“I have had difficulty envisioning myself working anywhere other than HCMS, so it was certainly an exciting moment. I am also so humbled by this opportunity to love and serve this school community,” Buchholz said. “Throughout this whole process, I have framed my emotions by reminding myself I am a servant of God and I looked to him for guidance and direction. I had an unfamiliar sense of peace before the phone call and a full heart afterward.”
Buchholz has already developed specific goals and yearly action items for HCMS that address student achievement, professional growth for staff and cultivating a specific climate and culture for the school, among others.
“My overall goal for HCMS is to nurture a culture in which the beautiful tapestry created by each staff member’s talents, gifts, abilities, personality, and passionate commitment to our students is leveraged to create a school in which all individuals—students and staff—are cared for socially and emotionally and are challenged to grow academically each day and are fully supported in doing so; a school where outlandishly big, yet realistically attainable goals are set, targeted by all, and ultimately achieved,” Buchholz said. “But most importantly, I see a place where students and teachers alike are supported, encouraged, and loved to be the best they can be, and then stretched just a little bit more!"
Chelsey Tingle, HCPS Assistant Superintendent, supported the school’s site-based decision-making council in choosing a new principal. She and the council are confident Buchholz will work incredibly hard for HCMS.
“Mr. Buchholz is a very thoughtful individual and brings with him true passion for the students, families, and staff at the middle school,” Tingle said. “We are fortunate to have him in our district.”
Tingle added that Buchholz is following an incredible leader in current principal Lucia Hughes, who has spent her entire career in Henry County Public Schools.
“Mrs. Hughes will be greatly missed for her dedication to the middle school's success. She has a passion for students, and true appreciation and understanding of the hard work teachers and school system employees do each day,” Tingle said. “When she began her career at New Castle Elementary, she wanted to make school a place students wanted to be, making learning fun, and she continued those efforts throughout her entire career. Her leadership will be missed.”