8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Teacher Workday
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM SIC meeting
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM PTO Spirit Night
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.
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 and 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:
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
Lena Trask-Trafton made it to the state finals!
Studying and Collaborating before the school day starts
This is HAND ... This is US!
Staff working on R1 Micro-credential Poverty assignment during PLC time
Congratulations to University of South Carolina Professional Development Schools Network.
Hand was the 1st Midlands middle school to participate. There are 21 Midland P-12schools in the network.
Received this award at the National PDS conference on February 15, 2019.
Annual Midnight Hoops events at Bibleway Church of Atlas Road on February 22.
Over 300 youth attended. Dr. Green was the guest speaker.
It was another great year for Hand MS Orchestra students.
Out of 68 seats in the Richland 1 Honor Orchestra, Hand MS has 30 of them!
~ Including (3) 1st chairs, (3) 2nd chairs,
and (2) 3rd chair players (the higher the chair number, the better the result).
Sarah Bobertz, a 6th grader is the 1st chair cello player; Diego Thrasher, a 7th grader, is the 1st chair 1stviolin player;
Elizabeth Nobles (All Star already) is the 1st chair bass player.
THANK YOU Mr. McCants for all of your dedication!!!
On February 28, PEARLs and Queen Hornets took a tour of the
new Richland County Public Library TEEN CENTER.
Freestyle Friday was a BLAST! The students, USC volunteers,
and Counseling Department :) all enjoyed themselves!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click HERE to view expectations
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
Students can earn Hornet PRIDE coupons for displaying positive behavior. Students can place coupons in a Hornet PRIDE box for a monthly drawing for an incentive sponsored by the PTO!
Parent Portal is available!