A great day for Link’s 7th graders, who connected virtually today with author Kwame Mbalia about his award-winning novel, Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky. This event was held in celebration of students completing their summer reading assignments. Scholars and teachers interacted with the author about his career and writing process and received feedback on their writing endeavors. Thank you, Mr. Mbalia, for sharing so much with our Linkers!
Link has joined with other Newark charter schools to ensure safe reopening and operation of schools as the COVID pandemic continues. The school signed a “compact” last year with shared safety and health guidelines during remote and hybrid learning and have updated it for full in-person learning for this school year. Read more here….
The 2021-2022 school year has begun! We were so happy to welcome our scholars to school today – our returning scholars as well as our new fifth graders and kindergartners. It was wonderful to greet everyone in-person. Link is especially excited about the launch of our new Kindergarten this year…the start of expanding to a full K-8 school. We look forward to a great year at Link!
As he has in the past several years, Malakai Freeman, Link Class of 2004, donated a brand new laptop to a graduating 8th grade student this June. Initiating this annual alumni award is Malakai’s way of “paying forward” a kindness shown him by a former Link teacher, who presented him with a laptop for high school – Delbarton – when she knew he could not afford one. The teacher encouraged Malaki to do the same for a Link graduate in the future…once he was settled in a career. He didn’t stop at just one; he has donated a computer to a deserving graduate for the past 4 years! Additionally, this year, his employer passed along five lightly used and reconditioned laptops for more of Link’s recent graduates. Thank you Malakai, for giving back to your community!
Link's recent graduates - the Class of 2021 - have earned over $7.5M in academic scholarships and finanical aid for high school. A new record in the school's history! This is a direct result of their resilience, hard work, and commitment to their education, despite the pandemic which necessitated the move to remote instruction. We are excited that our scholars will be attending schools such as St. Andrew's School (DE), The Pennington School (NJ), Girard College (PA), Cushing School (MA), Woodberry Forest School (VA) among other prestigious boarding schools, as well as private and Catholic schools in the area, including Newark Academy, Oak Knoll for the Holy Child, Morristown Beard School, St. Benedict's Prep, St. Vincent Academy, St. Benedict's and many more.
Click here to view all of the acceptances our Class of 2021 received! We have included all schools - private and public - in the list.
A beautiful graduation ceremony on Friday, June 18th launched all seventy-three members of Link's Class of 2021 on to the next leg of their educational journey! Students participated in an in-person ceremony at St. Columba R.C. Church, cheered on by Link 8th grade faculty and staff. Due to the pandemic and safety protocols, the event was livestreamed for families.
Judge Harold W. Fullilove Jr. , a judge on the Superior Court of NJ, was the guest speaker. Mrs. Maria Pilar Paradiso, head of school; Mrs. Denise Smith, vice-chair of the LCCS Board of Trustees; and Ms. Kathleen Hester, principal, awarded diplomas to the students.
Here is the video of the ceremony. Enjoy!