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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. 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!

Elementary school parents: Palms can visit your school to speak to a group of parents and answer questions. The "Palms Roadshow" will be at Castle Heights Elementary on Monday October 20 from 8:30 to 10:00am, and at Overland Avenue Elementary on Tuesday October 21 from 8:30 to 10:00am. You'll hear from our Principal, Assistant Principal, Magnet Coordinator, and Parent Communication Coordinator. Let your peers know!

What's Happening

Monday October 20: LSLC Meeting

Monday October 20: Palms Roadshow at Castle Heights Elementary

Tuesday October 21: Palms Roadshow at Overland Avenue Elementary

Thursday October 23: Meal Application Deadline

Thursday October 23: Sixth & Seventh Grade Parent Meeting

Friday October 24: Visitor Day

Friday October 24: 8th Grade Knott's Scary Farm Trip


See the calendar for all upcoming events.

What's New at Palms

Ms. Garret's Homeroom Wins Box Tops for Education Contest

Box Tops for Education logoCongratulations to Ms. Garret's 7th grade homeroom for winning the Fall Back-to-School Box Tops and Labels for Education Contest! Ms. Garret's students collected 424 box tops and labels. As winners they will receive a special treat, and a bag of goodies for Ms. Garret too.

It was a tough competition. The top homerooms were:

  1. Ms. Garret's homeroom: 424 box tops and labels
  2. Mr. Nicholson's homeroom: 337 box tops and labels
  3. Ms. Wohl's homeroom: 257 box tops and labels
  4. Ms. Kelley's homeroom: 251 box tops and labels
  5. TIE! Ms. Luna's homeroom and Ms. Markham-Nathan's homeroom: 247 box tops and labels each

Top individual students:

  1. Kiyah Dixon and Isaiah Vasquez: 247 box tops and labels each
  2. Jordan Hamano: 225 box tops and labels
  3. Omid Rahimdel: 219 box tops and labels
  4. Tira Masbacher: 199 box tops and labels

Altogether, Palms girls collected 1,625 box tops and labels and Palms boys collected 1,371, for a total just shy of 3,000!

Thank you to the many parents, students, and teachers who support this program, including a wonderful former Palms student who mailed us an envelope full of box tops.

See our Box Tops for Education page for more details about this ongoing fundraiser, and keep clipping for Palms!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/20/14

Eighth Grade Washington Trip: Waiting List and Scholarship Contest

trip to Gettysburg and Washington 2014A waiting list has formed for the 8th Grade Trip to Washington DC and Gettysburg. If enough students join the waiting list, trip registration will be reopened. The trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this age group!

For families concerned about the trip cost, Friends of Palms has generously donated funds for an Eight Grade Washington Trip Scholarship Contest.

All 8th grade students can enter, whether or not they are registered for the Washington Trip.

To enter the contest, students write an essay covering who they are, what inspires them, their travel history, and financial need. It must be submitted to Mr. Nicholson by Friday November 7, 2014.

  • The first place winner will receive $1400.
  • Two second place winners will each receive $700.
  • Two third place winners will each receive $350.

Download the contest instructions and be sure to follow them.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/19/14

New LAUSD Superintendent: Ramon Cortines

Ramon CortinesThe Los Angeles Board of Education has hired Ramon Cortines as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was previously LAUSD Interim Superintendent in 2000 and LAUSD Superintendent from 2009 to 2011.

Cortines told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to promote Deputy Superintendent Michelle King to the position of chief deputy.

In his letter of resignation, former Superintendent John Deasy outlines progress in several areas, including implementation of Common Core State Standards and the Breakfast in the Classroom program, higher test scores, and lower rates of suspension.

See the Representatives page for a list of school and government representatives.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/18/14

Palms Cafeteria Wins $500

Ben's Beginners logoThe Palms Cafeteria has won $500 for cafeteria supplies in the Ben's Beginners Cooking Contest, which Palms promoted in July 2014.

The contest's purpose was to encourage parents to cook with their children, as a means of teaching healthier eating habits for life. Learning to cook leads to a valuable life-long skill as well.

Palms was selected in a drawing from among eligible contestants.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/17/14

Students Aren't the Only Ones With Deadlines

UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareWe all hope that our children will turn in their homework and projects on time, but parents have deadlines too.

Friday October 17, 2014 is the last day to earn rewards for your Family Annual Donation. We have met 65% of our fundraising goal. We will reach 100% if every family who has not yet donated gave $25 to their school. If $25 is not within your budget, donate $5 or $10. Full participation is important.

Friday October 17 is the deadline for the Boxtops for Education Contest. May the best homeroom win!

* Friday October 17 is the deadline for 8th graders to buy tickets for the trip to Knotts Scary Farm.

Thursday October 23 is the deadline for the Meal Applications that every Palms family should submit.

Friday November 14 is the deadline for Magnet Applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

Friday November 21 is the deadline for purchasing the School Yearbook at the presage price.

Friday December 5 is the deadline for your child's Reflections Art Contest submissions.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/16/14

Spanish-Language Parent Event: November 1

PTA appleThe California State PTA has partnered with National PTA, Univision Bay Area, and The Education Trust-West to offer a Spanish-language parent engagement event as part of Univision's annual Education Week: La Semana de la Educación.

It will be a free and fun educational event with celebrities, food, and prizes!

  • Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:30am to 1:00pm
  • Location: Birmingham High School, 1700 Haynes Street, Van Nuys, CA

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/16/14

Call for Volunteers: The Great California Shakeout

ShakeOut 2014The Palms Middle School administrators have asked for 5 to 10 parents to help with the Great California Shake Out, a state-wide earthquake drill on Thursday October 16, 2014.

Your job will be simple: to help us simulate an actual emergency by going through the steps you would follow to pick up your child after an earthquake.

You'll be given instructions when you arrive. Volunteer parents should meet at the Main Office at 10:45am. You'll be done by 11:30am.

There's no need to sign up. Just come to the Main Office at 10:45 on October 16 if you can help us.

If you have questions, email Emily Magruder.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/15/14

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All Palms Families

Submit your Meal Application before Thursday October 23.

Our Title I funding depends on having all qualified families apply.

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