Week of November 6th

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:

  • To all of the students, staff, parents and partners from last year who helped increase our College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) score from 79.7 in 2016 to 91.5 in 2017!  We are now second in the district, only 0.4 points behind Carver Early College!
  • Nia Anderson who is the Eta Omega Chapter’s winner in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s International Essay Contest!
  • The Senior Peer Leaders for facilitating a meeting with Ninth Grade Advisors to better coordinate their sessions with ninth grade students and to Mr. Martin and Ms. Schaffer for their continued support of the Senior Peer Leaders!
  • The Senior Academy Math Mentors and Ms. Krachman for taking time to work with JA students to improve their math skills (see picture above)!
  • Ms. Weaver, Ms. Davis and Mr. Richardson for their work to restructure parent conferences to better meet the needs of students, parents, and teachers!  
  • Ms. Isbell for taking eight students to a varsity math competition in Rockdale last Saturday!
  • Ms. Klein for setting up opportunities for students to practice their presentations and receive feedback for PBL night in front of other grade levels!
  • Ms. Schaffer and Mr. Copp for orchestrating a presentation to the 11th graders on the Jim Crow Era made by Mr. Elliott Robinson!
  • Ms. Woods for leading the first Gifted Student Session during clubs this past week!
  • Ms. Stinson for organizing the Accuplacer administration for juniors for Early College!
  • Ms. Davis and the 9th Grade Team for getting 100% of ninth graders to complete the College and Work Readiness Assessment!
  • Ms. Mason, Ms. Young and Ms. Herman for their continued support of students applying for scholarships!
  • UPCOMING STUDENT BIRTHDAYS Notification for Advisory (Grade, Name, DOB)
    • Kira Clark Nov 5
    • Brionne Triplett Nov 6
    • Savion Wittingham Nov 6
    • Shakari Floyd Nov 7
    • Solomon Dobbs Nov 8
    • Jarvis Frazier Nov 8
    • Hasan Armour Nov 10
    • Jaden Coley Nov 11

 

Calendar:

WEEKS 16 ~ (11/06-11/11)
11/06 | Monday | “B” Day

  • 12:00-2:00 – Drew Board of Directors Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Flex Time – B-Week Clubs
  • 3:30-5:30 – Coronation Practice [Theater]
  • 6:00 – Band Booster Club Meeting [Mr. Doran’s Conference Room]
11/07 | Tuesday | “A” Day

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning
    • Book Buddies
11/08 | Wednesday | “B” Day [Blazer Day]

  • Flex Time (1:30-3:00) – Homecoming Coronation
    • 11th and 12th graders report directly to auditorium after lunch
    • 1:33 – 9th grade reports to auditorium
    • 1:35 – 10th grade reports to auditorium
  • 4:00-6:00 – PBL Showcase
  • 6:30-8:30 – Drew’s Got Talent [6-12th Grade – Theater]
11/09 | Thursday |  “A” Day

  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • 6:00-8:00 – Soaring: 6th Annual Community Art Exhibit, Silent Auction and Pop Up Shop [Namaste Yoga Indigo Spa: 2033 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE]
11/10 | Friday | “B” Day

  • Flex Time – Dance be-CAUSE Assembly [Theater]
  • 2:25 – Advisory
  • 2:50 – Seniors report to the gym
  • 2:52 – Juniors report to the gym
  • 2:54 – Sophomores report to the gym
  • 2:56 – Freshman report to the gym
  • 3:00-4:00 – Homecoming Pep Rally [Gym]
11/11 | Saturday

  • One Act State Championship [First Presbyterian Day School – Macon, GA]
  • Atlanta Urban Debate Tournament [Drew]
  • Vex Robotics Competition
  • 4:30 – Varsity Girls Basketball @ West Forsyth

Upcoming Events:

  • 11/13-11/17 – Homecoming Week
    • 11/13
      • Homecoming Decades Day –
        • 10th & 12th – 90s
        • 9th & 11th – 80s
      • Flex Time – Homecoming: Pitch Perfect Sign Off
    • 11/14
      • Homecoming Sports Day
      • Flex Time – PBL Lab Decoration Time
      • 2:45-6:00 – Junior Mock ACT Exam
    • 11/15
      • Homecoming Character Day
      • Flex Time – Grade Level Olympics
      • 4:30 – Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting
      • 5:30 – JV Basketball Game vs. Grady [Home]
    • 11/16
      • Homecoming Twin Day
      • 8:15-9:30 – Third Thursday SA PTA Parent Gatherings [Eva Davis Board Room]
      • Flex Time – PBL Lab Decoration Time
      • 6:00 – PTA Family Giving Night & Eagle Giving Tree Kick Off [EA Cafeteria]
    • 11/17
      • Homecoming Color Wars
      • 1st Period – 4th Period classes meet
      • 4th Period – Homecoming Pep Rally
      • 6:00 – Homecoming Basketball Game vs. Maynard Jackson [Home]
  • 11/18, 7:00-10:30 – Homecoming Dance [Cafeteria]
  • 11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/27 – B-Week Clubs
  • 11/28, 11:00-1:00 – Peru Trip Club Field Trip [Las Brasas]
  • 5/19, 4:00 pm – Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony [Main Gym]
  • June 4-15th – Summer Bridge Program for rising ninth grade students [Georgia Tech]

Announcements:

  • Parent Conference Day Information – This past Friday we shifted the format for our Parent Conference Day to include two general grade-level sessions at 1:00 and 5:00.  These sessions included information from each grade-level teacher as well as limited information from the pathway teachers.  In the event that you could not attend, that information is available here.
  • Title I Parent Compacts – Each year, as part of the Title I process, we revise and circulate compacts that outline the agreements between families, students, staff and the school.  It is important that all families review these compacts, sign and return them.  Hard copies will be distributed to students, but I have also linked an electronic copy here.  Students should return these to their advisory teacher by Friday, November 10th.
  • People’s Institute for Survival and BeyondAs Drew Charter School grows within the expanding East Lake community, it would be great to have a shared language around racism and institutional oppression.  Our school community could be yet another example for other developing school communities who are following the Drew model across the country.  This time we would be demonstrating how to effectively face inevitable conversations around race and place in our school and community at large. Here is the link to the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond http://www.pisab.org/workshops.  
    • Next Event: Friday, November 10, 2017 – Sunday, November 12, 2017
      Atlanta People’s Organizing Committee, Atlanta, GA
    • Point of Contact: Kanika Murphy | taylor_kanika@yahoo.com
  • Conflicting Cells: A Conscious Chemistry Art Show Exploring the Use of Conflict Minerals in Technology ProductsThe General Chemistry class is proud to present to you, “Conflicting Cells: A Conscious Chemistry Art Show Exploring the Use of Conflict Minerals in Technology Products.” Join us on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm. We ask that you bring your old electronics to be recycled. All that recycle will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift card.  We look forward to seeing you there!
  • PTA Poinsettia FundraiserORDER HERE in the PTA’s Online Store Grown in a local nursery, these red poinsettias arrive in a choice of 3 sizes: 6-inch pot, 8-inch pot, or 10-inch pot.  The live plants will arrive wrapped in a plastic sleeve to ensure high quality.  The flowers will be delivered to the school the week after Thanksgiving Break.
  • Reminder: PTA Parent GatheringsOn October 19th we hosted our third PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering.  Thank you to Mr. Doug Ammar from the Georgia Justice Project for presenting.  

These gatherings will occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The next Parent Gathering will be held at 8:15 am on Thursday, November 16th in the Eva Davis Board Room.  This month’s topic will be STANDARDIZED TESTING PREPARATION. Drew Charter School partners with Applerouth Tutoring Services to provide support for Drew students as they prepare for college admissions testing. A representative from Applerouth will present in order to help provide updated information on college admissions testing. We will receive testing updates, best practices, testing resources, and information regarding Drew’s partnership with Applerouth.

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  • PTA Eagle Giving Tree Kick-Off Dinner – Join the Drew PTA for our Fall Family Dinner Night and 2017 Eagle Giving Tree Kick-Off on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Elementary Academy Cafeteria.  Dinner is $5 per plate.  Purchase advanced tickets at our ONLINE STORE. We encourage buying your tickets early so we can ensure that we have the right amount of food.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door as well.  Dinner includes a choice of vegetarian or meat pasta dish, vegetables, bread, and water or lemonade.  Kid-friendly crafts and local kid-centered organizations will be on hand as well!  The Drew PTA is excited to Kick-Off its 2017 Eagle Giving Tree program. Pick an eagle ornament from our tree, purchase the gift listed on it, and donate it so that all of our Drew students have a happy holiday!

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