Week of December 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.


  • To Jada Allen for her artistic contribution to the Upper Campus including her newest artwork near the Mac Lab!
  • To Ms. Whittington for her work with students to create memorable experiences and projects!
  • To Ms. Ray for being creative and compassionate with 9th grade students!
  • To Jerell Franks for his focus in class as well and for also going the extra mile to assist in the classroom!
  • To Chorus and Mr. Derringer for a wonderful concert this past week!
  • To JV and Varsity basketball teams for their wins this week against Grady!
  • To the Harp Ensemble and Ms. Hairston for an amazing concert this past week!



Effective starting 12/09

  • All DUAL ENROLLED SENIORS that have completed finals on a college campus will be dismissed from Drew at 9:30 after their first period courses.
  • Students are required to leave the campus, unless they are working with a teacher or counselor.
  • If students are staying to receive additional help in a class at Drew or to work on applications to college, please email michelle.stinson@drewcharterschool.org.

Letter from the Principal to Guardians

  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

    Senior Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

    Junior Grade Level & College Counseling Night Presentation –  If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

  • Remind Instructions

    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…:


Thank you to everyone who donated during GAgives on #GivingTuesday.

 Your generosity raised $2,050 for Drew Charter School!

 These funds will benefit the Opportunity Fund, our annual giving campaign designed to help bridge the gap between public funding and the cost of providing unique and engaging opportunities to our school community.  Thank you!  #20YearsofOpportunity

Didn’t get a chance to give on #GivingTuesday?  Make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the Drew Opportunity Fund here!


Week of 12/16 – 12/22

 12/16 | Monday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time
  • 6:30 – JA/SA Band Winter Concert
 12/17 | Tuesday | “A” Day
  • Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 1A midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
    • 2nd Period
    • 3rd Period – 3A/3TTh midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
    • 4th Period
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • Book Buddies Meeting
  • 5:30 SA Varsity Basketball @ Galloway
  • 6:30 JA/SA Orchestra Winter Concert
 12/18| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 1B midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 2nd Period
    • 3rd Period – 3B/3MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 4th Period
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning (All Teachers)
  • 3:00- Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways EL, Community Forum
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:00- JV Basketball vs. KIPP [Home]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 12/19 | Thursday | “A” Day
  • Half Day – Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 2A/2TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 2nd Period – 4A/4TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
    • 11:15-3:15 Beta Convention Prep (9th Grade PBL)
  • 12:00 NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 2:00 Alumni Kickback 
  • 6:30- JA/SA Winter Dance Concert
  12/20 | Friday |  “B” Day
  • Half Day- Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 2B/MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 2nd Period – 4B/4MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
    • 1:30-3:00 – 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland of Wings
    • 11:15-1:15 Beta Convention Prep (9th Grade PBL)
  • 5:30- SA Varsity Basketball @ WD Mohammed (Girls Only)
12/21| Saturday 
  • N/A
12/22| Sunday
  • N/A
 12/21/19 - 01/06/20

Holiday Break

Week of 01/06 – 01/12

 01/06 | Monday | “A” Day
  • First Day of Spring Semester for Students
 01/07 | Tuesday | “B” Day
  • Sophomore Community Forum
  • Varsity Basketball @ Strong Rock
 01/08 | Wednesday| “A” Day
  • JV Boys v. Mays
 01/09 | Thursday| “B” Day
  • Freshman Community Forum
  • SA Parent Gathering
 01/10| Friday| “A” Day
  • SA Varsity Boys v. SACA
 01/11| Saturday
  • SA Varsity Basketball v. Greenforest
  • JV Basketball v. N. Atlanta
 01/12| Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Time: 1:30 to 2:20 pm
    • Location: Theater
    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee
  • Future Events
    • 02/21- YBE: Black History Program
    • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 05/16- Graduation

School Adjustments

Revised Makerspace Hours

Please be advised the Makerspace hours have been adjusted and the new operation hours are effective immediately.


Student Opportunity

Holiday Calendar

  • 12/19 @6:30pm

    Pre-Sale Tickets are available
  • Speak What Must Be Spoken

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit is sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library


  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

    If your student is interested in participating in winter sports at Drew, online registration, through a new system known as FamilyID, is required to try-out for and/or to play on the following winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    Online registration through FamilyID is open now through Friday, January 24th. (Please note, if you completed registration for Fall Sports, your information have been saved in your FamilyID account and will auto-populated when you register for Winter Sports.

    To complete the online registration process, you will need the following:

    • A copy of your student’s current sports physical that was completed by a medical professional. 

    Note:  You will need to upload the completed sports physical form during the registration process.  Instructions for how to upload the form will be provided when you register. (If you do not have a current Sports Physical, please obtain one from a medical professional prior to registering.  The sports physical is valid for one year.)

    • Doctor’s Information (name, address, phone number)
    • Health Insurance information
    • Emergency Contact Information

    For step-by-step instructions and to complete the registration process, click the link here.

    Thank you.  Please be sure to register your student by the Friday, January 24th deadline. 

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Adult Opportunity

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Procedure Notification!

  • Avoid Charges to Student Accounts.

    Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

    – To see letter click here

    This expectation is fully enforced and can result in the withholding of student records. Please read to be well informed
  • Running Late?

    ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then 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.
  • Need to Visit a student/teacher?

    • 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.
  • Dropping off Food?

    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.

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

Other Concerns

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! 

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees


Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..

Update for Students:

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