Week of October 22nd, 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, the Sunday before last!
    • MARY HARTIGAN, who joins us as our new Enrollment Manager!
    • The DREW CHARTER JUNIOR AND SENIOR ACADEMIES for ranking in the top 5% in the state for the single 2017 CCRPI score! We have achieved this by demonstrating excellence across student achievement, attendance, college and career readiness and several other factors and across our various student populations.  
    • The Debate Team for winning their second straight tournament and to Junior Maddox Gates who was named 1st Place Speaker! [See picture above]
    • Ms. Mason and the College and Career Readiness team for leading FAFSA night this week with a great parent turnout!
    • Ms. A. Williams and, parent, Ms. Akua Taylor, who were featured playwrights at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, the LARGEST Black theater festival in the WORLD!
    • The College and Career Readiness Team for coordinating the upcoming schedule for the PSAT!
    • Ms. Isbell-Desprez for presenting on her Fulbright learning in Singapore at the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference on Friday!
    • Ms. Schaffer for leading great discussion and collaboration with her APUSH students using document-based questions!
    • Ms. Luster for an interesting JA project learning about birds and building birdhouses!
    • Ms. Casas for volunteering to help sponsor Young Life!
    • Officer Shannon and Officer Bridwell for their proactive work and monitoring to keep students safe on both campuses!
    • Dr. Allen and Ms. Might for increasing opportunities for upper level Spanish students to present their work!



Week of: 10/22/18 – 10/28/18

Norm of the Week: Honor Trust

Fall Benchmarks

10/22 | B


  • 8:00-8:30 am – Celebration for Eagle Rise Students
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Math Mentors, Spanish Language and Culture Club, Yearbook, Creative Writing Club, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Academic Decathlon, Cheer Club, Debate Team
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
    • Homecoming Coronation Practice
10/23 | A


  • 8:00-12:00 – 8-9th Grade PSAT Administration
  • 11:10-11:40 – Lunch [10th grade only]
  • 12:55-1:25 – Lunch [9th, 11th, 12th grade]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (10th grade)
  • Join the Drew PTA for East Lake Spirit Night at East Lake’s Mix’d Up Burgers and Greater Good BBQ! Tell the restaurant you are there for Drew’s Dine Out, and the Drew PTA will receive a portion of your bill! Socialize with other Drew families! Take a break from cooking! Support the Drew PTA while you have fun!
    • Mix’D Up Burgers, 2371 Hosea Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Offer applies to Dine in and Take Out orders.
    • Greater Good BBQ East Lake, 2358 Hosea Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ONLY. Offer applies to Drew applies to Dine in and Take Out orders
10/24 | B


  • One Act Regional Competition
  • 8:00-12:00 – 10-11th Grade PSAT Administration
  • 11:10-11:40 – Lunch [9th and 12th grade]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: 10th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
    • Homecoming Coronation Practice
10/25 | A


  • Cross Country Region Meet [Rome, GA at the Darlington School]
  • 9:00-12:00 – Yearbook Photo Make-Up Day
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (11th grade)
10/26 | B


  • 8:00-8:55 – 1st Period
  • 9:00-11:05 – STEAM Career Day
    • Students will report to advisory at 8:55 and will travel to four different sessions with their advisory
    • Students will miss 2nd period
    • At 11:05 the schedule will resume as normal with 9/10th going to lunch and 11/12th going to 3rd period
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
10/27 and 10/28 |


  • Atlanta Maker Faire [Georgia Freight Depot]
Weeks of 10/29 – 11/04

  • 10/29, Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Student Government Association, Football, Young Black Excellence, Debate Team, Yearbook
  • 10/31, Flex Time – Advisory
  • 11/2 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
      • 1:00 – Grade-Level Info Sessions [Open to all families]
      • 1:30-5:00 – Individually Scheduled Conferences [Selected families]
      • 5:00 – Grade-Level Info Sessions [Open to all families]
    • Mock ACT [All juniors]
  • 11/3 –
    • One Act Play State Competition
    • 2:00 – Drew Dads GSU Football Game [Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315]
      • Join Drew Dads as we enjoy a day of sports and camaraderie with our kids and fellow male role models at Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field)! Kids 10 and under are free and anyone over 10 is only $7!! Our GSU Panthers are battling their Sun Belt foes the Texas State Bobcats! 
Other Upcoming Events

  • 11/7, 2:30-4:00 – Homecoming Coronation
  • 11/8 –
    • 8:00 am – Drew Dads 2nd Thursday Meeting [Drew Elementary Academy Cafeteria]
      • Join us for our monthly meeting as we seek to CONNECT Drew Dads with one another and EQUIP ourselves to be the best men we can be with an eye to SERVE our family, school, and surrounding community!
    • SOARING Community Arts Exhibition
  • 11/11, 12:30 – Sunday Football with Drew Dads [Kirkyard Public House 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317]
    • Join us at 12:30pm to secure seats in the upper level of Kirkyard Public House in Kirkwood to watch the 1:00pm Falcons game vs the Browns. Get in some hang time withe fellas over football, good food, and good drinks! RSVP and share with fellow Drew Dads HERE on Facebook.
  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week
  • 11/15 – Talking to Your Child About Race: A facilitated conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum [Theater]
  • 11/16 – Homecoming Basketball Game
  • 11/17 – Homecoming Dance
  • 11/19-11/23 – Thanksgiving Break


  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On October 18th at 5:00pm we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “College Branding.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.
    • If you were unable to attend, a recording of the Gathering is available here.
    • Several parents/guardians called in to this meeting and unfortunately the audio in the conference room was not working so the presenter and other participants could not hear them.  If that was, you we apologize for the technical issues.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Reminder: 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.
  • Homecoming Competition The first grade level to have 100% completion of the lunch application [also known as FEA] by Advisory will receive points towards the overall competition.
    • Points will be awarded in the respective order
      • 1st = 25 pts
      • 2nd= 15 pts
      • 3rd= 10 pts
      • 4th= 05 pts
  • Jeans Passes – As a final push, students whose lunch applications process by October 30th can obtain a Jean Pass from Ms. Livingston. Applications need to be in by completed before the deadline. Student will not receive a pass if the application does not process, this can take up to 48 hours.
  • Beta Club Information-  For the latest information on the Senior Academy Beta Club, visit their website here.  If you have questions, email Ms. McKenzie at alicia.mckenzie@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • 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








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