Week of January 13th, 2020

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • To all staff and students for a great 1st week back!
  • To Mr. Parker for putting together this great visual recap of the first semester!


Guardian

Announcements

Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st

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

The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 7th. Drew is not participating in Atlanta Public Schools’ pilot “Enroll APS Charter” project for the 2020-2021 school year. All Drew lottery applications must be submitted via Drew’s online process.

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

Opportunity for JA/SA Students to Receive On-site Dental Care in January

Great news! Drew Charter School has partnered with Help A Child Smile to offer on-site dental care at the JA/SA Yates Campus later this month.  Informational pamphlets were sent home with your student earlier this week.  If you are interested in your child receiving dental care, please complete and return the form to the JA/SA Nurse’s Office by January 17th.  

Note:  If your child is insured with Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids, there is no cost for this service.  Private Insurance and affordable self-pay options are also available.


  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

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

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

  • Remind Instructions

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

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

Announcements


Seniors – Important Information for Dual Enrollment and Early College

  • Early College and Dual Enrollment Parents please be advised of the following:
    • Georgia Piedmont Tech has been back in sessions since:January 7th.
    • Georgia State University Downtown and Clarkston will begin classes Tuesday, January 14th.
      • Buses for GSU will begin running on that day.
  • Please feel free to email Michelle Stinson (michelle.stinson@drewcharterschool.org) with any questions.

Calendar


Week of 01/13- 01/19

Applerouth Class [Ends 02/07]
 01/13| Monday | “B” Day
  • B week Clubs – 
    • By invitation only: Beta Club, National Honor Society
    • Bee Keeping,  Book Club, Debate, Football,  Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) , Guitar,  Horizons, Mandarin, Peer Leadership, Student Government Association,  UNICEF, Vlogging, & CBC (Chess, board games, and cards)
  • 11th Grade – ACT Prep Class
  • 3:00- HYPE Program Meeting [Theater]
  • 4:30- Soccer Tryouts
 01/14| Tuesday | “A” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class [Schedule]
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • 4:30- Soccer Tryouts
  • 5:30- SA Varsity Basketball vs ELCA
  • 6pm- Interest Meeting for Annual Colombian Exchange Program
01/15| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • BLAZER DAY
  • 3:00- Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways EL, Community Forum
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • Community Forum [Juniors]
  • 4:30- Soccer Tryouts
  • 5:00- SA JV Boys Basketball @ South Atlanta
01/16 | Thursday | “A” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
01/17 | Friday |  “B” Day
  • Dress Down day
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory 
  • 5:30- SA Varsity Basketball (Girls ONLY) vs Wilson Academy
01/18 | Saturday
  • Debate Tournament 
  • 10:00am – SA JV Boys Basketball @ Therrell
 01/19| Sunday
  • N/A

Monday – January 20th

Drew will be closed to recognize MLK DAY

Support Our Basketball Teams on 01/20!!

  • 9:00am- SA Varsity Basketball (Boys ONLY) @ Atlanta Dream Classic
  • 1:00pm- SA Varsity Basketball (Girls ONLY) vs Lithonia HS 

Support the community on MLK Day

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

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

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

Future Events

  • Week of 1/20/20 – 1/26/20
    • [Senior Academy Beta Convention- 1/22 – 1/24/20]




  • 1/20/20 – HOLIDAY – MLK DAY
    • 9:00am- SA Varsity Basketball (Boys ONLY) @ Atlanta Dream Classic
    • 1:00pm- SA Varsity Basketball (Girls ONLY) va Lithonia HS




  • 01/21
    • 4:00- SA JV Boys Basketball @ OLM
    • 5:30- SA Varsity Basketball @ Our Lady of Mercy




  • 1/22
    • 3pm- Community Forum[Seniors]
    • 4:00- SPEAK WHAT MUST BE SPOKEN EXHIBITION 
    • 4:30- Onsite Physicals for Spring Semester
    • 6pm- PTA Meeting




  • 1/23
    • 6pm- PTA General Body Meeting [Theater]
    • 6:30pm- Drew’s Got Talent [Theater]




  • 1/24
    • FAMILY ID CLOSES
      • [This portal is used to enroll all Athletes or Interested Athletes of Drew]
    • 5:30-SA Varsity Basketball @ Elite Scholars
    • [ALL DAY] Drew’s Got Talent [Theater]




  • 1/25
    • 8:30- Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition  [Therrell]
    • 2:00pm- SA JV Boys Basketball vs Wesleyan 
    • 2:00pm- SA Varsity Basketball (Girls ONLY) @ Morrow HS
    • 3:30pm- SA Varsity Basketball (Boys ONLY) vs Wesleyan

  • 02/21- YBE: Black History Program
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 05/16- Graduation


Arts


Student Opportunity


  • Interested in the COLOMBIAN EXCHANGE PROGRAM?

    Are you interested in participating in  the Colombian Exchange Program this June? If you would like to know more, see Mr. Colbert in the theater to receive a brochure with all of the details. Additionally, there is an informational meeting Tuesday, January 14th, 6pm on the steps in the main lobby.

  • January 22nd, 2020:

    Speak What Must Be Spoken

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit is sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library

Sports

  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

    If your student is interested in participating in winter sports at Drew, online registration, through a new system known as FamilyID, is required to try-out for and/or to play on the following winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    Online registration through FamilyID is open now through Friday, January 24th. (Please note, if you completed registration for Fall Sports, your information have been saved in your FamilyID account and will auto-populated when you register for Winter Sports.

    To complete the online registration process, you will need the following:

    • A copy of your student’s current sports physical that was completed by a medical professional. 

    Note:  You will need to upload the completed sports physical form during the registration process.  Instructions for how to upload the form will be provided when you register. (If you do not have a current Sports Physical, please obtain one from a medical professional prior to registering.  The sports physical is valid for one year.)

    • Doctor’s Information (name, address, phone number)
    • Health Insurance information
    • Emergency Contact Information

    For step-by-step instructions and to complete the registration process, click the link here.

    Thank you.  Please be sure to register your student by the Friday, January 24th deadline. 

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Opportunities

Adult Opportunity


Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!


Procedure Notification!

  • Avoid Charges to Student Accounts.

    Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

    – To see letter click here

    This expectation is fully enforced and can result in the withholding of student records. Please read to be well informed
  • Running Late?

    ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

    After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Need to Visit a student/teacher?

    • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.
  • Dropping off Food?

    REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

    Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

NOTE:
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

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

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


Update for Students:

Week of January 06th, 2020

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • To the Senior Academy for “Beating the Odds” by 8 points! The Beat the Odds calculation represents whether a school’s performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) was higher than schools with similar characteristics across the state.
  • To Payton Gunner for receiving the Posse Scholarship to Brandeis University, and becoming a semifinalist for the Coca Cola Scholarship!
  • To Connor Mason for receiving the Posse Scholarship to College of Wooster!
  • To Emily Blackwell for her consistent kindness and generosity of spirit!
  • To Toni White for becoming a semifinalist for the Horatio Alger Scholarship!
  • To the 7 Drew Seniors who advanced to the second phase of the 5 Strong Scholarship selection process!
  • To Alexis Gaines who was accepted to Stanford, Caleb Carmichael who received a full ride to Morehouse, and Anna West who was accepted into Spelman!
  • To the Senior Academy staff for an amazing first semester and consistent dedication to students! Thanks for providing students with meaningful learning experiences – projects, midterms, and exams!
  • To the band, orchestra and dancers who contributed to memorable Winter Concert and to Mrs. Pryor, Vaughn, and Mr. GonzalezCruz for guiding our talented students for a well executed performance!
  • To Mr. Parker for putting together this great visual recap of the first semester!


Guardian

Announcements

Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st

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

The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 7th. Drew is not participating in Atlanta Public Schools’ pilot “Enroll APS Charter” project for the 2020-2021 school year. All Drew lottery applications must be submitted via Drew’s online process.

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

  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

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

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

  • Remind Instructions

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

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

Announcements


Seniors – Important Information for Dual Enrollment and Early College

  • Early College and Dual Enrollment Parents please be advised of the following:
    • On Tuesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 9th, GSU students will be dismissed at 9:30 and are required to leave campus
      • Georgia Piedmont Tech will begin classes on Tuesday, January 7th.
        • A bus will be available to take students to campus beginning that day.
      • Georgia State University Downtown and Clarkston will begin classes Tuesday, January 14th.
        • Buses for GSU will begin running on that day.
  • Please feel free to email Michelle Stinson (michelle.stinson@drewcharterschool.org) with any questions.

Calendar


Week of  01/06-01/12

 01/06 | Monday | “A” Day
  • First Day of Spring Semester for Students
  •  Flex Time 
    • A week Clubs
      • Clubs This Week –  Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 01/07 | Tuesday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /12th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • Sophomore Community Forum
  • 5:30- Varsity Basketball @ Strong Rock
 01/08 | Wednesday | “A” Day 
  • BLAZER DAY
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 10th/12th Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 9th/11th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
      • 11th Grade ACT Prep Option
  • 4:15- Tennis Tryouts [See Sports Section Below for more Information] 5:00- JV Boys v. Mays[HOME]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 01/09 | Thursday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • Freshman Community Forum
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 10th/12th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 4:30
  • Tennis Tryouts [See Sports Section Below for more Information]
 01/10 | Friday |  “A” Day
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory 
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
 01/11| Saturday
  • Mock ACT
  • SA Varsity Basketball v. Greenforest
  • 1:00- JV Basketball v. N. Atlanta[HOME]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 01/12| Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Time: 1:30 to 2:20 pm
    • Location: Theater
    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee
  • Future Events
  • Week of 1/13/20 – 1/19/20
    • 01/14- Blazer Day
  • Week of 1/20/20 – 1/26/20
    • [Senior Academy Beta Convention- 1/22 – 1/24/20]
      • 1/20/20 – HOLIDAY – MLK DAY
      • 1/22/20 – SPEAK WHAT MUST BE SPOKEN
      • 01/24- FAMILY ID CLOSES
        • [This portal is used to enroll all Athletes or Interested Athletes of Drew]
      • 02/21- YBE: Black History Program
      • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
      • 05/16- Graduation


Arts


Student Opportunity


  • January 22nd, 2020:

    Speak What Must Be Spoken

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit is sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library

Sports

  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

    If your student is interested in participating in winter sports at Drew, online registration, through a new system known as FamilyID, is required to try-out for and/or to play on the following winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    Online registration through FamilyID is open now through Friday, January 24th. (Please note, if you completed registration for Fall Sports, your information have been saved in your FamilyID account and will auto-populated when you register for Winter Sports.

    To complete the online registration process, you will need the following:

    • A copy of your student’s current sports physical that was completed by a medical professional. 

    Note:  You will need to upload the completed sports physical form during the registration process.  Instructions for how to upload the form will be provided when you register. (If you do not have a current Sports Physical, please obtain one from a medical professional prior to registering.  The sports physical is valid for one year.)

    • Doctor’s Information (name, address, phone number)
    • Health Insurance information
    • Emergency Contact Information

    For step-by-step instructions and to complete the registration process, click the link here.

    Thank you.  Please be sure to register your student by the Friday, January 24th deadline. 

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Opportunities

Adult Opportunity


Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!


Procedure Notification!

  • Avoid Charges to Student Accounts.

    Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

    – To see letter click here

    This expectation is fully enforced and can result in the withholding of student records. Please read to be well informed
  • Running Late?

    ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

    After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Need to Visit a student/teacher?

    • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.
  • Dropping off Food?

    REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

    Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

NOTE:
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

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

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


Update for Students:

Drew Embarks on 2020 – 2025 Strategic Planning Process

A Message from Mr. McKnight

-Head of School, Charles R. Drew Charter School


Dear Drew Community:

As the next semester draws near and we prepare for a new beginning, I wanted to share an important update with you as we look ahead at the future direction of Drew Charter School.  This current school year is the final year of Drew Charter School’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan, which was adopted by Drew’s Board of Directors in 2015 and updated earlier this year. (A copy of the plan can be viewed here and is available on Drew’s website.)   The school, under the Board of Director’s leadership, recently embarked on the planning process for updating the school’s next five-year Strategic Plan, which will cover 2020 – 2025.  Please click here for an overview of our planning process timeline.  The planning process for the 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan will culminate with a final draft of the plan slated for presentation to and approval by the Drew Board during the summer of 2020.

The participation and feedback from our stakeholders, including our board, staff, parents, students and partners, will be especially critical to informing our process and the creation of a revised, high-impact plan. 

Equally so, in keeping with the board of director’s and school leadership’s collective commitment to equity, it is crucial that strategic plan updates reflect and are aligned with our equity focus.  To ensure that the planning process and the plan developed reflect our commitment to equity, Drew will collaborate with an external equity thought-partner, who brings significant knowledge and expertise in equity, diversity and inclusion, to support us in development of our updated strategic plan.

I am highly optimistic about how our school can ultimately benefit from a diversity of stakeholder perspectives as we reshape and fine-tune our strategic direction that will guide us to 2025.   

Stakeholder input opportunities in our data gathering process will be central to obtaining these broad-based perspectives.  Shortly after the holiday break, Drew will conduct a survey and soon thereafter will hold focus groups with key stakeholder bases.  Please stay tuned for announcements in early January on the release of the Strategic Plan Survey as well as an invitation to participate in Strategic Planning Focus Groups. 

Additionally, in the spring, as our planning process transitions to the plan development phase, the school will host Draft Strategic Plan Listening Sessions for the Drew Community.  I invite you to stay tuned for more information about these sessions, which will serve as another feedback avenue. 

I greatly encourage and anticipate your participation in these sharing opportunities once they are announced.  As we map out the strategic direction of our school for the next five years and beyond, your participation in this process will be invaluable.  Thank you in advance for your meaningful thoughts and perspectives.  In the end, Drew and its students are destined to benefit from what you bring to the table.

I hope your family’s holiday was filled with peace and joy!  We will be in touch in the near future as our Strategic Plan planning process ensues.

Peter McKnight

Drew Charter School

Head of School

Week of December 16th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • To Jada Allen for her artistic contribution to the Upper Campus including her newest artwork near the Mac Lab!
  • To Ms. Whittington for her work with students to create memorable experiences and projects!
  • To Ms. Ray for being creative and compassionate with 9th grade students!
  • To Jerell Franks for his focus in class as well and for also going the extra mile to assist in the classroom!
  • To Chorus and Mr. Derringer for a wonderful concert this past week!
  • To JV and Varsity basketball teams for their wins this week against Grady!
  • To the Harp Ensemble and Ms. Hairston for an amazing concert this past week!

Guardian

Announcements

Effective starting 12/09

  • All DUAL ENROLLED SENIORS that have completed finals on a college campus will be dismissed from Drew at 9:30 after their first period courses.
  • Students are required to leave the campus, unless they are working with a teacher or counselor.
  • If students are staying to receive additional help in a class at Drew or to work on applications to college, please email michelle.stinson@drewcharterschool.org.

Letter from the Principal to Guardians


  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

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

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

  • Remind Instructions

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

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

Announcements


Thank you to everyone who donated during GAgives on #GivingTuesday.

 Your generosity raised $2,050 for Drew Charter School!

 These funds will benefit the Opportunity Fund, our annual giving campaign designed to help bridge the gap between public funding and the cost of providing unique and engaging opportunities to our school community.  Thank you!  #20YearsofOpportunity

Didn’t get a chance to give on #GivingTuesday?  Make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the Drew Opportunity Fund here!

Calendar


Week of 12/16 – 12/22

 12/16 | Monday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time
  • 6:30 – JA/SA Band Winter Concert
 12/17 | Tuesday | “A” Day
  • Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 1A midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
    • 2nd Period
    • 3rd Period – 3A/3TTh midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
    • 4th Period
    • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • Book Buddies Meeting
  • 5:30 SA Varsity Basketball @ Galloway
  • 6:30 JA/SA Orchestra Winter Concert
 12/18| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 1B midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 2nd Period
    • 3rd Period – 3B/3MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 4th Period
    • Flex Time – Extended-Learning (All Teachers)
  • 3:00- Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways EL, Community Forum
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:00- JV Basketball vs. KIPP [Home]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 12/19 | Thursday | “A” Day
  • Half Day – Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 2A/2TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 2nd Period – 4A/4TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
    • 11:15-3:15 Beta Convention Prep (9th Grade PBL)
  • 12:00 NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 2:00 Alumni Kickback 
  • 6:30- JA/SA Winter Dance Concert
  12/20 | Friday |  “B” Day
  • Half Day- Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 1st Period – 2B/MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 2nd Period – 4B/4MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
    • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
    • 1:30-3:00 – 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland of Wings
    • 11:15-1:15 Beta Convention Prep (9th Grade PBL)
  • 5:30- SA Varsity Basketball @ WD Mohammed (Girls Only)
12/21| Saturday 
  • N/A
12/22| Sunday
  • N/A
 12/21/19 - 01/06/20

Holiday Break

Week of 01/06 – 01/12

 01/06 | Monday | “A” Day
  • First Day of Spring Semester for Students
 01/07 | Tuesday | “B” Day
  • Sophomore Community Forum
  • Varsity Basketball @ Strong Rock
 01/08 | Wednesday| “A” Day
  • JV Boys v. Mays
 01/09 | Thursday| “B” Day
  • Freshman Community Forum
  • SA Parent Gathering
 01/10| Friday| “A” Day
  • SA Varsity Boys v. SACA
 01/11| Saturday
  • SA Varsity Basketball v. Greenforest
  • JV Basketball v. N. Atlanta
 01/12| Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Time: 1:30 to 2:20 pm
    • Location: Theater
    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee
  • Future Events
    • 02/21- YBE: Black History Program
    • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 05/16- Graduation


School Adjustments

Revised Makerspace Hours

Please be advised the Makerspace hours have been adjusted and the new operation hours are effective immediately.


Arts

Student Opportunity


Holiday Calendar


  • 12/19 @6:30pm

    Pre-Sale Tickets are available
  • Speak What Must Be Spoken

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit is sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library

Sports

  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

    If your student is interested in participating in winter sports at Drew, online registration, through a new system known as FamilyID, is required to try-out for and/or to play on the following winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    Online registration through FamilyID is open now through Friday, January 24th. (Please note, if you completed registration for Fall Sports, your information have been saved in your FamilyID account and will auto-populated when you register for Winter Sports.

    To complete the online registration process, you will need the following:

    • A copy of your student’s current sports physical that was completed by a medical professional. 

    Note:  You will need to upload the completed sports physical form during the registration process.  Instructions for how to upload the form will be provided when you register. (If you do not have a current Sports Physical, please obtain one from a medical professional prior to registering.  The sports physical is valid for one year.)

    • Doctor’s Information (name, address, phone number)
    • Health Insurance information
    • Emergency Contact Information

    For step-by-step instructions and to complete the registration process, click the link here.

    Thank you.  Please be sure to register your student by the Friday, January 24th deadline. 

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Opportunities

Adult Opportunity


Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!


Procedure Notification!

  • Avoid Charges to Student Accounts.

    Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

    – To see letter click here

    This expectation is fully enforced and can result in the withholding of student records. Please read to be well informed
  • Running Late?

    ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

    After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Need to Visit a student/teacher?

    • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.
  • Dropping off Food?

    REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

    Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

NOTE:
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

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

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


Update for Students:

Week of December 09th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


  • Speak What Must Be Spoken

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit is sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library

Shoutouts:

  • To Terron Joiner for matching to Vanderbilt University through the Questbridge National College Match!
    • He will receive a 4 year full scholarship to attend Vanderbilt!
  • To Carrington Grant, Chanel Harris, Toren Mosley and Cody Johnson for being selected as district GHP Nominees and moving forward to the state competition!
  • To Alex Sweeny, Miles Selles, Myah Crowell, Cameron Anderson, Sayj Harris, Jayda Howard, Scott Cooper, Demond Snead, and Pryce Freeman for being selected to represent Drew at the district Academic Decathlon next semester!
  • To the Drew Debate Team for taking 1st place in the AUDL tournament this weekend
    • Jonathan Bush for taking 1st place speaker in Novice!
  • To Boys JV and Varsity for their win against Our Lady Mercy
  • To all the families that participated in the Prospective Parent Night last week!
  • To Drew Ambassadors Anna West, Nicholas Smith, Carrington Grant, Warren Rouse, Alexis Gaines, and Kamea Alleyne for leading sessions at Prospective Parent Night!
  • To Mr. Johnson for hosting and facilitating Speaker Series with Dr. Bettina Love!
  • To M.s Ray for going the extra mile to ensure that students are actively engaged and finishing the semester strong!

Calendar: 

  • All DUAL ENROLLED SENIORS that have completed finals on a college campus will be dismissed from Drew at 9:30 after their first period courses.
  • Students are required to leave the campus, unless they are working with a teacher or counselor.
  • If students are staying to receive additional help in a class at Drew or to work on applications to college, please email michelle.stinson@drewcharterschool.org.

Effective as of 12/09

Week of 12/09-12/15

Thank you to everyone who donated during GAgives on #GivingTuesday.

 Your generosity raised $2,050 for Drew Charter School!

 These funds will benefit the Opportunity Fund, our annual giving campaign designed to help bridge the gap between public funding and the cost of providing unique and engaging opportunities to our school community.  Thank you!  #20YearsofOpportunity

Didn’t get a chance to give on #GivingTuesday?  Make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the Drew Opportunity Fund here!

 12/09| Monday | “A” Day
  • GSU Classes End
  • SA Math MAP Testing
  • Junior College Counseling
  •  3:00 – Flex Time
    • A week Clubs
      • Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 12/10| Tuesday | “B” Day 
  • SA Math MAP Testing 
  • Junior College Counseling
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 10th/11th – Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • Community Forum – Freshman [Theater]
    • Beta Convention Practice
    • 5:00 JV @ Wesleyan 
  • 5:30 Varsity Girls v WD Muhammad [Home]
  • 7:00 Varsity Boys @ Wesleyan
  • 7:00 Harp Winter Concert “UYHE Holiday Concert” [Theater]
12/11| Wednesday | “A” Day
  • Blazer Day
  • Junior College Counseling
  • 8:00 Economics EOC Milestone
  • 2:30 Eagle rise Celebrations – Cafeteria
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 09th/12th Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 10th/11th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • Beta Convention Practice
  • 5:00 JV v Grady [Home]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 12/12| Thursday | “B” Day
  • Junior College Counseling
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 12th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 09th/10th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • Community Forum – Juniors [Theater]
    • Beta Convention Practice-Scrapbook/2D Banner
  • 4:30 Graduation Committee Meeting
  • 6:30 JA/SA Chorus Winter Concert
  12/13| Friday |  “A” Day 
  • Dress Down Day
    • Jeans Passes will be handed out during Flex Time on Thursday from [3:00-3:15 ONLY]
  • Junior College Counseling
  • 7:45 Senior December Activity
  • 12:30 YBE: Kwanzaa Celebration
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time
    • Last Advisory of the Semester 
  • 5:30 Lantern Parade
12/14| Saturday 
  •  2:00 Varsity Girls & Boys v. Grady [Home]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

12/15| Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

 Week of 12/16-12/22 
  • 12/16/19
    • JA/SA Band Winter Concert
  • 12/17/19
    • Exams or Final Project Presentations
      • 1st Period – 1A midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
      • 2nd Period
      • 3rd Period – 3A/3TTh midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
      • 4th Period
      • Flex Time – Extended Learning
  • JA/SA Orchestra Winter Concert
  • SA Varsity Basketball @ Galloway
  • 12/18/19
    • Exams or Final Project Presentations
      • 1st Period – 1B midterm, summative assessment or project
      • 2nd Period
      • 3rd Period – 3B/3MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
      • 4th Period
      • Flex Time – Extended-Learning (All Teachers)
    • JV Basketball vs. KIPP [Home]
  • 12/19/19
    • Half Day – Exams or Final Project Presentations
      • 1st Period – 2A/2TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
      • 2nd Period – 4A/4TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
      • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
  • 12:00 NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 2:00 Alumni Kickback 
  • JA/SA Winter Dance Concert
  • 12/20/19
    • Half Day – Exams or Final Project Presentations
      • 1st Period – 2B/MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
      • 2nd Period – 4B/4MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
      • 11:05 – Lunch/dismissal
  • SA Varsity Basketball @ WD Mohammed (Girls Only)
 12/21/19 - 01/06/20

Holiday Break
  • Week of 1/6/20 – 1/12/20
    • 1/6/20 – First Day of Spring Semester for Students
    • 1/7/20 
      • Sophomore Community Forum
      • Varsity Basketball @ Strong Rock
    • 1/8/20 – JV Boys v. Mays
    • 1/9/20 
      •  Freshman Community Forum
      • SA Parent Gathering
    • 1/10/20 – SA Varsity Boys v. SACA
    • 1/11/20
      •  SA Varsity Basketball v. Greenforest
      • JV Basketball v. N. Atlanta
  • Future Events
    • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 05/16- Graduation

Adult Opportunity


Revised Makerspace Hours

Please be advised the Makerspace hours have been adjusted and the new operation hours are effective immediately.

Arts Holiday Calendar



Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here


2019 Homecoming Dance!

Presentations for Student and Guardian Reference

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

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



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!


Procedure Notification!

Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

– To see letter click here


ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.

REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

NOTE:
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

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

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

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 December 02nd, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts:

  • To the students who earned spots representing Drew’s Senior Academy at the APS Regional Science and Engineering Fair!!!
    • Andrew Botchwey, Justin Coley, Jason Lin, Alexandria Sweeny, Myah Cromwell, Toren Mosley, Samuel Cooper, Joshua Clemons, Nathaniel (Tre) Dobson, Alvin-Wayne Stewart, and Bryce Zelazoski.
  • To Ms. Simmons for her commitment to students; her assistance helped many students to submit diverse Science Fair projects!
  • To the Science and Engineering departments for assisting in putting on one of the most impressive Science and Engineering Fairs yet!
  • To Emily Blackwell for her dynamic and eye-capturing standing art on display on the third floor!
  • To various Drew Students who have completed dynamic STEAM based projects which are continuously displayed by Mr. Monaco and Ms. Bryant around the school!
  • To Ms. Stinson for creating visual promotions and event flyers for our Alumni!
  • To Ms. Cain’s class for completing a mini-worldwide cuisine cook off as part of the curriculum in World Studies!
  • To Coach Bennett for making awesome, eye-catching flyers to promote student and staff support at basketball games!
  • To 9th and 10th grade teachers for teaching students STEAM connections throughout their classes and helping students learn how to articulate those connections to others!
  • To Ms. Hood and Ms. Hecht for planning innovative, collaborative future lessons for Forensic Science and Adv. Composition students!
  • To the 11th Grade Team for creatively using Extended Learning to help students build community, recharge, and have fun.

Calendar: 

  • All DUAL ENROLLED SENIORS that have completed finals on a college campus will be dismissed from Drew at 9:30 after their first period courses.
  • Students are required to leave the campus, unless they are working with a teacher or counselor.
  • If students are staying to receive additional help in a class at Drew or to work on applications to college, please email michelle.stinson@drewcharterschool.org.

Effective as of 12/09

Week of 12/02-12/08

Last Week for Food Drive
UPDATED [11/21/19]
— SA Beta students will come around and collect/count donations weekly.–

The final count after 12/06/19 will determine the winner!

DRESS DOWN FOR 12/13/19 WILL BE AWARDED BY THE GRADE LEVEL WITH THE MOST DONATIONS!

 12/02| Monday | “A” Day
  •  Flex Time- B week Clubs
    • By invitation only: Beta Club, National Honor Society
    • Bee Keeping,  Book Club, Debate, Football,  Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) , Guitar,  Horizons, Mandarin, Peer Leadership, Student Government Association,  UNICEF, Vlogging, & CBC (Chess, board games, and cards). 
 12/03 | Tuesday | “B” Day 
  •  3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
12/04 | Wednesday | “A” Day
  • PTA Family Dinner Night and General Body PTA Meeting
  • 3:00- Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways EL
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:00- JV Boys @ Douglass High School [ Douglass, 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318]
 12/05 | Thursday | “B” Day
  • SA MAP Reading Winter Testing
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • Community Forum – Sophomores [Theater]
  • 6:00 Prospective Parent Night
  • 7:00 Drew Speaker Series: Dr. Bettina Love
  12/06| Friday |  “A” Day -   **Final Count for Food Drive** 
  • Dress Down day **Distributed from 3:00 to 3:15 on Thursday**
  • SA MAP Reading Winter Testing
  • GSU Early College Info Session
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time
  • ** Deadline for Gifted Eligibility**
  • Gifted Eligibility Interest

    Any Senior Academy parent who would like to request gifted eligibility testing for their child may fill out a Gifted Parent consent form at the front desk and return it to Ms. McKenzie by December 6, 2019.

12/07 | Saturday 
  • 9:00 – 12:00 Econ Study Session
  • SA JV and Varsity vs. Our Lady of Mercy [Home]
    • JV 11:30 am
    • Girls 1:00 pm
    • Boys 2:30 pm
  • Debate Tournament @ BEST Academy
12/08 | Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

 Week of 12/09 - 12/15
  • 12/09/12
    • A Week Clubs
    • SA Math MAP Winter Testing
    • GSU Classes End
  • 12/10/19
    • SA Math MAP Winter Testing
    • Community Forum – Freshman [Theater]
    • 7:00 – UYHE Holiday Concert
  • 12/11/19
    • Blazer Day
    • Economics EOC (Milestone)
    • Eagle Rise Celebration (Flex)
    • JV Boys vs. Grady [Home]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

  • 12/12/19
    • Community Forum – Juniors [Theater]
    • JA/SA Chorus Winter Concert
  • 12/13
    • Dress Down Day- Determined by Final Food Drive Count
    • Alumni lead advisory for 10th and 12th 
    • YBE: Kwanzaa Celebration
    • 5:30 Lantern Parade
  • 12/14/19
    • SA Basketball v. Grady [Main Gym]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 Week of 12/16-12/22 
  • 12/16/19
    • JA/SA Band Winter Concert
  • 12/17/19
    • Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • JA/SA Orchestra Winter Concert
    • SA Varsity Basketball @ Galloway
  • 12/18/19
    • Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • JV Basketball vs. KIPP [Home]
  • 12/19/19
    • Half Day – Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • 12:00 NHS Induction Ceremony
    • 2:00 Alumni Kickback 
    • JA/SA Winter Dance Concert
  • 12/20/19
    • Half Day – Exams or Final Project Presentations
    • SA Varsity Basketball @ WD Mohammed (Girls Only)
  • 12/21/19 – 01/06/20
    • Holiday Break
  • Future Events
    • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 05/16- Graduation


New Drew Swag in School Store

Complete the order form for the new Drew sweat suits.

If you are interested in ordering, The deadline is December 3rd. The sweat suits will be available for pick up on December 17th. Payment is due upon pick up.


Cultural Exchange Opportunity

Greetings Drew Families,

I am pleased to invite you to participate in this year’s Cultural Exchange to Colombia, South America during the first two weeks of June 2020, for students/parents, grades 6through 12. Parents and students are invited to participate. Attached are three options/proposals. If you are interested in participating, please join us for an organizational meeting Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6pm in the main lobby on the wooden steps. We will vote on the package that is most desirable for the group.

  • Please feel free to email Reginald Colbert [Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org] if you have questions before the December 3rd meeting.
  • Click here to view travel details and options for securing space if interested in this opportunity.

Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here


2019 Homecoming Dance!

Presentations for Student and Guardian Reference

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

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



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!


Procedure Notification!

Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

– To see letter click here


ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.

REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

NOTE:
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

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

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

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 18th, 2019

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


A Note About Homecoming 2019
Dear Drew SA Parents and Guardians:
Thank you for all of your support in making Homecoming 2019 a success.  We had a week filled with activities that displayed a strong sense of school pride.  If you attended Friday’s homecoming game, you saw Drew’s team spirit and support on full display.  Unfortunately, following the basketball game, a disturbance and altercation occurred in front of the JA/SA Main Campus building.  The disturbance was started by non-Drew students on campus from another school.  We would like to thank you for your cooperation in working with school staff and officers to ensure that everyone safely returned to their vehicles and left the campus.  Please know that our administrative team is in contact with the school of the students initiating the disturbance, and we are working to appropriately handle all aspects of the situation.  We are committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety of our students and their families. 

Again, thank you for your support during Homecoming at Drew.  We wish for you and your student(s) a productive last week of school before the Thanksgiving break. 

Shoutouts:

  • To Kenaria Benton and Rayven Day for being voted the 2019-2020 Homecoming Queen and King!
  • To the students on the Homecoming Court for their active involvement in the EA pep rally!
  • To all student and staff members that participated in last week’s themes creating memorable moments!
  • To Ms. Simmons, Davis, Wilder, McInyre, Mayes, Duffie and Mr. Powell for all of their hard work during homecoming week and all planning to coordinate Homecoming Week!
  • To Ms. McKenize for stepping in to help Mrs. Simmons with last minute homecoming duties.
  • To Ms. Allen, Might, and Ms. Cox for coming in on Saturday morning to help decorate for the dance!
  • To Officer Shannon and Officer Bridwell for their additional support this past weekend and week for our Drew Activities!
  • To Senior Academy students, Mr. Baker, Ms. Schaffer, Ms. Allen, Ms. Mayes, and Mr. Kurt, for staying late to decorate the PBL labs with their respective game themes!
  • To Ms. Whittington for curating student projects and art work throughout the Senior Academy and hallways of the first floor! – Our students are TALENTED!
2019 Homecoming Dance!

Calendar: 

Week of 11/18 – 11/24

 11/18| Monday | “A” Day
  •  Flex Time- A week Clubs
    • Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 11/19 | Tuesday | “B” Day 
  •  3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  •  5:30 SA Varsity Basketball vs. Alcovy [Main Gym]
    • Golf Team Ring Ceremony (Halftime)
 11/20 | Wednesday | “A” Day
  • 2nd STEAM Walkthrough GADOE
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • Senior Community Forum
    • 10th/11th Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 9th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
 11/21 | Thursday | “B” Day
  • 8:00 – SA Science Fair
  • 8:15 – SA Parent Gathering (Principal’s Coffee) [Eva Davis Board Room]
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 3:45 – 5:45: Farm Stand [EA]
  11/22| Friday |  “A” Day

Dress Down day
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time
  • 5:30 SA Varsity Basketball @ Cherokee Bluff (Boys Only)
 11/23| Saturday 
  • N/A
 11/24| Sunday
  • N/A

UPDATED [11/21/19]
— SA Beta students will come around and collect/count donations weekly.–

The final count after 12/06/19 will determine the winner!

DRESS DOWN FOR 12/13/19 WILL BE AWARDED BY THE GRADE LEVEL WITH THE MOST DONATIONS!

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 11/25 – 12/01 
    • Thanksgiving Break
  • Week of 12/02-12/08
    • 12/02/19
      • A Week Clubs
    • 12/05/19
      • Prospective Parent Night
    • 12/06/19
      • GSU Early College Info Session
  • Week of 12/09 – 12/15
    • 12/09/12
      • GSU Classes End
    • 12/11/19
      • Blazer Day
    • 12/14/19
      • SA Basketball v. Grady [Main Gym]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

  • Week of 12/16-12/22
    • 12/19/19
      • Half Day
    • 12/20/19
      • Half Day
  • Future Events
    • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 05/16- Graduation

  • Gifted Eligibility Interest

    Any Senior Academy parent who would like to request gifted eligibility testing for their child may fill out a Gifted Parent consent form at the front desk and return it to Ms. McKenzie by December 6, 2019.



New Drew Swag in School Store

Complete the order form for the new Drew sweat suits.

If you are interested in ordering, The deadline is December 3rd. The sweat suits will be available for pick up on December 17th. Payment is due upon pick up.


Cultural Exchange Opportunity

Greetings Drew Families,

I am pleased to invite you to participate in this year’s Cultural Exchange to Colombia, South America during the first two weeks of June 2020, for students/parents, grades 6through 12. Parents and students are invited to participate. Attached are three options/proposals. If you are interested in participating, please join us for an organizational meeting Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6pm in the main lobby on the wooden steps. We will vote on the package that is most desirable for the group.

  • Please feel free to email Reginald Colbert [Reginald.colbert@drewcharterschool.org] if you have questions before the December 3rd meeting.
  • Click here to view travel details and options for securing space if interested in this opportunity.

Presentations for Student and Guardian Reference

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

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



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!


Procedure Notification!

Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

– To see letter click here


ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.

REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

NOTE:
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

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

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

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: