January 2020


Our team of educators presenting at this year's CEESA conference in Helsinki

1/16/2020

On behalf of the entire Nova Community, we would like to congratulate our team of educators (Bela Gligorova, Elena Nicheva and Viktorija Dimitrovska) presenting at this year's popular CEESA conference in Helsinki. We are proud, and look forward to hearing all about your conference experiences, of sharing your counseling, mentoring, and leading practices, something we've all come to recognize and appreciate daily. https://www.ceesaconference.com/2020/speakers/

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Parent Enrichment Evening [Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally]

1/16/2020

Yesterday, the NOVA PTA and LinkAcross hosted the first parent enrichment evening in 2020. The special guest of the evening was Laurie Swanson, who hold a seminar titled: "Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally." Laurie is a Nurse Practitioner from Colorado, U.S.A. who has significant experience caring for teens and adolescents in school-based health centers, as well as experience serving in other cultures globally. The seminar will also discussed how parents and other adults can support adolescents and help them develop emotional resiliency. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally

1/15/2020

NOVA PTA and LinkAcross are pleased to invite you to a parent enrichment evening with special guest Laurie Swanson who will be holding a seminar titled: "Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally." Laurie is a Nurse Practitioner from Colorado, U.S.A. who has significant experience caring for teens and adolescents in school-based health centers, as well as experience serving in other cultures globally. This interactive seminar will cover adolescent culture in the U.S. (much of which applies in our context), social media influence, and emotional challenges faced by teens including isolation, anxiety, depression, and suicide. The seminar will also discuss how parents and other adults can support adolescents and help them develop emotional resiliency. This event is intended for parents of middle school and high school students, as well as faculty and staff. 

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Breaking of bread for 'St. Basil the Great’ at NOVA

1/14/2020

Every year NOVA faculty and staff joins the celebration of a treasured Macedonian tradition, the breaking of bread for 'St. Basil the Great’, where they gather as a community and share a special bread with a hidden coin(s) inside. The tradition says that whoever finds the piece of bread with the coin, will have a successful year. This year, we observed this tradition in both the high school and the elementary and middle school. Here are the lucky winners. We wish them a most amazing 2020.

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December 2019


EMS Holiday Performance "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" aired on Nasa TV

12/31/2019

We’re thrilled to announce that EMS Holiday Performance  "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" will be aired today, December 31st from 7:00 pm. It will be rebroadcasted tomorrow, January 1st from 10:00 am.  Let your friends and family know so they can watch the spectacular performances of our students.  

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Christmas Caroling at NOVA

12/24/2019

On the last day of school before the winter break, our faculty and staff wanted to close off an amazing first half of the year, by sharing some holiday spirit and cheer. Although they were off to a rocky start, they soon were in full swing, joined by parents and students. What better way to usher in the holiday season than with some Christmas caroling.

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EMS Winter Performance The Nutcracker DVD on Sale

12/20/2019

The DVD from the 2019 EMS Holiday Performance now available for purchase in the Nova HS building @ the accountant office.

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EEC winter performance

12/20/2019

Yesterday our youngest learners came together to celebrate the upcoming winter break. There were many songs, and a special dance where Kindergarten students became the toys in the magic toy maker's workshop (the current IPC unit). At the end there were some surprise visitors, Santa and his helper. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Nova students donate to a local animal shelter

12/20/2019

Ms. Jensen's 5th Grade class collected dry food for cats and dogs at a local animal shelter. Today, Wednesday, the class took the food to the shelter where they were met with great appreciation for NOVA giving. Thank you to the students for their advocacy for homeless animals. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Presentation, Women's Health

12/20/2019

On Wednesday, our student Kalina Chapova organized an event dedicated to women's health. She invited doctors to discuss the important aspects of sexual and reproductive health together with the students and their parents. This activity was part of the CAS project, Kalina is implementing this year.

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13th national Model European Parliament

12/19/2019

This weekend, the MEP program held its 13th National session hosted by Nova International Schools. During the event, 44 students from 11 high schools from 5 different cities took part in discussing some of the most pressing issues in Europe. Their work, aimed at drafting a resolution for each of the issues, was divided into four committees: Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Committee on Women’s rights and Gender equality, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. We had many fruitful discussions and a truly productive 3-day session. We congratulate everyone on their effort and look forward to hosting you on the next National session. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Students visited the Daily center for the elderly

12/19/2019

Yesterday, our students visited the Daily center for the elderly. This activity was organized by Olimpia Kamcheva, one of our most dedicated students in helping the community. She brought Christmas presents to surprise the visitors in the center, and they were all singing Macedonian songs together.It was an afternoon well spent for all of us.

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Spirit Week @ NOVA EMS - Crazy Hair Day

12/18/2019

We are having a Spirit Week in our Middle School, and the theme for Wednesday is Crazy Hair Day

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Reading Buddies @ Nova EMS

12/18/2019

"Reading Buddies" has started three year ago as an initiative to support students' daily reading during DEAR time across ES.It has proven extremely beneficial for students. They have gained reading stamina and confidence while reading out loud to a peer. It is an activity that students find enjoyable because it's on a voluntary basis.

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Nova is the recipient of the Macedonian Quality Award

12/17/2019

NOVA International School is one of the recipients of this year’s Macedonian Quality Award issued by the Macedonian Association of Chambers of Commerce, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of N. Macedonia. NOVA was recognized as the leading international school in the country, serving both the expat and local community with a global outlook. For working with an innovative curriculum, implementing the latest instructional practices delivered by highly qualified faculty and staff, in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Santa Claus visits the NOVA Faculty & Staff Christmas Party

12/17/2019

Оn Sunday, NOVA's hardworking faculty and staff gathered for an afternoon of Christmas themed family fun. Almost one hundred children and their families attended the event. The highlight of this year's event was a surprise visit by Santa Claus. Mr. Claus dropped by to greet the children and give gifts to all the good girls and boys. Throughout the event, older children got to participate in a scavenger hunt and create beautiful gingerbread houses, while younger children played at arts and crafts stations with their parents. Attendees were also treated to a bounty of home-made savoury and sweet treats, as well as a range of carefully selected family favourites. Families were even treated to waffles made on the spot by the Lozanovski Family. This family event was made possible by the hard work and dedication of volunteer students, as well as the generosity by custodial and cafeteria staff who provided support for the event as they enjoyed themselves with family and friends. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Charity donation for Christmas decorations

12/17/2019

Dear Nova community, over the past several weeks, the students from Ms. Elena Vchkova high school advisory class organized a charity donation for Christmas decorations. Last week they organized and delivered the donation to the children's hospital Kozla and helped them decorate the hospital wards. With the new decorations, we hope that we have made the holiday time more enjoyable for the young patients. It was truly amazing to see our students so engaged and dedicated during this project. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Community in Action, Nova students learn to plant trees

12/16/2019

Spending time around trees and in nature makes students healthier and even improves their academic performances. Thanks to the generous contribution of 'Bioderma Macedonia', last week our students learned how to plant trees and care for the garden.  

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Community in action, Christmas edition

12/12/2019

We are encouraging our students to think of the real spirit of Christmas, the spirit of kindness and being nice to each other. Two days ago, they visited the Down Syndrome Centre. They spent their afternoon decorating the Christmas tree with the visitors in the center, but also planning their joint activities for 2020.   

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Nova students as 'young diplomats' International Day, Exit Point

12/12/2019

Grade 5 "diplomats" are promoting their home countries to the wider audience via google slides presentations. They are teaching their parents, teachers, and MS students about geographical features, culture, traditions, history, and society of their countries. Each of them has also learned facts about N. Macedonia as their host country and included this knowledge into their presentations Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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'Boris Trajkovski - Nova 2020' scholarship program

12/12/2019

Nova International Schools is happy to announce the 'Boris Trajkovski - Nova 2020' scholarship program. The key dates for applying for this scholarship are: The application process will be open on the 25th of November and will end on the 12th of December. You can apply by filling in the e-application available on this link: http://www.nova.edu.mk/bt-scholarship.aspx All applicants will be invited to Nova on the 14th of December [Saturday] at 12pm, where they will be invited to write a essay on a given topic.  For more information about the scholarship, more information about the essay, sample writings, and scoring guidelines, visit our website:  http://www.nova.edu.mk/bt-scholarship.aspx

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Nova EMS Holiday Performance 2019

12/11/2019

This year’s annual #Nova Holiday performance was a different take on the perennial favorite: The Nutcracker. Based off of Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"(2018). The winter performance transported the audience, in the filled auditorium of the National Opera and Ballet house, from a decadent 19th century Christmas celebration to a magical world -- the world of the Four Realms. We wish everyone a cheerful Holiday season. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA faculty members receive recognition plaque by Children's hospital

12/10/2019

Dear Nova community, in recognition to the volunteering work our colleagues Arta, and Elena have done at the Children's hospital, our school received a special plaque honoring their dedication.Here is what they had to say about the award:'We have been involved in volunteering at the children’s hospital – department of oncology for over 3 years now. We have the joy of playing with the kids almost every week, indulging them in board games or arts and crafts. This acknowledgment comes in a great time when we are forming a new team of HS students who will be volunteering over the course of this year.Many thanks to:- Ruth Buttereme and LinkAcross without whom this whole process would be impossible- Dragan Markovski and Ivan Novakovski– who supported me and allowed me to grow this initiative into NOVA- Elena Vchkova – for volunteering her time, support and love- Zorica Stamenkova – who as the new CAS coordinator continued to support this initiative with new students.'

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FROM TRADITIONAL TO TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

12/6/2019

Dear Nova community, allow us to share with all of you an educational think piece, written by our very own Amanda [our Middle Years (Grade 6-10) curriculum coordinator], published at the educational website Mladiinfo. The article talks about re-thinking education, and the need for integrating technology in the classroom. We believe it is the perfect read ahead of weekend. Link

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Nova retweets a meal

12/2/2019

On Saturday, the Nova community delivered 150 meals for the #retweetameal and #RealActsofKindness initiatives. The meals were prepared by our faculty and staff members as well as our PK-3 students. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Nova Students at the Basketball Tournament of the Special Olympics

12/2/2019

This weekend, our Nova volunteers embraced a new opportunity to help out in the community and celebrate the differences. They supported the Basketball Tournament of the Special Olympics, with set-up, food service, ceremony, and most importantly, were the biggest fans of the athletes. During the event, our students also had the chance to meet with some of their idols. This was an eye-opening experience they will never forget. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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November 2019


Fashion Revolution in Nova

11/27/2019

Last week, we invited representatives from the Fashion Revolution Macedonia to join our Community service class for 9th-grade students and share their ideas on why do we need a fashion revolution in our country. Students were learning and discovering where their clothes are made and learned more about issues in the fashion industry such as globalization, workers’ rights, material sourcing, global citizenship and sustainable development. Fashion Revolution Macedonia is a part of the international movement and believes in a fashion industry that values people, planet, creativity and profit in equal measure.

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SuperNOVA Speech and Debate team takes part in the friendly invitational tournament hosted by ISB

11/26/2019

The SuperNOVA Speech and Debate team brought its A-game to the friendly invitational tournament hosted by the International School of Belgrade (ISB) this past weekend. The NOVA team of thirteen mostly grade 9 and 10 students went through the first day of their first ever Speech and Debate tournament, learning from talented and experienced opponents coming from ISB and the Belgrade Philological High School. During the second full day of competition, our teams strategized and kept cool under pressure. They went on to use the lessons learned on the first day to dramatically improve their performance on the second day. Our results at the tournament are as follows: -Leona Simeonova and Luka Pavikjevikj took first place in the Team Debate category - Third place for Duet Acting went Andrej Davitkov and Georgina Kominovska for their performance of a scene from a Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds". - Nestor Danailovski took third place in Impromptu Debate -Adora Limani took second place for her emotive reading of George Orwell, in an event called Oral Interpretation. - Sofia Tanevska and Nestor Danailovski took third place in the Team Debate category Congratulations to everyone, and massive thanks to ISB for hosting us.

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NOVA wins silver at CEESA Division 1 Soccer Tournament

11/25/2019

NOVA and the HS Boys Soccer team had the honor of hosting the 2019 CEESA Division 1 Soccer Tournament. Over a period of three days NOVA athletes played against five visiting teams from Moscow, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, and Prague, securing a 2nd place finish in a tense finals match against International School of Prague. Throughout the season and the tournament NOVA players exhibit high level of commitment, dedication and team work and distinguished themselves in terms of the level of skill. Congratulations to all of them for this wonderful success, and to the massive and dedicated group of organizers, for making this exceptional tournament possible. Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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'Boris Trajkovski - Nova 2020' scholarship program - In the Media

11/25/2019

                         

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NOVA MS Exit Points [Interpretation and Adaptability]

11/19/2019

Students in our MS last week conducted their public activities on their 'Exit Points'. Our 8th graders concluded their first unit on Interpretation, and for that component they organized a Court Trail. Our 6th graders focused on Adaptability and organized an Academic Bowl. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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"Water Lilies in a Pond" Interpretation - Art exhibition

11/18/2019

Dear Nova Community, we have the honor to invite you to our second “Interpretation - Art exhibition”. The art show will take place in Capitol Mall- Wednesday,on November 20th from 19.00h. This year we were focused on Interpreting Monet The "Water Lilies in a Pond" artworks are a product of the IMYC – unit topic Interpretation for grade 8. The students were challenged to paint on full-scale poster paper using impressionist painting as a technique and tempera as material, in our school back yard. Our main focus was the legacy Monet has left us, particularly his waterlily painting and dry brush signature.

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'We Can Be Heroes' [Week without walls]

11/15/2019

“We Can Be Heroes” is the name of the project for 9th-grade students who decided to stay in Skopje, during the Week Without Walls. Students have spent their days with the Scouts from Scouts’ Association of Macedonia, working together and learning about teamwork, practicing their communication and presentation skills and learning how to solve the problems in the community. On the last day of the programme, students have been visited by representatives from “Freshys” and the non-formal group “Retweet a meal” when they were able to hear personal stories about how businesses and organizations can create a change in the society. After the activities, they had the opportunity to put their skills into practice and prepare meals for those in need. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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World Kindness Day in Nova

11/14/2019

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, we can attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness. Yesterday, our students from 9 grade have spent the afternoon with sellers from Lice v Lice, bonding, learning about their experiences and showing support to their work. They learned more about the topics of the magazine, and were also brainstorming of new ideas how they can support their work and promote the magazine within the school.

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MS Girls Soccer team takes part in tournament in Istanbul

11/13/2019

Our MS Girsl Soccer Team participated in in an international tournament in Istanbul, Turkey where they played against other teams from our CEESA network. After two sunny days spent in Istanbul, on the football pitch, we celebrated our participation by taking photos, eating pizza, and a friendly game between the coaches versus the students. We are particularly proud that our students took the time to get to know the other teams. They would ask each other about their skills and tricks and if they could be taught how to perform them. They danced and played with other teams--showcasing the spirit of this event.  Check out the photo gallery from the tournament here

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Why I became a climate activist -and you should, too

11/13/2019

Rarely, if ever, has the modern world witnessed a youth movement so large and wide such as the Fridays for Future Movement, inspired by the young Greta Thunberg. In his presentation, our 10 grade student Kosta Barzov has shared his story about why he was inspired to join this movement and become a climate activist. Kosta was talking about the steps that anyone, regardless of age, can take to become a climate activist and invited students to join the movement and spread the word around them.  

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CEESA Division 1 HS Boys Soccer Tournament in the Media

11/12/2019

           

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“We Can Be Heroes” [Week without walls]

11/12/2019

“We Can Be Heroes” is one of the WWW projects for 9 grade students. Students have spent 5 days with YMCA trainers and Scouts from the Macedonian Scouts’ Association discovering their potential and acquire the skills, confidence and motivation to make things happen and bring about change. The program was also focused on developing skills like cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution which helped to broaden their cultural perspectives. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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MS HS Cross Country competition in Vienna

11/12/2019

More than 120 runners participated in the MS/HS Cross Country event in Vienna, Austria this weekend. Surrounded by wonderful nature, a peaceful environment, and refreshingly sunny days our students participated in this CEESA event. MS students ran 3.5km long course on beautiful grass, muddy pathways and colorful leaves. The HS students course was 5km long. All of our runners showed great strength and ran with purpose. They gave their best, were enthusiastic, and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, cheering runner. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Yoga classes at the EMS

11/11/2019

The youngest members of the Nova community start the day by practicing yoga. The yoga class is available as a part of the after school activities offered to the students in the EMS.   

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Supernova Winter Season

11/7/2019

The #Supernova winter season for all students from grades 5 to 12 is now open. Explore the clubs available for you and be a member of the supernova teams. http://www.nova.edu.mk/supernova_athletics_and_activities.aspx

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MS Boys soccer season 2019/2020

11/7/2019

We are happy to say that we have successfully completed the MS Boys soccer season of 2019/2020. We had a great turnout this year with about 25 boys who continuously showed up to practice. We appreciate the hard work and dedication from all the boys throughout the season.The 10 boys that attended the tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria showed fantastic sportsmanship. They came in fourth place, but we are very proud of the way they played. They played well individually but most of all they played fantastic as a team. We are proud of their growth from last year and proud of their sportsmanship they portrayed throughout the whole season. We hope our seniors continue their soccer journey in high school, and we hope the rest join us again next soccer season.We wanted to thank all the boys for a fun and joyful experience this soccer season.

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Inquiry – based learning in our IB Psychology 11 class

11/7/2019

Today our IB Psychology 11class investigated our elementary school library, trying to understand the concept of enculturation and gender roles and answering the question: Do children's books today serve as a way of teaching children about gender behavior?The students should analyze the data on Monday and present their findings next week.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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IMYC UNIT INTERPRETATION Choreography by 8th grade class 2019-20

11/6/2019

Nova grade 8 dance elective students created their own choreography as the summative assessment for the for unit Interpretation. Students interpreted the song "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" by Shawn Mendes. They used their skills in dance, their creativity, and their passion to produce a stellar video with the guidance of their teacher.

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NOVA Halloween Parade and Party vol.2

11/5/2019

NOVA Parent Teacher Association hosted a frightfully fun even on Halloween. Students came dressed in their spookiest costumes and participated in a ghoulish costume parade and immediately after they enjoyed food, games, and lots of fun. Students and teachers in EMS decorated their classroom doors to add a more festive feel to the school. The decorations by the PTA at the front of the school set the stage for a day full of freakish fun. A big thank you goes out to our parent community for their support in making this day so much fun. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Halloween Parade and Party

11/4/2019

NOVA Parent Teacher Association hosted a frightfully fun even on Halloween. Students came dressed in their spookiest costumes and participated in a ghoulish costume parade and immediately after they enjoyed food, games, and lots of fun. Students and teachers in EMS decorated their classroom doors to add a more festive feel to the school. The decorations by the PTA at the front of the school set the stage for a day full of freakish fun. A big thank you goes out to our parent community for their support in making this day so much fun. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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