Week of March 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:

  • The Junior Academy, Mr. Leaphart, Ms. Ali, Ms. Bryant, Mr. Boonyapat and everyone else who worked to achieve STEAM certification from the Georgia Department of Education, which was officially conferred last Thursday at an awesome banner ceremony!
  • Ms. Smith, who joins us as a new STEAM Team member, orchestrating the STEAM Trunks and helping with STEAM programming!
  • The new Beta Club inductees and to the Beta Club officers and Ms. McKenzie for organizing the induction ceremony on Wednesday!
  • Seniors Chloe Cannada, Collin Chunn, Kenyetta Akowa, Trinity Mosley, Mariela Santillan-Guerrero, and Parker Freeman for helping support our Early College Night by sharing their experiences with rising seniors and parents!
  • Senior Niara Botchwey who is one of only 5 students across the South to receive The SACAC Horizon Award, a $1000 college scholarship! As a matching award, Niara selected Emily H. to receive $1,000 to be used towards professional development opportunities.
  • Senior Peyton Rodgers, who was one of 150 students nationally to receive a $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship, selected from over 95,000 applicants!
  • Junior Laquincia Smith for being admitted into Camp Ignite an initiative for women with a mission to encourage more female firefighters!
  • Freshman Angel Jones, who volunteered to help lead prospective parent tours!
  • Dr. Allen, Ms. Davis, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Kitchen, Ms. McIntyre, Ms. Cook and ninth grade student volunteers for organizing and planning our Rising 9th Grade Transition Night!
  • Ms. Young, who has been selected to serve on the SACAC Board of Directors for a three year term!  SACAC is a professional association that supports best practices in college admissions and brings together both admissions and college counseling professionals.
  • Ms. Herman, who was identified and nominated by Caltech University to attend the 2019 Fitzwilliam Summit for Emerging Leaders in the College Admission and Secondary School Counseling Profession!
  • Ms. Vaughn for engaging her students in writing content for their upcoming performance and for an awesome performance at the STEAM certification ceremony!
  • Ms. Stinson for planning and organizing Early College Parent Night!


Week of: 03/04-03/10

3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks

A-Day MON. 03/04

  • 11:05 – Lunches run normally for both 9/10th and 11/12th, but students report to 4th period during the time that they would normally report to 3rd period
  • 1:25 – All students report to Advisory
  • 1:30-2:00 – Advisory: Review college fair list and final prep for fair
  • 2:00-3:00 – Drew College Fair
    • 1:55 – Junior/Senior students report to the College Fair
    • 2:05 – Sophomore students report to the College Fair
    • 2:10 – Freshmen students report to the College Fair
  • 3:00-4:00 – 3rd period

B-Day TUES. 03/05

  • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Decatur HS [Heritage Golf Course]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball @ Fellowship Christian
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Our Lady of Mercy [Home]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis @ Coretta Scott King
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

A-Day WED.  03/06

  • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [12th Grade]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • 9th Grade Short Story Book Fair [9th Grade PBL Lab]
    • Achieve Atlanta and Drew Norms Scholarship Workshop
    • Gifted Seminar [Mac Lab – 11th/12th grade Math]

B-Day THURS. 03/07

  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • 9th Grade Community Forum
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs North Atlanta [Home – Girls ONLY]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Elite Scholars [Home]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Banneker

A-Day FRI. 03/08

Student Playwright Showcase [See Flyer for more details below]
  • 8:00 – Students report to advisory
  • 8:02 – Juniors and seniors go to the theater to sit by advisory.  
  • 8:04 – Freshmen and sophomores go to the theater to sit by advisory.  
  • 8:05-9:00 – TEDdy Talk
  • 9:00 –
    • Juniors are dismissed to work with the junior team for the day.
    • Seniors are dismissed to meet their advisors in the PBL lab and go with their advisors to the STEAM Day sessions that they are supporting for the day.  
    • Freshmen and sophomore advisories transition with their advisors to their first STEAM Day session.
  • 11:10-11:40 – Freshman and sophomore lunch
  • 11:45 – Freshmen and sophomores dismissed to the main gym from lunch.
  • 12:45 – Seniors will need to come back up the hill for lunch.  At the end of lunch students report back to their sessions

SAT. 3/9

  • 3:00-6:00 – Design-o-rama [See flyers below]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/13
    • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
    • Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 3/14 – Pi Day
  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym
  • 3/20, 6:00 – Teaching Tolerance Voices of East Lake Event [Theater]
  • 3/21, 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]
  • 3/22, 6:30 and 3/23, 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 04/26 – Prom
  • 05/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program


  • Design-o-Rama Call for Volunteers We are seeking participants to support our theme of SHELTER. You are receiving this email because we think you might be interested in participating or you might know someone that would. We would love to have professions and hobbyist show off what they do and host activities that involve attendees in the process of making something. We will also feature an auto show–AUTOS THROUGH the AGES. Please direct interested folks to our website: http://steamatdrew.weebly.com/designorama.html.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • 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, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording 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 – Applications for new students are open now. 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 are available on Drew’s website 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.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is March 18-29, 2019! All current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 school year must complete the re-enrollment process. Details about the re-enrollment process and schedule can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents and 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 PTA Presents the 2019 Online Auction Fundraiser March 15 – 21, 2019
    Get great deals on summer camps, lessons, artwork, event tickets, gift cards, class baskets, travel, and more!  All proceeds go to the Drew PTA’s programs and events that benefit all Drew students, teachers, and families!
    Totally online!  Support the Drew PTA from wherever you are!!
    Free to register and bid!  You are only charged if you win an item!charityauction.bid/drewpta2019 
    Auction items are still being added to the catalog now, but you may preview what is already there. March 8:  Online Catalog will be complete and online March 15: 8 a.m. Online bidding opensMarch 21: 11:59 p.m. Online bidding closes
    If you have questions or want to donate an item to the auction, contact us at DrewPTAauction@gmail.com
    Thank you and happy bidding!
  • 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

College Acceptances To-Date

College/UniversityStudent Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University
Auburn University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado CollegeJuanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth CollegeDaisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Furman UniversityMarcus Foster
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Long Island University, Post
Louisiana State University
Mercer University
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Penn State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts UniversityKenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
Valdosta State University
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana


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