June 2020


Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony

6/17/2020

Dear Nova community, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the 'Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony' will take place online on the 17th of June 2020 (Wedesday) at 18:00. This ceremony will celebrate the graduation of our Middle school students, and their academic successes in the past years. You will be able to follow the ceremony live on our Facebook page, or our YouTube channel. So, make sure that you, your family and friends are online and following this milestone in your academic journeys.

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Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony

6/16/2020

The Nova Grade 5 students will be completing the Elementary segment of their educational journeys, and moving up to Middle School. In their honor we will be hosting an online 'Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony' on June 16th 2020 starting from 6pm live on our social media platforms YouTube and Facebook.

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Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony

6/15/2020

June 15th 2020 will mark the 'Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony', where we will honor the successful completion of the program for our kindergarten students. Tune in on our social media [Facebook and YouTube] to watch the videostream of the ceremony.

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Graduation Ceremony 2020

6/14/2020

We have the privilege to promote this year's Class of 2020 on June 14th at 7pm, streamed live via our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Mark your calendars, and join NOVA families and their graduates, for a celebration of past achievements and future educational journeys. 

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Virtual Drama Performance: Shakespeare 19

6/10/2020

Twenty eight actors will deliver twenty seven monologues and one trialogue scene in our upcoming virtual drama performance showcasing Sheakspeare's monologues titled Shakespeare 19. On the 10th of June 2020 @7pm, tune in on our social media [Fb and YouTube] and watch this performance on our video-stream.

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Hana Selmani, Graduating Class of 2020

6/5/2020

Hana Selmani is a senior at the international school Nova and will continue her educational journey at one of the most prestigious schools in the world - NYU Abu Dhabi. She began her path in Nova at the beginning of high school and has had quite a journey since. Read more about her educational path in this interview.

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Julia Curry, Graduating Class of 2020

6/4/2020

Julia Curry has been a part of the Nova community since she was just four years old. Today, she is a senior preparing to start a new chapter in her life – studying biochemistry at Boston College. Read more about Julija's life in Nova and University choices on the interview bellow. (link)

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Update on the Covid-19 pandemic

6/4/2020

Dear NOVA community,   Update as of June 4th: Tonight's decision, June 3rd, by the Macedonian government to impose a curfew from 2100h tomorrow until 0500h next Monday, as well as to declare this Friday a non-working day for all citizens, has left everyone with additional questions.  We acknowledge the proactive efforts of our government in responding to the latest epidemiological trends, and restricting movement in the affected areas including Skopje.  We believe that cancelling the last day of learning of our Virtual Learning Plan, something that our members have worked so hard at reaching, would not be fair. We also believe that our Virtual Learning Plan is not endangering the curfew in any way.  Thereby we will continue with our Distance Learning Plan this Friday as planned. There will be no faculty, staff, or family invited to our campus on this day.  Update as of May 6th: Recently our government has closed all schools for the remainder of this school year. We must follow suit and will remain closed until the end of this school year.  We will be ready and eagerly awaiting to open our campus on August 24. We will be mindful of several possible pandemic scenarios around the start of the year, in ensuring a truly meaningful learning experience for your child under each scenario.      You will hear from us shortly, with protocols about how our families can empty out their lockers and collect their personal belongings.  Here are a few important dates for everyone to be aware of:  Friday May 15 marks the last day for our seniors. This is very much in line with previous years. Their IB and State Matura Exams have been cancelled, with the AP exams still available but not required.   Friday June 5 marks the last day for assigning any new learning to our students. This includes all high school students (other than our seniors) turning in their final assignments by June 5. Monday June 15 marks the last day for all teachers to report on their students.  June 15, 16 and 17 will be dedicated to school-wide celebrations of our 'all-but-ordinary' year together, under the leadership of our principals.  We look forward to announcing the dates of several major school events including our spring bazaar, jazz concert, faculty appreciation and of course our commencement, all planned to take place online.  Please stay tuned for a few summer remedial and enrichment opportunities for our PK-12 students (online and hybrid), between June 15 and July 3.  Update as of April 24th: Due to a government decree, our school campus must remain closed through Friday, May 15. We are continuing with our emergency distance learning program.  As soon as we find out more from the government and our CMT (crisis management team) about remaining closed after this date, or about being able to reopen under specific conditions and safety provisions, we will let communicate accordingly.      Because the government has relaxed the curfew hours, we are moving back to our normal working hours of 8am-3pm for students, and 7:45am - 3:45pm for teachers, starting this Monday, April 27.  We will be offering a few interesting after-school activities free of charge to our students, including an activity for our teachers and parents, stay tuned for more information.  Update as of April 10th: Campus closure: our campus will remain closed after spring break, until Friday May 1. Further closure extensions are possible, they will be communicated in a timely fashion.  Possible change of working hours: IF the current curfew hours are in place after spring break, THEN we will introduce a 2-hour break to our school day, going offline from 1-3pm. Our working hours will then be from 7:45am - 1pm, and from 3:15pm - 5pm, enabling if necessary many of our members to use the only time available away from their home.    Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences: Look for an email from your teachers about a mandatory Student Parent Teacher Conference in the next 4 weeks of school. This is a formal opportunity to discuss your child’s assessments of progress, as we near the end of our school year.     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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Isabella Navia, Graduating Class of 2020

6/2/2020

Isabella Navia came to Nova International Schools through the State Department YES Abroad scholarship program. Today she is graduating from Nova from the Class of 2020 and continuing her education at Fordham University, a private research institution in New York City. Read more about Isabella and her educational experience in this interview. (link)

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May 2020


Jana Naskova, Graduating Class of 2020

5/29/2020

Meet Jana Naskova, one of our Nova students graduating from the Class of 2020. Jana has been an active member of our school community, spearheading multiple activities and projects, as well as a dedicated student in the IB program. In this interview you can read more about her University application, her field of study and her educational journey in Nova. (link)

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1st Grade Scientists Vol. 3

5/28/2020

Today, we are sharing with you the 3rd volume of our 1st Grade students, our junior scientists, seen in this video exploring and learning.

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Family Bazaar 2020 - Virtual Edition

5/28/2020

Dear Nova community, you will be happy to hear that we are going ahead with yet another NOVA tradition, which has taken place in the past 14 years. The virtual edition of our Family Bazaar is scheduled for May 28th 2020 at 6pm, and you will be able to follow it on Nova's Facebook Page and on YouTube as a live stream. The event will showcase the cooking talents of our community, songs, performances and volunteerism. Traditionally all the proceeds from the Family Bazaar benefit a local charitable organization.This year we will support the special needs school 'Idnina' by donating toward masks and other necessary resources for the school. You will be able to make donations through our website on-line payment portal: https://nova.edu.mk/CreateOrder.aspx

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Meet Aleksej Kubelka, Graduating Class of 2020

5/27/2020

Meet Aleksej Kubelka, one of the Nova students Graduating from the Class of 2020. Aleksej is a Nova AP student whose talents transcend the boundaries of subject courses. He is exceptionally talented in math, the natural sciences, as well as languages. He will continue his education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam due to their quality program in bio medicine. Read more about Aleksej's educational journey in his interview. (link)  

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Family Bazaar 2020 - Virtual Edition (in the media)

5/27/2020

                    

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CAS Project Interview

5/26/2020

This video is a 'Service Learning Project' created by four of our students: Jana, Marija, Agavni and Vladimir. In this video they have managed to collect tips in the form of insight from five Nova faculty members about the IB program. This video will be of great value for all of the upcoming IB and CAS students. 

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Meet Dimitar Manov, Graduating Class of 2020

5/26/2020

Meet Dimitar Manov, one of our Nova students Graduating from the Class of 2020. Dimitar has been an IB student in Nova in the past two years, in this interview he discusses his educational experience at Nova, and his university acceptances. (link)

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1st Grade Scientists Vol. 2

5/20/2020

If you have been wondering what Nova 1st grade students were doing in our Virtual Learning Program? Well, they have been experimenting and learning more on the things they are curious about.

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Virtual Learning [IPC Unit: Being Human]

5/19/2020

Grade 5BK recently had their virtual Exit Point of the IPC Unit Being Human, when each student as an expert taught their family about an important global health issue. This was a purely open inquiry-based project where each student asked their own question of interest and researched further from a variety of reliable sources to create a research report on visual slides. Ms. Babic acted as a facilitator rather than a lecturer throughout this process of academic investigation. Final result- young experts in many medical fields like cardiology, sport medicine, immunology, pulmoalergology, and neurology. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Scientific experiment, done by our student Marko Tanevski

5/18/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with you a video experiment created by our very own student and Boris Trajkovski scholar Marko Tanevski. Enjoy the 'Elephant Toothpaste Experiment'

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Motivating teachers through a workshop experience

5/15/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with you the feedback that our current HS Physics Teacher Ms. Maja Koljozova, wrote about her professional learning experience in the MYP online teachers workshop that she is attending. 'Keeping up with virtual teaching and the MYP workshop was challenging, but thanks to the connections and discussions with the colleague educators from around the world, I was inspired and motivated to explore new ideas for my future design classes. Creating MYP Unit starts with an idea, but lots needs to be done, and many stages to be carefully planned before the completion phase. The workshop provided time, space and opportunity to probe deeply into the philosophical concepts that go into the construction of the IB Unit. Being surrounded by teachers who share the same understanding and points of view, gave me confidence to continue and develop a curriculum that will lift the learning abilities of my students.  The possible unit designs are endless, and I was impressed how our units developed, shaped, and reshaped throughout the Learning engagement modules of the workshop. Design Thinking was crucial in this process, too. To me, the journey became intriguing in the second module. We were asked to visit a specific webpage where Global issues have been presented through stories, video clips and images, select one and put it as a learning in a larger context, and therefore make this learning engaging for students. This activity opened new doors and perspectives for inquiry and global context exploration. Creating the Statement of inquiry connecting the key and the related concepts is one of the most important stages of the unit planning-the purpose of the inquiry and the big idea. In the third collaborative learning forum, the challenge I found was creating an authentic assessment task that gives students more flexibility to show their understanding of the statement of inquiry. To develop an authentic task requires a thorough understanding of the concept, as well as teacher’s creativity and readiness to do much more than just teach the subject. The teacher also needs to be a Designer and create an assessment that will be functional to the client-the student. There were many other stages that need attention before the unit is ready to go such as creating task specific clarification, recording and reporting, approaches to learning, implementing service as action in the learning activities, etc. This workshop was helpful and answered many of the questions aroused once I started preparing for this program. Now, I have my units and enthusiasm ready to be put into action.  I am looking forward to meet my students and begin the journey in the world of designers, thinkers, risk takers, communicators, inquirers........' - Ms. Maja Koljozova [Physics Teacher]

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NOVA Classical Evening aired on Nasa TV!

5/15/2020

We’re happy to announce that our annual NOVA Classical Evening will be aired on May 16th, from 10:00 am and from 8:00 pm. It will be re-broadcasted on May 17th, from 5:00 pm. Let your friends and family know so they can watch the spectacular performances of our students.

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Virtual HS Photo Art Exhibition

5/15/2020

Dear Nova community, today we have the privilege to invite you to tour our third virtual art exhibition, this time displaying photographs that our high school students have created. Immense gratitude’s to the students that participated in this project, our Photography Teacher and our Media and Technology Specialist for making this event possible. Follow this link to take the Virtual HS Photo Art Exhibition https://www.artsteps.com/view/5eb889b886e6bf19bf0bf1b2

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1st Grade Scientists

5/14/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing a video from Ms. Stevoska's class of 1st grade students. In the video you can see our students engaged in a series of science experiments that they have been working on during our virtual learning program. We are sure many of them are up-and-coming scientists.

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HS Art Exhibition

5/13/2020

Dear Nova community, today we have the privilege to invite you to tour our second virtual art exhibition, this time displaying the artwork of our high school students. We are immensely proud of our students, our HS Fine Arts Teacher Mrs. Marjana Kostojchinoska Uzuncheva and Mr. Dalibor Arsovski our Media and Technology Specialist for making this event possible. Follow this link to take the virtual tour of our HS art exhibition:https://www.artsteps.com/view/5eb47d16863e96314fa783f6

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Academic Counselors interview

5/13/2020

Dear Nova community, as we are approaching the end of the academic year, we are receiving news about students from our Graduating Class of 2020 being accepted at Universities around the world, so we thought this would be an appropriate time to share the stories of Irena and Olgica, two of our Academic Counselors that work within the Guidance and Counseling Program in Nova. Thanks to our friends from Plusinfo.mk we are sharing an interview with them where they talk more about their roles in our school and the relationships with the students (link)  

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Nova kindergarten students make their own perfumes

5/12/2020

This week our youngest learners in Nova were tasked with creating, bottling and naming their very own perfumes. Our students with the supervision of their parents and guardians had to find the natural resources (mostly flowers and fruits) that they wanted to include in the perfume, bottle the perfume, come up with a name for it - and make sure it is well labeled. Here are some photos from our students at work. Check out the photo gallery from the activity on the following link

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8-ма Ротари конференција за професионална ориентација "Мојата иднина, моја oдлука“

5/12/2020

На 9 мај, виртуелно преку платформата ZOOM, како последица на пандемијата на Covid 19 вирусот, традиционално по осми пат, се одржа конференцијата за професионална ориентација на млади, оваа година под мотото "Мојата иднина, моја одлука”. Настанот беше во организација на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост, во соработка со Меѓународното училиште НОВА, и имаше за цел да даде поддршка на младите и талентирани луѓе во остварување на нивниот целосен потенцијал, како и да помогне во изборот на нивна идна професионална кариера. За времетраење на настанот членовите на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост го споделија сопственото искуство од својата професија, а истото го сторија и неколку еминентни гости говорници, Никица Мојсоска, извршен директор на Македонија 2025, Александар Поповски, режисер, и Невенка Димитрова, професор на New York Medical College, со средношколците од цела Македонија. Овој традиционален настан, во изминативе осум години го имаат посетено повеќе од 900 средношколци од 25 средни училишта, и истиот преку прашалник го имаат оценето како успешен и извонредно корисен при носењето на одлука во која насока да го продолжат своето образование. Пленарна сесија Rotary Conference Економија, бизнис и финансии Архитектура и градежништво Електротехника, електроника, информатика, машинство и автомобили  

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6 Grade Students Assessment - Song Maker

5/11/2020

Composing in Chrome Music Lab’s Song Maker is the current assignment for 6th graders. It is a website that makes learning and creating music more accessible and fun :)  Their first task is to create a very simple short piece of music by only using a few different notes in pitch, and through the next few tasks they will work on this base and make it more complex until we reach the final goal: a song created step by step! Here are a few examples and experiments from the 1st phase of this project: Filipa - 6 Purple https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/5612330210557952 Gorkem - 6 Gold https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/4568370964856832 Kala - 6 Pink https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/6155293802102784 Iljas - 6 Pink https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/4553731946315776 Neda - 6 Gold https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/6336566185164800 Maxim - 6 Purple https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/6175281439047680 Justin - 6 Pink https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/6132938765762560 Mehmet - 6 Gold https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/4713639979253760 Defne - 6 Gold https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/6075311377612800 Tia - 6 Purple https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/song/5349280945537024

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4th grade collaborates in a digital escape room

5/11/2020

4th grade collaborates in a Harry Potter themed digital escape room for Fun Friday. After 45 minutes of challenging puzzles, all Hogwarts students are safe and accounted for.

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8-ма Ротари конференција за професионална ориентација "Мојата иднина, моја oдлука“

5/9/2020

Во сабота, на 9 мај, виртуелно преку платформата ZOOM, како последица на пандемијата на Covid 19 вирусот, со почеток од 17:00 до 19:00 часот, традиционално по осми 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.  Овој традиционален настан, во изминативе седум години го имаат посетено повеќе од 800 средношколци од дваесетина училишта, и истиот преку прашалник го имаат оценет како успешен и извонредно корисен во изборот на нивната идна професија. Местата за настанот се ограничени и ќе се пополнуваат според редоследот по кој ќе пристигнуваат пријавите на on-line формулар. Агенда 17:00 - 18:00    Отворање на конференцијата и пленарна сесија (преку платформата ZOOM)* Воведно обраќање на Маја Лапе – претседател на Ротари клубот Скопје Камен Мост за 2019/20 Никица Мојсоска – извршен директор на Македонија 2025 Александар Поповски – режисер Невенка Димитрова – професор на New York Medical College 18:00-18:15      Кратка пауза, подготовка за break-out сесија 18:15-19:00      Break-out сесија во мали групи (преку платформата ZOOM)* Професионални области**:   o          Архитектура и градежништво;  o          Економија, бизнис и финансии;  o          Електро-техника, електроника, информатика, машинство и автомобили;  o          Маркетинг, медиуми и односи со јавноста;   o          Медицина , стоматологија и фармација; o          Право и адвокатура;   * 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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Virtual Learning Program [Feedback]

5/8/2020

Starting today, on our virtual learning page we will share some of the community feedback we have been receiving regarding our 'Virtual Learning Program'. The gallery with some of the parent and student feedback is available on this link: https://nova.edu.mk/Content.aspx?id=39&page=0&gallery=4996

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Nova students design logos

5/8/2020

As we are continuing our IPC unit on What's on the Menu, Ms. Jashari's 3rd graders designed their own logos for their restaurants. Their logos communicate the theme of their restaurant. So amazing to see how creative they are. Check out the photo gallery from the acctivity on the following link

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3rd graders create their own fruit cocktails

5/8/2020

3 Grade students created their own tasty fruit cocktail to serve as a dessert in their restaurant as part of their IPC Unit "What's On The Menu?" . Nothing says summer more than these fruity cocktails. Which one is your favorite?

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Senior Display 2020

5/7/2020

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NOVA Chess Tournament

5/6/2020

Dear Nova community, we would like to announce another virtual activity that we've been organizing for the past several weeks, and that is the Chess Tournament, organized by our very own Chess Club.Make sure you join in tomorrow, we have a prize for the winner of the tournament.        

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Jana Joksimovska Service Learning Project

5/5/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with all of you the service learning project of our student: Jana Joksimovska. In this video she will be talking about a skill set near and dear to her heart - guitar playing. In this video she will be offering mini-lessons to the global community. Jana is also one of our Boris Trajkovski Scholars (from the Class of 2022). Ejoy the mini-lecture.

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(Testimonials) MYP Professional Development

5/5/2020

Our Nova faculty members are hard at work preparing for next academic year MYP program roll-out, receiving formal IB MYP training.

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Planet Earth Day, 1st grade students

5/4/2020

For Planet Earth's day, Mrs.Stevoska's first grade class was learning about different ways to help and protect our Earth. The students came up with different slogans and they created unique T-shirt designs. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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April 2020


Meet Lizi our Leopard Gecko friend

4/30/2020

Dear Nova community we would like to introduce all of you to Lizi, our Leopard Gecko friend that has been a part of our IB Biology class for the last four years. Lizi loves to eat worms, and bugs on special occasions. She has two living spots in our school, but we don't see much of her during school times because she is a nocturnal animal. Our biology teacher alongside our students make sure that she is properly fed, and that she has fresh drinking water at her disposal, even nowadays when we are at home due to the campus closure.

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Poem from our student Anastasia about the Covid-19 situation

4/29/2020

Dear Nova community as we are coming to the end of the month of April, we want to once again remind our community that we are celebrating national poetry month. To conclude our school celebration we are sharing with you a video recital of a poem from our student Anastasia about the Covid-19 situation.

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Earth Day in Nova

4/29/2020

Last week Ms. Markovska's first grade class celebrated this year's 50th Earth Day by designing T-shirts for this special occasion. Take a look at the students' original logos and slogans. Check out the photo gallery from the activity here

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Classical Evening 2020

4/28/2020

Dear Nova community, we would like to invite all of you to another live online event organized by the Music department and the technology specialists, students, and parents. Tomorrow, on April 28th, we will be hosting the 'Classical Evening' an online musical event presenting the musical talents of the students at our school. You will be able to follow the event live on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and our website.

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Nova students as chefs

4/28/2020

The cooking of an egg in a unique way was one of the IPC assignments for third grade on the unit "What's On the Menu". They did an amazing job making eggs in different styles. They are pretending to be chefs and they are practicing their cooking skills for their own restaurants. Get some ideas on how to make you own eggs! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Chess Tournament

4/28/2020

Dear Nova community, the Nova chess club is organizing another virtual tournament this Thursday [30th of April 2020]. The tournament will start at 5pm and is open to all members from our school community. The tournament winners will receive a pizza voucher as a prize. Tournament link: https://lichess.org/tournament/stir7tiiTournament password: ncqp12345

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'What's On The Menu' #EGGcellentEggs

4/27/2020

Ms. Grncharoska's 3rd grade class is currently working on the IPC unit " What's On The Menu" . This activity is from Science Task 4 and it's called EGGcellent Eggs. The students learned the process of making eggs from egg to farm and the stages of egg development into a chick. As Recording Activity our students imagined that they're chefs invited to a celebrity cooking show. Each student was supposed to cook an egg in a unique way. Our 3rd graders rock! What is your favorite one? Check out the photogallery from the event here

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Virtual ASA Program

4/27/2020

Dear Nova community, we are happy to announce our virtual after school activities and clubs program. You can learn more about the program on this link: https://nova.edu.mk/after_school_activities_and_clubs.aspx

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NOVA Chess Tournament

4/23/2020

The Nova chess club is organising a chess tournament today, and is inviting our HS students to join in.

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Nova read-aloud sessions: Going to the dentist

4/23/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with you our #4 session of read-aloud video stories for our youngest members. Today we are reading the book titled: 'Going to the Dentist'. Enjoy.

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Nova students translation and read of the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling

4/23/2020

April has been declared 'The National Poetry Month', and in order to commemorate this month, our very own student Luka Pavikjevikj translated a poem by Rudyard Kipling titled 'If'. Here is the translation of that poem, interpreted by Luka and his classmate Sare Ademoska. We hope you enjoy it.

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Online book for children titled 'Animals Home' / „Каде живеат животните“ translated by our faculty member Ms. Despina Mikoska

4/23/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with you a book for children titled 'Animals Home' / „Каде живеат животните“ available online, and translated by our very own faculty member Ms. Despina Mikoska. Ms. Mukoska also authored a companion of activities to the book, available on this link: https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/130907-kade-zhiveat-zhivotnite?fbclid=IwAR3TE60UP6nQXMk75a7-y89aA2dIXcjCL4XjOikvRi1XuToDHZC48kF030s

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Nova read-aloud sessions: Hooray for fish!

4/22/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with you our #3 read-aloud video story for our youngest members. Today we are reading the book titled: 'Hooray For Fish'. Enjoy.

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EMS Spirit Week

4/22/2020

Our Elementary and Middle School observed a 'Spirit Week' where students and faculty members were encouraged to participate in thematic activities each day of the week. Different days were dedicated to animals, ninja's and superheros, sports day and having a crazy hair day. The purpose of the Spirit Week was to lift up everyone's spirit during these challenging times. Today we share with you pictures from each day. Enjoy. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Kindergarten students playing a game of Spring Break Bingo with their families

4/22/2020

Last week our Kindergarten students were playing a game of Spring Break Bingo with their families. The Bingo included fun and educational activities that they could pursue while they were staying at home. Here are a few pictures from our students and their siblings.  

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'Classical Evening' an online musical event

4/21/2020

Dear Nova community, we would like to invite all of you to another live online event organized jointly by our faculty, students and parents. On April 28th, we will be hosting the 'Classical Evening' an online musical event premiering the musical talents of the students in our schools. You will be able to follow the event live on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and our website. More information will be shared in the upcoming days.

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#3 Library Kahoot quiz

4/21/2020

Dear Nova high school students, we would like to invite all of you to join us and play the #3 Library Kahoot quiz starting this Wednesday, April 22nd. The topic for the quiz will be 'Books vs. Movies'. See you there.

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Interview with our incoming Boris Trajkovski scholarship students

4/16/2020

Dear Nova community today we share with you the interview - with our incoming Boris Trajkovski scholarship students, commencing their studies as 9th grades from the academic 2020-21. We are proud to have added these three students to our growing list of Boris Trajkovski scholars.

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Pre-K students’ education continues on virtual learning platforms

4/16/2020

In this gallery you will find our youngest learners engaged in various projects, since the beginning of our virtual learning program. The pictures include our students writing their names with dough, practicing letters, drawing lines, counting, coloring, painting and most importantly having fun while actively learning. Check out the photo gallery from the acctivities here

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MYP at Nova - Atl Skills

4/15/2020

Today we are sharing with our Nova community another video introducing the IB Middle Years Programme, this time specifically focusing on the 'approaches to learning' skill. We’re excited to begin its implementation of this program as a candidate school from the next school year.

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HS Dance Class - Student Assignment Video Collage

4/15/2020

[Video Collage] from three Nova students that are taking Dance classes, and who had the opportunity through our virtual learning program to learn a Hip Hop choreography from a YouTube tutorial from the choreographer Mihran Kirakosian. They used reflection as a part of their assignment and shared it with their teacher either as a written text or during our Google meets session each week explaining their experience so far in learning through tutorial. 

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MYP at Nova - Teaser

4/14/2020

We are sharing with all our Nova students another video introducing the IB Middle Years Programme . We’re excited to begin its implementation of this program as a candidate school from the next school year.

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Nova read-aloud sessions: Cow Takes a Bow

4/14/2020

Dear Nova community, another read-aloud video for our youngest members is now available on our YouTube page. 'Cow Takes a Bow' is the story in our focus, so join us on this video link and enjoy.

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HS Dance Class - Student Assignment Video

4/13/2020

Nova students that are taking Dance classes, had the opportunity through our virtual learning program to learn a Hip Hop choreography from a YouTube tutorial from the choreographer Mihran Kirakosian. They used reflection as a part of their assignment and shared it with their teacher either as a written text or during our Google meets session each week explaining their experience so far in learning through tutorial.

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Meet Kira Popetrevska a third grader working on an experiment for her IPC class

4/13/2020

Meet Kira Popetrevska a third grader working on an experiment for her IPC class. She had to do a Holy Moldy Experiment where she had to put three slices of bread in separate bags. One slice of bread in a bag with clean hands, one slice of bread in a bag with dirty hands, and the third slice of bread that previously rubbed the floor with. First she had to predict which slice of bread will have little or no mold at all. After, she will leave the slices of bread in these bags for couple of days, and observe what is happening to the Holy Moldy Experiment

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Nova International Schools 2020

4/10/2020

In Nova International Schools we build learners that are: Communicators: students understand how you say something is as important as what you say. Inquirers: students ask questions that opens up the world around them. Knowledgeable: students build skills to become life-long learners. Thinkers: students are creative and critical thinkers who solve real-world problems. Principled: students embrace honesty, making principled decisions in and out of the classroom. OpenMinded: students open their hearts and minds to new cultures and ideas. Caring: students treat each other and their community with kindness. RiskTakers: students take measured risks, challenging themselves to be the best they can be. Balanced: students know that balance is the key to happiness. Reflective: students reflect not just on what they learn at school, but its implications on the world around them. Check out the photo gallery with the posters here

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Join the first ever Nova virtual art exhibition!

4/10/2020

Dear Nova Community, Today we have the privilege to invite you to tour our first ever virtual art exhibition. This exhibition encompasses all the artistic pieces created by our ES students. We are immensely proud of our students, the teachers and our parent community for supporting this virtual event. Many thanks to our ES art teacher, Ms. Ana Josifovska and our Media and Technology Specialist Mr. Dalibor Arsovski, for making this event possible. Link to the virtual art exhibition: https://www.artsteps.com/profile/5e86fdadf3d59f181cdddf30

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Nova goes MYP

4/10/2020

Nova International Schools joins a prestigious group of schools by becoming a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program. Read the interview with our MYP coordinator in Nova Ms. Amanda Levitt and learn more about the program. 

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A Quarantine Song' - poem by Darko Stavrev

4/10/2020

Dear Nova community, today we share with you yet another poem written by our very own Darko Stavrev. Darko is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program student from Grade 11, and a YES alumni scholar as well. He wrote this poem during the national poetry month. We hope you like it as much as we do.  A Quarantine Song   Hold on my friend, For this madness will end And then I’ll give you my hand Cause we’re all made out of sand.   Together we are strong But cripple when alone. Is it here where I belong? I just hope I’m not a clone.   Sticks and stones may break me. Wait!! I’m still drinking my afternoon tea. It’s not fair and just, But we must!   Hold on, I said, For we’ll rise ahead!   By: Darko Stavrev

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'These Are My Growing Teeth' - A poem by Adora Limani

4/9/2020

To commemorate national poetry month, we are sharing with all of you a poem written by our very own Adora Limani. This poem is titled 'These Are My Growing Teeth', it is a poem about change, and the nostalgia one goes through while growing older.  “THESE ARE MY GROWING TEETH” My new molars are growing.I could tell that those sensitive patches of gum started swelling as I chewed up my next meal,And with it I swallowed what was left of that big ol’ milk tooth,But I do not miss it one bit.And now every time I lay down in my giant bed,I feel it squeezing through my intestines and aching to get out.It must be because my stomach cannot digest the fact that 12 became 11,32 sized down to 31,And that everytime I bite through strawberry scented ice cream,The freezing sensation trickles through the gap whereMy sweet little tooth used to reside.Good riddance to that horrid piece of enamel and pulp!I seldom miss anything at all,And I refuse to believe that the clouds miss each other after they’ve finished a divine quarrel,And both go their separate ways in that Big Blue.But why then do I feel the absence of Ms. DeciduousSo intensely?Why has that erupting tooth eaten me alive,Like an infant living with ringworms?Maybe if I had not left the bread in the toaster forSo long,It would not have crumbled so easily beneath my aging jaw.And now every time I lay down in my giant bed,I count my teeth over and over,And I cannot believeI am a child still. -Adora Limani, 2020

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Nova read-aloud sessions: The very ticklish tiger

4/9/2020

Dear Nova community, today we are sharing with you for the first time a read-aloud video for our youngest members. The Very Ticklish Tiger is the story in our focus, so join us on this video link and enjoy:  For more read-alouds you can visit the following link

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EMS Spirit Week - Animals

4/9/2020

This week our Elementary and Middle school division is observing their Spirit Week. The theme for Tuesday was 'animals', and students were encouraged to bring their pets to their virtual classes. Here is Daniil with his cat participating in yesterday's classes.

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World Poetry Day

4/8/2020

To celebrate ‘World Poetry Day’ on March 21st and  also to welcome April as the ‘National Poetry Month’ NOVA 6th and 8th grade students @Ms. Biljana Dalcheska's English and Language Arts classes are dedicating their current unit on poetry. The students were asked to watch a motivational video and comment on it, through a single line. They were not aware at the time of the assignment that their lines would be put together and turned into a poem, with wonderfully positive messages. The outcome is impressive and all students were thrilled. During these times every positive thought is a blessing.  6 Gold: No matter how you look, or are you short or tall, it matters what soul you have.Don't underestimate anyone. Everyone deserves a second chance.Small, or big, strong, or weak, a hero is the one who tries, and never gives up.Don't underestimate the weakest and smallest, because inside they are the strongest;Because they can be stronger but they're not showing it.Don't underestimate anyone. Everyone deserves a second chance;Rather good or bad never give up,even when all is lost you can still get up.Our hard work will always pay off.We are all great!Never loose faith in yourself.Never give up. 6 Pink: Never give up on being yourself, because sometimes you can end up saving the day.Never give up, you should try again, because even if you didn't succeed the first timeyou might succeed the next time you try.You shouldn't wait for a miracle and you should never give up,you should always stay creative and try to get what you want.If you don't succeed the first time, don't give up and try again.Never give up, you will succeed once,Never give up on anything you do and always help others.We are all great! 8 Lavender: "I, Giorno Giovanna, have a dream,a dream to reunite with my family and tell them of the knowledgeI have acquired through bravery over my fears."I learn from my mistakes, obstacles, and motivation.I also learn from experience.You should face your fears,You should choose your own path in life.I learn from my mistakes.I explore for newer and better methods of achieving my goal.I learn through motivation,I learn from hardships and difficulties,I learn from difficult obstacles,I learn through desperation for food.I also learn through experience. 8 Maroon: Take risks and face your fears.If you overcome certain fears, good things may come out of itWhen facing your fears you will get something in return.Don't judge something by its appearance,Learn from others since they might have more experience,take risks, it can pay out.I learn through experience!

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MYP at Nova

4/8/2020

A short video introduction of the IB Middle Years Programme for NOVA students. We’re excited to begin its implementation from next school year.

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Students learning the alphabet in our Macedonian language and culture class

4/8/2020

Our youngest learners in the Nova Elementary and Middle School were practicing the alphabet and the days of the week in our Macedonian language and culture class. Here is a short video of them being part of our virtual learning program. 

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Nova and Zito Prom deliver donations for Infectious Diseases Clinic in Skopje and the General Hospital in Gevgelija

4/8/2020

                

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Photos from our Macedonian language and culture class

4/7/2020

Today we share with all of you photos from our Macedonian language and culture class, done through our virtual learning program. Namely, our second grade student Hanna is playing the game 'Memory blocks' to review her clothes Macedonian vocabulary. She was tasked to match the word with the picture and use it in a sentence.

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Kahoot game for all Nova Grade 3 to Grade 8 students

4/7/2020

Kahoot game for all Nova Grade 3 to Grade 8 students. The game begins tomorrow. The winner will get an electronic IOU for a pizza voucher from our Library.

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ES Spirit Week

4/6/2020

We will have our 'Spirit Week' this week starting on Tuesday.  Let's have a fun week before spring break.   The days are as follows:  TUESDAY: ANIMAL DAY -  dress like an animal, bring your pet to virtual school, or bring your favorite stuffed animal.  WEDNESDAY: NINJA OR SUPER HERO DAY -  Dress like a superhero the best way you can.  A towel as a cape, mask, etc. Whatever you have around the house.  THURSDAY: SPORTS DAY - Wear your favorite sports outfit, or a sports hat, jersey or t-shirt.  FRIDAY: CRAZY HAIR DAY  

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HS band performance of the tune 'Oclupaca'

4/6/2020

Dear Nova community, we propose you start this week by listening to our HS band performing the tune 'Oclupaca', a Duke Ellington composition from his 'Latin American Suite' album from 1972. Our band members played and recorded their individual segments at home, and then our music teacher tied it all together for our enjoyment.

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4th grade IPC session using Google Meet and Nearpod

4/3/2020

4th grade IPC session using Google Meet and Nearpod to have an interactive discussion about how communities, throughout history, work together to solve problems.

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Grade 5 students using the Seesaw platform for our virtual learning program

4/2/2020

Our Grade 5 students and their teacher Mrs. Babic Krstveska are using the Seesaw platform for our virtual learning program, where students can engage in creative tools to complete their assignments'. Here is some of their work.

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#1 Library Kahoot Quiz

4/1/2020

Today, we will host the #1 Library Kahoot Quiz. The topic for today's quiz is: general knowledge on the topic of literature.Join us!

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Our 4th Grade student working from home!

4/1/2020

Our 4th Grade student working from home!He and his classmates follow a daily schedule starting with math, RLA, specials, then IPC. Here, he is working on an interactive response to reading called: 'Spin the Wheel'. He's also conducting research for his Informational Book on Ancient Greece. Way to go!

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How teachers can use Bitpaper and Zoom to create a game with students while having an online class

4/1/2020

Wondering how teachers can use Bitpaper and Zoom to create a game with students while having an online class?Our faculty member Ms. Gjurevski has the answer:

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Nova initiates its Virtual Learning Program #March2020

4/1/2020

On March 11th Nova commenced its virtual learning program, as a result of the campus being closed down due to the corona virus pandemic. Since then we have seen an incredible effort, from our community including students, teachers, parents, guardians, school administrators, PTA and alumni, to continue their educational journey uninterrupted. We are happy to share some of the photos highlighting our virtual learning program, ranging from students and teachers doing video lectures, to assignments students have pursued in their homes. We hope you enjoy the gallery. For more information about our virtual learning program, you can visit the following page: https://nova.edu.mk/virtual_learning.aspx.  Check out the photo gallery from the acctivities here  

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