Week of April 17th, 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 Boys and Girls Tennis Teams, Coach Keys, Coach Lowe and Coach Cogdell for winning the region on Thursday!  Two more banners for the gym!
  • To all of the students who received awards last Tuesday night and to the Awards Committee for all their hard work collecting the awards and putting together the ceremony!
  • Mr. Baker, the Acting I class, the prom committee and all of the staff who helped plan and stage Prom Friday night [see picture above]!
  • Ms. Jackson for inviting a Delta pilot to come in as an authentic audience for her current project on flight plans!
  • Mr. Martin for the business plans his students are developing to improve the school and for the technology firms he has invited to come in and hear their pitches!
  • Ms. Hood for an interesting and engaging lab on using blow flies to gauge time of death in Forensic Science!
  • Ms. White for working with local coffee shops to be clients for her Fundamentals of Engineering students who are designing chairs!
  • Ms. Williams for really excellent 6th grade performance of Juvie on Friday and to Ms. Murray for partnering with Ms. Williams to have her students present on the privatization of the criminal justice system in conjunction with the performance!



  • Monday, April 17th – A Day
    • 9:00 – Students depart for the Region Track Meet
    • Flex Time – Clubs
  • Tuesday, April 18th – B Day
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 4:30-5:30 – SA Principal’s Coffee: Testing Update [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Wednesday, April 19th – A Day
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
      • 9th Grade Community Forum
    • 4:30 – Beta Club Induction Ceremony [Theater]
    • 5:30-7:30 – Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A Glenwood Place for Peru trip [10% of proceeds go to Drew if you mention the school]
  • Thursday, April 20th – B Day
    • 3:00 – Golf Early Dismissal
    • 6:00 –
      • Orchestra Composer Concert
      • Spring PTA General Body Meeting & Family Dinner Night [EA Cafeteria]
        • 2017-2018 PTA officer elections
        • Calendar of our fun end-of-year PTA family events
        • Special speaker, Delshanee Martin, a Drew Charter School Senior Academy Student, about her experience at Drew Charter School, how she has benefited as a Senior Academy student from the programs of the Drew PTA, her amazing plans for college, and her upcoming travel through Drew Charter Schools partner, the East Lake Family YMCA.
  • Friday, April 21st – A Day
    • Flex Time: Free Friday
      • 12th Grade Community Forum
    • 3:30 – Soccer Early Dismissal
    • 8:00 – Space is the New Place: FloW [3rd Floor Balcony – This is a performance-based STEAM event co-directed by Tambra Harris and Jeff Mather to promote Earth-friendly habits)
  • Saturday, April 22nd, 9:00-12:00 – Saturday School: Algebra I and AP Human Geography


Upcoming Events:

  • 4/24-4/28 – Administrative Professionals Week
    • 4/26 – Administrative Professionals Day
  • 4/25 –
    • US History Milestone
    • 7:00 – Spring Harp Concert
  • 4/27 – American Lit Milestone Part 1
  • 4/28 – American Lit Milestone Part 2
  • 4/29 –
    • 5K and Health Fair at Drew
    • International Day
  • 12:00-3:00 – Mock AP World History Exam
  • 5/1-5/5 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/1
    • Algebra 1 Georgia Milestone Assessment
    • AP Chemistry Exam
  • 5/2 –
    • Teacher Appreciation Day
    • Geometry Georgia Milestone Assessment
    • 8:00 –  AP Spanish Language Exam
    • 12:00 – AP Physics Exam
  • 5/3 – 9th Grade Lit Milestone Part 1
  • 5/4
    • 9th Grade Lit Milestone Part 2
    • AP US Government and Politics Exam
    • Flex Time – Male and Female Mentoring Programming
  • 5/5 –
    • 8:00 – AP US History Exam
    • 1:00-6:00 – Day Parent Conferences
  • 5/9-
    • Milestone Make-Up Administration
    • 8:00 – AP Calculus Exam
    • 6:00 – Senior Awards Ceremony [Location TBD]
  • 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 [Gym – All students]
  • Saturday, 5/20, 4:00 pm – Graduation
  • Thursday, 5/25 – Last Day of School
  • June 6-17th – Summer BRIDGE Program for rising ninth grade students [Georgia Tech – Application]


  • 2017-2018 Staff Positions – We are currently looking to fill/add the following positions for next school year. If you know of qualified applicants, please encourage them to apply on the Drew website:
    • Dean of Academics (K-12)
    • Dance Teacher
    • English Language Arts Teacher
    • JA College and Career Readiness Counselor
    • Social Studies Teacher
    • Special Education Teacher
  • Test-Out Option – As provided for in State Board Education Rule 160-5-1-.15, Atlanta Public Schools would like to provide students with the opportunity to “test-out” of any course for which there is an associated End-of-Course (EOC) assessment and earn credit for the course through this process. The following lists the minimum student eligibility requirements for the “test-out” opportunity.
    • The student has never been enrolled in the course,
    • The student must have earned a minimum numerical grade of 80 in a prerequisite course in the same content area as the selected EOC test,
    • The student must receive recommendations from the student’s school counselor AND teacher of the same content area for which the student is attempting the EOC, and
    • The student must receive parent/guardian permission if the student is less than 18 years of age. Students 18 or over and emancipated minor students may complete the permission form themselves.

Students who score at the “Distinguished” level for the test-out will receive an elective unit of credit, and the score on the EOC test will appear on the student’s transcript. The test-out credit will not be factored into the student’s grade-point average (GPA). The student will still be required to fulfill the APS graduation requirements and must pay a test fee of $50.00 to their schools before taking each EOC test test-out attempt. For additional information, please contact your school’s test coordinator, Kendrick Myers, at 470-355-1200 ext. 1015

  • Prom Picture Order FormLink
  • Graduation Picture Order FormLink
  • 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:


College Acceptances Student Matriculating
Agnes Scott College Kamara West
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Alleghany College
American University
Armstrong State University
Auburn University
Austin Peay State University
Bard College Suprim Allah, Posse Scholar
Barry University
Bethune-Cookman University
Birmingham-Southern College
Bowdoin College
Brenau University
Brandeis University Jaila Allen, Posse Scholar
Claflin University
Clark University
Clark Atlanta University
Clemson University
College of Coastal Georgia
Cornell University
Davidson College
Dillard University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Emory University
Fisk Univeristy
Florida Institute of Technology
Fort Valley State University
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgia State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Grambling State University
Guilford College
Howard University
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Jackson State University
Jacksonville State University
Johnson C. Smith University
Kennesaw State University
Livingstone College
Louisiana State University
Macalester College
Mercer University
Middle Tennessee State University
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
North Carolina A &T
North Carolina Central University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Ohio State University
Oglethorpe University
Pitzer College Delshanee Martin
Pomona College
Savannah State University
Savannah College of Art & Design
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Shaw University
Spelman College
Stetson University
Syracuse University
Temple University
Tennessee Tech
Tennessee State University
Texas Christian University
Thomas University
Tufts University Gloria Kitchens
Tuskegee University Simone Obleton
University of Alabama
University of Alabama, Birmingham
University of Cincinnati
University of Central Florida
University of Georgia
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Kentucky
University of Rochester
University of Virginia
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of Tennessee
University of West Georgia Nyla McCord
Vanderbilt University
Valdosta State University
Washington and Jefferson College
Western Carolina University
Wingate University
Xavier University Louisiana
Yale University
Williams College


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