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About Holmes Middle

Holmes Middle School is the largest middle school in Rockingham County. Led by principal Nicole Lancaster and assistant principal Casey Elrod, 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

Fax: (336) 627.0075

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!


Mr. Casey Elrod - Assistant Principal

I look forward to joining Holmes Middle School in 2021-2022 and becoming a part of the Mustang family. I grew up in the Northwest Georgia mountains working on dairy farms and in carpet mills. During college I also worked as a substitute teacher and coach before taking a job in the public health sector. In the mid 2000’s I began teaching and coaching in Rockingham County Schools. Following 12 years in combination of the middle and high school levels in Reidsville, I started my Master’s in School Administration program at UNC-Chapel Hill. I spent my Principal Internship year at Wentworth Elementary. After completing my administrative licensure I chose not to pursue any administrative positions in order to go ahead and complete a doctorate. While completing my Superintendent Licensure research projects, I worked 2 years teaching and helping with administrative duties at Score in the Booker T Washington Learning Center. Those research projects included analysis of BT Coaching/Mentoring Programs in Chatham County, the state of North Carolina, and the United States as a whole. The past 2 years were back teaching high school Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science at Rockingham County High School. 

Currently I am finishing up my dissertation this semester to complete a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration, also from UNC-Chapel Hill. The dissertation is an analysis of CTE legislation regarding schedule flexibility and funding options. My research interests include Improvement Science and Analogous Learning. I also teach courses at UNC in the Peabody School of Education with particular emphasis on the Thrive Program for student success at a research university. 

As a high school coach I won 15 basketball conference championships in 19 years and over 30 conference and state championships in fall and spring sports such as track, softball, tennis, football, and golf. During graduate school I was a volunteer assistant with UNC Women’s basketball and I have been broadcasting college basketball games as an analyst and color commentator for networks such as ESPN, FOX, The ACC Network and the GoHeels Network.












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: 


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

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