Week of January 09th, 2019

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:

  • The entire Senior Academy for an awesome first semester and for all of the midterms, projects and presentations coordinated the last week of school!
  • Mr. Ryan Martin, who joins us as our Academic Support Paraprofessional in the Learning Lab!
  • Ms. Nicole Krsulic, who will be student teaching with Ms. Klein for 12 weeks this spring!
  • The Senior Academy for having the highest ACT take rate for public schools in the entire state of Georgia!!! THE ENTIRE state!!  Shoutout to the CCR Team for intentional and strategic support and collaboration to achieve this feat!!! 
  • The Class of 2019 for their work applying to colleges!  See the bottom of the Weekly Update to see where our Seniors have committed to attend!
  • Sophomores Alana Cason and Jabari Freeman for being city-wide winners in the PTA Reflections Contest [see more info below]!
  • Benjamin Schaeffer, Aaron DeCarlo, Bryant Triplett, Kameron Cook, Ariyah Jefferson, Raven Jackson, Isabel Crosby, Miles Richardson, Kayla White, Muhammad White, and Benjamin Lucas for all growing 10 or more points on their Winter Reading MAP test!
  • Freshman Marlow Reed, who has become the go to photographer in SA in only his first semester at Drew!  He has provided excellent images at events withoutany of my supervision!
  • Mr. Prince for inviting one of his former students and several other current Spelman students to come in and work with students on applying for scholarships. [See picture above]
  • Mr. Monaco, for his work with students, families and staff designing and making in the MakerSpaces! (He helped me make a prototype Christmas present for my wife!)


Week of: 12/24/18 – 01/13/18

01/07 | A MON –  First day of the spring semester for students

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Math Mentors, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, National Art Honor Society
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym (10th Grade priority)
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)

01/08  | B TUES

  •  Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym (All Grades)
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
  • 4:30 – JV Boys Basketball vs Strong Rock [Home]
  • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball vs Strong Rock [Home]

01/09 | A WED

  • 1:00-4:00 – Amazon Workshops (12th Grade)
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (10th Grade)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym (10th Grade)
    • Community Forum (9th Grade)
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
    • Amazon Workshops (12th Grade)
  • 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball @ S. Atlanta

01/10 | B THUR

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons)
    • Main Gym (All Grades)
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)

01/11 | A FRI

  • 6:00 – Varsity Basketball @ South Atlanta Christian Academy

Other Upcoming Events

  • 1/12
    • 9:00-1:00 – ACT Mock Exam for Juniors
    • 10:00 – JV Boys Basketball @ Best Academy
    • 1:00 – Varsity Basketball vs Greenforest [Home]
  • 1/14 – Clubs: Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, National Association of Black Journalists
  • 1/16, Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (9th and 11th Grades)
    • Sophomore Homecoming Win Pizza Party
    • Senior Scholarship Workshop
  • 1/16 – Scholarship Workshop w/ Ms. Mason and Ms. Hood
  • 1/17, 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering: Topic TBD [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • 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]
  • 1/31 – Women in STEM Events
  • 2/1 – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • 2/4-2/8 – National School Counseling Week
  • 2/6-2/8 – 6th Annual Drew’s Got Talent
  • 2/9, 11:00-1:00 – Summer Camp Expo


  • School Calendar Adjustment – Please note, as the testing schedule for the Atlanta Public School District has changed. May 3rd, which was previously designated as a Parent-Teacher Conference Day, will now be a regular school day. The last Parent-Teacher Conference Day for the school year has been moved to April 26th, meaning April 26th will now be a half-day for students. For full Announcement please visit the School Announcement Tab, also linked here. Spring Semester Student Calendar Holidays/School Closures are listed below: 
    • January 21: Martin Luther King National Holiday – School Closed
    • February 1: Parent/Teacher Conferences – All Academies Dismiss by Noon
    • February 18 – February 22: Winter Break –  School Closed 
      (Note: Designated WINTER BREAK unless makeup for inclement weather is needed.)
    • April 1 – April 5 :Spring Break – School Closed
    • April 26: Parent/Teacher Conferences – All Academies Dismiss by Noon
    • May 23: Last Day of School for Students
  • Vacancies – We are currently looking to hire a Special Education Teacher and Para-Professional. If you know of qualified and interested candidates, please have them apply here.
  • 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.  A Gathering in December was not held 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.
    • Can’t come in person? Attend via the following channels:
  • 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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