Welcome to Alice Drive Middle 

A Nationally Certified STEM School!


Interested in a fun and education summer camp? Check out this flyer from SC State:

SC State 1890 Explorer’s Camp


Free Tutoring and Student Support

As we move into the last part of the school year, some students may find themselves in need of additional academic support. The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) are partnering to offer free online tutoring services, provided by Tutor.com, to any student in South Carolina. In addition to tutoring in content areas, students may also drop off papers for review, seek help in test preparation, or ask specific questions about their work. The around-the-clock service is available seven days per week.

The link provided here, Accessing Tutor.com via Discus | Discus (scdiscus.org), provides an explanation on how to access the online tutoring service through Discus which is the SCSL’s electronic library.


Spring Chorus Concert

Our Spring Chorus Concert will be held at the Sumter High Auditorium on Friday, April 29th at 6:30 pm.


State testing is quickly approaching.

Here are the dates for testing at ADM:

  • May 10: SC PASS Science (6th grade only)
  • May 12: SC Ready ELA 1
  • May 17: SC Ready ELA 2
  • May 18: Algebra I EOC (only students enrolled in Algebra I)
  • May 19: SC Ready Math
  • May 20-31: Makeup Testing

It is important that students arrive on time and stay throughout the school day to finish their tests. Please avoid making appointments or scheduling any other out-of-school functions during testing hours. Students may not be in possession of any electronic devices during testing. These will be collected by a teacher before testing begins.

Student and Parent State Testing Resources


2022 Santee Region CLNA 8th & 9th Grade Parents Survey


Tomorrow will be an A day.



Tuesday, 1/18: A Day —— Wednesday, 1/19: B Day
Thursday, 1/20: A Day ——- Friday, 1/21: B Day



Shift to Remote Learning 1/18 – 1/21

We are carefully monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in our school. Due to the growing number of cases and low availability of our staff, Alice Drive Middle School will shift to remote learning on Tuesday, January 18. Students will return to school on Monday, January 24.

While on remote learning, students will follow their normal 1st semester class schedule, and Google links will be posted in Schoology. If a child’s Chromebook was left at the school, you may retrieve it from the front office.

In an effort to ensure students receive breakfast and lunch for the week while on remote learning, meals will be distributed on Tuesday, January 18 from 9 AM – 12 PM at the back of the cafeteria entrance.

Please continue to be safe and practice mitigation strategies such as washing your hands, physical distancing, wearing a mask, staying home if you have symptoms or are in the process of getting tested, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. We thank you for your ongoing support and flexibility as we work to keep our school family safe!


Groundhog Job Shadowing Day has been cancelled.





Parents and students, please see this letter on REACH 2022 Summer Arts Program.


Please see the following letter from Dr. Martin-Knox regarding Internet and COVID 19 Safety.


Student Broadband Access Survey

The SCDE has purchased a program, eCollect, from PowerSchool LLC.
SCDE has developed a technology survey concerning student access to technology for completing coursework.
The survey is accessed in ParentPortal.
Parents must click on the Forms link in the Navigation Bar. This will open to the General tab. The parent can then click on the link, Student Broadband Access Survey, to begin.
There are 7 questions to answer.
The deadline is Friday October 15, 2021.


Do you know someone who would be a great addition to our School Improvement Council?



Please see the following letter from our Superintendent about the Mask Mandate that takes effect on Monday, 10/4/2021.

Face Mask Mandate Letter


6th Grade Virtual Open House

7th Grade Virtual Open House

8th Grade Virtual Open House


This correspondence is to make you aware of a concerning internet trend that students are engaging in across the country. The “Bathroom Challenge,” also known as the “Devious Licks Challenge,” on TikTok encourages students to post themselves stealing from school or damaging school property, particularly in bathrooms.

Please speak with your child(ren) about the consequences of damaging school property or stealing from our schools. Sumter School District takes incidents of this nature very seriously. Vandalism and theft are considered criminal conduct and are Level II and III offenses according to the Sumter School District Code of Conduct. Criminal conduct consequences, when deemed appropriate, can include contacting law enforcement, out of school suspension, assignment to an alternative school, or expulsion.

The safety of our students is our top priority. Destroying soap dispensers, stall doors, toilets, sinks or other bathroom fixtures is dangerous behavior and could result in serious injury, which is an unfortunate and unnecessary consequence of a student’s decision to participate in an internet trend.

We encourage students and our families to report behaviors or matters that may interfere with the operations of the school. This includes threats of direct or indirect harm to students and/or adults. We take all these matters seriously and will address situations accordingly.

Thank you for working with us to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students.

-ADM Administration


Remember that Wednesday, 9/22/2021 will be a half-day of attendance for student attendance. We will release at 11:30 am.


Our ProTeam is collecting items for the SPCA until October 1st. Please see the following document for details about how you can help!

ProTeam SPCA Community Service


We continue to strive to provide high-quality instruction while keeping our students and staff safe at school. Please see the following document on our plans:

Protect the Nest: COVID Mitigation Plan




Football practice for today has been canceled.


2021-2022 Orientation Video


Tuesday, August 17, is the official first day of school for students. Tuesday/Wednesday will be designated as our “Re-Engage” Camp.” Students will receive their schedules, take ID pictures, review school-wide behavior expectations/procedures, tour the building, update chrome books, and explore STEM through a  variety of problem-based learning activities. Information will be sent home with dates for Open House!




Please see the following letter concerning the return of sports for middle schools and the packet that needs to be completed in order for students to participate.

COVID Athletic Parent Letter

2021 Athletic Preparticipation Packet


Dear Parents,

Please see the attached letters about our school survey. There is one from the State Department of Education Superintendent, Mrs. Molly Spearman (English/Spanish versions). The other is our letter which includes the link to complete the survey. Thank you in advance.

Letter to Parents

Letter to Parents (Spanish)

Parent Opinion Survey


April 26, 2021

Dear Parents,

The South Carolina College and Career Ready Assessment (SC READY) & the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) will be administered online statewide to students in grades 3 through 8.   Therefore, it is important that all students are present and on time each day of testing. Your child will be tested in the following areas on the designated dates:

May 17, 2021 SC READY Math Test 

May 18, 2021 EOC (End of Course) Algebra I (8th grade only)

May 19, 2021 SC READY Writing Test 

May 20, 2021 SC READY Reading Test 

May 21, 2021 SCPASS Science Test (6th grade only)

May 24-June 3, 2021 SCPASS/SC READY Make-Up Testing

 In an effort to ensure that your child has every opportunity for success, it is important that your child goes to bed early, eats a good breakfast, arrives to school on time each day of testing and stays the entire time scheduled for testing.  Late students cannot be allowed to enter the testing area once testing has begun.  We are also asking that you do not schedule any appointments or pick up your child from school during the scheduled testing hoursIf you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Edwards, Assistant Principal, (School Test Coordinator) at (803) 775-0821 ext. 131.


_Mrs. Jenaii D. Edwards, Asst. Principal

Please see this letter for information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. It is a program that will help those who qualify with the cost of Internet in their homes until the funds are exhausted. The federal government has it set to begin on May 12.

March 19, 2021

Return to 5 Days Survey

March 11, 2021

The Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Education (SCDE) are working to provide Pandemic EBT benefits to qualifying children across South Carolina, and we need your help to ensure children attending your school are able to receive them if they are eligible.  All households with potentially eligible students are strongly encouraged to validate their address in the DSS P-EBT Address Portal on or before March 19, 2021.  The P-EBT Address Portal is located on the DSS website, at: https://benefitsportal-test/#/pebt/addressverification.  To locate a child in the Address Portal the parent must have: Student Last Name, Date of Birth, Student ID, School District and School Name.  If a parent or guardian does not know the Student ID, they must obtain this information from the child’s school.

March 9, 2021


Would YOU like to be 2021-2022 ADMS STEM Ambassador? Applications are open now through March 31. Don’t miss your chance!
STEM Ambassador Application for 2021-2022

March 8, 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In an effort to clearly communicate the expectations of the open enrollment process in Sumter School District and to prevent any misunderstandings, we are sending this letter in advance of the open enrollment application period.

If you are currently attending 8th grade at an out of zone school, you must apply for open enrollment for 9th grade.  

Open enrollment is a process by which parents apply for their children to attend a particular school for participation in a specific program of study not available in the school for which they are zoned. 

Open enrollment will not be approved for schools/grades that have reached maximum capacity. 

If you are interested in applying for open enrollment to remain at an out of zone school, you must submit the open enrollment application between April 1-30, 2021. If you do not submit an application or if your application is denied, your child’s records will be sent to your school for which you are zoned for the 2021-2022 school year.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 803-775-0821 Ext. 113.

Thank you, 

Mrs. Pressley

Principal – Alice Drive Middle School

March 3, 2021


8th grade students and parents: Please review and share this information. You will learn more about schools of study/career clusters and majors that are available in the District as you enter each grade level of high school. We are required by the State of South Carolina to provide you with this information while you are in middle school.

Here is the full list of courses offered at our high schools: 2021 Sumter School District Course Catalog

January 27, 2021

Dear ADM Families:

Thank you again for your patience and resilience as we plan our return to hybrid instruction.  After monitoring the data from DHEC and consulting with our Reopening of Schools Taskforce, hybrid instruction will resume Monday, February 1, 2021. Parents still have the option for their children to remain virtual for the entire semester. Please make sure you have completed the virtual learning agreement for the second semester with your child’s school.

6th-8th Grade: Group 1 (last name beginning with A-L) will start in the building on Monday, Feb. 1st. They will attend in-person on Mondays and Thursdays.

6th-8th Grade: Group 2 (last name beginning with M-Z) will start in the building on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd. They will attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  • Group 1 (student’s last names A-L):
    • Monday – A Day (in-person)
    • Tuesday – B day (virtual)
    • Wednesday – Asynchronous
    • Thursday – B Day (in-person)
    • Friday – A Day (virtual)
  • Group 2 (student’s last names M-Z):
    • Monday – A Day (virtual)
    • Tuesday – B day (in-person)
    • Wednesday – Asynchronous
    • Thursday – B Day (virtual)
    • Friday – A Day (in-person)

We need every student in their seat or online by the 8:00 tardy bell. Breakfast will be available at 7:30 when the school opens. We’ve allowed extra time between blocks to assure a safe/smooth transition between classes. We will move students by grade level in 5 minute intervals (we may need to be flexible with this, as well). We will also use this time for student restroom usage, which will be strictly monitored for safety and social distancing. Lunch will be provided to every student during the 3rd block. We will split classes into 1st or 2nd lunch based upon numbers. Students are allowed to bring their own lunch; however, for safety reasons, we are asking parents/grandparents not to drop off food or any other materials throughout the day. We will continue to offer support/enrichment time at the end of the daily schedule, to assist students and answer any questions from the daily lesson. Please refer to our  videos posted on our website, google classrooms, and our Facebook page. These videos contain additional detailed information to assure a safe and smooth transition.

We would like to stress to our parents and students the importance of monitoring for any COVID-19 related symptoms and to not send students to school if they are sick. Please also remain mindful of safety guidelines established by the CDC, specifically staying six feet apart, wearing masks, washing hands, and following school bus and classroom safety protocols. Students should not share supplies, masks, food, or water bottles.  In addition, high school athletics will resume Friday, January 29, and athletes will follow safety protocols as outlined in the Return to Play planning document. 

Our team will remain vigilant and monitor COVID-19 data and staff availability in our schools while enforcing safety procedures at all times. Thank you for your patience and continued support. 

Protect the Nest!

Mrs. J. Pressley, Ed.S


Attention ADM Parents:

As we prepare for the 2nd semester, we need to update our classroom rosters to assure the safety of our students. If you would like to change your child’s status to Virtual Learning Only for the 2nd semester, please fill out this form, sign, date and return so that we can update our records.


We need a form on file for each student who wishes to remain virtual. If you want your student to attend Hybrid, then you do not need to fill out a form. 

If we have a form on your child and you do not want to make any changes, you DO NOT need to submit an additional form. Thanks for your continued patience and support

*Hard copies of this form are available in our front office. 

Protect the Nest,

Mrs. J. Pressley, Principal