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.
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
3. Collaboration and Teamwork
4. Information Literacy
5. Appreciation for Diversity
6. Learning to Learn (Metacognition)
Alice Drive Middle School, a nationally certified STEM school, will host a mini-camp orientation on Wednesday, August 3, from 1:00 until 3:30 pm. Students and parents who will be attending ADM for the first time are invited to attend. Through a series of rotation stations, students will tour the campus through a scavenger hunt, explore STEM through a problem-based learning activity, and learn about the use of chrome books to help ensure everyone gets off to a great start. Tables will be set up featuring information regarding various aspects of student life at ADM to include academics, athletics, parent engagement, and other extra-curricular activities. In addition, students will have the opportunity to have their ID picture taken and meet administrators, teachers, & other staff members. Parents can pay the $20 chrome book usage fee at this time. An alternative, “drop-in” style orientation will be held on Friday, August 12, from 9:00 until 11:00 am. Monday, August 15, is the first day for student attendance, and will be designated as our “STEM SOAR Camp.” Students will receive schedules, review school-wide behavior expectations & procedures, and explore STEM through a variety of problem-based learning activities. An open house is scheduled on August 18th from 5:30-7:00 pm for all students and parents.
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures: Parents who bring children to school should enter campus using gate one (1) off of University Drive by making a right turn only. The earliest students may be dropped off in the mornings is 7:10 am. To avoid congestion, parents are asked to make a left-turn only when exiting campus out of gate two. Walkers should enter the designated entrance in the gym foyer. In the interest of student safety, please do not drop students off on University Drive, at the front of the school, or in the bus loading/unloading area.
Students were presented with a task of creating a picture using the entire student body to spell out the word STEM. This was meant to be a surprise for Mrs. Pressley, who is passionate about STEM in the education of students. The picture is also memorable for our 7th graders, who were a part of the Advanced Ed Certification that Alice Drive Middle School participated in. This was a giant project based learning assignment given to Mrs. Turco’s STEM Aeronautics classes. Students brainstormed ideas, came up with plans, and executed them. STEM Aeronautics and the Yearbook, sponsored by Mrs. Butler, collaborated on the process. Students conducted experiments to figure out how many students could fit in a designated space, constructed shapes to outline the field, and mapped out a diagram on the floor, using a model. There were so many components that went into planning the picture. Students thought through possible obstacles and then prepared plans to address the obstacles. With all this careful planning, the taking of the picture was a huge success, and took under 10 minutes. Mr. Hap Griffin used his drone to take the picture.
Mrs. Turco, 7th Grade World History/STEM Aeronautics
Dear Members of Hawk Nation:
Four years ago, we embarked on a journey under a compelling and bold educational vision to transform Alice Drive Middle into a school that provides a quality STEM-based education to all students. It is hard to believe that I am completing my fourth year as principal of ADM. I want to thank you for the honor of serving as your leader. I am immensely proud to serve the children, families and citizens of our learning community in this role. I have learned what many knew all along: Alice Drive Middle is a special place with a rich history of academic excellence. I am honored to partner with the various stakeholders in our learning community to deliver to ALL students that which they deserve: a world-class education. We appreciate and thank all our volunteers for the countless hours involved in so many of the behind the scenes activities such as fundraising, serving on the PTA and SIC, and assisting in the classrooms or office.
I hope that you share my excitement of where we stand. I also hope you share my confidence that with sustained & focused efforts, we will become the premier STEM school in South Carolina that continues to commit to a well-rounded, enriching and rigorous education for ALL students. We have so much to be proud of:
- ADM became one of the first middle schools in the nation to achieve national accreditation for our STEM program, which seeks to provide a quality STEM-based education to all students;
- Over the last four years, there has been a significant increase in the number of students who meet mastery on the state End-of-Course (EOC) exams, consecutively exceeding the state averages.
- An analysis of the historical performance of our current 8th grade students in science and 6th grade students in social studies shows larger numbers of students reaching proficient levels each year;
- Our school continues to demonstrate that it is a “school on the move,” embracing the sharing of best practices with other schools across South Carolina. Instructional leaders from nearly a dozen schools have come to observe instructional practices at ADM. ADM published the article, “Celebrating our STEM Journey,” in the Fall 2015 edition of the SCASA magazine;
- An analysis of the data collected from the 2015-16 Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions (KAP) student survey reveal a significant, positive increase in the numbers of students interested in pursuing careers and courses of advanced study in the areas of science, technology, and math;
- Our school continues to implement Positive Behavioral Intervention Support. An analysis of discipline data over the last five years show a significant decrease in the number of office referrals;
- Our students have amassed countless awards for their achievements in Fine and Performing Arts, athletics, engineering and design, and an array of clubs.
In so many ways, ADM operates from a position of strength. Our faculty and staff are “all in it together” for the students. Even with all this talent and commitment, we have a long way to go to achieve the outcomes and to deliver the opportunities we expect for all of our students. I am committed to continuing to work directly with all stakeholder groups to ensure that we deliver to all of our students an excellent and equitable education. I know that Alice Drive Middle is the learning community where this can happen. As a community, we have the will and skill to deliver excellence for all. It has been and will continue to be an honor to participate in this success serving as principal and growing together as lifelong learners. I look forward to the 2016-17 school year and to working together with our community to achieve our shared goals. I want to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer vacation.
In it together,
Jeannie Pressley, Principal
Nationally Accreditated STEM School
Alice Drive Middle School is very proud that we have been recommended for AdvancED STEM Certification! We have worked in partnership with SC'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.
This year's School Renewal Plan and 2016 Report to the Parents for Alice Drive Middle are now available for review. Please click on the title link to access the file. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Jeanine Pressley at (803) 775-0821.
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Alice Drive Middle School is excited to be utilizing one of the features available through our District’s Student Information System: the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This Internet based portal provides parents with the privilege of accessing the grade and attendance information records of their children through a secure Internet connection. Read more...
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