Week of January 18th, 2016


  • To Mr. O’Neill and his students for planning the first SA PBL Showcase, which was a solid success and a great example of an authentic project (see pictures above)
  • To Coach Tracy for organizing the banner ceremony for the tennis team Tuesday night
  • To Mr. Canney and Mr. Baker for integrating the college application process into their current project
  • To Ms. Deiters for her success in getting students to relate to Romeo and Juliet and for her work with Socratic seminars
  • To Ms. Wynn and the Prom committee for their work beginning to plan for Prom
  • To Mr. Cruz, Ms. Nguyen and Mr. Konieczny for the number of students who chose to present projects from their classes



  • Tuesday, January 19th
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time
      • 9/10th Grade – Advisory
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
    • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. Elite Scholars Academy [Home]
  • Wednesday, January 20th
    • A-Day
    • 8:15-9:30 – SA Principal’s Coffee: Student-Led Conferences [Room A301]
    • Flex Time
      • 9/10th Grade – Extended-Learning
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
    • 5:30 – JV Basketball vs. Douglass [Home]
  • Thursday, January 21st
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time
      • 9/10th Grade – Clubs
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
  • Friday, January 22nd
    • A-Day
    • Flex Time –
      • 9/10th Grades – Trust Card Free Friday
      • 11th Grade – ACT Prep
    • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. WD Mohammed [Home]

Upcoming Events  

  • Saturday, January 23rd
    • 9:00-12:00 – CREW Teens Meeting
    • 10:00 – JV Basketball vs. KIPP [Away]
    • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. Strong Rock [Away]
  • Monday, January 25th, Flex – 9th Grade Town Hall
  • Wednesday, January 27th
    • Science Fair [selected students]
    • Flex – 10th Grade Town Hall
  • Friday, January 29th – PTA Dress Down Day Fundraiser
  • Saturday, January 30th
    • Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
    • Applerouth ACT Mock administration [All Juniors]
  • February 1-5 – National School Counseling Week
  • Friday, February 5th – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • 9th grade sign up link 
    • 10th grade sign up link
  • Saturday, February 6th
    • ACT Administration [All Juniors]
    • 11:00-1:00 – Summer Program Expo
  • February 11th – Junior Compass testing
  • February 12-15th – Winter Break [No School]
  • February 16th – Professional Learning Day [No School]
  • June 6-10 and 13-17 – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Program



  • Report Cards – Parents/guardians should receive report cards and 2014-2015 Georgia Milestone Assessment reports within a week.  If you do not receive your student’s information, please contact Mrs. Keith in the main office.
  • Hiring for the 2016-2017 School Year – We are about to undertake the hiring process for the 2016-2017.  Below is a tentative list of positions that we will be filling.  If you are aware of strong candidates for these positions, please have them send their resumes to peter.mcknight@drewcharterschool.org and nicole.jones@drewcharterschool.org.
    • Counselor
    • Math teacher
    • ELA teacher
    • Science teacher
    • Social Studies teacher
    • Special Education teacher
    • Spanish teacher
    • Band Director
    • Part-time Theater Teacher
    • Part-time Dance Teacher
  • 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:
  • 2016 CEO of My Life Summer Experience – “Do you have students who are extremely talented, skilled or looking to gain experience and a competitive advantage to prepare for their future? Students looking to discover their passion and become more confident in their abilities? We are now accepting applications for the 2016 CEO of My Life Summer Experience at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Technology Innovation Square.  Admission to our summer program has become very competitive and spaces are limited. Applications are reviewed and accepted as they are received, so we encourage families to apply as soon as possible to reserve a space for their child. Please distribute this email to your student body or parents who may be interested in applying this summer.  We are seeking students who are motivated and interested in designing their future plans, exploring their talents, skills and interest, using them to create value and discover opportunities for themselves. Students looking to have an impact in the Global Innovation Economy in some cases even before they enter college.”  Apply here.
  • Reminder: 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. mcknight@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: 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
  • Reminder: 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: 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 hereIn 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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