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All calendar events are subject to change.

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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, for grades 6 through 8. Please read our Principal's Message and explore our website to learn about Palms Middle School. See the Site Map or use the Search box to the right if you can't find what you're looking for.

If your family is new to Palms or you're considering Palms for your child, start in our Welcome section.

What's Happening

Online Meal Applications being accepted

September 2-14: Student Government Campaigns

Friday September 4: No School (California Admission Day)

Monday September 7: No School (Unassigned Day)

See the calendar for all upcoming events.


Mr. Westhoff's Classroom Computer Fundraiser

DonorsChoose logoLanguage Arts teacher Mr. Westhoff needs a computer to use for classroom management and to sync software with student iPads.

His fundraising campaign is on the DonorsChoose website, where a number of Palms teachers have gotten community help with specific fundraising projects.

Click to read about Mr. Westhoff's campaign:

Help Us Benefit From Powerful Classroom Technologies!

Your donations by the deadline of December 16 will help reach the goal!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/31/15

FOCAL Essay Contest Now Open

Separate Is Never Equal bookStudents can enter the Friends of Children and Literature (FOCAL) Essay Contest by reading this year's FOCAL award-winning book and writing an essay about it.

Essays can tell your reactions to the book, describe a character or scene that stuck with you, and say what it would mean for you to meet the author.

The book is Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh.

The contest deadline is Friday November 6, 2015. See our FOCAL page for details and the contest entry form.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/29/15

Teacher Websites

classroom, courtesy lakeshorelearningEvery Palms teacher has a website. You can find the website of you child's teachers on the Teachers page.

Click the teacher's name to go to their website, where you'll find information about their classes, typically including their room number, schedule, messages to parents and students, and in some case downloadable documents, recommended links, a class calendar, and photo or slideshows.

Click the envelope icon next to a teacher's name to send that teacher a message, but remember to follow the procedures for setting appointments if you want to get together with a teacher.

You'll get to meet each of your child's teachers in person on Back to School Night on September 17, 2015.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/28/15

Learning the School Rules

checkmarkThe Palms Middle School Counselors and the Dean of Students will go over the school rules at grade-level assemblies on Friday August 28, 2015.

Parents should also know the rules that their children are required to follow. Luckily, it's all available on this website.

General Campus Rules:

Cell phones, Internet use, bus behavior, deliveries, Zero Tolerance Policy

Code of Conduct:

Attendance, discipline, health & safety, dress code, environment, ethical behavior and respect, hat policy

Anti-Bullying Program:

Harassment, on-campus or online

Parents should review these and the other Rules & Policies with their children.


Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/27/15

"Grease" Sing-A-Long at Venice High: September 26

Grease at Venice High

The classic movie Grease was filmed at Venice High School, called Rydell High in the film.

The Venice High School Alumni Association invites you to the free Rockin' Rydell Sing-A-Long on Saturday, September 26, 2015, with the gates opening at 4:00pm and the movie starting at dusk.

In addition to the movie, which will be shown festival style on the football field, there will be food, student-run booths, raffles, and live music. Bring your blankets and chairs and have some fun!

Download flyer

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/26/15

September Issue of Middle Years Newsletter: Tips on Focusing and More

Middle Years newsletterThe Middle Years Newsletter, brought to you by the Palms Magnet Program, is a monthly newsletter that provides busy parents with practical ideas to promote school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting.

The September 2015 issue, which is the first issue for this school year, has tips about staying focused, being ready to learn, having conversations about school, everyday engineering tasks, building good relationships, saying no to skipping class, walking tall, the value of being hopeful, recording life for 24 hours, and staying safe after school.

Click here to download the September issue

You can also get copies of back issues from previous school years. The advice is still highly relevant!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/25/15

Sixth Grade Lunch Club

lunch box, courtesy lakeshorelearningSixth graders are welcome to join the Sixth Grade Lunch Club, a chance to hang out and meet other students in a friendly setting.

The Lunch Club meets in the classroom of a sixth grade teacher, each day during lunch in August and September. These months are often a time of transition for new Palms students.

A different sixth grade teacher presides over the group each day.

For details, see the Sixth Grade Lunch Club page.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/24/15

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First Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

First combined meeting of Friends of Palms and the PTSA:

Tuesday September 8, 2015

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Get Involved!

There are many ways that Palms parents can get directly involved in making Palms the best it can be.:

  • 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.

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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