NEWS

Class of ’17 receives record $4.2m for high school!

Link Community Charter School is proud to announce that the graduates in the Class of 2017 have been awarded over $4.2 million in scholarships and financial aid for high school.  This amount far exceeds dollars earned by students in previous years.

The graduates received acceptance into, and scholarships to attend, prestigious boarding schools in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S., including Groton School, Putney School, St. Andrew’s School, Westover School, Cate School , and others.  In addition, students were accepted into and received scholarship and financial aid from private day schools in NJ, including Pingry School, Gill-St. Bernard’s School, Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Morristown-Beard School, Rutgers Prep School, St. Peter’s Prep, Seton Hall Prep, St. Vincent Academy, St. Benedict’s Prep, and more. One hundred percent of Link students were accepted into at least one high school of choice, and many received acceptances into several.

Link’s Head of School Maria Pilar Paradiso states, “We are proud of the Class of 2017 for earning a record amount in scholarships and financial aid for high school. We are thankful for the generous high schools and scholarship programs for recognizing the abilities and achievements of our students.  With the resources granted to them, our graduates will be able to continue to build upon the excellent education they received at Link.”

7th graders recreate the Debate of 1860

7th grade students participated in “The Debate of 1860.” Yes…1860. Thanks to Ms. Charles, their history teacher, student presented the platforms of the four presidential contenders – Abraham Lincoln, Steven Douglas, John Bell and John Breckenridge – in an assembly this week. Supporters had the opportunity to express their opinions about the candidates and raise placards they made to support their candidates.  Definitely a fun way to learn about our nation’s past!

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Link boat launched on the Passaic River!

Students in the Link’s boatbuilding elective successfully launched their boat on the Passaic River in Newark in mid-May. They spent two academic quarters, under the guidance of instructors from Project U.S.E., planning, building, sanding and painting the boat in anticipation of the launch.  Students learned about the physics of flotation, how to use power tools safely and how to finish the boat. The looks of amazement on the students faces as they realize that their boat did, in fact, float, was priceless! Thanks to Project U.S.E. for their instruction and supervision in boatbuilding.

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Link alumna speaks at grand opening of new art space in Newark

Dr. Nikki Greene, ’89, assistant professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, returned to Newark recently to speak at the grand opening of the new art space, Rutgers-Newark’s Express Newark in the renovated Haynes building on Broad Street. Her speech, the inaugural speech of the L&M Development Partners Lecture Series, focused on her life in art, her education and career as an art historian, her connections in the art world, and her upcoming book. She mentioned her experiences at Link (then known as Project Link) as being formative and encouraging. During her talk Nikki acknowledged her Link classmates who were in attendance, a former Link teacher (Sister Gertrude Dunham) and the current head of school (Maria Pilar Paradiso).

After Link, Nikki, then a Wight Foundation Scholar, went on to study at the Taft School, a private boarding school, where she had the chance to study in Barcelona, Spain, for her junior year. She then earned a BA in Art History at Wesleyan University, and a Masters and then PhD from the University of Delaware. Nikki is currently the Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Art Department at Wellesley College and is working on a book titled Rhythms of Glue, Grease, Grime and Glitter: The Body in African American Art. In November 2017, Nikki was the alumni speaker at Link’s A Taste of Newark benefit.

5th grade science comes alive at New Ark Farms

Recently a group of 5th grade scholars visited New Ark Farms in Asbury, NJ to learn about farming and witness sustainability in action. Students heard about beginnings of the cider industry in Newark, and the farm’s effort to reproduce the Harrison apple, a crop native to the city. They planted watermelon seeds with farmers Derek, James and Samantha. They harvested salad greens – collards, Swiss chard, kale, and Asian greens – and mushrooms, and brought their bounty to the kitchen to prepare a healthy farm-to-table family style meal under the guidance of professional chefs Alrik, Ben and Reigna. Students mixed honey mustard marinade for the grass-fed chicken from a nearby farm and a green salad dressing with fresh picked dill, made a strawberry rhubarb cobbler and whipped the cream by hand for the cobbler, cut locally made bread, and barbecued chicken on the outdoor fire pit (with close adult supervision of course). Once everything was prepared, the scholars sat down to enjoy the lunch along with fresh apple cider from the apples on the farm, and reflected on the texture and flavors of their lunch fresh from the farm. Many scholars were challenged a bit – eating radishes for the first time,  tasting the greens with which they were not familiar, and even sampling grilled octopus!

In between harvesting and cooking, scholars enjoyed the fresh open air – feeding fish in the pond, identifying plants and weeds, and racing down the hills with the farmers. Just when the day was about to end, students witnessed Chef Alrik, whose regular job is as a natural resource analyst, assemble a drone as he prepared to capture aerial footage of the farm. It was a full day of outdoor learning, exploring and eating!

New Ark Farms practices regenerative agriculture, a land management practice that uses plants to naturally make the soil and crops more nutrient rich and minimize carbon dioxide in the air, to repair the environment and urban communities. This farm experience dovetailed with Link’s 5th grade science curriculum on sustainability. Special thanks to the Rosen Family, the New Ark Farms farmers and crew, and Link Education Partners for a memorable day filled with new exposures for our scholars!

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