Welcome to Alice Drive Middle 

Nationally Accredited STEM School!

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Our Vision

The vision of Alice Drive Middle School is to engage all students in a student-centered, rigorous, relevant, integrated, and vertical 6th – 8th grade STEM-based education.

Our Mission

The mission of Alice Drive Middle School is to create a culture of collaboration, global connections, and STEM-related partnerships to prepare students to be college and career ready.

STEM Theory of Action

If we fully coordinate and align our school’s policies, practices, and partners to increase student interest, participation, and achievement in STEM, expand student access to effective STEM instruction, reduce our gap in STEM access, and build community awareness and support for STEM, then we will increase the quality of STEM mindedness and overall student achievement levels.

STEM Core Competencies

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Communication
  3. Collaboration and Teamwork
  4. Information Literacy
  5. Appreciation for Diversity
  6. Learning to Learn (Metacognition)

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Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Alice Drive Middle (ADM),
a Nationally Certified STEM school!

 The ADM faculty & staff are excited about working with you and your student(s) this year! ADM is a special place with a rich history of academic excellence. We have a dedicated and passionate group of teachers and staff ready to work with your child. I am honored to partner with the various stakeholders in our learning community to deliver a world-class education to all students.
We have so much to be proud of in our school’s continued focus on 21st Century learning and teaching. In partnership with all stakeholder groups, we will continue in our efforts to engage all students in a student-centered, rigorous, relevant, and integrated STEM-based education. Through this year’s theme – Soaring Above and Beyond – we will strengthen our culture of collaboration, global connections, and STEM-related partnerships to prepare students to be high school ready.

Instruction at ADM is delivered to students through the form of an alternate A/B type of flexible scheduling. As such, students have eight classes altogether but only meet four on each day. There are four core classes (math, language arts, science, and social studies) and four other classes for related arts, enrichment, and/or remediation purposes to meet the customized learning needs of students on an individualized basis. Our teachers are continuing to refine their practices to ensure that teaching and learning is maximized throughout the 90-minute block. With the continued implementation of a 1:1 Chrome Book Technology Initiative, we are providing equitable access to 21st century technology for all ADM students. Through the SC College and Career Ready Standards, we will expand problem and project based-learning opportunities this year as the vehicle for STEM learning across the curriculum. As you can see, great things are happening at ADM!

Please take time to download the ADM app from the app store on any Apple/Droid device or check our website for updated back to school information. Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns you may have.

In it together,

Jeannie Pressley
Principal

2016-17 Teach To Lead Initiative

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Alice Drive Middle School, a nationally certified Science, Technology, Engineering and Math school, has been selected as one of 12 schools in the nation, and the only one in South Carolina, to participate in the 2016-17 Teach to Lead initiative. The initiative is a national program that recognizes and advances “groundbreaking teacher-led work happening across the country,” according to www.teachtolead.org.

The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, according to the website. Teacher Leadership Summits are two-day workshops that involve turning educators’ ideas into action plans. As part of the program, five educators from ADM will attend and present at a teacher leadership summit in late September in Long Beach, California. The team will present on its proposal, called “STEM 2.0: Taking our Nationally Certified STEM Program to the Next Level.” The program will be led by Trevor Ivey, the school’s assistant principal, and four of the school’s lead teachers: Christine Shuler, seventh-grade English language arts and STEM teacher; Stephanie Barrineau, instructional coach; Leslie Lloyd, eighth-grade social studies and STEM teacher; and Cindy Parker, sixth-grade math and Project Lead the Way teacher.

Mr. Ivey said the summit will involve:
– Sharing ideas and learning from examples of existing teacher leadership efforts;
– Identifying common challenges and creating concrete, actionable teacher leadership plans to address them locally;
– Networking and building relationships with other educators and leaders in their region; and
– Identifying ideas for followup support through future engagement events.

Mr. Ivey further said, “The team will take its ideas and develop them into plans of action for implementation. Our school’s goal is to continue as a “Leadership Lab,” which is the next phase of the Teach to Lead initiative.”

Leadership Labs are day-long meetings intended to increase or expand the progress of a single Teach to Lead team, according to www.teachtolead.org. The events allow all stakeholders to share best practices, identify challenges and create actionable commitments. Program participants can share ideas and resources digitally.

Under the leadership of Jeannie Pressley, the school’s goal is to engage all students in a STEM-based education, Ivey said. “Creating a culture of collaboration, global connections and STEM-related partnerships to prepare students to be high school ready is the focus of its data-driven teacher leadership teams,” Ivey said. As part of the school’s block scheduling, all students receive the opportunity to engage in STEM-specific classes and explore project-based learning through their core classes.

During the 2014-15 school year, the school engaged in a year-long pilot accreditation project with AdvancED. That partnership resulted in the school being named the 12th STEM-certified school and now one of 34 STEM schools across the nation. “The success of the STEM program at our school cannot be possible without the support and dedication of our school’s teachers who have put in many hours to create, develop, enhance, enrich and improve the educational experiences for our students,” Pressley said. “Our teachers’ innovative and collaborative spirit and willingness to transform and do what is best for our students has been a true joy to witness.”

Nationally Accredited STEM School

Alice Drive Middle School is very proud that we have been recommended for AdvancED STEM Certification!   We have worked in partnership with South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science and S2TEM Centers SC for the past three years. We are the 12th school in the nation to achieve this recognition and the 1st Middle School in the state to receive this honor.

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