Give the gift of life for the holidays! ADMS is hosting a blood drive for The American Red Cross Friday, December 15, fromm noon-5:00pm. Click here for more information.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Alice Drive Middle School for the 2013-14 school year! The faculty and staff are excited about working with you this year! We need your help and support as we aim to provide meaningful, 21st century learning opportunities for the academic, moral, physical, and social development of your child. Our goal is to furnish educationally enriching, stimulating, and enjoyable activities which recognize the varied unique abilities for each student we serve here at ADMS. We are excited about starting a new year.
Our school-wide SOAR theme—Shows Respect, Obeys Rules, Accepts Responsibility, and Rises to Excellence—will continue this year at ADMS with a renewed focus. We will encourage all students to embrace the values of “commitment, integrity, and achievement” in their daily choices and interactions. With a renewed commitment to our students and a practiced sense of integrity, we know that this will be an especially rewarding year of growth, development and achievement for your child. We believe that the child who knows that his/her parents/guardians are interested in and supportive of the instructional program will also enjoy greater academic and overall developmental success. We value open communication and continued support from parents, students, teachers, administration, and the community. We know that involving all stakeholders in the educational process is the key to promoting successful schools. If we keep these beliefs in mind, the 2013-14 school year will be very productive!
Much planning has been taking place over the summer to ensure a smooth transition to the new school year. ADMS will host a mini-camp orientation on Friday, August 16th for all students and their parents/guardians. Sixth grade will meet from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. Seventh and eighth grade will meet from 1:30 until 3:00 pm. During orientation, parents and students will be presented with important information about the daily policies, procedures, and routines at ADMS. In an effort to allow for more academic time in the classroom and increased elective offerings, information about new block-scheduling will also be provided. We appreciate your input and believe that the new block-scheduling opportunity to receive instruction on each child’s individual academic level will result in greater learning outcomes for all students. Students may also pick-up their schedules, pay locker fees, meet their homeroom teacher, tour the campus, have their student ID made, and enjoy an ice cream social. Parents may also register for Parent Portal, a free service that provides online access to your child’s grades, attendance, and discipline. Orientation should address any questions and provide some insight regarding the students’ new learning environment prior to the first day of school to ensure a smooth transition on the first day.
The first official day of school for all students will be Monday, August 19th and starts at 8:20 am. It will be a half day with dismissal at 11:15 am. Safety of all children is our top priority and because of that, we need your help in ensuring that no student is dropped off until teacher supervision is in place at 7:20 am. If you are dropping off your child, kindly use the designated pick-up area in the back of the school; please do not drop your child off along Miller Road. Breakfast will be served daily from 7:30 until 8:00 am. Our first full day of student attendance will be Tuesday, August 20th; 8:20 am-3:20 pm. 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 September 3rd at 6:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and continue to build the vital home-school partnership that drives student success.
This school year, a Suggestion Box has been placed on the school website, www.adm.sumterschools.net. Kindly email any suggestions and comments about what we are doing at ADMS, as we are always striving for ways to be the best middle school that we can be. Our normal office hours are 7:30 am until 4:00 pm. Please note our summer office hours are Monday—Thursday, 7:30 am until 5:30 pm through August 2nd. 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.email@example.com with any questions, comments, or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing you real soon. Together , we will SOAR to new heights!
In it together,
Jeannie Pressley, Ed.S.