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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




    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). 



    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:

    All students can pick-up schedule: August 15 at 5:30 pm

    1st Day of School for Students: August 21 at 8:30 am

    Swarming Scholars Parent Meeting: August 29 at 5:30 pm

    Open House: August 29 at 6:00 - 7:30 pm

    Gifted & Talent Parent Meeting: August 29 at 7:30 pm

    Athletics Upcoming Try-outs:

    Football: August 5 - 29

    Volleyball: August 23 - 28

    Cheerleading: August 21- 28


    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


    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