Week of October 15th, 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:

  • Mr. Konieczny for the birth of his son, Elias John Konieczny!
  • Drew Charter School for being featured in Google Earth on World Teacher Day!  Drew was one of only eight schools worldwide who were featured with virtual tours on Google Earth!  Link available here (must open in Chrome).
  • The Senior Academy for having the highest graduation rate (98.7%) in the district for a second straight year!
  • Mr. Leaphart and the Junior Academy for being awarded STEAM certification and particularly Ms. Bryant, who helped lead the application process!
  • Junior Payton Gunner for performing during the APS State of the Schools event on October 5th! [She is pictured above and appears at the 45 minute mark in this video]
  • The Beta Club members for providing cards and gifts for Custodian Appreciation Day!
  • The Softball Team for an awesome season and particularly to Senior Cydney Taylor, who has been playing with Drew since the 6th Grade!
  • Ms. Mayes and the 10th grade honors students for Presenting Professionally during the Empowerment Conference!
  • Mr. Copp for rewriting an entire physics test for his students to retake!
  • Mr. Prince for inviting a speaker to 4th period Advanced Composition class. His name was Matt Ackerman, Executive Producer of Film. He also assisted the students in the writing of their scripts for their films, to be presented in the collaborative PBL orchestrated by Mr. Prince and Mr. Wynn!
  • Ms. Simmons, Ms. Nguyen, and the ChemVAS students for the artistic display of The Periodic Table in the hallway!
  • Ms. Klein for quickly building positive relationships with students while engaging them with writing focused activities!


Week of: 10/15/18 – 10/21/18

  • Norm of the Week: Act Responsibly
  • All Week: Columbian Exchange
10/15 | A


  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, National Association of Black Journalists
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (9th grade)
10/16 | B


  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
10/17 | A


  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory 
  • 4:00-5:00 – PTA Welcome-All Wednesday [Front Lawn]
10/18 | B

Thursday – Columbian Exchange students visit the Senior Academy

  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
    • 10th Grade Community Forum
  • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering [Eva Davis Board Room]
10/19 | A


  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Columbian Exchange Performance [Theater]
    • Students report to Advisory first
    • 1:32 – 12th Grade reports to Theater
    • 1:34 – 11th Grade reports to Theater
    • 1:36- 10th Grade reports to Theater
    • 1:38 – 9th Grade reports to Theater
Week of 10/22-10/26 – Fall Benchmarks

  • 10/23, 8:00-12:00 – 8-9th Grade PSAT Administration
  • 10/24
    • 8:00-12:00 – 10-11th Grade PSAT Administration
    • One Act Play Regional Competition
  • 10/25 – Make-Up Picture Day
  • 10/26, 9:00-11:00 – STEAM Career Day
Other Upcoming Events

  • 11/2 – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • 11/3 – One Act Play State Competition
  • 11/7  – Homecoming Coronation
  • 11/8 –
    • SOARING Community Arts Exhibition
    • Fall PTA General Body Mtg & Family Dinner Night
  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week
  • 11/16 – Talking to Your Child About Race: A facilitated conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum [Theater – See flyer below]
  • 11/16, 5:30 – Homecoming Basketball Games
  • 11/17, 7:00 – Homecoming Dance
  • 11/19-11/23 – Thanksgiving Break


  • Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • Progress and Eagle Rise Reports – The Friday before Fall Break, during advisory, we provided students with academic progress reports and non-academic Eagle Rise Reports with information about behaviors like arriving to class on time, wearing the school uniform and handling laptops responsibly.  Please take a moment to ask your student about these reports and let us know what you think about the format and information included.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On October 18th at 5:00pm we will host the monthly 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
    • If you are unable to attend, stay tuned for directions for how to attend remotely and for a recording of the presentation and discussion.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray.
  • Reminder: PSAT – The PSAT will be administered next week for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.  Students can prepare 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. 
    • Week of 10/22 – 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. [See note above regarding lunch balances]
  • 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: Ms. Isbell

Reflections -PTA




2022 Dues Flyer
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2021 Dues Flyer

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2020 Dues
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2019 Dues Flyer
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