Week of April 06th, 2020

Spring Break: April 6-12

E-Learning will resume on April 13th,2020

Shoutout to Senior Academy students for all of the comments, posts, smiles, and stories they shared on social media last week! Thank you for the amazing memories; I am very thankful for our time together virtually, it was a week full of fun.

As we go into Spring Break, I encourage everyone to use this time to rest and relax. Please use this time to indulge in your favorite hobby or to simply rest, and put your computer to the side!

You deserve this time – enjoy it. Have a great break!

  • K.Myers

Breaking News Update: School Closed for Remainder of School Year

Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

Governor Brian Kemp announced today that all K-12 schools in Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of this school year.  In keeping with this order, Drew Charter School will remain closed for the remainder of this school year and will continue implementing e-learning Days for the duration of the closure.  

As this closure was just announced, we will work on the specific impact of this decision as it relates to considering alternatives to celebrate our Drew 2020 graduates and to address the loss of comprehensive instructional learning time for the school year.  Once we have had the opportunity to consider all aspects of this closure extension, we will follow up with families and staff to communicate more details. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these developments.  In the meantime, please do all you can to take care of yourself, your family and your loved ones.  We will be back in touch soon. 

Peter McKnight
Head of School

Week of March 30th, 2020

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • Kacy Caldwell for being accepted into University of Georgia!
  • To all parents and families for their continued support and feedback as we embark on this E-learning journey as a community!
  • Zanaya Benbow and Kayla Lewis for their engagement in E-learning!
  • Mr. Rashid, Ms.Davis, Mr. Richardson for their support of students and families throughout the past few weeks!
  • SA teachers for their engagement and support through live instruction and constant feedback!
  • Ms. Isbell, Ms.Williams, and Ms.McKenzie for working with content teams on planning and instruction!
  • Ms. Simmons, Dr. Morgan, Ms. Schaffer, Ms. Allen, Mr. White,and Ms. Isbell for working with grade level teams to develop a schedule for live instruction and office hours!
  • Dr. Kurt for his Freestyle Friday session on Instagram!
  • CCR Team for continuing to transition counseling sessions and working to meet student needs!
  • Mr. Copp for continually searching for best practices and ways to support struggling students!

Next Blazer Day will be announced at a later date!

Blazer Days are Required for Special Events & will occur at least once a month**

**Blazer Days are subject to change.**
[They are currently projected to occur every 2nd Wednesday of the month]

Guardian

Announcements


Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

Thank you for another amazing week of E-learning. I am hopeful that this past week provided our students with time to learn, engage with friends, and spend time with family. We truly appreciate your consistent support and feedback. We are looking forward to a week of fun and learning as we engage in our Virtual Spirit Week. Students and families can share their school spirit on social media at #DrewPrideStayInside and #DrewSpiritLetsHearIt. Students can also post pictures in Google Classroom. We are looking forward to an amazing week before Spring Break. Again, thanks for all your continued support!
K. Myers
 

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. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Lottery Application Window for **New Students** Open Through April 30, 2020

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, the lottery application for potential new students is available now through April 30, 2020. The online application is also available on Drew’s website. All qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 7th. Drew is not participating in Atlanta Public Schools’ pilot “Enroll APS Charter” project for the 2020-2021 school year. All Drew lottery applications must be submitted via Drew’s online process.

  • Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only
  • This includes students currently enrolled in the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew.

The Re-enrollment Process for 2020-2021

The deadline to complete the online re-enrollment form, which was originally March 27, 2020, has been extended to March 31, 2020. Thank you to all the families who have already completed this!

If you have yet to do so, please look for an email with the subject line “Drew Online Re-enrollment Form: Now due March 31”, which was resent on March 24 to the enrolling/primary parent/guardian of any student for whom we have not yet received a completed form. Click the link in the email and follow the prompts to create a password for your account. Once signed in, click on the green “Re-enroll” button to the right of your student’s name to complete the form. 

If you did not receive this email or are unable to complete the form online, let us know at enrollment@drewcharterschool.org or 404-450-0567. Please be sure to include your student’s name in your communication. If you do NOT plan on your student returning to Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, email enrollment@drewcharterschool.org. You do not need to complete the online form.

At this time, the on-site and in-person portion of re-enrollment remains postponed. We will distribute new directions for the submission of proof-of-residency documents at a later date. Thank you so much for your cooperation and understanding.

  • Information will be sent through Remind, this Blog,and emails on file with the school.

Calendar


March 30th – April 3rd:

Virtual Spirit Week! 

Use the hashtags: #DrewPrideStayInside and #DrewSpiritLetsHearIt

Tag @drewchartercc, @Principal_Myers, and @drallen1220 in your photos on Instagram so we can repost!


Week of 03/30- 04/05

Women’s History Month

E-learning via Google Classrooms

  • Drew Media Resources available:
    • Please share and join the Media Services Google classroom7iy2jsh 
  • Please note: Google Hangouts will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Click here to view the Google Hangouts Appropriate Student Usage Guidelines.

Students will follow the A/B Day Rotation in the E-Learning setting. Therefore, students’ will be able to login and look for assignments based on the students’ regular schedule.


Please be advised that our School Norms still apply in our E-Learning Environments. 

Students should participate in online class activities with the same respect and decorum that would be displayed in the classroom. Please refer the Student Code of Conduct for specific information on appropriate technology use.

Language and/or actions that violate our Student Code of Conduct in the virtual setting will have similar consequences.

03/30| Monday | "B" Day
  • Record a 30 second lip syncing your favorite song
    • (or singing for real if you have the skill).
  •  E-Learning
 03/31| Tuesday | “A” Day
  • Virtual Spirit Week: Tik Tok Tuesday
    • Share your dance moves with us!
04/01| Wednesday| "B" Day
  •  Virtual Spirit Week: Way Back Wednesday
    • Share a picture of you as a kid or what your favorite toy or TV show was as a kid!
 04/02| Thursday| “A” Day
  •  Virtual Spirit Week: Thankful Thursday
    • Write a note of appreciation to your parent, family member, teacher, or co-worker
 04/03| Friday| “B” Day
  • Virtual Spirit Week: What’s Your Future Friday
    • Wear a college t-shirt and take a virtual campus tour.
  •  E-Learning
    • Students use this day to review, check-in with teachers, receive feedback,and/or turn-in missing work etc.
  • Class of 2020 Virtual Meeting

 04/04| Saturday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
04/05| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Future Dates – All dates are tentative concluding the current school closure.

  • 4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break
  • 05/09 – Prom [A Tentative Date]
  • 04/30- Lottery application for  Kindergarten program due
  • 05/11- College Decision Day
  • 05/16- Graduation
  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School

Food Resources during Closure


See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the upcoming 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 .

Student Opportunity

  • None at this time

Media Announcement


Arts


  • Thank you for your support on January 22nd, 2020 for the

    Speak What Must Be Spoken Tour!!!

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit was sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library 

Sports

  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW CLOSED!!!

    Please see the list below of active winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has passed to register your student.

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Opportunities

Adult Opportunity


Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

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:

Breaking Update: Message from Head of School [HoS]

School Closed Until April 24th

Drew Parents and Guardians:

As you may have seen in the local news, earlier today Governor Brian Kemp announced the continued closure of schools in Georgia until at least April 24th in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus.  In keeping with the Governor’s order, Drew Charter School will remain closed until at least Friday, April 24th, until further notice. 

During this closure, Drew will continue to implement e-learning Days.  Drew will observe Spring Break during the week of April 6th – April 10th as originally scheduled.  Drew will not hold e-learning Days during the week of Spring Break. 

For information updates and resources available to your family during this crisis, please visit Drew’s Coronavirus webpage on Drew’s website.

We continue to keep the safety and well-being of you and your family in our thoughts as we collectively work our way through this monumental crisis.

Peter McKnight
Drew Head of School

Week of March 23rd, 2020

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • Kacy Caldwell for being accepted into University of Georgia!
  • To all parents and families for their continued support and feedback as we embark on this E-learning journey as a community!
  • Mrs. Simmons, Mrs. Stokes, and Mrs. Schaffer for their frequent feedback and live instruction via Instagram!
  • All SA teachers that have engaged in live instruction and feedback throughout the week!
  • Marissa Payne-Owens and Shacari Hardy for their advocacy, interaction, and feedback on E-Learning!
  • To ALL Special Education Teachers for providing accommodations and daily check in with all of their students!
  • Mrs. Isbell for organizing the Women in Healthcare, Law, and Tech event for Women’s Empowerment Month last week!
  • Mr. Canney for his consistent support of teachers and staff with everything concerning online learning!
  • The tech team for their continuous support of students in need of devices as well as assistance to staff with technical concerns!
  • Coaches and AIS’ for participating in meetings and providing leadership as well as support throughout the week!

Next Blazer Day will be announced at a later date!

Blazer Days are Required for Special Events & will occur at least once a month**

**Blazer Days are subject to change.**
[They are currently projected to occur every 2nd Wednesday of the month]

Guardian

Announcements


Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

Thank you for hanging in there with us this week as we made our way through the first week of e-learning at Drew Charter School.  As we approach the weekend, we wanted to remind you that this coming Monday, March 23rd, will be a Teacher Planning Day at Drew. There will be no new instruction or new student assignments Monday, March 23, 2020.   The Teacher Planning Day will give our staff an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of week 1 and plan for the coming weeks. Hopefully, it will also give your family a chance to breathe and regroup as new challenges confront all of us personally in this unprecedented global pandemic.

Phase II of e-learning
When students return to e-learning Days on next Tuesday, March 24th, we will move into Phase II of e-learning.  We have taken this first week, known as Phase I, to adjust to the e-learning platform, find our rhythm, provide assignments, distribute as many devices to families in need as possible, and call our families with students who have yet to show up in their Google Classrooms.  Under current circumstances, we feel as prepared as possible to transition to Phase II. We will take a moment to update you on what to expect in Phase II. We encourage you to take the time to talk with your student about what lies ahead in e-learning and the value of engaging in the e-learning process. 

During Phase II, we will officially transition to incorporating a combination of live, recorded, and vetted instructional videos to deliver mini-lessons, now inclusive of new content. Live instruction will be recorded and posted for future viewing in order to allow families the viewing flexibility we all need right now. Our teachers are positioned, prepared and committed to providing instruction that will best equip our students to access their current 4th quarter curriculum and ensure they are prepared for the next grade level. To ensure that our students are ready, it will require us to teach new content, specifically 4th quarter standards, in an engaging e-learning environment. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding with our school and especially with our teachers as you communicate with them about your student and about the new processes and practices that are being established.  We realize that this level of e-learning is new for everyone involved –the students, teachers, parents and school administrators. I assure you that our commitment and dedication to providing an excellent education to all of our students is unwavering.  Know that our staff is working incredibly hard to engage all students in the learning process. We appreciate your patience, support, understanding, and kindness as we transition to Phase II of e-learning. 

Coronavirus Webpage and Updates
We continue to remain aware that the change in your student’s school environment is only one of the new circumstances you are handling daily.  As we navigate our world while the Coronavirus outbreak unfolds, Drew hopes to help address some of the other daily living challenges that some of our families face.  To ensure families can quickly access updates and available resources, we are continuing to collect and consolidate information on a new Coronavirus Closing and Updates page on Drew’s website.  Click here or visit our website anytime to access the page. 

On behalf of the entire Drew Charter School staff, again, thank you for a productive first week of e-learning.  Take the next three days to spend quality time with your family. We look forward to seeing your learner in our virtual learning environment on Tuesday, March 24th.

Peter McKnight
Drew Head of School
 
 

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. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Lottery Application Window for **New Students** Open Through April 30, 2020

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, the lottery application for potential new students is available now through April 30, 2020. The online application is also available on Drew’s website. All qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 7th. Drew is not participating in Atlanta Public Schools’ pilot “Enroll APS Charter” project for the 2020-2021 school year. All Drew lottery applications must be submitted via Drew’s online process.

  • Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only
  • This includes students currently enrolled in the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew.

The Re-enrollment Process for 2020-2021

The deadline to complete the online re-enrollment form, which was originally March 27, 2020, has been extended to March 31, 2020. Thank you to all the families who have already completed this!

If you have yet to do so, please look for an email with the subject line “Drew Online Re-enrollment Form: Now due March 31”, which was resent on March 24 to the enrolling/primary parent/guardian of any student for whom we have not yet received a completed form. Click the link in the email and follow the prompts to create a password for your account. Once signed in, click on the green “Re-enroll” button to the right of your student’s name to complete the form. 

If you did not receive this email or are unable to complete the form online, let us know at enrollment@drewcharterschool.org or 404-450-0567. Please be sure to include your student’s name in your communication. If you do NOT plan on your student returning to Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, email enrollment@drewcharterschool.org. You do not need to complete the online form.

At this time, the on-site and in-person portion of re-enrollment remains postponed. We will distribute new directions for the submission of proof-of-residency documents at a later date. Thank you so much for your cooperation and understanding.

  • Information will be sent through Remind, this Blog,and emails on file with the school.

Calendar


Food Resources during Closure


See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the upcoming 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 .


Week of 03/23 – 03/29

Women’s History Month

E-learning via Google Classrooms

  • Drew Media Resources available:
    • Please share and join the Media Services Google classroom7iy2jsh 
  • Please note: Google Hangouts will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Click here to view the Google Hangouts Appropriate Student Usage Guidelines.

Students will follow the A/B Day Rotation in the E-Learning setting. Therefore, students’ will be able to login and look for assignments based on the students’ regular schedule.


Please be advised that our School Norms still apply in our E-Learning Environments. 

Students should participate in online class activities with the same respect and decorum that would be displayed in the classroom. Please refer the Student Code of Conduct for specific information on appropriate technology use.

Language and/or actions that violate our Student Code of Conduct in the virtual setting will have similar consequences.

03/23 | Monday | Planning Day for  Teachers
  • No student instruction
 03/24| Tuesday | “B” Day
03/ 25| Wednesday| "B" Day
 03/26| Thursday| “A” Day
 03/27| Friday| “B” Day

 03/28| Saturday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
03/29| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Future Dates – All dates are tentative concluding the current school closure.

  • 4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break
  • 4/14- Potential STEAM Walkthrough [TBD]
  • 04/18 – Prom
  • 4/24 – Half Day Conferences
    • 8:00-8:45 – 1st Period
    • 8:50-9:35 – 2nd Period
    • 9:40-10:25 – 3rd Period
    • 10:30-11:15 – 4th Period
    • 11:15 – 9/10 Lunch/Student Dismissal
    • 11:30 – 11/12  Lunch/Student Dismissal
  • 04/30- Lottery application for  Kindergarten program due
  • 05/11- College Decision Day
  • 05/16- Graduation
  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School

Student Opportunity

  • None at this time

Media Announcement


Arts


  • Thank you for your support on January 22nd, 2020 for the

    Speak What Must Be Spoken Tour!!!

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit was sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library 

Sports

  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW CLOSED!!!

    Please see the list below of active winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has passed to register your student.

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Opportunities

Adult Opportunity


Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

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:

Week of March 16th, 2020

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • Our amazing team of staff and students for being named the 2020 Charter School of the Year by the GA Charter Schools Association!  
Above (left to right): 
GCSA Representative, GCSA President and CEO, Tony Roberts, SA Principal, Mr. Kendrick Myers, EA Principal, Ms. Monishae O’Neill, Head of School, Mr. Peter McKnight, Board President, Dr. Cynthia Kuhlman, Dean of Academics, Dr. Keisha Hancock, and JA Principal, Mr. Greg Leaphart, pose for the camera after winning the GCSA Charter School of the Year Academic Excellence Award (photo courtesy Ms. Paquette)
  • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Valedictorian Solomon Adams and our Salutatorian Gary Sheppard!!
  • Terron Joiner and Maddox Gates who have been selected as one of 4 debaters who will represent the state of Georgia at the Urban Debate League National Championships in Dallas, TX!
  • The Debate Team for winning the 2nd consecutive State Championship this past weekend in the Atlanta Urban Debate League!!
    • Tyra Jones 2nd Place Individual Novice Speaker
    • Marissa Payne Owens 2nd Place Individual Open Speaker
    • Alvin-Wayne Stewart 3rd Place Individual Open Speaker
    • Kashawn Myers and Christa Augustin 2nd Place Novice Team
    • Maesa Anderson and Marissa Payne Owens 1st Place Open Team
    • Alvin-Wayne Stewart and Terron Joiner 2nd Place Open Team
    • Solomon Adams and Abdul Malik Mohammed 3rd Place Open Team
    • Patrick Gramme-Howell and Justin Yarbrough 4th Place Open Team
  • Mr. Wynn for his support of the debate team serving as a judge for both novice and open debates!
  • Ms. Schaffer and Mr. Gaines for their dedication, commitment, and time as coaches of the debate team!
  • Senior Academy teachers for their flexibility, efficiency, and patience throughout this week!
  • Ms. Simmons, Dr. Kurt, and Ms. Wilder for a great ChemVAS Cooks project showcase!
  • The 10th grade team for developing a plan for their grade level project!
  • The 11th grade team for being the first grade level to participate in our Mock STEAM Walkthroughs! 
  • Ms. Might for her support of the Spanish department and making sure all students are receiving their accommodations!
  • Cody Johnson, Kayla Lewis, Jerrell Franks, Jamari Aycock, and all other students who wear their blazers on non-Blazer days!
  • MS. Green and Mr. Williams for filling in for teachers whenever they are needed!
  • Ms. Hancock for all of her communication and dedication to building a comprehensive E-Learning plan for our staff and students!
  • The tech team for accommodating our students and providing timely feedback to ensure that we are prepared for instruction
  • Officers Shannon and Bridwell for their diligence, support, and responsiveness to our staff and student needs
  • Ms. Williams for guest teaching “The Science Behind Blood Transfusions at Omaha Beach” in US History classes!
  • Ms. Fulton for supporting students in stations and class activities!
  • Ms. Buford-Duffie and Mr. Powell for their tireless support of 11th Grade students!
  • To Kailey Sadler, Taylor Hill, and Kayla Lewis: brava for your focused, mature, intelligent application of material covered in Spanish last week!
  • To Patrick Hall, who made a teachers day with a random act of kindness by sharing a treat with a teacher he doesn’t know!
  • Mr. Baker for his leadership and support of his students in the Putnam County Musical!
  • William Harris and his SA PE/Health classes for working with Mrs. Price’s 7th grade science class to host the Biggest Loser Bootcamp!
    • Students were amazing as they coached and cheered on participants through their different workout stations.  Many have asked for the students to do it again!

Next Blazer Day will be announced at a later date!

Blazer Days are Required for Special Events & will occur at least once a month**

**Blazer Days are subject to change.**
[They are currently projected to occur every 2nd Wednesday of the month]

Guardian

Announcements


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. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Lottery Application Window for **New Students** Open Through April 30, 2020

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, the lottery application for potential new students is available now through April 30, 2020. The online application is also available on Drew’s website. All qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 7th. Drew is not participating in Atlanta Public Schools’ pilot “Enroll APS Charter” project for the 2020-2021 school year. All Drew lottery applications must be submitted via Drew’s online process.

  • Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only
  • This includes students currently enrolled in the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew.

The **Re-enrollment Process for 2020-2021** has been paused until further notice.

The on-site portion of re-enrollment for the 2020 – 2021 school year, which was scheduled to begin on March 17, has been postponed.

  • Please note that the online re-enrollment form, which was the first step of the re-enrollment process, is available now and should be completed by March 27.
    • Thank you to everyone who has already completed this!
  • If you have yet to do so, please look for an email with the subject line “Drew Online Re-enrollment Form”, which was initially sent on Monday, March 9 (you may need to check your spam folder).

Once next steps are finalized for the on-site, in-person portion of re-enrollment, updates will be sent out to families.

  • Information will be sent through Remind, this Blog,and emails on file with the school.

Calendar


Food Resources during Closure


See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the upcoming 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 .


Week of 03/16/20 – 03/22/20:

Women’s History Month

E-learning via Google Classrooms

  • E- Learning FAQ
  • Drew Media Resources available:
    • Please share and join the Media Services Google classroom7iy2jsh 
  • Please note: Google Hangouts will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Click here to view the Google Hangouts Appropriate Student Usage Guidelines.

Please be advised that our School Norms still apply in our E-Learning Environments. 

Students should participate in online class activities with the same respect and decorum that would be displayed in the classroom. Please refer the Student Code of Conduct for specific information on appropriate technology use.

Language and/or actions that violate our Student Code of Conduct in the virtual setting will have similar consequences.

 03/21| Saturday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
03/22| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Future Dates – All dates are tentative concluding the two week school closure.

  • 4/3-
    • SGA Day of Play
    •  Senior Walk
  • 4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break
  • 4/14- Potential STEAM Walkthrough [TBD]
  • 04/18 – Prom
  • 4/24 – Half Day Conferences
    • 8:00-8:45 – 1st Period
    • 8:50-9:35 – 2nd Period
    • 9:40-10:25 – 3rd Period
    • 10:30-11:15 – 4th Period
    • 11:15 – 9/10 Lunch/Student Dismissal
    • 11:30 – 11/12  Lunch/Student Dismissal
  • 04/30- Lottery application for  Kindergarten program due
  • 05/11- College Decision Day
  • 05/16- Graduation
  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School

Student Opportunity

  • None at this time

Media Announcement


Arts


  • Thank you for your support on January 22nd, 2020 for the

    Speak What Must Be Spoken Tour!!!

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit was sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library 

Sports

  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW CLOSED!!!

    Please see the list below of active winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has passed to register your student.

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Opportunities

Adult Opportunity


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PTA UPDATES

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Procedure Notification!

  • Avoid Charges to Student Accounts.

    Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

    – To see letter click here

    This expectation is fully enforced and can result in the withholding of student records. Please read to be well informed
  • Running Late?

    ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

    After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Need to Visit a student/teacher?

    • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.
  • Dropping off Food?

    REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

    Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

NOTE:
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

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:

IMPORTANT DREW CLOSURE and E-LEARNING DAYS UPDATES – PLEASE READ

March 13, 2020

Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

As we continue making preparations for the changing conditions that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting for our students, staff and families, we wanted to follow up on our earlier communication.  Yesterday, we communicated that Drew Charter School will be officially closed starting Monday, March 16th, for at least two weeks and potentially beyond Spring Break. With the intent of being thoughtful and understanding about many of the challenges that our community may be facing, we are sharing a few important updates with you as it relates to our school closure and transitioning to our E-learning environment.  We encourage you to carefully review the below information:

UPDATED E-LEARNING DAYS INFORMATION

Today, we had a successful dry-run of our E-Learning process.  We have updated our E-learning Guidelines to include more details and helpful tips.  Please click here to review the Updated E-learning Information Guide. If your child is not familiar with logging into Google Classroom, be sure to review login instructions at the end of the E-learning guide.

Free Internet Access 

If your family is in need of internet access, please note that Comcast is now offering free internet access for up to 60 days. Please see details at the website below:

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATES

Athletic Teams/Events

Effective today, March 13th, 2020, all middle and high school athletic activities are canceled. Team coaches have communicated these closures to their respective teams.

Additionally, all school events are canceled for the duration of the time school is closed.

Re-enrollment for 2020-2021

The on-site portion of re-enrollment for the 2020 – 2021 school year, which was scheduled to begin next week, has been postponed.  Please note that the online re-enrollment form, which was the first step of the re-enrollment process, is available now and should be completed by March 27.  Thank you to everyone who has already completed this! If you have yet to do so, please look for an email with the subject line “Drew Online Re-enrollment Form”, which was initially sent on Monday, March 9 (you may need to check your spam folder). If you did not receive this, let us know by emailing enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with the name of your student, and we will make sure you receive it.

Once we have finalized the next steps for the on-site, in-person portion of re-enrollment, we will update all communication channels. Additional information is always available on the re-enrollment section of our website.

Food & Nutrition – Free meals for children during Coronavirus School Closures

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all APS students can daily receive free bagged meals at 5 school sites that will be open for food distribution Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Douglass High School
  • Cleveland Ave Elementary School
  • Bunche Middle School
  • Sylvan Middle School
  • Phoenix Academy (Crim High School)

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, APS partner, GOODR, will provide ready to eat meals at the following local community sites:

Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry (4779 Mindy St. Atlanta, GA. 30366 * 404-755-3353) Food Pantry – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. – Noon.  Bring ID and Social Security Card

Loaves and Fishes @ St.John the Wonderworker Parish (543 Cherokee Ave., SE Atlanta, GA. 30312 * 678-373-9433) Serves food Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, all APS families can report to one of the 5 open APS school sites Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. to receive a bag of shelf stable grocery items from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Supporting Drew Families in Need

The Drew community is prepared to come together during this challenging time to support one another. Drew’s social worker, Mr. Rashid, and counselors will be connecting with those families who are experiencing hardship during the extended leave, and funding from the Drew Opportunity Fund will be used to help meet immediate needs such as food, medicine, hygiene products, etc. If you would like to support these efforts, please consider making a gift to the Drew Opportunity Fund.  A portion of existing Drew Opportunity Fund money will be used for this purpose; additionally, beginning March 13, 2020, all funds raised will go toward assisting families who need it most during this time of uncertainty. 

To make a donation to the Drew Opportunity Fund, click here or visit https://www.drewcharterschool.org/support-drew.

If you or another Drew family is experiencing hardship due to the unforeseen closure, please contact your grade level counselors or Akil Rashid, Drew’s social worker.  His email address is akil.rashid@drewcharterschool.org and his phone number is 731-236-0258. 

Drew Communications

Academy principals will continue to send weekly academy newsletters/blogs.  Please anticipate receiving additional communication updates as needed.

Questions

We realize that transitioning from a physical school building to E-Learning Days will be a learning process for us all as students, parents and staff.  With change we understand that there is often a need to ask questions and gain clarity.  With that in mind, please feel free to contact the following should you have questions:

For questions related to classes, content, assignments and instruction, email your child’s teacher.  Email addresses for all teachers are listed in the Faculty and Staff Directory on our website or by clicking here.

For questions or concerns about the social, emotional or well-being of your child, yourself, or your family, please contact your child’s counselor and/or our school social worker, as they are available to offer support.  Their email addresses are below:

TitleNameEmail
School Social WorkerAkil RashidAkil.Rashid@drewcharterschool.org
Elementary Academy Counselor (PK-2)Kimberly MillerKimberly.Miller@drewcharterschool.org
Elementary Academy Counselor (3-5)Terina IsaacTerina.Isaac@drewcharterschool.org
Junior Academy CounselorSherri HudsonSherri.Hudson@drewcharterschool.org
Dean, College and Career ReadinessRachel WeaverRachel.KaneyWeaver@drewcharterschool.org
High School Readiness CounselorStephanie CookStephanie.Cook@drewcharterschool.org
High School Counselor (10 & 12)Rob RichardsonRob.Richardson@drewcharterschool.org
High School Counselor (9 & 11)Tara DavisTara.Davis@drewcharterschool.org
College CounselorEmily HermonEmily.Herman@drewcharterschool.org
College CounselorAshley YoungAshley.Young@drewcharterschool.org
Persistence Counselor/Early CollegeMiriam DenardMiriam.Denard@drewcharterschool.org
College Advisor/Scholarship CoordinatorJulianna JaegerJulianna.Jaeger@drewcharterschool.org
Academic Support CoordinatorCharles CoppCharles.Copp@drewcharterschool.org

For all other questions, or if you are not sure who to ask, please email your academy dean or principal at the below email addresses:

EAPrincipalMonishae O’NeillMonishae.ONeill@drewcharterschool.org
EADean of Students (PK-2)Joi ThrashJoi.Thrash@drewcharterschool.org
EADean of Students (3-5)Bethany PaquetteBethany.Paquette@drewcharterschool.org
JAPrincipalGregory LeaphartGregory.Leaphart@drewcharterschool.org
JADean of StudentsTerrilyn Ali-FergusonTerrilyn.Ali@drewcharterschool.org
SAPrincipalKendrick MyersKendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org
SADean of StudentsTameka AllenTameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org

We thank you for your continuous patience as we navigate this new territory together to ensure that our students remain academically engaged in the learning process.  Be safe, and know that we will be in touch with updates as needed.

Sincerely,

Peter McKnight

Drew Head of School