Week of January 11th, 2016


  • Welcoming Ms. Ashley Young, our new College Counselor
  • Welcoming Ms. Ife Akinyela, who will be teaching AP World History and working with our social studies team
  • To Coach Erik and Coach O’Neill for their double overtime win over the Galloway School Friday night
  • To Coach Tracy for the JV girls’ basketball team’s close win over Grady last week
  • To Mr. O’Neill and his students for their continued work planning Thursday’s PBL Showcase
  • To Marcaya Douglas and Jacy Pippin, who performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during their “Christmas Pops” Chorus concert
  • To Ms. Knight and the College and Career Readiness team for kicking off ACT Prep for the juniors
  • To Ms. Henderson and Mr. Parker for the senior cohort of CREW Teens who have secured $347,688 in scholarships including one Posse Scholar
  • To Ms. Andrea Waters-Winston, Ms. Aungelique Proctor Anderson and the Homecoming Committee for securing a $1,000 award from Cricket Wireless (see featured picture) 


  • Some of the PBL Showcase Prep sessions listed below may change depending on need.
  • Monday, January 11th
    • A-Day
    • Flex Time
      • 9/10th Grade – PBL Showcase Prep
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
    • 12:55-1:55 – PBL Showcase Prep
    • 2:00-3:00 – 3rd Period
    • 3:05-4:00 – 4th Period
  • Tuesday, January 12th
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time
      • 9/10th Grade – PBL Showcase Prep
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
    • 12:55-1:55 – PBL Showcase Prep
    • 2:00-3:00 – 3rd Period
    • 3:05-4:00 – 4th Period
    • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. Paideia [Home]
      • Between the boys’ and girls’ games there will be a special banner presentation for the 2014-2015 tennis team that finished first in the region and second in the state.
  • Wednesday, January 13th
    • A-Day
    • 8:00-9:30 – 4th Period
    • 9:35-11:05 – 3rd Period
    • Flex Time
      • 9/10th Grade – PBL Showcase Prep
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
    • 12:55-1:55 – PBL Showcase Prep [Mock Presentations]
    • 2:00-3:00 – 2nd Period
    • 3:05-4:00 – 1st Period
    • 5:30 – JV Basketball vs. Mays [Home]
  • Thursday, January 14th
    • B-Day
    • 8:00-9:30 – 4th Period
    • 9:35-11:05 – 3rd Period
    • Flex Time
      • No Clubs
      • 9/10th Grade – PBL Showcase Prep
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
    • 12:55-1:55 – 2nd Period
    • 2:00-3:00 – 1st Period
    • 3:00-4:00 – Final PBL Showcase Prep and Set-up
    • 4:00-6:00 – PBL Showcase [All students are required to attend and present.]
  • Friday, January 15th
    • A-Day
    • Flex Time – Trust Card Free Friday

Upcoming Events  

  • Monday, January 18th – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day [No School]
  • Tuesday, January 19th, 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. Elite Scholars Academy [Home]
  • Wednesday, January 20th, 5:30 – JV Basketball vs. Douglass [Home]
  • Friday, January 22nd, 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. WD Mohammed [Home]
  • Monday, January 25th, Flex Time – 9th Grade Town Hall
  • Wednesday, January 27th, Flex – 10th Grade Town Hall
  • Friday, January 29th – PTA Dress Down Day Fundraiser
  • Saturday, January 30th – Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
  • February 1-5th – National School Counseling Week
  • Friday, February 5th – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • February 12-15th – Winter Break [No School]



  • PBL Showcase – As referenced in the calendar above, we will be hosting our first Project-Based Learning Showcase this Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm.  In the spirt of PBL, our students have been planning the event as part of their Business and Technology class.  All students have selected a project to present and are required to attend.  Students will receive credit for their presentations as an Agency grade for this semester.  Questions can be directed to two of our students jaila.allen@drewcharterschools.org and nyla.mccord@drewcharterschools.org.
  • Staff Transitions – As many of you are aware, there have been several staff transitions at the end of the fall semester and start of the spring semester.  Letters for each transition were sent home with students, but in the event that you did not receive them, they are linked below:
  • Recent Events –
    • December 16th – Principal’s Coffee: Early College Program
  • Lost Blazers – I have two blazers that have been misplaced.  If your student has lost his/her blazer, please email me the size and I can check to see if it is yours. peter.mcknight@drewcharterschool.org
  • Lab Atlanta – “Imagine Atlanta as your classroom — a classroom without walls. Welcome to Lab Atlanta, an honors-level semester school for high school sophomores, sponsored by The Lovett School, based at the Midtown campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD Atlanta), and in partnership with the Public Design Workshop at Georgia Tech.”
    • Lab Atlanta prizes deep intellectual and experiential engagement. Our challenging, dynamic curriculum invites and empowers our 10th grade students to:
      • treat their city as a learning laboratory
      • hone their skills as scholars
      • understand the world systemically
      • develop innovation skills and practice a designer’s mindset
      • collaborate on building sustainable solutions for a vibrant urban future
    • Opening January 2017
    • More information here
  • YouthBuild Atlanta – “YouthBuild Atlanta empowers youth to be leaders in the community through education, job training, volunteer service, and leadership development activities. The program provides a safe environment that will allow students to work towards their educational and career goals.  Through the 10-month program, students will gain the skills and training that will help them to rebuild their lives and develop a positive work ethic. Students leave with a lifelong love of learning and a sense of responsibility for themselves, their families, and the community.”  More information here.
  • Reminder: Bank of America Student Leaders® Program – “The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2016 Student Leaders® program.  Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,200 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
    • A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.
    • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 10-15, 2016. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
    • Students can apply for the program by going to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders . Please note the application opens on November 2, 2015 with a deadline of January 29, 2016.”
  • Reminder: Perry Outreach Program – “We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.  We are now seeking applicants for our Atlanta, GA program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  We would very much appreciate if you could pass this information along to any high school principals, high school science teachers or high school students you may know.  Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the February 18, 2016 application deadline.”
  • Reminder: Colombia Trip – Mr. McCullough, Ms. Allen and Mr. Colbert are organizing a very exciting trip to Colombia at the end of the school year.  More information is available here.
  • Reminder: 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: Drew College and Career Website and Naviance – Those parents who attended our 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: 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.  In order to secure the best venue for Prom, we need everyone to adhere to and/or pay ahead of this schedule.  Please help us make this a great event.


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