Nestled off Nuckols Road and Concourse Boulevard in Glen Allen, Virginia, Holman Middle School opened in September 2010 and is the newest middle school in Henrico County. Equipped with the latest and most up-to-date technology to enhance instruction, HMS students are provided unique interactive learning experiences.
In 2011, Holman Middle School earned the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver designation. Our school’s high-performance and sustainable design provides the students, faculty, staff, and community with an eco-friendly environment. The design reduces environmental impact through areas including transportation, storm-water runoff, water use, energy use, acoustics, indoor quality, and the materials to build the school.
Holman Huskie Highlights
Since the opening of Holman Middle School in 2010, our students have performed exceptionally well on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We would like to highlight the Holman Middle School pass rates:
2014-2017 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan SMART Goals:
As part of Henrico County Public School’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, Holman Middle School will be focusing on these five SMART goals:
*SMART= specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound
SMART Goal #1: Increase the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their projected growth on NWEA MAPS by 9% on the reading NWEA MAPs test by Spring 2017 with the following annual goals:
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
2014‐2015: goal is 54% 2014‐2015: goal is 55% 2014‐2015: goal is 58%
2015‐2016: goal is 57% 2015‐2016: goal is 58% 2015‐2016: goal is 61%
2016‐2017: goal is 60% 2016‐2017: goal is 61% 2016‐2017: goal is 64%
SMART Goal #2: Increase the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their projected growth on NWEA MAPS by 12% on the mathematics NWEA MAPs test by Spring 2017 with the following annual goals:
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
2014‐2015: goal is 48% 2014‐2015: goal is 48% 2014‐2015: goal is 56%
2015‐2016: goal is 52% 2015‐2016: goal is 52% 2015‐2016: goal is 60%
2016‐2017: goal is 56% 2016‐2017: goal is 56% 2016‐2017: goal is 64%
SMART Goal #3: Decrease the gap between all students and Students with Disabilities by 30% on the Spring 2017 administration of the Mathematics SOL tests with annual decreases to the existing gap of 10%.
SMART Goal #4: Increase the SOL/EOC Pass Advanced rates of students enrolled in Accelerated/Advanced courses by 5% annually.
SMART Goal #5: Increase the percentage of Faculty/Staff providing a favorable response to survey questions #50, 60, 64, & 68 (focusing on Staff Development, Leadership Dynamics, and Direction of the Organization) by 10% in the 2015‐16 administration of the Faculty/Staff School Climate & Culture survey.
- Holman celebrated Black History Month with a special assembly featuring guest speaker Dr. Dietra Trent, the Virginia Secretary of Education.
- All students, faculty, and staff participated in All Holman Reads, a reading event of the novel One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
- Holman participated in a response activity to One for the Murphys by selling t-shirts for Foot Five Fridays, inspired by guest speaker, George Dennehy, who spoke at an assembly about his experiences with adoption and being different. The proceeds of the shirt sale paid for George to speak at another middle school.
- Holman piloted Mindfulness Curriculum, which includes breathing techniques, to help build healthy students and adults.
- All students, faculty, and staff participated in All Holman Reads, a reading event of the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.
- Foreign language students celebrated World Languages Month in March with a variety of activities such as making authentic Hispanic dishes and creating piñatas that were displayed at Richmond’s Qué Pasa festival.
- Holman conducted a school-wide send-off ceremony for all the Meet-in-the-Middle participants.
- Several Holman faculty and staff members participated in the Battle Across Broad basketball tournament to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
- Tucker Durham, eighth grade student, was named The 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner for the state of Virginia at the middle school level.
- All students, faculty, and staff participated in All Holman Reads, a reading event of the novel Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick.
- Holman participated in a response activity to Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by collecting thousands of household items for the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, a home away from home for caregivers of patients at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.
- Our Virginia Technology Student Association (TSA) earned the State Championship four out of five years since the opening of Holman Middle School in 2010. TSA is under the supervision of Mr. Sam Turner.
- Opened a student-operated credit union branch – in partnership with Henrico Federal Credit Union.
- VEX Teams won the VEX Robotics State Championship and competed in the VEX Worlds Competition in Anaheim, CA
- Through a partnership with The Junior League of Richmond, author Donna Jo Napoli (Changing Tunes; Lights on the Nile, among other publications) visited Holman Middle School to discuss her novels and writing with Holman Middle School students.
- TSA earned the State Championship.
- Through a partnership with The Junior League of Richmond, author Graham Salisbury (Under the Blood Red Sun; Night of the Howling Dogs, among other publications) visited Holman Middle School to discuss his novels with Holman Middle School sixth grade students.
- Our Earth Science students were successful in funding and launching a Weather Balloon twenty miles into the atmosphere, which was equipped with a GPS tracking device and digital video camera.
- TSA earned the State Championship.
- Through partnership with The Junior League of Richmond, Kate Klise, author of Dying to Meet You and Greetings from the Graveyard, among other publications, visited Holman Middle School.
- TSA earned the State Championship.
At Holman Middle School, we believe it is important to recognize our outstanding students in a variety of ways. There is a Student of the Week program in place for all grade levels. The recipients of this award are nominated by the faculty and staff. Our student achievement is celebrated at the end of each quarter with an “All A” breakfast. Our students have the opportunity to be nominated by the faculty for the Holman Huskie Values (Commitment, Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility) Breakfasts, which take place at the end of every quarter. At each of the Huskie Values Breakfasts, a motivational speaker addresses the students and commends the students on their hard work and effort. Holman has been fortunate to have the following keynote speakers:
Mary DeCair-Hiked through each state in the US
Caitlin Uze– Miss Virginia, 2010
The Honorable Richard Wallerstein– Circuit Judge, 14th Judicial Court, VA
Shawneey Hansen- Two-time winner of the Richmond Times Dispatch Distinguished Community Award
Carolyn Riley– VCU Women’s Basketball assistant coach
Jerry Kilgore– former VA Attorney General
Delegate Peter Farrell- Delegate, 56th District, VA
Chris French– Director, Virginia Region of the Alliance for the Bay
Victoria Maiden– former Miss Greater Richmond
Tony McDowell– Henrico Fire Chief
Dr. Stewart Roberson-former Superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools and current CEO of Moseley Architects
Rob Ukrop– Former professional soccer player, supervisor of Richmond Kickers
Andy Jenks– Director of Communications for Henrico County Public Schools
Mark Budzinski– Former Professional Baseball Player, Manager of the Lake County Captains
Curtis Blair- Former University of Richmond Basketball Player and current NFL Referee
Michael Robinson-Fullback for the 2014 Super Bowl Champions, Seattle Seahawks, and former Varina High School star
Eric Luu- Holman’s first student council president
Kym Grinnage- Vice President and General Manager at NBC 12
Dr. Donna Price- Henry- Chancellor of UVA at Wise
Geep Schurman- Owner of Multi-Sync Photography and an affiliate of Sportable
Dr. Jamie Stacy-Former Holman Associate Principal
Bonnie Newman-Mass Communications Professor
Tracy Lynch-Former Holman PTA President
Dr. Beth Teigen– Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Siobhan Dunnavant- Senator from the 12th District
Justin Brittle-Fire Fighter, Henrico Fire- Station 9A.
Delegate Lamont Bagby- 74th District
Billie Winzor- Human Resources Manager for Richmond City’s Sheriff’s Office
Shelly Shelton- Accountability Coach and Motivational Speaker
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Green- President of the Baptist Minister’s Conference and Executive Minister at First Baptist Church of South Richmond
Coach Loren Johnson, Head Varsity Football Coach for HSHS
Our students understand the importance of giving back to their community.
In December 2013, students raised over $1,200 for the Henrico County Christmas Mother.
In 2013, our students participated in “Penny Wars” to raise money for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society. Through this school-wide activity, our students were able to raise over $4,000 be donated to the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Our Health and PE teachers promote the importance of community service through the yearly “Helping Hands” program. Through this program, students have been able to participate in various collection drives for: Pearl Vision’s “One Sight” eye glass drive; the Greater Richmond Area Food Bank; animal rescue; Salvation Army’s Angel Tree; school supply drive.
Holman Middle School’s annual fall Powder Puff Football game helps to raise canned goods and funds to be donated to charity.
Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities such as clubs, organizations, athletics, or the annual school play.
|Spring 2011||The Wizard of Oz|
|Spring 2012||Peter Pan|
|Spring 2013||Charlotte’s Web|
|Spring 2014||Into the Woods, Jr.|
|Fall 2014||Our Miss Brooks|
|Spring 2015||G2K: Once Upon a Mattress|
|Fall 2015||Murder in the Knife Room|
|Spring 2016||The Little Mermaid|
|Fall 2016||The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza|
|Spring 2017||James and the Giant Peach|
|Fall 2017||The Mouse That Roared|
|Spring 2018||Dear Edwina|
We are very proud of our athletics program, and would like to recognize those teams who had undefeated seasons:
2011- Head Coach: Beth Terrier and Assistant Coach: Julie Marsh
2012- Head Coach: Beth Terrier and Assistant Coach: Julie Marsh
2016- Head Coach: Anne-Claire Murray and Assistant Coach: Nate Shotwell
2011- Head Coach: Skip Stevens and Assistant Coach: Beth Terrier
2016- Head Coach: Kevin Steele and Assistant Coaches: Todd Goldsmith, Jon Larsen, and George Bland
In 2014, our Dance Team received the First Place trophy in the middle school category at the J.R. Tucker Dance Team Competition. The Dance Team was under supervision of Mrs. Cathy Harris.
Holman Middle School classrooms are equipped and designed to help create an engaging, 21st Century learning environment. Each of the classrooms have a Promethean Board.
Each HCPS middle and high school student is provided their own laptop for instructional purposes. Our Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Mr. Andrew Neiburg, is available to assist students and teachers. Teachers utilize HCPS SchoolSpace and Google Drive as a learning management system. PowerSchool is a resource to enable communication between teachers, students, and parents.
Holman Middle School’s faculty consistently goes above and beyond for their students. Our faculty is highly-qualified, as defined by the Virginia Department of Education.
Seven members of our Faculty are National Board Certified Educators:
Mindy Dobrinski (2003, renewed 2013)
Laura George (2005, renewed 2015)
Tracey Gayle (2008)
Jessica Vogt (2010)
Melissa Bills (2011)
Joanna Crabbe (2013)
Heather Dedie (2017)
Carolyn Alley– Received the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence (2012).
Doug Budryk received the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence (2009). Mr. Budryk was named the Henrico County Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year (2013) and was also named one of Henrico’s Top Teachers as selected by the Henrico Citizen newspaper (2016).
Mindy Dobrinski was named Henrico County’s Tuckahoe District Teacher of the Year (2009) and Three Chopt District Teacher of the Year (2011). She also received the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence (2016).
Laura George received the James Region School Librarian of the Year, Virginia Association of School Librarians (2009).
Beth Lewis received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2006).
Sam Turner received the R.E.B Award for Teaching Excellence (2009). He was named one of Henrico’s Top Teachers as selected by the Henrico Citizen newspaper (2011).
Heather Dedie received the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers by the National Science Teachers Association (2015).
Melissa Bills was selected to participate in the HERO-T fellowship research-based program at VCU (2016).
Claudia Cordero won a National Spanish Exam Teacher Study Abroad Scholarship (2017).
Former Faculty/Staff Members:
Biki-Ray Mitchell was named the NASPE Southern District Teacher of the Year (2011) and VAHPERD Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year (2010).
Nathan Shotwell received the National Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching (2013), won American Chemical Society’s Distinguished Middle School Science Teacher Award (2014), and was named the Teacher of the Year for the Three Chopt District (2016).
Skip Stevens was named one of Henrico’s Top Teachers as selected by the Henrico Citizen newspaper (2014).
Doug Saunders was named the VTSE Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education Board of Directors (2015).
For more information about these distinctions and honors, please visit:
- National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, http://www.nbpts.org/
- REB Teaching Awards, http://www.tcfrichmond.org/receive/nominate-an-individual-for-an-award/reb-awards-for-teaching-excellence/
- Virginia Association of School Librarians, http://www.vaasl.org/site/templates/vaasl.aspx?articleid=81&zoneid=10
- Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, https://www.paemst.org/
- National Association for Health and Physical Education, http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/
- Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, http://www.vahperd.org/
- American Geoscientists Institute, Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award, http://www.agiweb.org/education/awards/ed-roy/
- American Chemical Society, Distinguished Middle School Science Teacher Award, http://virginia.sites.acs.org/awards.htm
- NSTA Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers, http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx
- Virginia Society for Technology in Education, http://vste.org/
- National Spanish Exam Teacher Study Abroad Scholarship, https://www.nationalspanishexam.org/index.php/about-us/scholarships-for-teachers