Welcome to Nova Roots
(formerly friends of nova)

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We are dedicated to building community
at Nova High School and invite you to join us! Hope you'll come to our
next meeting and reach out if you have any questions.

Nova Roots is an evolving working group dedicated to building community engagement between students, parents/guardians, staff/teachers, alumni, and others. We aim to identify Nova needs, and focus energy and resources to meet those needs.

We are actively working to undo policies and practices that have historically marginalized POC families in PTAs and encourage all families to participate in this work.

Nova Roots has a steering committee comprised of representatives from students, Nova staff, and families. Monthly meetings are open to all. This team also is represented at the Nova student committee meeting every other Thursday as part of Nova’s leadership and decision-making structure.

There are many different ways to get involved in Nova Roots. Please explore the website, sign up for our newsletter, come to a Nova Roots meeting and contact us if you have any questions!


“I have worked at Nova for 18 years and have witnessed the transformation of youth and the adults who support them.
I myself have not just learned to be a better teacher, leader and advocate but to be a better person. ”

Eyva Winet, Assistant Principal


2019-20 Nova Roots Goals Include:

  • Foster Community

    • Advocate for Nova by attending School Board meetings, meeting with school board members and district administration to make our needs understood and make personal connections. (Currently seeking Liaison as this is a new role at Nova.)

    • Build relationships through outreach events such as Novaplosion! Art Share (November 7), and seek alliances with organizations outside of Nova.

  • Provide Communication

    • Publish newsletters and mailings to inform families and students about important dates, volunteer needs, and opportunities for families to engage.

  • Coordinate Support

    • Host guest speaker events throughout the year on topics families want to learn about.

    • Volunteer training to assist on site at the Nova office

    • Data collection/analysis to make Nova more visible and meet students’ needs better.

  •  Coordinate Giving

    • Like most public schools, Nova has funding needs not met by the district budget and our resources are stretched thinly. Nova Roots helps coordinate donations, both in-kind and monetary, for the school. We work with Alliance for Education as our fund manager. Last year we raised over $10,000 through Friends of Nova activities, with an additional $35,000 via alumni giving to directly support teacher salary. 

If you are interested in learning more about specific projects and on-going needs, please check out this website, sign up for our newsletter, and come meet folks at our first meeting of the year:

  • Tuesday, 10.1.19

  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Nova High School cafeteria.


“Nova is deeply committed to giving each and every student an exceptional learning experience through a social justice lens. Nova really is making the world a better place.”

— Kristin, Parent & Volunteer