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Our Mission

Our School

about 1 year ago

Nelson Middle School is located one mile south of Lovingston in the center of Nelson County, Virginia.  The only middle school in the county, NMS is home to approximately 415 students, 40 teachers, and 15 support staff.  Nelson Middle School is fully accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Nelson Middle School offers a strong academic program in traditional core subjects plus excellent arts and career programs.  Students can choose to participate in a wide variety of clubs and organizations that meet both during the school day and after school.  Students in all grade levels can participate in NMS athletics and eighth-grade students are eligible to join NCHS athletic teams.  

The Mustang is the school mascot and the official colors are green and white.  To learn more about Nelson Middle, please read News & Announcements


about 1 year ago

Roger Dunnick, EdD, Principal

Welcome to Nelson Middle School, home of the Mustangs! Here at NMS we believe that students are our greatest asset and our reason for being here. It is our intent to provide a high level of quality instruction and educational activities to encourage the academic growth of our students. Furthermore, we believe that supports should be in place for all students to reach their full academic potential. 

Therefore, Nelson Middle has a wide array of services that provide both enriching learning opportunities as well as extra assistance to those who may be in need.  In addition, we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, and staff.  Parents are welcome to take part in their child’s education and can do so through a 

variety of means. Finally, we consider it an honor and privilege to serve the Nelson County community in this capacity. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to join us in some way, please feel free to contact us. We are certain that the 2019-20 school year will be the best experience for our students.


Roger D. Dunnick, Ed.D.

Principal; Nelson Middle School


Jessica Shifflett, 

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Shifflett earned her B.A. from Longwood University in 2007, her M.A. from The Ohio State University in 2009, and her endorsement in Educational Leadership from Longwood University in 2017. She is dedicated to inspiring, challenging, and guiding students to become committed, engaged citizens of the 21st century, contributing meaningfully to local and global communities for the betterment of themselves and others. Mrs. Shifflett's mission is to provide meaningful learning opportunities in every discipline by fostering strong relationships between students, parents, faculty and staff, and community members. Prior to her appointment as Nelson Middle School Assistant Principal, she was an English teacher and athletic coach at Nelson County High School for 10 years. She is honored to continue serving the division in this new capacity and is proud to be a Nelson Middle School Mustang.

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