Week of March 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:

  • The 5th Grade Team for their “I See Myself in You” project which created absolutely amazing photographs of students posing as influential individuals from Black History! The images are incredible [see above]!
  • Mr. Prince for lending time to coach the new Drew Literary Team!  The team performed admirably against some very tough competition, placing fourth in our region, with the following individuals placing:
    • Jamilah El Amin – 2nd place for Girls Vocal Solo!! – She qualifies to compete at the State Tournament!
    • Ivy Diamond  – 3rd Place in Essay – Argumentative
    • Jamie Alexander – 4th Place in Essay – Personal Narrative
    • Nathaniel Dobson – 4th Place in Essay – Rhetorical Analysis
    • Maddox Gaines – 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking – Domestic
    • Terron Joiner – 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking – International
    • Kim Nguyen – 5th Place in Oral Performance – Dramatic
  • Coach Weems and the Golf Team for beating Decatur!
    • Girls
      • SA Girls – 65
      • Decatur – 94
      • Low score – Par 26
      • Sarai Dobbs – 31
    • Boys
      • SA Boys – 99
      • Decatur – 119
      • Low score – Par 20
      • Miles Richardson – 22
  • Freshmen Brockington Bowden, Kalani Lickteig and Katelin Allen for helping to instruct students during an App Design Lesson!
  • Freshmen Angel Jones, Ty’rent Marks, and Takiya Terry for their level of engagement in discussing Romeo and Juliet!
  • Freshmen Jason Lin and Sophie Gallagher going above and beyond in designing their Toast Apps!
  • The College and Career Readiness Team for best East Atlanta College Fair yet!
  • The College and Career Readiness and Junior Teams for facilitating our first on-site SAT administration!
  • The Awards Committee for distributing Honor Roll recognition at the Ninth Grade Community Forum!
  • Ms. Byrant and the STEAM Team for back-to-back STEAM Day and Design-o-Rama!
  • Ms. McIntyre for the level of engagement of her students in Algebra I Support!
  • Mr. Konieczny for bringing in a guest speak for the most recent Science Department Meeting!
  • Ms. Schaffer for offering tutorial to students before school for AP Social Studies!
  • Ms. Luster for using the development across Memorial Drive as a teachable moment for her JA engineering class regarding loss of trees and bird habitats!


Week of:  03/11/19  – 03/17/19

3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks

3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip

B-Day MON. 03/11

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Debate, Football, Student Government Association, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym


  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Ben Franklin Academy (Home – Boys ONLY)
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer @ Atl. Jewish Academy (Girls ONLY)
  • 5:30 –
    • Varsity Track & Field (Lakewood Stadium)
    • Varsity Girls Tennis vs. Arabia Mountain (Home – Villages of East Lake)

B-Day WED.  03/13

  • 8:30-3:00 – Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
  • 9:00-2:00 – Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [9th and 11th Grade]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • 12th Grade Community Forum [Theater]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis @ Maynard Jackson

A-Day THURS. 03/14Pi Day

  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Atlanta Classical [Home]
  • 5:00 – JV Baseball @ Landmark
  • 5:30 – Title I Parent Input Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room – See more information below]

B-Day FRI. 03/15

  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 9:00 – Board of Directors: Governance Committee Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]

SAT. 3/16

  • 9:00 – Varsity Track & Field [Southern Crescent Stadium]
  • 10:00 – JV Baseball vs Fulton Leadership Academy [Home – Crim]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • 3/18, Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Debate, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society
  • 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 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/23, 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/28, 6:00 – JA/SA Dance Performance
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 4/19 – SPACE IS: Shelter (see below)
  • 4/26 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • Prom
  • 5/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program


  • Drew Junior/Senior Academy Spring Title I Meeting – We will hold our Parent/Guardian Title I Input Meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Eva Davis Board Room. Join our conversation as we review and update our Junior Academy School CompactSenior Academy School Compact and School Parent and Family Engagement Plan for next school year. If you can’t make it we’d still love your feedback. You can complete our quick, ten question Title I Input Survey online. Please reach out to Mary Hartigan at mary.hartigan@drewcharterschool.org with questions.
  • 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 is 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 (see below). 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 happening now!
    Between Monday, March 18 and Friday, March 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. Please note that students currently attending the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew who are interested in attending Drew for kindergarten do not go through the re-enrollment process; they must submit a lottery application by April 30, 2019.
    There are three steps to re-enrollment: 
    1. Complete the online re-enrollment form, available at www.drewcharterschool.org/reenroll.
    2. Submit updated proof of residence documents. Parents/guardians must come onsite (JA/SA Practice Gym) between March 18 and March 29, 2019 to provide updated proof of residence documents. Details about the schedule and location can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents.
    3. Verification of documents. Following verification by Drew staff, a letter will be mailed indicating final re-enrollment status.
  • We look forward to seeing you before spring break! Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 oradmissions@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.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. Food court and Art Sale begins on the 3rd floor of the Yates campus @ 4pm including food sampling and reception. Performance begins at 8pm. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates,forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts @Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • 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

Class of 2019 Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Clark Atlanta University
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana  


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