Week of February 19th, 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:

  • The varsity boys basketball team, Coach Weems and Coach James for winning their first round game in the state playoffs against Clinch County on Friday!  Their next game will be Wednesday at 6:00 pm at Wilkinson County.
  • The debate team for placing second in the Atlanta Urban Debate League tournament on Saturday [see picture above]!
  • Ms. Luczynski for organizing Take Your Family to School Week!
  • Ms. Harris for the awesome Black History Month T-Shirts!
  • Ms. Weaver (Kaney) and Coach Tracy for organizing the NCAA Night on Monday!
  • Ms. Krachman for the energy around the Math Mentors program, which engages SA students with tutoring JA students!
  • Congrats to Jayla Thrash for a full ride soccer scholarship to Alabama A&M!
  • Shout-Out to Mr. Morrison & Mrs. Simmons for their Agency Rubric implementation. As a result of this rubric, students have made an extra effort to arrive to class on time equipped with all of their materials.
  • Shout Out to Ariel Adams was a standout leader in her Physics class this week.  She was instrumental in assisting the substitute with leading the class.
  • Trinity Mosley for being selected to take part in a YMCA Urban Community Outreach Service Trip to Johannesburg for 10 days this summer!
  • Three seniors (so far) have received the 5 Strong full tuition scholarship: Evan Flemming, Tanesheia Arnold, and Eyshea McCorkle! Tanesheia and Evan will attend Fisk University, and Eyshea will attend Langston University. Congrats to them!
  • Big Shout Out to  Syanne Hurst-Spruill who worked very hard on her graphite bike drawing! She did an amazing job in class and outside of  class completing this assignment. She was very focused and even completed her work despite being very sick. Despite getting checked out early for her sickness, she still retrieved her work to complete at home. Great job Syanne! See an image of her work below.
  • The following students were selected as semi-finalists for the Youth Ambassadors Program through the State Department and will be interviewing soon!
    • Kira Clark (9)
    • Kenyatta Akowa (11)
    • Keiarra Bray (11)
    • Daisha Thornton (11)
    • Haley Whetstone (11)
  • UPCOMING STAFF BIRTHDAYS!
Krachman, Jessica N 02 – 21
Bennett, Kenyatta J 02 – 24
  • UPCOMING STUDENT BIRTHDAYS!!
    Quron Evans 2/20 MIGHT-ZDRADZINSKI
    Tylen Bohannon 2/21 WHITE
    Julia Blackwell 2/22 NGUYEN
    LaiShaun Hall 2/22 KONIECZNY
    Alanna Tookes 2/22 JACKSON
    La’Naya Walton 2/24 BENNETT

 Calendar:

  • 02/19 – 02/25

    Black History Month: Activism Week

    02/19 | Monday | “A” Day

    • Junior College Trip [Washington, DC – Be sure to follow them on Instagram]
    • Flex Time: A-Week Clubs
    • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “The Power Broker” (2nd Showing) [Theater]
    02/20  | Tuesday | “B” Day

    • Junior College Trip [Washington, DC]
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
    02/21  | Wednesday | “A” Day

    • Junior College Trip [Washington, DC]
    • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “A Ripple of Hope” (2nd Showing) [Theater]
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 5:30 – JV Baseball @Cedar Grove
    02/22 | Thursday |  “B” Day

    • Black History Month: Wear attire honoring Black Activists
    • Flex Time- Extended Learning
    • 5:00 – Soccer vs Langston Hughes [Drew]
    02/23 | Friday | “A” Day

    • Early College Downtown Application Deadline
    • Black History Month: Black Out/HBCU Take Over (students pay $2.00 to Dr. Allen to wear all black or HBCU paraphernalia)
    • Flex Time – Free Friday
    • 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
    02/24 | Saturday

    • 8:30 – 4:00 – Track and Field @ Landmark
    • 9:00-12:00 – Saturday School – Algebra 1
    • 9:00-12:00 – AP Workshop [Room A304 and 11th Grade PBL]

    Upcoming Events:

    • 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 [Theater]
      • 3/1
        • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
        • Flex Time – Interview Prep [Cafeteria – Selected 9th and 10th students]
        • 4:30 – National Honor Society Induction
      • 3/2 – Peer Leadership/Mentorship
      • 3/3, 8:30 – Track and Field @ Westlake
    • 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 [Junior Parents]
      • 3/7 –
        • SA Band and Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation
        • Book Buddies Field Trip
        • 4:00-6:00 – 10th Grade PBL Showcase – Swagger Jackers: The Effects of Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Exchange of Food, Film, and Fashion [Cafeteria – See flyer below]
      • 3/8 –
        • SA Band Large Group Performance Evaluation
        • 2:30 – SA Beta Club Induction [Theater]
      • 3/9 – Engineering Field Trip
      • 3/10 – Saturday School – Algebra 1 and Ninth Grade Lit.
      • 3/11 – Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
    • 03/12 – 03/18 [GSU Spring Break]
      • 03/12 –
        • Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
        • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
        • B-Week Clubs
        • 6:00 – Eagle Nation Booster Club Meeting [Cafeteri ]
      • 3/13 –  Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
        • 9/10th Grade SST Meetings
        • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • 3/14 – Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
        • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
        • 4:30 – Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting
        • 6:00 – Rising Ninth 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: MONEY MANAGEMENT AND INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE FOR OURSELF AND OUR CHILDREN with Malik Lee, CFP, of Henssler Financial
      • 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]
    •  3/19 – 3/26
      • 3/18
        • 6:00-2:00 – Volunteer at the Publix Marathon at the Hydration Station [12th and Juniper in Midtown]
      • 3/20
        • Senior Lunch Jam
        • Flex Time – Mock Interviews [Cafeteria]
      • 3/22, Flex Time – 11th grade Community Forum
      • 03/23
        • Black History Month Fashion Show
        • Band, Chorus, Orchestra Trip to Orlando (7th – 12th Grades) [Orlando, FL]
      • 3/24
        • Atlanta Urban Debate [TBD]
        • Band, Chorus, Orchestra Trip to Orlando (7th – 12th Grades) [Orlando, FL]
        • 7:30-10:30 p.m – 4th Annual Drew PTA Adult Social & Silent Auction Fundraiser [241 Daniel Ave. SE] 
      • 3/25
        • Band, Chorus, Orchestra Trip to Orlando (7th – 12th Grades) [Orlando, FL]
        • NACAC College Fair
    • 3/26 – College Fair
    • 3/30
      • 2:00 – Senior Walk
      • 2:25-4:30 – SGA Day of Play [Gym/Field]
    • 4/21, 7:00-11:00 – Prom
    • 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:

    • Reminder: Inclement Weather Make-up Days – Due to the large amount of inclement weather this year the school calendar has been adjusted to make up for the lost instructional days.  February 19th, 20th and 21st, originally scheduled as Winter Break, will now be regular instructional days.  Please see the original letter here.
    • 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.
    • 4th Annual Drew PTA Adult Social & Silent Auction Fundraiser
      • Save the date for the 4th Annual Drew PTA Adult Social & Silent Auction Fundraiser!  Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, but Early Bird Tickets on sale now through February 28 for just $25 at http://www.drewcharterschoolpta.com   Admission price includes appetizers, adult beverages, music, and a silent auction bidder number!  Come out for a great night of fun with our adult Drew community and support our PTA as well!  Drew faculty and staff receive one complimentary admission when you RSVP in advance to the PTA.
      • Calling all Drew Community Business Owners, Artists, and Craftsmen: The Drew PTA needs your donations for our 2018 PTA Social & Silent Auction Fundraiser! This is a great way to support your school PTA AND advertise your business and talent to our wider Drew Community!  We are a non-profit so your donation may be tax-deductible, and donations over $100 receive a free admission to the event! To donate: https://form.jotform.com/80224856984164
    • Reminder: PTA Parent Gatherings – On Thursday, February 15th we hosted our sixth PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering.  Thank you to Brandi Beavers, K-12 Outreach Representative for the Georgia Student Finance Commission, for presenting.
      • These gatherings occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The next Parent Gathering will be held at 5:00 pm March 18th in the Eva Davis Board Room.  The topic will be MONEY MANAGEMENT AND INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE FOR OURSELF AND OUR CHILDREN with Malik Lee, CFP, of Henssler Financial. 
        • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/301861752
        • Or Telephone: +1 855 880 1246 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
        • Meeting ID: 301 861 752
      • Click Here to Become a PTA Member
  • Colleges & Universities where Drew students have been accepted 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
    Fisk University Evan Flemming & Tanesheia Arnold, 5 Strong Scholars
    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 Eyshea McCorkle, 5 Strong Scholar
    Louisiana State University
    North Carolina A&T University
    Pace University
    Paine College
    Reinhardt University
    Samford University
    SCAD
    Spelman College
    Stanford University
    Stetson University
    Stoney Brook 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
    Young Harris College

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