Week of March 25th, 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 senior students, Ms. Prince, Mr. Wynn, Ms. Danely, Dr. Morgan, Ms. Luczynski , and Ms. Cole who planned, participated in and helped support the “The Voices of East Lake” PBL showcase!
  • The junior students, Mr. Baker, Mr. Canney, Mr. White, Mr. Powell, Ms. Williams, and Ms. Nguyen for the amazing production of the 11th grade musical review, 24/7, 365 The Broadway!
  • The sophomore students, Ms. Mayes, Ms. Cain, Ms. Duffie, Ms. Cain, Mr. Robinson who worked to create mini-documentaries for the PBL showcase entitled “Swagger Jaggers,” on cultural appropriation!
  • The freshmen students, Ms. Klein, Mr. Konieczny, Ms. Nicole, Ms. Wilder and Ms. Hecht for their awesome digital book fair and art show showcases last Wednesday! Click here to visit the digital book fair.
  • Students Justin Roberts, Sophie Gallagher, and Molly Watkins for participating in Spanish teacher interviews!
  • Students Kashawn Myers and Sydney Berenson for competing and placing at the Spoken Language Competition for the Foreign Language Association of Georgia!  Kashawn received a “Notable” rating and Sydney received a “Superior” rating!
  • Ms. Hood and the senior team for planning and facilitating the senior movie and lunch event at Movie Studio Grill!
  • Coach Weems for his awesome vision for the Drew golf teams and how he is building culture and investment in the program!
  • Ms. Casas for an engaging lesson on how to write directions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in Spanish!
  • Mr. Myers for leading the SA PTA Parent Gathering and presenting on Restorative Practices!
  • Seniors Courtney Stanback, Asia Foster, Trinity Mosley, Joyah Mitchell for assisting Ms. Livingston with a time intensive project.
  • Jamilah El-Amin won 2nd place in the Class A State Literary Competition for Girls Solo, with Ms. Jordan accompanying her on the piano. This opportunity was awarded to ONLY 10 contestants.


Week of:  03/25/19  – 03/31/19

College and Career Week

3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students [Practice Gym]
– Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

B-Day MON. 03/25

  • College and Career Week Theme: Mascot Day
  • 1:45-4:00 – Take Flight! Rising 9th Grade/Senior Showcase
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory: 9-11th Grade Career Workshop
  • 4:30-5:15 – Biggest Loser Bootcamp PBL Showcase

A-Day TUES. 03/26

  • College and Career Week Theme: Study Day
  • 8:00-11:00 – Appling County Sophomore Visit
  • 10:00-11:00 – Mock Milestone Testing (9th Grade)
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory: Scholarship Academy & HOPE Eligibility
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs WD Mohammed [Home – Charlie Yates)
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball vs Maynard Jackson [Home – Crim]

B-Day WED.  03/27

  • College and Career Week Theme: Cradle to College Day
    • 9-11th: Dress like a kid
    • 12th: Dress like senior citizen
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Senior Academy Talent Show [Theater – Students report directly to the Theater and sit by advisory]
  • 5:30 – College and Career Week: Parent University

A-Day THURS. 03/28

  • College and Career Week Theme: College T-Shirt/Sweatshirt Day
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time –
    • College and Career Week: College Walk Poster-making [PBL labs]
    • Extended-Learning [ELA, Science, Pathways]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Athletic Field
  • 3:45-5:45 – Farm Stand [EA]
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Arabia Mt. [Home – Charlie Yates]
  • 6:00 – JA/SA Dance Performance

B-Day FRI. 03/29

– Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
– Class of 2019 Senior Walk
– SGA Day of Play

  • 1:30-2:00 – Senior Walk [Students stay in their 3rd period classes for the Senior Walk]
  • 2:00-3:55 – SGA Day of Play
    • 2:00 – students report to advisory
    • 2:10 – Students who have paid dues are dismissed
    • 2:15 – Students who have not paid dues are walked to their locations
      • 9th grade – Joey’s room
      • 10th grade – Joshay’s room
      • 11th grade – Latrices room  

SAT. 3/30 – No Activities Scheduled

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 4/10 – NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 4/12, 6:00 – EA/JA/SA Broadway Review
  • 4/13, 3:00 – EA/JA/SA Broadway Review
  • 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


  • Beta Club Announcement – For the latest information on the Senior Academy Beta Club, visit their website here.  If you have questions, email Ms. McKenzie at alicia.mckenzie@drewcharterschool.org
    • This site can be found for future reference in the links section on the site.
  • 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.
    • We look forward to seeing you before spring break! Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
      • 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.
  • 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

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019
College Acceptances To-Date
Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Baylor University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Columbus State University
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Dillard University
East Georgia College
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Emory University
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Fort Valley State University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology Ivy Diamond
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Harvard University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Jackson State University
Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University
Keiser University
Kennesaw State University Chase Porter
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Langston University
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mary Baldwin University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
New York Institute of Technology
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Tennessee State University
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Missouri
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Institute of Technology
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana


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