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    A Message from the Principal


    Brian Goins img Welcome to Hand Middle School, home of the Hornets! Our goal at Hand Middle School is to educate the whole child by focusing on the 5 As: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Our focus for the upcoming school year is to “Hold Hand High – Take Hand Higher.” This tag line symbolizes the “whole team approach” that we want to nurture and develop amongst all stakeholders at Hand Middle School. To accomplish this, it is imperative that we all work together this school year to create and maintain the school culture needed to ensure the social, emotional, and academic success of all our students.


    This school year we will work together to meet the following goals:

    • Provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities for all our students through Data-Driven Instruction.
    • Provide opportunities for all stakeholders to develop a sense of community and ownership in our school.
    • Provide opportunities for our students and staff to develop their leadership skills and talents.
    • Provide the necessary structure and support to build a cohesive nest that enables our students and staff to Love Blue! Live Gold!


    Hand Middle School will continue to provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities for all our students by ensuring that World Class Skills and Life Skills are embedded in our daily instruction. World Class Skills (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Communication) and Life Skills (Character, Integrity, Growth Mindset, and Work Ethic) are the core skills our students need to be successful scholars and productive citizens in society. These skills will be taught through standards based units of study and cross-curricular projects that ensure lessons are meaningful and relevant to our students.  Students will continue to build their digital literacy skills through our one-to-one digital learning environment.  For only $30, students will get a laptop to use for the 2016-2017 school year.


    Hand Middle School will continue to provide opportunities for our students to develop their character and talents through leadership roles, advisory, clubs, and community service activities. We will provide support, training, and leadership opportunities for our faculty and staff in order to help them grow personally and professionally.


    Hand Middle School will continue to provide the necessary structure and support to build a cohesive nest for our Hand Family through the 6th Grade Academy, 7th Grade Link, and 8th Grade Experience. We will continue to support our students/staff and celebrate their successes through weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly recognitions.  We will work hard to achieve excellence while enjoying what we do! We will strive daily to Love Blue! Live Gold! 


    It is an honor to lead the students and staff at Hand Middle School as principal, and I look forward to a wonderful new school year.  Go Hornets!




    Brian A. Goins