March 2020


3rd grade student growing wheat grass

3/30/2020

This is Hana a 3rd grade student growing wheat grass that she planted on March 16th for her IPC project on growing their own food. She is growing wheat grass as it can be used to make healthy smoothies and also can be used as home decorations for Easter. Hana’s photo is taken on March 25th, 9 days after she planted. Well done!

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A Guide to Digital Wellbeing While Staying Home

3/27/2020

Our faculty member Mr. Ristovski has written this blog post on the importance of digital well-being and how to achieve it. The article is available on this link: https://foxmediahouse.com/guide-to-digital-wellbeing-while-staying-home/

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3rd grade student preparing for her IPC class

3/26/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with you Teisa, one of our 3rd grade students that is preparing for her IPC class, by planting by using cotton instead of soil for this experiment. As you can tell, her platning skills are excellent.  

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Siblings joining forces to complete their assignments

3/26/2020

Siblings joining forces to complete their assignments from our virtual learning program. We love this joint effort by our Nova families.

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Library Newsletter

3/25/2020

Dear Nova community, today we share with you another resource created by our school librarians. They’ve made a selection of on-line sources related to works of fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels and audio books, accessible to our Nova community, to be used for school projects and pleasure reading. We hope you make the most out of these resources. You can access the Library newsletter by clicking on the link bellow, and using your Nova email address: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12v0jaGo3_6oifwAnWETNl8kG2dabZXiR-R0D74U3l3g/edit?usp=sharing

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Grade 2 students working on home learning assignments

3/25/2020

Today we want to share with you one of our Grade 2 students working on home learning assignments that include: measuring in inches, making a book about a chosen rainforest animal and investigating soil.  

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Useful resources for you and your families

3/25/2020

Dear Nova community, today we share with you two useful resources for you and your families. A selection of animal webcams, as well as zoo and aquarium virtual tours: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/us/coronavirus-zoos-webcams.html?fbclid=IwAR1lmZGPSpj8kP0p6-dLKyFONuAuH8Hee7J4B7F_Yc4whRAFZrC1BACqIVw A list of live virtual concerts to watch during the coronavirus shutdown: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown?fbclid=IwAR2gLXnACGGBBcYJ3c3YVpOTzxePBMBSNOygjQEBO0x13yjfBEhU1JjFvjc

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Grade 5 virtual class

3/23/2020

This Grade 5 class is discussing the ethical issues of cloning, and how scientists made the first cloned animals. The students shared their research notes for and against the issue. They will continue to do their research and state their final opinion to defend in our upcoming virtual debate.

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PreK students' work

3/23/2020

Our Pre-K4 students working from home on their motor skills by sorting and creating necklaces and bracelets from dried pasta.

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PreK students' work

3/23/2020

Students from our Pre-K4 class, were given the task to make up and write a story about their favourite animal or character. So, we would like to introduce you all with 'Simba the cat'

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Update on the Covid-19 virus

3/20/2020

Dear NOVA community,   Update as of March 20th: Our government instituted a 30-day state of emergency earlier this week, closing airports, warning against travel, restricting social gatherings and movement. This decision has extended our online learning plan until Tuesday, April 21 at the earliest, notwithstanding additional extensions mandated by our government, or by our school.  We decided NOT to change our school calendar, and NOT to change our spring break dates. This year the spring break will not help connecting to others, or traveling, but after 5 weeks of online learning, it will offer a much needed relief for everyone after being constantly plugged-in.  Update as of March 16th: Please note that the school is currently closed. We have only essential staff on duty, and will be answering phones from 10am-2pm.  Update as of March 10th: Dear all,  Research published today suggests that there is an average 5-day incubation period for the novel corona-virus. Transmission rates (during this rather long incubation period) are not well known. An exponential contagion such as the world is witnessing could also be attributed to asymptomatic transmission. No social institution, however proactive and well-equipped is fully ready to prevent all further spread.    Under such circumstances and as a school we must acknowledge that we have an important role in preventing a wider spread of the virus. We understand that the public education system in our country is considering closing schools. We are announcing that as of tomorrow morning March 11, 2020 our school is going to Level 4, and our campus will be closed for our students until March 24, 2020. We will follow any additional guidance for schools issued by our government, and extend this period in line with their recommendation, once more information becomes available.         We are enabling our online scenario for the Continuation of Learning during a School Closure. We will ask all our faculty to come to work this week, to support everyone's seamless transfer to an online learning model. Parents, if you haven't already, please expect information from your teachers shortly.    As well, and for obvious reasons, we are postponing our Fundraising Gala. We appreciate the interest for this event, and promise to reschedule it, at the next possible opportune date. We are also postponing the Evening of Classical Music, until further notice.     Parents, we understand that this change may impact your family dynamic, including having to provide for childcare. By moving our programs online we are hopeful that no learning will be lost, and perhaps more importantly, that new learning will be inspired.   We appreciate that in such extraordinary times we bear witness to the overwhelming support and care for each other. I am sure that we will move closer together as a community, despite such circumstances, and also likely because of such circumstances.    Update as of March 8th, 2020: Dear all,We are witnessing a continuing spread of the corona-virus in our region, including more cases in Italy and Greece, and first cases in Serbia, Bulgaria and Albania, including school closures in Italy and Albania. We are concerned about the announcement today of an additional case in Skopje, and the holiday travel which continues to be organized by local tour operators to affected regions. Our crisis management team met early this morning and decided to raise our community's risk assessment to Level 2, starting tomorrow March 10. Below please find clarifications for major areas of operation that are affected by Level 2:  Closed Campus: - All high school students will remain on campus during the entire school day. Please look for HS announcements about additional campus activities and spaces to enrich the day.- Our HS cafeteria is prepared to serve more students; families are also encouraged to pack extra food from home.  - Our faculty and staff can meet with outside members by appointment only, after visitors are screened at the door, using a questionnaire and a thermal check.  School Events: - All Nova community events must include members only.  - We are postponing our HS performance. This is a large scale (500+) event which involves frequent rehearsals (field trips to the theater) and many non-Nova invitees. We will consider alternative formats for staging it soon, please stay tuned for updates.  - All field trips are cancelled (with many of them postponed or taking on a different format)- The upcoming Fundraising Gala is organized by the Alumni Association and the PTA, and will take place. If you have purchased tickets, please attend only if you haven't traveled to an affected region (on the government's travel advisory), and do not exhibit any flu-like symptoms. Please expect additional screenings at the door. We apologize for the inconvenience. Bus service:  Our bus service continues to run as normal. Signs on our buses indicate that we do not allow children with flu-like or common cold symptoms to board. We cannot allow boarding with common cold symptoms only because a medical distinction cannot be made by our bus staff. We appreciate your understanding.    Workplace health protocols:  - Our Cleaning and Cafeteria Staff protocols have been updated for Level 2, which includes additional daily cleaning and disinfection of all spaces, and wearing additional protective gear by our kitchen and custodial staff.   School Closure on March 25, 2020:  - Due to being at Level 2 in our risk assessment, we have set aside Wednesday March 25, 2020 to run our first School Closure Drill. Our students will need to remain homeduring the full day, while learning is being facilitated by our teachers entirely online, using class-specific online learning platforms. Our teachers have either finished or are finalizing their planing. In the coming days they send advice on how to access the needed online resources, and how to best support your own child in an online learning environment. We will greatly appreciate parent support and understanding, in planning for their child to stay at home on March 25, 2020, and for helping them have a productive day of learning. We continue to monitor the corona-virus situation by liaising with the Macedonian authorities, our regional school association, and the US Embassy in Skopje, and we will update you on our plans and next steps. Please stick to normal precautionary measures common for any flu season, and do not forget to be kind to others. The very best to everyone on this Monday afternoon.  For more information please visit our Covid-19 resource page: https://nova.edu.mk/covid-19_resources_.aspx.   

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A poem by NOVA student Anastasija Azzura Baharudim

3/20/2020

This is a poem written by our student Anastasija Azzura Baharudim, as part of the assignments that students from grade 9 are having this week about empathy and kindness during the COVID - 19 outbreak. Students are creating posters/poems/videos/essays trying to give answers to the questions who is a hero today, how can we help those who are mostly affected by this situation and how can we show personal responsibility right now.

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A poem by NOVA student Adora Limani

3/19/2020

This is a poem written by our student Adora Limani, as part of the assignments that students from grade 9 are having this week about empathy and kindness during the COVID - 19 outbreak. Students are creating posters/poems/videos/essays trying to give answers to the questions who is a hero today, how can we help those who are mostly affected by this situation and how can we show personal responsibility right now.

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Virtual learning day, in the life of a Physics student.

3/19/2020

Virtual learning day, in the life of a Physics student.

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New HS Student Council page

3/18/2020

We're happy to promote the new HS Student Council (SC) page. There you'll be able to find general info about the SC, their future goals, past and planned events. They've also added a page for students looking for activites due to school closure related to the covid-19 pandemic. https://nova.edu.mk/student_council.aspx 

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Virtual Learning at NOVA

3/18/2020

If you’re wondering how we are conducting our virtual classes, here is a short video overview of daily activities in the Elementary and Middle School.

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How to use Google Meet

3/18/2020

Having trouble setting up your Google Meet for an upcoming class conference. Not to worry, our faculty member Mr. Igor Ristovski has a short step by step tutorial for you.

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Online learning

3/16/2020

Dear Nova community, This Monday, March 16th, marks the fourth day in our online learning experience. Our students and parents will be joining their virtual classrooms again, and hopefully we will have another successful week of learning. We fully understand that in addition to our virtual classroom, families are looking for additional educational opportunities for their children. So, we wanted to contribute some educational resources that our teachers and admin have found. Hope you will find them useful: On the link below you can follow a long list of educational companies that are offering free subscriptions. Each of these websites will allow you to sign-up for free and help your child along with their education.  More information on this link On the link below you can find a list of digital platforms that the Macedonian Ministry of Education is recommending for students to use: More information on this link Pearson Learning (offers general support for schools that are closed)  More information on this link Hope this was helpful, NOVA International Schools

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Reading Buddies program

3/9/2020

Our kindergartners, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, enjoying reading to each other last Friday. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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Lego Robotics mission-completion: The City Shaper

3/6/2020

At the end, MS and HS Robotics team members have joined their forces and are now getting ready for their first National FLL tournament. Check out our new Lego Robotics mission-completion: The City Shaper. All tasks you see have been preprogramed, the robot is not being remote controlled.

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Postponed - HS Performance - Social Media Menace

3/6/2020

This event will be postponed. The time and date for the upcoming HS performance will be communicated soon with all of you. Thank you for the understanding. Nova is proud to announce the annual High School Performance titled 'Social Media Menace', happening on the 20th of March 2020, in the Macedonian National Theater [main stage]. Hope to see all of you there!

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Nova in the Promotion of Human Values project

3/2/2020

Dear NOVA Community, we are happy to report that we have started with the Red Cross Program – Promotion of Human Values. We have joined this program 6 years ago and had many successful projects led by our students that had major impact in the community. Red Cross in Action – Promotion of Human Values (RCA-PHV) is a National Program that is being implemented in our country for more than 20 years by the City Red Cross of Skopje. Over 1200 students from different high schools in Macedonia are going through this program and more than 150 projects are realized and completed each year. The mission of the program RCA-PHV is embracing differences and promoting culture of dialog as a core precondition for creating an intercultural society and promoting an active knowledge and active approach towards life, through the fundamental principles and values of Red Cross. In the past two weeks 17 of our students have attended three different workshops where they have learned about the history and the activities of the Red Cross and the importance of being socially responsible. In the next two months (March and April) they will run their own projects. All the projects are evaluated by the Red Cross team and are awarded points for their impact on the community. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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February 2020


Postponed- Nova Gala Night

2/26/2020

This event has been postponed (from the date indicated in the event description). We will inform everyone in a timely manner about the new date and time for this performance.   The Nova Parent Teacher Association [PTA] alongside the Nova Alumni Association [NAA] is thrilled to invite you to attend the Nova Gala Night, Thursday, March 12th, 19:00 at the Park Hotel Restaurant Four. The evening promises to be a memorable one, celebrating the creation of the Nova Community Scholarship Fund, and providing recognition to those who contribute. You can find more information about the Nova Gala Night in your email invitations.

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6th Grade Students Drama Performance

2/26/2020

Two weeks ago, 6th grade students had the drama performance: OBJECT HAVE SOULS TOO We had the opportunity to see the students play the objects such as clock, chair, book, two notebooks, paper, table, shoes and the banana, who was an outsider in the company. We saw how they came to life through their creative writing and in the end with their acting. The performance went great, our students enjoyed on the stage and send us a message to be more gentle with the objects around us. This group was led and mentored by our drama teacher Tome Stankovski

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Interview with our EMS Counselors

2/26/2020

A big part of the educational process at the international school Nova in Skopje is paying attention to the social-emotional learning of the students which can be simply explained as learning about ourselves and others. (link)

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The Sound Of NOVA

2/25/2020

We are happy to share that our MS Music class for 7 grade had a Music Talent Show called "The Sound Of NOVA" as part of the MYP Unit "Competition". At first, the students were competing within their classes, performing individually, in pairs or small groups of three, with songs of their choice. After we got the winning groups from each of the three classes, we had our finals, where Galena Kuzmanovska and Aleksandar Ata Radevski were representing 7 Silver, Anabela Angelovska was 7 Coral's representative and Vanja Velkova and Marija Krsteska from 7 Aqua who won the final competition too. The students were able to vote for their favorites, as well as the jury consisted of Ms Ana Hristova (MS Music Teacher), Ms Aneta Mechalova (ES Music Teacher) and Ms Maja Taneva (MS Art Teacher). Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA International School is an IB Middle Years Programme candidate school

2/19/2020

One of NOVA’s key aims during the 2019-2020 academic year was to secure candidacy in the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP is a challenging learners framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP is a five-year program (grades 6-10), and students who complete the MYP will be well-prepared to undertake NOVA's IB Diploma Programme (DP). The IB program is considered one of the best preparations for continuing university studies across the world, at recognized institutions of higher learning.  We are pleased to announce that we were granted candidacy in the MYP as of February 18th, 2020. We will be commencing our MYP program from August 2020 and work through the authorization process with the IB, with the target of becoming fully authorized, no later than the academic 2023-24. In the interim the school will be provided access to the IB Programme Resource Centre, containing important resources required for authorization. The school has created a clear action plan leading to authorization and allocated an appropriate budget for program implementation, including providing professional development opportunities for all teachers involved in the MYP. Our new school campus has been designed to reflect the new MYP reality. We look forward to planning and facilitating a truly inquiry, standards based program. This commitment to changing and supporting best professional practices will ensure the learning and future growth our school community.  For more information about the MYP you can visit the following link: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/.  *Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. 

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Grade 5 Students, Exit Point [Baking process]

2/18/2020

What are the physical and chemical changes that happen during the baking process? Driven by this main statement of inquiry in our IPC chemistry unit Bake It, grade 5 students researched and experimented with all the bread ingredients to find out answers and ask additional questions. Learning that atoms are the basic units of matter, they all participated in the "atomic dance" role playing the subatomic particles. The fifth graders also led the community service and collected about 200 home-baked meals for socially disadvantaged people in our community. In addition, during our Valentine's food drive, "Show love, choose kindness" lots of packaged food items were collected to be donated to #retweetameal and NGO Kindness. We, as an international school, would like to model kindness and thoughtfulness wherever we go in this world. Check out the photo gallery from the event here Parts of an Atom Song - Performance by 5th Grade Students:

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PTA Valentine’s Cookie Day

2/18/2020

2020 School PTA Valentine’s Cookie Day was celebrated and much love and delicious cookies were shared, for a greater cause: donations to this year’s NOVA Family Bazaar beneficiary and vital NOVA school projects benefiting NOVA students! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA HS Robotic Team featured on MTV1

2/17/2020

Today representatives from our Nova Robotics club gave an interview for our national public broadcaster Македонска Радио Телевизија. Ankica, Igor and Elena talked about the participation of our robotics club in Bucharest, where the team won the ConnectAward, which is an acknowledgment for our Robotics club and school about the constant and consistent outreach to the community, our middle school and other teams, as well as developing connections in the STEM Filed. They also talked about the activities of our Robotics club in our school. Watch the full interview on the link bellow:  

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Nova students volunteer at the 'Golden Race'

2/17/2020

On Saturday, our NOVA volunteers were volunteering and running at the Golden Race, organized to mark International Childhood Cancer Day at the City Park. The event was organized to express support for 20 children patients currently staying at the Children's Hospital, at the Oncology department, and at the same time to send a message of hope for all children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Students take the lead in our math classes

2/14/2020

Students in our HS division were given a chance during their math classes to create presentations on a topic of their own choosing, connected to the course content, and then to present it to their classmates. Each student had 10 minutes to present and then challenge the class to a discussion. Some of the presentation topics included: How did the Romans/ Egyptians solve math problems? Is there math in Bach’s music?, Escher’s paintings? Celsius versus Fahrenheit? Check out the photo gallery form the event here

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IB Diploma Programme Applications

2/14/2020

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PTA Valentine's Cookie Day

2/13/2020

Dear parents, the 6th annual school VALENTINE’ s COOKIE DAY and GRAMS’ sale will be held on FEBRUARY 13th at the HS auditorium from 11am-1pm. This is a highly anticipated school bake sale fundraiser organized by your fellow NOVA parents at the NOVA PTA. It that has grown into a “sweet” school tradition where students can purchase delicious freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and Valentine’s grams’ to share them with their loved ones or gift them to special persons in their life. We are proud to be able to support the act of sharing, showing love and appreciation of others; and, teaching students the power of a loving gesture while at the same time raising funds to support a noble cause. Proceeds will benefit NOVA school projects and initiatives and this year’s 2020 NOVA Family Bazaar beneficiary.

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Theater performances #Nova 8th graders

2/13/2020

Two weeks ago, 8A and 8B drama students had a theater performances in our MS library. 8A students showed us their dreams, their nightmares, and the meaning of living the dream with the performance: IN THE DREAM. While the 8B students confessed their souls and traumas to the humans acting as animals, with the performance: IN THE ANIMAL'S SKIN. Both performances were successfully played by our drama talents. Both groups were led and mentored by our drama teacher: Tome Stankovski. Check out the photo gallery for the event here

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Nova #Robotics club wins the #ConnectAward

2/13/2020

Our #Robotics club recently participated in the #CEESA Robotics competition in Zagreb. Our team was the recipient of the #ConnectAward, which is an acknowledgment for our Robotics club and school about the constant and consistent outreach to the community, our middle school and other teams, as well as developing connections in the STEM Filed. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Nova wins 2nd place on a #CEESA HS KB tournament

2/12/2020

On the 7th and 8th of February 2020, in Zagreb, the CEESA HS KB tournament took place. Six schools took part in this competition, including Skopje, Belgrade, Vienna, Krakow, Moscow, and Zagreb. Our first team [Nova A - team] deservedly won the second place in the tournament, thus continuing the unbroken sequence of six consecutive medal-winning seasons. For the members of our two KB teams, this was an invaluable learning experience. Eight students spent four days together with their peers, competing, socializing, sharing their ideas, and generally having a great time. Friday, the first day of the tournament, brought the initial sign of our team's success - we had the best score on the written round. In the evening, after the end of the Head to Head rounds, our first team was seeded second out of fourteen teams for the final rounds on Saturday. The next day, after a series of exciting matches, our first team secured a spot in the finals and eventually won second place out of fourteen teams. Our second team shared the respectable fifth/sixth place. We, as coaches, are particularly proud of this success since this turned out to be the most competitive tournament that we played in the last seven years. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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IB Spanish B class learns the story about Frida Kahlo

2/12/2020

During the IB Spanish B class, the students watched the movie Frida and discussed the personal circumstances that led Frida to be a great artist. They also discussed whether Frida would have been a great artist if she hadn't had the accident that obliged her to stay in bed for a long period of time. Our IB student Pelin Balaban found the story about Frida very interesting, and as part of CAS, she decided to decorate the classroom with the face of Frida and the flowers she wore as a headband.

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Nova Hosts the CEESA MS #MathCounts Competition

2/11/2020

This past weekend Nova hosted the CEESA Middle School #MathCounts Competition. #Nova hosted four other CEESA schools, including the schools from Belrade, Tbilisi and Budapest. In total we had 32 visiting students, and 8 coaches. #Nova participated with four teams, and a total of 16 students. We are proud of our middle school students; they put their enthusiasm and their best math skills to finish fifth as a team, and we had 3 students in the best 12 individuals. Our own Peter Buttemere finished second after the first day, but he was not able to play the second day for the medal. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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10 grade student gather food and clothes for those in need

2/10/2020

Very often, we have little to no idea of the daily struggles many in our community face each day. As part of her project, our 10-grade student, Arta Kurti has managed to gather food and clothes for those in need. We thank Arta and other students for taking the time and energy to bring donation packages that will be distributed to the community by the Red Cross.

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Reading Buddies @ Nova EMS

2/10/2020

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

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Nova Alumni Association - Timeline of Events

2/4/2020

The Nova Alumni Association was established back in 2018. Today we share with you a timeline of activities that we've conducted over the course of two years. We are also announcing a spring surprise event for all of our alums and broader community.

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January 2020


MS basketball tournament, Sofia

1/31/2020

During the past weekend four (4) SUPERNOVA teams with a total of thirty-one (31) MS boys and girls participated in the invitational MS basketball tournament organized by the Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria. This tournament was a great opportunity for all students to gain valuable international basketball experience, learn more about the game of basketball and prepare better for the official CEESA MS basketball tournaments taking place in March. Throughout the tournament all students played very well, demonstrated exemplary behavior and were great representatives of our community The coaches were true role models and led their teams with integrity and enthusiasm. We believe the shared photos will help you get a better understanding of the intensity of the matches, team spirit and fun our teams experienced during the past weekend. Our community is proud of our SUPERNOVA MS basketball teams !!! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Young Engineers @Nova

1/31/2020

The STEM of @Young Engineers ASA activity continues in the second semester at NOVA, with students learning such exciting physics principles such as: angular momentum, lift force, lever principle, speed and power increasing transmission; by building helicopters, motorcycles, dinosaurs out of LEGO blocks, and much much more. We look forward to seeing many students attend the activity every Wednesday from 14.25pm. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Robotics club presentation for our MS students

1/30/2020

Three students from NOVA HS gave a presentation to MS students on Wednesday about Robotics Club to encourage participation in the club and how it relates to STEM. They presented two robots they have created and one that will go to competition. They are encouraging all students of different talents to join the club as it takes a team of many talents to create something unique. Students who are interested in programming, engineering, writing, video game playing, and working with a group are welcome to join. Each of our students have many individual talents that would be welcome. Thank you HS for sharing your talents in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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The Reading Buddies

1/29/2020

The Reading Buddies season is officially open! 5th and 3rd grade students enjoy reading to each other.

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Future of NOVA info sessions

1/28/2020

Dear Nova Community,   We are pleased to invite you to an exciting two-part information session on the future of Nova:   Session one will be held Tuesday, January 28 from 17:00-18:00 and include an overview of our mission, action plan and goals for the next several years. Session two will be held Thursday, January 30 from 8:00-9:00 and include specifics about the IB MYP program.  If you are interested, we are asking you to please signup HERE, due to space constraints. Please look for a reminder email next week with an announcement about both venues.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

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ASA Fair 2.0

1/27/2020

The After School Activities Fair for the second semester took place on Thursday, January 23rd. Students and parents who attended this event had a chance to meet the ASA instructors and our ASA Coordinator, and learn more about the ASA Program. This semester's program offers a variety of activities, 22 activities in total, including sport activities, performance & arts and academic activities available for our students, adding 3 NEW Activities, ES Dancing Yoga, MS Drama, MS Germanic Languages club. We encourage everyone to take part in our fun and educational ASA program. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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New year, new exciting unit in our EMS curriculum

1/24/2020

We begin the year in our Elementary and Middle School with a new educational unit. This month, our Nova 4th graders are going to learn about 'The Time Tunnel'. The main focus of the unit is on the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. By the end of this unit we expect students to get acquainted with the most significant people and events related to these ancient civilizations as well as to learn about changes in different periods in history. On these photos you can see the students grouping pictures of different objects used in a certain period from the past. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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INTERVIEW: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY IN NOVA

1/23/2020

Good day dear Nova community, with this e-interview we would like to open a discussion about the importance of  ‘professional learning communities (PLC)’ for educational institutions. In order to achieve that, we decided to ask several questions to our colleagues Ms. Kristen Fink a middle school social studies teacher, and Ms. Radica Jovanovski an elementary school homeroom teacher on the topic of  PLC.  This is our interview with them. NOVA: Please describe for us the professional learning opportunity or opportunities you have attended in the past year.  Kristen Fink: Last year we had a wide variety of Professional Learning offered on site at NOVA, including Ken O'Connor's presentations on standards based teaching and grading, Ellen Donnelly's report on meeting the needs of different learners, Myron Dueck's presentations on assessment and competencies, and Peter Welch's look at international student population and how best to communicate with and reach each student as an individual, rather than just a representative of their home culture or country. Outside of NOVA, I also completed the National Geographic Certified Educator certification program and an additional Service Learning project training. Radica Jovanovski: Dr.Fran Prolman’s presentation on Transforming Schools -Leading and Learning in Complex  Systems, focused on the lenses we look through addressing trust, fear, and transformation. Also, expanding our strategies for building an inclusive and welcoming community of learners.    NOVA: How has this learning opportunity affected your teaching philosophy/style? Kristen Fink: Ken O'Connor and Myron Dueck's assessment suggestions have greatly impacted me; they further reinforced a commitment to standards-based grading and the importance of honest feedback and transparency with students. The National Geographic Certified Educator helped me see how our school curriculum connects to the greater world, and opened up new sources of information and support. Radica Jovanovski: This learning opportunity has helped me to develop my consciousness, intentionality, and skill set to foster transformation through collaboration. Through the analysis of the 5 categories of trust, I have learned how to intentionally model and build trust. Also, it has helped me to build a psychologically safe learning environment.    NOVA: How important would you say such opportunities are for our faculty and staff? Kristen Fink: I think they are VERY important, but only if they are reinforced and teachers are given the time to apply what they learned. Last year we had so many amazing ideas pitched to us, but no time to explore or apply them. We didn't have enough (in my opinion) training on the new systems we were using; IPC/IMYC, Classroom Monitor, etc. Now with the move to MYP it's important to ensure teachers are trained to do what they are expected to to day-to-day, and then to add on additional levels when teachers are ready and have the time to implement them properly.  Radica Jovanovski: These learning opportunities are very important for each staff and faculty member because one small change can have massive implications. Systems continue to change, studying and planning make the system smoother.   

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Large survey gathering BMI data in Nova

1/23/2020

As part of the short section on Statistics in Mathematics 9 Honors course, our 9th graders have conducted a large survey gathering data from 262 participants from all grade levels at the high school, plus the admin team. The generated dataset had 1310 entries, which were carefully filtered out and analyzed by the students. As a final product, students have generated Box-and-Whisker plots to get a better sense of the distribution of the BMI over grade levels and admin team. Comparing the distributions to a supplied BMI key, students concluded that, overall, people at NOVA have a good BMI, but there's definitely room for improvement. Precious lesson was that not all data entries are to be trusted, as some figures revealed values of BMI that were obviously flawed. We're still not sure if those were common error, or a good prank from a witty student. The teacher was also enthusiastic about the project, and created a joint plot in R for easier comparison of the distributions of BMI between the grade levels and admin. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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

1/16/2020

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

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Parent Enrichment Evening [Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally]

1/16/2020

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

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Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally

1/15/2020

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

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

1/14/2020

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

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