Week of February 12th, 2018

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:

  • Senior Jayla Thrash, who signed with Alabama A&M to play soccer next year [See picture above]!
  • Senior Naomi Ray for leading the charge for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam with the support of seniors Jalil Spearman, Jurnee Miller and Noa Holloway.  She submitted a provisional patent application to the USPTO for the Baby Saver this past week!
  • Naomi Ray for earning the distinction of being our STAR Student by having the highest SAT score in the school!
  • Ms. White who was selected by Naomi to be the STAR Teacher!
  • Junior Joyah Mitchell who placed first in the sociology division of the APS Social Science Fair!
  • Seniors Jurnee Miller and Journee Edwards for making the All Region basketball team and junior Cydney Taylor and freshman Shacari Hardy for Honorable Mentions!
  • Our Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team who beat Carver HS to win the APS competition!
  • Our Vex Robotics Team who placed 15th out of 40 at their most recent competition and in their very first year of competing!
  • The 10th grade team for awesome planning and collaboration on their upcoming project titled “Swagger Jackers” and the entry event tied to Black History Month!
  • Mr. Canney, whom our seniors continue to praise in terms of preparing them for Early College!
  • The Varsity Girls Soccer Team and Coach Rashid for their 4-0 win and the Varsity Boys Soccer Team and Coach Alex and Coach Coley for their 4-3 penalty kick win after coming from behind to tie the game 1-1 against Our Lady of Mercy at Drew’s very first home soccer game!
  • All of our College and Career Readiness team for all that they do in celebration of National School Counselors week this past week!
  • Dr. Allen and the SGA for hosting our first Black History Month Movie Night on Monday!
  • Ms. Might for organizing the Chipotle fundraiser Tuesday night and to all the staff who attended!  We made over $1,000!
  • The Varsity Boys Basketball Team, Coach James and Coach Weems for making it to the region semifinals and for hustling against Eagles Landing Christian Academy Friday night!
  • Ms. Shuler-Davis, Ms. Krachman, Ms. Jordan and Ms. Klein for running Saturday School for Algebra 1 and Ninth Grade Lit.!
Buchanan, Sydney 02 – 12
Holmes-Ferguson, Miz J 02 – 14
Joshua Smith 2/12 WOODS
Adammah Reynolds 2/14 SCHAFFER
Diamond Charles 2/14 BENNETT
Jocelyn Gresham 2/15 NGUYEN
Lasundra Edmonds 2/15 COPP
Ciera Gibbons 2/15 MIGHT-ZDRADZINSKI
Rayven Day 2/16 SCHAFFER
Brendon Harris 2/18 KONIECZNY


Black History Month: Fashion Week

Take Your Family to School Week [See Flyer Below]

02/12 | Monday | “B” Day

  • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “A Ripple of Hope” [Theater]
  • Flex Time – B-Week Clubs
  • 6:00 – Eagle Nation Athletic Booster Club Meeting [Cafeteria]
02/13  | Tuesday |   “A” Day

  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • TBA – Early dismissal for soccer
  • 5:00 – Soccer @ Grady
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Maynard
02/14  | Wednesday | “B” Day

  • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “Mr. Civil Rights” (2nd Showing) [Theater]
  • Flex Time – Advisory 
  • Lunch – Fresh Fruit/Veggie Tastings [Cafeteria]
  • 4:30 – Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting
02/15 | Thursday |  “A” Day

  • Black History Month: Wear African Attire
  • 8:15 – PTA SA Parent Gathering: Georgia Student Finance Commission [See more information below]
  • Flex Time – Extended Learning 
  • TBA – Early dismissal for tennis
  • 4:30 – Tennis @ Atlanta International
02/16| Friday | “B” Day

  • Black History Month: Wear Black History T-Shirts
  • Flex Time
    • Free Friday
    • Junior Community Forum/Awards Ceremony
  • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “Underground Railroad” (2nd Showing) [Theater]
02/17 | Saturday

  • 11:00 – JV Baseball @ Lithonia

Upcoming Events:

  • 2/19 – 2/25  [Black History Month: Activism Week]
    • 2/18-2/21 – Junior College Trip [Washington, DC]
    • 2/19-2/21 – Regular Instructional Days (formerly Winter Break and PD/Planning Day)
    • 2/19 –
      • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “The Power Broker” (2nd Showing) [Theater]
      • A-Week Clubs
    • 2/21
      • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “A Ripple of Hope” (2nd Showing) [Theater]
      • 5:30 – JV Baseball @Cedar Grove
    • 2/22
      • Black History Month: Wear attire honoring Black Activists
      • 5:00 – Soccer vs Langston Hughes [Drew]
    • 2/23
      • Black History Month: Black Out (students pay $2.00 to Dr. Allen to wear all black or HBCU paraphernalia)
      • Early College Downtown Application Deadline
      • 2:30 – JA/SA Dance and Drama Black History Month Show
      • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ ELCA
      • 6:30 – JA/SA Dance and Drama Black History Month Show
    • 2/24
      • 8:30-4:00 – Track and Field @ Landmark
      • 9:00-12:00 –
        • Saturday School – Algebra 1
        • AP Workshop [Room A304 and 11th Grade PBL]
  • 2/26 – 3/4 [Black History Month: Arts and Entertainment Week]
    • 2/26 –
      • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “Mr. Civil Rights” (3rd Showing) [Theater]
      • 11:00 – Drew Board of Directors Meeting
      • B-Week Clubs
    • 2/27 – GSU Dual Enrollment Semester Midpoint
    • 2/28
      • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “A Ripple of Hope” (3rd Showing) [Theater]
      • 6:30 – Motown Review Dance Performance
    • 3/1
      • Chorus LGPE
      • Flex Time – Interview Prep [Cafeteria – Selected 9th and 10th students]
      • 4:30 – National Honor Society Induction
  • 3/5 – 3/11 [National Dance Week]
    • 3/5 – A-Week Clubs
    • 3/6 –
      • SA Band and Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation
      • 6:00 – Early College Night
    • 3/7 –
      • SA Band and Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation
      • 4:00-6:00 – 10th Grade PBL Showcase – Swagger Jackers: The Effects of Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Exchange of Food, Film, and Fashion [Cafeteria]
    • 3/8 –
      • SA Band Large Group Performance Evaluation
      • 2:30 – SA Beta Club Induction 2:30pm
    • 3/10 – Saturday School – Algebra 1 and Ninth Grade Lit.
  • 03/12 – 03/18
    • 03/12 –  Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • B-Week Clubs
      • 6:00 – Eagle Nation Booster Club Meeting [ Cafeteria ]
    • 3/13 Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • 5:00 – Soccer vs ELCA [DREW]
      • 5:00 – JV Baseball vs Cristo Rey [Georgia State University]
    • 3/14 Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • Lunch – Fresh Fruit/Veggie Tastings [Cafeteria]
      • 4:30 – Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting
      • 6:00 – Rising 9th Grade Transition Night
    • 3/15
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • 1:30-2:20: Book Buddies [SA Mentors; students will return to class w/pass]
      • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering
    • 3/16
      • STEAM Day [see flyer attached]
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • King of POPS Kickback
    • 03/17, 3:00-6:00 – Design-O-Rama [see flyer attached]
  • 3/23 – Black History Month Fashion Show
  • 3/26 – College Fair
  • 3/30
    • 2:00 – Senior Walk
    • 2:25-4:30 – SGA Day of Play [Gym/Field]
  • 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]


  • Reminder: Georgia Parent Survey – The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and  may be completed using personal computers, smartphones or tablets.  All parents should participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.
  • Reminder: PTA Parent Gatherings – On Thursday, January 25th we hosted our fifth PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering.  Thank you to Dr. Kamau Bobb from Georgia Tech for presenting on STEM at the Intersection of Equity and Justice (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.  The next Parent Gathering will be held at 8:15 am this, Thursday, February 15th in the Eva Davis Board Room.  Brandi Beavers, Outreach Representative for the Georgia Student Finance Commission, will engage us around various state and lottery funded scholarships, grants and service-cancelable loan programs and share about free financial aid consultation to help our students prepare to go and pay for college.  Join online by clicking here or call in to 1-855-880-1246.   Click Here to Become a PTA Member

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College/University Acceptances

Student Matriculating

Agnes Scott College
Alabama A&M University Jayla Thrash
Alabama State University
Bennett College
Boston University Kenise Neal, Posse Scholar
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
College of Coastal Georgia
Florida A&M University
Full Sail University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Hampton University
Howard University
Kennesaw State University
Lander University
Langston University
Louisiana State University
North Carolina A&T University
Pace University
Paine College
Reinhardt University
Samford University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Stetson University
The University of Georgia
Tennessee State University
Troy University
Tulane University
Tufts University Jurnee Miller, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama
University of Kentucky
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of South Florida
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vassar College Latoria Bailey, Questbridge Scholar
Xavier University of Louisiana
Wingate University


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