April 2021


International Jazz Day at NOVA with "Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet"

4/30/2021

This year, NOVA International Schools will mark the International Jazz Day with performances of the exceptional young artists: Ivan Petrovski - Guitar, Filip Dimishkovski - Piano, Andrea Mircheska - Double bass and vocal, and Viktor Filipovski - Drums. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and reinforce international cooperation and communication. The event will be live-streamed on the NOVA International Schools Facebook page, and Skopje Jazz Festival. More information about the event on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1178054842632827

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Gorjan Petrevski, a recognized Macedonian writer visited NOVA

4/23/2021

Gorjan Petrevski, a recognized Macedonian writer visited NOVA in order to unveil children's secrets, to tell about the fragile feelings experienced in adolescence, and take readers on a journey through their own childhood. We had the pleasure of welcoming Gorjan to a lecture for our grade 5-7 students, where he discussed the themes and characters from his most popular novels and the inspirations behind them. It was a beautiful journey through the books of Marta, Spomenka, etc. Chech out the photo gallery from the event here

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Community Meet #9 Macedonian Language and Literature

4/21/2021

Enjoy the first Community meet dedicated to Macedonian language and literature. During the first week of May, NOVA will be holding a festival titled Days of the Macedonian Language. Hear how two of our Macedonian language teachers, Ms.Biljana and Ms.Lidija emphasize the importance of nurturing your mother tongue and share thoughtful activities planned for the next period related to celebrating the Macedonian language.

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PreK- Visit to the ZOO

4/21/2021

What is a better way to learn about animals, than going to the Zoo? Pre-K had a wonderful experience observing and learning interesting facts about penguins, flamingos, lions. We learned what is the difference between crocodiles and alligators (the proof is in the teeth), African and Indian elephants (hint: look at the ears) and how snakes smell food (plot twist: they use their tongues). The hippo was having a bath, and the tiger was having his nap. It was a wonderful adventure, and we hope to go on many more soon. Check out the photo gallery fromn the visit here

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IB Files Podcasts

4/21/2021

The third episode of our podcast IB Files is out. Following its international standards for learning, the IB has ushered in a certain mystery around students not using textbooks. Hear how our IB team addresses any misconceptions you may have. (link)

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Evening of Classical Music

4/20/2021

We are delighted to announce that this year marks the 10th anniversary of our Music department’s favourite event, the Evening of Classical Music. This happening has been inspiring our students and has been recognized and enjoyed by the whole NOVA community. We are looking forward to celebrating together with our first big jubilee with an online premiere on April 20th, at 6pm. We hope and believe that this will be our second and last edition to be held virtually.

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Online Conference "Women Leaders with Successful Careers''

4/19/2021

NOVA student Ana Krckoska is organizing an online conference called, Women Leadership with the subtopic "Women Leaders with Successful Careers''. The event will take place on the 21st of April (Wednesday), from 12 pm until 2 pm and will include multiple speakers sharing their empowering stories. The main goal of this event is to motivate young women to follow their dreams and to learn by hearing the educational and professional pathways of successful women. *it is open for NOVA students and faculty* 

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'Spring Closet Clean Out'

4/19/2021

As we welcome spring, clearing out our wardrobes is an activity each of us partakes in, to get ready for the upcoming warm weather. Often, we find ourselves with not enough space for new clothing items, or digging up garments we know we won't be wearing in the future. In these situations, getting rid of the excess clothes would be the logical solution. Yet, choosing the right way to dispose of them can make a great difference.The 'Spring Closet Clean Out' will help you make the right decision. During the following two weeks, from 19th April (Monday) until 3rd May (Monday) we call upon NOVA students, faculty and staff to clean out your closet for spring time and help the community and the environment, by donating your unneeded clothes to those in need (with the help of The Red Cross), instead of leaving them to end up in landfills. The choice is yours to make.If you want to join NOVA student Lana Mladenovikj in this activity from which you too will benefit, bring your spare clothes and/or shoes (in good condition) to school and leave them in the box at the: HS Auditorium, HS Security Desk any day from 19th April until 3rd May.*Any type of clothing of any size (for adults/children) is welcome. Please make sure the clothes are in suitable condition for wearing.

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9-ТА КОНФЕРЕНЦИЈА ЗА ПРОФЕСИОНАЛНА ОРИЕНТАЦИЈА "Мојата иднина, моја одлука”

4/19/2021

Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост по деветти пат ја организира Ротари конференцијата за професионална ориентација наменет за средношколците од земјава. Во понеделник, на 19 ти април, виртуелно преку платформата ZOOM, како последица на пандемијата на Covid 19 вирусот, со почеток од 19:00 до 21:00 часот, традиционално по деветти пат, ќе се одржи конференцијата за професионална ориентација на млади, оваа година под мотото "Мојата иднина, моја одлука”. Настанот е во организација на „Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост“ и има за цел да ги насочи своите активности кон поддршка на младите и талентирани луѓе во мисијата за остварување на нивниот целосен потенцијал и остварување на нивна успешна идна професионална кариера. За времетраење на настанот членовите на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост ќе го споделат сопственото искуство од својата професија, а истото ќе го сторат и неколку еминентни гости говорници, на средношколците од цела Македонија, сè со цел да им се помогне во нивниот избор на идна професионална кариера. Учениците ќе може да се регистрираат преку следниот линк: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSf.../viewform ПРОГРАМА НА 9 ТА КОНФЕРЕНЦИЈА ЗА ПРОФЕСИОНАЛНА ОРИЕНТАЦИЈА 19:00 – 20:00 Oтварање на конференцијата и пленарна сесија м-р Марта Наумовска Грнарова, Претседател на Ротари Клубот Камен Мост Скопје Проф. д-р Александра Грозданова , Фармацевтски факултет при УКИМ и Претседател на Националниот комитет за имунизација на РСМ Д-р доц. Самоил Самак, Доктор по технички науки и Генерален Директор на Микросам Влатко Стефановски, Композитор и музичар ZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83721756940 20:00 – 20:15 Кратка пауза, подготовка за break-out сесија 20:15-21:00 Break-out сесии во мали групи (преку платформата ZOOM)* ПРОФЕСИОНАЛНИ ОБЛАСТИ ГРУПА 1 - Економија, Финансии и ПравоZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83003038496... ГРУПА 2 - Креативен маркетинг и комуникации, Нови медиуми и дизајн , КнижевностZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88580581324 ГРУПА 3 - Meдицина, Стоматологија и ФармацијаZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88071678154 ГРУПА 4 – STEM : Инженерсво , Нови технологии, IT, Градежништво, АрхитектураZOOM линк: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88135690110... Сите учесници ќе мора да ја симнат ZOOM апликацијата на своите компјутери или мобилни уреди: https://zoom.us/download. Информации за користење и логирање на апликацијата, ќе бидат испратени на секој пријавен учесник одделно по електронска пошта. * Говорниците се членови на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост

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Update on the Covid-19 pandemic

4/16/2021

Dear NOVA community, Update as of April 16th:  With our sights set on next school year, we’ve reflected on the current year. It is impressive to note that to date, our Health and Safety Committee has processed more than 400 individual cases related to covid, including proximate and close contacts, positive individuals, and travel and social gathering cases; while ensuring there is limited to no impact on our community. This suggests the sheer magnitude of our efforts to keep our community safe. Parallel to this process we’re happy to report that 80% of our staff has received at least one vaccine shot, ensuring our staff is provided with another layer of protection. Update as of April 9th:  We’re currently experiencing the peak of the spring wave, with the number of cases growing at a decreasing rate. The effective reproduction number of the virus is approaching 1, meaning every infected person on average infects no more than another person. We expect that in the coming days this rate will drop below 1, with  the wave effectively rounding a corner and beginning it’s slow downward slope. Due to these factors the CMT has reached a decision to shift to distance learning for both divisions from Monday, April 12th until Wednesday, April 14th, with ES students and one cohort of SS students being invited back on campus for the blended learning model from Thursday, April 15th. More division specific details will be shared from Monday onwards. Secondary students attending on-campus classes, will need to undergo their required antigen screen testing on that Thursday, April 15th. Update as of April 2nd:  We know that many are excited about the upcoming spring break to have some time to relax, rejuvenate, and restore in order to finish the school year strong. We would ask that you take precautions in both your socializations and travel plans in order to remain safe. If you engage in either, we ask that you enter into a precautionary quarantine per our major Reopening protocols. We care about each and every one of our families and want to encourage all to be safe during this time of increasing covid numbers and variants.  The Crisis Management Team is closely watching daily infection and positivity rates, and will be sharing its decision in regards to how classes will resume after spring break. Be on the lookout for an update next Friday, April 9th.   We’re continuing the immunisation efforts for our staff and hope that families are also considering their options as vaccines become more widely available. We can all contribute to the pandemic’s outcome by doing our own part.  Update as of March 19th:  Although we’re seeing an ever increasing number of covid-19 cases, we’ve been successful at mitigating the difficulties presented, assisted by the timely and open communication from our families, the commitment of our staff and students to abide by the school’s safety protocols and the diligent work of our HSC and CMT. We do anticipate that conditions will further worsen in the coming weeks, however remain committed to keeping the school open for all grade levels, provided the government doesn’t reach a lockdown decision.  We're happy to report that we’re going to be reintroducing in-person music and art classes in the ES division, within the existing blended learning schedule. We are also planning to extend the length of the school day by an additional 40 minutes, once conditions provide for it. You can expect more information about these changes from your Elementary principal. Update as of March 12th:  Although March has given us renewed hope that we’re finally turning a corner on the pandemic, the current numbers of infections are a sobering reminder that we cannot let our guard down. We’ve witnessed minor issues relating to the strict adherence to our safety and health protocols and we must insist that we continue our cautious and dedicated approach so we can have a successful completion of the school year. We want to ensure the school remains open, welcoming students and staff on campus in the coming weeks, especially as we’re in the midst of the spring wave.  Update as of March 5th:  I’m happy to report that at this week’s Crisis Management Team meeting, it was decided to complete the school’s reopening process by welcoming grade 11 students (yellow cohort) back on campus starting this Monday, March 8, and grade 12 students (grey cohort) next Monday, March 15. Details about the re-entry protocols and procedures should have already been shared with grade 11 students and will be shared with grade 12 students prior to their return to campus. We thank everyone that reached out, and have shared their perspectives on our school reopening efforts. We fully understand the incredibly challenging times we’re living in, especially when parents try to make a decision whether to have their child(ren) return to school or remain home. These decisions are only more complicated when considering the currently worsening epidemiological situation. We however believe that this might be our remaining window of opportunity to invite our oldest learners back on campus, while making this experience meaningful for them. Decisions could be potentially reversed if conditions continue to deteriorate, or a city or country wide-lockdown is enacted.  Our current blended learning model allows for families to opt for the model they would be most comfortable with. If a student and their family feel more comfortable remaining in DL for the foreseeable future, we would keep ensuring that they feel supported and that their learning is not impacted. However we feel equally compelled to provide this opportunity for families that are eager to have their children come for some in-person learning. Update as of February 26th:  It’s been an exciting week, with the successful reintroduction of our grade 9 students. We were able to do so, at almost the one year mark from when we had initially transitioned to distance learning. Over this year we were able to learn, grow and adapt as a community, to finally welcome students back, prepared for the challenges the pandemic presented for this specific age group. We are continuing this process by extending an invitation for our grade 9 and 10 gray cohorts for this Monday, March 1st, followed by grade 11 and 12 students, a decision to be officially confirmed at our upcoming CMT meeting on Wednesday, March 3rd.  I wanted to thank our Crisis Management Team (CMT) and Health and Safety Committee (HSC) members for working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure we reach this threshold; supported by our administration, security, nursing, maintenance and custodian teams. Of course, none of this would have been possible without our dedicated secondary faculty rising to the occasion and again adapting to the new instructional circumstances brought forth by blended learning. They had their Elementary School colleagues to thank who had initially “broken the ice”.  Update as of February 17th:  The Crisis Management Team (CMT) made a decision on the staggered reopening of the remaining grades currently fully in distance learning (9th-12th). This coming Monday, February 22nd we’re going to be inviting the YELLOW cohort of 9th grade students back to school. The week after, Monday, March 1st, we’ll be expecting students in both the grade 9 and 10 GRAY cohort. We’re tentatively planning on bringing grade 11 students the week of March 8th-12th, with grade 12 joining them the week after starting from the week of March 15th-19th. Grade 9 students and families should expect more division specific information coming your way tomorrow, February 18th, while grade 10 students and families can expect further information on Monday, February 22nd. Please be mindful and follow carefully all stated instructions, as they would be a requirement for each and every student transitioning to blended learning. Update as of February 12th:  With a successful on-campus reintegration of students in grades 6-8, we have now shifted our focus on the Upper Secondary School reopening. Families in grades 9-12 should expect a survey on their preferred mode of learning this coming Monday, February 15th, and a Crisis Management Team decision about which grade level(s) to invite back on campus, on Wednesday, February 17th. We expect to welcome those invited from Monday, February 22nd.   The Health and Safety Committee met this Thursday, February 11th, and decided to revise the close contact quarantine policy, by requesting that students/staff who have been exposed to a positive person remain home for 14 days, and return to school without a PCR test, provided they are symptom free 24 hours before their return. Our change from the 10 days quarantine and a required PCR test, was based on recent parental requests, and in order to better align our policy with the quarantine decisions parents were being issued by the State Sanitary Health Inspectorate.   Planning for next school year is already well underway. We’re in the midst of scheduling and sectioning, and are working on our overseas recruitment for several open positions. We have also been able to finalise the academic calendar for 2021-22. You can expect more specific information relating to next year coming in March. Update as of February 5th:  Our first week of having 7th and 8th grade students back on campus was an exciting one. It was a long time in the making, but well worth the wait. We’re equally excited to see the second (yellow) cohort of grade 7 and 8 students come for their week of blended learning. The success of the reintroduction of these classes cannot be underscored, as it will be used as a necessary precondition to invite upper grade levels. Provided conditions remain as is, the CMT would soon meet to decide whether to invite higher grades back on campus. Such an invitation could occur immediately after our February break, as soon as Monday, February 22nd. A follow-up survey will be sent to parents of grade 9-12 students the week of February 15th, to assist us in making this decision. Wanted to thank the HSC and CMT representatives, as well as the 100+ parents who attended this week’s Parent town hall meeting in regards to Secondary blended learning. For the ones unable to attend, please find the video of the meeting, and a link to the actual presentation with useful summaries of our school’s safety protocols and supporting data. It was an opportunity to share our preparations for welcoming all Secondary students back on campus, but also hear recommendations on how we can improve the process.  Update as of January 29th: There has been compounding scientific evidence that our school’s gradual reopening plan is the right course of action. The US Center for Disease Control has further reiterated this message: “there is accumulating data now that with high face mask compliance, and distancing and cohorting of students to minimize the total number of contacts, we can minimize the amount of transmission in schools.” As we’re learning of new strains of the virus which might impact transmissibility, we need to double down on our safety protocols and more specifically our mask mandate. Please review our existing policy and also do take into consideration that masks with a valve, bandanas, neck gaiters and scarfs do not provide a sufficient level of protection and are not to be used. We’re going to be reminding students in the coming weeks of this expectation and at some point refuse admission on campus whenever it continues to be the case.  Update as of January 22nd: The CMT met this last Thursday, January 21st, and decided to continue its reopening efforts by inviting grades 6-8 back on campus. Grade 6 students are invited back from this coming Monday, January 25th, as they’ve already been back to campus and will immediately be ready to recommence learning. Grade 7 and 8 students will be invited to campus next week to complete their onboarding process (being introduced to safety protocols and their new schedule, pick-up required paperwork, and connect their devices to the school’s network). On Monday, February 1st they’ll commence with their blended learning schedule.  Families and students in these grades will receive more specific guidance in the coming week. Update as of December 11th: Here are  a couple of timelines and dates you should take note of: Winter break - December 21st - January 8th We have scheduled two weeks of distance learning classes following the break - January 11th-15th and January 18th-23th For a proper distance from our holiday celebrations and travel, although we encourage families to refrain from both The Crisis Management Team will decide on grade level reopenings, considering current epidemiological numbers, government approval, community feedback (surveys), and school preparedness Families will receive the updated Secondary blended schedule, based on which will begin inviting students back to campus  Start of second semester - Monday, January 25th  Update as of December 4th: The Secondary school leadership has begun working on further modifications to the Secondary blended schedule, that will allow us to slowly bring back all grade levels to campus in a cautious and controlled manner. We intend to commence this process after the two weeks of school-wide distance learning, after the winter break, at the beginning of the second semester (Monday, January 25th). The reopening pace will depend on the same criteria we’ve set out from day one: current epidemiological situation including government approval, school preparedness, and parent feedback. You should expect more details in upcoming posts especially as we near the beginning of the second semester. Update as of November 20th: Let us remind you that if you have any questions or concerns you can always direct them to the Health and Safety Committee (hsc@nova.edu.mk). We try to respond within an ambitious timeframe realizing the welfare of community members takes precedent. We’ve expanded our return to campus policy, allowing students to remain in quarantine for a total of 20 days since first contact with the infectious person, in order to come back to school without a PCR test.  In order to ensure proper ventilation of classrooms, while managing indoor air quality, we’re going to be introducing a second air purifier into classrooms, during the heating season. This will allow for windows to be open for at least 10-15 minute, at the beginning of each class. We performed an internal study on how to best manage classroom air quality, to arrive at this conclusion. This is probably the year when we need to reconsider all of our social engagements and family gatherings, as the latest wave of infections has been primarily driven by such activity. Although this might be very difficult, consider it as an investment in future such celebrations. The vaccine is here, but now the challenge remains to ensure we remain healthy until we have access to it.  Update as of November 13th: More so than covid-19 infections, staffing issues arising from precautionary quarantine, have made it very difficult to continue delivering the blended model for our grade levels on campus. Next week will be shifting temporarily to distance learning for our grade 6 students as we anticipate the return of faculty. We’re also seeing the strain placed on our Elementary teachers not just teaching their classes but providing numerous substitutions. We’re going to be introducing a schedule change for Elementary commencing from Monday, November 23rd. This will limit the specialty classes students will have in the first half of the school day to only PE/Dance, delivered in the school's auditoriums, and the rest on-line in the afternoon. The change will also shorten the transition to distance learning from home by 30 minutes starting from 1:30pm. Although this change might be disruptive, we believe it’s warranted to further enforce the bubble approach to grade level groups, in order to limit the risk of exposure to specialties who are coming in contact with multiple grade levels. Update as of November 6th: With the ever increasing number of cases in N.Macedonia, we anticipate more on campus cases. In order to sustain our efforts, we’re looking at changes to our Elementary blended learning schedule, to minimize the cross sharing of specialties amongst grade levels. You can expect information in the coming week from your division principal. These changes will have an impact on the student’s school schedule, in order to ensure we can continue with on-campus learning. We hope together with other positive developments, we would be able to extend on campus learning until winter break. We’ve gained valuable experience, that we hope to utilize for bringing Secondary students on campus down the road.  The Health and Safety Committee met this Thursday, November 5th, to reconsider changes to our close contact quarantine policy, by reducing the length of time from 14 to 10 days, based on latest research, and also introduced a new policy on air pollution and our ability to effectively ventilate classroom spaces. Update as of October 30th: As we actively manage and contact trace community cases, we regularly receive questions of what would constitute a level 3 scenario according to our covid-19 risk matrix  where the whole school would potentially go into distance learning. One such outcome would be government mandated, the other would be where we have a sufficient number cases on campus, that would severely limit the school’s ability to deliver on-campus learning due to a lack of appropriate staffing. Such quarantine decisions, impacting staffing, will always be taken with the health and wellbeing of all of our community members. If we go that route, similarly to our reopening efforts, it will be subject to a two week reassessment. Based on our most recent CMT meeting, held this Thursday, October 29th, it was decided that we will continue maintaining the grade levels we currently have on campus, and try to sustain this status quo for as long as circumstances provide for it - meaning it could be days or weeks before closing, or we could potentially reach our desired winter break threshold. Another important decision reached was that immediately after winter break, the school will return in distance learning mode for all learners, for an initial two-week period, trying to accommodate travelers and address the higher transmission risk. Whatever we attempt to accomplish it will only be possible with your continued support and full adherence to safety protocols. An important point I’ve been asked to underscore is that students should remain home even when exhibiting the slightest flu-like symptoms. Update as of October 23rd: We feel fortunate to have started the school year early, providing two months of continuous learning. The pace at which we conducted our school reopening didn’t allow us to introduce higher grade levels to campus, but these decisions were primarily driven by factors we didn’t have control over. We remain mindful of this fact, and will work hard to ensure that all grade levels are included under the blended learning model, at some point in time during the school year, provided the right conditions. Approaching the end of October, I wanted to thank you all for contributing to our reopening efforts. As of today, we’ve had minimal covid-19 exposure on campus and more importantly, the testing results from all staff and students, considered close contacts, have thus far returned negative. We have another cohort of students being tested today, and remain hopeful that these results will return negative. If that is the case, it further will reaffirm the importance of all safety protocols and policies we’ve put in place, but more importantly your commitment to abide by them. We’ve received feedback from multiple sources that the school has been highlighted as a model for how institutions should deal with a pandemic. Although challenging, I hope we can sustain this level of commitment until the end of the school year. Update as of October 16th: We’ve experienced an increase in covid-19 cases in Skopje and N. Macedonia. This week we also saw our first case of covid-19 brought on campus. After being informed of the positive PCR test, we quickly moved to implement our Scenario (Level) Four: Confirmed Case of Covid-19 on Campus. If you did not directly receive a message from the school in regards to the case and follow-up steps, it is because based on our contact tracing effort we deemed that you or your child had not had a direct contact with the infected person, and therefore there is no need for additional precautionary steps. Our commitment to privacy and confidentiality will remain, as this is a private matter for affected parties. We ask that you assist us in upholding these expectations.This exercise has so far taught us that we’ve done well as a school. Advance planning as well as the safety measures and health protocols in place have served us well. This has reinforced the need we continue on our chartered course. Although we can hope for no new infections, they’re likely to emerge, so our ability to identify them early and follow through on policy will be key in our ability to continue on-campus learning. This is only possible if we have your full cooperation. We can only react once we’ve been timely and appropriately informed. Without your assistance our efforts as a school would have a minimal effect at best.   Our most recent CMT meeting was held this Wednesday (October 14th), where we considered our future reopening efforts. In light of recent developments, it was decided that we cannot introduce any new grade levels on campus. We will again reassess this decision in a two-week interval. Please note that this process is not one directional and can potentially be reversed. We’ve also received word from relevant authorities that should the epidemiological situation continue to deteriorate, schools might be mandated to close. We’re closely monitoring all relevant data and will inform you accordingly of any new developments.  Update as of October 9th: The successful return of our sixth graders was this week’s highlight. It was the first cohort of Secondary students on campus, allowing us to put in action the division’s blended schedule, and address any shortcomings. Implementing a new schedule, a combination of the normal and distance learning scenarios, is a complex undertaking. The schedule will continue being a work in progress. We welcome your input, and will try to give it our due consideration as we try to improve the overall blended learning experience.  We received positive parental feedback (125 respondents on the survey) on the first month of learning in the Elementary division. The survey reported that 98% of children are feeling happy at school, 97% of parents are comfortable with the health and safety measures the school has undertaken, and over 80% of parents are satisfied with the distance learning support their children at home have received. Feedback on our new on-line applications and tools was still reserved, with 40% of parents feeling it’s still too early to report on their roll-out. 80% of parents are happy with the amount of information shared by the school, while the rest feel there is an information overload.  Update as of October 2nd: Our return to school after traveling policy, part of the Reopening plan has been subject to discussion as it has impacted students whose parents are traveling. We understand that it has complicated matters, and limited students' time on campus. As we’ve stated all along we have adopted a conservative approach, but are continually looking to revise policy in light of latest best-practices and new findings/research related to the pandemic.The Health and Safety Committee will be meeting next week to look at how we can potentially revise our current travel policy to make it more friendly, while ensuring this change doesn’t significantly impact the safety and wellbeing of our community. We’ve adopted this approach to our whole reopening efforts, and will continually look for potential improvements.  Update as of September 25th: The CMT met this Wednesday, September 23rd, and considered the school’s continued reopening efforts. As in past meetings, we looked at the parent survey feedback for grades 6, 7 and 8 (18% of respondents were not willing to send their children to school, with higher grade levels having a higher percentage of reserved parents); the current local epidemiological situation, and our school's preparedness in welcoming this cohort of students back to campus. The consensus was that we are ready to welcome grade 6 students starting from Monday, October 5th, provided we don’t have a deterioration in the epidemiological situation or potentially a local community transmission. Once we have successfully integrated grade 6 students, we will consider higher grade levels. It’s important to stress that at this pace, it’s going to take some time before we can include high school students under the blended learning model. Our intention is to ultimately make the effort to bring them too on campus. In the meantime, we’re going to continue having a variety of opportunities that would ensure they have an on campus experience.  Update as of September 18th: We are happy to report at the end of another successful week. We were finally able to welcome our grade 4 and 5 learners, and with that have all of our Elementary students on campus, an important achievement. We’re now setting our focus on the Secondary division. By the end of next week you can expect a decision by the Crisis Management Team in regards to bringing grades 6 through 8 on campus. In the meantime, we will continue our distance learning support for Elementary School students that have remained home, and the whole grade 6-12 cohort. We’ve already began collecting feedback as to how our first three weeks of learning have gone, in the hopes we can learn and adapt. Should you receive a survey request, please make sure you respond, so your feedback is taken into consideration. On the Elementary School side, our arrival and dismissal procedures have proven very effective. We can report that families have followed through on our screening requirements, and students on campus on safety protocols. This has allowed teachers to direct their primary focus on learning, instead of enforcing protocols.  In the Secondary School the advisory support at the beginning of the day has served as an anchor to a student's day. We just had our first Community meet to underscore this important role for grades 6-8, helping parents understand how they can better utilize this important resource. This last Wednesday’s Community day was all about movement - celebrating a heart/mind connection, in line with our mission statement. On the following link you can see how the day unfolded. Starting from next week, we’re excited to introduce our Math Enrichment classes, to further build on student numeracy skills. Update as of September 4th: Our initial plan for inviting PreK 3 – grade 5 students back to campus, was stalled due to new Government regulations and approvals. Yesterday we hosted representatives from the newly formed Commission on the reopening of schools, who toured our facilities and verified our overall preparedness. We received very positive feedback, and were complemented on the work we’ve done to ensure we can reopen safely for our students. Today in the afternoon hours we received our second formal approval. Based on this outcome, we are going to be welcoming our PreK3, PreK4 and K grade students on campus from Wednesday, September 9th, and plan to welcome our grade 4 and 5 students on campus from Monday, September 14th. Once we reach these reopening thresholds, we will begin to consider including higher grade levels. We will make every effort to provide you with a timely notification of these decisions. Update as of August 28th: On August 27th, in the evening hours, we were contacted by a high representative of the Ministry of Education in regards to our issued Government approval from August 20th for the reopening of our school for face-to-face instruction for all grade levels (original Macedonian version and translated English version). We were informed that a new decision-making body, a Commission for the review of reopening requests for schools has been formed by the Government with ultimate oversight. The Commission was formed at the Government’s last session on Wednesday, August 26th (the official decision in Macedonian and English). According to the Ministry representative the creation of this new decision-making body had in effect voided the previous Government approval, for any grade levels outside of grades 1-3, and that we as a school are required to submit an additional request for the reopening of all other grade levels, subject to a new review at an upcoming session of this newly formed Commission.    In light of the new circumstances, the CMT held an emergency meeting and decided to proceed with the reopening for grades 1,2,3 only, while seeking a second Government approval for all other grade levels. Although we were provided a verbal promise of a date, we are deciding not to make time predictions as to when this decision will be reached but to duly inform you once we have it in our possession. We hope it would be a matter of days versus weeks. We therefore will only be able to welcome students from grades 1-3 starting from August 31st. We’re also proceeding with student orientations as originally planned for our Secondary students, as this doesn’t constitute an actual commencement of school.   Update as of August 21st: We are happy to report that the Government has reached a decision in regards to public schools’ reopening, and we’ve also received our formal reopening approval, independently of the public school system. We’ve also processed the parent and staff survey results, are completing our staff PCR testing, and have held our Crisis Management Team (CMT) meeting today, in which we formalized our initial school reopening model. Provided the current epidemiological situation, the Government's decision on school reopening, and our own school preparedness, we will commence the school year under the following models:  Early Education Center and Elementary School (grades Pk3-5) under the blended learning model, with an opportunity for distance learning for families not yet in Skopje or not ready to send their children to school Secondary School (grades 6-12) under the distance learning model  As a CMT we would have a two-week revision cycle of this decision. In case of no local school transmission of the virus, and an improved local epidemiological situation, we will consider including more grade levels under the blended learning model. Should there be a worsening of the epidemiological situation, or local school transmission, we would consider reducing the number of grade levels allowed on campus under the blended learning or potentially have the whole school switch to distance learning. We would then again assess the situation in a two-week period, deciding how to proceed. Update as of August 13th:  The decision for reopening is based on our decision matrix, currently at medium risk, taking into account the following three important conditions: the current epidemiological situation our community’s view on reopening (families and staff) and the formal decision and approval for reopening by authorities Our epidemiological situation has remained relatively stable over the last couple of weeks. Our reopening parent survey returned results where 20% of our families were hesitant about having their children return for on-campus learning, and 10% of families were unable to return in time for the school’s commencement on August 24th. We are also in anticipation of the decisions and approval by the Government in regards to reopening. As of today this has not happened. In conclusion, the Crisis Management Team (CMT) at the meeting on August 13th, decided to delay the school's reopening for a week, with the school year starting from Monday, August 31st.  We remain optimistic about our ability to reopen in the blended learning setting for at least some of our students. However, NOVA's CMT has decided to postpone the final determination on the commencement of the blended learning model. We have determined the further need to base our decision on the input of the full NOVA parent and faculty/staff community, as well as to await for a formal decision by the Government in regards to NOVA’s Reopening plan and the public schools’ reopening. What we can say with certainty at this point is that we plan to bring students to campus to introduce them to the new protocols, beginning on Monday August 31st and continuing to September 2nd. In anticipation of the decision, each division has determined a course of action to introduce the new safety protocols to students under carefully controlled conditions. We plan to lead the students through all of the new safety procedures, while also providing an opportunity for students to re/connect with their school and classmates. These connections will be especially important for our first-time NOVA students.

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Unlock yourself - Secondary School Students Drama Performance

4/14/2021

In the past period, seven of our students have shared their creative writing with us.In addition to their artistic, written texts, many of them showed a willingness to defend their texts through acting. We worked painstakingly, through both online and on-campus rehearsals, despite all of our other school obligations. On those days, when the fuss ended, the silence patiently waited for us to fulfil it with our art. In this performance, you will witness how seven of our students felt during this pandemic. You will experience the emotions they chose to share with you through a creative prism. These are our drama talents and our video drama project: Unlock yourself Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/829101204616464

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AlumniTalks - Elena & Galena

4/7/2021

Dear Nova community, today we share with you the seventh episode from our AlumniTalks video chats. The idea behind this project is to provide a platform for discussions between our student and alumni community. In this episode we are focusing on the education and career path of Elena Gagovska, who studied at Bard College Berlin. 

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Spark of Hope Spring Workshop!

4/6/2021

Last week, NOVA’s social club, called Spark of hope, successfully held their first event where together with an amazing group of students, they created 52 cards.These cards were filled with love, positive messages and happy drawings. They will be sent out to “SOS Detsko Selo” and given to all of the children there. We hope that they will make someone’s day better with this act of kindness!  

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"Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet" at NOVA's International Jazz Day, 30th of April

4/3/2021

International Jazz Day was adopted by the United Nations and UNESCO in 2012 to promote music, culture and in particular, jazz music, as a tool to inspire peaceful cooperation and partnership amongst communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts across the globe. One of the goals of JazzDay is to encourage local celebrations of jazz, and to raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and to reinforce international communication and cooperation. This year, NOVA International Schools will mark the International JazzDay2021 with a performance of the exceptional young artists, laureats of the award "Golden Oryx" which our renowned Skopje Jazz Festival gives to local young jazz musicians. Performing for the first time as "Golden Oryx Jazz Quartet" for NOVA's International Jazz Day, we present you: Viktor Filipovski - drums, Filip Dimishkovski - piano, Andrea Mircheska - double-bass and vocal, and Ivan Petrovski - guitar. https://jazzday.com/?event-country=macedonia&event-year=2021

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ES Spring Festival at NOVA

4/1/2021

Spring is here, which means warmer, sunnier days are ahead! In celebration of spring, the PTA is organizing a Spring Festival for Elementary Students on Thursday, April 1st. The event will be held during school hours and all safety protocols will be followed. DL students are also encouraged to participate in other activities.

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Donation to Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers

4/1/2021

In a recent activity organized together with the students from NOVA International Schools in Skopje, the NOVA community made a kind donation of items that will add to the free activities of the children living in the Vizbegovo Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers. Here’s what the children had to say about the activity:“Your visit filled our hearts. Your gifts enriched our classroom so now we study and have a corner for our free activities. In Macedonia there are many kind and humane people – even small kids are big persons with big hearts. Thank you for everything and we hope to see you again.”

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ES Spring Festival at NOVA

4/1/2021

NOVA Elementary Students enjoyed spring games and treats today supported by our PTA. Everyone was either dressed in a spring motif, or they had costumes to celebrate April Fool's Day. We want to thank our PTA for their organization of this festival and also the parent volunteers who took time out of their day to support this fun event. Thank you to parents who also donated to the event which helped the PTA to give treats to every student and teacher involved. For the games and photos, safety protocols were followed.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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March 2021


IB Visual art May 2021- Interviews

3/31/2021

The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding. Hear about the work process of our students during their final IB Visual Arts 2021 exhibition.

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IB Files Podcasts

3/31/2021

The second episode of our podcast IB Files is out. In this episode, we explore the mystery surrounding IB Certificates vs. The Full Diploma. We give students a view of the pros and cons behind each route. (link)

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Jana Ognjanovska's project presented at World Down Syndrome Day Virtual UN conference

3/26/2021

Congratulations to Jana Ognjanovska, since her project was presented at the World Down Syndrome Day Virtual UN conference. This amazing video shows just a glimpse of the astonishing work that was done in the previous period. Through the website and her activism, Jana and her peers were able to raise awareness about the 21st March - World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) more details on the website: shorturl.at/bwAI2

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Food donation initiative

3/26/2021

As part of their CAS project, a group of students have organized a food donation initiative in cooperation with the organization “Food for you”. The general purpose of the organization is aiming to provide essential necessities for the youth without guardian support. The main philosophy is that everyone who wants to help can do so in their own way, by donating packed and dry food. During the period of Monday 29th till Wednesday 31st, the first official week of food donations will take place at NOVA International Schools. In the HS Auditorium area, there will be boxes placed for the donation. Everyone is encouraged to bring anything if able to. Recommended food includes: pasta, canned food, any food in a jar, dry food, milk, oil and vinegar, juices and snacks. We hope you will take part in this charity!

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Asklepian Medical Society North Macedonia webinar

3/26/2021

The Asklepian Medical Society in Hong Kong is a student-led organization that strives to foster the well-rounded development of future medical professionals. North Macedonia was honored to take part as a sub-branch based on their central AMS branch in Hong Kong. The Asklepian Medical Society North Macedonia Sub-branch carries the purpose of creating a locally-minded society that will help anyone interested in medicine, get in closer touch with the reality of it and meet medical professionals.Their first official webinar will take place on the 27th of March (Saturday) starting at 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM.

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CAS students say thank you!

3/23/2021

This video serves as a 'thank you' note to our teachers and their lenient and understanding etiquette towards the students. We are grateful for everything that you do, and even though it might not seem like it at times, we respect the hard work that you do in order for our knowledge to keep on flourishing.

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Artistic Empowerment- How dance can express activism

3/18/2021

MYP 2 Students explored the concept of activism as a means to further social justice and a compassionate community. They critiqued performances and learned how dance can empower people to express the ideas they care about. This is a great example of integration between subjects: English, Individuals and Societies class, and Dance. As a whole class, they worked with their English and Individuals and Societies teachers to write a speech about something they cared about as a group. Individual speeches were combined into a single speech that incorporated at least one line from each student's work. Throughout the Hip Hop dance lessons, students learned how to create short dance sequences based on a speech they created in English language and literature class, and Individuals and Societies class. This dance uses spoken word, music, and movements to communicate and interpret the need for knowing the role- be the voice behind the megaphone.

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21st March - World Down Syndrome Day

3/18/2021

21st March - World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. This year, Down Syndrome International is organizing a 21-day challenge which started from 1st March and will last until 21st March, to help people learn about, advocate for and support people with Down Syndrome. Interested students can participate in their own 21-day challenge by sign up on the following link . By signing up students will receive daily informative e-mails about people with Down syndrome in addition to steps to complete their challenge.  

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NOVA Refugee Service Learning

3/17/2021

Four class representatives from the 8th grade visited the reception centre for asylum seekers in Vizbegovo on Wednesday, March 10th. The students learned about the centre and the process of seeking asylum visiting with the children who currently live there. We delivered gifts for the children which were generously donated by 8th-grade students and their families as well as by the PTA. The children were full of gratitude for these thoughtful gifts. The gift exchange was a two-way exchange. The children had prepared a special thank you card, chocolates, homemade artwork, and homemade masks for us as well.Through a conversation facilitated by a translator, the students learned that many of them share the common favourite sport of football, and they expressed a desire to share a game of football in the future! This service-learning experience is just the beginning of a relationship with representatives from both the UNHCR as well as the reception centre.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA student and NOVA Alumna success story!

3/16/2021

A NOVA student and a NOVA Alumna are listed as two of the most successful women this year for their campaign and initiative on catcalling called Fishkëllima by Motiv infotainment show. Congratulations Merita Bela and Nesa Marku! Merita Bela shared that: It was an amazing experience as a Nova Student to create a campaign that tackles the issue of street harassment and cat-calling; doing an interview on this topic was a wonderful chance for us to talk openly about this very important issue. This campaign opened a lot of doors for us and it is an honour working with an amazing team, and collaborating with other NGOs and creating incredible content also working hard for the community. This never-ending issue has to end and women should feel safe no matter what. On Wednesday, March 17th, starting from 12pm, Merita and Nesa are organizing an event called "Catcalling is not a compliment" supported by Peace Corps on zoom.   You can register here: shorturl.at/xMNWX

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Middle States Association Accreditation

3/12/2021

Schools has received, reviewed and accepted NOVA International School's Mid-Term Report. The report was found to be complete and show evidence of faithful implementation of the strategic plan for growth and improvement despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our school community was commended for the accommodations and adaptations made to keep everyone safe during this very difficult year. It was further noted that the school has aligned its organisational, numeracy and literacy objectives, with its plan for growth and improvement. An integral part of this process being our professional improvement planning with a focus on continuous progress.NOVA’s accreditation lasts until December 1, 2024.The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement.

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NOVA's Student Club alert: The Asklepian Medical Society

3/10/2021

NOVA's Student Club alert: The Asklepian Medical Society (AMS) is a student-led organization that strives to foster the development of future medical professionals. The purpose of the AMS North Macedonia sub-branch is to be locally minded and engage with medical professionals in the country to provide clearer information about medicine and everything related to it. The committee group is not only for students interested in the medical field but is also meant for anyone who would like to make the sub-branch's purpose a reality. Through a variety of roles that include creating posters, graphic design, managing websites, holding interviews, organizing webinars, and communicating with medical professionals, committee group members can help the sub-branch achieve its goals. Contact the Sub-branch Leader Agata Chochkova (ac14311@nova.edu.mk) or the Secretariat Leader Cvetanka Eftimova (ce4050@nova.edu.mk) if interested. 

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NOVA Scavenger Hunt adventure

3/9/2021

Last Wednesday we enjoyed another NOVA Community day with our lower Secondary school students. It was a sunny day and the students joined us on an amazing Scavenger Hunt adventure in the City park. We were divided into teams and everyone was completing different sets of challenges. We are thankful to our students who supported this activity. See you all next week in the City ZOO for another Scavenger Hunt adventure. C heck out the photo gallery from the event here

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International Women's day 2021

3/8/2021

Jovana Krstevska is our 9-grade student who is one of our most dedicated students in our Service Learning programme. She wrote this article for the competition organised by Young Feminist Europe  -  an open platform that aims to amplify young feminist voices and activities across Europe. (http://www.youngfeminist.eu/)  Jovana Krstevska 2/3/2021 Equality vs. Equity On Feminism. “I don’t know why that word is so scary to people, it shouldn’t be, because it justmeans equality.” Those are the words of the world famous actress Jennifer Lawrence. She usesthe word “scary” to describe how many people view feminism. Scary is a word used to describesomething that’s frightening, not something that helps us bring equality into this world. Mygeneration especially has this problem by viewing feminism in a wrong way. Now, you mightthink I’m only talking about the males of my generation, but no, a number of femalesmisunderstand it too. I often talk to my friends about it since I’ve been fighting for my rights as awoman since I knew what that meant. I have never thought that someone is less valuable just bylooking at their gender, but as years go by I have seen myself and other girlfriends are beingdisprivileged just because we are “girls”. That gets me angry, it gets every single one of themangry too, so we act! By speaking out, some people have found a way to make feminism aboutpraising women, while denouncing men and feminism is simply not that. The official definitionof this word is “ the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes” ,which clearly states that feminism is misunderstood. So, when a feminist would be asked to givea definition of a woman, she would say a human being of the feminine gender, but neverdescribe them as a wife, girlfriend or a man’s companion. Individuals which fear feminists, fearbeing equal to women because by admitting equality between men and women, they wouldactually have to acknowledge women and outwork them if they want to be better. That beingsaid, some women fear being feminists and some men fear feminists. But why would that be, onemight ask. It is because feminism is represented in an awful way where that way describesfeminists as women who are too loud, too aggressive, too strong, anti-men or even unattractive.That is definitely not feminism, but a mockery of feminism and that is exactly why many womendo not want to be recognised as feminists. Now, if feminism was described as a movementtowards equality like it actually is, I know many would change their minds. Feminism is livingwith knowledge that your values being female are the same as the ones of a man, so I know thatnext time I don’t laugh at my friend’s sexist joke, they will get what’s wrong with it. I know thatnext time a teacher chooses only boys for their “strength”, they will think about it. I know thatthe next Women’s day my friend won’t send me a picture of a dishwasher again as acongratulation card passing it as a joke. I am hurt by everyday such actions of my classmates,family members, friends, teachers or other adults. I am hurt when their face changes after I makea feminist comment, I am hurt when they say I am controlling after a feminst comment. I wantequality for everyone, and I think all other women do too. Now, if we change this wrong viewingof feminism, the world could change. We could all together walk towards an equal future forourselves and for future generations. So, the older generations are not our main problem, but ournewer generations learning about feminism in all the wrong ways are. We should be taught thatwomen or men of equality do not fear equality, because feminism is equality. This is not a blackand white issue, I know that, however I ask you to understand, and acknowledge all the womenworking hard and all the women who have worked hard to get us here. From Victoria Woodhull,Florence Nightingale, Simone de Beauvoir, Gloria Steimen, Ruth Bader Geinsberg, EmmaWatston and thousands more . All with different professions and interests in life, but onecommon goal, reaching full equality. Let’s not go backwards in history, let’s move forwardtogether and work towards an equal future where we teach new generations how hard feministshave worked to bring us where we are today and how hard they will have to work, to fulfill theever longing wish, for equality.

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'Boris Trajkovski - Nova 2021' scholarship program - In the Media

3/8/2021

         

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MK Community Meet 8 MYP and Arts

3/5/2021

Arts stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. Hear from NOVA faculty members Ana, Ivan and MYP curriculum coordinator Amanda, share the processes and experiences related to teaching the MYP curriculum, specifically related to the Arts. Involvement in the arts fosters critical and creative thinking skills that allow students to appreciate cultural context. These skills create learners who are caring, principled and knowledgeable global citizens.

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February 2021


Scholarship Results 2021

2/26/2021

  ПРОГРАМА ЗА СТИПЕНДИРАЊЕ БОРИС ТРАЈКОВСКИ-НОВА 2021 Стипендијата Борис Трајковски  за  академски и лидерски постигнувања  ја добиваат: Калина Гоцевска – ОУ „Јохан Хајнрих Песталоци“ Скопје Искра Митевска  - ОУ „Коле Неделковски“ Скопје Михаил Мирчески – ОУ „Кочо Рацин“  Прилеп Останатите учениците кои беа дел од вториот круг тестирање  ќе добијат писмено известување за понатамошната постапка за аплицирање за финансиска помош.   26 февруари 2021

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Valentine's at NOVA

2/17/2021

Dear Nova Community,Thank you for joining our lovely initiative of celebrating Valentine, organized by our PTA! We hope you enjoyed the sweets and made someone happy with the small surprises! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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International Chapter Math Competition 2021

2/16/2021

NOVA International Schools participated in the International Chapter Math Competition organized by Mathcounts Foundation, which was held online. To continue the MS MathCounts tradition we started the preparations at the beginning of November 2020. The meetings were one hour long, twice a week at which we were discussing the solving process for difficult tasks. Despite regular school obligations and mathcounts meetings, the students were individually solving hard math problems. It’s our pleasure to inform you that the students were working very hard and were committed to their challenge till the end.Students that participated in the competition are:Angelina Buleska - 6th gradeGalina Aranitasi - 6th gradeAdam Cestovaliev - 7th gradeGerman Zhegalov - 7th gradeMatej Atanasovski - 8th gradeVanja Estatieva - 8th gradeKyan Azgour - 8th gradeFilip Angelovski - 8th gradeThe students' overall results are rewarding. Our student German Zhegalov qualified for Chapter Invitational Competition, which will take place on February 22nd. This competition will also be held online. Special thanks to Jasmina Dzurovska Blazheska for helping our coaches Aleksandra Kizova and Simona Naumovska.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Green Initiative

2/15/2021

Three of #NOVA students Vasilisa Shashkova, Eva Ristikj and Anja Pavlova became young climate change ambassadors. They aim to raise awareness on climate change through a COP26 Simulation with Young Climate Ambassadors that will be held on 20th of February.  Simulation of the UN Conference of Parties  (COP26)  The first simulation of COP26 in the country and beyond will involve 20 young ambassadors for climate change who were previously trained through the online course on Climate Diplomacy.  COP26 this year  will be held in November, Glasgow, United Kingdom, while the simulation will be online on 20/2/2021 and will involve relevant decision makers.   Express  your interest in following  the conference and receiving the preparatory materials by filling out the form. https://forms.gle/VGXhPAubzSXgPbxWA  The COP26 simulation is realized within the project Young Ambassadors for Climate Change supported by the British Embassy in Skopje. https://www.bidizelen.org/en/young-climate-ambassadors-higher-ambition/ Here is the interview made by Eva and Anja. 1. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AS A YOUNG CLIMATE AMBASSADOR IN GOGREEN?     EVA: My immediate role as a young climate ambassador is to spread awareness on issues of climate change, providing resources and education for people in my community to voice their opinions and engage in these issues as well. Rallying others to this important cause is crucial, as government action is achievable only if more people voice their concerns. I would also thank the British Embassy for supporting young people and the project Young Climate Ambassadors. ANJA: Definitely what Eva said. As a young climate ambassador in Go Green, my role is to educate and spread awareness on the issues that we are all facing due to climate change. My purpose and my goals with joining this program are to be a part of the solution and encourage others to join. Motivating people to all work together on this because together we are stronger. By collectively working on the surroundings we will help create a sustainable green environment for all. 2. WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? WOULD YOU CONSIDER IT A CRISIS OR AN EMERGENCY? TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR PLANS IN DETAIL. EVA: Climate change is an ongoing crisis which needs immediate, yet continuous addressing. The government needs to have goals for the future and work towards eliminating local issues such as air and soil pollution. My agenda is to educate and engage my peers so they are also informed on the severity of these issues, as well as to demand government action. ANJA: When visualizing the ideal future, I see a greener world with a plan to sustain it. This is a project that must be a paramount priority for us all. Climate change is a global emergency and it will not stop until we engage. I am currently working on projects with GoGreen and my peers from GoGreen. I am also further educating myself on the topic and preparing for the Simulation of the UN Climate Change Conference. This Conference will take place on February 20th at 11am. With this I want to further involve myself and encourage others to do so as well. 3. HOW CAN OTHER NOVA STUDENTS JOIN YOU IN THIS CAUSE? EVA: NOVA students can join the Simulation of COP26, which will take place on February 20th at 11am, and get informed about the biggest climate event so far organized in the UK, and how the world discusses and deals with climate change. I would also encourage NOVA students to contact me personally if they want to contribute to such causes in the community. ANJA: I agree with Eva, the first thing they can do is watch the live simulation on Go Green’s FB profile. We have to understand that as young people, we are going to suffer from the consequences of climate change. Therefore, we must act as soon as possible. Young people must be involved in decision-making processes regarding climate change. Nova is a community, and I hope that the rest of my fellow classmates will join me, and help the community create a better environment and surrounding. Link to the project Link to the event

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After School Activities and Clubs

2/15/2021

We are happy to inform you that we are adding new activities to our Afterschool curriculum, also for the first time, we are offering Activities/Classes for NOVA parents as part of ASA. Classes for Parents, Kundalini YOGA, starting today, Monday 15th (you can try the first class before committing), Macedonian Language for Non-Natives, starting tomorrow Tuesday 16th.More information and registration forms can be found here: https://nova.edu.mk/after_school_activities_and_clubs.aspx

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Valentine's @ Nova

2/12/2021

The countdown is on...to the celebration of Valentine's @ Nova. Anticipation...freshly baked treats coming soon! Is there someone sweet you want to treat?  

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HS Speech and Debate tournament 2021

2/11/2021

NOVA International schools participated in an online Speech and Debate tournament organized by Kyiv International School. Two of NOVA debating teams made it to the quarterfinals, while the amazing team of Leona Simeonova and Luka Pavikjevikj made it to the finals. They competed against Kyiv International School there. Followed by this success, Luka Pavikjevikj also made it to the finals with his Original oratory speech focused on the Nobel Prize and its winners.NOVA International School shares gratitude to its faculty and staff for participating, organising and supporting the execution of the tournament flawlessly. 

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NOVA Community Days 2021

2/9/2021

Yesterday we enjoyed another NOVA Community day with our upper Secondary school students. The cold weather and snow didn’t keep our students away from spending a couple of hours on the ice skating ring at the Boris Trajkovski sports centre.Although we made sure to keep physically distant, socially, we enjoyed each other’s company and showcasing some cool movements on the ice. Who knew that ice skating is such a thing for a country with over 300 sunny days.We are thankful to our students that supported this activity and looking forward on enjoying each other’s company in our next school community day.Stay safe everyone,Your lovely chaperone teachers. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Knowledge Bowl 2021

2/9/2021

On 5 and 6 February 2021, the CEESA HS Knowledge Bowl tournament took place online for the first time in history. Thirteen international schools took part with a total of 21 teams competing in the team rounds. The captain of NOVA International Schools’ team, Alessandro Bogo, won the individual competition (Academic Bee) and was proclaimed CEESA champion out of sixty students in competition.Our team gave a terrific performance in the team round, winning all five matches by an overwhelming margin. After the end of the team rounds, our team was seeded second out of twenty one teams for the final rounds.The coaches are very proud of NOVA’s team which proved to have fully embraced the new rules of the game and the specifics of playing online. And our school is extremely delighted to have these kinds of supporting coaches and dedicated students.‘’We cannot stress enough the contribution of the captain, Alessandro Bogo. His fast reactions, comprehensive knowledge, and tactical skills were crucial for the consistent top performance of the team. Maja Teofilovska brought her expertise in both math and art, as well as her enviable knowledge in biology and chemistry. Lucas Vassalo's competitiveness and quick reaction time helped the team to secure sweeping victories. The team could rely on Jana Joksimovska to answer mythology questions quickly and correctly. Federico Bogo and Amar Ferati, as newcomers to the team, both gave valuable contributions to our success.’’ - KB Supernovas, A. Tuntev and B. MarinaOur team gave a terrific performance in the team round, winning all five matches by an overwhelming margin. After the end of the team rounds, our team was seeded second out of twenty-one teams for the final rounds. 

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Community Meet #7 CAS and Parents support

2/5/2021

Dear NOVA Community, In the first Community Meet for 2021, we sharing with you an important aspect of the CAS and it’s potential for bringing our community closer. Hear more about the role of parents and guardians in sharing knowledge and resources.

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Kindness During Covid - Interviews

2/3/2021

CAS Project by Ergis Shaini, Ena Pesheva and Cezara Popovici. ‘’ The process of creating the Kindness project, talking with people and hearing their stories gave us a sense of unity, as everyone is going through the same thing. It was a reassuring feeling to know that we were given due attention, and we are not alone. It gave us great comfort knowing that we are able to create something with the help of others that could possibly benefit and encourage our community.” 

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NOVA Orientation for grades 7 and 8

2/1/2021

Last week’s orientation was a chance for students to learn more about NOVA’s approach to the pandemic and also meet their classmates, along with faculty and staff. Students were given a tour of the campus and their classrooms, along with demonstrations of safety protocols in place. All of our students were very curious and got a chance to ask questions directly to Mr Daniel Cunningham, NOVA’s Secondary School Assistant Principal. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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