Week of November 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.

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:

  • Senior Rodderick Hardness for winning best actor for the A classification at the One-Act State Championship!
  • Sophomore Jamilah El-Amin, who, for the first time in school history, will represent Drew Charter School at All-State Chorus!
  • Ariana Cason and Chris Smith for being elected Mr. and Ms. Drew for our 2017 Homecoming [see picture]!
  • The following students for moving on to the state level competitions for the Governor’s Honors Program:
    • Daisha Thornton- Engineering
    • Kim Nguyen- Math
    • Niara Botchwey- Science
    • Bryce Zelazoski- Theater
  • Orchestra students participated in Georgia Music Educators Association’s Solo & Ensemble Festival for District V on Saturday, November 11th at Riverwood High School.  Please congratulate the following students that earned SUPERIOR and EXCELLENT ratings on their performances:
    • Keiarra Bray
    • Tyler Roberts
    • Kenyetta Akowa
    • Autumn Linsey
    • Nya Foster
    • Eboni Todd
  • The Debate Team for finishing fourth in the Atlanta Urban Debate League tournament hosted at Drew!
  • Each of the grade-levels for getting into decorating their PBL labs for Homecoming!
  • Mr. Baker, Mr. Canney and Dr. Morgan for their classes who put on an excellent robot puppet show at Barnes and Noble before Thanksgiving!
  • Ms. Simmons and the Homecoming Committee for organizing all of the Homecoming events including multiple pep rallies, coronation, the royal breakfast, spirit competition, basketball game and dance!
  • The CCR and Junior Teams for coordinating the Mock ACT on Tuesday before break!
  • The JV Basketball Team for beating Grady, particularly Jalon McCurty who hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game!
  • Ms. McGee and Mrs. Weaver (formerly Ms. Kaney) for organizing Applerouth to come present on college admissions tests at the SA PTA Parent Gathering yesterday [see more info below]!
  • Dr. Botchwey for continuing to help us video conference and record our PTA Parent Gatherings!
  • Mr. Myers for arranging for Tommy Hilfiger to come to the Parent Gathering to present uniform options and seek parent feedback!
    • Mills, Kyna 11 – 24
    • Parker, Kevin 11 – 24
    • Sharai Tarpley Nov 20
    • Keiarra Bray Nov 21
    • Cydney Taylor Nov 21
    • Deanna Baker Nov 24
    • Jabari Freeman Nov 25
    • Saniya Harrigan Nov 25
    • Nicholas Smith Nov 25
    • Trinitee Richards Nov 26
    • Ayana Barnes Nov 27
    • Justin Head Nov 27
    • Maya Smith Nov 27
    • Joseph Harris Nov 28
    • Taneka Jones Nov 28
    • Darryn Waters Nov 28
    • Brianne Moran Nov 29
    • Sydney Berenson Nov 30
    • Lorenzo Jones Nov 30
    • Mahogany Simmons Nov 30


Week (18 & 19): (11/20 – 12/02)
11/27 | Monday | “B” Day

  • Flex Time –
    • B-Week Clubs
    • Gifted Student Meeting
11/28 | Tuesday | “A” Day

  • Sophomore College Trip [AUC and Oglethorpe]
  • 11:00-1:00 – Peru Trip Club Field Trip [Las Brasas]
  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • 5:30 – Varsity Basketball @ WD Mohammed
11/29 | Wednesday | “B” Day

  • Flex Time – Advisory
  • 4:00-7:30 – The Scholarship Academy Scholarship Fair
  • 5:30 – JV Basketball @ Carver
11/30 | Thursday |  “A” Day

  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
12/01 | Friday | “B” Day

  • JA/SA Science and Engineering Fair
  • 8:00-9:30 – Chorus Field Trip [In-School]
  • Flex Time – Free Friday
  • 6:00 – Varsity Boys Basketball @ Fulton Leadership
12/02 | Saturday

  • SAT
  • 10:00 – JV Basketball vs. KIPP Atlanta Collegiate [Home]
  • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball @ Maynard Jackson

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 12/4-12/9
    • 12/4
      • A-Week Clubs
      • 6:00 – Monthly Band Booster Club Meeting [Upper Campus Conference Room]
    • 12/5
      • GSU Early College Final Exams
      • 9:30-12:30 – Fiber Arts Field Trip
      • Flex Time – SA Chorus Rehearsal
      • 5:30 – Varsity Basketball @ Elite Scholars Academy
      • 6:30 – EA/JA/SA Chorus Concert including music from Charlie Brown’s Holiday [Theater]
    • 12/6
      • GSU Early College Final Exams
      • 4:30 – Talent Development Committee
      • 5:30 – JV Basketball @ South Atlanta
    • 12/7
      • GSU Early College Final Exams
      • JA/SA Science and Engineering Fair
      • Flex Time – ACC Street Law Program (9th Grade)
      • 6:30 – Harp Concert [Theater]
    • 12/8
      • GSU Early College Final Exams
      • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs. Strong Rock [Home]
    • 12/9
      • ACT
      • Vex Robotics
      • 4:30 – Varsity Basketball @ Miller Grove
  • Week of 12/11-12/16
    • 12/11
      • GSU Early College Final Exams
      • Flex Time – B-Week Clubs
      • 6:00 – Prospective Parent Night for Rising 9th Graders
    • 12/12
      • Economics Milestone Administration [Selected Seniors]
      • GSU Early College Final Exams
  • Week of 12/18-12/22
    • 12/18, Flex Time – A-Week Clubs
    • 12/19
      • B-Day Midterm Exams
      • 6:30 – JA/SA Band Concert [Theater]
    • 12/20
      • Last day of Semester 1
      • A-Day Midterm Exams
  • Saturday, February 3rd, 10:00-1:00 – PTA’s 4th Annual Summer Expo for Programs serving ALL ages, in ALL areas of interest, in ALL price ranges [ Upper Campus Cafeteria]
  • May 19th, 4:00 pm – Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony [Main Gym]
  • June 4-15th – Summer Bridge Program for rising ninth grade students [Georgia Tech]










  • PTA Parent Gatherings – On November 16th we hosted our fourth PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering.  Thank you to Mr. Marshall Findlay from Applerouth for presenting (a copy of his presentation is linked here) These gatherings will occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  There will not be a Parent Gathering in December.  The next Parent Gathering will be held at 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 18th in the Eva Davis Board Room.

Click Here to Become a PTA Member

  • 2017 PTA Eagle Giving Tree – Help all our Drew Families have a happy holiday!  Donate a gift to a child at Drew Charter School this season.  Donation Options:
    • IN PERSON by visiting the Eagle Giving Tree in the Elementary Academy Lobby, or ONLINE HERE.
    • Return the purchased gift requested, unwrapped, to the Elementary Academy Lobby Friday, December 8 between 7:45 a.m. and 6:00
  • Drew Charter PTA Nominating Committee Members Needed – The Nominating Committee Election will be held on January 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the PTA General Body Meeting.  The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the PTA. The members of the committee have a tremendous influence on the future of the PTA and should be selected carefully. The Drew Charter PTA Nominating Committee will be elected on January 25, 2018 and will spend the two months after that identifying and vetting qualified individuals who the Nominating Committee will recommend become our elected PTA Executive Board for the 2018-2019 school year.  Nominating Committee members should have a broad acquaintance with the membership and an understanding of the organization’s functions and its purposes. The committee should include both experienced as well as newer members.  Nominations for the Nominating Committee will be accepted November 16, 2017 through January 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in writing:

You must provide contact information in the form of valid email or phone for your nominee.  You can nominate yourself.  If you nominate someone else, you must also provide contact information for that nominee as the PTA Secretary must verify his or her acceptance.  All potential nominees must also be verified as current members of the Drew PTA to be placed on the ballot in January.

  • PTA Summer Expo – The PTA Parent Resources Team at Drew Charter School will be hosting its 4th Annual Summer Camp Expo on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in the school’s Upper Campus Cafeteria from 10 am – 1 pm, and we would love for your organization to attend to provide information about your summer programs for youth. We are seeking programs for a variety of ages, in a variety of interests, and in a variety of price ranges.  Your program does not have to provide a traditional “camp” (though we do want a majority of our programs to host traditional camps), but can instead offer lessons weekly or on an individual basis to youth as well.  Basically, if your program will be providing some kind of programming for youth this summer, we want you there!  The Expo is free to both programs and attendees, but voluntary donations are requested from our participating programs if the program is able to afford it to help the PTA cover the custodial and other expenses it is charged for hosting the event. (Suggested donation is $25 or a camp registration to be used in our Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser. If your organization is able, please indicate it on the registration form, and we will be in touch to follow-up.) Program Vendors Register Here:  https://form.jotform.com/73303614684153

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