Week of October 01st, 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:

  • Ms. Pryor, who returned this week!
  • Mr. Allen, who joined us this week as a paraprofessional!
  • The Volleyball team who finished 3rd place in the Area 5 tournament and are advancing to STATE!!
  • Mr. Rashid for handling such sensitive and challenge work so gracefully and thoroughly!
  • Ms. McKenzie for supporting 9th Grade Literature while Ms. Klein was out!
  • Ms. Mayes and the 10th Grade Honors World Lit class for their hard work and preparation for the Empowerment Conference on Saturday!
  • Mr. Copp for always going above and beyond to help students succeed by preparing them to do well on assessments the first time, administering re-takes when students do not do well, checking in with teachers for missing assignments and make-up work for students, and ensuring that teachers get all assignments back completed in a timely manner!
  • Ms. Byrant for her work with the Advanced Theater team!
  • Ms. Crooks for helping route all of our guests and manage the reception desk!
  • Mr. Herring for working to get everything we needed installed in the Mac Lab!
  • Mr. Kitchen, Mr. Bennett, Ms. Wilder, and Ms. Hecht for launching their first PBL project for GeoTech!
  • The Math Department for working to create a collective approach to using IXL as an instructional tool for student procedural fluency practice!
  • Ms. S. Williams for her work with planning and pacing in Economics on the semester and year-long schedule!
  • Ms. Shannon and Ms. Jones for having a resume writing and cover letter workshop with Ms.Woods Biotech Class!


Week of: 10/01/18 – 10/07/18

Norm of the Week: Show Respect

10/01  | B


  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club/Mu Alpha Theta, Math Mentors, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, National Art Honor Society
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
      • Main Gym (all grades)
10/02 | A


  • National Custodial Worker Day
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
      • Practice Gym (10th grade)
10/03 | B


  • 9:00-11:00 – Senior Breakfast [Cafeteria]
  • 2:15 – National Warning Test [See note below]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 9th and 11th (all subjects)
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – 9-11th grades)
      • Main Gym (9-11th grades)
    • 12th Grade Community Forum
  • 4:05 – Homecoming Court Meeting – All students who would like to be on Homecoming Court Must attend.
10/04 | A


  • JA STEAM Certification Walkthrough
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
      • Practice Gym (11th grade)
  • 5:30 – Title I Parent Meeting [Cafeteria]
10/05 | B


  • World Teacher Day
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
Saturday | 10/06

  • Last day to register to vote
Weeks of 10/08-10/19

  • 10/8-10/9 – Professional Learning and Planning Days
  • 10/10-10/12 – Fall Break
  • 10/15-10/19 – Columbian Exchange
  • 10/15 – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, National Association of Black Journalists (Mayes)
  • 10/17
    • Flex Time: Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 10th and 12th (all subjects)
    • 4:00-5:00 – PTA Welcome-All Wednesday [Front Lawn]
  • 10/18 –
    • Flex Time: 10th Grade Community Forum
    • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering
Other Upcoming Events

  • 10/22-10/31 – Fall Benchmarks
  • 10/26, 9:00-11:00 – STEAM Career Day
  • 10/24 – One Act Play Regional Competition
  • 10/24-10/30 – Benchmarks
  • 11/2 – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • 11/3 – One Act Play State Competition
  • 11/5 – Homecoming Coronation
  • 11/8 – SOARING Community Arts Exhibition
  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week


  • Gifted Eligibility Information – If you would like to complete a parent referral form for your child to be tested for eligibility into the Gifted Program, please email Alicia McKenzie at the Senior Academy alicia.mckenzie@drewcharterschool.org or stop by the front desk to pick up the required forms.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On September 13th at 8:15 am we hosted our first PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering (similar to EA and JA Principal’s Coffees) in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic was “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau.  If you were unable to attend see the link here for a recording of this presentation.  Our next PTA Parent Gathering will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 5:00 pm.  Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray.
  • Parent Volunteer Opportunity- Would you like to help with Homecoming Season for the Senior Academy? Assistance is needed from parent volunteers to help with homecoming coronation and the dance! Contact Joshay Simmons to express interest!
  • Global Opportunity: Host A Colombian Student during the week of October 14-21st – During the past 5 years, Drew Charter School has established an intercultural exchange with students from private schools in Colombia. Students visit us to experience Drew life, share their culture and language with families. This year we have a group of 15 students and 2 teachers coming from Bogota. We are looking for Drew families that can host one student or teacher.   About the exchange:
    • Students will arrive on Sunday, October 14th at 3:30 pm and depart on October 21st at 3 pm.
    • Students will be at Drew during the day and will come home with your children after school.
    • They need their own bed but they can share a room with a same-sex “sibling.”
    • If you decide to host a student or teacher please inform Mrs. Heather Anderson (Drew Parent coordinator for this activity) at heatherkanderson@hotmail.com and copy Claudia Fitzwater, (Spanish teacher) at claudia.fitzwater@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: PSAT – The PSAT is coming soon for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.  Students can begin preparing for exam by using the following websites:
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms starting this month. The norm of the week: Show Respect
  • Reminder: Federal Eligibility Applications –
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Emily Isbell.Walk-Bike-to-School-Day

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