Week of August 3rd,2020

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Important notes from Zoom Open House/Meet&Greet [on 07/31/2020]

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year, 

I hope that you have had an opportunity to enjoy your family, learn new things, and reflect during this summer. I enjoyed seeing so many faces during the Meet and Greets this past Friday. If you missed out any of the sessions, please feel free to visit the links included in this blog. We are extremely proud to be starting this school year with you and your student. As we move forward, I would be remiss to not highlight just a few of our accomplishments closing out the 2019-2020 School Year:

  • Largest graduating class in Drew history!
  • First Male Valedictorian in school history Solomon Adams (also STAR Student)!
  • First Male Salutatorian in school history Gary Sheppard (Also first ever in school history to receive Horatio Alger Scholarship)!
  • Drew (all academies) was awarded the 2020 Charter School of the Year by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA)!
  • Two-time State Debate Championship team!

Each of these accomplishments, along with so many more, speak to the skills, passion and commitment you bring to our school each day. I look forward to continuing the work with our students and our families for years to come. This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction. Although we are starting virtually, we will remain connected. Students will have access to ongoing and consistent virtual social-emotional learning activities, instructional sessions, clubs, and meaningful school spirit events.  Please be sure to look at our calendar for this week as we will engage in learning as well as culture building.

This is going to be an amazing school year for our students and families. We thank you for being a part of the Drew experience as we all play a role in making this a blossoming community. Let’s continue to build the future together.

K. Myers

Additional Shoutouts

  • All staff for actively engaging in all sessions during pre-planning, thinking of innovative ways to engage students, and reassessing their practices to make sure all student needs are met in the virtual setting
  • The facilities and tech teams for assisting with student bags and technology. Because of you our students will be prepared for day 1 of instruction.
  • Mrs. Simmons and Mrs. Schaffer for hosting creative and useful PD sessions
  • Mr. Canney for making sure all staff are well versed in Zoom, Google Classroom, and other instructional technology
  • Dr. Hancock for organizing pre-planning and providing consistent feedback on instructional needs
  • Drew leadership team and staff that organized and assisted with student virtual kit and schedule pickup
  • Hannah Page for gathering of data and consistent communication with families
  • Drew parents and families for consistent feedback and patience during this transition to virtual learning
  • AISs and department heads for leading their teams and making sure they had the information they needed throughout the week
  • Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Griffin for their persistence and communication to ensure that Infinite Campus was up and running.
  • Mrs. Davis, Mr. Richardson, and the rest of the counseling team for their work with scheduling and communicating with families.
  • Shoutout to all the new and transitional teachers who join the Senior Academy this school year:
    • Kristina Garner
    • Ana Fernandez
    • Jovan Davis
    • Amani Abdur-Rahman
    • Nathaniel Spencer
    • Candis Alson-Davis
    • Akua Ducard
    • Ryan Martin 
    • Miriam Denard
    • Tareh McCoy

Nutrition

Information

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This application is needed for all families

  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • If you do not wish to apply for free/reduced or if you believe you do not qualify complete the following steps to opt out.
    •  Click here
    • Fill in Student Information
    • Select the opt-out option

Important: Preparing for the First Day of School

Please click here for more information regarding the start of school.


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Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families: Registration Link, click here 

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction. Although we are starting virtually, we will remain connected. Students will have access to ongoing and consistent virtual social-emotional learning activities, instructional sessions, clubs, and meaningful school spirit events.  Here is a glimpse at the outline of the student schedule for the start of this school year.

TimeMon/Thurs. (A Day) ; Tues/Fri B Day
9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and small groups Required 45 small group session each day
12:30-1:00Break
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
TimeWednesday Schedule (Starting 8/12)
10:00 – 10:45Alternating Clubs/Advisory
11:00 – 12:00PLC/Content Meetings
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 4:00Office Hours  Small group (as needed)  1:1 Open office hours Study Skills (Special Education Department) Planning 

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon and Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pwJdZIRB0xg5st9fe-ISu1a1YoXxtuJ2xzZrccBHBCU/edit?usp=sharing

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]

Uniform Needs

  • In the interest of best serving our community, Drew has moved forward with Flynn O’Hara as our new uniform vendor. Thank you to Dr. Allen for all of her work to find a company to best serve our community. Please see the flyer and link below for more information:

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

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!


Calendar


Week of 08/03- 08/09

August 3rd, First Day of School

Monday

08/03

  • Start Date for 2021-2022 School Year
    • Check student emails for invites to Google Classrooms if you haven’t already completed this task
9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and small groupsRequired 45 small group session each day
12:30-1:00Break
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
3 – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]

Tuesday

08/04

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and small groupsRequired 45 small group session each day
12:30-1:00Break
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Wednesday

08/05

9:00 – 10:00Opening Ceremony
10:00 – 11:00Advisory
12:30 – 1:309/11 Community Forum
1:30 – 2:3010/12 Community Forum 

Open Gym Opportunity

You must email Coach Wilder to be on campus, see flyer below

Thursday

08/06

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and small groupsRequired 45 small group session each day
12:30-1:00Break
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Open Gym Opportunity

You must email Coach Wilder to be on campus, see flyer below

Friday

08/07

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and small groupsRequired 45 small group session each day
12:30-1:00Break
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

 08/08| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
08/09| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Week of 08/10 – 08/16

  • 08/10
    • 4:15pm – Volleyball Tryouts
  • 08/11
    • 5:00pm – Volleyball Tryouts

Future Events

  • TBD- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • Lifetouch [new picture vendor] will contact families directly to arrange appointments]

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

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


Update for Students:

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