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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: Palms administrators 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.

What's Happening

Friday March 27: Dining for Dollars at Shakey's Pizza

Friday March 27: PTSA Nominations Due

March 28 - April 2: Eighth Grade Class Trip To Washington DC

March 30 - April 6: No School (Spring Break and Cesar Chavez Day)

Tuesday April 7: School resumes

See the calendar for all upcoming events.

What's New at Palms

Dining for Dollars at Shakey's Pizza: March 27

Shakey's PizzaWho likes pizza? Just about everyone!

Palms' last Dining for Dollars event in March takes place Friday March 27, 2015 at Shakey's Pizza. Take the whole family out for a treat-and-greet, since other Palms families will be there too.

Shakey's is located at 5604 S. Sepulveda Blvd., at Jefferson, in Culver City. Our FUNdraiser is from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Download the flyer in English or Spanish.

Important: You must put your dinner receipt in the "Friends of Palms" box before you leave Shakey's.


Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/26/15

Palms Students Visit the Getty Center

Getty Center Field Trip

On March 25, 2015, 60 art students of Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy took a field trip to the Getty Center in Brentwood.

After a picnic lunch, they rode a tram up the mountain, split into four groups accompanied by Getty education specialists and parent chaperones, and learned how to use observation to study the details of paintings, sculptures, and crafts.

Each group of students studied a different set of artwork. One group studied the 15th century Italian painting Hunting on the Lagoon by artist Vittore Carpaccio, learning how researchers discovered surprises about the story behind the painting and the way it was displayed. They also studied the use of color and perspective in the 17th century French painting Landscape with a Calm by Nicolas Poussin.

We hope to make a Getty Center field trip an annual event!

Other photos:

Palms students studying "Hunting on the Lagoon"

Palms students viewing European glasswork,
including "Joke Glass" from Germany in the 1600s

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/25/15

Palms Art Students "Grow a Tree"

Student artists Estefania Flores‚Äč and Hayden Imgrund recorded themselves as they painted in Ms. Goldin's art class. You can see the movie here, on Ms. Goldin's website, or at


Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/24/15

Vocal Solo & Ensemble Concert: March 26

melodyPalms Chorus students will perform at the Vocal Solo & Ensemble Concert on Thursday March 26, 2015. If you've been to a choral concert at Palms before then you know that the students of Mrs. Chi always put on a great show.

The Vocal Solo & Ensemble Concert begins at 6:30pm in the auditorium. Come hear our students perform for you and show you what they've learned this year.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/23/15

Pi Day Contest Winner Helina Hai

Sixth grader Helina Hailu won the 2015 Pi Day Contest by memorizing and reciting 1005 digits of pi.

This is an all-time Palms record!

Second place went to Dora Dong and third place was a tie between Arjun Palkhade and Meron Melke.

Winners in other math classes:

  • Kevin Aka
  • Baylee Bennett
  • Chloe Deng
  • Vivian Escobar
  • Priscilla Garcia
  • Shang Gou
  • Juliana Pincun
  • Amari Davis Washington

Congratulations to Helina, Dora, Arjun, Meron, and our other winners!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/21/15

All Parents: Submit Your School Experience Survey by April 10

The seventh annual School Experience Survey asks parents, students, and school staff to rate the learning opportunities, atmosphere, safety, and opportunities for engagement at their school.

The deadline to return the survey or take it online is Friday April 10, 2015.

School Experience Survey

Students will fill out the surveys at school. Parents should fill out the online version of the survey.

Take the online survey in English

Take the online survey in Spanish

Tip: When you are asked for a survey code, enter 0000mmddyy, where mm is the month your child was born, dd is the day your child was born, and yy is the 2-digit year your child was born. For example, 0000123103 means December 31, 2003.

For more information, download the School Experience Survey flyer in English or Spanish, or visit the LAUSD Report Card website.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/20/15

Student Behavioral Expectations and the Positive Behavior Support Program

Behavioral Expectations scrollThe Palms Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program increases positive student behavior and decreases problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in the school setting.

Please download and share our Student Behavioral Expectations poster with your family. The three primary guidelines for students are straightforward and important:

  • I treat others the way I want to be treated.
  • I take responsibility for my actions.
  • I attend school on time, I have my school books and supplies, and I am prepared to learn.

Also on the Positive Behavior Support Program page:

  • For students: Tips for Students and other Student Expectations
  • For parents: Parents' Rights and Responsibilities
  • For everyone: Guiding Principles for the School Community

Mark your calendars for Coffee with the Principal on Friday April 17, 2015, when counselor Mr. Acevedo will speak about the Positive Behavior Support Program and the Anti-Bullying Program.


Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/19/15

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Positive Behavior Support Program

Read about the Palms Positive Behavior Support program, student behavioral expectations, and parents' rights and responsibilities. Read the message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi.

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Download this poster and share it!

Volunteers for Friends of Palms and PTSA positions are needed for the 2015-2016 school year. New and returning parents should attend the Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting on Tuesday April 14.

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  • Have everyone in your family join PTSA
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Family Annual Donation Drive

Please click here to donate and find out where your money goes! Both one-time and monthly donations are welcome.

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