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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.
March 7-21: Spring Fundraiser
March 10-14: Talent Show Signups
Thursday March 13: Chamber Music Concert
Friday March 14: Pi Day
Friday March 14: SSC Meeting
Saturday March 15: Palms Jazz Band at L.A. Arts Festival
March 17-24: Talent Show Auditions
Wednesday March 19: iPad Distribution Makeup Day
Please view the calendar for all upcoming events.
What's New at Palms
Palms Jazz Band to Perform at Grand Park: March 15
The Palms Jazz Band will be performing at LA Arts Festival at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 10:40am.
The Jazz Band will perform on the "B" stage below City Hall. Over 2,000 students will be performing throughout the day.
The Arts Festival resulted from former Palms flute player Jordan Sacino's winning entry in the LAUSD Bright Idea contest in 2012.
Palms Music Students in the News
Two of Ms. West's instrumental music students are in the news:
Merel Timmermans, an 8th grade clarinet player, was a member of the All-State Junior High Honor Band that performed at the California State Music Teachers Convention in Fresno on February 22, 2014.
Aya Chaarawi, an 8th grade violinist, was a winner in the House of Blues Foundation "Why I would like to have an instrument" essay contest. She was notified she will be getting a new violin!
iPad Distribution Day
Homeroom was 75 minutes long for iPad Distribution Day on Thursday March 6, 2014. iPads were distributed to students and teachers guided students through the setup process, including logging in and setting a passcode and other settings.
LAUSD board members are still discussing guidelines for use of the iPads so we don't expect iPads to be going home with students yet. The iPads will be used for California state testing this year and for practicing this new style of test-taking. We'll provide more news as we get it.
Most students were able to set up their iPads. There will be an iPad Distribution Makeup Day on Wednesday March 19 for students who did not have the proper forms or were not able to complete the process on March 6.
GATE Newsletter and GATE Parent Conference
The March 2014 GATE Newsletter for parents of students in LAUSD's Gifted and Talented Education Program is now available for download. The newsletter reports on the accelerated math pathways to be made available under the Common Core State Standards.
LAUSD will hold a free GATE/SAS Parent Conference on Saturday March 22, 2014, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
The conference will be held at Virgil Middle School, 152 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004. Parents can choose from a variety of workshops.
Music Scholarships Available
Students who play musical instruments may audition for talent-based music scholarships, $200 each, intended to help pay for private music lessons.
You must apply by Friday March 21, 2014, and the number of scholarships is limited. Auditions will be held the week of April 7, 2014.
For applications and more information contact Ms. West, our instrumental music teacher.
Reflections Art Contest 2014 Slideshow
Check out the artwork and writing done by Palms students for this year's Reflections Art Contest.
Each of the works was displayed at the Tenth District PTA Exhibit on March 2, 2014.
March Issue of the Middle Years Newsletter: Tips on Coping and More
The March issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips about coping with problems, making class presentations, preparing for statewide tests, solving friendship problems, changing household rules for tweens, staying focused while doing Internet research, being passionate about causes, and imagining the future.
You can also download back issues from earlier this year and from previous school years.
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