Week of March 18th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shout-outs to:

  • The Debate Team, Ms. Schaffer and Mr. Gaines for winning the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for the Atlanta Urban Debate League [see picture above]!
  • The SA Chorus and Mr. Sessoms for earning all SUPERIOR ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE), including a superior rating in sight-reading, arguably the most challenging area!
  • The 9th Grade team for the thought provoking PBL projects!
  • Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Ruffin for the captivating artwork in our halls!
  • Ms. McIntyre for planning (A LOT of prep work) and implementing a Breakout Room activity with her Algebra classes and also to Ms. Hecht, Ms. Duffie, and Ms. Jordan for supporting students throughout the process!
  • Ms. Isbell and Mu Alpha Theta students for planning the Pi Day competition!
  • Ms. Might for incorporating International Women’s Day into her Spanish 3 lessons!
  • Mr. Johnson for intentional programming, most recently through engagement around National Women’s History Month in regards to STEAM!

Calendar:

Week of:  03/18/19  – 03/24/19

A-Day MON.

  • 03/18
  • 10:00-3:00 – Seniors Movie and Lunch [Studio Movie Grill]
  • Flex Time –
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Debate, GSA, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • NO Practice Gym [Re-Enrollment]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball vs. Trinity Christian [Home – Crim]

B-Day TUES.

  • 03/19
  • 8:00-11:00 – SA Gifted Testing [CoGAT – Cafeteria]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Maynard [Home]
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

A-Day WED.

  • 03/20
  • 10:00 – School Performance Committee Meeting
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [10th and 12th Grades]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • NO Practice Gym due to Re-Enrollment
    • Athletic Field [weather permitting]
    • Digital Book Fair/Physics PBL Showcase [9th Grade PBL Lab]
  • 4:15 – Graduation Committee Meeting
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball @ Trinity Christian
  • 6:00-7:30 – Teaching Tolerance “Voices of East Lake” Student Project Showcase and Community Forum [Theater]

B-Day THURS. 0

  • 03/21
  • 8:15 – SA PTA Parent Gathering: Restorative Practices [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Centennial [Girls ONLY – Charlie Yates]
  • 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]

A-Day FRI. 0

  • 03/22
  • 8:30 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 6:30 – SA Musical Review [Theater]

SAT.

  • 03/23
  • 9:00-3:00 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]
  • 10:00 – JV Baseball @ Riverwood
  • 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students [Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym]
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/25
    • 2:00-4:00 – Take Flight! Rising 9th Grade/Senior Showcase [Gym]
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: 9-11th Grade Career Workshop
  • 3/26, 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Scholarship Academy & HOPE Eligibility
  • 3/27
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Senior Academy Talent Show
    • 5:30 – College and Career Week Parent University
  • 3/28
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Senior Walk Poster Making
    • 3:00 – Mission Committee Meeting
    • 6:30 – JA/SA Dance Performance [Theater]
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 4/19 – SPACE IS: Shelter (see below)
  • 4/26 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • Prom
  • 5/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held this Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • Join Zoom Meeting – https://zoom.us/j/521351857
    • One tap mobile – +16465588656,,521351857# US (New York)
    • Dial – 877 853 5257 US Toll-free
    • Meeting ID: 521 351 857
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application is available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll (see below). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is happening now!
    Between Monday, March 18 and Friday, March 29, 2019, all current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 school year must complete the re-enrollment process. Please note that students currently attending the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew who are interested in attending Drew for kindergarten do not go through the re-enrollment process; they must submit a lottery application by April 30, 2019.
    There are three steps to re-enrollment: 
    1. Complete the online re-enrollment form, available at www.drewcharterschool.org/reenroll.
    2. Submit updated proof of residence documents. Parents/guardians must come onsite (JA/SA Practice Gym) between March 18 and March 29, 2019 to provide updated proof of residence documents. Details about the schedule and location can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents.
    3. Verification of documents. Following verification by Drew staff, a letter will be mailed indicating final re-enrollment status.
  • We look forward to seeing you before spring break! Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 oradmissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Reminder: Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. Food court and Art Sale begins on the 3rd floor of the Yates campus @ 4pm including food sampling and reception. Performance begins at 8pm. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates,forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts @Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew PTA Presents the 2019 Online Auction Fundraiser March 15 – 21, 2019 – Get great deals on summer camps, lessons, artwork, event tickets, gift cards, class baskets, travel, and more!  All proceeds go to the Drew PTA’s programs and events that benefit all Drew students, teachers, and families!
    Totally online!  Support the Drew PTA from wherever you are!!
    Free to register and bid!  You are only charged if you win an item!charityauction.bid/drewpta2019 
    Auction items are still being added to the catalog now, but you may preview what is already there. March 8:  Online Catalog will be complete and online March 15: 8 a.m. Online bidding opensMarch 21: 11:59 p.m. Online bidding closes
    If you have questions or want to donate an item to the auction, contact us at DrewPTAauction@gmail.com
    Thank you and happy bidding!
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).Eddie’s Attic
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    See flyer below

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019 Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Clark Atlanta University
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana  

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Week of March 11th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shout-outs to:

  • The 5th Grade Team for their “I See Myself in You” project which created absolutely amazing photographs of students posing as influential individuals from Black History! The images are incredible [see above]!
  • Mr. Prince for lending time to coach the new Drew Literary Team!  The team performed admirably against some very tough competition, placing fourth in our region, with the following individuals placing:
    • Jamilah El Amin – 2nd place for Girls Vocal Solo!! – She qualifies to compete at the State Tournament!
    • Ivy Diamond  – 3rd Place in Essay – Argumentative
    • Jamie Alexander – 4th Place in Essay – Personal Narrative
    • Nathaniel Dobson – 4th Place in Essay – Rhetorical Analysis
    • Maddox Gaines – 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking – Domestic
    • Terron Joiner – 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking – International
    • Kim Nguyen – 5th Place in Oral Performance – Dramatic
  • Coach Weems and the Golf Team for beating Decatur!
    • Girls
      • SA Girls – 65
      • Decatur – 94
      • Low score – Par 26
      • Sarai Dobbs – 31
    • Boys
      • SA Boys – 99
      • Decatur – 119
      • Low score – Par 20
      • Miles Richardson – 22
  • Freshmen Brockington Bowden, Kalani Lickteig and Katelin Allen for helping to instruct students during an App Design Lesson!
  • Freshmen Angel Jones, Ty’rent Marks, and Takiya Terry for their level of engagement in discussing Romeo and Juliet!
  • Freshmen Jason Lin and Sophie Gallagher going above and beyond in designing their Toast Apps!
  • The College and Career Readiness Team for best East Atlanta College Fair yet!
  • The College and Career Readiness and Junior Teams for facilitating our first on-site SAT administration!
  • The Awards Committee for distributing Honor Roll recognition at the Ninth Grade Community Forum!
  • Ms. Byrant and the STEAM Team for back-to-back STEAM Day and Design-o-Rama!
  • Ms. McIntyre for the level of engagement of her students in Algebra I Support!
  • Mr. Konieczny for bringing in a guest speak for the most recent Science Department Meeting!
  • Ms. Schaffer for offering tutorial to students before school for AP Social Studies!
  • Ms. Luster for using the development across Memorial Drive as a teachable moment for her JA engineering class regarding loss of trees and bird habitats!

Calendar:

Week of:  03/11/19  – 03/17/19

3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks

3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip

B-Day MON. 03/11

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Debate, Football, Student Government Association, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym

A-Day TUES. 03/12BLAZER DAY

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Ben Franklin Academy (Home – Boys ONLY)
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer @ Atl. Jewish Academy (Girls ONLY)
  • 5:30 –
    • Varsity Track & Field (Lakewood Stadium)
    • Varsity Girls Tennis vs. Arabia Mountain (Home – Villages of East Lake)

B-Day WED.  03/13

  • 8:30-3:00 – Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
  • 9:00-2:00 – Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [9th and 11th Grade]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • 12th Grade Community Forum [Theater]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis @ Maynard Jackson

A-Day THURS. 03/14Pi Day

  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Atlanta Classical [Home]
  • 5:00 – JV Baseball @ Landmark
  • 5:30 – Title I Parent Input Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room – See more information below]

B-Day FRI. 03/15

  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 9:00 – Board of Directors: Governance Committee Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]

SAT. 3/16

  • 9:00 – Varsity Track & Field [Southern Crescent Stadium]
  • 10:00 – JV Baseball vs Fulton Leadership Academy [Home – Crim]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym
  • 3/18, Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Debate, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society
  • 3/20, 6:00 – Teaching Tolerance Voices of East Lake Event [Theater]
  • 3/21, 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]
  • 3/22, 6:30 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/23, 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/28, 6:00 – JA/SA Dance Performance
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 4/19 – SPACE IS: Shelter (see below)
  • 4/26 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • Prom
  • 5/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Drew Junior/Senior Academy Spring Title I Meeting – We will hold our Parent/Guardian Title I Input Meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Eva Davis Board Room. Join our conversation as we review and update our Junior Academy School CompactSenior Academy School Compact and School Parent and Family Engagement Plan for next school year. If you can’t make it we’d still love your feedback. You can complete our quick, ten question Title I Input Survey online. Please reach out to Mary Hartigan at mary.hartigan@drewcharterschool.org with questions.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application is available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll (see below). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is happening now!
    Between Monday, March 18 and Friday, March 29, 2019, all current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 school year must complete the re-enrollment process. Please note that students currently attending the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew who are interested in attending Drew for kindergarten do not go through the re-enrollment process; they must submit a lottery application by April 30, 2019.
    There are three steps to re-enrollment: 
    1. Complete the online re-enrollment form, available at www.drewcharterschool.org/reenroll.
    2. Submit updated proof of residence documents. Parents/guardians must come onsite (JA/SA Practice Gym) between March 18 and March 29, 2019 to provide updated proof of residence documents. Details about the schedule and location can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents.
    3. Verification of documents. Following verification by Drew staff, a letter will be mailed indicating final re-enrollment status.
  • We look forward to seeing you before spring break! Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 oradmissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Reminder: Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. Food court and Art Sale begins on the 3rd floor of the Yates campus @ 4pm including food sampling and reception. Performance begins at 8pm. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates,forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts @Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew PTA Presents the 2019 Online Auction Fundraiser March 15 – 21, 2019
    Get great deals on summer camps, lessons, artwork, event tickets, gift cards, class baskets, travel, and more!  All proceeds go to the Drew PTA’s programs and events that benefit all Drew students, teachers, and families!
    Totally online!  Support the Drew PTA from wherever you are!!
    Free to register and bid!  You are only charged if you win an item!charityauction.bid/drewpta2019 
    Auction items are still being added to the catalog now, but you may preview what is already there. March 8:  Online Catalog will be complete and online March 15: 8 a.m. Online bidding opensMarch 21: 11:59 p.m. Online bidding closes
    If you have questions or want to donate an item to the auction, contact us at DrewPTAauction@gmail.com
    Thank you and happy bidding!
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).Eddie’s Attic
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    See flyer below

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019 Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Clark Atlanta University
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana  

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Week of March 04th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shout-outs to:

  • The Junior Academy, Mr. Leaphart, Ms. Ali, Ms. Bryant, Mr. Boonyapat and everyone else who worked to achieve STEAM certification from the Georgia Department of Education, which was officially conferred last Thursday at an awesome banner ceremony!
  • Ms. Smith, who joins us as a new STEAM Team member, orchestrating the STEAM Trunks and helping with STEAM programming!
  • The new Beta Club inductees and to the Beta Club officers and Ms. McKenzie for organizing the induction ceremony on Wednesday!
  • Seniors Chloe Cannada, Collin Chunn, Kenyetta Akowa, Trinity Mosley, Mariela Santillan-Guerrero, and Parker Freeman for helping support our Early College Night by sharing their experiences with rising seniors and parents!
  • Senior Niara Botchwey who is one of only 5 students across the South to receive The SACAC Horizon Award, a $1000 college scholarship! As a matching award, Niara selected Emily H. to receive $1,000 to be used towards professional development opportunities.
  • Senior Peyton Rodgers, who was one of 150 students nationally to receive a $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship, selected from over 95,000 applicants!
  • Junior Laquincia Smith for being admitted into Camp Ignite an initiative for women with a mission to encourage more female firefighters!
  • Freshman Angel Jones, who volunteered to help lead prospective parent tours!
  • Dr. Allen, Ms. Davis, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Kitchen, Ms. McIntyre, Ms. Cook and ninth grade student volunteers for organizing and planning our Rising 9th Grade Transition Night!
  • Ms. Young, who has been selected to serve on the SACAC Board of Directors for a three year term!  SACAC is a professional association that supports best practices in college admissions and brings together both admissions and college counseling professionals.
  • Ms. Herman, who was identified and nominated by Caltech University to attend the 2019 Fitzwilliam Summit for Emerging Leaders in the College Admission and Secondary School Counseling Profession!
  • Ms. Vaughn for engaging her students in writing content for their upcoming performance and for an awesome performance at the STEAM certification ceremony!
  • Ms. Stinson for planning and organizing Early College Parent Night!

Calendar:

Week of: 03/04-03/10

3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks

A-Day MON. 03/04

  • 11:05 – Lunches run normally for both 9/10th and 11/12th, but students report to 4th period during the time that they would normally report to 3rd period
  • 1:25 – All students report to Advisory
  • 1:30-2:00 – Advisory: Review college fair list and final prep for fair
  • 2:00-3:00 – Drew College Fair
    • 1:55 – Junior/Senior students report to the College Fair
    • 2:05 – Sophomore students report to the College Fair
    • 2:10 – Freshmen students report to the College Fair
  • 3:00-4:00 – 3rd period

B-Day TUES. 03/05

  • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Decatur HS [Heritage Golf Course]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball @ Fellowship Christian
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Our Lady of Mercy [Home]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis @ Coretta Scott King
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

A-Day WED.  03/06

  • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [12th Grade]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • 9th Grade Short Story Book Fair [9th Grade PBL Lab]
    • Achieve Atlanta and Drew Norms Scholarship Workshop
    • Gifted Seminar [Mac Lab – 11th/12th grade Math]

B-Day THURS. 03/07

  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • 9th Grade Community Forum
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs North Atlanta [Home – Girls ONLY]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Elite Scholars [Home]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Banneker

A-Day FRI. 03/08

STEAM Day
Student Playwright Showcase [See Flyer for more details below]
  • 8:00 – Students report to advisory
  • 8:02 – Juniors and seniors go to the theater to sit by advisory.  
  • 8:04 – Freshmen and sophomores go to the theater to sit by advisory.  
  • 8:05-9:00 – TEDdy Talk
  • 9:00 –
    • Juniors are dismissed to work with the junior team for the day.
    • Seniors are dismissed to meet their advisors in the PBL lab and go with their advisors to the STEAM Day sessions that they are supporting for the day.  
    • Freshmen and sophomore advisories transition with their advisors to their first STEAM Day session.
  • 11:10-11:40 – Freshman and sophomore lunch
  • 11:45 – Freshmen and sophomores dismissed to the main gym from lunch.
  • 12:45 – Seniors will need to come back up the hill for lunch.  At the end of lunch students report back to their sessions

SAT. 3/9

  • 3:00-6:00 – Design-o-rama [See flyers below]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/13
    • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
    • Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 3/14 – Pi Day
  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym
  • 3/20, 6:00 – Teaching Tolerance Voices of East Lake Event [Theater]
  • 3/21, 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]
  • 3/22, 6:30 and 3/23, 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 04/26 – Prom
  • 05/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Design-o-Rama Call for Volunteers We are seeking participants to support our theme of SHELTER. You are receiving this email because we think you might be interested in participating or you might know someone that would. We would love to have professions and hobbyist show off what they do and host activities that involve attendees in the process of making something. We will also feature an auto show–AUTOS THROUGH the AGES. Please direct interested folks to our website: http://steamatdrew.weebly.com/designorama.html.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application are available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is March 18-29, 2019! All current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 school year must complete the re-enrollment process. Details about the re-enrollment process and schedule can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents and contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Reminder: Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew PTA Presents the 2019 Online Auction Fundraiser March 15 – 21, 2019
    Get great deals on summer camps, lessons, artwork, event tickets, gift cards, class baskets, travel, and more!  All proceeds go to the Drew PTA’s programs and events that benefit all Drew students, teachers, and families!
    Totally online!  Support the Drew PTA from wherever you are!!
    Free to register and bid!  You are only charged if you win an item!charityauction.bid/drewpta2019 
    Auction items are still being added to the catalog now, but you may preview what is already there. March 8:  Online Catalog will be complete and online March 15: 8 a.m. Online bidding opensMarch 21: 11:59 p.m. Online bidding closes
    If you have questions or want to donate an item to the auction, contact us at DrewPTAauction@gmail.com
    Thank you and happy bidding!
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).Eddie’s Attic
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    See flyer below

College Acceptances To-Date

College/UniversityStudent Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University
Auburn University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado CollegeJuanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth CollegeDaisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Furman UniversityMarcus Foster
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Long Island University, Post
Louisiana State University
Mercer University
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Penn State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts UniversityKenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
Valdosta State University
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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Week of February 25th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shout-outs to:

  • Ms. Simmons for the birth of her daughter, Brandi Drew Simmons, who was 8lbs 12oz at birth!  
  • Ms. Reddick, who joins as our new Partners in Education member working out of the CCR office! 
  • Mr. Vanderplate, who rejoins us (he was a student teacher with Mr. Konieczny last year) and will be substituting for Ms. Simmons while she is on maternity leave!
  • The Varsity Boys Basketball team for winning their 1st Round State Playoff game at home (the first State Playoff home game and win in school history) and for advancing to the 2nd round again this year!!
  • Congratulations to Alexis Gaines, Class of 2020, she’s been chosen as one of the top 21 outstanding youth leaders in the state of Georgia and has been selected as the winner for the 2019 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards!
  • The Senior Academy students who represented Drew at the Regional Science Fair with 4 out of 5 projects placing!
    • Congratulations to Senior Niara Botchwey for being the first student in Drew’s history to advance to International Science and Engineering Fair – bypassing the state competition!
    • Senior Academy Winners:                     
      • Gold
        • Senior Niara Botchwey (advancing to ISEF)
        • Junior Joshua Clemons (advancing to State) 
        • Junior Alvin Wayne-Stewart (advancing to State)           
      • Bronze 
        • Senior DeGreer Harris 
  • Senior Ivy Diamond, Freshman Chanel Harris and Sophomore Andre Thomas for competing in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl regional competition, representing all of Atlanta Public Schools high schools!
  • Juniors Reno Teasley and Jordan McCrary who knocked it out the park at the August Wilson Monologue Competition semi-final round!!  There are only two slots left for New York, so keep your fingers crossed!  Also a big shout out to Ms. Williams and Mr. Baker for their support for these students!
  • Everyone who participated in the Staff/Student basketball game and the WIN for the Senior Academy!
  • Ms. Mason, Ms. Young, Ms. Herman, Ms. Weaver, Mr. Powell, and Mr. White for chaperoning the Junior Trip to North Carolina and particularly Ms. Herman who took the lead on planning this trip!
  • Dr. Allen and the 9th grade team for implementing an efficient new Extended Learning plan for students!
  • Mr. Harris for incorporating station teaching into his Health pathway course which included health content, STEAM, collaboration, and an authentic client as students work towards creating Fitness Apps for their Biggest Loser PBL Project!  Also, to Ms. Bryant for teaching students how to do Mock-Ups of their apps through the stations!  (Click the links to observe each station: Station #1, Station #2, and Station #3).
  • Mr. Copp, who is an assistant coach for the Emory men’s basketball team, who won their conference title this weekend and is headed to the D-III NCAA tournament!
  • Mr. Prince who brought in representatives from the Atlanta City Council and the East Lake Foundation to provide authentic partners for students to work with as they prepare for their PBL showcase, “The Voices of East Lake!”
  • Ms. Isbell, for leading the gifted seminar on math this week and for her assistance with the logistics for gifted testing!
  • Mr. Gaines for the student highlights on the monitors and the revitalization of the Drew website!
  • Ms. Hartigan for being on top of re-enrollment and continuing to bring clarity to the process!
  • Ms. Cook and the Dance Team for competing in the GHSA State Dance Invitational last Saturday!
  • Ms. Klein, Ms. Wilder, Ms. Hecht, and Ms. Nicole for planning and implementing the 9th grade Short Story Book Fair!  Check out the student products here.

Calendar:

Week of: 02/25/19  – 03/03/19

MON. 2/25 B-Day

  • 11:00-1:00 – Drew Board of Directors Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Cheer Club, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, Math Mentors, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Spanish Language and Culture Club, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • SA Beta Induction Practice
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Grady

TUES. 2/26 A-Day

  • BLAZER DAY
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:30 – Early College Parent Night (Junior Parents)
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

WED. 2/27 B-Day

  • SGA Sponsored HBCU/Blackout Dress down day (Students will purchase wristbands from Dr. Allen to participate.)
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning (10th, 11th and 12th Grades)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • Beta Induction [Theater]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis vs Maynard Jackson [Home – The Villages of East Lake]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball vs Grady [Home – Crim High School]

THURS. 2/28 A-Day

  • POSTPONED (due to JA STEAM Certification) – PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering
  • 8:30 – JA STEAM Certification Ceremony [Theater]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:30 – 8th Grade Transition Night (Theater/9th Grade PBL Lab)

FRI. 3/1 B-Day

  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs. S. Atlanta [Home]

SAT – 03/02

  • 9:00 – Varsity Track & Field (Westlake)

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/4 – College Fair
  • 3/6 –
    • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
    • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
    • Flex Time –
      • 9th Grade Short Story Book Fair
      • Achieve Atlanta and Drew Norms Scholarship Workshop
  • 3/7, Flex Time – 9th Grade Community Forum
  • 3/8 – STEAM Day
  • 3/9, 3:00-6:00 – Design-o-rama
  • 3/13
    • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
    • Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 3/14 – Pi Day
  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
      • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays
      • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym
  • 3/20, 6:00 – Teaching Tolerance Voices of East Lake Event [Theater]
  • 3/22 and 3/23, 6:30 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Georgia Parent Survey – The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and may be completed using personal computers, smartphones or tablets.  All parents should participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used to help improve the school and as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents
  • Design-o-Rama Call for Volunteers We are seeking participants to support our theme of SHELTER. You are receiving this email because we think you might be interested in participating or you might know someone that would. We would love to have professions and hobbyist show off what they do and host activities that involve attendees in the process of making something. We will also feature an auto show–AUTOS THROUGH the AGES. Please direct interested folks to our website: http://steamatdrew.weebly.com/designorama.html.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application are available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Reminder: Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).
    • Eddie’s Attic
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    • For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    • See flyer below

College Acceptances To-Date

College/UniversityStudent Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University
Auburn University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado CollegeJuanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth CollegeDaisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Furman UniversityMarcus Foster
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Long Island University, Post
Louisiana State University
Mercer University
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Penn State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts UniversityKenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
Valdosta State University
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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Opportunity for Sophomores!!

Hey Sophomores!

Interested in research and working in a science lab on Georgia Tech’s campus?

  • Apply to Project Engages today!
    • Deadline is Friday, February 22nd for student portion of application.
      • Any students that want to work on their application with Ms. Kaney can come up to the school tomorrow [02/21] anytime between 9:30 and 2:00 for help with the application.
  • Apply today!
  • Do you have questions?
    • Email me!
      • rachel.kaney@drewcharterschool.org

Week of February 11th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shout-outs to:

  • Mr. Kevin Petty, who joins us as a one-to-one paraprofessional for a ninth grade student!
  • The Drew Debate Team who won 1st Place Sweepstakes at the February AUDL Debate Tournament!
    • Ivy Diamond and Solomon Adams – 1st place overall Varsity policy team
  • Jordan McCrary and Reno Teasley this Saturday as they advance to the semi-final round of the August Wilson Monologue Competition!
    • Also, congratulate Asha Anderson for being admitted to AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy).
  • Alumnus Renaldo Clark (℅ 2017), who was selected as an accounting intern for Home Depot!
  • Junior Malik Mohammad who was accepted off the waitlist for Youth Ambassadors and will be traveling to Ecuador this summer!
  • Freshmen Sayj Harris, Jakobe Strozier, Tarek Hayes, Bianca Benton, and Elliot Davis worked very hard making an excellent video for Ms. Klein’s class! Joseph George, Cameron Anderson, and Jayden Causey also made a great video!
  • The CCR and 11th grade teams for supporting ACT prep for the junior class as they got ready for this past Saturday’s ACT!
  • Ms. Mason and the rest of the CCR team for facilitating the FAFSA Next Steps event for seniors and their parents last Wednesday!
  • Ms. McKenzie for facilitating the first Gifted Seminar of the year with 9/10th grade students in order to help connect them with enrichment opportunities!
  • Ms. Wilder for her patience and persistence while working through challenging situations!
  • Mr. Harris for helping a student in need!
  • Mr. Morrison for effectively structuring independent practice for his students including the use of solution sets so that students can check their work and move at their own pace!
  • Mr. Prince for voluntarily helping record and edit a sample podcast for the US History Podcast Challenge PBL project!  He also volunteered to lead groups during the entry event for this project!
  • Ms. Isbell, Ms. Hancock, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Kaney[Weaver] for working hard to revise our math course of study!
  • Mr. Myers for his continued leadership of the mastery scheduling process and to Ms. Pinder, Ms. Mills, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Kaney[Weaver] for their support!  A draft of the 2019-2020 master schedule is done!
  • Ms. Woods and Hecht, and Mr. White for their use of stations to support all students, but particularly students with disabilities!
  • Ms. Mayes for the time and effort she puts in to edit the book projects for her students and to Mr. Prince for helping edit some of the books!
  • Mr. Colbert and Anderson in addition to the other staff who planned and coordinated Drew’s Got Talent!
  • Mr. Canney, Baker, White, and Powell for their amazing collaboration in planning and organizing the L.I.T. musical integrated with student support!
  • Ms. Allen for attending Restorative Practices training this past week!
  • Ms. Klein, Ms. Wilder, and Ms. Hecht starting a poetry garden project and displaying it by the classroom! Go by and watch it grow in the coming weeks!

Calendar:

Week of:  02/11-02/17

2/10-2/13 – Junior College Tour [North Carolina]

MON. A-Day

  • Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 12:00-3:00 – 9th Grade PBL Showcase: Digital Book Fair [9th Grade PBL Lab]
  • 1:00-4:00 – Accuplacer Testing [Juniors]
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Student Government Association
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]

TUES. B-Day

  • Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 8:00-11:00 – Gifted Testing [Selected students]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]

WED. A-Day

  • Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 8:00-10:00 – AMC 12 Math Competition
  • 8:00-11:00 – Gifted Testing [Selected students]
  • Flex Time – Advisory [Due to Pep Rally on Friday]

THURS. B-Day

  • Sophomore Jeans Day
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym

FRI. A-Day

  • Flex Time – Spring Sports Pep Rally [Students report directly to the main gym at the end of 4th period]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 2/16 – GHSA State Dance Invitational
  • 2/18-2/22 – Winter Break/Inclement Weather Days
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Cheer Club, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, Math Mentors, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Spanish Language and Culture Club, Young Black Excellence
  • 2/27
    • SGA Sponsored HBCU/Blackout Dress down day (Students will purchase wristbands from Tameka to participate.)
    • Flex Time –
      • Extended Learning (10th, 11th and 12th Grades)
      • SA Beta Club Induction
  • 2/28,
    • 8:15 am – PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering
    • 5:30 – 8th Grade Transition Night
  • 3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/4 – College Fair
  • 3/6 –
    • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
    • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
  • 3/8 – STEAM Day
  • 3/9 – Design-o-rama
  • 3/11-3/15 – Sophomore College Tours
  • 3/13 – Ninth Grade Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • 3/14 – Pi Day

Announcements:

  • The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and  may be completed using personal computers, smartphones or tablets.  All parents should participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, February 28th at 8:15 am (not the third Thursday due to the Winter Break). 
    • If you were unable to attend, a recording of the Gathering is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st – If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Reminder: Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).
    • Eddie’s Attic
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    • For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    • See flyer below
  • Scholarship Opportunity – The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Apply Here WHAT WINNERS RECEIVE:
    • $10,000 Award – Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.
    • Young Heroes Materials – Each winner receives a signed copy of The Hero’s Trail by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron, along with a copy of Dream Big, our documentary film profiling several former Barron Prize winners. Winners also receive our Young Heroes Activity Guide and Bibliography.
    • Networking Opportunities – Winners are given the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize honorees through our Young Heroes online forum.

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Week of February 04th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shout-outs to:

  • Senior Niara Botchwey (pictured above), who will skip the State Science Fair and qualified for the International Science and Engineering Festival!
  • Ms. Izin, who will be serving as a long-term Special Education substitute for Dr. Morgan’s caseload until the end of the school year!
  • Alumnus Renaldo Clark (c/o 2017) who just received an Accounting Internship with Home Depot! He’s a current sophomore at Morehouse!
  • The following students who participated in UGA’s JanFest Concert Band Festival: Adammah Reynolds, Trinitee Reynolds, KaNiya Smith, Asia Foster, Amaya Carzell, and Corey Jones. These students did an amazing job and represented Drew very well! You can listen to their concerts at http://bands.uga.edu/janfest.  They were in the Brown, Wilson, Clark, and Willoughby bands.
  • Junior Alexis Gaines for being selected by 21st Century Leaders (a Georgia-based non-profit youth leadership and talent development program) as a 2019 Georgia Leadership Award Recipient! She is one of only 21 youth leaders across Georgia to receive this distinguished recognition for their community-wide impact!
  • Junior Terron Joiner, for being selected as a Finalist for the Youth Ambassadors Program! He will be traveling to Paraguay this summer with the US Department of State!
  • Junior Malik Mohammed for being selected as an alternate for the Youth Ambassadors Program!
  • Freshman Aryka DeRosa’s had an outstanding performance on her Physics assessment this week! 
  • Freshman Chanel Harris who recently had the highest score on an AP Unit Test!
  • Freshmen Ja’Kobe Strozier and DJ Rogers for showing tremendous growth on the basketball court!
  • The College and Career Readiness Teams and Grade Level Team Leaders (AISs) for coordinating Parent Conferences!
  • Ms. Young, Mr. White and Ms. Woods for their leadership of the Young Black Excellence club!

Calendar:

Week of:  02/04/19  – 02/10/19  

National School Counseling Week

MON 02/04 B

  • 1:30 – Early Dismissal: Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Cheerleaders
  • 3:30 – Varsity Girls Basketball Region Playoff Game [Landmark Christian]
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Academic Decathlon, Beta Club, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)

TUES 02/05 A

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
    • Gifted Seminar (9/10th Grades – Mac Lab)

WEDS 02/06 B

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning (9th and 12th Grades)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • 10th Grade Community Forum [Theater]
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
  • 5:30 – FAFSA Next Steps Event for Seniors and Parents

THURS 02/07 A

  • Fundraising Event for the Drama Department to travel to London/Scotland [Caroline St. Willy’s Mexicana Grill – See flyer below]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
  • 6:30 – 6th Annual Drew’s Got Talent [Theater]

FRI 02/08 B

  • 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 6:30 – 6th Annual Drew’s Got Talent [Theater]

SAT – 02/09

  • ACT Administration
  • 10:00-1:00 – PTA Summer Camp Expo
  • 7:00-8:30 – PTA Red & White Family Dance [EA Cafeteria]

SUN – 02/10 – Junior College Tour [North Carolina]


Other Upcoming Events

  • 2/10-2/13 – Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 2/11
    • Flex Time –
      • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Student Government Association
      • 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]
  • 2/12, 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]
  • 2/13
    • 8:00-10:00 – AMC 12 Math Competition
    • Flex Time – Advisory
  • 2/14 – Sophomore Dress Down Day
  • 2/15, 3:00-4:00 – Spring Sports Pep Rally
  • 2/16 – GHSA State Dance Invitational
  • 2/18-2/22 – Winter Break/Inclement Weather Days [No School]
  • 2/27
    • Flex Time – SA Beta Club Induction
    • SGA Sponsored HBCU/Blackout Dress down day (Students will purchase wristbands from Dr. Allen to participate.  
  • 2/28, 8:15 am – PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering
  • 3/4-3/8 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/4 – College Fair
  • 3/6 –
    • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
    • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
  • 3/8 – STEAM Day
  • 3/9 – Design-o-rama

Announcements:

  • The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and  may be completed using personal computers, smartphones or tablets.  All parents should participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, February 28th at 8:15 am (not the third Thursday due to the Winter Break). 
    • If you were unable to attend, a recording of the Gathering is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st – If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Reminder: Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).
    • Eddie’s Attic
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    • For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    • See flyer below
  • Summer Expo – This event will allow you to speak to representatives from summer programs and plan ahead for your student’s summer! Learn about application deadlines and potential financial aid! Programs for all ages from pre-school – 8th grade, in all areas of interest, in all price ranges will be present! Some of the programs will even be accepting registrations on site! A list of participating programs can be found at http://www.DrewCharterSchoolPTA.com.
    • The Drew Charter PTA’s 5th Annual Summer Program Expo
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019
    • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Upper Campus Cafeteria
  • Scholarship Opportunity – The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Apply Here WHAT WINNERS RECEIVE:
    • $10,000 Award – Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.
    • Young Heroes Materials – Each winner receives a signed copy of The Hero’s Trail by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron, along with a copy of Dream Big, our documentary film profiling several former Barron Prize winners. Winners also receive our Young Heroes Activity Guide and Bibliography.
    • Networking Opportunities – Winners are given the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize honorees through our Young Heroes online forum.

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