Week of November 28th, 2016

Shout Outs!

  • Ms. Simmons, Ms. Pryor, Ms. Allen, Ms. Woods and Ms. Young for all their endless work on Homecoming!
  • To the following parents and guardians who signed up to help with Homecoming:
    • Monetia Hollie
    • Wyleathia Harris
    • Erica Donerlson
    • Genie McGee
    • Yolanda Forte
    • Yashica Lipbscomb
    • Kim Brannan-Sykes
    • Claudette Freeman
    • Valerie Richards
    • Keli Jones
    • Aneka Forte
    • Crystal George
    • Odette Taylor
  • To Mr. Baker for his presentation at National Council of Teachers English Annual Convention
  • To Coach Tracy and the Eagle Nation Booster Club for a wonderful Fall Sports Banquet Tuesday night
  • To Ms. Kaney for presenting our programs of study at the last Principal’s Coffee on Tuesday
  • To Ms. Jackson, Ms. Manwell, Ms. Davis, Dr. Karanja-Pinder and Ms. Kaney for taking time to meet to adjust Flex Time to support our seniors
  • To Coach Tracy and Coach Erik for winning both our Homecoming games against WD Mohammed


  • All Week – Ken Burns/Florentine Films on site filming
  • Monday, November 28th – A-Day
    • Flex Time: Clubs
  • Tuesday, November 29th – B-Day
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • Wednesday, November 30th – A-Day
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 6:00 – Gifted Parent Night
  • Thursday, December 1st – B-Day
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
    • 6:00 – PTA Senior Academy Town Hall [See note below]
  • Friday, December 2nd – A-Day
    • Accuplacer Administration for Early College [All Juniors]
    • Flex Time: Free Friday

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, 12/6
    • GSU Exams Begin
    • 8:00-11:00 – Economics Milestone Administration
    • 7:00 – Harp Concert
  • Wednesday, 12/7, 6:00 – JA/SA Orchestra Concert
  • Thursday, 12/8
    • JA/SA Science Fair
    • 6:00 – JA/SA Band Concert
  • 12/12 & 12/13
    • Make-up Milestone Administration
    • MAP ELA Administration
  • Tuesday, 12/13, 6:00 – Board of Directors Meeting
  • 12/14 & 12/14 – MAP Math Administration
  • Thursday, 12/15 
    • A-Day Exams
    • 6:00 – Drama Performance
  • Friday, 12/16 – B-Day Exams
  • Saturday, 12/17, 11:00 am – The Villages of East Lake Annual Holiday Party [EA Cafeteria]
  • 1/3 & 1/4 – Professional Learning and Planning Days
  • Thursday, 1/5 – Semester 2 Begins


  • PTA Senior Academy Town Hall – Drew Charter School is committed to maintaining a spirit of excellence. It is important for us to check the pulse of our progress by getting meaningful feedback from our key stakeholders. With this in mind, we distributed a brief survey to parents/guardians last week.  Your responses will be used to help shape the dialogue in an upcoming Drew Charter School Town Hall Meeting on December 1, 2016.
  • Atlanta Public Schools and Achieve Atlanta present the “HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE” WORKSHOP SERIES – The sessions in this series are designed to help 9th-12th grade students and their parents learn the many ways to pay for college!  See full flyer here.
  • 20 Under 20 Nominations open for 2017 – 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 eight 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 9th annual 20 Under 20 will appear in our January 2017 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. 14. Please email your nominations to editor Collin Kelley at collin@atlantaintownpaper.com.

  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Student Leaders® program.  Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,300 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 9-14, 2017. 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 opened on October 31, 2016 with a deadline of January 27, 2017.  For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation or contact Terri S. Morton, Vice President, Community Relations Manager, Enterprise Business and Community Engagement, Bank of America at 404.607.6353 or terri.morton@bankofamerica.com.

  • Reminder Yearbook – The Charles R. Drew Charter School  2017 Yearbook is now available for sale!! This year’s book is a Signature Series Hardcover bound, PreK-12 (Drew’s FIRST graduating senior class), full color, 140 pages and is available for delivery 5/8/2017. Order yours TODAY for the lowest price possible!!  Sales will work as follows:

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