June 2, 2017
Dear Members of Hawk Nation:
Five 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 fifth year as your principal. I want to thank you for the honor of continuing to serve 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: ADM 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, PTA & 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 wellrounded, enriching and rigorous education for ALL students. We have so much to be proud of:
  • ADM continued to enhance the quality of its nationally accredited STEM program, which seeks to provide a quality STEM-based education to all students, with the successful implementation of several new initiatives in part due to grant funding totaling $33,000:

                     – Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists (TECHFIT)

                     – STEM Future City Design Competition

                     – First Engineers of Sumter/Citadel Trebuchet Competition

                     – Installation of the ADM WeatherSTEM Data Collection Station

                     – Full Implementation of the One-to-Global Digital Learning Initiative

  • Our staff members continue to be recognized for their teaching talents across the district:

                     – Mrs. Strong, Middle School Finalist—Sumter Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year

                    – Mrs. Hansen, Sumter Chamber of Commerce Middle Level Educator of the Year & District Literacy Teacher of the Year

                     – Mrs. Lloyd, 2017-18 ADM Campus Teacher of the Year

                     – Mr. Ivey, South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program – Class of 2017

                     – Five National Board Certified Teachers & Five Level 5 EVASS Teachers

  • District championship trophies in all sports areas including volleyball, football and boys/girls basketball;
  • 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 and 7th grade students in science and current 7th grade students in social studies that 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.
  • 12 students were named Duke TIP Scholars while 53 qualified
  • ADM was selected to receive the NASP Excellence in School Safety & Crisis Response Recognition Award;
  • An analysis of the data collected from the 2016-17 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;
  • New community service clubs and programs to include STEM Ambassadors;
  • Superior ratings in the annual band and strings concert festivals;
  • 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 this level of 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 2017-18 school year and wish you & your family a safe and enjoyable summer vacation. Remember to make time to read!

In it together,

Jeannie Pressley