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 email@example.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.
In it together,
Jeannie Pressley, Principal