September 2021


Spirit Day @ Lower Secondary School

9/29/2021

Celebrating the start of the week, Lower Secondary Students took part in Spirit Day and engaged in friendly competition organised by the events team and P.E. teachers. Students took part in feats of strength and skill as their friends cheered them on. The winning advisory class in  was rewarded with a pizza party the following day. In future Spirit Days, students will turn their focus towards helping the community at the same time as they have fun outdoors.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Inside MYP Design Class

9/28/2021

This is the MYP Design class year 3. In this class students learn the importance of the world wide web, by learning how to build a website and how to deploy it online. Students take on projects ranging from building an e-mail newsletter all the way through building a website in WordPress. Check out the photo gallery from the class here

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Spirit Day

9/27/2021

On Monday, September 27th after school (1:15 - 2:00 PM) the school will organise an outdoor team building activity (Spirit Day) for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The intention of this event is to have our students socialize and bond while accomplishing a few team-building activities and competing for the team of their advisory class.

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Fundraiser Masquerade Ball at NOVA

9/27/2021

NOVA students Arta Kurti, Alessandro Cantile, and Federico Angioni, as well as a management team of nine additional students, planned the fundraiser Black & White Masquerade Ball. The masquerade event was held to collect funds to help the National & University Library "St. Clement of Ohrid" . It was one of the first institutions formed by the Anti-Fascist Assembly of National Liberation's resolution in 1944. The library issued a public appeal for donations through the media, and we as students were able to raise a total of 500 euros to contribute to the national library. We hope to be one of the first few steps in assisting this significant historical landmark, in order to sustain its operations. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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ES Back to School Open House

9/27/2021

During the week of September 20th, NOVA International School was delighted to invite parents from grades 2-5 on campus each day for an outdoor event where they were able to meet their child's teacher, hear more about their child's daily activities, and see live streaming from their child's classroom. Parents enjoyed being on campus again and interacting together and meeting families new to our school.  Thank you to parents, teachers, and administration who made this a very successful event. Check out the photo gallery from the events here

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Child Protection workshops

9/24/2021

During August and September our student services, school nurses and counselling staff, along with school leadership attended a a number of Child Protection workshops. These workshops included exploration and discussion of a variety of complex strategic issues, and were intended to assist the school in updating and building on its robust Child Protection policies, all in the interest of ensuring the health, and emotional and physical wellbeing of every NOVA student.   https://112safeguarding.com/news-2/  

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Yoga in the Park

9/23/2021

As part of the #WeektoAct4SDGs and in connection to the goal "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages" we are organizing fun and inspirational yoga session.This session aims to connect us to the natural outdoors, through a relaxing, energizing, and breathtaking yoga session, improving wellbeing and creating a positive ripple effect throughout our community.DetailsMeeting place: Skolka (City Park)Time: 3:00 pm

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Food Donations

9/22/2021

Dear all, As part of the SDGs week, today we are organizing a food drive for young people without parental care. You can leave your donations in a marked box in the HS Auditorium. Please note that you can bring pasta, beans, oil, flour, sugar, canned food, shelf milk, etc.  

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Global Week to Act4SDGs

9/20/2021

Each year millions of people across the world mobilize to take individual and collective action for people and the planet while world leaders meet at the UN General Assembly. The goal is to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the universal plan to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.The Global Week to #Act4SDGs (17-28 September) aims to drive collective action, mobilizing key stakeholders from all sectors to drive change while reminding world leaders that people around the world are doing their part to accelerate progress on the SDGs.It joins committed individuals, organizations and growing SDG networks to channel the power of people to act on the Goals – and inspire others to do the same.We've also made effort to take action in our Nova community, so below is a list of our planned activites during this week and everyone are invited to take part.

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EEC and Grade 1 Back to School Open House

9/10/2021

This week we were delighted to have invited (Grade 1, Kindergarten, PK) parents into school for a Back to School Open House in our outdoor space to meet the teachers, learn more about their child's class, visit the PK and Kindergarten classrooms, and see a live stream from the classroom of their child working. We are off to a great start of a new year of learning. Thank you parents for your participation in this special event. Check out the photo gallery from the events here

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After School Activity - Permaculture Gardening

9/10/2021

The group activity of this session was making seed bombs. During the activity students learned about different types of soil based on structure, texture, dimensions of soil particles, colour, smell, density etc. Furthermore they learned about different types of seed based on dimensions, seasonality, shape, colour etc. The most important aspect of the activity was for students to learn through hands on experience and creative play, a gardening technique that is practiced in natural farming, first developed by Masanobu Fukuoka, also known as seed balls or nendo dango (Japanese: 粘土団子). For that purpose students used a variety of seeds, compost, clay and water to prepare the dough-like mixture, which they manually kneaded to form their seed bombs. This after school activity is open for grades 1 - 5 and its held every Monday and Wednesday from 2.30pm. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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First two weeks of school for the Early Education Center

9/6/2021

"It has been a busy, eventful and exciting first two weeks of school for the Early Education Center. We've welcomed many new families and welcomed back many of our returning ones. Students have been busy getting to know their teachers, their new classmates and school routines. Our PreK students have been adjusting to the lengthy school day, and have begun participating in their speciality classes: Dance and PE. Kindergarten students on the other hand, have begun their transition to having a regular Elementary School schedule, and are keeping busy from the very beginning of each school day, up to the very end. We look forward to a great year ahead. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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PTA Coffee Hour

9/3/2021

New parents from both divisions were invited to Nova’s backyard for the first Nova PTA Coffee Hour of the year. It was a great time for new parents to meet others and representatives from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Nova Administration were there to welcome them and answer their questions. We invite all Nova parents to join us for upcoming PTA Coffee Hours that will be hosted regularly throughout the school year.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Meet Sanja Mitrevska our new SS Business Management Teacher

9/2/2021

Hello! My name is Sanja Mitrovska and I will be teaching Business Management at NOVA. I am passionate about entrepreneurship and making an impact on society. On one hand I love my job as founder and CEO of Networker where in 2020 we raised 250 000 euros for 20 startups developed using Google Design Sprint methodology. On the other hand I enjoy working with students and encourage them, through mentorship and real life experiences, in realizing their entrepreneurial dreams. What motivates me? - The next challenge! *more about me you can read on this website: https://www.sanjamitrovska.com/

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August 2021


Meet Ivana Pemper our new SS CDL Assistant

8/30/2021

Hello everybody, and thank you for your warm welcome in the Nova community. My name is Ivana Pemper. I finished my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and I am a certified teacher. Right now, I am finishing the Master's program in Clinical Psychology. I have a strong passion for psychology and pedagogy and my role in Nova will be as a Secondary School Learning Assistant. I see education as a core value for society and working with students feels that I am doing a job that is impactful. I will apply my knowledge and experience to motivate and guide the students to maximize their academic performance, as well as paying close attention to their mental health and well-being. In my free time, I like to spend time in nature, reading self-improvement books, and cooking vegetarian food. Looking forward to this new and exciting journey!

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NOVA Faculty and Staff Hangout Hour

8/30/2021

During the first week of school, faculty and staff spent a beautiful afternoon relaxing and socialising. Physically distanced but collegially close, as always.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Meet Ljupka Kolacheska our new SS Admissions Coordinator

8/27/2021

I flew over from the aviation sector :)  Previously a passenger handling agent and a former flight attendant with a Masters degree in Constitutional law. Passionate about  human rights and a vocal feminist. Mother of two little monsters.

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Meet Justin Freeman our new SS Math Teacher

8/26/2021

Hi! I am Justin Freeman, and I will be teaching math in upper secondary. I have been teaching DP Math (SL, HL, and Further) for the past 10 years, and am very happy to finally have a chance to teach MYP. My wife, Heidi, will be teaching fifth grade, and my daughters, Iris and Sage, will be in 9th and 7th grades, respectively. Our family loves mountains, snow, and lakes. For the last six years our family has lived in The Netherlands; while we enjoyed this experience, it was challenging to live in such a flat country. We are so excited to hike, run, and ski in the beautiful mountains of Macedonia.

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Meet Anastasija Andreeva our new School Nurse

8/25/2021

Hello everyone, I am Anastasija. I'm going to be the new SS nurse. I used to work in a hospital in the ICU and semi ICU wards and I also worked in the Covid ICU ward during the pandemic last year. I am really excited to start working and getting to know you all. Have a great day :)

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Meet Vesna Gjurkovska Kaeska our new EEC Dance/PE Teacher

8/24/2021

Hello, I am Vesnaand I love to dance, and teaching the cutest ones NOVA provides me the chance. So, if you see me aroundjumping with ropes and ballsthat's becauseI would have one more role. The PE teacher, yes, that would be meSo, activity is a mustif you want to be in my company :)  I also have a passion forfood, drama and singinghealthy eating, but also cooking. I am funny and creativesometimes very shy, I wrote these rhymesand I still don't know why :) I feel great being here, and learning even more, I hope that we can share not justwork duties, but also respect and love. 

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Elementary School New Family Orientation

8/24/2021

On Friday, August 20th Nova Elementary School was delighted to host a New Family Orientation for the 2021/22 school year.  Last year the event was held online and this year, with safety protocols in place, we were delighted to invite families on campus. Families were introduced to the Elementary School Teaching Teams, students and their family met the homeroom teachers, were able to see their classroom, and they met and talked to their Specialist Teachers.  Within each classroom, the families had a presentation by the teacher and the students had some activities they interacted with.  Overall it was a wonderful experience for everyone and a great start to the new school year.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Meet Heidi Freeman our new ES Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher

8/23/2021

I am Heidi Freeman, the new 5th grade teacher. My family and I have just moved from The Netherlands where my husband, Justin, and I were teaching at the American School of the Hague for six years. I have been teaching since 1996 in both private and public schools in New Hampshire and Utah as well as at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic. I'm an avid reader and passionate about literacy and fostering a reading life in my students. I enjoy getting to know people and I am known as a talker! I love to take photographs and travel as much as possible. We have two daughters, Iris is in 9th grade here at Nova and Sage in 7th grade. We have been living in a very flat country and we are thrilled to be in this beautifully mountainous country where we plan to do lots of hiking, skiing, swimming, biking and exploring! We love winter, snow and cold temps so this extreme summer heat is definitely an adjustment for us. When we tell people where we are moving to, not many people know where Macedonia is and they have to look it up on a map. As we explore the Balkans we hope to broaden not only our experiences, but those of our family and friends. I wish you all a great school year and I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Early Education Center New Family Orientation

8/23/2021

On Friday, August 20th Nova Early Education Center was delighted to host a New Family Orientation for the 2021/22 school year.  Last year the event was held online and this year, with safety protocols in place, we were delighted to invite families on campus. Families were introduced to the Early Education Center Teaching Teams, students and their family met the homeroom teachers, were able to see their classroom, and they met and talked to their Specialist Teachers.  Within each classroom, the families had a presentation by the teacher and the students had some activities they interacted with.  Overall it was a wonderful experience for everyone and a great start to the new school year.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Meet Kaye McNeill our new SS Math Teacher

8/20/2021

My name is Kaye and I will be teaching MYP Mathematics at Nova this year. I'm originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, but I've spent the last 11 years living in Bangkok, Thailand. I'm a mathematician and I've been a qualified math and science teacher for 13 years. As a teacher, I'm passionate about helping students enjoy learning math, inspiring an interest in the subject, project based learning, holistic education, and relationship building. In my personal life, I'm passionate about functional fitness training, health and wellness, plant based living, animal rights, and coffee :)   I'm thrilled to be a part of the Nova community, and I'm looking forward to a wonderful year ahead! 

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Meet Rosa Maria Tapia Rodrigues de Zdravkov our new SS Spanish Language Teacher

8/18/2021

Hola! My name is Rosa Maria Tapia, originally from Lima, Peru but actually living in Macedonia . I have a certified degree in Education. I have worked as a homeroom teacher for eight years at a private school in Peru and three years as a youth counselor at an international cruise company. I love traveling and meeting people around the world. This year I will be a Spanish teacher so be ready to have fun and learn more about this beautiful language.  

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Meet Gaetan Hulot our new SS Individuals and Societies Teacher

8/17/2021

My name is Gaëtan Hulot. I’m French and I have studied Biology for 3 years in Strasbourg, and then Philosophy for many years (I am currently finishing my PhD). When I finished my Masters, in 2011, I moved to Skopje with my (Macedonian) wife, and we’ve been living in Macedonia for the better part of the last 10 years (now with a baby). I have some experience as a French teacher at several schools in Skopje, mostly at the French Institute, as well as in France, where I have spent a year teaching History and another year giving lessons in literacy (French, reading and writing, math, digital literacy). I am sure we’ll have a lovely year.

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Meet Emily Dunnagan our new Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher

8/16/2021

My name is Emily Dunnagan and it is my pleasure to be joining the Elementary School team. I will be teaching a Grade 4 homeroom.  I have over fifteen years of total teaching experience in American public schools and International Schools. I most recently taught in Tokyo, Japan.  I have a special love for reading and teaching literacy. When I travel I always try to visit bookstores and libraries.  I have collected copies of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar in more than twelve languages so far. I look forward to meeting many of you and your children in the coming school year.

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July 2021


Interview with Film and Theatre faculty, Mr. Dean Damjanoski

7/28/2021

An interview with NOVA's Film and Theatre faculty Dean Damjanoski, and the utility of this curriculum, as a conduit for understanding art for art’s sake, and as a tool that helps students to interpret and understand the world around them. https://www.novamakedonija.com.mk/prilozi/film/филмот-и-театарот-ги-развиваат-аналит/?fbclid=IwAR0LmlVUZ3Nbqp_75sByBSt76nvHnEtxWxeN0SnRVajG-F_Txrzl4iRFplY

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NOVA's WIDA journey

7/26/2021

NOVA International Schools' becoming and remaining an educational leader in our country and beyond requires a lot of time, resources, hard work, and life-long learning on behalf of our teachers. The very same beliefs and qualities we try to instill in our students are the ones we live by daily. Read more about our EAL department's journey of implementation of WIDA International Consortium’s philosophy and resources at NOVA International Schools in WIDA's newsletter below: https://wida.wisc.edu/memberships/isc/members/focus-school-nova-international-schools

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Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2021 featured on NASA TV

7/5/2021

We’re thrilled to announce that this year's Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2021 will be aired on NASA TV this Tuesday July 6th, from 07:15 PM and will be rebroadcasted on Wednesday 7th of July, from 10:00 AM and 05:15 PM and on Thursday 8th of July from 08:15 PM. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing celebration.

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Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony featured on NASA TV

7/2/2021

 We’re thrilled to announce that this year's  Grade 8  Moving Up Ceremony will be aired on NASA TV this Saturday July 3rd, from 08:20 PM and will be rebroadcasted on Sunday 4th of July, from 09:20 AM and 06:20 PM. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing celebration.  

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NOVA Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2021

7/1/2021

With pride and joy, we invite you to attend the Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony video premiere on Thursday, July 1st at 7 PM. After the premiere, the event will be available on Nova's YouTube channel and the FB page. 

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