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Daily Announcements

Richland One Mission Statement

We are Richland One, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

Online Grade information is now available!  Please click here for the link.  If you need your password, please contact your child's guidance counselor.

Here is the direct link to South Carolina Journey, the 8th grade Social Studies textbook.  Your teacher will provide the username and password.

What's Happening at Hand?


Above:  Hand MS Students form an "H" wearing their Love Blue Live Gold shirts.  Proceeds were donated to the Dominica School.

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  Welcome to Hand Middle School  



Welcome to Hand Middle School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and recipient of the Carolina First Palmetto's Finest Award! Be sure to check out our calendar for information on upcoming events.

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If you have any questions, please call (803) 343-2947.



Special Thanks to our PTO Sponsors for this year!!

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Hand Middle School Mission Statement

We are Richland One, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.


We believe...

-each member of the school community must strive for excellence.
-each student must be challenged and given the tools needed to learn and achieve.
-each student is provided with a safe and supportive learning environment.
- the fine arts are a common thread for enriching the lives of all students by   promoting creativity and high standards.
- the school functions as a community center and bridge between the diverse neighborhoods represented by our students.
- each member has a responsibility to the school community.
- open communication is necessary for a learning community to succeed.
- technology is a critical component in preparing students for life.
-each student will receive instruction in life skills to better their quality of life

Upcoming Events

Thu, Dec 18 - Fri, Dec 19
Hour of Code
selected classes
Mon, Dec 22 - Fri, Jan 2
Wednesday, January 7
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Thursday, January 8
7:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Honor Band
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

From the Principal

As Hand Middle School students begin the second nine weeks of the 2014-2015 school year, we continue to strive for excellence in student achievement. We were thrilled to be recognized by the South Carolina State Department of Education as a 2013 Palmetto Silver Award winner. This flag hangs proudly in our auditorium foyer. We are maintaining our high expectations as we go for the gold. Our classroom instruction includes the twelve powerful words, such as analyze, infer, evaluate, formulate, support, and predict. Through systematic, deliberate, and intentional applications of these words in our academic standards, our students engage in meaningful higher order thinking.

Throughout the school year our students receive standards-based instruction in all subject areas. The standards set clear, high expectations for student achievement. The results of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) on grade-level curriculum objectives show if students have demonstrated mastery of these standards. 

A big Hand Hurray to our incredible dance teacher, Mrs. Kara Corley. Mrs. Corley experienced a stellar year as the Hand Middle School Teacher of the Year and finalist for Richland School District One Teacher of the Year. Two eighth grade dance students had the opportunity to take a master class with performers in the Alvin Ailey II dance company in November at USC. These students also received tickets to the evening dance concert at the Koger Center.

Congratulations to our Advanced Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Brian McCants, which received numerous Superior and Excellent ratings from the South Carolina Music Education Association. Hand also had the highest percentage of Honors Orchestra students for the District. Through a statewide grant, Hand Orchestra received electric instruments to further excitement of the growing program.

Under the direction of Mr. Robert Arcovio, ten members of the Hand Middle School chorus qualified for the Richland District One Honors Chorus. Additionally, four Hand Middle School students auditioned and were invited to the American Choral Directors Association Junior Honor Choir. These students performed at Anderson University on October 11. We are very proud of Mr. Arcovio and his students.

As the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) 2013-2014 Outstanding Performance Award Winner, the Hand Middle School Band earned excellent ratings at the SCBDA Concert Band Festival. In the inaugural year of the Carnegie Hall Middle School Honors Performance Series, three Hand Middle School students performed June 25-28 at Carnegie Hall. As this performance featured some of the nation's most talented student performers, we are thrilled to have three students showcase their talents on the Carnegie Hall stage. Hands band teacher and Richland School District One lead band teacher, Mrs. Mary Lou Schweickert, continues to bring accolades to our performing arts program.

With the support of the Richland One School Board, select students and faculty in April participated in a dazzling performance of world-class professional musicianship through a partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art and Richland District One. Our students were captivated by the outstanding performance. The staff and students toured the various museum galleries to develop connections between the visual artwork and music.

Our visual arts program continues to excel at Hand and in the community. Mrs. Sharlyn Turlington's visual arts classes received accolades as their artwork was featured at the Richland School District One art show. An extraordinary piece of artwork by a Hand student was selected for the district's permanent art collection. Visual art students created beautiful ceiling tile paintings of local colleges and universities for our eighth grade floor.
Drama students of Hand Middle have experienced an exciting year of theatre. The students performed in three major productions, as well as the November showcase of original student work. Seventh grade students were able to Facetime chat with a professional make-up artist, featured on SyFys Face/Off competition show. We were honored that several of our experienced drama students competed and won prestigious awards in the Richland One Visual Literacy Festival.

Hand students will continue their participation in different arts venues this summer. Representing the visual and performing arts, as well as creative writing, seven Hand students were selected to participate in the South Carolina Governors School this past summer.

Thank you for sharing your students with us. Have a restful and safe summer and remember the importance of summer reading.

How do our families discover more about Hand? Hand Happenings is a weekly email sent by Debbie Wood, our school secretary, to family members. The email list is generated from our addresses listed in PowerSchool. If you are not getting this important email, please email the school at

We hope to see you soon at our many school events. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family at Hand Middle School. Please let me know if I can ever help you.