November 2019


CEESA Division 1 HS Boys Soccer Tournament in the Media

11/12/2019

           

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“We Can Be Heroes” [Week without walls]

11/12/2019

“We Can Be Heroes” is one of the WWW projects for 9 grade students. Students have spent 5 days with YMCA trainers and Scouts from the Macedonian Scouts’ Association discovering their potential and acquire the skills, confidence and motivation to make things happen and bring about change. The program was also focused on developing skills like cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution which helped to broaden their cultural perspectives. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS HS Cross Country competition in Vienna

11/12/2019

More than 120 runners participated in the MS/HS Cross Country event in Vienna, Austria this weekend. Surrounded by wonderful nature, a peaceful environment, and refreshingly sunny days our students participated in this CEESA event. MS students ran 3.5km long course on beautiful grass, muddy pathways and colorful leaves. The HS students course was 5km long. All of our runners showed great strength and ran with purpose. They gave their best, were enthusiastic, and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, cheering runner. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Yoga classes at the EMS

11/11/2019

The youngest members of the Nova community start the day by practicing yoga. The yoga class is available as a part of the after school activities offered to the students in the EMS.   

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Supernova Winter Season

11/7/2019

The #Supernova winter season for all students from grades 5 to 12 is now open. Explore the clubs available for you and be a member of the supernova teams. http://www.nova.edu.mk/supernova_athletics_and_activities.aspx

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MS Boys soccer season 2019/2020

11/7/2019

We are happy to say that we have successfully completed the MS Boys soccer season of 2019/2020. We had a great turnout this year with about 25 boys who continuously showed up to practice. We appreciate the hard work and dedication from all the boys throughout the season.The 10 boys that attended the tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria showed fantastic sportsmanship. They came in fourth place, but we are very proud of the way they played. They played well individually but most of all they played fantastic as a team. We are proud of their growth from last year and proud of their sportsmanship they portrayed throughout the whole season. We hope our seniors continue their soccer journey in high school, and we hope the rest join us again next soccer season.We wanted to thank all the boys for a fun and joyful experience this soccer season.

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Inquiry – based learning in our IB Psychology 11 class

11/7/2019

Today our IB Psychology 11class investigated our elementary school library, trying to understand the concept of enculturation and gender roles and answering the question: Do children's books today serve as a way of teaching children about gender behavior?The students should analyze the data on Monday and present their findings next week.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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IMYC UNIT INTERPRETATION Choreography by 8th grade class 2019-20

11/6/2019

Nova grade 8 dance elective students created their own choreography as the summative assessment for the for unit Interpretation. Students interpreted the song "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" by Shawn Mendes. They used their skills in dance, their creativity, and their passion to produce a stellar video with the guidance of their teacher.

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NOVA Halloween Parade and Party vol.2

11/5/2019

NOVA Parent Teacher Association hosted a frightfully fun even on Halloween. Students came dressed in their spookiest costumes and participated in a ghoulish costume parade and immediately after they enjoyed food, games, and lots of fun. Students and teachers in EMS decorated their classroom doors to add a more festive feel to the school. The decorations by the PTA at the front of the school set the stage for a day full of freakish fun. A big thank you goes out to our parent community for their support in making this day so much fun. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Halloween Parade and Party

11/4/2019

NOVA Parent Teacher Association hosted a frightfully fun even on Halloween. Students came dressed in their spookiest costumes and participated in a ghoulish costume parade and immediately after they enjoyed food, games, and lots of fun. Students and teachers in EMS decorated their classroom doors to add a more festive feel to the school. The decorations by the PTA at the front of the school set the stage for a day full of freakish fun. A big thank you goes out to our parent community for their support in making this day so much fun. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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October 2019


EMS Halloween Party

10/31/2019

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Journey through Images and Words [Week without walls]

10/31/2019

In this Week without walls trip, for the first two days students were exploring the city, enjoying the beautiful architecture and culture of Novi Sad. They hiked to the best view point of the city - the Petrovaradin Fortress, constantly blending educational with aesthetical experience. A lovely third day of our WWW excursion was spent in the picturesque town of Sremski Karlovci, the cradle of Serbian literacy and Orthodoxy, where students visited the first Serbian gymnasium, established in 1791, and the Serbian Faculty of Theology. In addition, they visited the Hopovo monastery, located in the heart of Frushka Gora. The monastery was founded in the 16th century and Dositej Obradovic spent the early years of his monastic life in Hopovo. Next day, in the morning, our students attended a lecture at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. The professor of Shakespearology Vladislava Gordic Petrovic delved into "Fictional Worlds of the Digital Age", while our students were active participants and asked meaningful questions. After the lecture, everyone enjoyed the limitless view of the Pannonian landscape and the multilingual and multicultural town of Subotica. The students visited the City Hall of the town, ornamented in Art Nouveau and Hungarian folklore elements. The City Hall is considered a unique architectural landmark of Vojvodina. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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Art class for the EEC students

10/31/2019

Our youngest students are exploring new painting and drawing techniques. Making pictures is an important way in which young children interpret the world. The students explored art materials with their senses; smooshing paint and watching lines emerge from a crayon are miraculous experiences, encouraging creative thinking, exploration and problem solving.   

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NASA Kids Space Challenge, October 2019

10/29/2019

NOVA International Schools was the host venue for the 5th NASA Kids Space Challenge 2019. The event was aimed for children age 8 to 14 and was happening on the 19-20 October. It is also our great pleasure to note that our Nova alum Marko PIskacev, was the first panelist for the Space Tech Conference, he also supported the teams at the NASA Space Apps Challenge as Mentor and was a part of the Judging Committee for the Space Startups Competition. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NASA Kids Challenge [Nova volunteers]

10/28/2019

On October 19-20 2019, NOVA hosted the NASA Kids Challenge, organized by New Man's Business Accelerator. The event welcomed more than 40 kids participating and solving space challenges in teams. During the fall break, NOVA students actively volunteered at the event and two other NASA-led initiatives, helping with organization and logistics, including taking photos, assisting participants and guests, and used the opportunity to meet researchers and scientists to discuss creative and novel solutions to real-world challenges.

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Confucius Institute at Nova

10/28/2019

On October 18th, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Confucius Institute at Nova High School, where a short presentation was held. The students had the opportunity to meet with the Chinese culture and language and to seize the chance to learn Chinese. Nova already gives that opportunity to Elementary and Middle school students, where we have two groups of students who learn the Mandarine language. Now, high school students have that opportunity, as well. The students who participated in the event had the chance to learn more about the Institute, listen to traditional chinese music and see how calligraphy is created. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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2.0 General Assembly, Nova Alumni Association

10/18/2019

On the 17th of October 2019, the Nova Alumni Association (NAA) had its 2nd General Assembly. During the meeting the Governing Board of NAA presented the activities that the association created and organized in the past year, and presented its two-year plan. The General Assembly members voted with a unanimous decision to continue the mandate of the current NAA co-chairs, Davor Karakashev and Allan Castillo, and the team that works in the Governing Board. The productive two hours meeting resulted in many new ideas and events suggested, which are to be discussed at the next NAA meeting. We would like to thank everyone for their contributions, time and effort. We wish the Governing Board success and we are confident, at next year’s General Assembly the Board will have a chance to present NAA’s accomplishments. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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The beauties of Shar Mountains [Week without walls]

10/17/2019

The ‘Beauties of Shar Mountains’ program focused on several activities: mountain climbing, hiking, learning about the environment, some stargazing and lots of fun. The program lasted for four days, and the events included: a 6 km hike that concluded with a beautiful view of Tetovo and the Polog valley; two evening lectures with the guests from the Skopje Astronomical Society, observing planets and major star clusters, and a mission to climb the peak ‘Ceripashina’. Check the photo gallery from the event here

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What's in a Film [Week Without Walls]

10/16/2019

The idea behind our second Week Without Walls, “What’s in a Film” program was for students to be trained to view film critically. To begin this process, our students learned some of the language of cinema, as well as the history of the art form through examples and media presented to them in the comfort and style of the "Kinoteka na Makedonija". Following the acquisition of this understanding, students were led through the dual processes of pre and post production in filmmaking. The expert who made this process possible was Macedonian director and cinematographer Marija Dzidzeva. At the conclusion of the week, and after the public screening of their independent short films, students held their own mini "Academy Awards Ceremony”. The ceremony was attended by filmologists from the "Kinoteka na Makedonija", who participated in the voting process which led to the award of a “best picture” prize. Following the Oscar Ceremony, and to top off the week, our students were invited to the set of Une Sirène à Paris, set to hit cinemas globally in March 2020, to have a guided tour of the production studio with Macedonian actress and film producer, Labina Mitevska. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Volunteers as part of Giffoni Youth Film Festival

10/14/2019

This weekend, NOVA Volunteers were once again helping out in their community. On Saturday, they were at MKC to help in the organization of Giffoni Youth Film Festival. The festival takes place in Skopje in the period 12-17 October and it gathers more than 250 young people from all over Europe.

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European Week of Sports [Week Without Walls]

10/14/2019

Week without walls – Sep.2019 The European Week of Sport aims at tackling the inactivity crisis by encouraging Europeans to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. Through the seven days of involvement in the European week of sport in Macedonia, organized by the Macedonian Agency for Youth and Sport, NOVA students were actively involved in activities promoting participation in sport and physical activity, promoting the role of sport as a means of social inclusion, and building an inclusive and economically vibrant society. Presentations and lectures were also organized for the students, helping them consider and explore different perspectives to sports and physical activity. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EducationUSA, academic pathways

10/10/2019

On the topic of academic pathways, NOVA hosted Biljana K. Tasetovikj, EducationUSA senioir adviser, who talked extensively about the application to US higher education institutions. Students in grade 9 and 10 received valuable information about the importance of timeline and starting early as well as the required documents that are part of the application process.

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Audition date for this year's school performance

10/8/2019

Dear Nova community, it is with great excitement that we are announcing this year's school production "The Nutcracker", and would like to invite all Middle School student to audition for the lead roles. In addition to our MS drama students, other students should be encouraged to audition and showcase their talents, for a chance to be part of our winter show. The audition date is October 16th (Wednesday) starting at 2:30 pm at the MS Library.

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MS Soccer Tournament

10/8/2019

On Friday and Saturday last week a MS Soccer Tournament was organized to help our MS Soccer teams for boys and girls prepare better for the upcoming CEESA MS Soccer Tournaments taking place in November. During the tournament,our SUPERNOVA boys and girls teams, played several matches versus their peers from NOVA, students form local public school and NOVA coaches. In between the matches a soccer skills competition was organized. Both days were full with soccer, fun and positive interactions among the participants, and coaches are confident that this valuable experience will strengthen our teams and increase students' interest in our sport programs. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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School nurses, CEESA Job Alike

10/8/2019

On October 4th and 5th, a group of school nurses from CEESA schools in Central and Eastern Europe came together for the FIRST EVER Job Alike which was hosted by Nova International School in Skopje, N.Macedonia. The historic two day event included topical presentations, round table discussions, case study scenarios, and wonderful guest speakers. Topics covered included: safeguarding students at school, managing students with diabetes, the role of the professional school nurse, student mental health issues, the importance of collaboration between nurses and counselors, when teachers are stressed and how the school nurse can help, and much more! Everyone learned so much from each other and plans are already in the making for next year’s JAL. Congratulations CEESA School Nurses and a BIG THANKS to Nova International School for hosting this historic event. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Communication Through Art

10/8/2019

7th Grade students in Nova learned about the printmaking technique,stencil, murals and graffiti art. With this knowledge every student created a work of art. On the exhibition we had selection of judges, every judge voted for 3 artworks, in total 12 ideas were then transferred as a permanent works of art in our school yard. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Young Engineers

10/7/2019

NOVA Young Engineers are learning about different physical principles and how to build a different robotic models each class. The model they build represents all they have learnt during that class. The robotic model for this class was an electric power plant. By building the model, EMS students learned about gear transmission and acquainted themselves with the power transmission principle.   

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Middle School Book Clup

10/7/2019

Join our club for reading and discussions, every Monday of each week.

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NOVA EMS News website

10/7/2019

Dear parents, with a great pleasure we are happy to share with you the NOVA EMS News website, created by our EMS principal Ms. Sherman, with the newsletter included.Please follow the link: https://sites.google.com/nova.edu.mk/novaemsnews/home          

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HS students joined the event "Go Pink"

10/7/2019

We constantly get asked “How can I help?” and our best answer is : “Be present!”This Sunday, 15 students from 9 grade joined the event "Go Pink" organized by the Organization "Borka" and supported by the US Embassy in Skopje. The event took place in the City Park and this year again, NOVA volunteers were there to support the cause - to increase the public awareness on the breast cancer, and to support the women and their families, whose lives have been, or will be affected by breast cancer.

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Audition for the winter performance "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"

10/4/2019

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MS, NOVA Academic Assistance Club

10/2/2019

NOVA Academic Assistance Club, as part of ASA program for Middle School Students, In this program we are learning how to use complex, formal, objective, explicit, hedged, responsible language which is also precise and accurate, well organised and planned, with clear structure, how to present information, explain, describe, retell, persuade...  

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September 2019


General Assembly of the Nova Parent Teacher Association

9/27/2019

The first General Assembly of our Parent Teacher Association took place on Wednesday September the 25th in our high school library. During the GA the PTA leadership was introduced to our school community and the results from our recent PTA survey were shared with everyone present. Check out the photo galery from the event here

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Basketball, latest after school activity

9/26/2019

NOVA Students taking advantage of our newest after school activity Basketball. Take a peak at how they are learning new dribbling, passing, and shooting skills, while having fun at their first practice. Interested in Basketball as well ? Join us Mondays & Fridays from 3.15 - 4:15 at the NOVA outdoor court. Check out the photo gallery from the acctivity here

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Run2Remember

9/26/2019

This year four teams from Nova International Schools participated in the Run2Remember organized by the US embassy in Skopje. This one of a kind race brings together teams of four and invites them to overcome and tackle challenges celebrating physical fitness. Until next time!

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Race for people with rare diseases

9/25/2019

This weekend, 30 students from NOVA joined the Race for people with rare diseases in the City Park. The 5th edition of the awareness run has included a relay race and NOVA students supported the event by volunteering and running. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA General Assembly, September 25th

9/23/2019

Dear family, Thank you for the unprecedented 103 responses to our Annual PTA Survey. The survey results are extremely insightful, and will be presented at the first PTA General Assembly on Wednesday, September 25th 6:30-8:00pm in the HS Library. Please save the date, and find attached your invitation to this event. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Nova PTApta@nova.edu.mk

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Communication, Macedonian language

9/23/2019

Last week, Nova 7th graders had their exit point on the unit Communication for the subject Macedonian language. They wrote inspirational speeches, inspired by the school's vision statement "Seek self and others, in heart and mind, unafraid of the possibilities". They gave their perception on the statement and produced wonderful sentences that will stay in our hearts and minds. Thanks to all the parents who took the time to join us and support us in this beautiful event. We are proud to have students who are seeking themselves, in their hearts and minds, and who are not afraid of the wonderful possibilities in front of them. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Second General Assembly of the Nova Alumni Association

9/20/2019

Dear Nova alums, it is with great pleasure that we would like to invite all of you to the second General Assembly of the Nova Alumni Association (NAA) taking place in our High School on the 17th of October [Thursday] from 5pm until 7pm.The registration form for participating at the General Assembly is now open and available on this link: https://forms.gle/bxCXnjXPE7sHk65d8The open call for co-chairs of the NAA, available on this link: http://www.nova.edu.mk/Content.aspx?id=37&article=8881

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Pre-schoolers and TOK students have a collaborative class

9/20/2019

11th grade Theory of Knowledge students had class with our pre-schoolers today. Students had a blast as they completed 4 hands-on activities on conservation of quantity, conservation of volume, an optical illusion, and evaluating ethical cartoons. As the TOK students observed the pre-schoolers they reflected on how children think and reason, the process of learning as well as the classic TOK question: how do we know? Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Open call, Nova Alumni Association

9/19/2019

Open call, Nova Alumni Association Nova International Schools would like to open a call for applications for the positions of: co-chairs of the Nova Alumni Association (NAA) governing body. The governing body of the association will be comprised of at least two alumni co-chairs, so we will be filling in at least two positions with this open call. The co-chairs of the alumni association are going to be tasked with preparing, coordinating and executing a timeline of activities for the duration of the academic 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. The mandate for the co-chairs selected with this open call is going to be two academic year. All Nova alums are encouraged to apply for this unpaid, volunteering position by sending us their CV, a short motivational letter, and information about the Graduating class. The call is open until the 30th of September. Please send your application with the subject line: Nova Alumni Association, open call to alumni@nova.edu.mk.    

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High School Back to School Night

9/19/2019

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Elementary and Middle School Back to School Night

9/17/2019

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MS Girls Soccer Team, September 2019

9/17/2019

After only a few practices, the MS Girls soccer team is shaping up nicely! Each practice the girls are showing improvement by working together, practicing their skills, and having fun! Interested in soccer? Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00. See Coach Risto it Coach Kelli for more information.  

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Meet our new faculty members: Amanda Leavitt [MS curriculum coordinator]

9/16/2019

Nova International School is welcoming back after six years Amanda Leavitt. Amanda will be our grades 6-10 curriculum coordinator. She has over 16 years experience in education ranging over four continents. She holds a current teacher certification for grades K-8, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelors in K-8 education. She has taught in the United States, Macedonia, Mali, Albania and most recently Venezuela. Amanda will be working on updating curriculum, helping teachers with instructional methods, and teaching a section of Grade 8 Social Studies. She is looking forward to the Nova hospitality and warmth of the community.  

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PTA Social Mixer 2019

9/16/2019

This Saturday at the NOVA backyard, PTA hosted the Social Mixer event where we welcomed new families to the NOVA community. This was a great opportunity for students and parents to socialize in an informal setting, and for families to make new friends, and consider ways to get engaged in the community. School leadership, faculty and staff was also on hand, to wish everyone a successful start to the school year. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA Social Mixer

9/14/2019

Dear  NOVA community, the PTA Social Mixer is this Saturday, September 14th from 11:00 to 13:00 at the Nova playground. It would be great if you can join us with your family for some pizza, refreshments and outdoor activities.

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Speech and Debate Club

9/13/2019

The Speech and Debate Club is a new CEESA Activity that we are offering in NOVA this academic year. The Club is filled with some enthusiastic debaters and great minds. We are currently learning how to make arguments, work in a team, and engage in refutations. Soon, we will have our first debates and public events. Stay tuned.

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Meet our new faculty members: Kelli Volkman [ES Homeroom teacher grade 4]

9/13/2019

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) I always knew I wanted to be a teacher! I graduated Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia with a BA in Elementary Education and received my teaching certification for grades P-5. My first teaching position was in 2nd grade in 2007 in a large elementary school outside of Atlanta. I quickly knew I wanted to continue my educational journey and earned my MA in Reading and Math. In the following years I also earned teaching certificates for Gifted and Talented education as well as in English as an Additional Language. After teaching in the Georgia Public School system for seven years, my husband and I decided to challenge ourselves further by moving overseas to Nagoya, Japan. We were excited and ready to explore the culture and cuisine Japan had to offer. For two years I taught 2nd grade in the PYP (Primary Years Program) as well as Learning Support Co-Coordinator for Elementary. Japan was an awesome adventure… but being so far away from home was difficult.Our next adventure took us to the Caribbean! We spent three years teaching in the sand and sun of Curacao, which is a Dutch island. I thoroughly enjoyed getting more involved in our local community by volunteering for many environmental protection groups. I spent my weekends and breaks volunteering for Save our Sharks, Sea Turtle Conservation, and Coral Reef Restoration Curacao [as a scuba diver I helped grow more corals to make and restore reefs]! The decision to move to Macedonia and join the NOVA community was exciting and easy! My husband and I (Paul Volkman, MS social studies) were impressed with the mission, goals, and community. We are thankful for the opportunity. The NOVA community has already been so very warm and welcoming, and I couldn’t be more excited to begin my newest adventure here in Macedonia. I am looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues, learning new teaching techniques, and making memories. I am positive this experience will continue to be amazing.  

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Meet our new faculty members: Aleksandra Kizova [MS Math Teacher]

9/12/2019

I graduated at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje. During my teaching career, I have worked for 7 years in "Simche Nastevki" in Vratnica, Tetovo and for 5 years in "Brakja Miladinovci” in Skopje, teaching math and physics. Over the years, I invested in my professional development, in order to develop my knowledge and teaching skills, by attending seminars, workshops and trainings. I am also an avid chess player, having competed in several Chess Olympiads as part of the Macedonian women’s national team. Playing chess provides me with the ability to remain calm, patient and persistent.

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PE Class uses high-quality gym and exercise equipment

9/12/2019

Recently, the PTA leadership alongside our Nova parent Kristina Todorovikj – Nikolikj donated PE equipment for our students. The equipment consists of high-quality gym and exercise equipment, sports gear and resources, and we just recently put it in use on one of our PE classes.

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Meet our new faculty members - Angjelina Protikj [MS Science Teacher]

9/5/2019

My name is Angjelina Protikj, a Macedonian-Canadian citizen, married with two children. Understanding science was always my passion and teaching others how things work comes naturally to me. My new role at NOVA, with its international environment, is a great fit. I'm looking forward in contributing to the children's' and school’s academic success. I'm quite excited about the upcoming brainstorming classes with our beautiful young minds, in order to hear their scientific out-of-box thinking. Before I joined NOVA, I had worked as a PhD researcher at NKI-AVL hospital in Amsterdam, a MSc researcher in a pediatric hospital in Toronto and as a research/teaching assistant at Ryerson University, Toronto. After 15 years of international scientific experience I'm really happy to be back in Macedonia in order to share my knowledge and skills. Outside of work, I like to run, play handball and volleyball.

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Food and Blood Drive

9/5/2019

Dear NOVA faculty and staff, On behalf of U.S Embassy Skopje and the Red Cross of North Macedonia, it is our pleasure to invite you to a Blood and Food Drive, which will take place on Wednesday 11th of September, from 9.00-16.00, in the U.S Embassy. Come and donate; one pint can save up to 3 lives; a small gesture can put a smile on a million faces. Daniel, Andra, and I encourage you to support a great cause and make kindness your priority. Hope to see you there,    

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NOVA Newspaper Club

9/3/2019

Dear students,  Those of you interested in writing, journalism, or simply searching for an opportunity to express your creativity are invited to consider joining the school's Newspaper Club. The first meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday at 3.30 pm in room 203. For more information, ask Sofija Tanevska or Lili Zbogar, the newspaper's editors.  

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ASA Fair, 2019

9/3/2019

The After-School Activities Fair took place on Wednesday, August 28th. More than 100 students and parents who attended this event had a chance to meet ASA instructors and Coordinator, and learn more about the ASA program. This year's program offers a variety of activities (18 activities in total), including sport activities, performances and arts, and academic activities available for our elementary and middle school students. We encourage everyone to take part in our fun and educational ASA program. Check the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Coffee Hour

9/3/2019

We invite all parents to join our #Nova Coffee Hour tomorrow, September 4th from 8:15 am until 9:15 am in the EMS cafeteria. Over some refreshments, Mr. Novakovski, the school director will present information about our goals for this academic year.

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Meeting with the leadership of the Confucius Institute

9/3/2019

The leadership of the Confucius Institute, Prof. Liao Wei, and Prof. Vlatko Stoilkov, and NIS Director Mr. Novakovski have met to reaffirm the support our two organizations pledge to intercultural understanding, and hence to the study of the Mandarin language and the Chinese culture at NOVA. We are pleased that our community is supported again this year by the Confucius Institute. NOVA will continue to host qualified Chinese teachers of language and culture, as part of our school's efforts to provide many of our students the opportunity to explore world languages and cultures. 

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Nova students @ the Charity Peach Festival in the City Park

9/3/2019

This Saturday, 15 volunteers from NOVA were present at the Charity Peach Festival in the City Park. They were helping out vendors by handing out tickets and treats, promoting the event in the park, setting up the tables and painting with children. At the end of the event, students were happy to hear that they helped the event reach its aim, to raise money for 20.000 meals for families in need. The event was organized by the organization All Fed.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS Principal's Welcome

9/2/2019

Stacy Sherman has taken a circuitous route to arrive at her new position of EMS Principal at NOVA International School in Skopje, Macedonia, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. “It is interesting for me to look back and see when and how changes in my life have transpired,” she says. “I have concluded that each moment of life is an opportunity that we may not recognize until much later.” Stacy is excited at the challenge of supporting elementary and middle school students and teachers at NOVA. Although this small-town Michigan girl always dreamed of “going places,” she never thought it would turn out as it has. She married and had two children and worked full time as a stay-at-home mom. But once her kids were in school, she decided that’s where she wanted to go as well. This started her path in education. In 1994 Stacy received her bachelor’s of science degree from Trine University and began teaching 4th grade. “I devoted myself to science and math,” she says. “I wanted to lift students out of their textbooks and into a more exploratory, hands-on experience.” In 1997 she completed her Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Leaving the classroom in 2001, she took a job helping other educators impart the wonders of math and science to their students. “I really wanted to make a difference,” Stacy says. “I felt that teaching teachers how to ‘do’ science would help to spread the joy of exploration and discovery to more children.” Then in 2003, the opportunity of a lifetime— in the form of teaching 1st grade at Colegio Maya (the American International School of Guatemala)—presented itself. “The director of the school at the time, Dr. Sherry Miller was such a dynamic force in the empowerment of women and has been a dynamic force in my life.” So with her grown children’s support, Stacy put most of her belongings in storage and soon found herself living the dream. “I wasn’t sure which was more intimidating, moving to a new country or working with 1st graders,” she says. “During my time there I realized that teaching 1st grade was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.” Then just three years later, she moved into an administrative role. With some 365 students in grades pre-K through 12, the school serves “third-culture” students (kids who grow up in cultures radically different from those of their parents), primarily from the U.S. and Korea as well as places from around the world. “Soccer—along with an American education—was the one thing that brought everyone together,” Stacy says. “And kids are kids no matter where they’re from. There were cultural differences, but no cultural barriers. We all came together to play, learn, and solve problems.” While living in Guatemala, Stacy explored her environs with gusto. “I visited villages in the highlands where people still wore the traditional dress of the Mayans; climbed three volcanoes (one of which was still active); and took diving excursions to Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama where I swam over coral reefs and came face to face with grey reef and whitetip sharks.” After 12 years she was ready to return to the U.S. to be closer to her family, and begin her degree in Education Leadership. During that time, Stacy held the position of Lower School Head at a prestigious girls’ school in Pittsburgh, PA. After a year, she took time off to finish her degree and this is when yet another amazing opportunity presented itself. The long winding road took her to Africa, a continent she had always dreamed about. Stacy returned to teaching at The American School of Kinshasa in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was here she reconnected with her teaching roots. This experience has helped her to gain a fresh perspective of the expectations teachers face each day. “Living and working overseas has been a remarkable experience that I will never forget,” Stacy says. “Meeting people from all walks of life and cultures has changed the way I view the world. My life continues to be an incredible journey.”

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Ankica Lozanovska's 25th anniversary at NOVA

9/2/2019

The passion for learning and supporting the school community are the central drivers behind Ankica Lozanovska's 25th anniversary at #NOVA. We would like to recognize her unique educational journey that started at the end of August 1994, with the establishment of our AYUSA exchange program, and proceeded with the Nova Language Institute, which opened its doors to 500 language learners during in the academic 94-95. For the past 25 years we grew together with Ankica, as well as, our families, students and colleagues, from all over the world. Congratulations Ankica!

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