Week of April 19th, 2021

Shoutouts

  • To the Tennis Team for their outstanding performance this year and to Kristina Garner for coaching tennis to a championship!
  • Drew Charter School’s inaugural Literary Meet Team traveled to Milledgeville, GA on April 13th to compete in the region 6A competition.  Students who won first place in their event will be competing at State on April 24th at Georgia Military College.  
    • Here are the results of the region 6A Competition. 
      • Kashawn Myers – 1st place – Advancing to State
        • Competed in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
      • Calliope DeChant – 1st place – Advancing to State
        • Competed in Comedic Monologue
      • Alexandria Girault – 1st place – Advancing to State 
        • Competed in Personal Essay
      • Kate Drueke – 1st place – Advancing to State 
        • Competed in Girls Solo
      • Myah Crowell – 3rd Place 
        • Competed in Rhetorical Essay
      • Alexandria Sweeney – 3rd place 
        • Competed in Argumentative Essay
  • To 9th graders Jaylon Butler, Niles Holt, and Samya King who were all accepted to (MS)2; they will join Jamari Aycock who will be returning for his third and final summer!
  • To members of the Class of 2022 who have recently been accepted to Georgia State University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College as Early College/Dual Enrollment students!
  • To Mr. Mayfield for inviting a doctor to come and speak with 10th grade students during their community forum on transition to hybrid. The doctor discussed covid and the vaccine with students. Very informative! 
  • To the entire staff for showing out throughout the year and for gearing up to close out the last six weeks of school!
  • To Joel Derringer for spearheading the participation of Drew Students in the Literacy Competition!
  • To Mr. J and Mr. Prince for helping the students with their monologues who are now advancing forward!
  • To the 30 student publishers, who will be showcasing their final product -virtually!
  • To  Ms. Isbell & Ms. Gresham on the delivery of their babies this past week!
  • To Ms. Allen for facilitating and coordinating the upcoming Prom event in partnership with APS!

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. 

To view the 2021 Portfolio Tip & Kudos to add or mirror in your Portfolio: CLICK HERE


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


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.

The next meeting will be on

WEDNESDAY [04/21]

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 04/19 – 04/26

Monday

04/19

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

04/20

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-
    • 8:30-9:40 1st period
    • 9:50-11:00 2nd period
    • 11:05-11:35 Lunch
      • 9th Community Forum [11:45am-12:45pm]
    • 11:40-12:40 Break and/or small groups
    • 12:50-2:00 3rd period
    • 2:10-3:20 4th period

Wednesday

04/21

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 04/21/2021]
  • Wednesday Schedule-
    • 9am- 1pm: APUSH Mock Exam [Juniors]
    • 9:00 Math Review/Support/Assessment (next week will be Social Studies)
    • 10:00 ELA Review/Support/Assessment (next week will be Science )
    • 11:00 Advisory
    • 12:00 – Monthly Principal’s Coffee  
    • 12:15 to 12:45 – Posse Scholarship Lunch and Learn for Juniors [Zoom Link]
    • 1:00 – 3:00 
      • Office Hours/ Planning
      • Small Groups
      • 1:1 Support
      • Planning Time

Reminder

2021-04-21T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

Monthly Principal’s Coffee Zoom Link

Zoom Link here

Thursday

04/22

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-
    • 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

Friday

04/23

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

04/24 | 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].
04/25 | 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:

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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