February 2022


'Boris Trajkovski - Nova' scholarship program

2/1/2022

  ПРОГРАМА ЗА СТИПЕНДИРАЊЕ БОРИС ТРАЈКОВСКИ-НОВА 2022 The NOVA-Boris Trajkovski Scholarship competition for 2021-2022 will take place in February/March 2022. In the meantime, please follow information about this year’s process on our website/social media.  Програмата за стипендирање НОВА-Борис Трајковски за учебната 2021-22 ќе се реализира во периодот февруари-март 2022. Повеќе информации ќе бидат објавени на нашата веб - страница и на социјалните медиуми. Следете не! 11.11.2021

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January 2022


IB Diploma Programme - informative session

1/26/2022

Families of grade 10 students are invited to an informative session on the IB Diploma Programme on Wednesday, January 26 at 18:00 through google meet. We will provide an overview of our implementation of the programme, the application process that students will be completing, available subject offerings and the course selection process. We will also have a short Q&A session in the end, to address any parent and student questions about the program.  

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Covid-19 updates (2021-22)

1/21/2022

Dear NOVA community, Update as of January 21st: All students are invited to return to in-person schooling, with Upper Secondary students not required to follow their assigned cohorts  All secondary students (6-12) will be required to undergo a rapid antigen test (RAT) at the beginning of each week in attendance, first thing in the morning in the HS building Families that have not provided a RAT consent should do so before their child is tested. Please submit to nurse@nova.edu.mk, or have the form brought in physical copy  When making the decision for Upper Secondary students (grades 9-12) we considered the length of time they’ve spent in distance learning, in relation to all other grade levels, and the demanding end-of-year tasks and examinations that await, which for the most part will be in-person.  Students that have not picked-up their new health booklet for semester 2, can do so on Monday, January 24th. From Tuesday onwards, we would require them to be filled out by all students. All families that wish for their children to be in, or remain in DL can do so by reaching out to Elementary administration (irina.stamenkovska@nova.edu.mk) or by filling out the Lower Secondary (grade 6-8) DL or Upper Secondary (grades 9-12) DL forms, if they’ve not done so already We’re going to reevaluate the need for DL going forward in two week intervals We are postponing the start of SuperNOVA and ASA programs for the first two weeks of the second semester. We are planning for them to commence from Monday, February 7th Update as of January 8th: After today’s Crisis Management Team meeting, I would like to report on the school’s reopening plan after the winter break. Early Education Center and Elementary School students (grades PK3-5) will be invited back for in-person schooling For any returning students: Should any of the questions in the Student Health Booklet have an answer of “YES”, parents will need to have their child tested before returning to school with either a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or a PCR test. Families would need to be extra vigilant in the next two weeks, especially if they have traveled, socialised, or spent time in crowded indoor settings.  Lower Secondary School students (grades 6-8) will be invited back for in-person schooling All students will be required to undergo a rapid antigen test (RAT), on Tuesday, January 11th Upon arrival students should initially go to the HS building to get tested, before proceeding to their first period class Families that have not provided a RAT consent for their Lower School students should do so before their child returns to campus to nurse@nova.edu.mk, or have the form sent in physical copy with their child. Upper Secondary School students (grades 9-12) will be invited back in two cohorts (YELLOW and GREY), under the blended learning model, for the first two weeks of school (last two weeks of Semester 1) Cohorting information will be shared by division principals on Monday morning (January 11th), and in-line with the cohorting model (YELLOW/GREY) followed at the beginning of the school year All returning students will be required to undergo a rapid antigen test (RAT). On Tuesday, January 11th the YELLOW cohort is invited for in-person learning and will receive a RAT test. Likewise, on Monday, January 17th when the GREY cohort arrives for in-person schooling, they too will all be RAT tested During the first two weeks of school ONLY (January 11th-21st), immunisation and covid 19 warrior status will not be taken into consideration for cohorting or testing, therefore all students will be required to cohort in their specific group and test upon their return to campus.  All students returning for in-person learning are reminded to bring with them the following: Several appropriate masks (KN95 or double layered) NOVA ID card Student Health Bookletready upon campus entry and filled out for the day (all questions answered and the temperature taken from home.) All staff will return to school on Monday, January 10th, and will be RATed regardless of their immunisation or covid-19 warrior status Testing will commence from 7:45am and be conducted on a first-come first-serve basis in the HS building before staff enter their classrooms/work spaces All families that wish for their children to be in, or remain in, DL upon returning can verify their choice (for all divisions) using this FORM. Any student sign-ed up for DL will need to remain in this learning set-up for at least two weeks.  Update as of October 29th: We are finally beginning to quantify the loss of learning due to covid-19, as well as, the impact on students’ overall wellness. The American Academy of Pediatrics has termed the impact a national emergency in children’s mental health. With students’ return on campus, we’ve witnessed it firsthand, how it has translated into our students' emotional and social wellbeing, and in their academic progress. Our approach as a school is to address these issues through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) workshops offered, along with grade level assemblies addressing topics such as bullying and cyberbullying, and lastly through upcoming parent workshops. Parents should be on the lookout for further information in my messages, pertaining to training and helpful resources provided by the school when seeking effective and greater tools for raising children within our current reality. Update as of October 22nd: It was great to welcome everyone back to school at what was a sun filled week of learning, especially after a damp and rainy fall break. We celebrated the end of another week of in-person learning for all students, while keeping a watchful eye on the epidemiological developments both at home and in neighbouring countries and the wider European region. Some countries are in the midst of a very strong fall pandemic wave, and we’re receiving reports of some of our partner international schools closing down, either as a result of internal spread or government mandate. We remain cautious and hopeful that we could avoid a similar outcome, by remaining vigilant, upholding our covid-19 protocols, and not being complacent. Update as of October 1st: Starting from Monday, October 18th and throughout the first semester, our school schedule for Secondary will undergo a change, in order to integrate a few necessary components. In Lower Secondary (grades 6-8), we'll be able to integrate the Advisory class within the school day; while for Upper Secondary (grade 9-12), we'll implement two lunch/recess breaks, to allow students a better use of the indoor facilities. In turn, this change will allow for the integration of Advisory within the structure of the day, and remove for the better part the synchronous DL component. Diploma Program students with Higher Level (HL) classes will have access to additional class time built into the school day, initially rolled out for grade 12 students, followed by grade 11 students.  Update as of September 24th: It’s been an exciting week with all students back on campus, a hopeful step forward in our return to normality. Although our full campus has made us optimistic for the future, we have to remember the challenges that await. We are right at the beginning of what could potentially be the fall/winter pandemic wave, which requires us to increase our vigilance. For this reason, we want to remind families of expectations in regards to filling out the Health Screening questionnaire on a daily basis, with the most up-to-date information. In addition, carrying an ID card is important as we only allow campus access to students we’ve health screened. The importance of wearing the appropriate type of a mask at all times when indoors cannot be underscored, and we therefore have to remind families of the appropriate type of face masks for students, with single layered/loose fitting masks, such as the surgical ones, not approved for campus use. We’ve now had five weeks of schooling and therefore should have established certain minimal expectations. Please know that we would be contacting parents of students who don’t uphold our protocols on a continuous basis.  Update as of September 17th: I’m happy to report that at yesterday's CMT meeting we were able to reach a consensus on the school's preparedness to welcome all grade 9-12 students back on campus for in-person learning, starting from this Monday, September 20th. We believe in light of how the first four weeks of schooling have been conducted and the currently declining covid-19 numbers, we’re provided with a window of opportunity to bring all students back on campus. At the same time, we plan to remain vigilant and closely track both the epidemiological situation in our wider community and in our school in order to decide on next steps. As we invite all Upper Secondary students back on campus, we would like to hear from those families that plan on keeping their children in DL. If you are one of those families whose children will continue with DL, please fill out the following FORM, so we know in what classes faculty would need to continue streaming their class to students remaining home.  Update as of September 10th: We’ve seen a further improvement in epidemiological numbers in the last week, which warrants the Crisis Management Team (CMT) to consider bringing all grade 9-12 students back to school for continuous in-person learning. The CMT will meet next Thursday, September 16th, to consider extending this invitation as early as Monday, September 20th. The final decision will be shared in next Friday's communication.  Starting from this week we were informed of Covid-19 protocol changes initiated by the Center for Public Health. In what we believe is a positive development, in order to minimise the amount of in-person learning disruption, students and staff considered close contacts, will not automatically be sent into quarantine, and instead a risk assessment will be performed by the Health and Safety Committee (HSC), which will include considerations such as: masks (including the type and fit), distance, disinfection, high risk contacts (handshakes, hugs, eating/drinking), and type of indoor space including quality of ventilation. When even one of the criteria is not fully met, the student/staff member would be considered a high risk close contact and would need to be sent into a 14 day quarantine.  All students and staff considered low risk close contacts, will not be placed in quarantine, and will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at school, 3 to 5 days from their last exposure, except for fully immunised students and staff, in order to be able to continue schooling/working in-person. We are, however, going to quarantine all students and staff sharing an indoor space, when we see that a second infected individual is registered within the cohort, potentially as a result of the initial positive case. We plan to communicate each case of a positive individual to parents of affected students, and staff considered close contacts, when occurring within an office or classroom setting, even if it doesn’t result in a quarantine recommendation for any students or staff members. Update as of September 3rd: Another successful school week is behind us. We’re now fully transitioned from summer break with school in full swing. Faculty has delved into their curriculum, while students have developed routines, with our campus beginning to resemble its pre-pandemic version. We try to celebrate the positive steps forward, while being reminded of the challenges that lie ahead. This week we had to quarantine our first groups of students, and expect with the current epidemiological numbers that we’re going to see other such cases in the coming weeks. We intend to communicate  timely and transparently when such developments occur to those directly impacted, while continuing to depend on all community stakeholders to also report any developments of concern. We’ve been encouraged by the continually growing immunisation rates, with 30% of our Secondary student body having been at least partially immunised. As a result, many students in the Upper Secondary School (grades 9-12) have opted to benefit from continuously attending in-person classes. At the same time, we’ve received inquiries as to when we intend to invite the remainder of students back. We’re closely monitoring the current transmission rates, and their declining trend, with the hope we can do away with the cohort system in the coming weeks. Our current conservative approach is based on our goal to limit the number of learning interruptions and ensure that we limit any potential internal viral spread.  Update as of August 27th: On Wednesday, August 25th, we held our first town hall meeting of the year, with the Health and Safety Committee (HSC) presenting the school’s latest protocols, and also responding to parent inquiries. We wanted to thank all families that took an active part, and hope others will join us on future such occasions. For the ones unable to attend, we're including the video of the meeting, and a link to the actual presentation. We will also encourage you to visit our covid-19 resource page, where you can find the latest information related to the school’s response in regards to the pandemic, inclusive of the school’s current risk level, in addition to many other useful resources.   Update as of August 20th: I’m happy to report that the Crisis Management team confirmed our previously shared plan, to  commence the school year on Monday, August 23rd, for all grade levels PK3 - 12 for continuous in-person learning, with the exception of Upper Secondary students (grade 9-12) who are initially invited back in cohorts (yellow and grey). Our newly updated Covid-19 Procedures and Protocols have been formally approved by the Commision on Infectious diseases, and we also received the Ministry of Education's green light to go ahead as planned. We’re happy to learn that public schools are planned to reopen on September 1st, with most students invited back on campus. We support this decision, although we are taking a more cautious initial approach, before ultimately transitioning to a similar model.  Update as of August 13th: Per our published calendar, we’re looking forward to welcoming students from Monday, August 23rd, provided Government approval. Should there be any changes to the school’s start date we will inform you accordingly. We’re happy to invite all grade levels PK3 - 12 back on campus, for the full school week (Monday through Friday) and an extended school day: Grade PK3-5 from 8am to 2:20pm  Grade 6-8 from 8:15am to 1:35pm Grade 9-12 from 8:15am to 1pm and synchronous DL from 2pm to 2:30pm After School Activities and SuperNOVA sports from 2:40pm to 4pm We’re closely following the developing epidemiological situation, but based on our current assessment we are planning to invite all grade PK3-8 students on campus for continuous in-person learning, while grade 9-12 students will initially be invited back in cohorts (yellow and grey), with the plan to soon transition them all back on campus for in-person learning. The Crisis Management Team  will meet next week to either confirm or modify this decision, an update you’ll receive before the official start of the school year.

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Grade 1 Entry Point - People of the Past

1/17/2022

First graders started a new Unit in IS, "People of The Past". For the Entry Point students came dressed as an important person from the past. Everyone was excited to share some interesting facts about their person.

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NOVA Elementary School Winter Performances 2021 Featured on Nasa TV

1/15/2022

NOVA  Elementary School Winter Performances, will be broadcasted on Nasa TV on Saturday, January 15th, from 10:00 am and 8.00 pm and it will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, January 16th, from 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Let your family and friends know so they can watch their loved ones perform.

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Grade 3 Exit Point

1/13/2022

Our student displayed the findings of their research across all the different subject areas – by transporting visitors back in time to Pompeii with models of Vesuvius and eye-witness reports. Photographs and  PowerPoint presentations of volcanic scenery and famous volcanoes around the world were displayed and presented. Students even created international aid agencies whose responsibility is to support countries affected by natural disasters. There was an exhibition of  earthquake-proof buildings, allowing visitors to test them at a ‘shake table’ and talk about the contents of the earthquake survival kit. Students showed visitors igneous rock samples, e.g. pumice, while others acted  as ‘guides’, and informed visitors about the exhibits and took them on a tour. Check out the photo gallery from the activity on the following link: link  

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Elementary School Winter Performance 2021

1/11/2022

On our first day back to school from winter break, we are thrilled to announce the premiere of the ES Winter Performance 2021 today at 6 PM on the Nova FB page and YouTube channel.

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December 2021


Grade 5 Museum Visit

12/22/2021

As part of our unit, Here and Now, There and Then, our fifth graders visited the Museum of Macedonia. Students visited the exhibits, checked historical sources and made detailed, labelled sketches of significant artifacts from the museum. This is a national museum with departments that research and exhibit the archaeological, ethnological, historical, and artistic heritage of Macedonia. The museum takes care of over 66,000 items that helped students learn about the past. In our history study we talked about primary and secondary sources and how they help us understand the life of the people in the past. Students learned more about the history of the host and home country and were able to find out about aspects of the past from a range of sources during this trip. Check out the photo gallery from the visit here

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Retirement Party for Dijana Obradovic

12/21/2021

The end of the first semester of the academic 2021-22 was also a bitter sweet occasion, as it was the time when we had to wave goodbye to our dear colleague Dijana Obradovic who after devoting 27 years to NOVA was retiring. Dijana had been part of the institutional growth and development throughout these 27 years, always turning any challenge into a success, bravely embracing risk as a learning opportunity. Besides being a loyal member of our community, she has always been a most hardworking professional and a skilful educator. Over the years she touched the hearts and minds of thousands of students who were completely transformed during her literature and drama classes. We’re forever indebted for the legacy she leaves behind, and are thankful for having shared all of these years together. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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ES Christmas Performances

12/21/2021

This is the time of year when our ES students celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with songs, dances, and a lot of good cheer!   Check out the photo gallery from the events here

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MYP 1 Individuals and Societies students as cartographers

12/17/2021

MYP 1 Individuals and Societies students have taken on the role of cartographers by designing a Political-Physical Map of Macedonia. They need to use the map elements they have learned (compass rose, legend/symbols, elevation and scale, map cities, rivers, mountains, roads, airports, borders, neighboring countries, longitude, latitude, grid) to create a complete map. The MYP encourages students to connect with and learn about the host country. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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NOVA Service Learning Program - Short Documentary About Our Environment

12/17/2021

"NOVA's Service Learning program aims to encourage students to become empathetic individuals who care about their environment. As part of this program, our students Aleksandar Atanasovski and Jovana Krstevska have created a short and insightful documentary that raises awareness on pollution in our environment, but also inspires us to take action against it".

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IB English A Language and Literature ft. CAS

12/17/2021

As part of the unit "Drama and Poetry" , the IB English A: Language and Literature students paid homage to the bard of Harlem, Langston Hughes. In the style of his poem "Theme for English B" - pen in hand - students crafted their own "Theme for English A". Each poem acts as a response to the opening stanza of Hughes's poem: The instructor said, Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you— Then, it will be true.   Check out the photyo gallery from the activity here

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Last PTA Coffee Hour for 2021

12/16/2021

Just in time for winter break, the PTA organized a coffee hour on mental health for Secondary School parents. Dr. Vaska Mitova, an experienced psychiatrist at the University Clinic of Psychiatry in Skopje, shared about mental health, especially as it relates to young people and the impact of the Covid pandemic. Nova school counselors were also present to interact with parents. For those who were unable to attend, a recording is available. 

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ES Music Interpretation - Believer by Imagine Dragons

12/16/2021

The aim of this video is to show that by communicating freely with the voice, face, and body (either by playing instruments or dancing), children learn to express ideas with confidence, empathize with others from different cultures and backgrounds, and feel at home in their own skin. Song, music and dance can help children become more imaginative, self-aware and collaborative global citizens.

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Mental Health Workshops

12/15/2021

In the midst of the Covid19 pandemic, taking care of our emotional well-being and our mental health is paramount. With that in mind, grade 10 NOVA students from the student-led club “New Horizons”, organized three mental health workshops with a professional Gestalt therapist. The focus was on stress management via drawing and painting. The workshops thus drew the attention to the ‘here and now’ and feelings that were experienced at the moment, allowing each participant to seek themselves through this process. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Grade 7 Service-As-Action Project

12/15/2021

Students from 7.1 and 7.2 advisory classes worked together on a service-as-action project focusing on the IB learner profile characteristics of caring. We partnered with a local NGO called Open Society Foundation to support a group of Afghan refugees and their families who are currently staying in Skopje, North Macedonia. The students in Individuals and Societies classes learned about the causes of human migration and the definition of a refugee, focusing specifically on the current conflict and situation in Afghanistan which caused many people to have to flee for their safety. Each student selected a refugee child to support by creating a personalized card and gift with a toy and sweets. The advisory teachers, Ms. Anita Babic and Ms. Kimberly Fry, delivered these gifts to the refugee families on Monday December 13th. The families were filled with gratitude and the smiles on the children’s faces showed their appreciation for our students' acts of caring for humanity.

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Telling Stories with Photographs

12/13/2021

The old saying goes that "a picture is worth a thousand words". MYP Year 3 English Language and Literature students have embarked on a reporting project to explore reporting that uses photography to tell under-reported stories. In this particular activity, they viewed photos from different reporting projects and examined the strategies that the photojournalists employed to capture them as well as to evaluate how they communicated their message. In addition, students used visual thinking strategies to identify themes while exploring printed photographs.  Check out the photo gallery from the activity here: link

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MS Robotics - End of season report

12/9/2021

In the past three months, despite the pandemics, MS Robotics Club managed to carry on with its activities. Students were inspired and engaged in finding solutions to this year's FLL Challenge-Cargo Connect. On December 3rd, our two teams took part in the virtual competition and presented their solutions to other competitors, while also learning about their proposed solutions. The most satisfying part for this year’s activities, for both coaches and students, was to see their teamwork, communication and problem solving in action, along with the final outcome. We hope to see our 8th graders team in HS Robotics next year, and our 6th graders return, even better prepared, for the new challenges that await! Check out the photo gallery from the activity here  

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MYP 2 DANCE Artistic Empowerment How dance can express activism

12/7/2021

MYP 3 Dance students connected with English Language and Literature to explore activism as a means to further social justice and create a more compassionate community. Throughout Hip Hop Dance lessons, students learned how to create a short sequence based on the speech they wrote in English Language and Literature class. Students decided on "Gender equality" as their topic. Students augmented their spoken word dance with elements of visual storytelling to create a multimedia activism experience.

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Winter Clothes Donations

12/6/2021

The year is almost over, and colder winter days are nearing. Now is the time to clean out our closets and donate our unworn winter clothing pieces, which I am sure take up a considerable portion of everyone's storage space, to children and mothers in Shuto Orizari.  In collaboration with Sumnal, we are collecting jackets, sweaters, cardigans, long-sleeve shirts, pants, jeans, scarfs, gloves, socks, etc., in all sizes applicable for mothers and their children (boys and girls). Note that the donated clothing may be worn and used, yet, still, it should be clean and in good condition appropriate for use. New clothing donations are also welcomed.  The donation period starts today, December 6th, and ends on December 14th. Please bring your donations latest by the 14th! The drop-off location is the HS Auditorium.  Let us put the week to a good start by donating for the children and mothers in Shuto Orizari! Give your old clothes a second life! 

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MYP 4 Inquiry Project

12/3/2021

MYP 4 Individuals and Societies students took a deep dive into how empires are formed and what their defining characteristics are. After asking and answering inquiry questions that allowed them to conceptualize empires by studying those of the past, the students tested their understanding by creating their own empire. Students had to begin by identifying a type of government. Once they chose the type of government they then needed to identify different economic systems that would be viable within that structure and justify it. For each decision they made in building their empire they had to justify how it made sense within the existing structure. This allowed students to discover and explore the concept of causality.

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National and University Library Workshop

12/3/2021

Within the Memorandum of Understanding with the National and University Library, our colleagues took part in a workshop for paper restoration and conservation in books and archival documents.   The experience enabled participants to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in paper conservation and restoration. During the workshop, our colleagues came to an idea for an Interdisciplinary Unit connected to the production and history of paper, preserving paper, and most of all, preserving what is written on the paper, an activity that will also include other colleagues and students in the following months.  

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The NOVA Times

12/1/2021

Dear NOVA community,   As we head into the winter break, we are proud to present the Ninth Edition of NOVA Times.   This edition contains an op-ed by a student on the implications of a school dress code, as well as a step-by-step guide for conducting research within the MYP or DP programme.    Feel free to send any comments or suggestions you have in the anonymous box. If you wish to participate in the newspaper or write a response to an opinion article, feel free to email ek14343@nova.edu.mk or lp14699@nova.edu.mk.    As always, we would like to express our gratitude to the writers, editors, and designers who worked on this issue, as well as our faculty advisor, Ms. Mickovska, and Mr. Cunningham, for their continued support throughout the publishing process.   Kindest regards,   The Editors and Staff of NOVA Times

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