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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/27/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/24/17

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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.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 3/23/17

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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.

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

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/23/17

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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!

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/21/17

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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!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 3/20/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/17/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/17/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/16/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/16/17

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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.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/16/17

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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.

Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4267790 .

 

 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/16/17

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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!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/15/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/15/17

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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.  

Location:  
Roybal Learning Center
1200 Colton Street
Los Angeles, CA  90026

Game time is at 9:30 am


 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/15/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/14/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/13/17

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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?

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/12/17

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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

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/11/17

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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!

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/10/17

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spring forward for daylight savings timeIt's time to lose an hour of sleep again!  This Sunday morning, March 12th, all clocks "spring" forward one hour at 2 a.m. to mark the start of Daylight Savings Time.  Don't forget to make the change or you'll be one hour late for everything!

 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/10/17

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2017 Getty Center group photo

100 art students of Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy visited the Getty Center in Brentwood on March 1, 2017.

They divided into small groups for art lessons from Getty docents, seeing sculptures, tapestries, furniture, decorative arts, and paintings such as these 18th century landscapes by Claude-Joseph Vernet:

Getty Center paintings

Students learned about J. Paul Getty, admired the museum's architecture, and visited the Central Garden.

Check out our Getty Center slideshow on the Field Trips page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/9/17

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I Love the Eighties

On March 8, 2017Mr. Kim's Reader's Theater class performed I Love the Eighties, a show about that particular decade, with music, dancing, monologues, and skits. Over 100 Palms students, parents, and family members were there. Check out the slideshow!

Following is a review of the production by William S. Peare, world-famous drama critic:

Any student who remembers the 1980s is too old to be in middle school, so I expected this show to be, like, grody to the max. I was astounded to discover that these 6th graders actually knew all about the 80s!

The show began when pop star Michael Jackson danced onto the front of the stage. It turned out to be a student, but he sure had me fooled. No duh!

Students talked about hair scrunchies, gnarly surfer talk, and music videos on MTV. They taught us to omit the L when you say I pity the foo' like Mr. T.

Cheerleaders performed an athletic routine. Was that Dianna doing cartwheels and splits? Totally tubular! Like really.

Rappers from Run-DMC strutted by and robots moved awkwardly to Gary Numan's song Cars. (One robot said "error error" -- it probably had faulty circuitry.)

We heard about Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, and then Pac-Man showed up with cool flashing lights. I was really stoked!

There was plenty more to see: Mario and Luigi had righteous mustaches and shouted bellissimo! Sweet kids told us about sour candy. Goth dressers learned their lesson when the chonklas came out.

In the final act, a slumber party turned into a female empowerment demonstration. It was, like, totally rad!

We'll see these students again when they've learned about the 1990s. Until then, cowabunga, dudes!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/9/17

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volleyballCongratulations to the Beyond the Bell Girls' Volleyball team! They advanced to the South/West Region Volleyball Tournament Finals to be held this Saturday, March 11, 2017 at:

Washington High School

10860 S. Denker Ave

Los Angeles, 90047

Palms' first quarterfinal game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.

Come out to cheer them on!

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/9/17

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Palms' highly acclaimed music teacher, Ms. West, was asked to conduct this year's Beverly Hills Unified School District Middle School Honor Orchestra.  Rehearsals began in February for their performance on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Location:  Beverly Vista Elementary School
                 200 S Elm Drive

                 Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Time:        7 p.m.

Ms West has received many honors herself, including the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the California Association of Music Education.  See the Honors, Awards & Recognition page for more information.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/9/17

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eighth grade mortarboardThe Eighth Grade Class of 2017 Panorama Picture can be ordered at the Student Store from Wednesday March 1 to Friday March 17, 2017, for $25.

Download the tear-off from the Eighth Grade Downloads page.

Watch the Eighth Grade section of this website for other news about senior activities.

 

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/8/17

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards logo

Alison Moon, a 7th grade student of Ms. Calpin, won a Gold Key award for her short story named Crystal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Altogether, 330,000 young writers submitted their stories for the contest.

See the Honors, Award, & Recognition page for other achievements by Palms students and staff.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/7/17

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violin, courtesy of pureclipart.comStudents who play a musical instrument may apply for talent-based PTSA Music Scholarships, which are awarded by Tenth District PTSA.

Students must first submit an application, then schedule an audition.

Applications, which are available from Mrs. Chi and Ms. West, are due by Friday March 10, 2017. See the Music Scholarships page for details.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/7/17

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DonorsChoose logoMs. Hoffman has a new fundraiser at the DonorsChoose website.

The campaign is named Students Stories are Americas' Story. The funds will be used to purchase Scholastic Action magazines and leadership and immigrant stories.

Ms. Hoffman writes:

My students need action magazine and books on immigration to help them write and publish a story about their life in America. I want to include all my students, 6th, 7th and 8th graders, in a publishing project which I feel will not only help them write better but will help them feel welcomed in our school and our country.

Donations of any amount can help.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/6/17

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Would you like to help your school? Three volunteer positions are currently open:

  • Morning Drop-Off Lane Coordinator: Schedule the volunteers who help with the morning drop-off lanes.
  • Palms Gear Chair: Oversee our sales of T-shirts and sweatshirts.
  • Translators Chair: Organize volunteers to translate letters and flyers from English to other languages.

For these and other volunteer positions, fill out the Parent Volunteer Form.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/6/17

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I Love the Eighties

Mr. Kim's Reader's Theater class will perform for you on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Auditorium. Admission is free.

The 30-minute show, titled I Love the Eighties, is a tribute to the culture and music of the 80s, including Cyndi Lauper, Billy Idol, Pac Man, scrunchies, and more.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/5/17

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2016-2017 Reflections Theme

The PTA Reflections Art Show takes place from Sunday March 5 to Thursday March 9, 2017 at the Barbara Topkis Auditorium, Tenth District PTSA building, 1000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Viewing hours are 11:00am-3:00pm Sunday and 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday.
These entries by Palms students are on display:

Dance

  • Stella Sammis - Award of Excellence - advanced to California state level

Literature

  • Juliana Pincus - Honorable Mention
  • Maya Pincus - Honorable Mention

Photography

  • Francis Ashe-McNalley - Honorable Mention
  • Stella Sammis - Award of Excellence
  • Stella Sammis - Award of Merit
  • Emiko Wong - Award of Excellence - advanced to California state level

Visual Arts

  • Amelia Zapata - Honorable Mention
  • Chloe Cheng - Award of Excellence
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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/5/17

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Krispy Kreme FundraiserStudents from the Ballet Folklórico after-school dance group are selling Krispy Kreme donuts to raise funds for dance costumes:

  • $10 per dozen for Original Glazed donuts
  • $11 per dozen for the Special Variety combination

Pre-sale orders can be submitted in the Main Office. During lunch students have an order-taking table.

The last day to order is Tuesday March 7, 2017.

Donuts will be distributed after school on Friday March 10, 2017, from the Jesse Miller Conference Room behind the Library.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/4/17

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

  • Reading - Dig deeper
    Middle Years newsletter
  • Smart snacking strategies
  • Learn to bounce back
  • Location, location (geography game suggestions)
  • The lowdown on standardized tests
  • Run phone interferene

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

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/3/17

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The Palms Boys' Volleyball Team will compete tomorrow, Saturday, March 4th, in the Beyond the Bell Branch Middle School Boys/Coed Volleyball Tournament.  Come out to show your support!volleyball

Game time: 8:35 a.m. (Palms vs. Revere)

Location:
Manual Arts High School
4131 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90037

 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 3/3/17

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SAS applicationStarting Wednesday March 1, 2017, Palms is accepting applications for the SAS program for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications can be turned in until the deadline of Thursday March 30, 2017.

Notifications will be mailed in April 2017.

The Palms SAS program offers a rigorous and challenging learning environment. Students participate in an academic setting where classes are accelerated and taught by professionals who have knowledge in the strategies of teaching gifted students.

Qualified students are welcome to apply.

  • 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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 3/1/17

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Mr. Westhoff s classroom

Mr. Westhoff's Classroom

Mr. Westhoff has a new fundraiser at the DonorsChoose website.

The campaign is named A Clean Classroom Environment. The funds will be used to purchase a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.

Mr. Westhoff writes:

In my years of teaching, I have noticed there is a clear link between classroom environment and student learning. A clean classroom sends the message that the work we do in class is serious and important. It sends the message that the teacher is attentive and organized. It sends the message that people care. I need help providing my students with an optimal learning environment. A good robotic vacuum will ensure the learning environment is always maintained and clean.

Donations of any amount can help.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/24/17

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Martin Luther King Jr.
This year's Black History Program will be held in the Auditorium on Friday February 24, 2017 during 4th, 5th and 6th periods. The theme is Black Men Who Changed the World.

The achievements of black men will be recognized by Palms students through song, dance, and spoken word.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/23/17

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HELP! buttonThere's more to the Palms Middle School website than news on the home page. To find other information that you are looking for, use any of these methods:

  • Browse through the website sections using the menus at the top of the page.
  • Use the search box on the home page.
  • Pick pages from the Site Map.
  • Follow links from the Weekly Email from Friends of Palms.
  • Check the websites of your child's teachers, starting from the Teachers page.

If you don't find the information you seek, you can contact Friends of Palms or phone the school.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/21/17

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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?

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/18/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/17/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/16/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/15/17

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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!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 2/13/17

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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!

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 2/10/17

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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)

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 2/10/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/9/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/8/17

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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!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/7/17

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GATE

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.

Location:

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

1360 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, A 90026

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/6/17

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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.

 

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 2/5/17

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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
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Published: 2/1/17

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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.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 2/1/17

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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.

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Published: 1/31/17

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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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/31/17

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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.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 1/26/17

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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!



 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 1/25/17

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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.

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Published: 1/25/17

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reminderAre you familiar with the school rules about these topics?

  • attendance
  • discipline
  • the school environment
  • ethical behavior
  • respect for persons and property
  • health and safety
  • dress code

You can find this information on the Code of Conduct page. We suggest that Palms parents review these rules with their child on occasion.

These rules are for the benefit of all students, and it helps Palms students to know what's expected of them.

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Published: 1/24/17

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Preventing bullying is an ongoing team effort between students, the school staff, and everyone at home. You can read about our program and find tips for parents and students on the Anti-Bullying Program page.

You can also watch a series of videos, named Be a Buddy - Not a Bully, made by our Video Production students. The videos, including the one above, demonstrate ways that students can deal with bullies without fighting.

Watch the videos

 

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Published: 1/22/17

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On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. Just a few weeks prior, Kamala Harris was sworn in as the newest US Senator from California and the country's first Indian American senator. View the recently-updated Representatives page for the names and contact information of our national, state, local, and LAUSD representatives.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 1/20/17

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California Pizza Kitchen logoPlease come and join your fellow Palms students and families at California Pizza Kitchen on Venice and Overland (10704 Venice Blvd) in Culver City all day on Thursday, January 26, 2017. 20% of your order will go directly to support our school. Please remember to bring the flyer or go to our website and use your smartphone to retrieve the flyer. You must show the flyer for Palms to get credit.
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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 1/20/17

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checkmarkAre you and your family familiar with the Palms Middle School policies for academic requirements, eligibility for school activities, and standards-based instruction?

What about the policies for missed homework assignments and tardiness?

You can find all of these policies on the Academic Rules page, part of the Rules & Policies section.

 

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Published: 1/19/17

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The January issue of "Middle Years" is available for download here.  The current issue features the following articles:

  • Project successMiddle Years newsletter
  • To tell you the truth...
  • How to "help" with homework
  • Shift the responsibility
  • Finding new friends

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

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 1/18/17

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volleyballThe Beyond the Bell Volleyball season begins this week starting January 17th.  Students who want to play, practice their skills, or join the Palms' teams are welcome to attend. The program is free and no sign-up is necessary. Just stop by after school.

 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 1/18/17

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basketballCongratulations to the Beyond the Bell Basketball Boys' Team and Girls' Team!  Both teams qualified to advance to the South/West Regional Middle School Tournament Finals this Saturday, January 21st.  Come on out to cheer them on!  

Location:

Washington H. S.

10860 S. Denker Ave.

Los Angeles 90047

Directions:  

Intersection of Western Ave. 

and Century Blvd; south on

Western Ave six blocks to 108th St;

left two blocks

Boys' Team first game will begin at 9:10 am (Boys Bracket Schedule).

Girls' Team first game will begin at 12:30 pm against Peary (Girls Bracket Schedule)

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 1/18/17

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Well done A+

Academic Credits are points that LAUSD students earn during their 8th grade year. They determine whether students can participate in Culmination at the end of the year.

  • Students receive 5 academic credits for most classes that they complete in the Fall semester, and 5 more points for most classes that they complete in the Spring semester, but no points for any class they fail.
  • Participation in Culmination requires 50 out of the 60 possible Academic Credits, as well as good marks in Work Habits and Cooperation.

See the details on the Academic Credits page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/17/17

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Medi-Cal

LAUSD's Children's Health Access and Medi-Cal Program (CHAMP) will make a presentation for parents about eligibility for the California state Medi-Cal program.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday January 18, 2017, at 8:30am in Room 233.

A video in English and Spanish will give an overview of how families can access health insurance.

Download the Medi-Cal Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions:

EnglishSpanish

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/16/17

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calendarThere will be no school on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, observed on the third Monday in January each year.

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Published: 1/14/17

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Students in the Video Production elective, taught by Ms. Clark, invite you to view over a dozen videos they made as part of their schoolwork in the Fall semester.
Their first assignment was to make a six-second video. The second was to film a "visual dictionary" covering the terminology of framing and shooting video.

Check out their new playlist: Video Production 2016

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Published: 1/10/17

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rainA major rainstorm is coming our way. Remember to prepare students for bad weather with appropriate clothes, and perhaps a safety reminder.

Students will be indoors most of the day, but they should take care when walking where puddles are present or the ground or floor is slippery.

Students can still use the tunnel under Palms Blvd. A pump removes the rainwater.

Driving conditions will be tough, with poor visibility and slower traffic, so leave extra time if you are dropping off or picking up students.

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Published: 1/8/17

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Welcome back to school! The spring semester starts on Monday, January 9, 2017 and ends with on Friday, June 9, 2017, with Culmination. Other holidays during the spring semester include the following:

- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 16, 2017

- Presidents' Day - Monday, February 20, 2017

- Cesar Chavez Day - Friday, March 31, 2017

- Spring Recess - April 10-14, 2017

- Memorial Day - Monday, May 29, 2017

 

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 1/8/17

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Valentines DaySend a Valentine's Day wish with a candy gram! The candy gram sale begins January 17, 2017, and ends February 9, 2017. Candy grams will be delivered on February 14, 2017.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 1/8/17

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LA School Report headline

After an interview with Palms Principal Dr. Moriuchi, LA School Report published a news story about the success of Palms Middle School. Click to download the article, or read it online.

Middle school close-up:

Palms Middle succeeds by investing in teacher training

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/16/16

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winter recessFriday December 16, 2016 is the last day of the Fall semester.

Winter recess is 3 weeks, from Monday December 19 to Friday January 6.

The Spring semester begins on Monday January 9, 2017.

Happy Holidays to the Palms Middle School community!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/16/16

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circular arrowsThe e-waste recycling event planned for Saturday, December 17, has unfortunately been canceled. However, there are other local SAFE Collection Centers that will accept everything from household electronics, computers, televisions, and cell phones to paint, aerosol cans, batteries, used motor oil and more.

The UCLA SAFE Collection Center receives items on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8-2, although they only accept e-waste on Saturdays. See their flyer for more information and the location of the drive-through drop-off.

In El Segundo, the Hyperion Treatment Plant SAFE Center also offers drive-through drop-offs on Saturdays and Sundays from 9-3. More information on that location here. Both locations have a limit of six e-waste items per visit.

Take the time to dispose of your household waste responsibly!

 

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 12/16/16

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Band Performing at Westside Pavilion

Palms Band at Westside Pavilion, December 2016. Photo by Linda Prinzo.

Holiday shoppers took a break from their busy schedules to enjoy music at Westside Pavilion, provided by the Palms choruses, bands, and orchestra on Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday December, 14, 2016.

In addition to concerts on the bridge over Westwood Blvd., Palms chorus members went caroling through the mall, to the surprise and delight of other shoppers.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/16/16

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Spelling Bee

The 6th grade championship round of the Scripps Spelling Bee will be held Thursday January 19, 2017 in the Palms auditorium during Period 3 and Period 4.

The competition will determine our school champion and alternate, who will advance to the regional spelling bee on Sunday March 12, 2017, 11:30am, at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.

Students or parents with questions should contact Mr. Kim.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/15/16

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2016-12 Junior Blind Field Trip 1

Students of Mr. Reynolds and Mrs. Glickman collected toys during the Annual Toy Drive, then delivered them to the Junior Blind of America in Baldwin Hills. Palms students personally presented toys to the foundation's special education students.

We are proud of our students' generosity, of their willingness to think of the needs of others, and for the way they give back to the community during the busy holiday season.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/15/16

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GATE

The Winter 2016 issue of the LAUSD GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter has information about parent meetings in the Spring, ideas for winter break fun, and the annual Search for Exceptional Academic Achievement (SEAA).

Download the issue in English or Spanish.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/14/16

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Middle Years newsletterThe December issue of "The Middle Years" newsletter is now available for download here. In addition to the articles on helping your student's study habits, this year end issue also has tips on how to have a less stressful holiday season and taking time to review and appreciate the year just passed.  

Back issues from previous school years are also available.

 

 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 12/13/16

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This will take place on Wednesday December 14, 2016 during homeroom. For details see the Eighth Grade page.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 12/12/16

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Do you recognize Shakespeare's Macbeth when you hear it? If you hear lines from the famous play on campus it's because Ms. Hunter's 7th grade English classes are studying and performing selections from Shakespeare's tragedy. These Macdaggers were created by the students.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 12/9/16

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Thursday December 15

Ballet Folklórico Fundraiser: 4:30pm

Around the World in 80 Days: 5:00pm

Auditorium

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 12/9/16

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A new visitor's day is scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2017 from 9:00 - 10:30 am.  Please join us in the auditorium to visit our campus.

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 12/9/16

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Just a reminder, donations that are made to the Friends of Palms and the Ataxia Foundation that help to support one of our teachers are both tax deductible, if made before December 31, 2016. We thank you for all of your annual support, every penny is helpful!

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Published: 12/9/16

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Parents are welcome to come to the Main Office or the Student Services Office during school hours. See campus map and the Health & Safety rules for campus visitors.

Parents will not be permitted to go to any classroom at any time for the purpose of speaking to a child, delivering food, money, etc. The child will be summoned to an office or the materials delivered by a monitor. 

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 12/9/16

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Parents, please link your Ralphs grocery store account to Palms Middle School, if you haven't already done so since August. Ralphs will donate to Palms every time you shop.  To get started go to the Ralphs Community page.  Thank you for your school support.

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 12/9/16

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winter
'Tis the season for holiday music! In keeping with holiday tradition, the Palms Middle School Choruses, Bands, and Orchestra will be performing at Westside Pavilion Mall (10800 W. Pico Boulevard). Mrs. Chi's Choruses will sing on Tuesday, December 13, and Ms. West's Bands and Orchestra will play on Wednesday, December 14. Both will perform on the bridge between Nordstrom and Urban Home, and the Chorus groups will also carol through the mall.

On Tuesday, listen for Chorus singing from 5-7 pm.

On Wednesday, Gold Band will begin at 5:30, Orchestra will play at 6:00, and Blue Band will begin at 6:30.

Show your support for Palms Middle School and hum along while you get in some holiday shopping!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 12/7/16

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college pennants

Look up as you walk through the main hall starting this morning. You'll see something new: college pennants!

Look for the names, logos, or mascots of dozens of colleges and universities. How many do you recognize?

Thank you to Ms. Williams, Palms College and Career Coach, for this wonderful addition to our school.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/7/16

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Palms Neighborhood Council logoThe Palms Neighborhood Council connects residents with their city government.

Today the P.N.C. launched its new website: palmsnc.la.

Neighborhood Councils serve as our direct links to the City Council and city services, providing forums to address and solve issues of importance to the community.

The area around Palms Middle School is served by the Palms Neighborhood Council and the Mar Vista Community Council.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/7/16

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2017 p1The 2017 Westside Saver Card is now available. The Westside Saver Card offers discounts and benefits at nearly 30 nearby restaurants and businesses. Cards sell for $10 each.

Call Gail Torr, our Westside Saver Card chair, at 310-429-6885 to order your cards, or order online on our website using PayPal. They make great holiday gifts for local friends and family!

The 2017 card is valid for use through December 31, 2017.

 

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 12/6/16

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reminderThe agenda is now posted for the Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting on Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Library.

Special guests this month:

All Palms parents are invited to attend.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/6/16

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Panda ExpressOn Wednesday December 7, 2016, enjoy the Palms Winter Concert and dine either before or after the event at Panda Express.

Come and join your fellow Palms students and families at Panda Express on Venice and Overland (3812 Midway) in Culver City from noon to 11pm.

Bring the flyer and show it to your server. Palms will earn 20% of your order and you'll be supporting our school.

Details are on the Dining for Dollars page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/5/16

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Attention Palms parents - we need you! Volunteers are needed to help with food, setup, serving, or cleanup for the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. If you can assist, please submit a Parent Volunteer Form.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 12/5/16

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school suppliesThe Letters About Literature Contest is an annual competition held by the Library of Congress. Participating students write a personal, reflective letter (not a fan letter or a book report!) about a favorite fiction or nonfiction book, or a short story, poem, essay or speech, about which he or she has strong feelings.

If you are interested in submitting an entry, please speak to your English teacher to learn more. This year's deadline is January 9, and Mr. Reynolds will be sending in his students' letters prior to winter break. Students may send in their own submissions, but there are very specific rules that must be followed to the letter or risk immediate disqualification.

In past years, Palms students have been recognized for their efforts in the Letters About Literature contest. Last year, four Palms students' letters were selected to advance to the California state level!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 12/5/16

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handshakeThe Parent Involvement Policy describes how Palms Middle School involves parents in the learning process.

The School-Family Compact is an agreement among students, parents, and Palms Middle School for sharing responsibility for student success.

These documents, updated annually, are now available for the 2016-2017 school year. Copies were mailed home on Wednesday November 30, 2016. You can also download them here:

What to do:

  • Read both documents.
  • Return the signed School-Family Compact to your child's homeroom teacher.
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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/2/16

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basketballCome cheer for your team! The Palms Beyond the Bell Girls Basketball Team will be playing in the tournament on Saturday December 3, 2016.

Games start at 1:00pm at Manual Arts High School, 4131 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037.

See the Beyond the Bell Schedule page for other tournament information.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 12/2/16

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calendarFall Fundraiser merchandise was distributed to students during a second homeroom on Thursday December 1, 2016.

If there are still any large orders to be picked up, you can arrange for pickup in room 144 after school. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Primus.

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Published: 12/1/16

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Published: 11/30/16

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Run 4 FunThe annual Run 4 Fun Festival, sponsored by the LA84 Foundation, will be held at the top of Elysian Park on Saturday December 10, 2016, from 8:00am to 11:30am.

Participating Palms students will join the large groups of racers, as parents cheer them on.

Interested students should talk to their P.E. teachers about this fun and rewarding program.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 11/29/16

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Giving TuesdayTuesday November 29, 2016 is Giving Tuesday, a day when everyone is encouraged to donate to their favorite charities.

Friends of Palms is a non-profit that depends on your tax-deductible donations to provide support to your children and your school. Visit our Donate page to make an online donation or for instructions on sending in checks.

Make Friends of Palms your #1 charity on Giving Tuesday!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 11/28/16

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                                   Hope our students have been busy creating something wonderful for this y2016-2017 Reflections Themeear's Reflections Art Contest.  Entries are due by Friday December 2, 2016. See the Reflections Art Contest page for details.  Good luck students!

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 11/28/16

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Ballet Folkl rico Son de la Palmas logoBallet Folklórico Son de la Palma is an after-school class where students learn and perform traditional Mexican dances. It's a great opportunity for students interested in performing arts, dance, and Mexican culture.

Classes are held on Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Sign-ups are now being accepted.

Our volunteer teacher is Ms. Esmeralda Guadalupe Magaña, a member of UCLA's Ballet Folklórico.

There will be a Parent Meeting on Monday November 28, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Student Cafeteria, to discuss fundraising for dance outfits.

Details and sign-up forms are on the Ballet Folklórico page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 11/22/16

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The Eighth Annual Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium, for students, educators, and parents, will be held on Tuesday November 29, 2016 from 8:00am to 2:30pm at The California Endowment, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The event will include workshops on Cyberbullying, Social Media and Internet Dangers, Sextortion, Cyber-Related Legal Challenges, and Digital Reputation.  Representatives will be there from

  • The FBI
  • The L.A. City Attorney's Office
  • The U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Local law enforcement
  • Peace Over Violence
  • Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
  • The Anti-Defamation League
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 11/21/16

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 We hope all Palms families have a great holiday week.

 

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 11/21/16

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We have currently raised $62,752 for the benefit of all students at Palms.  Please continue to donate and encourage others, so that we may reach our annual goal of $100,000.  The Palms families thank you for all that you donate, no amount is too small. 63% of Fundraising Goal

 

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 11/21/16

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Congratulations winners as well as all those who participated!

from left to right Jennifer Rivera, Joanne Lee, Gisslle Galindo, Mikaela Jackson, Nicole Heinze and Taylor Robertson.

FIRST place winners Nicole Heinze and Jennifer Rivera earning $1,550.00 each

SECOND place winners Giselle Galindo and Mikaela Jackson earning $800.00 each

THIRD place winners are Joanne Lee and Taylor Robertson earning $400.00 each

Giselle Galindo and Jennifer Rivera were not registered for the trip and have now earned a spot on the trip with their essay!

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 11/16/16

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Today is the last day to submit your essay for the annual FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature) contest. Winners will be notified by Friday December 16 and will be invited to an awards luncheon on a Saturday in January 2017. See the FOCAL page for details.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 11/15/16

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Marie Callender s logoPlease come and join your fellow Palms students and families at Marie Callenders (11324 National Blvd) in West Los Angeles on Thursday, November 17 from 7 a.m –10 p.m. 20% of your order will go directly to support our school.  How it works:   
  1. Download this flyer

  2. Bring it to Marie Callenders - on paper or on your phone

  3. Show it to the waitstaff

  4. Marie Callender's donates to Palms!

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 11/15/16

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Palms T-shirtThe week of November 14, 2016 is Spirit Week and Friday November 18 is College Day, events organized by Leadership.

Students are invited to dress as follows:

  • Monday: Palms Pride Day - wear your Palms shirt
  • Tuesday: Twin Day - dress like a friend
  • Wednesday: Sports Day - show your favorite sport or sports team
  • Thursday: Cartoon Character Day - show your favorite cartoon character
  • Friday: College Day - wear your favorite college shirt

Listen for the Palms Band on Friday. They'll be out on campus playing the UCLA Fight Song.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 11/14/16

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Yearbook photo

Be the early bird and pre-order your yearbook for $35! This week only from November 14 to 18, 2016. Turn in your pre-order forms with cash or check at the Student Store during the pre-sale. There will be no online orders this year. Yearbook orders after the pre-sale will go up to $40  cash and only while supplies last.  Download: Pre-Sale Order Form

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 11/14/16

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This Friday,  November 11 is Veterans Day and school will be closed for this holiday. Veterans Day is dedicated to honoring all who served in the United States military. 

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.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 11/9/16

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Congratulations winners.Thanks for keeping Palmrecycling symbols clean & eco-friendly!

1st place: Ms. March's Room 46 with 739 recyclables

2nd place: Ms. Clark's Room 52 with  603 recyclables  

3rd place: Ms. Glickman's Room 160 with 566 recyclables

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 11/8/16

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Fall Back clockDon't forget - Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 6th. Remember to "fall back" on Saturday night or Sunday morning. You don't want to be an hour early for school on Monday!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 11/4/16

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Applications for the Palms Gifted/High Ability Magnet School for the 2017-2018 school year are due by 5:00pm on Thursday November 10, 2016.

Apply on line at apply.lausd.net.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 11/4/16

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Welcome to Palms Middle School's third Visitors' Day, parents and prospective students. This will be the last tour before the e-Choices magnet applications are due on November 10, 2016.

 

The school tour will begin at 9:00 am in the auditorium on Monday, November 7th and last approximately 75 minutes. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 11/3/16

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It's what we have all been waiting for! The newsdistrict is beginning construction of our new and upgraded P. E field and is scheduled for completion October 2017. The field will be replaced one portion at a time, so students can continue to  use it. Some of the upgrades include a new running track, playground area, basketball and volleyball courts, shade structures, new landscaping including trees, renovated restrooms and more drinking fountains. Please be aware that there might be construction activity with vehicles entering and exiting Westminster ave., increased noise and dust and some disruption to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this process.

Download LAUSD information flyers :

P.E.Field Upgrade-English

P.E. Field Upgrade-Spanish

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Published: 11/1/16

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Reading is FunReading is definitely a priority for Palms Middle School students and their families: we experienced continued success with this year's Book Fair! The Book Fair grossed over $14,350 and made a profit of $3,900. These funds will be used to purchase new books for the school library.

 

Thanks to Michele Robinson and her volunteers for their hard work in setting up and running the Book Fair last month. And thanks to Michelle Felmann for her dedication in managing our Library.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 10/31/16

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Halloween black cat and pumpkinPalms Students are all excited about Halloween.  Please follow these rules to ensure everyone enjoys their schoolday:

  • No masks are permitted.
  • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons are to be brought to school.
  • No costumes are allowed that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. gorilla suit, "Scream" character.
  • No props or equipment that are unsafe.
  • Costumes must not impair a student's vision or movement.
  • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender (boys as girls and vice versa), or individual (staff or student) at the school.
  • Costumes may not cause a disruption or distraction to the school program, i.e. no revealing costumes (French maids, nightwear, bathing suits, etc.).
  • Costumes may not show obscene materials or prohibited substances.

Dress Code (Right Column)

Dr. Moriuchi's 2016 Letter Regarding Halloween Costumes

 

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Published: 10/28/16

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Harvard University

What do Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, the University of Michigan, U.C. Santa Barbara, U.C. Irvine, U.C. Davis, Wellesley College, Bowdoin College, Carlton College, Claremont-McKenna College, Spelman College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, and Fisk University have in common?

They are all Top 10 universities in their categories and are all currently attended by Palms alumni!

Former Palms students are attending 40% to 50% of the top-ranked universities in each category of the U.S. News and World Report rankings for 2017.

Find out where Palms students attend college:

Download the list for 2016-2017

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Published: 10/28/16

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reminderReminder

Sixth grade classrooms are competing in the annual Homeroom Recycling Contest, but everyone can participate. Please contribute bottles and cans by Friday October 28, 2016 to support our sailing activities.

 

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Published: 10/27/16

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Safe Place for Youth

The annual Safe Place for Youth Donation Drive runs now through Friday November 18, 2016.

Bring any of the following personal items to school and put them in the Safe Place for Youth box in the Student Services office:

  • Deodorant
  • Wet wipes
  • Combs
  • Hairbrushes
  • Mini sewing kits
  • Baidaids
  • Neosporin
  • New socks
  • New women's underwear
  • Men's jeans
  • Men's casual tops
  • Plus-size items
  • Blankets (not red color)
  • Backpacks (not red color)
  • Sleeping bags (not red color)

Safe Place for Youth helps young people transition off the streets. Palms began collecting donations for them in 2015. For more information, download the flyer.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/26/16

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The PLTC (Palms Lunchtime Theatre Club) meets most Wednesdays at lunch in Ms. Hunter's classroom 212. If you enjoy singing along to Broadway musicals (like HAMILTON and  WEST SIDE STORY), c'mon and join the fun! 

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Published: 10/26/16

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UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareThe Federal Aviation Administration will hold a public information briefing at Palms Middle School on Wednesday October 26, 2016, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, to inform the public about the Southern California Metroplex project to be implemented in November 2016.

See the Community Events page for more information.

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Published: 10/25/16

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As of October 18, 2016, the Family Annual Donation Drive has raised $60,607 in donations. Have you made your annual donation yet?

Thank you Palms families. We are more than half way to the $100,000 we need to raise for this school year. But, if you haven’t donated yet, we need you now, as we still have a long way to go to reach our budget and continue all the wonderful programs for our children.

Make your Family Annual Donation by Monday October 31, 2016.

You are directly supporting our teachers and students by funding, supporting and providing

  • classroom supplies
  • teacher tech support
  • daily front-door supervision
  • after-school Library hours
  • class field trips
  • the Art in the Afternoon program
  • technology purchases
  • teacher breakfasts and luncheons
  • this website

You can also use the Donate button on our Donation page to contribute additional amounts at any time during the school year. Please be generous to your students and your school.  

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Published: 10/25/16

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basketballBasketball season begins on Monday October 24, 2016 for the Beyond the Bell after-school sports program running from dismissal time to 6:00pm each school day.
On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, coaches conduct skills and drills.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students play league games against other teams.

The basketball tournament will begin November 19, 2016.

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Published: 10/24/16

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Monday October 24, 2016 is the start of the annual Reflections Art Contest, a program from PTSA designed to enhance arts education. This year's theme is "What is your story?".

Students can express themselves and enter the contest by submitting their original work in any of these categories:

  • Literature                     2016-2017 Reflections Theme
  • Dance choreography
  • Film production
  • Musical composition
  • Photography
  • Visual arts

 

There's also a category for work by students with physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges.

Contest entries are due by Friday December 2, 2016. See the Reflections Art Contest page for details.

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Published: 10/24/16

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Many families attended our second Visitors Day on October 21, 2016. Our  third Visitors Day is on Monday November 7, 2016 and will be the last tour before Magnet Applications are due on November 10.

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Published: 10/24/16

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CPK Philanthropizza cardCalifornia Pizza Kitchen Philanthropizza Cards are arriving on Tuesday, October 25. These cards are FREE and will be distributed to all Palms students and staff. Use them for the next three months at the Culver City, Beverly Hills or Marina locations, and 20% of your bill will automatically be donated to Palms Middle School!
 
Please email Dining for Dollars Co-chair Michele Robinson with any questions or look at the Dining for Dollars page for more information.
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Published: 10/24/16

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UCLAThe Bruin Experiment is an after-school science program at Palms run by students from UCLA. Palms students learn by experiencing hands-on science.

The program consists of 10 after-school sessions and a Science Fair at UCLA in the Spring.

There will be an orientation meeting about The Bruin Experiment for interested students in the auditorium during lunch period on Monday October 24, 2016.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/23/16

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Mar Vista Fall Festival

The Vivoce Singers Perform at Mar Vista Park

Palms students from Band, Orchestra, and Advanced Chorus performed at the Mar Vista Community Fall Festival on October 22, 2016.

Many Palms parents and other community members were in attendance and enjoyed their performances.

See a slideshow on the Community Events page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/22/16

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Palms Middle School is offering an exciting new opportunity to learn about Robotics in conjunction with ZANIAC. Interested students can talk to Ms. Vogel or Mr. Martinez for more information.

Please note that this program has been delayed. We will update the website to let students know when to sign up.

 

 

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 10/20/16

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Come and join other Palms families for lunch or dinner at California Pizza Kitchen in Culver CulverCalifornia Pizza Kitchen logo City on

Thursday, October 20th from 11am to 10pm. CPK will donate 20% of your bill back to Palms. So enjoy some time with friends and family  while eating inventive pizzas, pasta or salads.  We hope to see you there! 

 

  How it works:

  1. Download this flyer

  2. Bring it to CPK - on paper or on your phone

  3. Show it to the waitstaff

  4. CPK donates to Palms!

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Published: 10/17/16

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recycling symbolThe Annual Fall Recycling Contest among the sixth grade homerooms, organized by the Sixth Grade Leadership students, runs from Monday, October 17th, through Friday, October 28th. The money raised goes toward our annual sailing activities. Please contribute bottle and cans to support our programs and help the environment.

May the best homeroom win!

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 10/16/16

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The 8th grade Knott's Scary Farm trip is Friday October 21, 2016, from 4:30pm to 12:00am. Students must be ready to depart at 4:30pm. When students return from the trip, a parent or guardian must pick up each child by 1:00am on Palms Blvd. For further information, see the Knott's Scary Farm page or contact Assistant Principal Ms. Cuda.

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 10/16/16

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Welcome parents and prospective students to Palms Middle School Visitors Day #2. The school tour should last approximately 75 minutes on October 21, 2016 beginning at 9:00 am in the school auditorium. 

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Published: 10/16/16

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Mar Vista Community Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Palms Middle School advanced chorus students will perform from 1:15 to 1:45 pm, and selected students from band and orchestra will perform from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. Please support our students and join us at the Mar Vista Community Center, 11430 Woodbine Avenue. For additional information check out the event flyer at http://marvistafallfestival.blogspot.com

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Published: 10/16/16

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

"Sixth graders in Mr. Kim's Reader's Theater elective class put on quite a show on October 14, 2016. The show title was It's the Jazz, Man and the theme was A night of spoken word, set to jazz.

Sure enough, students wore beatnik-black clothes and ultra-cool shades. Lobby posters and stage signs echoed the hip theme as well.

In between bongo riffs by beat musician extraordinaire Isaiah Guillen and snippets of way-out jazz music, students took turns revealing their views of what a perfect world would be like.

Some hipsters spoke of peace in the world and an end to conflict and terrorism, while other cats mentioned having an ample supply of bacon, hearing peaceful snoring, and learning to admit that you're perfect.

The show ended after a few really gone dance moves. What a gas! Crazy, Daddy-O!"

You can view a slideshow of the posters and performers on the Reader's Theater page.

Congratulations to Mr. Kim and his Reader's Theater class!

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Published: 10/15/16

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e-CHOICES

Learn about the Palms Gifted Magnet and westside Magnet high schools at the Elementary, Middle, and High School Magnet Fair.

The Fair will take place on Saturday October 15, 2016, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Webster Middle School: 11330 Graham Place, Los Angeles.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/14/16

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Middle Years newsletterThe October issue of the Middle Years Newsletter is now available with tips on discipline for tweens, inspiring curiosity, staying organized and on task, warding off drugs and alcohol, fun family reading, and believing in yourself. 

Download the October 2016 Issue

Back issues from previous school years are also available.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 10/14/16

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footballCongratulations to our Beyond the Bell Boys/Coed Flag Football Team. They finished 3rd out of 8 teams (behind LACES & Marina) in this year's Playa League Tournament with an overall record of 4 wins and 2 losses.  Great job!

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 10/14/16

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GATE programThe Fall 2016 issue of the LAUSD GATE Parent Newsletter has articles on the Choices application process for the Gifted/Highly Gifted Magnets and on the LAUSD Conservatory of Fine Arts program.

Download the issue in English or Spanish.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 10/14/16

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2015 Fitness Test Results

The California Department of Education has released the results of the statewide fitness tests given to 7th graders in Spring 2015.

The results show that Palms boys scored better LAUSD averages in 5 of the 6 fitness categories, and Palms girls in 4 of 6.

Complete results are shown on the Fitness Test page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/13/16

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The LAUSD Special Education Division provides workshops for parents, under the name Parent Resources for Engagement and Student Success (PRESS).

Fall workshops in Local District West include "How Movement Helps Students in the School Setting" and "Technology and Students on the Alternate Curriculum".

Download the Fall 2016 PRESS Calendar

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Published: 10/13/16

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Tony Schwartz

Tony Schwartz speaks to Palms students

Students in the Palms Video Production Elective had a VIP guest speaker in September: Tony Schwartz, a producer, assistant director, and teacher at the New York Film Academy.

His credits include Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Freaks and Geeks, CSI: NY, and many others.

Mr. Schwartz talked about essentials that every filmmaker should know: the importance of the story, character development, production design, and the importance of planning, collaborating, and staying on budget. Students were inspired, and loved hearing his stories.

Thank you Tony Schwartz!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/12/16

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2016-2017 Student Body President Aminah AliuCongratulations to the 2016-2017 Student Body Officers, members of the Leadership elective who were selected by their fellow students in the elections on September 13, 2016.

  • President: Aminah Aliu (pictured)
  • Vice President: Lujain Almahadi
  • Secretary: Jamie Gelond
  • Treasurer: Andrew Palacci
  • Commissioner of Activities: Dani Moot and Emily Krakovsky

​You can read about their responsibilities as officers on the Leadership page.

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Published: 10/11/16

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Visitors Day

Hundreds of parents and students attended the school year's first Visitors Day. Prospective Palms Middle School families, particularly those with 5th graders, learned about the school and took guided tours.

The auditorium was packed as Principal Dr. Moriuchi shared information about the school and its academic success, but the stars of the introduction were the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who explained why they like the academic challenge, the friendly teachers, the cultural experiences, and the friends and fun that are part of their middle school experience.

Students from the Leadership elective led the tours, which visited 6th grade classrooms, higher-grade classrooms, elective classrooms, and the P.E. field.

After the tours, Magnet Coordinator Ms. Weissmann fielded questions about the application process for the Palms Gifted Magnet and the School for Advanced Studies.

The next Visitors Day will be Friday October 21, 2016.

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Published: 10/11/16

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Parents are invited to the 6th grade Reader's Theater performance on ticketsFriday, October 14.

"IT’S THE JAZZ, MAN"

A night of spoken word set to jazz.
Performance on Friday October 14, 2016 from 5-6pm in the Auditorium.

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Published: 10/10/16

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As of October 2016, the Family Annual Donation Drive has raised $49,757 in donations. Have you made your annual donation yet?

Thank you Palms families. We’re almost half way to the $100,000 we need to raise for this school year. But, if you haven’t donated yet, we need you now, as we still have a long way to go to reach our budget and continue all the wonderful programs for our children.

Make your Family Annual Donation by Friday October 14, 2016.

You are directly supporting our teachers and students by funding, supporting and providing

  • classroom supplies
  • teacher tech support
  • daily front-door supervision
  • after-school Library hours
  • class field trips
  • the Art in the Afternoon program
  • technology purchases
  • teacher breakfasts and luncheons
  • this website

You can also use the Donate button on our Donation page to contribute additional amounts at any time during the school year. Please be generous to your students and your school.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/7/16

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e-CHOICES

Magnet applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year.

Applications are submitted at apply.lausd.net. Instructions can be found at the LAUSD e-CHOICES website.

The deadline for applications is Thursday November 10, 2016, at 5:00pm.

We hope you get into the Magnet school of your choice. If you're looking for a Magnet middle school, Palms is the #1 choice!

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Published: 10/6/16

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Published: 10/5/16

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First Visitors Day for this month is Monday, October 10, 2016. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. in the Auditorium

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Published: 10/5/16

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Eighth grade students may purchase tickets for the annual Knott's Scary Farm field trip for $85.00 (cash only) at the Student Store from Tuesday October 4 to Monday October 17, 2016. Seats are limited, so it's first come first served. Students may pick-up a Permission Packet in Room 130. The Knott's Scary Farm trip will take place on Friday October 21, 2016 from 4:30pm to midnight.

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 10/5/16

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Missed this news about the fantastic Eighth Grade East Coast Trip Scholarship Contest? Don't worry, the deadline has been extended to Monday October 17.  This contest is open to all 8th grade students.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 10/4/16

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PTA applePTSA President Arley Partida has this update for Palms parents:

If you have paid your PTSA dues, you will be receiving your membership cards in the mail soon.

If you have not yet joined PTSA, the donation envelopes are available in the Main Office. We will also be sending the envelopes home with the students.

Every member of your household should join PTSA. It costs only $10 per person, and your membership dues benefit Palms students as well as state and national PTA.

Please participate in PTSA! There are still volunteer openings available for these roles: PTSA Vice President, PTSA Auditor, and Friends of Palms/PTSA Secretary. Complete the online Parent Volunteer Form today.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 10/4/16

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Palms Music logoPalms families are invited to our first musical concert of the year: the Pops Concert on WednesdayOctober 5, 2016.

The Palms Choruses will perform, as well as the Band and Orchestra, so

there will be something for everyone.

The concert starts at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. Don't be late!

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 10/3/16

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The Fall Gifted Meeting, for parents of gifted and Magnet students, will take place Thursday October 6, 2016GATE, from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Auditorium.

This is the first gifted meeting for this school year. A Spring meeting will take place in April. There will also be a GATE/SAS Parent Workshop and a GATE/SAS Parent Conference, with dates to be announced.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 10/3/16

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Eighth Graders at the White House

An Eighth Grade East Coast Trip Scholarship Contest, sponsored by Friends of Palms, is open to all 8th grade students, whether registered for the East Coast trip or not. The trip will take place in April 2017. At least two contest winners will be students not currently registered for the trip.

To enter the contest, students write an essay covering who they are, what inspires them, their travel history, and financial need, as well as two letters of recommendation. Entries must be submitted to Mr. Nicholson by the deadline of Tuesday October 4, 2016.

  • Each of two first place winners will receive $1550.
  • Each of two second place winners will receive $800.
  • Each of two third place winners will receive $400.

The instructions and the rubric can be picked up from Mr. Nicholson in Room 210.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/2/16

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California State Tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics are administered every Spring.

For 2016, Palms students once again exceeded both the state and school district averages by a wide margin. The Palms scores also matched or exceeded last year's Palms scores for all three grade levels, in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.

For more graphs, see the State Test Results page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/1/16

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UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareMonday October 3, 2016 is an unassigned day, meaning there is no school.

This day was selected because it coincides with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Many students and staff members throughout LAUSD would be absent if it was a regular school day.

Enjoy the holiday or your day off! School resumes on Tuesday with the regular Tuesday bell schedule.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/30/16

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footballBeyond the Bell flag football playoffs continue this Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Come cheer for the Palms Boys/Co-ed team at Wright Middle School, with games starting at 8:30am.

Palms will play:

  • Mark Twain (game #1, field #3)
  • Wright (game #2, field #1)
  • Webster (game #3, field #3)
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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/30/16

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Blaze Pizza

Dining for Dollars is a fun family event where Palms families eat out, see each other, and local restaurants donate to Palms.

Our first Dining for Dollars event for this school year is at Blaze Pizza, 4114 Sepulveda Blvd. (at Washington Blvd.) in Culver City, on Thursday September 29, 2016, 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

You get to eat out, and 20% of your payment will be donated to Palms

How it works:

  1. Download this flyer
  2. Bring it to Blaze Pizza - on paper or on your phone
  3. Show it to the waitstaff
  4. Blaze Pizza donates to Palms!

Share the flyer with family and friends (but not strangers at the restaurant). We'll see you there!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/27/16

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You can get in touch with parents from Friends of Palms in any of the following ways:

Be sure to add palmsmiddleschool.org to your Address Book, whitelist, or other "safe senders" list so you don't miss email from Friends of Palms!

2016-2017 Friends of Palms President: Cody Ashe-McNalley

2016-2017 Volunteer Coordinator: Stacey Shortt

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 9/26/16

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Friends of Palms has purchased 10 extra copies of the award winning book "Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain" by Russell Freedman, a book that many students have been asking for.

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Students are invited to enter the annual FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature) contest by writing an essay about this book, with a deadline of Tuesday 11/15/16. .

Essays can tell your reactions to the book, describe a character or scene that stuck with you, and say what it would mean for you to meet the author.

They can enter on their own or ask their English or History teacher about it. See the FOCAL page for details.

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Published: 9/22/16

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iPads will be distributed to all students in Homeroom on Thursday, 9/22/2016, and setup on on Friday 9/23/2016. Thursday will have a 76 minute extended homeroom. Friday will have a 46 minutes extended homeroom. SEE the bell schedule page for period by period times. Before using iPads students should review the iPad Rules for Students with their parents. 

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Posted by: Barbara Fellows
Published: 9/22/16

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Last Saturday the Beyond the Bell Flag Football Team played their first round of the Regional Conference Tournament with 1 win and 2 losses. Great effort by the athletes and BTB staff! 

Come out to cheer them on in their next round of games on October 1st at Wright Middle School, 6550 W 80th Street, Los Angeles, 90045.Flag Football Team 2016
 

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 9/21/16

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All Palms students are encouraged to get their own library cards from the Los Angeles Public Library.  Parents must complete the Youth/Pre-Teen Library Card Pre-Registration Form with their child. See the Library webpage for more information.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 9/21/16

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Ms. Hoffman recently shared a video on the Palms Middle School YouTube Channel featuring the solar system projects of her 2016 science students:

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 9/21/16

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Do you need help with math homework? Having trouble distinguishing between rational numbers and whole numbers?

Math homework help is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, after school, from 3:15 to 4:15. You'll be solving algebraic equations and simplifying fractions in no time.

Fall 2016 Schedule

Grade Monday Wednesday
6 Room 56 Room 144
7 Room 108 Room 231
8 Room 133 Room 108

See campus map.

See the Math Homework Help page for more information.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 9/20/16

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1442471855632.pngThe 2016 Fall Fundraiser, a magazine drive organized by Leadership students is in progress and runs through Thursday October 21, 2016. This is the primary Student Body fundraiser for the semester.

Please support Palms students by buying or renewing your magazine subscriptions through a Palms student.

You can buy more than magazines. There are also books, housewares, gift wrap, jewelry, fashion and fitness items, items for kids, and much more.

Instructions for students and for parents are on the Magazine Drive page.

Please ask your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to support the Palms Magazine Drive too!

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 9/20/16

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student with raised handEvery Palms teacher has a website. You can find the website of your child's teachers on theTeachers page. Click the teacher's name to go to their website, where you'll find information about their classes, typically including their room number, schedule, messages to parents and students, and in some case downloadable documents,recommended links, a class calendar, and photo or slideshows.

 

Click the envelope icon next to a teacher's name to send that teacher a message, but remember to follow the procedures for setting appointments if you want to get together with a teacher.

We hope you got to meet all of you child's teachers in person at our Back to School Night on September 15, 2016.

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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
Published: 9/18/16

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Student artwork

The International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations, is being celebrated with a Day of Peace Festival at the IMAN Cultural Center (3376 Motor Avenue) on Sunday September 18, 2016, from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Palms students will display poems, essays, and artwork, including the art shown above, based on the event theme of World Peace Begins with Me and Grows to We.

All Palms families are invited to attend.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/17/16

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footballPalms families are invited to cheer for the Palms flag football players as the Beyond the Bell tournament gets underway.

Game information

Date: Saturday September 17, 2016

Location: Wright Middle School, 6550 W. 80th Street, Los Angeles

Registration: 7:30am

Games begin: 8:30am

Game 1, Field 2: Palms vs. Westside Global

Game 3, Field 2: Palms vs. Marina

Game 4, Field 1: Palms vs. LACES

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/16/16

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Back to School Night, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

This event is for parents, not students, to give you a chance to hear from each of your child's teachers. Start in your child's homeroom at 6:00 pm. PA announcements will tell you when to go to your child's next classroom.

 

Be sure to come early to visit the many other events happening on the same night:

  • Food Trucks; LAPL Library Card Sign-Up, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm  This year there will be two Food Trucks on campus for your dining pleasure.  Hot Dog on A Stick and Kona Shaved Ice will be in the quad area.  Also, staff from the Palms-Rancho Branch Library will be in the quad to sign up students and parents for a free LAPL library card.  These cards can be used in 72 branches and the Central library. Students can use these cards to access the library databases from home or their iPads.
  • Book Fair, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Library  Stock up on books for your children or for gifts, buy books for teachers who have requested them, and help the Palms Library raise money for new book purchases.  While you are in the library, feel free to use the computers to complete your Meal Plan Application available at  https://www.myschoolapps.com/  It takes only a few minutes!
  • Emergency Preparedness Fair, 5:30 to 8:00pm, Main Building  Presented by the 7th grade Health/Life Science Student Leaders
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Published: 9/15/16

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Masters of Disaster

On Back to School Night, 7th grade Health/Life Science student leaders at Palms host an Emergency Preparedness Fair. It's a fun and informative evening with:

  • Emergency preparedness giveaways
  • Raffles
  • Student-made posters, table displays, and Powerpoint presentations

Visit the Fair in the main building downstairs hallway between 5:30pm and 8:00pm. You can view the exhibits and talk to our students about your own family's emergency preparations.

Download and share the flyer

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/14/16

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Amazon Smile

Register your amazon.com account with the Amazon Smile program. Amazon will then donate to Palms whenever you shop starting from smile.amazon.com. You pay nothing extra and Palms gets 0.5% of each purchase amount.

Click here to register Palms as your Amazon Smile charity

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Published: 9/12/16

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The annual Book Fair runs from Monday, September 15 through Monday, September 19, 2016. This includes evening hours on Thursday, September 15, during Back to School Night.

Find books for students or other family members, and pick up gifts for friends and relatives. You can also buy specific books for classrooms that Palms teachers have requested. Stop by for a visit!

Book Fair
 

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 9/12/16

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piggy bankThe Family Annual Donation Drive Kick-Off Party, held this past August 27th at the home of Lori and Bruce Berman, was a great success! Parents, teachers, and staff enjoyed a fantastic fiesta while raising money for our school. Thanks to Lori and Bruce for opening their home to the Palms community for this important event.

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The Family Annual Donation Drive is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Every student at Palms benefits from the money raised from this event. Funds support a variety of amazing programs including art, technology, field trips, after-school activities, supplies for teachers, supervision, sports uniforms, and more.

Every donation counts! And every donation gets us closer to our $100,000 goal. Visit the Family Annual Donation page to find out how your family can support Palms this year.

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Published: 9/12/16

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The Book Fair is a week-long event in the Fall arranged by Friends of Palms. This year the Book Fair will run the week of September 12 through September 19.

Fall 2016 Book Fair:

Setup: Thursday September 8 and Friday September 9, 2016

  • Teacher Preview: Friday September 9. 2016
  • Book Fair: Monday September 12 to Friday September 16 during Break and Lunch and for 30 minutes after school.
  • Back to School Night: Thursday September 15 (6:00-8:00pm)
  • Cleanup: Monday September 19 (morning)

Download: 2014 Book Fair Flyer

Volunteers, we need YOU!  We will have 90 minute shifts throughout the school day, so please join in as you are able.  If you cannot stay a full 90 minutes, just note that on the signup. Email Stacey theshortts@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

To volunteer for this event, please sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084ba8ae283-palms/.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/10/16

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After-school homework help is available every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the Library, from 3:15 to 4:30pm. There is no after-school homework help on Tuesday. This is in addition to the grade-specific math homework help.

Library homework help for Fall 2016 started on September 1, 2016. A certificated teacher assists students with their homework. A sign-in sheet is maintained. For more information about this program, parents or students can contact the student's counselor. For other Library information, see the Library page.

After-school homework help is funded by Friends of Palms.

See also:

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 9/10/16

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calendarThe first Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting of the 2016-2017 school year will be held in Room 111 on Tuesday September 13, 2016, at 6:30pm.

Meet your fellow parents, hear from Principal Dr. Moriuchi, meet the Friends of Palms board members and PTSA officers, learn about upcoming events at Palms, and have all of your questions answered.

Plan to attend each monthly Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting, usually on the second Tuesday of the month.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 9/6/16

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The Middle Years Newsletter, brought to you by the Palms Magnet Program, is a monthly newsletter that provides busy parents with practical ideas to promote school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting.

The first issue for the new school year, September 2016, is now available and has great tips on making school a priority, staying true to yourself, finding ways to be involved, texting in class, dealing with change, encouraging writing at home, and more.

Click here to download the September issue.

Information on back issues from prior school years and how to request copies can be found on the Middle Years Newsletter webpage.  

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 9/2/16

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RalphsRalphs supermarket chain lets Palms supporters link their Ralphs card to the Ralphs school donation program. Every time you shop at Ralphs, 1% is donated to Palms at no cost to you!

All Palms families with a Ralphs card should sign up. Registration expires each year on August 31, so you must re-register each September.

Register or re-register your Ralphs card today. You can register online or print out a bar code and sign up during checkout at Ralphs. See the registration instructions on our Fundraising page.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 9/1/16

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ballot boxCampaigning for Student Body Officer positions begins Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Students in the Leadership elective, taught by Ms. Primus, are eligible for these positions:

  • Student Body President (must be an 8th grader)
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Commissioner of Activities
  • Commissioner of Athletics

Candidates will campaign through Tuesday, September 13, with elections the same day.

Good luck to all of our student candidates!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 9/1/16

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If you want to make an appointment with one of your child's teachers:

Contact the teacher directly using the envelope icon on the Teachers page. They'll get your message and can phone or email you in reply. parent-teacher conferenceYou can also make appointments by phoning the Main Office and leaving a message for the teacher.

If you are a 6th grade parent and want to meet with your child's two core teachers together:

Contact either one of the teachers using the envelope icon on the Teachers page. They'll coordinate with the other core teacher and get back to you.

If you are a 7th or 8th grade parent and want to meet with your child's teachers as a group:

Identify your child's counselor, then phone or visit the Counseling Office. The counselor will schedule your group conference on one of the designated Parent/Teacher Conference Days.

There is typically one Parent/Teacher Conference Day per month, on a Tuesday. You'll find these days listed on the School Calendar.

For details, see the Appointments page.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 9/1/16

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melodyIf you play a jazz band instrument and can read music, you may be interested in auditioning for Jazz Band. This group of 25 advanced players meets Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4 pm and sometimes at lunch.

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, September 7; Thursday, September 8; and Friday, September 9.

If you'd like to audition, see Ms. West in Room 172 to get the audition music. Practice it, and then come back at lunch time next Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday to sign up and play the audition music.

Jazz Band instruments are: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, bass, electric guitar, piano, and drum set.

Guitar players: we have amps for guitars, but you'll need to bring your own guitar for the audition. You can leave it in Ms. West's office on the morning of your audition.

See Ms. West in Room 172 if you have questions.

 

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 8/31/16

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National Ataxia Foundation

Palms math teacher Ms. Serge is asking everyone in the Palms Middle School community to support the National Ataxia Foundation, which fights the disease that threatens her life.

Please support the Foundation's annual fundraiser -- Walk n' Roll 2016 on September 17, 2016 -- with a donation to Ms. Serge's team or a check to the National Ataxia Foundation.

Donate to the Cheryl Serge team

Please be generous. Ms. Serge and other victims of this disease need your support.

For details on the disease, the Walk n' Roll  fundraiser, and how to donate by check, see Ms. Serge's Ataxia page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/30/16

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Labor Day

School will be closed on Friday, September 2.

 

Monday, September 5, is Labor Day and is a school holiday.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/29/16

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footballThe 2016 Beyond the Bell Flag Football season begins today! The season runs through October 2016, with finals taking place on Saturday, October 22.

 

Beyond the Bell is a free intramural sports program offering sports instruction, on-campus team competitions, and weekend regional tournaments. Interested students can talk to their P.E. teacher or simply show up after school.

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Published: 8/29/16

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Students can speak with their counselor about almost anything that concerns them, from academics to personal problems. Parents with concerns 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. Gross, 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.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/27/16

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Palms Middle School logoThe 17 documents you received in your Orientation Packet are available for download in either English or Spanish.

If you've lost your packet or want to refer to a specific document, see the Orientation Packet page and choose the document of interest or follow the link to the corresponding web pages.

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 8/27/16

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The morning Drop-Off Lanes protect the safety of our children every school day, as they arrive in front of the school on Woodbine (eastbound) or at the back of the school on Palms Blvd. (westbound).

Parent volunteers manage the drop-off lanes and we need additional volunteers, including a coordinator to keep track of the volunteers. Please help us for one day a week from 7:30am to 8:00am.

We can also use volunteers to accompany Visitors Days tours and for other open volunteer positions.

Please fill out the

Parent Volunteer Form

to let us know how you can help!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/26/16

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The Palms Middle School Counselors and the Dean of Students will go over the school rules at grade-level assemblies on Friday August 26, 2016.
Parents should also know the rules that their children are required to follow. Luckily, it's all available on this website.

General Campus Rules:

Cell phones, Internet use, bus behavior, deliveries, Zero Tolerance Policy

Code of Conduct:

Attendance, discipline, health & safety, dress code, environment, ethical behavior and respect, hat policy

Anti-Bullying Program:

Harassment, on-campus or online

Parents should review these and the other Rules & Policies with their children.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/25/16

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peopleMany decisions about school programs and policies, as well as how we use budgeted funds, are made by our standing committees, where parents and the school staff work together to oversee our school.

The Local School Leadership Council (LSLC) makes decisions about the school calendar, student discipline, the budget for instructional materials, and professional development. Community members and students from Leadership participate along with parents and school staff members.

The School Site Council (SSC) oversees school goals and policies, school improvements, and the use of Title I funds.

The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) manages development, implementation, and evaluation of our program for students who are learning English. Parents of these students can participate.

Each committee meets monthly. Click the links above for dates, times, and locations.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/24/16

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Palms FiestaWe ask every Palms family to make a Family Annual Donation to support their school through Friends of Palms.

This is your single most important donation of the school year.

You donation provides supplies for teachers, computers for students, funds for field trips, after-school Library hours, art, and academic activities, tech support, sport uniforms, increased campus safety, and much more.

To kick off the Family Annual Donation Drive, there will be a Fiesta Dinner (adults only) on Saturday August 27, 2015, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, at the home of Palms parents Lori and Bruce Berman. If you would like to attend this fundraiser/dinner, just email Lori Berman and she'll send you an e-vite.

Download Palms Fiesta flyer

Make your Family Annual Donation

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/23/16

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After school dismissal each day, students can walk home, be picked up, or stay on campus. The Library is open until 4:30pm, except on Tuesdays, and general homework help is available there.

Students can stay on the P.E. side until 6:00pm, and a variety of after-school activities are available.

Daily programs:

  • Beyond the Bell is LAUSD's free sports program, with flag football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer.
  • Team Prime Time, a paid program combining sports, arts, leadership training, and academics.

Other programs are available on specific days:

Read all of the details on the After-School Programs page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/22/16

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checkmarkThe top priority at our school is keeping all students safe. Parents and students share that responsibility.

You should review our Health and Safety page and our Medical Information page to become familiar with:

  • Drop-off and pick-up rules
  • Health policies
  • Bicycle policy
  • Campus visitor policies
  • Emergency procedures
  • The Nurse's Office
  • Medications and allergies
  • Other health and safety information

Students who are safe and healthy have the best opportunities for learning!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/21/16

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chess piecesStudents who would like to learn how to play chess, or who already play chess, are invited to come to Chess Club during lunch period.

  • Sixth Grade Chess Club meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Room 160. The teacher is Mrs. Glickman.
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade Chess Club meets every day in Room 112. The teacher is Mr. Westhoff.

For more details, see the Chess Club page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/20/16

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lunch boxDuring August and September, while sixth grade students are getting used to the campus, they can eat lunch and make friends in a small and friendly setting by coming to Sixth Grade Lunch Club.

All they need is a pass from their teacher.

Sixth Grade Lunch Club meets in a different room each day, with a teacher supervising.

By October, students can switch to eating lunch outdoors on the quad (see campus map).

Lunch Club begins on Monday August 22, 2016.

Day Teacher(s) Room
Monday Ms. Gipson, Ms. Igarashi 48
Tuesday Mr. Kim 45
Wednesday Ms. Maldonado 55
Thursday Ms. March 46
Friday Mr. Clair 56
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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/19/16

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Friends of Palms weekly emailFriends of Palms sends a weekly email with news and dates of upcoming events.

Did you get the first one this week? If not, you didn't subscribe!

The weekly email has a new mobile-friendly format.

To get every Friends of Palms weekly email:

Sign up

 

If you missed it, read this year's first weekly email here.

You can read all past emails in the Weekly Email Archive.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/18/16

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circular arrowsDon't be surprised if a student's schedule changes as the school year gets underway.

Assigning every student to the appropriate classes (including one of their elective choices) is a very complex process. Although the Palms counselors do an amazingly efficient job, not all class assignments can be settled on the first day.

Here's why: Some students show up the first day without having pre-enrolled. Some who were expected move or change schools at the last minute. As a result, class assignments must change.

Don't worry that students will get behind if they change teachers. All Palms teachers know that student schedules can change, so they make accommodations for all students arriving in their classes during the first weeks.

We want the academic best for every student at our school!

For more details, see Academic Placement.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/17/16

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Students met their new teachers as the Fall Semester got off to a smooth start on the first day of instruction. For many new students this was the first time they've had more than one teacher.

  • Students can keep track of their classes by staying organized and keeping their papers separate for each class.
  • Parents can learn about their child's teachers and classes from each teacher's website. Start on the Teachers page and click a teacher's name to see their website. If a teacher lists class supplies, help your child assemble the right items.
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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/16/16

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Palms Middle School logoThere are many ways to keep up with news at Palms Middle School.

For more tips, see Stay Informed.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 8/14/16

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Welcome to our new Palms students and welcome back to returning Palm students!

The Fall 2016 Semester begins for students on Tuesday August 16, 2016, with homeroom at 8:00am.  School will end at 1:30pm.

We look forward to a great year with all of you!

Some tips for parents:

See you at school!

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Posted by: Cody Ashe-McNalley
Published: 8/10/16

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2016 Meet and Greet 2

There was a great turnout for the 2016 Meet and Greet on July 30, 2016, with Palms staff members and current parents welcoming new Palms students and their family members. Over 100 people attended.

New Palms families met other families and talked to 6th grade counselor Hugo Acevedo, Friends of Palms (FOP) board members, including FOP President Cody Ashe-McNalley, and Palms teachers, including Camp Palms leader Ms. Andersen, 6th grade math and science teachers Ms. L. Clark and Ms. Gipson, 7th grade teachers Ms. Garret and Mr. Reynolds, and P.E. teacher Ms. Millet.

Students made new friends and played games led by the Team Prime Time after-school program.

Parents had their questions answered and signed up for volunteer openings. Everyone was reminded to sign up for the FOP weekly email.

Many students and parents said they are looking forward to Camp Palms on August 9 and 10, 2016.

Thank you to the teachers and staff who attended the Meet and Greet, to the parents who rolled out the red carpet for new families, and to the 7th and 8th grade Palms students who helped out at the sign-in table.

Check out our 2016 Meet and Greet slideshow!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 7/30/16

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2015 Picnic

Come to our annual picnic for new families and meet each other, Principal Dr. Moriuchi, Palms teachers, and Friends of Palms leaders. Enjoy free snacks and drinks.

Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills Recreation Center / 2551 Motor Ave.
(1st driveway south of Pico toward archery range at the end of the long driveway.)

Download the flier.

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Posted by: Cody Ashe-McNalley
Published: 7/23/16

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Welcome New Palms Families

Camp Palms is a middle school orientation for incoming 6th grade students, who will have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, meet some of the teachers, rotate through classes, and make new friends.
Camp Palms is a 2-day program on Tuesday August 9 and Wednesday August 10, 2016, from 9:00am to noon each day. You should sign up by Tuesday June 14, 2016.
Parents of incoming students and incoming 7th and 8th grade students can attend either of two one-hour orientation sessions on Tuesday August 9, one at 9:00am and one at 6:00pm.

All sessions begin in the Auditorium (see campus map).
For details see the Camp Palms page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 6/1/16