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calendarSchool will be closed on Monday February 20, 2017 for Presidents Day.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, raised in Indiana, worked in Illinois, and went to Washington DC as a politician and then President.

How many states have you been to?


2016 Science Testing  % who met or exceeded state standards

Science test results from the 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) show that Palms 8th grade students scored noticeably higher than average compared to state and school district averages.

For more test results, see the State Test Results page.


book cover  Tesla s Atticbook cover  Ms. Rapscott s Girls

The 2017-2018 California Young Reader Medal nominated books have been announced. Student voting between now and April 2018 will determine the winner.
Intermediate Category nominees:

  • Dash by Kirby Larson
  • Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise Primavera
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Middle School Category nominees:

  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman

These books, and CYRM nominees and winners from past years, are recommended reading for middle school students, at home or at school.

Voting is still in progress for the April 2017 CYRM winners, listed on the CYRM Reading Contest page.


Palms Jazz Band
The Palms Jazz Band performs in 2014

The Palms Jazz Band, under the direction of Ms. West, is performing today (February 15, 2017) for the Principals Meeting at Crenshaw High School at 9:45am.

Jazz Band is an after-school class with up to 25 students who learn jazz style and techniques on saxophone, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, flute, piano, drums, and guitar.

Auditions for next year's Jazz Band will take place in the Fall.


Islands restaurantThis Wednesday night, from 5-10 pm, is Dining for Dollars Night at Islands Restaurant on Pico. Join your fellow Palms students and their families for burgers, salads, and baskets of fries, and 20% of your food and beverage purchase will be donated to Palms!

Be sure to download the flyer and show it to your server. The offer is valid for dine-in and take-out orders, so enjoy your dinner at home or in the restaurant, and Palms will benefit either way.

Islands is located at 10948 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles. See you there!


Thephotos newly added Visitor's Day for prospective Palms families will take place this coming Monday, February 13th. The 90-minute program begins with a brief presentation in the auditorium at 9:00 am followed by campus tours led by Palms Leadership students.  Families may attend with or without students. The tours conclude in the Library Garden.  Current Palms parents may join the program and share their experiences. All are welcome!


volleyballCome out to cheer on the Palms Girls' Volleyball Team this Saturday, February 11th, in the Beyond the Bell Branch Middle School Girls Volleyball Tournament.

Location:     Manual Arts SH

                     4131 S. Vermont Ave.

                     Los Angeles, CA  90037

Game time:  11:35 a.m. (Palms vs. Marina del Rey)


Student and counselorStudents can speak with their counselor about almost anything that concerns them, from academics to personal problems. Parents with concern 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: Mr. Acevedo, Counseling Office
  • 7th grade: Ms. Carr, Counseling Office
  • 8th grade: Ms. Price, Counseling Office

For more details, or to send a message to your counselor, see the Counselors page and the Counselors Corner.


Palms Drama Ensemble

The Palms Drama Ensemble's "Starlight Avenue"

A review by William S. Peare, world-famous drama critic:

Congratulations to the Palms Drama Ensemble and their director/teacher Ms. Hunter on the best drama performance yet!

Even before the show began, I was delighted by the opening slideshow and film clips of students playing with a Hula Hoop. The real show got off to a touching start with a tribute to Gene Wilder in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

From then on, the pace of the show never let up, as students took turns performing skits, treating us to clever monologues, and singing, sometimes with guitar accompaniment. There was even a wild Jimi Hendrix number on air guitar!

The "Jet Song" from Westside Story was a welcome treat. Now I can't stop humming it.

The students managed to teach us what it's like to be 13 as well as a lesson about the family culture of Malaysia!

Most impressive were the group recitations, including a rhythmic version of Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," the closing number from the show "Hamilton," and my personal favorite: a dramatic stanza from Act 5, Scene 5 of "Macbeth!"

How these young students squeeze so much talent into a 45-minute show amazed me and the 100-or-so other audience members. Masterful work!

You can view a slideshow of "Starlight Avenue" on the Drama page.


Palms Drama Ensemble 13

The PDE (Palms Drama Ensemble) will present Starlight Avenue, an original variety show, on Wednesday February 8, 2017, at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

Based on past PDE performances, we expect it to be original and clever, with students showing us a variety of performance skills.

A message from Drama elective teacher Ms. Hunter:

Please support our Palms teachers, performers, crew & volunteers, who've worked so diligently to make this theatre production possible!

Your presence and donations help to further educate our students and bring more productions to our PMS stage!

Be true to your school: Support the Performing Arts at Palms!



LAUSD will present a program for GATE/SAS parents on Wednesday February 8, 2017 from 9:00-11:00am.

The title is Raising the Gifted Child: District and Families Together.

This workshop will address district options for gifted children, as well as parenting strategies for managing many of the gifted child's unique demands.

All District families are invited. No RSVP is required. Spanish translation will be provided.


Parent, Community, and Student Services (PCSS) Parent Center

1360 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, A 90026


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Young Scholars Program of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is designed to nurture exceptional students who have demonstrated, through academic excellence and extracurricular activities, that they have the potential to excel.

Students apply for the program in 7th grade, enter the program in 8th grade, and continue through high school.

The online application period opens Tuesday February 7, 2017. To see if you qualify and to learn how to apply, see How to Apply.



8th grade Student Jayla Hill

Palms 8th grader Jayla Hill has a passion for cooking, just like her mother and grandmother.

Last year Jayla competed on the popular Chopped Junior TV show, which filmed in New York. She made it to the finals.
Read a news article about Jayla's TV appearance:

Palms MS student stirs passions for cooking with 'Chopped Junior' appearance
Read online at LAUSD Daily
Download the article


The February issue of "Middle Years" is available for download here.  The current issue contains many helpful tips and features the following articles:

  • Handling tween behaviorMiddle Years newsletter
  • Edible engineering
  • Good point! [logical argument games]
  • Remember this [tips for memorizing facts]

Back issues from prior school years are also available upon request to Friends of Palms.


Art in the AfternoonStudents can now sign up for Art in the Afternoon, a popular after-school art program taught by our fantastic art teachers Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy.

Classes will be held on eleven Mondays from February 13, 2017 through May 8, from 3:05pm to 4:10pm, culminating with the End of Year Art Show on Monday May 15.

Sign-up forms are available in the Main Office, Magnet Office, Room 162, and Room 165. Space is limited so availability is first-come first-served.

For class dates and other details, see the Art in the Afternoon page.


ballot boxVoters will cast ballots for mayor, council seats, city attorney, city controller, and three of the seven LAUSD Board of Education seats in the Los Angeles municipal primary election on Tuesday March 7, 2017.

Palms Middle School is in LAUSD District 4.

Candidates for the District 4 board position will appear at two candidate forums:

Thursday February 2, 7pm-9pm

Auditorium, Paul Revere Middle School

Monday February 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm

University Hall, Loyola Marymount University

The general election will be held Tuesday May 16, 2017.


Students participating in this year's Bruin Experiment, along with their UCLA student mentors, held the first of 10 weekly after-school meetings earlier this month.  Photos taken at the meeting have been posted here on The Bruin Experiment webpage.  The program will culminate in a science fair at UCLA this spring.


Congratulations to the Girls' Team for their 2nd place finish and to the Boys' Team for their 3rd place finish in the Beyond the Bell 2016/2017 Southwest Region Tournament.  Great job by all!



Palms Robotics

Intro to Robotics is an after-school class for 6th grade students.

Using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3, students will learn basic robot design, construction and programming. They will tinker with mechanical structure, motors, gears, power, sensors and much more, while learning engineering and math concepts.

Eight weekly classes begin on Thursday January 26, 2017, from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

Although Palms offers the class for free, donations are suggested to offset the costs for this new program.

You can sign up now, but space is limited. Use the forms on the Robotics page.

Palms plans to offer Robotics classes for 7th and 8th grade students later this year or next year.