December 2017


Phone network issues

12/12/2017

Please note that NOVA's phone network is experiencing issues, due to T-home servicing, and is not accessible at the moment. Will notify you when the issue has been resolved. In the meantime, please contact us through info@nova.edu.mk or any of the other work e-mail. In case of an emergency please use 070-306-677. 

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NOVA Gala Oscar Night [20th anniversary]

12/12/2017

The two decades jubilee of NOVA International Schools was commemorated yesterday at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet. NOVA students and alums, friends and family, faculty and staff, all gathered together to celebrate their shared journey in this educational institution. The event combined music and dance performances as well as an Oscar like ceremony in which awards were given to school representatives from all the major school departments (faculty, parents, administration, leadership, custodians, security and cafeteria) that have supported and developed the NOVA community throughout the years. After the performance, the celebration continued with a cocktail where everyone got the opportunity to catch up and reminisce about the time they’ve spent at NOVA. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS Holiday Performance - the 'NOVA takeover'

12/12/2017

Have you ever wondered what a school run by children would feel like? For those of you that were present at the 2017 NOVA winter performance it is pretty clear how it looks like when the little ones 'take over' and are in charge of learning. For everyone else in our NOVA community take a look at this gallery and make sure you get a glimpse of our winter holiday performance. Until next year! Check out the photo gallery from the performance here

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MEP Macedonia @ the 47th international MEP session

12/11/2017

The Macedonian delegation took part in the 47th international Model European Parliament session that took place in Helsinki, Finland, from November 4th to November 12th 2017. The event brought together delegations from 30 European countries, plus Canada, with more than 200 participants. In the Macedonian delegation we had our very own Michiel Plomp Winkler who was a member of the Security and Defense Committee, and was voted to deliver an insightful closing speech at the General Assembly that took place in the University of Helsinki. The entire delegation had tremendous success during the session, as they all got speeches (opening, closing and against) at the GA. During our stay in Helsinki, we had a chance to visit the Finish Parliament, and the Finish representatives in the European Parliament and European Commission.  

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HS Holiday Performance

12/10/2017

All former and current students and families are cordially invited to NOVA’s High School Holiday Performance and Anniversary Celebration. Date: December 10, 2017 (Sunday)Time: 19:00Where: Macedonian Opera and BalletDress code: Business formalPerformance will be followed by a cocktail reception Performance tickets require a reservation. Please fill out the ticket reservation form to reserve yours.  https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScOJPhSukIwNhZLni…/viewform  

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EMS Holiday Performance

12/9/2017

We present the NOVA TAKEOVER, our EMS 2017 holiday performance.

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

12/7/2017

Dear NOVA families, the 14th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-fourteen.html

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HS Coffee Morning for parents of IB students

12/6/2017

Dear NOVA community, please join us for our HS coffee morning on Wednesday 6 December! The focus for this event will be advice for parents of IB students, from one of our very own Nova IB students. We look forward to seeing you at 8.15 on Wednesday 6 December in our High School Cafeteria.

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NOVA students secure 2nd place at this year's 'month of science'

12/4/2017

In Physics class, we pull, push, bend, throw, burn, observe and measure objects and phenomena. We believe that we test concepts that are "written in stone", but we also keep our minds open for just in case if we find a soft spot in them. Ears are meant for hearing and dealing with sound, but what if we can see sound with our very own eyes? This crazy idea led Vladimir and Petar to do a little research and to discover the wonderful world of shape of sound - "Cymatics". They have managed to set-up an apparatus, in order to demonstrate the frequency dependence of wave patterns on a water surface, generated by sound. They presented the concept and demonstrated the phenomenon on this year's "November - Month of Science", an event dedicated to all students across Macedonia willing to proudly present their projects in Physics, Chemistry or Biology. The event took place at the Institute of Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje. Petar and Vladimir were very curious to see other students' projects, but were also interested in feedback for their own project, as this was first time to participate in an event of this kind. There were a lot of curious eyes wondering what Petar and Vladimir were up to, but also quite a lot of questions from the jury. They were not very verbal on their feedback, but their verdict says it all - Vladimir and Petar won the second place. Congrats, and well done everyone. Looking forward to hearing of your future endeavors in Physics.  

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NOVA joins the #ретвтитниоброк initiative

12/1/2017

Last Saturday (25.11.2017), NOVA employees volunteered in delivering 100 cooked meals to the homeless and socially endangered people of Skopje at the distribution point behind the Memorial house of Mother Teresa in the city center. The meals were completed with a piece of fresh fruit and bread. In addition to this, most of the leftover food (cupcakes, muffins, bred rolls etc.) from the faculty’s Thanksgiving potluck lunch on Friday was collected, wrapped neatly and added to the donation. Big thank you to #retweetameal and Real acts of kindness for assisting in making all of this possible. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA International Schools turns 20. This is your anniversary!

12/1/2017

Olja, Simoska [Class of 2011] Current occupation: Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry and Graduate Research Assistant [University of Texas at Austin] I enjoyed my four years at NOVA High School. I am not certain that I have a particular memory that is my favorite – because there are lots. I remember my first day in history class when Tihomir dropped the heavy history textbook on my desk, which terrified me. I remember Tanja getting upset when we would call her ‘тичер’ instead of ‘професорке.’ I remember spending many hours to paint on a t-shirt for my IB Macedonian project – these painting were inspirations from in-class readings and I had so much fun with it. I will always remember math with V’chkov – going to class every day with the fear of having your name called out to go up to the chalkboard, solve a hard math problem in a timely fashion and get graded on it. I remember how much fun I had learning chemistry from Stela and how excited I was to learn more (which was a real surprise for me, as I never even thought that I would end up pursuing a career in chemistry); I remember the first time we did a small chemistry experiment: adding sodium into water and seeing a mini explosion – I was so excited to see it happen; science and math courses were definitely my favorites. I also remember the joy when I finished the Common App applications for colleges in the US – green triangles, all around me, to mark the end of my college application journey. I remember Bela telling me to ‘always breathe, and to dream big.’ I remember my graduation day – all graduates gathered together, in front of our high school teachers, proud parents, smiling siblings and loving cousins; I remember planning and organizing a small surprise to celebrate Tanja’s birthday, which happened to be on the same day as our graduation. I still remember parts of the graduation speech by our high school principal: ‘your parents were generation X, and you are generation Y. You are graduating today, now go, and make a change in the world.’ This has really motivated me to keep working hard to achieve my goals, to make a change, to contribute, to matter and to be better. And the list of my high school memories goes on…

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November 2017


EMS weekly e-newsletter

11/29/2017

Dear NOVA families, the 13th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-thirteen.html

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MS Robotics Club competes in Tirana

11/27/2017

This year, the First Lego League challenged our MS kids to think like engineers. They were asked to build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. In the past two months, our team of 10 students, worked together to find solutions for various tasks, all related to the challenge theme of HYDRODYNAMICS. They made their first robot and learned how to program LEGO MINDSTORMS. Within the game they also learned all about water – how we find, transport, use, and dispose of it. The team and the coaches had an exciting time together and had lots of fun. The FLL challenge competition for CEESA was hosted by Tirana International School (TIS), 16-19.Nov, 2017. A group of 6 students, all from grade 6, had the opportunity to compete with 20 other teams from 10 different countries. This experience was valuable for all, the coaches and the kids. They learned how to operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism. Our work with the ASA MS Robotics club is not going to stop with the end of this season. We will continue with the activities in the second semester, and will work hard until we complete all of the missions from the HYDRODYNAMICS challenge. Special thanks from the coaches, to NOVA for supporting us in our own mission, to create and inspire young people in STEM. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Professional Learning Community

11/27/2017

Starting from the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year NOVA EMS will be implementing a new International Curriculum that will complement our existing Common Core Language Arts, and Maths in Focus Curricula. When it is fully implemented, we will have a strong inter-disciplinary curriculum covering all subject areas from PK to Grade 8. Last Weekend, staff participated in 2 days of intensive training that focused on introducing the program and philosophy. Over the next 10 months we will engage in a rigorous schedule of ongoing training and planning that will ensure that all staff are fully trained and prepared for implementation the following school year. In addition, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th were also action-packed days for our HS faculty. Many faculty attended the International Middle Years Curriculum training to better understand the program that our Middle Schoolers will emerge from. Those not in this session, participated in sessions focused on feedback and assessment approaches. A community that learns together grows together! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Happy Thanksgiving from Pack 2187!

11/23/2017

On Sunday, November 19, Pack 2187 held its November Pack Meeting, "Cubs Give Thanks." During this time of the year, we give thanks for the bounty we have received. Giving thanks is an expression of our gratitude and trust in a higher power. Cub Scouts learned what it means to be thankful and about being reverent, the twelfth point of the Scout Law. During the meeting, Cub Scouts also assembled packages with thermal socks, mandarins and children's storybooks. On November 22, the packages were distributed to Roma children that participate in Sumnal's early childhood development program. Then, Cub Scouts sang songs, went on a turkey hunt, and participated in Thanksgiving-themed games, like "Stuff the Turkey," "Corn Pitching," and "Cornucopia." At the close of the meeting, one Cub Scout was recognized for completing his Bobcat rank, while other Scouts completed individual adventures, including pocketknife safety. Following are photos from the meeting. Happy Thanksgiving from Pack 2187! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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200th anniversary of Jane Austen

11/22/2017

We invite you to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death through her life, novels, modern adaptations, and media. The event will take place in the HS Library on 22, November, 2017 (Wednesday) during the lunch period (11:45-12:15).

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CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament, Riga [Latvia]

11/20/2017

This year, the 2017 CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament took place in Riga, Latvia and was played over 3 days with schools arriving from 6 different counties. If there is one word that has defined the Supernova girls’ soccer season this year, it is team. They have succeeded as a team and they have failed as a team. From the very onset of the tournament, the Supernovas made it clear that it wasn’t a team to be taken lightly; they were compact on defense and fearless going forward. Our girls were electric throughout the first match against ISB, yet the determined and physically fit Dragons emerged as 3 – 1 winners. The Nova girls lost again in the second match to the most powerful and dominant team from Kiev by a 2 goal difference. Although the team was exhausted and sore, our girls had not lost their enthusiasm and returned early the next morning facing last year champions - skillful and well drilled team from Sofia. It took the Wolves powerful strike late in the second half to break through and earn a 1 - 0 win over the Supernovas. Although our girls had a few shots at the goal and possession of the ball most of the game, the ultimate example of team play, demonstrated by the disciplined Huskies from Finland led them to a 1 - 0 victory. The match that showed how much heart the Supernovas really had, was the one they played against the team from Latvia. Displaying excellent technical and tactical skills the Lynxes arose as winners, beating the Supernovas by a one goal difference.For the fifth place spot, the Supernovas and the Wolves battled through two half-times and a penalty shootout to determine the victor; Sofia won through penalty kicks. Our girls fought hard until the very last second of the game, making their coaches, impressed and proud of the team. Although the competition was tough, overall, this year's Soccer Tournament was extremely exciting. Investing time and energy in our youth, whether on the sports field or in the classroom, has been a key philosophy of Nova coaches. There is no greater award then watching the girls gradually developing into superb athletes and becoming true team players. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Basketball Season 2017

11/20/2017

Dear students, "This is a message for all the would-be Kobe Bryant's, Steve Nash's,  and Candace Parker's out there. Starting on Monday next week, the basketball season will begin at NOVA. To start off the season, NOVA is going to have an OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COMPETITION. Weather permitting, there will be a skills based competition for students in grades 9 through 12 to take part in DURING BRUNCH ON MONDAY. The winner of the competition will receive a free away-team NOVA jersey"

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Scouts meeting "Cubs Give Thanks"

11/19/2017

Dear Scouts and Prospective Scouts, On Sunday, November 19, Pack 2187 will hold our monthly meeting from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at NOVA ES. The theme of the meeting is "Cubs Give Thanks." During this time of the year, we give thanks for the bounty we have received. Giving thanks is an expression of our gratitude and trust in a higher power. "On my honor I will do my best to help other people at all times..." Sumnal, an organization that organizes early childhood development in Skopje's Roma community, needs our help collecting 35 pairs of thermal socks for children ages 3 to 6. Please bring 1-2 pairs of thermal socks for ages 3 to 6 to Sunday's Pack Meeting. We aim to prepare 35 packages for children who attend Sumnal's early childhood development program. It would be great if the Bear Scouts could also bring a healthy snack to share. Hope to see you on Sunday! Yours in Scouting.

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

11/17/2017

Dear NOVA families, the 12th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-twelve.html

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NOVA cross country club on the CEESA tournament in Prague - In the Media

11/17/2017

        

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U.S. Embassy College Fair

11/16/2017

Dear NOVA students, on Thursday, November 16th from 5pm until 7pm you can visit the U.S. Embassy College Fair at KIC - Cultural Information Center.

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Inside the HS Spanish class [Gamification in action]

11/14/2017

The objective of this class was to practice the oral interaction in Spanish by asking and answering questions in past simple (preterito indefinido) and past perfect tense (preterito perfecto). At the beginning of the class the students reviewed the construction of both tenses and then, through game they shared their past personal experiences. The game consisted on rolling the die and moving forward on the board. When falling into a box, the students had to ask a question related to personal information. After finishing the game they were asked to compare and explain the usage of each tense. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA HS soccer tournament, Sofia

11/14/2017

This year’s HS soccer tournament was hosted in Sofia. The SuperNOVA team practiced hard with the ultimate goal of representing NOVA in the best way possible. This year's team consisted of new, young and less experienced members, however fully dedicated to do their utmost. The tournament itself took place at AAS school campus, offering great athletic facilities, which combined with the sunny weather, provided an ideal opportunity for an excellent competition. The tournament was a positive experience for the students: learning about fair play, playing enthusiastically, and growing competitively, while realizing it takes a lot of discipline, team work and dedication for the achievement of better results. All SuperNOVA teammates were pleased to have been part of the 4th place finishing team and the tournament in general, knowing it was a great opportunity to make new friends and socialize with students from other international schools. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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NOVA hosts CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament

11/11/2017

This week, NOVA had the pleasure to host the CEESA Middle School Girls Soccer Tournament. On a nice and sunny weather the Supernova’s played against five other CEESA blue division soccer teams from Belgrade, Sofia, Riga, Kiev and Baku. This year, we had a very young team and for a majority of the players this was their first soccer experience. However, throughout the tournament the Supernovas gave their best on the field, played fair and at the same time established new friendships and had fun. They succeeded in building their confidence and improved their soccer skills. We look forward in returning next year stronger and wiser. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA Coffee Morning, New International Curriculum

11/10/2017

On November the 8th the Parent Teacher Association organized an Information Session where more than 40 parents turned out to hear Mr. Russell O'Neill, NOVA EMS Principal talk about the new International Curricula that we will be implementing at the school. This was the first of a series of Parent Information Sessions that we will be running to ensure that you are fully informed and up to date with the process. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA MS Boys Soccer Tournament in Kiev

11/10/2017

The NOVA MS Boys Soccer Team was recently in Kiev to compete in the CEESA Soccer Tournament. The boys team has worked relentlessly throughout the season on developing essential skills such as passing, shooting, and collaboration. The team headed to Kiev excited by the challenges they would be facing there. Over the course of the tournament the team had six games against other CEESA schools around Europe. The boys were resilient in the face of adversity. The players won four of the six games, tied in one game and lost in the finals to bring home the second place trophy. As a team we scored around thirty points throughout the tournament and allowed only ten. Off the pitch the players had the chance to experience a different culture. As a team we had the opportunity to tour the Ukrainian national soccer stadium. Players stayed with host families from the international school in Kiev and had the chance to try local cuisine, see local sites, and meet other international students. In the end the players had a fulfilling cultural experience and brought home much more than just a second place trophy. We are proud of the NOVA MS Boys! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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SuperNOVA Weekend (Nov. 9th-12th)

11/9/2017

Dear NOVA community, this upcoming weekend is truly a SuperNOVA one, with a total of three sports competitions taking place. During the next several days will be celebrating the school’s athletic spirit and cheering for our teams. We have a team of 17 students participating in the HS Boys Soccer Tournament in Sofia, 10 students as part of our HS Girls Soccer team in Riga, Latvia, and finally a team of 5 MS and HS students, as part of our Cross Country team heading towards Prague for their upcoming competition. The entire school is cheering for you girls and boys. Good luck! On this link you can follow the schedule of games for the HS Boys Soccer Tournament in Sofia: https://hsboysfootball2017.tumblr.com/schedule On the following link you can watch a live stream of all the HS Boys Soccer Tournament games: https://livestream.com/accounts/4031758/events/7907876

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Donate for the First Sensory Garden in Macedonia

11/9/2017

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PTA Morning Coffee

11/8/2017

NOVA International Schools would like to invite for a coffee morning session on November 8th with the NOVA EMS Principal Mr. Russell O'Neill.

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NOVA hosts CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament - In the Media

11/6/2017

       

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Venjamin Milcev, NOVA alumni interviewed for fakulteti.mk

11/6/2017

Venjamin Milcev, NOVA alumni and Berklee College of Music graduate, interviewed for fakulteti.mk, and his experience working as a sound mixer/producer for Larrabee Sound Studios, responsible for recording hits for some of the most important artists of today. http://www.fakulteti.mk/news/17-11-04/venjamin_milchev_muzichki_producent_od_makedonija_dzhesi_dzhej_me_iznenadi_so_dve_golemi_torti_za_mojot_rodenden.aspx

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NOVA HS assembly [spirit day]

11/6/2017

Assembly @ Nova on 3rd November: Tug-of-war, squeals of laughter, joyous faces, loud cheering for our classmates.....no mention of academics or any other worry that any HS student might have. This was a day to be remembered, when students flocked to support each other, when students demonstrated who they are as individuals and as a member of a team. This was the day that Nova students connected with each other, unafraid of the possibilities....... Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament 2017

11/3/2017

During the weekend of 3-4 November NOVA will host the CEESA Blue Division Middle School Girls Soccer Tournament 2017. We are excited to welcome the participating schools: - International School of Belgrade, Serbia - Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria - Pechersk School International – Kiev, Ukraine - International School of Latvia – Riga, Latvia - The International School of Azerbaijan – Baku, Azerbaijan - NOVA International School – Skopje, Macedonia More than eighty MS girls and coaches, enthusiastic about the game of soccer, will spend two days filled with competitiveness, social interactions and valuable cultural exchanges. We hope this will be a great experience for all involved participants who will have fond memories of their time in Skopje. If you want to follow the games see the schedule for the tournament in the link bellow. Tournament website: http://ceesa-sports.weebly.com 

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

11/2/2017

Dear NOVA families, the 10th edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-ten.html

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CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament hosted by NOVA

11/2/2017

From the 2nd until the 5th of November NOVA is hosting the CEESA MS Girls Soccer Tournament. We are welcoming schools from: Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Latvia, and Azerbaijan. More than eighty MS girls and coaches enthusiastic about the game of soccer will spend two days full with soccer, social interactions with their peer and valuable cultural exchange. Find out more information on the CEESA sports website! http://ceesa-sports.weebly.com/

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HS Shorten Schedule for Friday, November 3, 2017

11/2/2017

Dear students and parents, We’ll follow a slightly different schedule (5 min. shorter classes) to accommodate longer advisory class. Thank you! 08:15 - 09:10 E period 09:15 - 10:05 Spirit day 10:10 – 11:05 F period 11:10 – 12:05 G period 12:05 – 12:30 Lunch 12:35 – 13:30 H period 13:35 – 14:15 Core time

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Halloween preparations

11/2/2017

To see how NOVA EMS prepared for the Halloween parade & party please check the photo gallery from the event here

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ES Halloween Parade

11/1/2017

Five little pumpkinsSitting on a gateThe first one said,"Oh, my, it's half past eight!"The second one said,"There are witches in the air!"The third one said,"Good folk, beware!"The fourth one said,"We'll run and run and run!"The fifth one said,"Let's have some fun!"OOOOOOOH, went the windAnd OUT went the lightAnd the five little pumpkinsRolled out of sight Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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October 2017


Middle School Halloween Party

10/31/2017

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EMS Halloween Day

10/31/2017

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/26/2017

Dear NOVA families, the nineght edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-nine.html

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Library Markerspace challenge

10/26/2017

The first Markerspace challenge took place in the high school library on October 25th. Students were challenged to design and build a model roller coaster using only duck tape, paper tape, paper, wooden spatulas, marble, straws and cardboard.The students had to decide on the theme of the roller coaster, the features and the physics and mechanics of the ride. Even though they didn't manage to finish the design on time, they were very excited and willing to meet some other day to finish the project. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA International Schools [20th anniversary] - call for short stories

10/26/2017

Dear NOVA alums, this year NOVA International Schools is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This is your anniversary and we are very proud of everyone that has been a part of this journey. We would like to mark this milestone by inviting you to share some moments from your time spent at NOVA. So allow us to take 5 minutes of your time, and invite you to fill in this e-form. Thank you very much for doing this, we hope you like the outcome.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBkdC5oinGGgqwEF8nc2rKr71UWOB0xXOtj-Ikv09vvg2k6A/viewform

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Interview with NOVA graduate and Civil Rights Lawyer Ivan Kochovski FiRC presentation

10/25/2017

Ivan Kochovski graduated from NOVA International Schools in 2009, and continued his studies in international and human rights law at Utrecht University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He works as a lawyer representing refugees in asylum and deportation procedures, conducts research on Roma discrimination and statelessness, and holds training for students and professionals on human rights and refugee law. On Wednesday, October 18th, Ivan came to speak with students in the Foundations in Research Course about what "truth" means in the area of law. Ivan related his harrowing and emotional experiences in asylum advocacy in Macedonia to students. His key advice to Foundations in Research Course students was to "question their assumptions" when they set out to write a research essay.

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20 years NOVA International Schools Photo

10/25/2017

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/19/2017

Dear NOVA families, the eighth edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-eight.html

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The desire for communication has no boundaries!

10/18/2017

In collaboration with the state school 'Partenie Zoografski’, NOVA students will meet weekly with their state school counterparts in order to learn sign language. During these classes, students from the state school will act as instructors to our students, teaching them the wonders of sign language. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Roman aqueduct Scout Hike

10/17/2017

Dear Scouts and Prospective Scouts, On Saturday, October 14, Pack 2187 hiked to the Roman aqueduct to learn about its history and the history of Skopje in the Roman period. Did you know that the Romans built aqueducts across their empire to transport water from natural sources to settlements? Thanks to Leonida Bassa for being our guide! Following are photos from Saturday's hike. During our hike the Cub Scouts also found clues related to the 12 points of the Scout Law. Each is a goal for every Scout. "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent." Scouts do their best to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries. And, age-specific dens continued working on "adventures" learning about the natural world. Then, Scouts and their families picked up litter from the historical site, in the spirit of the Outdoor Code. "As [a Scout], I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners, be careful with fire, be considerate in the outdoors, [and] be conservation minded." The conservation activity was a chance for the Scouts to leave the world better than we found it. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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CEESA's EAL Job-Alike Workshop

10/17/2017

Our NOVA ESL Teachers from the Elementary, Middle, and High School Division took part in CEESA's EAL Job-Alike Workshop on October 6-7, 2017, at the American International School of Budapest. The conference proved to be an exceptional learning experience, an exchange of successful, both old and new, ESL/EAL teaching strategies and an inspiration for invigorating new projects. It was a session of sharing knowledge, experiences, and creative ideas for teaching our students. Some of the strategies, methods and projects that our team recognized as powerful motivators that may be utilized in further invigoration of our students' motivation are as follows: · Information and Instruction on WIDA English Language Proficiency Assessment Tools that will serve for ESL students' assessment and appropriate placement; · Inquiry in the ESL classroom; · Additional strategies to build background vocabulary for ELL; · Audio clips as tools to increase students' vigilance and participation; · Translanguaging as a method to increase oral and written language proficiency; · Developing Books as Word Walls and Stories as Word Webs; · Use the Dialog Reading Method as a tool to develop oral language; · Best practices for teaching grammar through context; · A joint activity at a one-semester online course at Stanford University: Constructive Classroom Conversation: Improving Student-To–Student Interactions. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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FiRC lecture speaker, Dr. Rodney Rosalia

10/16/2017

The Foundations in Research Course had Rodney Rosalia, a former Natural Sciences Instructor and Scientific Inquiry Coordinator at NOVA, visit the HS as a guest speaker on Wednesday to discuss medical research. Dr Rosalia is currently the Scientific Officer at the Zan Mitrev Clinic (ZMC, www.zmc.mk/en) in Skopje. In this role, Dr Rosalia supervises scientific research and coordinates scientific communication between the ZMC and international audiences. Dr Rosalia presented some of the ongoing research at ZMC to students relating to a novel surgical treatment approach for Aortic Stenosis that is performed at ZMC. Aortic stenosis is the most prevalent and severe heart valve disease, which primarily affects the elderly, who have a poor life expectancy once diagnosed. NOVA HS students were able to ask questions about ongoing medical research being done in Macedonia, in particular at the ZMC, that has the potential to make a worldwide impact on the development of cardiovascular surgical practices. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week Without Walls 2018

10/12/2017

Week Without Walls program (WWW) provides exciting opportunities for NOVA students to explore the world through project based learning and build meaningful relationships with each other. It is required for all students in grades 9, 10 and 11. On Monday, 9.Oct.2017, procedures, expectations and trip descriptions were posted online on the WWW website: weekwow.weebly.com Trip registration will commence on Friday, 13.Oct.2017 @ 6:00 pm and close 22.Oct.2017 @ 6:00 pm. The signup form will be made available online at weekwow.weebly.com enabling each student a choice of 4 trips, in order of preference. Time of submission will be taken into consideration (first come first served) The registration form is open and available ONLY to students with an active NOVA e-mail account (@nova.edu.mk). For more information you can also visit the Week Without Walls page on our website: http://nova.edu.mk/week_without_walls.aspx.

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Red Cross Activity, World Homeless Day

10/12/2017

October the 10th marked the World Homeless Day. To raise awareness and encourage the community to help those in need, the City Red Cross of Skopje organized a small ceremony in their Center for Homeless People in Skopje. The Youth Club of the City Red Cross of Skopje and our NOVA students worked together in preparing and delivering a complete meal for the beneficiaries of the Center.They also had the chance to meet the homeless people from our city and hear their stories. The leaders of the NOVA Red Cross Club, Mija Jovchevska, Mia Miloshevska, Njomza Selmani and Anastasija Markovski, were our representatives at the event. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/12/2017

Dear NOVA families, the seventh edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-seven.html

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NOVA Red Cross Club, World Homeless Day

10/10/2017

Dear all, Tuesday, October the 10th, marks the World Homeless Day. To raise awareness and encourage the community to help those in need, the City Red Cross of Skopje is organizing a small ceremony in their Center for Homeless People in Skopje. The Youth Club of the City Red Cross of Skopje and our NOVA students will be working together in preparing and delivering a complete meal for the beneficiaries of the Center.They will have the chance to meet the homeless people from our city and hear their stories. The leaders of the NOVA Red Cross Club, Mija Jovchevska, Mia Miloshevska, Njomza Selmani and Anastasija Markovski, will be our representatives. 

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Igor Ristovski & (astro)photography

10/9/2017

My name is Igor Ristovski, I am a high school teacher at Nova International Schools where I teach computer science in web applications and multimedia applications. Aside from teaching computer science I am also a graphic designer and extreme sports addict whenever I don't wear my teacher super suit. My latest challenge is astrophotography, and it has posed the greatest challenge to me as a photograph so far. Partly this is due to the mechanism of taking the photos, namely you need to go on a remote location during the night, when it is completely dark. The process is tricky as well, it takes a lot of time and energy but it all pays off the moment you expose your photo in Adobe Lightroom and see what you have captured. I do my best to incorporate this passion in the school with other astronomy enthusiasts as we have obtained a ‘Celestron Telescope’ that can help us observe the night sky and take even better pictures. Check out the photo gallery here

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PTA members learn about adolescent stress

10/6/2017

Our first High School coffee morning was a huge success! A packed cafeteria full of parents eager to learn about ways to support their child's learning, and keen to hear about the types of stress that high schoolers experience. Our Psychology Teacher, Valentina Trpkoska, alongside Ashley Whitrock, one of our English Faculty, reassured parents of the many ways Nova tends to the well-being of our student population. Stress proved to be a hot topic and we are committed to working more closely with our community in finding effective ways to manage stress, both in and out of the school setting. Thank you to our parents for showing such a keen interest and we look forward to facilitating similar workshops. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Inside the Social Science 10 classroom

10/6/2017

Students in Social Science 10 engaged in the activity of formulating a research question for their upcoming research paper. Beginning with broader topics within the larger area of 19th century European Imperialism, students brainstormed various approaches on their chosen topics that they can explore further on. Following that, students engaged by asking each other open-ended questions on their chosen topics, helping their partner narrow the inquiry to one that is clear, complex and focused. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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"How the West Was Fun" Pack Meeting

10/5/2017

Dear Scouts and Prospective Scouts, Howdy Y'all! On Sunday, September 24 Pack 2187 held its first Pack Meeting of the school year, "How The West Was Fun!" We saddled up the horses, rounded up the Cub Scouts and had a Western-themed carnival. Cub Scouts tested their skills and teamwork with carnival games, like pass the corn please, potato sack races, snakes and other critters in my boot, boot scootin' boogie races, old fashioned photo booth, let's rodeo ring toss, flying disk toss, and lawn bowling. Following are some photos. During the meeting, Cub Scouts also learned about the fifth point of the Scout Law; a Scout is courteous. Being courteous means respecting others beliefs, their belongings, their privacy, and a respect for the ground others walk on and the air they breath. When we respect others we show respect for ourselves. A Scout is polite to everyone and knows good manners, which is especially important when welcoming new members. All interested boys (K-5) attending NOVA or QSI are invited to join the Pack! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Inside the IB Economicss class

10/5/2017

Exploring Elasticities in IB Economics - Focus on Price Elasticity of Demand (PED)! Today, the IB Economics students learned that elasticity is not just a concept in Physics but in Economics too - helping us understand and explain some of the complexities of the markets, consumer behavior following price changes of different products, and different strategies of the sellers for marketing their products. Through practical problems, students learned how to calculate the PED, and to interpret the results in light of the consequences to total revenues. They also learned how to identify the PED, plot the demand curves that reflect different PED values, and to apply the reasoning to various examples from everyday life. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Coffee Morning Session

10/4/2017

Dear NOVA parents, You all are cordially invited to the Coffee Morning  Session with Valentina Trpkoska, our High School psychologist, on October 4 at 8:15. The topic of Ms. Trpkoska's presentation is Managing Stress for You and Your Child. We will meet in the HS cafeteria. Hope to see you there, NOVA PTA

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Inside the IB Theory of Knowledge classroom

10/4/2017

The IBDP TOK 11 class engaged in an inter-cultural competence exercise aimed at familiarizing students with the three different categories of providing constructive feedback in relation to an unseen/unknown cultural artifact. Academically known as the description-interpretation-evaluation exercise, the overarching purpose of this class activity was to raise student awareness concerning the personal and cultural relativity of value judgments. According to the student feedback provided at the end of class-time, the most difficult aspect was to keep the description free from evaluative terminology, and to try to accommodate an alternative frame of meaning within the culturally-bound worldview of the participating students. Eventually, the activity's end-goal of practicing description prior to interpretation and evaluation, demonstratively proved itself to be an essential pre-requisite to inter-cultural understanding. In conclusion, heightening student awareness of the limitations and mis-understandings potentially arising from unchallenged cultural and socio-centricity intends to promote the values of international-mindedness and world citizenship, as humanist principles deeply interwoven in the fabric of NOVA's educational philosophy and pedagogy.   Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

10/4/2017

Dear NOVA families, the sixth edition of the EMS newsletter is out. We hope you enjoy reading it: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-six.html

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Foundations in Research Course, an interview with the FiRC coordinator Daniel Cunningham

10/2/2017

If you want to learn more about the Foundations in Research Course [FiRC], the benefits of academic research for students and schools, make sure to watch NOVA’s social science teacher and FiRC coordinator Mr. Daniel Cunningham.

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International Day of Older Persons

10/2/2017

The 1st of October is the International Day of Older Persons. To celebrate this occasion, our students visited the Home for Elderly "Mother Theresa" and played a friendly match of chess with its residents. Students were able to learn chess strategies, while having fun playing the game that both they and their elderly opponents love.

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