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Snow Day Take 2! New Roots Closed Wednesday, March 15

on Tue, 03/14/2017 - 22:42

New Roots Charter School will be closed on Wednesday, March 15 due to winter weather conditions.  Stay warm and enjoy the snow event!

Snow day! New Roots closed on Tuesday, March 14

on Tue, 03/14/2017 - 01:01

New Roots will be closed on Tuesday, March 14 due to severe winter weather conditions.  Stay safe and enjoy the snow!

Spring Benefit Concert!

on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:09


New Roots Rock Band, Steel Band, Vocal Ensemble and Spoken Word Club will perform at the Dock on March 25th, 6:00-9:00pm! The event is inspired by the Grassroots Festival’s youth program Roots in the Schools, and made possible by The Dock's generous donation of the venue. Roots in the Schools engaged musicians from Big Mean Sound Machine and other local bands to mentor students and help them prepare for the big event. This will be a great showing of New Roots talent, so come show your support and invite family friends!

Teacher Spotlight: Kelley Robertson!

on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 14:48

Kelley is certified music teacher and a recent Peace Corps graduate who spent time in Panama. At New Roots she is teaching Spanish I, II, III, and IV, Advisory, Humanities Expedition and a she leads a choral ensemble. Her Spanish classes exhibit a strong focus on speaking the language rather than reading and writing it, using communication as the primary learning tool. About 80% of the conversations in her Spanish classes progress in Spanish. 

Kelley’s classes frequently find reason to work with individuals and organizations outside New Roots doors.

March Gallery Night!

on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 22:18

The Traces We Leave: A photography exhibit by Barbara Pease.

The transient nature of our world is a theme in this exhibition. We leave behind, at least for a while, traces of ourselves: a tagger's graffiti, an activist's poster, commissioned art or a simple statement on a pipe, "Water is Life."
Come see it today (March 3rd) 5pm to 7:30p.m., or anytime the lobby is open until March 29th!

Cayuga Lake Environmental Science Symposium at New Roots!

on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 19:39

New Roots Charter School will host an Cayuga Lake Environmental Science Symposium on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Clinton House.  The public is invited to attend!  


Symposium participants will include leaders from the Cayuga Nation, Ellis Hollow Art and Ecology Collective, Ithaca Area Water Treatment Facility, Cayuga Watershed Network, Plantsmen Nursery, Floating Classroom, Community Science Institute, Earth Arts, Primitive Pursuits, and New Roots students.

Open House Rescheduled!

on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 18:56

New Roots Winter Open House Rescheduled 

Open House: Sunday, March 5th 1-3pm. 

Now enrolling grades 9-12 and for our new LEAP year program for students ages 12-15.  If you have any questions about enrollment please call Rebecca Cutter at 607-882-9220 ext 207



School Delay February 13th, 2017

on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:08

New Roots Charter School will be operating on a two-hour delay today. Students who live in districts that are closed are excused from school. Our lobby will be open this morning to welcome students who arrive earlier due to transportation arrangements! Classes will begin at 11:00AM.

Open House and Renewal Celebration Postponed Due to Winter Storm Warning!

on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:22

The Open House and Renewal Celebration scheduled for today, Sunday, February 12 from 1-4 p.m. will be rescheduled due to the winter storm warning in effect today.  A new date will be publicized next week.  Enjoy the snow!

Teacher Spotlight: David Streib!

on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 18:50

David Streib has been teaching science at New Roots for five years, and serves as our Education for Sustainability Coordinator. His hands-on projects inside and outside the classroom help students gain insight on local environmental issues and build skill with modern tools.


In his Contemporary Science and Technology (CST) class, David facilitates multiple excursionary projects. The  Local Water Quality Testing Project involves  visits to the Ithaca Water Treatment Plant, to study Community Science Institute databases.