Week of October 5th,2020

Shoutout

  • Welcome back Kyna Mills from maternity leave!
  • To Diamond Charles who balanced her time between her work schedule and still virtually being present and asking relevant questions during the Senior Night Meeting.
  • To Mrs. Weaver for her extraordinary leadership and problem solving skills in supporting the CCR team and the Senior Academy community! 
  • To Mandarin Club members for really impressive presentations about topics in Chinese culture this week!
    • Cheyenne George, Caleb Turner, Jayden Vickers, Mustafah Mohammed, Gabriella Moran, Anthony Martin, Kimoni Gray
  • To Zed Dechant and Jordan Williams-Nance for coming up with creative ways to complete their Timeline Project!
  • To Daniel Hayes for being willing to challenge himself!
  • To Jerrell Franks for being able to analyze situations and pushing himself!
  • To the Debate Team for submitting Argumentative Speeches to AUDL’s Speech Bowl on the topic of Mass Incarceration!
  • To Mrs. Mayes’ World Literature 2B class for consistent perfect attendance and excellent work ethic!
  • To Mrs. Stokes, Ms. Gresham, Ms. White and Mr. Morrison for their Governor’s Honors Program nominations!
  • To the 9th graders for exhibiting our norm of Presenting Professionally by being so generous, and kind in their delivery of shoutouts to their teachers and peers during the community forum. You are appreciated!
  • To the 9th grade team for always rising to the occasion in making things happen on behalf of the whole!
  • To all the freshmen who participated in the community forum and wellness check in survey. We appreciate your participation!
  • To Najm Muhammad and Chase Yelverton for their positive and motivational comments at the forum!
  • To Morgan Walker for being awarded the Fly Higher award, Taylor Jones for being awarded the Freshman Eagle award, and to Ziya Holt for being awarded the Achievement award at the freshman community forum!
  • To all of the freshman who are persistent and persevering despite the obstacles created by virtual learning!

Nutrition

Information

Click here for more resources regarding Nutrition

This application is needed for all families.

Deadline is October 30th

  • 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.

E-Learning Notices

Important Attendance Update

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

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

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.


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

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families

The links below will show you various settings and information for navigating Google Classroom

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

Guardian Announcements

Did you know that in the last major election, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register? If you recently moved, turned 18, changed your name, or haven’t voted in recent elections, you have to update your voter registration in order to cast your vote. The deadline to register to vote or update your name or address in Georgia is Monday, October 5, 2020. If you need to register or make a change to your voter registration, please do so before the deadline. Make your vote count! Click Here to Register to Vote in GA

Ninth Grade Virtual Program

In preparation for 9th grade level night on October 5th, we distributed virtual kits to all 9th graders on October 1st and October 2nd. We hope all students and families enjoyed their kits, and we look forward to seeing you Monday, October 5th for our program. If you have any questions or concerns, please email rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org or kendrick.myers@drewcharterschool.org

In an effort to give all parents an opportunity to engage in the Virtual Parent University, we are re-evaluating the time of the sessions. Once the new times have been established, we will communicate the date and time.

The Parent C.A.F.E. above is hosted by APS for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —


If you missed the information from the last 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

WEDNESDAY [10/21]

Clubs and Advisory will resume the original time on Wednesday’s [@10am]

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

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore 

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 10/05 – 10/11

The HYPE Project is now accepting applications for our next Fall cohort!
The application window will be closing on Thursday, October 8th! Students can visit www.gethype.org/hype-project to apply.

Monday

10/05

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]
5:30pm9th Grade Level Night [Zoom link]

Tuesday

10/06

The HYPE Project is now accepting applications for our next Fall cohort!

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
5:30Financial Aid Night [Seniors/Cohort 2021 Event]
– Join Remind for all Cohort 2021 UPDATES
The events above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021

Wednesday

10/07

The HYPE Project is now accepting applications for our next Fall cohort!

TimeWednesday Schedule
10:00-10:45Advisory
11:00 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
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]
5:30
2020-10-21T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

10/08

The application window will be closing on Thursday, October 8th! Students can visit www.gethype.org/hype-project to apply.

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
4:00-6:00Makerspace “Make Night @ Home”
5:3010th Grade Level Night [Zoom Link]

Friday

10/09


Nine Week Grade Report

[Available thru Infinite Campus]

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

10/10| 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].
10/11| 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 10/12- 10/18

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Fall HYPE Project kicked off with great success and over 100 student applications! Additionally, our #SheIsMe series has been fun, educational, and inspirational. The girls joining have shared that they’ve left feeling encouraged to pursue their STEM dreams and even walked away with tangible next steps for business ideas that they’ve once given up on.

I’m so inspired and FULL OF HOPE about the next generation of tech leaders – especially the girls who once believed that the industry was not a place that they could thrive.
  • 10/13 – GSFC FASFA Completion Night [Click here to Register]
    • The event above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021
  • 10/14- Parent Conferences
  • 10/20 – Financial Aid 1-on-1 [Schedule your appointment here]
    • The event above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021
  • 10/21 – Principal’s Coffee
  • 10/23 – STEAM Career Day: JA & SA [8am-11am]

The goal of Drew’s STEAM Career Days is to expose PreK-12 students to the many careers related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. Presenters have the opportunity to share their best career advice and inspire the next generation of engineers, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Although we are excited to have all presenters, we recognize that representation is critical and are seeking to engage diverse presenters that may be underrepresented in their current fields.  We believe that an array of diverse experiences and perspectives is a vital step to inspire all of our students of the possibilities that exists for future generations as we look to cultivate a more equitable world.

Future Events

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

Household Resources

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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