Newts in the News
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.
New Roots founder, Tina Nilsen-Hodges, honored as a school leader in the 2021 Best of Green School national awards
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 is planning for one week of remote instruction following each of the two upcoming holiday breaks
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.
Sunrise Movement founders inspired New Roots students to join the international Climate Strike during a community meeting on the 10th anniversary of the school
On September 9, 2019 New Roots celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a community meeting presentation from local leaders of the Sunrise Movement, who are inviting students to join their youth-led climate justice movement with a nation-wide school strike on September 20, 2019, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC.
In public education, charter schools are the drivers of innovation. We are proud to play a critical role in leading the way forward into the 21st century.
New Roots students and staff joined 4 other schools to collaborate and develop a cohesive four-year sequence that integrates meaningful mission-driven fieldwork and projects while emphasizing college and career preparation and community engagement.