Week of October 5th, 2015

Shout-outs:

  • Welcoming Mr. Jonathan Conner, one of our part-time AmeriCorps members who will be tutoring in math, science, technology and engineering classes
  • To Ms. Ferenczy for her current project in US History focusing on erroneous narratives in history and how she connects her lessons back to this theme
  • To Mr. Winchester for the engagement of his students in his Algebra I support class
  • To Ms. White and Mr. O’Neill for their work with their students to prepare for the Atlanta Maker Faire
  • To Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Ruffin for displaying student art work during the Chik-fil-a Foundation Board Meeting
  • To Ms. Desprez for hosting students for the Who Wants to be a Mathematician? Contest Tuesday afternoon

Calendar:

  • Monday, October 5th
    • A-Day
    • Start of 2nd Quarter
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
    • 12:00 – Softball early dismissal
    • 3:30 – Softball vs. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy [Away]
  • Tuesday, October 6th
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 12:00 – Softball early dismissal
    • 3:30 – Softball vs. TBD [Away]
    • 4:30 – Girls Basketball Interest Meeting [Room B406]
    • 7:00 – Varsity Volleyball vs. Paideia [Away – Our Lady of Mercy]
  • Wednesday, October 7th
    • A-Day
    • 5:30 – Cross Country Meet [Grant Park]
  • Thursday, October 8th
    • Fall Break [No school]
    • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs. TBD [Away – Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy]
  • Friday, October 9th
    • Fall Break [No school]

Upcoming Events  

  • October 12th – Staff Professional Learning Day [No school]
  • October 13-19th – Columbian Exchange Student Program
  • October 14th – PSAT Administration [Grades 10 and 11]
  • October 15th
    • PSAT Administration [Grade 9]
    • 4:00-6:00 – Quarter 1 PBL Showcase – Moved to November
    • 4:15-5:15 – SA Beta Club Meeting [Flyer – Ninth Grade PBL Lab]
  • Friday, October 16th
    • 7:00 pm – Homecoming Coronation
  • October 19-23rd – Homecoming Week
    • October 19th, 9:00-10:00 – Royal Court Breakfast
    • October 23rd
      • 3:00-4:00 – Pep Rally
      • 6:00-7:30 – Teacher vs. Student Basketball Game
    • October 24th
      • 9:00-10:30 –Parade
      • 11:00-2:00 – Fall Festival
      • 7:00 –Dance
  • October 20th – No Place for Hate Unity Day – Students wear orange
  • October 21st – Principal’s Coffee: Tentative Topic – Project-Based Learning [Room A301]
  • October 28-29th – AdvancED Accreditation External Review Visit
  • October 30th – No Place for Hate Movie Night [Outdoor Classroom]
  • November 3rd, 6:00 – Chorus Fall Concert
  • November 4-7th – 11th Grade College Trip [Washington, DC]
  • November 6th – Parent Conference Half Day

Announcements:

  • PSAT Resources – Drew Senior Academy will offer the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) to students October 14-15th.  The PSAT is great practice for the SAT Reasoning Test which students typically take in the spring of their junior year of high school. The PSAT is a comprehensive tool that gives valuable feedback to the student and the school. Students receive scores in critical reading, math reasoning, and writing.
    • This test will be mandatory for all 10th and 11th grade students and will be provided at no cost to the student.
    • Interested 8th and 9th grade students are strongly encouraged to sign up for this test at a cost of $14.00. We feel it is beneficial for eighth and ninth graders to take the test to get a head start on improving academic skills needed for success in college.
      • 8th Grade Students can turn in the permission slipand $14.00 cash/money order to Ms. Hudson ASAP. 
      • 9th Grade students can turn in attached permission slip and $14.00 cash/money order to Ms. Davis/Ms. Kaney ASAP.

All Senior Academy students received official PSAT study guides during advisory last Tuesday. Students will prepare for this test over the next three weeks during advisory and PSAT practice competitions will be held. Parents are encouraged to use the following additional resources to help your student prepare:

  • Parent Advisory Group Q&A Session – Last Tuesday the Senior Academy Parent Advisory Group hosted a Q&A session.  The presentation that I prepared for that meeting is available here.
  • Atlanta Intown Magazine’s 20 Under 20 – “Each January, we feature students from Intown’s public schools, private schools and colleges who have given back to their community in a significant way. Over the last seven years, we’ve featured students who have created their own nonprofits, have given up summer vacation to work domestically and abroad to help the less fortunate and one even helped build a library by collecting books.  The 8th annual 20 Under 20 will appear in our January 2016 issue and we are now seeking nominations of students ages 19 and younger who have committed themselves to service to the community. Nominations are welcome from teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, siblings, fellow students or community leaders. Here’s the information we need:
    • Nominator (name, relationship to nominee and contact information)
    • Nominee (Name, age, grade, school, parent or guardian names, contact information)
    • Characteristics and service: Please provide a paragraph describing why this nominee deserves recognition. Include service projects, goals, interests and areas of interest to help illustrate your point.

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 6. Please email your nominations to editor Collin Kelley at collin@atlantaintownpaper.com.”

  • Reminder: Debate Support – We are looking for staff, parents and community members interested in supporting and helping to coach our new Debate Team.  If you are interested, please email Mr. Copeland at travis.copeland@drewcharterschool.org.
  • Reminder: Sophomore and Junior Dues
    • Sophomore dues of $30 were announced in the 10th Grade Town Hall on Friday.  These dues will help supplement funding from the PTA for events like Midnight Madness, Homecoming, College and Career Week and the SGA Day of Play.  A flyer about the dues is available here.
    • A schedule of payment for Junior dues is now available and outlined in the flyer available here.

Links:

A Quote to Think About – “Every system is perfectly designed to achieve the exact results it gets. To change the results, you have to change the system.”

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