Week of November 26th, 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:

  • To JV boys, Varsity boys and the Varsity girls team for the first wins of the season! 
    • Special Kudos to Taronta Evans for 32 rebounds, a NEW record at Drew!
  • Ms. Wilder for putting together the Royal Luncheon for the Homecoming Court!
  • Ms. Thrash for speaking at the Royal Luncheon!
  • Ms. Simmons, for her leadership as Homecoming Committee Chair!
  • Mr. Grant, as he works to get up to speed as Chief Operating Officer!
  • Mr. Parker, for sticking it out to the end to help clean up after the Homecoming Dance!
  • Ms. Mayes for her drive and spirit that always helps lead the sophomore class to the spirit stick and for contacting and getting Hot 107.9 to come to the pep rally!
  • Ms. Mayes and Dr. Allen for organizing the tailgate for Homecoming!
  • Mr .Johnson for helping organize and moderate the evening with Dr. Beverly Tatum!
  • Ms. Hecht for contributing daily to a positive staff and student culture and for her students not only passing their classes, but also mastering standards!
  • Mr. Canney and Mr. Baker for exemplifying patience and persistence to help juniors be successful!
  • Dr. Allen and the SGA for the creative and engaging homecoming activities and pep rally!
  • Ms. Ali for preparing and organizing the food for the Homecoming Dance!
  • Ms. Klein for providing 9th grade students with the opportunity to experience Drew’s production of Romeo and Juliet as a preview for next semester!
  • Dr. Morgan, who continues to be a phenomenal leader in student advocacy and empathy and for all of her efforts in organizing the Homecoming Dance!
  • All staff who helped out in chaperoning and supervising homecoming events!


Week of: 11/26/18 -12/02/18

  • 11/26 |  MON
    • 11:00-1:00 – Board of Directors Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
    • Flex Time –
      • Clubs: Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, National Association of Black Journalists
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons)
      • Main Gym (All grades)

  • 11/27 |  TUES
    • Sophomore College Tours
    • 9:45 – Talent Development Committee Meeting
    • Flex Time – 
      • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons)
      • Practice Gym (9th grade)
    • 5:30 – Varsity Girls Basketball @ Cross Keys

  • 11/28 |  WED
  • Flex Time – 
    • Extended-Learning: 9th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and CLOSED:Fourth Floor Learning Commons)
    • Main Gym (All grades)
    • 11th Grade Community Forum
  • 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball vs. KIPP Collegiate [Home]

  • 11/29 | THUR
  • Flex Time – 
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and CLOSED: Fourth Floor Learning Commons)
  • Practice Gym (10th grade)

  • 11/30 |  FRI
    • JA/SA Science Fair 
    • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory

Other Upcoming Events

  • 12/3, 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, Debate Team
  • 12/4
    • 6:00 – Harp Holiday Concert
  • 12/5
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning: 10th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • 6:00 – Senior Academy Prospective Parent Night
  • 12/6, 6:30 – Chorus Winter Performance
  • 12/11, 2:30-4:00 – Our World, Literally Religious Summit
  • 12/13, 6:30 – Orchestra Holiday Concert
  • 12/17 – 
    • 1st Period – 1A midterm, summative assessment or project presentation 
    • 2nd Period
    • 3rd Period – 3A midterm, summative assessment or project presentation 
    • 4th Period
    • Flex Time – Advisory
    • 4:15-5:00 – Staff Meeting: Winter Wonderland of Wings
  • 12/18 – 
    • 1st Period – 1B midterm, summative assessment or project 
    • 2nd Period
    • 3rd Period – 3B midterm, summative assessment or project 
    • 4th Period
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning (Tutorial)
  • 12/19 and 12/20 – Half-Days for Fall Semester Midterms [See full letter to families here]
    • 12/19 –
      • 1st Period – 2A midterm, summative assessment or project 
      • 2nd Period – 4A midterm, summative assessment or project 
      • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
    • 12/20 – 
      • 1st Period – 2B midterm, summative assessment or project 
      • 2nd Period – 4B midterm, summative assessment or project 
      • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
  • 12/20 – Last day of the semester for students
  • 12/21 – Planning/Professional Learning Day
  • 1/3 and 1/4 – Planning/Professional Learning Days
  • 1/7 – First day of the spring semester for students


  • Computer Science Position – We are currently looking to hire a Computer Science teacher for the Senior Academy.  If you know of qualified and interested candidates, please have them email me at peter.mcknight@drewcharterschool.org.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On November 15th, 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.  There will not be a Gathering in December and so we will pick back up on Thursday January 17th.
    • 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: 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

PTA Family Dinner & Giving Tree Kick-Off

  • Thursday,November 29, 2018
    6 p.m. / Elementary Academy Cafeteria.
    Tickets: $5 – Order HERE
  • Join the Drew PTA for our SCHOOL-WIDE, ALL-ACADEMIES, 4th Annual Family DinnerNight & 2018 Eagle Giving Tree Kick-Off
  • Dinner includes a choice of vegetarian or meat pasta dish, vegetables, bread,and water or lemonade. $5 / plate. 
  • Purchase advance tickets: https://www.pt-avenue.com/shopGP.asp?sc=30317 and avoid the line the night of the event!
  • The Eagle Giving Tree & Family Dinner Night are two of our school’s most beloved winter traditions, and we need YOUR HELP to ensure their success this year! It takes many hands to run these events.
  • If you can donate an hour or two of your time, please sign up here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44AEA82EA46-eagle
  • This will also be our PTA General Body meeting, so you’ll be able to hereabout committee and budget updates!

Urban Youth Harp Ensemble Concert


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