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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July 2013


Student Impressions of NOVA

7/3/2013

Perhaps it is not common for students to comment on the time they have spend at NOVA. However, I strongly feel that I have to express my feelings about NOVA now that I am heading off to a new adventure. It has been my privilege and a rewarding experience to spend almost four spectacular years at this extraordinary school. NOVA has managed to create a nurturing environment and a diverse student body which tries to excel and to be inquisitive, compassionate about learning and open minded. NOVA has truly given me the opportunity to cherish and appreciate a diverse and international community and an excellent academic education. Furthermore, NOVA's collaborative working environment empowered me to grow emotionally and artistically. NOVA's Middle School facilities include a beautiful new building, which makes all students, parents and staff feel comfortable and welcome. Yet, a school is not just a fancy building, but it is created by people who may or may not make a difference. This is what makes NOVA special, teachers make a difference and they deeply care about their students and want them to succeed! I was more than fortunate to have had some very inspiring and excellent teachers who have influenced and inspired me not just for the time at NOVA, but also for my future. Please allow me to name those teachers, who have left their footprints in my heart and have played a major role in building my character and making me the person I am today. They have not only been excellent teachers in their own fields, but they have been warm-hearted persons, who go far beyond the normal call of duty and always have an open ear and good advice. First of all I want to commend Ms. Amanda Leavitt. She has been an inspiration from day one. She has gone out of her way not only to teach us in a vivid and fun way, but she has succeeded in preparing us very well for High School. Mrs. Natasa Kardula who on top of her excellent academic skills, has been a caring teacher throughout the years. Even after being my teacher she is still concerned about my well- being. Ms. Vera Sotirovska and Ms. Marija Simonovska have "only" been my soccer and basketball coaches, but they have also proven to be supportive and outstanding teachers, who went out of their way to encourage and support me. The same goes for Ms. Jordan Johnston, who has never been my teacher, but has always taken a moment to listen and to make my days brighter.  I once read that a teacher's job is not just to cultivate a hunger for learning but to become a confidant and motivator but most of all, a teacher is an individual who sparks intellect and encourages students to pursue knowledge on their own. I cannot agree more and I believe that all these teachers have done that and to me they are the people who make NOVA what it is and what it is known for. I am forever grateful to you, Mrs. Novakovska, to have employed these wonderful ladies!    One person in particular has has made these four years memorable and very precious and I feel that this person cannot be left without being mentioned: Ms. Zorica Tabanova. There are not enough adjectives to describe her! She has been a blessing throughout my NOVA years. Her genuine kindness has not only carried me through difficult times, but her impeccable and outstanding teaching skills have had a great impact on me.  I strongly feel that she perfectly portraits what ALL teachers should be like. She is a true gem to the Nova Community and  I hope that you see that as well.  NOVA will always be part of me. It has a place in my heart and I can guarantee that I will stay in touch for many years to come. Warm regards, Anna-Sophie Kloppe, class of 2016

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June 2013


NOVA graduates featured on Sitel TV

6/25/2013

NOVA graduates: Simon Simovski, attending Bard College in the US, Ljupco Naumov, attending Bocconi University in Milano, Despina Stefanoska, attending Jacobs University in Bremen and David Dlaka, attnding Oxford University in the UK, featured on Sitel TV.  

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Farewell, Seniors!

6/22/2013

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Education, Information and Discussion - All in One Relaxing Afternoon

6/22/2013

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CEESA Girls Volleyball Tournament in Belgrade

6/22/2013

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CEESA Boys Volleyball Tournament in Sofia

6/22/2013

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NOVA receives award from Academy of Central European Schools

6/17/2013

ACES (Academy of Central European School) was founded in 2006 by ERSTE Foundation in cooperation with Interkulturelles Zentrum (Vienna, Austria). In 2009, VČELÍ DOM (Bratislava, Slovak Republic) joined in the partnership. Through open calls for project proposals, every year ACES encourages partnership projects among schools in Central and South Eastern European countries. The overall theme of the ACES call for 2013 is “I and the others: Discovering diversity around and within me” This year NOVA International School partnered with the Colegiul National “Gheorghe Sincai” from Bucharest, Romania and submitted the project proposal named “The More the Merrier (theater play)”. The idea of this project is to have a group of students from both partnering schools work together on preparing, rehearsing, and performing one joint theater play that will illustrate the life of a diverse group of people, represented in our communities, and the difficulties they are facing. There were 217 eligible project proposals for this year's open call and the ACES international selection committee decided that our project deserves to be selected among the 44 awarded projects that will be financially supported. Moreover NOVA teachers and students will have an opportunity to participate on the ACES Kick Off meeting in Bucharest, Romania and ACES Academy in Senec, Slovakia. After ACES supported NOVA and two other schools from Tirana, Albania and Silistra, Bulgaria in 2011/2012 with theproject “Volunteering Club 365", this will be NOVA's second awarded project in the last three years. We are all looking forwards to providing our students with an excellent opportunity for an international experience and joint work on a project with their peers from Romania. For more information you can visit the ACES webpage: http://www.aces.or.at.

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Elementary School End of the Year Celebration

6/17/2013

Students from Pre Kindergarten through 4th grade sang and danced in our End of Year Celebration with energy and sheer joy. It was also a time to thank all our teachers for their dedication and hard work. It was a great conclusion to a great year!  

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Elementary School Fun Day and Readers Awards

6/17/2013

Our last full day of school was FunDay – the entire time was filled with games, awards, and ice cream! It was a super reward for all the student’s hard work.

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Summer Camp and School 2013

6/4/2013

 In order for children to have a more active summer vacation, NOVA organizes a Summer School and Summer Camp from June 17 until July 5, 2013. For further information and application materials, you can visit the following link: http://nova.edu.mk/life_at_nova/summer_camp_and_school.aspx or  contact us by phone: (02) 3061-807 ext. 201 or e-mail: primary@nova.edu.mk.  All interested families will be given a tour of the facilities at a previously scheduled time .

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NOVA Middle School End of the Year Ceremony

6/3/2013

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Parent Impressions of NOVA

6/2/2013

Dear all,Just a week ago, we received an offer to move to Brussels in August. We have now accepted the offer and will therefore have to bid farewell to you and to Nova at the end of this year. The decision was very difficult to make, and we are not sure yet if we made the right one… Living in Macedonia has been a truly fantastic experience for all of us, and especially for our children. We arrived on a Saturday night by car from Stockholm, and left the children at Nova Monday morning. We have been very fortunate as we never had to experience any periods of difficult times settling in for any of our children. This is thanks to Nova being such a welcoming and inspiring school! We will leave Macedonia with great respect for all the effort and devotion that all staff at Nova place into creating a perfect learning environment, not only academically but also emotionally and socially not to mention the emphasis placed on developing their creativity in arts, music and dance. The Christmas- and End of year performances have all been outstanding! We only informed the children yesterday, and they were very sad to learn that we will be leaving Macedonia. To them, Macedonia is equivalent to Nova and this will never change. They will be Nova’s best ambassadors in future, and we will make sure to visit. We are most grateful for the wonderful three years that our children have experienced at Nova. You will always be in our hearts and we hope to stay in touch and to be able to contribute to expanding the network among international schools! Warm regards, Åsa and Johan, Swedish Embassy For more parent and student impressions on their NOVA experience, you can visit the following link:

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Final Exams 2013

6/2/2013

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Elementary School End of the Year Celebration

6/1/2013

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Skopje City Mall - Children's Fair

6/1/2013

NOVA will take part in the upcoming Children's Fair organized by Skopje City Mall. The fair will last from Thursday, May 30th, until Saturday, June 1st. NOVA will promote its Summer School and Camp programs during the event. Visitors to our booth will have a chance to participate in a quiz, with a chance to win either a free Summer School or Summer Camp program. The raffle for the two prizes will take place on Saturday afternoon. The winners of the prizes are: Bistra Jovanova Marko Dimoski

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