Today, 10/6/2015
High: 73 Low: 53
Partly sunny
2% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/7/2015
High: 78 Low: 57
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.

Daily Announcements

Per Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon, please be advised that all Richland One schools and administrative offices will be closed again tomorrow (Wednesday, October 7, 2015).

Thoughts and prayers go out to all of our Hand and Richland One Families, as well as those across the Columbia area, who have lost their homes and possessions due to the flooding. Our primary concern is the safety of all of our students and staff, and we ask you to stay inside and keep safe. Hand and District administrators will be in touch via email, the phone messenger system, and Remind texts. Many students and teachers have been in contact using Edmodo. Please let us know how your families are doing. Follow the news on television and online for announcements about school closings.

Our Walk to School event originally planned for Wednesday has been postponed.

Stay safe, Hornets, and remember to Love Blue, Live Gold!

Ms Davidson

Mindfulness on the Mat

Attention all Hand female students!!!

Have you enjoyed the “Harmony at Hand" experience? Are you interested in learning more about self-reflection? Then you might be just the person we are looking for to try “Mindfulness on the Mat!” Mindfulness on the Mat (MotM) will further assist with relieving stress, building focus, and enhancing self-confidence. Please check out the attached information below and explore the Mindfulness on the Mat link under the "SCHOOL RESOURCES" tab on this homepage. Submit your MotM application to Mr. Seamans by Wednesday, October 7th, as we will begin very soon. 

Mindfulness on the Mat Overview.pdf

Feeder School Football Night

Hand Middle School invites you to our Feeder School Night on October 14th at 5:30 PM at Memorial Stadium. You are invited to support the Hornets, cheer on HMS, and watch our "Halftime Field Walk" where we will recognize all students from A.C. Moore, Meadowfield, Rosewood, and South Kilbourne. Admission is $3 for adults/$2 for students. #LoveBlueLiveGold!       

National Junior Honors Society Installation is 
Thursday, October 1st from 9:00-10:00 AM
 in the Hand MS Auditorium!

8th Grade Laptops- Tuesday-9/22
7th Grade Laptops- Wednesday-9/23
6th Grade Laptops- Thursday-9/24
Make-Up Day- Friday-9/25

The Hand Media Center will distribute Laptops and provide additional assistance each school day after the initial distribution week. 

1st Quarter Interim Reports Were Distributed on 9/18/15! See attached for Parent Portal grade information. Please email your grade level counselor if you need to acquire your password. 
ParentPortal Single Sign On.pdf
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!

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.

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

Tue, Oct 6 - Tue, Oct 20
Mon, Oct 5 - Fri, Oct 9
Tuesday, October 6
Clubs start
Wednesday, October 7
Walk to School- POSTPONED
7:50 AM - 8:15 AM
Volleyball- POSTPONED
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
vs Gibbes

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