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Mama s Original PizzaMake room for Spaghetti a la Mama or your favorite pizza pie! Join Palms families at Mama's Original Pizza & Pasta on Wednesday, February 28, from 11 am to 10 pm, for a Dining for Dollars event. Mama's is located at 3311 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles. They will donate 20% of food and beverage purchases to Palms whether you dine in, take out, or have your meal delivered. Download the flyer to show when you order.


Saturday, February 17th, at 9 am, at the L.A. Convention Center, see our Palms seventh and eighth grade boys in this city wide competition!

Parking is $25 dollars; public transportation may be a better option.


basketballWe are pleased to announce the boys' basketball team finished in 3rd place in the Coast Region this season, qualifying them to compete in the Jr. NBA Invitational Tournament. The boys have advanced to the "Elite 8" of the 64-team tournament and will take on the Hughes Middle School (Long Beach Unified) on Saturday, February 17th, at 9am, at the Los Angeles Convention Center as a part of NBA All-Star Weekend Festivities. We'll keep you posted on their progress!

The girls' team also qualified for this special tournament and played San Fernando Middle School, but they lost in the first round of play. 

Check out the Beyond the Bell page for pictures of both teams and a list of players.


volleyballVolleyball season will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018, with the opening games of our league for the girls' division. The boys'/coed team will open up their league season on February 10, 2018.

If you are interested in playing, talk to Beyond the Bell supervisor Christian Bueno for more information.


Palms is participating in the Vision to Learn program. This non-profit organization provides eye exams and glasses to all students at no cost. See below for the permission slip (in English and Spanish). These forms were also sent out through your child's Homeroom class. Please fill out the form and return it to school in order to participate in this program.

Vision to Learn permission slip.



Middle Years newsletterThe January issue of the Middle Years newsletter, provided by the Palms Magnet School, is available for download here.  Articles and tips in this issue include "The power to stop bullying" and "Better public speaking." 

Prior issues are available on the Middle Years webpage.


GATE program

Parents are welcome to attend the West District presentation of the following GATE/SAS workshop:  

"Program Overview/Raising the Gifted Child"

Date:  Thursday, February 22, 5 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Loyola Village Elementary School
8821 Villanova Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The workshop will be presented in each district and parents may attend any location.  Pre-registration is not required.  For additional dates and information in English and Spanish download the calendar here


2018 Spelling Bee Winners
Congratulations to Palms' SCRIPPS Spelling Bee champion, Catherine Reilly!  After competing against 19 other contestants, Catherine took the coveted 1st place with the winning word, 'Rosh Hashanah .'  After a tough fight, David Vasquez and Bhavesh Pathak tied for 2nd place. Best of luck to Catherine as she will represent Palms at the regionals on March 4 at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood. Go Catherine and Go Palms!



Spelling BeeThis Friday, January 19th, Palms will be holding the Scripps Spelling Bee competition in the auditorium during periods 3 and 4.  All are welcome to attend and cheer on the 23 sixth and seventh graders competing this year.  The winner will represent Palms in the regional competition to be held in March at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.


Art in the Afternoon, a popular after-school art program taught by our fantastic art teachers Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy, is set to begin soon for 2018.  Classes will be held on ten Thursdays beginning February 8, 2018, from 3:05 pm to 4:10 pm, culminating in an art show to be held on Thursday, May 24th.

Applications are available here and in the Magnet Office, Room 162, and Room 165. Space is limited so availability is first-come, first-served.  Sign up deadline is January 31st.  Completed applications should be turned in ASAP.  For more information see the Art in the Afternoon webpage.



ChipotleJoin us for a Dining for Dollars event next Friday, January 19, from 1:00-9:00 pm, at Chipotle located at 11711 National Boulevard.

Chipotle will donate 50% of proceeds to Palms Middle School! That's a lot! The Dining for Dollars event is good for in-store purchases only; online purchases will not count.

Download the flyer to show on paper or on your phone. See you at Chipotle! 


LAUSD is hosting a parent workshop for Twice Exceptional Students: Unique Gifted Learners, for students who are identified gifted and also have an IEP. The workshop will provide an overview of twice exceptional students and share resources and district program options.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 17, from 9:00-11:00am, at Portola Middle School in Tarzana.

Download flyer in English and Spanish here.



A theater review by noted theater critic William S. Peare:

On December 14, 2017, the Readers Theater students of Mr. Kim put on a fantastic performance, first for students and then for family members.

"The Beatles Show" celebrated the music of the greatest-ever rock and roll band, with skits set to the music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, singing and instrumental performances, and audience participation.

Among the highlights:

  • Girls screamed as Beatles played by Gibson, Ryan, Wesley, and Adam were carried across the stage.
  • Nolan told us facts about the Fab Four.
  • To the tune of "Help!" and "When I'm 64," senior citizens complained about young whippersnappers and their "wiffy" (wi-fi) while their caretakers complained about the senior citizens.
  • Counselor Mr. Acevedo won the swing dance contest.
  • Ukulele-playing Dominic accompanied Danae as she sang "Let it Be."
  • Nolan played "Eleanor Rigby" beautifully on violin.
  • Daniel shook things up with "Day in the Life" on electric guitar.
  • A shark teacher who looked suspiciously like Ms. Clark warned students in the school of fish not to go in the Octopus's Garden, but they didn't listen.

After the audience batted around giant beach balls, Aaron and the other students gave us a final message: All You Need is Love.

Congratulations to Mr. Kim and his students for the excellent performance!

Check out the full slideshow on the Reader's Theater page!


The Beatles Show

On Thursday, December 14, 2017Mr. Kim's Readers Theater class will perform The Beatles Show during 6th period and again at 6:00pm.

Both performances will take place in the auditorium. Everyone is invited!


Islands restaurant
Celebrate the end of Fall semester with friends and family at Islands this Wednesday 12/13.  Show the flyer (available here).


Middle Years newsletterNew issues of the "Middle Years" newsletter, provided by the Palms Magnet School, are available below and on the Middle Years webpage.  Each issue offers helpful tips and ideas for guiding your middle schoolers through this important, character-building time in their lives.   


November 2017

"Respect all around," "STEM at home"

December 2017

"Be productive!," "Writing for the real world"


The School Experience Survey was sent home with your student recently. Please make sure you complete either the paper version or the online version of the survey. We strive to have as much parent participation as possible! The School Experience Survey enables stakeholders to give feedback on the culture, climate, and general functioning of Palms Middle School. Both the school and and the district look carefully at parent responses.

Please make sure to complete the survey by this Friday, November 17. The survey can be found here:


Please join your fellow Palms families in this month's Dining For Dollars event:Marie Callender s logo

When:  Thursday, November 16th
              (between 7 a.m –10 p.m.)
Where:  Marie Callender's
              11324 National Blvd

Just show the flyer (download here) to the cashier or waiter and Marie Callender's will donate 20% of your food and beverage order (including takeout and Thanksgiving whole pie pre-orders) to Palms!


Thanks to the many science- and technology-minded students at Palms, both the beginning and intermediate Robotics classes are full for the Fall semester. Please apply to participate in a future semester.


Veterans DaySchool will be closed on Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day. Veterans Day honors all who served in the United States armed forces. 

Originally known as Armistice Day to remember the end of World War I, it was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. It became Veterans Day in 1954.