Week of February 24th, 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.


  • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Valedictorian Solomon Adams and our Salutatorian Gary Sheppard!!
  • Ms. Young and YBE for putting on an amazing Black History Program with speaker Mr. Charles Black!
    • Kimela Fongeh, Kahyel Eaton, Evyn Harris, and Adrian Rivera for interviewing Mr. Charles Black!
    • Kamea Alleyne for welcome and introduction during the Black History Program!
  • Shoutout to Ms. Vaughn, Senior Academy Dancers for their performance during the YBE Black History Program!
  • Shoutout to the following students on their spoken word performances during the YBE Black History Program:
    • Reno Teasley
    • Jamie Alexander
    • Jamila El – Amin
    • Malik Mohammed !!
  • The Senior Academy Chorus students and Mr. Derringer for earning all Superiors at LGPE on Friday!
  • Ms. Mayes for an outstanding display of book covers outside of her classroom made by 10th grade literature students who will soon be published authors!
  • Yasmine Briscoe for compassion and creativity. She completed a beautiful project for her Purple Hibiscus collage in Ms. Klein’s Literature class! 
  • Nadea Davis, Jakaylah Roberts, Joss Harris, and Ayvion Jackson also did a great job in Ms. Klein’s class last week! 
  • Thai Daniel, Idia Endagehe, Jillian Loux, and Hunter Smith also produced a very creative project and worked great as a team!
  • Ms. Herman, Ms. Young, Ms. Jaeger, Dr. Allen, and Mr. Martin for chaperoning the Junior College Trip and creating an amazing experience for students.
    • Alumnus Omari Elliot for guiding Juniors on a tour of Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Cedric Taylor for putting in extra effort and doing a great job!
  • Mr. Bennett for always inspiring his peers, students, and athletes to, “Go for broke.”
  • Ms. Schaffer for a wonderful co-taught STEAM/Black History lesson on WWII/D-Day, students learned about the impact and casualties by using an AR Maker, supplied by Instructional Technology Coach Mr. Canney.
    • Instructional Coach Ms. Williams then highlighted the significance of Charles R. Drew’s contributions to science which aided soldiers!
  • Mr. Prince for stepping in and helping the senior team transition their Voices of East Lake project!
  • Black History Month Themed Weeks sponsored by Young Black Excellence (YBE)
    • Week 1:Charles R. Drew 
    • Week 2: Black Lives Matter
    • Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
    • Week 4: Black Businesses 

Next Blazer Day will be on 03/11/2020

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]
Next Blazer Day will be on 03/11/2020



Lottery Application Window for New Students Open Now Through April 30, 2020

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, the lottery application for potential new students is available now through April 30, 2020. The online application is also available on Drew’s website. 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
    • This includes students currently enrolled in the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew.
  • 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!



& Alerts

  • No Announcements to report this week.


Week of 02/24/20 – 03/01/20:

Week 4: Black Businesses 

Black History Month!!
Week 1: Charles R. Drew 
 Week 2: Black Lives Matter
Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
Week 4: Black Businesses
 02/24| Monday | "A" Day
  • Freshman College Trip
  •  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, Chess Board Games and Cards, Cooking Club, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 02/25| Tuesday | “B” Day
  • Freshman College Trip
  •  3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
02/26| Wednesday | “A” Day
  • Freshman College Trip
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 9th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • Community Forum [Seniors]
    • Black History Month Trivia Game [Sophomores Only]
02/27| Thursday | “B” Day
  • 8:00 – SA Gifted Testing
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 3:45 – 5:45: Farm Stand [EA]
02/28| Friday | “A” Day 
  • 1:30 – 2:20 – Flex Time:
 02/29| Saturday
  • None
03/01| Sunday
  • None

Upcoming Events:

Future Events

  • Week of 03/02/20 – 03/08/20 – Spring Benchmarks, Women’s History Month
    • 03/04 – Community Forum [Juniors]
    • 03/06- Studio Movie Grill [Seniors]
  • Week of 03/09/20 – 03/15/20 
    • 03/10 
      • Gifted Testing [ends 03/11]
      • 3:00
        •  Community Forum [Freshman]
        • Chemvas Cooks 
  • Wednesday
    • 03/11
      • Gifted Testing [ends 03/11]
      •  BLAZER DAY
    • 03/12 
      •  Community Forum [Sophomores]
    • 3/13 
      • Access code to Re-enrollment form sent out TODAY
      •  STEAM Workshop Day 
    • 3/14 – DesignORama
  • Week of 03/16/20 – 03/22/20 – College and Career Week [ends 03/20], Re-enrollment [03/17 til 03/27]
    • 03/16 
      • College Fair
    • 03/17 – District Milestone Simulation
    • 03/18 – Community Forum [Seniors]
    • 03/20 – 3:00 – Beta Club Induction

Future Dates
  • 4/3-
    • SGA Day of Play
    •  Senior Walk
  • 4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break
  • 4/14- Potential STEAM Walkthrough [TBD]
  • 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
  • 04/30- Lottery application for  Kindergarten program due
  • 05/11- College Decision Day
  • 05/16- Graduation
  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School

Student Opportunity

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

Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



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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