Week of April 30th & May 7th, 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:

  • Brook Turpeau, Naomi Ray and Beth White for begin recognized at the APS breakfast on Friday for being Valedictorian, Salutatorian/STAR Student and STAR Teacher, respectively!
  • Ms.Herman, Ms.Davis, Ms.Might and everyone else who contributed to and attended the Spring Awards Ceremony Wednesday night!  The evening was a great balance of recognitions and went smoothly!
  • Senior Jalil Spearman, who was awarded the Gates Scholarship, a full scholarship to study at any school of his choice!
  • Ms. Keith for helping organize student movement through the building in the morning before 7:45!
  • All students who have been in testing this week and last week!
  • Ms. Mayes for all the hard work she put into orchestrating the EmpowHer and HimPower conferences featuring renowned guests and remarkable students!
  • Mr.Johnson for organizing an ice cream social Friday night to recruit families in the villages to learn more about Drew and how to apply to attend! [Look forward to more events!]
  • Ms. Weaver[Kaney], Mr.Richardson, Ms.Cook and the rest of the CCR team for establishing an awesome new tradition in the Take Flight Senior Showcase to help rising ninth graders transition to the Senior Academy!
  • Coach Rashid, the Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys Soccer teams for making it to the state playoffs and for a great season!
  • Ms. Harris, Mr.Kitchen and all of the collaborating teachers who contributed to Space is the New Place: AIR!  This event continues to showcase the potential of STEAM collaborations!
  • Mr.Baker, the Prom Committee and everyone else who worked to stage the 2018 Prom, The Greatest Show on Earth!  It certainly lived up to its title!
  • Ms.Klein, Ms.Davis, Mr.Canny, Mr.Baker, Dr.Morgan, Ms. Krachman and Mr.Copp for all of their hard work preparing students for the Milestone Assessments this week!
  • Congrats to  Alani Andrews for acceptance into 21st Century Leaders earthcare program for the summer of 2018.
  • Congratulations to the following students from Drew Charter have been selected to participate in Project ENGAGES for the 2018-2019 term!
    • Joshua Clemons
    • Solomon Dobbs
    • DeGreer Harris
    • Abdul-Malik Mohammed
    • Alvin-Wayne Stewart
  • Student Birthdays!
Shayla Victrum 5/1
Dawn Williams 5/3 ALLEN
Collin Chunn 5/3 MORGAN
Solomon Adams 5/3 SCHAFFER
Jaxson Saunders 5/3 WHITE
Cody Martin 5/4 WOODS
Amian Smart-Browne 5/4 KRACHMAN
Dave Stafford 5/5 BENNETT
India Ingram 5/5 MAYES-ADAMS
Deja Stafford 5/5 WYNN
Ariel Hodges 5/6 CANNEY


04/30 – 05/06

04/30 | Monday | “B” Day

  • Economics EOC Milestone
  • GSU Final Exams
  • 12:30 – Varsity Girls Tennis vs Taylor Co. 2nd Round State Playoffs
  • B-Week Clubs
05/01  | Tuesday | “A” Day

  • Geometry EOC Milestone
  • GSU Final Exams
  • 8:00 – Golf Area 3 Tournament [Lafayette]
  • 11th/12th grade classes eat 1st lunch
  • 9th/10th grade classes eat 2nd lunch
  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • 6:00 – Senior (12th Grade) Awards Night [The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church]
05/02  | Wednesday | “B” Day

  • US History EOC Milestone
  • Flex Time
    • Advisory
    • Peer Leadership/Mentorship
05/03 | Thursday |  “A” Day

  • Biology EOC Milestone
  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
05/04 | Friday | “B” Day

  • Milestone EOC Make-Ups
  • Blazer Day 
  • Half-Day for Parent Conferences [More information available here]
    • 8:00-8:45 – 1st Period
    • 8:50-9:35 – 2nd Period
    • 9:40-10:25 – 3rd Period
    • Laptop Return
    • 10:30-11:20 – 12th Grade Showcase (Instead of 4th Period)
    • 11:20-12:00 – Lunch/Dismissal
    • Parent Conferences
      • 1:00-1:30 – Grade Overview/Teacher Reports
      • 1:30-5:00 – Individually Scheduled Conferences
      • 5:00-5:30 – Grade Overview/Teacher Reports
05/05 | Saturday

  • 10:00-3:00 – International Day and Arts Fair for EA, JA and SA

Shout-outs to:



  • Everybody, there’s only three weeks left until we reach the end of the semester!
  • Ms. Mason and the senior class for earning $6.9 million in scholarships with 91% of seniors receiving at least one scholarship!
  • Juniors Kenyetta Akowa, Nazjaa Hughson, and Victoria Nunnally for becoming Questbridge College Prep Scholars!
  • Ms. Cain, Ms. Mayes, Mr. White, and Mr.Jackson for their insightful real-time feedback on student presentations as they prepare for the Religion Summit!
  • The following sophomores who have been selected to participate in Project ENGAGES for the 2018-2019 term!
    • Joshua Clemons
    • Solomon Dobbs
    • DeGreer Harris
    • Abdul-Malik Mohammed
    • Alvin-Wayne Stewart
  • Mr. Doran, who has been instrumental in securing vendors for graduation!
  • The Drew SA Girls and Boys Golf Team for making it back to the State Championship! Led by Sarai Dobbs with a score of 100, the girls placed 2nd overall in the Area 3 Tournament.  Led by Anthony Ford with a score of 76 the boys placed 3rd overall in the Area 3 Tournament. Anthony placed 2nd overall in the Area 3 Tournament. The State Golf Tournament is May 22-23!
  • JA Boys/Girls and Varsity Boys/Girls for advancing to the soccer playoffs! In fact Drew Charter was the only APS school beside Grady H.S. to make the State Playoffs this year! Our student athletes did an amazing job!
  • Ms. Nguyen and Ms.Ruffin for an outstanding International Day and Arts Fair this past weekend!
  • Ms. Jordan for inviting in Marcus Blackwell, Jr., CEO & Founder of Make Music Count, to work with her Foundations of Algebra class on connecting math and music!
  • Mr. Wynn, Mr. Morrison, Mr.White, Ms. Jordan, Ms.Schaffer, Dr. Morgan, Ms. Woods, and Mr. Copp for preparing students on their Milestones this past week!  Students felt confident about their success!
  • Ms. Weaver[Kaney], Dr. Allen, Mr. Richardson, and all staff who contributed to a wonderful Senior Awards Ceremony!
  • Ms. Davis, Mr. Richardson, and the CCR team for organizing Parent Conference Day!
  • Our Girls Tennis Team for an outstanding season.  The team made it to the third round of Regionals! Best Wishes to Seniors Naima Cooper and Naomi Ray!
Oliver SantillanZazueta 4/30
Zauria Hare 4/30 HOOD
Shayla Victrum 5/1 FOSTER
Dawn Williams 5/3 ALLEN
Collin Chunn 5/3 MORGAN
Solomon Adams 5/3 SCHAFFER
Jaxson Saunders 5/3 WHITE
Cody Martin 5/4 WOODS
Amian Smart-Browne 5/4 KRACHMAN
Dave Stafford 5/5 BENNETT
India Ingram 5/5 MAYES-ADAMS
Deja Stafford 5/5 WYNN
Ariel Hodges 5/6 CANNEY

Upcoming Events:


05/07 | Monday | “A” Day

  • All day Spanish 2 and 3 STAMP testing
    8:00-12:00 – AP Chemistry Exam
  • 12:00-4:00 – AP Psychology Exam
  • Flex Time – A-Week Clubs
  • 6:00 – Band Booster Club Meeting [Mr. Doran’s Conference Room]
05/08 | Tuesday | “B” Day

  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • 8:00-12:00 –  AP Spanish Exam
  • 12:00-4:00 – AP Physics Exam
  • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • 6:30 – JA/SA Spring Orchestra Concert
05/09  | Wednesday | “A” Day

  • AP Literature
  • Flex Time – Advisory
  • 2:30 – Annual Poetry Slam [Selected Students]
05/10 | Thursday |  “B” Day

  • All day Spanish 2 and 3 STAMP testing
  • Senior Spirit Week – Drew Spirit Day
  • 8:00-12:00 – AP US Government Exam
  • 3rd Period – Senior Exams
  • 12:00-4:00 – AP Environmental Science Exam
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning
    • Book Buddies [SA Mentors; students will return to class w/pass]
  • 4th Period – Senior Exams
  • 6:00 – Enrollment Lottery [Theater]
05/11 | Friday | “A” Day

  • All day Spanish 2 and 3 STAMP testing
  • Senior Spirit Week – Sweatpants Day
  • 8:00-12:00 – AP US History Exam
  • 1st Period – Senior Exams
  • 9:00-3:30 – 9/10th Grade Field Trip [Selected Students – Six Flags]
  • 3rd Period – Senior Exams
  • 12:00-4:00 – AP Computer Science Principles Exam
  • Flex Time – Advisory/Free Friday
  • 4th Period – Senior Exams
  • 6:00 – PTA Screen on Green [EA Playground]
05/12 | Saturday

  • 10:00-3:00 – International Day and Arts Fair for EA, JA and SA

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 05/14 – 05/20 (All week all day STAMP testing for Spanish 1)
    • 05/14
      • AP Exam, Biology
      • 6pm: EagleNation Booster Club Meeting [ Cafeteria ]
      • 2:30-4:00:College Decision Day[Gym]
    • 5/15
      • AP Exam, Calculus, AP Computer Science
    • 5/16
      • Peer Leadership/Mentorship
    • 05/17[Senior Picnic]
      • AP Exam- World History
      • GSU Downtown Early College Parent Meeting
      • 5:00: Parent Gathering [Eva Davis Board Room]
    • 5/18[Graduation Rehearsal]
      • AP Exam- Human Geography
      • 11:30am-12pm  11th grade Community Forum
    • 5/19, 4:00 pm – Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony [Main Gym]
    • Final Exams –
      • May 21st – Periods 1A and 3A
      • May 22nd – Periods 1B and 3B
      • May 23rd – Periods 2A and 4A
      • May 24th – Period 2B and 4B
    • June 4-15th – Summer Bridge Program for rising ninth grade students [Georgia Tech]


  • Student Opportunity- For students who are entering 9th-12th graders, interested in architecture, design, engineering. Click here for additional details.
  • Employment Opportunities for 2018-2019 – We are currently looking to hire for the 2018-2019 school year, please see the vacant positions below. If you or someone you know is interested and available, please have them apply on our website.
    • Computer Science
    • English/Language Arts
    • Engineering
    • Math
    • Spanish
    • Special Education
  • Reminder: PTA Parent Gatherings – On Thursday, April 19th we hosted our eighth PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering.  Thank you to Dr. Alduan Tartt, for presenting.  Dr. Tartt’s presentation is linked here and a recording of the full program is available here.
    • 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, May 17th in the Eva Davis Board Room.  The topic will be SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS AS THEY APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO FUND THEIR HIGHER EDUCATION with Jessica Johnson of The Scholarship Academy.

Parent Gathering -May

College/University Student Matriculating
Agnes Scott College Jocelyn Gresham, Erin Harris
Alabama A&M University Jayla Thrash
Alabama State University
Augusta University
Bennett College
Boston University Kenise Neal, Posse Scholar
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
College of Coastal Georgia
Columbia University
Dalton State College
Dartmouth College
Dillard University
Duke University
East Georgia State College
Emerson College
Emory University
Fisk University Evan Flemming & Tanesheia Arnold, 5 Strong Scholars
Florida A&M University Makiya Ferguson
Full Sail University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Gordon State College
Goucher College Jade Burney
Hampton University
Hofstra University Madison Grant
Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Kennesaw State University
Lafayette College
Lander University
Langston University Eyshea McCorkle, 5 Strong Scholar
Louisiana State University
Mary Baldwin University
Marymount Manhattan College
Morehouse College
North Carolina A&T University
North Carolina Central University
Old Dominion University
Pace University
Paine College
Pepperdine University
Pomona College
Rice University
Reinhardt University
Samford University
Shorter University

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