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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!

Follow The Eighth Grade Trip to Washington!

Eighth Graders at the White House, 2014Our new Trip Journal 2014 page lets you keep up with news about the Eighth Grade Trip to Washington DC and Gettysburg Pennsylvania.

Click here to read the journal, or click the words Washington Trip Journal in the Quick Links section at the top left of the Palms Middle School home page.

What's Happening

April 12-17: Class of 2014 Trip to Washington and Gettysburg

April 14-18: No School (Spring Break)

Monday April 21: LSLC Meeting

Friday April 25: Sixth Grade Olympics

Please view the calendar for all upcoming events.

Garden Day in the Sixth Grade Garden

What's New at Palms

Students Thank Friends of Palms

thank you note for printerDozens of students signed a thank-you note to Friends of Palms for the new printer in the Library, purchased by Friends of Palms out of this year's fundraising proceeds. Students doing their I-Search research paper were especially appreciative.

See the Friends of Palms page for a larger image and some of the messages from individual students.

Friends of Palms fundraising supports Palms students in many other ways, including funding for the Art in the Afternoon program, classroom supplies, a tech support aide, front-door supervision, and after-school Library staffing.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/15/14

Reflections and Awards Night

Reflections logoPTSA members are invited to the free Reflections and Awards Night on Friday May 9, 2014 at 8:00pm in the West Hall Building of the Los Angeles Convention Center (Hall B).

Join together for a night of celebration and applaud as Reflections winners present their work! Cheer on our units, councils and districts as they are honored.

Eleven Reflections entries from Palms received awards or honorable mention at Tenth District PTA. Winning entries by Caitlin Chen and Jack Weiss competing in the state contest and Caitlin's entry won a California Award of Merit.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/14/14

Eighth Graders Visiting Washington DC and Gettysburg During Spring Break

trip to Gettysburg and Washington 2014Seventy-six 8th grade students from Palms are taking a 6-day trip during Spring Break to visit the sites of Washington DC and Gettysburg Pennsylvania. This is the first cross-country Eighth Grade Trip for Palms, and we hope to make it a new tradition.

Trip chaperones include Mr. An, Ms. Andersen, Ms. Cuda, Ms. Garret, Mr. Lalazarian, Ms. McCarrell, Mr. Nicholson, and Ms. Powers.

Students will visit some of the most famous sites, museums, and monuments in the country, including the the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial, the National Air and Space Museum, Ford's Theatre, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and the National Zoo, plus the historic battlefields of Gettysburg.

We're providing trip updates during Spring Break, so check the Trip Journal for news!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/11/14

Palms Student Wins California Letters About Literature Contest

trophy, courtesy lakeshorelearningThe annual Letters about Literature contest asks students to read a book, poem, or speech, then write to the author about how the work impacted their lives. Many thousands of letters are judged in highly competitive state contests. Ten semi-finalists are selected in each state and state winners move to the national competition.

Mr. Reynold's 7th grade Honors English students enter the contest each year, submitting letters to The California Center for the Book, which administers the contest in California. The Library of Congress administers the national contest.

I Am MalalaThe 2014 California winner for Grades 7-8 is Layla Arjomand from Palms Middle School!

Layla read I Am Malala, the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl famous for her campaign for educational rights for girls, despite an attack by the Taliban and continued threats.

Another of the 10 California semi-finalists was Caitlin Chen, also of Palms Middle School!

Caitlin wrote to Jerry Spinelli, author of the popular young adult novel Maniac Magee. Caitlin was previously a winner of the Tenth District PTA Reflections Art Contest and competed in the California State Reflections contest.

Congratulations to Layla and Caitlin for their outstanding academic achievement! Good luck to Layla in the national competition!


Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/10/14

Open House, DNA Day, and Connecting Cultures Exhibit

Open House takes place Thursday April 10, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Parents, students, and family members are invited to visit the student's classrooms, where classwork and projects are typically on display.

Download the Open House Period-by-Period Schedule

Elementary school-age siblings are welcome. They can see what middle school classrooms are like! Please remember that this is not the time for Parent-Teacher conferences. If you would like a private or group conference, ask if there is a conference sign-up list or see the Appointments page.

While you are at school, look for the DNA Day display in the main building and the Connecting Cultures Exhibit in the School Library.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/9/14

Common Core Field Test Schedule

California sealCommon Core State Testing will take place on the following days:

  • Tue Apr 29: 6th Grade ELA Activity Test and 8th Grade CST Science Test
  • Wed Apr 30: 8th Grade ELA Activity Test (minimum day)
  • Thu May 1: 7th Grade Math Activity Test (minimum day)
  • Fri May 2: 6th Grade ELA Test (minimum day)
  • Mon May 5: 7th Grade ELA Test (minimum day)
  • Tue May 6: 8th Grade ELA Test (minimum day)
  • Wed May 7: 6th Grade Math Test (minimum day)
  • Mon May 12: 7th Grade Math Test
  • Tue May 13: 8th Grade Math Test

Download the Test Schedule and Principal's Letter:

English • Spanish

See also the test schedule chart on our California State Testing page.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/9/14

Students Dress Up for Spirit Week

crazy hair dayDon't be surprised if you see students with unusual-looking hair today. It's Crazy Hair Day, part of the Spirit Week fun organized by Leadership class!

This week's schedule:

  • Monday: Tie Dye Day (wear tie-dye or bright colors)
  • Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day (fix it up in a crazy style)
  • Wednesday: Twin Day (dress like your best friend)
  • Thursday: Celebrity Day (dress like a celebrity)
  • Friday: Decade Day (wear 80s gear)
Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/8/14


Spring Break: April 14-18

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