Week of May 22nd, 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 Legacy Class of 2017, who graduated on Saturday! In case you missed it, APS has a stream of it here.
    • Jamilah El-Amin for singing the national anthem
    • Roland Blanding for providing the welcome
    • Salutatorian Zoe Andrews and Valedictorian Gloria Kitchens for their speeches
    • Tyler Sturdivant for winning the speech contest to present the keynote address
    • Harris’ dancers who performed
  • All faculty and staff for the love, time and energy they gave to our students this year!
  • All the legacy teachers and staff for the countless hours of work they’ve put into our seniors over the past four years, particularly our founding counselor, Ms. Kaney, and our founding teachers:
    • Ms. Colbert
    • Ms. Harris
    • Mr. McCullough
    • Mr. Sessoms
    • Ms. Ulbrich
    • Ms. White
  • Everyone who contributed to the graduation of the Legacy Class!  I would inevitably leave someone out, so I won’t name names here, but it was a tremendous team effort and ended up being a beautiful event!  
  • The boys and girls golf teams who are competing at the State Tournament! The boys are currently in 2nd and the girls are currently 6th place!
  • Mr. Myers & senior students for their help planning this week’s talent show & assembly!
  • The Senior Team for organizing the Senior Week activities!
  • Coach Tracy and the Eagle Nation Booster Club for organizing the SA Spring All-Sports Banquet last Tuesday night!
  • Ms. Davis for help in auditing Senior Transcripts!
  • Ms. Desprez for her work producing Drew’s first hardback yearbook for the Legacy Class!
  • Ms. Simmons & Mr. Baker for organizing the junior bowling trip!
  • The 9th grade team for the Girl Rising Symposium!
  • The chorus and Mr. Sessoms chorus for an excellent performance last week!


  • Monday, May 22nd – B Day
    • State Golf Tournament [Warner Robins]
    • 3rd Period – 3B Final Exam
    • Flex Time – Clubs
    • 4th Period – 4B Final Exam
  • Tuesday, May 23rd – A Day
    • State Golf Tournament [Warner Robins]
    • 3rd Period – 3A Final Exam
    • Flex Time – Advisory/Locker clean out
    • 4th Period – 4A Final Exam
  • Wednesday, May 24th – B Day
    • 1st Period – 1B Final Exam
    • 2nd Period – 2B Final Exam
    • 11:10-11:40 – Lunch all grades
    • 11:45 – Early Dismissal (More information available in this letter sent home with students last week)
    • 11:45-4:00 – Study Hall
  • Thursday, May 25th – A Day
    • Last Day of School
    • 1st Period – 1A Final Exam
    • 2nd Period – 2A Final Exam
    • 11:10-11:40 – Lunch all grades
    • 11:45 – Early Dismissal [All students must be picked up at this time.]

Upcoming Events:

  • 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:
    • Dance Teacher
    • Dean of Academics (K-12)
    • English Language Arts Teacher
    • JA College and Career Readiness Counselor
    • Literacy and ELA Instructional Coach [9-12]
    • Math Teacher
    • Social Studies Teacher
    • Special Education Teacher
  • 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/University Student Matriculating
Agnes Scott College Kamara West
Jacy Pippin
Kaya Wright
Alabama A&M University Arthur Gray
Elise Hill
Zianiyiaa McClendon
Albany State University Francine Dowdy
Alabama State University
Alcorn State University
Alleghany College
American University
Armstrong State University Biance Cox
Atlanta Metropolitan College Unrecay Pittman
Atlanta Technical College Jermawl Bolden
Auburn University
Austin Peay State University
Bard College Suprim Allah, Posse Scholar
Barry University
Bethune-Cookman University Caleb Smith, 5 Strong Scholar
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brenau University
Brandeis University Jaila Allen, Posse Scholar
Roland Blanding
Chattahoochee Technical College
Claflin University
Clark University
Clark Atlanta University
Clayton State University Justin Douglas
Clemson University
College of Coastal Georgia
Columbia University
Chattahoochee Technical College Kanesheia Neal
Cornell University Tyler Sturdivant
Davidson College
Dillard University
Drexel University Ezekiel Taylor
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elms College
Elon University
Emmanuel College
Emory University
Fisk University
Florida Institute of Technology
Fort Valley State University
Furman University
George Washington University Kendall Bean
Georgia State University Monterio Caldwell
Gerard Character
Yvette Pines
Nydia Milton
Tammarah Martin
Meto Reuven
Samuel Ridley
Jakayla Rachel
Kim Walker
Georgia College and State University Kierra Dennis
Georgia Institute of Technology Zora Ponder-Jones
Stephen Clemons
Georgia Southern University Jeffrey Barber
Grambling State University
Guilford College Kyia O’Neal
Howard University Jordan Grady
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Jackson State University
Jacksonville University Amunet McDonald
Johnson C. Smith University Cameron Hyman
Kennesaw State University Jajuan Harris
Christian Farmer
Langston University Jada Taylor, 5 Strong Scholar
Livingstone College
Louisiana State University
Lynn University
Macalester College
Mercer University Gabrielle Aldred
Kayla Anderson
Middle Tennessee State University
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College Jourdan Harris
Renaldo Clark
John Ali
North Carolina A&T University Tai Rivers
Kendall Moore
North Carolina Central University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Ohio State University
Oglethorpe University Katira Bloodsaw
James Washington
Paine College
Pitzer College Delshanee Martin
Pomona College
Savannah State University
Savannah College of Art & Design (Atlanta) Jalen Lovett
Solomon Simmons
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Shaw University Brandon Miller
South Carolina State University
Southern University at New Orleans Brandon Sykes
Spelman College
Stetson University
Stillman College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Tennessee Tech Michel Turpeau
Mikayla Carney
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 Zoe Andrews, Foundation Fellow
University of Memphis
University of Miami Kiara Davis
University of Kentucky
University of North Carolina, Asheville
University of Rochester
University of Virginia
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of the Virgin Islands
University of Tennessee
University of West Georgia Nyla McCord
Jordan Giles
Vanderbilt University Kinsley Ray
Valdosta State University Nia Riley
Washington and Jefferson College
Western Carolina University
Williams College
Wingate University
Winthrop University
Xavier University Louisiana
Yale University Alvin Winston

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