Week of March 29th, 2021

Shoutouts

  • To Kimela Fongeh, Andrew Botchwey and Myah Crowell for being selected for the highly sought after Project ENGAGES!  
    • These students will work and learn specialized science and engineering under the mentorship of a PhD Candidate at Georgia Tech. For the remainder of their high school careers they will be paid to work and learn for 15 hours per week at Georgia Tech and full time during the summer(s)! 
  • To Dailyn Minter who received the prestigious Posse Scholarship (a full tuition scholarship!) to the College of Wooster! 
  • To Lucy Corkran, MacKenzie Hodo, and Kimoni Gray from winning the trivia portion of the 10th grade Hosted Women’s History Month Panel this past week!
  • To Amya Talley, Eleanor Jones, and Olivia Pearson who did a phenomenal job leading our Women’s History Month community forum this week!  
    • Thank you for the time you took out of your schedules to prepare for the event. [From 10th Grade Team]
  • To Mrs. Simmons for reaching out and scheduling all of the wonderful panelists who came to speak to us during 10th grade Women’s History Month event!
  • To Mrs. Stokes for organizing an amazing women focused community forum. The students loved it and really got a lot out of it!
  • To the girls and boys tennis team for their win against Atlanta Jewish academy!
  • To LaQuavious Lawson for always putting forth his best effort in World literature!
  • Congrats to the 10th grade students. Over 40% are on track to complete their books and publish. This is the highest % we have ever had at the mid point since the project’s conception!
  • To Administrators for being awesome and supportive!
  • To Kamara Zackary and Elijah Oliver for their willingness  and openness in sharing their presentations with respect to their STEAM portfolios!
  • To all teachers that have implemented regular student portfolio workshops in their classes!
  • To Olivia Pearson & Nadea Davis who will be assisting Mr. Parker with senior pictures!
  • To Sage Harrison-Conaway for her amazing harp presentation at the 9th Grade Celebration of Women’s History Month!
  • To the 9th – grade student leaders, Calliope DeChant, Sage Harrison-Conaway, and Vaqeuriayah Fennell for assisting with the Women’s History Month community forum!
  • To Mr. Kitchen for working on the 9th-Grade portfolios with the STEAM team!
  • To Mance Irvin for assisting in Govtech class!
  • To Mr. Parker for capturing gorgeous pictures for Women’s History Month!


Congratulations to our All State Class A-Public Boys Varsity Basketball Honorees

Jakobe Strozier – First Team Ja’Quez Thornton – Player of the Year


STEAM Highlight of the Week

Our campus has been certified as a STEAM School twice so far… The Elementary Academy earned this recognition in 2017 and the Junior Academy earned the recognition in 2018 from the Georgia Department of Education. 

This important designation was created to recognize institutions committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The certifications confirm Drew’s position as a statewide leader in innovative education. Of course, the marathon continues- Drew’s Senior Academy is also in the process of earning this certification next!

We began pre-COVID and with new systems in place the process has resumed. This section will highlight student work which will be submitted for STEAM CERTIFICATION. Please note, ALL SENIOR ACADEMY students will have a portfolio displayed for this certification, for additional support or to work with the STEAM team on this portfolio please reach out to ….

Portfolios Mission:

Students will have a collection of their work and thoughts that will remain in their hands throughout their life. Portfolios can be used for college entrance applications, job applications, and scholarship applications. 

Portfolio Tip/Kudos to add or mirror in your Portfolio:

This week I would like to recognize Destiny Hodges in the Portfolio Spotlight. Destiny has a very compelling Home Page. She uses images to show the world her story. She has also made her website stand out from everyone else because she has changed the colors and format from the template. Her Academic pages are on point! She has visuals for each project as well as descriptions. One thing she could improve on is organizing her extracurricular pages and adding more information on each page.

Congrats Destiny Hodges!!!

SEE THE LINK ABOVE FOR AN EXAMPLE OF A WELL STRUCTURED PORTFOLIO

Drew Reopening Update

 Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

Drew’s Hybrid Model, which is optional for students and remains conservative, will consist of a weekly schedule where students participate in two days of in-person learning on campus and three days of virtual learning. 

Note: Drew Charter School will observe a Virtual Quarantine Week April 12th – April 16th (the week after Spring Break).  All instruction will be virtual that week.

The success of our Hybrid Model will require that all participating families and students commit to safety and health protocols that reduce the spread of COVID-19.   This includes following a mask mandate where all students and staff will wear masks on campus, practicing social distancing, washing hands regularly, and staying home when ill.

We must all diligently work to protect everyone in our community.  As such, students who repeatedly and willfully do not follow health safety protocols will have to be referred back to virtual learning.

• Families who chose not to transition to hybrid learning will remain under a virtual instructional model.  Pending staffing, space and other considerations, there may be a second opportunity for families to opt in to hybrid learning in April.

• The Returning to Campus Website Page offers information about what to expect with Drew’s Hybrid Model and overviews safety and health measures in place to protect our school community. To view, click below or directly on Drew’s website: Return to Campus Webpage

As the pandemic continues, we know there are many factors families must consider to determine the best option for their children at this time. With our expansion to two instructional models, know that we are taking extraordinary steps to limit risk and create an engaging environment for your student.  Whether you opt to remain virtual or participate in the hybrid model, rest assured that every member of our staff is committed to providing quality learning experiences for your student.  Thank you for your continued support, engagement and flexibility.  Most importantly, thank you for the opportunity to work with your students!

For the Love of Drew,

Peter McKnight

Head of School

Presentation of Parent Meeting for Hybrid Reopening

Click Here for Slides

RE-ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Current Student Re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Re-enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year will take place March 15 – 31stParent/guardians of current rising 1st -12th graders are required to complete an online re-enrollment form during this window to:

  1. confirm their student’s intent to return to Drew next school year, and
  2. review/update current information on file for their student.

Parents/guardians received an email on March 15 with a unique link to the online re-enrollment forms for the Drew students in the household.

Please note: students currently in the Cox Pre-K Program should submit a 2021-2022 lottery application by April 30th to be considered for kindergarten and do not complete re-enrollment.

2021-2022 Re-enrollment Deadline is Wednesday, March 31

Thank you to the families who have already completed their student’s online re-enrollment forms! If you have not yet done so, the online re-enrollment forms for all rising 1st -12th graders must be completed by March 31st to confirm your student’s seat for the upcoming school year. The enrolling parent/guardian of each student should have received an email on March 15 with a unique link to their student’s forms. Please check your junk mail folder and email enrollment@drewcharterschool.org if you did not receive this link. Alternatively, you may sign into your household’s account at: https://drewcharterschool.schoolmint.net/signin.

Due to Drew’s current operating status, only students in transition grades (rising 6th and rising 9th) as well as any student who has moved and requires an address update will be required to submit current proof-of-residency documents as a part of their re-enrollment. For these students, there will be an option to upload proof-of-residency documents when completing the online re-enrollment form. Electronic submission is encouraged, however if a parent/guardian is unable to or opts not to submit documents electronically, Drew will hold an in-person document collection window the week of April 19th.

Thank you for your cooperation in completing your student’s 2021-2022 re-enrollment. This information helps us determine how many seats to offer during our 2021-2022 lottery and ensure we have accurate, up-to-date information for all students.

Additional re-enrollment information can be found here. Please contact the Enrollment Team at enrollment@drewcharterschool.org or 404-450-0567 with any questions.


Principal Coffee REMINDER:


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 on

WEDNESDAY [04/15]

Directory for More Resources


We understand and 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).

Calendar

Week of 03/29- 04/04COLLEGE AND CAREER WEEK!

US History, American Lit, and Physical Science Benchmarks

Women’s Empowerment Month

We are excited about the opportunity to highlight post-secondary opportunities for our students next week. It is our hope each year that this week provides a variety of engaging activities for students to learn more about options available to them post-Drew. 

Also Note: Drew Charter School will observe a Virtual Quarantine Week April 12th – April 16th (the week after Spring Break).  All instruction will be virtual that week.

Monday

03/29

2:00 – 5:30[Please note the time change]

 Nutrition pick up
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]
Counseling Resources, see information below:
Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 
9th and 11th- rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org
10th and 12th: tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

Media Center Resources, see information below:
Google Classroom Code – 7iy2jsh [Students only have access]

Maker Space Activities :
Checkout the STEAM Initiatives/Opportunities, visit the calendar on their page by following this link –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE
  • Monday Schedule –
    • 8:30-9:40 1st period
    • 9:50-11:00 2nd period
    • 11:05-11:35 Lunch
    • 11:40-12:50 Break and/or small groups
    • 1:00-2:10 3rd period
    • 2:20-3:30 4th period

Tuesday

03/30

Counseling Resources, see information below:
Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 
9th and 11th- rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org
10th and 12th: tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

Media Center Resources, see information below:
Google Classroom Code – 7iy2jsh [Students only have access]


Maker Space Activities :
Checkout the STEAM Initiatives/Opportunities, visit the calendar on their page by following this link –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE

  • Tuesday Schedule-
    • Tuesday – College Knowledge Day (Dress down: wear your Drew spirit gear!)
      • 8:30-9:40 1st period
        • 9:30- SA CCR, Parent Coffee w/ The Counselors [Zoom]
      • 9:50-11:00 2nd period
        • 11:00 – Virtual College Campus Tours for 11th and 12th Graders [Zoom]
      • 11:05-11:35 Lunch
      • 11:40-12:50 Break and/or small groups
        • 12 :00 – Virtual College Campus Tours for 9th and 10th Graders [Zoom]
      • 1:00-2:10 3rd period
      • 2:20-3:30 4th period

Wednesday

03/31

Counseling Resources, see information below:
Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 
9th and 11th- rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org
10th and 12th: tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

Media Center Resources, see information below:
Google Classroom Code – 7iy2jsh [Students only have access]


Maker Space Activities :
Checkout the STEAM Initiatives/Opportunities, visit the calendar on their page by following this link –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE
Monthly Principal’s Coffee [COMING SOON ON 04/15/2021]

This Wednesday (3/31), there will be two Zoom drop-in sessions where you can get help with your STEAM Portfolio. Do you want to know if your portfolio has everything it’s supposed to have? Want some general feedback about how it looks? Are you not even sure where to start? We have you covered! Drop in for a few minutes or for an entire session so you can get all your questions answered. You can even just hang out while working, and get your questions answered while you work.

  • Wednesday Schedule-
    • Wednesday – Financial Literacy Day (Dress down: Study Day! Wear sweats, joggers, loungewear)
      • 9:00 Math Review/Support/Assessment (next week will be Social Studies)
      • 10:00 ELA Review/Support/Assessment (next week will be Science)
      • 10:00- Teens & Money Workshop for 11th & 12th Grades  [Zoom]
      • 11:00 Advisory
      • 11:00 –  Hope/Zell Miller Workshop for 9th and 10th Grade   [Zoom]
      • 12:00 – Women’s Empowerment & History Month Panel [12pm-1pm] -[Zoom Link / Flyer]
      • 1:00 – 3:00 
        • Office Hours/ Planning
        • Small Groups
        • 1:1 Support
        • Planning Time
      • 6:30- Paying for College Night Event

Reminder

2021-04-15T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

Monthly Principal’s Coffee Zoom Link

Zoom Link here

Thursday

04/01

Counseling Resources, see information below:
Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 
9th and 11th- rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org
10th and 12th: tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

Media Center Resources, see information below:
Google Classroom Code – 7iy2jsh [Students only have access]


Maker Space Activities :
Checkout the STEAM Initiatives/Opportunities, visit the calendar on their page by following this link –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE
  • Thursday Schedule-
    • Thursday – Career Day (Dress down: wear your college t-shirt!)
      • 8:30-9:40 1st period
      • 9:50-11:00 2nd period
        • 11:00 – Career Interest Profiler for 11th and 12th Grade  [Zoom]
      • 11:05-11:35 Lunch
      • 11:40-12:50 Break and/or small groups
        • 12:00 – Drew Alum Career/Internship Panel for 9th and 10th Grade [Zoom]
      • 1:00-2:10 3rd period
      • 2:20-3:30 4th period

Friday

04/02

Counseling Resources, see information below:
Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 
9th and 11th- rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org
10th and 12th: tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

Media Center Resources, see information below:
Google Classroom Code – 7iy2jsh [Students only have access]


Maker Space Activities :
Checkout the STEAM Initiatives/Opportunities, visit the calendar on their page by following this link –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE
  • Friday Schedule-
    • 8:30-9:40 1st period
    • 9:50-11:00 2nd period
    • 11:05-11:35 Lunch
    • 11:40-12:50 Break and/or small groups
    • 1:00-2:10 3rd period
    • 2:20-3:30 4th period
  • Weekly makerspace project Makerspace project
  • 4-4:45 pm
  • Join on zoom
    • Meeting ID: 991 2768 4261
    • Passcode: drewmake
  • This Week well make colorful macrame keychains or necklaces. Contact Ms. Jordan for free materials for this project. 

Soft circuits Maker Project KitFree maker activity crate! Soft circuits project for all students. Create your own soft circuits plus toy or badge! Learn basic sewing skills and about wearable electronics. This project can be adapted towny skill levels, younger EA students may need some help from an adult. You can do the project by yourself, or join along in April to do this project step by step with the makerspace. Sign up through our Google form to receive your kit (delivered and distributed early April). Limited to the firs t150 students to sign up. Thank you to the PTA for funding this project!https://forms.gle/Pu2kNZfeAovp2bkf8

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04/03 | 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].
04/04 | 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].

04/05 – 04/11Spring Break

The following week will be a Virtual Quarantine Week, Therefore, ALL instruction will be virtual that week. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 04/12-04/18
    • 04/12 – 12th Community Forum [11am-12pm]
    • 04/13
      • 9th Community Forum [11am-12pm]
      • 11th Community Forum [11am-12pm]
    • 04/14 – Clubs
    • 04/15 – 10th Community Forum [11am-12pm]
  • Week of 04/19-04/25
    • 04/21
      • 9:00 Math Review/Support/Assessment (next week will be Social Studies)
      • 10:00 ELA Review/Support/Assessment (next week will be Science )
      • Advisory
      • 12:00 – Committee Meetings
  • Week of 04/26-05/02

Future Events

  • 05/17-05/21 Senior Week
  • 05/22- Graduation
  • 05/28- Last Day of School

Household Resources


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! 

This year, more than ever, Drew teachers and families need our support!

What do the PTA dues and fundraising efforts pay for (especially during the 2020-21 school year)?

  • Teacher Appreciation Gifts 
  • Donations to The Opportunity Fund – which supports Drew families
  • Teacher and Classroom Grants – for projects enhancing student learning
  • Some past examples include:
  • Leveled library with cart to be shared across a single grade level
  • Class set of guitars
  • iPads/Chromebooks for use within a specific classroom
  • Beekeeping materials and bees
  • Drones for a robotics club 
  • Materials and choreography for a choral performance
    • This support for our students, teachers and families would not be possible without your membership!

 Join or renew today!  www.drewcharterschoolpta.com

Other Concerns

 
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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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