NEWS

Class of ’19 earns record $6.5m in scholarships & aid for high school

Link Community Charter School is pleased to announce that the graduates in the Class of 2019 have been awarded over $6.5 million in academic scholarships and financial aid for competitive private high schools. This amount is the largest granted in the school’s history.

The graduates received acceptance into, and scholarships to attend, prestigious boarding schools in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S., including St. Mark’s School, George School, Purnell School, St. Paul’s School,Stoneleigh-Burnham School, The Darrow School, and more. In addition, students were accepted into and received scholarship and financial aid from private day schools in NJ, including Montclair-Kimberly Academy,Newark Academy, Kent Place School, Morristown Beard School, The Hudson School, Seton Hall Prep, St. Vincent
Academy, St. Benedict’s Prep, Marist, Immaculate Conception, and others.

Link’s Head of School Maria Pilar Paradiso states, “We are very proud of the achievements of the Class of 2019.Our scholars’ commitment to their education and their perseverance paid off with a record amount in academic scholarships and financial to attend great high schools where they will be able to continue their educational
journey on the foundation they received at Link. Independent boarding and day schools, as well as scholarship programs, are generously providing a wonderful opportunity for our scholars, clearly recognizing the quality of a Link student. We are grateful to the schools for ensuring the continuance of an excellent education for our
graduates and for supporting our work to bridge the opportunity gap and work towards educational equity.”

Click here for the list of the high schools to which our students were accepted.

Volunteers help with Link’s summer reading program

Link welcomed volunteers from Planet Honda NJ as well as alumni from the classes of 2016 and 2018 to distribute 800+ donated books to our rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders.this week.There were smiles all around as students picked out books to call their own and to read over the summer. A special thank you to Bridge of Books, Planet Honda NJ, Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Hub International and individual donors for making our 2019 Summer Reading Book Giveaway possible.

LAX

LAX to the MAX! Morristown-Beard School (MBS) and Harlem Lacrosse hosted a lacrosse clinic for Link students, along with those from other schools, on Saturday, May 18th. This tremendous day started with breakfast and an impromptu dance-off before students took to the field for stretching and drills to introduce students to the sport of lacrosse.  Our student had never experienced the sport -either viewing or playing, yet were open to and excited about the chance to learn! We are so thankful to the parent volunteers at MBS, especially Penny Sokolowski and Martha Gregory, for connecting Link to this incredible eye-opening experience for our students!

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Link’s musical talent on display at Jazz House Kids’ Newark Showcase

Link’s Choir, Percussion Elective Class, and female music ensemble, Her Voice, performed at the annual Jazz House Kids Annual Student Showcase in Newark recently. Students were directed by Ms. Lisette Santiago, teaching artist, who comes to Link through JHK.  By all accounts, the students were amazing!

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Link’s head of school honored with RFK Urban Ed School Leader Award

Link is proud to announce that Maria Pilar Paradiso, Link’s head of school, was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Award for School Leaders at the Schools That Can 14th Annual Forum 2019 Luncheon in Newark. The award, presented by Schools That Can (STC) in partnership with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, is awarded to a school leader who has displayed “moral courage” and who has worked toward the betterment of their school environment and communities. Cara Kennedy Cuomo, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, presented the award to Mrs. Paradiso.

Mrs. Paradiso was nominated for the award by Link staff for her commitment to “equity, justice, and instilling these values in others” and for her moral courage in leading Link’s conversion from an independent school to a public charter school.   She spearheaded the expansion of the school to reach more students at an earlier age and, after the conversion, her vision and leadership resulted in very positive results for the under-served youth of Newark. With Mrs. Paradiso at the helm, Link has become a leader in urban education, and Link’s best practices have been shared with both public and independent schools. She arrived at Link in 2002 and was appointed head of school in 2010.

Schools That Can (STC) is the country’s largest cross-sector network of urban schools serving low-income communities. It reaches more than 200 schools across 15 cities, serving more than 80,000 students. STC works with students, teachers, and school leaders to re-imagine education through real-world learning that closes the opportunity and skills gap. By connecting leaders to powerful practices and models, developing teachers and engaging students, STC has, and continues to make, an important difference in the lives of American urban youth. Link has been a proud member of STC since its founding in the early 2000s. In 2010, Link co-hosted the STC Annual Forum, then also in Newark, with St. Benedict’s Prep.

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