Magnet/SAS parents should see the Magnet School page for available parent/teacher/student conference dates and times.
All calendar events are subject to change.
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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).
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.
Wednesday/Thursday February 25/26: Dining for Dollars at CPK
Wednesday March 4: 8th Grade Panorama Photo
Wednesday March 4: Parent Meeting for 8th Grade Trip to Washington DC
Wednesday March 4: "McTeacher's Night" at McDonald's
Friday March 6: ELAC Meeting
Friday March 6: Coffee with the Principal
Sunday March 8: Start of Daylight Savings Time
Tuesday March 10: Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting
See the calendar for all upcoming events.
What's New at Palms
Dining for Dollars at California Pizza Kitchen: February 25 and 26
PTA Roundtable Discussion on Live Webstream, February 19
National PTA and the California State PTA will bring together state and local parent and education leaders on Thursday February 19, 2015 for a discussion on the need for increased collaboration among families, educators and administrators to support student success and school improvement.
The forum, held at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, will include discussion on effective and meaningful ways that families and schools can work together to ensure successful implementation of these important reforms.
You can watch the roundtable discussion on a live webstream starting at 2:00pm.
Reflections Art Contest Awards and Reflections Art Show
Congratulations to the Palms students who participated in this year's Reflections Art Contest and received awards of excellence, awards of merit, or honorable mention:
Sienna Michell Horvath's work of literature will advance to the California State Reflections competition. Congratulations, Sienna!
Everyone is invited to see the submissions of our students at the Reflections Art Show on Sunday March 1, 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Tenth District PTSA Auditorium (1000 Venice Blvd., 6 blocks east of Hoover), or on Monday March 2 through Thursday March 5 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
PTSA Music Scholarship Applications Due March 20
Applications for scholarships for private music lessons are being accepted by Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA through the deadline of Friday March 20, 2015.
Scholarships of $200 are available for deserving and talented students studying string instruments, woodwinds, brass, or piano. Last year 10 Palms students received these scholarships.
Students, parents, and Music Teacher Ms. West must all fill out parts of the application process, so don't delay. Auditions will be held the week of April 6.
PTSA Nominations Being Accepted
The Palms Middle School PTSA is now accepting nominations for 2015-2016 board positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor.
We welcome all nominations. Our goal is to see that every parent has a voice and the chance to become actively involved in enriching the educational opportunities at Palms.
Nominate yourself or someone else. All submissions are confidential. See the PTSA page for the instructions.
Nomination deadline: Friday March 27, 2015
Elections: Tuesday April 14, 2015 (at the FOP/PTSA meeting)
No School Monday February 16
School will be closed on Monday February 16, 2015, for President's Day, which is celebrated every year on the third Monday of February.
Although the holiday was established in 1879 to honor first president George Washington, it has come to honor 16th president Abraham Lincoln or other presidents as well, depending on the state.
Both Washington and Lincoln were born in February.
Students Say Thank-You
After Friends of Palms paid for transportation so Ms. Hoffman and Ms. Vogel could take students to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Friends of Palms received a number of thank-you notes from students.
Here are a few:
Thank you for the grant for us to go to the Aquarium. It was an awesome experience. My favorite part was touching the jellyfish and sharks. Thanks again!
Thank you for your hard work to raise money to fund the bus. Without your funding the bus we wouldn't have been able to go to the Aquarium of the Pacific. I had a great, first time there. The small stingrays and small sharks were fun to touch. I enjoyed seeing the seals playing. Thank you.
Thank you for raising money for the buses we took the Aquarium of the Pacific. it was such a blast! Without transportation we wouldn't have been able to go.
See more on the Friends of Palms page!
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Parents: What's Your Choice?
Every Palms parent should choose their preferred way to help their school, through volunteering, donations, and participation.
Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form today!
There are many ways that Palms parents can get directly involved in making Palms the best it can be.:
Family Annual Donation Drive
Please click here to donate and find out where your money goes! Both one-time and monthly donations are welcome.