Today, 8/4/2015
High: 98 Low: 75
9% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/5/2015
High: 99 Low: 75
Slight chance thunderstorms
19% 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!

Football practice will start on August 10th at 8:00 AM on the Hand MS field. All 7th and 8th graders interested in playing must bring current physicals and $20 for school insurance- No Exceptions!

The Eighth Grade History Department is excited to present a wonderful educational opportunity for the eighth grade!  On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, we are traveling to Williamsburg, Virginia.  We will return to Columbia, Friday, October 23, 2015. Slots are first come first serve, and all available trip information can be found under the "8th Grade Williamsburg Trip" link on the left hand side of the homepage.

Welcome Rising 6th Graders and Parent(s)/Guardian(s)!

Check out the attached Welcome Letter. Please email
Mr. Seamans ( with
any questions, concerns, or comments about the amazing year that awaits you.

We can't wait to see you in August! 

Welcome Rising Sixth Graders.pdf
2015-2016 School Supply Lists 

6th Grade

7th Grade
                          8th grade

Check out 
Tenmarks Math!
Tenmarks Smmer math flyer.jpg
ROSETA Program

ROSETA info.pdf
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.

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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

Wednesday, August 5
Camp Hornet
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
~rising 6th graders
Monday, August 10
Teachers Return
Thursday, August 13
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Meet & Greet
New Student Orientation
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday, August 17
Students Return

From the Principal

       As Hand Middle School students complete the fourth quarter of the 2014-2015 school year, the school is abuzz with end-of-the-year events.  With emphasis on our 5 As, academics, attendance, arts, athletics, and a great attitude, Hand students were recognized for Visual Literacy excellence, they were featured at the Indie Grits Festival, and dominated at all district track events.  The support of the ever-incredible PTO, School Improvement Council, Hand Educational Foundation, and the Cluster of Churches provides a foundation of strength and shared expertise.
Our students continue to receive standards-based instruction in all content areas.  The standards set clear, high expectations for student achievement.  The results of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and ACT Aspire show if students have demonstrated mastery of these standards.  We anticipate the results of our most recent spring testing in June.  These results will be used in student scheduling as we review the strengths and challenges of our students during this school year. Additionally, many of our teachers will participate in intensive professional development this summer to align our teaching and student learning.
     The world is in the palm of our hands as our students explore other cultures and countries. During June and July, Hand students will delve into field studies in Costa Roca and England. The Costa Rica language immersion trip is an opportunity for our students to engage and interact using the Spanish language. While in London, our students will experience arts, history, and literature immersion. Paris, France is the destination of many of our students during spring break of 2016. During the summer of 2016 our rising eighth grade and ninth grade students can supplement their Latin studies by touring Pompeii and Rome.
     We are thrilled that Ms. Ashlynn Wittchow, Hand eighth grade English language arts teacher, was selected for the highly competitive Oxford campus of the Bread Loaf School of English. Ms. Wittchow will spend this summer in England collaborating with a small community of educators from throughout the world. Accessing the 400-year old Bodleian library on Oxfords campus, Ms. Wittchow will interpret literary and critical texts fostering a dynamic learning environment.
     Hand Middle Schools teachers continue to perpetuate excellence as Mrs. Jennifer Wise, seventh and eighth grade math teacher, was recognized by Richland County School District One as the District Teacher of the Year. Ms. Wise is a member of the 6-8 Mathematics Standards Review Board for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee and worked with Educational Testing Services at Princeton University to establish a cut-score for the middle level math teacher exam. She is the active coach of our award-winning math teams and first place South Carolina Stock Market Game team.
     I am pleased to announce that every seventh and eighth grade Hand Middle School Algebra I student passed the Algebra I end of course test with an average grade of an A. Because the end of course test is 20% of a students final grade, our students displayed admirable prowess in their final math grades. Mrs. Jennifer Wise, Ms. Lauren Deuel, and Ms. Chavonna Starlings are Hands Algebra I teachers who worked with our students many hours before and after school and on Saturdays.
     Ms. Medina Boggs, seventh grade social studies teacher, was chosen by the South Carolina Bar Association as the South Carolina Law-Related Educator of the Year. Ms Boggs is the champion of the mock trial competition as our students regularly earn annual regional honors. She is our in-house unofficial attorney due to her expansive knowledge of the law.
     Hand Middle Schools exemplary report card rating is indicative of the hard work of our teachers and students. This award recognizes high levels of student academic performance.  We look forward to our newest achievement flag hanging in our foyer outside our auditorium and attendance area.
Summer reading requirements will be mailed home with report cards. Additionally, Hand Middle Schools web page provides information on our summer reading program. All Hand students need to continue to read at least 20 minutes a day during the summer. Hands Edmodo page will encourage the use of inquiry skills as our students engage in lively dialogue about their summer reading. The Edmodo code is 27tn88. We encourage our students to explore different reading genres and authors. The high school reading requirements for our rising ninth grade students will be include in the mailed report card.
     As always, thank you for allowing us to serve your child and family.  I look forward to working with your family in the 2015-2016 school year.

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.