August 2019


Donation to the NOVA PE Department

8/30/2019

Yesterday, the PTA leadership, together with NOVA parent Kristina Todorovikj – Nikolikj, and school Manager, presented their latest donation, this time for the PE department. The donation consist of high-quality gym and exercise equipment, sports gear and resources that will be utilized both in out of the classroom, with the potential to engage a large number of students. All equipment is produced by US manufacturer Gopher Sport, a leader in supplying PE programs around the world, with engaging team building games and activities, with a focus on movement, strategy, and inclusiveness. We are excited to see how our students put the latest equipment to use. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Meet our new faculty members: Olgica Gjorgjievska [College Guidance counselor]

8/30/2019

Olgica comes to NOVA as our College Guidance counselor after working seven years in college advising as part of a flagship international education program supported by the US State Department . She comes with demonstrated history in working for the cultural and education non profit sector for which she was recognized and awarded for outstanding performance by the U.S Embassy in Skopje. Ms. Gjorgjevska holds a bachelor degree in English Language and literature with Italian language as a second language. Her major focus is in international education and has a large portfolio of international training and conferences "I'm very comfortable in working in cross cultural setting so coming to NOVA was a natural transition for me.I strongly believe in every student potential and my challenge is to help them find it"  

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Supernova season 2019/2020

8/30/2019

The Supernova season 2019/2020 is now open, and we encourage all Nova students from both the EMS and the HS to take part in the range of activities offered this year. Registration is available on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXZ-btkhRVK8X_aBXZx81zeRRAJL5SPGi-jRkaUre0ckPRug/viewform         

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Meet our new faculty members: Nickolas de Carlo [MS German and English language]

8/29/2019

Beyond teaching German and English, Dr. de Carlo is passionate about awakening curiosity in students for other Germanic languages, such as Dutch, Afrikaans, Yiddish, and many ancient Germanic languages including Gothic. In 2017 he completed his PhD in Germanic languages from UCLA, specializing in Corpus Linguistics and the semantic differences between two forms. In his free time, Dr. de Carlo plays tuba with various groups, at weddings, concerts, and private events. A native of Los Angeles, California, he may miss the beach a bit, but has found solace in the shores of Ohrid Lake and the mountain rivers throughout Macedonia.

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Supernova Athletics & Activities Fair

8/29/2019

The SUPERNOVA Athletics and Activities Fair took place on Tuesday, August 27. More than 60 parents and students who attended this event had a chance to meet the SUPERNOVA coaches, students-members of our teams and our Athletic Director & Activities Coordinator, and learn more about the #SUPERNOVA Program and wonderful athletic and academic opportunities available for their children. We expect many new members to join the program and become part of our big SUPERNOVA family. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS Principal's Welcome

8/28/2019

Dear NOVA HS Families, present and future:My insofar life in international education (18+ years) has taught me that studyplace culture matters. Oftentimes, we are awed by socially mediated information on specialized schools known for high-achieving students who go on to earn great personal success in the field of higher education. However, it is not that uncommon for those same schools to lack the resources and steadfast commitment to a healthy and well-functioning studyplace environment.On that note, what I hope we could effectuate, together, in the year to come, is make sure that NOVA High School safeguards a studyplace culture where learning is not merely seen through the prism of marks and percentages, but rather a set of well-articulated school norms that support equitable access to cultural diversity, mental health, and inclusion.Finally, committing to the role of Principal to the HS Division has been a wonderful full-circle journey for me, taking me from an English and Social Sciences instructor all the way to an Academic Advisor and Director of Guidance and Counseling, all within the same physical space, though a different school culture. As someone who continues to believe, firmly, in the tenets of critical pedagogy long established by Paolo Freire, I support constructive dialogue as a basis for all meaningful progress, for afterall, as an educator, I remain open to transformative change.Faithfully,Bela Gligorova, PhD

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Meet our new faculty members: Zorica Stamenkovska [CAS & Community Service Coordinator]

8/27/2019

Zorica joins NOVA as CAS and Community Service Coordinator after working “9 to 5” in the marketing industry in the last two years. She has a bachelor degree in marketing, but has spent more years working with young people. During the period 2012-2017, she was part of the Agency of Youth and Sport as Advisor for International Cooperation and Youth Policies where she was the national coordinator of the National Hate Speech Movement in Macedonia, and has worked on the preparation of the National Youth Strategy 2016-2025, creation of local youth strategies and councils and the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office for Western Balkans. “I like adding creativity and color to everything I do. When I was little, I always thought how I could change the world and now I am happy to have the opportunity to inspire and encourage students at NOVA to always see the world in bright colors, to never underestimate the positive influence they can have in their community and to grow in confidence and ambition. ”  

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Meet our new Faculty members - Lynn Jensen [ES Homeroom teacher grade 5]

8/26/2019

Lynn Jensen hails from Milwaukee, WI the state known as “America’s Dairyland.” A place known for its great cheeses. After she earned a BS in early childhood education she moved to Harlem, New York. During her years in NYC, Lynn taught and completed a MS in elementary education with a focus in literacy education. Following her MS graduation she rewarded herself with a break in Vieques, PR. After a restful recharge she lived and taught in France, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates. She is a yoga enthusiast and a strong believer in self-care. Lynn enjoys reading and listening to podcasts. She is always ready to try a new restaurant and tries to recreate her favorite cuisines at home. If you have any recommendations in Skopje let her know!        

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We are looking for motivated substitute teachers

8/26/2019

NOVA International School is looking for energetic and motivated substitute teachers to work with students at all levels, from pre-kindergarten to high school. The best candidates for substitute teacher positions should have experience working in schools and enjoy working with children. A bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, or other relevant areas is preferable. However, we welcome those who have had informal experience as well, such as: working as a tutor, childcare provider, or nursery school support person. This position is “on call” meaning you will be called when coverage is needed for a teacher who will be absent for a day or more. If you are interested in applying, or would like more information, please send a CV that outlines your experience and what grade levels you are interested in; as well as any inquiries to: Ms. Stacy J. Sherman (EMS Principal) at stacy.sherman@nova.edu.mkwith a CC to Dina Trajkova (Human Resources) dina.trajkova@nova.edu.mk

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Meet our new Faculty members - Katerina Veskovska [Music teacher in the Nova ES]

8/23/2019

Ms. Veskovska comes to our school after her opera singing specialization in Croatia, as an experienced music pedagogue with 12 years of teaching music in all educational levels in Macedonia, Croatia and the UAE, in public national and private international schools, as well as in music schools, as solfege,piano and voice instructor. With her Masters in Music Sciences focusing on Music Education with Technology, two BA degrees in Music Theory and Education and Classical Singing, along with her work experience as a choir conductor, classical soloist, jazz vocalist, a cappella group leader, musical theater director, composer and pianist for ballet, she inspires her students with an interactive and performance based teaching. A Macedonian born, she has lived and performed internationally and her wish for the near future is to sing the title role of the famous opera Carmen. Loves playing chess, swimming and living by the sea. Her passion is experimenting with cooking unique cuisines from around the world and she does a bit of writing in her spare time.

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Week without walls, letter to NOVA families

8/22/2019

Dear parents / guardians, Week Without Walls (WWW) is an inquiry based educational program that provides exciting opportunities for NOVA students to learn about the world through the eyes of an experiential learner, and to build relationships with one other. It is an integral part of school’s prescribed course of study, required for grades 9, 10 and 11, and it consists of various educational projects and trips taking place during the period of September 21 – 28, 2019. All procedures, guidelines and projects / trips descriptions have been uploaded on weekwow.weebly.com. Please visit this site, familiarize with the program requirements and offered projects / trips, and assist your child in making the project / trip decision that best supports his / her strengths. Please note that each NOVA student selects and registers for his / her preferred project / trip, and NOVA does not assign students in particular groups and projects / trips. The registration commences on August 21st and ends on September 6th. Please find more info about the registration process on weekwow.weebly.com Meetings between parents / guardians, students and teachers responsible for each project / trip will take place on September 19th at NOVA. Parents will be informed additionally about the time when these meetings will start. We look forward to having an exciting program in September, focusing on student learning and camaraderie. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this program, or you would like to help with any aspect of the organization or implementation of these or future WWW projects / trips, please do not hesitate to contact Aleksandar Ristovski (aleksandar.ristovski@nova.edu.mk) Kind regards, Week Without Walls teamNOVA International Schools

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First Day of School

8/21/2019

Today was the first day for our students in our school. We couldn't be happier to welcome our students back to #Nova. We wish you a successful academic 2019/2020  Check out the photo gallery from the first school day here

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Message from the Head of School

8/19/2019

Dear parents and students,  Below are a few easy steps to obtaining your personalized access to information as it becomes available (including Scheduling, Attendance, Announcements, HS Reporting and Class Documents). Our admins will be on hand every morning to provide you with further assistance, finding your teacher & room, and in case you need support in completing any of the steps below:   (Step 1 for new families only: Personalized email)  You will receive an email today sent with instructions for creating your PlusPortals account  (step 2: Login to PlusPortals)  https://plusportals.com/nova  (step 3: Download the ParentPlus App here) (iOS) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/parentplus/id648334615   (Android) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rediker.parentplusv2&hl=en  (or step 3: Download the StudentPlus App here)  (iOS) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/studentplus/id648335015   (Android) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rediker.studentplusv2&hl=en     Both our portal and the app will hold helpful and updated information for the reminder of the year.   We are eagerly anticipating everyone's return tomorrow, and we hope to have an amazing year.    Respectfully,  Viktor Novakovski  Director NOVA International School

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July 2019


NOVA MS Graduation Ceremony Featured on Nasa TV

7/25/2019

NOVA  MS Graduation Ceremony, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV on Saturday, July 27th, from 9.30 am and will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, 28th of July from 8.40 pm, Monday, 29th of July from 10.30 pm and on Wednesday, 31st of July, from 7:25 pm. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform and graduate.

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EEC end of Year Performance and Kindergarten Graduation Featured on Nasa TV

7/25/2019

NOVA  EEC end of Year Performance and Kindergarten Graduation, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV on  Saturday, July 27th, from 5.30 pm and will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, 28th of July from 3.00 pm, Monday, 29th of July from 11.35 am and on Wednesday, 31st of July, from 10:45 am. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform and graduate. 

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Nova Summer Camp 2019, Week 3

7/5/2019

The last week of NOVA Summer Camp went as smoothly as the previous two. While the Blue Dolphins, the Yellow Tigers, and the Red Lynxes relished another week of athletic and challenging activities, highlighted by the overnight camping experience on Wednesday night on Vodno, the Green Happy Frogs continued to enjoy a vast array of fun and educational activities which provided endless entertainment, leaving no opportunities for boredom.  During the past exciting three weeks, we saw a sense of closeness, friendship, as well as trust and confidence gradually develop among all our campers. We are certain the NOVA Summer Camp program means more than just fun and excitement to your child. The wonderful experience of socializing with children from different backgrounds, cultures, and ages is unquestionably an invaluable one. Check out the photo gallery from the activities here

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ES End of Year Performance and Grade 5 Transitioning Ceremony Featured on Nasa TV

7/2/2019

NOVA ES End of Year Performance and Grade 5 Transitioning Ceremony, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV on Wednesday, 3rd of July, from 8.30 pm and will be rebroadcasted on Thursday, 4th of July from 10.30 pm, Friday, 5th of July from 11.30 pm and on Saturday, 6th of July, from 9:30 am. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform.

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Nova Summer Camp 2019, Week 2

7/1/2019

With the second week of SummerCamp excitement and fun already behind us, we would like to give you an overview of the main activities and highlights. During the second week, the Blue Dolphins, Yellow Tigers and Red Lynxes had the chance to try their hands at several challenging activities: hiking on Vodno including orientational games, practicing precision and self-trust through archery, developing focus, concentration, body balance and self-control through fencing, karate, and yoga, developing team-building skills, learning how to rely on teammates to accomplish goals, and working together to overcome obstacles during the laser hunt. Campers were producing sounds during their Music workshop, and expressing their artistic skills during the Art workshop. Furthermore, during the exciting water games and sports, the campers demonstrated cooperation, fair-play and high spirit of participation. On Friday, they had a chance to relax at the Aqua park, and wrap up one more week of excitement with the Mini Olympiad. The Happy Green Frogs had a similarly eventful second week, with exciting new activities that were enjoyed by all. Their visits to the Amusement park and the outdoor activities allowed campers to build their confidence in trying to overcome new challenges. They were especially enthusiastic during the zoology master class at the Skopje Zoo, where they learned where different animals come from, and the jobs the employees at the zoo perform. They were excellent explorers of nature at the City park, wrapping up their experience with a nature walk, and they learned how to maintain balance through horseback riding. Afternoon sessions included various hands-on activities, water games, read alouds, songs and crafts.  We could not be more proud and happy to see our campers become more confident, seeing their active role by participating in all activities and making new friends. We are certain that we have another fun and exciting week ahead of us. We are looking forward to the new adventures it will bring!  Check out the photo gallery from the activities here

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June 2019


Summer Camp 2019, Week 1

6/23/2019

We are very happy to report that we had an amazing first week of our NOVA Summer Camp, and would like to share some unforgettable moments with all of you. During the first week of the program, all campers adjusted well in their groups, they easily made new friends from different countries and cultural backgrounds, developed new skills, experienced new and challenging activities, and built team spirit. Many more such moments lie ahead of us in the following two weeks. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Introducing the Nova community Anja Mukaetova

6/21/2019

Dear Nova community, meet Anja Mukaetova who has been a part of the Nova family for 12 years. She started in our Elementary Middle School and graduated as an IB student in the High School. The next academic year she will be in London studying at the University of the Arts. Learn more about Anja's educational journey on the link bellow. https://tocka.com.mk/vesti/310824/anja-mukaetova-ke-ucam-na-najprestizniot-fakultet-za-graficki-dizajn-vo-evropa?fbclid=IwAR2QoTetQmluSRZh7SB7iomCYWcRVvYO1cgxTdhIY22Uka9VlWSy1FAhgGg

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NOVA High School Commencement Ceremony Featured on Nasa TV

6/17/2019

NOVA High School  Commencement Ceremony, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV on Tuesday, June 18th, from 8.00 pm and will be rebroadcasted on Wednesday, 19th of June from 6.00 pm, Thursday, 20th of June from 2.00 pm and on Sunday, 23rd of June, from 6:00 pm. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform and graduate.

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NOVA ASA Ballet Recital Featured on Nasa TV

6/17/2019

NOVA ASA Ballet Recital, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV on Wednesday, June 19th, from 9.20 pm and will be rebroadcasted on Thursday, 20th of June from 9.00 am, Thursday, 20th of June from 7.00 pm and on Friday, 21st of June, from 5:00 pm. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform.

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Match of the year 'H.C Vardar versus Nova students' Featured on Nasa TV

6/17/2019

A reportage from the match of the year 'H.C Vardar versus Nova students, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV on Thursday, June 20th, from 8.00 pm and will be rebroadcasted on Thursday, 20th of June, from 10.20 pm, Friday, 21th of June, from 8.00 am, Friday, 21th of June, from 12.00 pm and on Friday, 21th of June, from 4:30 pm. Let your family and friends know so they can watch how our student played handball with the champions.

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Month of Sport

6/16/2019

Dear NOVA community, we would like you to inform you that the Nova teams recently finished with their participation in the 'Month of Sport'. Out of 25 companies competing in different sports, NOVA International Schools finished on 3rd place, overall. Our female running team finished 1st in the 5 and 10km races, the beach volleyball team got the 3rd place, and we also participated in the Football and Bowling competitions. Massive thanks to all the participants during this busy month, hopefully next year we will be in a bigger number.

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Meet Nova International Schools

6/14/2019

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NOVA MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY

6/14/2019

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University Acceptances 2019

6/14/2019

We invite you all to take a look at the Nova University Acceptances Map for 2019, alongside an archive of interviews from our graduating students. http://www.nova.edu.mk/university_acceptances.aspx

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day, June 2019

6/14/2019

This is a traditional PTA event where Nova parents show their gratitude and appreciation for the hard work, dedication and love that teachers demonstrate throughout the school year as educators and mentors to all NOVA students. At this year’s event, 14 Nova employees were acknowledged for their 10 and 20 years of devoted service to the school. The Ars Studio book store donated 200 books to the HS library and a book gift to every employee in the school. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Elementary School, End of Year Performance and Grade 5 Transitioning Ceremony

6/13/2019

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Match of the year 'H.C Vardar versus Nova students'

6/11/2019

We invited the players from the H.C Vardar aka the EHF Champions League Champions for 2018-19 to join us for a friendly game with the students from the Nova EMS. Several players and the coach of the team joined us, and needless to say this was the most popular event happening in the school, as seen from the pictures in the gallery. The student played handball with the champions, took photos, ate some cake, and had a great time. We would like to thank the entire team: the players, the coaches, the staff, the administration for making this happen and including us in this celebration. Well done Vardar! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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After School Ballet Recital

6/10/2019

Rose and the Bad Wolf Is the big bad wolf really that bad? The motley crew of bluebirds, foxes, and cats of the picturesque wood lives in harmony, except the lonesome wolf – everyone is afraid of him! But it may take “only” one little brave girl with a big heart to make a twist in the fairy tale. The lonesome wolf will not be lonely any longer and fear leaves the wood. Come and see how love conquers the hardened heart and fears and makes the world go round. Check out the photo gallery from the performance here

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Introducing the Nova community Vitan Cherepnalkovski

6/10/2019

Meet Vitan Cherepnalkovski, a Nova graduate student from the Class of 2019. Vitan will continue his education at The University of Edinburgh where he will be studying physics. In this interview he discusses his chosen field of study and University choice, his time spent in Nova, and where he sees himself in the future. Check out the interview on the following link   

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A New School Tradition?

6/10/2019

Last Thursday, Grade 11 students celebrated the end of the year with an outdoor party. The event was organized by Andra Rice, and based around enjoying outdoor games, eating pizza provided by the school cafeteria, and listening to relaxing tunes. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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ASA Ballet Recital: Rose And The Bad Wolf

6/6/2019

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HS 9-11 Golden and Silver Seal Awards Ceremony

6/6/2019

We were proud to honour our hard-working and committed learners today in a ceremony led by our Student Engagement Coordinators. Well done! Hard work pays off! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Julius Caesar Flash Mob in Nova

6/6/2019

  Students from Grade 9 Social Studies have completed a thorough study of the rise and fall of the Roman Republic and what that consequence has meant to the subsequent ages of Europeans throughout history. This means not only the political history of the event but also how this event was remembered in the literary tradition of the 16 th century by the playwright, William Shakespeare.   The first 271 words of Marc Antony’s Funeral Oration for Julius Caesar is known as the most important speech in the English language. Mr. Stayanoff’s 9 th grade Social Science class studied the meaning of the words written in “Old English” to understand the essence of the message that Antony is said to have cleverly givento the people of Rome that made them turn on Caesar’s murderers. Student’s, MayaTeofilovska, Jana Perusheska, Kalina Spasovska and Jana Joksimovska were selected at random to participate in a “Marc Antony Flash -Mob” in the main atrium of Nova High School at the exact time of day when Caesar is said to have been killed. The short, sudden but powerful performance by these women demonstrated to passersby their competence, understanding and “ownership” of this most important work of Shakespeare.   The flash experience was a collaborative effort between Nova Social Science Department and Nova Dramainstructor, Dean Damjanovski. Check out the photo gallery from the evnet here  

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Introducing the Nova community Nina Decheva

6/6/2019

From the graduating class of 2019 we present Nina Decheva. Nina has been a par of the AP program in Nova, speaks several languages fluently, and will continue her education in France at the EDHEC Business School. In this interview she discusses her chosen field of study and University choice, her time spent in Nova, and where she sees herself in the future. Check out the interview on the following link 

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Introducing the Nova community to Teodor Parolo Tasevski

6/5/2019

Today we introduce the Nova community to Teodor Parolo Tasevski, a Nova student from the graduating Class of 2019. Teodor will be studying at Fordham University where he will pursue an education in Global business, with a focus on finances and economy. In this interview he shared his experience of studying in Nova, applying to universities, and offered some well intention-ed tips for the upcoming generations of students. Check out the interview on the following link 

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Introducing the Nova community to Ilija Ristovski

6/5/2019

We introduce to the Nova community Ilija Ristovski, a Nova student that will pursue his University education in the field of medicine in Hungary. Ilija is a part of our graduating class of 2019, and was involved in our IB program for the past two years. In this interview he shared his experience of studying in Nova, applying to universities, and offered some well intention-ed tips for the upcoming generations of students. Check out the interview on the following link 

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NOVA 2019 graduates, Vitan Cherepnalkovski, Ina Kronevska and Anastasija Markovska featured on 21TV

6/3/2019

Dear Nova community, today we introduce you to three more students from our Graduating Class of 2019. Meet Ina, Vitan and Anastasija, all Nova students who will now continue their education in the areas of: physics, bio-medicine and electric engineering. Last week these three students had a unique opportunity to talk about their educational experiences in Nova and how this experience prepared them for University and life. They shared their experience of studying in Nova, applying to universities, and offered some well intention-ed tips for the upcoming generations of students.

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HC Vardar wins their second European Handball Federation Champions League title

6/3/2019

On behalf of the whole NOVA community, we would like to congratulate the HC Vardar on their impressive feat of securing their second European Handball Federation's Champions League title, after impressive wins over handball titans Barcelona and Veszprem. Our community together with the whole country was captivated by Vardar overcoming all odds, and turning around their semifinal game against Barcelona, and securing their gold medal with a strong win against Veszprem. We take particular pride in this achievement, as we consider ourselves an extension of the Vardar family, having educated the player’s children for a number of years. We look forward to another exciting seasons, in the hopes we can again celebrate the team’s achievements.

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Lead Up, 2019

6/3/2019

There is only one way to lead and that is to Lead Up! May 30 was the first day of a new journey for learners who are Nova-bound! We welcomed our incoming ninth-graders to support their path to a new life in High School. The event was facilitated by our amazing Student Services team and fabulous Student Mentors. Our newbies experienced a tour of their new campus, were introduced to faculty and new peers, and got a taste of the adventure that awaits. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA 2019 graduates, Nina Decheva and Marija Andreevska featured on Telma TV

6/1/2019

Meet Nina and Marija, from the Nova graduating class of 2019! This morning our students had an amazing opportunity to share their educational and personal journeys on national TV. During the interview Nina and Marija talked about their time spent in Nova, the classes they took, the way our educational system is organized and their future educational plans. They shared their experience of applying to a world class university, and offered some well intentioned tips for the upcoming generations of students.

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