Week of May 20th, 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:

  • Mr. Doran, who was recognized at graduation by City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong for his lifetime of contributions to the city of Atlanta with an official proclamation designating May 18th as Don Doran Day!  Some of Mr. Doran’s accomplishments that you might not be aware of include:
    • Starting his career as a teacher and coach in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1971
    • A 32-year career with the District, encompassing the role of Principal of Benteen Elementary and Inman Middle School and Executive Director for School Reform Team 1, where he was responsible for the academic success of 24 schools
    • Serving as Executive Director of Outward Bound Atlanta
    • Serving for six years as a Hands on Atlanta board member and eight years as Regional Coordinator for Special Olympics, Atlanta
    • Leading the United States delegation to the International Games for the Physically Handicapped in Tokyo, Japan
    • Accepting two invitations to speak at the White House with President Bill Clinton on AmeriCorps and the power of volunteerism
    • Being selected to serve as one of only 15 Principals nationwide on the Principal Advisory Board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Being invited to speak at the Hong Kong Section Educational Modernization Summit in Shenzhen, China
  • The Class of 2019, the class that brought spirit and soul to the Senior Academy! It was a pleasure to work with you and I am excited to see what you will accomplish! The Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony can be viewed at this link (the procession of graduates starts at about 56:30).
  • All of the teachers and staff of the Senior Academy for an amazing year!  This year we saw some amazing projects, incredible outcomes for our graduating seniors, tremendous growth for some of our least reached students and some awesome collaboration!  Thank you for all of your hard work! Enjoy your summer!
  • All of the faithful readers of this blog!  For the past several years this has been a labor of love.  While often time-consuming, I have always found it refreshing reviewing the shout outs that were contributed by the Leadership Team and reflecting on the week to find the bright spots to highlight here.  I hope these shout-outs and the information here have been helpful.
  • Senior Niara Botchwey for earning 4th place in the Biomedical Engineering category out of more than 100 entries from around the world at the International Science and Engineering Fair!
  • Jessie Bond at the East Lake Foundation and everyone else who worked to secure a grant from the Goizueta Foundation who approved $770,000 over three years to the East Lake Foundation that will support and enrich STEAM/Project-Based Learning (PBL) at Drew Charter School, beginning July 1. This grant will support the following components:
    • A Senior Academy-focused STEAM Faculty Cohort that integrates and elevates STEAM and PBL instructional practices to the highest caliber. Cohort members will engage in a robust STEAM/PBL professional development program, implement learnings in their classrooms, and disseminate STEAM/PBL skills and best practices to other educators across Drew’s pipeline.
    • Creation of new mobile makerspaces (STEAM Trunks) to integrate STEAM into core classes and PBL initiatives at the Senior Academy
    • A STEAM/PBL Support Specialist position to support implementation of the initiative
    • Ensuring access for economically disadvantaged children in grades PreK-7 to the STEAM-focused RISE After School Program via fee support
    • Data collection and analysis to assess the effectiveness of grant components, in partnership with Georgia Tech’s CEISMC Research & Evaluation Group
  • All of the members of the Graduation Committee, who worked to plan and facilitate the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony on Saturday!
  • The CCR team for another awesome College Decision Day on Monday!
  • Ms. McKenzie, Ms. Isbell and the tech team for helping coordinate the MAP administration this past week!
  • Ms. Hood, Dr. Morgan and the 12th Grade Team for facilitating all of the Senior Week activities!
  • Ms. Woods, Ms. Jackson, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Kitchen, Mr. Canney and Ms. Cain for their work preparing students to take AP exams in Biology, Calculus, Human Geography, English Language and World History this week!
  • Mr. Kitchen, Mr. Bennett, Ms. Wilder and Ms. Hecht for their awesome App Shark Tank project, complete with a $1,000 grand prize!
  • Ms. Isbell for coordinating the teacher awards for the End-of-the-Year Assembly on Tuesday!
  • Ms. Schaffer for planning and teaching AP World History lessons for 10th grade as they prepared for their AP exam this past week! Also shout out for collaborating with a guest teacher to do Saturday and after school sessions for the AP World students!
  • Mr. Myers for all of his work as Testing Coordinator, particularly coordinating the Milestones Assessments!
  • Ms. Kaney-Weaver for all of her hard work coordinating AP exams as AP Coordinator!
  • Ms. Davis for all of her hard work clearing seniors for graduation!


Week of: 05/20/19  – 05/24/19

A-Day. MON

  • 05/20
  • Golf State Championship
  • 8:00-9:30 – 1A Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 9:35-11:05 – Students report to 3rd Period for Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 11:05 – Lunch (all grades)/Dismissal
  • 12:00 – All students should be picked up from campus


  • 05/21
  • 8:00-9:30 – 1B Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 9:35-11:05 – Students report to 3rd Period for Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 11:05 – Lunch (all grades)/Dismissal
  • 12:00 – All students should be picked up from campus
  • 4:00-6:30 – Community Celebration Honoring Don Doran [Athletic Field]


  • 05/22
  • 8:00-9:30 – Students report to 2nd Period for Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 9:35-11:05 – Students report to 4th Period for Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 11:05 – Locker Clean-Out/Lunch (all grades)/Dismissal
  • 12:00 – All students should be picked up from campus


  • 05/23 – Last day of the semester
  • 8:00-9:30 – Students report to 2nd Period for Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 9:35-11:05 – Students report to 4th Period for Final Exams, Project Presentations or Summative Assessments
  • 11:05 – Lunch (all grades)/Dismissal
  • 12:00 – All students should be picked up from campus


  • 05/24
  • Post-Planning Teacher Work Day

Other Upcoming Events

  • 6/3 – 6/7 – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program


  • 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
  • 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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