Welcome to Alice Drive Middle School - Nationally Accredited STEM School!


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)



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

 Congratulations to:  Abigail Tower-1st Place State Middle Level Keyboarding Applications I; Devin Billie, 2nd Place State Middle Level Keyboarding Applications I; Morgan Ivey, 2nd Place State Middle Level Keyboarding Applications II; and Thomas Bellinger, 2nd Place State Middle Level Public Speaking I.

 Colby Gallaagher from WLTX TV visited the Hearts to Hands Club to see what they are creating with a  3D Printer. "In just a few hours, students at Alice Drive Middle School in Sumter are changing strangers lives forever. The STEM Certified school was    granted a 3D printer last year. Rather than use it to make items for themselves to  enjoy, Library Media Specialist Elma Strong chose to partner with the nonprofit   E-Nable and start making prosthetic hands."

Principal's Information

The 2015-2016 school year is quickly coming to an end, and we are having another awesome  year at Alice Drive Middle School.  Our students and staff are soaring above and beyond.  Our STEM Program continues to grow, with several other school districts visiting our school to observe our accomplishments.   We’ve excelled in our athletics:  our football team was Conference Champions, our school started the first middle school volleyball team, our girls basketball team was Conference Champions, and our boys basketball team was the 12-0 regular season champions.  Many of our students are competing at the High School level in swimming, baseball, softball, basketball, track, wrestling, soccer, and golf. Our music department continues to shine with band students performing in the District Honor Band, and thirteen students made the Region Band.Mr. Bettinger has strengthened our chorus this year, presenting an outstanding Choir Concert. Our Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra received an excellent rating at the State Performance Assessment. We’ve also expanded our clubs and competition teams, with our FBLA winning at the state level. As you can see, we are a well-rounded school, with the most important piece being academics.   Our students excel daily in this area, and this is the time of year where they have the opportunity to showcase their academic growth through our state testing. We want to encourage each student to do their very best on the tests.
We are proud to be a part of Hawk Nation, and we want everyone across the state to know this! Principal, Mrs. Pressley

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.


Information for Parents

                                                   SC READY & SC PASS TESTING DATES

The South Carolina College and Career Ready Assessment & South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards will be administered ONLINE statewide to students in grades 3 through 8. Therefore, it is important that all students are present and on time each day of the testing. Your child will be tested in the following areas on the designated dates :
April 25-26             SC READY  Writing  Test
April 27-28             SC READY  Reading Test
April 29 & May 2    SC READY  Math Test
May 3-10               SC READY  Makeup Testing
May 16-17             EOC (End of Course) English I & Algebra I (8th grade only)
May 17-18             SCPASS Science Test
May 19-20             SCPASS Social Studies Test
Through May 27     SCPASS  Make-Up Testing

In an effort to ensure that your child has every opportunity for success, it is important that your child goes to bed early, eats a good breakfast, arrives to school, with a fully charged Chromebook, on time each day of testing and stays the entire time scheduled for testing. Late students CANNOT be allowed to enter the testing area once testing has begun. We are also asking that you do not schedule any appointments or pick up your child from school during the scheduled testing hours. If you have any question, please feel free to contact Mrs. Edwards, Assistant principal, (School Test Coordinator) at 803-775-0821 ext. 131.
For more SC READY and SC PASS Parent & Guardian Information please click the following link:

STEMbotics Club Fundraiser
Donation Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
This YETI prize pack from Simpson’s is worth over $360.
The drawing will be held on May 2, 2016.

Please see a club member to make you donation and receive your ticket(s)
Contact a club coach by email or phone:
(803) 775-0821

ADMS 2015-16 Renewal Plan

This year's School Renewal Plan and 2015 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.

ADMS Parent Portal: Attention:  Sign up for Parent Portal today!

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.  



Today, 5/6/2016
High: 71 Low: 48
Slight chance rain showers
22% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/7/2016
High: 80 Low: 53
Partly cloudy
9% chance of precipitation.

Sumter School District Statement

Sumter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in admission to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. For inquiries regarding the policy, contact the Chief Operations Officer or the Director of Specialized Programs, Sumter School District, 1345 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150 or call 803-469-6900.

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School Calendar

Mon, May 9 - Tue, May 10
SC READY Make-Up Testing
SC READY Make-Up Testing
Monday, May 9
Interims Issued
Tuesday, May 10
Athletic Banquet
Athletic Banquet 6:00 PM
in Multimedia Room
Thursday, May 12
Ms. Hoffman's Art Classes
3 & 4 Block Art Classes will visit Swan Lake
Sonic Night
Sonic Night on Broad St
5-8 P.M.
Mon, May 16 - Fri, May 20
Scholastic Book Fair - Buy 1, Get 1 FREE

Monday, May 16
EOC (End of Course) English 1 (8th grade only)
Tuesday, May 17
EOC (End of Course) Algebra 1 (8th grade only)
Wednesday, May 18
SCPASS: Science
SCPASS: Science
Thursday, May 19
Choir Concert 6 PM


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ADMS Information

Please click on this link to see larger version:  Cell Phone Policy Poster

ADMS Anonymous Bullying Reporting

At Alice Drive Middle School, we take bullying very seriously. We have a plan in place, so that those who need to report bullying may remain completely anonymous and report any issues from the comfort of home.


For the safety of our students and staff, all students are required to wear their ID everyday in school.  The school has provided  a permanent ID with a lanyard to all students.  IDs are given out in homeroom in the mornings and collected in homeroom at the end of the day. Students who leave school early, will give their ID to attendance and it will be returned to the homeroom teacher.

VACCINE REQUIREMENT:All rising 7th graders  will be required to have received the Tdap vaccine (whooping cough/pertussis) booster in order to attend school. Students who have not received this booster shot prior to entering the 7th grade, will not be allowed to attend school until they receive the vaccine. Feel free to contact your school nurse at 803-775-0821 for more information.

ADMS Bell Schedule

The tardy bell rings at 8:00!

Building Opens 7:20
Breakfast 7:20 - 7:50
Homeroom 7:50 - 8:07
1st Block 8:10 - 9:40
2nd Block 9:43 - 11:13
3rd Block 11:16 - 1:20
1st Lunch 11:20/2nd Lunch 12:00/3rd Lunch 12:45
4th Block 1:23 - 2:48
Homeroom (Lockers/Announcements) 2:51 - 3:00

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