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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.
Friday August 29: No School (Admissions Day)
Monday September 1: No School (Labor Day)
Wednesday September 3: After-School Tutoring Begins
September 5 to 14: Book Fair
See the calendar for all upcoming events.
What's New at Palms
What to Do if You Lose or Forget Something
Everyone loses things now and then. For students, learning to manage your own school items is part of the Middle School experience.
Who's My Counselor?
Students can speak with their counselor about almost anything that concerns them, from academics to personal problems. Parents with concern's about their child's success or well-being at school should contact their child's teachers and/or their child's counselor.
Ms. Weissmann (in the Magnet Office) is the counselor for students in the Magnet School.
For students in the Home School or the Honors Program, your grade level determines your counselor:
6h grade: Ms. Price, Counseling Office
7th grade: Mr. Acevedo, Counseling Office
8th grade: Ms. Perez, Counseling Office
Like Us On Facebook!
Now you can get Palms news and updates via Facebook! Just 'like" our new Friends of Palms Middle School Page on Facebook and "follow" to receive updates.
If you have something you would like to have posted, please message the page.
Thank you to volunteer Bettina Sherick for setting up our Facebook page.
Check Out our PTSA Page!
The Palms PTSA page covers the basics of our Parent Student Teacher Association, including the purpose. benefits, and how to join.
Refer to the PTSA page to keep up with PTA tips and publications, including the PTA Parent, Health Tidbits, PTA Connects, and One Voice newsletters and Our Children magazine.
Introducing ELAC and SSC
The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of Palms programs for Limited English-Proficient students. The Committee gives parents an opportunity to learn of the academic programs that are available at Palms and to influence budget decisions.
The School Site Council (SSC) oversees academic instructional programs and spending of categorical funds, as well as the use of Title I funds for economically disadvantages students. The council sets and reviews school goals, school improvements, and makes recommendations in other areas.
Orientations for both ELAC and SSC will be held on Friday August 22 at 8:15am in the Library (see campus map). Elections to these committees will be two weeks later on Friday September 5. All parents are welcome at the meetings.
Family Donation Drive Begins
Over 40 Palms parents enjoyed a Fiesta dinner, drinks, and desserts, while meeting Palms staff members and other Palms parents, listening to music, and making donations that will help Friends of Palms support our children's education. Everyone had fun and some parents won prizes in a drawing too!
Friends of Palms raises funds in support of tutoring, the Art in the Afternoon program, field trips, supplies for art, science, and P.E. classes, Camp Palms, the Library, front-door supervision, computer support, and more! Our goal this year is to raise at least $85,000.
Every Palms student benefits from the Family Annual Donation Drive, so every Palms family should donate what they can each year.
Fill out the Family Annual Donation form today!
Attendance and Absences
Students can't learn unless they are at school, so every student and every family should do their best to avoid missing school.
Illnesses are inevitable, so most students will miss school now and then, but the following tips will help students maintain the highest possible attendance rate:
See the Attendance and Absences page for more details.
More news for parents...
Keep up with the latest PTA news and newsletters on our PTSA page!
Parents: What's Your Choice?
Every Palms parent should choose their preferred way to help their school, through volunteering, donations, and participation.
Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form today!
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How will you help?
Every Palms parent should volunteer in some way to help keep our school great. The question is how you'd most like to help.
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There are many ways that Palms parents can get directly involved in making Palms the best it can be.:
Family Annual Donation Drive
Please click here to donate and find out where your money goes! Both one-time and monthly donations are welcome.