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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


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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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.


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.


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.


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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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!


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.



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).


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


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.