Newts in the News
New Roots Charter School is thrilled to extend a warm invitation to the Tompkins County arts community for a special event, the “Winter Art & Music Celebration,” taking place during Downtown Ithaca’s First Friday Gallery Night on December 1st. From 5PM to 7PM, the doors will be open to all, offering an evening of artistic and musical creativity.
Rootstock Youth Music Celebration & YEM (Youth Entrepreneurship Market) Return to the Bernie Milton Pavilion stage on May 20th
On May 20th, young people from the community will be taking over the Ithaca Commons to show off their artistic, musical, dance, and entrepreneurship talents. The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance and New Roots Charter School and will be co-producing Rootstock 2023 on May 20th from 12-6pm at the Bernie Milton Pavilion.
On Friday, April 21st, New Roots students are out in force to celebrate Earth Day of Service, and the launch of EarthForce, a new sustainable youth workforce development program funded by Tompkins County.
Now called the Newts Grocery Store program in honor of the school’s mascot, New Roots offers this weekly access in addition to daily free Farm to School meals for all students and staff.
High school freshman reaches agreement to sell jewelry at 15 Steps through participation in youth entrepreneurship market at DIA’s Chowder Cook-Off
New Roots Charter School freshman reaches agreement to sell jewelry at 15 Steps through participation in Youth Entrepreneurship Market (YEM) at DIA’s Chowder Cook-Off (12/3/22)
On Monday, November 28, 2022, New Roots Charter School students, teachers, and staff held a special Community Meeting honoring Native American History Month at the Community School of Music and Arts in downtown Ithaca.
Founders of the Norwegian EdTech company, Curipod, visited New Roots Charter, to learn more about American public education.
On Friday, November 18, New Roots Charter School hosted a visit from two Norwegian entrepreneurs from Curipod, a new EdTech software designed to empower student engagement and agency in the classroom.
During the New Roots Charter School Fall Intensive Week, Sense of Place, students engaged with nature, themselves, one another, and community partners learning about this place we call home.
It is with much excitement that the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance and New Roots Charter School and will be co-producing the return of Rootstock 2022 on May 22nd from 11-8pm at the Bernie Milton Pavilion.
New Roots Charter School juniors and seniors are piloting the green workforce development program adopted by the City of Ithaca, Roots of Success.
On Thursday, March 17, 2022, the State University of New York awarded New Roots Charter School a charter renewal for a fourth charter term.
The New Roots Charter School Class of 2021 celebrated their high school graduation with a live outdoor graduation on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the Ithaca Children’s Garden.
One of only three finalists nationwide, Tina Nilsen-Hodges is being recognized as a national leader advancing the shared vision of green schools focused on the academic, social, and emotional wellbeing of children.
U.S. Secretary of Education Names New Roots Charter School a 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
New York State Education Department has honored New Roots Charter School as a New York State Green Ribbon School
New Roots Charter School will proactively transition to entirely remote learning for one week after the Thanksgiving and winter breaks, according to Superintendent Tina Nilsen-Hodges.
In a memo to members of the SUNY Board of Trustees dated October 6, 2020, Susan Miller Carello, Executive Director of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, reported that New Roots Charter School has met the terms of its probation, stating “the remedial action plan contained mandatory terms and conditions, which the school has met, and continues to provide the Institute with timely reporting as requested.”
The New Roots teacher leadership team planned extensively for supporting students in learning and understanding the scientific, social and emotional reasons for the new safety protocols. This has resulted in 100% compliance, not in response to new rules and mandates, but in the spirit that truly reflects the New Roots Commitment to Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect Our Environment.
“On-site and remote classes at New Roots Charter School will begin on September 9, 2020 as scheduled,” Superintendent Tina Nilsen-Hodges announced today.
New Roots Charter School is capping enrollment this year to ensure optimal conditions for safety in the school’s facilities, Superintendent Tina Nilsen-Hodges announced today. “We have limited seats available, primarily for freshmen and sophomores, and there is already a waiting list for juniors. Families who are interested in New Roots for the 2020-21 school year should act now to secure their seat or a spot on the waitlist.”
Developed in accordance with Department of Health guidelines, the reopening plan integrates best practices for safety with opportunities for students to learn in all of the ways that make a New Roots education unique and compelling.
Yesterday the New York State Board of Regents unveiled long-awaited guidance for school reopening! The Governor’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council guiding principles state that flexible plans must be developed and in-classroom instruction must be prioritized, which aligns beautifully with the scenarios we developed this spring.
The New Roots Charter School Class of 2020 will celebrate their high school graduation with a live outdoor graduation on Friday, June 26th, thanks to Governor Cuomo’s executive order permitting outdoor ceremonies of 150 people or less.
When COVID-19 closed the doors of New Roots Charter School, the first concern was the health and well-being of students who would be missing one another, their teachers, and access to essential services and supports.
New Roots alumna Rosy Glos (Class of 2016) was one of 35 outstanding Cornell University seniors recently recognized as 2020 Merrill Presidential Scholars, honored for her “academic achievements, leadership, and potential to contribute to society.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in March, New Roots Charter School leveraged a decade of experience with real-world learning to incorporate the coronavirus crisis into nearly every course across the curriculum.
As restaurants across the state were ordered closed this week, two eateries in Ithaca decided to donate their excess food to a free meal program offered by New Roots Charter School.
New Roots Charter School has opened its the 2020-2021 enrollment season, offering students a rigorous academic program that focuses on entrepreneurial thinking to address the environmental, social, and economic challenges and opportunities young people face in the 21st century.
An anonymous donor has pledged $200,000 to New Roots Charter School to help it address the fiscal and enrollment issues that led the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee to place the high school on probation in December.
New Roots Charter School and Finger Lakes ReUse are partnering on a hands-on educational fundraising opportunity for New Roots seniors in the Sustainable Entrepreneurship class.