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palm treeThe 2016-17 school year is coming to a close! The last day of instruction will be Friday, June 9. Wednesday, June 7, Thursday, June 8, and Friday, June 9, will be minimum days with 12:20 pm dismissal time.

Congratulations to the Palms 2017 8th grade class, and best wishes to all for a terrific summer!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 6/5/17




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Save Energy LA

LA Department of Water and Power logoPalms student Kayla Jang was the winner, across all 7th grade students in Los Angeles city, of the Save Energy Contest sponsored by the Los Angeles Deparment of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Los Angeles Times.

The Times traditionally publishes winning posters in a Sunday newspaper edition.

Congratulations Kayla!

Kayla Jang - Save Emergency Contest winner

Winner Kayla Jang

Kayla Jang - Save Emergency Contest poster

Kayla's winning poster

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/28/17




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LAUSD logoLAUSD Superintendent Michelle King will speak about the LAUSD Strategic Plan in an event entitled Leading Together Toward Destination Graduation.

The meeting, originally scheduled for April 26, will instead take place on Wednesday May 31, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the multipurpose room at Webster Midddle School, 11300 W. Graham Place, Los Angeles.

Interested parents should contact Palms to indicate their interest, since the district is lining up the attendee list.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/27/17




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Memorial DayPalms will be closed in observance of Memorial Day this Monday, May 29.

Memorial Day remembers those who died fighting in the US Armed Forces. It was established as Decoration Day in 1868, after the American Civil War. That name was used until 1882 when it became known as Memorial Day.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 5/26/17




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Common Sense Media

The web isn't just about games, social networking, and gossip. Some sites actually help kids learn to be better people and better citizens of the world!

Check out these websites, recommended by Common Sense Media, that promote social responsibility, community service, and global awareness:

Sites That Help Kids Do Good

You can find many other good websites in our Resources for Parents section.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/24/17




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French hornviolinJoin us for the Winds and Strings Concert on Thursday May 25, 2017, at 6:30 pm, in the Auditorium.

Our Winds & Percussion and Strings students have learned so much in two short semesters! Plus, Ms. West is retiring after more than three decades as a teacher, so you'll want to be present for her last show at Palms.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 5/24/17




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Fiesta Mexicana

Everyone is invited to a free performance at UCLA's Royce Hall on Sunday May 28, 2017, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

The Groupo Folklórico de UCLA will perform, and the show will also feature the UCLA debut of Ballet Folkloric Son de la Palma from Palms Middle School!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/23/17




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Thank You Parent Volunteers

The Volunteer Celebration was held on Friday May 19, 2017. Teachers and other Palms staff members prepared a full meal for parents who have been helping the school, the teachers, the staff, and Palms students this school year.

Dozens of thank-you notes and cards were on display, and Principal Dr. Moriuchi had a chance to express the appreciation of the staff for the many parents who help with supervision, with the morning drop-off lanes, with the Palms website, through Friends of Palms activities, and in many other ways.

Sign-ups for next year's volunteer positions and activities are already underway. Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form and get involved!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/19/17




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picnic basketStaff and Faculty Appreciation Day is Tuesday May 23, 2017, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

It's time to say thank-you to our wonderful teachers and the school staff, in an especially delicious way.

We need parent volunteers to bring salads or desserts and to help with decorations, setup, serving, and cleanup.

Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form and check Faculty and Staff Luncheons.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/18/17




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Taco Plus logoPlease come and join your fellow Palms students and families at Taco Plus at either of their locations -- 9824 National Blvd in Palms or 1525 S. Bundy in West Los Angeles.

We'll be there on two days: Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

15% of your order will go directly to support our school.

You can dine in or take out. Please put your reciepts in the box provided.

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




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DNA Day 2017

UCLA's 10th DNA Day Conference was held on Monday May 8, 2017. It is an amazing conference, at which UCLA professors and graduate students of the Human Genetic Department's GATP Program engage our students in intense hands-on fun genetics workshops.

Sixty academically deserving Palms students attended, then returned to Palms to teach what they've learned to their classmates.

Mrs. Santana was proud to report that Palms students impressed UCLA with their knowledge of genetics.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/16/17




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Attention 8th graders: the Magic Mountain trip is this Friday, May 19. It's a special night at Magic Mountain as the park is closed to the general public and reserved just for middle school students. Get ready to ride Tatsu, Goliath, X2 and more!

Parents, please pick up your returning students at school no later than 1:00 am.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 5/15/17




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Thank You Parents posterPalms Middle School is made better every day by our amazing parent and community volunteers. If you volunteered at Palms this year, you are invited to join us on the library patio this Friday, May 19, from 9-10 am, as we celebrate the hard workers who donate their time and energy to supporting and improving our school.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 5/15/17




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trumpetThe Palms bands, orchestra, and Jazz Band will perform at the Instrumental Spring Concert on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:30 pm, in the Auditorium.

These end-of-year performances will demonstrate how much our students have learned and how their skills have progressed over the school year, under the direction of Ms. West.

Bring the whole family and enjoy the concert!

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 5/15/17




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Science Class

Seventh grade students of Mrs. Santana studied Planaria Regeneration. Planaria are flatworms that can regrow their body parts. Students learned the types of stem cells and how totipotent stem cells let planaria regenerate themselves by cloning their bodies.

Students cut a planaria worm into several parts and watched as it regenerated and became several planaria clones. One planaria can be cut into 32 parts and become 32 clones of itself. This natural process of asexual reproduction is called fragmentation.

Students then considered how studying planaria regeneration could one day help humans.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/14/17




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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello s LibraryKeeper of the Lost Cities

The 2016-2017 winners of the California Young Reader Medal award were announced.

In the Intermediate category, the winner is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by author Chris Grabenstein.

In the Middle School category, the winner is Keeper of the Lost Cities by author Shannon Messenger.

We recommend both books, as well as the other CYRM nominees.

Competition is already underway for the 2017-2018 winners. All of the nominees and winners are listed on the CYRM Reading Contest page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/13/17




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Art in the Afternoon

All families are invited to the End-of-Year Art Show for our Art in the Afternoon program. The show takes place Monday May 15, 2017, from 3:00 to 4:30pm.

You'll see a display of artwork by our students and be amazed at their talent. It's especially fun for Palms students to see with their parents.

Snacks will be provided and, as an added treat, students from our band and orchestra will perform for you.

Don't miss it!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/12/17




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trophyCongratulations to cello player Lorelei Deutsch and trumpet player Jaden Robinson for winning music scholarships!
The Stewart Rupp Memorial Music Scholarship are given annually by the Los Angeles Secondary Music Teachers Association (LASMTA).

Lorelei and Jaden were among the five 2017 winners. They will perform at a LASMTA final meeting on May 31 and be presented with certificates of recognition.

 

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/12/17




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chess pieces

Interested students age 12 and up are invited to participate in the Teen Chess Tournament on Saturday May 13, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Palms-Rancho Park Public Library (2920 Overland Avenue).

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Palms has two lunchtime Chess Clubs on campus. Sixth graders play chess every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Room 160 (Mrs. Glickman). Seventh and eighth graders play chess every day in Room 112 (Mr. Westhoff).

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/11/17




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Ballet Folk rico Son de la Palmas logoThe Latin Fiesta Fundraisier Dinner will take place on Friday May 12, 2017, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Student Cafeteria.

At the request of parents, you can now pick up your pre-ordered tamales between 3:00pm and 7:00pm on May 12. Use the revised order form.

Revised tamale order form

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/10/17




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choirAll Palms families are invited to the Choral Spring Concert on Thursday May 11, 2017, at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

This end-of-year performance for parents lets our singers demonstrate everything they've learned this year in the Choral Music elective taught by Mrs. Chi.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/9/17




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classroom, courtesy lakeshorelearningTeacher Appreciation Week takes place May 8 to May 12, 2017.

Here are ways you can show your appreciation for your child's teacher:

  • Write or email a note to the teacher, telling them how they've helped your child and/or asking what you can do to help them.
  • Volunteer to help on Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday May 23.
  • Donate to a teacher's fundraiser, such as the ongoing ones at DonorsChoose and GoFundMe.
  • Look for a wishlist on the teacher's website, and ask them if they still need anything on the list.
  • Support and participate in Friends of Palms, the primary organization dedicated to supporting our teachers.

Thank you to our teachers for everything they do!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/7/17




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Palms Middle School logoThe final Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting for the 2016-2017 school year takes place on Tuesday May 9, 2017, at 6:30pm in the Library.

Incoming 5th grade parents are invited to attend along with returning Palms parents, as we discuss events for the last month of school and elect next year's Friends of Palms board.

Every parent should find a way to help their school, and there are many volunteer positions open, so this is your chance to pick your preferred way to help, whether it's running an event like the Book Fair, helping with an ongoing program like the Drop-Off Lanes, or helping with this website.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/7/17




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Ballet Folkl rico

Join us for a fun and delicious evening at the Latin Fiesta Fundraisier Dinner on Friday May 12, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Student Cafeteria.

We'll be selling tamales, pozole, refreshing fruit aquas, and more!

Pre-order your tamales by Tuesday May 9, 2017.

Download tamale order form

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




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Ballet Folkl rico

Ballet Folk rico Son de la Palmas logoThe Ballet Folklórico after-school dance program is running a GoFundMe fundraiser to purchase the dance costumes they need. With these costumes our students will have the opportunity to perform the Mexican dances they've learned for their parents, teachers, classmates, and the community.

From sponsor Mrs. Santana and volunteer teacher Ms. Esmeralda Magaña:

Your generous donation to help purchase our students' costumes will provide endless opportunities for our students to perform, create positive role models, and promote cultural awareness. You will also encourage youth to celebrate their cultural roots, and continue onto institutions of higher learning like UCLA.

Please donate to help our students:

https://www.gofundme.com/PalmsMSballetfolklorico

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Posted by: Palms MS
Published: 5/4/17




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girl runningDespite the improvements being made to the P.E. field, the annual Mile Challenge will take place as scheduled on Friday May 5, 2017, from 10:36am to 12:30pm (Period 3 and Period 4).

The top 40 boys and top 40 girls in mile-running for each grade level (240 students total) will race while parents and classmates watch and cheer them on.

Parents are invited to attend!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/4/17




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Julie WestAuditions are in progress for Band and Orchestra for the Fall 2017 semester. Students who are interested in taking these performance classes should contact Ms. West to schedule a 10-minute audition.

Auditions are not required for the Winds & Percussion or Strings classes, but counselors need to know your elective preferences, and whether you've passed a Band or Orchestra audition.

Details are on the Music Auditions page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/4/17




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amusement parkFriday May 5, 2017 is the last day for eligible 8th graders to buy Magic Mountain tickets for the trip on Friday May 19.

Tickets are $85.00, cash only, at the Student Store.

See the Magic Mountain page in the Eighth Grade section of this website.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/4/17




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Palms Neighborhood CouncilThe Palms Neighborhood Council invites you to the Palms Community Block Party on Saturday May 6, 2017, from 11:00am to 3:00pm in front of the Palms Expo Line metro station.

It will be a day filled with music, food trucks, free raffles, great prizes, an obstacle course jump house, and live entertainment.

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




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Middle Years newsletterThe April and May issues of "Middle Years"  are now available for download. Both issues focus on finding continued learning opportunities for your middle schooler as the warmer weather arrives and the final weeks of the school year approach:

 

April Issue May Issue
All kinds of kindness
Spring into study time
Stay safe online
What's the probability?
Sibling Squabbles
Keep on learning
"I'm a CEO"
Foster loyalty
A natural explorer
Handling the end of year rush
Ready, set, exercise!

 

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

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Posted by: Linda Prinzo
Published: 5/3/17




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2015-2016 EnrollmentWe've updated our School Statistics page with the latest available statistics about Palms Middle School:

  • Enrollment
  • Ethnicity
  • Average Class Sizes
  • Suspension and Expulsion History
  • English Language Acquisition
  • Languages of English Learners

Other school statistics are available on these pages:

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




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graph of free and reduced-price lunches
Data source: cde.ca.gov

In April 2017, the California Department of Education released revised Student Poverty information showing Free or Reduced Price Meal statistics for California public schools.

The statistics show, for each school, the percentage of students eligible for free lunches at school and the percentage of students eligible for reduced-price lunches, based on family income. This determines which schools are given Title I status, which in turn affects school funding. As this graph shows, Palms is once again a Title I school.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/30/17




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Stop by the Palms-Rancho Park Library to see posters made by Palms students of Ms. Hunter.

The posters are about "The Giver," a 1993 young adult fiction book by Lois Lowry. Students made the posters after reading the book about a dystopian society.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/29/17




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East West Players logo

Renowned theater company East West Players is starting an After-School Drama Club at Palms, open to all students.

Students will learn to do improv, monologues, skits, and much more. The first meeting -- which is mandatory -- will be Friday April 28, 2017, from 12:45 to 2:45pm in Room 114.

Subsequent meetings will take place for 2 hours after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 2 to June 2, 2017.

On Saturday June 3, there will be a culminating play at the historic David Henry Hwang Theatre downtown in Little Tokyo, with a "What's Your Story?" theme centered on personal storytelling.

For more information, see the East West Players page or contact Mr. Kim.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/28/17




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trophyPalms students competed against each other and against other middle school students in the annual UCLA Science Fair, which is the culmination of The Bruin Experiment after-school science program.

The Science Fair was held in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA, on April 22, 2017.

The results: Palms students won first, second, and third place, as well as four honorable mentions!

Science Fair Winners:

First place: Navaneeth Srinivasan from Palms!

Second place: Samuel Fuchs from Palms!

Third place: Lana Neulander from Palms!

Science Fair Honorable Mention:

  • Summer Hamzeh
  • Charlene Huang
  • Amelia Moss
  • Tristan Zabala

Congratulations to the winners and to all of the Palms students who participated!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/27/17




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quizAs California State Testing begins, it's worth a little extra effort to make sure your child comes to school on time and that they are well-rested.

It makes a difference as students are challenged to complete math and English Language Arts tests this week and next week.

If your child is absent the day of a test, check the make-up test schedule on the California State Testing page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/26/17




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A+Parents of 5th, 6th, and 8th grade students who are interested in having their child take AP math classes in high school should learn about changes in LAUSD's procedures for accelerated math placement starting in middle school.

LAUSD will be relying on SBAC results and students grades rather than the Amplify placement test.

Math Coordinators from LAUSD Local District West will be holding parent information sessions to explain the new placement guidelines and the different acceleration options in middle school and high school. One session will be at Palms on Wednesday May 17, 2017, from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

For other parent information sessions in April and May, download the flyer:

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/26/17




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Dodgers logoVisit www.dodgers.com/schools for information about special Summar and Fall 2017 events for students and their families, including

  • Teacher Appreciation Night: May 1 at 7:10pm
  • Salute 2 Schools: May 9 and May 24 at 7:10pm
  • Back to School Day: August 13 at 1:10pm -- with backpacks for kids
  • Salute 2 Schools: September 7 and September 25 at 7:10pm
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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/25/17




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DonorsChoose logo

Art teacher Ms. Purdy is running a fundraising campaign named Lanyards and Laces: Learning to Weave!

She explains:

Learning handwork such as weaving and knot making introduces students to a relaxing and tactile experience -- one that improves focus and concentration, and is also a super fun way to interact with their peers.

My students need assorted colors of plastic lace, a craft book and lanyard hooks to create one-of-a-kind key rings, bracelets, and zipper pulls for their backpacks.

Parents, friends, and other school supporters can donate any amount to help Ms. Purdy reach her goal.

Click to donate

Other recent DonorsChoose Campaigns:

A Clean Classroom Environment

Purchasing a robotic vacuum cleaner

Fundraising still in progress

Students Stories are Americas' Story

Purchasing books and magazines

Success! The items have been purchased!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/25/17




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California Department of Education

California State Testing will take place on 6 minimum days:

  • Wednesday April 26, 2017
  • Thursday April 27
  • Friday April 28
  • Monday May 1
  • Tuesday May 2
  • Wednesday May 3

On May 3, eighth graders will take the CST Science Test.

See the California State Testing page for the testing schedule.

See the Bell Schedule page for the bell schedules on these minimum days.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/24/17




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amusement parkEligible eighth grade students can purchase tickets to the annual Magic Mountain Field Trip from Monday April 24 to Friday May 5, 2017.

The trip will take place Friday May 19, 2017. This is a special night reserved for middle school students.

Tickets are $85, cash only, at the Student Store, first-come, first-served. See the details on the Magic Mountain page in the Eighth Grade section.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/23/17




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Palms Music logoCongratulations to winners of this year's Music Scholarships from Tenth District PTA!

  • Lorelei Deutsch, cello
  • Dora Dong, piano
  • Tahjah Fortune, clarinet
  • Andrew Lin, piano
  • Jaden Robinson, trumpet
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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/23/17




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LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King will speak about the LAUSD Strategic Plan in an event entitled A District on the Move: Destination Graduation.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday April 26, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the multipurpose room at Webster Midddle School, 11300 W. Graham Place, Los Angeles.

Interested parents should contact Palms to indicate their interest, since the district is lining up the attendee list.

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Update: This meeting has been canceled.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/23/17




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Kay N Daves logoHave a meal at KaynDaves Restaurant, either in Culver City or Brentwood, and Palms gets 20% of your order!

This Dining for Dollars event takes place from Sunday April 23 to Thursday April 27, 2017 and includes dine-in, take-out, and even catering orders.

Download the flyer (or store it on your phone) and show it when you place your order.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/22/17




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Educational Results Partnership

Congratulations to Palms Middle School, which was named an Honor Roll School for the 2016 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Research Partnership and its Campaign for Business and Education Excellence.

They identify successful schools, particularly in economically disadvantaged districts, and promote their best practices.

Read the letter from Principal Dr. Moriuchi

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/22/17




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GATE

The Eighth Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference takes place on Saturday April 22, 2017, from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Robert F. Kennedy Complex, 701 S. Catalina Street, Los Angeles.

Download the flyer:

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/21/17




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notebookOn Thursday April 20, 2017, 6th grade students returning for 7th grade and 7th grade students returning for 8th grade will use their iPads to select their preferred electives for the 2017-2018 school year.

The same forms are available on the Electives page.

The elective choices are listed on the 7th Grade Courses and Electives page and the 8th Grade Courses and Electives page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/19/17




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Reflections Art Show

Palms students who participated in the PTA Reflections Art Contest will enjoy a celebratory party on the Library patio on Friday, April 21, 2017.

See the Reflections Art Show page for the list of our students and their Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, and Honorable Mentions.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/19/17




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LAUSD Adapted Physical EducationPalms students in the Adapted Physical Education program will participate in the LAUSD School Games on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at the Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The program offers sports training and athletic competition for students with disabilities and special needs, and promotes the development of life-long fitness skills that will help student athletes lead a more productive and independent life.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/18/17




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ShopWithScrip logo

Earn money for Palms, without spending an extra penny, by using ShopWithScrip gift cards to make your regular purchases.

Buy the gift cards for your favorite stores at face value -- over 100 stores to choose from -- then use them for your regular shopping. Palms gets 1% to 14%!

Start by getting the Order Form from the Leadership page.

Each week:

  1. Send an Order Form to Room 144 by Friday at 3:00pm.
  2. Pick up your gift cards the following Thursday.

For details and the Order Form, see the Leadership page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/18/17




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Enjoy lunch or dinner at KaynDaves any day from Sunday, April 23, through Thursday, April 27, 2017, and 20% of your catering, take-out, dine-in and alcohol tab will go to support Palms Middle School. Bring the flyer with you for all-day dining at either the Brentwood or Culver City location. Support Palms while you dine on fresh, delicious Mexican food with sauces, soups and salsas made daily.

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Posted by: Jami Messinger
Published: 4/17/17




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eighth graders at the Supreme Court

Eighth Graders at the Supreme Court building

Eighth grade students are returning from their week-long trip to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

Read their story and see their photos on the Trip Journal page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/14/17




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2016 Science Fair

The Bruin Science Fair is the final event of The Bruin Experiment, the Palms after-school science program.

The Science Fair will be held Saturday April 22, 2017, from 9:30am to 2:00pm, at the UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Note that this overlaps the GATE/SAS Parent Conference.

Parents and students who plan to attend the Science Fair should fill out the RSVP form below, which provides details about parking, meeting places, and optional campus tours from 9:00am to 9:30am.

Science Fair details and RSVP form

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/12/17




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PARENT INVOLVEMENT DINNER

volunteersYou are invited to join Friends of Palms and PTSA for dinner on Tuesday April 18, 2017, at 6:00pm in the Library.

We will be offering sign-ups for next year's committees and activities.

Even though middle school is only a few short years, this is an important time for your child, and parent involvement is critical. Your presence as a volunteer at Palms can strengthen your connection to your school, community, and family.

Please join us for dinner and to find out how you can make an impact at Palms. Kids are welcome too!

If you can attend, please RSVP to volunteer@palmsmiddleschool.org.

The meeting will be followed by the Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/10/17




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class trip 2017

Eighty-one 8th grade students are on the Founding Fathers East Coast Tour during the week of Spring Recess.

You can follow the stories and photos on the Eighth Grade Trip Journal page. Visit the page each day for the latest news and photos!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/9/17




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soccer ballSoccer Shootout was one of the activities at the Sixth Grade Picnic on March 30, 2017.

We had a picnic this year, instead of the traditional Sixth Grade Olympics, because of the ongoing P.E. field renovations.

Soccer Shootout results:

  • Winners (tie): Justin Rand and Jared Romero
  • Second place: Setareh Kargahi
  • Third place: Eduardo Garcia

Congratulations to our winners and to every 6th grader who participated!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/7/17




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checkmarkTips for Open House (tonite, April 6, 2017, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm):

  • Bring the whole family. Everyone is welcome.
  • Visit your child's classrooms in any order.
  • P.E. classes meet in the gym.
  • Enjoy Hot Dog on a Stick, Kona Ice, and Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • This is not the time for Parent-Teacher conferences. Make appointments if you want a conference.
  • Either carpool or look for street parking. Due to the P.E. field construction, parking is not available on the P.E. field this year. Never park in the faculty parking lot.
  • Watch for Ballet Folkórico students performing and selling T-shirts as a fundraiser.
  • Stop by Room 114 to view DNA models and vote in the DNA Model Contest.
  • Stop by Room 144 to learn about the new gift-card Student Body fundraiser.
  • There will NOT be a meeting for 7th grade parents about next year's East Coast Trip. Information will be provided later this month.

 

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/6/17




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Friday April 7, 2017 is a minimum day. School will be out at 12:20pm.

Spring Recess is April 10 to April 14.

The Eighth Grade East Coast Trip is April 8 to April 14.

School resumes on Monday April 17.

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Fifth graders from Mar Vista, Palms and Castle Heights will be visiting Palms for tours on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

Palms students and staff will be putting on their most welcoming smiles for our young guests. Students will get a glimpse of middle school life and end their tour at the cafeteria with lunches and Palms T-shirts provided to all visitors!


 

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Published: 4/5/17




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Penheads ClubThe Palms Penheads Club provides a fun, supportive environment for both new and experienced story tellers and writers.

Weekly meetings offer students a chance to get their ideas flowing, share their work with others, and receive helpful feedback.

Meetings are Thursday at lunch in Room 46.

For more information or answers to questions, contact Ms. March or put a note in her mailbox in the Main Office.

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Published: 4/4/17




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Fifth grade tours

The first-ever Palms tours for 5th grade students from local elementary schools were very successful. Tours continue on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

The visiting students especially liked hearing about the many choices for electives, trying out robots from Robotics class, and showing off their Palms T-shirts as they ate in the cafeteria.

Read a report on the tours

written by Friends of Palms Vice President Maura Howe

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Published: 4/4/17




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Parents, Students and other family members are invited to Open House on Thursday April 6, 2017, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Open House

Visit your child's classrooms, where classwork and

projects will be on display. Let your child tell you about their work and their studies. Younger siblings are welcome to tag along.To find your child's classrooms, download a schedule form, have your child fill it in ahead of time, and refer to the campus map. You can visit classrooms in any order.

Teachers will be available to chat with parents, but this is not the time for parent-teacher conferences.

DNA Day and DNA Model Exhibit

Science students who have been studying DNA prepare posters and DNA models that will be on display in the main hallways near the school entrance. Take a look at their impressive work, and vote for your favorite model in our DNA Model Contest.

Connecting Cultures Exhibit

Stop by the Library to see the incredible collection of clothing, good-luck charms, toys, games, sports items, and much more at this exhibit created from all over the world and from many different cultures. This year's theme is Commercial Connections.

Food

Hot-Dog-on-a-Stick and Kona Shaved Ice & Ice Cream will be in the central quad area. Have some fun food while you are at school!

Parking will be available on the P.E. field. Please DO NOT park your vehicles in the faculty parking lot on Woodbine Street.

Please remember that students and other family members should stay with their parents during all Open House activities.

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Published: 4/4/17




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calendarThe English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting scheduled for Friday April 7, 2017 has been canceled.

The next ELAC meeting will be on Friday May 19, 2017, at 8:15am in Room 233. It will be the last ELAC meeting of the school year.

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Published: 4/3/17




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The Mystery of Our Human StoryStudents of Ms. Mullen and Mr. Rubin will take a field trip to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Thursday April 6, 2017.

They will hear paleoanthropologist Lee Berger speak on The Mystery of Our Human Story.

In 2013, Mr. Berger discovered human bones of Homo naledi in a secret chamber of the remote Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa. The discovery produced many amazing surprises, such as showing that Homo sapiens (that's us!) was not the only species to use ritual burials.

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Published: 4/3/17




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time machine

Eighth grade science students of Mr. Martinez and Ms. Vogel used scrap metal and Legos to build a working time machine. According to the students, the hardest part was getting the dials calibrated.

Using the time machine, a class of Palms sixth grade students took a field trip to 1862, where they interviewed President Abraham Lincoln. They were surprised to find that the entire world was in black and white back then.

field trip to 1862

The students had questions for Mr. Lincoln about his early life in Indiana, his debates with Stephan A. Douglas, and his strategy for ending the Civil War. But President Lincoln was more interested in telling jokes, doing card tricks, and showing off his dance moves.

Next year, students will take a field trip to 1865 to interview author H.G. Wells.

Happy April 1st from Palms Middle School!

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Published: 4/1/17




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Palms Middle School entrance

An extra Visitors Day was added this year to give families who are considering Palms for their children an extra chance to tour the school and talk to students, parents, and staff.

Everyone is welcome to visit on Monday April 3, 2017, starting at 9:00am.

Tours, led by students from Leadership class, last 75 to 90 minutes, depending on the number of questions.

We'll start in the Auditorium at 9:00am (see campus map).

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Published: 3/31/17




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Sixth Grade Olympics

The Sixth Grade Olympics have been changed to the Sixth Grade Picnic this year, due to the construction in progress to give us an updated and improved P.E. field.

The Sixth Grade Picnic will take place during Period 5 and Period 6 on Thursday March 30, 2017. There will be games, music, and dancing. We hope that everyone has a great time!

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Published: 3/30/17




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GATE

The Spring Gifted Meeting will take place Thursday March 30, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the Palms Auditorium.

Also mark your calendar for the Eighth Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference, which will take place Saturday April 22, 2017 from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Robert F. Kennedy Complex, 701 S. Catalina Street, Los Angeles (download flyer in English or Spanish).

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Published: 3/29/17




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Pitfire2Don't forget, tonight is the Dining for Dollars event at Pitfire Pizza Mar Vista or Westwood on Wednesday, 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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Published: 3/29/17




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School will be closed on Friday, March 31, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. The commemorative holiday celebrates the birth and legacy of this civil rights and labor movement activist.

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Published: 3/29/17




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DodgersJoin the LA Dodgers and the LA Dodgers Foundation by participating in LA Reads, a literacy campaign designed to improve the reading skills of LA County students.
Starting April 1, LA Reads challenges 1st through 8th graders to increase their reading stats by entering a Reading Champions program. Track your reading online, and aim to read at least 30 minutes per day. That's 900 minutes per month!

Not only can you improve your reading... there's a reward! The Dodgers' Reading Champions will earn chances to win special Dodger prizes, including on-field recognition before a 2017 Dodger game. On April 1, visit www.dodgers.com/LAReads for more details on the challenge, and participate in the kickoff event!

Come meed your favorite Dodger player and get a free book!

Saturday, April 1

630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Library Rotunda on the 2nd Floor

12:00-2:00 pm

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Published: 3/29/17




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Charnock Road Elementary School
Clover Avenue Elementary School

Charnock and Clover tours

Fifth graders from Charnock Road Elementary School and Clover Avenue Elementary School will be visiting Palms for tours on Wednesday March 29, 2017.

Palms students and staff will be putting on their most welcoming smiles for our young guests.

Local PBS TV station KLCS will be on campus to cover the event, because Palms is the first middle school on the west side to conduct such tours.

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Published: 3/28/17




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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Published: 3/1/17




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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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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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Published: 2/23/17




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  • Browse through the website sections using the menus at the top of the page.
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  • 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
Download the article

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




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 We hope all Palms families have a great holiday week.

 

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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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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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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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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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Published: 11/14/16




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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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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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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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Published: 11/8/16




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This most exciting candidates this election night will be the parents, teachers, students, and community members who stand for FOP & PTSA governing board and committees.  Join us in the library at 6:30pm.

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Published: 11/7/16




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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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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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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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Published: 11/3/16




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The November issue of the Middle Years Newsletter is now available here with the following tips and articles:

  • Study Smart
  • Conferences Are Worth Attending
  • A+ Feedback
  • Just You and Me
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • How Math Adds Up
  • A Jarful of Gratitude
  • Tween Blues - Or Depression?
  • Talking Without Screens

Back issues from previous school years are also available.

Middle Years newsletter

 

 

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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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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
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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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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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
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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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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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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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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Posted by: Uttara Natarajan
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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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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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Published: 7/23/16




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Palms Middle School Class of 2016

The Palms Middle School Eighth Grade Class of 2016 is leaving middle school behind after today's Culmination ceremonies.

We wish them luck, but we know that they've gotten at excellent education at Palms and will do well in their chosen high schools.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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Published: 6/10/16




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TopSail Voyage 2016

On June 1 to 3, 2016, twenty-seven Palms 6th graders participated in the annual TopSail Voyage to Catalina and back, organized by Mr. Clair.

The program brings biology, mathematics, physics, geography, history, literature and the environment to life in the "classroom of the sea."

Visit the Sailing page for a trip slideshow, including students taking a "leap of faith" into the ocean!

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Published: 6/10/16




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drop-off laneA message from Pastor William D. Smart Jr., this year's Drop-Off Lane Co-Coordinator:

Greetings Palms Families:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents who volunteered to do drop-off lane this year. It was a long year and you were very dutiful in your execution of the responsibility.

I really need to acknowledge Gigi Whittiker who was there on every day setting up the cones on both sides and making sure there was always a presence on the Woodbine side.

All of you made a great team and thank you for a wonderful year.

May your child's future be bright and prosperous.

Palms Middle School thanks William and Gigi for keeping our students safe every morning!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 6/10/16




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AED unit in the Boys P.E. Office

Our school now has a second automated external defibrillator (AED) unit for emergencies. In case of sudden cardiac arrest, the P.E. teachers can use either of our defibrillators. They underwent AED training just this week.

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Published: 6/10/16




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The Atlantic article

The East West Players, an Asian American theater group, performed a production named The Story of Bhagat Singh Thind for Palms students this semester (see flyer).

In attendance was Audrey Cleo Yap, a multimedia journalist, entertainment reporter, and blogger based in Los Angeles. She has just published an article in "The Atlantic" that discusses the performance and mentions Palms Middle School several times.

The article title is Can Theater Save Minority History in U.S. Classrooms?

Read the article online

Download a copy

The East West Players performed at Palms last year as well.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 6/9/16




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Dogtag SummerThe California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading.

Last year's winner in the Middle School category was Dogtag Summer by author Elizabeth Partridge.

This year's nominees: Intermediate Category

This year's nominees: Middle School Category

Check out the book descriptions with your children. They make great picks for summer reading!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 6/8/16




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I Voted stickerTuesday June 7, 2016 is the California Presidential Primary Election. Be sure to vote, and to explain why you vote to your children.

District, state, and national representatives for the Palms neighborhood can be found on our Representatives page.

Palms students in the Sixth Grade Leadership and Leadership electives are leaders too, with Student Body Officers elected every September.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 6/7/16




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GATE programThe Summer 2016 GATE Newsletter includes these articles:

  • Ideas for Summer Fun in L.A. with the Family
  • Conservatory of Fine Arts Showcase
  • 10 Common Myths about Gifted Education
  • GATE Students Bring Literature to Life

Download in English

Download in Spanish

For other GATE newsletters, see the GATE page.

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Published: 6/7/16




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Palms Middle School logoDismissal times for the last week of school are as follows:

  • Monday June 6: 3:00pm
  • Tuesday June 7: 1:30pm
  • Wednesday June 8: 12:20pm
  • Thursday June 9: 12:20pm
  • Friday June 10: 12:20pm

Culmination rehearsals take place Monday through Thursday morning.

Culmination is Friday June 10 at 9am or noon. See the Culmination page for details.

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Published: 6/6/16




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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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Published: 6/1/16




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When you see the art produced by Palms students who participated in this year's Art in the Afternoon program and end-of-year art show, it's hard to believe they are only in middle school.

The talent of these students, nurtured by art teachers Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy, is quite apparent!

View the slideshow of this year's art show

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/28/16




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photos in historical investigations

Eighth grade U.S. history students of Mr. Nicholson have learned to identify, examine, and evaluate historical photographs.

They use their best detective skills and a critical eye as they consider the time, place, details, and even the photographer's intent.

The students don't stop there. Next they get into costume and recreate the photos!

See the project slideshow.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/27/16




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2016 Faculty and Staff Appreciation

Mosaic by Dorothy Pincus

Volunteers among Palms parents hosted the Faculty and Staff Lunch on Tuesday May 24, 2016 for our hard-working teachers and the rest of the school staff, with an assortment of good food, drinks, and desserts.

This end-of-year tradition is much liked by the staff, and gives parents a way to say thank-you for another great school year at Palms.

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Published: 5/26/16




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eighth grade mortarboardEighth Grade Culmination will take place Friday June 10, 2016 in the Auditorium.

There are two ceremonies, one at 9am and one at noon, depending on homeroom teacher.

Parking will be available in two areas:

  • on the residential streets surrounding Palms Middle School
  • on the south side of campus. Enter the P.E. yard from Palms Blvd.

If you park in the P.E. yard you must walk to the front of school along Kelton Street or Glendon Avenue. You will not be permitted to cross the campus to reach the auditorium.

Congratulations to our culminating eighth graders!

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Published: 5/26/16




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UCLA field trip

On May 23, 2016, fifty-five top students of Mrs. Santana attended UCLA's 8th annual DNA Day Youth Conference, hosted by Genomics Analysis and Interpretation Graduate Training Program (GATP) professors and graduate students of the Human Genetics Department.

The purpose of the conference is to foster awareness and enthusiasm on the importance of DNA.

Palms students took part in four genetics workshops consisting of lectures, hands-on activities, and experimental labs. Back at Palms, these students used their newly found knowledge to conduct the same lessons and activities with their classmates.

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Published: 5/25/16




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violintrumpetYou won't want to miss the Winds and Strings Concert on Thursday May 26, 2016, at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

You'll be surprised how much our Winds & Percussion and Strings students have learned in two short semesters, under the guidance of Ms. West. Some of our students had never played an instrument before last Fall, and now they are full-fledged musicians!

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Published: 5/25/16




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Volunteer Appreciation Day

Some of our 2015-2016 volunteers

Each year the faculty and staff hold a Volunteer Celebration for the many volunteers who make Palms such a great school.

Our volunteers help with lunchtime supervision, run the Drop-Off Lane, serve on school committees, assist teachers in classrooms, manage programs and events, and much more. We couldn't manage without them!

This year Ms. Vogel was lead organizer of the Volunteer Celebration, with food and decorations and many smiling faces. When staff and volunteers work together, greats things happen!

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Published: 5/24/16




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Rehearsals at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Seventh grade Honors English classes of Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Shera will be taking an all-day field trip to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon on Thursday June 2, 2016.

They will see a professional production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and participate in an variety of drama workshops.

Students have been working diligently to read the entire play in Shakespeare's original language before the field trip.

This is the seventh year in a row that Mr. Reynolds has arranged for this field trip.

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Published: 5/23/16




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The annual DNA Model Contest took place on the night of Open House in April.

The Grand Prize went to Nathan Ranaei.

There were also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each class period. Winning students, shown below, earned an "A+", extra credit, and a prize.

2016 DNA Model Contest Winners

Top row, left to right: Isaac Alonzo 2nd Place, Grant Drucker 1st, Hannah Pechet 1st, Valerie Barrios 1st, Elijah Gearhart 1st, Katherine Davila 2nd, Mikaela Jackson 3rd, Riley Horita 2nd, Charu Balamuragan 1st, Chloe Cheng 3rd, Frances Ashe-McNally 2nd.

Bottom row, left to right: Genevieve Marino 1st, Jino Taylor 2nd, Amir Black 2nd, Nathan Ranaei Grand Prize, Nicole Heinze 1st, Caleb Holt 3rd, Angela Yang 1st, Jessica Bheemanpally 3rd.

Not pictured: Tiago Abdi, Bittania Yilma, Ariana Paredes, Alexander Barner, Geovanny Martinez, Michael Gonzo, Yuki Hirano, Melay De Jesus, Giovanny Martinez.

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Published: 5/22/16




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Metro Expo line extension route

The Los Angeles Metro Expo Line has been extended to downtown Santa Monica, with 7 new stops west of the Culver City station. The western extension opened on May 20 2016.

The new Palms metro station is about a mile northeast of Palms Middle School.

Metro Expo Line Extension train
Expo Line Extension: riders on opening day

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Published: 5/20/16




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Holiday Lunch 3Parents are invited to help us put on a great end-of-year Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday May 24, 2016.

You can help us with decorations, food preparation, serving, or cleanup. Or you can help us cover the costs by bringing cash or a check (to "Friends of Palms") to the Main Office.

The teachers love these events and parents make them possible!

For more information, email our event chairs Cathy Glueck and Stacey Shortt.

 

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Published: 5/19/16




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Palms Leadership Students with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Senior Leadership students took a field trip to Los Angeles City Hall. Led by Ms. Primus, they toured the museum and the Sheriff's Office. They met with Sheriff Jim McDonald, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and spent time with Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The students also attended a Public Works committee meeting.

They discussed local government in Los Angeles, civic duty, community service, and what it means to be a leader.

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Published: 5/18/16




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student with raised handEvery Palms family should find a way to help their school, whether it's by supporting fundraising efforts, participating on committees, attending school events, joining PTSA, coming to Friends of Palms meetings, and/or volunteering to help where needed.

Returning parents:

Use the Parent Volunteer Form to choose how you'll help for the coming school year. Sign up now and have your pick of the volunteer opportunities!

New and incoming parents:

Look over this website, decide what you'd like to do, then use the Parent Volunteer Form to let us know.

Chairs or volunteers are particularly needed for:

  • Beautification
  • Grant Writing
  • Morning Drop-Off Lanes
  • PTSA Vice President (in charge of membership)
  • Website Reporters
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Published: 5/17/16




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Ms. West, instrumental music teacherThe Palms bands, orchestra, and Jazz Band will perform for you at the Instrumental Spring Concert on Thursday May 19, 2016, at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

These end-of-year performances will demonstrate how much our students have learned and how their skills have progressed over the school year, under the direction of Ms. West.

Bring the home family and enjoy the concert!

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Published: 5/16/16




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Grad Night at Magic Mountain is Friday May 13, 2016. The park will not be open to the general public. This is a night reserved for middle schools. About 200 Palms eighth graders attended last year.

Students should be in the auditorium by 4:30pm, prior to departure.

Parents are reminded to be at school to pick up their child no later than 12:45am.

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Published: 5/13/16




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DonorsChoose logoPalms English teacher Mr. Westhoff has a DonorsChoose campaign in progress, to obtain a few copies of about two dozen books for his classroom.

Anyone can donate any amount to the campaign, using this link:

High-Interest Novels for our Classroom Library

Project description:

These books will be used to build a useful, relevant, high-interest classroom library. Students will participate in reading circles, book clubs, and discussions groups. The ultimate goal is to have them leave my room in June with a love of books and an appreciation for the value of reading. Reading is particularly important for our English Language Learners.

 

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Published: 5/12/16




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chorusThe Palms Choruses will perform for you and your family at the Spring Choral Concert on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

You'll be impressed at how much our vocal music students have learned this year.

Choral Music teacher Mrs. Chi always has a variety of songs prepared for this event. Don't miss this great concert!

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Published: 5/11/16




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fundraising progressThroughout the school year, donations from Palms families help Friends of Palms provide:

  • classroom supplies
  • computer hardware and software
  • field trips
  • Art in the Afternoon
  • After-school Logic class
  • extra Library hours
  • tech support
  • front-door supervision
  • sports uniforms
  • and more...

We couldn't do this without your generous support. Our Family Annual Donation Drive brought in $72,000 as of this month, thanks to our families and to Donation Drive co-chairs Kelley Reynolds, Lori Berman, and Judy Posner. Other fundraisers brought in an additional $9,000.

But we haven't yet met our fundraising goal, and this will affect next year's budget.

You can still donate any amount -- at any time -- by bringing checks to Friends of Palms to the Main Office or by using PayPal or a credit card on our Donate page. Please continue to support your school!

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Published: 5/10/16




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Palms Middle School logoThe last Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting of the school year will take place on Tuesday May 10, 2016, at 6:30pm in the library.

You'll hear the Principal's report, have a chance to ask questions, and learn about the events on the calendar for the remainder of the semester.

Most importantly, we'll be filling the Friends of Palms and PTSA positions that are still open and voting on the 2016-2017 budget.

Both culminating and returning families are urged to attend.

Returning families: Fill out the Parent Vvolunteer Survey

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 5/7/16




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Dining for Dollars, a fun family fundraiser that is also a Palms tradition, has had a very successful school year.

In the Fall semester, families and friends enjoyed meals at Blaze Pizza, Marie Callender's, and California Pizza Kitchen.

In the Spring semester they enjoyed meals at Islands, MOD Pizza, Panda Express, and Baja Fresh.

A big thank-you to Dining for Dollars co-chairs Michele Robinson and Astrid Martinez-Fribourg for making all the arrangements and raising much-needed funds for Friends of Palms. And thanks to everyone who participated!

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Published: 5/6/16




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Baja Fresh logoPalms families will be meeting each other and enjoying meals at Baja Fresh in Culver City on Thursday May 5, 2016.

It's another fun Dining for Dollars event!

Baja Fresh is located at 10768 Venice Blvd. in Culver Center. They are open 10:30am to 10:00pm. Remember to bring the flyer, and give copies to your friends too!

Download flyer

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Published: 5/3/16




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Middle Years newsletterThe May issue of the Middle Years Newsletter -- the last issue for this school year -- has tips about tuning into learning, summer socializing, fostering compassion, an end-of-year checklist, making time for reading, technology addiction, getting familiar with high school, trying new foods, being a good parent listener, and more.

Download the May issue

Back issues from this year are available from our Middle Years Newsletter page, and issues from previous years are available on request.

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Published: 5/1/16




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Dave and BustersFrom Monday May 3 through Friday May 20, 2016, you can save money on Dave & Buster's Power Cards by buying them from Palms Middle School.

For example, you can buy a $20 Power Card for only $18, and save the difference. The more you buy, the more you save! And Palms gets a percentage too.

All orders are due by Friday May 20, with cards to be distributed the week of May 23.

Dave & Buster's restaurants are in multiple locations, including in the Howard Hughes Center.

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Published: 4/29/16




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reminderReminder: Friday April 29, 2016 is the last day to submit SAS applications for the 2016-2017 school year.

It is also the last day to order School Yearbooks, which will be distributed in May.

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Published: 4/27/16




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Olympic Results 2016

The annual Sixth Grade Olympics were held on Friday April 22, 2016.

Ms. Shimizu's class successfully defended their 2015 title as Running Relay champion, with a time of 34.4 seconds.

Mr. Clair's class won the Sack Race with a time of 1 minute and 34 seconds.

The Obstacle Course produced a tie, with co-winners Ms. Garcia's class and Mr. Santana's class, both completing the course in 1 minute and 4 seconds.

Congratulations to the winning teams and to all the students who participated in this year's Olympics!

 

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Published: 4/24/16




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2015 Percentage who met or exceeded state standards

California State Testing begins April 26, 2016. Last year, in Spring 2015, technical problems prevented many students from completing the tests. The results didn't reflect the full potential of Palms students.

Despite the problems, the state Department of Education collected and shared the test results. You can find the results for Palms, LAUSD, and California averages on the State Test Results page.

You can find other statistics about Palms on the School Statistics page, including data on ethnicity, class sizes, English learners, and more.

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Published: 4/22/16




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coffee cupThe final Coffee with the Principal for this school year takes place Friday April 22, 2016, starting at 9:15am in the Library.

There will be presentations by Ms. Fields, Dean of Students, and by representatives from the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), a new LAUSD all-girls school with a STEM focus that is another high school option for Palms students.

As always, you can bring your own questions to the informal gathering.

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Published: 4/21/16




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soccer ballThe Palms Girls soccer team plays in the Sweet 16 round of the Beyond the Bell soccer tournament at on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 11:30am.

Opponent:

  • Orville Wright Middle School

The winner plays either:

  • Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School
  • Robert E. Peary Middle School

Location:

Robert E. Peary Middle School

1415 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena

Come cheer for your team!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 4/20/16




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Panda Express logoPlease join your fellow Palms students and families at Panda Express in Culver City (3812 Midway, at the corner of Venice and Overland) on Thursday April 21, 2016 anytime between 10:0am and 11:00pm.

20% of your order will go directly to support our school.  Remember to bring the flyer and show it so Palms gets credit.

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CPK Philanthropizza cardReminder: CPK Philanthropizza cards were distributed to all Palms students in February. Please use them whenever you dine at California Pizza Kitchen locations in Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Marina del Rey, dine-in, take-out, or catering. CPK will donate 20% of your bill to Palms Middle School. The cards are good until May 2016.

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Published: 4/19/16




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California Department of EducationCalifornia State Testing begins on Monday April 26, 2016. Tests based on the Common Core standards and will be administered using the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, a computer-based testing approach. In addition, the California Standards Tests (CST) Science test will be taken by 8th graders.

These state tests will be used to measure both school and student performance.

  • 6th grade testing: May 2 to May 6
  • 7th grade testing: April 26 to May 2
  • 8th grade testing: April 26 to May 2, plus CST Science on May 4
  • Make-Up testing: May 3, May 4, and May 9
  • See the full schedule

Please make sure that your child comes to school on time and well rested, especially on test days.

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Published: 4/18/16




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The following items are on the Palms P.E. department's current wishlist:

  • Frisbees
  • Softballs
  • Baseball bats
  • Bases for baseball
  • Basketballs
  • Soccer balls
  • Soccer nets

Sport Chalet stores around Los Angeles are having going-out-of-business sales through the end of the month. Consider picking up a few items for your school.

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Published: 4/17/16




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PTA appleeighth notesTenth District PTA has awarded four music scholarships this year:

  • Chloe Deng, piano
  • Inori Kawauchiya, violin
  • Icy Liang, violin
  • Cayla Mendoza, violin

Congratulations to these talented students!

See the Music Scholarships page for more information and more past winners.

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Published: 4/17/16




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Middle Years newsletterThe April issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips about updating the rules as kids get older, dinnertime learning, strong writing skills, rocky friendships, reporting historic events, building a family team, creative projects, spotlighting effort and learning over grades, checking the dress code, and more.

Download the April issue

Back issues from this year are available from our Middle Years Newsletter page, and issues from previous years are available on request.

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Published: 4/16/16




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student with raised handVolunteer positions are starting to fill up for the 2016-2017 school year. Every Palms parent should find a way to help their child's school. This is a great time to pick how you'd like to help and let us know.

Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form today!

Currently open positions include these important roles:

  • PTSA Officers - help us lead our child welfare programs
  • Drop-Off Lane Coordinators - organize the parents who help every morning
  • Website Manager - help manage this website
  • Website Reporter - post news of upcoming events or information provided by the staff

There are other ways to volunteer as well, including helping with specific events (e.g., Orientation Packet Sorting, Book Fair, Visitors Days) or ongoing programs (e.g., Drop-Off Lanes, Lunchtime Supervision).

Please let us know how you plan to help!

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Published: 4/15/16




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soccer ballDue to last week's rain, the Palms Girls Soccer Team Beyond the Bell tournament game originally scheduled for April 9 has been rescheduled to Saturday April 16, 2016.
The Palms girls team will play in Division 9 with

  • Marina del Rey Middle School
  • Pio Pico Middle School

Date: Saturday April 16
Time: 11:45am
Location: Marina del Rey Middle School, 12500 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles

Come cheer for your team!

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Published: 4/15/16




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Palms Jazz Band
Palms Jazz Band

The LAUSD Grand Arts Festival is an annual district-wide celebration, art exhibit, and performance venue, held at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

This year's Festival is Saturday April 16, 2016, from 10am to 7pm.

The Palms Jazz Band will perform at 1:00pm.

Artwork by these Palms students will be on display:

  • Keiko Behrens
  • Navy Casady
  • Chloe Cheng
  • Hye Choi
  • Jack Guerra
  • Shang Guo
  • Olivia Larwood
  • Carlos Martinez
  • Alexa Sanchez Valeriano
  • Alice Wang

 

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Published: 4/15/16




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UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareThe annual Sixth Grade Olympics, originally scheduled for Friday April 8, had to be postponed due to rain.

The Sixth Grade Olympics will instead be held on Friday April 22, 2016.

Family members are invited to come cheer for our students, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, as they compete in events that include the Obstacle Course, Relay Race, and Sack Race.

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Published: 4/14/16




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Parents, students, and other family members are invited to Open House on Thursday April 14, 2016, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Open House

Visit your child's classrooms, where classwork and projects will be on display. Let your child tell you about their work and their studies. Younger siblings are welcome to tag along.

To find your child's classrooms, download a schedule form, have your child fill it in ahead of time, and refer to the campus map. You can visit classrooms in any order.

Teachers will be available to chat with parents, but this is not the time for parent-teacher conferences.

DNA Day and DNA Model Exhibit

Science students who have been studying DNA prepare posters and DNA models that will be on display in the main hallways near the school entrance. Take a look at their impressive work, and vote for your favorite model in our DNA Model Contest.

Connecting Cultures Exhibit

Stop by the Library to see the incredible collection of clothing, good-luck charms, toys, games, sports items, and much more at this exhibit created from all over the world and from many different cultures. This year's theme is Everyday Connections.

Food

Hot-Dog-on-a-Stick and Kona Shaved Ice & Ice Cream will be in the central quad area. Have some fun food while you are at school!

Parking will be available on the P.E. field. Please DO NOT park your vehicles in the faculty parking lot on Woodbine Street.

Please remember that students and other family members should stay with their parents during all Open House activities.

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Published: 4/13/16




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Middle Years newsletterThe March issue of the Middle Years Newsletter (which arrived a bit late) has tips about career preparations, standardized tests, dealing with dilemmas, music ideas, learning challenging words, getting enough sleep, avoiding spring distractions, late development, practicing humility, and more.

Download the March issue

Back issues from this year are available from our Middle Years Newsletter page, and issues from previous years are available on request.

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Published: 4/12/16




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Lana Neulander with her prize-winning project

Palms students in The Bruin Experiment after-school program competed in the UCLA Science Fair, held in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA, on April 10, 2016.

They presented the results of their experiments, alongside peers from the Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies, to a panel of judges.

Palms results

Second place overall:

  • Lana Neulander

Honorable Mention:

  • Samuel Fuches
  • Jeong-Min Hwang
  • Praykash Jeysankar
  • Ella Krieger
  • Alta McGruder
  • Victoria Rivera
  • Adrian Shavers
  • Zaynep Yulek

Of the 9 Honorable Mentions awarded, 8 went to Palms students. Based upon the average scores of all the projects, Palms was declared the winner of the Science Fair.

Congratulations to these Palms students and to all who participated!

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Published: 4/11/16




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ballot boxA very important Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 6:30pm.

Since the Connecting Cultures Exhibit is in the Library this week, the meeting will be held in one of the classrooms in the Main Hall. Check the signs as you arrive.

This is the meeting during which next year's Friends of Palms officers and board members will be elected. Positions are still open for the board and for committees that manage various Palms events and programs.

This is an excellent time to raise your hand and volunteer in the way you'd like for the 2016-2017 school year.

See the meeting agenda

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Published: 4/11/16




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Connecting Cultures Exhibit 2011

The annual Connecting Cultures Exhibit will take place Monday April 11 through Friday April 15, 2016 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 Everyday Connections. Students will examine and learn about traditional clothing, good luck charms and toys, and games and sports that don't require electricity.

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Published: 4/10/16




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photosThis school year's final school tour for prospective and incoming Palms families will take place on Monday April 11, 2016.

Visitors Day begins with an orientation at 9:00am in the Auditorium, facing Woodbine Street (see campus map).

The tour, led by students from the Student Leadership elective, will take about 75 to 90 minutes. Current Palms parents will tag along to answer questions from a parent's point of view.

All are welcome!

 

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Published: 4/10/16




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Letters about Literature finalists
Palms students selected for the California state competition:

Genevieve Marino, Navy Casady, Tuesday White, and Gabriella Frangiyyeh

Seventh grade Honors English students taught by Mr. Reynolds were honored recently by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress for their outstanding entries in the 2016 Letters about Literature Contest.
Among the 1,117 letters submitted by California seventh and eighth graders from public, private, and parochial middle schools, these four Palms students were among the 44 selected for the state-level competition.
Gabby's letter was selected as one of only six finalists!
This is the second time in the past three years that seventh graders at Palms have been recognized for their outstanding writing abilities.
Their letters were evaluated by a panel of independent judges for originality, creativity, thoughtful observation, insightful interpretation, and other factors.

 

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Published: 4/8/16




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Students test the "Spun Chairs" by designer Thomas Heatherwicke​

Palms students in the Video Production elective class taught by Ms. Clark visited the Hammer Museum in Westwood on Thursday April 7, 2016.

They saw a variety of exhibits, including photography, film, and art from the masters.

For some students it was a first time visit, and it probably won't be their last!

See a photo slideshow on the Field Trips page.

Photos by Palms students Tuesday White and Princess Ilo.

 

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Published: 4/8/16




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microscopeSeventh and eighth grade Palms students who have been participating in The Bruin Experiment after-school science program will present their results at a Science Fair on Sunday April 10, 2016, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, in the UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom.

Friends and supporters are welcome to attend. Attendees should register using the sign-up page.

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Published: 4/7/16




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soccer ballNote: This game was rescheduled to April 16.

Come cheer for the Palms Girls Soccer Team this weekend.
The Beyond the Bell girls soccer tournament begins on Saturday April 9, 2016.
The Palms girls team will play in Division 9 with

  • Marina del Rey Middle School
  • Pio Pico Middle School

Date: Saturday April 9
Time: 11:45am
Location: Marina del Rey Middle School, 12500 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles

The game will be postponed if it is raining.

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Published: 4/6/16




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UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareThe Spring Gifted Meeting for parents of GATE and SAS students will take place on Thursday April 7, 2016, at 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Palms Auditorium.

All GATE/SAS parents are invited.

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Published: 4/4/16




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After-school Writing Homework Help includes help with preparations for the state's standardized English Test. Help is available each Monday and Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

Grade Monday Thursday
6

Writing Help

English Test Prep

Room 57

Writing Help

English Test Prep

Room 43

7 or 8

Writing Help

Room 161

Writing Help

Room 111

7 or 8

English Test Prep

Room 112

English Test Prep

Room 112

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Published: 4/4/16




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Now that LAUSD is flush with cash, the district will be refurbishing the Palms tunnel, gold-plating the walls and lining the handrails with precious gems.

tunnel before and after
Artist rendition of tunnel improvements

While the tunnel is under construction, students should cross Palms Boulevard by climbing the ladders and sliding down the slides on the other side.

ladders and slides

Students who are uncomfortable with heights will be given safety blindfolds, or they can use the secret tunnel between the center of the Gym floor and the back of Room 172.

For more information, see our Tunnel Information page. Happy April 1st!

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Published: 4/1/16




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pop art project

Projects in progress as a result of the donation drive

Palms teachers use DonorsChoose to ask for donations from the community and the public to purhase school supplies and equipment.

Over the last 10 years, almost every donation campaign has met its goal and the teacher has received the requested items.

The latest campaign was just completed with 100% funding:

Empowering Students Through Pop Art!

From Art teacher Ms. Purdy:

I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for all of you who so generously gave to this project! I wish my words could convey to you how exciting, meaningful, and UNFORGETTABLE this Pop art paper mache experience will be for my students...if only I could "beam" you into my classroom and let you see for yourself the astonishing creative process about to unfold.

At this time, all of my students have chosen a favorite item from pop culture and brought it to class to observe in great detail an everyday object like a Crayola crayon, or a package of Skittles. They have studied their objects carefully and made highly realistic drawings of what they observed capturing inner and outer contour lines and adding values from the palest gray to the deepest charcoal. Their beautiful drawings elevate a humble, ordinary object and would surely make Andy Warhol proud!

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Published: 3/31/16




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LAUSD logoApplications for the 2016-2017 school year are now available for download on the School for Advanced Studies (SAS) page.

The application period is Friday April1 through Friday April 29, 2016. Notifications to applicants are expected in May.

See the SAS page for further details.

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Published: 3/29/16




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Class Trip 2016
At the U.S. Capitol

Eighth grade students returned safely from their Founding Fathers East Coast Tour after a whirlwind trip.

Highlights included Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, and the USS Constitution in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Times Square, and the 9-11 Memorial in New York, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Art Museum in Philadelphia, Mount Vernon in Alexandria, and the Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol, and Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

Check out all of the photos in the Trip Journal.

This is a trip they won't soon forget!

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Published: 3/25/16




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Class Trip 2016

Palms 8th grade students arrive in Boston

One hundred 8th grade students are on the Founding Fathers East Coast Tour during the week of Spring Recess.

You can follow the stories and photos on the Eighth Grade Trip Journal page. Visit the page each day for the latest news!

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Published: 3/19/16




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PTA applePTO Today offers Internet safety tips in an article named

When it Comes to Online Safety, Communication is Key

9 Things Parents Might Not Know Their Kids are Doing Online

Most of the tips are about mobile apps. The Palms PTSA recommends that you check out these tips.

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Published: 3/18/16




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choirThe Vocal Solo and Ensemble Concert is titled An Evening Of Songs and that's just what it is. Selected performers from Advanced Chorus will sing for you, starting at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

Our choral music students have learned a lot this year. Come and listen!

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Published: 3/17/16




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The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting scheduled for Friday April 1, 2016 has been canceled.

The final ELAC meeting for this school year will take place on Friday May 20, 2016, at 8:15am in Room 233.


School Site Council (SSC) meeting will take place on Friday April 1, 2016, at 8:20am in the Library Conference Room.

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Published: 3/16/16




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Pi Day 2016

Pi Day (March 14) is a special day at Palms, because sixth grade math teachers organize lessons and events about the number pi. Students measure circles, record ratios, and learn other ways in which pi is important.

The annual Pi Day highlight is the contest to memorize digits of pi. This year's winners:

  • 1st place: Aakash J., 257 digits
  • 2nd place: Swethaa M., 239 digits
  • 3rd place: Maddie D., 222 digits

Winners in other math classes:

  • Alana M.
  • Natalie T.
  • Zehra Y.
  • Katelyn M.
  • Audrey P.
  • Daniel G.
  • Uriel L.
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Published: 3/16/16




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UCLA field trip

On Friday, March 4, 2016, Palms 6th grade students of Ms. Mullen and Mr. Rubin took a field trip to UCLA.

They enjoyed:

  • Visiting with the UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets (iPLEX) outreach staff, who offered a hands-on science experience where students could touch real meteorites in the Meteorite Gallery and the shift the sand in the Augmented Reality Sandbox.
  • Going on a special tour of Powell Library.
  • Seeing a real printing press.
  • Learning what the library can offer students, such as one-on-one help with research papers and a quiet area in which to take a brief nap.
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Published: 3/15/16




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MOD PizzaJoin other Palms families for an evening of fun that benefits our school. It's Dining for Dollars at MOD Pizza on Wednesday March 16, 2016.

MOD Pizza will donate 20% of your check to Palms Middle School if you bring the flyer. Tell your friends and neighbors to come too!

Location: MOD Pizza, 8985 Venice Blvd. (at Robertson Blvd.)

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When your family wants pizza on other days, remember to use your Philanthropizza Card at California Pizza Kitchen, to share 20% with Palms through May 2016.

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Published: 3/14/16




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notebook, courtesy lakeshorelearningAfter-school help with writing is now available from Palms teachers. They will help you with any writing assignment in any subject, on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15pm. No assignment is too short, even short-response questions in Science or History.

See the Writing Homework Help page for the Monday and Thursday room numbers for grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8.

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Published: 3/14/16




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spring forward for daylight savings timeSunday March 13, 2016 marks the start of Daylight Saving Time.

Be sure to set your clock forward one hour on Sunday.

You don't want to be late to school on Monday!

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Published: 3/11/16




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GATE program

GATE/SAS parents are invited to the Seventh Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference on Saturday March 12, 2016.

Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: Robert F. Kennedy Complex, 701 S. Catalina Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Download flyer and schedule

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Published: 3/10/16




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Yearbook photoStudents who have talents in writing, photography, artistry, and who don't mind some extra work after school or at home can apply to be a member of next year's Yearbook staff.

Yearbook is an elective taught by Ms. Goldberg.

Yearbook applications, and the Teacher Recommendations Form that should accompany applications, can be downloaded from the Yearbook page.

Applications must be turned in to Ms. Goldberg in the month of April.

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Published: 3/9/16




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Reflections theme 2016

Three winners of the Tenth District PTA Reflections Art Contest are Palms students:


For Literature

  • Kristine Lei Villaraza

For Photography

  • Juliana Pincus

For Visual Arts

  • Yejin Lee

The entries by these students have moved up to the California state competition. Palms has never had so many state contestants in a single year before!

Congratulations to Kristine, Juliana, and Yejin!

You can see these and other Palms Reflections entries at the Reflections Art Show:

Where: Barbara Topkis Auditorium, Tenth District PTSA building

Address: 1000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Dates: Monday March 7 through Thursday March 10, 2016

Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm

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Published: 3/8/16




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tromboneParents and families are invited to the Chamber Music Concert on Wednesday March 9, 2016, at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.

You'll hear selected performers from Band and Orchestra, as well as the Palms Jazz Band.

All of our instrumental music students are taught by award-winning teacher Ms. West.

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Published: 3/8/16




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Palms students at the Getty Center

On March 2, 2016, 100 art students of Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy took a field trip to the Getty Center in Brentwood.

After a picnic lunch they split into seven groups accompanied by Getty education specialists and parent chaperones.

Each group of students studied a different set of artwork, seeing sculptures and paintings of still life, portraits and landscapes.

  • One group viewed decorative arts and tapestries, with discussions of how to critique art. They did portraiture sketches and talked about the architecture of the Getty Center and the dynamics behind it.
  • Another group learned that a large painting was a "cartoon" made in the process of creating a tapestry. Students used a viewfinder to isolate a specific part of the artwork, and then drew it. They learned about artistic license and about using their imagination when they draw.

Among the paintings studied by Palms students were "The Fountain of Love" by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, "Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1989" by James Ensor, and "Portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent" by Jean-François Millet.

View a slideshow on the Field Trips page

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Published: 3/7/16




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soccer ballThe 2015-2016 after-school soccer season, operated by Beyond the Bell, runs from March 7 to May 6, 2016, with the playoff tournament in April and May.

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: 3/7/16




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Palms Middle School logoAll parents are invited to attend the Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting on Tuesday March 8, 2016. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm in the Library.

Along with a Principal's report and event news from Friends of Palms and PTSA, we'll hear from a counselor, get an update on 8th grade activities and culmination requirements, discuss the recent teacher survey on spending priorities, and take nominations for next year's board members.

There are only three Friends of Palms/PTSA meetings left this school year, so it's important that you be there!

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Published: 3/6/16




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2016 Girls Volleyball Team with Trophy

The Palms Girls Volleyball Team from the Beyond the Bell after-school program earned the 3rd place trophy in the West Regional Tournament Finals on Saturday February 27, 2016. There were 30 middle schools in the tournament.

Palms Middle School lost to Alexander Fleming Middle School, 19-21 and 18-21, in the semi-final game, but won against James A. Foshay Learning Center in the 3rd-place game, 21-7 and 21-16.

Congratulations to our team!

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Published: 3/4/16




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UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareThe School Site Council (SSC) meeting scheduled for Friday March 11 has been rescheduled.

It will instead be held on Friday April 1, 2016, at 8:20am in the J. Miller Conference Room at the back of the Library.

There will be no SSC meeting on Friday April 8.

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Published: 3/4/16




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Anti-bullying video

The Palms Counselors have shared an anti-bullying video on the Counselors Corner page. Check it out!

The video shows Palms students role playing examples of dealing with name calling, teasing, and gossip spreading. The program is adapted from Izzy Kalman's nationally successful Bullies 2 Buddies anti-bullying program.

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Published: 3/3/16




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Special Olympics of Southern California logoSpecial Education students from Palms will be participating in the Spring 2016 LAUSD Special School Games on Wednesday March 16, 2016. LAUSD School Games is a partnership between LAUSD and Special Olympics Southern California.

This year's athletic program is Track & Field.

Date: Wednesday March 16, 2016

Time: 9:00am check-in, 10:00am competition

Location: Hawkins High School, 825 West 60th Street, Los Angeles 90044

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Published: 3/3/16




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saxophoneThe Palms Jazz Band will be performing at Venice High School's Celebrate Music Gala on Saturday February 27, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.

Students from Orville Wright Middle School will also be performing. Palms music students who are not in Jazz Band will participate in the group performances of Oye Como Va and La Bamba.

Come to Venice High School on Saturday to hear great music!

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Published: 2/25/16




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volleyballThe starting time and team lineup have been announced for the Final Four of the Beyond the Bell Volleyball Tournament.

Come cheer for your school!

The Palms Girls Volleyball Team will play Alexander Fleming Middle School at 11:45am, with the winner playing either Pio Pico Middle School or James A. Foshay Learning Center in a second game.
Date: Saturday February 27
Time: 11:45am
Location: Washington High School, 10860 S. Denker Avenue in Los Angeles.

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Published: 2/25/16




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Parents of students who are going on the 8th grade class trip to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC are invited to a Parent Information Meeting:

Date: Wednesday February 24, 2016

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Library

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Published: 2/24/16




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CPK Philanthropizza card"Philanthropizza" cards from California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) cards will be distributed to all Palms students beginning February 23, 2016. Please watch for them in backpacks!

The cards, which look like credit cards, are valid at CPK locations in Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Marina del Rey, dine-in, take-out, or catering.

Show them to your server and CPK will donate 20% of your bill to Palms Middle School.

The cards are good for 3 months, from February 2016 to May 2016.

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Published: 2/23/16




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Islands restaurantAll Palms families are invited to join us at Islands Restaurant on Wednesday February 24, 2016. It's Palms Dining for Dollars night, a fun event that also raises funds for Palms programs.

Islands is on Pico Blvd. near Veteran Avenue in West Los Angeles. Come between 4:00pm and 10:00pm.

You must bring the Dining for Dollars flyer with you and give it to your server (or the cashier if you get take-out). CPK will donate 20% of purchases to Palms.

Have a dinner out, meet other Palms families, and have a great meal!

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Published: 2/22/16




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2016 Girls Volleyball Team

Palms 2016 Girls Volleyball Team

Save the date and get ready to cheer!

The Palms Girls Volleyball Team was victorious over Samuel Gompers Middle School and then Andrew Carnegie Middle School, so they are in the Final Four of the Beyond the Bell middle school volleyball tournament!

They next play on Saturday February 27, 2016, facing Alexander Fleming Middle School. The winner plays either Pio Pico Middle School or James A. Foshay Learning Center in a second game.

Date: Saturday February 27
Time: 11:45am
Location: Washington High School, 10860 S. Denker Avenue in Los Angeles.

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Published: 2/19/16




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UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareThe Local School Leadership Council (LSLC) meeting scheduled for Monday February 22 has been canceled.

The next LSLC meeting will be Monday March 14, 2016, at 6:00pm in the Library.

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Published: 2/18/16




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trophyCongratulations to 8th grader Alex Lui and 7th grader Jasper Timmermans for performing at the California All-State Music Education Conference in San Jose on February 12-14, 2016.

• Alex played tenor sax in the All-State Middle School Jazz Band.

• Jasper played trumpet in the All-State Middle School Symphonic Band.

• Alex also was selected and performed with the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Middle School Jazz Band at the National Association of Music Merchants Convention on January 23.

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Published: 2/18/16




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volleyballThe Palms Boys Volleyball Team has advanced through the first-round games of the Beyond the Bell middle school volleyball tournament. They are now in the "Sweet 16".

They next play on Saturday February 20, 2016. Come cheer them on!

The Palms boys team will play:

  • Harry Bridges Span School

The winner will play either

  • James A. Foshay Learning Center
  • Horace Mann Middle School

Date: Saturday February 20

Time: 11:30am

Location: Washington High School, 10860 S. Denker Avenue in Los Angeles (see map).

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Published: 2/17/16




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GATE program

Parents of GATE/SAS students are invited to attend the Spring GATE/SAS Parent Workshop on Thursday February 18, 2016.

Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location:

Local District West

Loyola Villa Elementary School

8821 Villanova Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Topics vary, and may include

  • Gifted/Talented Programs overview
  • characteristics of gifted learners
  • differentiated instruction
  • supporting the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted learners
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Published: 2/15/16




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Jack Kent Cooke FoundationStudents who will be entering the 8th grade in Fall 2016 can apply to the Young Scholars Program of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The program nurtures exceptional students in 8th grade through high school. The application period ends April 14, 2016.

For details, see the Resources for Parents page.

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Published: 2/14/16




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City Charter School proposes to relocate to the northeast corner of Motor Avenue and National Boulevard. A group of local residents from Stand Up for Neighborhoods visited the FOP/PTSA meeting this week to explain why they are circulating a petition to urge city officials to oppose the move. The group's concerns, shared by some members of the Palms Middle School community, include the impact of increased vehicular traffic on the neighborhood and the potential to decrease enrollment at Palms Middle School, which in turn can affect funding and teacher allotment.

Download Stand Up 4 Neighborhoods flyer

Friends of Palms is sharing this information so members of the Palms community can be informed and take action if they agree.

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Published: 2/14/16




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Monday February 15, 2016 is Presidents Day. There will be no school.

Do you know which four U.S. Presidents were born in February?

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Published: 2/13/16




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Art in the AfternoonArt in the Afternoon is a 10-week after-school art class for Palms students in any grade. The classes, taught by Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy, take place on Wednesdays starting February 17, 2016.

Sign-ups are first-come, first served. Because the classes are so popular, any student accepted must attend all sessions.

There is no charge to students because the program is funded by Friends of Palms.

To apply, fill in the tear-off and return it to Ms. Goldin or Ms. Purdy as soon as possible.

Sample artwork by Susanne Chavez

Download Art in the Afternoon Flyer and Tear-Off

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Published: 2/12/16




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volleyballThe Palms Girls Volleyball Team has advanced through the first-round games of the Beyond the Bell middle school volleyball tournament. They are now in the "Sweet 16".

They next play on Saturday February 13, 2016. Come cheer them on!

The Palms girls team will play:

  • Samuel Gompers Middle School

The winner will play either

  • Andrew Carnegie Middle School
  • Mary Mcleod Bethune Middle School

Date: Saturday February 13

Time: 11:00am

Location: Washington High School, 10860 S. Denker Avenue in Los Angeles (see map).

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Published: 2/12/16




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

"I was amazed at the incredible show put on by the Palms Drama Ensemble (P.D.E.) on Wednesday night.

The title "Pure Imagination" fit the show perfectly; it was indeed imaginative. The appreciative audience seemed to enjoy it as much as I did.

I was very impressed how these middle school students combined music, action, introspection, dance, movement, drama scenes, and themes from Shakespeare to Star Wars.

The scenes of students expressing common middle school gripes were poignant, and the scenes pitting girls against boys were well choreographed and excellently performed.  Every performer had good stage presence and projected well.

The songs were well chosen, with an extra touch from the talented students accompanying the ensemble on piano and guitar. I couldn't have asked for more.

Bravo, Palms Drama Ensemble!"

Congratulations to our drama elective students and to drama teacher Ms. Hunter.

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Published: 2/11/16




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California Band Directors Association logoTwo Palms band members, Alex Lui and Jasper Timmermans, were accepted into the California All-State Honor Band by the California Band Directors Assocation.

They were selected from a pool of over 1,700 applicants throughout the state after submitting their audition recordings.

Alex plays tenor saxophone and Jasper plays trumpet.

Alex and Jasper will play in formal concerts at the CBDA Conference in the San Jose Center for Performing Arts, Friday February 12 through Sunday February 14.

Congratulations to Alex, Jasper, and to instrumental music teacher Ms. West!

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Published: 2/10/16




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Comedy and TragedyOn Wednesday February 10, 2016, the Palms Drama Ensemble will present their annual theater arts showcase. This year's show is named Pure Imagination.

The show begins at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. Don't miss it!

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Published: 2/9/16




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Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day, when messages about safe and responsible use of the Internet are spread internationally. Prevention of online bullying is a part of that message.

Read about the Palms Acceptable Use Policy and the Palms Anti-Bullying Program.

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Published: 2/8/16




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CalendarAll parents are invited to the Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting on Tuesday February 9, 2016, at 6:30pm in the Library.

There was no meeting in January, so we've got a lot to talk about. Check out the agenda and come with your questions.

Find out what's going on at Palms and what's coming up!

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Published: 2/7/16




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California sealYou can meet new LAUSD superintendent Michelle King as well as District 1 Board member Dr. George J. McKenna at the District 1 Town Hall Meeting.

Date: Saturday February 20, 2016

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Dr. Theodore T. Alexander, Jr. Science Center School, Exposition Park, 3737 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles (see map)

Light refreshments and translation services will be provided.

Download flyer in English or Spanish

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Published: 2/4/16




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volleyballCome cheer for the Palms Boys Volleyball Team this weekend.

The Beyond the Bell middle school volleyball tournament begins on Saturday February 6, 2016.

The Palms boys team will play in Division 6 with

  • Mark Twain Middle School
  • Paul Revere Charter Middle School

Date: Saturday February 6

Time: 11:00am

Location: Manual Arts High School, 4131 S. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles (see map).

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Steve Welch and Palms students
Steve Welch and Palms Video Production students

Steve Welch, a Primetime Emmy-winning film and television editor, visited Palms on February 1, 2016. He spoke with students in Ms. Clark's Video Production elective class.

Mr. Welch's credits include the Malcolm in the Middle and New Girl TV shows, and the 72nd Annual Academy Awards broadcast.

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Published: 2/2/16




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Middle Years newsletterThe February issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips about motivation, tween time with parents, summarizing skills, avoiding self-putdowns, working with teachers, following clues, thinking on your feet, staying organized, talking about driving, and more.

Download the February issue

Back issues from this year are available from our Middle Years Newsletter page, and issues from previous years are available on request.

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Published: 2/1/16




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Preteen Vaccine Week

The week from February 7 to 13, 2016, is Preteen Vaccine Week, promoting the importance of immunizations among preteens, to protect them from very serious yet preventable diseases.

Immunizations will help you stay healthy, so you can do the things you love—instead of being sick in bed. You'll protect your friends and family too.

Some facts:

  • The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that 11- and 12-year-olds receive HPV, Tdap, meningococcal, and seasonal flu vaccines. Some preteens may also need immunizations for chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), and hepatitis B.
  • A whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) will protect your child against the ongoing threat of whooping cough and meet the 7th grade immunization requirement for school entry. Whooping cough remains widespread in California. 
  • When California had a large measles outbreak that started at Disneyland, some unvaccinated students were required to stay home from school for up to 21 days.

If your preteen does not have health insurance or their insurance does not cover vaccines, ask your doctor or local health department about the free Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.

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Published: 1/29/16




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The eighth annual School Experience Survey is now available. Its purpose is to provide a unique opportunity for parents to express their opinions about various topics ranging from academics to school climate.

School Experience Survey

Your child received the survey in homeroom on Thursday January 28. Please complete the survey and return it to your child's homeroom teacher by Thursday February 11, 2016. Do not mail it.

You may also complete the survey online:

Online survey in English
Online survey in Spanish

Tip: When you are asked for a survey code, enter 0000mmddyy, where mm is the month your child was born, dd is the day your child was born, and yy is the 2-digit year your child was born. For example, 0000123104 means December 31, 2004.

The first three homerooms in each grade level to submit 100% of the surveys will receive a pizza party!

For more information, visit the LAUSD School Report Card website.


View last year's School Experience Survey Results

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Published: 1/28/16




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volleyballCome cheer for the Palms Girls Volleyball Team this weekend.

The Beyond the Bell middle school volleyball tournament begins on Saturday January 30, 2016.

The Palms girls team will play in Division 6 with

  • Daniel Webster Middle School
  • Orville Wright Middle School

Date: Saturday January 30

Time: 11:00am

Location: Banning High School, 1527 Lakme Avenue in Wilmington (see map).

 

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2016 Palms T-shirt

Be the first on your block or the first in your homeroom to wear the new 2016 Palms T-shirt with its Republic of Palms Middle School theme and its majestic Palms panther.

T-shirts are $10 each in your choice of sizes.


For a limited time, the new T-shirts will be sold during lunch.

The first sale day is Thursday January 28, 2016, with more days planned for the week of February 1.


You can also buy these T-shirts by emailing Lori Berman. She'll arrange to get them to you. And you'll get the new T-shirt entirely free if you make your Family Annual Donation at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level.

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Published: 1/26/16




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Holiday Lunch 3Palms parents will be hosting lunch for teachers on Tuesday February 2, 2016, and volunteers are needed.

There are four ways you can help:

  1. Bring a salad or dessert.
  2. Donate money to help us pay for main courses, drinks, and decorations.
  3. Help set up, serve, and/or clean up.
  4. Share this message with your Palms friends!

Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form to let us know how you'd like to help.

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Published: 1/22/16




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Middle Years newsletterThe January issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips about study time, doing math in your mind, digital cheating, middle school dating, leading the way, using the news, good and bad days, drinking straw games, and more.

Download the January issue

Back issues from this year are available from our Middle Years Newsletter page, and issues from previous years are available on request.

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Published: 1/20/16




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Michelle KingThe LAUSD Board of Education selected Michelle King as the new LAUSD Superintendent, replacing interim Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines.

Ms. King attended Palms in the mid-1970s, when it was named Palms Junior High School, after attending Century Park Elementary and Windsor Hills Elementary. After Palms she moved on to Palisades High School.

She has worked for LAUSD for 30 years, as a teacher, a coordinator, an assistant principal, a principal, Chief Administrator of Secondary Instruction, a local district superintendent, Chief of Staff to the superintendent, Senior Deputy Superintendent, Chief Deputy Superintendent, and now as Superintendent.

Our Representatives page tells how to get in touch with your LAUSD, city, state, and national representatives, including Michelle King.

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Published: 1/17/16




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social groupThe Palms Middle School School-Family Compact and Parent Involvement Policy statement for 2015-2016 were mailed home to all parents/guardians on Monday January 11, 2016. Watch for them in your mailbox.

Students and their parents/guardians should sign the School-Family Compact and return it to the student's homeroom teacher. Details are in the mailer.

The Palms School-Family Compact is an agreement among a student, their parent/guardian, and Palms Middle School, outlining the responsibilities of each party in supporting the student's education.

The Parent Involvement Policy is a statement of the ways in which Palms Middle School involves parents in their child's education.

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Published: 1/11/16




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DonorsChoose logoWould you like to help Palms art students? Donate to our latest DonorsChoose fundraiser: Making it Pop: Empowering Students Through Pop Art!

Art teacher Ms. Purdy says:

Pop art–an important art movement that surfaced in the 1950's–amazes my students-even 60 + years later! Pop artists revealed the beauty of the ordinary everyday object and elevated commercial graphics to fine art status. Students-with their pulse on pop culture-can't wait to create their own Pop Art!

My students need 60 bottles of laundry starch to transform recycled newspaper into paper mache sculptures as well as acrylic paint to make their Pop Art burst with color!

From January 11 to January 16, 2016, use promo code EMPOWER during checkout to double your donation (up to $100).

From 2006 to 2016, DonorsChoose projects have raised a total of $11,721 for Palms teachers and students.

 

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Published: 1/10/16




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Bell Schedule Spring 2016

The Spring Semester starts on Monday January 11, 2016, with a new Bell Schedule.

Breakfast in the Classroom has been shortened from 22 minutes to 16 minutes, giving each period an extra minute for the rest of the school year.

See the Bell Schedule page for details.

Download the Sprig 2016 Bell Schedule

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Published: 1/1/16




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David N. Weiss and Palms Video Production students
David N. Weiss and Palms Video Production students

Mr. David N. Weiss, a screenwriter and producer, particularly known for Shrek 2The Smurfs, and All Dogs Go to Heaven, visited the Palms Video Production elective class on December 17, 2015.

Palms students asked him about the script writing process. In preparation for his visit, the students had already compared one of his early drafts of the movie Are We There Yet? to the finished film, leaning how a story can change in so many drafts before a film is made.

Mr. Weiss is currently working on the sequel to Disney's popular Enchanted film.

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Published: 12/19/15




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GATE program

The Winter 2015/2016 issue of the LAUSD GATE Parent Newsletter has information about the Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) program, tips on PSAT preparation, the Spring parent workshop schedule, and an article titled Helping Your Gifted Child Succeed.

Download the issue in English or Spanish.

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Published: 12/18/15




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Middle Years newsletterThe December issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips about thinking while reading, expecting respect, winter activities, evaluating research sources, staying involved at school, learning to advocate, social media accounts, being a community helper, and changing friendships.

Download the December issue

Back issues from this year are available from our Middle Years Newsletter page, and issues from previous years are available on request.

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Published: 12/17/15




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Palms will be open on Wednesday December 16, 2015, with a regular Bell Schedule.

The Teacher Holiday Lunch, originally scheduled for Tuesday December 15, 2015, has been rescheduled for Tuesday February 2, 2016 as a Welcome Back Luncheon.

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Published: 12/16/15




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trumpetFollowing an annual tradition, the Westside Pavilion shopping mall (110800 Pico Blvd.) will host the Palms Bands and Orchestra on Wednesday December 16, 2015.

Gold Band will perform at 5:00pm, Orchestra will perform at 6:00pm, and Blue Band will perform at 6:30pm.

The performances, led by teacher Ms. West, will be on the bridge on the top level of the mall, between Nordstrom and Urban Home.


chorusOn Thursday December 17, the Palms Choruses, led by teacher Mrs. Chi, have their turn to perform.

Beginning Choruses will perform on the bridge at 5:00pm and 5:30pm. Advanced Chorus will be caroling as our singers stroll around the mall from 6:30 to 7:00pm.

Please come and listen!

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Published: 12/16/15




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LAUSD logoLAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines ordered all LAUSD schools to be closed on Tuesday December 15, 2015 and for safety inspections to take place on each campus. After-school programs, including sports and clubs, were also canceled.

LAUSD schools were found to be safe. School resumed the next day.


Safety tip: Always make sure that your child's Emergency Card is up-to-date so that you will receive school notifications and so the school knows which adults are authorized to pick up your child. Each of these adults should be familiar with the Request and Reunion gates (see Emergency Procedures).


Where to get LAUSD news:

Information hotline for parents: 213-241-2064
Online LAUSD updates: twitter.com/LASchools
LAUSD website: home.lausd.net

 

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Published: 12/15/15




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basketballCome cheer for our 6th grade Beyond the Bell basketball teams on Saturday December 19, 2015.

The playoffs will take place at Venice High School (13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 90066).

Girls playoff schedule

Semi-final, 10:50am, big gym

  • Palms vs. John Burroughs Middle School

Final, 11:40am, big gym

  • Semi-final winner vs. either Orville Wright Middle School or Ralph Waldo Emerson Community Charter

Boys playoff schedule

Quarter-final, 8:20am, small gym

  • Palms vs. Orville Wright Middle School

Semi-final, 9:10am, small gym

  • Quarter-final winner vs. John Burroughs Middle School

Final, 10:00am, big gym

  • Semi-final winner vs. one of these middle schools: Ralph Waldo Emerson Community Charter, James A. Foshay Learning Center, Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy, or Paul Revere Charter Middle School

Good luck to both of our sixth grade Palms teams!

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Published: 12/13/15




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Reflections theme 2016Congratulations to the Palms students who submitted their creative work in this year's Reflections Art Contest and whose work was selected to move up to the next level of competition.

For Dance Choreography

  • Stella Sammis

For Literature

  • Sara Arjomand
  • Sienna Horvath
  • Benee Hundessa-Wade
  • Juliana Pincus
  • Kristine Lei Villaraza (2 entries)
  • Ayden Wright

For Music Composition

  • Juliana Pincus

For Photography

  • Juliana Pincus

For Visual Arts

  • Hyewon Choi
  • Sally Kim
  • Olivia Larwood
  • Yejin Lee
  • Carlos Martinez
  • Michelle Mateo
  • Sophia Spagna
  • Angyl Wright

Thank you to Reflections chair Cathy Glueck for her hard work organizing and managing this year's contest.

Good luck to our students in the next round of competition!

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Published: 12/12/15




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Palms students have taken or will take four field trips this month:

2015-12 Venice High Field Trip 3Drama

Ms. Hunter and Mr. Ynda took Palms 7th and 8th grade drama students to a dress rehearsal of Horror High, a teen horror-film spoof being performed by Venice High School drama students. (Tickets may still be available for an upcoming performance.)

Read more and see a slideshow

2015-12 Wheel of Fortune Field Trip 2Video Production

Students in Ms. Clark's Video Production elective class went to a taping of the Wheel of Fortune TV show at Sony Studios. A dozen students from Leadership accompanied them. Other students from Leadership will make a similar trip to a taping of the Jeopardy! TV show.

Read more and see a slideshow

2015-12 Junior Blind Field Trip 1Community Service

Students of Mr. Reynolds went with Mr. Reynolds and Mrs. Glickman to donate almost 200 toys to the Junior Blind of America and to tour their facility.

Read more and see a slideshow

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Published: 12/11/15




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basketball tournament

Both the Palms boys and girls Beyond the Bell 7th/8th grade basketball teams will be playing in the Southwest Region tournament semifinals and finals on Saturday December 19, at Washington High School.

Come cheer for our teams!

At 9:00 am, the boys team faces Fleming Middle School.

At 9:45 am, the girls team faces Robert E. Peary Middle School.

The finals, as well as runner-up games for 3rd place, will be played after the semi-final games - first the boys games, then the girls games.

Previous Palms tournament victories:

  • Palms boys over Samuel Gompers Middle School
  • Palms boys over Robert E. Peary Middle School
  • Palms girls over John Muir Middle School
  • Palms girls over Stephen M. White Middle School

The district-wide finals will be held on Saturday January 23, 2016.

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Published: 12/9/15




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roller coasterRoller coasters created by 8th grade science students will be on display in Room 114 for two days in December 2015:

  • Thursday December 10, 3:15 to 3:45pm
  • Friday December 11, 7:45 to 8:00am

Room 114 is directly across from the main entrance.

All Palms students and parents are invited to stop by the exhibit.

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Published: 12/9/15




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music logoPalms vocal and instrumental music students will perform for parents and family members at the Winter Concert on Wednesday December 9, 2015, starting at 6:30 in the Auditorium.

You're invited!

Both our Beginning and Advanced Choruses will perform, as well as our Bands and Orchestra.

Our music students have spent many hours practicing for this concert, and you'll be surprised at the variety of musical styles. Don't miss this concert!

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Published: 12/8/15




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Westside Saver Card 2016 side 1 smallThe 2016 Westside Saver Card gives you discounts for 30 local businesses, including restaurants and other shops you already know.

The card costs only $10 and can save you at least that much with only a few uses! You can use the new card this month and in all of 2016!

Purchase one or more Westside Saver Card from volunteer Gail Torr, or order them online. Details are on the Westside Saver Card page.

We welcome back our returning vendors, plus four new vendors:

  • Hot Dog on a Stick (Westside Pavilion)
  • National Smog & Repair Center (Overland south of Palms Blvd.)
  • Pampered tails Spa (National and Overland)
  • Salon Dione (National and Overland)

 

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Published: 12/7/15




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Bell Schedule starting Spring 2016

The school Bell Schedule will change for the Spring 2016 semester, with homeroom and Breakfast in the Classroom shortened from 22 minutes to 16 minutes, and class periods extended one minute each.

Minimum day schedules and special schedules have changed as well.

See the Bell Schedule page for details.

Download a printable Bell Schedule

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Published: 12/6/15




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thank you noteFriends of Palms volunteers plan the Teacher Holiday Lunch each December to show teachers how much we appreciate all that they do for our children.

We're rounding up volunteers this week.

To make the event the success that our teachers deserve, we need:

  • Volunteers to make or bring desserts
  • Volunteers to make or bring salads
  • Cash donations for food and supplies
  • Setup help
  • Serving help
  • Cleanup help

Parents: Can you help? Please contact co-chair Cathy Glueck to let us know what you can do, and to get the schedule and instructions. Thanks!

 

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Published: 12/5/15




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basketballPalms families are invited to come and cheer for the Palms basketball teams from our Beyond the Bell after-school program.

Saturday December 5

The 6th grade girls basketball team will play at 8:30am at Belmont High School.

The 6th-8th grade girls basketball team will play at 10:30am at Washington High School.

Saturday December 19

The 6th-8th grade boys basketball team will play at 9:00am at Washington High School.

Last year Palms won both the boys and girls championships, with final games at the Staples Center. Do you think we can repeat as champs?

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Published: 12/4/15




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UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked SoftwareThe last Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting for calendar year 2015 will be held on Tuesday December 8 at 6:30pm in the Library.

We've got a full agenda planned, including staff talks, funding decisions, event announcements, reports from volunteers, and time to answer any questions you may have.

The holiday season is busy, but nothing is more important than your children, so make every effort to attend this final meeting of the Fall semester.

If you've missed any previous Friends of Palms/PTSA Meetings, you can read the minutes on our website.

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Published: 12/3/15




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coffee cupParents are invited to Coffee With the Principal, an informal and personal gathering with Principal Dr. Moriuchi.

"School Report Card" is the topic of the upcoming meeting, on Friday December 4, 2015, at 9:15am in the Library.

It's your chance to learn about the latest goings-on at Palms and to ask questions as well.

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Published: 12/1/15




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California Pizza Kitchen logoAll Palms families are invited to join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Thursday December 3, 2015. It's Palms Dining for Dollars night, a fun event that also raises funds for Palms programs.

California Pizza Kitchen is in Culver Center, at 10704 Venice Blvd., Culver City. They are open from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

You must bring the Dining for Dollars flyer with you and give it to your server (or the cashier if you get take-out). CPK will donate 20% of purchases to Palms.

Have a dinner out, meet other Palms families, and have a great meal!

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Published: 11/30/15




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trumpetviolinParents of students in the Winds & Percussion music class or the Strings music class are invited to the Winds and Strings Open House on Wednesday December 2, 2015, in Room 172.

It's an informal concert that gives you a chance to her our students play and to demonstrate what they have learned in just a few months.

Winds & Percussion Open House

  • Period 4, 11:45am to 12:15pm

Strings Open House

  • Period 5, 1:15pm to 1:45pm

You must download and read the flyer with instructions for attending.

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Published: 11/28/15




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coffee cupPrincipal Dr. Moriuchi invites you to join him for Coffee with the Principal on Friday December 4, 2015, at 9:15am in the Library.

Featured topic: School Report Card.

You can also ask questions or let Dr. Moriuchi know what's on your mind. All Palms parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Download the flyer

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Published: 11/22/15




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Venice High SchoolA major modernization project is planned for Venice High School, including removal of bungalows, earthquake improvements, classroom remodeling, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and more.

Parents and guardians are invited to a community meeting about this project on Tuesday December 1, 2015, at 6:00pm.

The meeting will take place in the Student Cafeteria at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles.

Download flyer (English and Spanish)

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Published: 11/21/15




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scholarship winners for 2016 class trip
2016 scholarship winners, left to right: Michal Weinburg, Hyewon Choi, Kyle King, Angyl Wright, Mr. Nicholson, Aurora S. Garcia, Taylor Green

Many students from the 8th grade Class of 2016 will be going on the Founding Fathers East Coast Tour in March 2016. To give more students a chance to go on the trip, Palms held a scholarship essay contest.

The contest winners have now been announced:

  • Aurora Samantha Garcia (1st place, $1550 scholarship)
  • Angyl Wright  (1st place, $1550 scholarship)
  • Hyewon Choi (2nd place, $800 scholarship)
  • Kyle King (2nd place, $800 scholarship)
  • Taylor Green (3rd place, $400 scholarship)
  • Michal Weinburg (3rd place, $400 scholarship)

Thank you to all of the students who entered the contest, and to Friends of Palms for providing the scholarship funds.

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Published: 11/20/15




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DonorsChoose logoEnglish teacher Mr. Westhoff has a new campaign at the DonorsChoose website, named Let's Keep These Kids Reading Books!

He asks for donations to purchase a classroom set of the book "I am Malala".

This well-known book was written by Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize-winning young Pakistani activist for girls' and womens' rights.

As Mr. Westhoff explains:

My students, especially my English Language Learners, need engaging, relevant novels to read in class. I have seen what popular and important novels like "The Outsiders" and "Persepolis" can do.

My students are very diverse, culturally and academically. They appreciate this tremendous diversity.

We will use the class set of "I am Malala" in my English class.

Donations of any amount are welcome. Visit DonorsChoose to contribute to this campaign.

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Published: 11/19/15




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familyThe Palms Counselors recommend that parents read an article by the former Standard University freshman dean, giving tips on how parents should foster independence in their sons and daughters.

See the Counselors Corner page for details, or watch the video and read the article on the Washington Post website.

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Published: 11/18/15




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pumpkin carving workshop

Just before Halloween 2015, Mr. Reynolds held a pumpkin carving workshop. He provided the tools, templates, classroom, and supervision.

About thirty 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students provided their pumpkins and practiced their artistic skills.

The results were nothing short of Spook-tacular!

Check out the slideshow on our Pumpkin Carving page.

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Published: 11/17/15




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UCLA will host an annual Science Event, Exploring Your Universe, this Sunday, November 8 from Noon-5pm (with nighttime activities from 5-8pm).

Free Admission (Parking costs $12)

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Published: 11/6/15




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Please check-out the November issue of the Middle Years newsletter for parents, provided by the Magnet Office.

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Published: 11/1/15




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LAUSD will hold the Local District West informational meeting regarding the 2016-2019 Instructional Calendar Choices Thursday Night, October 29, 2015 from 6-7:30pm in the Burroughs Middle School Auditorium.  There will be 5 further meetings at other Local Districts.  Please see the following fliers for full details.

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Published: 10/28/15




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trash collection
  Congratulations to Ms. Igarashi's class in Room 48! recycling symbol

Thanks for keeping Palms clean & eco-friendly!

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Published: 10/21/15




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2015-03 Boys Basketball 05 2015-03 Girls Basketball 07

Palms Middle School basketball teams: last year's champs!

The Beyond the Bell after-school sports program is wrapping up its flag football season. Starting on Monday October 19, 2015, it's basketball season!

Students who want to play ball, practice their skills, or join our teams are welcome to attend.

The program is free and no sign-up is necessary. Just stop by after school.

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Published: 10/15/15




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Palms Middle School logoAll parents are welcome to attend the Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting on Tuesday October 13, 2015, at 6:30pm in the Library.

We'll hear from Principal Dr. Moriuchi as well as teachers from the English, Science, and Math departments. The Motor Avenue Improvement Assocation will also make a presentation.

As always, we'll also discuss upcoming events and ongoing programs, listen to your ideas and suggestions, and answer your questions.

See the full agenda on our FOP/PTSA Meetings page.

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Published: 10/11/15




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father and daughterPalms students from Leadership class will be giving campus tours to prospective Palms families on our first Visitors Day, on Monday October 12, 2015.

The program begins at 9:00am with an orientation in the auditorium (see campus map) and usually lasts about 75 to 90 minutes, ending with a question-and-answer session in the Library Garden with Magnet Coordinator Arlene Weissmann.

Prospective parents, with or without students and other family members, can simply show up. There's no need to sign up. Current Palms parents are also welcome to show up, to share their own experiences about being a new Palms parent.

 

Visitors Days will also be held on Friday October 23 and Monday November 2, 2015 in the Fall semester and Monday April 11, 2016 in the Spring semester.

If you have any questions about Visitor Days, please contact Friends of Palms.

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Published: 10/11/15




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GATE program

The Fall 2015 GATE Parent Newsletter, for parents of GATE/SAS students, is now available.

Download in English or Spanish

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Published: 10/10/15




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Day of the Dead 2015

Day of the Dead student artwork

The next time you're on campus, check out the exhibit of drawings by Palms art students made in recognition of the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) holiday.

The holiday will be celebrated at the end of the month, October 31 to November 2, 2015.

Thank you to art elective teacher Ms. Goldin for providing us with these samples. Be sure to view the full exhibit this month in the display cases in the Main Hall.

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Published: 10/9/15




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Safe Place for Youth logoFrom Friday October 9 to Friday November 6, 2015, Palms is holding a Sock Drive, the first of its kind.

On behalf of Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y), we're collecting donations of NEW socks for young people, ages 12 to 25, who are homeless or at risk.

Drop NEW socks in the Sock Drive box in the Students Services Office or in Room 162 (Ms. Goldin's classroom).

S.P.Y helps young people transition off the streets and into stable housing and employment. For the price of a simple pair of socks, you can help!

Download information about Safe Place for Youth

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Published: 10/8/15




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music logoPalms families are invited to our first musical concert of the year: the Pops Concert on Wednesday October 7, 2015.

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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Published: 10/6/15




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planting seedsThe campus beautification and cleanup day, originally scheduled for Saturday October 10, 2015, has been postponed until we have a chairperson to manage the event.

Most Friends of Palms committee chair positions have already been filled, but a few positions are still open. Among them is Beautification Chair, for the person who plans the day's activities and organizes the many eager volunteers who show up whenever we have a cleanup day.

To volunteer for this position, fill out the Parent Volunteer Form. You can also volunteer to help with other individual events or programs.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/5/15




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student ID card, photo courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net

Each Palms student receives a Student ID Card showing their photo and grade.

Student ID Cards are used to identify Palms students in case of emergencies, and the photos are also used in the Yearbook. Parents can purchase photo packages from our photography company.

Most students had their photo taken on Picture Day in September. If your child missed Picture Day, make sure they are at school (and nicely dressed) on Make-up Picture Day: Thursday October 8, 2015.

Remember that students can  use their Student ID Card to show evidence of their student status to qualify for student events or to get discounts at movie theaters, amusement parks, and other businesses. Keep your Student ID Card handy!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/4/15




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Blaze PizzaPlease come and join your fellow Palms students and families at Blaze Pizza in Culver City on Thursday October 15, 2015, from 5:00-8:30pm.

20% of your order will go directly to support our school.

Remember to bring the flyer. A printed copy will be distributed in your child’s folder on Monday October 12.

You must show the flyer for Palms to get credit.

You can print the flyer or use your smartphone to retrieve it:

Download Dining for Dollars Blaze Pizza flyer

For more details, including the address of Blaze Pizza, see the Dining for Dollars page.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/3/15




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PTA appleA message to parents from PTSA President Arley Partida, October 1, 2015:

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

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.

Remember that every member of your household should join PTSA. The price is still low -- $10 per person -- and your membership dues benefit Palms students as well as state and national PTA.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/2/15




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aquariumMs. Hoffman has won two grants for her students this semester:

A grant for a class trip to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and Beach on Thursday October 29, 2015.

A  grant from Pets in the Classroom to buy a classroom aquarium and fish with which to stock it.

Congratulations to Ms. Hoffman and her students!

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/2/15




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The application period for Magnet School applications for the 2016-2017 school year begins on Thursday October 1, 2015 at 8:00am.

You can fill out an online application or pick up paper applications at LAUSD Education Service Centers, at public libraries, or in the Palms Main Office while supplies last.

The application deadline is Friday November 15.

For more details:

See the Palms Magnet School page.

Visit the e-Choices Magnet Application website.

Read instructions for the filling out the application.

Read the Gifted Magnet Criteria.

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Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/1/15




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GATE programThe Fall Gifted Meeting, for parents of gifted and Magnet students, will take place Thursday October 1, 2015, 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: Neil Cuadra
Published: 10/1/15