Dear Parents and Friends,
One of the primary goals of Alice Drive Middle School (ADMS) is to produce well-rounded students who succeed both inside and outside the classroom. The school offers students advanced courses in English 1, Algebra 1 and Computer Applications for high school credit. The past school year witnessed our students achieving goals in all areas of student life, academics, athletics, service learning and other extracurricular activities and organizations. Throughout the year, the students at ADMS continued to represent themselves and the school proudly. Our goal is to provide a challenging curricula with high expectations for all students.
Outstanding achievements this year included five Duke TIP Scholar winners and thirteen Junior Scholars. Fifty-five students qualified to take the PSAT. Alice Drive students achieved a 100% End of Course passing rate in both English 1 and Algebra 1. Outside the classroom, our students continued to perform at an exemplary level. The ADMS football team was the conference champs. The boys basketball team finished as runner up for their season. The girls track team was conference champs and the boys track team finished as runner up. The ADMS band, under the direction of Brandon Wells, had a very successful year. Six students made the Region 5 Honor Band. At the 2013 Solo and Ensemble Festival, fifteen students received nine superior ratings and twenty-nine students received fourteen excellent ratings. The Advanced Band received straight superior ratings from five judges at the 2013 Concert Festival. The ADMS Band program received the prestigious O.P.A. (Outstanding Performance Award) for all of the above accomplishments. The ADMS Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Baier, had another hugely successful year. Their most honorable accomplishment was a Superior Rating at the 2013 Concert Festival. This is the first time a middle school orchestra from Sumter has been awarded this high honor. Five students were represented in the District Reach Orchestra.
On behalf of the Alice Drive staff, we are pleased to announce Mr. Lee Gandy as our Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Mr. Gandy is an eighth-grade social studies teacher for ADMS. We are proud to have him as our school representative.Respectfully,
Jeannie Pressley, Ed.S.