Week of April 25th, 2016


  • To Ms. Colbert, who will celebrate her birthday this Wednesday
  • To Ms. Allen, who goes out on maternity leave effective today
  • To the multiple members of the track team who will be advancing to Sectionals and the State Championship
  • To the tennis teams for advancing to the first round of the State Championship
  • To Ms. Desprez, who was accepted into the Urban Leaders Fellowship to work on educational policy this summer
  • To Ms. Deiters and 9th grade team for the Free Friday Grade Improvement Opportunity program
  • To Ms. Wynn and Ms. Kaney for presenting at this past week’s Principal’s Coffee
  • To Ms. Ulbrich for attending the Echo 2.0 training this past Monday and Tuesday
  • To Ms. Allen for her continued work coordinating Spanish teacher interviews
  • To Coach Tracy, Mr. Cruz and Ms. White for coordinating the Cross Country Ring Ceremony on Tuesday
  • To Ms. Deiters, Mr. Cruz, Ms. Nguyen, Ms. L. Woods, Ms. Desprez and Ms. Kaney for presenting at the Rising Ninth Grade Transition Night on Tuesday
  • To Ms. Allen for bringing in an entrepreneurship group for our most recent Sophomore Community Forum
  • To Mr. Colbert for organizing band director interviews and to Ms. Kitchens, Kyia O’Neal and Asia Foster for serving on the interview panels as parent and student representatives
  • To Ms. Ali-Ferguson, Dr. Botchwey, Mr. Clemons, Ms. Flemming, Ms. Kaney, Mr. and Ms. McGee and Ms. Wright for attending the PAGE meeting on Wednesday afternoon and particularly to Dr. Botchwey and Ms. McGee for helping create the agenda and facilitating
  • To Ms. Allen and the SGA for planning the SGA Day of Play Friday afternoon and to all staff who helped with the stations or supervising students


  • All Week – Administrative Professionals Week
  • Monday, April 25th
    • A-Day
    • 2nd Period – Milestone Administration Test Run
    • Flex Time
      • 9/10th Grades – Extended Learning
      • 11th Grade – Community Forum
    • 6:00 – Junior Early College Parent Meeting [Cafeteria]
  • Tuesday, April 26th
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 3:45 – Girls Tennis 1st Round of State Tournament [Maynard Jackson – Early Dismissal at 3:00]
  • Wednesday, April 27th
    • Administrative Professionals Day
    • A-Day
    • 9:00-3:00 – Ninth Grade Field Trip to Shakespeare Tavern [Selected students]
    • Flex Time
      • Extended-Learning
      • 9th Grade Community Forum
  • Thursday, April 28th
    • B-Day
    • Flex Time – Clubs
    • 6:00 – Board of Directors Meeting
  • Friday, April 29th
    • A-Day
    • 8:00-11:00 – US History Milestone Administration
    • Flex Time – Trust Card Free Friday
    • 12:00 – Prom tickets distributed
    • 7:00 – Prom [The Westin Peachtree Plaza]

Upcoming Events  

  • Saturday, April 30th, 8:00-3:00 – PTA Spring Fundraiser – Flea Market [Upper Campus Parking Lot]
  • Monday, May 2nd, 12:00 pm – AP Psychology Exam
  • Tuesday, May 3rd
    • 8:00-11:00 – American Literature and Composition Milestone Day 1
    • 12:00 pm – AP Physics Exam
  • Tuesday, May 4th, 8:00-11:00 – American Literature and Composition Milestone Day 2
  • Thursday, May 5th
    • 8:00-11:00 – Algebra 1 Milestone
    • 6:00 pm – EA/JA/SA Chorus Spring Concert
  • Friday, May 6th
    • 8:00-11:00 – Analytic Geometry Milestone
    • 8:00 am – AP US History Exam
    • Parent Conference Half-Day
  • Monday, May 9th, 8:00-11:00 – Ninth Grade Literature and Composition Milestone Day 1
  • Tuesday, May 10th, 8:00-11:00 – Ninth Grade Literature and Composition Milestone Day 2
  • Wednesday, May 11th, 8:00 am – AP English Language and Composition Exam
  • Thursday, May 12th, 8:00 am – AP World History Exam
  • Friday, May 13th, 8:00 am – AP Human Geography Exam
  • Thursday, May 19th – Final PBL Showcase featuring the Junior Harlem Renaissance Project
  • June 6-10 and 13-17 – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Program



  • The GivingPoint Institute is a 10-month entrepreneurial training program that provides a cohort of high school students with tools and resources needed to be social entrepreneurs for causes they are passionate about. Students participate in monthly workshops sponsored by corporate and community partners which include, but are not limited to: Strategic Business Planning, Budgeting, Branding, Marketing, etc. to learn how to launch community projects, awareness campaigns, and/or nonprofit organizations.
    • Want to be in the next class?
      • Student Eligibility: In order to be a member of the GivingPoint Institute, students must have a GivingPoint account. They must demonstrate a commitment to giving back to their community, showcase a desire to do a scalable social good, and have two professional references.
      • Want to know what goes on in one of our workshops? Click here to check out some footage!
  • The Academy for Future Teachers (AFT) at Ga. State University seeks math and science-oriented students interested in exploring a career in teaching – especially in urban settings.  We would like to welcome Drew Charter HS students each summer.
    • AFT is a unique 3-week, half day (8am-1:30pm) STEM program on the campus of Georgia State University this June 6-24. High school students from throughout the metro area network while reviewing core math and science content, exploring learning and communication styles, pedagogy, and more. They even step “behind the desk” to design and deliver real math and science lessons to pre-K and middle school students. There are field trips, guest speakers, daily interaction with professors and top public school teachers, and more. It’s intense, challenging and fun, and we are looking for students ready to be fully engaged.
    • As support, AFT provides participants a MARTA card or parking space, a campus snack card, and – for full attendance and participation – a completion stipend.
    • Through mid-May, AFT is accepting applications. Current sophomores and juniors are ideal, though college-bound seniors may apply, and freshman with very strong academic records are considered. Scholastically-oriented students with a strong B or better average are the best fit into AFT.
    • Applications are on our website:  http://education.gsu.edu/AFT and can be typed directly into, printed out for signatures, then scanned or delivered/mailed to us. (Participants may seek your support scanning, and securing their transcripts plus teacher recommendations.)
    • Qualified students are accepted on a rolling basis until AFT is filled with 40 first-year participants. After that, candidates may be wait-listed, so it’s never too late to apply.
  • Teen TeamWorks! exposes students in the 9th – 12th grades to the needs and the opportunities to meaningfully serve their communities, while also helping students earn the requisite community service hours that are needed to graduate.  Like Hands On Atlanta’s original TeamWorks! program, Teen TeamWorks! brings together volunteers through service projects and team building activities to create a unique, collaborative service learning program.
  • Reminder: Summer Programs – Below are some resources for summer programs:
  • Reminder: 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 jobs@drewcharterschool.org.
    • Dean of Students
    • Director of Data Analysis and Research
    • Math teacher
    • Math Intervention teacher
    • Special Education teacher
    • Spanish teacher
    • Band Director
    • Part-time Theater Teacher
  • 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: 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.




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