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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, for grades 6 through 8. Please read our Principal's Message and explore our website to learn about Palms Middle School. See the Site Map or use the Search box to the right if you can't find what you're looking for.

If your family is new to Palms or you're considering Palms for your child, start in our Welcome section.

What's Happening

Monday November 23 - Friday November 27: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Tuesday December 1: Venice High Modernization Project Community Meeting

​Tuesday December 2: Winds and Strings Open House

Friday December 4: ELAC Meeting

​Friday December 4: Coffee with the Principal

See the calendar for all upcoming events.


Coffee with the Principal: December 4

coffee cupPrincipal Dr. Moriuchi invites you to join him for Coffee with the Principal on Friday December 4, 2015, at 9:15am in the Library.

Featured topic: School Report Card.

You can also ask questions or let Dr. Moriuchi know what's on your mind. All Palms parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Download the flyer

Venice High School Modernization Project: Community Meeting December 1

Venice High SchoolA major modernization project is planned for Venice High School, including removal of bungalows, earthquake improvements, classroom remodeling, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and more.

Parents and guardians are invited to a community meeting about this project on Tuesday December 1, 2015, at 6:00pm.

The meeting will take place in the Student Cafeteria at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles.

Download flyer (English and Spanish)

Eighth Grade Class Trip Scholarship Winners Announced

scholarship winners for 2016 class trip
2016 scholarship winners, left to right: Michal Weinburg, Hyewon Choi, Kyle King, Angyl Wright, Mr. Nicholson, Aurora S. Garcia, Taylor Green

Many students from the 8th grade Class of 2016 will be going on the Founding Fathers East Coast Tour in March 2016. To give more students a chance to go on the trip, Palms held a scholarship essay contest.

The contest winners have now been announced:

  • Aurora Samantha Garcia (1st place, $1550 scholarship)
  • Angyl Wright  (1st place, $1550 scholarship)
  • Hyewon Choi (2nd place, $800 scholarship)
  • Kyle King (2nd place, $800 scholarship)
  • Taylor Green (3rd place, $400 scholarship)
  • Michal Weinburg (3rd place, $400 scholarship)

Thank you to all of the students who entered the contest, and to Friends of Palms for providing the scholarship funds.

Donations Requested for a Classroom Set of "I am Malala"

DonorsChoose logoEnglish teacher Mr. Westhoff has a new campaign at the DonorsChoose website, named Let's Keep These Kids Reading Books!

He asks for donations to purchase a classroom set of the book "I am Malala".

This well-known book was written by Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize-winning young Pakistani activist for girls' and womens' rights.

As Mr. Westhoff explains:

My students, especially my English Language Learners, need engaging, relevant novels to read in class. I have seen what popular and important novels like "The Outsiders" and "Persepolis" can do.

My students are very diverse, culturally and academically. They appreciate this tremendous diversity.

We will use the class set of "I am Malala" in my English class.

Donations of any amount are welcome. Visit DonorsChoose to contribute to this campaign.

Are You a Helicopter Parent?

familyThe Palms Counselors recommend that parents read an article by the former Standard University freshman dean, giving tips on how parents should foster independence in their sons and daughters.

See the Counselors Corner page for details, or watch the video and read the article on the Washington Post website.

Palms Students Make Art From Pumpkins

pumpkin carving workshop

Just before Halloween 2015, Mr. Reynolds held a pumpkin carving workshop. He provided the tools, templates, classroom, and supervision.

About thirty 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students provided their pumpkins and practiced their artistic skills.

The results were nothing short of Spook-tacular!

Check out the slideshow on our Pumpkin Carving page.

Exploring Your Universe at UCLA

UCLA will host an annual Science Event, Exploring Your Universe, this Sunday, November 8 from Noon-5pm (with nighttime activities from 5-8pm).

Free Admission (Parking costs $12)

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Positive Behavior Support Program

Read about the Palms Positive Behavior Support program, student behavioral expectations, and parents' rights and responsibilities. Read the message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi.

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