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SAS applicationThe SAS application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is Thursday March 30, 2017, with notifications mailed in April 2017.
Students who live in the Palms Middle School area do not need to fill out an application.
For the cover letter and application form, in English or Spanish, see the SAS page.


Palms Robotics

7th grade robotics classes are on Thursdays through May 25, 2017.

8th grade robotics classes are on Mondays through May 22, 2017.

Full schedules for our after-school robotics classes can be found on the Robotics page.

Classes for both 7th and 8th graders, which required applications, are now full. Interested students should sign up the next time we have robotics classes.


Connecting Cultures Exhibit 2011

The annual Connecting Cultures Exhibit will take place Thursday March 30 through Thursday April 6, 2017 in the Library. Students will be visiting the exhibit all week. Parents may stop by too, especially during  open house on Thursday.

Connecting Cultures celebrates the world's many cultures with incredible displays of unique and interesting items. This year's theme is Commercial Connections. Students examine and learn about artifacts for natural resources, trade, and colonization.


Anime and Asian Culture Club

A new club called the Anime and Asian Culture Club meets for the first time on Friday March 24, 2017, at lunch in Room 45.

Everyone is welcome but you must get a lunch pass from Mr. Kim in Room 45.

Download flyer

The weekly meetings will be on Fridays, or sometimes Thursdays. See the full schedule on the Anime and Asian Culture Club page.


eighth notesParents and families are invited to the Instrumental Chamber Music Concert on Thursday, March 23rd, at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. The concert will feature 50 students in all, performing as soloists, as members of the Palms Jazz Band, or as part of an ensemble selected from the Band and Orchestra.  An evening of great music from these talented young performers awaits!

All of our instrumental music students are taught by award-winning teacher Ms. West.  Come out to enjoy and support the music program at Palms!


Join Palms Middle School at Pitfire Pizza Mar Vista or Westwood on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 5-9 pm. Fifteen percent of your food and beverage order will go to Palms! Enjoy delicious, wood-fired pizzas and farmer's market-inspired salads in a fun, casual atmosphere where you're sure to run into friends. Download the flyer to show at the restaurant!


Cooking lesson led by Jayla Hill
Cooking lesson led by Jayla Hill

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Every Friday, Ms. Tynan's students cook and prepare dishes from mac&cheese to quesadillas to scrambled eggs.

On a recent Friday they had a lesson they won't soon forget. Our own Jayla Hill, an excellent cook who appeared on the popular 'Chopped Junior' TV show, led their weekly cooking lesson.

Jayla engaged the students in a hands-on, from-scratch method to making delicious mozzarella sticks that students can now make at home with their parents.

Ms. Tynan said:

I have never seen my students so excited. They love cooking on Fridays, but knowing Jayla was coming to cook with them was like a celebrity coming to our room. The students had been shown Jayla’s "Chopped Junior” episode the previous week. So, one week they see her on TV, and the next week she is teaching them how to prepare a dish!

I think one of the reasons this was such a successful event was because a peer of theirs not only taught the lesson, but seemed so knowledgeable and comfortable in the kitchen, that it made my students more excited about their own possibilities as junior chefs at home.


GATE Parent Newsletter

The GATE/SAS Spring 2017 Parent Newsletter covers the SAS application process and lists upcoming GATE/SAS events.

Download in English or Spanish

Other resources for parents of gifted/talented students are available in the Parents section of the LAUSD GATE website.


e-waste event

Sixth Grade Leadership, in conjunction with with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, will dispose of your old electronics in a responsible way.

Bring computers, smartphones, TVs, cameras, printers, game systems, and other electronics to our E-waste Collection Event. Proceeds will go toward our annual sailing trips.


E-Waste Collection
Saturday March 18, 2017
8:00am to 2:00pm
Teacher's parking lot

Download the flyer and share it with your friends.


Sailing in 2016

Mr. Clair and this year's first group of Palms 6th grade students will take to the seas on Friday March 17, 2017 for a one-day sailing trip.

Palms has participated in the TopSail Youth Program of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute for over a decade. The program enriches conventional school curricula by bringing biology, mathematics, physics, geography, history, literature and the environment to life in the real world classroom of the sea.

Two other groups of Palms students will take one-day sailing trips, first on Friday March 24 and then on Wednesday April 5.

The final sailing voyage for Spring 2017 is the five-day trip to Santa Catalina and the Channel Islands from Monday May 22 to Friday May 26.


soccer ballThe after-school soccer season, operated by Beyond the Bell, begins March 20th.  Interested students can talk to their P.E. teacher or simply show up after school.


Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16th, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends Of Palms Middle School.

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microphoneSelected students from Vivoce Singers, our Advanced Chorus, will sing for you at the Vocal Solo/Ensemble Concert on Thursday March 16, 2017.

This concert, also called An Evening Of Songs, is always a highlight during the Spring semester.

The show begins at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. Bring the whole family!


Lego Mindstorms EV3

You're invited to the Robotics Competition on Thursday March 16, 2017 at 3:45pm in Room 233.

The Palms 8th Grade Lego EV3 Club starts on Monday March 20 in room 232 at 3:15pm. The club is now full.

The Palms 7th Grade Lego EV3 Club starts on Thursday March 23 in room 233 at 3:15pm. The club has a few spaces available.

See the Robotics page for the application required to join.


Congratulations once again to the Beyond the Bell Girls' Volleyball Team!  Last Saturday they won the 36-team Southwest Division finals.  They will go on to represent that division in the City Championships this weekend.  Way to go, ladies!  

Come out to cheer them on this Saturday, March 18th.  

Roybal Learning Center
1200 Colton Street
Los Angeles, CA  90026

Game time is at 9:30 am



cameraEighth graders: Be sure to wear your Palms colors for Panorama Picture Day on Wednesday March 15, 2017.

The photo, showing the Class of 2017, can be ordered for $25 at the Student Store until Friday March 17, 2017.
Download the tear-off from the Eighth Grade Downloads page.


calendarThere are only three Friends of Palms/PTSA meetings left for this school year, so don't miss the meeting on March 14, 2017, at 6:30pm in the Library. Please attend the meeting and share your ideas, opinions, or questions.

Among this month's discussion topics:

Nominations will soon be open for board and committee positions for the 2017-2018 school year, so now's also the time for new and returning parents to think about how they would like to help their school.


Pi Day

Palms 6th graders celebrate Pi Day starting on Monday March 13, 2017. Classroom activities focused on the mathematical constant π (pi) include reading math stories and measuring the circumferences and diameters of circles to confirm that the ratio is pi.

Students will compete on March 14 (better known as 3/14) in the annual Pi Day Contest, reciting digits of pi. Will anyone beat the school record set in 2015?


Thanksgiving Potpourri book cover

In Fall 2016, students of Ms. Tynan and 6th grade students of Ms. Hoffman wrote a book named Thanksgiving Potpourri.

Each student wrote a one-page story and drew a one-page illustration. The pages were then compiled into a book.

The cover was created by Gloria Martinez, a student in Ms. Purdy's art class.

This photo of the authors appears Inside the front of the book, which you can find in the Palms Library.

Thanksgiving Potpourri book authors


A big congratulations to David Vasquez for winning the first ever 6th Grade Spelling Bee held here at Palms in January.  And special thanks to Mr. Kim and Friends of Palms for spearheading the event.  


David will represent Palms Middle School this Sunday, March 12th at the Los Angeles County Scripps Regional Spelling Bee hosted by Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.  The exciting competition begins at 2 pm and can continue for up to 6 hours as 100+ students from all over Los Angeles vie for 1st place and the chance to compete in the national bee to be held in May. Good luck, David!