Week of August 31st,2020

Dear Drew Family,

Thank you for another amazing week of learning. It takes focus and fortitude for all of us to engage in the virtual learning environment. It takes just that much more focus as we battle racial injustice and mourn the loss of those we love and those that inspire us.

With so much to mourn, there is so much to celebrate and so much change we still have the opportunity to make. We trust that together we will continue in this labor of love to learn from and empower one another.

Each day brings a new opportunity for us all to be a part of the solution – I know that this community will continue to take a stand and honor those who have paved the way.

Have an amazing, life-changing week!

K. Myers

Shoutout

  • To all of our Early College students at Georgia Piedmont Tech who just finished their second week of college classes and the Early College students at GSU for finishing their first week of college classes!
  • To Ms. Wilder for helping with kicking off Voter Registration for Seniors!
  • To Sydney Berenson for starting the Environmental Club!
  • To Xander Green for starting the NBA Club!
  • To Ms. McKenzie and Ms. Isbell for working out MAP testing logistics!
  • To Cheyenne George for her creativity and going way beyond the call of duty in making her “Stop Motion”!
  • To these Foundations of Engineering students for their patience, and persistence in dealing with the new process of downloading software so that we can start programming our project: Justin Brown, George Christy, Quavon Cross, River Davis, Carter Gould-Sheinin, Ziya Holt, Warren Ferguson, Zya Nowell, Ze’Naya Rosser, Shannilea Schliffer, Aaliyah Scott, Kingsley Thirakul, Brian Warren, Kellsey Yarbrough, Chase Yelverton!
  • To Kayla Lewis, Miles Richardson, Elizabeth Hammock, Kashawn Myers, and Jordan Williams-Nance for engaging in feedback and being proactive in reaching out with questions!  From Señora Díaz
  • To the 10th graders for starting their first PBL project off with a bang. Thank you all for your engagement in class as you researched your elements, and created animations!
  • To Calliope DeChant, Taylor Jones,Najm Muhammad, Sage Harrison, Mason Alleyne for consistently participating and spurring discussions in AP Geography and Technology!
  • To Destiney Shockley & Asanti Shakir for giving other students motivating and supportive feedback!
  • To Destiney Shockley, Asanti Shakir, Gabby Moran, Corey Harrison, Chase Hairston for displaying a high level of mathematical and scientific perseverance!
  • To all 9th graders for pushing through virtual learning challenges. We see you!
  • To the 9th-grade instructional team for always being student-centered, having great teamwork, and positive relationships!

Nutrition

Information

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This application is needed for all families.

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  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • Regardless of whether your family may qualify or if you are not interested in free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Federal Eligibility Application any way to assist Drew in maintaining the Title I status and which qualifies the student body for other federal grants and resources. Your support is appreciated!
    • Click here to support Drew!
    • Note:  If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits” on the FEA, your completion process will be brief and should only take approximately five minutes.
  • You will need to provide the following information on the application:
    • The school, grade, birthdate of every Atlanta Public Schools student in your household
    • The names and incomes of every member of your household*
    • Last 4 digits of your (parent/guardian) Social Security number* and electronic signature
    • An email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application (optional)
  • *Note: If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits”, you will not be asked for income information or for the last four digits of your social security number. However, you will be asked for the student’s information so that the school has a record of the application submission.

Guardian

Announcements

If you missed the information from the Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here
  • The next meeting will be 9/16

MAP Testing

It’s time for MAP testing! We appreciate your support and flexibility as we administer the MAP test virtually. All 9th and 10th grade and some 11th and 12th grade students will be testing  in Reading and students taking Algebra or Geometry will be tested in Math. Students will participate in two test sessions over the course of the testing window- shown below. 

To decrease the interruption of instructional time we are administering the MAP assessment on Wednesday’s. The dates and times for testing are below:

  • Wednesday September 2nd – Reading
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3
  • Wednesday September 9th – Reading
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3
  • Wednesday September 16th – Math
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3
  • Wednesday September 23rd – Math
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3

Clubs and Advisory will still occur at 11am on the dates above. Please read here for more details.

Uniform Needs

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.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

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:

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


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. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 08/31 – 09/06

Monday

08/31

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/Lunch
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

09/01

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Wednesday

09/02

MAP Testing

TimeWednesday Schedule
9:00-11:00MAP TESTING [9th,10th, and other identified students]
11:00-11:45Clubs
11:00 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
1:00-3:00MAP TESTING [9th,10th, and other identified students]
12:30 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]

Thursday

09/03

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Friday

09/04

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

09/05| 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].
09/06| 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 09/07 – 09/13

  • 9/09
    • MAP Testing
    • Advisory
  • 9/16
    • Monthly Principal’s Coffee
    • MAP Testing
    • Clubs
  • 9/23
    • MAP Testing
    • Advisory

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!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

Are you looking for ways to get involved with Drew? The PTA is looking for Fundraising Chair Person(s) and Communications Director to join our team! 

Fundraising Chair Person(s)

The PTA supports things such as Teacher Grants, Teacher Appreciation, Parent-Teacher Coffees, the Drew Opportunity Fund, and other programs to support our teachers and families. In order to support those initiatives, we need to raise money! The Fundraising Chair will be responsible for helping to organize Dine Out Nights, Box Tops, Mabel’s Labels, and Amazon Smile promotions; Drew Car Magnet and Spirit Gear sales and the Silent Auction along with bringing in other potential fundraising ideas. *The time commitment for this role depends on fundraising initiatives taking place, there will times when there is very little work, however, the auction and other initiatives will require several hours a week. 

Communications Director

Coordinate all communications for the PTA including email (MailChimp), Website (Wix.com), Social Media (Facebook), signs, fliers (print & digital), & posters. The Communications Director provides (or enlists/directs others to provide) graphics to use in the promotion of the fundraiser, events & initiatives of the Drew PTA in line with the Drew Charter School brand guidelines. The Communications Director works with the Drew PTA Executive Committee and Committee Chairs to develop strategies to best communicate their respective initiatives and works with them to execute those plans. *The time commitment for this role is approximately 2-3 hours per week on average. 

Thanks to the incredible work by Maggie Stewart as Fundraising Chair and Justin Schaeffer as Communications Director there are a huge set of resources available and a team of PTA board members to help! If you’re interested please email ptadrew@gmail.com. Thanks! 

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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