Week of October 12th, 2015


  • Welcoming Mr. Malachi Smith, our second part-time AmeriCorps members
  • To Mr. Kitchen for his current project in which students are creating a business plan for a new product
  • To Ms. Ruffin for the calming climate in her classroom and for managing multiple art projects at one time
  • To Mr. Sessoms for the pacing of his lesson and engagement of his students
  • To Mr. O’Neill for his current project in which students are creating documentaries, including a great first cut that included interviews with community members about the impact of Drew
  • To Mr. McCullough and Ms. Allen for the level of engagement the Organic World Language method is yielding
  • To Dr. Spearman for regularly providing the opportunity for self-selected work time to students and for their engagement and productivity during this time


  • Tuesday, October 13th
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 6:00 – Drew Board of Directors Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Wednesday, October 14th
    • A-Day
    • 8:00-12:15 – PSAT Administration [10/11th Grade Students]
    • 5:30 – Cross Country Meet: APS Championship [Grant Park]
  • Thursday, October 15th
    • B-Day
    • 8:00-12:15 – PSAT Administration [8/9th Grade Students]
  • Friday, October 16th
    • A-Day
    • 2:30-3:00 – Homecoming voting and transition to theater
    • 3:00-4:00 – Columbian Exchange Program [Theater]
    • 7:00 – Homecoming Coronation

Upcoming Events  

  • October 15th – Quarter 1 PBL Showcase – Moved to November
  • October 19-23rd – Homecoming Week
    • Monday, October 19th
      • Celebrity/Character Day –Dress up as your favorite celebrity, character, athlete, or artist
      • 9:00-10:00 – Royal Court Breakfast
    • Tuesday, October 20th – Together Tuesday – We will be decked from head to toe in Orange to be United against bullying
    • Wednesday, October 21st – Breast Cancer Awareness – Wear Pink to rally against breast cancer
    • Thursday, October 22nd – Twin Day – Find your Best Friend and plan your outfit!
    • Friday, October 23rd
      • Grade Level Color Wars –
        • 9th grade will be decked out in White
        • 10th grade with shroud themselves in Grey
        • 11th grade is having a Black-out
      • 3:00-4:00 – Pep Rally
      • 5:30-6:30 – Teacher vs. Student Basketball Game
      • 6:30-8:30 – EagleNation Bonfire
    • Saturday, October 24th
      • 9:00-10:30 –Parade
      • 11:00-2:00 – Fall Festival
      • 7:00 –Dance
  • Wednesday, October 21st – Principal’s Coffee: Tentative Topic – Project-Based Learning [Room A301]
  • Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00-7:00 pm – 9/10th Grade Parent Night
  • October 28-29th – AdvancED Accreditation External Review Visit
  • Thursday, October 29th, 6:00-7:00 pm – 11th Grade Parent Night
  • Friday, October 30th – No Place for Hate Movie Night [Outdoor Classroom]
  • Monday, November 2nd – Math PBL/PrBL Planning Day
  • Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:00 – Chorus Fall Concert
  • November 4-7th – 11th Grade College Trip [Washington, DC]
  • Thursday, November 5th – SOARING: DCS Community Arts Showcase
  • Friday, November 6th – Parent Conference Half Day
  • Tuesday, November 10th – Spanish Field Trip to Carlos Museum
  • Thursday, November 12th
    • Dance be-Cause Assembly
    • 10th Grade Medieval Times Field Trip
    • Drew’s Got Talent



  • Ninth Grade PSAT Registration – Ninth grade parents it is not too late to register for the PSAT, which will be administered this Thursday.  If you are still interested in registering your student, the fee is $14.00.  Please reach out to Ms. Davis (tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org), the counselor, to arrange payment.
  • Reminder: 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:

  • Hands-on-Atlanta Volunteer Opportunity Calendar – Hands-on-Atlanta publishes a calendar of volunteer opportunities on their website.  This is one of the more comprehensive calendars that I have seen and provides great opportunities for students to get involved and earn community service hours.
  • 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: 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.


A Quote to Think About – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela

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