Week of September 16th, 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.

Procedure Notification!

Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

– To see letter click here

ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, that they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.

REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.
  • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.
Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students


  • Ms. Walker, who joins us as a Special Education teacher!
  • Yasmine Briscoe, Cortez Kitchens, and Kailey Saddler for always having a positive attitude, being really thoughtful and working really hard even when faced with distractions or challenges. Your effort is noticed. Keep up the awesome work!
  • Dr. D. would like to stand up and applaud for Destiny Brantley, Tityonna Snead, Taylor Sturdivant, Nadea Davis, Joss Harris, Azriel Melvin, Ariel Adams, Toby Bryles, Shelby Ross, Jayda Howard, Bryant Triplett, Caleb Heath, Jayden Vickers, Sydni Hayes-Peterson, Gio Dixon, and Ty’Rent Marks for exhibiting amazing, focused work in Spanish this past week!  Wow!  ¡Qué fantástico!  ¡Los estudiantes son super inteligentes!
  • To all of the teachers that are consistently greeting students at their classroom doors and those helping to enforce uniform policy
  • To Alani Andrews for being selected to be a member of Youth United!
  • To 9th-grade teachers, Ms. Ferguson,  Ms. McKenzie, and Ms. Davis for an amazing display of team effort in the smoothness of the Lion King Trip.(Kickoff to interdisciplinary PBL project “My Story Makes Me Epic” Extra shout out to Dr. Morhan, Ms. Klein, and Mr. Bennett who worked tirelessly in the planning process!
  • Ms. Mays and Ms. Wilder for establishing a cohesive co-teaching environment which caught the attention of some students who expressed how much they’ve enjoyed learning from both teachers in World Literature!
  • Ms. Hecht and Mr. White for facilitating thoughtful conversations with the seniors in Advanced Composition about their current novel, Kite Runner!
  • Ms. Gresham for using innovative strategies to keep students engaged and excited about Algebra 1!
  • Ms. Isbell and Mr. White for a successful Senior Community Forum!
  • Chava Rhodes for soliciting students and a sponsor to start the Anime Club! 
  • Dr. Allen for her consistent communication with students and families to ensure a safe learning environment
  • Ms. Whittington for engaging students Alexandria Girault, Hannah Smith, and Jada Allen in an authentic learning experience at Sychronicity Theater on Peachtree St. 
  • Ms. Livingston for receiving the Eagle for constant contribution to the Senior Academy
  • Ms. Davis, the rest of the CCR team, and Ms. Schaffer for putting on an informative and well-attended Junior Night.
  • Ms. McKenzie for her consistent support of students and teachers


Week of 09/16/19-09/22/19

 09/16| Monday |  “A” Day  
  • 3:00 
    • Flex Time: A week Clubs
      • Available clubs: Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
        • 3:10-3:30 – Dr. Allen will assist students on the 3rd floor with club changes. 
        • 3:35-3:55 – Dr.Allen will assist students on the 2nd floor with club changes. 
  • 5:30 – JV Volleyball @ S. Atlanta [South Atlanta High School]
09/17| Tuesday | “B” Day 
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
      • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
      • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 10th Grade Community Forum
  • 5:00 – Volleyball @ KIPP [Kipp Atlanta Collegiate]
  • 5:30 – Softball v. Druid Hills [ Crim ]
09/18| Wednesday | “A” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • 10th Grade Gifted Seminar – SA Science Fair Interest Meeting [Room A206] Study Hall, Pathways EL
      • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria11th/12th- Extended Learning or Main Gym
  • 5:30
    • Cross Country @ Grant Park
    • Softball @ Stockbridge
09/19| Thursday | “B” Day
  • HBCU Dress Down Day
    • Students and Staff with a wristband or HBCU Culture Shirt may dress down
  • APS Expanded Cabinet Meeting
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • ELA, Science, Pathways
      • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:00
    • PTA, SA Parent Gathering
    • Volleyball vs. Therrell/S. Atlanta [S. Atlanta]
  • 5:30 – Softball @ Miller Grove
  • 6:00 – HBCU Night [Drew Auditorium; See Additional Details Below]
09/20| Friday |  "A” Day
  • No jeans passes this week 
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory
09/14-15| Saturday and Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • 09/26
    • Senior Night: Volleyball
    • 6pm – 9/10th Grade Parent Night [2nd Floor PBL]
  • 10/05 – Fall Festival [Date still Tentative]
  • 11/15- 2:30 -SA Homecoming Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 05/16- Graduation

New Opportunity for Male Students

[Deadline EXTENDED]

The Grove CDC, Inc. and The Truth Tellers, Inc. are excited to present the East Lake Male Youth Initiative (EMYI) here at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church. This initiative is a 9-month leadership immersion program, designed for African-American males ages 10 – 16 who reside in DeKalb County (and neighboring zip codes). We are recruiting 25 young men who will be paired with a mentor as well as a village of supporters and leaders, to help mold them into the leaders they are destined to be!

Registration for this inaugural class has been extended to Tuesday, September 10th. Those not selected for the inaugural program will have the opportunity to be in the pool for the next class of scholars.

This FREE program will begin with a Meet and Greet on Saturday, September 14th, followed by a weekend retreat beginning on Friday, September 20th.

The registration packet is attached here for your review. Again, this program is completely FREE; however, parents/guardians must commit to the Retreat and 2nd Saturday monthly sessions.

Submit form ASAP


For more information about this program, please contact the Youth Pastor, Rev. DeMarcus Preyer, at dpreyer@greaterpineygrove.org or to the Outreach Pastor, Rev. Chianti Harris, at charris@greaterpineygrove.org.

PreSeason Basketball Workout Opportunity

2ND ANNUAL HBCU NIGHT – On behalf of the College and Career Readiness Team at Charles R. Drew Charter School, we would like to invite your school district, grades 9-12 to HBCU Night Join us at Charles R. Drew Charter School for an admissions and scholarship presentation and an opportunity to meet college admissions representatives! To register, click here!

  • Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Location: 300 Eva Davis Way SE Atlanta GA 30317 at the Yates Campus (Junior/Senior Academy) in the Auditorium
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • Target Population: 9-12th grade students and families

The following colleges will be in attendance:

  1. Alabama State University
  2. Bethune-Cookman University
  3. Hampton University
  4. Morehouse College
  5. Savannah State University

Parking: We welcome you to park in any available space in any of our lots

**PLEASE NOTE** There is another high school called “Charles R. Drew High School” in Riverdale, GA. This school is unrelated to ours, and google maps often confuses us. Please make sure to double check your map before heading to the school. Please also be mindful that the elementary school campus is down the hill from the Senior Academy, and your map may take you there. Please use this destination for google maps here.

Colombian Exchange UPDATE

Thank you to all of the Host Families  for opening your homes to these students from Sunday, September 29th to Sunday, October 6th. Each year brings a new school visiting from Colombia and an entirely different experience for everyone involved.

All Drew Host Families are invited and encouraged to attend an organizational and “Q & A” meeting this Thursday, September 19 @6pm in the upper campus main lobby.

Agenda items will include:

  • Organizing activities for the week (coordinating evening/weekend activities, with other Host Families)
  • Answering questions regarding food, money, shopping, daily school drop offs and pick up, language, medical emergencies, student bios etc.
  • Host students attending a field trip with the Exchange Students on Wednesday, October 2nd (World of Coke, Aquarium, etc.).
  • Exchange students and Drew students will be responsible for their own tickets and lunch money
  • Procedures for arrival and departure
  • Logistics for shadowing and classroom presentations
  • Information about Drew Students/Families traveling to Colombia this June as Exchange Students

Please do not hesitate to call or email Mr. Reginald Colbert if you have any questions.



  • October 5th | 12-4pm | Fall Festival: (date is tentative) 

Reflections Art Competition

For information or to order, visit our PTA website now through August 28


National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Last year Drew Charter sent 12 students from all 3 Academies on to the State-wide competition in Literature, Photography, & Visual Arts!! 

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

For Updates that occur more frequently subscribe to Remind! Instructions for the respective cohorts can be found below, feel free to join multiple.

  • Parents are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for your student:
  • Students are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for daily announcements within the Senior Academy [flex time updates/ A and B day rotation, etc…:

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees


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