuperNOVAs worked hard and came incredibly close to the desired win, but bad luck, and later panic, combined to form a loss of the gold medal and tournament trophy. Bitter disappointment was felt throughout the team. However, in defeat, our SuperNOVAs succeeded in establishing a great bond, friendly and supportive relationships, and a deep understanding of what it means to rely on each other, both on and off the basketball court. For this reason, and despite the 2nd place finish, we are happy to report that the 2016 HS Boys basketball Tournament was a huge success in all substantial respects. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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AP/IB parent information meeting

3/16/2016

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NOVA Students Volunteer at Special Olympics

3/15/2016

Starting from mid-November, HS students Mija Jovchevska, Kristina Gjoshevska, Afrodita Ramos, and Aleksandra Manolcheva embarked on a volunteering activity for Young Athletes of the Special Olympics in Macedonia. The student volunteers were involved with activities twice a week at the primary school “Dimitar Miladinov”. The Young Athletes of the Special Olympics program provides sport activities, games, songs, and other physical activities for disabled children who are between 2 and 9 years of age. NOVA student volunteers assisted with integrating the children into the activity by promoting the development of basic skills for basketball, football, handball, etc. Through these activities, our students bonded with the children and provided them an atmosphere suitable for their personal growth by becoming part of the learning process of the children. The volunteers showed their immense support for the children during the demonstration session, which occurred on March, 9th. During this session, the children were able to call on the support of volunteers in order to display the skills they had mastered throughout the program. Although the session marked the end of this particular program, our volunteers are eagerly waiting for the next program and with it their next chance to help these wonderful children.  

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NOVA Service Learning March 5 - 12, 2016

3/15/2016

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MS Science Fair 2016 in the media

3/15/2016

            

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First Tuesday coffee evening hour March 15th at 6pm, HS library

3/15/2016

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Wellness Day at NOVA HS

3/14/2016

NOVA high school organized a Wellness Day on Wednesday, March 9. HS students had the opportunity to take a day away from their regular classes to participate in 3 seminars of their choice on topics centered on student health. Students could choose from seminars on topics such as stress management, time management, reproductive health, nutrition, bullying, and psychological health. The philosophy behind Wellness Day can be understood as one that focuses on nurturing the holistic approach of our school. These wellness seminars addressed the physical and mental health, as well as the overall well-being of the individual, as an integral component of learning and growing. Wellness Day recognizes that learning takes place throughout the day and in many facets of a student’s life.   This day away from the classroom to focus on the health and healthy practices that make learning possible was only achievable with the help of a truly inspiring group of institutions and individuals, all of whom made the time to spend a full day passing on important lessons to NOVA students. These volunteers come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and experiences.   Marina Ancevska from the Center for Business Psychology in Skopje Ana Azgour  owner of the restaurant “Surovo i Vkusno” in Skopje Aneta Nikolovska from  Nutritionism Consulting in Skopje Stefan Aleksikj from NGO MOF Tiana Ivanovska and Angela Trajkovska from Psyhesco Radmila Zivanovic lecturer from the International Balkan University, Skopje Frosina Ristovska from Cardio surgery “Filip II” Kristijan Miloshevic and Beti Proseva from The Red Cross of R. Macedonia    Deepest thanks to these community minded folk for reminding our students that the effort to share knowledge is as important as its creation and pursuit.     Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary School Science Fair featured on Nasa TV

3/11/2016

NOVA`s Elementary School Science Fair will be featured on Nasa TV this Saturday, March 12th, from 8:30am. It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, March 13th from 7:30pm and Monday March 14th from 2:00pm. 

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Rededicated Space: The “Teacher’s Corner” for Our Educators

3/11/2016

The HS Library would like to invite you to come on up to 'check out' our new corner, which is dedicated to books on the wide world of 21st century education. Our "Teacher's Corner", as it is called, is comprised of new books, periodicals, and pamphlets that focus on the transformation of learning. The Teacher's Corner is intended to help teachers improve classroom instruction and to promote lifelong learning among the students. From now on, the Teacher’s Corner in the Library will be a space where teaching strategies are informed by fresh, new titles on a regular basis.

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Middle School Science Fair (March 11th, 2016) Science is Music-Music is Science

3/11/2016

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Elementary School Science Fair

3/10/2016

During our annual Elementary Science Fair our young botanists, astronomers, physiologists, geologists, nutritionists and health scientists presented their hypotheses, demonstrated their experiments and presented their conclusions. It was great fun, and both students and parents learned many interesting things about our world. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS Boys Basketball Team Returns with Silver

3/9/2016

The annual CEESA Basketball tournament for MS boys was hosted by Pechersk School International (PSI) in Kiev, Ukraine from March 3  through 6. Our MS Boys basketball team returned victorious, securing the 2nd place trophy.  This was a great success for our group of eight MS boys who spent the last two months working hard, developing basketball skills, team spirit, making some great friends along the way. As we look back on what was a successful tournament we know that the memories will remain and will be cherished for all those who played hard. Those who were victorious will remember the tournament and look back on their hard work which led them to their achievement. Although the trophy that was won is important, all participating teams will remember the tournament, as they were all winners.  The spirit of the tournament will remain deeply engraved in the students’ hearts. Parents, coaches and students were all pleased by the whole event, complimenting the organization and the herculean efforts of PSI Kiev, the host school. Many thanks to our Athletic Director, Mr. Ristovski for helping with the organizing that made this event such a success. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary School Science Fair

3/9/2016

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HS Wellness Day

3/9/2016

NOVA high school is organizing a Wellness Day on Wednesday, March 9th. Students will be given the opportunity to choose 3 from the following list of offered wellness seminars: Taking on school related stress - stress management Current issues in sexual and reproductive health Time management key to academic success Balanced nutrition key to physical health Healthy relationships prevent bullying Cognitive health key to personalized learning and growth Further information will be sent via student's NOVA e-mail accounts and shared during advisory class. 

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CEESA MS Girls Basketball Tournament in Belgrade

3/8/2016

This year’s CEESA Girls Basketball Tournament was hosted by the International School of Belgrade. Our school participated with one team that included 10 Supernova players, all of whom trained hard in preparation for this tournament and represented NOVA in the best possible way. We had the pleasure to play in a wonderful basketball facility, where our girls managed to defeat the Pechersk School International by 27-8, the Anglo American School of Sofia by 27-4, the International School of Belgrade (A team) 26-21, International School of Latvia – Lynx by 14-12, and International School of Belgrade (B team) by 8-0. These wins secured the Supernovas to play in the final against International School of Belgrade (A team). In the match for 1st place, our girls faced a very challenging and an intense game against this difficult opponent. It was a thrilling match, though heart breaking at the end. Our girls played with furious intensity until the last second and lost by only 2 points. With the pride of having played at our best and a great learning experience under our belt, we accepted the defeat. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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The UNCONFERENCE, Where NOVA HS Gets Playful With Its Passion

3/7/2016

On Friday, NOVA staff spent the day as participants in an UNCONFERENCE - An event that takes the thinking and mindset of everyone involved completely "outside" of the box in order to allow professional collaboration to be at its very best. Every department was represented as staff had the opportunity to attend a wide range of truly interactive mini 'conferences' hosted by their colleagues throughout the day. Topics ranged from the technical, to the philosophical, to the truly novel. To make matters more compelling, participants at an UNCONFERENCE have the option to walk between simultaneously occurring classes (sometimes within the same room) to find the topic that best suits their passion and curiosity. During this "outside the box" arrangement, where staff had the chance to both hear from, speak to, and engage with their colleagues on a variety of topics, NOVA grew both individually and as a team. While each mini 'conference' had a unique focus, education was at the heart of the event as the theme that inspired the UNCONFERENCE. The end result was that NOVA staff were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and perspectives on education in a fresh way that left all participants with a new appreciation for the wealth of knowledge and strong professional drive that characterizes the staff here at NOVA. Staff is now looking forward to the next opportunity to be both learners and teachers in the classroom with their colleagues. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS Spring Professional Development Day

3/7/2016

On our professional development day, the US State Department provided funding to bring two expert American teacher/presenters to guide our elementary teachers in ways to better teach writing and differentiate between the various levels of student skill in our classrooms. Our Middle School teachers started the process of learning about and developing a plan to begin standards based grading next fall, led by the principal. As teachers we never stop learning, and that can only benefit our students. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Performance Freedom

3/7/2016

Urging us to forget about our day-to-day chores for only a minute, the performance aspired to question the long-forgotten meaning of freedom, as well as the forms by which it is manifested, i.e. choice, expression, and movement. The central aim of this performance was to reflect upon both the essence and the absence of freedom. The performance was structured in eight different parts, each entailing a dominating state of mind and/or emotion. The titular definition of freedom was introduced in the first part, accompanied by an expression of diverse musical tastes. Secondly, in System failure, the collapse of the structure announced the loss of freedom. Then, Hope arose to slightly warm up the atmosphere, as it actually does in everyday life, just before we saw the emanation of Fear, during a celebration that happened during an ongoing war. The performance was rounded off by the Silent struggle, Conflict, Sorrow and finally Reconciliation. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA High School Performance - Freedom

3/5/2016

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NOVA students speak at the UN General Assembly

3/4/2016

Our students had two quite exciting days. They had a chance to meet with representatives of the German Mission to the UN, and also visited the UN headquarters. Two of our students, Tamara and Armina, had the privilege and honor to address the UNIS-UN conference participants from the General Assembly stage, with only four other students, and present their views on the conference topic. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Math Competition in Zagreb

3/3/2016

Once again, our students participated in the annual High School mathematics competition hosted by the QSI Sarajevo school. Though they did not bring back any material awards, this has been yet another great experience for them. They spent plenty of time together and had an unique chance to enjoy the spirit Sarajevo has to offer, including tasty local cuisine and the warm hospitality of our local hosts. The results of the competition have time and again serve to prove that our students can be at par with strong and dedicated competitors throughout Europe. Also, these competitions help us to pin-point both our strengths and weaknesses. Our brightest star was Milan Samardjiski, who finished third after the first individual round, but overall fourth after the last, buzzer, round. Katerina Bujaroska, Jana Cvetinovska and Gele Robev also performed admirably. As educators, we are proud of their achievements, but above all that, we are especially proud of their ability to realize that mistakes are the best teacher there is and that "to err" and learn from it is what defines us as humans. Overall, we have gained much and are now ready to to continue the journey. Kudos to Konstantin Hadji-Ristov, who could not personally share the experiences with us, but who, we are certain, was with us in spirit! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Shortened Schedule of Classes (March 3)

3/3/2016

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Greetings from New York City

3/2/2016

A group of NOVA students is attending the the United Nations International School UNIS-UN 2016 conference which is an annual, international, student led conference held in the General Assembly on the United Nations. The 2016 UNIS-UN conference focuses on Media’s Influence: Opinions, Activism, and Outcomes. Students from thirty different countries, will explore media related topics such as propaganda, social reform, activism, political unrest, and the ways in which media shapes statistics and trends. In preparations for the conference our students have been active on a variety of fronts. They have already volunteered at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the biggest of its kind in NYC, delivering over a 1000 meals to the homeless daily. Our students all had different roles, some greeted the "guests" with a juice, others were serving food, and some cleaned the tables. It was an awakening experience for all of them, and they were grateful to have met all those people who organize this every day. Tomorrow they visit the German UN mission and will have a chance to tour the UN headquarters. We wish them all the best and a most enjoyable stay in New York City.

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February 2016


HS Schedule Change

2/29/2016

Please note that due to the need to balance the A and B weeks in our 2015-16 academic calendar, the week of February 29th to March 4th is a B week. The week of March 7th to March 11th is also a B week.The week of March 14th to March 18th is an A week, and Friday of that week will be a B day. This makes the week schedule ABABB. 

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February Reading Awards

2/26/2016

​On​ February 12, all elementary students (Pre-K through 5th grade) received reading awards based on preset criteria in each homeroom. Master Reader awards were given to students from 1st - 5th grade for consistent effort for reading daily and keeping a record of that reading in their reading logs. All Pre-K and K students received Happy Reader awards. Students who attend Macedonian language class received 3 Stars for consistent effort for reading books in Macedonian. To mark the event, students and teachers all dressed up as their favorite characters a book, taking pleasure in introducing these characters to others. Way to go, NOVA Readers! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Middle School Student Council

2/25/2016

Meet our Middle School Student Council. NOVA believes that our students benefit by actively participating in the determination of school activities and school improvement matters, so we have given them a voice. The student council representatives will help promote changes and activities for the entire middle school student body and foster a positive climate throughout the school. The members were elected through a middle-school wide election. Being a member of the Student Council is both an honor and a challenge. Let's wish them all a successful beginning.

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Treats: an elementary part of NOVA ES

2/23/2016

During breaks and following school hours, ES and MS students found themselves enjoying tasty treats donated by NOVA parents for the PTA’s 4th grade Bake Sale. Students bounced with excitement, hugging each other as they lined to to enjoy the 4th grade Bake Sale. Everyone was able to share with their classmates the child-friendly toys and school accessories available at the PTA fundraiser. The PTA continued its tradition of placing student needs first, hosting yet another successful event. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA successfully hosts 8th national MEP session

2/22/2016

This past weekend marked Macedonia's 8th national session of  the Model ​European Parliament. This session was notable for two reasons: First, and as usual, the NOVA delegation, consisting of  Afrodita Ramos, Brendan Schultz, and Kristijan Atanasov, conducted itself admirably. Secondly, this session was the final session for Macedonia's MEP Coordinator, Ms. Melissa Mitreski. Ms. Mitreski's dedication to MEP has ensured the success of all 8 of Macedonia's national sessions, as well as ensured that the delegations sent by Macedonia to International sessions have made Macedonia a highly respected member of the International MEP community.  MEP Macedonia would like to thank those who gave their time to make the three day long session possible, including the many diligent student volunteers, the MEP alumni community for lending their experience as official evaluators, the NOVA staff who gave their weekend to make the event possible, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Macedonia, His Excellency Mr. Wouter Plomp for giving the opening address and for opening the floor to an engaging Q & A session, as well as to Mr. Viktor Novakovski and the NOVA leadership for supporting the event in a multitude of ways.    

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Grade 8 Takes its First Steps in the World of Physics

2/19/2016

In MS science news, Grade 8 began learning about physics this semester, after having successfully mastered the basics of Chemistry during the first semester. Their first contact with this basic science is with the laws of Motion, speed, time and acceleration. Grade 8 students had a lot of fun as well as gratifying "eureka" moments as they attempted to calculate their own speed by measuring the length of our basketball field and the time needed to walk/run through it. Their learning has spurred their curiosity, leaving them wondering how to understand the next step - the difference between speed and velocity. Grade 8 is looking forward to its next science class. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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4th grade PTA Bake Sale

2/18/2016

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Grade 6 Takes a Look at the Geological Future by Exploring the Past

2/18/2016

Take a look as Grade 6 engages in creative scientific moments recreating the Pangaea, the ancient super-continent that once contained all the continents we know today. By learning about the layers of the Earth, major geological events, and the changes to our planet, grade 6 is trying to imagine what the surface of our planet would look in the distant future. This unique and intensely visual activity is  accompanied by presentations and scientific facts that support the class's learning. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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MS Mathletes make the NOVA community proud after successful competition in Vilnius

2/18/2016

Our Middle School Mathletes truly dove in to the MS MATHCOUNTS competition in Vilnius from Feb 3rd-7th. We are proud to say that our NOVA students demonstrated exemplary behavior, great team spirit, and gave tremendous effort to the competition - all while trying their best on some truly challenging math questions. The Mathletes made many new friends, learning about different cultures through their interactions. In addition, the Mathletes had the opportunity to expand their cultural knowledge and appreciation by visiting many historic locations in Lithuania, by tasting local cuisine, by dancing Lithuanian folk dances, through having friendly basketball matches, and also by playing The Math Knowledge ball. All in all, the experience was a entertaining and enlightening for all involved. Check out the photo gallery from the even here

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Middle School Valentine`s Day Party

2/16/2016

The MS Students celebrated Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12th. Everyone enjoyed in the wonderful dance choreography, the band's performance, and karaoke show. Check out the photo gallery from the event here Short video from the event:

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NOVA High School Students become CEESA Knowledge Bowl Champions

2/16/2016

            

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NOVA participates in fourth Robotics challenge

2/15/2016

The CEESA HS Robotics event was held in Prague for a second year in a row. A total of twelve teams entered into the competition from eleven countries. The competition this year was titled First Rescue Challenge. Teams made from a combination of two competitors battled it out for the initial 15 elimination rounds. Their mission was to rescue 3 trapped dolls that were hanging from a ramp, and then to climb to the top of the ramp. To make things even more challenging, debris was scattered across the terrain that needed to be taken to a designated area to secure tournament points. Despite an impressive performance, the NOVA HotBOTS did not secure a spot in the final round, placing 9th overall. While the HotBOTS had successfully designed their robot to both climb the ramp and to clear the way the terrain for our teammates, this proved insufficient to secure a place in the finals. Team spirit was at an all time high throughout our preparations and the competition. The NOVA HotBOTS are already eagerly awaiting next year’s challenge to be announced. Check out the photo gallery from the event here Short video from the event:

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High School Valentines Day

2/15/2016

Live jam sessions and festive treats were not all that the Student Council and PTA put together to celebrate the love for this year's Valentine's Day celebrations. NOVA was festooned will themed decorations for a day of fun and caring. The Student Council carried thoughtful telegrams throughout the school, bringing a personal touch to the event and warms hearts to those lucky enough to receive a heart telegram.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA`s performances aired on Nasa TV

2/12/2016

NOVA's performances of A Sweet Story, Frozen and The Magic Shop, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV from Sunday, February 14th through Friday, February 19th, with the following schedule: A Sweet Story - Sunday, February 14th from 8:30am, Monday, February 15th from 3:30pm and Wednesday,  February 17th from 6:15pm.  Frozen - Tuesday, February 16th from 7:00pm, and Thursday, February 18th from 7:00pm.  The Magic Shop - Friday, February 19th from 5:30pm. 

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Middle School Valentine`s Dance Party

2/12/2016

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CEESA HS Knowledge Bowl

2/12/2016

We are proud to announce that NOVA's High School Teams won both the 1st and the 2nd place at the CEESA Knowledge Bowl tournament held in our school this  weekend, while our third team was ranked 4th. This huge success demonstrates that the time and the energy invested during months of preparation were not in vain - our twin victory was immaculate and well-deserved. Having said this, the coaches wish to thank the whole NOVA community for their willingness to go the extra mile to help organize this memorable CEESA event. Kudos go to all the readers, the timers, and the host families. Most of all, the team members deserve special praise. Petar Peshev, the captain of team A, once again demonstrated that he is both a fierce competitor and an accurate problem-solver; Sofija Paneva  did an excellent job catching most of the Natural science questions;Aleksandar Andonovski answered many social science and humanities related questions, while Alexander Edwards rounded up team A by lending a touch of English charm and eloquence. Art Saiti proved to be a phenomenal player for Team B. This team had an excellent captain, the young Ina Kronevska, who showed her expertise in Biology, while Borjan Gagovski's wit and acumen provided yet another contribution to the team; & Sergej Pazdrijan scored important points for team B, thus contributing to their success. Emilijan Cuzmici did an outstanding job as the captain of team C; Teodor Parolo answered almost every Geography question impeccably, and Anastasia Moussura excelled with her broad knowledge of cultural history, while Elisa Maes' multilingualism proved advantageous to our team. Last but not least, Anastasija Markovska, the young player lent as a helping hand to Ljubljana's team, delivered a truly fantastic performance which largely helped Ljubljana win a number of rounds. This weekend, all of our teams made history and had a great time in the process. The new friendships and the overall positive spirit of the event are sure to keep a collective smile on our faces in the weeks to come!Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESAtalk with Viktor Novakovski

2/11/2016

NOVA HS principal, Viktor Novakovski, talking about CEESA, adaptive schools and personalized learning, in preparation for CEESA's upcoming conference in Istanbul

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Opportunity to study Italian language and culture

2/10/2016

The Italian Embassy supports an Italian course that is held at NOVA High School. This class meets on Fridays from 2:00-3:30 in classroom 304. During the first semester only native Italian speakers were part of this group. Now we invite students who are interested in Italian Language and Culture and are at the Intermediate level to join the group and extend their Italian knowledge. Please sign up at Ms. Ankica’s office latest by Thursday, February 11.

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HS Valentine's Day

2/10/2016

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Student Council invites you to celebrate it with your loved ones. Starting from tomorrow, Student Council volunteers will be collecting your orders in the shape of cards, balloons and candy. More details to come during tomorrow’s advisory class by SC volunteers. 

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NOVA senior Sofija Paneva's interview for www.fakulteti.mk

2/9/2016

NOVA senior Sofija Paneva's interview for www.fakulteti.mk, on her acceptance to Oxford University http://www.fakulteti.mk/news/16-02-04/od_nova_na_oksford_-_sonuvav_za_ova_i_sonot_mi_se_ostvaruva.aspx

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2nd grade students become geologist for a day

2/9/2016

Both 2nd grade classes had a short science field trip to the Power Resources Group Company. NOVA parents, Angelina and Ray Power, were kind enough to invite us to visit the Macedonian head office of Power Resources Group, an international mining and mineral processing company, to hear from professor Uros Herlec a brief explanation about rocks and minerals. As the company has recently completed some drilling in Macedonia the students had the opportunity to examine drill cores and ask questions.  They  also had the chance to examine some interesting crystals and minerals under a microscope and using a geologists magnifying glass. Check the photo gallery from the visit here

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5th Grade and PTA Bake Sale

2/2/2016

On the last Thursday of a cold January, the PTA warmed up the ES with the Grade 5 Bake Sale- Many smiley faces were seen all over the school during the Grade 5 Bake Sale. Delicious baked goods were not the only treat made available. The PTA provided fun toys and other items to make the ES Bake Sale a special day for our students, teachers and parents. The PTA wishes to thank everyone who helped to make this event possible Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA hosts international Knowledge Bowl

2/2/2016

This Friday and Saturday our school will host an event of paramount importance:  the International CEESA Knowledge Bowl tournament. Our school’s teams are playing against teams from five other international schools (Sofia, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Krakow).  Let us all come to support and cheer for the SuperNOVAs, the best team of Knowledge Bowl competitors in the known universe! First rounds of competition start on Friday from 2pm, right after classes, on the HS building's third floor. Competition will resume on Saturday with the first round beginning at 9pm, and the final round  scheduled for 2pm. All NOVA students and parents are invited to attend and provide encouragement and moral support to our SuperNOVA teams.    

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January 2016


PTA Bake Sale

1/28/2016

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After School Activities Semester 2 Schedule

1/26/2016

The schedule of After School Activities for Semester 2 has been posted on our web page and it includes the following new activities: Capoeira, Fitness and Self Defense, Brainobrain and STEM Academy. After-School Activities (ASA) - 2015/2016 Semester 2  

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Professional Development Workshop hosted by NOVA and ELTAM

1/25/2016

As part of the collaboration between the English Language Teachers Association of Macedonia (ELTAM) and NOVA International Schools, a second professional development workshop took place on January 23rd, 2016. The workshop was designed for English Language teachers from Elementary public schools from Skopje and several other cities. In a collegial atmosphere, 30 English language teachers had a chance to exchange reading and writing strategies and to share their professional experiences. The trainers responsible for putting on this development workshop were Ms. Cindy Gold, ES / MS NOVA Principal and Ms. Biljana Torbakova, NOVA Curriculum Coordinator. Teachers were pleased with the knowledge gained and skills acquired, applicable in their work with students, and had nothing but compliments for the hosts for another successfully organized workshop. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Semester 2 (2015-16) begins

1/22/2016

Welcome to the new semester of this academic year! We know that you had a long exam week and thus we congratulate you on one more experience that will help you reach your academic potential. The NOVA Faculty and Staff wishes you a productive semester. Your report cards will be ready by February 5, 2016. To all students who will have to complete semester exams: Please report to the Library in the designated exam sessions: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 9:00-11:00 & 13:00-15:00 Please note that next week is A week, and that the Library will be closed during the exam sessions.

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PTA makes another donation of curricular resources

1/21/2016

On January 16th, the PTA showed it’s dedication to student learning and academic life yet again, by making another donation of curricular resources for the Elementary and Middle School division. The majority of division faculty was on hand to receive the donation and thank the wonderful PTA team for their selfless commitment to student learning.  We thank the PTA for their donation and look forward to an ambitious second semester agenda they’ve set forth to accomplish. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA MEP Club impromptu speech competition

1/21/2016

The NOVA MEP Club will be holding an impromptu speech competition to select the school delegation for the 8th national MEP simulation on Wednesday, January 27 at 3pm in the HS Library. All interested NOVA students and spectators are required to fill out a form (follow the link) no later than 4pm on Tuesday, January 26. https://docs.google.com/…/1i-iCqxsUGnZBC7C8qTaRXt2…/viewform

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MS Basketball Friendly Tournament in Sofia

1/20/2016

The Supernovas MS basketball teams attended an invitational friendly tournament organized by the Anglo-American school of Sofia (AAS). Our school was represented by three teams: the NOVA white (girls), NOVA white (boys) and NOVA yellow (boys). The NOVA white (Girls) started their first day with victories against the AAS Wolves and AAS Sofia. On the second day they faced a more challenging game against the American International School of Belgrade (AISB) Green and unfortunately lost in a very tight score. The last game was against the AISB Black, which our girls won and secured the second place on this tournament. The two boys teams played in two different pools. For the NOVA Yellow team this was their first tournament. Four NOVA boys together with three boys from AAS faced tough matches against the other teams. They played hard and achieved two victories while handling two losses, finishing in second place in their pool. There is no doubt that this tournament was a useful experience for our NOVA Yellow team, which will be put to use for their upcoming practices. The more experienced NOVA White team played against AAS Red, AISB Black and a local Bulgarian school. The last game was played against AAS Blue. In an intense final game, our boys managed at the end to secure the third place in the tournament. This tournament proved itself to be a great opportunity for gaining basketball experience in preparation for the main CEESA basketball tournaments. We, as coaches, are proud to say that on the basketball court all Supernova teams demonstrated their skills, teamwork and outstanding behavior. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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We are hiring!

1/19/2016

We are hiring! NOVA International Schools is seeking an individual for the following two positions: Receptionist/Administrative Coordinator (http://nova.edu.mk/ControlPanel/Upload/HTML/About%20us/Receptionist-Administrative%20Coordinator.pdf) Communications and Alumni Coordinator (http://nova.edu.mk/ControlPanel/Upload/HTML/About%20us/Communications%20and%20Alumni%20Coordinator.pdf) CAS /Community Service Learning Coordinator (http://nova.edu.mk/ControlPanel/Upload/HTML/About%20us/Community%20Service%20Learning%20Coordinator%20.pdf) All applications and inquiries should be directed to info@nova.edu.mk, not NOVA's FB page.

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NOVA attends 17th Global Connections Seminar in India

1/19/2016

Daly College hosted the 17th Global Connections Seminar, from Jan 15th through the 18th, on the topic of “Peace Education within Faith Diversities in India", a gathering of world recognized educational leaders and institutions. Our HS Principal, Mr.Viktor Novakovski, was one of the 35 delegates in attendance. The seminar’s focus was on the development of methods dealing with religious diversity and the management of conflicts arising from differences. All delegates presented their personal experiences and research on the topic. Nova was the host of the previous 16th Global Connections Seminar, held in Macedonia, Northern Greece and Cyprus.

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NOVA in action for Macedonia Cap Project

1/15/2016

Macedonia Cap Project: it’s a combined humanitarian and ecological project that started as a joint initiative of the Macedonian Medical Students’ Association and the Green Club from Turkey. This creative and unique project is focused on raising awareness and recycling plastic cups. The project promotes a campaign for collecting harmful materials, such as plastics. The proceeds from participation are set aside for the purchase of wheelchairs for those in need. Several months ago, our school doctor, Mrs. Simona Kochovska, started this initiative in our schools. Since then, our students and staff have been in action. Feel free to join us and our students in providing plastic cups and in helping us provide a wheelchair for people in need.

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Do not Judge a Book by its Cover...

1/15/2016

top by the HS Library to check out our new HS library display of books. Our new books are displayed along with their opening lines that are so powerful and utterly interesting that will immediately pull you into the novel's story.We are expecting you!

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College acceptances as of January 13th 2016

1/13/2016

Congratulations to Teona Ristova on her conditional offer from Edinburgh University, set to read Computer Science, on her conditional offer by the University of Groningen, where she is to pursue the BSc Computing Science degree programme, on her conditional offer by the University of Manchester, set to read Computer Science and on her conditional acceptance to the Computer  Science and Engineering Programme at the University of Twente! Well done! Congratulations to Ziva Svent on her conditional offer from Plymouth University, set to read Psychology and on her conditional offer by the University of Leicester, set to read Psychology! Well done! Congratulations to  Dorijan Dlaka on his conditional offer from The University of Manchester, where he is to pursue the Business Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree. Well done! Congratulations to  Valerija Jordanovska on her conditional offer by The University of Westminster, set to read Cognitive and Clinical Psychology! Well-done! Congratulations to Sofija Paneva on her conditional offer by the University of Oxford, set to read Biomedical Sciences at Oriel College! So proud! Congratulations to Gabriela Milkova on her conditional offer by the University of Warwick, set to read English Literature! Well done Gabi! Congratulations to Liljana Stojanov on her acceptance by Indiana University Bloomington, where she is pursue the Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field degree! Way to go Lili! Congratulations to Angela Dimeska on her conditional offer by Leeds Beckett University, step to read Filmmaking! Well-done!

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