Week of My 06th, 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:

  • All of our teachers for the amazing and inspiring work that they do with our students every day!  There are few professions that require you to work hard and be talented in as many areas as being a teacher.  We have and absolutely amazing team and it is a pleasure to work with them every day!
  • To all of the Drew teachers, staff and College and Career Readiness Team members for having the highest college enrollment and year one to year two college persistence rates in the district [full report available here]!
  • The Drew SA Golf Teams for making it to the Class A Public State Championship 3 years in a row!
    • The Lady Eagles finished the Area 3 Golf tournament in 2nd place and were led by Sarai Dobbs with a score of 88.
    • The boys team took 1st place in the Area 3 Golf tournament for the first time in school history! They were led by All-State Anthony Ford with a score of 73; who also won an award in a one hole playoff during the tournament.
  • The Senior Academy Track & Field Team for finishing in the top four, advancing them to The GHSA Track & Field State Championships in Albany, Ga on May 9-11th!
  • Our Area 5 Champion Varsity Boys Soccer Team who competed in the 2nd round/semifinals of the State Playoffs!
  • Sophomore Sam Cooper whose original exhibit design was selected to be constructed and installed in the Children’s Museum of Atlanta!
  • Sophomores Darryn Waters and Sarai Biggers whose exhibit design features were combined with some feedback and were selected to be constructed and installed in the Children’s Museum of Atlanta!
  • Freshmen Aris Carmichael, Kalani Lickteig, Chloe Slaton, Shelby Ross, Jerell Franks, Ciera Hayes, Zakiah Willis, Destiny Williams, Jamar Friend, and Calvin Revere for helping Ms. Klein beautify the 9th Grade PBL lab!
  • Our staff members who crafted this energizing GA Milestones video!  The song was written and recorded by Ms. Echols and Ms. Reaves; the video was made by Ms. Fannin.  The video features tons of EA students and staff; Feel free to share and enjoy!
  • Ms. McIntyre, Ms. Hecht, Ms. Duffie, Ms. Schaffer, Mr. Morrison, Mr. Robinson, Mr. White and Mr. Powell preparing our students for the Algebra I, Geometry and US History Milestones this past week!
  • Ms. Wilder and Ms. Hudson for their work planning the Rising Ninth Grade Summer Transition Program!
  • Mr. Sessoms and Mr. Baker for their work preparing students for the EA/JA/SA Broadway Review on Friday!
  • Mr. Bennett and Mr. Kitchen their work with students building their Digital Portfolios this year!
  • Ms. Weaver and Dr. Allen for spearheading the Senior Awards Night and to the senior advisors and CCR team for making it a great evening!
  • Ms. Williams and Dr. Hancock for finding a lecturer to come in and provide AP Chemistry support while Ms. Simmons is out on maternity leave!
  • Mr. Johnson for organizing the Drew Speaker Series event on Sunday with Ryan Gravel, Beltline Founder!


Week of: 05/06/19  – 05/12/19

Teacher Appreciation Week

A-Day. MON

  • 05/06
  • 8:00 –
    • Physical Science EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP US Government Exam
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Debate, Football, GSA, Student Government Association
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym


  • 05/07
  • National Teacher Appreciation Day
  • 8:00 –
    • Biology EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP Spanish Language Exam
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning [Math, Social Studies, Spanish]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym


  • 05/08
  • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 9:00-2:00 – Ninth Grade Experience [Adventure Air]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [10th, 11th, 12th Grades]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 6:00 – Senior Academy Awards Ceremony [Theater]


  • 05/09
  • 8:00
    • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP Chemistry Exam
  • Senior Exams (3TTh and 4TTh classes)
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 6:00 – Drew Enrollment Lottery [Theater]


  • 05/10
  • 8:00 – AP US History Exam
  • Senior Exams (1A, 3MWF and 4MWF classes)
  • 12:00 – AP Computer Science Principles Exam
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory

Other Upcoming Events

  • 5/13 –
    • AP Biology Exam
    • Senior Exams (1B and 2MWF)
    • MAP Administration (9-10th Grades)
    • 2:30 – College Decision Day [Main Gym]
  • 5/14 –
    • 8:00 – AP Calculus Exam
    • 12:00 – AP Human Geography Exam
    • 1:00 – Yearbook Signing/Senior Closeout
    • Flex Time – End-of-the-Year Assembly
  • 5/15 –
    • AP English Language Exam
    • MAP Administration (9-10th Grades)
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Debate Team, GSA, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society
    • 9:00-3:00 – Senior Field Trip
  • 5/16 –
    • AP World History Exam
    • 9:00-12:00 – Graduation Practice
    • 10:00-1:00 – 11th Grade End-of-Year Event [Stars and Strikes]
    • 12:00-2:00 – Senior Picnic
    • 2:00 – Graduation Ticket Distribution
  • 5/17 –
    • 9:00-12:00 – Graduation Practice
    • 12:30-1:30 – Graduation Dress Rehearsal
  • 5/18, 4:00 – Graduation
  • 5/20 – Half Day for 1A and 3A Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 5/21 – Half Day for 1B and 3B Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 5/22 – Half Day for 2A and 4A Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 5/23 – Half Day for 2B and 4B Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
    • Last day of the semester
  • 5/24 – Post-Planning Day


  • Drew Opportunity Fund – In recognition of Mr. Don Doran, Head of School, and his decade of leadership we are delighted to announce the launch of the Drew Opportunity Fund. Join us in thanking Mr. Doran for his years of service by making a donation in his honor today! Learn more
  • Lottery – The announcement for Drew’s Enrollment Lottery will take place at 6:00 pm in the Theater. Please note your presence is not mandatory.
    • The lottery will take place in the theater at JA/SA at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Applicants DO NOT need to attend to be seated or receive their results.
    • Applicants will receive an email on May 8th with their lottery identification number. If they didn’t provide an email address on their application they can pick up their number in person on May 9th according to this schedule.
    • After results have been verified by our certified public accounting firm, results will be emailed, sent via USPS and posted on our website no later than May 17, 2019.
    • Once we’ve generated the lottery ID numbers I’ll provide the front desks of each building with a list of applicants and ID numbers so you can assist if you get these phone calls.
  • APS Summer Opportunities –
    • High School Cafe – FINE ARTS [Hosted at Jackson High School]
      • Students will experience a “buffet” of opportunities in the arts (music theory, band, choir, orchestra, drumline, danceline, drum major, visual arts, acting, technical theatre, and dance). Students will choose from a variety of content offerings across disciplines. Classes will meet 8:30-3:00, Monday-Thursday from June 3-27. Transportation is provided from each cluster to Jackson High School. 
        • Program Schedule: M – Th, 8:30am – TBD
        • Begins June 3, 2019
    • High School Cafe – AP/IB [Hosted at Jackson High School]
      • Students will experience a “buffet” of opportunities in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Students will choose from a variety of content offerings across disciplines. Classes will meet 8:30-3:00, Monday-Thursday from June 3-27. Transportation is provided from each cluster to Jackson High School. 
        • Program Schedule: M – Th, 8:30am – TBD
        • Begins June 3, 2019
    • SMSEA Camp for High School Students [Hosted at Jackson High School]
      • The Science and Math Summer Enrichment Academy (SMSEA) is a program that is designed to provide students with additional flexibility in their secondary experience as they complete one math or science course for a full high school credit during the summer. This allows room in their regular schedule for higher-level course work and Advanced Placement classes in their program of study. Through student-centered instruction, which integrates gifted strategies with hands-on activities for 3-Dimensional learning, students will engage in a rigorous learning environment where they can demonstrate mastery of mathematics and science standards.
        • Program Schedule: M – Th, 8:00am – 3:00pm
        • Begins June 3, 2019
  • 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.
    • Pending charges will be applied to all student accounts with a balance via MyPaymemts Plus.
    • Should you have questions regarding your students status based on the Federal Eligibility Application completed at the beginning of the year you may call Nutrition at 404-802-2540.


College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019 College Acceptances
Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Alcorn State University
Atlanta Metropolitan College
Auburn University
Augusta University
Baylor University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Brandeis University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Columbus State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Clayton State University
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Dillard University
Duke 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
Georgetown University
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
New York University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
Unviersity of Notre Dame
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University Nazjaa Hughson
Stetson University
Syracuse 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 Arkansas Pine Bluff
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of Georgia
University of Miami
University of Missouri
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Institute of Technology
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Winthrop University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale University

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