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  • Dear HMS Students Parents and Families,

    As I reflect on our accomplishments, past and present, I can truly say, because of your unwavering support, Parents, Community Stakeholders, Faculty andGreen  Staff: “We are One Hand and One Voice, Serving Every Child, Every day.” Through collective impact, and collaborative practices, we at HMS do promote appropriate recognition for our young Hornets, as they epitomize the tenets of Hornet Pride: Personal Responsibility, Respect, Individual Readiness, Demonstrated Learning and Effective Behavior. It is well known, that Hand is often regarded as the middle school, where students will succeed in high school, and beyond, particularly in academic achievement, and college and career success. Truly, at HMS, we are responsible to our students, for Inspiring, Informing, Educating, and Promoting the Joy and Happiness of Learning- in a safe, caring and positive environment. This is our common purpose, and this, as well as you, our HMS family, are our top priority! We are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students, and in the Spirit of our HMS Community!

    But there are great expectations we have of our students, and this includes you, our Hand Middle School Hornets, individually and collectively. It is the responsibility you have for your education, and the responsibility you have for yourself. To be successful in school, HMS students are expected to attend school every day, to pay attention in all classes, to demonstrate the tenets of Hornet Pride, and to put in the time it takes to study, to learn, to achieve academic success.

    Remember: We’re on this journey together; and, as such, we believe: 

    • Fostering relationships is the foundation to children reaching their fullest potential in an environment conducive for learning;
    • Elevating expectations is the foundation for children developing honorable character, achieving academic success, and becoming productive citizens in an environment conducive for learning; and
    • Promoting pride in each other and in our school, is the foundation to educating the whole child.

    Finally, HMS family and students, to quote our beloved Dr. Seuss, whose words captivated the hearts and minds of children, past and present: He says: “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers, who soar to great heights!” And, “The more you read, the more things you will know; the more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”

    Again, Welcome, and Thank you,

    Dr. Patrice T. Green, Principal

    Hand Middle School, Richland School District One 



    New and Returning Student Enrollment Verification

    Beginning May 1, 2019, you will be able to verify student enrollment for 2019-2020. You will verify contact information, complete the bus transportation application, as well as other annual forms at your Parent Portal site. Current Proof of Residency will need to be submitted by all students for 2019-2020. Submit your lease or mortgage and one current utility bill. You may bring your documents to the school or submit them by email (registrationhms@richlandone.org). 

    Parent Portal

    Will be available August 2019 

    The 2019-2020 school district calendar is now posted on the R1 website under District Calendars. 

    The calendar was approved at the February 26 school board meeting. 

    2019-2020 School Calendar link


    Summer 2019 Information

     Reading and Math 

    click the link to School Resources  


    Check the Webpage and School Calendar regularly!

     Upcoming Events:

    Camp Hornet for rising 6th graders: August 8

    1st Day of School for Students: August 21


    Richland One Strategic Plan 2019-2024
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    Hand's Education Foundation

    The Foundation currently is recruiting new members.  Please consider joining the Hand Educational Team!  The commitment entails attending a one-hour monthly evening meeting, held at the school. Check out the Foundation page under Parent Resources.  If you have any questions or if you are interested in joining, please contact John Meyers at meyersjohnm@gmail.com


     Student IDs

    Richland One requires all students and staff members to wear IDs around the neck everyday for safety and security. By the middle of September, all students will receive IDs. Please remind your student to keep it their bookbag after school so he/she will have it for school. Students who meet expectations will be eligible for an incentive.


    Cafeteria Procedure

    All students have access to free breakfast and lunch each day of the school year. The standard lunch includes a choice of meat or other protein, two vegetables, fruit or fruit juice, bread and milk. Students also have the option of the salad bar. There are two meat/protein options for students to select. If one meat/protein option is not available, a student will have access to the other available option. Please visit SNS website for more details:



    Golden Pass for Senior Citizens

    Richland One offers a complimentary Golden Activity Pass to district retirees and senior citizens ages 60 and older who live in the Richland One school attendance zone. Seniors may pick up a Golden Activity Pass from the Richland One Office of Communications, located on the second floor of the Stevenson Administration Building at 1616 Richland Street. Passes will be issued on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a. m. – noon and 2-4 p.m. Link for more information: Golden Pass Info