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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

Thursday May 26: Winds and Strings Concert

Monday May 30: No School (Memorial Day)

Tuesday May 31: Eighth Grade Awards

Thursday June 2: Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Field Trip

June 6-8: Culmination Rehearsals

June 8-10: Minimum Days

Monday June 6: Eighth Grade Picnic

Friday June 10: Eighth Grade Culmination

Saturday July 30: Incoming Family Meet and Greet

Tuesday August 16: Start of Fall Semester

See the calendar for all upcoming events.



2016 Faculty and Staff Appreciation

Mosaic by Dorothy Pincus

Volunteers among Palms parents hosted the Faculty and Staff Lunch on Tuesday May 24, 2016 for our hard-working teachers and the rest of the school staff, with an assortment of good food, drinks, and desserts.

This end-of-year tradition is much liked by the staff, and gives parents a way to say thank-you for another great school year at Palms.


UCLA field trip

On May 23, 2016, fifty-five top students of Mrs. Santana attended UCLA's 8th annual DNA Day Youth Conference, hosted by Genomics Analysis and Interpretation Graduate Training Program (GATP) professors and graduate students of the Human Genetics Department.

The purpose of the conference is to foster awareness and enthusiasm on the importance of DNA.

Palms students took part in four genetics workshops consisting of lectures, hands-on activities, and experimental labs. Back at Palms, these students used their newly found knowledge to conduct the same lessons and activities with their classmates.


violintrumpetYou won't want to miss the Winds and Strings Concert on Thursday May 26, 2016, at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

You'll be surprised how much our Winds & Percussion and Strings students have learned in two short semesters, under the guidance of Ms. West. Some of our students had never played an instrument before last Fall, and now they are full-fledged musicians!


Volunteer Appreciation Day

Some of our 2015-2016 volunteers

Each year the faculty and staff hold a Volunteer Celebration for the many volunteers who make Palms such a great school.

Our volunteers help with lunchtime supervision, run the Drop-Off Lane, serve on school committees, assist teachers in classrooms, manage programs and events, and much more. We couldn't manage without them!

This year Ms. Vogel was lead organizer of the Volunteer Celebration, with food and decorations and many smiling faces. When staff and volunteers work together, greats things happen!


Rehearsals at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Seventh grade Honors English classes of Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Shera will be taking an all-day field trip to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon on Thursday June 2, 2016.

They will see a professional production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and participate in an variety of drama workshops.

Students have been working diligently to read the entire play in Shakespeare's original language before the field trip.

This is the seventh year in a row that Mr. Reynolds has arranged for this field trip.


The annual DNA Model Contest took place on the night of Open House in April.

The Grand Prize went to Nathan Ranaei.

There were also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each class period. Winning students, shown below, earned an "A+", extra credit, and a prize.

2016 DNA Model Contest Winners

Top row, left to right: Isaac Alonzo 2nd Place, Grant Drucker 1st, Hannah Pechet 1st, Valerie Barrios 1st, Elijah Gearhart 1st, Katherine Davila 2nd, Mikaela Jackson 3rd, Riley Horita 2nd, Charu Balamuragan 1st, Chloe Cheng 3rd, Frances Ashe-McNally 2nd.

Bottom row, left to right: Genevieve Marino 1st, Jino Taylor 2nd, Amir Black 2nd, Nathan Ranaei Grand Prize, Nicole Heinze 1st, Caleb Holt 3rd, Angela Yang 1st, Jessica Bheemanpally 3rd.

Not pictured: Tiago Abdi, Bittania Yilma, Ariana Paredes, Alexander Barner, Geovanny Martinez, Michael Gonzo, Yuki Hirano, Melay De Jesus, Giovanny Martinez.


Metro Expo line extension route

The Los Angeles Metro Expo Line has been extended to downtown Santa Monica, with 7 new stops west of the Culver City station. The western extension opened on May 20 2016.

The new Palms metro station is about a mile northeast of Palms Middle School.

Metro Expo Line Extension train
Expo Line Extension: riders on opening day


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Website Volunteers Needed

Parents: If your child will be at Palms for the 2016-2017 school year, we could use your help.

We need a team of volunteers to post school news and maintain the School Calendar. It's easy to do. No prior skills or computer expertise are required, just a willingness to help. You'll receive news by email and post it on the website whenever you have time, from home. Lessons will be given starting in June 2016.

To volunteer or learn more, fill out the Parent Volunteer Form and check "Website Manager" or "Website Reporter".

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Every Palms parent should choose their preferred way to help their school, through volunteering, donations, and participation.

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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!

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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