Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…

New Head of School, Walter Landberg, in Conversation with Elementary School Director, Dr. Jacqueline Olivier

WALTER: One of the things I have most enjoyed during these first months at New Roads is spending time in the midst of the lively energy of New Roads Elementary School. I began my career as an elementary school teacher so spending time at the Elementary School feels a bit like returning to my roots. What drew you to elementary school education?

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Don't Miss NRS Musicians at the Moss, Apr. 30th & May 1st

By Candice Rosales - Posted: April 17, 2014

Attention music lovers - the sounds of Spring will soon arrive at the Moss Theater, with lively performances from various ensemble groups.

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Festival Season is on for NRS Student Filmmakers and Animators!

Animation Fest at the Moss on 4/18, Film Festival to follow on 4/26

By Candice Rosales - Posted: April 8, 2014

Not going to make it to Cannes this year? Don’t despair – New Roads’ film department will showcase the original work of its budding filmmakers and animators in true festival fashion during the month of April – don’t miss these opportunities to experience the filmmaking talent and artistic vision of our students! 

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Creation Meets Automation Through “Drawing Machines”

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 20, 2014

Automation is usually seen as the enemy of creativity, but not in the eyes of visual arts teacher Anne-Marie Sircello. She recently presented her Visual Art 1 students with the challenge of creating their own ‘drawing machines’ that would take the paints, pencils and markers out of their hands, while empowering them to think deeply about the process and purpose of ‘mark-making.’


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HS Athletes Playing Hard!

(photo credit: Emma Turner)

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 19, 2014

Our high school athletes are leaving it all on the field, court and track this season, impressing their coaches and fans with their focus and determination. 

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Jackson Spargur Lauded for Literary Talent

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 18, 2014

 New Roads junior Jackson Spargur has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers with their “Silver Key Award” for two persuasive writing pieces completed last year: “Fatal Fallacies of Fate,” for Bryan Sanders’ English Class, and “Nationalism in 19th Century Russian Music,” for Patricia Bentivoglio’s World Civ class.


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Kaleidoscope Bidding is On!

Kaleidoscope...4/19/14 at the Skirball Center

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 17, 2014

Check out this video about the Live Auction, Raffle and Raise the Paddle bidding from our esteemed Kaleidoscope Activities Review Committee.

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Robotics Team Heads to Regional Tournament

Humans Will Have a Ball in Long Beach

By Dawn Fairchild - Posted: March 17, 2014

Our Humans Robotics is taking their show back on the road for the FIRSTTM Robotics Los Angeles Regional Competition at the Long Beach Arena (March 20-22). They made waves in last year’s tournament by winning the Top Rookie Team Award, which secured their spot in the national competition.

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Don't Miss the HS Spring Concert, March 19th at the Moss!

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 13, 2014

It's the perfect musical prelude to a glorious Spring Break: The High School Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday March 19th at 7:30pm in the Moss Theater. Click here for tickets and information.

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Emmy Award-Winner Visits HS Media Literacy Class

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 11, 2014

New Roads High School students in Ronan Hallowell’s Media Literacy class hosted Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Ulli Bonnekamp, known for his work on film and TV documentaries for National Geographic, PBS/Nova (Fire), Discovery Channel (Cannibalism and The Unfolding Universe) and the BBC (The Designers).

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HS Students Hear from Sudanese “Lost Boy” Daniel Ukang

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 11, 2014

New Roads’ tenth grade literature classes & Human Rights Watch workshop class concluded their studies of the Lost Boys of the Sudan with a presentation from Daniel Ukang, President of the California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation.

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Sophomore Activist Amanda Gorman Chosen to Attend UN Conference in NYC

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 4, 2014

Amanda Gorman, founding member of the New Roads’ chapter of Girls Learn International (GLI), was selected by youth advocacy group SustainUS as a delegate to the UN ‘s 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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Meet Tomorrow's Leaders at the Generation's Council Meeting, Feb. 12

MS Leadership Class to Talk about "Bead Relief" Project

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 6, 2014

Generation's Council Presents the Leaders of the Future; February 12, 2PM
The Leadership Center at New Roads School.  RSVP today to ensure on campus parking or for assistance with GoToMeeting.

Contact Tena Yatroussis, tyatroussis@newroads.org, or 310-828-5582.

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NRS Jazz Bands Play Typhoon Restaurant On March 5th

By Candice Rosales - Posted: March 3, 2014

Do not miss the the New Roads High School Jazz Bands performance on Wednesday March 5th, 7:30pm, at the Santa Monica Airport (3221 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405).  


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Sophomore Soccer Star Marlena Backlar Named Coastal League Offensive MVP

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 28, 2014

When soccer coaches and athletic directors from throughout the CIF Coastal League convened recently to select the offensive and defensive MVP’s for the 2013-14 season, New Roads 10th grade center mid-fielder Marlena Backlar was an easy pick.

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An Evening with Amy Tan in conversation with Lisa See

Live at the Moss Theater May 6

By Dawn Fairchild - Posted: December 4, 2013

Join Amy Tan at the Moss Theater on May 6 (8 pm). Ms. Tan is author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Bonesetter’s Daughter and will discuss her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, with New York Times bestselling author Lisa See. This event is presented by Live Talks LA.

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Next Stop NYC for Shakespeare Champion Alex Thorland

Alex Wins Regional Finals, Will Head to New York City in May for National Competition

By Dawn Fairchild - Posted: February 27, 2014

Student actor Alex Thorland took first place in the Finals for the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition, a school-based performance program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. Competing students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages resulting in a national champion.


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"Game On” for Sixth Graders Studying Ancient Egypt

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 24, 2014

Their mission: show what they’ve learned about Ancient Egypt without a unit test or research paper. Instead, New Roads sixth grade teachers Tedd Wakeman and A.J. Webster asked each student to create a ‘no-tech’ board or card game that demonstrated the students’ understanding of at least three the “lenses of culture” (beliefs, art, economics, government, social conventions, institutions, technology) through which the students viewed Ancient Egypt.

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Viva Flamenco!

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 19, 2014

Carlos Lomas, grandparent of eighth-grade student Hanu Yum and an internationally renowned flamenco guitarist, took center stage in the Leadership Center last week to share with students his unique musical style, cultivated over decades and across continents.

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MS “Humans” Finish Strong in Regional Qualifiers

Lead Mentor Danny Figueroa Earns “Coaches Award”

By Candice Rosales - Posted: December 3, 2013

The MS Robotics First Lego League (FLL) “Humans” returned from its first-ever qualifying event on November 24th finishing in the top third overall, winning third place for Robot Design and with a richly deserved “Coaches Award” for head mentor Danny Figueroa, in recognition of his positive energy and outstanding leadership. 

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ES Discovery Center Showcased at National STEM Conference

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 12, 2014

Word is out: the engaging, innovative and interest-sparking activities going on at the ES Discovery Center are more than just fun, they are the centerpiece of what was identified as a “Signature” STEM program at ECSTEM 2014, a national conference presented by Caltech’s Children Center last week in Orange County.


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Discounted SAT Prep Classes Available to NRS Juniors

By Candice Rosales - Posted: December 10, 2013

Attention parents of New Roads students in their junior year: Princeton Review will offer test preparation classes for the June 2014 SAT test, conveniently located on our campus, and at a fraction of the normal cost. Note that the class size is limited and students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure and register quickly!

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Drama Students Hone their Craft with Actors Intensive

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 6, 2014

Acclaimed acting coach and New Roads parent Kirk Baltz led high school drama students through an “actor's intensive” workshop this week at the Moss Theater.

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ES Rings in the Chinese New Year

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 4, 2014

 Elementary School Students gave more than just a passing nod to the Chinese New Year this month, ushering in the Year of the Horse with a field trip, a special presentation from a New Roads parent, and with eye-popping artwork.

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Rock On, Natalie!

Eleventh Grader Climbs to Success

By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 3, 2014

Eleventh Grader Natalie Josefsberg swears that she’s afraid of heights – if she’s not scaling them, that is.

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High School Faculty Join Forces

By Dawn Fairchild - Posted: January 22, 2014

Bring together talented, passionate educators and creative collaborations are bound to ensue. English teacher Zelda Harris and History teacher Ronan Hallowell team up throughout the year to help students make connections across academic disciplines, enriching their understanding of history, literature and culture. Z

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MS Summer Reading Inspires Action

By Dawn Fairchild - Posted: December 19, 2013

Our Middle School summer reading project, Outcasts United, has inspired students to help refugees living in Los Angeles. Learn more about our their work in this video.


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Recent Headlines

Walk on! Join New Roads' Team for AIDS WALK on October 13th

By Candice Rosales
Posted: September 19, 2013

NRS Performing Arts Program is “Steppin’ Up” with Urban Dance Guru

By Candice Rosales
Posted: September 27, 2013

“Building a Better Mousetrap (Car)” at the Elementary School

By Candice Rosales
Posted: October 17, 2013

Girls Volleyball Teams Keep NRS “in the Pink” on Spirit Night!

By Candice Rosales
Posted: October 15, 2013

Saraya Morris selected for Mission to Washington D.C.

By Candice Rosales
Posted: October 9, 2013

MS LEGO Robotics Team Hosts Practice Tournament

By Candice Rosales
Posted: October 7, 2013

Creative Movement Class puts Learning into Motion at ES!

By Candice Rosales
Posted: September 24, 2013

Sister Acts: Seniors Organize ‘Meet Up’ with Freshman Girls

By Candice Rosales
Posted: September 13, 2013

New Roads Middle Schoolers Take on “NATURE’S FURY”

By Candice Rosales
Posted: August 19, 2013

Summer Reading Reboot: "Outcasts United"

By Candice Rosales
Posted: September 10, 2013

In the Mood for a Debate?
A Flash Mob? Join the Club!

By Dawn Fairchild
Posted: October 4, 2013

Girls Varsity Volleyballers Beat Buckley!

By Matt Steinhaus
Posted: September 13, 2013

PhysEd Grows by Leaps and Bounds at New Roads Elementary!

By Candice Rosales
Posted: August 7, 2013