STEAM Portfolio Center

Our campus has been certified as a STEAM School twice so far… The Elementary Academy earned this recognition in 2017 and the Junior Academy earned the recognition in 2018 from the Georgia Department of Education. 

This important designation was created to recognize institutions committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The certifications confirm Drew’s position as a statewide leader in innovative education. Of course, the marathon continues- Drew’s Senior Academy is also in the process of earning this certification next!

We began pre-COVID and with new systems in place the process has resumed. This section will highlight student work which will be submitted for STEAM CERTIFICATION. Please note, ALL SENIOR ACADEMY students will have a portfolio displayed for this certification, for additional support or to work with the STEAM team on this portfolio please reach out to ….

Portfolios Mission:

Students will have a collection of their work and thoughts that will remain in their hands throughout their life. Portfolios can be used for college entrance applications, job applications, and scholarship applications. 

To view the 2021 Portfolio Tip & Kudos to add or mirror in your Portfolio: CLICK HERE

This week I would like to recognize Destiny Hodges in the Portfolio Spotlight. Destiny has a very compelling Home Page. She uses images to show the world her story. She has also made her website stand out from everyone else because she has changed the colors and format from the template. Her Academic pages are on point! She has visuals for each project as well as descriptions. One thing she could improve on is organizing her extracurricular pages and adding more information on each page.


Portfolio Tips & Shoutouts!

  • Make sure your homepage is engaging with interesting pictures and a compelling story–your story! This is the first thing people see when they go to your page and it needs to capture their attention. Christian does this with amazing pictures and we learn a lot about Christian via his pictures and written summary. Finally, just make sure everything on the page is complete–sections that are unfinished also say something about you!
  • Make sure your homepage is engaging with interesting pictures and a compelling story–your story! This is the first thing people see when they go to your page and it needs to capture their attention. Christian does this with amazing pictures and we learn a lot about Christian via his pictures and written summary. Finally, just make sure everything on the page is complete–sections that are unfinished also say something about you!
  • Including samples of your work and writing about the process is very beneficial to your portfolio. Be sure to check out this students “Academics” tab where her 10th grade projects and Engineering work is located. Make sure that you have work samples on your “Academics” pages. Hide pages in the menu that are empty.
  • Joseph does a great job of featuring his Independent Studies. This really helps the audience get to know his interests outside of traditional classes. He also does an excellent job of describing his project with pictures and paragraphs. One thing he could do to improve (most students could do) would be to make sure his Google Sheets document on the page is viewable to those outside the Drew domain. To check to see if you have made things viewable, sign out of all accounts or ask a friend or family member that does not attend Drew to check out your pages to see if all content is visible.
  •  This week’s Portfolio Highlight is Israel Doby. Israel does a great job of showcasing his personality with an awesome home/front page. The information and photos featured are unique to him. Israel also does a great job of hiding pages in the navigation tabs up top that do not have any information yet. The only pages Israel features in the menu are pages that have content. Israel could improve by renaming his portfolio his name (in the upper left corner) and by developing more content. Things like a resume or brag sheet would be great! Israel–nice work!
  • Mylan Lowe has done a great job on the entry page of her portfolio. The entry page gives us an idea of her personality and what is important to her. Remember to occasionally go in and update information–or add information on your pages that does not need to be updated. Mylan just needs to get content on the other pages!
  • The home page makes quite a statement as the student shares some of the highlights of her experiences as a Drew student. This along with the images, engage the viewer to dig deeper and explore the other pages. Kimela has done a great job of hiding pages that lack content and making sure all content is visible to outside viewers. A suggestion would be to keep adding to your Learning Journal, even if there is not an assignment to do so! Keep up the good work!
  • Niles Holt has done a great job of showcasing his 9th grade work, especially his Engineering work. Something he could do to improve would be to add more images throughout the site. The site needs more of Niles’ personality. Keep up the good work Niles.
  • This week I would like to recognize Destiny Hodges in the Portfolio Spotlight. Destiny has a very compelling Home Page. She uses images to show the world her story. She has also made her website stand out from everyone else because she has changed the colors and format from the template. Her Academic pages are on point! She has visuals for each project as well as descriptions. One thing she could improve on is organizing her extracurricular pages and adding more information on each page.

Notification to Seniors and Senior Families

DEADLINE FOR INPUT IS MONDAY [03/29 @12PM]

Please take a few minutes to fill out this Google Form with your graduation preferences:

  • 1 graduation ceremony at 6pm with 2 guest tickets per student
  • 2 graduation ceremonies (split cohorts at 10am and 6pm) with 5 guest tickets per student

Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/Z93Fsw829cgBnC4g8

**This letter was sent via Remind on 3/24.**

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Racist Disruption to Rising 9th Grade Zoom Parent Meeting

Dear Drew Community,

This afternoon, Drew’s Senior Academy held a virtual Rising 9th Grade Parent meeting on our Zoom platform. Unfortunately, during this meeting there were several racial outbursts, including use of the “N” word, from unidentified participants, which disrupted the meeting and required us to abruptly end it. Drew is working with our technology team to determine the identities of the perpetrators in the meeting.   We are sharing this information with you as it impacts our entire Drew community. Drew administrators and staff are totally devastated by what occurred during this meeting.   This is the third time in two weeks that I have had to write to you about racism and its impact on our immediate community and the larger world.  As I have said before, Drew Charter School will not tolerate racism of any kind, and we will continue to weed it out as it presents itself.  As infuriating and disheartening as this is, nothing will shake our unwavering commitment to and affirmation of Drew’s black students, staff, and families.  

Sincerely,

Peter McKnight
Drew Head of School

A Message from the Senior Academy

June 3, 2020

Good evening Drew Community,

It has come to my attention that a Senior Academy student posted an offensive, inappropriate and discriminatory post on social media. First, I want to say that I am deeply saddened and disappointed. I appreciate every student and parent that has brought awareness to this issue and as such, we have already begun the follow-up with the family. I want to reassure this community that we have high expectations for our parents, staff, and our students. There should be a clear understanding that this is not a community that will stand by and condone discrimination, racism, systematic oppression, and/or institutional racism. It is our responsibility to hold every member of our community accountable and respond immediately and appropriately.

I express this in all transparency but want to be clear that due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) the school cannot  share with anyone the details, specifics, consequences of an incident with anyone other than the offending party in any situation. 

While some of these incidents may be met with restorative practices, education, and corrective requirements or policies, it is important to understand that certain actions will not be tolerated. Drew administrators and staff will take all appropriate steps to eradicate actions that threaten the safety and security of the people in our community.

Please reach out to me with any concerns or further questions. 

K. Myers

Week of April 06th, 2020

Spring Break: April 6-12

E-Learning will resume on April 13th,2020

Shoutout to Senior Academy students for all of the comments, posts, smiles, and stories they shared on social media last week! Thank you for the amazing memories; I am very thankful for our time together virtually, it was a week full of fun.

As we go into Spring Break, I encourage everyone to use this time to rest and relax. Please use this time to indulge in your favorite hobby or to simply rest, and put your computer to the side!

You deserve this time – enjoy it. Have a great break!

  • K.Myers

Breaking News Update: School Closed for Remainder of School Year

Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

Governor Brian Kemp announced today that all K-12 schools in Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of this school year.  In keeping with this order, Drew Charter School will remain closed for the remainder of this school year and will continue implementing e-learning Days for the duration of the closure.  

As this closure was just announced, we will work on the specific impact of this decision as it relates to considering alternatives to celebrate our Drew 2020 graduates and to address the loss of comprehensive instructional learning time for the school year.  Once we have had the opportunity to consider all aspects of this closure extension, we will follow up with families and staff to communicate more details. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these developments.  In the meantime, please do all you can to take care of yourself, your family and your loved ones.  We will be back in touch soon. 

Peter McKnight
Head of School