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    Dear Hand Families:

    On behalf of the entire Hand Middle School (HMS) faculty, staff and administration, I am truly honored to welcome our returning families, and to extend our warmest of welcomes to our newest families joining us this school year 2019-2020.  At Hand, we are filled with pride, because of our school’s tradition of excellence in education, by setting high expectations, emphasizing learning and growth, helping to develop leadership qualities and skills, and utilizing research-based best practices, collectively, to advance 21st Century teaching and learning.

    Surely, as I reflect on Hand’s accomplishments, past and present, I can truly say, because of the unwavering support of our families and community stakeholders, faculty, staff and administration:      “We are One Hand, One Voice, Serving Every Child, Every Day.” We are committed to preparing our students for successful Green 2019 achievement in middle and high school, in college and career, and locally, nationally and globally, through World Class Knowledge, Skills, and Life and Career Characteristics of the Profile of the SouthCarolina Graduate, as determined by the South Carolina Department of Education, and Richland School District One. 

    I look forward to working with you during the coming year to provide the best possible education for our children and yours. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Together, we will propel our 21st Century learners to lives of successful achievement, to expect to work with peers across the globe, and to make Hand Middle School, in Richland One, the best place for learners to be!



    Dr. Patrice T. Green, Principal

    Hand Middle School, Richland School District One



    Annual Book Fair

    November 12-15 in the Media Center

    Family Literacy Night - November 12 at 5:30pm

    District Volunteer Process


    In order for parents or others to volunteer on field trips or other opportunities, they must go through the District Volunteer approval. 
    This process can sometimes take a couple of weeks, therefore, please plan in advance.  This is the link that volunteers need to access:

    Do you want to get involved in the community? Look below for opportunities (students and adults)

    Volunteers to help out on the Friday after Thanksgiving morning, November 29, for our Shandon Neighborhood Turkey Trot and Burn 5K, which will be held at 10am, starting near Hand at the corner of Blossom and Woodrow.  We need volunteers to do everything from help set up tables, place water and bananas out for the runners, and multiple other tasks, including cheering runners on.  We would love to have them register for the race as well if they'd like.  The link to sign up is:  https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Columbia/ShandonTurkeyTrotBurn5K

    An ongoing volunteer opportunity. We have place a pet Poop Station at the corner of Duncan and King Street.  Currently I am the one responsible for emptying the contents (a lot of poop!) about every 2 to 3 days.  It would be fantastic to have a group from the school help with this task.  Please contact 446-6439 if interested. 

    Richland One Calendar Changes

    Parent Conferences: October 30, 2019 from 4:15 - 7:15 PM

    Monday, November 25 will be a makeup day for Richland One students and employees. 

    Link to revised R1 Calendar:


    Check the Webpage and School Calendar regularly!

    Richland One Strategic Plan 2019-2024

    Click here to review.

    Download the Richland One APP.

    Stay connected with Richland One and Hand!!

    Click below to learn more information

    R1 app


    Hand is so blessed to be a part of a community that loves to give back.

    HMS received a 2500.00 check from Shandon Tour of Homes which will be used to

    celebrate positive student behaviors. Thank you!


     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