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4/19/18

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Approximately eighty 8th grade Palms students experienced history while visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC over Spring Break on the Founding Fathers Tour. With packed travel days, they saw many amazing historic sites! To name just a few, they visited Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and Fenway Park; the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and the 9/11 Memorial; Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Rocky Steps; and Mount Vernon, the Jefferson Memorial, and Capitol Hill. And though it has been a very cold winter, everyone managed to stay warm and enjoy traveling as a group! We'll post details of their trip in the 2018 Trip Journal.

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4/11/18

Ballet Folk rico Son de la Palmas logoBallet Folklorico will host their first annual "Big Show" on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium. The event will feature special guests Palms Middle School Band, Hamilton High School's FolkloricoGroup, and UCLA's Ballet Folklorico. Tickets are $5 at the door ($3 for children under 9). Come and enjoy a terrific performance!

Download the flyer.

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4/7/18

2018-04WeAreOneOn April 12, Ballet Folklorico will join an amazing roster of performers including Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Judith Hill, and other talented LAUSD students, as well as celebrity hosts Patricia Arquette, David Arquette, Regina King, and more in supporting arts education. Ballet Folklorico will take the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of the We Are One! Benefit Concert. The VIP reception starts at 6 pm, followed by the concert at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are available online or through the box office, and LAUSD families can get 50% off early bird tickets with the promo code LAUSDWAO!. Download the flyer for more information.

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4/3/18

TheBruinExperiment logoThe Bruin Experiment's 4th Annual Science Fair will be held this Sunday, April 8, from 2-5:30 pm at Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA. Come and support the Palms students who are participating! With the support of UCLA student volunteers, each participant designed and conducted a scientific experiment and created a project display sharing their results. UCLA faculty will be judging the projects, and there will be gourmet catering, a special celebrity guest, and additional activities to try out.

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4/3/18

The 2017-2018 Gifted/Talented Conservatory of Fine Arts will hold its culminating performances on two Saturdays in April. The Visual Arts Division Exhibition is the culmination of students' year-long studies in the visual arts. The event will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Fine Arts Gallery at CSU Los Angeles, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The Performing Arts Division Showcase Performance will feature live performances from dance, drama and vocal classes. It will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 3-6 pm, at Esteban Torres High School. Please join in celebrating the students' accomplishments for the program's 37th year!

Download the flyer for more information (in English and Spanish).

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4/1/18

2018 Co-Ed Swim Team

Students in all grades are invited to join the new Palms Co-Ed Swim Team. Practices are Mondays after school.

Students swim around the school, starting from Palms Canal. They swim up the Glendon Creek, merge into the Woodbine Waterway, and finish in the Midvale River, where they take a submarine back to the starting point.

The swim team is coached by P.E. teachers Ms. Flume and Mr. Estuary.

There are no classes on rainy days, since we don't want students to get wet.

Happy April 1st from Palms Middle School!

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3/20/18

Many Palms students participated in a peaceful walkout last Wednesday, March 14, to protest gun violence. The walkout was held on the one-month anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with similar demonstrations held in many US middle schools and high schools on the same day. The Palms administration and parent volunteers were on hand to keep students safe. Palms is featured in this article published by KPCC.

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3/12/18

Join us for Dining for Dollars at Panda Express at Venice & Overland on Thursday, March 15, from 10 am to 10 pm. Panda Express will donate 20% of event sales to Palms Middle School. Guests may dine in or take out. In-store, please show the flyer. For online orders, enter code 245782 in the promo box at checkout.

Download the flyer here.

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3/2/18

Today, renowned Asian American theater group East West Players performed their play, "Tam Tran Goes to Washington," at Palms during Periods 4 and 5.

The play is a triumphant, yet tragic, story of Vietnamese-American, Tam Tran, a UCLA graduate, who spoke in front of Congress about the Dream Act and was killed tragically by a drunk driver while vacationing in Maine. This show honors her legacy.

A UCLA film crew and Tam's UCLA professor planned to attend the play.

2018-03_EastWestPlayersTamTran_Washingtonposter.pdf

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2/23/18

The Palms Neighborhood Council is hosting a clean-up day on Saturday, February 24, along Overland Avenue. It's a great opportunity for students who need volunteer community service hours! A small breakfast will be served at 10am, with pizza following the clean-up at 1pm; t-shirts are also available for the first volunteers who show up. Interested Palms families and kids should meet at the corner of Overland Ave. and Woodbine St. Please RSVP to http://bit.ly/PalmsCleanup. Thanks! 

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2/23/18

trumpetEighth grader & trumpeter Jaden Robinson just returned from playing in the California All-State Junior High Jazz Band in San Jose. He was selected from a pool of over 2400 applicants throughout the state after submitting his audition tape to the CA Band Directors Association. Congratulations, Jaden!

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2/20/18

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.

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1/29/18

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.

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1/29/18

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.

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1/25/18

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.

 

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1/25/18

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.

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1/25/18

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.

Location:
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

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1/22/18

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!

 

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1/18/18

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.

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1/18/18

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.

 

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