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The Sixth Grade Leadership Class presents the Dia de los Muertos Heroes Show with special guests Ballet Folklorico Son De La Palma and Palms Middle School Jazz Band.

This special event will take place on Monday, October 29, during 5th and 6th periods.

Sixth grade leadership students are presenting as Cesar Chavez, Desi Arnaz (with Lucille Ball), Roberto Clemente, Ritchie Valens, Frida Kahlo, the cast of Coco, and Selena Quintanilla.

Ballet Folklorico will perform a dance from Veracruz, Mexico, and Jazz Band will play Guantanamera.

The performance is free and open to the public. A section in the auditorium will be reserved for visitors.

**Parents! Do you know how to do Day of the Dead calavera makeup? Mr. Kim needs your help on October 25, 26 (during Periods 5 and 6) and all day October 29. Please contact Mr. Kim if you can volunteer!**


The eChoices Magnet and SAS process can be confusing! Magnet Coordinator Mrs. Weissmann wants to help any parents who have questions about the eChoices Magnet/SAS applications. Mrs. Weissmann is hosting a short meeting at Palms on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 5-6 pm, in the library, to help you through this process.

The focus of the meeting will be to share information clarifying who needs to apply and who does not, as well as to which programs you should apply to earn and keep points.

Please email Mrs. Weissmann or call her at 310-253-7642 if you plan to come.



A chairperson is needed for the fast-approaching annual PTA Reflections Art Contest.

The Reflections program is designed to enhance the arts education of our students. It provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts. This year's theme is Heroes Around Me.
Many Palms students have won local, regional, and state-wide recognition in previous Reflections contests, but we can't participate unless a parent comes forward to help run the contest.

To volunteer, fill out the Parent Volunteer Form.


Grease is the word! Venice Alumni are hosting the annual Rockin' Rydell Singalong featuring the hit movie, Grease. Join us at Venice High School on Saturday, October 20. Gates open at 4 pm, and the movie will begin at dusk. Admission is free, and you can enjoy food, games, music, an auction, and the Greased Lightning car. Bring chairs and blankets to sit comfortably to watch the T-Birds and Pink Ladies strut their stuff!


We will welcome parents and prospective students to Palms Middle School's Visitors Day #2 on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Palms leadership students will lead group tours along with parent volunteers. The tours begin at 9:00am in the Auditorium, and last approximately 75 to 90 minutes.

No sign-up is necessary. Come and visit!

Palms parents are welcome to volunteer to accompany a Visitors Day tour.


Fifth grade students from local elementary schools will visit our campus on Monday, October 15, 2018, for our second elementary school tour this semester.

Students from local schools tour our campus, participate in special activities including seeing a slideshow about Palms, receive Palms gift bags, and learn about middle school. If you see the students, make them feel welcome!

Additional elementary school tours will be held on October 26, 2018, November 2, 2018, and March 7, 2019. 


SPY: Our mission is to inspire, nurture and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time. 
Safe Place for Youth prioritizes low barriers for entry, harm-reduction, a trauma-informed approach, and the provision of a safe, supportive environment. We do this through a continuum of care that includes street outreach, drop-in services, case management, health and wellness, and education and employment programs.

Items needed:
Blankets - new
Beanies- new
Emergency raincoats ( the plastic ones )
Sweaters and hoodies ( new or washed and in good condition)
Men's boxer briefs – new (small, medium)
Men's t-shirts – new (medium, large)
Men's shorts - new (small, medium, large)
Shoes in fair condition

There is a donation box in Student Services and in room 162.
Please contact Ms. Goldin with any questions.


The results of the 6th Grade Leadership elections have been announced. Congratulations to the newly-elected Jr. Leadership Officers! Best of luck in your roles supporting Palms Middle School. Thanks to all 6th grade homerooms for participating in the election.

  • President: Ella Altman

  • Vice President: Uleses Henderson, III

  • Treasurer: Kimberly Perez

  • Secretary: British Kimbell


The results of the student body elections were just announced. Congratulations to the newly-elected Student Body Officers! We wish you well in your leadership roles and we are excited to see how you will support and elevate Palms Middle School.

  • President: Robert Lamar
  • Vice President: Shomari Kudumu-Hom
  • Treasurer: Genesis Maciel
  • Secretary: Summer Hamzeh
  • Commissioners of Activities: Isabella Lopez & Sanai Singh

Are you or is your child about to go to middle school or high school? Overwhelmed by the different types of schools and programs out there? 

The Palms-Rancho Park Library is very pleased to present its first Middle and High School Fair:

Palms-Rancho Park Middle and High School Fair

Thursday, October 11th, 2018, 5:30 - 7 pm

Palms Recreation Center (2950 Overland Ave) across from the library.

This will be their largest event ever with about 30 middle and high schools (private, public, charter, magnet, independent etc.) represented at this event. They will also have representatives from Unified Enrollment to assist parents with the CHOICES information.

This year's format is changing to an open fair. Each school will have a station for you to ask questions.

Parking: The Palms Recreation Center has a parking lot; however, they expect the event to be very full. Please use street parking on Overland Ave., National Blvd., or Northvale Ave. (there is a bridge that connects Northvale to Palms Park) or take public transportation if possible. The library is a 0.5 mile walk from the Westwood/Rancho Park station of the Expo Line.


The Fall Gifted Meeting, for parents of gifted and Magnet students, will take place Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.

This is the first gifted meeting for this school year. The Spring Gifted meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2019. Other events for parents of gifted students are yet to be announced.


The 2018-2019 musical season at Palms kicks off on Wednesday October 3rd, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium! Pops Concert features Palms Choruses, as well as the Band and Orchestra in an evening of music that you are sure to enjoy.


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

Please 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!


California Pizza Kitchen logoThe California Pizza Kitchen Philanthropizza Cards are arriving on Monday, October 1! These cards are FREE and will be distributed to all Palms students and staff. This year's cards are valid from October 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019.

We encourage Palms families to use the Philanthropizza card every time you dine at any of the three CPK locations - Culver City, Beverly Hills or Century City (new location!) - during these months. CPK will automatically donate 20% of the bill to support Palms Middle School! 

If you have any questions or would like an additional card for friends or family (we have a limited supply), please email Dining for Dollars co-chair, Michele Robinson.


Reminder to Palms parents who arrive early to pick up your children: please turn off your car engines while you wait rather than allowing them to idle for an extended period of time. Leaving the motor running adds unwanted pollution and noise to an already polluted and noisy environment.

Our neighbors politely asked for our support, so let's respect their wishes and improve the environment at the same time. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping Palms to be a responsible neighbor.


September 24-28, 2018 is Banned Books Week, when students in some Palms classes champion their right to read with discussions, signs and posters.

Read more on our Banned Books Week page.


Don't be surprised if you see some younger students on campus on Thursday, September 27, 2018. It's our first elementary school tour this semester.

Fifth grade students from local schools tour our campus, participate in special activities, and lean about middle school. 

Other elementary school tours will be held on October 15 and 26, 2018, November 2, 2018, and March 7, 2019. 


We will welcome parents and prospective students to Palms Middle School's Visitors Day #1 on Monday, October 1, 2018.

Palms leadership students will lead group tours along with parent volunteers. The tours begin at 9:00am in the Auditorium, and last approximately 75 to 90 minutes.

No sign-up is necessary. Come and visit!

Palms parents are welcome to volunteer to accompany a Visitors Days tour.


Are you a teen, ages 13-18, who is interested in theater? Center Theater Group (home of the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum) is offering a Teen Theatregoers program for kids 13-18 who are interested in seeing plays and talking about theater with other teens. Students must apply and be selected for the program, and they must be available to attend three mandatory discussion meetings between November and May. Chosen participants will see Dear Evan Hansen and three other plays of their choice - all for free!

If you love theater and want to see plays and discuss them with other teens, consider applying by October 18, 2018.

Find the application form here.


This Saturday, September 22, enjoy a great art and music festival at the La Brea Tar Pits from 1-7:30 pm. The event features live music, painting exhibitions, kids' activities, dance workshops, food trucks, and more. Best of all, it's free!