Week of March 20th, 2017

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential. 

Shout Outs to. . .

  • To Ms. Harris who was featured with Giwayen Mata, Atlanta’s all-female African drum and dance troupe, on NBC’s First Look available here (scroll to 11:15)!
  • Ms. Bryant, Ms. White and all those who helped make STEAM Day & Design-O-Rama happen!
  • The CCR Team & Band for getting parents psyched for College & Career Week on Friday Morning!
  • Mr. McCullough & Ms. Allen who attended the Southern Conference on Language Teaching this past week!
  • Mr. Canney & Mr. Baker who have put in endless hours toward this week’s play!
  • Ms. Foster, Ms. Manwell, and Ms. Jackson for putting together the Senior Lunch Jam on Friday!
  • Ms. Might for organizing the Spanish field trip to the zoo on Tuesday so that students could practice listening by taking a tour in Spanish!
  • The Math Department for celebrating Pi Day on Tuesday!
  • Mr. Martin, who graduated from the Civic Innovation Fellowship on Thursday!
  • Mr. Canney for bringing his AP English Language students up on Saturday to take a mock exam!
  • Ms. Jackson for running AP Calculus tutorial on Saturday!
  • Ms. Young for chaperoning the students who attended the SACAC Mini-Camp on Saturday!


  • All Week:
    • College and Career Week
    • Senior Academy Re-Enrollment
  • Monday, March 20th, B-Day: Professional Attire
    • 1:00-2:00 – College Rep Luncheon
    • Flex Time – Students report to Advisory and have a stagger dismissal to the College Fair
    • 2:00-4:00 – Drew College Fair
    • 4:15-5:00 – Committee Meetings
  • Tuesday, March 21st, A-Day: Study Day (Sweats and comfy clothes)
    • 10:00 – 9th Grade Online Milestone Simulation
    • Flex Time – Advisory: Scholarship Academy Workshop & Dream College Advisory Lesson
    • 3:30 – JV Baseball Early Dismissal
    • 4:30-5:30 – SA Principal’s Coffee: Extracurricular Activities
  • Wednesday, March 22nd, B-Day: Cradle to College (Dress like a kid)
    • Flex Time – Drew Teacher College Talent Show
    • 4th Period – Juniors prep for their performance
    • 4:00- 6:00 – Quarter 3 PBL Showcase: 11th Grade LIT (Literature in Theater) Performance [Theater]
  • Thursday, March 23rd, A-Day:  College Shirt Day
    • Flex Time – Advisory: Scholarship Academy Workshop & Dream College Advisory Lesson
  • Friday, March 24th, B-Day: Spirit Day
    • 8:30-10:00 – CCR Parent Coffee
    • 1:30-3:00 – Senior College Walk
      • 1:30 – Students report to Advisory
      • Families and community members are encouraged to come line the drive down from the upper campus to the Elementary Academy.
    • 4th Period
      • May start a few minutes late
      • Seniors will not attend 4th period
    • 6:30-10:30 – PTA Silent Auction [Zaban Recreation Center at East Lake Park]
    • 6:45 – 5:1 LIT (Literature in Theater) Performance [Theater]
  • Saturday, March 25th
    • 8:00-12:00 – SA Re-Enrollment
    • 9:00-1:00 – Saturday School: Algebra 1
    • 6:45 – 5:1 LIT (Literature in Theater) Performance [Theater]

Upcoming Events:

  • 3/29, 6:00 – Taste of Drew [Cafeteria]
  • 3/30, 6:00 – Spring Orchestra Concert
  • 3/31, 2:00-4:00 – SGA Day of Play
  • 4/3-4/7 – Spring Break
  • 4/11, 6:00 pm – First Semester Awards Night [Theater]
  • 4/13, 9:30-12:00 – Web Design Field Trip [Atlanta Tech Village]
  • 4/14 – Prom
  • 4/21 – Space is the New Place
  • 4/24-5/12 – Milestone Assessments and AP Exams: Please be careful about scheduling student absences during this time
  • 4/29 –
    • 5K and Health Fair at Drew
    • International Day [See flyer below]
  • 5/9, 6:00 – Senior Awards Ceremony
  • 5/12, 2:00-4:00 – College Signing Day
  • Saturday, 5/20, 4:00 pm – Graduation
  • June 6-17th – Summer BRIDGE Program for rising ninth grade students [Georgia Tech – Flyer]


  • Re-Enrollment – Please do not forget to come in and re-enroll your student this week. We have continued to work to make this process as efficient as possible and will offer the opportunity for families to pay their students’ dues on-line as part of the re-enrollment process this year.
  • Quarter 3 Progress Reports – Quarter 3 ended last Monday and students will be given progress reports this week. These grades will not post to students’ transcripts, but are an important indicator of their progress.  Please review your student’s progress report with them and contact teachers and your student’s counselor if you have questions.
  • Ron Brown Scholar Program: Summer STEM Scholars (S3) Program – “We are looking for African American current 9th and 10th graders with strong math and science scores to participate in the Summer STEM Scholars Program.  We will pay tuition, room, board and fees for those students to attend a math camp this summer to help them to develop their STEM research skills.  They will also receive mentorship and support developing a STEM research project after the math camp ends.  The students will then work individually or in teams to submit their research project into a national science competition.  They need not win it.  Our goal is to work with these students over time to improve the representation of African American students in STEM research fields and science competitions.   I’ve attached the application to give you more details.  Disregard the deadline listed on the app.  We’ve also waived the Abstract Requirement of the application. Students will be given a full-tuition stipend to participate in the MathWorks honors math camp at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX — one of the very best math and research training programs for high school learners in the country.  Founded roughly 30 years ago, MathWorks has produced a Fields medalist, world class researchers and a MacArthur Genius Award recipient.  The camp runs from June 18th to July 29th.”

Kiya Jones
Program Associate
Ron Brown Scholar Program
1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 206
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: 434-964-1588
Fax: 434-964-1589

  • 21st Century Leaders Summer Programs – “Applications are open now for the 21CL 2017 summer leadership institutes. We want to extend a friendly invitation to other young leaders in your network who may be interested in expanding their leadership opportunities among like-minded students while learning directly from industry professionals and corporate volunteers.  Any rising sophomore, rising junior or rising senior at a high school in Georgia is eligible, so feel welcome to share this information and encourage candidates to complete the application online. *Be aware that the application period for SYLI and TVYMI closes Feb. 28. EarthCare applications are available until March 26.  You can learn more about each program here and see the attached flyer. There are three different programs with focuses on media, environment and business.”
  • US Naval Academy Summer STEM Camp – “The USNA Summer STEM Camp for rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders.  Campers live on the ‘Yard’ (what we call our campus), engage in hands-on math and science activities with our faculty and their Midshipman counselors, take an all-day field trip to Washington DC to visit the Smithsonian, and work with kids from all over the US. It’s a great opportunity and I just don’t think many students are aware that it exists. There is a tuition cost (which includes local transportation to/from the airport, field trips, lodging, meals and gear), but there are need-based scholarships for tuition and/or travel to Maryland. We have a more intensive program (Naval Academy Summer Seminar) for rising 12th graders who are seriously considering applying to a service academy.”
  • Reminder: Georgia Parent Survey – The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet.  All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.
  • 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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