Week of December 17th, 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:

  • All of our students, families and staff for a fantastic first semester!  Have a wonderful holiday!
  • Shout out to Drew! Google highlighted only eight schools worldwide and we made the cut! Click here to see Drew on the Google Earth platform!
  • Mr. Stephens, who joins us as our new Computer Science teacher!  He will be in the building this week and will officially take over Ms. Byrd’s classes when we return in January!
  • All of our alumni who came back last Friday to speak to our 10th and 12th grade advisories!
  • The Class of 2019 as their college acceptances roll in [see picture above]!
  • The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) for creating a great club and safe space and to all the student members who elected the first club president, Zed Dechant, and officers! Any students interested in joining can see Ms. Klein in A202 for more information.
  • Book Buddies Adammah Reynolds, Payton Gunner, Anyia Ray and Kameron Cook, who planned the lesson and activity for the December 6th Book Buddies meeting! The EA students loved the activity which included sharing the story “The Polar Express!”
  • Freshman Aman Aldred, who is always willing to help others with a smile!
  • Freshman Aryka DeRosa, who has been doing great in harp class and had her picture featured in the AJC [here]!
  • Freshmen Zakiyah Willis and Taylor Hill, who have been working extra hard and coming to extended learning to write their essays for 9th grade literature!
  • Ms. Byrant for screening our Computer Science teacher candidates and for helping coordinate interviews!
  • Ms. Myer for a really well-facilitated parent restorative circle!
  • Mr. Wynn for all of his hard work preparing students for the Economics Milestone and Mr. Myers for coordinating the administration!
  • Ms. Pryor, Ms. Anderson, and Mr. Hairston for an awesome combined Holiday Concert!  


Week of: 12/17/18 -12/23/18

12/19 and 12/20 – Half-Days for Fall Semester Midterms

12/17| A MON

  • 1st Period – 1A midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
  • 2nd Period
  • 3rd Period – 3A/3MWF midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
  • 4th Period
  • 3:05-3:55, Flex Time – Advisory

12/18 | B TUES

  • 1st Period – 1B midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
  • 2nd Period
  • 3rd Period – 3B/3TTh midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
  • 4th Period
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (All Teachers)
    • Main Gym (All Grades)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons)
    • 9th Grade Pizza Social (Freshman who have paid their dues)

12/19 | A WED

  • 1st Period – 2A/2MWF midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
  • 2nd Period – 4A/4MWF midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
  • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
  • 2:00-4:00 – Alumni Kickback

12/20 | B THUR –  Last day of the semester for students

  • 1st Period – 2B/2TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
  • 2nd Period – 4B/4TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
  • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal

12/21 | FRI – No School: Professional Learning and Planning Day

Other Upcoming Events

  • 1/3 and 1/4 – Planning/Professional Learning Days
  • 1/7 – First day of the spring semester for students
  • 1/21 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No School
  • 1/23-1/25 – State Beta Convention
  • 1/25 – Varsity Basketball vs. Elite Scholars [Senior Night]
  • 2/1 – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • 5/18 – Drew Graduation


  • Vacancies – We are currently looking to hire a Special Education Para-Professional and a Para-Professional for the Learning Lab. If you know of qualified and interested candidates, please have them apply here.
    • NOTE: The Computer Science position for the Senior Academy has been filled. 
  • 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


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