Welcome to Alice Drive Middle School


Our Vision

The vision of Alice Drive Middle School is to engage all students in a rigorous, integrated, and vertical 6th – 8th grade STEM-based education that substantially increases the numbers of youth who recognize a real value and reward in studying STEM, believe STEM careers are viable and attainable career options, and will ultimately use the experiences of our STEM program to realize their maximum potential in a competitive global marketplace.

Our Mission

The mission of Alice Drive Middle School is to prepare students to be confident, competent, and responsible citizens by creating a positive and safe school environment in which staff, parents, and community work together to provide opportunities for students to pursue their full potential to become productive citizens in a global 21st century society.

At Alice Drive Middle School, the NEW starting time is 8:00. The homeroom tardy bell will ring at that time, so it is suggested that students arrive by 7:45. Breakfast (free to all students) is served before school starts. (Lunch is also free to all students.) School will be dismissed at 3:00.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 27
Picture Day

August 27th is picture day at ADMS. Bring a smile along with your order form and payment if you wish to order school pictures. All students and staff will have their pictures taken today for the school yearbook.


Thursday, August 28
Open House Has Been Rescheduled and Moved to September 4th
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Open House originally scheduled for today has been changed.
Monday, September 1
Labor Day Holiday
Thursday, September 4
Open House

Visit us for Open House beginning at 6:00.

Thursday, September 11
ADMS Sonic Night

It's ADMS Family Eat Out at Sonic on Broad Street Night! Sonic will donate 15% of what they make from 5-9 p.m. to Alice Drive Middle School. See you at Sonic on Broad Street!

Principal's Message

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Alice Drive Middle School for the 2014-15 school year! The faculty and staff are excited about working with you this year! I anticipate an exciting year as we collectively strive to foster a culture of learning for the academic, moral, physical, and social development of your child. I feel extremely fortunate to be working with such an exceptional group of students, families, and staff members.
Our school-wide SOAR themeShows Respect, Obeys Rules, Accepts Responsibility, and Rises to Excellencewill continue this year at ADMS with a renewed focus. It is our vision to engage all students in a rigorous, integrated, and vertical 6th 8th grade STEM-based education that substantially increases the numbers of youth who recognize a real value and reward in studying STEM, believe STEM careers are viable and attainable career options, and will ultimately use the experiences of our STEM program to realize their maximum potential in a competitive global marketplace. Instruction is delivered to students through the form of an alternate A/B type of flexible scheduling. As such, students have eight classes altogether but take 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.
Much planning has been taking place over the summer to ensure a smooth transition to the new school year. Alice Drive Middle School will host a mini-camp from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 15. This camp is for all 6th grade students and 7th /8th grade students who will be attending ADM for the first time. Parents are invited to attend.  The camp will provide useful information with planned activities to help ensure everyone gets off to a great start. Monday, August 18 , is the first day for students. ADM will host a mini camp for students only on that day to distribute schedules and review school-wide expectations. It is a full day. This year, the start and stop times have changed for all schools in an effort to streamline transportation throughout the district. Our school day will promptly begin at 8 am with dismissal at 3 pm. All students will receive breakfast and lunch free of charge this year. Breakfast is served daily from 7:20-7:50 am. Each student will receive a materials list required for their classes during the first class meeting. New state law requires all 7th grade students to receive the Tdap vaccination and provide proof to the school nurse please make sure your childs updated immunization record is on file with the school.
In closing, I would like to encourage all parents to make a special effort to join with our faculty to improve the channels of communication between ADMS and your home. Mark your calendars now for our Open House on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet your childs teachers and continue to build the vital home-school partnership that drives student success. Check our website frequently for updated back to school information. Please feel free to call me at 775-0821 (extension 113) or email me at jeannie.pressley@sumterschools.net with any questions, comments, or concerns.
In it together,
Jeannie Pressley, Principal   


Principal's Information

School Renewal Plan 2014

This year's School Renewal Plan and 2014 Report to the Parents for Alice Drive Middle are now available for review.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Jeanine Pressley at (803) 775-0821.

Report to the Parents


Flexible Scheduling
 at ADMS

Use the QR code to read what the National Middle School Association says about flexible scheduling!

ADMS is excited to continue implementation of our flexible scheduling for the 2014-15 school year. In the form of an alternate, A/B day four by four block type schedule, this unique scheduling opportunity will allow teachers and students a wide range of benefits to include the following:


Welcome New Staff Members

Welcome to the 
Alice Drive Middle School Family! 

Angela Adams - 6th Grade Science
Dean Bryant - 8th Grade Mathematics
Deb Christoff - 7th Grade English Language Arts
Caitlin Dabkowski - 7th Grade Mathematics
William Dingle - 8th Grade Social Studies
Janaii Edwards - Assistant Principal
Bill Fitzpatrick - 8th Grade Social Studies
Kelley King - Special Education
Marcia Oliver - STEM
Elma Strong - Media Specialist
Noelle Weible - Physical Education
DeDe Wylie - Special Education

New Faculty and Staff Members!

Information for Parents

Importance of Breakfast and Lunch

Research has shown the benefits of a healthy breakfast & lunch for school children. More students are eating breakfast and South Carolina's school officials have seen how this has had a positive impact on our students. This year, our school will serve breakfast and lunch to all students, at no cost. Please encourage your child to eat breakfast and lunch every day.

Parents are always welcome at Alice Drive Middle School.  We invite you to visit your child's class or have lunch with your child.  Guests should report to the front office immediately upon arrival to sign in and secure a visitor's pass.

Public Review of Instructional Materials
Click on the attachment to view the list of propsed textbook materials the Department of Education is considering for public schools.

2013 Public Review Info.pdf

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.


Box Tops for Education & Campbell Soup Labels

     Alice Drive Middle School collects Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup labels.  Please save and then send your box tops and labels in an envelope or ziploc bag to your child's teacher.  This is an easy way to earn money for our school.  Please visit the following websites for additional information about these programs.

Electronic Communication Devices in the Classroom

The Sumter School District Board believes that the possession of electronic devices by students during the school day may have an adverse effect on classroom instruction.  Electronic communication devices are defined as  telecommunication devices, to include mobile telephones that emit an audible signal, vibrate, display a message or otherwise summon or deliver a communication to the processor.


Middle School Student Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The tardy bell rings at 8:00!

For the safety of our students and staff, all students are expected to wear their ID everyday to school.  The school has provided a temporary and a permanent ID with a lanyard to all students.  Replacements cost $10, and lanyards are $1.

VACCINE REQUIREMENT:All rising 7th graders  will be required to have received the Tdap vaccine (whooping cough/pertusis) 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.

We welcome your suggestions and comments to improve our school. Please click on the suggestion box to email your message.

Today, 8/21/2014
High: 99 Low: 74
18% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/22/2014
High: 100 Low: 74
Slight chance thunderstorms
20% chance of precipitation.

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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