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October 2018


International Food Day!

10/17/2018

Dear NOVA community. Yesterday was the International Food Day, and under the slogan "Be good share food" students and teachers made 200 sandwiches. Today we visited the daily center for children from the street in Shuto Orizari and delivered the sandwiches. Our students had one hour of English tutoring with the kids from the daily center as well. Well done everyone! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Brendan Schultz (Class of 2016, YES Abroad 2015-16) says hello!

10/16/2018

Brendan Schultz (Class of 2016, YES Abroad 2015-16) says hello! This year he is graduating from Pitzer College (one of the Claremont 7Cs), competing his coursework in 3 years. His time at Pitzer has taken him to Africa on several research trips, as well as Macedonia, working close with his NGO "United by Love"  

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Nova students helped to build the first school farm

10/16/2018

Dear NOVA community, we are happy to report that this past weekend Nova students worked hard at helping to build the first school farm in OU "Avram Pishevski" in Bardovci. They were really responsible, hard working and devoted to the cause. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week without walls - the beauties of Shar Mountain

10/15/2018

9 students opted for the adventurous trip to the Shar Mountains as a part of their week without walls program. The trip enabled students to see a small portion of the beauties that the mountain has to offer, by getting students into hiking and mountain biking through the day and stargazing a planet observation by night. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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Be Good - Share Food

10/15/2018

Dear NOVA community, tomorrow is International Food Day. One of our enthusiastic 9th grader is organizing the event "Be good share food" tomorrow (October 16) at 3:15 pm in the HS Cafeteria.

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Skopje Sluggers baseball team - tournament in Budapest

10/12/2018

The Skopje Sluggers baseball team traveled to Budapest, Hungary Oct. 4-7 for a tournament competing with teams from Hungary, Serbia, and Croatia. With two wins and three losses, the team came in 4th place out of six teams in the tournament. Nova students Peter Buttemere, Daniel Buttemere, Filip Angelovski, Justin Boyett, and Ellie Kate Buttemere represented the school well with excellent team spirit and sportsmanship. Peter and Daniel were the team's main pitchers, with a combined 49 strikeouts over 22 innings pitched, while Filip did well as a relief pitcher, with two strikeouts in two innings pitched. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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French Journal - Cous-Cous Issue 1

10/12/2018

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Italian Journal ALLORA Issue 1

10/12/2018

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Week without walls, Veliko Tarnovo.

10/12/2018

The very first day the students were exploring the city through a scavenger hunt and after the lunch they hiked to the top of the mountain and entered the fortress, armory and the tower. In their words: a real Lord of the rings and Game of Thrones experience. The next day they visited craft shops and monasteries and entered a deep cold cave near Veliko Tarnovo. Everyone was thrilled. On a third day students visited the University St. Cyril and Methodius in Veliko Tarnovo. They had a lecture on history of the Balkan countries. After that they visited the Museum of the Bulgarian uprising and several churches and tombs. Our students were interested and pro-active in all the activities. On the last day the crew took a short stop in Sofia and it safely came back home. It was another wonderful educational experience for our students and everybody agreed that they hardly wait for the next week without walls challenge! Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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PTA Coffee Morning

10/10/2018

Dear parents and teachers, the PTA would like to invite you to a coffee morning event in the EMS cafeteria on Wednesday, October 10th, starting at 8.15 until 9.15am.Director Novakovski will discuss the school's annual strategies and learning goals. Looking forward to seeing you all,NOVA PTA

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2018 CEESA Assessment Summit, hosted by Nova

10/10/2018

The 2018 CEESA Assessment Summit was hosted by Nova International School last week. It was a jam packed event with opportunities galore for those who are serious about their own learning, and especially for those who like to have fun while they are learning! Renowned educationalists presented key ideas from the world of International education. Ken O'Connor shared his experience in developing assessment practices that focus on learning, not grading. Amanda DeCardy stretched our thinking on how best to use MAP data, and our very own Rachel Deboys, HS Psychologist alongside Sandey Stayanoff, our new School Nurse engaged their participants in thinking about student well-being and its place in receiving a holistic experience. Additional sessions included Higher Order Thinking Skills, Instructional Coaching, Rethinking Homework, and Enhancing Student Learning through Feedback. All in all, we are honored to have been the host for this fantastic event, connecting educators from around the world, and learning together to improve the outcomes for our amazing students! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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New Arrivals in the HS Library!

10/10/2018

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, Paula and My Invented Country.Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages, and she has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish author".

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Week without walls, community service Skopje

10/10/2018

Day 1: September 17 – Clean up the Vardar River. This activity was a group effort of around 60 students and three chaperons. All students were equipped with gloves and plastic bags to collect the garbage. The groups met in front of the school and walked together all the way to the embankment of Vardar River where they were divided into three groups and went into three different directions. Group A was cleaning the area under the bridge and the path along the City Park. As students were from different grades, apart from cleaning they also socialized, keeping up the competitive spirit and trying to collect as much garbage as possible. Day 2: September 18 – Cleaning and Hiking Vodno Mountain The second day was even more labor intensive as it required not just cleaning but also hiking. The group had an excellent guide, а Grade 12 student. Hiking up the trails, the students picked up the garbage scattered around. On Sredno Vodno they had a small break, but soon continued the hard work despite the strong sun. They also observed that the number of garbage bins is not sufficient for the number of visitors, especially during weekends. Day 3 and 4: September 19 – 20 – Working at the Home for Elderly The final two days were most important as a learning experience. The Home for Elderly People Majka Tereza is providing accommodation, food and medical care for around 70 persons, mainly vulnerable or people under social risk. The students started their community service by helping the staff to paint some of the prefabricated houses built soon after the 1963 earthquake in Skopje. Other students helped with cleaning the yard, by raking leaves of the lawns and collecting old tree branches. The next day, after finishing up their work, some students joined the occupational therapy group and participated in making decorations to be sold at the Fall Bazaar traditionally held in November. They had an opportunity to talk to the occupational therapist, but also the members of this group, who enjoy knitting, embroidery and other handicrafts. The other group of students joined in social activities with the residents – playing cards, chess and other interactive games. This proved to be very beneficial for both students and residents as they could talk, laugh and share jokes. The director of the Home, and the rest of the staff were very pleased with the cooperation with Nova International Schools and were thankful that the students were really hardworking and helpful. He said he would extend an official invitation to the school and the students to participate at the Fall Bazaar. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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10/10/2018

Second season of The Rozhen voyages, In a 5-days journey of the amazing WWW trip to Bulgaria our students had the opportunity to visit the National Astronomical Observatory in Rozhen, the largest Observatory in the Balkans. Our journey started with an introductory lesson about the astronomy equipment. The students explored the work of the telescope cameras and learned what the astronomers do with the pictures from the telescopes and how they process the data.We have learned how to determine the distances between the objects in the Universe. We were lucky to have the clear sky and enjoy the night vision. The sky turned into a huge blackboard. By observing the night sky we were exploring the location of different constellations and star clusters, and we have learned about the evolution of stars - how the stars are born and how they die. After each session, our wonderful and very skillful lecturers were open for quite curious discussions and they manage to satisfy the inquiring minds of our students. The last day of our stay in Rozhen we visited the Planetarium in the small town Smolyan. We had a show where we learned about the planets in our Solar system, the zodiac constellation, our nearest galaxies etc. We could not agree more with the statement of the famous aerospace engineer Werher von Brown: "It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity." Besides the knowledge gained, we have enjoyed the amazing nature and the impressive landscape of the beautiful mountains around, as well as the delicious Bulgarian kitchen. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS Newsletter

10/10/2018

The third edition of the Nova EMS Newsletter is out. Take a look at the novelties in our school for this academic year: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/edition-3-2018.html

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Model European Parliament, regional session Vienna, Austria

10/9/2018

Model European Parliament – Macedonia participated at the 4th reginal MEP CSEE session that took place in Vienna, Austria from September 27th until October 2nd. Our delegation consisted of Hana Selmani, Jana Petrova, Damjan Velkov, Cesela Trajkoska and Tea Veljkovikj. They all delivered six speeches at the General Assembly and worked tirelessly throughout the session. Michiel Plomp Winkler was appointed as a Committee President on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and Gorazd Ordanoski took the role of a Vice President of the General Assembly, making him a first ever Macedonian student to be a GA president on a international/regional session. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Join the Nova Choir

10/8/2018

Dear students, please note that HS students can join the Choir.Audition is TODAY -  Monday October 8th at 3:10 pm in the music studio. If you have anyquestions please talk to Ms. Milanova

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NOVA @ Go Pink!

10/8/2018

Over the weekend, our students were involved with the Go Pink! walk organized by NGO Borka, marking the 10 year anniversary of the event aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer. Yesterday our students decorated the walking pathway and today were actively involved in supporting the walk. Job well done Nova! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Nova Alumni Association General Assembly in the Media

10/5/2018

                

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Unique service learning opportunity

10/4/2018

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Week without walls, service learning

10/4/2018

My team spent a fun week, learning to give back to our community. Students were immersed in several projects in Skopje, such as: clean and enjoy canyon Matka, visit and do arts and crafts and games in the center for elderly with disabilities Poraka in Volkovo, attending the activities in the day center Nadezh for children in Shuto Orizari and assisting with preparing meals for #retweetameal. Community Service at its finest. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Dare to Awake the Adventurer in You! (Tara, Serbia 2018)

10/3/2018

During this adventurous and energetic WWW experience, students managed to meet all of the preset aims. This was indeed an invaluable experiential learning for the 39 participants who worked impeccably as a team, everyone taking equal part in each activity. In that way, they demonstrated a collaborative spirit and the NOVA mission statement, both literally and figuratively. Unafraid of the possibilities indeed! For most of the tasks students proved to be risk-takers, discovering meandering pathways in order to surmount fear. Some overcame those challenges with enthusiasm, whereas others with mild trepidation. Yet, this left room for more internal reflection. Through the multitudinous and thrilling challenges, the main focus was on physical fitness, a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as self-awareness. “Life begins away from the comfort zone.” This proved true, as this was an opportunity for them to learn more about themselves and internalize their reflections. Everyone took an active part in the intensive team-building activities which comprised of 17 km of rafting, ziplining in the Adventure Park, racing, wall-climbing, and scavenger hunt. Some even exceeded their own limits. From their reflective statements, it was evident what an imprint this experience had on them. We hope that we will see these skills implemented both in school and real life. ALWAYS DARE TO AWAKEN THE ADVENTURER IN YOU! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Congratulations Alums! The Nova Alumni Association is officially established

10/2/2018

Saturday the 29th of September marked the first official General assembly of the Nova Alumni Association (NAA). More than 60 Nova alums came returned to NOVA to make history and create the Nova Alumni Association. Alongside dedicated members of the faculty and staff, student council representatives, parent-teacher association representatives, and advisory board members the Nova Alumni Association was formally established. The General assembly gave a mandate to our four member governing board to lead the activities for the first year, it also chose the association's logo and passed its bylaws. We are very proud of our community and really excited about the future activities of the association. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Week without walls, Service learning [Slovenia]

10/2/2018

What a wonderful experience! Our trip to Ljubljana and Brezice was a trip everyone would wish for! In Brezice, our students learnt more about the importance of the Youth Center and its work, and they participated in cleaning up the park. Then, in Ljubljana, they explored the city with Action Bound and visited the National Gallery. The visit to the Home for Elderly people was something our students will always remember. They presented Macedonia and the Macedonian culture and traditional dances, and they painted together with the old people. We are looking forward to the painting exhibition that is going to take place at NOVA soon! On the last day, we enjoyed the beauties of Bled, the Bled lake and the Castle, which is the oldest castle in Slovenia. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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Sensory Garden

10/1/2018

Dear NOVA community, the work of the first Sensory Garden at the school for visually impaired "Dimitar Vlahov" officially started. We are proud to report that Nova's community service program is a part of this story. Well done everyone! More pictures from the opening of the Sensory Garden available on this link   

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Week without walls, Art colony [Berovo]

10/1/2018

The art colony in Berovo was one of the week without walls program in the Nova high schools. The idea behind this project was to remove students from the distractions of the busy life in Skopje and focus on developing their talents in art while surrounded by nature. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here

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Apple picking trip to Resen!

10/1/2018

Even though it was a long trip to get there, in short time we managed to collect the needed amount of apples, in high spirit we had an excellent and productive day. Thank you to Ajde Macedonia for making this activity possible. The apples will be donated for the Сите сити campaign and ones again we proved the real meaning of community. The goal of the activity was to pick 300 kg of apples and donate them to the Site Siti initiative. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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September 2018


NOVA's Lit Club

9/26/2018

We are very happy to introduce the NOVA's Lit Club! This club is for all book lovers in our school who would like to gather together in order to discuss, write or even act out some of their favorite novels, poetry, short stories or plays. If you are interested, please come to our first meeting led by Gordana Tomevska. The meeting will take place next Wednesday at 2.30pm in classroom 201.

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Knowledge Bowl season starts next week!

9/26/2018

The Knowledge Bowl season starts next week! Our club invites all interested students to take part in the two knowledge bowl qualification sessions scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 1st and 2nd, at 3:20 p.m. sharp, in the library. Candidates may choose to take the mathematics and natural sciences exam or the social sciences and humanities exam, or both exams in the two different sessions, in order to qualify for the knowledge bowl club membership, at the prospect of participating in the upcoming international CEESA competition to be held at our school. For all additional information, please contact Mr. Ane Tuntev and Mr. Bojan Marina via email or in person.

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EMS Newsletter

9/25/2018

The second edition of the Nova EMS Newsletter is out. Take a look at the novelties in our school for this academic year: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/edition-2-2018.html

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NOVA Writing Pearls (Open call)

9/24/2018

“Do you have the write stuff?NOVA International School is holding its short stories contest titledas NOVA Writing Pearls open to all young writers from grade 6 to grade12. Stories can be of any genre and between 300 and 1,000 words.-Write what is in front of you: Fiction, Non Fiction, Narrative andPersonal Eye! Finalists will have their short stories published inNOVA Pearls, Edition of 2019. Work should be submitted tojulija.krstevska@nova.edu.mk  by November 30, 2018.”

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Memorandum for cooperation with Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of Macedonia

9/18/2018

Today Nova International Schools and the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of Macedonia signed a memorandum for cooperation that will result in the creation of a high school course in the social science department in the school that will enrich and offer students practical learning in the field of business and economics.  

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Memorandum for cooperation with Securities and Exchange Commission in the Media

9/18/2018

                           

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Voices of Syria

9/17/2018

Jordan Hattar graced us with his presence last week while on his international circuit. He spoke to our HS student body as well as our elementary students. Jordan was inundated with questions about his travels and experiences by many of our students interested in community service and those who see hope in Jordan’s endeavours. He shared his own stories of hope and of a united global community. Jordan emphasised the importance of learning to listen and gave us numerous examples of ways he has served many communities by connecting to them through empathy. We hope he is able to join us again. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Back to School Night

9/14/2018

In a spirit of collaboration and true to our mission, our new and improved Back to School Night format provided a space for parents to hear about school expectations and to ask questions of faculty and administration. We are creating connections early in the school year to ensure a productive partnership between the family and the school, so that all of our learners reach their destination. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Voices of Syria

9/13/2018

On September 13th Nova will host Mr. Jordan Hattar from Voices of Syria and the founder of Help4Refugees.orgHe will share his journey that started at the University of Cambridge, through South Sudan and onward to Syrian refugee camps, to interning with First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Back to School Night

9/13/2018

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General Assembly of the NOVA Alumni Association

9/10/2018

[Invitation] from Davor Karakashev (Nova class of 2004) to the entire Nova alumni network.RSVP to the Alumni General Assembly by filling in this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfoItRBlfbqjPzxwxKKatHR2tFsWR1VBhj8YplCqbx5GObQw/viewform

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MS Social Science Teacher Kristen Fink interview for Zenski Magazin

9/4/2018

Nova is very proud that it currently hosts faculty members like our very own Kristen Fink. Kristen teaches social sciences in the Nova Middle School. She moved in Skopje last year and she comes from a small town in the south of Iowa. Learn more about Kristen's adventures in and out of our country and her experiences here. Check out the interview on the following link: https://zenskimagazin.mk/intervju-so-profesorkata-od-nova-kristen-fink-sakam-mojot-chas-da-bide-organiziran-haos

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New books in the HS Library

9/3/2018

Dear high school students, the library has a list of new and exciting books for you and your friends. Make sure you visit the library and check-out an item from our latest arrivals.

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Join the Student Council

9/3/2018

Dear NOVA students, The Student Council is preparing itself for the new school year and will have its introductory meeting next week on Wednesday, September 12 th a 2.10 pm in the Library.   Everyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

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IMYC unit: Communication

9/3/2018

On Wednesday the 7th graders participated in the Entry Point for their new IMYC unit, Communication. They were introduced to the Big Idea: When information is shared accurately and clearly the end result is more effective, through a series of activities, including communication games and mind mapping. They were also addressed by two working communications professionals (and NOVA parents), Eli Peseva and Vasko Popetrevski. The students will learn about Communication in all their classes over the coming weeks. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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General Assembly of the NOVA Alumni Association

9/3/2018

[Invitation] from Ivan Novakovski (Manager, Nova International School) to the entire Nova alumni network. RSVP to the Alumni General Assembly by filling in this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfoItRBlfbqjPzxwxKKatHR2tFsWR1VBhj8YplCqbx5GObQw/viewform

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