Week of February 26th, 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:

  • A late congratulations to juniors Shayla Victrum (Bronze) and Landon Bennett (Bronze) for their respective placement in the District Science Fair earlier this month!
  • Sophomore Jamilah El-Amin (Senior Academy), Zoë Johnson (Junior Academy), and Chava Rhodes (Junior Academy) for being the first-ever students to represent Drew Charter School at the Georgia All-State Chorus event last weekend!
  • Senior Thiago Pena-McCoy for presenting one of the best matrix multiplication/food web problem-based activity in PreCalculus!
  • Freshman Warren Rouse for always supporting a fellow student who has begun taking risks to communicate in Spanish. He is always ready to encourage and contribute vocabulary when needed!
  • The following seniors, who received the Five Strong Scholarship! Full tuition and on-campus support for four years:
    • Taneshia Arnold – Fisk University
    • Evan Flemming – Fisk University
    • Eyshea McCorkle – Langston University
  • Ms. Schaffer for creating a long-term partnership with Bob Babcock and the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Association in supporting the preservation of the stories of Vietnam Veterans for her upcoming project!
  • Ms. Herman for organizing a robust and engaging college tour to DC for junior students!  In addition to colleges, students got to see Black Panther [see picture above] and visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
  • Ms. Mason, Ms. Young, Ms. Weaver (Kaney), and Mr. Harris for helping chaperone DC college tour!
  • Ms. Williams for putting on the Black History performance, Black Matter!
Cartwright, Theresa 02 – 27
Nagendran, Sri J 02 – 28
Morrison, William A 03 – 03
Tre Daniel 2/28 WILDER
Fatimah White 3/2 BAKER


  • 02/26 – 03/04

    Black History Month: Arts and Entertainment Week

    02/26 | Monday | “B” Day

    • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “Mr. Civil Rights” (3rd Showing) [Theater]
    • 11:00 – Drew Board of Directors Meeting
    • Flex Time – B-Week Clubs
    • 3:15 – JV Baseball Early Dismissal
    • 4:30 – JV Baseball @ Paideia
    02/27  | Tuesday |   “A” Day

    • GSU Dual Enrollment Semester Midpoint
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
    • 3:45 – Tennis Early Dismissal 
    • 4:30 – Tennis @ Maynard Jackson Tennis Courts
    • 5:00 – Soccer v South Atlanta [Drew]
    02/28  | Wednesday | “B” Day

    • Beta Club Meeting
    • 9:30 – PBS Documentary Films: “A Ripple of Hope” (3rd Showing) [Theater]
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 6:00 – The Magic of Motown EA, JA and SA Dance Performance [Center for the Arts]
    03/01 | Thursday |  “A” Day

    • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
    • Flex Time –
      • Extended Learning
      • Mock Interview [Cafeteria – Selected 9th and 10th students]
    • 3:00 – Tennis Early Dismissal 
    • 4:30 – National Honor Society Induction [Theater]
    • 4:00 – Tennis v Galloway [Dunwoody Tennis Courts]
    • 5:00 – Soccer v Elite Scholars [Drew]
    • 5:00 – JV Baseball v Cristo Rey [Georgia State University]
    03/02 | Friday | “B” Day

    • Flex Time
      • Free Friday
      • Peer Leadership/Mentorship
    03/03 | Saturday

    • 8:30 – Track and Field @ Westlake
    • 9:00-12:00 – Saturday School: Algebra 1

    Upcoming Events:

    • 3/5 – 3/11 [National Dance Week]
      • 3/5 –
        • A-Week Clubs
        • 5:00 – JV Baseball @ Wesleyan
      • 3/6 –
        • SA Band and Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation
        • 4:30 – Golf vs. Chamblee and Tucker [ Sugar Creek]
        • 5:00 – Soccer @ Arabia Mountain
        • 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]
        • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Holy Innocents
      • 3/8 –
        • SA Band Large Group Performance Evaluation
        • 2:30 – SA Beta Club Induction [Theater]
        • 5:00 – Soccer vs. KIPP [Home]
      • 3/9 – Engineering Field Trip
      • 3/10
        • 8:30 – Track & Field [Lakewood]
        • 9:00-12:00 – Saturday School – Algebra 1 and Ninth Grade Lit.
        • 3:00 – JV Baseball @ Our Lady of Mercy
      • 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 [Cafeteria]
      • 3/13 –  Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans]
        • 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]
      • 3/19 – A-Week Clubs
      • 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 – 3/30 – College and Career Week
      • 3/26 – College Fair [No Clubs]
      • 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]


    • Progress Reports – Students received progress reports for the middle of Quarter 3 this past Wednesday.  Logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal is the best way to see live grades, but you should also be able to ask your student for this hard-copy report every 4.5 weeks.
    • Reminder: STEAM Opportunity – For Atlanta area high school students with an interest in Aerospace, applications for ASTRO (Aerospace Summer Training & Research Opportunity at SpaceWorks) summer internships are now open. ASTRO participants work in a team of six to solve Aerospace Engineering design problems through a challenging yet fun-filled experience.  Application deadline is March 2, 2018 for summer 2018.
    • YMCA Healthy Kids Day (4/21) – The East Lake YMCA is holding their annual Healthy Kids Day celebration on Saturday, April 21.  As part of the festivities, they are offering young entrepreneurs (ages 5-16) the chance to sell their wares, without having to pay anything to rent their table/booth.  Do you know any “kid entrepreneurs” at Drew who would be interested in this?  If you know of any students who are young entrepreneurs, please have them reach out to Jervonia Melton directly (jervoniam@ymcaatlanta.org).
    • 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!
      • 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(s) 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
    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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