Week of November 2nd, 2015


  • To Dr. Nicole Jones and Ms. Torie Norris, for all of their work preparing for the AdvancED External Review Team visit resulting in our recommendation for full accreditation!
  • To Ms. Brooks for the birth of her daughter, Kai Simone, on October 20th, weighing 7lbs 11oz
  • Welcoming Mr. Curtis Augustin, our new Technology Manager, who started last Friday
  • To Mrs. Keith, who celebrates her birthday on Wednesday
  • To Mr. Doran, who celebrates his birthday next Sunday
  • Welcoming, Ms. Elizabeth Hoadley, who is directing our band classes while Ms. Brooks is out on maternity leave
  • To Ms. Donya Kemp, our Director of PBL, who returned from maternity leave this week
  • To the Cross Country team and coaches, Ms. White and Mr. Cruz, whose runners won the regional meet by placing first, second, third, fifth and sixth at the regional meet (The state meet is this coming Saturday at 4:15 at Carrollton HS)
  • To Coach Andrews for the varsity and middle school cheerleading teams that placed first and second respectively at their competition on Saturday (The regional competition is coming up this Saturday at Columbus State University)
  • To Ms. Kaney, Ms. Knight and Ms. Herman for hosting a very informative Junior Parent Night on Thursday
  • To Mr. Konieczny for offering to help teach some of Dr. Spearman’s classes and support her substitute with the Physics curriculum (see note below)


  • Monday, November 2nd
    • B-Day
    • All Day – East Lake Cup [East Lake Golf Course]
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning (Chorus students attend early lunch and rehearse from 11:45-12:55)
  • Tuesday, November 3rd
    • A-Day
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 6:00 – Chorus Fall Concert [Center for the Arts]
  • Wednesday, November 4th
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning
    • 11:00 pm – 11th grade students leave for college tour [Washington, DC]
  • Thursday, November 5th
    • A-Day
    • All Day – 11th Grade College Tour [Washington, DC]
    • Flex Time – Clubs
    • 6:00 – SOARING: DCS Community Arts Showcase [Center for the Arts]
  • Friday, November 6th
    • B-Day
    • 8:00-12:00 – Alternate Class Schedule TBA
    • 1:00-6:00 – Parent Conferences [Sign up here]
  • Saturday, November 7th
    • JA Tailgate Event
    • Cheerleading 5A Sectionals [Columbus State University]
    • 2:00 pm – Varsity Basketball vs. Elite Scholars [Away]
    • 4:15 pm – State Cross Country Meet [Carrollton HS]

Upcoming Events  

  • 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
  • Tuesday, November 17th – 10th Grade College Trip [Clark Atlanta and Oglethorpe]
  • Thursday, November 19th – 10th Grade College Trip [Univ. of West Georgia and Oglethorpe]
  • Friday, November 20th – JA/SA STEAM Career Day
  • November 23-27th – Thanksgiving Break [No School]



  • Recent Events – We have had a number of recent parent events.  Below are the presentations from each of them.
    • October 21st – Principal’s Coffee: Project Based Learning
    • October 29th
  • Dr. Spearman’s Classes – As many of you may know Dr. Spearman received a promotion outside of Drew.  Dr. Spearman was a founding staff member for the Senior Academy and we wish her the best as she moves forward with her new position.  Today and tomorrow students will receive letters outlining the plan for her classes.  That letter is also available here.
  • Drew College and Career Website and Naviance – Those parents who attended our recent parent nights have had the opportunity to see our new College and Career Website at www.DrewCCR.com.  This site contains a wealth of information about the college and career process, scholarships and enrichment opportunities.  Junior parents also now have access to Naviance, our comprehensive college and career readiness platform.  The link to Naviance is included here and will always be included below.  Please check it out.
  • After-School Tutorial in Math and Science (including ACT/SAT) – Mr. Domingo Uceda, one of our AmeriCorps members from Georgia Tech is offering after-school tutorial in math and science.  Details are available on this flyer.
  • Reminder: High School Innovation Weekend 2015: November 14-15 Hosted at The Center for Civic Innovation – “Metro Atlanta high school students learn the entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking, and innovation. Student teams explore real-world challenges in the presence of local entrepreneurs and mentors. The weekend culminates in a pitch competition and showcase. Build 21st century skills, discover new strengths and passions, and gain valuable connections for future success.”
  • Reminder: 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 are $30, which 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.


One thought on “Week of November 2nd, 2015

  1. L. Rodgers

    Congratulations to the Drew Varsity Competition Cheerleaders (1st Place – Class A) and the Middle School Cheerleaders (2nd Place-Class A) for competing and placing at the 2015 APS Cheer Competition. A big “Thank You” goes out Coach Andrews and Coach Miller. Great Job!

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