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Magnet/SAS parents should see the Magnet School page for available parent/teacher/student conference dates and times.

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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

Thursday October 30: Halloween Dance

Thursday October 30: 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

Friday November 7:  ELAC Meeting

Friday November 7: Deadline for 8th Grade Trip Essays


See the calendar for all upcoming events.

What's New at Palms

Halloween Reminder

witch costumeSafety is always #1 at Palms. To keep everyone safe, students and parents should follow these guidelines for costumes at school on Halloween day:

  • Students may wear costumes to school on Friday October 31, 2014.
  • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, handicapping condition, gender, or individual.
  • Costumes may not cause a significant disruption or distraction to the school program.
  • No unsafe props or equipment and no weapons or replicas.
  • Costumes may not impair a student's vision or movement.
  • No masks are to be worn in class.

Download the Principal's Halloween reminder

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/30/14

High School Information Night

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One of the primary goals of a middle school education is to prepare students for high school and college. That's why many Palms parents are already thinking about the appropriate high school for their child. On High School Information Night you have a chance to learn about many local high schools at once.

High School Information Night will be held Thursday October 30, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm in the Auditorium.

Before attending, we suggest that you review the High School Facts that our counselors have provided.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/29/14

Palms Community Social Brings Parents Together

Community Social

The Palms Middle School Community Building Social, held on October 27, 2014, brought together over 50 parents who were eager to learn about Palms, and particularly about the admissions process.

Parents heard from Palms parent Sheri Kaiserman, Principal Dr. Derek Moriuchi, Magnet Coordinator Ms. Arlene Weissmann, and Friends of Palms President Cheronda Guyton, then talked to other parents individually.

Parents asked a number of questions about Enrollment, the differences between the Magnet Program, the School for Advanced Studies, the home school, the honors program, and about the magnet point system. In addition to the information on this website, there are details at the LAUSD Magnet site and the LAUSD SAS site.

Thank you to Sheri and Ken Kaiserman for sharing their home and thank you to everyone who helped with preparations and who attended to meet and greet the many prospective Palms parents.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/28/14

November 2014 issue of PTSA Health Tidbits Newsletter

PTA appleThe Health Tidbits Newsletter, brought to you by the California PTA, offers monthly health tips for families. The November issue describes how physical activity leads to increased brainpower, has articles on getting health insurance and flu shots, and describes the California Department of Education's new Quality Schooling Framework.

Each issue also includes a calendar with upcoming health and wellness event dates.

Download the November issue of Health Tidbits in English or Spanish.

See the California PTA website for back issues.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/28/14

Box Tops Monster Madness Sweepstakes Through October 31

Black cat and pumpkinThe Box Tops for Education Monster Madness Sweepstakes runs now until Halloween. You can enter once daily on behalf of Palms Middle School. Type our zip code 90034 and be sure to choose "Palms Middle School."

The grand prize is 10,000 box tops for Palms Middle School. There are also 10 first-prize winners whose shcools will each receive 1,000 box tops.

Box Tops for Education that are received by Palms are used by Friends of Palms to support the school's programs, students, and staff.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/27/14

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

More news for parents...

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

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