About Holmes Middle

Holmes Middle School is the largest middle school in Rockingham County. Led by principal Nicole Lancaster and assistant principal Dennis Paschal, Holmes has 66 certified teachers, four Teaching Assistants, four Guidance Department Staff, and a Media Specialist.  Thirty-seven percent of HMS teachers have earned Graduate and Post-Graduate degrees. The school has seven National Board Certified teachers.

Holmes Middle School

211 N. Pierce Street, Eden, NC 

Phone:  (336) 623.9791

Instructional Hours: 8:25 am - 3:25 pm

Office Hours: 7:45 am - 5:00 pm             

Grades Served: 6-8

Mascot: Mustang

Colors: Maroon, Gray, and White

Administrative Staff


Ms. Nicole Lancaster - Lead Learner & Principal

Hello Holmes Community,


My name is Nicole Lancaster and I am excited about starting the 2021-2022 school year.  This is my 21st year in education and my 7th year working at Holmes.  I look forward to continuing to work with you as we work together to help mold our students.  This year we will have an emphasis on building relationships and a sense of belonging.  Each student will be paired with an adult mentor that will serve as an advocate and support for them throughout their time here at Holmes.  Additionally, we are adding more after school clubs in order to provide more students with activities that are of interest to them.  


My educational background includes teaching, serving as a dropout prevention coordinator, working with communities in schools, serving as an assistant principal and currently serving as a principal. I earned my B.S. and MSA from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and my Ed.S. from Liberty University.  I am the mother of a middle schooler and a high schooler and a member of Graves Chapel Baptist Church.  I will work with you to make sure that your children have a memorable, safe, and academically enriching year!  Be blessed!

Email: nlancaster@rock.k12.nc.us

Mr. Dennis Paschal - Assistant Principal

I am honored to be the assistant principal at Holmes Middle School and join the Mustang family. I look forward to working with our staff, students, parents, and community to members to create a school environment where all students can succeed. I believe, by engaging in our students with a variety of instructional methods and high expectations, our students will be successful. 

I am a 2007 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018 with a Master of School Administration as a participant in UNCG's Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) program.  Prior to entering administration, I taught Social Studies. I completed my principal internship at Western Rockingham Middle School. I am excited to bring my experience as a teacher to the table as an administrator to help Holmes be the best school it can be. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me here at the school or through email if I can be of any assistance. 

Email: rpaschal@rock.k12.nc.us











Beliefs & Pledge

Vision Statement

James E. Holmes Middle School believes that all students will be successful.


Mission Statement

James E. Holmes Middle School will prepare all students to be successful in high school and in their post-secondary lives as global citizens.


Directions from Greensboro, NC:

Take US 29 N to Exit 154, NC 14 (Eden Exit) in Reidsville.  Turn left and follow NC 14 N approximately 11 miles. Turn right onto E. Moore Street.  Go 1/4 mile to the school on the left.


Directions from Martinsville, VA:

Take US 220 S to a left onto US 87 S in Ridgeway, VA.  Continue for approximately 5 miles. Bear left onto US 14 S and continue approximately 3 miles.  Turn left onto E. Moore Street. Go 1/4 mile to the school on the left.


Google Maps

North Carolina Public Schools Report Card

Holmes History

James E. Holmes Junior High School was created by the consolidation of Leaksville-Spray Junior High and Draper Junior High in the fall of 1967. At that time, Holmes served seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. Students from Douglass Elementary School joined the Holmes family in 1968.  In 1991, Holmes Junior High School made the transition to James E. Holmes Middle School. At that time, sixth graders moved from the area's four elementary schools to Holmes, and ninth graders moved to Morehead High School.

Parent/Teacher/Student Organization

Our PTSO consists of parents, teachers, and students working together to support Holmes Middle School and its programs. The PTSO usually meets in the school media center on the first Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. of the month unless there is no school. Check us out on Facebook at Holmes Middle School PTSO.


The PTSO's biggest fundraiser is our candy bar sale.  This year it will start on October 10 and finish up on October 26.  The chocolate bars sell for $1.00 each and profit goes to helping our students at HMS. 


We also sponsored the Halloween and Winter dances in 2017 and helped student council with the Valentine's dance in 2018.


In 2017, we were able to raise enough money for the new door system, to sponsor children from our "Mustang Tree" at Christmas, purchase turkeys at Christmas and Thanksgiving for families in our school, provide the teachers and staff with various lunch options each day of teacher appreciation week, and help our school in many other ways. 


In 2018, we have helped with the beautification of the outside entry way, cleaning of the carpets in the media center and office areas and have free after school events planned for the students to enjoy in September.


We look forward to serving the needs of the school as whole and working with the families that make not only our school, but our community, a great place to be.

Email the PTSO at:  holmesptso@gmail.com 


Our Current Board Members:

Co-Presidents: Jenifer McLamb 

Vice President: Tilda Barnes

Treasurer: Denise Balser

Secretary: Jessica Witt


There is no fee for PTSO. All parents are encouraged to be apart of the activities and we look forward to a fantastic school year!

School Improvement Plan

To view the HMS School Improvement Plan, please visit:  https://www.indistar.org/

Feedback and recommendations to HMS regarding our School Improvement Plan can be provided by completing the following form: HMS SIP Feedback Form 

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