Week of April 8th, 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:

  • Legacy Class alumna Delshanee Martin, Ms. Weaver, Ms. Herman and board member, Danny Shoy, who presented with me at the National Partnership for Educational Access conference over Spring Break!
  • The Advanced Composition seniors, who successfully produced the Voices of East Lake Community Forum Event!  Particularly the following stand-outs:
    • Collin Chunn, who served as MC and moderated a panel discussion of a dynamic group of professionals
    • Suhayla Abdullah, Couvade Rhodes, Me’Nighyah James, Joseph Daniel, and Taneka Jones for all writing and delivering portions of the program
    • Damion Lewis, Josh Smith, Aleshia Evers, Courtney Stanback, Autumn Linsey, Asia Foster, Joyah Mitchell, Shayla Victrum, and Maya Smith also made great contributions to the execution of the event
  • Sophomore Maddox Gates, who was awarded the Atlanta Urban Debate League award for High School Volunteer of the Year!
  • The CCR Staff, Advisors and Teachers for planning and helping to facilitate College and Career Week including:
    • The Take Flight! Rising 9th Grade/Senior Showcase
    • Multiple CCR Advisory activities during Flex Time
    • The Staff Talent Show
    • Daily themes
    • Parent University
    • Senior Walk [See picture above]
  • The Student Government Association (SGA) and Dr. Allen for planning the SGA Day of Play!
  • Sophomore Jamilah El-Amin, who won second 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.
  • All teachers and staff that helped out with SGA Day of Play!  Thank you for passing out snacks, facilitating games, monitoring students and ensuring that students enjoyed themselves!
  • Ms. Klein, McIntyre, Mr. Bennett and Kitchen for laying the groundwork for a cross curricular project for the 9th grade!
  • Ms. Stinson, Weaver, Herman and Mr. Richardson and our senior panel for helping to facilitate the visit from sophomores from Appling County!
  • Mr. Konieczny for taking time to help with the plumbing and electrical for the Tiny House!
  • Coach Harris and his SA Health/PE students for their hard work and for coordinating a fantastic PBL Showcase for the Biggest Loser Bootcamp with 7th grade Life Science! Students showcased potential apps and hosted various workout sessions for staff and students!
  • Mr. Myers for helping coordinate the Milestone administration simulation!
  • Ms. Schaffer, Mr. Powell and Mr. White for their NPR Challenge Project where students submitted to NPR’s Podcast Challenge using the prompt “What is a moment in history that all students should learn about?” to create their narrative podcasts! Here are a few, of many, podcast submitted from our 11th grade students:


Week of: 04/08/19  – 04/14/19

National Assistant Principals Week

A-Day TUES. 04/07

  •  Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Debate Team, GSA, National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 6:00 – Parent, Guardian and Caregiver Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #1 [Theater – Click here to review their biographies.]

B-Day TUES. 04/08

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Grady HS [Home – Yates]
  • 4:30 – Staff Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #2 [Theater]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball vs Cristo Rey [Home – Crim]
  • 6:00 – Parent, Guardian and Caregiver Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #2 [Theater – Click here to review their biographies.]

A-Day WED.  04/09

  • 9:00-11:30 – STEAM Certification Pre-Walkthrough
  • 10:30 – School Facilities & Grounds Committee Meeting [Main Office Conference Room]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [9th, 11th and 12th Grades]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30 – Staff Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #3 [Theater]
  • 6:00 – Parent, Guardian and Caregiver Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #3 [Theater – Click here to review their biographies.]

B-Day THURS. 04/10

  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs WD Mohammed [Browns Mill]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Columbia

A-Day FRI. 04/11

  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 5:00 –
    • Varsity Soccer @ Elite Scholars
    • JV Baseball vs Landmark [Home – Crim]
  • 6:30 – EA/JA/SA Broadway Review [Theater]

SAT. 04/13, 9:00 – Varsity Track and Field [Westminster]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 4/15 –
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, GSA, Math Mentors, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Spanish Language and Culture Club, Young Black Excellence
    • 6:00 – NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 4/16 –
    • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Carver (Senior Night)
    • 7:30 – Harp Concert
  • 4/17 –
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning [12th Grade]
    • 3:00-6:00 – 10th Grade Book Fair PBL Showcase
    • 6:00 – EA/JA/SA Band & Orchestra PRISM Concert [Main Gym]
  • 4/18, 6:00 – Spring PTA General Body Meeting and Budget Hearing
  • 4/19,
    • 5:00 – International Visual Arts Sale
    • 7:30 – Space is the New Place Reception
    • Sunset (~8:30) – Space is the New Place
  • 4/22-4/26 – Administrative Professionals Week
  • 4/22 –
    • Ninth Grade Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Board of Directors Meeting
  • 4/23 –
    • Ninth Grade Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Varsity Golf vs WD Muhammad (Senior Night)
  • 4/24 –
    • Administrative Professionals Day
    • American Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/25 – American Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/26
    • Economics EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • 7:00 – Prom
  • 4/29 – Algebra 1 Section 1 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/30 –
    • Algebra 1 Section 2 EOC Milestone Assessment
    • 6:00 – Senior Awards Night [The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church]
  • 5/1 – Geometry Section 1 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/2 – Geometry Section 2 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/3 – US History EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/5, 4:00 – Drew Speaker Series: Ryan Gravel (Beltline Founder)
  • 5/6-5/10 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/6 –
    • Physical Science EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP US Government Exam
  • 5/7 –
    • National Teacher Appreciation Day
    • Biology EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP Spanish Language Exam
  • 5/8 –
    • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
    • 6:00 – Senior Academy Awards Ceremony
  • 5/9 –
    • AP Chemistry Exam
    • Senior Exams (3TTh and 4TTh classes)
    • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Flex Time – 9th Grade Community Forum
    • 6:00 – Drew Enrollment Lottery
  • 5/10 –
    • AP US History Exam
    • Senior Exams (1A, 3MWF and 4MWF classes)
    • AP Computer Science Principles
  • 5/18, 4:00 – 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.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On March 21st, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Restorative Practices.”  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, April 25th at 5:00 pm.
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording 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.
  • 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. 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: 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

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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