News and Notes

~ Hand Middle School Media Center ~

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Virtual Learning and Videoconferencing

Hand Middle School is fortunate to have access to a video conferencing unit. It is stationed in the media center and makes it possible for you and your students to connect and interact with other classes and content experts around the world. There are lots of ways to use this fun technology:

  • scientific demonstrations
  • literacy activities with another class (like a book club)
  • debates
  • arts performances
  • foreign language exchanges

Stop by the media center for more info or to plan an activity. Reminder: distance learning is a component of your technology proficiency and the videoconferencing unit makes it easy to meet this requirement.

Reading Rocks Goes Digital

The district's annual celebration of reading will held on Saturday, October 4, from 9-1 on the campus of Sanders Middle School. All events are free and open to R1 students and families. Well-known author Sharon Draper will be the featured speaker.

Among the activities offered are:

  • free books
  • storytelling
  • reading corner
  • literacy parade
  • vendors
  • school and community performances

Book Fair

Friday, Oct. 31st, 9am

2600 Wheat St

Columbia, SC

Support the media center and get some really great books!

Media Center Staff

Carolyn Masek, Media Specialist

Patricia Kassel, Instructional Assistant