Over 140 students entered the Link Summer Academy this past week. The Academy runs for the month of July, and includes all students who will be new to Link in the new school year…5th and 7th graders, as well as a handful of 8th graders. The purpose for the program is to acclimate students to Link’s culture; to help them feel comfortable in their new school meeting students coming from schools all over Newark, East Orange, Orange and Irvington; and to provide them with inspiration for a successful school year Students are assessed, too, so staff can make certain that plans to help each child succeed are in place.
Besides classes in math, literature, composition and study skills, students hear from motivational speakers and take field trips to museums and parks.
Parents visit twice during the month, too, for the Link Parent University, when they learn more about the school their children will be attending. They are offered workshops in PowerSchool (gradebook), the school’s discipline policy, the school culture, home to school communications, nutrition, and much more. And Brother Jerome is on hand to teach African Dance to all!