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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:

  • Bring your whole family to the Meet & Greet on Saturday August 8, learn more about Palms, and meet some of our parents and staff.
  • Sign up now for Camp Palms, to be held on Tuesday August 11 and Wednesday August 12, for both a short family orientation and a longer orientation for incoming 6th graders.
  • 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

May 1-22: LAUSD Visual Art Exhibition

Friday May 22: City Hall Field Trip (Ms. Primus)

Friday May 22: Last day to buy Yearbooks

Monday May 25: No School (Memorial Day)

Tuesday May 26: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch

​Wednesday May 27: Art in the Afternoon Exhibit

Wednesday/Thursday May 27-28: Yearbook Distribution

Friday May 29: Will Geer Field Trip (Mr. Reynolds)

See the calendar for all upcoming events.


No School on Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day

But did you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? It's a day set aside to honor those who have died in service of the United States of America.

Why was it called Decoration Day? It started to honor those who fought in the Civil War. A General Order was issued for decorating the graves of those who died in the war.

Posted by: Ivy Chan Andrade
Published: 5/21/15

Last Day to Order Yearbooks: May 22

Yearbook photoThe 2014-2015 Palms Yearbook will be distributed to 8th graders who ordered one on Wednesday May 27, 2015 during homeroom.

Yearbooks will be distributed to 6th and 7th graders who ordered one on Thursday May 28.

The last day to order a Yearbook is Friday May 22, for $40 at the Student Store.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/19/15

Target's Thanks A Billion Program: Now through June 15

Target logoTarget has launched a Thanks a Billion donation campaign. For each Facebook user age 13 or older who thanks a Palms teacher, Target will donate $25 to Palms.

To participate:

  1. Go to the Thanks a Billion page.
  2. Log in using Facebook.
  3. Select Palms Middle School and send a thank-you message to a Palms teacher.
  4. Help us spread the word that others should do the same!

The program runs until June 15, 2015 or until Target has made 200,000 school donations, which could happen soon. You can thank multiple teachers but only your first thank-you for a given Facebook ID will produce a donation.

Imagine what Palms could do with $25,000 if every Palms parent, aunt, uncle, and grandparent acted quickly and thanked a teacher. Encourage every adult in your family to participate now!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/18/15

Concert for Beginning Strings & Winds/Percussion Classes this Thursday, May 21


Come enjoy the musical stylings of the Beginning Strings and Winds/Percussion classes this Thursday at 6:30 in the Palms auditorium!

The students have worked all year to prepare for this concert debut. Catch them as each group performs four large ensemble pieces with soloists and small ensembles playing in between those sets.

Music to include such favorites as Do-Re-Mi from the Sound of Music, King Williams' March, Anchor's Aweigh and I Got Rhythm.

Posted by: Ivy Chan Andrade
Published: 5/18/15

Fundraising Progress Report

Fundraising ProgressFundraising proceeds and family pledges this year have totaled $71,000, which is 84% of our $85,000 goal for the school year.

Friends of Palms is working on the budget for the 2015-2016 school year, and school funding will again be tight, leaving donations to fill in the gaps.

You can still donate any amount at any time. Every donation helps!

Your donations pay for

  • Computer equipment
  • Educational software
  • Teacher tech support
  • Field trips
  • After-school homework help
  • Arts programs
  • Library/Librarian
  • Classroom supplies
  • Campus beautification
  • Campus security
  • Scholarships
  • Office support
  • and much more!
Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/16/15

Chorus Field Trip Postponed to May 18

calendar iconThe walking field trip to Palms Elementary School for Chorus students, originally scheduled for Friday May 15, has been postponed to Monday May 18, 2015 due to rainy weather.

Chorus performances at local elementary schools serve multiple purposes:

  • They entertain elementary school students and let them experience choral music at the middle school level.
  • They give Palms students a chance to perform before a younger audience.
  • They encourage incoming Palms students to choose Chorus as their elective.
Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/15/15

Plan Ahead for Culmination: June 4

eighth grade mortarboardEighth Grade Culmination will take place on Thursday June 4, 2015 in the Palms Auditorium.

There are two culmination ceremonies:

Culmination A, starting at 9:00am, is for students whose homeroom teacher is Mr. Aza, Ms. Clark, Ms. Conroe, Mr. Lalazarian, Ms. Goldberg, Ms. Goldin, Mr. Martinez, or Mr. Medved.

Culmination B, starting at 12:00pm, is for students whose homeroom teacher is Ms. Millet, Mr. Nicholson, Ms. Solarz, Ms. Twaijri, Ms. Wallace, Ms. Wetzel, or Mr. Ynda.

Culminating students will need to report to the Student Cafeteria an hour before their ceremony.

The dress code, ticket information, and parking instructions are on the Eighth Grade Culmination page. Please remember that parents may bring flowers but not balloons or air horns.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/14/15

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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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