Week of March 18th, 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 Debate Team, Ms. Schaffer and Mr. Gaines for winning the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for the Atlanta Urban Debate League [see picture above]!
  • The SA Chorus and Mr. Sessoms for earning all SUPERIOR ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE), including a superior rating in sight-reading, arguably the most challenging area!
  • The 9th Grade team for the thought provoking PBL projects!
  • Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Ruffin for the captivating artwork in our halls!
  • Ms. McIntyre for planning (A LOT of prep work) and implementing a Breakout Room activity with her Algebra classes and also to Ms. Hecht, Ms. Duffie, and Ms. Jordan for supporting students throughout the process!
  • Ms. Isbell and Mu Alpha Theta students for planning the Pi Day competition!
  • Ms. Might for incorporating International Women’s Day into her Spanish 3 lessons!
  • Mr. Johnson for intentional programming, most recently through engagement around National Women’s History Month in regards to STEAM!


Week of:  03/18/19  – 03/24/19

A-Day MON.

  • 03/18
  • 10:00-3:00 – Seniors Movie and Lunch [Studio Movie Grill]
  • Flex Time –
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Debate, GSA, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • NO Practice Gym [Re-Enrollment]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball vs. Trinity Christian [Home – Crim]


  • 03/19
  • 8:00-11:00 – SA Gifted Testing [CoGAT – Cafeteria]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Maynard [Home]
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

A-Day WED.

  • 03/20
  • 10:00 – School Performance Committee Meeting
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [10th and 12th Grades]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • NO Practice Gym due to Re-Enrollment
    • Athletic Field [weather permitting]
    • Digital Book Fair/Physics PBL Showcase [9th Grade PBL Lab]
  • 4:15 – Graduation Committee Meeting
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball @ Trinity Christian
  • 6:00-7:30 – Teaching Tolerance “Voices of East Lake” Student Project Showcase and Community Forum [Theater]

B-Day THURS. 0

  • 03/21
  • 8:15 – SA PTA Parent Gathering: Restorative Practices [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Centennial [Girls ONLY – Charlie Yates]
  • 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]

A-Day FRI. 0

  • 03/22
  • 8:30 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 6:30 – SA Musical Review [Theater]


  • 03/23
  • 9:00-3:00 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]
  • 10:00 – JV Baseball @ Riverwood
  • 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students [Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym]
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/25
    • 2:00-4:00 – Take Flight! Rising 9th Grade/Senior Showcase [Gym]
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: 9-11th Grade Career Workshop
  • 3/26, 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Scholarship Academy & HOPE Eligibility
  • 3/27
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Senior Academy Talent Show
    • 5:30 – College and Career Week Parent University
  • 3/28
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Senior Walk Poster Making
    • 3:00 – Mission Committee Meeting
    • 6:30 – JA/SA Dance Performance [Theater]
  • 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


  • 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 this Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • Join Zoom Meeting – https://zoom.us/j/521351857
    • One tap mobile – +16465588656,,521351857# US (New York)
    • Dial – 877 853 5257 US Toll-free
    • Meeting ID: 521 351 857
    • 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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