Week of March 27th, 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. . . 

  • The Drew Debate Team and Ms. Schaffer for finishing fourth at the Atlanta Urban Debate League State Championships.  Maddox Gates and Payton Gunner won 4th place in the Two-Person Policy Teams (out of 40 teams!) Maddox Gates – 10th place individual speaker award (out of 80 speakers!)
    • Team Members:
      • Maddox Gates
      • Payton Gunner
      • Alexis Gaines
      • Alvin Stewart
      • Terron Joiner
      • Aniya Ray
  • The following students who all scored superior at the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) spoken language contest at Cambridge High School on Saturday and to Ms. Might for serving as a judge.  Hundreds of students from across the metro area were interviewed and their proficiency was rated in the categories of notable, excellent and superior (the highest rating awarded).
    • Spanish I- Terron Joiner, Gary Sheppard
    • Spanish II- Jasmine Henderson, Niara Botchwey
    • Spanish III- Brooke Turpeau, Asia Foster
  • The College and Career Readiness Team for an impressive College Fair and a successful College & Career Week including the Senior Walk pictured above!
  • The junior class, Mr. Baker and Mr. Canney for all of their hard work with the juniors preparing for their play!
  • Ms. Desprez-Isbell for being a finalist for the Fulbright Distinguished Award in teaching!
  • Mr. Parker and his photography students’ contributions to the yearbook!
  • Ms. Akinyela, Mr. Harris, Dr. Morgan and Ms. Shuler-Davis for taking students to Kennesaw’s Holocaust Exhibit last Friday!
  • Ms. Keith, Ms. Mills and the office team for coordinating re-enrollment!


  • Monday, March 27 – A Day
    • Flex Time – Clubs
  • Tuesday, March 28th – B Day
    • 9:30-1:30 – Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Club Field Trip [Candlefish]
    • Flex Time – Advisory
  • Wednesday, March 29th – A Day
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
    • 3:30 – Soccer Early Dismissal
    • 4:00-6:00 – Taste of Drew Chemistry culminating PBL event [Cafeteria]
      • Tickets are $2 for this event, and all proceeds will be donated to the Atlanta Food Bank.  We would love for you to come out and support our students and this worthy cause.
  • Thursday, March 30th – B Day
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
    • 3:30 – Golf Early Dismissal
    • 6:00 – Spring Orchestra Concert [Theater]
  • Friday, March 31st – A Day
    • 1st Period – 4th Period classes will meet
    • 8:30 – Accuplacer Retest [Select juniors]
    • 1:30 – Students report to advisory
    • 2:00-4:00 – SGA Day of Play

Upcoming Events:

  • 4/11, 6:00 pm – First Semester Awards Night [Theater]
    • Students will receive invitations this week.
  • 4/13, 9:00-12:00 – Web Design Field Trip [Jeffrey Martin]
  • 4/14 –
    • 12:00 pm – Prom ticket distribution [Students must be in class until 12:00 in order to participate in Prom, but can be checked out at this time.]
    • Prom [433 Bishop Street]
  • 4/19, 4:30 – Beta Club Induction Ceremony [Theater]
  • 4/21 – Space is the New Place
  • 4/25 – US History Georgia Milestone Assessment
  • 4/27-4/28 – American Literature and Composition Georgia Milestone Assessment
  • 4/29 –
    • 5K and Health Fair at Drew
    • International Day
  • 5/1
    • Algebra 1 Georgia Milestone Assessment
    • AP Chemistry Exam
  • 5/2 –
    • Geometry Georgia Milestone Assessment
    • 8:00 –  AP Spanish Language Exam
    • 12:00 – AP Physics Exam
  • 5/3 and 5/4 – Ninth Grade Literature and Composition Georgia Milestone Assessment
  • 5/4, 8:00 – AP US Government and Politics Exam
  • 5/5 –
    • 8:00 – AP US History Exam
    • 1:00-6:00 – Day Parent Conferences
  • 5/9
    • 8:00 – AP Calculus Exam
    • 6:00 – Senior Awards Ceremony [Theater]
  • 5/10, 8:00 – AP English Language Exam
  • 5/11, 8:00 – AP World History Exam
  • 5/12
    • 8:00 – AP Human Geography Exam
    • 2:00-4:00 – College Decision Day [All students]
  • Saturday, 5/20, 4:00 pm – Graduation
  • Thursday, 5/25 – Last Day of School


  • Principal’s Coffee Materials – Last Tuesday we held our monthly Principal’s Coffee on the topic of extracurricular activities. The presentation for the coffee is available here.  We anticipate covering testing at our April Principal’s Coffee on April 18th.
  • Quarter 3 Progress Reports– Quarter 3 ended on March 13th and students’ progress reports will be mailed home 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.
  • 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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