Week of January 23rd, 2017

Shout Outs!

  • Welcoming Kwaku Mensah, our full-time tutor from Georgia Tech!
  • To Mr. Harris, who is off to a great start with our sophomores!
  • To Ms. Simmons, for her Chemistry Cooks! Project!
  • To Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Ruffin for organizing the art field trip to the aquarium!
  • To Mr. Martin for starting to work with his students on Javascript!
  • To the InvenTeam in Ms. White’s Engineering Applications class, who were coding, building Arduino systems, marketing, accounting and engineering research, all in one class!
  • To Ms. Williams and the PBL Showcase Committee for all of the planning for the showcase this Wednesday!
  • To Ms. Davis for her work certifying transcripts for seniors!
  • To Mr. McCullough for advocating to get time with his senior advisees!
  • To Ms. Foster for her work helping organize and assist students at Atlanta Tech!
  • To Tyler Johnson for taking initiative to reach out to Bruster’s to plan a student activity!


  • Monday, January 23rd – A Day
    • Flex Time: Clubs
      • Juniors-ACT Prep
    • 5:30 – Varsity Basketball vs. Our Lady of Mercy  [Home]
  • Tuesday, January 24th – B Day
    • Flex Time: Advisory
      • Juniors-ACT Prep
    • 5:30 – Varsity Basketball vs. Eagle’s Landing Christian [Home]
  • Wednesday, January 25th – A Day
    • Flex Time: Extended Learning
      • Juniors-ACT Prep
      • Seniors-Community Forum [Theater]
    • 3:30 – All students not participating in the PBL Showcase are dismissed to go to lockers, return laptops and report to the gym
    • 5:30 – JV Basketball vs. Therrell [Away]
    • 4:00-6:00 – PBL Showcase
  • Thursday, January 26th – B Day
    • Flex Time: Extended Learning
      • Juniors-ACT Prep
    • 4:00 – Project ENGAGES Information Session [Rising Juniors – See Jan. 17th blog post for more information]
    • 4:30 – National Honor Society Induction [Theater]
  • Friday, January 27th – A Day
    • Flex Time –
      • Juniors-ACT Prep
      • Seniors-Advisory
      • All other grades-Free Friday
    • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. Greenforest [Away]


  • Saturday, 1/28 –
    • Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
    • 12:00 – JV Basketball vs. Atlanta International [Away]
    • 2:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. Atlanta International [Away]
  • Friday, 2/3 –
    • Mock ACT for juniors (8:00-12:00)
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences [Sign-up link forthcoming]
    • 6:00 – Senior Night: Varsity Basketball vs. Landmark
  • Saturday, 2/4
    • 9:00-5:00 – Atlanta Black College Expo [Cobb Calleria Centre – Students have received information about this from their college counselors]
    • 11:00 – PTA Summer Camp Expo [SA Cafeteria]
  • Feb. 6-10th – National School Counseling Week
  • Tuesday, 2/7 – Board of Directors Meeting
  • Wednesday, 2/8 – First Semester Awards Ceremony [Theater]
  • Thursday, 2/9 – Senior Parent Night
  • Monday, 2/13 – Prospective Parent Night [Rising Ninth Grade Families and New Enrollees – Theater]
  • Wednesday, 2/15 – InvenTeam Mid-Grant Review [Open to the Public – Theater]
  • Thursday, 2/16 – Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation
  • February 17-21st – Winter Break [No School]
  • Saturday, May 20th, 4:00 pm – Graduation Ceremony [Drew Charter School Gymnasium]
  • June 6-17th – Summer BRIDGE Program for rising ninth grade students [Georgia Tech]


  • Principal’s Coffee Materials – This past Tuesday we held our month Principal’s Coffee and discussed our College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) score.  The presentation from the coffee is available here.  Our next coffee will be held on Tuesday February 28th, not February 21st as previously advertised [we will be out of school that day.]  The topic for that coffee will be our mathematics initiatives.
  • Reminder: Parent Committee Members – Parents/guardians, we need your help with several of our committees listed below.  If you are interested in working with a team of staff members on any of these initiatives, please complete the survey link here.  Committees will generally meet every third Monday at 4:15 pm.
    • Awards Ceremonies
    • Prom
    • School Culture, Spirit and Discipline
    • Staff Culture/Sunshine
  • Reminder: MyPaymentsPlus – We are excited to announce a new way to pay for student dues, yearbooks, field trips and other expenses.  MyPaymentsPlus allows parents/guardians to pay for these obligations online via credit card.  More information about the program and how to register are available in this flyer.
  • 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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