School will begin at 10 am this morning due to possible difficult road conditions caused by yesterday’s rains and possible icing overnight. The building will be open to students at 9:15 am. Administrative staff is to report at 9 am, the morning staff team at 9:15 am, and all other staff at 9:30 am.

Link’s charter renewed by NJDOE!

The Link Community Charter School Board of Trustees is proud to share that the NJ Department of Education has approved the school’s application for charter renewal for the next five years and for phased in growth over the next four years. The renewal process included a comprehensive review of academic performance, fiscal viability, and operational stability. In her letter communicating the renewal, NJDOE Commissioner Kimberly Harrington pointed to strong improvement in Link’s first years and the expectation of continued positive growth based on the most recent indicators. She wrote, “Please accept my best wishes as you continue to serve the students of New Jersey and provide a quality public school option for families.” The NJDOE will send a full report of their findings and recommendations to school leadership soon. The NJDOE also approved Link’s request to add 32 seats (8 per grade level) to be filled over the next four years, beginning with grade 5 in the fall of 2018. Reacting to the NJDOE decision to renew Link’s charter and approve expansion, Head of School Maria Pilar Paradiso stated, “We look forward to working hard over the coming years to continue to deliver the mission to our Link scholars and to achieve positive student outcomes.”

Linkers perform at New York Life Insurance Company

The 8th grade students reprised their performance of In Our Beautiful Skin, We Rise Up featured at Link’s A Taste of Newark benefit in November at a diversity event at New York Life Insurance Company (NYLIC) this week. They were invited to perform by a trustee on the board of Link Education Partners who saw their act at the benefit. After their performance the students heard a speech by James Warren from Share More Stories,  and then had lunch and a tour of the corporation. Another chance for our talented Linkers to shine!

Here is a video of a portion of their performance at New York Life:

Linkers go to Broadway!

Ten Link Upper House students were treated to a performance of the award winning musical  Hamilton, on Broadway, by a very generous donor to the school – one of Link Education Partners Trustees – who wished to provide this amazing opportunity for our students.  Students were accompanied by the trustee and his wife, as well as the two Upper House history teachers.

Students were chosen for this wonderful event through an essay contest. They could select from the following prompts: (1) If Hamilton and Jefferson were running for office today, who would you vote for? (2) Who do you see in your community addressing a need? and (3) Is there a story, like the one Lin-Manuel Miranda took from the book Hamilton by Ron Chernow and put a new twist on, that you would re-tell with a similar “twist?” The competition was tough – the essays were terrific, and the ten selected were very deserving!

The students thoroughly enjoyed the musical, and were very excited afterward to have the chance to meet the cast and get their Playbills autographed! Ms. Harrison, who accompanied the students, remarked, “Students had a live action perspective of a time in history that they studied in 7th grade and a wonderful opportunity to meet a donor who clearly cares about their education, as evidenced by his generous gift to them.”

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Link Community Charter School will be closed on Friday, January 5th due to weather conditions.