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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 SchoolPlease 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.

Ten reasons your family should choose Palms Middle School!

What's Happening

September 15 to October 8: Magazine Drive

Thursday October 2: GATE meeting for parents

Friday October 3: ELAC Meeting

Friday October 3: Coffee With the Principal

Monday October 6: Visitor Day


See the calendar for all upcoming events.

What's New at Palms

DonorsChoose Will Match Your Donation for our Art Students

DonorsChoose logoPalms art teacher Ms. Purdy is asking for your support to purchase colorful duct tape for her students' art projects. Students will design their own duct tape wallets: billfolds, tri-folds, clutches with inner pockets, and personalized decorative details, learning both art making and design.

You can help Ms. Purdy purchase her supplies using the DonorsChoose website. Donate any amount, from a dollar on up.

Click for Ms. Purdy's project page

If you donate by Saturday October 4, 2014, DonorsChoose will match your donation!

For more information see the DonorsChoose page.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/30/14

Meet the Palms Girls Flag Football Team

2014-09 Girls Flag Football

Three cheers for the Palms Girls Flag Football team. We're proud of our after-school sports program and this team of Palms girls. In recent games they defeated Orville Wright Middle School 14 to 13 and Daniel Webster Middle School 8 to 2, losing only to Emerson Middle School. Keep up the good work, team!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/30/14

Beautification Day and the Sky Tunnel

Beautification Day Team

We had another successful Beautification Day on Saturday September 27, 2014. The campus looks great. See a slide-show of photos on the Beautification Day page.

Be sure to notice our newly painted Sky Tunnel, which gives you the feeling of being outdoors. We're going to add a quote there saying "The sky's the limit!"


A message from our Beautification chair

A big heartfelt thank you to those who joined us on Saturday at our first and very successful Beautification Day of the year.

Thank you to Ray Wright, who spearheaded the Sky Tunnel project and really helped make it happen! We had a terrific hardworking crew in the tunnel with Ray: Keith, George, Cody, Ugo, Bruce, and Mr. Pierce. Next time: Phase 2!

Thank you to people who made the day more fun for everyone:

  • Esther Margulies for stepping up to bring snacks and direct people to their various jobs.
  • Cheronda Guyton for getting coffee.
  • Mr. Kravets for setting up the music.

There were so many people who showed up and I am so grateful those of you who did! We even had a group of alumni dads and students turn out to help!

Get ready for the next big Beautification Day on November 1st. We will need some volunteers to oversee a couple big projects: communicating with the teachers to organize classroom cleanup, painting the baseboard in the art gallery, and more.

This is my fourth year chairing Beautification and it would be great to hand the torch to someone else. It is a very rewarding position. Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form to let us know you're interested in helping.

Yay Palms Middle School!

-- Kelley Reynolds

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/29/14

Orientation Packet Documents Available

Palms Middle School logoThe 15 documents you received in your Orientation Packet are available for download in either English or Spanish.

If you've lost your packet or want to refer to a specific document, see the Orientation Packet page and choose the document of interest or follow the link to the corresponding web pages.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/28/14

How to Help Out on Visitor Days

father and daughterProspective Palms families will be visiting our campus on Monday October 6, Friday October 24, and Monday November 3, 2014. These are our Fall Visitor Days.

Tours for visitors are led by students from Leadership, but we need parents to tag along with each tour group.

You don't have to be an expert on everything at school. What you already know as a Palms parent is sufficient.

It's easy, it's fun, it helps other families, and you might even learn some Palms facts yourself.

Please volunteer to help on one of the upcoming Visitor Days by filling out the Parent Volunteer Form.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/27/14

Join a Palms Carpool

carWould you like to save time, save gas, and let your child socialize with new friends? Join a carpool!

Friends of Palms can help you find close neighbors who drive to Palms and are interested in carpooling.

Go to the Carpools page and fill out the Carpool Interest Form to find out who's available in your neighborhood. We'll let you know by phone or email.

Thank you to our Carpool Coordinator Karen Kaufler!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/26/14

Banned Books Week

Banned Books WeekBanned Books Week is September 21 to 27, 2014, when we recognize everyone's right to read.

Books that have been banned or challenged over the years include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

The Captain Underpants books, Goosebumps books, and Harry Potter books have all been challenged. Don't you think you deserve to read them?

Celebrate Banned Books Week the best way possible: by reading!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/25/14

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Parents: What's Your Choice?

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

Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form today!