Today, 5/25/2015
High: 87 Low: 64
Mostly clear
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/26/2015
High: 87 Low: 68
Mostly cloudy
13% chance of precipitation.

Daily Announcements

All rising Hand 6th graders need to register before the 2015-2016 school year. Please stop by our Community Center (room 108) before the end of this school year (or on Tuesdays in the summer) to update your information. 

You will need your mortgage, lease, or rental agreement as well as two utility bills when you come.

We look forward to meeting our future Hornets!

Faculty Quick Clips provide an overview of what's happening in class and how you can help your student succeed. Click on the link under SCHOOL RESOURCES in the column on the left.

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.

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

Follow us on Twitter!!/HandMiddleSC 

Text      Follow HandMiddleSC to 40404

Get Echalk on your Mobile Device!!!!


  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, May 25
Charleston Trip

8th grade

Tuesday, May 26
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday, May 28
8th grade Day

Honors Assembly

Friday, May 29
Early Release
~students dismissed
@ 1:00pm
Honors Assembly

6th @ 10:45

7th @ 9:00

Last Day
of school

From the Principal

     At Hand Middle School, we are proud of our recent Exemplary School Report Card rating. Our hard-working staff and students earned this rating through rigorous teaching and learning. I am awed by the commitment and dedication of our Hand family.
    This semester has been a busy one! We were thrilled and honored to host an Arts in the Basic Curriculum Site visit. On the day of the visit, over 150 South Carolina educators enjoyed the performances of our amazing students, participated in workshops, and observed our classrooms.
     During November, a 12-member external review team of educators recommended Richland School District One for reaccreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. Hand Middle School was one of the schools visited by the external review team members. Led by our LEAP students, the team observed many of our classrooms for effective instructional practices and interviewed the schools leadership team. Due to the consistent and total investment of our entire faculty and staff, the visit was a successful one contributing to the recommendation for Richland School District Ones reaccreditation.
     Hand was also the host site of an area University of South Carolina Professional Development School, PDS, meeting. As a PDS school, Hand collaborates with the University of South Carolinas education department. We enjoy interacting and planning with a University liaison who spends at least 15 hours a week at Hand. Ms. Dywanna Smith, a former Hand teacher, is our current liaison. Due to her many areas of expertise and experiences, we are fortunate to continue our partnership with Ms. Smith. In her role as the schools liaison and mentor, Mrs. Jude Barrineau, sixth grade math teacher, is our on-site clinical adjunct with the University. Working within the framework of our partnership, Dr. David Virtue, a University professor, updated  our staff on problem-based learning initiatives throughout the country. Because Hand Middle School is a PDS, our school is brimming with teacher candidates learning the most effective teaching strategies from our own teachers. Our teaching ranks are now filled with former University students who trained within our own walls.

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.