Week of Feb 21st,2022

Post Break Reminders

Greetings Senior Academy Parents and Students,

We hope everyone enjoyed their Winter Break. 

As we return from break, I’d like to give a couple of quick reminders to ensure the rest of the school year goes smoothly 

Health and Safety

All students and staff are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while in the building.

Only non-cloth masks are permitted on campus. Students arriving at school without a non-cloth mask will be provided with a disposable non-cloth mask to wear on their own or in addition to their cloth mask (double-masking)

Students also are no longer able to wear full face/ski masks even if they double mask. It is difficult to identify students when their whole head is covered. 

*** See Drew Mask Policy for a visual flyer below ***

Uniforms

Please make sure that students are adhering to the guidelines/uniform schedule below. This works best if students are fully dressed before they get out of the car. This includes wearing the proper shoes. 

  • Monday and Wednesday: White shirt, tie, and khaki bottoms
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Black polo and khaki bottoms OR white shirt and tie and khaki bottoms
  • Friday:
    • Students WITH jeans passes: Permitted to wear a t-shirt (no holes, slits, etc.) and jeans. All other clothing is prohibited.
    • Students WITHOUT jeans passes: Black polo and khaki bottoms OR white shirt and tie and khaki bottoms
  • All students will be permitted to dress down on theme and/or spirit days. An announcement will be sent out via Remind if any of those days are scheduled. 

Only Drew branded outerwear (jackets, sweatshirts, hoodies etc.) can be worn in the building. All other outerwear needs to be removed upon entering in the morning. 

Students may however, wear solid forest green, black, or white knit sweaters if they tend to get cold during the day. 

Additionally, students should only wear closed toed shoes to school. Slides, flip flops, sandals, Crocs, etc. are not permitted. Some students have also begun to wear backless Ugg slippers. These are also NOT permitted. 

Students who do not follow these guidelines will be required to change before going to class. In some cases this may involve students contacting parents to bring them what they need. 

We will continue offering uniform support to students who need it. Please email me at tameka.allen@drewcharterschool.org for more information. 

We appreciate your support as we continue to support our students in making good choices. Thank you for your time and dedication to the Drew Community. 

Dr. Allen

Senior Academy Dean of Students

Drew Mask Policy [Effective After: 01/03/2022]

Mask Mandate Update Reminder!

Use of cloth masks and face coverings on their own is no longer allowed. 


NOTE: This also applies to Ski Masks and Gaitors


  • Effective January 18, 2022, anyone entering Drew’s buildings is required to wear non-cloth masks.  
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**Layering/Doubling Masks, with a cloth mask placed on top of a surgical mask, is also a recommended option.**

Signature Black History Program: Artivism 101


Dear Drew Families:
 
On behalf of the Senior Academy’s Black History Month Committee, we invite you to celebrate this year’s theme: “Artivism 101.” Join us as we discuss the power of artivism and how students at Drew are using their artistic expression to make social change! We look forward to all of our academies joining us for our 2022 Black History Month Program (See the information below). Registration is required for attendance.
  • Date: Wednesday, February 23rd  
  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • Program Details: Artivism: the use of creative expression to cultivate awareness and social change. It spans various disciplines including visual art, poetry, photography, music, film, and theater. Students and artists are excited to share their vision and creative process behind our phenomenal “Black Lives Matter” mural! We will host highly acclaimed local social justice artists and facilitate discussion on how YOU can express yourself through artivism!

Information to Prepare Students & Guests for Black History Month Program: What is Artivism?:

Audience: Open to the entire Drew community!


Lottery Application Notification

Lottery Application Window for New Students Now Open:

  • February 1, 2022 through April 30, 2022

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, or if your student currently attends Cox Pre-K at Drew and would like to enroll in Drew’s kindergarten, the lottery application for the 2022-2023 school year is available here.  All qualifying applications received by April 30th will be included in an admissions lottery on May 5th, 2022. 

When you click on the application link from Drew’s website, you will be prompted to sign into your family’s existing SchoolMint account.  From there you will have the option to click “Edit New Student Application” for students who have submitted a lottery application in the past or “Add New Student”. When prompted, please make sure to indicate that you are applying for the 2022-2023 school year. For the purposes of the lottery, Drew defines a sibling as someone with a shared legal guardian and shared residence.

Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only. This includes students currently enrolled in the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew who would like to attend kindergarten at Drew. Re-enrollment for rising 1st through 12th graders at Drew will be March 4th through March 18th (more details coming soon).

Additional lottery information can be found on our website. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.


Deadline: 02/25/22

Gifted Interest Application


Opt-In for Drew’s New Weekly Surveillance Testing Program

ACTION REQUIRED –

 
To provide opt-in consent for Junior or Senior Academy students, click below:
COVID-19 Testing for Junior/Senior Academy

Please complete opt-in for one campus ONLY, PER CHILD.

  • If you completed testing somewhere else be sure to submit results in the link below:

Student/Staff Document/Self-Report Link 

Please note: For returning to campus tests must be conducted no earlier than 2 days from when you plan to be present on campus, please submit test results via the link above.

  • To Olivia Pearson and Lucy Corkran for advancing to Semi-Finals in the Governor’s Honors Program. Olivia for Mechanical Design/Engineering and Lucy for Visual Arts!
  • To our Drew Eagles who won 1st Place in the APS Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl!
    • Myah Crowell, Alexandria Sweeney, Chanel Harris, Jason Lin, and Miles Selles 
    •  We are headed to regionals at Clayton State! ! !
  • To Mrs. Ricks for her leadership and guidance for our HRRB team!
  • To Drew Charter chorus students who participated in the District V Honor Chorus event this past weekend at Milton High School;  See some of the amazing work they were able to accomplish with other singers from our district!  
    • Members: Gavin Chapman, Hannah Melvin, Kate Drueke, Rachel Parks-Selmon, Tyra Jones, Camille Richardson, Calliope DeChant, Thia Daniel, Christian Aycock, D’Anjelo Taylor, Jayla Smith, Jayda Howard, Byron Darnton, Simon Renjifo, Tyrese Robinson, Benjamin Schaeffer, Jordan Williams-Nance!
  • To the Boys Varsity Basketball team for a winning season and becoming back-to-back Region Champs!!
    • 18-0 in the Region and 26-1 overall
    • State Playoffs start this week!
  • To 9th grader McKenzie Smith for sharing her own written weekly reflections of timely homespun wisdom on the classroom board in math classroom 201 – swing by to see the latest thought provoking installment!
  • To all spring sports and players that started their seasons over the past few weeks!
  • To all the students thriving in Spanish!
  • To 9th grader Dawn Rahmaan for her wonderful spirit of giving, enthusiasm, readiness to learn and her willingness to do her level best and offer help to others!
  • To 9th grader Jaylen Paul for his level of focus and intellectual curiosity in working on factoring and solving quadratic equations this week!
  • To the students who have attended Extended Learning Time in school!
  • To Justin Brown for staying on top of all his assignments and consistently using his free time to take his projects beyond expectations!
  • To Michael Robinson for working carefully on his plaster mold and having creative ideas for his ReARTions project!
  • To Corey Harrison for always advocating for himself and trying to improve!
  • To Kaniah Robinson for getting work done with efficiency!
  • To Ms. McIntyre for her dedication and excellence as a supportive teacher and advocate!
  • To Senora Ana Fernandez for her resiliency, wisdom, spirit of optimism and dedication to her students and all the stellar yet unobtrusive behind the scenes practical support, mentoring and wise counsel that she gives to her colleagues – and students alike. Gracias Sra!
  • To Ms. Palmer for her tireless advocacy for students, seasoned insights and endless support as a math and science co-teacher and 9th grade team member!
  • To Ms. Gresham for her wisdom, grace and poise as a co-teacher in always modeling calm and consideration in meeting the needs of students in Algebra 1 support!
  • To Ms. Garner for her kindness, tech-savvy know-how and the endless ways she gives and shares her creative solutions in support of her students and fellow team members!
  • To Mr. Lonnie the security officer who always manages to remember everyone’s names and offer a friendly welcome while still doing a stellar job of controlling the morning rush hour drop off traffic!
  • To Coach Davis for all he does to help foster agency, calm, orderliness, self-accountability and purposeful learning environments for the 9th grade students he is truly appreciated!
  • To Dr. Kenyon-Mafu for her kind and thoughtful recognition of colleagues throughout the semester!
  • To Ms. Cusick for her extraordinary planning of SACAC Georgia Legislative Day!
  • To Mrs. Simmons for leading the 10th grade team in the Critical Friends presentation!
  • To Ms. Mayes for overcoming huge adversity these past few months and executing for students both before [academic enrichment] and after school [extra-curricular enrichment]!
  • To Dr. Morgan for organizing the Valentines cupcake and juice event for 9th graders!
  • To Ms. Fernadez for arriving early to help set it up for the Valentine Social!
  • To Ms. Palmer for representing faculty in the impromptu dance off, it was another joyous social event/occasion!


Principal Coffee REMINDER:

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

Recordings/Presentation/& Zoom Link Here

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.

See You All on March 16th,2022 @12pm !

Zoom Link for the Principal Coffee

The next Virtual Parent University, is Wednesday, February 23rd from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm. In this session, you will Meet the PAC members and learn more about the Parent Advisory Committee. We look forward to your participation.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 969 3587 5412
Passcode: 270041

Stay Updated! See the notes below:

For ONGOING Announcements/Updates

  • Reminders
  • Scholarship Opportunities [as/when available]
  • Student Opportunities
  • etc.

Directory of All Senior Academy Resources

Use the following link if you obtain COVID test results from outside of Drew. Submit results here: Submit External COVID Test Results – Link

Calendar of Events (below):

Week of 02/21- 02/27

Stay Updated! See the notes below:

NEWS: The Difference between a 504 & IEP Talk about this! IEP vs. 504 Plan: What’s the Difference?


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

02/21

  • Schedule [*Virtual Teachers/Students Follow Normal Virtual Schedule*
    • 1st 8:00-9:30
    • 2nd 9:35-11:05
    • 3rd Period 11:10 – 1:25
      • 11:10-11:40 9th and 10th lunch
      • 12:50-1:25 11th and 12th lunch
    • 4th 1:30-3:00 
    • Flex Time Clubs, 3:05pm
  • Dismissal 3:40

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

02/22

Tuesday Schedule-

  • Schedule [*Virtual Teachers/Students Follow Normal Virtual Schedule*]
    • 1st 8:00-9:30
    • 2nd 9:35-11:05
    • 3rd Period 11:10 – 1:25
      • 11:10-11:40 9th and 10th lunch
      • 12:50-1:25 11th and 12th lunch
    • 4th 1:30-3:00 
    • Flex Time Extended Learning, 3:05pm
      • Students will complete extended learning via zoom
    • Dismissal 3:40

Counseling Resources, see information below:
Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 
9th and 11th- tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org
10th and 12th: rob.richardson@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 [Next Meeting: 21-22 School Year Date TBA]

Wednesday

02/23

Wednesday Schedule-

  • Schedule [*Virtual Teachers/Students Follow Normal Virtual Schedule*]
    • 1A- 8:00-8:45 
    • 2A- 8:50-9:30 
    • 3A- 9:35-10:20 
    • 4A- 10:25-11:05 
      • 1st Lunch- 10:25-11:05 
      • 2nd Lunch- 11:10-11:45  
    • 1B- 11:50-12:35 
    • 2B- 12:40- 1:25 
    • 3B- 1:30- 2:10 
    • 4B- 2:15-3:00 
      • 2:30 pm Black Art and Activism Program
        • Information to Prepare Students & Guests for Black History Month Program:
        • Required via zoom- CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 
        • Program Details: 
          • Artivism: the use of creative expression to cultivate awareness and social change spans various disciplines including visual art, poetry, photography, music, film, and theater. Students and artists are excited to share their vision and creative process behind our phenomenal “Black Lives Matter” mural! We will host highly acclaimed local social justice artists and facilitate discussion on how YOU can express yourself through artivism!
        • Questions: 
        • Please reach out to 
    • Flex Time Extended Learning, 3:05pm
      • Students will complete extended learning via zoom
    • Dismissal 3:40
    • 7:00, 1st Round of Boys Basketball State Playoffs

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

02/24

Thursday Schedule-

  • Schedule [*Virtual Teachers/Students Follow Normal Virtual Schedule*]
    • 1st 8:00-9:30
    • 2nd 9:35-11:05
    • 3rd Period 11:10 – 1:25
      • 11:10-11:40 9th and 10th lunch
      • 12:50-1:25 11th and 12th lunch
    • 4th 1:30-3:00 
    • Flex Time Extended Learning, 3:05pm
      • Students will complete extended learning via zoom
    • Dismissal 3:40

Counseling Resources, see information below:
Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 
09th and 11th- tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org
10th and 12th: rob.richardson@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

02/25

Friday Schedule-

  • Dress Down Day – Drew Spirit Wear 
  • Schedule [*Virtual Teachers/Students Follow Normal Virtual Schedule*]
    • 1st 8:00-9:30
    • 2nd 9:35-11:05
    • 3rd Period 11:10 – 1:25
      • 11:10-11:40 9th and 10th lunch
      • 12:50-1:25 11th and 12th lunch
    • 4th 1:30-3:00 
    • Advisory 3:05-3:40
    • Dismissal 3:40

02/26| Saturday
  • NONE
02/27| Sunday
  • COVID Testing 12pm – 4pm – Yates Campus (Teacher Parking Lot) ** CANCELLED FOR NOW **
    • ** WEEKEND TESTING WILL RESUME AT A LATER DATE**

Upcoming Events-

  • Wednesday, C Day – 03/02/22
    • 3:00 Student Equity Committee Meeting
    • Senior Community Forum
  • Saturday – 03/05/22
    • 10:00 BLM Mural Celebration
  • Monday, A Day – 03/07/22
    • 4:00 Senior NHS Induction
  • Friday, A Day – 03/11/22
    • Senior AMC Movie Event
  • Saturday – 05/21/22
    • Tentative Graduation Date

Additional Announcements and Opportunities for Drew Community

Inclusive of: Access to Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

>> HERE <<

>> HERE <<

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


For Updates that occur more frequently subscribe to Remind! Instructions for the respective cohorts can be found below, feel free to join multiple.

Uniform Needs!

  • Guardians looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Flynn O’hara
    • Guardians be sure to order as soon as possible; the estimated time of delivery is typically 2-3 weeks from the day you order.
    • To reference the dress code for the Senior Academy, click here.

Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

• The Returning to Campus Website Page offers more detailed information about what to expect, general guidelines/procedures. In addition to 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


STEAM Portfolio Information

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


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

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