Week of March 02nd, 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!

  • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Valedictorian Solomon Adams and our Salutatorian Gary Sheppard!!
  • Maddox Gates for being selected as one of four students to represent the state of Georgia at the National Urban Debate League Championship in Dallas, TX in April, 2020!
  • SGA President, Naiya Cunningham for her leadership in orchestrating the SGA sock drive!
  • Ashley Young for spearheading a moving Black History Month program and inaugurating a new tradition at Drew!
  • CCR team and members of the 9th grade team that chaperoned the 9th grade students to Tuskegee and Auburn Universities over a 3 day period!
  • SA ACE members for collaborating with the AIS’s to host follow-up equity discussions
  • Senior Academy Debate Team members Terron Joiner, Marissa Payne Owens, Solomon Adams, Johnathan Bush, Kendall Bush, Kashawn Myers, Justin Yarborough, Peyton Gunner, Maddox Gates, Alvin Wayne Stewart, and Malik Muhammed for receiving 2nd place in this weekend’s student led AUDL competition
  • JV Baseball Team for the 20 – 2 win over Fulton Leadership Academy
  • All of the staff members that participated in the co-teaching sessions with Dr. Marilyn Friend. 
  • Okorie for hosting the Drew Dinner Series: True Justice
  • Ariel McIntyre for implementing purposeful, thoughtful, and engaging stations in her classroom.
  • Heather Stokes for her continuous initiative and feedback with students in the classroom and in the hallway
  • Sarah Diaz for her communication and involvement with students during and after school

Next Blazer Day will be on 03/11/2020

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]
Next Blazer Day will be on 03/11/2020

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 Now 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.
  • All current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

**Current Student** Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year

Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is from March 17 to March 27, 2020. All current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2020-2021 school year must complete the re-enrollment process. Please note that students currently attending the Cox Pre-K Program at Drew who are interested in attending Drew for kindergarten do not go through the re-enrollment process; they must submit a lottery application by April 30, 2020.

New this year: In an effort to streamline the process, the primary or enrolling parent/guardian will receive an email with a unique link to their household’s online re-enrollment account. By clicking the link to access your account you will be able to review/verify information for your student/s rather than completing each form from scratch.

There are three parts to re-enrollment:

  1. Online Re-enrollment Form

Instructions for completing the online re-enrollment form along with a unique link will be emailed to the primary/enrolling parent/guardian no later than March 13. Be on the lookout for an email titled “Drew Online Re-enrollment Form”. If you are unable to complete the form ahead of time, computers will be available during in-person re-enrollment.

  • In-person Re-enrollment Period

Next, parents/guardians must come onsite to the Practice Gym at the Junior/Senior Academy located at 300 Eva Davis Way during the dates/times listed below to provide updated proof of residence (and any other applicable) documents in person. The 2020-2021 Re-enrollment Checklist outlines the required proof of residence documents. We will collect residency verification documents on the following dates/times. Parking is available in the athletic parking lot (next to Drew’s soccer field).

WEEK 1

Tuesday, March 172 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 188 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 198 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, March 208 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WEEK 2

Monday, March 237:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2411 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 257:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 2611 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 277:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Verification of Documents

Your re-enrollment will not be considered complete until submitted documents have been verified by Drew staff.  Following verification, a letter will be emailed indicating final re-enrollment status.           

All current Drew Charter School students are required to re-enroll during the re-enrollment period in order to return to Drew next year.  If you do not re-enroll your child, your child’s seat for the 2020-2021 school year may be forfeited. We look forward to seeing you during in-person enrollment. In the meantime, please visit the re-enrollment section of our website or contact the Enrollment Team at enrollment@drewcharterschool.org or 404-450-0567 if you have any questions.


Calendar


Week of 03/02/20 – 03/08/20:

Spring Benchmarks
Women’s History Month
03/ 02| Monday | "B" Day
  • Spring Benchmarks
  • 3:00 – Flex Time
    • B week Clubs – 
      • By invitation only: Beta Club, National Honor Society
      • Bee Keeping,  Book Club, Debate, Football,  Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) , Guitar,  Horizons, Mandarin, Peer Leadership, Student Government Association,  UNICEF, Vlogging, & CBC (Chess, board games, and cards)
 03/03| Tuesday | “A” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • 4:00 JV Golf vs. Atlanta International
  • 5:30 JV Boys Baseball @ Mays
  • 5:30 Varsity Girls Soccer @ Clarkston High School
  • 5:30 Varsity Track @ Grady Stadium
  • 7:30 Varsity Boys Soccer @ Clarkston High School
03/04| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • SAT School Day [ Juniors Only]
  • Spring Benchmarks
  • 9:00 Drew Leadership Team Meeting
  • 3:00- Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways EL, Community Forum
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th- Community Forum
    • 12th – Extended Learning or Gym
03/05| Thursday | “A” Day
  • Spring Benchmarks
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • 4:30 Putnam County Musical [Theater]
03/06| Friday | “B” Day 
  • Spring Benchmarks
  • Dress Down day
    • Students should be dressed in their class colors
      • 9th – Green
      • 10th – White
      • 11th – Gold/Yellow
      • 12th – Black
  • Senior Field Trip – Studio Movie Grill
  • 3:00 Pep Rally
  • 6:30 Putnam County Musical
  • 5:30 Varsity Girls Soccer @ Arabia Mountain High School
  • 7:30 Varsity Boys Soccer @ Arabia Mountain High School
 03/07| Saturday
  • 8:00 Debate State Championship [Rockdale County High School]
  • 9:00 Varsity Track @ Lakewood Stadium
  • 2:00 JV Baseball @ Grady
03/01| Sunday
  • None

Upcoming Events:

Future Events

  • Week of 03/09/20 – 03/15/20 
    • 03/10 
      • Gifted Testing [ends 03/11]
      • 3:00
        •  Community Forum [Freshman]
        • Chemvas Cooks 
  • Wednesday
    • 03/11
      • Gifted Testing [ends 03/11]
      •  BLAZER DAY
      • Advisory
    • 03/12 
      •  Community Forum [Sophomores]
    • 3/13 
      • Access code to Re-enrollment form sent out TODAY
      •  STEAM Workshop Day 
    • 3/14 – DesignORama
  • Week of 03/16/20 – 03/22/20 – College and Career Week [ends 03/20], Re-enrollment [03/17 til 03/27]
    • 03/16 
      • College Fair
    • 03/17 – District Milestone Simulation
    • 03/18 – Community Forum [Seniors]
    • 03/20 – 3:00 – Beta Club Induction
  • Week of 03/23/20 – 03/29/20
    • 03/25- SAT School Day – Make Up Exam
    • 3/26 – 3:45 – 5:45: Farm Stand [EA]

Future Dates
  • 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


Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!


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:

Week of February 24th, 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!

  • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Valedictorian Solomon Adams and our Salutatorian Gary Sheppard!!
  • Ms. Young and YBE for putting on an amazing Black History Program with speaker Mr. Charles Black!
    • Kimela Fongeh, Kahyel Eaton, Evyn Harris, and Adrian Rivera for interviewing Mr. Charles Black!
    • Kamea Alleyne for welcome and introduction during the Black History Program!
  • Shoutout to Ms. Vaughn, Senior Academy Dancers for their performance during the YBE Black History Program!
  • Shoutout to the following students on their spoken word performances during the YBE Black History Program:
    • Reno Teasley
    • Jamie Alexander
    • Jamila El – Amin
    • Malik Mohammed !!
  • The Senior Academy Chorus students and Mr. Derringer for earning all Superiors at LGPE on Friday!
  • Ms. Mayes for an outstanding display of book covers outside of her classroom made by 10th grade literature students who will soon be published authors!
  • Yasmine Briscoe for compassion and creativity. She completed a beautiful project for her Purple Hibiscus collage in Ms. Klein’s Literature class! 
  • Nadea Davis, Jakaylah Roberts, Joss Harris, and Ayvion Jackson also did a great job in Ms. Klein’s class last week! 
  • Thai Daniel, Idia Endagehe, Jillian Loux, and Hunter Smith also produced a very creative project and worked great as a team!
  • Ms. Herman, Ms. Young, Ms. Jaeger, Dr. Allen, and Mr. Martin for chaperoning the Junior College Trip and creating an amazing experience for students.
    • Alumnus Omari Elliot for guiding Juniors on a tour of Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Cedric Taylor for putting in extra effort and doing a great job!
  • Mr. Bennett for always inspiring his peers, students, and athletes to, “Go for broke.”
  • Ms. Schaffer for a wonderful co-taught STEAM/Black History lesson on WWII/D-Day, students learned about the impact and casualties by using an AR Maker, supplied by Instructional Technology Coach Mr. Canney.
    • Instructional Coach Ms. Williams then highlighted the significance of Charles R. Drew’s contributions to science which aided soldiers!
  • Mr. Prince for stepping in and helping the senior team transition their Voices of East Lake project!
  • Black History Month Themed Weeks sponsored by Young Black Excellence (YBE)
    • Week 1:Charles R. Drew 
    • Week 2: Black Lives Matter
    • Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
    • Week 4: Black Businesses 

Next Blazer Day will be on 03/11/2020

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]
Next Blazer Day will be on 03/11/2020

Guardian

Announcements


Lottery Application Window for New Students Open Now 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.
  • All current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

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!


School

Announcements

& Alerts


  • No Announcements to report this week.

Calendar


Week of 02/24/20 – 03/01/20:

Week 4: Black Businesses 

Black History Month!!
Week 1: Charles R. Drew 
 Week 2: Black Lives Matter
Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
Week 4: Black Businesses
 02/24| Monday | "A" Day
  • Freshman College Trip
  •  A week Clubs –
    • Please go through the following Info slides during the last 10 minutes of your 4th period class
      • A week Clubs –  Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Cooking Club, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 02/25| Tuesday | “B” Day
  • Freshman College Trip
  •  3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
02/26| Wednesday | “A” Day
  • Freshman College Trip
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 9th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • Community Forum [Seniors]
    • Black History Month Trivia Game [Sophomores Only]
02/27| Thursday | “B” Day
  • 8:00 – SA Gifted Testing
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 3:45 – 5:45: Farm Stand [EA]
02/28| Friday | “A” Day 
  • 1:30 – 2:20 – Flex Time:
 02/29| Saturday
  • None
03/01| Sunday
  • None

Upcoming Events:

Future Events

  • Week of 03/02/20 – 03/08/20 – Spring Benchmarks, Women’s History Month
    • 03/04 – Community Forum [Juniors]
    • 03/06- Studio Movie Grill [Seniors]
  • Week of 03/09/20 – 03/15/20 
    • 03/10 
      • Gifted Testing [ends 03/11]
      • 3:00
        •  Community Forum [Freshman]
        • Chemvas Cooks 
  • Wednesday
    • 03/11
      • Gifted Testing [ends 03/11]
      •  BLAZER DAY
    • 03/12 
      •  Community Forum [Sophomores]
    • 3/13 
      • Access code to Re-enrollment form sent out TODAY
      •  STEAM Workshop Day 
    • 3/14 – DesignORama
  • Week of 03/16/20 – 03/22/20 – College and Career Week [ends 03/20], Re-enrollment [03/17 til 03/27]
    • 03/16 
      • College Fair
    • 03/17 – District Milestone Simulation
    • 03/18 – Community Forum [Seniors]
    • 03/20 – 3:00 – Beta Club Induction

Future Dates
  • 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

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!


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:

Week of February 17th, 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!

  • Varsity Boys Basketball team for their playoff win against Clinch County!!!
  • Ms. White and the Engineering App students whose designs have officially been placed on the museum floor by their real client, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Their work will be seen and used by over 250,000 visitors per year!  Click Here for Images
    • Light Bright Design Team:
      • Adrianna Harvey
      • Jalen McCurty
      • Andrew Johnson
      • Jalon Cook
      • Jaquez Moore
      • Jonathan Parks
      • Kristin Peters
    • Build it Bridge Team
      • Carrington Grant
      • Peighton Freeman
      • Patrick Graham-Howell
      • Samuel Cooper
      • Solomon Mahy
      • Iyonah Geathers
      • Shaniyah Geathers
  • Regional Science Fair Results are in for the 2019-2020 School Year!
    • All of our students represented us well and the Senior Academy performed particularly well.
    • 6 out of the 10 projects placed; with three projects earning Gold
      • Gold: Joshua Clemons, Samuel Cooper, and Alvin Stewart
      • Silver: Bryce Zelazoski and Alexandria Sweeny
      • Bronze: Tre Dobson
    • One project has qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair.
      • Congratulations to Joshua Clemons for that distinction.
  • Congratulations to the following Academic Decathlon individual winners:
    • Jayda Howard-1st Place Science Scholastic Level
    • Pryce Freeman-2nd Place Math Varsity Level
    • Sayj Harris-3rd Place Music Scholastic Level
    • Alexandria Sweeney-3rd Place Music Honors Level
  • Congratulations to the newly elected 2020 Beta Officers:
    • President-Carrington Grant
    • Vice President-Nyla Mayfield
    • Treasurer-Alani Andrews
    • Secretary-Sarai Dobbs
  • Mr. Parker for a beautiful Black History Montage? Click here to see his work!
  • Mr. Kitchens and Coach Tracy for their leadership and support in launching our eSports team which currently has matches scheduled through April 2020. 
  • Ms. Young for providing staff members with Black Lives Matter pins.
  • The 11th grade team for a successful pizza party celebration for their grade winning the Spirit Stick.
  • Emily Blackwell for Monday Announcements and the creation of the Black History Powerpoint to be displayed in the hallways!
  • Black History Month Themed Weeks sponsored by Young Black Excellence (YBE)
    • Week 1:Charles R. Drew 
    • Week 2: Black Lives Matter
    • Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
    • Week 4: Black Businesses 

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

Lottery Application Window for New Students Open Now 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.
  • All current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

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!


  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

    Senior Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

    Junior Grade Level & College Counseling Night Presentation –  If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

  • Remind Instructions

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

    • Parents are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for your student:
    • Students are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for daily announcements within the Senior Academy [flex time updates/ A and B day rotation, etc…:

School

Announcements

& Alerts


  • No Announcements to report this week.

Calendar


Week of 02/17/20 – 02/23/20:

Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism

Black History Month!!
Week 1: Charles R. Drew 
 Week 2: Black Lives Matter
Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
Week 4: Black Businesses
 02/17| Monday | 
  • No School
 02/18| Tuesday | “A” Day
  • Junior College Trip
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
02/19| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • Junior College Trip
  • 12:00 – Basketball Team Dismissal 
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Advisory
02/20| Thursday | “A” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Gym
  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Location: Theater

    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee

02/21| Friday | “B” Day 

Blazer Day

  • 1:30- YBE: Black History Program
    • 9th & 10th 
      • Program Time for 9th&10th Grade Classes- 1:30 to 2:20 pm
        • Students without blazers will report to rooms A216/217
      • Report to 4th period 2:25 – 3:55
    • 11th & 12th grade 
      • Report to 4th period 1:30 – 2:55
      • Program Time for 11th&12th Grade Classes- 3:00 to 3:55 pm
        • Students without blazers will report to rooms A316/317
 02/22| Saturday
  • None
02/23| Sunday
  • None

Upcoming Events:

Future Events

Week of 02/24/20 - 03/02/20:  Black Businesses
  • 02/261:30- Community Forum [Seniors]
  • 02/27- 3:45 – 5:45: Farm Stand [EA]
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]

Future Dates
  • 03/11- BLAZER DAY
  • 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
  • 05/11- College Decision Day
  • 05/16- Graduation
  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School

Student Opportunity

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!


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:

Week of February 10th, 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!

  • Joshua Clemons for earning a spot at the International Science Fair, effectively bypassing the State Fair!  This is the second year in a row a Drew student has qualified! Only two spots are offered to APS each year.
  • Ms. Isbell for working with CCR to organize the Mock ACT!
  • Ja’Kobe Strozier for being awarded the Region 5A Player of the Year!
  • Ja’Quez Thornton for being named to the Second Team All Region!
  • Drew’s 2019-2020 Signing Athletes!
    • Anthony Ford – North Carolina A&T
    • Rayah Wilson – Agnes Scott 
  • Coach Tracy for her leadership and commitment to our athletics programs!
  • Congratulations to the following Academic Decathlon individual winners:
    • Jayda Howard-1st Place Science Scholastic Level
    • Pryce Freeman-2nd Place Math Varsity Level
    • Sayj Harris-3rd Place Music Scholastic Level
    • Alexandria Sweeney-3rd Place Music Honors Level
  • Congratulations to the newly elected 2020 Beta Officers:
    • President-Carrington Grant
    • Vice President-Nyla Mayfield
    • Treasurer-Alani Andrews
    • Secretary-Sarai Dobbs
  • Ms. Mayes for creating such beautiful opportunities for expression, growth and reflection for our students with the Empowerment Conference!
  • Mr. Konieczny for inventing such exciting opportunities for our students to be creative while applying the science knowledge they have acquired!
  • Ms. McKenzie for leading Beta Club and Academic Decathlon to successful competition wins this semester!
  • Ms. Stokes for planning scaffolded and engaging PBL experiences for her Geometry students!
  • Ms. Allen for working diligently to help ensure success for all her students–especially her seniors!
  • Ms. Cartwright for making even last minute travel plans a stress-free experience!
  • Ms. Hecht for her warm and friendly greetings each morning!
  • Ms. Crooks for starting everyone’s day on a happy note!
  • Dr. Morgan on her expert and enthusiastic guidance of the ninth grade team!
  • Bravo and brava to Nadea Davis, Yasmine Briscoe, Olivia Pearson, Lucy Corkran, Jonathan Bush, Bailey Hudson, Toby Bryles, Jayda Howard, Bryant Triplett, Amon Aldred, Charles Freeman, Jillian Loux, Michelle Boney, Sophia Pocklington, Shelby Ross, Joss Harris, Tuashawn Williams, Matthew Cook, Ben Harper, Cedric Taylor, Pryce Freeman, Jalen McCurdy, Travis Stroud, Ty’rent Marks, Quintavious Linson, La’Naya Walton, Taylor Hill, Kailey Sadler, Janiyah Smith, Darryn Waters, Christa Augustin, Nyla Mayfield and Taylor Sturdivant for very focused work in Spanish this past week!
  • Emily Blackwell for Monday Announcements and the creation of the Black History Powerpoint to be displayed in the hallways!
  • Black History Month Themed Weeks sponsored by Young Black Excellence (YBE)
    • Week 1:Charles R. Drew 
    • Week 2: Black Lives Matter
    • Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
    • Week 4: Black Businesses 

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

Lottery Application Window for New Students Open Now 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.
  • All current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

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!


  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

    Senior Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

    Junior Grade Level & College Counseling Night Presentation –  If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

  • Remind Instructions

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

    • Parents are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for your student:
    • Students are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for daily announcements within the Senior Academy [flex time updates/ A and B day rotation, etc…:

School

Announcements

& Alerts


  • No Announcements to report this week.

Calendar


Week of 02/10- 02/16

Black History Month!!
Week 1: Charles R. Drew 
 Week 2: Black Lives Matter
Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
Week 4: Black Businesses
 02/10| Monday | “A” Day
  • 3:00 – Flex Time
    • A week Clubs
      • A week Clubs –  Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 02/11| Tuesday | “B” Day
  • 10:00- Signing Day for Athletes [Therrell High School]
  •  3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 02/11- Community Forum[Junior]
02/12| Wednesday | “A” Day
  • BLAZER DAY
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Advisory
02/13| Thursday | “B” Day
  • Black Lives Matter Attire
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
02/14| Friday | No School
  • Winter Break: School Closed
 02/15| Saturday
  • None
02/16| Sunday
  • None

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Time: 1:30 to 2:20 pm
    • Location: Theater

    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee

Future Events

Week of 02/10/20 – 02/16/20: Black Lives Matter

  • 2/14-2/17 – Winter Break: School Closed
Week of 02/17/20 - 02/23/20:  Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism
  • 02/17 – Winter Break – School Closed
  • 02/19- Community Forum [Freshman]
  • 02/21
    • 1:30- YBE: Black History Program
    • Community Forum [Seniors]
Week of 02/24/20 - 03/02/20:  Black Businesses
  • 02/27- 3:45 – 5:45: Farm Stand [EA]
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]

Future Dates
  • 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
  • 05/16- Graduation
  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School

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!


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:

Week of February 03rd, 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!

  • Maddox Gates was awarded the Distinguished Debate Award at Michigan State University worth $20,000 per year. Only one award is given each year, this is the top Debate award at MSU.
  • The Drew Charter Debate Team for several speaker awards and for being awarded 1st place Sweepstakes winner in the January Tournament!
  • Jada Allen for curating a thoughtful piece of art to honor the late Kobe Byrant, the homaege was displayed in the Main gym for the Drew Community. 
  • Trisha Klein and her 9th grade students for the bulletin board created on the 9th grade hall in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.
  • Alexis Gaines ’20 for receiving a full tuition scholarship and acceptance to the Honors College at the University of Miami! 
  • Ja’Kobe Strozier for being selected as the Region 5-A Basketball Player of the Year! 
  • Sterling Slaughter and many Drew students that were featured in Emory Libraries Article for their amazing work in conjunction with the Speak What 
  • Max for volunteering his Saturday to support the Debate Team!
  • Tay for his hard work, creativity, and leadership regarding the development of a future 11th grade collab project!
  • Senior Academy Debate Team for continuing its undefeated season!
  • Alicia McKenzie along with SA Beta Club for bringing home 8 new plaques for placing in the top 5 at the Beta Convention in Savannah for the following events:
    • Onsite Drawing 1st Place-Jada Allen
    • Sculpture 2nd Place-Hannah Smith
    • Recyclable Art 3rd Place-Chanel Harris
    • Woodworking 4th Place-Sydney Berenson
    • Painting 4th Place-Jada Allen
    • Drawing 4th Place-Jada Allen
    • Photography 5th Place-Johnathan Lovett
    • Performing Arts Group 5th Place-Taylor L, Jala S., Maesa, Asha
  • Justin, Winsome, and Mark for being chaperones and supporting students on the recent Beta trip in Savannah Georgia
  • Officer Bridwell and Shannon for their constant support and diligence in providing safety during the school day and during after school activities
  • Nikki Hudson for hosting the Summer Bridge table and signing up several families during the PTA Summer Expo
  • Black History Month Themed Weeks sponsored by Young Black Excellence (YBE)
    • Week 1:Charles R. Drew 
    • Week 2: Black Lives Matter
    • Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
    • Week 4: Black Businesses 

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

Lottery Application Window for New Students Open Now 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.
  • All current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

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!


  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

    Senior Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

    Junior Grade Level & College Counseling Night Presentation –  If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

  • Remind Instructions

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

    • Parents are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for your student:
    • Students are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for daily announcements within the Senior Academy [flex time updates/ A and B day rotation, etc…:

School

Announcements

& Alerts


  • No Announcements to report this week.

Calendar


Week of 02/03 – 02/09

National School Counseling Week [ends 02/07]
Applerouth Class [Ends 02/07]
Black History Month!!
Week 1: Charles R. Drew 
 Week 2: Black Lives Matter
Week 3: Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism 
Week 4: Black Businesses
 02/03| Monday | “B” Day
  • 3:00 – Flex Time
    • B week Clubs – 
      • By invitation only: Beta Club, National Honor Society
      • Bee Keeping,  Book Club, Debate, Football,  Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) , Guitar,  Horizons, Mandarin, Peer Leadership, Student Government Association,  UNICEF, Vlogging, & CBC (Chess, board games, and cards)
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
  • 6:30 – Varsity Girls v. Strong Rock – Region 5 Playoff
 02/04| Tuesday | “A” Day
  • 10:00- Signing Day for Athletes [Therrell High School]
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
02/05| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways EL, Community Forum
    • 09th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th – Optional ACT Prep Class
    • Community Forum[Sophomore]
    • 11th/12th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 6:30 – Varsity Region 5 Playoffs @ Holy Innocents
02/06| Thursday | “A” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
02/07 | Friday |  “B” Day
  • 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
 02/08| Saturday
  •  ACT Test @ Maynard Jackson
  • 9:00am- Empowerment Conference
02/09| Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Time: 1:30 to 2:20 pm
    • Location: Theater

    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee

Future Events

Week of 02/10/20 – 02/16/20: Black Lives Matter

  • 02/11- Community Forum[Junior]
  • 2/14 – Winter Break: School Closed
  • 2/14-2/17 – Winter Break: School Closed
Week of 02/17/20 - 02/23/20:  Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism
  • 02/17 – Winter Break – School Closed
  • 02/19- Community Forum [Freshman]
  • 02/21- 1:30- YBE: Black History Program
Week of 02/24/20 - 03/02/20:  Black Businesses
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]

Future Dates
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break
  • 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
  • 05/16- Graduation

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

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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:

Lottery Application Window for New Students

Lottery Application Window for New Students Open Now 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. All current rising 1st through 12th grade Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

Week of January 27th, 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!

  • Maddox Gates was awarded the Distinguished Debate Award at Michigan State University worth $20,000 per year. Only one award is given each year, this is the top Debate award at MSU.
  • The Drew Charter Debate Team for several speaker awards and for being awarded 1st place Sweepstakes winner in the January Tournament!
  • The dance students for their dance performance  during the opening of Speak What Must Be Spoken tour, and Ms. Vaughn for her help preparing the students!
  • The band students, drumline performance during Speak What Must Be Spoken tour and Ms. Pryor for preparing the students!
  • Mr. Stephens and his students for creating the website to showcase the Speak What Must Be Spoken tour and creating the building map of Emory Archived work.
  • Mr. Derringer and his students for highlighting the musical movement “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” and highlighting the individuals that it represents.
  • Ms. Whittington and her students for creating portraits of social justice warriors, for creating the “Blood, Sweat, and Brilliance” 6 panel artwork highlighting the life and advocacy of Charles R. Drew, and for creating the other pieces showcased throughout the 3rd and 4th floor.
  • The photography students and Mr. Parker for the photography and paintings conveying social justice themes as well as having onsite photographers during the event to capture the night!
  • Mr. Colbert for promotion design, for promoting the event, and for providing nourishment to all participants.
  • Ms. O’Roark and her students for the harp musical selections during the Speak What Must Be Spoken tour!
  • Ms. Jordan and Ms. Hester for their work in curation of all of Visual Art!
  • Ms. White and Ms.Bryant for all of your efforts with logistical planning and coordination of the event as well as fostering this partnership with Emory.
  • Big shoutout to our Drew Admin Team for supporting this collaboration and student endeavor into Art and Social Justice. 
  • D. Davis for consistently building rapport with students by utilizing circles during instruction.
  • Ms. Prather for connecting with students and enthusiastically building creative content for her students!
  • Mrs. Ricks and students that participated in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition for receiving 2nd place!
  • Drew’s Got Talent 2nd place winner Miles Selles and 1st place winner Nguaia  De Jesus
  • To Mr. Parker for putting together this great visual recap of the first semester!

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

Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.

The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and 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; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

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!


  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

    Senior Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

    Junior Grade Level & College Counseling Night Presentation –  If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

  • Remind Instructions

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

    • Parents are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for your student:
    • Students are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for daily announcements within the Senior Academy [flex time updates/ A and B day rotation, etc…:

School

Announcements

& Alerts


  • No Announcements to report this week.

Calendar


Week of 01/27 – 02/02

Applerouth Class [Ends 02/07]
 01/27| Monday | “A” Day
  • 3:00 – Flex Time
    • A week Clubs
      • Please go through the following Info slides during the last 10 minutes of your 4th period class
        • A week Clubs –  Beta, Anime, Business Club, Cooking Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, YBE
      • 11th – ACT Prep Class [Schedule]
 01/28 | Tuesday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  •  5:30pm- SA Varsity Basketball vs Trinity Christian 
01/29 | Wednesday | “A” Day
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 9th/10th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th – Optional ACT Prep Class
    • 11th/12th Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 6:00 – JA/SA Baseball Parent Meeting
01/30 | Thursday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 9th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 10th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • August Wilson Monologue Competition
01/31 | Friday |  “A” Day
  • 8:00- 12:30 Mock ACT Juniors
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory 
  • 6:00pm- SA Varsity Basketball (Senior Night) vs Landmark [Main Gym]
 02/01 | Saturday
  •  9:00am- Decatur City Dance 
  • 11:00 – PTA Summer Expo
02/02| Sunday
  • 12:00pm- Decatur City Dance

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Time: 1:30 to 2:20 pm
    • Location: Theater

    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee

Future Events

Week of 02/03/20 - 02/09/20
-National School Counseling Week
  • 02/03- Leadership Meeting
  • 02/04- Grading Window for Progress Reports Opens [ends 02/07]
  • 02/05- Community Forum[Sophomore]
  • 02/07- 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
    • 02/08
      •  ACT
      • 9:00am- Empowerment Conference

Week of 02/10/20 – 02/16/20

  • 02/11- Community Forum[Junior]
  • 2/14 – Winter Break: School Closed
  • 2/14-2/17 – Winter Break: School Closed
Week of 02/17/20 - 02/23/20
  • 02/17 – Winter Break – School Closed
  • 02/19- Community Forum [Freshman]
  • 02/21- 1:30- YBE: Black History Program

Future Dates
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break
  • 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
  • 05/16- Graduation

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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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: