Holmes Is Where the Heart Is

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Our beloved principal, Mr. Holmes, retires this month.  We will miss you, Mr. Holmes.  Thank you for the lessons you have taught, the kindness you have extended, and the growth you have inspired. ~ Pomona Elementary School

(Click on comments to read the sentiments of Pomona’s students.)

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About Martha Rankin

I'm an educator for Newport-Mesa USD. I want to continually see things in new ways. I find inspiration in Gandhi's challenge: "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

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  1. He definitely left his footprints for us to follow in and many reasons for all of us to aspire to be better … to continue our upward trend in learning, we must continue to strive to do our best whether we are a student or a teacher because this path that we are on is definitely bound for success thanks to the vision and leadership of Mr. Holmes.

  2. Hi Mr. Holmes,
    I hope you were here next year. One thing that I remember is that you gave me a hi five when you give me my award. Thank you for all the things you have done. The whole school will miss you so much………..I hope you feel better.

  3. Thank u 4 teaching us and caring about us. Mr.Holmes, thank u 4 getting me out of citizenship club. We will all miss you.

    • You are so welcome! Keep working extra hard on AM and AR — a lot of that work you can get done on your own especially as you get older. That way you make the most of what school has to offer you.

  4. Hey Mr. Holmes,

    I am going to miss you soo much. You were a nice principal, and I will remember the time that you gave me the high five…..I hope you feel better and have a great summer!!!!!!!!!!!
    Juliana

  5. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    I will remember when you gave me an award in the MPR. I will miss you so much. Thank you for teaching us so much. I will miss you with all my heart. Thank you for being a wonderful Mr.Holmes.
    Jessica S.

    • I will miss you too. I am glad I helped you learn. Actually everyone in your life can help you learn and you can help others with their learning. It is one of the best ways to share with others.

  6. Dear Mr. Holmes,

    You are the best. Thank you for being a good principal to us. WE WILL MISS YOU!!!!!!

    Getsemani

  7. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    I will always remember when you gave me an award in the MPR. I will miss you so much. Thank you for teaching us so much that I will miss you with all my heart. Thank you for being a wonderful principal.
    Jessica S.

  8. Dear Mr. Holmes,

    Thank you for everything you have given us, and also, no matter how old you are getting, you will always be young at heart.

    Kevin

    • Kevin, that is a great thought. I hope you are always young at heart, too. No matter how old any of us get to be, we can always find new things to learn and to enjoy.

  9. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    I will always remember when you gave me a high five because I got the principal’s award. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU MR. HOLMES!!
    Elian

  10. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    We appreciate all your hard work you’ve done for Pomona Elementary School.:) WE WILL MISS YOU!!!!!!
    Bryzza

  11. Dear Mr. Homes,
    We all will miss you a lot. I hope you get better, OK. I’m so glad that you told me to read, and this time I am getting better at reading.

    Love,
    Jessica L.

  12. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    We appreciate your hard work you’ve done for Pomona Elementary School. WE WILL MISS YOU!!!!
    Daisy

  13. Dear Mr.Holmes,
    I will always remember when you congratulated us when we got certificates. We will always remember you.
    Angela

  14. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    You have done a lot for us. Even though you are on a wheelchair, you never gave up. And thank you for putting me in citizenship club to learn my lesson.
    Adina

  15. Dear Mr. Holmes,

    You are the best principal in the world. Whatever we did wrong, you were there for us even when we were in citizenship club. We will miss you Mr. Holmes!!!!!!!!! I will miss when you give us our awards and shake our hands. We Will Miss You, Mr.Holmes!!!!!!!!!!
    Karina R.

    • We all learn from our mistakes and all of us do make mistakes. The important thing is to keep learning from life and use what we have learned to help others.

  16. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    We will all miss you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I will remember when you gave me a high five when we got an award. I will remember to read every night like you said.

    Love,
    Malitzi

  17. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    I miss you. You are the best principal ever. Sometimes you got me in trouble, but it was my fault.
    Ricardo

    • Trouble is a chance to learn. All of us run into trouble sooner or later. What’s important is that we learn from our problems and make improvements in our lives.

  18. Thank you for all the things you did for us. I will remember all the times you told us to read over the weekend.
    Joselinn

  19. Dear Mr. Holmes,

    I hope you were here next year…One thing that I will remember is when you gave me a hi five on the awards. Another thing that I will remember too is read over the vacation. Have a great summer, Mr.Holmes. We will all miss you so much……
    Jasmine

  20. Dear Mr. Holmes,

    We will miss you. I love you because you have read your favorite books to us. Our whole class is posting comments because you are the best principal.
    Itcia

  21. Dear Mr. Holmes,
    I miss you. You are the best principal ever. Even I was in citizenship club; I finished my homework.
    Anthony

    • Hi Leticia and Jessica! I hope you are enjoying your summer very much. Jon and our friends went on a RV trip to Arizona. It was beautiful. We even took our two new dogs Sweetheart and Louise. We stayed in a campsite by Sedona, which is known for its beautiful red rocks and red soil. I miss you two as well. I know you are going to have a fantastic year in 5th grade. You are well prepared. I am proud of you.
      Ms. Rankin

  22. Hi Jessica,

    My summer has been busy, productive, and lovely. I enjoyed hiking, gardening, running, working out at the gym, going to the beach, and going to movies.

    I will teach 4th grade again this year. I am looking forward to it. Are you looking forward to 5th grade?

    I will see you around school, I am sure. Please come and say “hi!”

    Ms. Rankin

  23. Hi,Mr. Holmes. We all miss you very much.I hope you are having a wonderful time resting at home!!! I MISS VERY YOU MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE, Priscila

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