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Friends of Palms provides many services to Palms Middle School. In turn, Friend of Palms needs your support for our fundraising programs:

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Welcome to Palms Middle School!

Palms Middle School is the best middle school in Los Angeles. We're a neighborhood school, a School For Advanced Studies, and a Gifted/High Ability Magnet School. Please read our Principal's Message and explore our website to learn about Palms Middle School.

We are proud of our academic program and the education we offer, including our Academic Performance Index (API) score of 878, our State Test Scores, our many cultural, artistic, and other programs, and our friendly and safe atmosphere. Each year since 2011-2012, LAUSD has recognized the Palms Middle School Magnet as an Excelling Magnet or an Achieving Magnet (the top 2 categories) based on the School Performance Framework (SPF).

Ten reasons your family should choose Palms Middle School!

Elementary school parents: Please join us at the Community Building Social, specifically for 4th and 5th grade parents, on Monday October 27, 2014. See the flyer for details. Let your peers know! Also, Palms can visit your school to speak to a group of parents and answer questions. Have a staff member or parent representative call Palms if you are interested in the Palms Roadshow. The next Palms Roadshow will be at Mar Vista Elementary on Monday, October 27, 2014, from 8:30 to 10:00am.

What's Happening

Monday October 27: Palms Roadshow at Mar Vista Elementary

Monday October 27: Community Building Social for 4th/5th Grade Parents

Thursday October 30: Halloween Dance

Thursday October 31: High School Information Night

Friday October 31: Halloween (read rules for costumes at school)

Saturday November 1: Spanish Language Parent Engagement Event

Sunday November 2: Daylight Savings Time Ends (back 1 hour)

​Monday November 3: Visitor Day

Tuesday November 4: Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting


See the calendar for all upcoming events.

What's New at Palms

Family Annual Donation Drive Results

fundraising progressThe Family Annual Donation Drive has raised $67,300, or 79% of our goal for the year. Thank you to the families, friends, teachers, administrators, and community members who have contributed this year.

You are directly supporting our teachers and students by funding, supporting and providing

  • classroom supplies
  • teacher tech support
  • daily front-door supervision
  • after-school Library hours
  • class field trips
  • the Art in the Afternoon program
  • technology purchases
  • teacher breakfasts and luncheons
  • this website
  • and so much more!

The deadline for the Family Annual Donation reward program was October 17, 2014, but we're going to keep fundraising, since we'll need to reach our goal to fund all of our support programs for the full school year, and a number of families have yet to make a donation.

Use the Donate button on our Donation page to contribute any amount at any time during the school year. Please be generous to your students and your school.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/25/14

Welcome Palms Visitors

garden outside the School LibraryWe're pleased to welcome prospective Palms families to our campus today (Friday October 24, 2014) for our second Visitor Day for the 2014-2015 school year. Meet at 9:00am in the Auditorium (see campus map).

You'll be given a tour of the campus grounds, facilities, and a peek at some classrooms, with a student from Student Leadership as your guide. Enjoy your visit!

You can ask any questions you have during the tour. If you have questions afterwards, you can contact the school or contact Friends of Palms (our booster club) and we'll be glad to provide answers.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/24/14

12 Ways To Be the Meanest Mom in the World

checkmarkThe Palms Counselors have recommended an article on the website, named 12 ways to be the meanest mom in the world.

In the article, author Megan Wallgren suggests that setting limits and high expectations rather than "giving in" is good parenting, even if your kids tell you that you're mean.

Her 12 suggestions, starting with setting a reasonable bedtime, cover chores, treats, behavior, and responsibilities.

Click here to read the article

See more from the Palms Counselors on the Counselors Corner page.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/23/14

Visitor Day Volunteers

father and daughterWe'd like to round up a few more parent volunteers to help on the Visitor Day on Friday October 24, 2014. No special knowledge or skill is necessary and 6th grade parents are especially welcome.

You'll accompany a tour group, led by a student from Leadership. Touring parents often like to have another parent to talk to, and may ask you why you chose Palms and what your child's experience has been so far. It's fun!

If you can help us on Visitor Day you don't need to sign up. Just show up on Friday morning in the Auditorium between 8:30am and 8:45am. The tour for visitors starts at 9:00am. For more information, contact Friends of Palms.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/22/14

Community Building Social for 4th and 5th Grade Parents: October 27

peopleParents of 4th and 5th grade students who have an interest in Palms Middle School are invited to a Community Building Social on Monday October 27, 2014, starting at 7pm.

You'll have an opportunity to meet Palms Principal Dr. Derek Moriuchi and to speak with Palms parents as well.

The Community Building Social will take place at the home of Sheri and Ken Kaiserman. An RSVP to Lori Berman would be appreciated. This event is for parents only, not for children.

Creating a community school starts with the people in the community!

For more information please download the flyer

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/21/14

Ms. Garret's Homeroom Wins Box Tops for Education Contest

Box Tops for Education logoCongratulations to Ms. Garret's 7th grade homeroom for winning the Fall Back-to-School Box Tops and Labels for Education Contest! Ms. Garret's students collected 424 box tops and labels. As winners they will receive a special treat, and a bag of goodies for Ms. Garret too.

It was a tough competition. The top homerooms were:

  1. Ms. Garret's homeroom: 424 box tops and labels
  2. Mr. Nicholson's homeroom: 337 box tops and labels
  3. Ms. Wohl's homeroom: 257 box tops and labels
  4. Ms. Kelley's homeroom: 251 box tops and labels
  5. TIE! Ms. Luna's homeroom and Ms. Markham-Nathan's homeroom: 247 box tops and labels each

Top individual students:

  1. Kiyah Dixon and Isaiah Vasquez: 247 box tops and labels each
  2. Jordan Hamano: 225 box tops and labels
  3. Omid Rahimdel: 219 box tops and labels
  4. Tira Masbacher: 199 box tops and labels

Altogether, Palms girls collected 1,625 box tops and labels and Palms boys collected 1,371, for a total just shy of 3,000!

Thank you to the many parents, students, and teachers who support this program, including a wonderful former Palms student who mailed us an envelope full of box tops.

See our Box Tops for Education page for more details about this ongoing fundraiser, and keep clipping for Palms!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/20/14

Eighth Grade Washington Trip: Waiting List and Scholarship Contest

trip to Gettysburg and Washington 2014A waiting list has formed for the 8th Grade Trip to Washington DC and Gettysburg. If enough students join the waiting list, trip registration will be reopened. The trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this age group!

For families concerned about the trip cost, Friends of Palms has generously donated funds for an Eight Grade Washington Trip Scholarship Contest.

All 8th grade students can enter, whether or not they are registered for the Washington Trip.

To enter the contest, students write an essay covering who they are, what inspires them, their travel history, and financial need. It must be submitted to Mr. Nicholson by Friday November 7, 2014.

  • The first place winner will receive $1400.
  • Two second place winners will each receive $700.
  • Two third place winners will each receive $350.

Download the contest instructions and be sure to follow them.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/19/14

More news for parents...

Keep up with the latest PTA news and newsletters on our PTSA page!

logo photos family picnic on the quad pop art project Palms mural on side of building computer classroom sculpture by Morris Bear Squire Connecting Cultures Exhibit 2011 exercise room basketball courts Book Fair in progress mural about Palms Pride Camp Palms photos poster: UCLA DNA Conference garden outside the School Library students holding fingers together art from our Art in the Afternoon program walkway near the lunch court photos photos Plate sculpture physical education field photos Palms gym mural
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