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Magnet/SAS parents should see the Magnet School page for available parent/teacher/student conference dates and times.

All calendar events are subject to change.

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Friends of Palms provides many services to Palms Middle School. In turn, Friend of Palms needs your support for our fundraising programs:

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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. Each year since 2011-2012, LAUSD has recognized the Palms Middle School Magnet as an Excelling Magnet or an Achieving Magnet (the top 2 categories) based on the School Performance Framework (SPF).


Ten reasons your family should choose Palms Middle School!


Elementary school parents: Palms administrators can visit your school to speak to a group of parents and answer questions. Have a staff member or parent representative call Palms if you are interested in the Palms Roadshow.

What's Happening

April 29-May 1 and May 4-6: State Testing, Minimum Days

May 1-22: LAUSD Visual Art Exhibition

Thursday May 7: Spring Choral Concert

Friday May 8: Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Friday May 8: ELAC Meeting

Friday May 8: SSC Meeting

Tuesday, May 12: Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

See the calendar for all upcoming events.

 News

Former Palms Student Jordyn Sacino Honored at Visual Arts Festival

Jordyn Sacino at the LAUSD Arts Festival
Jordyn Sacino and Mireya Alonzo, LAUSD Visual & Media Arts Adviser

Former Palms student Jordyn Sacino was honored with an LAUSD Certificate of Appreciation as the LAUSD Visual Arts Exhibition kicked off at the Los Angeles Central Library on Friday May 1, 2015.

While at Palms, Jordyn won the My Bright Idea Contest with her suggestion for an LAUSD art show. Her idea blossomed into the annual LAUSD Art Festival.

Artwork by several Palms students can be viewed in the Central Library exhibit now through Friday May 22.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/4/15

New Family Meet and Greet: Saturday, August 8, 2015

UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareAll new students and their families are invited to join us in the park on August 8!

This will be a fun time to bond and make new friends before Camp Palms and school starts.

  • Location: Rancho Park (2551 Motor Avenue)
  • Date: August 8, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • What: Fun, friends and snacks
  • RSVP: Lori Berman at loriberman@ca.rr.com

Download flyer for more details!

Posted by: Ivy Chan Andrade
Published: 5/2/15

PTSA Positions Open for 2015-2016

PTA appleThe Palms Parent Teacher Student Assocation (PTSA) is part of the nationwide PTA child advocacy association. Your PTA dues support student scholarships, the Reflections Art Contest, and direct support in providing for children.

The PTSA President leads these efforts, keeps us in touch with local, state, and national PTA, and keeps us informed by passing along PTA news and information. The Palms PTSA has been led the past two years by Sherri Hatcher, to whom we owe much thanks.

The PTSA Vice President chairs the PTA membership program, concentrating on the Fall Membership Drive.

For the school year that begins Fall 2015, the positions of PTSA President, PTSA Vice President, PTSA Auditor, and PTSA Secretary are open. If you want to help our children, whether or not you have had previous PTA leadership experience, please volunteer for one of these important positions.

To volunteer or to learn more, contact Friends of Palms or come to the final PTSA meeting on Tuesday May 12, 2015.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/1/15

BIG SUNDAY: May 3

Big Sunday logoBIG SUNDAY is an annual community service weekend, where thousands of Californians do volunteer work for schools, nonprofits, and other organizations.

This year's BIG SUNDAY will be Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

At Palms it's a special type of Beautification Day where we take on ambitious projects.

This year we plan to:

  • Create and maintain art, film, and gardening spaces
  • Construct sound-proof booths
  • Install an automatic watering system
  • Fix up the art studio

To sign up to help, go to Project #183 on the BIG SUNDAY website.

We'll have Palms families plus other community volunteers, including high school students earning community service credits. Please come help with our projects, and bring the whole family!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/30/15

Palms Girls Soccer Team Advances in Tournament

Girls Soccer Team, April 2015
Girls Soccer Team

The Palms after-school Girls Soccer Team is playing in the Beyond the Bell Soccer Tournament.

They won their game against Wright Middle School with a score of 4-1, then advanced over Emerson Middle School with penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie.

The Palms Girls Soccer Team will next play Peary Middle School in the quarterfinals, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:30am. Peary Middle School is at 1415 W Gardena Blvd. in Gardena.

We invite parents and families to come to this important game and cheer for our team!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/29/15

Palms Student Artwork at LAUSD Visual Arts Festival: May 1-22


Art by Palms student Jiho Park - see it at the Exhibition!

LAUSD is holding a Visual Arts Exhibition from Friday May 1 to Friday May 22, 2015, at the downtown Los Angeles Central Library (630 West 5th Street). Spanning multiple mediums, the exhibition will tap directly into vibrant, youthful energy of our students. A cookie bar and refreshments will be available.

The exhibit will include works by these Palms students:

  • Cyrina Brimmer
  • Victoria Corpuz
  • Nicole Feyzjou
  • Estefania Flores
  • Daniela Hernandez
  • Anna Holyfield
  • N'dey Jagne
  • Jiho Park
  • Sophia Spagna

You'll also see artwork from other schools. Visit our Art Elective page for a slideshow of the art from Palms that will be exhibited!

To kick off the three-week exhibition, there will be an Opening Gala on Friday May 1, 2015, from 1:00pm to 5:30pm in the Library Atrium, featuring the art gallery, a mobile mural lab workshop, refreshments, and an awards presentation.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/28/15

California State Testing: April 27 through May 13

California flagCalifornia State Testing, begins the week of April 27, 2015. Tests, practice tests, and make-up tests will be given between April 27 and May 13, with the primary tests on these days:

  • Tuesday April 28
  • Wednesday April 29 *
  • Thursday April 30 *
  • Friday May 1 *
  • Wednesday May 6 *

* Dates with asterisks will be Minimum Days (12:20 pick-up time). Monday May 4 and Tuesday May 5 will also be minimum days.

See the California State Testing page for the full schedule and the School Calendar for Minimum Days.

Tips for a great Test Day:

  • Make sure your child comes to school on time and well rested.
  • If your child must be absent on the day of a test, check the make-up test schedule on the California State Testing page.
Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/26/15

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