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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. See the Site Map 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.

Ten reasons your family should choose Palms Middle School!

What's Happening

Wednesday July 1: Online Meal Applications accepted

Saturday August 8: New Family Meet & Greet

Tuesday August 11: Camp Palms, Day 1

Wednesday August 12: Camp Palms, Day 2

Monday August 17: Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Tuesday August 18: Instruction Begins!

See the calendar for all upcoming events.


Meet and Greet Preparations Underway

Welcome New Palms FamiliesThe Friends of Palms booster group is busy preparing for the annual Meet and Greet gathering, where new Palms Middle School students and their families will meet current Palms students, their parents, and school staff members.

The Meet and Greet will take place Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10:00am to noon at Rancho Park (2551 Motor Avenue). If you plan to attend, please send a text to Lori Berman at 310-650-4493 or RSVP to her by email, so we know how many people to prepare fun and food for.

Download flyer for more details

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 7/31/15

Fundraiser: Baritone Horn for the Band

Palms band playingInstrumental music teacher Ms. West is running a DonorsChoose fundraiser named Baritone Horn for the Band. We're asking for donations of any amount to buy a new baritone horn for our students. Click here for details.

A new baritone horn will enable more students to play the baritone and take it home to practice. Our worst baritone has a removable bell that falls off. No one wants to play it. Learning to play an instrument should be challenging in music terms, not in equipment terms.

Update: We met our goal and a new baritone horn will be coming to Palms!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 7/22/15

Online Meal Applications Now Being Accepted: All Palms Families Should Apply

Breakfast in the Classroom MealOnline applications for free or reduced price meals are now being accepted.

Click here: ​

Select state "California" and district "Los Angeles Unified School District" to begin the application process.

You'll need:

  • the names and incomes of your adult household members
  • the school, grade, and birthdate of each student in your household
  • your social security number (the website is secure)

Every Palms family should apply, whether or not you think you'll qualify, because every qualified student should have meal benefits, and school funding depends on full participation of those who are eligible. The sooner you apply the better!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 7/1/15

Health Tidbits: June 2015

California State PTAThe California PTA publishes Health Tidbits, a monthly newsletter for parents.

Download the June 2015 issue -- in English or Spanish -- for information on summer food service, school drinking water safety, social and emotional milestones, and a status report on Children’s Health Programs in California.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 6/30/15

Meal Applications to be Mailed in Summer

Breakfast in the Classroom MealParents should watch for their 2015-2016 Application for Meal Benefits, which will be mailed to your household during the Summer 2015 break. This can provide students with free or reduced price meals at school.

Download flyer: EnglishSpanish

The sooner you fill it out and return it the better. Every family should submit this form, whether or not you think you'll qualify, because every qualified student should have the benefits, and school funding depends on full participation of those who are eligible.

Starting July 1, 2015, you can also apply online at:

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 6/10/15

New Family Meet and Greet: Saturday, August 8, 2015

UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareAll new students and their families are invited to join us in the park on August 8!

This will be a fun time to bond and make new friends before Camp Palms and school starts.

  • Location: Rancho Park (2551 Motor Avenue)
  • Date: August 8, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • What: Fun, friends and snacks
  • RSVP: Lori Berman at

Download flyer for more details!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/2/15

Welcome Palms Visitors

photosWe're pleased to welcome a number of prospective Palms families to our campus today (Monday October 6, 2014) for our first Visitor Day for the 2014-2015 school year.

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: 10/6/14

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Volunteers for Friends of Palms and PTSA positions are needed for the 2015-2016 school year.

Check out the Volunteer Opportunities and let us know how you'd like to help.

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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
  • Attend the monthly Friends of Palms/PTSA meetings
  • Show your Palms Pride!

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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