Week of January 27th, 2020

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.


  • Maddox Gates was awarded the Distinguished Debate Award at Michigan State University worth $20,000 per year. Only one award is given each year, this is the top Debate award at MSU.
  • The Drew Charter Debate Team for several speaker awards and for being awarded 1st place Sweepstakes winner in the January Tournament!
  • The dance students for their dance performance  during the opening of Speak What Must Be Spoken tour, and Ms. Vaughn for her help preparing the students!
  • The band students, drumline performance during Speak What Must Be Spoken tour and Ms. Pryor for preparing the students!
  • Mr. Stephens and his students for creating the website to showcase the Speak What Must Be Spoken tour and creating the building map of Emory Archived work.
  • Mr. Derringer and his students for highlighting the musical movement “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” and highlighting the individuals that it represents.
  • Ms. Whittington and her students for creating portraits of social justice warriors, for creating the “Blood, Sweat, and Brilliance” 6 panel artwork highlighting the life and advocacy of Charles R. Drew, and for creating the other pieces showcased throughout the 3rd and 4th floor.
  • The photography students and Mr. Parker for the photography and paintings conveying social justice themes as well as having onsite photographers during the event to capture the night!
  • Mr. Colbert for promotion design, for promoting the event, and for providing nourishment to all participants.
  • Ms. O’Roark and her students for the harp musical selections during the Speak What Must Be Spoken tour!
  • Ms. Jordan and Ms. Hester for their work in curation of all of Visual Art!
  • Ms. White and Ms.Bryant for all of your efforts with logistical planning and coordination of the event as well as fostering this partnership with Emory.
  • Big shoutout to our Drew Admin Team for supporting this collaboration and student endeavor into Art and Social Justice. 
  • D. Davis for consistently building rapport with students by utilizing circles during instruction.
  • Ms. Prather for connecting with students and enthusiastically building creative content for her students!
  • Mrs. Ricks and students that participated in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition for receiving 2nd place!
  • Drew’s Got Talent 2nd place winner Miles Selles and 1st place winner Nguaia  De Jesus
  • To Mr. Parker for putting together this great visual recap of the first semester!

Blazer Days are Required for Special Events & will occur at least once a month**

**Blazer Days are subject to change.**
[They are currently projected to occur every 2nd Wednesday of the month]



Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.

The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 7th. Drew is not participating in Atlanta Public Schools’ pilot “Enroll APS Charter” project for the 2020-2021 school year. All Drew lottery applications must be submitted via Drew’s online process.

  • Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!

  • 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…:



& Alerts

  • No Announcements to report this week.


Week of 01/27 – 02/02

Applerouth Class [Ends 02/07]
 01/27| Monday | “A” Day
  • 3:00 – Flex Time
    • A week Clubs
      • Please go through the following Info slides during the last 10 minutes of your 4th period class
        • A week Clubs –  Beta, Anime, Business Club, Cooking Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, YBE
      • 11th – ACT Prep Class [Schedule]
 01/28 | Tuesday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  •  5:30pm- SA Varsity Basketball vs Trinity Christian 
01/29 | Wednesday | “A” Day
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 9th/10th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th – Optional ACT Prep Class
    • 11th/12th Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 6:00 – JA/SA Baseball Parent Meeting
01/30 | Thursday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 9th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 10th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • August Wilson Monologue Competition
01/31 | Friday |  “A” Day
  • 8:00- 12:30 Mock ACT Juniors
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory 
  • 6:00pm- SA Varsity Basketball (Senior Night) vs Landmark [Main Gym]
 02/01 | Saturday
  •  9:00am- Decatur City Dance 
  • 11:00 – PTA Summer Expo
02/02| Sunday
  • 12:00pm- Decatur City Dance

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

Week of 02/03/20 - 02/09/20
-National School Counseling Week
  • 02/03- Leadership Meeting
  • 02/04- Grading Window for Progress Reports Opens [ends 02/07]
  • 02/05- Community Forum[Sophomore]
  • 02/07- Half Day Conferences 
    • 8:00-8:45 – 1st Period
    • 8:50-9:35 – 2nd Period
    • 9:40-10:25 – 3rd Period
    • 10:30-11:15 – 4th Period
    • 11:15 – 9/10 Lunch/Student Dismissal
    • 11:30 – 11/12  Lunch/Student Dismissal
    • 02/08
      •  ACT
      • 9:00am- Empowerment Conference

Week of 02/10/20 – 02/16/20

  • 02/11- Community Forum[Junior]
  • 2/14 – Winter Break: School Closed
  • 2/14-2/17 – Winter Break: School Closed
Week of 02/17/20 - 02/23/20
  • 02/17 – Winter Break – School Closed
  • 02/19- Community Forum [Freshman]
  • 02/21- 1:30- YBE: Black History Program

Future Dates
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break
  • 04/18 – Prom
  • 4/24 – Half Day Conferences
    • 8:00-8:45 – 1st Period
    • 8:50-9:35 – 2nd Period
    • 9:40-10:25 – 3rd Period
    • 10:30-11:15 – 4th Period
    • 11:15 – 9/10 Lunch/Student Dismissal
    • 11:30 – 11/12  Lunch/Student Dismissal
  • 05/16- Graduation

Media Announcement


  • Thank you for your support on January 22nd, 2020 for the

    Speak What Must Be Spoken Tour!!!

    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 was 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 CLOSED!!!

    Please see the list below of active 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)

    PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has passed to register your student.

    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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