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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, as well as our cultural, artistic, and other programs. The Palms Magnet has been repeatedly recognized by the Los Angeles Unified School District as a Model of Excellence.
Friday December 20: Last Day of Fall Semester
December 23 to January 10: Winter Break
Monday January 13: Start of Spring Semester
Please view the calendar for all upcoming events.
What's New at Palms
Enjoy Your Winter Break
We hope that all Palms families enjoy the holiday season and the 3-week break from school from Monday December 23, 2013 to Friday January 10, 2014.
We know that our students worked hard in the Fall Semester and that they will continue their outstanding work in January as the Spring Semester begins.
Remember that the first day of school, Monday January 13, 2014, is also the start of the new Bell Schedule and the LAUSD Breakfast in the Classroom program. Under the new schedule, homeroom is first every day and there's a Break period instead of Nutrition. Breakfast in the Classroom offers a free breakfast to all students every morning. Click the link for details.
The second day of school, January 14, is also the first Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting for 2014. Come to the meeting with your questions or ideas. All parents are welcome.
Family Annual Donation Drive Hits 79%
A number of families have sent in their Family Annual Donations this month as we work toward our goal of raising $81,000 to support the programs, staff, and especially the students of Palms Middle School.
We have reached 79% of our goal, with $64,169 donated as of this week. Thank you to the 220 families who have participated so far.
Remember that donations made by December 31, 2013 are tax deductible!
Palms Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are Regional Champions!
Congratulations to the Palms basketball teams from the Beyond the Bell (Youth Services) after-school program. Both our Boys and Girls teams are 2013 Regional Champions!
A special thank you goes to Jabari Washington, Palms Coach, and to Oscar Torres, Beyond the Bell Supervisor.
Palms Boys Basketball Team:
Palms Girls Basketball Team:
2014 Westside Saver Cards Are Here!
Westside Saver Cards are discount cards that provide you with substantial savings on many restaurants, products, and services in the Palms neighborhood and beyond. The cards usually pay for themselves after the first or second purchase. They are valid from now through December 31, 2014.
The 2014 cards are on sale now and the price is still a bargain $10.
This year we welcome three new vendors to the cards: Cheviot Farms, New York Bagel & Deli, and Wing-Stop. See our Westside Saver Card page for the complete list of 30 vendors.
Mrs. Gold in the Main Office has a supply of Westside Saver Cards, so you can stop in and pick one up now. They are great stocking stuffers!
Chorus, Band, and Orchestra at Westside Pavilion: December 18 and 19
After their performance on the bridge, the Vivoce Singers will be caroling as they walk around the mall. This is the first year they've done this!
What One Person Can Do: Getting our P.E. Lightbulbs Replaced
As the Fall season changed, late afternoons started getting darker, and Friends of Palms President David Kent noticed that many lightbulbs were not working on the P.E. side of our campus. This was a safety concern because this is where many students stay before being picked up from school.
David made phone call after phone call, first learning that replacing the burnt-out bulbs was stuck in bureaucratic delays, then finding out who to contact to unstick the project. Thanks to his efforts over the last weeks, most of the lightbulbs have now been replaced and our students are safer now!
Parent Teacher Student Association: Catch the Wave with PTSA!
A message from Ismon Hall, PTSA Membership Chair:
Thank you to all parents, students and staff who have become members of PTSA for the 2013-2014 school year.
The first half of our PTSA membership drive has ended with 218 members. This is good but we still have a ways to go in reaching our goal of 400 members.
The second half of our membership drive begins now, so if you have not joined you still have time to do so. Please reach out to other family members, friends and neighbors, encouraging them to join PTSA. Help us make our PTSA stronger.
Parents: You can help your child's homeroom teacher win a teacher's bag filled with office supplies and a $100 Staples gift card and help your child win an ice cream party. How? If your child's homeroom gets 100% of the students to join PTSA then both teacher and students win the prizes!
Ms. Mullen’s class is currently ahead with 16 memberships and Ms. Krieger's class is close behind with 10. Let’s show our support and get those PTSA envelopes in. Membership is only $10 per person and envelopes can be found and dropped off in the Main Office. Thank you for your support!
Our New Murals!
See other murals on our Campus Artwork page
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