Students shine at A Taste of Newark 2018

We are so proud of our students who delighted guests at A Taste of Newark, a benefit for Link hosted by Link Education Partners. Her Voice, an all-girls vocal and instrumental music ensemble, under the direction of Lisette Santiago, teaching artist (Jazz House Kids) sang two inspiring numbers. Both were original songs, written and composed by the girls, 7th and 8th graders, in music elective classes in the spring of 2017 and in the fall of 2018. Our African Dance Troupe practiced in elective class this fall with teaching artist Candace Hundley-Kamate from the Newark School of the Arts. Here are their thrilling performances.

Tiffany Walker ’03 addresses Lower House on respect and mental health

Tiffany Walker ’03 (fourth from the left) with Candace Hightower, Link’s alumni coordinator (third from the left) and a group of our Lower House scholars.

Tiffany Walker, Link ‘03, spoke about respect and mental health with our Lower House scholars during Morning Circle recently. She encouraged students to “fill each other’s buckets”…to be supportive of each other at all times rather than tearing each other down. Tiffany also called on scholars to reflect on bullying and how it impacts one’s self esteem and mental health.

Link was so excited and grateful for Tiffany’s presence. Her energy was contagious the minute she walked into Morning Circle. She even led the Lower House in Link’s enthusiastic Call and Response… which she remembered from her days at the school.

After Link,Tiffany attended Morristown Beard School for high school. She then earned a B.S.W. from Widener University and  an M.S.W. from Columbia University. After working in the non-profit field for a while, she founded Pathways Toward Peace, a non-profit with the mission to provide mental health training to faith and community-based organizations.

Link thanks Tiffany for giving back to the community by staying connected to Link, uplifting our Linkers, and educating the larger community about mental health.

Enrollment applications for 2019-2010 now available!

Give your child a “link” to a bright future with an education at Link Community Charter School! Complete an enrollment application now for your child entering grades 5 through 8 in the fall of 2019. Apply directly to Link as Link’s enrollment is independent of One Newark.  Click here for the application and information about the enrollment process. Please note that applicants from Newark, Orange, East Orange and Irvington have priority placement through the lottery.

Link Scholars Collaborate on the Redesign of Historic Park

On Friday, September 28, five 8th grade Link scholars and Mrs. Kutch, 7th grade science teacher, participated in Schools That Can’s 3rd Annual Design Day Challenge at the Newark Museum.  Each year, Schools That Can (STC) brings together 50 students from Newark schools (traditional public, public charter, and private), along with local educators, businesses, and organizations to tackle a real world design challenge facing the City of Newark, NJ.  Link has participated in the STC Design Day Challenge since its inception in 2016 with past challenges included design of an interactive art and science barge along the Passaic River and an application for an interactive kiosk in the Newark Downtown District for residents and tourists.  This year’s challenge – redesign Newark’s historic Washington Park as a center for culture and community while paying homage to historical figures in the city’s history.

The students conducted field research before collaborating to create innovative designs that Newark Community and Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) could consider in redeveloping the park that sits at the northern gateway of Newark’s downtown, across from the Newark Museum, Newark Library, and various corporate headquarters.  Designs featured permeable canvas floors to create art, sound proof nature preserves, tech-free zones, WiFi password scavenger hunts and more!  Link scholars and chaperone were included in six of the eight teams – Hollister Construction (Grey), NJIT – College of Architecture and Design (Red), BuildPro (Black), Newark CEDC (Blue), Shufro Rose & Co (Teal) and Schools That Can (Light Green).  Shout out to two of the winning teams which included Linkers: Best Design Choice – Hollister Construction (Grey) and Best Overall – BuildPro (Black).  We cannot wait to see the design elements that will be adopted at Washington Park in coming years!

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