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Midterm and Regents Exam Week at New Roots

on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:05

January 24-27th is testing week for New Roots Students.  Students may be scheduled for Regents exams and/or a midterm.  The link below is to the testing schedule.  Please pay close attention to when you or your student should be at school this upcoming week!

2017 NRCS January Testing Info

Unless students have an appointment with a teacher, they should only be at school this week when they have a test scheduled.  Lunch will be provided each day of testing.

Questions can be sent to Kris Haines-Sharp, Academic Dean, at

February Gallery Night!

on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 15:21
Join us for our first art exhibition of the new year, by Craig Mains:
Snake | Alligator | Elevator

(Showing: through February 27th, 2017)
"My toddler refers to all elevators as alligators, for him I am converting the non-functioning historic steam elevator into an inverted diorama with pythons and alligators, reptiles battling to be top predator in the Everglades."
Opening reception sound for installation created by musician Billy Cote. 
We hope to see you at this Gallery Night Reception on Friday, February 35-7:30 PM!

New Roots Charter School Awarded Five Year Charter Renewal

on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 21:43

On Thursday, January 5, 2017, the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees Committee on Charter Schools awarded New Roots Charter School a five-year charter renewal without conditions by unanimous vote. The school’s third charter term will be from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022.


The Renewal Recommendation Report states, “New Roots’ academic program is strong, effective, and embodies its mission and vision of creating an academic program characterized by education for sustainability as an integrating principle for applied interdisciplinary studies.”


This charter renewal coincides

Student Spotlight: Labrae!

on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 20:35

Labrae, a junior at New Roots Charter School, moved to Ithaca from Philadelphia in her sophomore year.  She’s an original member of the Students of Color Unity Club (SOCU) at New Roots. According to Labrae, “the group was formed to work on racial issues in our community,” and to discuss “the past to present, how slavery has been replaced by mass incarceration”. The club studied the North Dakota Access Pipeline and human rights abuses against Native American Water Protectors, and made an Anti-DAPL banner which was delivered to Standing Rock.

Young Writers Night: Open Mic, Poetry Slam

on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 17:22

New Roots Charter School’s third Young Writers Night is coming up- we welcome any and all for a night of poetry, prose, and stories written by young folks from Ithaca and the surrounding area. The night will start out with an open mic, followed by a poetry slam with first and second place prizes. If you enjoy writing, come with a piece or a few, or stop in to see some amazing performances!


The event will be taking place at the Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar (103 S Geneva St, Ithaca) from 5-7pm on January 13th. The age range for performers is 13-25, and sign up is at the door.

January First Friday Gallery Night!

on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 19:18

Join us for our first art exhibition of the new year, by Jude Meyers Thomas:

Continuation with Single Reclining Spoon

"Jude Meyers Thomas explores color and form as separate but related vocabularies and is most creative in the fulsome space between pure representation and pure color. Vivid hues, daring shapes, and a deft exploration of possibility bring solace as we all wait for the Solstice." 

The exhibition will be on January 6 from 5 to 7:30pm. We hope to see you there!

Winter Performance 2016!

on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 18:10


You’re invited to our final student performances of the year! Join us at CSMA on December 15th, 6:45 - 9:00PM to view an eclectic display of student talent with showings of and performances in Fine Arts, Videography, Spoken Word, Vocal Ensembles, the Steel Drum Ensemble, the New Roots Rock Band!


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.