Today, 2/7/2016
High: 54 Low: 48
Partly sunny
14% chance of precipitation.

Daily Announcements

Monday, 2/8 at 7:00 PM vs. Southeast MS @AC Flora HS

Congratulations to Danielle Odom, 8th grade ELA teacher, who is Hand Middle School’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year!

Check out the attached flyer for the dates and times of our Dreher Cluster Winter Parent Workshops!
Parent meeting Winter 2016.pdf

Team H3 Winter Supply Drive
The staff at Hand Middle School has been serving the homeless population recently by serving hot chocolate and cookies to the downtown homeless.  Our group is “Hand Hornets Helping (H3) Serve Columbia”.  We’ve learned that there are other items that are very much needed.  In order to involve our students, we are asking each grade to donate the following:

6th grade-Chapstik

7th grade-gloves

8th grade-men’s white or black socks

There will be donation boxes for 6th graders in the cafeteria and 7th & 8th graders in the gym.  We will be taking donations through February 11.  Thank you for helping us serve those in need!

Hand MS Student Food Tasting
Students across Richland One were asked for feedback on the meal program. Based on the amount of responses, Hand Middle School has been selected to host a food tasting on February 16, 2016 during the lunch meal. Please encourage your child to participate as their feedback will help to determine options for next school year menu. As an added bonus, they will receive “I Voted” stickers after they participate! 

Attention Rising 6th Graders!

Check out the 6th Grade Academy link on the left side of this homepage to see the
latest information about course selection, school tours, and registration for the
2016-2017 school year. 

The Hand Educational Foundation invites you to attend a Poolside Luau. Come join us for an adult evening of Hawaiian music, food and drinks!! Aloha shirts, Hawaiian dress and casual beach attire welcomed!

When: Friday, April 15 , 2016 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Where: Home of the Tappa Family-2712 Wilmot Avenue

Cost: $25 per person

See attached for the Hand Educational Foundation Gala FLYER

**Remember to Bring Cash or your Checkbook for Special Rae Items!!! **

2016 Gala.pdf

What's Happening at Hand? (click on the link to find out!)


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

REMIND- Check out the REMIND- Grade Level Text Message Updates link found under Parent Resources at the top of this homepage. Join your child's specific grade level group or join them all so you can stay "in the know" for all Hand Middle School news!

Richland One Mission Statement

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

Check out our video display wall at Hand Middle!!!  Click here for more information.

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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.

Please be sure to check online grades by clicking on the link. Your POP-UP Blocker must be set to allow pop-ups from this website.
If you have any questions, please call (803) 343-2947.



Special Thanks to our PTO Sponsors for this year!!

Platinum Sponsor
Willm Construction

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

Monday, February 8
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 10
A.C. Moore 5th Grade Visit to Hand
Thu, Feb 11 - Sun, Feb 14

From the Principal

Welcome to Hand Middle School, home of the Hornets! Our goal at Hand Middle School is to educate the whole child by focusing on the 5 As: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Attendance, and Attitude. Our teachers work collaboratively throughout the year to plan engaging lessons that prepare our students to become college and career ready.
We are excited to go one-to-one this year and are preparing to roll out our digital learning environment next month. For only $30, students will get a laptop to use for the school year as well as a laptop sleeve and a backpack to keep.
There are many ways that students, parents, and the community can be involved at Hand Middle School. Check the student information form that was sent home with schedules to make sure all contact information is correct and return to your child's 1st period teacher. Sign up for REMIND texts from the school and your child's teachers. Follow us on Twitter @HandMiddleSC, and see how Hand L.E.A.D.S 1440 at
Anyone interested in giving to Hand Middle School can do so by clicking the Donate Now button above. The money raised here and through the PTO fundraiser in August goes right back to the classroom!
Our theme at Hand this year is Love Blue, Live Gold! Members of the Hand Family have school spirit and represent the school with pride while striving to do and be their best. I am proud to lead the students and staff at Hand Middle as the acting principal, and look forward to a wonderful new school year.
Jody Davidson