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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December 2015


A Sweet Story - EMS Winter Performance 2015 on Nasa TV

12/31/2015

We’re thrilled to announce that NOVA's Elementary and Middle School winter performance "A Sweet Story" will air on Nasa TV on Saturday, January 2nd, from 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. It will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, January 3rd from 7:00 pm and Monday, January 4th from 12:00 pm. Let your friends and family know so they can watch your loved ones perform.

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A Sweet Story - EMS Winter Performance 2015 on Alfa TV

12/31/2015

We’re thrilled to announce that NOVA's Elementary and Middle School winter performance "A Sweet Story" will air on Alfa TV on Saturday, January 2nd, from 9:00 am. Let your friends and family know so they can watch your loved ones perform.

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Early Education Center Winter Performance and Party

12/21/2015

At our annual Early Education Center Winter Performance and Party, our Pre K and Kindergarteners sang festive songs and we had a special guest – Santa! Everyone had a chance to talk with him and get a special holiday treat. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary and Middle School Winter Performance A Sweet Story DVD on Sale

12/18/2015

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Elementary and Middle School Winter Performance “A Sweet Story” in the Media

12/17/2015

            

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Presentation of credit unions in Business & Economics class

12/16/2015

The students of the Business & Economics class had the opportunity to welcome Ms. Eleonora Zgonjanin, the CEO at FULM Savings House. The students learned about Credit Unions as an alternative to banking from Ms Zgonjanin. Becoming aware of the growing need to improve financial literacy, the students were presented with the major aspects of credit union operation. Throughout the presentation, they identified the main difference between the banks and credit unions - credit unions are nonprofit, member-owned cooperatives whose members share something in common and that offer many services for the public, including the provision of considerable options for students in particular. Keeping in mind the audience of ambitious and driven learners, student loans and internship opportunities were discussed, as well as the fact that the credit unions may be found throughout the world, often represented and accessible at university campuses. We look forward to another opportunity for welcoming guest speakers and learning from their experience.  

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“A Sweet Story”

12/14/2015

Based on a Macedonian children’s book “A Sweet Story”, in a place called Nowhereland a candy maker creates a boy out of sugar and candy. This Candy Boy sets out on a journey around the world as he searches for the magic Nightingale whose beautiful song fills everyone with happiness. Villains have captured the enchanted bird and sadness fills the land. Also, the candy maker and a neighbourhood wheelwright go to court and fight for custody of the Candy Boy, but the lad escapes keeping his freedom. No one can help the Candy Boy free the Nightingale, except the Man in the Black Fur Hat, but in return the boy must steal a magic lamp. The Candy Boy successfully steals the lamp, but accidently breaks it and its power disappears. In the end all the inhabitants of the forest work together with the Candy Boy to defeat the villains and free the treasured Nightingale. They learn the strongest magic is teamwork and happiness fills the world once again. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary and Middle School Winter Performance - A Sweet Story

12/11/2015

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PTA donation to Institute of Mental Health

12/7/2015

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at NOVA International School, on December 1st, 2015 has officially handed out the goods purchased for the Institute of Mental Health of children and youth "Mladost", Health Home Skopje. This sponsorship worth 2,000 Euros was collected during the 2015 Family Bazaar organized by NOVA's PTA. In collaboration with the professional staff from the Institute "Mladost", the sole institute dealing with mental health of youth and children in Skopje, the PTA leadership has purchased a variety of items necessary for diagnostic purposes and for therapeutic activities with children and youth with special needs. These special needs can stem from conditions such as autism, learning disabilities, motor and speech disorders and many other conditions,  including the need for diagnosis of learning abilities. The practice rooms of professional personnel and health staff working in the Institute were enriched with various age and purpose specific didactic material, including educational posters, books, tools and hands-on educational toys. Moreover, an appropriate space provided by the Institute “Mladost” was equipped and transformed into a so called SENSOR ROOM. The room has an educational corner that will benefit all children with special and other needs who are either visiting the institute or undergoing special educational and treatment sessions. The floor of the SENSOR ROOM was surfaced with special gummy floor squares, thus adjusting for the therapeutic and other children’s activities. The room also makes use of slides, a trampoline, tunnels, a basketball place, a see-saw, a balance sit, and various treatment balls, while also simply providing a space for playing on the floor with the various educational tool and toys. The PTA donation made a difference by facilitating interactive and age appropriate use of educational and treatment materials, tools and toys with children in need, expanding the possibilities offered by the Institute “Mladost” by equipping and opening the Sensor Room with the support of NOVA’s PTA. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Short Story Contest

12/7/2015

Dear students,  This is a reminder that Short Story Contest - Nova Writing Pearls announced open call for entries. The Writing Pearls team is looking forward to receiving your short stories or your personal essays. By submitting your work you can have your story or essay published in the NOVA Writing Pearls, edition of 2016. Please contact Mrs. Julija Krstevska for more information. 

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Service month at NOVA Elementary

12/4/2015

December is the month of Service in the Elementary School. To teach our students about lending a hand to others in the spirit of the holidays, our students from grades PK-5 made Christmas decorations. The decorations will be sold before and after the Holiday performance, and the money raised will be used to buy household appliances for the children of SOS Children's Village. This is just a preview of some of the handmade masterpieces you will be able to buy for this very worthwhile cause.  Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Tree Day

12/1/2015

As in previous years, NOVA took an active part in supporting the national Tree Day campaign, by planting several trees in the school’s backyard. The trees were planted by high school students attending the Biology and Earth Science class , assisted by NOVA’s staff. Cehck out the photo gallery from the event here

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