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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.
Follow The Eighth Grade Trip to Washington!
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
Dozens 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.
Reflections and Awards Night
PTSA 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.
Eighth Graders Visiting Washington DC and Gettysburg During Spring Break
Seventy-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!
Palms Student Wins California Letters About Literature Contest
The 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.
The 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!
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.
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.
Common Core Field Test Schedule
Common Core State Testing will take place on the following days:
Download the Test Schedule and Principal's Letter:
See also the test schedule chart on our California State Testing page.
Students Dress Up for Spirit Week
This week's schedule:
Spring Break: April 14-18
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