March 2022


Parent Workshop: Teens and Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

3/30/2022

The PTA invites our Nova community to a workshop on "Teens and Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco" on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Nova Upper Secondary School Library. Our speakers are Dr. Slavica Gajdazis-Knezevic, a distinguished Neuropsychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in dealing with addictions, and Mr. Ivo Kunovski, Nova Alumnus and Clinical Psychologist focused on mental health of adolescents.  Please register your attendance as space is limited. If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact us at pta@nova.edu.mk.

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Owlypia Competition

3/29/2022

Owlypia is an exciting international competition for students of different ages. They aim to inspire intellectual curiosity in every young mind and have a central theme each year.By participating in the Owlypia competitions in five different subject areas, young intellectuals share their creative ideas, develop their multidisciplinary academic skills, unlock their potential, build self- confidence, develop collaborative teamwork skills and create new friendships.Owlypia has five subjects, which are Social Sciences, Art & Design, Literature & Culture, Science & Technology and Economics & Business.Students from NOVA International Schools Grade 5 participated in the Owlypia Locals which was held on the 27th and 28th. They chose different subjects in which they competed individually and as a group.All of the students have qualified for the Owlypia Global challenge which will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on the 20-23 June 2022.Our 5th Grade students won several awards such as First Place for Best Team, 3rd Place for Best Individual and a Gold Medal for Knowledge Challenge. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Nova student visit the National Library

3/25/2022

Secondary students visited the National Library in Skopje and had the chance to see and explore the library, getting familiar with its history and work. Also, they got the chance to work on old manuscripts and see how those manuscripts are being preserved and restored.  Check out the photo gallery from the visit on the following link  

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Wellness Week

3/25/2022

Faculty, students, and staff had the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate during our Wellness Week by engaging in a variety of activities aimed at improving their well-being. Some of the activities included healthy morning snacks, meditation, and for the staff, a social gathering with a raffle activity, which included tickets to various concerts, shows, movie theaters, and restaurants. Check out the photo gallery from the acctivities on the following link

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Club Fair

3/25/2022

The Student Council is happy to announce the first-ever club fair here at Nova.  A club fair is where student-led clubs can be presented to the community and it is a great opportunity to discover your interests and maybe join a club next school year. The event will be held on Friday (25.03)  in the West parking lot during recess (10.40 - 12.10).  This is a wonderful opportunity to get engaged in school life and learn of the different club opportunities at NOVA. 

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Celebrating Student Athletes in Upper Secondary

3/23/2022

This past weekend two of NOVA's 9th graders, Daniel Buttemere and David Davis Hernandez, made the trip to Hungary with their club basketball team, the Vodno Suns Partizan, to compete in the 15 & Under Central European Championship.  The team went 4-0 and captured the title. Congratulations to two of our student-athletes! 

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World Down Syndrome day

3/22/2022

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day March 21, 2022 Nova International Schools was pleased to accept a donation of two copies of Ida Mentan's children's book "The Girl On The Hill". Ida's story is inspired by her own daughter and what a special and wonderful gift she is.  The book is written in both English and Macedonian and is beautifully illustrated by Em Ellephantski. In it, Luna, the girl on the hill, is a beautiful and loving mystery to those around her.  The different characters learn to love and appreciate her as well as the differences they all have that make them unique. We look forward to sharing Luna's story not just with our younger readers but also with our whole community.  

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Be a Hero With an Apron!

3/22/2022

Dear all,Foodtopia, the cooking club initiative is back for another food donation where a simple act of kindness is the only requirement to participate in it. Thanks to our collaboration with the charity organization Kindness (Ljubeznost), we will be collecting any type of donated food this Thursday and Friday. You can either bring packaged food or if you’d like, you could prepare a meal yourself!Make sure that the meal is appropriately packaged and bring it to the designated box in the High School Auditorium on 24.3 and 25.3.Join to make a big change with such small effort!The Foodtopia Team

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Wildlife and habitats around the world

3/18/2022

For the purposes of our monthly theme “Animal rescuer - Wildlife and habitat around the world”, the PreK4 students made two posters: The first one is “Savanna and Jungle Animals”, and the second one is “Arctic/Polar Animals”. Throughout this month, the students learned about different animals, their names, their habitats and the environment they live in. Check out the photo gallery from the activity on the following link

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Nova PTA General Assembly Meeting

3/17/2022

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UNIPALS Peer-to-peer mentoring opportunity!

3/14/2022

Interested in having a personalized mentor opportunity to guide you through your transition from High-school to university? UniPals offers just that with a focus on mental health and emotional support.

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ES Spirit Week

3/9/2022

On Friday of Spirit Week at Nova Elementary School students brought board games and cards to school where they enjoyed a 40 minute moment in the day to play games with their peers.  Playing board games and cards builds relationships, brings people closer, increases brain function, enhances self-esteem and creativity.  Playing games together is just plain fun that promotes laughter and happiness. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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EEC Spirit Week

3/9/2022

On Friday of Spirit Week at Nova Early Education Center students brought board games and cards to school where they enjoyed a 40 minute moment in the day to play games with their peers.  Playing board games and cards builds relationships, brings people closer, increases brain function, enhances self-esteem and creativity.  Playing games together is just plain fun that promotes laughter and happiness. Check out the photo gallery fromthe event on the following link

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Saying goodbye to Spanish in grade 6 Language Carousel

3/8/2022

Grade 6 (6.3) said "hasta la próxima" to Spanish in Language Carousel on Friday. Similar events to mark the end of the portion of the academic year devoted to French and German were celebrated in 6th grade.

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Game Socials in 7th grade

3/8/2022

Friends who play together stay together. Grade 7 builds healthy habits in advisory.

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Monopoly club welcomes former Minister of Finance

3/8/2022

Our student-led Monopoly (Economics) club had the great honor of welcoming and organizing a discussion and Q&A session with entrepreneur, co-founder of Grouper.mk, former Minister of Finance in the Government of North Macedonia, Forbes contributor, and UN Digital Trade, Ms.Nina Angelovska.  We had the pleasure of hosting this event for a number of dedicated and inquisitive student guests and club members, under the supervision of our IB Economics teacher Ms. Marina Perunovska. During the session, Monopoly's club members asked thought-provoking questions that Ms. Angelovska answered with great interest, thus allowing us to create a professional environment appropriate for the discussion of topics stemming from the fields of Ms. Angelovska's expertise. Some topics that were discussed for the most part during our live meeting included e-commerce and e-trade to women in STEM, business development, business development ideas, strategies, et cetera. The session broadened our students' horizons and introduced them to many novel ideas.  Check out the photo gallery from the visit on the following link

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Grade 1 students are music superstars for a day

3/7/2022

Our first-grade students had the chance to record a song and shine in the spotlight for an afternoon of musical magic. We took them to the Alshar music studio which was not only fun but educational as well. They were able to see what a real professional studio looks like, to show off their singing and piano skills and have fun in a real studio, helped by a professional sound engineer and producer. Mr. Ivica, the owner of the studio, was more than happy to answer all of their questions and showed them how he checks the sound levels and operates the mixing desk. At the end of their session, our students had the chance to hear the final product and felt like real superstars!!!

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Our PK3 and PK4 little superheroes

3/4/2022

As part of the unit on superheroes, our PE and Music teachers, Ms. Vesna and Ms. Viki, produced a lovely video. Besides being cute and adorable, our students do truly possess superpowers!!!

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UNHCR Protection Officer Ms. Cristina Bunea gave a guest lesson to the grade 8 students

3/1/2022

On Monday February 14th, Ms. Cristina Bunea, Protection Officer from UNHCR North Macedonia gave a guest lesson to the grade 8 students who are currently studying the refugee crisis in an interdisciplinary Individuals and Societies and English unit. The students have been studying human migration, the classification of asylum-seekers, migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons as well as the international rights of refugees. Ms. Bunea’s interactive lesson allowed the students to role-play an interview with asylum-seekers when they are seeking refugee. The students had the opportunity to ask questions and to learn about the current refugee situation in N. Macedonia. They applied their knowledge about the asylum-seeking process and their understanding of the challenges that refugees face by writing their own narratives, imagining a teenager fleeing their home and seeking asylum in N. Macedonia. This guest lesson was part of an action plan between Nova and the UNHCR for learning and collaboration and helped the students to connect their classroom learning with the community.

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February 2022


'Boris Trajkovski - Nova' scholarship program

2/28/2022

 NOVA International Schools is happy to announce the 'Boris Trajkovski - NOVA 2022' scholarship program!

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NOVA students take part in MathCounts Competition

2/26/2022

NOVA was a part of the International Chapter Math Competition organized by the MathCounts Foundation. The competition took place on Feb 18, 2022 and this year it was held virtually. Our students began preparing for the competition from November, supported by their coaches Simona Naumoska and Nikolche Petrovski, and worked hard to solve challenging math problems. They showed great individual and team math skills and we are very proud of their commitment and dedication. Students that participated in the competition are: Neda Petrovska - grade 8 Adam Chestovaliev - grade 8 Petar Kitanoski - grade 8 Andrei Todorov Bob - grade 7 Furkan Balaban - grade 7 Logan Dimitri Heaslet - grade 7 Mia Chaushevska - grade 6 Ali Omer Evciler - grade 6 We are confident that the student’s results will be rewarding and they will continue to love a good math challenge.

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Grades 6,7, and 8 Work Collaboratively on their Non-Verbal Communication

2/23/2022

Listening to the feedback given by students, LSS Advisories linked up to put on a hybrid event which sought to build communication and collaboration skills in new social contexts, mixing grade levels to create new partnerships. Every student in the LSS took part in a game of 'Charades', organized by advisory teachers, whether they were online or in person. 'Charades' may not be a well known game among this generation, but even the uninitiated quickly pick up the concept. Following the event, which took place during advisory, students were treated to a slice pizza during lunch. We hope that students will bring the game home for some weekend  fun with family during the February Break.  Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Be it Remembered, Knowledge Bowl is a part of the Ethos at NOVA

2/23/2022

This year's third Spirit Day (grades 9-12) was held in celebration of NOVA's recent success in CEESA HS Knowledge Bowl, where NOVA placed third in both team and individual matches. This Spirit Day also recognizes the fact that not only are NOVA's HS KB teams consistently led to victory, but that KB is an engaging activity for competitors and spectators alike. This week, students competed in with their advisory group in one round which included all grade 9/10th grade advisories and one round that included all 11/12th grade advisories. Students raced against time and each other to answer challenging questions across a broad range of subject areas.  A special congratulations to the winners in Ms. Natasa Stojanovska's grade 12 and Mr. Bojan Marina's grade 10 advisory classes, who scored the most points in their respective rounds. Also, a thank you to Mr Tuntev and Mr Marina for arranging the Spirit Day as a hybrid event, overcoming all the special technical and logistical challenges therein. Celebrating the success and fun of CEESA KB is only fitting, as participation in this activity is often one of the most cherished memories of time spent at NOVA by the time students graduate.  Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Valentine's at NOVA

2/22/2022

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CEESA Speech and Debate Competition

2/18/2022

This year, we had the privilege of having six of our MYP students participate in the first-ever CEESA Speech and Debate Competition. The competition was harsh, and our students had to face fearless competitors from Prague, Vienna, Yerevan, Kyiv, and the organizing school QSI Bratislava. But in the end, our team can proudly announce that we were able to prevail. Grade 7 student Galina Aranitasi took first place in the competition for best Oral Interpretation, with her talented interpretation of Homework Eats Dog and Other Woeful Tales, by Alan Haehnel. Grade 7 student Sophie Graf also took first place in the competition for best Original Oratory, with her excellent original speech about Looks, Looks, Looks. Another grade 7 student, Leah Bachmayer, was able to finish second, with her speech on feminism, and the fourth place was captured by our grade 6 student Anisa Sheh who told us about her experience of living through 2021. Finally, Isabel Fry proposed an original speech about the love for books.Galina Aranitasi along with grade 8 student Sofija Slavkova fought tooth and nail in the finals to win the prize for best Debate on the motion: be it resolved, we should ban all anonymous posting and commenting on the internet! We want to thank our faculty who served as coaches and/or accepted to be judges during the competition. Special thanks to our student veterans, Luka and Vedrana from the Upper Secondary Speech & Debate Club, who visited us, shared some advice, and significantly impacted the younger generation. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link  

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NOVA secures individual and team bronze medals in the Knowledge Bowl tournament - In the Media

2/15/2022

             

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Valentine's Day Fundraiser

2/14/2022

The Student Council is organizing its second fundraiser event, with the theme of Valentine'sDay. SC members will be selling cards and candy, on which students can write notes anonymously. They would be distributed throughout the school. Funds raised will be used for animals in danger, either at a shelter for stray dogs. The SC is excited to see students on Monday, February 14th, during the two breaks, from 10.45 - 12.05. 

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NOVA secures individual and team bronze medals in the Knowledge Bowl tournament

2/10/2022

On the 4th and 5th of February 2022, the CEESA HS Knowledge Bowl tournament took place online. Twelve schools took part, with a total of 24 teams competing in the team rounds. In the finals, our first team won the prestigious third place in the overall ranking. This followed their impeccable performance in the qualification rounds, winning all five matches by an overwhelming margin. After these rounds, our team was ranked among the four best teams advancing to the finals. In the quarter-finals, our team lost, and then, in a very suspenseful match, won the bronze medal. On Saturday, in the individual Academic Bee competition, fifty students from the participating CEESA schools competed for the individual trophy. Our own Luka Pavikjevikj managed to win third place in a very fierce and intense competition. He accomplished this feat while playing from home, being in isolation for the entire previous week. The captain of the first team, Maja Teofilovska, brought her expertise, in both the natural sciences and in the arts, as well as her four-year experience in Knowledge Bowl competitions. Federico Bogo’s vast general knowledge and quick reaction time helped secure sweeping victories for our first team. Andrej Davitkov demonstrated his mastery of ancient and recent history, while Peter Buttemere gave many correct answers, especially regarding U.S. topics. Our second team, led by Iskra Mitevska, exceeded the expectations. Luka Pavikjevikj played from home, which was an additional challenge. Kyan Azgour, Marin Ivceski, and Daniel Buttermere, as newcomers to the team, also gave valuable contributions to our success. For the eighth year in a row, the KB Supernovas are among the top three highest-ranked CEESA selections. For the second year in a row, since the individual competition was introduced, we have one of our students among the top three competitors. We trust that this is a result of the hard work and the relentless enthusiasm of our students, and the time we, as coaches, invest into honing our team’s performance skills and recruiting new candidates from all USS grade levels. May we all bowl knowledge well, the proud coaches of KB Supernovas. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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PTA Valentine’s Day Celebration

2/10/2022

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MYP Making Connections

2/8/2022

Our MYP students used their collaboration ATL skills to explore the key concept of Connections within their mother tongue classes. Each student got three letters of three words that make a sentence. They had to collaborate and work effectively together in order to connect the letters and find the words. We had a great discussion afterwards where they reflected on the activity and how the ATL skills help them become better learners.   Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Grade 5 - Author Visit

2/8/2022

With Ms. Popetrevska’s help, NOVA had the pleasure to bring in author Biljana Cervenkovska to meet our grade 5 Macedonian Language groups on Friday, February 4th. The face-to-face discussions, inspired by Shto sonuvashe Dedo Mraz which our students had previously read and analyzed in class, provided students a wonderful and educational experience. Ms. Cervenkovska is best known for her children's and young adult literature. Her works include Svetot na Bibi, Superveshterkata, mackata i sheste volshebni kolacinja, and Tri shareni jajca i edna losha maca and more. All books are available in our library and through our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog): https://novaintlmk.booksys.net/opac/nis/index.html#menuHome.   Check the photo gallery from the visit on the following link

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Covid-19 updates (2021-22)

2/4/2022

Dear NOVA community, Update as of February 4th: Starting from Monday, February 7th, the Secondary School’s timetable will change, extending the class time by 10 minutes, and lengthening the day to 2:35 pm. The changes to students’ schedules should be reflected on everyones’ Alma accounts After School Activities and SuperNOVA programs will officially commence on Monday, February 21st. (sign upHERE)(Schedule  HERE) We don’t anticipate any further delays  ES recess bubbles will be observed for the next two weeks, until Monday, February 21st We’re going to continue rapid antigen testing all students attending in-person schooling on Monday (SS) and Tuesday (ES) Update as of January 28th: In light of the current epidemiological situation, the HSC has decided to temporarily extend rapid antigen testing (RAT)to all students from grades PK3 to grade 12 on a weekly basis. It plans to discontinue the practice once epidemiological conditions provide for it.  Monday, Secondary students (grades 6-12) in the Upper Secondary building Performed the same as the last three weeks Tuesday, Elementary students (grades PK3-5) in the Elementary School building Students will initially go through the arrival process (temperature check) after which they’ll proceed to their classrooms  Homeroom teachers will check their health booklets, and accompany their students to the nurses’ office for their RAT The HSC has prepared detailed instructions for ES teachers convenience, please review them in anticipation of Tuesday’s testing Families that have not provided RAT consent should do so before their child is tested. If your child has tested at school before, you’ve likely already submitted one. If not, please do so to nurse@nova.edu.mk, or have the form brought in physical copy  Students that don’t test on either of those days will be tested on their first day back to school for the week 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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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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MYP Year 1 IDU summative project - survival diaries

1/26/2022

Our MYP Year 1 students had an amazing shelter-building training led by our guest Nathan Fry, a Bilateral Affairs Officer in the US Embassy, Skopje. This was a great hands-on survival learning experience for the students to apply into their final IDU summative project “Survival Diaries”. They were asked to use synthesized knowledge, skills, and understanding from both IaS and ELL subjects to problem solve real-life situations and think creatively to survive natural disasters, dangers, and disease outbreaks in different locations across Macedonia. Check out the photo gallery from the training on the following link

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The Sound of NOVA - Grade 7 Music Ad Competition

1/23/2022

The best way to promote education and NOVA school's values is by letting the students speak for themselves. By creating advertisements with their original music, our students spoke about the importance of education. The winner of the Music Ads Competition "The Sound of NOVA" in the 1st Semester is Amin Jahoski. The jury this year, decided to give a Special Jury Award to Joana Nikolovska as well. Congratulations to them for their creative work with the visuals and music, which sends an authentic and clear message about their own successful educational story at NOVA.

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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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