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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.
Monday September 15: LSLC Parent Elections and Meeting
September 15 to October 8: Magazine Drive
Thursday September 25: No School
Friday September 26: Annual Title I Meeting
Saturday September 27: Beautification Day
See the calendar for all upcoming events.
What's New at Palms
September is Attendance Awareness Month
The statistics are clear: Students with good attendance do better on tests. Students with good attendance in September have the highest attendance rates for the rest of the year. And students who are chronically absent fall behind.
According to the California State PTA, parents know school attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools don't realize how quickly absences — excused as well as unexcused — can add up to academic trouble.
State Superintendent of Public Instructions Candidate Forum
A public State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday September 17, 2014, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Come hear the candidates debate the education issues facing Californians.
The forum will be held at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Education Center West, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA.
Registration Open for 8th Grade Trip to Washington
Registration is open for the 8th grade trip to Gettysburg and Washington DC in the Spring 2015 semester. The 6-day, 5-night trip with the Palms History Department will take place Sunday March 28 to Thursday April 2, 2015 -- the week of Spring Recess.
Over 30 students have already registered and spots are filling up fast. Early registrants get a $15 discount.
GATE/SAS Fall Parent Newsletter
The September 2014 Gifted/Talented Programs Parent Newsletter is now available from LAUSD, for parents of GATE/SAS students. It contains instructions for applying to a Gifted/High Ability or Highly Gifted Magent school, plus a memorable quote from Steve Jobs saying "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
For more information about GATE parent involvement, see the LAUSD GATE website.
Parents Invited to Join LSLC
Parents, school personnel, students, and community members can influence decision-making at Palms by joining the Local School Leadership Council (LSLC).
The council oversees the school calendar, student discipline, the instruction materials budget, and professional development.
To join in or to get more details, attend the first LSLC meeting starting at 5:00pm on Monday September 14, 2014 in the Library. Subsequent monthly meetings will be at 6:00pm.
The 2015 Palms T-Shirt is Out!
The T-shirt was designed by Ms. Purdy, one of our amazing art teachers!
Pick up your T-shirts at the bargain price of $10 by getting your shirts directly from Friends of Palms this month.
Or... get free Palms T-shirts for all of the Palms students in your family by making your Family Annual Donation at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level.
Tryouts for Youth Services after-school football and basketball are now closed, but there may be opportunities for off-campus sports activities.
If you are interested, contact Mr. Washington at email@example.com.
More news for parents...
Keep up with the latest PTA news and newsletters on our PTSA page!
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