October 2013


Bowling for Third and Fourth Graders!

10/31/2013

The PTA is happy to offer two Saturdays of bowling at Skopje City Mall. Mr. John Bycroft (daughter, Jessica in 3P) is organizing these events and will be the coach. Dates:    Saturday, Nov. 2 – Training and team selection Saturday, Nov. 9 - Bowling competition Time: 13:00 pm Cost: 400 denars per child/per day, includes 2 games, pizza and a drink You can buy the vouchers in the ES/MS Admin. Office from Natasa Also planning Bowling for 5th and 6th graders in December. More to come.  

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Extracurricular Activities (November 2013)

10/30/2013

Extracurricular Activities (November 2013)

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Middle School Halloween Party

10/28/2013

Dear Parents,Nova Middle School is hosting a Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Our Fright Night will feature a costume contest, dancing, karaoke, games and prizes including movie tickets, bowling and pizza for the three best costumes.  Here are the details:*       When:   Wednesday, October 30, 2013*       Where:  The Nova Middle School Auditorium*       Time:     18.30 to 20.30*       What:     Costume contest, trick or treating, food, games, prizes and more fun activities*       Cost:       Only 50 MKDThis year, your children can also bring a friend or two to the Halloween Party. If your child would like to bring a friend, please fill out the short Nova Guest Information Form that will be available from the Homeroom teachers on Monday, October 28, 2013 and have your child return it to the homeroom teacher before October 30, or bring the form to the Halloween Party.In addition to the snacks and beverages that will be available for sale at a small nominal charge, we are encouraging parents to bring baked goods such as cakes and cookies to help raise funds for the Nova Middle School dance and music programs. If you decide to bring something please sign up with the Homeroom teacher.Our faculty and staff look forward to seeing you and our students at the Halloween Party. Please come in costume and get ready to have a frightfully good time.

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NOVA student select among the World’s 50 smartest teenagers

10/25/2013

Congratulations to our Middle School student Marko Calasan for being selected among the World's 50 smartest teenagers, according to the thebestschools.org website. Marko is considered a computer prodigy and the youngest Microsoft certified administrator and engineer in the world. He holds a total of 13 Microsoft and Cisco certificates and is the author of a Windows 7 manual used in Macedonian public schools.  http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2013/09/25/worlds-50-smartest-teenagers/ http://kurir.mk/makedonija/vesti/134867-Makedonskiot-genijalec-e-sesti-najpameten-tinejdzer-vo-svetot http://kanal5.com.mk/vesti_detail.asp?ID=20712

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The third National Model European Parliament simulation, a great success!

10/21/2013

The third National Model European Parliament simulation, a great success! The MEP program successfully organized the 3rd National Model European Parliament simulation. For the past three days (October 18-20) 80 students from 21 high schools in Macedonia participated in the 3rd Model European Parliament national simulation. The high schools that participated in this simulation came from 12 cities in Macedonia, namely: Skopje, Gevgelija, Prilep, Strumica, Veles, Kumanovo, Shtip, Tetovo, Bitola, Struga, Ohrid and Krushevo. Divided in three EU Parliament Committees, representing 21 EU member states and candidate countries, students played the roles of EU parliamentarians discussing, debating and writing resolutions. This simulation was supported by: NOVA International Schools, EU InfoCentre, Secretariat for European Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia and the city of Skopje.

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III National Model European Parliament Simulation

10/18/2013

The III National Model European Parliament is starting today and will last for three days, until Sunday (20th of October). 21 schools participating, 63 students in the role of European Parliamentarians, 20 teachers, 10 volunteers, 10 Committee presidents and GA presidents. Get regular updates about the event on our social media profiles:  on this web page blog: http://mepmk.wordpress.com/ twitter: twitter.com/MEP_Macedonia

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ES Parent Info Night – Math in Focus

10/17/2013

At our Information Night, parents learned different strategies and games as they explored our state-of-the-art new program, Math In Focus, the Singapore approach. Parents became students and solved math problems by doing hands-on activities, visualizing ideas, and using abstract thinking. They also had a good time!

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World Traveler on a Bicycle Visits NOVA

10/15/2013

NOVA Elementary students were awed and inspired by Melissa Pritchard, who is bicycling around the world. Traveling a month throughout Europe, Melissa stopped on her journey to share her experiences with us so far. The children asked her interesting questions, and now many are dreaming of riding around the globe. She will be traveling for 14 months, soon to be in Asia. Explore her website: NOVA Elementary students were awed and inspired by Melissa Pritchard, who is bicycling around the world. Traveling a month throughout Europe, Melissa stopped on her journey to share her experiences with us so far. The children asked her interesting questions, and now many are dreaming of riding around the globe. She will be traveling for 14 months, soon to be in Asia. Explore her website: http

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MS Shortened Schedule of Classes (October 21)

10/14/2013

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ACES Project: Discovering Diversity Within and Around Me

10/14/2013

NOVA High School is involved in a partnership ACES Project entitled Diversity: Discovering Diversity Within and Around Me. To that end, together with the students from Bucharest, our partner school, we are going to draft and perform a play both here and in Bucharest. If you are interested to participate, sign up with Mrs. Dijana Obradovic or Mr. Aleksandar Ristovski. The requirements you should meet are the following: language proficiency; acting skills, creativity, and willingness to host one student from Bucharest. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Obradovic or Mr. Ristovski.

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Elementary School International Art Exhibition

10/10/2013

Our young artists made crafts from around the world. Grade 4 created origami cranes from Japan. Grade 3 designed traditional Macedonian patterns and Bulgarian dolls. Grade 2 created colorful Mexican piñatas. Grade 1 designed Japanese fish. Kindergarteners studied colors and shaped used traditionally in India. Our Pre Kindergarteners learned how to construct collages of the Parthenon.

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Middle School Open House

10/9/2013

On behalf of the Nova Middle School faculty and staff, we would like to cordially invite you to our Open House on Monday, October 21, 2013 beginning at 17.00. At the event, you will have the opportunity to talk to your children’s teachers as well as with the Middle School Principal Mr. Robert Crutchfield and share your input on recent changes and the future direction of Nova Middle School.We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 17.00!

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Elementary School Parent Info Night

10/9/2013

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 from 18:00 – 19:00 K through 4 Elementary School parents are invited to come and learn more about our new math program Math in Focus.  

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Middle School All School Assembly

10/8/2013

During the October Nova Middle School assembly, the principal, Robert Crutchfield, honored the Reading All Stars -- those student who read more than one book during the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time in September. During DEAR, students read a book of their choosing for 25 minutes from Tuesday through Friday. On Monday, there is a traditional homeroom with an Advisory topic. During October, the students will participate in an anti-bullying campaign by reading fiction and nonfiction about bullying; then, join in discussion groups during the Advisory period. The assembly ended with the students enthusiastically shouting in chorus the Nova Middle School motto which is: "Aim High and Achieve Success!"

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Elementary School International Celebration

10/7/2013

NOVA students traveled the world during International Days as they learned about diversity and the cultures of their classmates. At our culminating performance, students sang songs in Dutch, Hawaiian, Polish, Greek and Indian. They performed folkdances from the Netherlands, Moldova, Scotland, Finland and Macedonia. The lessoned learned is that valuing and respecting our different cultures makes us richer and stronger as individuals and as a community.

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Giffoni Experience - Italian Film Festival

10/4/2013

Giffoni Experience is an Italian film festival, which for 43 years gathers young people from all over the world in order for them to watch movies, share their thoughts and ideas and meet hundreds of new people. This year, the Giffoni Film Festival will take place in Macedonia for the first time! The theme of the first edition is STEPS. From October 18th until the 22nd, Skopje will host around 150 young people from all around Europe to take part in the jury of the Giffoni Macedonia experience. Macedonia will have the honor to be a host of a brand new and amazing festival where participants will gain first hand knowledge of the art of cinema, share their ideas and make long-lasting friendships. NOVA is a proud sponsor and supporter of the event.

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Drama Club

10/2/2013

Have you ever wanted to be an actor or actress and experience what it is like to perform in a play? Join the drama club and find out. You will have fun exploring acting from several interesting activities:     • Learning  the basics of acting from an accomplished drama teacher     • Participating in different kinds of plays and skits     • Using different media such as video     • Exploring comedy and drama     • Performing before a live audience Instructor: Milosh AndonovskiMr. Andonovski holds a BA in Comparative Literature and  has a degree in theater directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at UKIM in the class of the notable director, Mr. Slobodan Unkovski. He also has extensive work experience in the field of acting and directing both locally and internationally. Sponsor: Robert C. Crutchfield, NOVA Middle School PrincipalPlace: Middle School Art StudioTime: 3 – 4 pmWhen: Every Tuesday and Friday starting October 8Age: Grades 5-8

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Extracurricular Activities Calendar - October 2013

10/1/2013

Extracurricular Activities Calendar - October 2013

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September 2013


Macedonian language for beginners

9/30/2013

We are happy to inform you that beginning today we are offering our High School students a Macedonian language for beginners class. The class will meet at 3pm today in classroom 204. If you are interested in learning Macedonian, please join our first class today.

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Elementary School International Celebration

9/30/2013

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Proud Beginning of a New School Year

9/30/2013

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10th grade Canyon Matka/Holy Mother of God monastery excursion

9/27/2013

We started the trip to Matka as a small but rather cheerful company of 28 sophomore students and 6 advisory teachers. That Friday, September 20th, the weather too was kind. Namely, morning sunny radiance saluted us when we got off the bus in front of the Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery in Matka. This, in turn, allowed for our unique opportunity to visit a 15th century church in the monastery’s interior, as well as the embroidery and sewing workshop to become a truly memorable event. After the visit, we moved onto the Matka tourist-stable, the cave complex “Vrelo”. The 30-minute boat-ride went smoothly (no pirate attacks). Still, we needed to put on our security belts. However, when we entered the cave, we did upset the natives – the bats. Even so, the sense of wonder and exhilaration – as if we were climbing down to the center of the Earth, where a small crystal blue lake awaited us – permeated all around. None could believe that we met up with a sizable lake, 25 meters in depth, yet neither was in a mood to go swimming. After lunch in the restaurant of Matka, with the beautiful surrounding of the rocks and the old church of St. Andrea (14th century), we went back on the bus to Skopje, and NOVA, feeling relaxed and being richer for a new experience.

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Timetable for the Back to School Night

9/18/2013

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Student Council Cabinet 2013/2014

9/13/2013

The NOVA High School Student Council is a liaison between NOVA students and the NOVA community. The main purpose of this studentrun organisation is to enhance the lives of NOVA students. This includes, butis not limited to, addressing individual concerns of the student body,chartering and supporting clubs, promoting the sense of community through social and educational programming, and representing the NOVA community to the outside world. At the beginning of each school year, a cabinet is elected to represent the Student Council and act as a liaison between the Student Council and NOVA faculty and staff, PTA and other organisations with in the NOVA community. Congratulations to the newly elected NOVA High School Cabinet:   Senior Chairs: Simona Sarafinovska and Petar PetrovskiJunior Chair: Kristina MadjoskaSecretary: Nikola DanevTreasurer: Mishel Mucunska

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Extracurricular Activities (September 2013)

9/13/2013

Extracurricular Activities (September 2013)

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X PRIZE Foundation director lectures at NOVA

9/13/2013

On September 12 NOVA International Schools had the honor of welcoming Ms. Emily Fowler, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org) an organization dedicated to developing radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity through incentive prize competitions. Ms. Fowler is a guest of the US Embassy in Skopje and as part of her visit she accepted to do an outreach session for US alumni in Macedonia and NOVA high school students. Ms. Fowler involvement in the X Prize Foundation is to spearhead and oversee the implementation of key strategic projects central to scaling and evolving the X PRIZE model. She brought her background in strategy, commercial creativity and design thinking, during the one-hour lecture, concentrating on the topic of Motivation and Branding. During the lecture she shared her real-world experiences, articulating strategies in which organizations can think differently about innovation, strategic options, and impact.

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CEESA Hands-On Student Involvement 2013 conference hosted at NOVA

9/12/2013

In November 2013 NOVA will host the CEESA HOSIC Conference. CEESA HS HOSIC (Hands-On Student Involvement Conference) is a theme-based, non-competitive conference that gives students a forum to explore ideas, practice presentation and interpersonal skills. The two-day HOSIC conference consists of student-led workshops, seminars, and presentations based on the chosen theme, beginning with a keynote speaker. The theme for this year HOSIC is “Modern Society”. We would like to invite all students who are interested in participating in this Conference to contact Mr. Aleksandar Ristovski (the Athletic Director and Activities Coordinator) or Ms. Melissa Mitrevski (the Social Science Department Coordinator) latest by Thursday next week.

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High School Back to School Night

9/11/2013

Thursday, September 19, from 17-20h the High School is hosting its Back to School Night and is inviting all high school parents. The purpose of this event is to familiarize parents with their children's teachers and coursework. It is an occasion to hear more about the curriculum and school programs, to learn about student support services, receive information about after school activities, community service and athletics programs, and meet representatives of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

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Ice Cream Social

9/10/2013

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Get Connected @ Your Library (September 5th-12th)

9/5/2013

Please find time to visit our Library info board and submityour favorite website’s address, its purpose and a description of its content. Letus compile grade 9,10,11,12 and teachers' website lists and make them available to all NOVA students. Thank you!

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Start of the Soccer Season

9/5/2013

 Dear NOVA students and parents, We would like to inform you that the soccer season for our MS and HS Soccer teams for boys and girls will start next week (10-13.September.2013). All boys and girls from grades 5 - 12 are invited to attend the first practices that are scheduled as follows: Tuesday (10.Sep.2013) MS Boys Soccer Team with their coaches Mr. Panche Panchevski (pance.pancevski@nova.edu.mk) Mr. Mircho Matevski (mircho.matevski@nova.edu.mk) Wednesday (11.Sep.2013)MS Girls Soccer Team with their coaches Mr. Ivan Markovski (ivan.markovski@nova.edu.mk) Ms. Vera Sotirovska (vera.sotirovska@nova.edu.mk) Thursday (12.Sep.2013)HS Girls Soccer Team with their coaches Mr. Aleksandar Ristovski (aleksandar.ristovski@nova.edu.mk) Ms. Stela Conic Jakoska (stela.conic@nova.edu.mk) Friday (13.Sep.2013)HS Boys Soccer Team with their coaches: Mr. Goran Krkovski (goran.krkovski@nova.edu.mk) Mr. Marjan Peovski (marjan.peovski@nova.edu.mk) The first practices for all teams will be held at FORZA Gym from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. The detailed schedule of practices, trips, and tournaments for the entire season will be distributed to the students during the first practice. For more info or details, please don’t hesitate to contact the coaches or the Athletic Director (Mr. Aleksandar Ristovski). I wish a great soccer season to all of you, Aleksandar RistovskiAthletic Director and Activities CoordinatorNOVA International SchoolsSkopje, R. Macedonia

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COMMUNITY BLOOD AND FOOD DRIVE

9/4/2013

With just fifteen minutes of your time, you might save a life.  PLEASE JOIN the U.S. Embassy and Red Cross of Skopje FOR A COMMUNITY BLOOD AND FOOD DRIVE   On Wednesday September 11, in commemoration of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Embassy will host a blood and food donation event in collaboration with the Red Cross. Blood donors will be gladly accepted at the U.S. Embassy from 10:30 to 16:30. This event will help the Red Cross replenish blood supplies and provide needy families with food and other necessities for the winter months ahead.   The process of blood donation should take less than twenty minutes from start to finish, including registration, a brief medical check/questionnaire from the medical staff of Red Cross, donation of blood, and a snack and drink to follow.  Donors must be between 18-65 years of age, and have not donated blood in the last 4 months for women or 3 months for men.  Donors must have resided in Macedonia for at least 6 months.   We will also be collecting non-perishable food items (see list below) and financial donations.  Please consider donating a food item, especially if you cannot donate blood.   We hope to see you there!  RED CROSS’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FOOD PRODUCTS • Rice • Bean • Lentils • Salt • Sugar • Flour • Corn flour • Pasta • Oil • Canned peas, string beans and mixed vegetable • Canned fish • Biscuits • Soups • Canned fruits • Ketchup

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August 2013


HS Library News

8/30/2013

Dear students There’s a presentation on the NOVA Teen Advisory Board/Council on Tuesday, September 3rd @3pm in the Library. Teen Advisory Council is a long-term group that provides ongoing service for the Library and the Library services, from collection development to programming, raising money, and volunteering for different service projects, such as reading programs, poetry readings, fundraisers, downloading movies, designing cinema posters etc. There are three reasons why you should become a member-1)it looks good on your college application, 2) you earn community service hours and 3) you have the freedom to assist and make decisions. If you are interested, please see the poster on the info board in front of the Library, or contact Ms. Ana Trajkovska, or Ms. Sonja Stojkovic. We are giving you an opportunity to become members of a new club i.e. Book Club. The Book club will meet twice a month-once to lively discuss a book, and the other time to create a book trailer for the book read and to choose a new title for reading. If you are interested, please sign up on the Book Club Roster which is posted on the info board outside the Library, and come to our first meeting on Wednesday, September 4 @3pm in the Library.

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High School Principal Welcome Letter

8/27/2013

Dear NOVA family, We are happy to welcome you back to our school for the academic 2013/2014, and inform you that the school year will begin on Thursday, August 29 at 8 am. A few reminders: - At NOVA, high school students are offered a generous calendar of afterschool activities – athletics, competitions, and clubs – generally taking place on weekdays from 3-5pm. If you are interested, look for a timetable of activities and student registration forms as they become available in September; - Classes meet in blocks of 80/85 minutes every other day; school holidays do not affect their rotation. - Our guidance counselors Irena (irena.filkova@nova.edu.mk) and Angie (angela.slavkova@nova.edu.mk) are there to answer any specific questions you may have. I would also like to encourage you to review any course syllabi, class supplies list, attendance records, class assignments, course calendars, class reports and grades posted on Edline through your own school account. Parents who have created accounts can also find out more about school events, athletics, afterschool activities, and download recent school documents. If you have not already set up your own account, send us an email to info@nova.edu.mk with the word ‘Edline’ in the subject of the message, and include your first and last name in the text. We will contact you shortly with instructions. Your child’s schedule will be distributed on the first school day. To request changes to this schedule you should have an active online account. The course-change registration portal will open at 8am on Thursday Aug 29 and close at 4pm on Friday Sep 6. Once you log-in to your account, simply locate the electronic add/drop/change form and follow directions. It may take up to a week for us to process changes; the requests must meet guidance counselor approval, and will be processed so long as there are spaces available. A few upcoming dates to note: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 8am – Shortened Schedule (see timetable) Students should arrive a few minutes prior to 8am. This day is intended to introduce students to their courses. Personal introductions, course syllabi and classroom policies are typically discussed during our first shortened day of school. Textbooks and Locker keys (August 29) You will pick up all course required texts and reading materials from your teachers during the shortened schedule on August 29. Locker keys are also available throughout the first days from the security desk. Other important dates to remember: Thursday, September 19 – Back to School Night Friday, September 20 – Grade Level School Excursions The colleagues and I are eagerly anticipating the start of the new school year. We look forward to welcoming you to our community. Warmly, Viktor Novakovski, High School Principal NOVA International Schools

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Hot Meal and Snack 2013-14

8/26/2013

Hot meal and snack menus for the 1st semester of 2013-14 have been published. You can visit the following link to see the selection of meals offered and turn in the filled out application form if you would like to sign up your child. Hot meal and snack service will commence from September 2nd.  We look forward to another tasty and healthy school year. NOVA Cafeteria   

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ES and MS first week of classes

8/26/2013

                                       Wednesday, August 28 – ES and MS Student Orientation                  9:00 – 10:45 Elementary School Orientation in the amphitheater.                 10:30 – 12:00 Middle School Orientation in the amphitheater ·         See class lists, get schedules and information about courses and supplies ·         Meet the teachers and principals ·         Sign up for Hot Lunch program, Bus Service, Supply Packets and Day Care Program                                                Thursday, August 29 – First Day of School                  8:00 – 12:00 Half day                                                 Friday, August 30 – School in full session  8:00 – 3:00 Full day ·         The Hot Lunch program will not begin until Monday, September 2

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HS new student orientation (August 28th)

8/26/2013

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Welcome back (Academic 2013-14)

8/21/2013

Dear NOVA students and parents,The new school year is upon us. We're excited to welcome you back. As you began to prepare for your transition back, please visit the following link for this year's academic calendar, containing all working and non-working days. We also have posted our Library and College Counseling calendars for the coming year. See you soon.http://nova.edu.mk/EN/Calendar.aspx

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First day of school - Class schedule for NOVA High School

8/19/2013

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"Alternative Summer Break" Series: Nova Students and their Summers (Nikola Danev, Class of 2016)

8/15/2013

If you were to describe your summer break with three words, what would those three words be? How so? If I were to describe my summer experience in three words, those words would be: challenging, transforming and wonderful. I chose the word challenging because I felt like the learning environment at TASS [Telluride Association Sophmore Seminar, Indiana University, Bloomington] made me want to explore my possibilities and reach farther and deeper into any and every subject. This summer was transforming because I learned and understood a lot about society, about tolerance and understanding, and most importantly, about myself. It was wonderful because I got to share all of this with 17 other amazing people and have a tremendous amount of fun while doing so. Could you speak with some degree of detail about the learning part of the experience? Could you speak with some degree of detail about the socializing aspect? My TASS program [six-week college level course on Race Films in a ‘Post-Race’ America? Film Studies and Critical Spectatorship]  covered themes of race, gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity and how they are portrayed in the media. We watched lots of movies and engaged in in-depth discussions of what we saw and what it meant. I’ve gained the knowledge to recognize and understand the ways in which our views of reality are shaped by film and media in general. The people that I shared this six-week experience with are some of the most knowledgeable and capable people that I’ve had the pleasure to meet. We had a lot of social activities, including bowling, theater, basketball, swimming and poetry workshops. Officially or unofficially, we were together all the time and got to know each other on a very personal level. On the whole, how meaningful did you find it all? How has it impacted you personally? Would you recommend it to another student/interested party? I found this program to be one of the most meaningful experiences in my life thus far. It made we realize how big and wide open the world is, and that there are no limits to what a person can do if only they dare to challenge themselves. I would definitely recommend TASS to anyone that wants to question and explore people, society and themselves, and to anyone that is prepared to be shaken to their core! More info on TASS Programs: http://www.tellurideassociation.org/programs/high_school_students/tass/tass_general_info.html

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