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FiRC lecture speaker, Dr. Rodney Rosalia

The Foundations in Research Course had Rodney Rosalia, a former Natural Sciences Instructor and Scientific Inquiry Coordinator at NOVA, visit the HS as a guest speaker on Wednesday to discuss medical research. Dr Rosalia is currently the Scientific Officer at the Zan Mitrev Clinic (ZMC, www.zmc.mk/en) in Skopje. In this role, Dr Rosalia supervises scientific research and coordinates scientific communication between the ZMC and international audiences. Dr Rosalia presented some of the ongoing research at ZMC to students relating to a novel surgical treatment approach for Aortic Stenosis that is performed at ZMC. Aortic stenosis is the most prevalent and severe heart valve disease, which primarily affects the elderly, who have a poor life expectancy once diagnosed. NOVA HS students were able to ask questions about ongoing medical research being done in Macedonia, in particular at the ZMC, that has the potential to make a worldwide impact on the development of cardiovascular surgical practices.
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10/16/17
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Dear NOVA community, the latest edition of the NOVA EMS Newsletter is out. Make sure you read all about the latest school activities and events.
Week Seven
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Dear NOVA students, the Week Without Walls projects for March 2018 are published. Please take the time to look through the Week Without Walls website and familiarize yourselves with the options. The sign-up period will begin tomorrow, on Friday, October 13th at 6:00 PM.

Learn more about the 'Week without walls' on this link: http://nova.edu.mk/week_without_walls.aspx

Read about the ideas behind the WWW for the academic 2017/18 on the following link: http://nova.edu.mk/Content.aspx?id=37&article=6340

Visit the WWW website for more information about each trip planned for this year: https://weekwow.weebly.com
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Red Cross Activity, World Homeless Day

October the 10th marked the World Homeless Day. To raise awareness and encourage the community to help those in need, the City Red Cross of Skopje organized a small ceremony in their Center for Homeless People in Skopje.

The Youth Club of the City Red Cross of Skopje and our NOVA students worked together in preparing and delivering a complete meal for the beneficiaries of the Center.They also had the chance to meet the homeless people from our city and hear their stories.

The leaders of the NOVA Red Cross Club, Mija Jovchevska, Mia Miloshevska, Njomza Selmani and Anastasija Markovski, were our representatives at the event.
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Igor Ristovski & (astro)photography [gallery]

My name is Igor Ristovski, I am a high school teacher at Nova International Schools where I teach computer science in web applications and multimedia applications. Aside from teaching computer science I am also a graphic designer and extreme sports addict whenever I don't wear my teacher super suit.

My latest challenge is astrophotography, and it has posed the greatest challenge to me as a photograph so far. Partly this is due to the mechanism of taking the photos, namely you need to go on a remote location during the night, when it is completely dark. The process is tricky as well, it takes a lot of time and energy but it all pays off the moment you expose your photo in Adobe Lightroom and see what you have captured.

I do my best to incorporate this passion in the school with other astronomy enthusiasts as we have obtained a ‘Celestron Telescope’ that can help us observe the night sky and take even better pictures.
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PTA members learn about adolescent stress

Our first High School coffee morning was a huge success! A packed cafeteria full of parents eager to learn about ways to support their child's learning, and keen to hear about the types of stress that high schoolers experience. Our Psychology Teacher, Valentina Trpkoska, alongside Ashley Whitrock, one of our English Faculty, reassured parents of the many ways Nova tends to the well-being of our student population. Stress proved to be a hot topic and we are committed to working more closely with our community in finding effective ways to manage stress, both in and out of the school setting. Thank you to our parents for showing such a keen interest and we look forward to facilitating similar workshops.
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Inside the Social Science 10 classroom

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

Exploring Elasticities in IB Economics - Focus on Price Elasticity of Demand (PED)!

Today, the IB Economics students learned that elasticity is not just a concept in Physics but in Economics too - helping us understand and explain some of the complexities of the markets, consumer behavior following price changes of different products, and different strategies of the sellers for marketing their products.

Through practical problems, students learned how to calculate the PED, and to interpret the results in light of the consequences to total revenues. They also learned how to identify the PED, plot the demand curves that reflect different PED values, and to apply the reasoning to various examples from everyday life.
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"How the West Was Fun" Pack Meeting

Howdy Y'all! On Sunday, September 24 Pack 2187 held its first Pack Meeting of the school year, "How The West Was Fun!" We saddled up the horses, rounded up the Cub Scouts and had a Western-themed carnival. Cub Scouts tested their skills and teamwork with carnival games, like pass the corn please, potato sack races, snakes and other critters in my boot, boot scootin' boogie races, old fashioned photo booth, let's rodeo ring toss, flying disk toss, and lawn bowling. Following are some photos.

During the meeting, Cub Scouts also learned about the fifth point of the Scout Law; a Scout is courteous. Being courteous means respecting others beliefs, their belongings, their privacy, and a respect for the ground others walk on and the air they breath. When we respect others we show respect for ourselves.

A Scout is polite to everyone and knows good manners, which is especially important when welcoming new members.

All interested boys (K-5) attending NOVA or QSI are invited to join the Pack!
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Inside the IB Theory of Knowledge classroom

The IBDP TOK 11 class engaged in an inter-cultural competence exercise aimed at familiarizing students with the three different categories of providing constructive feedback in relation to an unseen/unknown cultural artifact.

Academically known as the description-interpretation-evaluation exercise, the overarching purpose of this class activity was to raise student awareness concerning the personal and cultural relativity of value judgments.
According to the student feedback provided at the end of class-time, the most difficult aspect was to keep the description free from evaluative terminology, and to try to accommodate an alternative frame of meaning within the culturally-bound worldview of the participating students. Eventually, the activity's end-goal of practicing description prior to interpretation and evaluation, demonstratively proved itself to be an essential pre-requisite to inter-cultural understanding.

In conclusion, heightening student awareness of the limitations and mis-understandings potentially arising from unchallenged cultural and socio-centricity intends to promote the values of international-mindedness and world citizenship, as humanist principles deeply interwoven in the fabric of NOVA's educational philosophy and pedagogy.
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