Week of March 5th, 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 SA Chorus and Mr. Sessoms for receiving all Superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation!
  • Ms. Krachman and Ms. Klein for their displays of student work inside and outside of the classroom!
  • Mr. Canney, Mr. Baker and Dr. Morgan for working with their students on a very hands-on and very STEAM-Y outdoor play! (Come out to Design-O-Rama and support these juniors!)
  • The following for their impressive accolades with the Drew Debate Team:
    • Ivy Diamond – 9th Place Speaker at the February AUDL Debate Tournament (Novice Division)
    • Ivy Diamond and Gary Sheppard – 6th Place Policy Debate Pair at the February AUDL Debate Tournament (Novice Division)
    • Alvin Stewart – 9th Place Speaker at the February AUDL Debate Tournament (Open Division)
    • Maddox Gates and Payton Gunner – 2nd Place Policy Debate Pair at the February AUDL Debate Tournament (Open Division)
  • Ms. Gillum, Ms. Harris, Mr. Anderson and cast for a moving production of The Magic of Motown!  A second showing will be available soon due to the show being SOLD OUT! [See picture above]
  • Nazjaa Hughson (Mu Alpha Theta President), Peyton Rodgers (Mu Alpha Theta VP), and Mu Alpha Theta members David Aycock and Victoria Nunnally for the video they entered into the Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) “Mathematical Minute” video competition!  View their submission here.
  • Sophomore Janae Paul for volunteering to help teach 6th graders to code!
  • Ms. Woods for organizing gifted testing this week!
  • Ms. Tasha Allen for a really smart way to encourage students to use math vocabulary using the baby shower clothespin game!
  • Ms. Hood for her current aquaponics project that engages students in learning how to create an ecosystem of plants and fish together!
  • Coach Rashid and the Varsity Girls Soccer team for their 7-0 win over Elite Scholars last night!
  • Mr. Coley for an engaging lesson teaching JA students how to use a power drill!
  • Ms. Stinson and Ms. Kaney-Weaver for organizing a great National Honor Society induction Thursday afternoon!
  • Ms. Mason for organizing an interview prep session for 9th and 10th graders with Elavon, one of our corporate partners!
Evans, Don D 03 – 05
Baker, Antavious 03 – 06
Coley, Tyler M 03 – 09
Theotis Robinson 3/5 WILDER
Charles Freeman 3/8 JACKSON
Laseittyah Reuven 3/9 WOODS
Abdul-Malik Mohammed 3/9 SCHAFFER
Rodderick Hardness 3/11 SIMMONS


03/05 – 03/11

National Beta Week

National Dance Week

03/05 | Monday | “A” Day

  • Flex Time –
    • A-Week Clubs
    • Orchestra Combined Rehearsal
  • 5:00 – JV Baseball @ Wesleyan
  • 6:00 – Band Booster Club Meeting [Mr. Doran’s Conference Room]
03/06  | Tuesday |   “B” Day

  • Flex Time – Extended Learning 
  • 4:30 – Golf vs. Chamblee and Tucker [@Sugar Creek – 3:15 Early Dismissal – Sugar Creek]
  • 5:00 – Soccer @ Arabia Mountain [3:30 Early Dismissal]
  • 6:00 – Early College Night [Junior Parents – Rooms A218/219]
03/07  | Wednesday | “A” Day

  • 10:00-1:00 – Book Buddies Field Trip
  • 12:30-6:30 – Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation [Selected Juniors and Seniors will eat first lunch and report to 3rd period late]
  • Flex Time – Advisory
  • 4:00-6:00 – 10th Grade PBL Showcase – Swagger Jackers: The Effects of Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Exchange of Food, Film, and Fashion [Cafeteria & 10th Grade Hall]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Holy Innocents [3:30 – Early Dismissal]
03/08 | Thursday |  “B” Day

  • Flex Time – Extended Learning 
  • 2:15-4:00 – Beta Club Induction [Theater]
  • 5:00 – Soccer vs. KIPP [Home]
03/09 | Friday | “A” Day

  • 8:00-1:00 – Engineering Field Trip [Selected Students]
  • Flex Time – Free Friday
03/10 | Saturday

  • SAT Administration
  • 8:30 – Track & Field [Lakewood]
  • 9:00-12:00 – Saturday School – Algebra 1 and Ninth Grade Lit.
  • 10:00 – The First Tee of East Lake Invitational [East Lake]
  • 3:00 – JV Baseball @ Our Lady of Mercy

Upcoming Events:

  • 03/12 – 03/18 – GSU Spring Break
    • 03/12 – Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans – Return 3/14]
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • B-Week Clubs
      • 6:00 – Eagle Nation Booster Club Meeting [ Cafeteria ]
    • 3/13
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • 4:45 – Golf vs. Ben Franklin Academy [Charlie Yates Golf Course]
      • 5:00 – Soccer vs. ELCA [Home]
      • 5:00 – JV Baseball v Cristo Rey [Georgia State University]
    • 3/14
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • 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]
      • 4:00 – Tennis vs. Paideia [Dekalb Tennis Courts]
      • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering: MONEY MANAGEMENT AND INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE FOR OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN with Malik Lee, CFP, of Henssler Financial
      • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Grady
    • 3/16
      • BLAZER DAY
      • STEAM Day [see flyer attached]
      • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
      • King of POPS Kickback
    • 03/17
      • 8:30 – Track and Field [Southern Crescent Stadium]
      • 9:00 – Golf, Parkview Invitational [Heritage]
      • 3:00-6:00 – Design-O-Rama [see flyer attached]
    • 3/18
      • 6:00-2:00 – Volunteer Opportunity, Publix Marathon Hydrating Station [12th and Juniper in Midtown]
        • Sign up here; Use the following link to sign up. Make sure to enter the password “drew” at the top in order to see our Hydration Station #15
  • 3/19 – 3/23 – Spring Benchmarks in MasteryConnect [All core content areas]
    • 3/19, Flex Time – A-Week Clubs
    • 3/20, Flex Time – Mock Interviews [Selected 9th and 10th graders]
    • 3/22, 1:00-5:00 – JA/SA Band LGPE
    • 3/23 –
      • JA/SA Band, Chorus and Orchestra Trip [Orlando – Return 3/25]
      • Flex Time – Black History Month Fashion Show
    • 3/24, 7:30 – 4th Annual Drew PTA Adult Social & Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • 3/26 – 3/30 – College and Career Week
    • 3/26, 1:30-3:00 – College Fair [No clubs]
    • 3/30
      • 2:00 – Senior Walk
      • 2:25-4:30 – SGA Day of Play [Gym/Field]
  • 4/2 – 4/8 – Spring Break
  • 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]


  • Prom Dress GIVEAWAY – Prom will be April 21st at 7:00 pm. Please note that JUNIOR dues must be paid in order to participate in prom. Paying in advance is advised due to the pending deadline. If you are in need/interested of a prom dress or to cut costs on a memorable event check out this GIVEAWAY on March 10th from 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information see the flyer posted at the bottom of the blog.
  • Test-Out Opportunities – Do you think that you already know the information for one of the courses that you are required to take?  The March End of Course testing administration (3/12-16) provides the next opportunity for students wishing to receive course credit by demonstrating subject area competency through the End of Course (EOC) testing.  Please use the documents linked below if you are interested in testing-out of a course for which there is an associated EOC test.  Click here for additional information and here to print off the form to apply.
  • 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.
  • PTA Nominating Committee
    • The PTA Nominating Committee is in the process of accepting nominations for the PTA officer positions for the upcoming academic year 2018/2019. The PTA leadership plays a vital role in our kid’s education and the environment in which they learn. The PTA officers are a resource for all Drew families in expressing their views on our Drew community and working with the school’s administration on important issues. However, the PTA is a volunteer organization and is in need of people willing to serve in its leadership positions.
    • The PTA is only as strong as what its members put in and the most valuable asset we have is your time and experience. If you are interested in serving in a leadership role, we encourage you to speak to present or past officers about the time commitment (it is probably less than you think!) and the important roles the various positions play in how our school functions. Without leadership the PTA cannot function or even exist! Currently we do not have enough nominees to fill the full slate necessary for a working PTA. Please consider nominating yourself or another Drew PTA member who you think would be willing to serve. Thank you!
    • Boxes and Nominating forms are in the lobby of each campus.
    • Drew PTA Nominating Committee:
  • 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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