May 2016


High School Band End-of-year Performance

5/31/2016

Dear all, the NOVA HS Band is having its end-of-the year performance tomorrow, May 31st at 18.30 in the outdoor auditorium! You are all warmly invited to attend!  

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Final EMS Art Exhibition

5/30/2016

Our End of the Year EMS Student Art Exhibit is a huge success! The creativity, variety and skill demonstrated is impressive! Everyone has enjoyed seeing the work, and students take pride in their artistic accomplishments. Check out the photo gallery from the exhibition here

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HS health and wellness presentation

5/27/2016

Preparing ourselves mentally for exams can be demanding. In supporting our learners during this stressful time, we gathered to share ideas on how to fuel our bodies and brains. Focusing on the 4 core components on physical wellness, sleep, hydration, food and exercise, our nutritionist consultant highlighted the importance of making informed and deliberate choices to maximize our chances of success, both in and out of school. Students were given samples of healthy choices including wraps and quinoa salads in order to experience how tasty healthy options can really be. Feedback from our participants indicated high levels of engagement and relevance of the information presented in a timely manner. This event contributes to our ongoing plan for wellness provision at Nova. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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1st and 2nd Grade PTA Bake Sale

5/26/2016

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EMS and HS Yearbooks on SALE

5/25/2016

Pre Sale - 1,300 den until May 31st Regular Sale - 1,600 den after June 1st

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NOVA Service Learning May 9 - 22, 2016

5/25/2016

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PTA postcards on SALE

5/24/2016

Get ready for summer well wishes and party celebrations.  Look for this wonderful "I wish" postcard series on our next Bake sale May 26th, or order your own via pta.nova@yahoo.com. The price of postcard is 50 MKD/each. By buying this card you're contributing to the NOVA PTA Community Supporting Projects.  Check out the photo gallery with the postcards here

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HS Girls Volleyball Team Repeats Last Year's Success

5/23/2016

Upon arriving in Kiev, the NOVA team was immediately able to detect a positive atmosphere. The coaches of the school and the host families greeted us delightfully and provided everything they could to ensure that everyone would have a pleasant experience. Although we were tired on the first day, we pulled out our strength and managed to win the first game. All of the games were thrilling, with each one posing its own challenge for us. Perhaps the toughest match of all was the one with AAS from Sofia. We lost the first set, but were able to regain our spirit and act as a team in order to win the deciding set.  The host school made sure that we got acquainted with the city center of Kiev. They brought us to the most famous monuments - the Cathedral of Santa Sophia and the statue of independence.  All in all, this CEESA experience was remarkable. Besides winning the tournament again, we encountered a new and different culture. We continue in making new friends and in communicating within an international community. Tina Kolekjevska Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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HS Boys Volleyball Yellow Team Wins Gold

5/19/2016

This year NOVA hosted the CEESA HS Boys Volleyball Tournament (May 13-14) and participated with two teams. Of the total of six participating teams (two teams from AAS, as well as one from ISB and ISFH), NOVA Yellow A - Team won the Gold, while NOVA White B-Team placed 4th. The ISH team from Helsinki won 2nd place and AAS Sofia A – team won 3rd place. The Sportsmanship Trophy went to AAS Sofia. During these two days, we witnessed high level of commitment, teamwork and sportsmanship, alongside strong technique and spectacular performance, where NOVA A-Team remained undefeated, both in synergy and in score, winning the well-deserved, long-awaited, and sincerely-desired Trophy for excellence. The tournament brought great experience and new friendships, as well as proof of strong team spirit and unity.The Most Valuable Players from NOVA A-team were Gabe Jackson, Gjentil Abazi, and Nikola Babamov. From NOVA B-team: Matei Pelletier. NOVA A-Team: Gabe Jackson, Gjentil Abazi, Nikola Babamov, Ilias Nikoletopoulos, Luka Cherepnalkovski, Apostolos Papastamos, Andrej Zafirovic, Mehmed Dacic, Emilian Cuzmici, Nikola Jankuloski. NOVA B-team: Antonij Kochovski, Vasil Petrovski, Matei Pelletier, Filippo Prevete, Francesco Zincone, Sam Jackson, Filip Dimitrov, Denis Nikoletopoulos, Vitan Cerepnalkovski, Michael Plomp Winkler, Aleksandar Andonovski, Fouad El Bakly. Coaches: Ema Terzievska, Aleksandar Ristovski, Marina Perunovska Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Educational workshop on Cystic Fibrosis

5/17/2016

Tuesday, May 17th, at 3pm in HS Library, MucoMobile will be NOVA's guests giving an educational workshop on Cystic Fibrosis. The main goal is to create awareness of the situation of Cystic Fibrosis in Macedonia. The association is working hard to improve the conditions of Cystic Fibrosis patients primarily due to lack of visibility and knowledge of this genetic disease. Young French Cystic Fibrosis patient Julien will be providing insight into what life is like with Cystic Fibrosis and what can be achieved if you get the right treatment.

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Kindergartners begin to learn addition and subtraction

5/14/2016

Kindergartners have started to identify addition and subtraction situations within illustrations and stories. One of our favorite strategies is to point out numbers by hearing them in the sentences, and by finding them as groups of objects in pictures and books. Then we use symbols instead of words and compose math sentences. Our young mathematicians are enthusiastic and eager to share their number stories with pictures and simple equations. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA HS Boys Volleyball Tournament (Live)

5/14/2016

 

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"Karaoke Disco Night"

5/13/2016

Italian students from NOVA Schools invite You to a: "Karaoke Disco Night" Place: TCC HotelGrand Plaza (Taftalidze) Date: Friday, May 13th Time:7-9pm Music and fun for everyone !! Proceeds go to Charity!!! Entry tickets 250 MKD

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MS Knowledge Bowl in Bratislava

5/12/2016

On the last days of April, a team of six MS students, accompanied by their coaches, Ms Svetlana Guguchevska and Mr Eric Davis, attended the MS Knowledge Bowl competition hosted by QSI International School of Bratislava. The first stop on our way to Slovakia was Vienna, where we took the time to marvel at the view from the Gothic towers of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, visit Goethe’s and Mozart’s landmark statues, and get a taste of local delicacies at the centuries-old Naschmarkt. We had a lot of fun! In Bratislava, in a tense two-day competition with the teams of seven other international schools, our SuperNovas showed great dedication, outstanding acumen, and, above all, impeccable sportsmanship. This was not only an amazing academic experience, but also one that resulted in many new friendships and precious memories. Proud of our MS team and their coaches! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS Spirit Week – Day 4

5/12/2016

Today was crazy hair and ice-cream party day. To promote individuality and have fun the Middle School went a little bit crazy.    Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA team makes it to the finish line once again

5/12/2016

NOVA faculty, staff, and leadership came together to lace their running shoes in order to represent the school in the Skopje Marathon on May 8th. Bodies and, more importantly, willpower were tested, as runners successfully participated in the 5km run and the half marathon alongside other 8000 runners from Skopje and abroad. NOVA’s HS biology teacher Marjan Peovski set a personal best, completing his half marathon run in an impressive 1 hour and 58 minutes. By participating in the race, NOVA was able to promote physically active and nutritionally balanced lifestyles. All look forward to next years run and the chance to include more of the NOVA community.  

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CEESA MS Girls Volleyball Tournament in Finland

5/11/2016

The NOVA girls volleyball team won the 2015/16 CEESA Championship Volleyball Tournament. The tournament was hosted by the International School of Helsinki (ISH) in Helsinki, Finland on May 5th and 6th. We are very proud to say that our team exhibited an exceptional sense of fair play and sportsmanship during their games, treating each other and the other teams at the tournament with respect. It was impressive how the girls demonstrated endurance, consistency, and patience during those times when an opponent led the match in points, as these qualities were what enabled the girls to return to the lead. Way to go, Super NOVA! Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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HS group '16 photo

5/11/2016

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Theater workshop for Roma children

5/11/2016

The first event organized was on Thursday, April 28th, where 10 children from the Center for the Development of the Roma Community – SUMNAL came to NOVA and had an Introduction to Drama class in collaboration with our drama teacher Mr Milos Andonovski and high school students from Nova. The goal of these activities is to empower the children and the students with skills that will allow them to produce a play by themselves in which they will tackle different social issues. This play will be in the format of Forum Theater and the children together with the students from our school will get acquainted with Forum Theater in subsequent workshops. Along those lines, the focus of these workshops is fostering student’s creative expression while providing them with skills to make meaningful contributions to our society. Check out the photo gallery from the workshop here

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MS Spirit Week – Day 2

5/10/2016

Day 2 of MS Spirit Week is Team Building Day. To raise team spirit and enjoy outdoor play the whole MS played Capture the Flag on three different locations around the school campus. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS Spirit Week Schedule

5/10/2016

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NOVA Service Learning April 25 - May 8, 2016

5/10/2016

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ES Fun Day

5/10/2016

Our Elementary students had a full day of fun – and learned teambuilding skills, as well, during our annual Fun Day. It was a beautiful day and a memorable experience for all! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS Spirit Week – Day 1

5/9/2016

Organized by the Middle School Student Council this week is Spirit Week.  To raise school spirit, promote togetherness and have fun, the first day of this week was designated as Twin day. Have a look at some of our twins. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MEP Europe Day Speech Competition

5/9/2016

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union. Therefore, in celebration of Europe Day and Macedonia’s EU aspirations, the MEP office is organising a speech competition on Monday, May 9 at 3pm in the library. The speech competition will take form of an impromptu round of speeches where students will be given time to research and write a 3 minute speech on a topic given on the day. From this speech competition, the top 3 will be given the opportunity to represent NOVA at the 9th national session of the Model European Parliament set to be held in September. All who are interested are invited to attend. Sign up for competitors and spectators can be foind on this following link: http://goo.gl/forms/v0yLdvagJ7

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NOVA team makes it to the finish line once again

5/8/2016

NOVA faculty, staff, and leadership came together to lace their running shoes in order to represent the school in the Skopje Marathon on May 8th. Bodies and, more importantly, willpower were tested, as runners successfully participated in the 5km run and the half marathon alongside other 8000 runners from Skopje and abroad. NOVA’s HS biology teacher Marjan Peovski set a personal best, completing his half marathon run in an impressive 1 hour and 58 minutes. By participating in the race, NOVA was able to promote physically active and nutritionally balanced lifestyles. All look forward to next years run and the chance to include more of the NOVA community.

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NOVA Family Bazaar 2016

5/2/2016

NOVA's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) organized the 10th annual PTA Family Bazaar, fundraising over 4000 euros with the combined goals of improving conditions for the children and youth with impaired vision from the state school “Dimitar Vlahov” and supporting NOVA’s extracurricular activities. The event was open to the whole community with the motto “Equal opportunities for all children”. Intended for the whole family, delicious food and treats were offered at the international food tables, prepared by NOVA parents, with assistance from their respective embassies. The outdoor grills prepared by the American and Macedonian tables were responsible for more than half of the funds raised, selling hamburgers and “Destan” kebabs, attracting many hungry patrons.  On craft tables Inside the school, artisanal goods made by local craftsmen were on offer. Representatives from the beneficiary “Dimitar Vlahov” school were also present at the PTA Family Bazaar, raising awareness for their cause and presenting hand made goods created by the school’s students. The children’s corner proved to be the most popular spot, with this year's theme being “The Farm”. Children had the chance to pet animals, hug cuddly rabbits, and even ride a pony, while learning about the farm, wild life, and reptiles. There was a photo booth available where children could take pictures with some of their favorite animals, such as the albino piton and various lizards. NOVA’s focus on education is evident in all aspects of the school's activities, and the Family Bazaar was no exception. In a special book corner, children had the opportunity to enjoy reading and collecting English language books. The Bazaar's focus on child literacy was an especially rewarding aspect of the event, contributing to the fulfillment of NOVA's educational mission and vision. Throughout the event, NOVA students provided entertainment to the Bazaar guests with their dance, song, and music performances. Visitors were also treated to a special performance by  a “Dimitar Vlahov” student. Visitors had a chance to try out their luck in the Bazaar lottery. Over 120 valuable prizes were donated by the event’s respected and generous sponsors for inclusion in the lottery. During the lottery drawing, the PTA presented a 1000 euro dental voucher from Endomak to a student from “Dimitar Vlahov” in need of braces. The charitable nature at the heart of the NOVA community was demonstrated by a NOVA kindergarten student. This student won the lottery’s main prize, a 15,000 den cheque from Halkbank, and then proceeded donate the prize to “Dimitar Vlahov” school. This donation was matched by one from the Qatari Embassy. All in all,  the NOVA PTA marked the Bazaar's anniversary celebration in grand fashion,  putting together one of the best attended events thus far. The PTA are already hard at work preparing for next year’s event. We look forward to seeing all of you there Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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April 2016


NOVA`s Family Bazaar 2016 featured on Nasa TV

4/28/2016

NOVA`s Family Bazaar 2016 will be featured on Nasa TV this Saturday, April 30, from 8:30am. It will be rebroadcasted on Tuesday, May 3rd from 7:30pm, on Thursday, May 5th from 9:30pm and on Friday, May 6th from 12:00pm.

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Family Bazaar 2016 in the Media

4/26/2016

                                            

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NOVA Service Learning April 4 - April 24, 2016

4/25/2016

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Exploring How Water Melts in Kindergarten

4/25/2016

When you look at these photos, you may think we are playing an Ice Cube Curling Game, and you are certainly right! Students divided into a red and a green team. As their ice curling stones slid on the tables towards the yellow goal in the middle, they actually learned about melting. At the end of the game, the students came up conclusions, such as " The ice stones melted, because our hands were warm", "…because the temperature in the classroom is higher than the temperature in the freezer", "…because the sun comes through the windows, and makes our classroom warmer". They also used our math skills. They determined the winning team by counting the scores, applying skip counting by 10s. In all, we had a very fun and productive class.

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Family Bazaar 2016

4/23/2016

Equal opportunities for all children   By promoting equal opportunities for all children the NOVA Parent Teacher Association will raise funds for the School for rehabilitation of visually impaired children and youth "Dimitar Vlahov" Skopje and the three school divisions   FAMILY BAZAAR 2016 - 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION PLACE: NOVA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS, PRASKA 27, SKOPJE DATE: SATURDAY APRIL 23rd, 2016 TIME: 11:00-15:00   Activities include: International Food Court - different national cuisines and gift items Finest local craftsmen offering unique and traditional items Book Fair - sale of children's English books Lottery with valuable prizes Children's Corner - includes Petting Zoo, Reptile Show and more surprises Music and dance performances     Еднакви можности за сите деца   Преку промоција на еднакви можности за сите деца Здружението на родители и наставници од НОВА ќе собира средства за училиштето за деца и младинци со оштетен вид „Димитар Влахов“ Скопје и трите училишни дивизии     СЕЕМЕН БАЗАР 2016 – 10-то годишно јубилејно издание   МЕСТО: МЕЃУНАРОДНО УЧИЛИШТЕ НОВА, ПРАШКА 27, СКОПЈЕ   ДАТУМ: САБОТА, 23 АПРИЛ, 2016, ВРЕМЕ: 11-15 часот       Вклучени активности:   Меѓународен саем на храна – различни национални кујни и уникатни подароци (ќе треба и во англиската верзија да се тргне бројката на кујни) Локални занаетчии ќе понудат уникатни и традиционални сувенири и дела Саем на книгата –  продажба на детски англиски книги Лотарија со вредни награди Детско катче – мала зоолошка градина, изложба на гуштери и други изненадувања Музички и танцови изведби

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NOVA`s 5th Annual Classical Music Night featured on Nasa TV

4/22/2016

NOVA`s 5th Annual Classical Music Night will be featured on Nasa TV this Saturday, April 23rd, from 8:30 am. It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, April 24th from 10:00 am and 6:30 pm and on Tuesday April 26th from 8:00 pm.

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5th Annual Classical Music Night

4/21/2016

NOVA students who take private music lessons were given a chance to perform in the spotlight at our 5th Annual Classical Music Night. The focus was on percussion instruments and Antonie Veskovski from the Faculty of Music performed on the vibraphone. Family and friends were very proud of the young musicians. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Invitational HS Volleyball Tournament in Sofia

4/20/2016

Last weekend, one month before the official CEESA HS Volleyball tournaments, our NOVA HS Volleyball Teams for boys and girls participated in an invitational volleyball tournament organized by the Anglo American School of Sofia (AASS). We had 19 girls and 16 boys representing NOVA, organized in two (white and yellow) teams each, having both girls’ teams playing in one group with total of 6 participating teams, and boys playing in two groups, with 4 teams in each. Although this tournament was used by coaches as a good opportunity to play and engage all players, while detecting teams’ strengths and areas for improvement, good preparation and a competitive spirit provided for our NOVA girls White team to finish 3rd place overall. Check out the photo gallery from the tornament here

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NOVA students welcome counterparts from Denmark

4/20/2016

On Wednesday of last week a group of students from Flakkebjerg boarding school in Denmark visited Macedonia and NOVA. It was an opportunity for our students to spend an afternoon with their Danish counterparts and learn about life and education in Denmark, as well as showcase our school, and many of our personal interests and passions.  After a campus tour and lunch together, our students received their Danish counterparts in their classrooms, and finally everyone held a plenary discussion about service learning, current affairs and global issues, facilitated by Mr. Joshua Young, their lead teacher from the Flakkebjerg school. At the end of the school day our students organized a city tour for the guests. The final act of hospitality and friendship was a dinner with the visitors in either our families, or at a traditional restaurant.  Our newfound Danish friends had enjoyed their time at Nova and in Skopje immensely, they were very grateful for our hospitality, and had extended a heartfelt invite to our community to visit Flakkebjerg and Denmark. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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5th Annual Classical Evening

4/20/2016

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NOVA hosts mini-college US fair

4/19/2016

Our high school students had the opportunity to attend a mini-college fair at NOVA in collaboration with Education USA and the American Corner Skopje. Representatives from eight great American colleges and universities joined us in the high school library, where our students had the opportunity to meet with them in person, ask questions about their respective academic programs, as well as scholarship opportunities and financial aid applications. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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4th Experimental Biology Workshop

4/19/2016

The 4th Experimental Biology workshop was successfully conveyed on Sunday, April 17th, from 10:00-12:30. Students representing eight public middle schools from the municipality of Karpos participated on this event, accompanied by their teachers. First, the students followed the experiments performed by the NOVA Biology Club students. Later, they performed their own experiments. The public school students and teachers were impressed by the way NOVA students had performed the experiments on their own. Also, with the help of our students, the guests from the middle schools performed their own experiments. The middle school students were from 7th, 8th, and 9th grade Biology classes and they enjoyed the whole event, as well as the chance to visit the NOVA High School building. The teachers were involved as well, first making an inquiry lab, the results of which were discussed afterwards. Following this, teachers accompanied and assisted their students in performing the experiments. NOVA Bio Club students helped in cleaning up the labs and gathering the material for experimentation. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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4th Rotary Conference for Professional Orientation

4/18/2016

The Rotary Club Skopje Kamen Most together with NOVA International schools organized its 4th annual Rotary Conference for Professional Orientation, this Saturday, April 16th. The goal of the conference was to provide high school student with guidance needed in choosing their future area of studies. Students had the opportunity to hear from three amazing speakers during the opening panel session, sharing their life stories and how they influnced their decision as to the careers they’ll pursue. Prof. Dr. Sasko Kedev, the third Macedonian to climb Mount Everest and the highest peaks on all continents, used the mounting climbing experience as a methaphor for the day-to-day challenges we all experience and how they impact what we ultimately we become. He was followed by Prof. Dr. Koco Angjusev’s, sharing his life path and family influence in becoming one of the first Macedonian entrepreneurs. Mr. Filip Spasovski was the last speaker, focusing on the importance of informal education, versus formal schooling, and the concept of life long learning. The panel session was followed by small group discussions, where students received first-hand accounts from professionals in the fields of architecture, economy/business, engineering/IT, media/PR, medicine/pharmacy, and law, on their life's experiences and the reasons behind their decision to pursue a particular career path. As a follow-up to the conference, the 125 students in attendance, from high schools around Macedonia, had the opportunity to register for a company visit and have a chance to spend several hours on site to see the organization in action. The event has already left a lasting impact on more than 600 students over the last four years, and hopefully had brought many of them, a step closer in their decision to pursue a particular academic field and career path. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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4-та Ротари конференција за професионална ориентација (Видео)

4/16/2016

Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост изминатите години своите активности ги насочи кон поддршка на млади талентирани луѓе во мисијата на остварување на нивниот целосен потенцијал. Во интерес на континуитетот на таа мисија, оваа година по четврти пат ќе организираме конференција за професионална ориентација на млади под мотото „Вистинската професија – вистински предизвик“. Конференцијата ќе се одржи во сабота, 16.04.2016, од 11:00 до 15:00 часот, во просториите на Meѓународното училиште НОВА. За време на настанот членовите на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост ќе го споделат сопственото искуство од својата професија, а истото ќе го сторат и неколку еминтентни гости говорници, на средношколци од 2-ра и 3-та година, се со цел да им се помогне во нивниот избор на идна професија. Овој настан веќе преминува во традиција, кој го имаат посетено повеќе од 400 средношколци од дваесетина училишта настанот, и истиот преку прашалник го оценуваат како успешен и извонредно корисен. Местата за настанот ќе се пополнуваат според редоследот по кој ќе пристигнуваат пријавите на info@nova.edu.mk. Бројот на места е ограничен.   Агенда на настанот 11:00 - 12:30   Отварање на конференцијата и пленарна сесија (обезбеден вебстриминг на www.nova.edu.mk) Воведно обраќање на Сашо Арсов – претседател на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост Обраќања на: Проф. д-р Сашко Кедев – директор на  Универзитетската клиниката за кардилогија и третиот Македонец којшто се има искачено на Монт Еверест; Проф. д-р. Кочо Анѓушев -  главен извршен директор на ФЕРО ИНВЕСТ ДОО и EДС ДОО, претседател на бордот на директори на БРАКО и професор на Машинскиот факултет во Скопје; Филип Спасовски  – сопственик и директор на Polyesterday, Akzent Media, Screen Media, Data print и Polysolaris, претприемач на годината во Македонија за 2009, 2012, и 2015 година.   12:30-12:45     Кафе пауза 12:45-13:45     Прва break-out сесија во мали групи Професионални области*:   Архитектура и градежништво; Економија, бизнис, и финансии; Електро-техника, електроника, информатика, машинство, и автомобили; Медиуми и односи со јавноста; Медицина, стоматологија, и фармација; Право и адвокатура 13:45 -14:30    Ручек и дружење со учесниците 14:30-15:15     Втора break-out сесија во мали групи Професионални области*:   Архитектура и градежништво; Економија, бизнис, и финансии; Електро-техника, електроника, информатика, машинство, и автомобили; Медиуми и односи со јавноста; Медицина, стоматологија, и фармација; Право и адвокатура *Сите говорници се членови на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост 

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Danish students visit NOVA

4/13/2016

On Wednesday this week (April 13th) a group of students from Flakkebjerg boarding school from Denmark will visit NOVA.  This will be a great opportunity for you to spend an afternoon with these students and learn more about the life and education in Denmark, as well as establish links with your peers from Danmark.   We would like to invite all students to sign up as “hosts” for the visiting students and spend an afternoon with them. Students who will sign up as hosts will be expected to:   11:00 am – meet Danish students in HS cafeteria 11:50 – 13:15 (3rd period) take visiting student(s) to their classes (one on one, or in small groups) 13: 30 – 14:45 (4th period) attend the plenary discussion about service learning, current affairs and global issues 15:00 – 22:00             Go for a city tour with the visitor(s)              Organize a dinner for the visiting students             Drop visiting student(s) students off at Hotel “Sonce”; str. Blagoja Gojan 43 (latest by 22:00) Please see Mr. Ristovski in his office and sign up for “hosting” one or more students for Wednesday afternoon. We expect many students will be interested and will therefore allow students to sign up on first come first served basis. 

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WWW Where Kundera met Kafka – Prague and Brno

4/12/2016

A group of NOVA students had the possibility to visit the birth places of two of the most influential writers of the 20 century – Franz Kafka (Prague) and Milan Kundera (Brno). Both born in Czech Republic but also belonging to another culture – Kafka to the German Jewish community and Kundera becoming a French citizen in 1981. They visited Kafka’s museum in Prague and learned about the life and the works of this great author. They got acquainted with the political situation in Czechoslovakia in the 60’s by visiting the Museum of Communism and many of the streets and venues where the Prague spring of 1968 took place, especially the monument of Jan Palach.A day trip to Brno was a great success and the students were amazed by the city’s beautiful architecture. Several spots were covered: a local avant-garde theater, a medieval restaurant in the city center, Brno's Crypt of nobles just under the Cathedral of St. Paul and Peter, and the Plague Pillar in Freedom square - the biggest and oldest square in Brno, formerly called Lower Market, which has kept its original triangular shape, formed by several routes and a creek passing through it. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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EdUSA Mini College Fair

4/12/2016

On Wednesday, March 13th, our High School division is organizing a mini-college fair, in collaboration with Education USA and the American Corner Skopje. 7 representatives from great American colleges and universities that offer undergraduate programs will join us from 11 AM -12 PM, in the High School building, where you will have the opportunity to meet with them in person, ask questions about their respective academic programs, as well as scholarship opportunities and financial aid applications. The Nova Guidance and Counseling team encourages you to attend, and make the most of this unique opportunity.  See you tomorrow!

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After School Activities - Tennis

4/11/2016

Enter the world of tennis and join the club to help you to: Learn the basics of the game Develop better motor skills Better coordination Enjoy yourself   Place: NOVA Tennis Court Time: 3.05 – 3.50 pm When: Mondays and Wednesdays. First meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 3.05 pm. Age: Grades PreK 4 – 2 Monthly Fees: 20 euros   Instructor: Ivan Spirovski Please direct all inquiries to Ivan Spirovski at ivan_tennis@yahoo.com or 070/ 805 - 697

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NOVA students organize successful charitable event

4/7/2016

NOVA High School's Red Cross Group organized an event "Little Deeds - Great Cause" in order to raise funds for Skopje's Center for Children from the Streets in Shuto Orizari, as well as raise awareness of the issues related to abandoned children, their right to education, carefree childhood, and essential living conditions. The event took place on Thursday, March 31st, from 6pm in the NOVA Elementary and Middle School, and it featured a lottery, band performance, bake sale, photo booth, and special guest performance by Beatrix Crew Dance Studios. The event was a smashing success, with the required funds for the purchase of furniture and other essentials for the center being collected. As an added bonus, the leftover food and beverages were taken directly to the center the following day so the children there can enjoy a tasty snack. A note to our sponsors Gorska, Vitalia, Office Plus, Zito Luks, Arslamina, Beatrix, Orbico and Italmas : Thank you for your support and your valuable contribution to this event. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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WWW in the Literature Decorum – London

4/7/2016

During the four days of Week Without Walls, the students who participated In The Literature Decorum-London trip had a successful journey which was inspiring and motivating from an educational and cultural perspective. The educational component offered insightful and creative study of both authors: William Shakespeare and Jane Austen consisting of visits to their home towns and museums enabling students to savour the experience of the author’s life and opening the eyes of the students as to why the works of these authors are part of the English literature cannon. Additionally students visited Christ Church College in Oxford where Fleming, Auden and Percy studied and wrote their poems. Also, it was grand for students to see and experience the 16th century stone staircase which served as film set for Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. The cultural perspective enabled students to visit famous London landmarks such as: Madame Tussauds Museum, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, making their acquaintance with London stunning. In that manner, students toured, observed and learned, falling in love with London and some leaving their hearts there.  Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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WWW Vienna – Psychology, Art and Music

4/7/2016

During the WWW trip in Vienna, the students had the chance to learn in one of the most musical cities in the world, the hometown of Sigmund Freud - the father of psychoanalysis and admire the amazing work of some of the greatest artists of all times, like Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and Hundertwasser. The scavenger hunt activity was an ice breaker and team building activity, where the students could develop their communication skills; orientation skills (using a city map) learn some interesting facts about the landmarks and finally have fun. The students experienced a real acoustic adventure in Haus der Musik, discovering everything from simple sounds to complex vocal phenomena, learning about the instruments and the greatest Austrian composers. Learning the steps for the Viennese Waltz was the highlight of this visit. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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NOVA Service Learning March 28 - April 3, 2016

4/5/2016

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WWW survival trip to Plackovica

4/5/2016

The Survival Trip gave all participants an unforgettable and unique experience to explore the beauties of mount Plackovica through hiking, rock climbing, camping, building a mountain shelter, starting a fire, setting up a tent, navigation and orientation with compass and maps, basic first aid knowledge and many other fun outdoor activities. Through these activities students experienced that there is no better way to boost their friendships and team spirit through preparation of food together, sleeping together as a group, taking care of one another, facing individual and group challenges, cheering and supporting each other and sharing wonderful moments together. Many of the students didn’t think they could have ever done all of these things, but with the help of their friends, working as a team, they successfully managed to overcome all of the faced difficulties and achieve all set goals. Even though at times they were tired or felt like giving up they bravely kept on, in the end victorious and proud of their success. Through all these experiences they learned how to maintain their upright “survival” mindset, how to cope better in situations when they found themselves out of their comfort zone and how not to give up during the hard moments. This trip gave students a chance to do things they wouldn’t have been able to do anywhere else and a chance to test their personal limits, but most importantly to have fun while doing so. The favorite part? The last night when they had s’mores and sang songs around the fire, showing how close they had become as a group. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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WWW Human Rights Group learns about making a difference

4/4/2016

The Human Rights trip was specifically designed to empower our students: they visited many non-profit organizations, learnt about the actions the organizations take in relation to human rights and had an opportunity to come face-to-face with vulnerable groups of people who desperately need help. When visiting the non-profit organization KRIK, our students learnt more about the people with disabilities and they did a research about what was offered for them in our country. The organization Mladiinfo gave them an insight into available competitions, trainings, volunteering, internships, job vacancies and scholarships that could help students gain priceless skills and knowledge for free, increasing their employability and prospects for the future. During our visit to HERA, the students from the Human Rights Group familiarized with the Roma Women initiative to open Gynecology offices in the municipality of Shuto Orizari. The students were also very excited to teach English to the Roma children from the Centre for Street Children and the children from the Srnichka Kindergarten. At the Centre for Human Rights, our students became aware of their rights and the rights of the others, and they had an opportunity to simulate a fight for human rights by creating a cartoon, conference speech, demonstration paroles and a song. At Mladinski Club, on the other hand, the students were introduced to the concept of Youth leadership, and they brainstormed and identified the essential leadership skills that a leader had to have in order to become successful.  Besides all these, the Human Rights Group got familiarized with the work of UNICEF in Macedonia and the mission and the activities of Megjashi, the first Children’s Embassy in the world. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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WWW students learn about Roman civilization

4/4/2016

In five days, a group of twenty-four students, was learning about culture, language and lifestyle through art observation of one of the world’s oldest civilization: Latin – Italian in this case. Students had the opportunity through visiting both cultural and historical sites to explore the culture of Italy through the Ancient, Renaissance and present period.Ancient Ostia excavations was the first one where the group (following a guided tour) got familiarized with the ancient lifestyle of Roman people: cuisine, arts, religion, beauty and well-being, politics etc.The following one (distorting the chronology) was a walk through the present of Rome: a Treasure hunt activity in Rome and a visit of an ice-cream factory where students could compare the cognitions from the previous day/period with the second one.The third period (Renaissance period) was during the fourth day through visiting the Museum of Vatican. Again, students could make connections between the new social-economic-artistic-political context and the previously mentioned ones.Experiences and impressions were turned into art works (paper collages) during the trip. All students will have to prepare a final assessment paper related to the trip, including a reflection photo journal and daily questionnaires. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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Third HS Assembly celebrates students growth and Week without Walls

4/1/2016

On Thursday 31 March, the 9/10 graders gathered in the EMS building and 10/11 graders in the HS building to celebrate learning from Week Without Walls, and acknowledge our students for the growth they have demonstrated over the last quarter. The auditoriums were buzzing with excitement over the pending Spring Break and a chance to hear from their peers on new experiences in distant lands and local encounters. The presentations on Week Without Walls were inspiring and highlighted connections made, as well as obstacles faced. Chech out the photo gallery from the event here

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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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