Week of October 29th, 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:

  • Senior Niara Botchway, who received a President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for her volunteerism in 2017!
  • The One Act Play team (pictured above), Ms. Williams, Ms. Nguyen, Ms. Luster, Mr. Colbert and Mr. Baker for their 3rd place at the regional competition, award for Best Set and following individual awards:
    • Maesa Anderson (sophomore): Best Supporting Actress
    • Reno Teasley (senior): Best Supporting Actor
    • Kenneth Jones (sophomore): All-Star Cast Member
    • Jordan McCrary (sophomore): All-Star Cast Member
  • The Boys Cross Country team, Ms. Isbell, Mr. Richardson and Ms. White for their 2nd place finish at the region meet, particularly Freshman Jayden Causey who finished 6th!
  • 12th grade team for working towards meeting the SMART goal of 100% graduation rate!
  • Ms. McKenzie for arranging the Pink-Out for Breast Cancer!
  • Ms. Mayes-Adams for bringing in Nic Stone, a New York Times bestselling author, as a guest speaker for her 10th grade Honors World Literature and Composition class (see picture below)!
  • Mr. Harris for organizing a Saturday Community Service trip to the Trinity Food Bank in Austel last weekend!
  • Ms. Bryant, Ms. White, Mr. Boonyapat and everyone else who helped facilitate a great STEAM Career Day with great quality presenters!
  • Ms. McKenzie, Ms. Isbell, Dr. Hancock and Ms. Williams for their hard work producing and facilitating benchmark assessments this week!
  • Mr. Myers for holding the breakfast for students with perfect Eagle Rise Reports!
  • Mr. Johnson for holding a follow-up session to the Implicit Bias workshop during the Drew Mini-Conferences and for organizing the Foundations of Gender Inclusive Schools training for the Drew Leadership Team!
  • Ms. Weaver and the CCR Team for organizing the PSAT administrations!
  • Mr. Colbert, Mr. Richardson and Ms. Davis for helping organize the Columbian Exchange visit!

2018-10-25 Brandon (6)


Week of: 10/29/18 – 11/04/18

Fall Benchmarks

10/29 | A


  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Student Government Association, Football, Young Black Excellence, Debate Team, Yearbook
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (9th grade)
10/30 | B


  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – 10-12th grades)
    • Main Gym (10-12th grades)
    • Ninth Grade Community Forum [Theater]
10/31 | A


  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory  
11/1 | B


  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
11/2 | A


  • 9:00-2:00 – Red Cross Blood Drive [Front of Junior/Senior Academy]
  • 8:00-12:00 – Mock ACT [Juniors]
  • 8:00-8:45 – 1st Period
  • 8:50-9:35 – 2nd Period
  • 9:40-10:25 – 3rd Period
  • 10:30-11:15 – 4th Period
  • 11:15 – Lunch/Student Dismissal
  • 2:00-3:30 – PTA Painting with a Purpose – Bring your student out to create a piece of keepsake artwork and enjoy time with friends! This is a Painting with A Purpose charity event benefiting the Drew Charter PTA. Seating is limited, and this event WILL sell out so don’t wait to make your reservation. Class will begin promptly at 2 p.m. so we recommend arriving no later than 1:45 p.m. as this will give your child time to enjoy a juice box and healthy snack (provided by the Drew PTA) and get settled in to his or her seat.
  • 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]
11/3 | SAT

  • One Act Play State Competition
  • 11:00-1:30 – Get Off Your Apps and Move [Athletic Field at Junior/Senior Academy] – Healthy You, Healthy Drew and the PTA are sponsoring a “Get Off Your Apps and Move” event. We’ll have a scavenger hunt, physical activities, lots of prizes, giveaways, the food truck, and more. We want everyone to come out with their friends and families, put down their phones, and play! we won’t even be giving out UNICEF Kid Power bands to the first 50 kids who arrive. Come join us!!  See flyer.
  • 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!

Week of 11/5 – 11/11

  • 11/5, Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Math Mentors, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, National Art Honor Society
  • 11/6 – Election Day – Please go vote (if you haven’t already)!
    • Students who bring in their own “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker or their parent’s sticker can dress down the day after the election (Weds. 11/7)
  • 11/7
    • 1:30-2:30 – 4th Period
    • 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!
    • 5:00 – SOARING Community Arts Exhibition
    • 6:00 – Fall PTA General Body Mtg & Family Dinner Night [EA Cafeteria]
  • 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.
Other Upcoming Events

  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week
    • 11/12, Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Homecoming Activity
    • 11/14, Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Homecoming Activity
    • 11/16
      • Flex Time, 3:00-4:00 – Homecoming Pep Rally
      • 4:00-5:30 – Homecoming Tailgate
      • 5:30 – Homecoming Basketball Game
    • 11/17, 7:00 – Homecoming Dance
  • 11/15 –
    • 8:15 – SA PTA Parent Gathering [Eva Davis Board Room]
    • 7:00 – Talking to Your Child About Race: A facilitated conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum [Theater]
  • 11/16 – Quarter 2 Mid-Quarter Progress and Eagle Rise Reports issued to students
  • 11/19-11/23 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30 – JA/SA Science Fair


  • 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.  The next Gathering will be held at 8:15 am on Thursday, November 15th.
    • If you were unable to attend, a recording of the Gathering is available here.
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Drew PTA’s Winter Holidays Poinsettia Fundraiser – October 15 – November 5.
    Grown in a local nursery, these red, pink, or white poinsettias (your choice) arrive in a choice of 3 sizes: 6-inch pot, 8-inch pot, or 10-inch pot. The live plants will arrive wrapped in a plastic sleeve to ensure high quality. The flowers will be delivered to the school in late November or early December.
    Order online in the 
    PTA’s Online Store.

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