Link is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage this month. Each day during morning announcements, students are learning about famous Hispanic Americans and their contributions and achievements and well as a number of heritage related facts. Middle school students were treated to a demonstration and lesson in Latin Salsa Dancing by performers from the Newark School of the Arts. Kindergartens and first graders will learn about the heritages of several Latino staff members. Other related activities and discussions are happening in the classrooms.
Link opened its doors to students on Tuesday, September 6th for the new school year! They seemed eager and excited to meet their teachers and their fellow classmates. The first week of school was spent in reacclimating students to school - reviewing school culture and procedures. And settling in! Link is looking forward to a terrific year with our scholars! Here are some photos of Day 1 arrival and activities.
Check out some photos from Day 1 arrival and activities:
Link Community Charter School is proud to announce that the Class of 2022 received over $6 million in academic scholarships and financial aid for competitive high schools for the fall of 2022. Here is a list of the schools where Link Scholars received acceptances this year:
Cate School, CA
Church Farm School, PA
Deerfield Academy, MA
Immaculate Conception High School, NJ
Indian Springs School, AL
Kent School, CT
The Masters School, NY
Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ
Morristown Beard School, NJ
Northfield Mount Hermon School, NH
The Peddie School, NJ
The Pingry School, NJ
Pomfret School, CT
Seton Hall Preparatory School, NJ
Sun Valley Community School, ID
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School- Boys Division, NJ
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School- Girls Division, NJ
St. Mark’s School, MA
St. Mary’s School, NC
St. Vincent Academy, NJ
Virginia Episcopal School, VA
The Webb Schools, CA
Westtown School, PA
Link scholars were also accepted into the following competitive local magnet and tech schools:
Arts High School, NJ
Bard High School Early College, NJ
Eagle Academy for Young Men, NJ
Newark School of Data Science and Information Technology, NJ
Newark School of Global Studies, NJ
Newark Tech, NJ
Payne Tech, NJ
University High School, NJ
West Caldwell Tech, NJ
Linkers enjoyed the llama, donkey, bunnies, goats, and other furry friends brought to the school by the Mountainside Traveling Petting Zoo. What a fun and relaxing experience for our scholars and staff, especially after several weeks of testing! This event was a reward to show our scholars how much we appreciate all their hard work in school and living the Core Values!
Our youngest scholars enjoyed a musical concert experience this past week. In preparation for their visit with members of the Newark Symphony, Anais-Skye Clarke-Avignant, a Link 7th grader was invited to play violin during one of the kindergarten music classes. Anais introduced students to her magnificent violin and made beautiful music for the youngsters. They learned about concert etiquette and, for many, participated in their first symphony experience!
On Friday, April 22nd, as scholars dressed up for the concert, and walked down the street to the Newark School of the Arts. Students were introduced to beautiful musicians and their melodic music. They listened to percussion instruments, various flutes, and a clarinet. Students sang rounds, clapped, and stomped to the rhythm of some of the music and listened to some familiar favorites like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and even Baby Shark! Thanks to the Newark School of the Arts for arranging this experience for our little scholars.
On April 19th, a group of 8th graders participated in the virtual Novartis Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring Program. This program has been running for over twenty years, and provides 8th - 12th grade students from schools in the area with the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers and network with executives and successful professionals. During the morning session, scholars met a director of human resources, a DEI coordinator, and a professional radio host. They spoke about overcoming obstacles and how mentors helped them get to where they are today. During the afternoon, students explored a variety of careers by selecting breakout sessions including communications, finance, oncology, hematology, and human resources. Marc Gautier provided the following reflection: “It was a fun and educational experience. I learned that negatively speaking to yourself doesn’t do any good. Positive self-talk makes the mind believe in itself and when the mind believes in itself, you can do anything. Also, taking risks is better than not doing anything at all.” A huge thank you to the Newark School of the Arts for providing a classroom for our Linkers so they had a special place to participate in this program.