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Today, 8/29/2014
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  From the Principal's Desk 

Welcome to the 2014–2015 school year!  We hope that you are having an enjoyable and safe summer. It has been a busy summer as the Alice Drive support staff and teachers have worked very hard preparing for our school opening and are looking forward to seeing our returning families and those families new to our school. 

Our school staff is looking forward to another year of continuous academic improvement. Our students will continue to be challenged with rigorous instructional programs that are aligned to our state standards. We value the belief that open communication and continued support from parents, students, teachers, administrators, and the community is the key to promoting successful schools.  We must work together to ensure all of our students achieve at their highest level. I believe the 2014–2015 school year will be our best ever.




Congratulations to Mrs. Shauntae Bines on receiving the 2014-2015 Superintendent's Award for Excellence!

Mrs. Bines was recognized at our district-wide teacher's meeting on August 15 by our district superintendent Dr. Frank Baker for her outstanding contributions to Alice Drive Elementary School.  Mrs. Bines is one of our school counselors, and she is devoted to our students and their parents.  She was the 2012-2013 PTA Support Staff Member of the Year, and she currently serves as the chairperson of our PBIS program.  She has organized three new clubs at ADE, including the Respect All People (RAP) Club; the Newcomers Club, in which she helps students transition into a new school setting; and the Kids of Character Club, where students work on special projects throughout the year to make the students and staff feel special.  She is a positive and caring person who works tirelessly for the students, parents, and teachers at ADE.  We love you, Mrs. Bines!

Please click here to view the ADE Strategic School Renewal Plan.


Please click here to view the State and Federal Parental Notification Requirements.

Please click on the food tray to view the notice for the
Community Eligibility Program for free school breakfast and lunch


Click to view the 2014-2015 School Supply List

Video of the Week

We enjoyed seeing our students and their families at our 2014-2015 Open House event on August 14!  We are looking forward to a wonderful year with all of you!

Celebrating Reading!

Hello Summer Readers!

Are you ready to celebrate the reading you did this summer with some ice cream?  Our Summer Reading Celebration will be held in the ADE Cafeteria on Friday, August 29!  We will be making ice cream sundaes and talking about books!  Remember, you need to show me your Summer Reading Certificate or your Summer Reading Log from a library or book store in order to receive an invitation to the celebration.  If you did not participate in an official program, you can print this reading log, fill it out and get it signed, and use it instead.

School Events

Mrs. McLeod and Ms. Metlock talk with parents about volunteer opportunities during our No Tears Tea on August 18.

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Lisa Jackson, our 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year!

Do you recall taking a Career Interest Inventory in high school, answering a variety of questions about your likes, dislikes and temperament?  The survey then matched your answers to some  good career options.  I remember my results were: farmer, teacher and shepherd.  It's funny how those three are kind of related!  Yet that test simply confirmed what I already knew from a very young age:  I wanted to become a teacher.

My father's US Air Force career brought my family to Shaw AFB in 1973.  My parents enrolled my brothers and me in the Sumter public school system where we grew and thrived.  In fact, I am now teaching at my beloved childhood school, Alice Drive Elementary.  My love of learning was fostered within these very walls!

Upon graduating from Sumter High School, I headed to Winthrop College, earning my degree in Elementary Education in 1988. After getting married and teaching at Kingsbury Elementary, I spent some time as a stay-home mom when each of the two Jackson children were babies.  Those babies are now 20 (Ben is attending college at the University of South Carolina) and 12 (Cameron, 7th grade at ADMiddle) as I am enjoying my 19th year of teaching.  I love growing as an educator and recently earned National Board Certification.  In my free time, I enjoy time with friends, family, and our two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, as well as photography, traveling and reading. 

Serving as a teacher at ADE is a joy.  I - along with my colleagues - love children and have a passion for helping our students develop to their fullest potential.  My coworkers are an outstanding group of wonderful people.  It is an honor to represent this staff as their Teacher of the Year.  As ADE Teacher of the Year, I will have the opportunity to serve on Sumter School District’s Teacher Forum.  The Forum develops teacher leadership in our profession and within the community.  I am very excited for the chance to collaborate with other teachers, especially in the areas of community outreach and college scholarships for future teachers.  I am looking forward to a fantastic year!

Tuesday, August 26
Parent Information Night (K-1st)

K-6:00 p.m.

1st-6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 29
Summer Reading Celebration
Monday, September 1
Labor Day
No School
Tue, Sep 9 - Thu, Sep 18
Fall Fundraiser
Wednesday, September 10
Chick Fil-A Spirit Night
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 11
Chorus Practice
2:15-3:15 p.m.

New School Hours

First Bell: 7:30
Tardy Bell: 7:40
Dismissal: 2:15
Office Hours: 6:50-3:45

Our school building opens for students at 6:50 each morning.  Students may not be dropped off before 6:50 a.m. because there are no teachers on duty to ensure their safety.

Health Reminder for Parents:
A child who comes to school while infectious can spread germs to other students, teachers, and staff members.  If you are not sure whether your child needs to remain at home, please read the School Exclusions brochure created by the DHEC Bureau of Disease Control.  It outlines symptoms of illnesses that parents should watch for, and offers advice on what to do if you see these symptoms in your child.

 We Are a Red Carpet School!

 Red Carpet Schools are recognized by the S. C. State Department of Education for creating a family-friendly school environment and providing excellent customer service.  Our faculty and staff strive to make our students and their families, as well as members of our community, feel welcome at our school!


ADE is a Palmetto Gold Award School!

ADE was recognized with the Palmetto Gold Award by the SC State Department of Education based on our 2009 standardized test results. 


Click to view the 2014-2015 District Calendar

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