Week of November 23rd,2020

Shoutouts

• To Officer Shannon for her promotion to Sergeant with APS and to Symara Ford for her attendance at the pinning ceremony!
• To Roderick Thomas for being announced the 2020 Youth of the Year for Camp Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club – see article here!
• Thank you to all the social/emotional counselors in EA, JA, & SA for all of their hard work in supporting students with navigating mental health!
• To the homecoming team for all the work and effort put into the execution of a Virtual Homecoming!
• To the 10th grade team for having 400+ participants involved in their 10th grade entry event!
• To Mrs. Gresham, Dr. Kurt, and Mrs. Diaz for their efforts in putting together an excellent PBL Showcase, especially for the creative interactive and vibrant activities for the younger participants; which kept them engaged!
• To the CCR Team for meeting student needs through their dark times and putting effort forth each day!
• To Mrs. Wilder for always showing up and giving her best to SWD students even when she does not feel her best!
• Thank you to all who assisted with Senior Pictures and all the help to seeing that day come to fruition!
• To Mrs. Hood, Mrs. Hecht, Mr. White, & Mrs. Tafari for facilitating great collaboration lessons between Advanced Composition and Forensic Science!
• To Camille Irvin for her great work ethic, positive attitude and always being on time to every single class!
• To Byron Darnton for taking his weaving and dyeing works into the far yonder beyond expectations!
• To Quindarius Grimes for trying many different options to solve a problem and for staying in touch via Google Classroom over the weekend!
• To Olivia Pearson and River Davis for overcoming adversity, persisting, and getting it done!
• To Mrs. Klein and Dr. Morgan for their timely and detailed feedback for students on each part of their Odyssey Essays!
• To our winners of game night Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Harper, and Mrs. Irvin!



Please remember that Drew’s counseling team is always available to assist you and your student. Please feel free to reach out directly as needed.  Social emotional counselor contact information is listed below: 

As we enter the holiday season, we hope that these targeted support opportunities will proactively assist in addressing many of the critical mental health and wellness needs of our Drew community.  We strongly encourage you and your family to participate in offered activities and access available resources.  ~ K. Myers



I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).


Greetings Drew Family,

Thank you for your continued support and engagement. We truly enjoy working with you and your family. Together we have continued to embrace triumphs and challenges that make this a thriving and growing learning community. I am hopeful that each family has a restful break. I look forward to seeing everyone return with new energy and excitement to close out this semester.

As we all head into this break, I would like to remind you that Term 2 Progress report cards are available in Parent Portal. The progress report can be printed as well if needed. As always stay safe and enjoy your week!

K. Myers

Calendar


Holiday Break

11/23- 11/29

Week of 11/30- 12/06

**QUARANTINE WEEK**

ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE VIRTUAL 


Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 12/05-12/11
    • 12/02- Parent University Event
    • 12/08- HYPE Event
    • 12/09-  6pm- Prospective Parent Night 
    • 12/11 – Lantern Parade
  • 12/21-01/04- HOLIDAY BREAK
    • 01/05-01/08- **QUARANTINE WEEK – ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE VIRTUAL** 
      • Please note teachers operating in a hybrid capacity will not have access to the building during quarantine week(s)
  • 01/18 – MLK DAY
  • 01/20 – Monthly Principal’s Coffee [12PM]

Check this out!

The Decatur Maker Space is building desks for students – nothing fancy (see photo) but very functional. Here is a link to the article. https://decaturmakers.org/building-free-desks-youth/

THIS IS NOT SPONSORED BY DREW AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROCESS.

Household Resources

Free meals available to ALL children in the District – Including Drew Students – Through December 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced an extended waiver which allows free meals to all children (ages 1-18) in communities designated as areas of community eligibility. The entire state of Georgia has been declared an area of community eligibility through Dec. 31, 2020.   The weekly 5-day meal kits (5-breakfast meals and 5-lunch meals) will still be available for pick up at Drew’s Elementary Academy each Monday between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. However, between now and December 31st families no longer need to pre-order their meals through MySchoolBucks. You can simply show up during distribution hours to receive meals.  Upon arrival at Drew during the pick-up window, you will simply state how many meal kits you need for children between ages 1 and 18, and they will be provided.    Alternatively, now through December 31, Drew families may also pick up the free weekly meal kits at any of these 14 other school distribution sites throughout the district on Mondays – See here for more info.

Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

This year, more than ever, Drew teachers and families need our support!

What do the PTA dues and fundraising efforts pay for (especially during the 2020-21 school year)?

● Teacher Appreciation Gifts 
● Donations to The Opportunity Fund – which supports Drew families
● Teacher and Classroom Grants – for projects enhancing student learning

Some past examples include:

Leveled library with cart to be shared across a single grade level

Class set of guitars

iPads/Chromebooks for use within a specific classroom

Beekeeping materials and bees

Drones for a robotics club 

Materials and choreography for a choral performance

This support for our students, teachers and families would not be possible without your membership!

 Join or renew today!  www.drewcharterschoolpta.com

Other Concerns


Support the Drew PTA at Amazon Smile:
 
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-2577634
 
Order through Amazon Smile link, and Amazon will make a
donation to the Drew PTA.

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of November 16th,2020

Shoutouts

• To the Senior Academy Debate Team won this weekend’s tournament. Competitors included Vaqueria Fennell, Alexandria Girault, Sydney Berenson, Kashawn Myers, and Carrington Grant. Congratulate them on this victory!
• To EVERYONE! It’s November and we are all still hanging in for the remainder of 2020!
• To Everyone that took time to send thoughtful birthday wishes to Mr. Myers!
• To Heather Stokes, who designed a project where students exercise autonomy around serious social implications like accessibility of neighborhoods in relation to general income status! – Click here to see an example!
• To Emily, Rachel, and Tameka for organizing and assisting with Senior Pictures!
• To students being engaged and adjusting to the new normal of Virtual Learning!
• To Mr. Wynn and Mrs. Isbell for organizing the voter registration drive!
• To all Parents who are managing family and work simultaneously!
• To a guest speaker from Alvin Ailey who was able to use Zoom for an interactive session which may not have been possible if we were not in the Virtual Learning space!
• To all teachers and our progress towards STEAM Certification!
• Congratulations to the 10th graders Andrew Botchwey, Olivia Pearson, and Matthew Cook who were selected to advance to the State Level for Governor’s Honors Program in Engineering!
• Congratulations to the 11th graders Myah Crowell and Chanel Harris who were selected to advance to the State Level for Governor’s Honors Program in Engineering!
• To Mrs. Allen for joining the Homecoming Committee to alleviate the planning process!
• To Everyone in Mrs. Klein’s 1A and 4A who took part in an impromptu debate about Odysseus!
• To Sage H.C, Calliope D., Kayla H.S, Anetra R., Amishai G., Aiswariya B., Xander G., Mason A., Kelsey B., Jaylon B., Jerry C., Lina M., Alexcia W., Felix P., Kate D., Isaiah R., Alana N., Morgan W., Elsie H., Mance I., Vaqeuriayah F., Kendrick M., and Ziya H. for being really cool kids who work ahead on their assignments! You are REALLY COOL kids!
• To Kailey Saddler for being a fantastic club participant! I appreciate her engagement and efforts! -Sra. Díaz
• To Taj Price for sharing and being on point about Elements of Art and Principles of Design!
• To the following students who were randomly selected to win the Golf Channel Prize Pack! Thank you to the winners for completing the student survey from the 2020 Career Day!
The winners are:
 9th grader, Mak’yla price
 9th grader, Soma Hall
 10th grader, Ky Bush
 10th grader, Christian Aycock
 10th grader, Michai Reid
 11th grader, Tarek Hayes
 12th grader, Christian Butts

Winners can pick up their prize pack at the EA this week from the security guard between 10am – 2pm



NEW OPPORTUNITY



Spreadsheets for Science with Georgia Tech Workshop

Technology has changed how students learn and some applications are confusing for students, parents, and teachers. But don’t worry, Georgia Tech students are here to help! 

The Spreadsheets for Science workshop will include a short presentation and a practice activity completed in breakout rooms of small groups of 3 or 4 students. The workshop will help you utilize basic Sheets functions, record and interpret data, and create graphs for science fair, STEM classes, and more. This workshop is for any student or adult looking to further their understanding of Google Sheets, although it will focus on skills needed for Science Fair participation.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Alisha Hester: alisha.hester@drewcharterschools.org

Where: RSVP for a Zoom link

When: Wednesday –

November 18, 2020 at 3:30pm

E-Learning Notices

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

Dear Drew Community, 

As we continue school in our virtual learning environment this quarter, we want to focus on mental health awareness and self-care in our community. Mental health is central to our overall health and well-being. We recognize the many challenges that accompany sustained virtual learning and the potential negative impact virtual learning has on the mental health of students and families. It is important that we continue to highlight mental health and positive ways to support students and families during this pandemic, especially as we head into the holiday season. 

Per our school-wide communication, we will offer programming for parents along with students to directly address mental health. Senior Academy will incorporate this programming into our Wednesday schedule to better serve students and families. Please see the Wednesday schedule below:

TimeWednesday Programming
8:30NO CLASS/MEDITATION
9:00 -9:50The following optional activities are available to students:
Virtual Field Trips
Principal’s Corner
Counselor’s Corner
Optional Activities
10:00 – 10:50SMALL GROUPS/1:1 (SELECT STUDENTS)
11:00 -11:45ADVISORY/CLUBS
11:45 – 12:15LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 The following are available to students:
– COUNSELOR SESSIONS [scheduled]
– Small Groups/1:1 sessions (as needed)
– Study Skills [Required for select students]

Please note that this schedule does not include class rotations. The first available session is at 9:00 and optional for all students. We ask that all students attend their scheduled small group sessions (if selected) and scheduled advisory/club time at 11:00.  This week we will also honor our students work and efforts. In collaboration with EA’s theme of PBL, 10th graders will be holding their PBL showcase – see info here.

During the afternoon session, counselors will be holding drop in sessions for students. Please remember that Drew’s counseling team is always available to assist you and your student. Please feel free to reach out directly as needed.  Social emotional counselor contact information is listed below: 

9th and 11th- rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org

10th and 12th: tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

Dean of CCR: rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org 

As we enter the holiday season, we hope that these targeted support opportunities will proactively assist in addressing many of the critical mental health and wellness needs of our Drew community.  We strongly encourage you and your family to participate in offered activities and access available resources.  ~ K. Myers



For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:


Google Classroom Training for Families


Guardian Announcements from Drew


Please join us for the Virtual Parent University:

  • Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
    • We will continue our Mindfulness discussion.
    • The guest speaker will be Ms. TaTanisha Copeland, counselor and creator of Mindfulness Maya. 

Updates from Teachers!

Teachers at each grade level have compiled a few general notes for you in regards to updates related to their classes.

The link holds the updates for each grade level and it is organized by grade level, 9th-12th.  General Grade Level Class Updates


Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor should you have general questions about your student and/or need to connect for support.

  • Rob Richardson (9th & 11th, rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org)
  • Tara Davis (10th & 12th, tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org)

 


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The next meeting will be on

WEDNESDAY [11/18 @6PM]

Principal’s Coffee: Game night version

Uniform Needs


Announcements from

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

APS is partnering with Feed a Billion to host a Thanksgiving giveaway for families.  On a first come, first served basis; families can receive a food bag and gift card. The event will be held on Thursday, November 19 from 4-7 p.m. See the above flyer for more details https://bit.ly/35oOTJW

The Parent C.A.F.E. is hosted by APS

The Parent C.A.F.E is designed for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore, Click the Link above

Message from JA/SA Media Center Specialist

Greetings,

Please view  The Eagle’s Nest Media Newsletter for upcoming events and online resources for literacy/researching.   

  • Social Emotional Learning Resources
  • Galileo (password: lever)
  • Reading Counts/Beanstack  (Student ID num/Drewcharter3)
  • EPIC Digital books ( Mrs. Ricks class code dvc1703)  
  • HRRB book titles   
    • Pick up- Monday, November 9th  4-5:00 pm
  • Check out the Top Readers for October
  • Media Services Bitmoji classroom 7iy2jsh
  • Save the Date: November 12th   
    • Meet Author Alan Gratz    


Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund

While COVID-19 put a wrinkle in our plans to sell a special, 18-month celebration calendar in honor of Drew’s 20th birthday, we’ve recently received several inquiries indicating that there is still interest!

The school holidays/breaks indicated in the calendar may no longer be correct, but the artwork provided by students and staff is still spot-on. The perfect addition to brighten up anyone’s home or office!

Calendars can be purchased here for $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Drew Opportunity Fund.

Mark your calendar to give Drew a “high five” on #GivingTuesday, December 1, to raise funds and awareness for the Drew Opportunity Fund.

HOW? IT’S EASY!

  1. Make a one-time or monthly donation of $5.
  2. Encourage 5 friends or family members to make a gift.
  3. Post a photo of yourself, or your student(s), holding a sign listing 5 reasons why you support Drew.  Be sure to tag us!

When you give Drew a high five you give a hand up to our school community.  Your support allows us to meet the ever-changing needs of our students, teachers, and families.  Let’s keep up the great work.  #WeAreDrew

The Drew Opportunity Fund is currently assisting families with varying needs during this difficult time. If you, or a Drew family you know, could use some assistance please fill out the Family Support Assessment: https://forms.gle/RT9m1BRWLomLinSr5

This form is confidential and the responses will only be shared with our social worker and student support teams. Drew is here for you. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to reach out.  #WeAreDrew

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE DREW OPPORTUNITY FUND

Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 11/16- 11/22

Monday

11/16

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
2:00 – 5:30[Please note the time change]

 Nutrition pick up
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]

Tuesday

11/17

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMaker Space Office Hours – Zoom makerspace hours!

Tuesday will be office hours where students can ask questions and get help –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE

Wednesday

11/18

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TimeWednesday Programming
8:30-9:00NO CLASS/MEDITATION
9:00-9:45The following optional activities are available to students:
Virtual Field Trips
Principal’s Corner
Counselor’s Corner
Optional Activities
10:00-10:50-1oth Grade PBL Showcase
-SMALL GROUPS/1:1 (SELECT STUDENTS)
11:00-11:45ADVISORY/CLUBS
11:45-12:15Lunch
1:00 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– COUNSELOR SESSIONS [scheduled]
– Small Groups/1:1 sessions (as needed)
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
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6pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee: Game Night Edition

Zoom Link here

Thursday

11/19

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMakerSpace Office Hours

The zoom links can be found here–> bit.ly/DrewMAKE

Friday

11/20

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period

11/21| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
11/22| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:

  • 11/23-27 Holiday Week
  • 11/30- 12/04
    • **QUARANTINE WEEK – ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE VIRTUAL** 

Check this out!

The Decatur Maker Space is building desks for students – nothing fancy (see photo) but very functional. Here is a link to the article. https://decaturmakers.org/building-free-desks-youth/

THIS IS NOT SPONSORED BY DREW AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROCESS.

Household Resources

Free meals available to ALL children in the District – Including Drew Students – Through December 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced an extended waiver which allows free meals to all children (ages 1-18) in communities designated as areas of community eligibility. The entire state of Georgia has been declared an area of community eligibility through Dec. 31, 2020.   The weekly 5-day meal kits (5-breakfast meals and 5-lunch meals) will still be available for pick up at Drew’s Elementary Academy each Monday between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. However, between now and December 31st families no longer need to pre-order their meals through MySchoolBucks. You can simply show up during distribution hours to receive meals.  Upon arrival at Drew during the pick-up window, you will simply state how many meal kits you need for children between ages 1 and 18, and they will be provided.    Alternatively, now through December 31, Drew families may also pick up the free weekly meal kits at any of these 14 other school distribution sites throughout the district on Mondays – See here for more info.

Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

This year, more than ever, Drew teachers and families need our support!

What do the PTA dues and fundraising efforts pay for (especially during the 2020-21 school year)?

● Teacher Appreciation Gifts 
● Donations to The Opportunity Fund – which supports Drew families
● Teacher and Classroom Grants – for projects enhancing student learning

Some past examples include:

Leveled library with cart to be shared across a single grade level

Class set of guitars

iPads/Chromebooks for use within a specific classroom

Beekeeping materials and bees

Drones for a robotics club 

Materials and choreography for a choral performance

This support for our students, teachers and families would not be possible without your membership!

 Join or renew today!  www.drewcharterschoolpta.com

Other Concerns


Support the Drew PTA at Amazon Smile:
 
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-2577634
 
Order through Amazon Smile link, and Amazon will make a
donation to the Drew PTA.

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of November 09th,2020

Shoutouts

  • To everyone that participated in last week’s Cognia Accreditation visit!
  • To everyone that assisted and participated in the Q2 distribution on Wednesday and Friday!
  • To Mrs. Wilder for keeping students accountable and on track for the completion of their books!
  • To Mr. White for ensuring students are engaged and for including equity into the daily lessons!
  • To the Science department for awesome collaboration and innovation during Department planning!
  • To Mrs. Cain for an awesome Entry Event for her 10th grade PBL on The Intersection of Religion & Justice (view HERE)!
  • To Terra Gay and Shameka Williams for collaborating with world history on the “Intersection of Religion and Justice” entry event. Thank you for sharing your many connections and resources!
  • To Eleanor Jones and Kevious Shockley for hosting the 10th Grade Entry Event!
  • To the entire 11th grade team for being supportive of their colleagues!
  • To Mr. Bennett for continuously shining his light to the world!
  • To all parties who collaborated on the Election Day lesson plan!
  • To Mr. Mayfield for supporting his grade level special education colleague and for assisting with family needs! 
  • To Nadea Davis, Cheyenne George, Falon Kelley, and Idia Enadeghe for completing their Governor’s Honors Program interviews!
  • To Quindarius Grimes for advocating for himself on a consistent basis!
  • To Mikera Chapman for her consistent performance in class!


NEW OPPORTUNITY

Drew’s Got Talent: Science Edition

[3rd-12th GRADES]

This year win prize money for your Science or Engineering breakthrough! Register NOW to participate. Once registered, students will receive guidance from a mentor and will enter in our Science/Engineering Talent Development Program (SETDP).

  • The first session in the SETDP is Spreadsheets for Science with Georgia Tech–see description below.

Register for Drew’s Got Talent Science Edition and Science Fair here by Friday, November 13th.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Alisha Hester: alisha.hester@drewcharterschools.org



Spreadsheets for Science with Georgia Tech Workshop

Technology has changed how students learn and some applications are confusing for students, parents, and teachers. But don’t worry, Georgia Tech students are here to help! 

The Spreadsheets for Science workshop will include a short presentation and a practice activity completed in breakout rooms of small groups of 3 or 4 students. The workshop will help you utilize basic Sheets functions, record and interpret data, and create graphs for science fair, STEM classes, and more. This workshop is for any student or adult looking to further their understanding of Google Sheets, although it will focus on skills needed for Science Fair participation.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Alisha Hester: alisha.hester@drewcharterschools.org

Where: RSVP for a Zoom link

When: Wednesday –

November 18, 2020 at 3:30pm

E-Learning Notices

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

Thank you everyone for your participation and engagement in our grade level nights and parent conferences this year.

We wish to first acknowledge the tremendous work of students, families, and staff during this virtual school year. 

Parents thank you for patience and flexibility as we closed out this past week. Throughout the city families and businesses experienced power outage as well as some damage. I am hopeful that everyone is safe and has restored power. As we continue in our E-learning environment, please feel free to reach out to teachers, counselors, and/or administration if your student needs support with participating in the Virtual Learning environment. ~ K. Myers

Virtual Schedule

As a Drew community, our strength is in embracing the collective good and this decision for extending instructional time is indeed for the collective good.   We look forward to our families joining us in ensuring that ALL of our students thrive, as we seek to mitigate the learning losses unfortunately facing so many students and communities.

Therefore, effective October 26, the Senior Academy schedule will be as follows:

TimeMon/Thurs. (A Day) ; Tues/Fri. (B Day)
8:30 – 9:401st Period
9:50 – 11:002nd Period
11:05 – 11:35Lunch
11:40 – 12:50Break and/or Small Groups (for select students)
1:00 – 2:103rd Period
2:20 – 3:304th Period

In order to further prepare for virtual instruction, we will hold a *contactless drive-through pick-up of 2nd quarter instructional materials on Friday, October 30 and Monday, November 2nd. (*updated due to inclement weather forecast)

  • Wednesdays will incorporate a half day instructional schedule. This will be an alternating A/B Wednesday.  
TimeWed. Alternating (A Day) (B Day)
8:30-9:001st Period
9:05-9:352nd Period
9:35-9:50Break/Lunch
9:55-10:253rd Period
10:30-11:004th Period
11:05-11:45Clubs/Advisory
11:45-12:15Lunch
1:00 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]


To review the outline of the student schedule during Virtual Learning

click here.



Google Classroom Training for Families



For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Guardian Announcements from Drew


Updates from Teachers!

Teachers at each grade level have compiled a few general notes for you in regards to updates related to their classes.


 The link holds the updates for each grade level and it is organized by grade level, 9th-12th.  General Grade Level Class Updates


Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor should you have general questions about your student and/or need to connect for support.

  • Rob Richardson (9th & 11th, rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org)
  • Tara Davis (10th & 12th, tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org)

 


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The meeting will be on

WEDNESDAY [11/18]


Uniform Needs


Announcements from

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Parent C.A.F.E. is hosted by APS

its designed for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore, Click the Link above

Message from JA/SA Media Center Specialist

Greetings,

Please view  The Eagle’s Nest Media Newsletter for upcoming events and online resources for literacy/researching.   

  • Social Emotional Learning Resources
  • Galileo (password: lever)
  • Reading Counts/Beanstack  (Student ID num/Drewcharter3)
  • EPIC Digital books ( Mrs. Ricks class code dvc1703)  
  • HRRB book titles   
    • Pick up- Monday, November 9th  4-5:00 pm
  • Check out the Top Readers for October
  • Media Services Bitmoji classroom 7iy2jsh
  • Save the Date: November 12th   
    • Meet Author Alan Gratz    

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund

While COVID-19 put a wrinkle in our plans to sell a special, 18-month celebration calendar in honor of Drew’s 20th birthday, we’ve recently received several inquiries indicating that there is still interest!

The school holidays/breaks indicated in the calendar may no longer be correct, but the artwork provided by students and staff is still spot-on. The perfect addition to brighten up anyone’s home or office!

Calendars can be purchased here for $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Drew Opportunity Fund.

“When Drew launched the Opportunity Fund, I had no idea how pivotal it would be in supporting our families. The relief that we have been able to provide our community through support with groceries, utilities, mental health services and childcare has been wonderful. It has truly shown that while we may be separate right now, we are never disconnected from one another. The Drew Opportunity Fund keeps the continuum of care thriving beyond the walls of the school. I love to see it!”

-Ronitia Hodges, Project Facilitator, Student Services

When you make a tax-deductible donation to the Drew Opportunity Fund, you help to ensure we can continue to respond to the ever-changing needs of our students, teachers, and families. Let’s keep up the great work. #WeAreDrew

Link for button: https://www.drewcharterschool.org/support-drew

Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 11/09- 11/15

Register for Drew’s Got Talent Science Edition and Science Fair here 
by Friday, November 13th

Monday

11/09

Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
– Please be sure to arrive at your SCHEDULED time
-Also remember to practice social distancing and to wear a mask/face covering
8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
2:30 – 4:00[Please note the time change]

 Nutrition pick up
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]
4-5:00 pmHRRB book titles Pick up
If you have any questions reach out to
Tonya.ricks@drewcharterschool.org

Tuesday

11/10

Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
– Please be sure to arrive at your SCHEDULED time
-Also remember to practice social distancing and to wear a mask/face covering
8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMaker Space Office Hours – Zoom makerspace hours!

Tuesday will be office hours where students can ask questions and get help –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE

Wednesday

11/11

TimeWednesday Schedule – A DAY ROTATION
8:30-9:001st Period
9:05-9:352nd Period
9:35-9:50Break/Lunch
9:55-10:253rd Period
10:30-11:004th Period
11:05-11:45CLUBS
11:45-12:15Lunch
1:00 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
2020-11-18T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

11/12

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMakerSpace Office Hours

The zoom links can be found here–> bit.ly/DrewMAKE

Friday

11/13

DEADLINE to Register for:

Drew’s Got Talent Science Edition and Science Fair here 

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period

11/14| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
11/15| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 11/16-11/22
    • 11/18-
      • Monthly Principal’s Coffee
  • 11/23-27 Holiday Week
  • 11/30- 12/04
    • **QUARANTINE WEEK – ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE VIRTUAL** 

Check this out

The Decatur Maker Space is building desks for students – nothing fancy (see photo) but very functional. Here is a link to the article. https://decaturmakers.org/building-free-desks-youth/

THIS IS NOT SPONSORED BY DREW AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROCESS.

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

This year, more than ever, Drew teachers and families need our support!

What do the PTA dues and fundraising efforts pay for (especially during the 2020-21 school year)?

● Teacher Appreciation Gifts 
● Donations to The Opportunity Fund – which supports Drew families
● Teacher and Classroom Grants – for projects enhancing student learning

Some past examples include:

Leveled library with cart to be shared across a single grade level

Class set of guitars

iPads/Chromebooks for use within a specific classroom

Beekeeping materials and bees

Drones for a robotics club 

Materials and choreography for a choral performance

This support for our students, teachers and families would not be possible without your membership!

 Join or renew today!  www.drewcharterschoolpta.com

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of November 2nd, 2020

Shoutout

  • Congrats to Mrs. Hartigan on the birth of her son – William Patrick Hartigan!
  • To Mrs. Hecht who returned from leave with the twins this week!
  • To Ameer Nuridin for always having a positive attitude in GeoTech and always showing up and showing out!
  • To Calliope DeChant for asking the MOST and best questions in APHG!
  • To Jordyn Dixon for being a leader and responsible student in APHG!
  • To Imari Ricks for making Mr. Bennett and Kitchen laugh with her honesty!
  • To Najm Muhammad for always being a diligent worker!
  • To Mrs. Cain for all of her work and dedication with the Sunshine Committee!
  • To Mrs. Stokes for being collaborative and making a stronger connection between math and science!
  • To Brandon Abram, Myah Crowell, Alex Girault, Owen Grega, Chanel Harris, Sayj Harris, Zach Harris, Taylor Hill, Lilian Martin, Dailyn Minter, Toren Mosley, Caitlyn Smith, Aleks Sweeny, Love Thompson, Drew Williams, Quinn Worley, and Jason Lin for being selected as one of 13 teams in the nation to receive a $10,000 InvenTeam Grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program!
    •  They will address injustices in policing through the invention of an integrated system aimed at collecting and protecting motion, video, and audio data of civilian and police interactions during traffic stops. 
    • Follow their journey this school year @dcsinventeam on Twitter and Instagram.  Click here to learn more
  • To all of the Senior Academy staff for being flexible and making adjustments as many faced power outages and impacts of tropical storm Zeta!


E-Learning Notices

Parents thank you for patience and flexibility as we closed out this past week. Throughout the city families and businesses experienced power outage as well as some damage. I am hopeful that everyone is safe and has restored power. As we continue in our E-learning environment, please feel free to reach out to teachers, counselors, and/or administration if your student needs support with participating in the Virtual Learning environment. ~ K. Myers

Virtual Schedule

As a Drew community, our strength is in embracing the collective good and this decision for extending instructional time is indeed for the collective good.   We look forward to our families joining us in ensuring that ALL of our students thrive, as we seek to mitigate the learning losses unfortunately facing so many students and communities.

Therefore, effective October 26, the Senior Academy schedule will be as follows:

TimeMon/Thurs. (A Day) ; Tues/Fri. (B Day)
8:30 – 9:401st Period
9:50 – 11:002nd Period
11:05 – 11:35Lunch
11:40 – 12:50Break and/or Small Groups (for select students)
1:00 – 2:103rd Period
2:20 – 3:304th Period

In order to further prepare for virtual instruction, we will hold a *contactless drive-through pick-up of 2nd quarter instructional materials starting Wednesday, November 4th. (*updated due to inclement weather forecast)

  • Wednesdays will incorporate a half day instructional schedule. This will be an alternating A/B Wednesday.  
TimeWed. Alternating (A Day) (B Day)
8:30-9:001st Period
9:05-9:352nd Period
9:35-9:50Break
9:55-10:253rd Period
10:30-11:004th Period
11:05-11:45Clubs/Advisory
11:45-12:15Lunch
1:00 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]

Important Attendance Update

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon, Wed., Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

Google Classroom Training for Families


For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

  • In this document you will find FAQs and Answers on the structure of virtual learning and resources to assist you and the student while in a e-learning environment

Guardian Announcements from Drew

A message from the Director of Culture & Equity

Greetings Drew Families,

Although I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you, I would like to host a virtual roundtable for all Drew families.  During this time I would like to share more about my work to support staff, students and families as we seek to achieve equity and dismantle racism.  I wish to also make space for your questions and cultivate space for community discussion.  I hope that you will join me on November 4th 6:00-7:00PM EST.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://drewcharterschool.zoom.us/j/93065564839?pwd=UDVadUE2d0VheFBYS1lkYUlaZ0JYUT09

Meeting ID: 930 6556 4839
Passcode: 366781

Save the DATE!


Updates from Teachers!

Teachers at each grade level have compiled a few general notes for you in regards to updates related to their classes.


 The link holds the updates for each grade level and it is organized by grade level, 9th-12th.  General Grade Level Class Updates


Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor should you have general questions about your student and/or need to connect for support.

  • Rob Richardson (9th & 11th, rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org)
  • Tara Davis (10th & 12th, tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org)

 


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The meeting will be on

WEDNESDAY [11/18]


Uniform Needs

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Announcements from

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Parent C.A.F.E. is hosted by APS

its designed for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

Image previewhOSTED ON Smore, Click the Link above

Please come by to participate in Q2 Distribution of materials. Items will be grade specific. Some grade levels will have more material than others, please see item details before arriving. Seniors will have an opportunity to pick up items left in the building during their scheduled picture day on November 9th and 10th.

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Monday

11/02

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pm – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]

Tuesday

11/03

TimeWednesday | No School
PD Day/ Election Day

I'm an image
10:00-12pm
&
4:00 – 6:00
Q2 DISTRIBUTION (SEE FLYER ABOVE)
6:00pmCommunity Discussion
[Hosted by the Director of Culture and Equity] Zoom Link

Wednesday

11/04

TimeWednesday Schedule
8:30-9:001st Period
9:05-9:352nd Period
9:35-9:50Break
9:55-10:253rd Period
10:30-11:004th Period
11:05-11:45ADVISORY
11:45-12:15LUNCH
1:00-4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
2020-11-18T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

11/05

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMaker Space Office Hours

The zoom links can be found here–> bit.ly/DrewMAKE

Friday

11/06

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period

11/07| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
11/08| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • Week of 11/09-11/15
    • 11/09- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
      • To reserve your spot click here
    • 11/10- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
      • To reserve your spot click here
  • 11/23-27 Holiday Week
  • 11/30- 12/04
    • **QUARANTINE WEEK – ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE VIRTUAL** 

Check this out

The Decatur Maker Space is building desks for students – nothing fancy (see photo) but very functional. Here is a link to the article. https://decaturmakers.org/building-free-desks-youth/

THIS IS NOT SPONSORED BY DREW AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROCESS.

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

This year, more than ever, Drew teachers and families need our support!

What do the PTA dues and fundraising efforts pay for (especially during the 2020-21 school year)?

● Teacher Appreciation Gifts 
● Donations to The Opportunity Fund – which supports Drew families
● Teacher and Classroom Grants – for projects enhancing student learning

Some past examples include:

Leveled library with cart to be shared across a single grade level

Class set of guitars

iPads/Chromebooks for use within a specific classroom

Beekeeping materials and bees

Drones for a robotics club 

Materials and choreography for a choral performance

This support for our students, teachers and families would not be possible without your membership!

 Join or renew today!  www.drewcharterschoolpta.com

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of October 26th,2020

Shoutout

  • To Courtney and Ashley for the awesome coordination of VIRTUAL STEAM Career Day!
  • To Senior Academy teachers and team for assistance and help with STEAM Career Day presenters!
  • To Myah Crowell and Chanel Harris for working  really hard to help prepare Senior Academy’s  Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team of the 2021 Competition!
  • To Gerard Horde – When things got tough, he knew when to ask for help!
  • To Kentrell Russell – Getting his driver’s license, a job and maintaining B’s in his core academic classes!
  • To Jacob McCord- Making sure his work is always done even if he can’t attend class synchronously!
  • To Ka’Mara Zackary- Always willing to share her screen!
  • To Elijah Oliver- Always on time and prepared for class and small group!
  • To Travis Abreu – For always sharing his knowledge!
  • To Aaron (Zeke) Ravenscraft- For being precise when adjusting to schedule time changes!
  • To Warren Ferguson – For keeping a positive attitude and attending class no matter what challenges he faces!
  • To Donovan Hurst -Keeps everyone smiling by constantly finding the funny in any challenging situation!
  • Muchísimas gracias a Djene y Desha – you two brighten my day by always saying “hola” at the beginning of class!! 
    •  Gracias, Sra. Díaz 😊
  • To the 9th-grade team for being flexible and responding promptly to well-needed changes on behalf of the whole class!
  • To Ms. Klein for creating a new schedule template to assist the students in accommodating the new schedule beginning October 26th !
  • To all six engineering students who completed robust, knowledgeable Governor’s Honors Program applications and have been selected to progress to the next round (district interview level):  Andrew Botchwey, Olivia Pearson, Matthew Cook, Chanel Harris, Owen Grega, and Myah Crowell!
  • To Carrington Grant for taking the time to meet with these students and coach them through their applications as he was selected for GHP in Engineering last year!
  • To Denella Kindel for always checking on everyone’s social-emotional well-being!
  • To Gabrielle Moran for assisting her peers in the breakout room!

Nutrition

Information

Click here for more resources regarding Nutrition

This application is needed for all families.

Deadline is October 30th

  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • Regardless of whether your family may qualify or if you are not interested in free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Federal Eligibility Application any way to assist Drew in maintaining the Title I status and which qualifies the student body for other federal grants and resources. Your support is appreciated!
    • Click here to support Drew!
    • Note:  If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits” on the FEA, your completion process will be brief and should only take approximately five minutes.
  • You will need to provide the following information on the application:
    • The school, grade, birthdate of every Atlanta Public Schools student in your household
    • The names and incomes of every member of your household*
    • Last 4 digits of your (parent/guardian) Social Security number* and electronic signature
    • An email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application (optional)
  • *Note: If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits”, you will not be asked for income information or for the last four digits of your social security number. However, you will be asked for the student’s information so that the school has a record of the application submission.

E-Learning Notices

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

Thank you everyone for your participation and engagement in our grade level nights and parent conferences over the past two weeks.

We wish to first acknowledge the tremendous work of students, families, and staff during this virtual school year.  Although we were preparing for the first phase of a hybrid model, we are now aware that all APS schools will continue through the end of 2020 in a virtual format.   Drew is committed to continuing to ensure our students are well-positioned for success once the pandemic is behind us.  Much like the health disparities of Covid-19, we are now more aware of the growing educational disparities that are impacting so many families due to learning loss.  To this end, we will be moving to providing additional instructional time, effective October 26th.  Although we understand and heard those families that have shared concerns about screen time, we wish to fulfill our mission as an extended year, extended day charter school, and support the growing needs of our most vulnerable students.  We are confident this additional instructional time, which will be a ½ day, will benefit all students and still ensure our staff has the planning time they need while students maintain the small group time they need. It will also allow us to address two areas:  1) support all students with acclimating to 5 days of instruction in preparation for our eventual hybrid return in the new year 2) address the academic and social-emotional connection need of students for families with greater challenges.  

Again, we understand some students and families have been able to be more resilient during this time, but we will ask that we all tap into our compassion and empathy for those among us that continue to struggle as well as all our students we strive to support in their academic growth.  Respectfully, as we seek to increase equity, we acknowledge choices may not always be easy, even when we know they are necessary.  As a Drew community, our strength is in embracing the collective good and this decision for extending instructional time is indeed for the collective good.   We look forward to our families joining us in ensuring that ALL of our students thrive, as we seek to mitigate the learning losses unfortunately facing so many students and communities.

Therefore, effective October 26, the Senior Academy schedule will be as follows:

TimeMon/Thurs. (A Day) ; Tues/Fri. (B Day)
8:30 – 9:401st Period
9:50 – 11:002nd Period
11:05 – 11:35Lunch
11:40 – 12:50Break and/or Small Groups (for select students)
1:00 – 2:103rd Period
2:20 – 3:304th Period

In order to further prepare for virtual instruction, we will hold a *contactless drive-through pick-up of 2nd quarter instructional materials on Friday, October 30 and Monday, November 2nd. (*updated due to inclement weather forecast)

  • Wednesdays will incorporate a half day instructional schedule. This will be an alternating A/B Wednesday.  
TimeWed. Alternating (A Day) (B Day)
8:30-9:001st Period
9:05-9:352nd Period
9:35-9:50Break/Lunch
9:55-10:253rd Period
10:30-11:004th Period
11:05-11:45Clubs/Advisory
11:45-12:15Lunch
1:00 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]

Important Attendance Update

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon, Wed., Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families

The links below will show you various settings and information for navigating Google Classroom

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Guardian Announcements from Drew

A message from the Director of Culture & Equity

Greetings Drew Families,

Although I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you, I would like to host a virtual roundtable for all Drew families.  During this time I would like to share more about my work to support staff, students and families as we seek to achieve equity and dismantle racism.  I wish to also make space for your questions and cultivate space for community discussion.  I hope that you will join me on November 4th 6:00-7:00PM EST.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://drewcharterschool.zoom.us/j/93065564839?pwd=UDVadUE2d0VheFBYS1lkYUlaZ0JYUT09

Meeting ID: 930 6556 4839
Passcode: 366781

Save the DATE!

Image preview

Updates from Teachers!

Teachers at each grade level have compiled a few general notes for you in regards to updates related to their classes.


 The link holds the updates for each grade level and it is organized by grade level, 9th-12th.  General Grade Level Class Updates


Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor should you have general questions about your student and/or need to connect for support.

  • Rob Richardson (9th & 11th, rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org)
  • Tara Davis (10th & 12th, tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org)

 


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The meeting will be on

WEDNESDAY [11/18]


Uniform Needs

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Announcements from

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Parent C.A.F.E. is hosted by APS

its designed for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore, Click the Link above
Click here for Zoom Link
Password: 97 55 41

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 10/19- 10/26

Senior Pictures can now be scheduled! Reserve your spot by clicking this link –> Please sign up for a time slot here by Oct 30

Monday

10/26

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmParent Information Session from Media Services
[Zoom]
Password: 99 55 41
3pm – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]

Tuesday

10/27

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMaker Space Office Hours – Zoom makerspace hours!

Tuesday will be office hours where students can ask questions and get help –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE
5:30 CSS Profile Night [Seniors/Cohort 2021 Event]
– Join Remind for all Cohort 2021 UPDATES
The events above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021

Wednesday

10/28

TimeWednesday Schedule
8:30-9:001st Period
9:05-9:352nd Period
9:35-9:50Break/Lunch
9:55-10:253rd Period
10:30-11:004th Period
11:05-11:45CLUBS
11:45-12:15Lunch
1:00 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
2020-11-18T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

10/29

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMaker Space Event

The event will host a Microbit coding activity.
Students without a microbit can use makecode to participate and code.

The zoom links can be found here–> bit.ly/DrewMAKE

Friday

10/30

8:30-9:401st Period
9:50-11:002nd Period
11:05-11:35Break/Lunch
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period
2:20-3:304th Period

10/31| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
11/01| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • Week of 11/02-11/08
    • 11/01 -11/04 – Accreditation Remote Review
    • 11/03 PD Day/Election Day
    • 11/04
      • 6pm- Parent University [Hosted by the Parent Liaison]
      • 6pm- Community Discussion [Hosted by the Director of Culture and Equity]
  • Week of 11/09-11/15
    • 11/09- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
      • To reserve your spot click here
    • 11/10- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
      • To reserve your spot click here
  • 11/23-27 Holiday Week
  • 11/30- 12/04
    • **QUARANTINE WEEK – ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE VIRTUAL** 

Check this out

The Decatur Maker Space is building desks for students – nothing fancy (see photo) but very functional. Here is a link to the article. https://decaturmakers.org/building-free-desks-youth/

THIS IS NOT SPONSORED BY DREW AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROCESS.

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

This year, more than ever, Drew teachers and families need our support!

What do the PTA dues and fundraising efforts pay for (especially during the 2020-21 school year)?

● Teacher Appreciation Gifts 
● Donations to The Opportunity Fund – which supports Drew families
● Teacher and Classroom Grants – for projects enhancing student learning

Some past examples include:

Leveled library with cart to be shared across a single grade level

Class set of guitars

iPads/Chromebooks for use within a specific classroom

Beekeeping materials and bees

Drones for a robotics club 

Materials and choreography for a choral performance

This support for our students, teachers and families would not be possible without your membership!

 Join or renew today!  www.drewcharterschoolpta.com

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of October 19th,2020

Shoutout

  • Shout out to Ms. Wilder and the Volleyball team for a great season!
  • To Azha Mosley and Kashawn Myers for moving to the second round of the AUDL Argumentative Speech Bowl.  They will be competing for a slot in the state finals, which will take place in December.  Wish them luck!
  • To JA/SA Art Instructor Dr. Lisa Whittington having 2 pieces of artwork selected to help kick-off the Nationwide Campaign: “ Vote In Their Honor”!
  • To Calliope D., Kate D., Morgan W., Sage H-C, Emery J.,  Ameer N., Aiswariya B., Gabby D., Amishai G., Xander G., Kayla H-S., Erin H., Lina M., Anetra R., Kendrick M., Gabbriella M., Mance I., Vaqeuriayah F.,  Ariel G., Chloe W., Akasha D., Nikolai G., Simon R., and Imari R. for working ahead in Ms. Klein’s class!
  • To Ameer Nuridin for always having a positive attitude in GeoTech and always showing up and showing out!
  • To Calliope DeChant for asking the MOST and best questions in APHG!
  • To Jordyn Dixon for being a leader and responsible student in APHG!
  • To Imari Ricks for making Mr. Bennett and Kitchen laugh with her honesty!
  • To Najm Muhammad for always being a diligent worker!
  • To APUSH students for tackling the challenge of the Harvard Case Study Method!
  • To all teachers for connecting with families during Parent Conferences!
  • To Janiyah Smith for getting A LOT of work done in small groups!
  • To Jillian Loux for being the first one to turn in her Epic Elements animation and doing an amazing job!
  • To Dakota Jones and Oriental Collins for going the extra mile working together outside of class!

Nutrition

Information

Click here for more resources regarding Nutrition

This application is needed for all families.

Deadline is October 30th

  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • Regardless of whether your family may qualify or if you are not interested in free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Federal Eligibility Application any way to assist Drew in maintaining the Title I status and which qualifies the student body for other federal grants and resources. Your support is appreciated!
    • Click here to support Drew!
    • Note:  If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits” on the FEA, your completion process will be brief and should only take approximately five minutes.
  • You will need to provide the following information on the application:
    • The school, grade, birthdate of every Atlanta Public Schools student in your household
    • The names and incomes of every member of your household*
    • Last 4 digits of your (parent/guardian) Social Security number* and electronic signature
    • An email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application (optional)
  • *Note: If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits”, you will not be asked for income information or for the last four digits of your social security number. However, you will be asked for the student’s information so that the school has a record of the application submission.

E-Learning Notices

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

Thank you everyone for your participation and engagement in our grade level nights and parent conferences over the past two weeks.

As we continue in a full virtual model, we are committed to reducing learning loss which hinges on having adequate instructional time and significant teacher-student interaction in both synchronous and asynchronous virtual formats. Given a confirmed additional 9 weeks of virtual instruction, we are determined to mitigate the learning loss that comes with extended time away from face-to-face instruction with further instructional time effective October 26. These changes will be essential to improving our current pacing concerns given what we have learned during the first 9 weeks of school in terms of time needed for teachers to teach the standards virtually and students to master the standards virtually at the appropriate depth of knowledge. Therefore, effective October 26, the Senior Academy schedule will be as follows:

TimeMon/Thurs. (A Day) ; Tues/Fri. (B Day)
8:30 – 9:401st Period
9:50 – 11:002nd Period
11:05 – 11:35Lunch
11:40 – 12:50Break and/or Small Groups (for select students)
1:00 – 2:103rd Period
2:20 – 3:304th Period

In order to further prepare for virtual instruction, we will hold a contactless drive-through pick-up of 2nd quarter instructional materials on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30. In addition, Wednesdays will incorporate a half day instructional schedule. This will be an alternating A/B Wednesday for 6-12.  We will discuss this and more in detail at our next Principal’s Coffee. Please reach out if there are any further questions or concerns

 Guidelines Prior to 10/26

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.


Important Attendance Update

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon and Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families

The links below will show you various settings and information for navigating Google Classroom

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Guardian Announcements

Parent Satisfaction Survey – Please take a moment to give Drew feedback.


Parent Conferences

Hello Drew Families! 

On Wednesday, October 14th 2020 Drew teachers met with
identified students and families as part of our Parent Conference Day.  As
an addition to these conferences, teachers at each grade level have compiled a few general notes for you in regards to updates related to their classes.


 The link holds the updates for each grade level and it is organized by grade level, 9th-12th.  General Grade Level Class Updates


Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor should you have general questions about your student and/or need to connect for support.

  • Rob Richardson (9th & 11th, rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org)
  • Tara Davis (10th & 12th, tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org)

 


In an effort to give all parents an opportunity to engage in the Virtual Parent University, we are re-evaluating the time of the sessions. Once the new times have been established, we will communicate the date and time.

The Parent C.A.F.E. above is hosted by APS for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The meeting will be this

WEDNESDAY [10/21]


Clubs and Advisory will resume the original time on Wednesday’s [@10am]

Uniform Needs

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore, Click the Link above

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 10/19- 10/26

Senior Pictures can now be scheduled! Reserve your spot by clicking this link –> Please sign up for a time slot here by Oct 30

Parent Satisfaction Survey – Please take a moment to give Drew feedback.

Monday

10/19

9:00-9:501st Period
10:00-10:502nd Period
11:00-12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/Lunch
1:00-1:503rd Period
2:00-2:50 4th Period
3pm – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]

Tuesday

10/20

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
5:00Financial Aid 1-on-1 [Seniors/Cohort 2021 Event]
– Join Remind for all Cohort 2021 UPDATES
The events above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021

Wednesday

10/21

TimeWednesday Schedule
10:00-10:45Advisory
11:00 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
2020-10-21T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

10/22

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Friday

10/23

9:00-11:00STEAM CAREER DAY
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
**AS NEEDED – DETERMINED BY TEACHERS**
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

To register click here

The goal of Drew’s STEAM Career Days is to expose PreK-12 students to the many careers related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. Presenters have the opportunity to share their best career advice and inspire the next generation of engineers, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Although we are excited to have all presenters, we recognize that representation is critical and are seeking to engage diverse presenters that may be underrepresented in their current fields.  We believe that an array of diverse experiences and perspectives is a vital step to inspire all of our students of the possibilities that exists for future generations as we look to cultivate a more equitable world.
10/24| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
10/25| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Week of 10/26- 11/01

  • 10/27- CSS Profile Night
  • 10/28 – Clubs
  • 11/30- 12/04
    • **QUARANTINE WEEK – ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE VIRTUAL** 

Future Events

  • 11/09- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • To reserve your spot click here
  • 11/10- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • To reserve your spot click here

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

Are you looking for ways to get involved with Drew? The PTA is looking for Fundraising Chair Person(s) and Communications Director to join our team! 

Fundraising Chair Person(s)

The PTA supports things such as Teacher Grants, Teacher Appreciation, Parent-Teacher Coffees, the Drew Opportunity Fund, and other programs to support our teachers and families. In order to support those initiatives, we need to raise money! The Fundraising Chair will be responsible for helping to organize Dine Out Nights, Box Tops, Mabel’s Labels, and Amazon Smile promotions; Drew Car Magnet and Spirit Gear sales and the Silent Auction along with bringing in other potential fundraising ideas. *The time commitment for this role depends on fundraising initiatives taking place, there will times when there is very little work, however, the auction and other initiatives will require several hours a week. 

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of October 12th,2020

Shoutout

  • To Tara Davis for receiving the Eagle!
  • To all Coaches for carrying out their respective activities in a safe environment for our students!
  • To Mr. Parker for capturing all moments at DREW! Being flexible and available to capture the moments is truly appreciated!
  • To Mylan Lowe, Sydney Berenson, and Jala Staples who were celebrated during Senior Night with the Softball Team!
  • To Ms. McCoy for her energy and being knowledgeable on all things related to FASFA in addition to the awesome programs that she offers!
  • To the GEOTECH Educator Trio (Mr. Kitchen, Mr. Bennett, and Dr. Morgan) for awesome communication and planning around their PBL Project!
  • To Patrick Hall for his enthusiasm in Chemistry class! 
  • To Sophie Gallagher for being proactive in finding ways to stay motivated with her classes & school work! #Self-Motivator
  • To Mr. Richardson, Mrs. Davis , CCR team, and all grade level staff for great Grade Level Night Presentations!
  • To Mr. Richardson and Mrs. Davis for their consistent student support and outreach to ensure families’ needs are met!
  • Congratulations to the following students for their GHP nominations!
    • Engineering
      • Edward Botchwey, Matthew Cook, Myah Crowell, Byron Darnton, Owen Grega, Chanel Harris, Olivia Pearson 
    • Math
      • Nadea Davis, River Davis, Idia Enadeghe, Cheyenne George, Isaiah Johnston, Falon Kelley, Marcus Leonard, Mahasin Nasir, Misihyia Pinkney, Keshawn Rashid, Jakaylah Roberts, Alexandria Sweeney, Santories Williams
  • To Mrs. Makeba Williams for collaborating with counselors to connect with students and parents!
  • To Dailyn Minter and Sydney Berenson for checking on the health of our Drew bees!

Nutrition

Information

Click here for more resources regarding Nutrition

This application is needed for all families.

Deadline is October 30th

  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • Regardless of whether your family may qualify or if you are not interested in free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Federal Eligibility Application any way to assist Drew in maintaining the Title I status and which qualifies the student body for other federal grants and resources. Your support is appreciated!
    • Click here to support Drew!
    • Note:  If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits” on the FEA, your completion process will be brief and should only take approximately five minutes.
  • You will need to provide the following information on the application:
    • The school, grade, birthdate of every Atlanta Public Schools student in your household
    • The names and incomes of every member of your household*
    • Last 4 digits of your (parent/guardian) Social Security number* and electronic signature
    • An email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application (optional)
  • *Note: If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits”, you will not be asked for income information or for the last four digits of your social security number. However, you will be asked for the student’s information so that the school has a record of the application submission.

E-Learning Notices

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

Thank you everyone for your participation and engagement in our grade level nights over the past two weeks. I am sure that everyone has received Drew’s communication on of our Hybrid plan to “transition to a Hybrid Learning model for Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade students starting Monday, October 26, 2020.  The current plan is for the remaining grades to shift to a Hybrid Model in January 2021.”

As we move towards the start of the APS 2nd Quarter on October 26th, and the beginning of our Phase I Hybrid Plan, we will be making changes to the weekly schedule to recapture purposeful instructional time in our school day and better align our hybrid and virtual schedules. These changes will be essential to improving our current pacing concerns given what we have learned during the first 9 weeks of school in terms of time needed for teachers to teach the standards virtually and students to master the standards virtually at the appropriate depth of knowledge. Therefore, effective October 26, the Senior Academy schedule will be as follows:

TimeMon/Thurs. (A Day) ; Tues/Fri. (B Day)
8:30 – 9:401st Period
9:50 – 11:002nd Period
11:05 – 11:35Lunch
11:40 – 12:50Break and/or Small Groups (for select students)
1:00 – 2:103rd Period
2:20 – 3:304th Period

Wednesdays will incorporate a half day instructional schedule. This will be an alternating A/B Wednesday for 6-12.  We will discuss this and more in detail at our next Principal’s Coffee. Please reach out if there are any further questions or concerns

 Guidelines Prior to 10/26

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.


Important Attendance Update

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon and Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families

The links below will show you various settings and information for navigating Google Classroom

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Guardian Announcements

1st Nine Week Grades

Mid-Semester report cards will be available this week for you to view and print (if needed) on Parent Portal. You will receive an email with instructions once they are available. If you do not have access to Parent Portal, please use this link to retrieve the information to set up your account. Once you click the link, the information is located under the Registrar’s Corner.  If you need further assistance contact our Registrar, Kyna Mills.

Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences will be held this upcoming Wednesday on October 14, 2020. Teachers and counselors have already begun to reach out to schedule conferences as needed. If you are not scheduled for a conference but would like to reach out to your child’s teacher, please feel free to send an email to that teacher. While we will not be able to schedule a conference with every family this Wednesday, we surely value every family and would like to share information from the grade level teams. Please look for updated slides from each grade level team in the blog in the coming week.

In an effort to give all parents an opportunity to engage in the Virtual Parent University, we are re-evaluating the time of the sessions. Once the new times have been established, we will communicate the date and time.

The Parent C.A.F.E. above is hosted by APS for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The next meeting will be

WEDNESDAY [10/21]


Clubs and Advisory will resume the original time on Wednesday’s [@10am]

Uniform Needs

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore, Click the Link above

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 10/12- 10/18

Senior Pictures can now be scheduled! Reserve your spot by clicking this link –> Please sign up for a time slot here by Oct 30

Monday

10/12

8:00 – 2:50Fall Break
Due to the district observed holiday on Monday, October 12, this week’s weekly meal distribution will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, from 3:00-6:00pm. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ronitia Hodges at ronitia.hodges@drewcharterschool.org.

Tuesday

10/13

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
3 – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]
5:00FASFA Completion Night [Seniors/Cohort 2021 Event]
– Join Remind for all Cohort 2021 UPDATES
The events above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021

Wednesday

10/14

TimeWednesday Schedule (Parent Conferences All Day)
8:30-3:00Teachers and counselors have already begun to reach out to schedule conferences as needed. If you are not scheduled for a conference but would like to reach out to your child’s teacher, please feel free to send an email to that teacher.
2020-10-21T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

10/15

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Friday

10/16

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

10/17| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
10/18| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Week of 10/12- 10/18

  • 10/14- Parent Conferences
  • 10/20 – Financial Aid 1-on-1
    • The event above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021
  • 10/21 – Principal’s Coffee
  • 10/23 – STEAM Career Day: JA & SA [8am-11am]

The goal of Drew’s STEAM Career Days is to expose PreK-12 students to the many careers related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. Presenters have the opportunity to share their best career advice and inspire the next generation of engineers, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Although we are excited to have all presenters, we recognize that representation is critical and are seeking to engage diverse presenters that may be underrepresented in their current fields.  We believe that an array of diverse experiences and perspectives is a vital step to inspire all of our students of the possibilities that exists for future generations as we look to cultivate a more equitable world.

To register click here
  • 10/27- CSS Profile Night

Future Events

  • 11/09- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • To reserve your spot click here
  • 11/10- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • To reserve your spot click here

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

Are you looking for ways to get involved with Drew? The PTA is looking for Fundraising Chair Person(s) and Communications Director to join our team! 

Fundraising Chair Person(s)

The PTA supports things such as Teacher Grants, Teacher Appreciation, Parent-Teacher Coffees, the Drew Opportunity Fund, and other programs to support our teachers and families. In order to support those initiatives, we need to raise money! The Fundraising Chair will be responsible for helping to organize Dine Out Nights, Box Tops, Mabel’s Labels, and Amazon Smile promotions; Drew Car Magnet and Spirit Gear sales and the Silent Auction along with bringing in other potential fundraising ideas. *The time commitment for this role depends on fundraising initiatives taking place, there will times when there is very little work, however, the auction and other initiatives will require several hours a week. 

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of October 5th,2020

Shoutout

  • Welcome back Kyna Mills from maternity leave!
  • To Diamond Charles who balanced her time between her work schedule and still virtually being present and asking relevant questions during the Senior Night Meeting.
  • To Mrs. Weaver for her extraordinary leadership and problem solving skills in supporting the CCR team and the Senior Academy community! 
  • To Mandarin Club members for really impressive presentations about topics in Chinese culture this week!
    • Cheyenne George, Caleb Turner, Jayden Vickers, Mustafah Mohammed, Gabriella Moran, Anthony Martin, Kimoni Gray
  • To Zed Dechant and Jordan Williams-Nance for coming up with creative ways to complete their Timeline Project!
  • To Daniel Hayes for being willing to challenge himself!
  • To Jerrell Franks for being able to analyze situations and pushing himself!
  • To the Debate Team for submitting Argumentative Speeches to AUDL’s Speech Bowl on the topic of Mass Incarceration!
  • To Mrs. Mayes’ World Literature 2B class for consistent perfect attendance and excellent work ethic!
  • To Mrs. Stokes, Ms. Gresham, Ms. White and Mr. Morrison for their Governor’s Honors Program nominations!
  • To the 9th graders for exhibiting our norm of Presenting Professionally by being so generous, and kind in their delivery of shoutouts to their teachers and peers during the community forum. You are appreciated!
  • To the 9th grade team for always rising to the occasion in making things happen on behalf of the whole!
  • To all the freshmen who participated in the community forum and wellness check in survey. We appreciate your participation!
  • To Najm Muhammad and Chase Yelverton for their positive and motivational comments at the forum!
  • To Morgan Walker for being awarded the Fly Higher award, Taylor Jones for being awarded the Freshman Eagle award, and to Ziya Holt for being awarded the Achievement award at the freshman community forum!
  • To all of the freshman who are persistent and persevering despite the obstacles created by virtual learning!

Nutrition

Information

Click here for more resources regarding Nutrition

This application is needed for all families.

Deadline is October 30th

  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • Regardless of whether your family may qualify or if you are not interested in free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Federal Eligibility Application any way to assist Drew in maintaining the Title I status and which qualifies the student body for other federal grants and resources. Your support is appreciated!
    • Click here to support Drew!
    • Note:  If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits” on the FEA, your completion process will be brief and should only take approximately five minutes.
  • You will need to provide the following information on the application:
    • The school, grade, birthdate of every Atlanta Public Schools student in your household
    • The names and incomes of every member of your household*
    • Last 4 digits of your (parent/guardian) Social Security number* and electronic signature
    • An email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application (optional)
  • *Note: If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits”, you will not be asked for income information or for the last four digits of your social security number. However, you will be asked for the student’s information so that the school has a record of the application submission.

E-Learning Notices

Important Attendance Update

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon and Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.


For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families

The links below will show you various settings and information for navigating Google Classroom

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Guardian Announcements

Did you know that in the last major election, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register? If you recently moved, turned 18, changed your name, or haven’t voted in recent elections, you have to update your voter registration in order to cast your vote. The deadline to register to vote or update your name or address in Georgia is Monday, October 5, 2020. If you need to register or make a change to your voter registration, please do so before the deadline. Make your vote count! Click Here to Register to Vote in GA

Ninth Grade Virtual Program

In preparation for 9th grade level night on October 5th, we distributed virtual kits to all 9th graders on October 1st and October 2nd. We hope all students and families enjoyed their kits, and we look forward to seeing you Monday, October 5th for our program. If you have any questions or concerns, please email rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org or kendrick.myers@drewcharterschool.org

In an effort to give all parents an opportunity to engage in the Virtual Parent University, we are re-evaluating the time of the sessions. Once the new times have been established, we will communicate the date and time.

The Parent C.A.F.E. above is hosted by APS for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The next meeting will be

WEDNESDAY [10/21]

Clubs and Advisory will resume the original time on Wednesday’s [@10am]

Uniform Needs

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore 

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 10/05 – 10/11

The HYPE Project is now accepting applications for our next Fall cohort!
The application window will be closing on Thursday, October 8th! Students can visit www.gethype.org/hype-project to apply.

Monday

10/05

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
3 – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]
5:30pm9th Grade Level Night [Zoom link]

Tuesday

10/06

The HYPE Project is now accepting applications for our next Fall cohort!

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
5:30Financial Aid Night [Seniors/Cohort 2021 Event]
– Join Remind for all Cohort 2021 UPDATES
The events above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021

Wednesday

10/07

The HYPE Project is now accepting applications for our next Fall cohort!

TimeWednesday Schedule
10:00-10:45Advisory
11:00 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
5:30
2020-10-21T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

10/08

The application window will be closing on Thursday, October 8th! Students can visit www.gethype.org/hype-project to apply.

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
4:00-6:00Makerspace “Make Night @ Home”
5:3010th Grade Level Night [Zoom Link]

Friday

10/09


Nine Week Grade Report

[Available thru Infinite Campus]

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

10/10| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
10/11| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Week of 10/12- 10/18

Image preview
Fall HYPE Project kicked off with great success and over 100 student applications! Additionally, our #SheIsMe series has been fun, educational, and inspirational. The girls joining have shared that they’ve left feeling encouraged to pursue their STEM dreams and even walked away with tangible next steps for business ideas that they’ve once given up on.

I’m so inspired and FULL OF HOPE about the next generation of tech leaders – especially the girls who once believed that the industry was not a place that they could thrive.
  • 10/13 – GSFC FASFA Completion Night [Click here to Register]
    • The event above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021
  • 10/14- Parent Conferences
  • 10/20 – Financial Aid 1-on-1 [Schedule your appointment here]
    • The event above are geared to Seniors/Cohort 2021
  • 10/21 – Principal’s Coffee
  • 10/23 – STEAM Career Day: JA & SA [8am-11am]

The goal of Drew’s STEAM Career Days is to expose PreK-12 students to the many careers related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. Presenters have the opportunity to share their best career advice and inspire the next generation of engineers, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Although we are excited to have all presenters, we recognize that representation is critical and are seeking to engage diverse presenters that may be underrepresented in their current fields.  We believe that an array of diverse experiences and perspectives is a vital step to inspire all of our students of the possibilities that exists for future generations as we look to cultivate a more equitable world.

Future Events

  • TBD- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • Lifetouch [new picture vendor] will contact families directly to arrange appointments]

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

Are you looking for ways to get involved with Drew? The PTA is looking for Fundraising Chair Person(s) and Communications Director to join our team! 

Fundraising Chair Person(s)

The PTA supports things such as Teacher Grants, Teacher Appreciation, Parent-Teacher Coffees, the Drew Opportunity Fund, and other programs to support our teachers and families. In order to support those initiatives, we need to raise money! The Fundraising Chair will be responsible for helping to organize Dine Out Nights, Box Tops, Mabel’s Labels, and Amazon Smile promotions; Drew Car Magnet and Spirit Gear sales and the Silent Auction along with bringing in other potential fundraising ideas. *The time commitment for this role depends on fundraising initiatives taking place, there will times when there is very little work, however, the auction and other initiatives will require several hours a week. 

Communications Director

Coordinate all communications for the PTA including email (MailChimp), Website (Wix.com), Social Media (Facebook), signs, fliers (print & digital), & posters. The Communications Director provides (or enlists/directs others to provide) graphics to use in the promotion of the fundraiser, events & initiatives of the Drew PTA in line with the Drew Charter School brand guidelines. The Communications Director works with the Drew PTA Executive Committee and Committee Chairs to develop strategies to best communicate their respective initiatives and works with them to execute those plans. *The time commitment for this role is approximately 2-3 hours per week on average. 

Thanks to the incredible work by Maggie Stewart as Fundraising Chair and Justin Schaeffer as Communications Director there are a huge set of resources available and a team of PTA board members to help! If you’re interested please email ptadrew@gmail.com. Thanks! 

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of September 28th,2020

Shoutout

  • SHOUT OUT for Academic Excellence with 90 and Above in Senora Fernadez’s class! 
    • Calliope Dechant-9th grader
    • Aiden Harte-10th grader
    • Felix Patterson-9th grader
    • Deja Rashad-10th grader
    • Isaiah Rashid-9th grader
    • Morgan Walker-9th grader
    • Ziya Holt-9th grader
    • Charelle Green-11th grader
    • Holly Hayes-10th grader
    • Christian Aycock-10th grader
    • Sage Harrison-Conaway-9th grader
    • Mason Alleyne-9th grader
    • Nadea Davis-10th grader
    • Vaqeuriayah Fennell-9th grader
  • To Nadea Davis for her awesome work in Photography 1 last and photography 2 this year. Never missed an assignment deadline and always presents professionally!
  • To Mrs. Young and the CCR team for an amazing HBCU night filled with wonderful guests, information, and spirit!
  • To Ms. Gay for consistent feedback, assistance, and insight!
  • To Alicia, Emily, and every teacher that facilitated a successful MAP administration!
  • To Mrs. Schaffer for her observation and outreach for a student in need!
  • To Dr. Morgan for consistently advocating for students and her team!
  • To Mrs. Griffin for her assistance with Project Connect, grading, and Infinite Campus needs!
  • To Hannah Page for being on top of all data needs helping to optimize the assistance we provide for students and teachers!
  • To Mrs. Livingston communication and assistance to ensure that we remain effective and proactive!

Nutrition

Information

Click here for more resources regarding Nutrition

This application is needed for all families.

Click here for a larger view
  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • Regardless of whether your family may qualify or if you are not interested in free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Federal Eligibility Application any way to assist Drew in maintaining the Title I status and which qualifies the student body for other federal grants and resources. Your support is appreciated!
    • Click here to support Drew!
    • Note:  If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits” on the FEA, your completion process will be brief and should only take approximately five minutes.
  • You will need to provide the following information on the application:
    • The school, grade, birthdate of every Atlanta Public Schools student in your household
    • The names and incomes of every member of your household*
    • Last 4 digits of your (parent/guardian) Social Security number* and electronic signature
    • An email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application (optional)
  • *Note: If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits”, you will not be asked for income information or for the last four digits of your social security number. However, you will be asked for the student’s information so that the school has a record of the application submission.

E-Learning Notices

Reopening Communication

If you haven’t completed the Drew Re-Opening Family Survey (September 2020), we encourage you to complete and return the survey to assist the school with our transition planning. Please do so by Tuesday, September 30, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. Your feedback is crucial and needed to help us as we plan. Click Here to complete the family survey.

Important Attendance Update

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has received many questions as it relates to attendance given the unique circumstances of the global pandemic and APS schools operating in a virtual learning model.

As such, the district has issued new guidance which requires Drew to change how we record attendance for students in our virtual learning model.  The new process for recording attendance will go into effect for Drew on September 9, 2020.

As we started our 2020-2021 school year virtually, we communicated that teachers would mark students present if they attended live sessions or chose asynchronous learning (viewing recorded teacher lessons at a time other than the student’s scheduled virtual class period).  However, based on new district guidance we will change attendance reporting as follows, effective September 9th:

•Teachers will mark students absent if they do not participate in live instruction no matter the reason.

•The Junior and Senior Academy teachers will continue to take attendance for each period.  However, all students who are not in attendance (not present in live virtual sessions) will be marked absent.

•On Wednesdays, SA student attendance will be based on participation in activities offered that day, ranging from clubs to assignment support. Please make sure that your student communicates with his or her advisor each Wednesday so that attendance can be captured accurately.

•Parents will need to notify teachers of their child’s absence from class within three (3) days of the absence in order for the absence to be recorded as excused in Infinite Campus.

Parent/Guardian Actions Under New Attending Reporting Process

If your child misses any live instruction virtual class period on their schedule, please send an email notifying your child’s teacher.  Once you notify the teacher of the absence, depending on the circumstances it will be coded as an excused absence.  (Note: In instances where there are technical difficulties (a Zoom outage), and the teacher is unable to conduct class, the teacher will record attendance for the entire classes and you do not need to notify the teacher of the absence. If your student has a technical challenge with logging into Zoom from home and misses a class, please notify the teacher.)

To ensure that your child’s virtual attendance is recorded properly, please note the following:

•Inform your child’s teacher of any absence as soon as possible and within three (3) days of the absence.  If notification of the absence is not received within this timeframe, the absence will convert to unexcused.

•For JA or SA students, you should email the teacher for each class period where your child is absent.  (If your student misses first, second, and third period, you should notify teachers for each of those periods).

•If your child has a planned absence, it is acceptable to notify the teacher, via email, in advance.

•If you have a medical excuse from a doctor/dentist/appointments, it is acceptable to take a photo of the notice and email it to your student’s teacher(s) although medical excuse notices are not required.

The district and Drew realize that there are many unusual circumstances for students and families in our current COVID environment.  The new way of recording attendance is intended to still provide families flexibility amid challenging situations, while at the same time providing the district with information about attendance patterns.  The district has been clear that there will not be adverse consequences for students or schools based on these procedures.  When your student’s situation calls for missing a class period or school day, please remember to contact your child’s teacher.  It is also important that you and your child continue working with the teacher(s) to ensure that assignments are completed.  Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding, and cooperation in our virtual learning environment.  If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be addressed by your child’s teachers, please contact your academy principal or dean.

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon and Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.


For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families

The links below will show you various settings and information for navigating Google Classroom

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Guardian Announcements

Did you know that in the last major election, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register? If you recently moved, turned 18, changed your name, or haven’t voted in recent elections, you have to update your voter registration in order to cast your vote. The deadline to register to vote or update your name or address in Georgia is Monday, October 5, 2020. If you need to register or make a change to your voter registration, please do so before the deadline. Make your vote count! Click Here to Register to Vote in GA

Ninth Grade Virtual Program

In preparation for 9th grade level night on October 5th, we will be distributing virtual kits to all 9th graders. Please come by for contactless pick-up on October 1st from 4pm-6pm. Bags will be distributed in front of the cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please email rachel.weaver@drewcharterschool.org or kendrick.myers@drewcharterschool.org

In an effort to give all parents an opportunity to engage in the Virtual Parent University, we are re-evaluating the time of the sessions. Once the new times have been established, we will communicate the date and time.

Free Internet Service Available – Apply by September 30th!

As Atlanta Public Schools continues to work through impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across Atlanta neighborhoods, the District is committed to supporting our students with technology for digital learning. For this reason, APS has launched Get Our Kids Connected in partnership with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program to provide you with high-speed internet at home. You have an opportunity to receive 12 months of free Internet Essentials service by using a unique promotion code when you enroll.  To obtain your promo code for this special opportunity, send an email to Getourkidsconnected@apsk12.org.  Click here for details.

The Parent C.A.F.E. above is hosted by APS for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The next meeting will be

WEDNESDAY [10/21]

Clubs and Advisory will still occur at 11am this week.

Uniform Needs

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore 

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 09/21– 09/27

Monday

09/28

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
3 – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]
5:30pm11th Grade Level Night

Tuesday

09/29

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Wednesday

09/30

TimeWednesday Schedule
11:00-11:45Clubs
11:00 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
5:30pmSenior Night
2020-10-21T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

10/01

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
4:00 – 6:009th Grade Virtual Kit Pick Up

Friday

10/02

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

10/03| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
10/04| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • 09/28
    • 11th Grade Level Night
  • 09/30
    • 12th Grade Level Night
  • 10/01
    • 9th Grade Distribution
  • 10/5
    • 9th Grade Level Night
  • 10/8
    • 10th Grade Level Night
  • 10/9
    • Nine Week Grade Report
  • 10/21 – Principal’s Coffee
  • 10/23 – STEAM Career Day: JA & SA [8am-11am]

The goal of Drew’s STEAM Career Days is to expose PreK-12 students to the many careers related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. Presenters have the opportunity to share their best career advice and inspire the next generation of engineers, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Although we are excited to have all presenters, we recognize that representation is critical and are seeking to engage diverse presenters that may be underrepresented in their current fields.  We believe that an array of diverse experiences and perspectives is a vital step to inspire all of our students of the possibilities that exists for future generations as we look to cultivate a more equitable world.

Future Events

  • TBD- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • Lifetouch [new picture vendor] will contact families directly to arrange appointments]

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

Are you looking for ways to get involved with Drew? The PTA is looking for Fundraising Chair Person(s) and Communications Director to join our team! 

Fundraising Chair Person(s)

The PTA supports things such as Teacher Grants, Teacher Appreciation, Parent-Teacher Coffees, the Drew Opportunity Fund, and other programs to support our teachers and families. In order to support those initiatives, we need to raise money! The Fundraising Chair will be responsible for helping to organize Dine Out Nights, Box Tops, Mabel’s Labels, and Amazon Smile promotions; Drew Car Magnet and Spirit Gear sales and the Silent Auction along with bringing in other potential fundraising ideas. *The time commitment for this role depends on fundraising initiatives taking place, there will times when there is very little work, however, the auction and other initiatives will require several hours a week. 

Communications Director

Coordinate all communications for the PTA including email (MailChimp), Website (Wix.com), Social Media (Facebook), signs, fliers (print & digital), & posters. The Communications Director provides (or enlists/directs others to provide) graphics to use in the promotion of the fundraiser, events & initiatives of the Drew PTA in line with the Drew Charter School brand guidelines. The Communications Director works with the Drew PTA Executive Committee and Committee Chairs to develop strategies to best communicate their respective initiatives and works with them to execute those plans. *The time commitment for this role is approximately 2-3 hours per week on average. 

Thanks to the incredible work by Maggie Stewart as Fundraising Chair and Justin Schaeffer as Communications Director there are a huge set of resources available and a team of PTA board members to help! If you’re interested please email ptadrew@gmail.com. Thanks! 

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of September 21st,2020

Shoutout

  • To Mrs. Might for starting the Spanish Honor Society for Drew students! They are super excited!
  • To Mrs. Stokes and Mrs. Diaz for jumping into Drew with shoes laced and for their continued push for meaningful experiences for the students at Drew!
  • To Mrs. Isbell for helping Ms. Abdur-Rahman w/cross country and for the grade level team for imparting technology knowledge to their new team member with patience!
  • To Ms. Young for the writing workshop held for Seniors! The work completed to carry out these services while in a virtual setting has been extraordinary!
  • To Ms. Wilder for facilitating the Senior voter registration drive!
  • To all teachers who persevere everyday teaching virtually as well as multitasking with home life while still pouring into others babies. SHOUTOUT for still creating and making a difference daily!
  • To Ms. Denard who is leading new visions for the students and facilitating emergency resources for our students!
  • To Dr. Allen for creating a virtual culture and normalizing the connections and interactions she has with others!
  • To Mr. Parker for still capturing the essence of Drew while in this space!
  • To Ms. McKenzie for all her assistance to Mrs. Webster-Whyte in the virtual classroom and becoming a strong support to lean on!
  • To Michelle McCurty for being fearless and open in sharing her awesome news in advisory!
  • To Mr. Kitchen for working on the freshmen STEAM portfolios and for always being willing to collaborate and help his fellow teachers!
  • To Morgan Walker and all of Ms. Klein’s 1A class for being responsible when her internet went out during class!
  • To Mrs. Garner for sending helpful reminders to her team!
  • To Mr. Gonzalez for a fun project brainstorming meeting about Greek Gods and plants and Gustav Holst!
  • To Mr. Parker for being a tastemaker!
  • To Ja’ala Hudson for making Ms. Klein’s day with her kindness!
  • To Gavin Chapman, Misihyia Pinkney, Tuashawn Williams for being ready to roll, “Dr. Kurt we’ve done A,B, and C, what’s next?”!
  • To Ja’Den Allen for taking initiative and arranging a time to work with Mrs. Isbell to catch up on Algebra 1 assignments!
  • To all of the geometry students who did a great job with their project animations and presentations this week!
  • To Mrs. Isbell for always being willing to lend a helping hand and jump in whenever needed!
  • To Mrs. Mayes for her continued work helping student authors write, edit, and publish their books!
  • To Mrs. Klein for creating and tracking helpful attendance data for 9th graders!
  • To Mrs. Tafari for jumping right in to catch up with all of the ELA curriculum and providing immediate support to students!
  • To Mrs. Hood and Mr. Morrison for helping administer the MAP test to 9th graders!

Nutrition

Information

Click here for more resources regarding Nutrition

This application is needed for all families.

Click here for a larger view
  • To apply for free or reduced nutrition status click here 
  • Regardless of whether your family may qualify or if you are not interested in free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Federal Eligibility Application any way to assist Drew in maintaining the Title I status and which qualifies the student body for other federal grants and resources. Your support is appreciated!
    • Click here to support Drew!
    • Note:  If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits” on the FEA, your completion process will be brief and should only take approximately five minutes.
  • You will need to provide the following information on the application:
    • The school, grade, birthdate of every Atlanta Public Schools student in your household
    • The names and incomes of every member of your household*
    • Last 4 digits of your (parent/guardian) Social Security number* and electronic signature
    • An email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application (optional)
  • *Note: If you select the option “I do not wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits”, you will not be asked for income information or for the last four digits of your social security number. However, you will be asked for the student’s information so that the school has a record of the application submission.

E-Learning Notices

**NEW INFORMATION**

Important Attendance Update

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has received many questions as it relates to attendance given the unique circumstances of the global pandemic and APS schools operating in a virtual learning model.

As such, the district has issued new guidance which requires Drew to change how we record attendance for students in our virtual learning model.  The new process for recording attendance will go into effect for Drew on September 9, 2020.

As we started our 2020-2021 school year virtually, we communicated that teachers would mark students present if they attended live sessions or chose asynchronous learning (viewing recorded teacher lessons at a time other than the student’s scheduled virtual class period).  However, based on new district guidance we will change attendance reporting as follows, effective September 9th:

•Teachers will mark students absent if they do not participate in live instruction no matter the reason.

•The Junior and Senior Academy teachers will continue to take attendance for each period.  However, all students who are not in attendance (not present in live virtual sessions) will be marked absent.

•On Wednesdays, SA student attendance will be based on participation in activities offered that day, ranging from clubs to assignment support. Please make sure that your student communicates with his or her advisor each Wednesday so that attendance can be captured accurately.

•Parents will need to notify teachers of their child’s absence from class within three (3) days of the absence in order for the absence to be recorded as excused in Infinite Campus.

Parent/Guardian Actions Under New Attending Reporting Process

If your child misses any live instruction virtual class period on their schedule, please send an email notifying your child’s teacher.  Once you notify the teacher of the absence, depending on the circumstances it will be coded as an excused absence.  (Note: In instances where there are technical difficulties (a Zoom outage), and the teacher is unable to conduct class, the teacher will record attendance for the entire classes and you do not need to notify the teacher of the absence. If your student has a technical challenge with logging into Zoom from home and misses a class, please notify the teacher.)

To ensure that your child’s virtual attendance is recorded properly, please note the following:

•Inform your child’s teacher of any absence as soon as possible and within three (3) days of the absence.  If notification of the absence is not received within this timeframe, the absence will convert to unexcused.

•For JA or SA students, you should email the teacher for each class period where your child is absent.  (If your student misses first, second, and third period, you should notify teachers for each of those periods).

•If your child has a planned absence, it is acceptable to notify the teacher, via email, in advance.

•If you have a medical excuse from a doctor/dentist/appointments, it is acceptable to take a photo of the notice and email it to your student’s teacher(s) although medical excuse notices are not required.

The district and Drew realize that there are many unusual circumstances for students and families in our current COVID environment.  The new way of recording attendance is intended to still provide families flexibility amid challenging situations, while at the same time providing the district with information about attendance patterns.  The district has been clear that there will not be adverse consequences for students or schools based on these procedures.  When your student’s situation calls for missing a class period or school day, please remember to contact your child’s teacher.  It is also important that you and your child continue working with the teacher(s) to ensure that assignments are completed.  Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding, and cooperation in our virtual learning environment.  If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be addressed by your child’s teachers, please contact your academy principal or dean.

Zoom Best Practices

The safety and well being of our students and staff is a top priority. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we are finding more ways to make sure students have access to quality instruction with little to no interruption. 

In order to ensure the security of our class sessions and meetings, teachers will implement the Zoom Best Practices below.  

  • Waiting Room implemented for all meetings 
    • Students who are not on teacher’s rosters will not be admitted into the session.
    • Students’ display names should be first and last names
  • Participants will not be permitted to rename themselves
  • All classes/meetings will be recorded
    • Record active speaker with shared screen
    • settings → recordings
  • Students need to be authenticated users to join classes and meetings

Student Guidelines

  • Students follow their regular schedule
  • 9th-11th Grades
    • Monday/Thursday (A Day) Tuesday/Friday (B Day)
  • 12th Grade
    • All seniors
      • 1st period will follow the A/B day rotation above
      • 2nd-4th period MWF classes will occur on Mon and Fri. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule
      • Early College Students v
        • Attend Early College courses 2nd – 4th periods 
      • Non-Early College students
        • Follow Drew schedule 2nd – 4th periods

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.


For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Senior Academy Virtual Parent Guide

Google Classroom Training for Families

The links below will show you various settings and information for navigating Google Classroom

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

Guardian Announcements

Image preview

In an effort to give all parents an opportunity to engage in the Virtual Parent University, we are re-evaluating the time of the sessions. Once the new times have been established, we will communicate the date and time.

Free Internet Service Available – Apply by September 30th!

As Atlanta Public Schools continues to work through impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across Atlanta neighborhoods, the District is committed to supporting our students with technology for digital learning. For this reason, APS has launched Get Our Kids Connected in partnership with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program to provide you with high-speed internet at home. You have an opportunity to receive 12 months of free Internet Essentials service by using a unique promotion code when you enroll.  To obtain your promo code for this special opportunity, send an email to Getourkidsconnected@apsk12.org.  Click here for details.

The Parent C.A.F.E. above is hosted by APS for Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The next meeting will be

WEDNESDAY [10/21]

MAP Testing

It’s time for MAP testing! We appreciate your support and flexibility as we administer the MAP test virtually. All 9th and 10th grade and some 11th and 12th grade students will be testing  in Reading and students taking Algebra or Geometry will be tested in Math. Students will participate in two test sessions over the course of the testing window- shown below. 

To decrease the interruption of instructional time we are administering the MAP assessment on Wednesday’s. The dates and times for testing are below:

  • Wednesday September 23rd – Math
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3

Clubs and Advisory will still occur at 11am on the date above. Please read here for more details.

Uniform Needs

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

 This year Drew will use the virtual instructional model to begin the 2020-21 school year during the first quarter of school. It will also serve as the instructional model should school need to close for extended periods of time once the school reopens for face-to-face instruction.

To review the outline of the student schedule while virtually learning click here.

Google Classroom Training for Families

Video: Parent Orientation Presentation- click here 
Slides from Video- Parent Orientation to Google Classroom Presentation- click here

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore 

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]


I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

The 2019-2020 Drew Opportunity Fund was a success! Thanks to the generosity of our school community we were able to raise over $41,000. Over half of the funds were collected since March and were designated to help families weather this challenging time. Now that school is back in session, funds will be used for a variety of evolving needs such as childcare, and mental health services.    Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Calendar


Week of 09/21– 09/27

Monday

09/21

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
3 – 6pm Nutrition pick up
Parents can secure meals that were ordered ahead of time
The confirmation email from your order will be needed at the time of pickup
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]

Tuesday

09/22

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

Wednesday

09/23

MAP Testing

TimeWednesday Schedule
9:00-11:00MAP TESTING [9th,10th, and other identified students]
11:00-11:45Clubs
11:00 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
1:00-3:00MAP TESTING [9th,10th, and other identified students]
12:30 – 4:00The following are available to students:
– Office Hours w/Teachers
– Small group (if selected by a Teacher) 
– 1:1 [if the selected by a Teacher]
– Study Skills [Required for select students]
2020-10-21T12:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

Principal’s Coffee

12pm- Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

Thursday

09/24

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period
7:00pmHBCU Night

Friday

09/25

9:00-9:501st period
10:00- 10:502nd Period
11:00 – 12:30Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
12:30-1:00Break/ Lunch
1:00 – 1:503rd period
2:00 – 2:504th period

09/26| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
09/27| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


Week of 09/21- 09/27

  • 09/22
    • Community Forum – 9th grade [11am-12pm]
  • 09/23
    • MAP Testing
    • Advisory
  • 09/24
    • Community Forum – 10th/12th grade [11am-12pm]
  • 09/28
    • 11th Grade Level Night
  • 09/30
    • 12th Grade Level Night
  • 10/5
    • 9th Grade Level Night
  • 10/8
    • 10th Grade Level Night
  • 10/23 – STEAM Career Day: JA & SA [8am-11am]

The goal of Drew’s STEAM Career Days is to expose PreK-12 students to the many careers related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. Presenters have the opportunity to share their best career advice and inspire the next generation of engineers, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Although we are excited to have all presenters, we recognize that representation is critical and are seeking to engage diverse presenters that may be underrepresented in their current fields.  We believe that an array of diverse experiences and perspectives is a vital step to inspire all of our students of the possibilities that exists for future generations as we look to cultivate a more equitable world.

Future Events

  • TBD- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • Lifetouch [new picture vendor] will contact families directly to arrange appointments]

Household Resources

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

The PTA Needs YOU! 

Are you looking for ways to get involved with Drew? The PTA is looking for Fundraising Chair Person(s) and Communications Director to join our team! 

Fundraising Chair Person(s)

The PTA supports things such as Teacher Grants, Teacher Appreciation, Parent-Teacher Coffees, the Drew Opportunity Fund, and other programs to support our teachers and families. In order to support those initiatives, we need to raise money! The Fundraising Chair will be responsible for helping to organize Dine Out Nights, Box Tops, Mabel’s Labels, and Amazon Smile promotions; Drew Car Magnet and Spirit Gear sales and the Silent Auction along with bringing in other potential fundraising ideas. *The time commitment for this role depends on fundraising initiatives taking place, there will times when there is very little work, however, the auction and other initiatives will require several hours a week. 

Communications Director

Coordinate all communications for the PTA including email (MailChimp), Website (Wix.com), Social Media (Facebook), signs, fliers (print & digital), & posters. The Communications Director provides (or enlists/directs others to provide) graphics to use in the promotion of the fundraiser, events & initiatives of the Drew PTA in line with the Drew Charter School brand guidelines. The Communications Director works with the Drew PTA Executive Committee and Committee Chairs to develop strategies to best communicate their respective initiatives and works with them to execute those plans. *The time commitment for this role is approximately 2-3 hours per week on average. 

Thanks to the incredible work by Maggie Stewart as Fundraising Chair and Justin Schaeffer as Communications Director there are a huge set of resources available and a team of PTA board members to help! If you’re interested please email ptadrew@gmail.com. Thanks! 

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students: