Mr Holmes

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Dear Parents:

It is with honor and great pleasure that I greet you as the Principal of Amherst Middle School.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Amherst Middle family. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-seven years. During this time, my experiences include teaching elementary, being a middle school assistant principal at Amherst Middle School, an elementary school principal, and the principal of a middle school. I have been married to my wife Robin for thirty-one wonderful years, and we are blessed with three amazing children, Austin, who is twenty-eight, Amanda who is twenty-two, and John who is fifteen.

As parents, you play a vital role on our team. Greek Philosopher, Aristotle stated, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." This quote has been used on multiple occasions to communicate the importance of synergy and teamwork. Your involvement in your student's education is critical to ensure their success and provide a memorable middle school experience. We encourage you to communicate with your student's teachers and administration so that we will work together for the success of our students, our school, and our community.

We have been working collaboratively and diligently to ensure the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. Our goal is to continue to provide a positive educational experience, preparing our students to be respectful, responsible, and resilient learners.

 I take great pride in serving as your principal, and I look forward to a successful school year.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time if I can be of assistance.  


J. Kelly Holmes, Jr.


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434-946-0691 (Office)

434-818-2310 (Cell)

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass