April 2013


Spring Break Announcement

4/26/2013

NOVA International Schools is closed for classes from Monday April 29th through Monday May 6th   for Spring Break. During this time the business office will be open from 9:00 to 14:00. Regular classes will resume on Tuesday, May 7th. We wish everyone a restful and enjoyable Spring Break.

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Middle School Reading Awards Assembly

4/26/2013

Adventure April was a great success! We were visited by Captain Underpants! The contest for the pizza party puts grade 6 in the lead followed closely by grade 5. Next month, Mix it up May!

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PTA Bake Sale

4/24/2013

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French Theatre Group: Promoting Francophony

4/22/2013

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Congratulations to Stefan Rafajlovski

4/21/2013

Congratulations to Stefan Rafajlovski on being accepted to the University of California, San Diego! Bravo, Stefan!

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When You Give Life to a Robot...

4/17/2013

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7th ANNUAL FAMILY BAZAAR 2013

4/15/2013

NOVA Parent Teacher Association NOVA International Schools, Praska 27Saturday, April 20th, 2013 11am to 3pmFree admissionsCharity Event will provide funds to several organizations:o National Campaign for the opening of an Emergency Room at the University’s Childrens’ Clinic o NOVA Student Council supported local NGO’s:• Go Green –Recycling & Environmental Awareness• Daily center for children with cerebral palsy o NOVA Library ProgramEvents:• Book Fair – Sale of Children’s English Books• International Food Court – over 20 different national cuisines and gift items• Finest local craftsmen offering unique and traditional items • Raffle Ticket Drawing with valuable prizes!• Children’s Corner

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Ротари клуб Скопје Камен Мост – конференција за професионална ориентација

4/14/2013

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NOVA Habitat for Humanity Club Humanitarian Concert

4/7/2013

On Saturday evening, March 30th 2013, the NOVA Habitat for Humanity Club held a humanitarian concert in the Elementary and Middle School facility. This charitable event featured performances by the NOVA High School Band, Sara Markoska and Actias luna (led by NOVA HS student Viktor Safstrom.) Proceeds from the ticket sale and bake sale were raised towards the Habitat for Humanity Roma Housing Program  (http://www.habitat.org.mk/eng/rhprogram.html) which aims to reduce substandard living conditions for the Roma population in Skopje. Meanwhile, the club held a clothes, food and toys drive for the family of an 31 year- old widow living in substandard conditions in Kumanovo. This family is composed of three young children (of kindergarten and primary school age) and an unemployed mother with a difficult medical condition. Any help that she receives from social security amounts to 3000 denars per month.  With each ticket bought, guests were automatically entered in the lottery which offered prizes from the following sponsors: Vitalia, Oxette, Lush and Nana.  The Habitat club is delighted with the event's outcomes and is thankful to all the guests, volunteers, singers, bands, NOVA security and staff members for warmly offering their help and support to realize this project.   

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Middle School Science Fair 2013

4/3/2013

We would like to congratulate all the middle school students on an amazing science fair. We have the best amateur scientists. While everyone did a fantastic job we would like to announce the following projects as the overall winners:                                                                  3rd Place: Project 77- Pesticides                                   2nd place tie: Project 62 Salt Water Purification & Project 83 Wave Power                                       1st Place: Project 80 How Does the Sun’s Angle Affect Solar Cells?

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CEESA MS Knowledge Bowl in St.Petersburg in the Media

4/3/2013

   

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CEESA MS Knowledge Bowl in St. Petersburg

4/1/2013

Knowledge Bowl affords an incredible opportunity to students to show their knowledge and to experience another culture. The competition in St. Petersburg, Russia was the 4th such competition that NOVA middle school has taken part in and it was an unforgettable experience for us all. A total of six students divided in two teams and chaperoned by two teaches participated. Besides NOVA, another seven schools from St Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Vilnius, Krakow, Estonia and Bucharest were a part of the competition. On Thursday evening, we were picked up from the airport and bused to the school, where host families were waiting for the students. As a rule, students stay with local families and, in this way, are further exposed to the local culture and are encourage to become more independent. On Friday morning, students were given individual and group written assessments, the results of which are used to determine the initial seeding for the head-to-head rounds. While these were being scored, different groups were bused to previously selected locations for the cultural tours. NOVA chose to go to the Hermitage museum, where we saw famous works from Titian, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Canova, etc. After the cultural tours were completed, the real work began. The first leg of the competition began with individual written rounds for all participants, followed by group written rounds. Later into the day the second leg commenced with head-to-head rounds, which function similar to a quiz show where teams buzz in their answers. The total points of the day determin the ranking of teams for for 2nd day of competitions. Day two began with head-to-head rounds for total points, which determined the overall ranking of the competition. We at NOVA are very proud to report that our students took 2nd and 5th place out of 16 different teams and most importantly were also awarded Sportsmanship. The trophy for 2nd place is in recognition of our ability, while the trophy for Sportsmanship is in recognition of our spirit of fair play, friendliness and overall attitude and, perhaps most importantly, it is awarded by our competitors. Students vote for students. It is truly wonderful to realize that those who are playing against you for a prize will still vote for you as an individual, a team and a school. The trip was incredible. There is so much to see and do and it would take a lifetime to truly experience St Petersburg. We stood at the graveside of Dostoevsky himself. We visited the summer palace of Catherine the Great in the village of Pushkin. We visited one of the world’s most famous museums. We stood on the bridges of the ‘Venice of the North’ and breathed the freezing air. The experience, from beginning to end, is one that none of us will ever forget.

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Middle School Mystery March Reading Contest

4/1/2013

The Mystery March reading contest came to a close with a great "Action Packed" assembly. Julia Curry, Jana Cvetinovska, Kyra Kohne, and Marko Kjalason were our March winners. Each received a gift pass for bowling with a friend. Action April begins now, with movie passes as prizes.

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March 2013


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

3/29/2013

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FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC) Championships in Bucharest

3/27/2013

The NOVA HotBots, a robotics team based at NOVA Interanational Schools in Skopje, returned from the FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC) Eastern European Championships last weekend with two awards, Motivate and Promote. The Motivate Award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team spirit and enthusiasm. The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to those two awards, the HotBots were also runners-up for the Inspire award, which would have included an inviation to compete in the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouris USA. The cometition was held on March 21st and 22nd at the American Interanational School of Bucharest. The HotBots arrived on Thursday after a strenuous 12 hour bus ride.During Friday's practice rounds, the HotBots looked good and well prepared for Saturday's qualifications and finals. Despite experiencing a technical difficulty that cost the team 3 matches, the HotBots managed to stick together, and deliver excellent performance, although they did not qualify for the finals. This was naturally a wonderful experience for the robotics team as not only did the members get to compete but also they got to meet new like-minded individuals and friends.

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Habitat for Humanity Humanitarian Concert

3/25/2013

Dear all,NOVA High School's Habitat for Humanity Club invites you to the annual charity concert! This year, we invite you to help us raise funds to contribute to Habitat for Humanity's Roma Housing Program. As part of its mission to reduce substandard living conditions in Macedonia, Habitat created this program to aid the Roma community in Skopje. Join us for an evening of great food, music (provided by the NOVA High School band, Actias luna, and Sara Markoska) lottery prizes, and fun! Mind you, you must hold on to your ticket to win a prize!!! Tickets will be sold at the door at the price of 50 denars each.Sponsors for the lottery include:Habitat for Humanity MacedoniaVitaliaNestleOxetteLushNanaIn addition, please bring canned food or any old toys and clothing (for women and children) you may have. The food, toys and clothing collected with this drive will be donated to the family of a 31 year-old widow living in sub-standard conditions in Kumanovo. Date: March 30th, 2013Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm*The event will take place in the primary school building See you on Saturday!  NOVA High School's Habitat for Humanity Club

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Congratulations to Afrim Zenuni

3/25/2013

Congratulations to Afrim Zenuni on his acceptance to DePaul University in Chicago! Well done, Afrim!

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Grade 4B Drama and Presentation

3/25/2013

Grade 4B performed a short play, showcased their original poetry, projected their science power point projects, and shared their short stories with family and teachers. It was a celebration of their many achievements this quarter.

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Grade 4B experiments with magnets

3/22/2013

Grade 4B learned how magnets exert the forces of push and pull, and how iron objects can be magnetized and behave like magnets. They used the scientific method by stating a hypothesis, observing, and recording their observations.

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Evening of Classical Music DVD on Sale

3/21/2013

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Congratulations to Masa Svent

3/19/2013

Congratulations to Masa Svent on her offer from Cardiff University’s BSc in Biology (with a Professional Training Year). Well done, Masa!

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Congratulations to Simon Simoski

3/18/2013

Congratulations to Simon Simoski on his acceptance at Hofstra University! Simon has also been chosen to receive a Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship for the duration of his studies! Well-done!

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CEESA HS Girls Basketball Tournament in Helsinki

3/15/2013

Coaches Melissa Mitreski and Gary Young took ten girls to Helsinki to compete in the CEESA Blue Division girls' basketball tournament hosted by the International School of Helsinki (ISH). The trip was a wonderful adventure for the girls, who were hosted in pairs by five different families from ISH. Each game was competitive and hard fought, although we did not end up winning any of the games. The team gained valuable experience playing six games, including three on Friday. Only two of the ten had ever played before, so we were proud of the performance in spite of the scores. The team demonstrated good sportsmanship, getting along quite well with their opponents referee. We were treated to a national junior division boys basketball game which was very entertaining. The girls also had some free time to do some shopping, which is always an added bonus. We were grateful for the opportunity to compete.

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Evening of Classical Music

3/12/2013

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Pre K Students - Airport Visit

3/11/2013

Our Pre Kindergarteners explored the airport to learn about how it works and what goes on behind the scenes.

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Minister for EU Integration meets with NOVA students

3/8/2013

Minister for EU Integration, Mr. Fatmir Besimi, meets with four students, two of them from NOVA, selected to represent Macedonia at the International Model European Parliament in Norwich, England.

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CEESA HS Basketball Tournaments in Helsinki and Vilnius

3/7/2013

You can watch and support our SuperNOVA athletes. Please note both Helsinki and Vilinius are one hour ahead of Skopje. CEESA HS Girls Basketball Tournament in Helsinki will be streamed live  on the following link:   http://www.twitch.tv/ishceesa/videos Games Schedule CEESA HS Boys Basketball Tournament in Vilnius will be streamed live on the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ceesa-hs-basketball-tournament-2013-vilnius Games Schedule:      Day 1     Day 2     Day 3  

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Valentines Fund Raising

3/6/2013

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Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) application for summer program

3/5/2013

Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) has just announced the application for its summer program (open only to Grade 11 students). The school is able to nominate three students for this program. Those who are interested should speak to the counselors in room 306 before mid-March. Discover Your Talent - Summer Week - Bocconi University

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Congratulations to Lav Georgievski

3/5/2013

Congratulations to Lav Georgievski on his acceptance to the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts for Fall 2013! Nicely done, Lav!

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Anti Smoking Campaign

3/4/2013

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February 2013


Parent Teacher Dinner

2/26/2013

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PTA Bowling and Pizza

2/26/2013

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Elementary School Determination Assembly

2/26/2013

Determination was the key quality during January and February. At our assembly, students shared personal experiences of how they worked hard to learn something new, or master a skill from skiing and swimming, to reading and learning the multiplication facts – all examples of determination.

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Pre Kindergarteners Visit the Dentist

2/22/2013

Our youngest students had fun meeting the dentist and learning about how important it is to brush your teeth.

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2/22/2013

Skopje International Airport has confirmed our request for a field trip. Meeting place and time:Nova International Schools Saturday 23rd February at 10amStudents will be responsible for organizing their own transportation to and from airport. All Nova students are welcomed. The field trip is free of charge.

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Tips to Ace Final Exams- A Letter From the Librarian

2/22/2013

Finals were just around the corner, and with them, a whole new set of stress for many of the students. Observing the students studying in the Library, I realized that most of them were exhausted and in panic, and not being able to find a spot to study in the crowded library was just adding additional, but unnecessary stress to their studying. It is then when I decided to write this article, send them a direct message that being quizzed on the entire semester worth of content does not have to be that stressful, and give them some high school study tips that would get me in the right mindset to get prepared for my exams whenI was at their age.   Dear students, 1. Study All Semester Long (Review all your notes and reread all the important passages in your textbook. That will really keep all those facts in your brain on the test day). 2. Get It All Out (Make sure you have all your books, notes, study guides and writing utensils in front of you). 3. Create Your Perfect Study Area (Get rid ofas many distractions as possible-like music, television, the internet, and your phone. The place where you study should be quiet, comfortable and free from distractions). 4. Avoid Late-Night Studying (Studies showthat skipping out on sleep to cram for a test can actually lead to worse grades). 5. Get Enough Sleep (Get a full of 8 hours ofsleep, so your brain is in good shape). 6. Eat Well (Eat a lot of mixed nuts, cereals,fruits and vegetables and drink freshly squeezed juice every morning. That will give you the energy to keep on studying). 7. Find a Study Buddy (Two heads think better than one, but be careful to use the time wisely and not socialize). 8. Quiz Yourself (The best way to quiz yourself is to make flashcards). REMEMBER! Once that week of finals is over,you are free! You can sleep in late, and waste all day playing video games, basketball,football, going shopping, listening to music and everything else that youlike doing. Do take my advice, modify it to your needs and you will have great success following this plan, just as I had when I was in high school.

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4th Grade Presentation

2/21/2013

Our fourth grade weather scientists created and presented their power points about hurricanes and tornadoes. Then we were treated to a Reader’s Theater telling the story of Rumpelstiltskin with a twist.

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CEESA Math Competition

2/21/2013

On February 8-9,for the second time in three years,NOVA had the honor to host the annual CEESA HS Math Competition. It was a busy time in the high school that week, since the teachers from our Math Department worked relentlessly so that everything could run smoothly. NOVA was represented by four teams of three students, and two other students who were teamed-up with students from other CEESA schools. After two intense days of solving math problems, the feeling that the students achieved something great predominated in the school auditorium.Our student, Despina Stefanoska won the second place in the senior individual division, while Martin Trpovski won the fifth place competing in the junior division. Well done, guys! See you next year in AIS Budapest!

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How to Make Your Dreams Come True

2/20/2013

“How to make our dreams come true?” - aquestion so commonly posedby many students while trying to transform their ambitionsinto reality. The members of the Student Council, however, already received the answers to this question at a presentation organized by two young and ambitious leaders from President Ivanov’s “Alumni Association”. Together with Emilija Dzurovska, Daniel Gokeski, and school principal Mr. Viktor Novakovski, the students from grades 9-12 eagerly discussed their greatest hopes and dreams, along with the actions they would take for these dreams to come true, thus making the several hours spent in the school library interactive, educational and most of all, motivating. Through amusing activities, relaxed conversations and inspiring videos the students learnt how charity work, care for the environment and the society, determination and self-initiative can help them grow into strong and successful individuals. A fun debate between volunteers from the audience was meant to be the last lesson givenin this presentation, which managed to capture and preserve everyone’sa ttention till its very ending. The debate taught both its participants and the spectators about the importance of cooperation, care and respect for others and common sense in the search for success, since, after all, the seare the greatest human values one can ask for. Sofija Paneva, grade 9

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Rob Leveillee’s Visit

2/20/2013

The visit by the Director of International Accreditation, AdvanceEd Dr. Rob Leveillee, couldn’t have gone much better. At the end of his three hour visit, Mr. Leveillee admitted that he had not expected to see such excellence, and noted that during his travels, which constitute 75% of the year,he would refer to our school as a place of excellence, for other aspiring schools to follow.His visit was largely unannounced, and the tour was a spontaneous no-agenda drift through campus grounds, meeting innocent bystanders, having lots of discussions. He was visibly impressed by our students who seemed very diverse but quiteat home,by the conversations with accomplished educators, and by our facilities.

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High School All School Assembly

2/19/2013

Six months of unforgettable experiences that led us to an exploration of entirely new horizons. Six months filled with remarkably zealous competitive spirit, and yet an even more remarkable tendency towards cooperation and coherency in the common battle for success and recognition. Six months that had brought with them an immense variety of new knowledge acquired, new friendships born, new challenges and projectsone following another like an unbroken flow of a river. The annual “All-School Assembly” held on February 4, began with certificates of recognition awarded to students who had demonstrated exceptional dedication, enthusiasm and successin the fields of natural and social sciences, languages, mathematics, arts and sports. The “Student of the Department” announcements were followed by several videos made from striking events such as the “International Day”and NOVA International Schools’ Christmas performance. These videos, along with short presentations that served as a reminder for just some of the many successful stories “written” by NOVA’s students, played the role of a time machine that carried all the spectators back to the celebrations and occasions that made 2012 an unforgettable year. Hence, they managed to revive impressions that, based on the sincere grins enchanting the school auditorium will be cherished in years that are yet to come and renewed on assemblies that are yet to be held. Sofija Paneva, grade 9

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Knowledge Bowl, Zagreb

2/19/2013

12 little hours spent aboard a minivan: hurtling through wintry, desolate, and peopleless landscapes stranded together aboard this tiny space shuttle were two drivers, two teachers, and eight students. A journey to ascertain knowledge, to test the tenacity of one’s nerves, to challenge others’ views, to infringe rules and to get away with dodging rules, to shake hands with the opponents and congratulate them, and above all, to engage in endless logical deductions, “We were defeated by the fourthranking team, but we defeated the third-ranking team by a landslide, thus, we should be – what - second?” But we are not. No big deal. Because we had the best homeward journey: 12 hours of unflaggingly passionate philosophical discussions about books, society, anarchy. One against all, all joined together, profound and witty remarks of these scholars-in-the-making seemed to illuminate and heat-up the small space of the mini-van with the synergy that was almost synaesthetic. At times, bound to overhear the fledgling ‘philosophers’, the two teachers could not hide their amazement and snicker at the aptitude they demonstrated in adeptly switching from English into Macedonian, to the point that even the only non-native speaker of Macedonian in the heat of the moment (argument) fluently spoke Macedonian. United in this, the proud teachers laughed at them and with them. And the conclusion, “This was a good ride back home.” and “Now I see some people with different eyes.”

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Congratulations to Bisera Djundeva

2/18/2013

Congratulations to Bisera Djundeva on her admissions to ECLA Bard, a liberal arts university in Berlin! Well-done!

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Congratulations to Mila Nedeljkovic

2/4/2013

Congratulations to Mila Nedeljkovic on her acceptance to Jacobs Bremen University’s Bachelor of Arts in Global Economics and Management. In addition, Mila has been offered a €5,000 scholarship as well as a full financial aid package (involving loans and/or grants), which will arrive in the weeks ahead. Well done, Mila!

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Congratulations to Despina Stefanoska

2/4/2013

Congratulations to Despina Stefanoska who has been accepted to Jacobs Bremen University’s Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology! She has been offered a €10,000 scholarship, which she is told will likely increase after Jacobs’s Round II decisions are made. In addition, she is guaranteed a full financial aid (grants and/or loans) package covering all of her expenses. Nicely done, Despina!

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Austrian Ambassador visited NOVA

2/1/2013

NOVA HS students welcomed Austrian Ambassador to Macedonia, His Excellency Thomas Michael Baier on Thursday January 31, and were delightfully immersed in the honest lecture entitled “Viewing Austria”. The warm welcome and their conversations with Mr. Baier afterwards leave room for hope that we’ll see the Ambassador again.

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