Week of October 22nd, 2018

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.


Shout-outs to:

    • Mr. KONIECZNY for the BIRTH of his SON, Elias John Konieczny, the Sunday before last!
    • MARY HARTIGAN, who joins us as our new Enrollment Manager!
    • The DREW CHARTER JUNIOR AND SENIOR ACADEMIES for ranking in the top 5% in the state for the single 2017 CCRPI score! We have achieved this by demonstrating excellence across student achievement, attendance, college and career readiness and several other factors and across our various student populations.  
    • The Debate Team for winning their second straight tournament and to Junior Maddox Gates who was named 1st Place Speaker! [See picture above]
    • Ms. Mason and the College and Career Readiness team for leading FAFSA night this week with a great parent turnout!
    • Ms. A. Williams and, parent, Ms. Akua Taylor, who were featured playwrights at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, the LARGEST Black theater festival in the WORLD!
    • The College and Career Readiness Team for coordinating the upcoming schedule for the PSAT!
    • Ms. Isbell-Desprez for presenting on her Fulbright learning in Singapore at the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference on Friday!
    • Ms. Schaffer for leading great discussion and collaboration with her APUSH students using document-based questions!
    • Ms. Luster for an interesting JA project learning about birds and building birdhouses!
    • Ms. Casas for volunteering to help sponsor Young Life!
    • Officer Shannon and Officer Bridwell for their proactive work and monitoring to keep students safe on both campuses!
    • Dr. Allen and Ms. Might for increasing opportunities for upper level Spanish students to present their work!

     


Calendar:

Week of: 10/22/18 – 10/28/18

Norm of the Week: Honor Trust

Fall Benchmarks

10/22 | B

MON

  • 8:00-8:30 am – Celebration for Eagle Rise Students
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Math Mentors, Spanish Language and Culture Club, Yearbook, Creative Writing Club, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Academic Decathlon, Cheer Club, Debate Team
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
    • Homecoming Coronation Practice
10/23 | A

TUES

  • 8:00-12:00 – 8-9th Grade PSAT Administration
  • 11:10-11:40 – Lunch [10th grade only]
  • 12:55-1:25 – Lunch [9th, 11th, 12th grade]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (10th grade)
  • Join the Drew PTA for East Lake Spirit Night at East Lake’s Mix’d Up Burgers and Greater Good BBQ! Tell the restaurant you are there for Drew’s Dine Out, and the Drew PTA will receive a portion of your bill! Socialize with other Drew families! Take a break from cooking! Support the Drew PTA while you have fun!
    • Mix’D Up Burgers, 2371 Hosea Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Offer applies to Dine in and Take Out orders.
    • Greater Good BBQ East Lake, 2358 Hosea Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ONLY. Offer applies to Drew applies to Dine in and Take Out orders
10/24 | B

WED

  • One Act Regional Competition
  • 8:00-12:00 – 10-11th Grade PSAT Administration
  • 11:10-11:40 – Lunch [9th and 12th grade]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: 10th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
    • Homecoming Coronation Practice
10/25 | A

THUR

  • Cross Country Region Meet [Rome, GA at the Darlington School]
  • 9:00-12:00 – Yearbook Photo Make-Up Day
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (11th grade)
10/26 | B

FRI

  • 8:00-8:55 – 1st Period
  • 9:00-11:05 – STEAM Career Day
    • Students will report to advisory at 8:55 and will travel to four different sessions with their advisory
    • Students will miss 2nd period
    • At 11:05 the schedule will resume as normal with 9/10th going to lunch and 11/12th going to 3rd period
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
10/27 and 10/28 |

SAT and SUN

  • Atlanta Maker Faire [Georgia Freight Depot]
Weeks of 10/29 – 11/04

  • 10/29, Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Student Government Association, Football, Young Black Excellence, Debate Team, Yearbook
  • 10/31, Flex Time – Advisory
  • 11/2 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
      • 1:00 – Grade-Level Info Sessions [Open to all families]
      • 1:30-5:00 – Individually Scheduled Conferences [Selected families]
      • 5:00 – Grade-Level Info Sessions [Open to all families]
    • Mock ACT [All juniors]
  • 11/3 –
    • One Act Play State Competition
    • 2:00 – Drew Dads GSU Football Game [Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315]
      • Join Drew Dads as we enjoy a day of sports and camaraderie with our kids and fellow male role models at Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field)! Kids 10 and under are free and anyone over 10 is only $7!! Our GSU Panthers are battling their Sun Belt foes the Texas State Bobcats! 
      • CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS & REGISTRATION
Other Upcoming Events

  • 11/7, 2:30-4:00 – Homecoming Coronation
  • 11/8 –
    • 8:00 am – Drew Dads 2nd Thursday Meeting [Drew Elementary Academy Cafeteria]
      • Join us for our monthly meeting as we seek to CONNECT Drew Dads with one another and EQUIP ourselves to be the best men we can be with an eye to SERVE our family, school, and surrounding community!
    • SOARING Community Arts Exhibition
  • 11/11, 12:30 – Sunday Football with Drew Dads [Kirkyard Public House 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317]
    • Join us at 12:30pm to secure seats in the upper level of Kirkyard Public House in Kirkwood to watch the 1:00pm Falcons game vs the Browns. Get in some hang time withe fellas over football, good food, and good drinks! RSVP and share with fellow Drew Dads HERE on Facebook.
  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week
  • 11/15 – Talking to Your Child About Race: A facilitated conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum [Theater]
  • 11/16 – Homecoming Basketball Game
  • 11/17 – Homecoming Dance
  • 11/19-11/23 – Thanksgiving Break

Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On October 18th at 5:00pm we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “College Branding.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.
    • If you were unable to attend, a recording of the Gathering is available here.
    • Several parents/guardians called in to this meeting and unfortunately the audio in the conference room was not working so the presenter and other participants could not hear them.  If that was, you we apologize for the technical issues.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Reminder: Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • Homecoming Competition The first grade level to have 100% completion of the lunch application [also known as FEA] by Advisory will receive points towards the overall competition.
    • Points will be awarded in the respective order
      • 1st = 25 pts
      • 2nd= 15 pts
      • 3rd= 10 pts
      • 4th= 05 pts
  • Jeans Passes – As a final push, students whose lunch applications process by October 30th can obtain a Jean Pass from Ms. Livingston. Applications need to be in by completed before the deadline. Student will not receive a pass if the application does not process, this can take up to 48 hours.
  • Beta Club Information-  For the latest information on the Senior Academy Beta Club, visit their website here.  If you have questions, email Ms. McKenzie at alicia.mckenzie@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Federal Eligibility Applications –
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew. [See note above regarding lunch balances]
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell

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Week of October 15th, 2018

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.


Shout-outs to:

  • Mr. Konieczny for the birth of his son, Elias John Konieczny!
  • Drew Charter School for being featured in Google Earth on World Teacher Day!  Drew was one of only eight schools worldwide who were featured with virtual tours on Google Earth!  Link available here (must open in Chrome).
  • The Senior Academy for having the highest graduation rate (98.7%) in the district for a second straight year!
  • Mr. Leaphart and the Junior Academy for being awarded STEAM certification and particularly Ms. Bryant, who helped lead the application process!
  • Junior Payton Gunner for performing during the APS State of the Schools event on October 5th! [She is pictured above and appears at the 45 minute mark in this video]
  • The Beta Club members for providing cards and gifts for Custodian Appreciation Day!
  • The Softball Team for an awesome season and particularly to Senior Cydney Taylor, who has been playing with Drew since the 6th Grade!
  • Ms. Mayes and the 10th grade honors students for Presenting Professionally during the Empowerment Conference!
  • Mr. Copp for rewriting an entire physics test for his students to retake!
  • Mr. Prince for inviting a speaker to 4th period Advanced Composition class. His name was Matt Ackerman, Executive Producer of Film. He also assisted the students in the writing of their scripts for their films, to be presented in the collaborative PBL orchestrated by Mr. Prince and Mr. Wynn!
  • Ms. Simmons, Ms. Nguyen, and the ChemVAS students for the artistic display of The Periodic Table in the hallway!
  • Ms. Klein for quickly building positive relationships with students while engaging them with writing focused activities!

Calendar

Week of: 10/15/18 – 10/21/18

  • Norm of the Week: Act Responsibly
  • All Week: Columbian Exchange
10/15 | A

Monday

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, National Association of Black Journalists
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (9th grade)
10/16 | B

Tuesday

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
10/17 | A

Wednesday

  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory 
  • 4:00-5:00 – PTA Welcome-All Wednesday [Front Lawn]
10/18 | B

Thursday – Columbian Exchange students visit the Senior Academy

  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
    • 10th Grade Community Forum
  • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering [Eva Davis Board Room]
10/19 | A

Friday

  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Columbian Exchange Performance [Theater]
    • Students report to Advisory first
    • 1:32 – 12th Grade reports to Theater
    • 1:34 – 11th Grade reports to Theater
    • 1:36- 10th Grade reports to Theater
    • 1:38 – 9th Grade reports to Theater
Week of 10/22-10/26 – Fall Benchmarks

  • 10/23, 8:00-12:00 – 8-9th Grade PSAT Administration
  • 10/24
    • 8:00-12:00 – 10-11th Grade PSAT Administration
    • One Act Play Regional Competition
  • 10/25 – Make-Up Picture Day
  • 10/26, 9:00-11:00 – STEAM Career Day
Other Upcoming Events

  • 11/2 – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • 11/3 – One Act Play State Competition
  • 11/7  – Homecoming Coronation
  • 11/8 –
    • SOARING Community Arts Exhibition
    • Fall PTA General Body Mtg & Family Dinner Night
  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week
  • 11/16 – Talking to Your Child About Race: A facilitated conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum [Theater – See flyer below]
  • 11/16, 5:30 – Homecoming Basketball Games
  • 11/17, 7:00 – Homecoming Dance
  • 11/19-11/23 – Thanksgiving Break

Announcements:

  • Lunch Balances – Please take a moment to check your student’s lunch balance at www.MySchoolBucks.com.  Any student who owes money, will need to bring cash to pay for lunch until their balance is cleared.  Outstanding balances can be paid down and money can be added to students’ accounts on this website.  More information is available in this letter.
  • Progress and Eagle Rise Reports – The Friday before Fall Break, during advisory, we provided students with academic progress reports and non-academic Eagle Rise Reports with information about behaviors like arriving to class on time, wearing the school uniform and handling laptops responsibly.  Please take a moment to ask your student about these reports and let us know what you think about the format and information included.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On October 18th at 5:00pm we will host the monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering (similar to EA and JA Principal’s Coffees) in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic
    • If you are unable to attend, stay tuned for directions for how to attend remotely and for a recording of the presentation and discussion.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray.
  • Reminder: PSAT – The PSAT will be administered next week for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.  Students can prepare for exam by using the following websites:
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms. 
    • Week of 10/22 – Norm of the Week: Show Respect
  • Reminder: Federal Eligibility Applications –
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew. [See note above regarding lunch balances]
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell

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Week of October 01st, 2018

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.


Shout-outs to:

  • Ms. Pryor, who returned this week!
  • Mr. Allen, who joined us this week as a paraprofessional!
  • The Volleyball team who finished 3rd place in the Area 5 tournament and are advancing to STATE!!
  • Mr. Rashid for handling such sensitive and challenge work so gracefully and thoroughly!
  • Ms. McKenzie for supporting 9th Grade Literature while Ms. Klein was out!
  • Ms. Mayes and the 10th Grade Honors World Lit class for their hard work and preparation for the Empowerment Conference on Saturday!
  • Mr. Copp for always going above and beyond to help students succeed by preparing them to do well on assessments the first time, administering re-takes when students do not do well, checking in with teachers for missing assignments and make-up work for students, and ensuring that teachers get all assignments back completed in a timely manner!
  • Ms. Byrant for her work with the Advanced Theater team!
  • Ms. Crooks for helping route all of our guests and manage the reception desk!
  • Mr. Herring for working to get everything we needed installed in the Mac Lab!
  • Mr. Kitchen, Mr. Bennett, Ms. Wilder, and Ms. Hecht for launching their first PBL project for GeoTech!
  • The Math Department for working to create a collective approach to using IXL as an instructional tool for student procedural fluency practice!
  • Ms. S. Williams for her work with planning and pacing in Economics on the semester and year-long schedule!
  • Ms. Shannon and Ms. Jones for having a resume writing and cover letter workshop with Ms.Woods Biotech Class!

Calendar:

Week of: 10/01/18 – 10/07/18

Norm of the Week: Show Respect

10/01  | B

 Monday

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club/Mu Alpha Theta, Math Mentors, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, National Art Honor Society
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
      • Main Gym (all grades)
10/02 | A

Tuesday

  • National Custodial Worker Day
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
      • Practice Gym (10th grade)
10/03 | B

Wednesday

  • 9:00-11:00 – Senior Breakfast [Cafeteria]
  • 2:15 – National Warning Test [See note below]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 9th and 11th (all subjects)
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – 9-11th grades)
      • Main Gym (9-11th grades)
    • 12th Grade Community Forum
  • 4:05 – Homecoming Court Meeting – All students who would like to be on Homecoming Court Must attend.
10/04 | A

Thursday

  • JA STEAM Certification Walkthrough
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
      • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
      • Practice Gym (11th grade)
  • 5:30 – Title I Parent Meeting [Cafeteria]
10/05 | B

Friday

  • World Teacher Day
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
Saturday | 10/06

  • Last day to register to vote
Weeks of 10/08-10/19

  • 10/8-10/9 – Professional Learning and Planning Days
  • 10/10-10/12 – Fall Break
  • 10/15-10/19 – Columbian Exchange
  • 10/15 – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, National Association of Black Journalists (Mayes)
  • 10/17
    • Flex Time: Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 10th and 12th (all subjects)
    • 4:00-5:00 – PTA Welcome-All Wednesday [Front Lawn]
  • 10/18 –
    • Flex Time: 10th Grade Community Forum
    • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering
Other Upcoming Events

  • 10/22-10/31 – Fall Benchmarks
  • 10/26, 9:00-11:00 – STEAM Career Day
  • 10/24 – One Act Play Regional Competition
  • 10/24-10/30 – Benchmarks
  • 11/2 – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • 11/3 – One Act Play State Competition
  • 11/5 – Homecoming Coronation
  • 11/8 – SOARING Community Arts Exhibition
  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week

Announcements:

  • Gifted Eligibility Information – If you would like to complete a parent referral form for your child to be tested for eligibility into the Gifted Program, please email Alicia McKenzie at the Senior Academy alicia.mckenzie@drewcharterschool.org or stop by the front desk to pick up the required forms.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On September 13th at 8:15 am we hosted our first PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering (similar to EA and JA Principal’s Coffees) in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic was “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau.  If you were unable to attend see the link here for a recording of this presentation.  Our next PTA Parent Gathering will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 5:00 pm.  Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray.
  • Parent Volunteer Opportunity- Would you like to help with Homecoming Season for the Senior Academy? Assistance is needed from parent volunteers to help with homecoming coronation and the dance! Contact Joshay Simmons to express interest!
  • Global Opportunity: Host A Colombian Student during the week of October 14-21st – During the past 5 years, Drew Charter School has established an intercultural exchange with students from private schools in Colombia. Students visit us to experience Drew life, share their culture and language with families. This year we have a group of 15 students and 2 teachers coming from Bogota. We are looking for Drew families that can host one student or teacher.   About the exchange:
    • Students will arrive on Sunday, October 14th at 3:30 pm and depart on October 21st at 3 pm.
    • Students will be at Drew during the day and will come home with your children after school.
    • They need their own bed but they can share a room with a same-sex “sibling.”
    • If you decide to host a student or teacher please inform Mrs. Heather Anderson (Drew Parent coordinator for this activity) at heatherkanderson@hotmail.com and copy Claudia Fitzwater, (Spanish teacher) at claudia.fitzwater@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: PSAT – The PSAT is coming soon for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.  Students can begin preparing for exam by using the following websites:
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms starting this month. The norm of the week: Show Respect
  • Reminder: Federal Eligibility Applications –
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Emily Isbell.Walk-Bike-to-School-Day

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Week of September 24th, 2018

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.


Shout-outs to:

  • Ms. Klein, our Ninth Grade Literature teacher, who returns to us from maternity leave today!
  • Ms. Miles, for all of her hard work teaching Ms. Klein’s classes while she was out!  Thank you!
  • The whole student body their spirit during the pep rally!
  • The seniors on our Volleyball team for four awesome years of hard work [pictured above]!
  • The seniors for recognizing how much the Junior Academy contributes to overall school spirit!
  • Senior Asher McGee for serving as student correspondent and getting an opportunity to interview Tiger Woods!
  • Senior Solomon Dobbs is hitting the Shot for Hope to start the Tour Championship!
  • All of the teachers and CCR staff who chaperoned the 9th grade college trips!
  • Ms. McKenzie for all of her efforts and innovative ideas for the gifted program!
  • The 10th grade, Ms. Cain, Ms. Mayes, Ms. Buford-Duffie and Mr. Robinson for an awesome Our World, Literally PBL showcase, for which students developed their own civilizations!
  • Ms. White for working with the 8th Grade ELA teacher to give feedback to her students’ Tiny House prototypes!
  • CCR Team– for a full week this week and last week, 1st HBCU night, Case Studies, Junior Night, and College Trips and College fair! This team is really flexible, they are willing to jump in and help out!
  • Mr. Prince for inviting Dr. Tina Davis to speak to and assist students with the PBL “The Voices of East Lake.”  The students enjoyed immensely!
  • Coach Tracy for being recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as a Certified Athletic Administrator!
  • Mr. Evans for working very hard, no matter what task he is asked to help with!
  • Mr. Moore and Dr. Bell for managing the after school process!
  • Mr. Konieczny for receiving a donation of $5,000 from Bayer Feed a Bee for beekeeping club!
  • Mr. Wynn and Mr. Prince for receiving the Teaching Tolerance grant which will support their Spring PBL on Community Forum on Civil Engagement and Teaching Tolerance entitled “The Voices of East Lake” and Caitlyn and Lindsey for their support throughout the process!
  • Ms. Mayes for dancing at the pep rally!

Calendar:

Week of: 09/24/18 – 09/30/18

Norm of the Week: Present Professionally

09/24  | A

Monday

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Student Government Association, Football, Young Black Excellence, Debate Team, Yearbook
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (11th grade)
  • 5:30 – Softball @ McNair
09/25 | B

Tuesday

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
  • 6:30 – Varsity Volleyball Area Tournament vs. S. Atlanta [Elite Scholars]
09/26 | A

Wednesday

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 10th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (9th grade)
  • 5:00 – Cross Country APS Championship Meet (last one!) at Grant Park
  • 5:30 – Softball @ Our Lady of Mercy
09/27 | B

Thursday

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (10th grade)
09/28 | A

Friday

  • GSU World Languages Day Field Trip
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
09/29 | Saturday

  • 10:00-4:00 – 10th Grade Empowerment Conferences [Theater]
  • 12:00-4:00 – PTA Fall Festival
Week of 10/01-10/07

  • 10/01 – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Math Mentors, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, National Art Honor Society
  • 10/02 – National Custodial Worker Day
  •  10/03- Flex Time:
    • Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 9th, 11th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • 12th Grade Community Forum
  • 10/04
  • 10/05 – World Teacher Day
Other Upcoming Events

  • 10/8-10/9 – Professional Learning and Planning Days
  • 10/10-10/12 – Fall Break
  • 10/15-10/19 – Columbian Exchange
  • 10/22-10/31 – Fall Benchmarks
  • 10/26 – STEAM Career Day
  • 10/24 – One Act Play Regional Competition
  • 10/24-10/30 – Benchmarks
  • 11/2 – Half-Day for Parent Conferences
  • 11/12-11/17 – Homecoming Week

Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On September 13th at 8:15 am we hosted our first PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering (similar to EA and JA Principal’s Coffees) in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic was “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau.  If you were unable to attend see the link here for a recording of this presentation.  Our next PTA Parent Gathering will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 5:00 pm.  Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray.
  • Parent Volunteer Opportunity- Would you like to help with Homecoming Season for the Senior Academy? Assistance is needed from parent volunteers to help with homecoming coronation and the dance! Contact Joshay Simmons to express interest!
  • Global Opportunity: Host A Colombian Student during the week of October 14-21st – During the past 5 years, Drew Charter School has established an intercultural exchange with students from private schools in Colombia. Students visit us to experience Drew life, share their culture and language with families. This year we have a group of 15 students and 2 teachers coming from Bogota. We are looking for Drew families that can host one student or teacher.   About the exchange:
    • Students will arrive on Sunday, October 14th at 3:30 pm and depart on October 21st at 3 pm.
    • Students will be at Drew during the day and will come home with your children after school.
    • They need their own bed but they can share a room with a same-sex “sibling.”
    • If you decide to host a student or teacher please inform Mrs. Heather Anderson (Drew Parent coordinator for this activity) at heatherkanderson@hotmail.com and copy Claudia Fitzwater, (Spanish teacher) at claudia.fitzwater@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: PSAT – The PSAT is coming soon for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.  Students can begin preparing for exam by using the following websites:
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms starting this month. The norm of the week: Present Professionally
  • Reminder: Federal Eligibility Applications –
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Emily Isbell.
  • Please support the 10th grade Honors World Literature Students’ empowerment conference: EmpowHER/HIMpower. Saturday, September 29th from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is free to attend. Some students and outside vendors have set up tables concluding the conference should you be interested.
    • Should you be interested in being a vendor for the next conference be sure to reach out to Almena Mayes.
  • National Life Coach Sima Clark Torran & Dr. Marilyn Porter are just a couple of the keynote speakers for this event!

Charles R.Drew charter School Empowerment Conference September 29th

  • Drew Charter School Annual Fall Festival– Vendors, games, prizes, concessions, and music by DJ B Samples!
    • $5 for kids, adults free, Sept 29th 12-4pm
    • SAVE THE DATE! Look out for information on securing a vendor booth and for tickets to go on sale online soon!

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Week of September 17th, 2018

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.


Shout-outs to:

  • The College and Career Readiness Team for an awesome First Annual HBCU Night, last Thursday!
  • The Book Buddy Program for continuing this school year! It was kicked of in Mrs. Moore and Mr. Weems class and it was a great time between EA and SA students!  Shout out to Mrs. Ricks for being the creator of such an awesome program!
  • Ms. Isbell, Ms. McKenzie, and the Yearbook Class for assisting with the execution of Picture Day!
  • Mr. Myers and Ms. Livingston for helping with the Picture Day schedule and loaning students blazers!
  • The Drew Operations Team for continuous support with events and complications around the building!
  • Ms. Mayes for her upcoming conference empowering our students and offering entrepreneurial opportunities for our students and the community [see flyer below]!
  • Mr. Colbert for his management of the school store for uniform and spirit wear!

Calendar:

Week of: 09/17/18 – 09/23/18

Norm of the Week: Act Responsibly

09/17  | B

Monday

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Math Mentors, Spanish Language and Culture Club, Yearbook, Creative Writing Club, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Academic Decathlon, Cheer Club, Debate Team
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
  • 5:30 – Softball vs. Grady
  • 5:30 – JV Volleyball @ Mays
09/18 | A

Tuesday

  • Freshmen College Trips
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Grade-Level Hallways)
    • No Gym
  • 2:00-3:00 – Feed A Bee Program
  • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs Washington/Elite Scholars [Home]
09/19 | B

Wednesday – IMPORTANT – Please read this letter regarding changes to traffic and parking during the Tour Championship

  • Freshmen College Trips
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 10th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
    • 11th Grade Community Forum [Theater]
  • 2:00-4:00 – Engineering Field Trip to PGA Tour Championship [Selected students]
09/20 | A

Thursday – IMPORTANT – Please read this letter regarding changes to traffic and parking during the Tour Championship

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria and 4th Floor Learning Commons – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (10th grade)
  • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs Douglass /CSK [Home – Senior Night]
  • 5:30 – Softball vs. Lithonia [Southside Softball Complex – Senior Night]
  • 6:00 – Junior Parent Night [Theater]
09/21 | B

Friday – IMPORTANT – Please read this letter regarding changes to traffic and parking during the Tour Championship

  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
09/22 and 09/23 | Saturday and Sunday

  • Tour Championship
Week of 9/24-9/30

  • 9/24 –
    • 11:00 – Board of Directors Meeting
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Student Government Association, Football, Young Black Excellence, Debate Team, Yearbook
  • 9/28 – GSU World Languages Day Field Trip
  • 9/29
    • 10:00-4:00 – 10th Grade Empowerment Conferences
    • 12:00-4:00 – PTA Fall Festival
Other Upcoming Events

  • 10/8-10/12 – Professional Learning and Planning Days
  • 10/10-10/12 – Fall Break
  • 10/26 – STEAM Career Day
  • 10/24-10/30 – Fall Benchmark Assessments

Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – This past Thursday, September 13th at 8:15 am we hosted our first PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering (similar to EA and JA Principal’s Coffees) in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic was “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau.  If you were unable to attend see the link here for a recording of this presentation.  Our next PTA Parent Gathering will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 5:00 pm.  Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray.
  • Freshman & Sophomore Parent Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Freshman & Sophomore Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.
  • New Athletics Website – Want to keep up with our amazing Eagle athletes?  Check out our new athletics website.
  • Soaring: 7th Annual Community Arts Exhibit – It’s that time of year again!  Each fall art takes center stage at our annual SOARING: Community Arts Exhibition showcasing the artistic talents of Drew Charter School staff, parents and community artists.  Mark your calendars “SAVE THE DATE” for the 7th Annual SOARING: DCS Community Arts Exhibition on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Zaban Recreation Center located at 241 Daniel Avenue SE Atlanta, GA  30317.  Please let us know if you or a family member would be interested in participating as a literary, visual or performing artist. In addition to participating artists, we need food donations and volunteers to assist in planning and implementing our show. You may express your interest to participate in the 7th Annual SOARING by emailing one of our Visual Arts team members as shown below.
  • Reminder: PSAT – The PSAT is coming soon for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.  Students can begin preparing for exam by using the following websites:
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms starting this month. The norm of the week: Act Responsibly
  • Reminder: Federal Eligibility Applications –
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Emily Isbell.
  • Drew Charter School Annual Fall Festival– Vendors, games, prizes, concessions, and music by DJ B Samples!
    • $5 for kids, adults free, Sept 29th 12-4pm
    • SAVE THE DATE! Look out for information on securing a vendor booth and for tickets to go on sale online soon!

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Week of September 10th, 2018

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.


Shout-outs to:

  • The 9th grade team for a great Community forum!
  • Ms. Williams and Mr. Baker for their continuous dedication to mold our students into thespians!
  • Ms. Williams for her work with an external production company, which should be out soon!
  • Mr. Prince, Mr. Wynn, Dr. Morgan, Ms. Danley and Ms. Luczynski for orchestrating a phenomenal field trip to the Center for Civil and Human Rights to hear Ryan Gravel [creator of the Atlanta Beltline] speak!
  • Ms. Hood for balancing JA and SA students, and her flexibility in working with both academies!
  • Club sponsors for getting clubs going with students!
  • Mr. White, Ms. Schaffer, Ms. Wilder, Ms. Hecht, and Ms. Miles for integrating station teaching into their lessons, through co-teaching, to differentiate for all learners!
  • Ms. Page and Mr. Konieczny for their work on the Eagle Rise Reports!
  • Ms. Jordan, our new secretary, for jumping into the swing of things!
  • Mr. Gaines for jumping into his new role, working on laptops, website, calendar, and Eagle Rise data!
  • Mr. Konieczny and the Beekeeping Club who will be receiving a $5,000 donation from Bayer as part of the PGA Tour Championship!
  • Ms. Schaffer and Mr. Wynn for working on registering seniors to vote for upcoming election!
  • Ms. Mayes for building positive community with her advisory by having monthly birthday celebrations!
  • Mr. Johnson for engaging all staff members and investing in how to build more connections with each other outside of working roles!
  • Ms. Ricks for consistently engaging students and seeking materials to excite them about reading; BOOK FAIR this week!

Calendar:

Week of: 09/10/18 – 09/16/18

All Week – Scholastic Book Fair

09/10  | A

Monday

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, Coding Club, National Association of Black Journalists
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (9th grade)
  • 5:30 – JV Volleyball vs. S. Atlanta/Maynard [@S. Atlanta]
  • 5:30 – Softball vs. Stockbridge
09/11 | B

Tuesday

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
  • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs. McNair/KIPP [@McNair]
09/12 | A

Wednesday

  • 3rd Period – Yearbook Pictures/Blazer Day [Students must have their blazer and tie in order to take their picture]
  • 1:30-2:20, Flex Time – Advisory 
  • 2:25-3:55 – 4th Period
  • 4:00 –
    • PTA Welcome-All Wednesdays [In front of the building]
    • Homecoming Court Informational Meeting [Dr. Allen’s Room]
  • 4:30 – Softball @ Our Lady of Mercy
  • 4:30 – APS Cross Country Meet #4 [Grant Park]
09/13 | B

Thursday

  • 8:15 – PTA Parent Gathering: “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau [Eva Davis Board Room – See more information below]
  • 10:00 – Talent Development Committee Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
  • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs S. Atlanta /Therrell [Home]
  • 6:00-7:30 – HBCU Night – Students must register to attend, see flyer below [Theater]
09/14 | A

Friday

  • North Atlanta College Fair [Select 30-40 seniors]
  • 1:30-3:00 – 4th Period
  • 3:00 – Students turn in laptops and report to the gym to sit by grade-level
  • 3:00-4:00 – Pep Rally [JA/SA – Gym]
09/15 | Saturday

  • KIPP/Lovett/Westminster College Fair
Week of 9/17-9/22

  • 9/17 –
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Math Mentors, Spanish Language and Culture Club, Yearbook, Creative Writing Club, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Academic Decathlon, Cheer Club, Debate Team
    • 5:30 – Softball vs. Grady
    • 5:30 – JV Volleyball @ Mays
  • 9/18 – Freshmen College Trips
    • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs Washington/Elite Scholars [Home]
  • 9/19 – Freshmen College Trips
    • 7:00-11:00 – PGA Tour Championship Event [Practice Gym]
      • No student, parent or staff parking in the athletic lot
  • 9/20 –
    • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs Douglass /CSK [Home – Senior Night]
    • 5:30 – Softball vs Lithonia [Senior Night]
    • 6:00 – Junior Parent Night [Theater]
  • 9/19-9/23 – PGA Tour Championship [Will result in changes to parking and traffic patterns]
Other Upcoming Events

  • 9/28 – GSU World Languages Day Field Trip
  • 9/29 – PTA Fall Festival
  • 9/29-9/30 – 10th Grade Empowerment Conferences
  • 10/4 – JA STEAM Certification Walkthrough
  • 10/8-10/12 – Professional Learning and Planning Days
  • 10/10-10/12 – Fall Break

 


Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent GatheringsThis Thursday, September 13th at 8:15 am we will host our first PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering (similar to EA and JA Principal’s Coffees) in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic will be “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau.
    • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/846208274
    • Or iPhone one-tap: +16465588656,,846208274# or +16699006833,,846208274#
    • Or Telephone: +1 855 880 1246 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
    • Meeting ID: 846 208 274
  • Eagle Rise Reports – Last Friday, during advisory, for the first time we provided students and families with feedback on non-academic behaviors like arriving to class on time, wearing the school uniform and handling their laptop responsibly.  Please let us know what you think about the format and information included in this report.
  • PSAT – The PSAT is coming soon for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.  Students can begin preparing for exam by using the following websites:
  • Reminder: Senior Parent 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.
  • UPDATE: 09th & 10th Grade Parent Info Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the 09th & 10th Grade Parent Info Night , refer to this link for the full presentation.
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms starting this month: September. 
    • The norm of the week: Act Responsibly
  • Reminder: Federal Eligibility Applications –
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Emily Isbell.
  • Breakfast with the Kids! – Male Role Models! Register now to join your Elementary Academy kid for breakfast at our annual Breakfast with the Kids! This year we’re charging $4/person to cover the chicken biscuits (vegetarian & gluten free options available) and beverages.
    • While you’re at the PTA Store paying for you and your kid(s) Breakfast with the Kids registration, purchase your Drew Dads T-shirt for $15 so you can rep Drew Dads all week long during Drew Dads week 9/10-9/14! T-shirts will be available for pick up Friday morning 9/7.
    • REGISTER HERE – Please email drewcharterdads@gmail.com with any questions or to request to be registered without paying if the price is a hardship for you.

Drew Dads

  • Drew Charter School Annual Fall Festival– Vendors, games, prizes, concessions, and music by DJ B Samples!
    • $5 for kids, adults free, Sept 29th 12-4pm
    • SAVE THE DATE! Look out for information on securing a vendor booth and for tickets to go on sale online soon!

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Week of September 03rd, 2018

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.


Shout outs to:

  • Ms. Danley and Ms. Grant, who join us as a special education paraprofessionals!
  • Junior trombonist Corey Jones who played with T.I. in Washington DC. over the summer for National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert Series [Link to concert available here; Corey is pictured above top right]
  • Senior Chauncey Bridges for his work (hair, makeup, and wardrobe) being showcased on the set of John Frieda’s new Frizz Ease commercial!
  • Senior Tyler Roberts for obtaining an internship/Work Based Learning Placement with the East Lake Foundation, he starts work this week!
  • Ms. Person for managing the testing center and accommodations documentation data!
  • Mr. W. Harris for always thinking about coverage for students whether it is first thing in the morning or during Flex Time!
  • Mr. Morrison for ensuring students laptops are in safe, designated areas throughout the school day!
  • Ms. Brewton for helping coordinate the buses for all of our field trips!
  • Ms. Hood for the detailed and organized crime scene created for her Forensic Science class!
  • Mr. Konieczny for creating a process to track Extended-Learning attendance and for the great turnout at his Extended-Learning sessions!
  • Ms. Mayes and Ms.Cain for assisting students with retrieving their laptops throughout the day!
  • The Theater team for the planning and effort that goes into the world-class productions!

Calendar:

Week of: 09/03/18 – 09/09/18
09/03

Monday

  • No School – Labor Day
09/04 | A

Tuesday

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Math Mentors, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, National Art Honor Society
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (9th grade)
  • 5:00 – Varsity Volleyball @Redan
  • 5:30 –
    • Softball @Maynard Jackson
    • JV Volleyball @Redan
09/05 | B

Wednesday

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 9th, 11th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
  • 4:30 – APS Cross Country Meet in Grant Park
  • 6:00 – 9th and 10th Grade Parent Night
09/06 | A

Thursday

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (11th grade)
    • Book Buddies (Elementary Academy)
  • 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball vs. Mt. Bethel/Mt. Vernon [Mt. Vernon]
09/07 | B

Friday

  • 1:30-2:20, Flex Time – Advisory
  • 5:30 – Softball @North Atlanta
  • Week of 09/10-09/15
    • All Week – Scholastic Book Fair
    • 9/10 –
      • Flex Time – Peer Leadership Group A, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Yearbook, Coding Club, National Association of Black Journalists
      • 5:30 – JV Volleyball vs. S. Atlanta/Maynard [@S. Atlanta]
      • 5:30 – Softball vs. Stockbridge
    • 9/11, 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs. McNair/KIPP [@McNair]
    • 9/12
      • 3rd Period – Yearbook Pictures/Blazer Day
      • Flex Time – Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 10th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
      • 4:00 – PTA Welcome-All Wednesdays [In front of the building]
      • 4:30 – Softball @ Our Lady of Mercy
    • 9/13
      • 8:15 – PTA Parent Gathering: “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau [Eva Davis Board Room]
        • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/846208274
        • Or Telephone: +1 855 880 1246 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
        • Meeting ID: 846 208 274
      • 5:30 – Varsity Volleyball vs S. Atlanta /Therrell [Home]
      • 6:00-7:30 – HBCU Night [See flyer below]
    • 9/14 –
      • North Atlanta College Fair [ Selected {30-40} Seniors]
      • 3:00-4:00 – Pep Rally
    • 9/15 (Saturday) – KIPP/Lovett/Westminster College Fair
  • Week of 9/17-9/22
    • 9/18-9/19 – Freshmen College Trips
    • 9/19-9/23 – PGA Tour Championship [Will result in changes to parking and traffic patterns]
    • 9/20, 6:00 – Junior Parent Night

Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent GatheringsOn Thursday, September 13th at 8:15 am we will host our first PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering (similar to EA and JA Principal’s Coffees) in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic will be “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau.
    • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/846208274
    • Or iPhone one-tap: +16465588656,,846208274# or +16699006833,,846208274#
    • Or Telephone: +1 855 880 1246 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
    • Meeting ID: 846 208 274
  • Senior Parent 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.
  • Reminder: After-School Processes – Please read the letter linked here for important information about changes to our after-school processes, particularly for students on campus after 4:45. 
  • Reminder: Early Dismissals and Flex Time – As part of our extended-day program we offer Flex Time, a one-hour block each day devoted to clubs, organizations, tutorial (extended-learning) and advisory.  This year Flex Time is scheduled from 3:00-4:00 each day except for Friday.  If you need to pick up your student after 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday, please ask your student to meet you at the front desk at 3:00 pm, where you can sign the student out.  Since Flex Time provides a variety of options for students, it will be difficult to locate your student from 3:00-4:00 without making an all-call, which can be disruptive to instruction for other classes.
  • Reminder: PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Reminder: Student Infinite Campus Access – It is critical that parents, guardians and students have access to Infinite Campus to see their current grades. 
    • Students should reach out to their Advisory teachers for their login credentials and passwords. 
    • Parents who need access to Infinite Campus should refer to these instructions here.
  • Reminder: Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms starting this month: September. 
    • PARENTS/GUARDIANS have been emailed with the information to complete the application for lunch [FEA]. This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
    • NOTE: The deadline has passed students are now being charged the full price of any meal they receive at Drew.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Emily Isbell.
  • Breakfast with the Kids! – Male Role Models! Register now to join your Elementary Academy kid for breakfast at our annual Breakfast with the Kids! This year we’re charging $4/person to cover the chicken biscuits (vegetarian & gluten free options available) and beverages.
    • While you’re at the PTA Store paying for you and your kid(s) Breakfast with the Kids registration, purchase your Drew Dads T-shirt for $15 so you can rep Drew Dads all week long during Drew Dads week 9/10-9/14! T-shirts will be available for pick up Friday morning 9/7.
    • REGISTER HERE – Please email drewcharterdads@gmail.com with any questions or to request to be registered without paying if the price is a hardship for you.

Drew Dads

  • Drew Charter School Annual Fall Festival– Vendors, games, prizes, concessions, and music by DJ B Samples!
    • $5 for kids, adults free, Sept 29th 12-4pm
    • SAVE THE DATE! Look out for information on securing a vendor booth and for tickets to go on sale online soon!

Fall Festival

HBCU Night

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