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Dorothy Cotton Institute 1st Annual Gala and Dinner

on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 19:12


On Thursday, December 8, New Roots was honored as the first school in the United States to be certified as a human rights friendly school by the Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) and Human Rights Educators USA.  The award was presented at The Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) 2016 Gala celebrating International Human Rights Day.  Principal Tina Nilsen-Hodges, upper school social studies teacher Audrey Southern, and students from the Students of Color Unity Club attended the gala to receive the award.  One highlight of the evening was the opportunity to meet Dr. Dorothy Cotton!

The DCI is an

Student Spotlight: Riley!

on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 21:07
Riley Lenetsky, a senior at New Roots Charter School, is exploring her interests in art and science through an internship with local artist Sarah Gotowka. Riley was first introduced to Sarah during an intensive course on natural dyes organized by science teacher, David Streib. As Riley describes it, the internship has ”... allowed me to investigate different forms of art and self-expression.”
In late October I visited Riley at her internship.

New Roots in Common Ground High School's Program

on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 14:27

This week, a small group of New Roots students and staff took a trip to New Haven, CT to visit Common Ground High School. Common Ground is a small charter high school established by the New Haven Ecology Project, a non-profit organization that runs several environmental education programs. The Common Ground campus is located just a few minutes from the center of New Haven and includes an educational garden, a market garden, chickens, and goats, all surrounded by forest.

New Roots Students in Ithaca's December Gallery Night

on Mon, 11/28/2016 - 19:22

On December 2nd, New Roots students will display artwork from their Studio Art, Painting, Urban Arts, Drawing and Sculpture classes. The gallery is called Art Through The Ages. See details about First Friday Gallery Night here. One finished piece by Rosy Glos is pictured below! We hope you'll join us at New Roots for an evening of free art showings!


No school today, November 21, 2016

on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:16

There will be no school today, Monday, November 21, 2016.  Family conferences scheduled for today will be rescheduled.  Stay safe and enjoy the first snow of the season!

Mayoral Ribbon Cutting Celebrating New Roots Expansion

on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 15:31

Here is a snapshot of the ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday, which was comprised of speeches by Principal Tina, Mayor Svante Myrick, DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson, and students Sam Greenhouse and Labrae Isaacs, as well as songs by the New Roots Vocal Ensemble!

Find more pictures on our Instagram page (@newrootsschool)

November Gallery Night Artist Mckenzie Lauren Jones

on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:52

McKenzie is a lyrical artist who loves to play with the stories we tell ourselves. She is fascinated by words and enjoys exploring how they sound, what they mean, how they look, and what they create. Her poems, greeting cards, and stencils touch upon the most heartwarming, grimy, funny, and genuine qualities of life. 

Join us this today between 5pm and 7:30pm for Gallery Night!

Student Spotlight: Ariana Giordano

on Wed, 11/02/2016 - 21:02


Ariana has an internship is with Sew Green, a non-profit retail store that is located in downtown Ithaca just two doors down from New Roots Charter School. Sew Green also houses The Art and Found, Art Restart, and a new community arts space. Before Ariana's internship, she had very little knowledge of sewing but was enthusiastic to learn. When Community Learning and Outreach Coordinator Rebecca Cutter visited her at the shop, the first thing Ariana shared with her was that all the materials sold in the shop are donated. Sew Green also houses The Art and Found; Art ReStart; and a new

Fall Showcase and Open House!

on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 13:17

On November 10th, we will celebrate our expansion into a new wing on the 2nd floor of the Clinton House with a reception at 6:30pm and a celebration at 7:00pm. This fun community event will feature:

-Tours of our classrooms with hands-on exhibits of student learning
-Musical performances by the Steel Drum Ensemble and the Vocal Ensemble
-Snacks prepared by the students in the Culinary Arts Class

This is the perfect occassion to enjoy the student work being done at New Roots Charter School. The event is free and open to the public!

Sense of Place Immersion Day

on Mon, 10/31/2016 - 19:02

On Friday October 28th, students were given a schoolwide immersive experience called Sense of Place, to meet Education for Sustainability (EfS) standards and to orient students to their larger community environment. We engaged in field work and activities focused on the history and significance of places in order to deepen understanding of human and natural systems in our region. 

(Pinky's Class on Cornell University campus) 

Students learned about the social, economic, ecological and architectural history of their place, and forged a stronger connection their larger home.