Week of February 04th, 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:

  • Senior Niara Botchwey (pictured above), who will skip the State Science Fair and qualified for the International Science and Engineering Festival!
  • Ms. Izin, who will be serving as a long-term Special Education substitute for Dr. Morgan’s caseload until the end of the school year!
  • Alumnus Renaldo Clark (c/o 2017) who just received an Accounting Internship with Home Depot! He’s a current sophomore at Morehouse!
  • The following students who participated in UGA’s JanFest Concert Band Festival: Adammah Reynolds, Trinitee Reynolds, KaNiya Smith, Asia Foster, Amaya Carzell, and Corey Jones. These students did an amazing job and represented Drew very well! You can listen to their concerts at http://bands.uga.edu/janfest.  They were in the Brown, Wilson, Clark, and Willoughby bands.
  • Junior Alexis Gaines for being selected by 21st Century Leaders (a Georgia-based non-profit youth leadership and talent development program) as a 2019 Georgia Leadership Award Recipient! She is one of only 21 youth leaders across Georgia to receive this distinguished recognition for their community-wide impact!
  • Junior Terron Joiner, for being selected as a Finalist for the Youth Ambassadors Program! He will be traveling to Paraguay this summer with the US Department of State!
  • Junior Malik Mohammed for being selected as an alternate for the Youth Ambassadors Program!
  • Freshman Aryka DeRosa’s had an outstanding performance on her Physics assessment this week! 
  • Freshman Chanel Harris who recently had the highest score on an AP Unit Test!
  • Freshmen Ja’Kobe Strozier and DJ Rogers for showing tremendous growth on the basketball court!
  • The College and Career Readiness Teams and Grade Level Team Leaders (AISs) for coordinating Parent Conferences!
  • Ms. Young, Mr. White and Ms. Woods for their leadership of the Young Black Excellence club!


Week of:  02/04/19  – 02/10/19  

National School Counseling Week

MON 02/04 B

  • 1:30 – Early Dismissal: Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Cheerleaders
  • 3:30 – Varsity Girls Basketball Region Playoff Game [Landmark Christian]
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Academic Decathlon, Beta Club, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)

TUES 02/05 A

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
    • Gifted Seminar (9/10th Grades – Mac Lab)

WEDS 02/06 B

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning (9th and 12th Grades)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • 10th Grade Community Forum [Theater]
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
  • 5:30 – FAFSA Next Steps Event for Seniors and Parents

THURS 02/07 A

  • Fundraising Event for the Drama Department to travel to London/Scotland [Caroline St. Willy’s Mexicana Grill – See flyer below]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • ACT Prep (11th Grade)
  • 6:30 – 6th Annual Drew’s Got Talent [Theater]

FRI 02/08 B

  • 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 6:30 – 6th Annual Drew’s Got Talent [Theater]

SAT – 02/09

  • ACT Administration
  • 10:00-1:00 – PTA Summer Camp Expo
  • 7:00-8:30 – PTA Red & White Family Dance [EA Cafeteria]

SUN – 02/10 – Junior College Tour [North Carolina]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 2/10-2/13 – Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 2/11
    • Flex Time –
      • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Student Government Association
      • 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]
  • 2/12, 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]
  • 2/13
    • 8:00-10:00 – AMC 12 Math Competition
    • Flex Time – Advisory
  • 2/14 – Sophomore Dress Down Day
  • 2/15, 3:00-4:00 – Spring Sports Pep Rally
  • 2/16 – GHSA State Dance Invitational
  • 2/18-2/22 – Winter Break/Inclement Weather Days [No School]
  • 2/27
    • Flex Time – SA Beta Club Induction
    • SGA Sponsored HBCU/Blackout Dress down day (Students will purchase wristbands from Dr. Allen to participate.  
  • 2/28, 8:15 am – PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering
  • 3/4-3/8 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/4 – College Fair
  • 3/6 –
    • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
    • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
  • 3/8 – STEAM Day
  • 3/9 – Design-o-rama


  • The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and  may be completed using personal computers, smartphones or tablets.  All parents should participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, February 28th at 8:15 am (not the third Thursday due to the Winter Break). 
    • If you were unable to attend, a recording of the Gathering is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio 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.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st – If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • 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 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] 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 Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).
    • Eddie’s Attic
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    • For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    • See flyer below
  • Summer Expo – This event will allow you to speak to representatives from summer programs and plan ahead for your student’s summer! Learn about application deadlines and potential financial aid! Programs for all ages from pre-school – 8th grade, in all areas of interest, in all price ranges will be present! Some of the programs will even be accepting registrations on site! A list of participating programs can be found at http://www.DrewCharterSchoolPTA.com.
    • The Drew Charter PTA’s 5th Annual Summer Program Expo
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019
    • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Upper Campus Cafeteria
  • Scholarship Opportunity – The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Apply Here WHAT WINNERS RECEIVE:
    • $10,000 Award – Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.
    • Young Heroes Materials – Each winner receives a signed copy of The Hero’s Trail by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron, along with a copy of Dream Big, our documentary film profiling several former Barron Prize winners. Winners also receive our Young Heroes Activity Guide and Bibliography.
    • Networking Opportunities – Winners are given the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize honorees through our Young Heroes online forum.


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