Zoe Andrews of Charles R Drew Charter School Selected for the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine

“Waltham, Mass. – June 7, 2016 – Brandeis University announced that Zoe Andrews will represent Charles R Drew Charter School and the state of Georgia at the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine.

“The next generation of health care providers will practice in an environment hard to imagine just a few years ago. Leading-edge science is rapidly changing the daily practice of health care” said Steven Goldstein, MA, MD, PhD, FAAP, chairman of the Global Youth Summit at Brandeis University; and former chair of pediatrics and physician-in-chief of the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. “We are in the midst of the most significant and fundamental change in health care delivery in our lifetime and young people who start now will be the future leaders in the field of medicine.”

Aligned with Brandeis’ elite admissions standards, only students with exceptional academic records and test scores as well as documented interest in a medical or health career were invited to apply.  Out of the hundreds of outstanding applicants, Andrews is one of only 200 delegates selected for the program. According to Andrew Flagel, senior vice president for students and enrollment at Brandeis, “The delegation comes from across the country and around the world. I am very proud to be welcoming this incredibly talented, diverse, and passionate group of young leaders to Brandeis.”

Delegates to the Summit will gain unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the dynamic world of health care through experiential learning, guest lectures and networking opportunities with leaders and innovators in the global medical community in order to build upon their already significant abilities and chart their path to becoming leaders in medicine.

“Soon it will be routine to order the complete map of each patient’s genome, and the staggering potential of truly personalized medical treatments for both chronic and acute illnesses will be in our hands, as will be the responsibility for handling this powerful information in an ethical manner,” Goldstein explains. “Brandeis is at the forefront of exploring these issues, and part of our distinctive mission is to produce leaders to repair the world.”

Delegates will hear from prominent Brandeis faculty members including fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and medical researchers and innovators.  The Summit’s keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr. Elazer Edelman, Director of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center and Dr. John Lawrence, Vice President, U.S. Board of Directors, Doctors without Borders. A full list of speakers can be found at www.brandeis.edu/youthsummit/speakers.html.

About Brandeis University

Ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the list’s inception, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college. For students, this means unsurpassed access — both in and out of the classroom — to a faculty renowned for groundbreaking research, scholarship and artistic output.

Located in suburban Boston, Brandeis supports a program of learning that emphasizes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems. Undergraduates, from the very first year, enjoy leadership positions and exceptional research opportunities. Alumni pursue careers in a wide array of fields, and advanced studies in the nation’s leading graduate and professional schools.

Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is the only university in the United States founded by the Jewish community as a non-sectarian, multi-cultural institution, welcoming students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs. Named for the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, who stood for the rights of individuals, Brandeis University was founded in the belief that, through acquiring and sharing knowledge throughout our lives, we can work together to repair the world.”

Andrew Flagel
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Ph: +781-736-2005

Gifted and Talented Trip to Italy, France and Spain – June, 2017

Parent Information Meeting:

Thursday, September 8th AND Wednesday, September 14th at 6:00 PM

Location: Campbell Academy – Room 209, 21 Thirkeld Ave. Atlanta, GA 30315

Atlanta Public Schools Office of Gifted and Talented Education

Mediterranean Coast: Italy, France, and Spain

June 5-13, 2017

Prices starting at: Students: $3,362.00*      Adults: $3,697.00*

The tour includes:

  • 9 days in Italy, France, and Spain
  • Roundtrip airfare and tour transportation
  • 7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms
  • European breakfast and dinner daily
  • Full-time tour director
  • Daily activities, tours, and entrances to attractions
  • Tips and gratuities

Activities and Attractions:

Explore Cinque Terra, Italy; visit Prince’s Palace and Monaco Cathedral in Monaco, France; walking tour of Nice; guided tour of Barcelona

For more information and to look at the detailed itinerary go to:


Tour planning provided by EF Tours (Eftours.com); payment plans available

Go to www.EFtours.com to register or call 800-665-5364 (please use tour #: 1826057ES to register).

* The price may increase on the 1st of every month. All planning to participate must enroll by paying the $95 enrollment fee to EF Tours or be subject to price changes. The Global Protection Plan is highly encouraged.  An additional $25 must be paid to Atlanta Public Schools for t-shirts by March 15, 2017.

Teacher Info Page Mediterranean 2017

Trip Flier Mediterranean 2017 as of 5.23.16

Parent/Staff Potluck – Wednesday, June 29th

Attention Junior and Senior Academy Parents:
We hope that you and your students are having great summer breaks.  One of the things that sets Drew apart is our small size, which allows us to get to know our students and families better.  In a recent parent meeting, a parent suggested that we host informal potluck events that would give teachers, staff, parents and guardians the opportunity to meet and get to know each other.  We are excited to host the first of these events next Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm.  We are looking for parents/guardians to contribute food to feed approximately 50 staff and a significant number of families for lunch.  Sutanya Wright, a Senior Academy parent, and Donzaleigh Arrington, a Junior Academy parent, have agreed to help coordinate the event.  If you are interested in participating, please email the parent for your student’s academy.  Sutanya can be reached at mamasucando@gmail.com and Donzaleigh can be reached at donzaleigh-11@msn.com.  We need support in providing all types of dishes, as well as plates, cups, plastic utensils and napkins.  Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing many of you next Wednesday.

Ms. Ulbrich Named to the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee

“Gov. Nathan Deal has selected seven charter school educators to serve on his Teacher Advisory Committee. Committee members are from across the state and will advise Gov. Deal after reviewing recommendations made by the 2015 Education Reform Commission.

Teachers selected for the honor are as follows: Lilly McFalls, Cherokee Charter Academy; Dianne Hardy, Mountain Education Charter High School; Kelly Cadman, Brighten Academy; Jennifer Ulbrich, Drew Charter School; Melia Scott, Academy for Classical Education; Ebonne Craft, Utopian Academy for the Arts and Alexandria Mitchell, DeKalb Preparatory Academy. (Cherokee Charter Academy teacher Lilly McFalls pictured in the middle right.)

The Teacher Advisory Committee will provide feedback after taking part in meetings, conference calls and webinars throughout the summer and early fall. Dr. Susan Andrews, Director of Special Projects for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, will facilitate these discussions.”

Ms. Ulbrich is a founding staff member for the Senior Academy and will be teaching 11th grade social studies next year.  Kudos to her!

Nominate a Candidate for the CEHN NOW Youth Award!

Do you know any young leaders (ages 12-21) who are involved and committed to environmental health, participate in community action, and have strong leadership skills? Nominate them for CEHN’s NOW Youth Leadership Award!  CEHN is seeking nominations for this award which honors youths for their exceptional environmental health leadership.  This award will be presented at CEHN’s 11th Annual Child Health Advocate Award Cocktail Reception in Washington, DC on October 13th, 2016.  Submit your nomination here. Nominations are due by 4pm EDT on July 15th, 2016.

End-of-the-Year Awards Nominations

Students, Parent, Community Members and other Stakeholders,
We are currently determining students who will be recognized at our End-of-the-Year Awards Ceremony this Friday from 11:45-12:45 in the Theater.  In order to do this, we need your help to identify students for two of our awards. The link below will take you to the nominating form. Please take a moment to nominate any deserving students!

End-of-the-Year Awards Nominating Form