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Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner Message

Principal’s Corner Message

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year and to the Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School family! I am excited to welcome last year’s 7th grade class back, and of course, I am just as thrilled to receive a new group of incoming 7th graders. Now that we have successfully transitioned back to school as normal, we believe that our two-year academic and social development program is back and better than ever. We’ve infused the innovative teaching strategies acquired during the pandemic, with our dynamic in-person styles, to create a first-class educational experience for our Future College Graduates. Our continued commitment to developing students who are responsible, have integrity, are considerate and hard-working, will undoubtedly help our students flourish academically, socially, and emotionally this year.
Last school year presented its challenges, with ever-shifting changes pertaining to COVID. However, these trials helped to develop a level of adaptability and resilience that will assist us all with any obstacles we face moving forward. Our talented faculty is determined to provide a phenomenal education for our Future College Graduates, through exercising empathy, exceptional pedagogical practices, and technological mastery. You as parents & guardians, have become adept at adjusting to these changes as well, and your compassion in relation to school operations is appreciated. We will rely on your partnership again this year to make sure the school experience is enhanced. We welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to joining you in helping your children reach their greatest potential. Your participation in such programs like our award-winning Parent University program, the C.O.L.T.S. Parent Organization, Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students), Parent Lunch Days or your attendance at any other events that we may have on campus is vital and encouraged.
It is my hope that after an extended summer break, that all stakeholders are rejuvenated and ready to start a new school year. EHMS is a California Gold Ribbon School and four-time California Honor Roll School. Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School is an institution that is enriched by diversity, strong instruction, and a loving atmosphere. We pride ourselves in assisting our students in learning today, so that they can lead tomorrow.
Our highly skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing various activities and high-quality academic lessons for your child(ren). All signs point to another incredibly prolific school year. The curriculum that your students will engage in is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that your students are prepared for the rigors of high school, college and potential careers, by equipping them with the 21st century skills needed to be successful in their future endeavors.  Our comprehensive site offers classes and programs such as Computer Technology, AVID, Leadership, Athletics, and Band, to give our students a well-rounded education, teaching them good study habits and self-discipline as well. The Elk Grove Unified School District’s Graduate Profile illustrates the standard level of accomplishment that we expect our students to possess as they graduate from our EGUSD schools. Our school will give students the opportunity to grow in the areas of problem-solving, communication, self-awareness, technology, community engagement and character.
Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School operates on a block schedule with 4 terms. Students will take four courses per term in 85 minutes classes. At the end of a nine-week term, students will transition to another set of classes. Seventh and eighth grade Math, as well as seventh grade English, are year-long courses. This schedule allows students to engage in multiple subjects throughout the duration of the year.
This year is going to be absolutely remarkable, filled with learning opportunities, awesome events and enriching activities. Again, your input is highly encouraged. Helpful tips and guidelines to assist your student in their school endeavors this year are posted in their EHMS agendas and on our school website ( See you at Corral Night.
Charles Amey
Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School
Charles Amey, Principal
Principal’s Biography

Principal’s Biography

Mr. Charles Amey is a native of Union City, California, where he attended James Logan High School. While in high school he excelled at football and track & field, twice qualifying for the CIF State Meet in the 110 high hurdles and 4x100 meter relay. His abilities earned him scholarships in both track and football to California State Sacramento.

At CSUS, Mr. Amey majored in Interpersonal/ Small Group Communications and minored in Sociology. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 2003, Mr. Amey began his teaching career. For three years he served as a long-term substitute at Jonas Salk Middle School and Sylvan Middle School in the SJUSD. In 2006 he pursued his teaching credential from San Francisco State University through the Teacher Education Institute (TEI) of Elk Grove Unified School District, and landed a teaching position at Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School.

From 2006-2011, Mr. Amey taught English and Public Speaking. He also served as the head men’s track & field coach at Monterey Trail High School from 2005-2013 and the head track & field coach at Harris from 2008-2010. During his tenure at EHMS, Mr. Amey earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. His Master’s project, which centered on the effect of mentoring in secondary education, birthed the AIM mentor program.

In the winter of the 2011-12 school year, Mr. Amey became the Academic Program Coordinator at MTHS, functioning as an administrator over the school’s Advanced Placement and intervention programs. In 2013, Mr. Amey was promoted to Vice Principal. After 4 ½ years, Mr. Amey returned home to Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School with the goal of taking the school to new heights.

In addition to being a principal, Mr. Amey is a joyously married father of three, an ordained Pastor at Spirit & Truth Church and an assistant coach for all of his children’s sports teams. Two of his brothers, Vince (1998) and Otis (2005), played in the NFL for the Raiders and 49ers respectively.

Mr. Amey believes that all students can learn when a loving environment, coupled with high expectations and rigor, are provided for them. He encourages all students to be lifelong learners and to seek the highest level of knowledge possible, as education is the key to advancement. He also encourages his staff to provide all students with the best educational experience possible.