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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: 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

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

California Pizza Kitchen logoVisit California Pizza Kitchen in Culver Center or the South Bay Galleria on Wednesday February 25 or Thursday February 26, 2015 for Palms' latest Dining for Dollars event.

Download the flyer in English or Spanish and bring it with you. Palms will receive 20% of the proceeds, for either dine-in or take-out meals.

Everyone wins!

  • Your family get a nice meal.
  • You don't have to cook or clean up.
  • California Pizza Kitchen gets your business.
  • Your children benefit from the programs and events that Friends of Palms sponsors with the money earned.
Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/23/15

PTA Roundtable Discussion on Live Webstream, February 19

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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.

Click for webstream

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/19/15

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:

Reflections art contestFilm Production

  • Juliana Pincus: Honorable Mention


  • Sienna Michell Horvath: Award of Excellence
  • Caitlin Chen: Award of Excellence
  • Antonia Frangiyyeh: Award of Excellence
  • Juliana Pincus: Honorable Mention
  • Kristine Villaraza: Honorable Mention

Music Composition

  • Juliana Pincus: Award of Excellence

Reflections art contestPhotography

  • Ashley Tae Jung: Award of Excellence
  • Eugean Choi: Honorable Mention

Visual Arts

  • Caitlin Chen: Award of Excellence
  • Jenny Chen: Award of Excellence
  • Daniel Burnett: Award of Merit
  • Seung Youn Kim: Award of Merit
  • Hyewon Choi: Honorable Mention
  • Estefania Flores: Honorable Mention
  • Anna Grace Holyfield: Honorable Mention
  • Sophia Patrice Spagna: 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.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/18/15

PTSA Music Scholarship Applications Due March 20

eighth notesApplications 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.

Download application and instructions

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/17/15

PTSA Nominations Being Accepted

Today's PTAThe 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.

Download Nomination Form

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)

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/13/15

No School Monday February 16

Presidents' DaySchool 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.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/13/15

Students Say Thank-You

School busMoney from Friends of Palms fundraising goes to many good causes. One is providing funding for field trips.

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!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/12/15

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