Week of April 15th, 2019

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. McGregor, who has joined us as the long-term substitute for Ms. Simmons’ classes (Mr. Vanderplate has moved over to teach Mr. Konieczny’s classes)!
  • Ms. Krsulic, for all of her hard work in Ms. Klein’s classes as a student teacher!  Thank you and we wish you the best of luck!
  • Junior Terron Joiner for being selected for the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program! He will participate in the Leadership Seminar on Global Issues this summer at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Sophomore Shacari Hardy, who made the All-Region Basketball Team for the 2018-2019 season!
  • Freshman Jamari Aycock for his acceptance into the fully funded, three-year cohort, MS^2 STEM summer program in Andover, MA!”
  • All of the parents, guardians and caregivers who attended the Head of Schools forums to learn about the finalists for this position, including several folks who attended all three!
  • Ms. McKenzie, for her continued leadership of the gifted program this year!
  • Mr. Gaines for populating the great content on the hallway monitors and Mr. Hairston for producing many of the videos featured there!
  • Enrollment Manager, Ms. Hartigan, for her leadership of the re-enrollment process this year!  91% of families complete the re-enrollment process during the prescribed window!
  • Ms. Luster and Ms. White’s Foundations of Engineering class that happened to be presenting their latest projects during the Senior Academy’s first STEAM Pre-Certification Visit last week (see picture above)!

Calendar:

Week of: 04/15/19  – 04/21/19

B-Day. MON

  • 04/15
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, GSA, Math Mentors, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Spanish Language and Culture Club, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Grady HS [Brown Mills]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer @ Atlanta Classical [Atlanta Classical]
  • 6:00 – NHS Induction Ceremony [Theater]

A-Day TUES

  • 04/16
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Carver: Senior Night [Home]
  • 7:30 – Harp Concert [Theater]

B-Day WED – BLAZER DAY

  • 04/17
  • Flex Time –
    • 3:00-6:00 – 10th Grade Book Fair PBL Showcase
    • Extended Learning [12th Grade]
    • Gifted Seminar 9th & 10th [Mac Lab]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 6:00 – EA/JA/SA Band & Orchestra PRISM Concert [Location TBD]

A-Day THURS

  • 04/18
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Centennial [Girls onlyCountry Club of Roswell]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer @ Maynard Jackson
  • 6:00 – Spring PTA General Body Meeting and Budget Hearing [EA Cafeteria]
  • 6:30 – EA Dance Performance [Theater]

B-Day FRI

  • 04/19
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 5:00 – International Visual Arts Sale
  • 7:30 – Space is the New Place Reception [3rd Floor/11th Grade PBL Lab]
  • Sunset (~8:30) – Space is the New Place

Other Upcoming Events

  • 4/22-4/26 – Administrative Professionals Week
  • 4/22 –
    • Ninth Grade Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Board of Directors Meeting
  • 4/23 –
    • Ninth Grade Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Varsity Golf vs WD Muhammad (Senior Night)
  • 4/24 –
    • Administrative Professionals Day
    • American Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/25 –
    • Farm Stand [EA]
    • American Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
    • 5:00 – SA PTA Parent Gathering
  • 4/26
    • Economics EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • 7:00 – Prom
  • 4/29 – Algebra 1 Section 1 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/30 –
    • Algebra 1 Section 2 EOC Milestone Assessment
    • 6:00 – Senior Awards Night [The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church]
  • 5/1 – Geometry Section 1 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/2 – Geometry Section 2 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/3 – US History EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/5, 4:00 – Drew Speaker Series: Ryan Gravel (Beltline Founder)
  • 5/6-5/10 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/6 –
    • Physical Science EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP US Government Exam
  • 5/7 –
    • National Teacher Appreciation Day
    • Biology EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP Spanish Language Exam
  • 5/8 –
    • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
    • 6:00 – Senior Academy Awards Ceremony
  • 5/9 –
    • AP Chemistry Exam
    • Senior Exams (3TTh and 4TTh classes)
    • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Flex Time – 9th Grade Community Forum
    • 6:00 – Drew Enrollment Lottery
  • 5/10 –
    • AP US History Exam
    • Senior Exams (1A, 3MWF and 4MWF classes)
    • AP Computer Science Principles
  • 5/13 –
    • AP Biology Exam
    • Senior Exams (1B and 2MWF classes)
    • MAP Administration (9-10th Grades)
    • 2:30 – College Decision Day
  • 5/14 –
    • 8:00 – AP Calculus Exam
    • 12:00 –
      • AP Human Geography Exam
      • Yearbook Signing/Senior Closeout
    • Flex Time – End-of-the-Year Assembly
  • 5/15 –
    • AP English Language Exam
    • MAP Administration (9-10th Grades)
    • 9:00-3:00 – Senior Field Trip [Tentative: Main Event]
  • 5/16 –
    • AP World History Exam
    • 9:00-12:00 – Graduation Practice
    • 12:00-2:00 – Senior Picnic
    • 2:00 – Graduation Ticket Distribution
  • 5/17 –
    • 9:00-12:00 – Graduation Practice
    • 12:30-1:30 – Graduation Dress Rehearsal
  • 5/18, 4:00 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On March 21st, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Restorative Practices.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 5:00 pm.
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application is available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll (see below). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates, forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • 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.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019
College Acceptances To-Date
Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Baylor University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Columbus State University
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Dillard University
East Georgia College
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Emory University
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Fort Valley State University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology Ivy Diamond
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Harvard University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Jackson State University
Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University
Keiser University
Kennesaw State University Chase Porter
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Langston University
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mary Baldwin University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
New York Institute of Technology
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Tennessee State University
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Missouri
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Institute of Technology
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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Week of April 8th, 2019

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:

  • Legacy Class alumna Delshanee Martin, Ms. Weaver, Ms. Herman and board member, Danny Shoy, who presented with me at the National Partnership for Educational Access conference over Spring Break!
  • The Advanced Composition seniors, who successfully produced the Voices of East Lake Community Forum Event!  Particularly the following stand-outs:
    • Collin Chunn, who served as MC and moderated a panel discussion of a dynamic group of professionals
    • Suhayla Abdullah, Couvade Rhodes, Me’Nighyah James, Joseph Daniel, and Taneka Jones for all writing and delivering portions of the program
    • Damion Lewis, Josh Smith, Aleshia Evers, Courtney Stanback, Autumn Linsey, Asia Foster, Joyah Mitchell, Shayla Victrum, and Maya Smith also made great contributions to the execution of the event
  • Sophomore Maddox Gates, who was awarded the Atlanta Urban Debate League award for High School Volunteer of the Year!
  • The CCR Staff, Advisors and Teachers for planning and helping to facilitate College and Career Week including:
    • The Take Flight! Rising 9th Grade/Senior Showcase
    • Multiple CCR Advisory activities during Flex Time
    • The Staff Talent Show
    • Daily themes
    • Parent University
    • Senior Walk [See picture above]
  • The Student Government Association (SGA) and Dr. Allen for planning the SGA Day of Play!
  • Sophomore Jamilah El-Amin, who won second place in the Class A State Literary Competition for Girls Solo with Ms. Jordan accompanying her on the piano! This opportunity was awarded to ONLY 10 contestants.
  • All teachers and staff that helped out with SGA Day of Play!  Thank you for passing out snacks, facilitating games, monitoring students and ensuring that students enjoyed themselves!
  • Ms. Klein, McIntyre, Mr. Bennett and Kitchen for laying the groundwork for a cross curricular project for the 9th grade!
  • Ms. Stinson, Weaver, Herman and Mr. Richardson and our senior panel for helping to facilitate the visit from sophomores from Appling County!
  • Mr. Konieczny for taking time to help with the plumbing and electrical for the Tiny House!
  • Coach Harris and his SA Health/PE students for their hard work and for coordinating a fantastic PBL Showcase for the Biggest Loser Bootcamp with 7th grade Life Science! Students showcased potential apps and hosted various workout sessions for staff and students!
  • Mr. Myers for helping coordinate the Milestone administration simulation!
  • Ms. Schaffer, Mr. Powell and Mr. White for their NPR Challenge Project where students submitted to NPR’s Podcast Challenge using the prompt “What is a moment in history that all students should learn about?” to create their narrative podcasts! Here are a few, of many, podcast submitted from our 11th grade students:

Calendar:

Week of: 04/08/19  – 04/14/19


National Assistant Principals Week


A-Day TUES. 04/07

  •  Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Debate Team, GSA, National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 6:00 – Parent, Guardian and Caregiver Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #1 [Theater – Click here to review their biographies.]

B-Day TUES. 04/08

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Grady HS [Home – Yates]
  • 4:30 – Staff Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #2 [Theater]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball vs Cristo Rey [Home – Crim]
  • 6:00 – Parent, Guardian and Caregiver Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #2 [Theater – Click here to review their biographies.]

A-Day WED.  04/09

  • 9:00-11:30 – STEAM Certification Pre-Walkthrough
  • 10:30 – School Facilities & Grounds Committee Meeting [Main Office Conference Room]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [9th, 11th and 12th Grades]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30 – Staff Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #3 [Theater]
  • 6:00 – Parent, Guardian and Caregiver Forum for Head of Schools Candidate #3 [Theater – Click here to review their biographies.]

B-Day THURS. 04/10

  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs WD Mohammed [Browns Mill]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Columbia

A-Day FRI. 04/11

  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 5:00 –
    • Varsity Soccer @ Elite Scholars
    • JV Baseball vs Landmark [Home – Crim]
  • 6:30 – EA/JA/SA Broadway Review [Theater]

SAT. 04/13, 9:00 – Varsity Track and Field [Westminster]


Other Upcoming Events

  • 4/15 –
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, GSA, Math Mentors, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Spanish Language and Culture Club, Young Black Excellence
    • 6:00 – NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 4/16 –
    • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Carver (Senior Night)
    • 7:30 – Harp Concert
  • 4/17 –
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning [12th Grade]
    • 3:00-6:00 – 10th Grade Book Fair PBL Showcase
    • 6:00 – EA/JA/SA Band & Orchestra PRISM Concert [Main Gym]
  • 4/18, 6:00 – Spring PTA General Body Meeting and Budget Hearing
  • 4/19,
    • 5:00 – International Visual Arts Sale
    • 7:30 – Space is the New Place Reception
    • Sunset (~8:30) – Space is the New Place
  • 4/22-4/26 – Administrative Professionals Week
  • 4/22 –
    • Ninth Grade Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Board of Directors Meeting
  • 4/23 –
    • Ninth Grade Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Varsity Golf vs WD Muhammad (Senior Night)
  • 4/24 –
    • Administrative Professionals Day
    • American Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/25 – American Lit/Comp EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/26
    • Economics EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • 7:00 – Prom
  • 4/29 – Algebra 1 Section 1 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 4/30 –
    • Algebra 1 Section 2 EOC Milestone Assessment
    • 6:00 – Senior Awards Night [The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church]
  • 5/1 – Geometry Section 1 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/2 – Geometry Section 2 EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/3 – US History EOC Milestone Assessment
  • 5/5, 4:00 – Drew Speaker Series: Ryan Gravel (Beltline Founder)
  • 5/6-5/10 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/6 –
    • Physical Science EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP US Government Exam
  • 5/7 –
    • National Teacher Appreciation Day
    • Biology EOC Milestone Assessment
    • AP Spanish Language Exam
  • 5/8 –
    • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
    • 6:00 – Senior Academy Awards Ceremony
  • 5/9 –
    • AP Chemistry Exam
    • Senior Exams (3TTh and 4TTh classes)
    • Make-Up EOC Milestone Assessment
    • Flex Time – 9th Grade Community Forum
    • 6:00 – Drew Enrollment Lottery
  • 5/10 –
    • AP US History Exam
    • Senior Exams (1A, 3MWF and 4MWF classes)
    • AP Computer Science Principles
  • 5/18, 4:00 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Beta Club Announcement – 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. This site can be found for future reference in the links section on the site.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On March 21st, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Restorative Practices.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 5:00 pm.
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application is available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll (see below). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates, forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • 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.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019
College Acceptances To-Date
Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Baylor University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Columbus State University
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Dillard University
East Georgia College
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Emory University
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Fort Valley State University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology Ivy Diamond
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Harvard University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Jackson State University
Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University
Keiser University
Kennesaw State University Chase Porter
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Langston University
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mary Baldwin University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
New York Institute of Technology
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Tennessee State University
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Missouri
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Institute of Technology
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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Week of March 25th, 2019

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 senior students, Ms. Prince, Mr. Wynn, Ms. Danely, Dr. Morgan, Ms. Luczynski , and Ms. Cole who planned, participated in and helped support the “The Voices of East Lake” PBL showcase!
  • The junior students, Mr. Baker, Mr. Canney, Mr. White, Mr. Powell, Ms. Williams, and Ms. Nguyen for the amazing production of the 11th grade musical review, 24/7, 365 The Broadway!
  • The sophomore students, Ms. Mayes, Ms. Cain, Ms. Duffie, Ms. Cain, Mr. Robinson who worked to create mini-documentaries for the PBL showcase entitled “Swagger Jaggers,” on cultural appropriation!
  • The freshmen students, Ms. Klein, Mr. Konieczny, Ms. Nicole, Ms. Wilder and Ms. Hecht for their awesome digital book fair and art show showcases last Wednesday! Click here to visit the digital book fair.
  • Students Justin Roberts, Sophie Gallagher, and Molly Watkins for participating in Spanish teacher interviews!
  • Students Kashawn Myers and Sydney Berenson for competing and placing at the Spoken Language Competition for the Foreign Language Association of Georgia!  Kashawn received a “Notable” rating and Sydney received a “Superior” rating!
  • Ms. Hood and the senior team for planning and facilitating the senior movie and lunch event at Movie Studio Grill!
  • Coach Weems for his awesome vision for the Drew golf teams and how he is building culture and investment in the program!
  • Ms. Casas for an engaging lesson on how to write directions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in Spanish!
  • Mr. Myers for leading the SA PTA Parent Gathering and presenting on Restorative Practices!
  • Seniors Courtney Stanback, Asia Foster, Trinity Mosley, Joyah Mitchell for assisting Ms. Livingston with a time intensive project.
  • Jamilah El-Amin won 2nd place in the Class A State Literary Competition for Girls Solo, with Ms. Jordan accompanying her on the piano. This opportunity was awarded to ONLY 10 contestants.

Calendar:

Week of:  03/25/19  – 03/31/19

College and Career Week


3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students [Practice Gym]
– Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

B-Day MON. 03/25

  • College and Career Week Theme: Mascot Day
  • 1:45-4:00 – Take Flight! Rising 9th Grade/Senior Showcase
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory: 9-11th Grade Career Workshop
  • 4:30-5:15 – Biggest Loser Bootcamp PBL Showcase

A-Day TUES. 03/26

  • College and Career Week Theme: Study Day
  • 8:00-11:00 – Appling County Sophomore Visit
  • 10:00-11:00 – Mock Milestone Testing (9th Grade)
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory: Scholarship Academy & HOPE Eligibility
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs WD Mohammed [Home – Charlie Yates)
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball vs Maynard Jackson [Home – Crim]

B-Day WED.  03/27

  • College and Career Week Theme: Cradle to College Day
    • 9-11th: Dress like a kid
    • 12th: Dress like senior citizen
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Senior Academy Talent Show [Theater – Students report directly to the Theater and sit by advisory]
  • 5:30 – College and Career Week: Parent University

A-Day THURS. 03/28

  • College and Career Week Theme: College T-Shirt/Sweatshirt Day
  • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time –
    • College and Career Week: College Walk Poster-making [PBL labs]
    • Extended-Learning [ELA, Science, Pathways]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Athletic Field
  • 3:45-5:45 – Farm Stand [EA]
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Arabia Mt. [Home – Charlie Yates]
  • 6:00 – JA/SA Dance Performance

B-Day FRI. 03/29

– Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
– Class of 2019 Senior Walk
– SGA Day of Play

  • 1:30-2:00 – Senior Walk [Students stay in their 3rd period classes for the Senior Walk]
  • 2:00-3:55 – SGA Day of Play
    • 2:00 – students report to advisory
    • 2:10 – Students who have paid dues are dismissed
    • 2:15 – Students who have not paid dues are walked to their locations
      • 9th grade – Joey’s room
      • 10th grade – Joshay’s room
      • 11th grade – Latrices room  

SAT. 3/30 – No Activities Scheduled


Other Upcoming Events

  • 3
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 4/10 – NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 4/12, 6:00 – EA/JA/SA Broadway Review
  • 4/13, 3:00 – EA/JA/SA Broadway Review
  • 4/19 – SPACE IS: Shelter (see below)
  • 4/26 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • Prom
  • 5/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Beta Club Announcement – 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
    • This site can be found for future reference in the links section on the site.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application is available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll (see below). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is happening now!
    Between Monday, March 18 and Friday, March 29, 2019, all current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 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, 2019.
    • We look forward to seeing you before spring break! Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
      • There are three steps to re-enrollment: 
    1. Complete the online re-enrollment form, available at www.drewcharterschool.org/reenroll.
    2. Submit updated proof of residence documents. Parents/guardians must come onsite (JA/SA Practice Gym) between March 18 and March 29, 2019 to provide updated proof of residence documents. Details about the schedule and location can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents.
    3. Verification of documents. Following verification by Drew staff, a letter will be mailed indicating final re-enrollment status.
  • 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.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. Food court and Art Sale begins on the 3rd floor of the Yates campus @ 4pm including food sampling and reception. Performance begins at 8pm. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates,forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts @Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019
College Acceptances To-Date
Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Baylor University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Columbus State University
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Dillard University
East Georgia College
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Emory University
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Fort Valley State University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology Ivy Diamond
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Harvard University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Jackson State University
Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University
Keiser University
Kennesaw State University Chase Porter
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Langston University
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mary Baldwin University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
New York Institute of Technology
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Tennessee State University
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Missouri
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Institute of Technology
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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Week of March 18th, 2019

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 Debate Team, Ms. Schaffer and Mr. Gaines for winning the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for the Atlanta Urban Debate League [see picture above]!
  • The SA Chorus and Mr. Sessoms for earning all SUPERIOR ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE), including a superior rating in sight-reading, arguably the most challenging area!
  • The 9th Grade team for the thought provoking PBL projects!
  • Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Ruffin for the captivating artwork in our halls!
  • Ms. McIntyre for planning (A LOT of prep work) and implementing a Breakout Room activity with her Algebra classes and also to Ms. Hecht, Ms. Duffie, and Ms. Jordan for supporting students throughout the process!
  • Ms. Isbell and Mu Alpha Theta students for planning the Pi Day competition!
  • Ms. Might for incorporating International Women’s Day into her Spanish 3 lessons!
  • Mr. Johnson for intentional programming, most recently through engagement around National Women’s History Month in regards to STEAM!

Calendar:

Week of:  03/18/19  – 03/24/19

A-Day MON.

  • 03/18
  • 10:00-3:00 – Seniors Movie and Lunch [Studio Movie Grill]
  • Flex Time –
    • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Debate, GSA, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • NO Practice Gym [Re-Enrollment]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball vs. Trinity Christian [Home – Crim]

B-Day TUES.

  • 03/19
  • 8:00-11:00 – SA Gifted Testing [CoGAT – Cafeteria]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Maynard [Home]
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

A-Day WED.

  • 03/20
  • 10:00 – School Performance Committee Meeting
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [10th and 12th Grades]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • NO Practice Gym due to Re-Enrollment
    • Athletic Field [weather permitting]
    • Digital Book Fair/Physics PBL Showcase [9th Grade PBL Lab]
  • 4:15 – Graduation Committee Meeting
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball @ Trinity Christian
  • 6:00-7:30 – Teaching Tolerance “Voices of East Lake” Student Project Showcase and Community Forum [Theater]

B-Day THURS. 0

  • 03/21
  • 8:15 – SA PTA Parent Gathering: Restorative Practices [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Centennial [Girls ONLY – Charlie Yates]
  • 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]

A-Day FRI. 0

  • 03/22
  • 8:30 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 6:30 – SA Musical Review [Theater]

SAT.

  • 03/23
  • 9:00-3:00 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]
  • 10:00 – JV Baseball @ Riverwood
  • 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students [Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym]
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/25
    • 2:00-4:00 – Take Flight! Rising 9th Grade/Senior Showcase [Gym]
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: 9-11th Grade Career Workshop
  • 3/26, 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Scholarship Academy & HOPE Eligibility
  • 3/27
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Senior Academy Talent Show
    • 5:30 – College and Career Week Parent University
  • 3/28
    • 3:00-4:00, Flex Time – Advisory CCW: Senior Walk Poster Making
    • 3:00 – Mission Committee Meeting
    • 6:30 – JA/SA Dance Performance [Theater]
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 4/19 – SPACE IS: Shelter (see below)
  • 4/26 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • Prom
  • 5/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held this Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • Join Zoom Meeting – https://zoom.us/j/521351857
    • One tap mobile – +16465588656,,521351857# US (New York)
    • Dial – 877 853 5257 US Toll-free
    • Meeting ID: 521 351 857
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application is available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll (see below). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is happening now!
    Between Monday, March 18 and Friday, March 29, 2019, all current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 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, 2019.
    There are three steps to re-enrollment: 
    1. Complete the online re-enrollment form, available at www.drewcharterschool.org/reenroll.
    2. Submit updated proof of residence documents. Parents/guardians must come onsite (JA/SA Practice Gym) between March 18 and March 29, 2019 to provide updated proof of residence documents. Details about the schedule and location can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents.
    3. Verification of documents. Following verification by Drew staff, a letter will be mailed indicating final re-enrollment status.
  • We look forward to seeing you before spring break! Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 oradmissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • 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.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. Food court and Art Sale begins on the 3rd floor of the Yates campus @ 4pm including food sampling and reception. Performance begins at 8pm. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates,forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts @Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew PTA Presents the 2019 Online Auction Fundraiser March 15 – 21, 2019 – Get great deals on summer camps, lessons, artwork, event tickets, gift cards, class baskets, travel, and more!  All proceeds go to the Drew PTA’s programs and events that benefit all Drew students, teachers, and families!
    Totally online!  Support the Drew PTA from wherever you are!!
    Free to register and bid!  You are only charged if you win an item!charityauction.bid/drewpta2019 
    Auction items are still being added to the catalog now, but you may preview what is already there. March 8:  Online Catalog will be complete and online March 15: 8 a.m. Online bidding opensMarch 21: 11:59 p.m. Online bidding closes
    If you have questions or want to donate an item to the auction, contact us at DrewPTAauction@gmail.com
    Thank you and happy bidding!
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).Eddie’s Attic
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    See flyer below

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019 Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Clark Atlanta University
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana  

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Week of March 11th, 2019

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 5th Grade Team for their “I See Myself in You” project which created absolutely amazing photographs of students posing as influential individuals from Black History! The images are incredible [see above]!
  • Mr. Prince for lending time to coach the new Drew Literary Team!  The team performed admirably against some very tough competition, placing fourth in our region, with the following individuals placing:
    • Jamilah El Amin – 2nd place for Girls Vocal Solo!! – She qualifies to compete at the State Tournament!
    • Ivy Diamond  – 3rd Place in Essay – Argumentative
    • Jamie Alexander – 4th Place in Essay – Personal Narrative
    • Nathaniel Dobson – 4th Place in Essay – Rhetorical Analysis
    • Maddox Gaines – 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking – Domestic
    • Terron Joiner – 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking – International
    • Kim Nguyen – 5th Place in Oral Performance – Dramatic
  • Coach Weems and the Golf Team for beating Decatur!
    • Girls
      • SA Girls – 65
      • Decatur – 94
      • Low score – Par 26
      • Sarai Dobbs – 31
    • Boys
      • SA Boys – 99
      • Decatur – 119
      • Low score – Par 20
      • Miles Richardson – 22
  • Freshmen Brockington Bowden, Kalani Lickteig and Katelin Allen for helping to instruct students during an App Design Lesson!
  • Freshmen Angel Jones, Ty’rent Marks, and Takiya Terry for their level of engagement in discussing Romeo and Juliet!
  • Freshmen Jason Lin and Sophie Gallagher going above and beyond in designing their Toast Apps!
  • The College and Career Readiness Team for best East Atlanta College Fair yet!
  • The College and Career Readiness and Junior Teams for facilitating our first on-site SAT administration!
  • The Awards Committee for distributing Honor Roll recognition at the Ninth Grade Community Forum!
  • Ms. Byrant and the STEAM Team for back-to-back STEAM Day and Design-o-Rama!
  • Ms. McIntyre for the level of engagement of her students in Algebra I Support!
  • Mr. Konieczny for bringing in a guest speak for the most recent Science Department Meeting!
  • Ms. Schaffer for offering tutorial to students before school for AP Social Studies!
  • Ms. Luster for using the development across Memorial Drive as a teachable moment for her JA engineering class regarding loss of trees and bird habitats!

Calendar:

Week of:  03/11/19  – 03/17/19

3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks

3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip

B-Day MON. 03/11

  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, Debate, Football, Student Government Association, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym

A-Day TUES. 03/12BLAZER DAY

  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs Ben Franklin Academy (Home – Boys ONLY)
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer @ Atl. Jewish Academy (Girls ONLY)
  • 5:30 –
    • Varsity Track & Field (Lakewood Stadium)
    • Varsity Girls Tennis vs. Arabia Mountain (Home – Villages of East Lake)

B-Day WED.  03/13

  • 8:30-3:00 – Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
  • 9:00-2:00 – Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [9th and 11th Grade]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • 12th Grade Community Forum [Theater]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis @ Maynard Jackson

A-Day THURS. 03/14Pi Day

  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Atlanta Classical [Home]
  • 5:00 – JV Baseball @ Landmark
  • 5:30 – Title I Parent Input Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room – See more information below]

B-Day FRI. 03/15

  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 9:00 – Board of Directors: Governance Committee Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]

SAT. 3/16

  • 9:00 – Varsity Track & Field [Southern Crescent Stadium]
  • 10:00 – JV Baseball vs Fulton Leadership Academy [Home – Crim]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym
  • 3/18, Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Debate, Math Mentors, National Art Honor Society
  • 3/20, 6:00 – Teaching Tolerance Voices of East Lake Event [Theater]
  • 3/21, 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]
  • 3/22, 6:30 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/23, 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/28, 6:00 – JA/SA Dance Performance
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 4/19 – SPACE IS: Shelter (see below)
  • 4/26 –
    • Half-Day for Parent Conferences
    • Prom
  • 5/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Drew Junior/Senior Academy Spring Title I Meeting – We will hold our Parent/Guardian Title I Input Meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Eva Davis Board Room. Join our conversation as we review and update our Junior Academy School CompactSenior Academy School Compact and School Parent and Family Engagement Plan for next school year. If you can’t make it we’d still love your feedback. You can complete our quick, ten question Title I Input Survey online. Please reach out to Mary Hartigan at mary.hartigan@drewcharterschool.org with questions.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application is available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll (see below). Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is happening now!
    Between Monday, March 18 and Friday, March 29, 2019, all current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 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, 2019.
    There are three steps to re-enrollment: 
    1. Complete the online re-enrollment form, available at www.drewcharterschool.org/reenroll.
    2. Submit updated proof of residence documents. Parents/guardians must come onsite (JA/SA Practice Gym) between March 18 and March 29, 2019 to provide updated proof of residence documents. Details about the schedule and location can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents.
    3. Verification of documents. Following verification by Drew staff, a letter will be mailed indicating final re-enrollment status.
  • We look forward to seeing you before spring break! Please contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 oradmissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • 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.
  • SPACE IS: Shelter – Celebrate your Culture! Calling all parent Volunteers for Space is the New Place and the International Night and Visual Arts Sale, Friday, April 19, 2019. Food court and Art Sale begins on the 3rd floor of the Yates campus @ 4pm including food sampling and reception. Performance begins at 8pm. The Theme for this year’s Space is the New Place is “Shelter”; A Celebration utilizing the SPACE of the Yates Campus with artistic presentations demonstrating the STEAM model.  Parent volunteers are needed to assist with bringing food samples from around the world. This is a fund raiser for the Visual Arts Department. We are asking parents to donate ethnic foods complete with small serving plates,forks, decorated tables, flags, etc. to represent the country of origin, set up and organize the food. Dress up in your native garb! If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or contribute your time or talents in any other capacity, please contact Reginald Colbert, Director, Center for the Arts @Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew PTA Presents the 2019 Online Auction Fundraiser March 15 – 21, 2019
    Get great deals on summer camps, lessons, artwork, event tickets, gift cards, class baskets, travel, and more!  All proceeds go to the Drew PTA’s programs and events that benefit all Drew students, teachers, and families!
    Totally online!  Support the Drew PTA from wherever you are!!
    Free to register and bid!  You are only charged if you win an item!charityauction.bid/drewpta2019 
    Auction items are still being added to the catalog now, but you may preview what is already there. March 8:  Online Catalog will be complete and online March 15: 8 a.m. Online bidding opensMarch 21: 11:59 p.m. Online bidding closes
    If you have questions or want to donate an item to the auction, contact us at DrewPTAauction@gmail.com
    Thank you and happy bidding!
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).Eddie’s Attic
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    See flyer below

College Acceptances To-Date

Class of 2019 Student Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University Chelsea Cole
Auburn University
Augusta University
Bethune-Cookman University Courtney Harris, 5 Strong Scholar
Clark Atlanta University
Case Western Reserve University
Claflin University
Colorado College Juanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth College Daisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Furman University Marcus Foster
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Hollins University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Lafayette College Arthur Ayers
Long Island University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Mercer University
Miami University of Ohio
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Morehouse College
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts University Kenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University Courtney Stanback
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana  

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Week of March 04th, 2019

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 Junior Academy, Mr. Leaphart, Ms. Ali, Ms. Bryant, Mr. Boonyapat and everyone else who worked to achieve STEAM certification from the Georgia Department of Education, which was officially conferred last Thursday at an awesome banner ceremony!
  • Ms. Smith, who joins us as a new STEAM Team member, orchestrating the STEAM Trunks and helping with STEAM programming!
  • The new Beta Club inductees and to the Beta Club officers and Ms. McKenzie for organizing the induction ceremony on Wednesday!
  • Seniors Chloe Cannada, Collin Chunn, Kenyetta Akowa, Trinity Mosley, Mariela Santillan-Guerrero, and Parker Freeman for helping support our Early College Night by sharing their experiences with rising seniors and parents!
  • Senior Niara Botchwey who is one of only 5 students across the South to receive The SACAC Horizon Award, a $1000 college scholarship! As a matching award, Niara selected Emily H. to receive $1,000 to be used towards professional development opportunities.
  • Senior Peyton Rodgers, who was one of 150 students nationally to receive a $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship, selected from over 95,000 applicants!
  • Junior Laquincia Smith for being admitted into Camp Ignite an initiative for women with a mission to encourage more female firefighters!
  • Freshman Angel Jones, who volunteered to help lead prospective parent tours!
  • Dr. Allen, Ms. Davis, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Kitchen, Ms. McIntyre, Ms. Cook and ninth grade student volunteers for organizing and planning our Rising 9th Grade Transition Night!
  • Ms. Young, who has been selected to serve on the SACAC Board of Directors for a three year term!  SACAC is a professional association that supports best practices in college admissions and brings together both admissions and college counseling professionals.
  • Ms. Herman, who was identified and nominated by Caltech University to attend the 2019 Fitzwilliam Summit for Emerging Leaders in the College Admission and Secondary School Counseling Profession!
  • Ms. Vaughn for engaging her students in writing content for their upcoming performance and for an awesome performance at the STEAM certification ceremony!
  • Ms. Stinson for planning and organizing Early College Parent Night!

Calendar:

Week of: 03/04-03/10

3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks

A-Day MON. 03/04

  • 11:05 – Lunches run normally for both 9/10th and 11/12th, but students report to 4th period during the time that they would normally report to 3rd period
  • 1:25 – All students report to Advisory
  • 1:30-2:00 – Advisory: Review college fair list and final prep for fair
  • 2:00-3:00 – Drew College Fair
    • 1:55 – Junior/Senior students report to the College Fair
    • 2:05 – Sophomore students report to the College Fair
    • 2:10 – Freshmen students report to the College Fair
  • 3:00-4:00 – 3rd period

B-Day TUES. 03/05

  • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
  • 4:00 – Varsity Golf vs Decatur HS [Heritage Golf Course]
  • 4:30 – JV Baseball @ Fellowship Christian
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Our Lady of Mercy [Home]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis @ Coretta Scott King
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

A-Day WED.  03/06

  • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning [12th Grade]
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
    • 9th Grade Short Story Book Fair [9th Grade PBL Lab]
    • Achieve Atlanta and Drew Norms Scholarship Workshop
    • Gifted Seminar [Mac Lab – 11th/12th grade Math]

B-Day THURS. 03/07

  • Flex Time
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • 9th Grade Community Forum
  • 4:30 – Varsity Golf vs North Atlanta [Home – Girls ONLY]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs Elite Scholars [Home]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Banneker

A-Day FRI. 03/08

STEAM Day
Student Playwright Showcase [See Flyer for more details below]
  • 8:00 – Students report to advisory
  • 8:02 – Juniors and seniors go to the theater to sit by advisory.  
  • 8:04 – Freshmen and sophomores go to the theater to sit by advisory.  
  • 8:05-9:00 – TEDdy Talk
  • 9:00 –
    • Juniors are dismissed to work with the junior team for the day.
    • Seniors are dismissed to meet their advisors in the PBL lab and go with their advisors to the STEAM Day sessions that they are supporting for the day.  
    • Freshmen and sophomore advisories transition with their advisors to their first STEAM Day session.
  • 11:10-11:40 – Freshman and sophomore lunch
  • 11:45 – Freshmen and sophomores dismissed to the main gym from lunch.
  • 12:45 – Seniors will need to come back up the hill for lunch.  At the end of lunch students report back to their sessions

SAT. 3/9

  • 3:00-6:00 – Design-o-rama [See flyers below]

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/13
    • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
    • Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 3/14 – Pi Day
  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym
  • 3/20, 6:00 – Teaching Tolerance Voices of East Lake Event [Theater]
  • 3/21, 7:30/9:30 – Drew Parents Got Talent [See Details Below]
  • 3/22, 6:30 and 3/23, 2:00 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • 3/25-3/29 – College and Career Readiness Week
  • 3/29 –
    • Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
    • Class of 2019 Senior Walk
    • SGA Day of Play
  • 4/1-4/5 – Spring Break
  • 04/26 – Prom
  • 05/18 – Graduation
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Design-o-Rama Call for Volunteers We are seeking participants to support our theme of SHELTER. You are receiving this email because we think you might be interested in participating or you might know someone that would. We would love to have professions and hobbyist show off what they do and host activities that involve attendees in the process of making something. We will also feature an auto show–AUTOS THROUGH the AGES. Please direct interested folks to our website: http://steamatdrew.weebly.com/designorama.html.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application are available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. 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 the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is March 18-29, 2019! All current Drew Charter School students (rising 1st -12th) who are returning for the 2019-2020 school year must complete the re-enrollment process. Details about the re-enrollment process and schedule can be found here. Please see the Enrollment Checklist for information about required documents and contact the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • 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.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew PTA Presents the 2019 Online Auction Fundraiser March 15 – 21, 2019
    Get great deals on summer camps, lessons, artwork, event tickets, gift cards, class baskets, travel, and more!  All proceeds go to the Drew PTA’s programs and events that benefit all Drew students, teachers, and families!
    Totally online!  Support the Drew PTA from wherever you are!!
    Free to register and bid!  You are only charged if you win an item!charityauction.bid/drewpta2019 
    Auction items are still being added to the catalog now, but you may preview what is already there. March 8:  Online Catalog will be complete and online March 15: 8 a.m. Online bidding opensMarch 21: 11:59 p.m. Online bidding closes
    If you have questions or want to donate an item to the auction, contact us at DrewPTAauction@gmail.com
    Thank you and happy bidding!
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).Eddie’s Attic
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
    See flyer below

College Acceptances To-Date

College/UniversityStudent Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University
Auburn University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado CollegeJuanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth CollegeDaisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Furman UniversityMarcus Foster
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Long Island University, Post
Louisiana State University
Mercer University
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Penn State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts UniversityKenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
Valdosta State University
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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Week of February 25th, 2019

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. Simmons for the birth of her daughter, Brandi Drew Simmons, who was 8lbs 12oz at birth!  
  • Ms. Reddick, who joins as our new Partners in Education member working out of the CCR office! 
  • Mr. Vanderplate, who rejoins us (he was a student teacher with Mr. Konieczny last year) and will be substituting for Ms. Simmons while she is on maternity leave!
  • The Varsity Boys Basketball team for winning their 1st Round State Playoff game at home (the first State Playoff home game and win in school history) and for advancing to the 2nd round again this year!!
  • Congratulations to Alexis Gaines, Class of 2020, she’s been chosen as one of the top 21 outstanding youth leaders in the state of Georgia and has been selected as the winner for the 2019 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards!
  • The Senior Academy students who represented Drew at the Regional Science Fair with 4 out of 5 projects placing!
    • Congratulations to Senior Niara Botchwey for being the first student in Drew’s history to advance to International Science and Engineering Fair – bypassing the state competition!
    • Senior Academy Winners:                     
      • Gold
        • Senior Niara Botchwey (advancing to ISEF)
        • Junior Joshua Clemons (advancing to State) 
        • Junior Alvin Wayne-Stewart (advancing to State)           
      • Bronze 
        • Senior DeGreer Harris 
  • Senior Ivy Diamond, Freshman Chanel Harris and Sophomore Andre Thomas for competing in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl regional competition, representing all of Atlanta Public Schools high schools!
  • Juniors Reno Teasley and Jordan McCrary who knocked it out the park at the August Wilson Monologue Competition semi-final round!!  There are only two slots left for New York, so keep your fingers crossed!  Also a big shout out to Ms. Williams and Mr. Baker for their support for these students!
  • Everyone who participated in the Staff/Student basketball game and the WIN for the Senior Academy!
  • Ms. Mason, Ms. Young, Ms. Herman, Ms. Weaver, Mr. Powell, and Mr. White for chaperoning the Junior Trip to North Carolina and particularly Ms. Herman who took the lead on planning this trip!
  • Dr. Allen and the 9th grade team for implementing an efficient new Extended Learning plan for students!
  • Mr. Harris for incorporating station teaching into his Health pathway course which included health content, STEAM, collaboration, and an authentic client as students work towards creating Fitness Apps for their Biggest Loser PBL Project!  Also, to Ms. Bryant for teaching students how to do Mock-Ups of their apps through the stations!  (Click the links to observe each station: Station #1, Station #2, and Station #3).
  • Mr. Copp, who is an assistant coach for the Emory men’s basketball team, who won their conference title this weekend and is headed to the D-III NCAA tournament!
  • Mr. Prince who brought in representatives from the Atlanta City Council and the East Lake Foundation to provide authentic partners for students to work with as they prepare for their PBL showcase, “The Voices of East Lake!”
  • Ms. Isbell, for leading the gifted seminar on math this week and for her assistance with the logistics for gifted testing!
  • Mr. Gaines for the student highlights on the monitors and the revitalization of the Drew website!
  • Ms. Hartigan for being on top of re-enrollment and continuing to bring clarity to the process!
  • Ms. Cook and the Dance Team for competing in the GHSA State Dance Invitational last Saturday!
  • Ms. Klein, Ms. Wilder, Ms. Hecht, and Ms. Nicole for planning and implementing the 9th grade Short Story Book Fair!  Check out the student products here.

Calendar:

Week of: 02/25/19  – 03/03/19

MON. 2/25 B-Day

  • 11:00-1:00 – Drew Board of Directors Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Cheer Club, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, Math Mentors, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Spanish Language and Culture Club, Young Black Excellence
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • SA Beta Induction Practice
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball @ Grady

TUES. 2/26 A-Day

  • BLAZER DAY
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (Math, Social Studies, Spanish)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:30 – Early College Parent Night (Junior Parents)
  • 5:30 – Varsity Track & Field [Lakewood]

WED. 2/27 B-Day

  • SGA Sponsored HBCU/Blackout Dress down day (Students will purchase wristbands from Dr. Allen to participate.)
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended Learning (10th, 11th and 12th Grades)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Main Gym
    • Beta Induction [Theater]
  • 5:00 – Varsity Girls Tennis vs Maynard Jackson [Home – The Villages of East Lake]
  • 5:30 – JV Baseball vs Grady [Home – Crim High School]

THURS. 2/28 A-Day

  • POSTPONED (due to JA STEAM Certification) – PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering
  • 8:30 – JA STEAM Certification Ceremony [Theater]
  • Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning (ELA, Science, Pathways)
    • Study Hall [Cafeteria and Fourth Floor Learning Commons]
    • Practice Gym
  • 5:30 – 8th Grade Transition Night (Theater/9th Grade PBL Lab)

FRI. 3/1 B-Day

  • Flex Time, 1:30-2:20 – Advisory
  • 5:00 – Varsity Soccer vs. S. Atlanta [Home]

SAT – 03/02

  • 9:00 – Varsity Track & Field (Westlake)

Other Upcoming Events

  • 3/4-3/12 – Spring Benchmarks
  • 3/4 – College Fair
  • 3/6 –
    • District SAT Administration (Juniors)
    • Literary Contest for Area 5 Public A
    • Flex Time –
      • 9th Grade Short Story Book Fair
      • Achieve Atlanta and Drew Norms Scholarship Workshop
  • 3/7, Flex Time – 9th Grade Community Forum
  • 3/8 – STEAM Day
  • 3/9, 3:00-6:00 – Design-o-rama
  • 3/13
    • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation
    • Ninth Grade Literature Field Trip [Shakespeare Tavern]
  • 3/14-3/15 – Sophomore College Trip
  • 3/14 – Pi Day
  • 3/18-03/29 – Re-Enrollment for Drew Students
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
      • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays
      • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy, 300 Eva Davis Way, Practice Gym
  • 3/20, 6:00 – Teaching Tolerance Voices of East Lake Event [Theater]
  • 3/22 and 3/23, 6:30 – SA Musical Review [Theater]
  • June 3-7th – Rising Ninth Grade Summer Bridge Transition Program

Announcements:

  • Georgia Parent Survey – The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and may be completed using personal computers, smartphones or tablets.  All parents should participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used to help improve the school and as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents
  • Design-o-Rama Call for Volunteers We are seeking participants to support our theme of SHELTER. You are receiving this email because we think you might be interested in participating or you might know someone that would. We would love to have professions and hobbyist show off what they do and host activities that involve attendees in the process of making something. We will also feature an auto show–AUTOS THROUGH the AGES. Please direct interested folks to our website: http://steamatdrew.weebly.com/designorama.html.
  • First Tee of East Lake – See Flyer here for registration and more information.
  • SA PTA Parent Gatherings – On January 17th, we hosted our monthly PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering on the topic of “Student Portfolios.”  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm. Our next Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:15 am and the topic will be Restorative Practices
    • If you were unable to attend our last Gathering, a recording is available here.
    • The website referenced during the presentation where you can see examples of student portfolios from Animas High School is linked here.
    • The video of a student defending her portfolio is available here.
    • Do you have a suggestion for a future Parent Gathering topic?  Please email our PTA Vice President, Wanda Ray or please complete this form.
  • Lottery Application Window for New Students – Applications for new students are open now. If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The online application are available on Drew’s website and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 9th. 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 the Enrollment Team at 404-450-0567 or admissions@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.
  • 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.
  • Reminder: Yearbook – You can now purchase 2018-2019 [PreK–12th grade] Drew Yearbook , 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Ms. Isbell
  • Drew Parents Got Talent – Advanced Tickets at eddiesattic.com: $15 for one set / $25 for both sets Adults only…no kids = ).
    • Eddie’s Attic
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • Two sets: 7:30 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
    • For more information about attending or performing” for Drew parents got talent, add this email: DrewParentsGotTalent@gmail.com
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College Acceptances To-Date

College/UniversityStudent Matriculating
Alabama A&M University
Albany State University
Auburn University
Clark Atlanta University
Colorado CollegeJuanye’ Hairston
Dartmouth CollegeDaisha Thornton
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Florida A&M University
Furman UniversityMarcus Foster
Georgia State University
Hampton University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Long Island University, Post
Louisiana State University
Mercer University
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T State University
Oglethorpe University
Penn State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stanford University
Tennessee State University
The University of Alabama
Tufts UniversityKenyetta Akowa, Questbridge Scholar
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas
University of Georgia
University of Southern Mississippi
Valdosta State University
Wingate University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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