Newark Legacy Newsletter – February 2016

Spotlight Scholar

The 4th grade Team nominates DENISHA KOTEY for embodying NLCS core values on a daily basis. Denisha is a pleasure to have in class and consistently sets the standard for her peers. She has a soft-spoken personality but doesn’t shy away from helping others. Denisha is a confident scholar who believes in setting and achieving high goals that she establishes for herself. Denisha’s teachers are proud of her successes as a NLCS scholar and her friends applaud her. Ten power-claps for Denisha Kotey…Ready, GO!!
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Seen at Newark Legacy

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Celebrating historically black colleges and universities during Black History month

Did you know that there are 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the nation? In 1965, Congress officially defined an HBCU as an institution whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans, was accredited and was established before 1964. The first HBCU, CHEYNEY University in Pennsylvania was founded in 1837. HBCUs play a critical role in the American higher education system. For most of America’s history, African Americans who received a college education could only get it from an HBCU. Today, HBCUs remain one of the surest ways for an African American, or student of any race, to receive a quality education. In addition HBCUs generate 25 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields earned by African Americans.

Newark Legacy Charter School is excited to celebrate this year’s black history month with a tribute to HBCUs. Scholars in lower elementary and Middle Academy will perform various skits to teach their peers about the major contributions of HBCUs. As such, we will pay homage to the following HBCUs:

  • Spelman College – Est April 11, 1881
  • Howard University – Established March 2, 1867
  • Hampton University – Established April 1, 1868
  • Morehouse College – Est 1867
  • Tuskegee University – July 4, 1881
  • Bethune Cookman- October 3, 1904
  • Fisk University – 1866
  • Morgan State University – 1867
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania – 1837

Parent University

Social Media Safety

Online safety is an important component of overall student safety. Scholars are spending more and more time using computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones to go on the Internet. A recent concern we wanted to bring to your attention is the trend of younger and younger scholars using social media sites inappropriately. As such, there are safety and behavioral implications that sometimes spill over into our school community. Our best advice for parents about how best to deal with and prevent these issues is to be viligently involved with your scholar’s virtual life.

Always make sure you have access to any sites your scholar frequents, view all the published content, and actively supervise your scholar when he or she uses technology. In addition, research performed by the American Journal of Family Therapy shows that scholars who spend excessive amounts of time using social media have lower grades, have irregular sleep patterns and waste a lot of value time that could be spent more constructively.

Working together, we can teach our scholars, both in school and at home, how to be a happy, healthy, safe, and appropriate users of communication technology. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help.

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Reminders From the Office

Don’t forget
Sibling Applications are due February 29th!
If your Newark Legacy scholar has brothers or sisters who would like to attend next year, parents must complete the application at newarkenrolls.org, listing Newark Legacy (School Code 719) as the top choice and noting that the new child is the sibling of an existing scholar. Or just come to the Main Office and we can help you complete the form!

Did you know?
Our PARCC Parent Meeting is March 3rd!
3rd through 6th Grade parents, please join us on Thursday, March 3rd from 5:00-6:00 pm to learn about the changes to the PARCC exam this year and the results from last year’s assessment. Refreshments will be served, and there will be door prizes for the first 25 families as well as a raffle at the end of the meeting!

Have some free time?
Spend it with your Legacy Family!
We are always looking for parent volunteers for upcoming events or just to lend a hand in the office. Reach out to the Main Office to let us know your availability, and help make our community stronger with your presence.