Week of November 9th, 2015


  • To Ms. White, Mr. Cruz and the Cross Country Team for winning the State Championship on Saturday!
    • Henry Cox
    • Isaiah Dubose
    • Jeremiah Furlow
    • Joseph Jones
    • Roland Blanding
    • Kendall Bean
    • Jalil Spearman
  • To Mr. Doran, who celebrates his birthday today
  • To Mr. Sessoms for a great chorus concert Tuesday night
  • To Ms. Desprez for incorporating oral communication and great conceptual thinking into her class by engaging students individually explaining error analyses
  • To Ms. Knight and Ms. Kaney for planning the Junior College Tour to Washington, DC and to Mr. Harris, Ms. Wynn and Ms. Herman for chaperoning
  • To Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Ruffin for collaborating with Ms. Anderson from EA to plan and host the SOARING: Community Arts Showcase Thursday night
  • To Mr. O’Neill and Ms. Kemp for some great ideas about how to plan the January PBL Showcase
  • To Coach Andrews and the Varsity Girls Cheerleading Team for competing in the regional competition on Saturday


  • Monday, November 9th
    • A-Day
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning
  • Tuesday, November 10th
    • B-Day
    • All Day – Dance students will wear black
    • 9:00-2:00 – Spanish Field Trip [Carlos Museum – See email of participants]
    • Flex Time – Advisory/Dance be-CAUSE Preview
  • Wednesday, November 11th
    • A-Day
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning
    • 5:30 – JV Basketball vs. South Atlanta [Away]
  • Thursday, November 12th
    • B-Day
    • 11:00-1:00 – 10th Grade Medieval Times Field Trip
    • Flex Time – Clubs
    • 6:00 – Drew’s Got Talent/PTA Meeting [Center for the Arts]
  • Friday, November 13th
    • A-Day
    • All Day – Dance students will wear specific t-shirts
    • Flex Time – Trust Card Free Friday
    • 12:55-1:50 – 3rd Period
    • 1:55-2:45 – 4th Period
    • 2:45-3:00 – Laptop return and report to advisory
      • 2:53 – 11th grade advisories report to the gym
      • 2:56 – 10th grade advisories report to the gym
      • 2:59 – 9th grade advisories report to the gym
    • 3:00-4:00 – Winter Sports Pep Rally
  • Saturday, November 14th
    • 10:00 am – JV Baseball vs. N. Atlanta [Home]

Upcoming Events  

  • Tuesday, November 17th – 10th Grade College Trip [Clark Atlanta and Oglethorpe]
  • Wednesday, November 18th – Principal’s Coffee: Topic – College and Career Readiness or Student Achievement Data (Please comment on this blog to indicate your preference)
  • Thursday, November 19th
    • 10th Grade College Trip [Univ. of West Georgia and Oglethorpe]
    • 6:00 – Orchestra Benchmark Concert
  • Friday, November 20th – JA/SA STEAM Career Day
  • November 23-27th – Thanksgiving Break [No School]



  • TEDYouth – Saturday, November 14, from 11am to 6pm “TEDYouth is a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. Scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short talks on what they do best, serving both as a source of knowledge and inspiration for youth around the globe.”  Link
  • The Center for Civil and Human Rights Announces: THE INAUGURAL SHIRLEY FRANKLIN DAY – “On Saturday, November 14th, we celebrate the vision and leadership of Mayor Shirley Franklin in the creation of the Center for Civil and Human Rights with the inaugural Shirley Franklin Day. Due to the contribution of a generous donor, all youth 18 and under will receive FREE admission to The Center on that day.”
  • APS Gifted International Trip – “The Office of Gifted and Talented Education is excited to extend to your child the opportunity to participate in an international, “Outside the walls of the classroom” experience in London, England and Paris France. This 7-day, 6-night experience allows students to participate in authentic learning experiences which focus on issues affecting our world. Tours include Tower of London and Notre Dame Cathedral and more. The trip is open to Kindergarten through 12th and students will participate in grade appropriate tours. The cost of the trip includes transportation, food (breakfast and dinner only), and lodging. This international experience is in compliance with the time-on-task ruling and students will not be considered absent on these days.”  More information here
  • Reminder: 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 – AdvancED Accreditation External Review Exit Report
  • Reminder: 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.
  • Reminder: 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.
  • Reminder: 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: 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.


7 thoughts on “Week of November 9th, 2015

  1. L. Rodgers

    Congrats to the Cross Country Team for winning the State Championship. You guys not only made Drew history, but APS History…way to go! Kodus to Mr. Cruz and Ms. White.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dawn Cooper

    Congrats to the Cross Country Team…GO EAGLES!!!! I vote for Student Achievement Data for the next Principal’s Coffee. Great job with the blog by the way Mr. McKnight…Very informative and much appreciated!! 🙂


  3. Andrea Clark

    I really enjoy this principal’s blog! There is so much information and it keeps me update. Kudos to you Mr. McKnight.
    I am interested in the student achievment data for the next principal’s coffee.
    Way to go CROSS COUNTRY TEAM!!


  4. Hilary Williams

    Hello, regarding the math/science/act after care classes offered by Mr. Domingo Uceda, are they taking place at Drew or at Georgia Tech?


  5. Hilary Williams

    Regarding the math/science/act tutoring that’s being offered by Mr. Domingo Uceda, is that taking place at Drew or Georgia Tech? Also, how long does it last?


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