Week of February 11th, 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:

  • Mr. Kevin Petty, who joins us as a one-to-one paraprofessional for a ninth grade student!
  • The Drew Debate Team who won 1st Place Sweepstakes at the February AUDL Debate Tournament!
    • Ivy Diamond and Solomon Adams – 1st place overall Varsity policy team
  • Jordan McCrary and Reno Teasley this Saturday as they advance to the semi-final round of the August Wilson Monologue Competition!
    • Also, congratulate Asha Anderson for being admitted to AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy).
  • Alumnus Renaldo Clark (℅ 2017), who was selected as an accounting intern for Home Depot!
  • Junior Malik Mohammad who was accepted off the waitlist for Youth Ambassadors and will be traveling to Ecuador this summer!
  • Freshmen Sayj Harris, Jakobe Strozier, Tarek Hayes, Bianca Benton, and Elliot Davis worked very hard making an excellent video for Ms. Klein’s class! Joseph George, Cameron Anderson, and Jayden Causey also made a great video!
  • The CCR and 11th grade teams for supporting ACT prep for the junior class as they got ready for this past Saturday’s ACT!
  • Ms. Mason and the rest of the CCR team for facilitating the FAFSA Next Steps event for seniors and their parents last Wednesday!
  • Ms. McKenzie for facilitating the first Gifted Seminar of the year with 9/10th grade students in order to help connect them with enrichment opportunities!
  • Ms. Wilder for her patience and persistence while working through challenging situations!
  • Mr. Harris for helping a student in need!
  • Mr. Morrison for effectively structuring independent practice for his students including the use of solution sets so that students can check their work and move at their own pace!
  • Mr. Prince for voluntarily helping record and edit a sample podcast for the US History Podcast Challenge PBL project!  He also volunteered to lead groups during the entry event for this project!
  • Ms. Isbell, Ms. Hancock, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Kaney[Weaver] for working hard to revise our math course of study!
  • Mr. Myers for his continued leadership of the mastery scheduling process and to Ms. Pinder, Ms. Mills, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Kaney[Weaver] for their support!  A draft of the 2019-2020 master schedule is done!
  • Ms. Woods and Hecht, and Mr. White for their use of stations to support all students, but particularly students with disabilities!
  • Ms. Mayes for the time and effort she puts in to edit the book projects for her students and to Mr. Prince for helping edit some of the books!
  • Mr. Colbert and Anderson in addition to the other staff who planned and coordinated Drew’s Got Talent!
  • Mr. Canney, Baker, White, and Powell for their amazing collaboration in planning and organizing the L.I.T. musical integrated with student support!
  • Ms. Allen for attending Restorative Practices training this past week!
  • Ms. Klein, Ms. Wilder, and Ms. Hecht starting a poetry garden project and displaying it by the classroom! Go by and watch it grow in the coming weeks!


Week of:  02/11-02/17

2/10-2/13 – Junior College Tour [North Carolina]

MON. A-Day

  • Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 12:00-3:00 – 9th Grade PBL Showcase: Digital Book Fair [9th Grade PBL Lab]
  • 1:00-4:00 – Accuplacer Testing [Juniors]
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Student Government Association
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]


  • Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 8:00-11:00 – Gifted Testing [Selected students]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:30-5:30 – Golf Tryouts [Charlie Yates Course]

WED. A-Day

  • Junior College Tour [North Carolina]
  • 8:00-10:00 – AMC 12 Math Competition
  • 8:00-11:00 – Gifted Testing [Selected students]
  • Flex Time – Advisory [Due to Pep Rally on Friday]


  • Sophomore Jeans Day
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym

FRI. A-Day

  • Flex Time – Spring Sports Pep Rally [Students report directly to the main gym at the end of 4th period]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 2/16 – GHSA State Dance Invitational
  • 2/18-2/22 – Winter Break/Inclement Weather Days
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Cheer Club, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, Math Mentors, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Spanish Language and Culture Club, Young Black Excellence
  • 2/27
    • SGA Sponsored HBCU/Blackout Dress down day (Students will purchase wristbands from Tameka to participate.)
    • Flex Time –
      • Extended Learning (10th, 11th and 12th Grades)
      • SA Beta Club Induction
  • 2/28,
    • 8:15 am – PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering
    • 5:30 – 8th Grade Transition Night
  • 3/4-3/12 – 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
  • 3/11-3/15 – Sophomore College Tours
  • 3/13 – Ninth Grade Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • 3/14 – Pi Day


  • 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
  • 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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One thought on “Week of February 11th, 2019

  1. Renay Allen

    I really enjoy reading your blogs. They are very informative and you really do a great job at capturing the students and teachers success stories. The entire high lights and important dates really help keep me on track. Thank you!

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