March 2020


Nova Gala Night

3/12/2020

The Nova Parent Teacher Association [PTA] alongside the Nova Alumni Association [NAA] is thrilled to invite you to attend the Nova Gala Night, Thursday, March 12th, 19:00 at the Park Hotel Restaurant Four. The evening promises to be a memorable one, celebrating the creation of the Nova Community Scholarship Fund, and providing recognition to those who contribute. You can find more information about the Nova Gala Night in your email invitations.

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February 2020


6th Grade Students Drama Performance

2/26/2020

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

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Interview with our EMS Counselors

2/26/2020

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

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The Sound Of NOVA

2/25/2020

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

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Update on the Covid-19 virus

2/23/2020

Dear NOVA community,  There is a clear concern in our community about the spread of the Covid-19 virus to regions of northern Italy. The virus seems to be spreading easily and sustainably, with an incubation period of anywhere between 0 and 14 days. At the moment however, the CDC has Italy at Watch Level 1.  We cooperate very closely with other international schools in the region, and our crisis management team has adopted a preventive decision matrix for the Covid-19 virus, in line with WHO recommendations.    Our school is asking families who traveled during the February break to the Lombardy or Veneto regions of Italy to self-quarantine for 14 days from arrival, the same as with those arriving from China. If you are one of them, please contact Nurse Sandey Stayanoff at (02) 3061-907 (extension 206) or sandey.stayanoff@nova.edu.mk BEFORE coming to school.   For more information about the areas affected by the virus please visit HERE. Please also contact our nurse if you are keeping your child(ren) at home, out of an abundance of precaution.   The Macedonian Ministry of Health today has advised against travel to northern Italy, and has instituted thermal checks at all airports.   The precautions that our school has implemented, considering that there are no reported cases in our country or neighboring countries, will remain in place, such as the additional hand sanitizing, additional cleaning, and mandated reporting by our members. Our crisis management team will consult daily to decide and update our community of any next steps.

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NOVA International School is an IB Middle Years Programme candidate school

2/19/2020

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

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Grade 5 Students, Exit Point [Baking process]

2/18/2020

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

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PTA Valentine’s Cookie Day

2/18/2020

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

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NOVA HS Robotic Team featured on MTV1

2/17/2020

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

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Nova students volunteer at the 'Golden Race'

2/17/2020

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

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Students take the lead in our math classes

2/14/2020

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

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IB Diploma Programme Applications

2/14/2020

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PTA Valentine's Cookie Day

2/13/2020

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

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Theater performances #Nova 8th graders

2/13/2020

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

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Nova #Robotics club wins the #ConnectAward

2/13/2020

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

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

2/12/2020

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

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IB Spanish B class learns the story about Frida Kahlo

2/12/2020

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

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Nova Hosts the CEESA MS #MathCounts Competition

2/11/2020

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

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10 grade student gather food and clothes for those in need

2/10/2020

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

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Reading Buddies @ Nova EMS

2/10/2020

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

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Nova Alumni Association - Timeline of Events

2/4/2020

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

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January 2020


MS basketball tournament, Sofia

1/31/2020

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

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Young Engineers @Nova

1/31/2020

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

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Robotics club presentation for our MS students

1/30/2020

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

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The Reading Buddies

1/29/2020

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

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Future of NOVA info sessions

1/28/2020

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

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ASA Fair 2.0

1/27/2020

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

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New year, new exciting unit in our EMS curriculum

1/24/2020

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

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INTERVIEW: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY IN NOVA

1/23/2020

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

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Large survey gathering BMI data in Nova

1/23/2020

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

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

1/16/2020

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

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Parent Enrichment Evening [Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally]

1/16/2020

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

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Helping Teens Thrive Emotionally

1/15/2020

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

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

1/14/2020

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

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