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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.

Steel Drum Ensemble in Ithaca College World Music Festival

on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 15:13

Yesterday (Sunday, October 23rd), New Roots Steel Drum Ensemble performed in the first annual World Music Festival to be held at Ithaca College by their music department. David Ferreira and his steel drum students performed select works from their ever-developing reportoire, ranging from caribbean and southern tropical classics to an all-american Star Wars medley. Fearless and knowledge-bound leadership coupled with young fortitude and focus made this show extremely engaging.

Student Spotlight: Shjon Amaker!

on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 20:49

Shjon discovered his passion for culinary arts and local farming at New Roots

When Shjon moved to Ithaca from Philadelphia as a sophomore in 2015, he was eager to fulfill his requirements for graduation and move on to college and career. I was surprised when on top of his full course load he enthusiastically joined the soccer team, the track team, the entrepreneurialism club, volunteered to host visitors at open houses, sold fresh fruits and vegetables at Ithaca’s Congo Square Market, worked as a group leader at the Youth Farm Project and took on a part-time job as a server at the McGraw

New Roots Steel Drum Ensemble in IC’s First World Music Festival

on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 16:48

This summer the New Roots Steel Drum Ensemble was invited to participate in a world music festival at Ithaca College!

The festival will bring together accomplished organizer musicians and teachers who have appeared on Broadway and Saturday Night Live to host music from around the world: America, Africa, Trinidad, Japan, India, Brazil and Argentina.

New Roots Charter School is proud to present its cultural repertoire at a full day experience ranging from African Dance to Japanese Taiko. See the calendar for details!

Thank you to Gordon Stout, the School of Music, and Finger Lakes

New Roots is Ithaca's School of Wizardry

on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 15:09

Ithaca's Wizarding Weekend is a now-annual festival event in downtown Ithaca, from Press Bay Alley to Dewitt Park. The event is an independent, community-based celebration of the spirit and artistry of Harry Potter, created by a Boxy Bikes employee.

Now, New Roots Charter School is participating in Wizarding Ithaca School of Wizardry! Join us between 12 and 2pm, the Clinton House will be open for wizarding activities! 

The porch will flourish with activity from 11am-4pm. Argus Flinch will be telling stories of magical history.

New Roots Art Program Receives Generous Donation!

on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 15:58

Joan Johnston of Ithaca NY donated over 80 canvases to the New Roots Charter School Art Program. The canvases belonged to the late Mr. Robert Johnston, who studied animals at Cornell and enjoyed painting wildlife in his free time.

New Roots is grateful to Mrs. Johnston for her generous donation, which will be put to good use by students enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment Painting Class through TC3.