Week of August 14th, 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.

Senior Academy Priorities for the Year

  1. A school where character and school culture are developed through positive relationships with students, parents, staff and the community.
  2. A school where we facilitate high quality STEAM/PBL learning, and everyone understands how these principles and practices prepare students for postsecondary success.
  3. A school that supports all students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth and understands how these elements impact learning and development.

Shout-outs to:

  • All of the alumni from the Legacy Class who have been coming by to say goodbye before they head off to college! Good luck and keep in touch! [See picture above of Nia Riley and Kiara Rowland in their dorm room at Valdosta State]
  • Ms. Davis, Mr. Richardson and Ms. Mills for all of their efforts with scheduling!
  • Ms. Desprez-Isbell and Ms. McKenzie for all their work ensuring MAP test administration and make-ups went smoothly!
  • The varsity volleyball teams for their victory over KIPP Atlanta Collegiate this past week!


WEEK 4 – 8/14-8/19

8/14 : B Day

  • Flex Time – Clubs: B-Week

8/15 :  A Day

  • Flex Time – Extended Learning

8/16 :  B Day

  • Flex Time – Advisory
  • 4:30-6:30 – Drew Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • 5:30 – Softball vs. Langston Hughes [Home – Southside Park]

8/17 :  A Day

  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • 4:00 – PTA: Parent Gathering [Formerly Principal’s Coffee – Eva Davis Board Room]
  • 6:00
    • PTA General Body Meeting [Theater]
    • JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Decatur/Maynard Jackson [Decatur HS]

8/18 :  B Day

  • Flex Time – Advisory/Free Friday
  • 4:30 – Softball @ The Weber School


  • 10:00-1:30 – 4th Annual Band Booster Pool Party [See flyer – YMCA Teen Center Pool, 1765 Memorial Drive]
  • Senior Make-Up Pictures [See flyer for how to set up an appointment and order form]
    • This is the last opportunity for students to take their pictures and appear in the senior section of the yearbook!

Upcoming Events:

  • 8/21
    • 1:30-3:00 – Solar Eclipse [See flyer for details]
    • 5:30 – Softball @ Banneker
  • 8/22, 5:00 – JV/Varsity Volleyball @ Douglass
  • 8/23, 5:30 – Softball @ St. Francis
  • 8/24, 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball @ St. Francis/Cherokee
  • 8/25 –
    • Blazer Day for Students
    • 1:00-6:00 – Half Day for Parent Conferences (Logistics TBA)
  • 8/30 – Cross Country Meet @Grant Park
  • 9/4 – Labor Day


  • State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council – State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his 2017-2018 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools.
    • Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public middle or high school for the 2017-18 school year. To apply:
    • High school students will meet October 4, January 18, April 11.
    • “The Student Advisory Council is an absolutely invaluable resource for the Georgia Department of Education team as we make decisions that impact students and classrooms,” Superintendent Woods said. “Nothing can replace the opportunity to hear directly from students about their experience in Georgia’s public schools and what we can improve. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with this year’s Student Advisory Council members.”
  • Free and Reduced Lunch – Unfortunately, in contrast to previous years, breakfast and lunch are no longer free for all students.  Breakfast now costs $0.75 and lunch costs $2.50.  Students can bring cash, but we would prefer for students either to qualify for free/reduced lunch or for families to pre-pay.  Links to both options are included below.
    • Click here to submit a Lunch Application.  Paper applications are also available in the main office. (Please submit an application, even if your student does not eat school lunch or if you do not anticipate qualifying for free or reduced lunch.  It is important for the school to have 100% participation with this process.)
    • Click here to pre-pay for student meals
  • Infinite Campus Parent Portal Access – Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades through the Parent Portal which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, the Parent Portal enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.  Parents can sign up using the directions available here.  Please note that in contrast to last year, students’ grades will be recorded in Infinite Campus, instead of Blackboard.  Parent/guardians can secure their own log-in using the link above.
  • MyPaymentsPlus – In order to make paying for dues, field trips and other fees easier and to limit the use of cash, we have enabled online payments by credit card and bank account through MyPaymentsPlus.  Information to register is available on this flyer.
  • Dues – We need to collect class dues in order to fund many of the cultural events that our students enjoy.  Payment of class dues includes access to Midnight Madness and SGA Day of Play as well as a class T-Shirt and participation in other grade-level specific activities
    • Freshman and Sophomore – $30
    • Junior – $200 – Includes participation in prom both junior and senior years
    • Senior – $160
      • Senior dues have been reduced by $40 to help reduce the overall cost to students and families.
      • Please note that students will still need to purchase their cap, gown, tassel and stole which we expect to cost approximately $65.
      • See new flyer for additional information
  • Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) – Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society.  Student applications, additional information and directions for application can be accessed here.  Applications are due to Mrs. Isbell (formerly Ms. Desprez) by August 31st.
  • Spirit Wear – We are excited to announce a Free Logo Promotion with Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms now through August 14th, 2017!  You can add our school logo for FREE! No promotion code is needed.  The free logo price will automatically be reflected on our Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms website! Please see the attached flyer for details.


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