Week of March 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:

  • Shadaysha McCoy, who joins us as a new Partners in Education member working out of the College and Career Readiness Office!
  • The SA Orchestra and Ms. Anderson for earning all Superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation! [see picture above, photo credit: Mr. Parker and his students]
  • Ms. Williams and her students for being accepted to the American High School Theater Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2019!
  • Senior Jalil Spearman for becoming a finalist for the Gates Scholarship!
  • Senior Brooke Turpeau for a full scholarship to attend Spelman College!
  • Senior Christopher Smith on his acceptance into Dalton State!
  • The 10th grade students and teachers for the Swagger Jackers: The Effects of Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Exchange of Food, Film, and Fashion PBL event on Wednesday that combined movie screenings with the 2nd Annual Chemistry Cooks! Expo in the cafeteria!
  • Mr. Wynn for bringing in an owner of Honeysuckle Gelato as an authentic audience to hear economics students’ pitches for ice cream ideas!
  • Ms. Davis and Mr. Richardson for helping students complete the student climate survey!
  • All of our newly inducted Beta Club members!
  • The Beta Officer team for their hard work and dedication during Beta Week and the Induction Ceremony!
    • Nazjaa Hughson – President
    • Rashan Schoffner – Vice President
    • Victoria Nunnally – Secretary
    • Peyton Rodgers – Treasurer
    • Payton Gunner – 10th Grade Rep
    • Zakia Tookes – 11th Grade Rep
  • Ms. McKenzie for supporting the Beta Club in marking National Beta Week and for coordinating the induction ceremony on Thursday!
  • Mr. Doran for always working to make sure that we have the resources we need to support students!
  • Ms. Ricks for organizing the Book Buddies field trip to the College Football Hall of Fame!
  • Ms. Stinson for coordinating an informative Early College Parent Night!
  • Ms. White for organizing the second-year engineering field trip to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta!
  • The Peer Leadership class for coordinating the upcoming Walk-Out to occur on March 14th!  
Miller, Princetta 03 – 15
Chelsea Clark 3/14 MORGAN
Asher McGee 3/16 BAKER
Jayden Vickers 3/16 WILDER
Syanne Hurst-Spruill 3/18 MORRISON
Yonatan Koehler 3/18 MORRISON


Week of 03/12 – 03/18

03/12 | Monday | “B” Day

  • Sophomore College Trip [New Orleans – Return 3/14]
  • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
  • Flex Time: B-Week Clubs
  • 5:00 – JV Baseball vs. Paideia [Early Dismissal at 3:45]
  • 6:00 – Eagle Nation Booster Club Meeting [ Cafeteria ]
03/13  | Tuesday | “A” Day

  • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
  • Flex Time –  Extended Learning 
  • 4:00-6:00 – Biology PBL Event: “From the Lab to the Table”
    • In this project students were tasked with revamping a lunch menu item that contains Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to meal that is GMO free.  We would love for you to come out and support. There will be plenty of food for you to taste while being educated on the facts of GMOs on your dinner table.
  • 4:45 – Golf vs. Ben Franklin Academy [Home – Charlie Yates Golf Course]
  • 5:00 – Soccer vs. ELCA [Home]
  • 5:00 – JV Baseball v Cristo Rey [Georgia State University]
03/14  | Wednesday | “B” Day

  • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
  • 9:35 – Students report to Advisory for the National School Walkout
  • 10:30 – Students return from the field to 2nd period
  • Flex Time – Students report to 2nd period to make-up time from the National School Walkout
  • 4:30 – Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting
03/15 | Thursday |  “A” Day

  • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning 
    • 1:30-2:20 – Book Buddies [SA Mentors; students will return to class w/pass]
  • 4:00 – Tennis vs. Paideia [Dekalb Tennis Courts – 3:00 Early dismissal]
  • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering: Fly High Finance – Malik Lee, Certified Financial Planner, Henssler Financial [Eva Davis Board Room]
    • 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
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Grady
03/16 | Friday | “B” Day

  • Book Fair [3rd Floor]
  • STEAM Day [More detailed schedule to come]
    • 9/10th Grade
      • 8:00-8:50 – TEDdy Talk [Theater]
      • 9:00-3:55 – Sessions and Lunch
    • 11th Grade
      • 8:00-8:50 – TEDdy Talk [Theater]
      • 9:00-12:50 – LIT Production Work Time
      • 12:55-1:25 – Lunch
      • 1:30-3:55 – TBD
    • 12th Grade
      • 8:00-8:50 – TEDdy Talk [Theater]
      • 9:00-12:50 – Supporting STEAM Day Sessions for EA and JA
      • 12:55-1:25 – Lunch
      • 1:30-3:55 – TBD
03/17 | Saturday

  • 8:30 – Track and Field [Southern Crescent Stadium]
  • 9:00 – Golf: Parkview Invitational [Heritage]
  • 3:00-6:00 – Design-O-Rama [see flyer below]
03/18 | Sunday

  • 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

Upcoming Events:

Week of 3/19-3/23 – Spring Benchmarks in MasteryConnect [All core content areas]

  • 3/19, Flex Time – A-Week Clubs
  • 3/20
    • Milestone Simulation (9th grade)
    • Flex Time – Mock Interviews [Selected 9th and 10th graders]
  • 3/21
    • Distribute Mid-Semester Report Cards
    • Flex Time – Peer Leadership/Mentorship
    • 4:00 – Beta Club Meeting [Cafeteria]
  • 3/22
    • Flex Time – 11th grade Community Forum
    • 1:00-5:00 – JA/SA  Band LGPE
    • 5:30 – Rising 9th Grade Transition Night [9th Grade Hall]
  • 3/23
    • JA/SA Band, Chorus and Orchestra Trip [Orlando – Return 3/25]
    • Flex Time – Black History Month Fashion Show
  • 3/24
    • 9:00-4:00 – Making Proud Choices [Rooms A216/217 – More information here or see flyer below]
    • 7:30 – 4th Annual Drew PTA Adult Social & Silent Auction Fundraiser [see flyer below]

Week of 3/26-3/30 – College and Career Week

  • 3/26, 12:30-3:00 – College Fair PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE [No clubs]
  • 3/27, Flex Time – Film Screening: “Step” & Group Discussion
  • 3/28,
    • Flex Time –
      • Film Screening Part 2: “Step” & Group Discussion
      • Senior Lunch Jam
    • 6:00 – Parent University [9th Grade Classrooms and PBL area]
  • 3/29, Flex Time – College and Career Exploration
  • 3/30
    • 1st and 4th periods swapped
    • 2:00 – Senior Walk *Parents are Welcome to Participate*
    • 2:25-4:00 – SGA Day of Play [Gym/Field]

Week of 4/2-4/8 – Spring Break

  • 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]


  • 1st Period Tardy Passes – Students who arrive to class after 8:00 am should go down to the front lobby to get a pass from Ms. Brewton.  If Ms. Brewton is not available, Ms. Woods-Livingston can provide them with a pass. We ask that families do their best to get students to school no later than 7:55 in order to maximize instructional time and minimize disruptions.
  • Junior Dramatic Production – The Charles R. Drew Charter Junior class is hosting a Gatsby-inspired play and we need to raise $3,000 in order to pay for the materials for set design and other expenses.  We are accepting donations including food and money.  We are also offering advertising opportunities for businesses.  Below are the price ranges for each dimension.  If you are interested, please contact antavious.baker@drewcharterschool.org or shawn.canney@drewcharterschool.org.
    • Full Standard Page: $200
    • Half Vertical/Horizontal Page: $100
    • Quarter Page: $50
    • Thank you for working with us and we hope to hear from you soon. Our play will be performed on Saturday, March 17th at the end of Design-o-rama.  Please consider coming out to see us.
  • Employment Opportunities for 2018-2019 – We are currently looking to hire an additional computer science teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you or someone you know is interested and available, please have them apply on our website.
  • 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 on Thursday, March 15th 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
  • 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 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:
  • Reminder: 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


Student Matriculating

Agnes Scott College Jocelyn Gresham
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
Dalton State College
Dillard University
Emory University
Fisk University Evan Flemming & Tanesheia Arnold, 5 Strong Scholars
Florida A&M University
Full Sail University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Gordon State College
Goucher College
Hampton University
Howard University
Kennesaw State University
Lander University
Langston University Eyshea McCorkle, 5 Strong Scholar
Louisiana State University
North Carolina A&T University
Old Dominion 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
Vanderbilt University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Wingate University
Young Harris College

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