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Palms students will learn about and devise their own games in zero and microgravity.  There will be an Assembly next Wednesday, September 27 with presentations from JPL and Space Games Federation.


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:

  • Latin Fiesta benefit Dinner 4:00pm-8:00pm, Stop by the Cafeteria for great food, refreshments and free entertainment by the Palms MS Ballet Folklorico for the whole family.
  • 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  It takes only a few minutes!
  • Emergency Preparedness Fair, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Stop by to get some really good information, there will be a benefit raffle and giveaways too! Don't forget to see the student posters! 




Students in Mr. Kim's 6th grade class raised $568 for Hurricane Harvey Relief during Labor Day Weekend.

Their extra credit assignment was to create a poster and take a photo with a donor. It was a Civics lesson - looking out for others is a duty as a citizen. Congratulations students on being such great citizens!



If 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 rehearses once a week from 3:15-4 pm, usually on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Auditions will take place during the lunch period this week on:

  • Wednesday, September 6
  • Thursday, September 7
  • Friday, September 8

If you'd like to audition, please see Ms. Jones in Room 172 to get the audition music. Practice it, and then come back at lunch time this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday to sign up for an audition.
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. Jones's office on the morning of your audition.
See Ms. Jones in Room 172 if you have questions.


Students may use the P. E. field at lunch time. 


For the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States. In Los Angeles, we will experience a partial eclipse from approximately 9:00 am until noon. While it is a rare educational opportunity, please talk to your children and the entire family about the risks of looking directly at the sun. Some teachers and classrooms at Palms are planning safe viewing experiences for their students.

The students in Mr. Scott's class have prepared pin-hole cameras so they'll have a safe way to view this celestial event from the quad between 9:05 am and 11:45 am, the period when the moon will be blocking part of the sun. Peak darkness will occur at 10:20 am.



Parent Check-Ins scheduled this week are for parents to take care of all school related business prior to the first day of school.  Documents to be submitted at Parent Check-Ins (e.g., emergency card and related forms) were mailed out in July.  If you did not receive them, a copy of the packet is available for download here.

Parents will also obtain their child's class schedule; pick up all textbooks; and purchase P.E. uniforms.  Assistance in signing up for the Parent Portal and Schoology will also be available during this time.

Check-In Times:

  • 6th Grade - Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 10:00 - 12:00
  • 7th Grade - Thursday, August 9, 2017, 8:00 - 11:00
  • 8th Grade - Friday, August 10, 2017, 8:00 - 11:00
  • Make-Up Day for all grades - Friday, August 10, 1:00 - 3:00

2017 Meet and Greet panorama
2017 Meet and Greet

Over 100 new Palms students, parents, and siblings got together at the 2017 Meet and Greet on July 22, 2017.

While students met old friends and made new friends, parents listened to Principal Dr. Derek Moriuchi, Camp Palms organizer and teacher Ms. Andersen, Meet and Greet organizer Lori Berman, Fundraiser Co-Chair Kelley Reynolds, and Friends of Palms Co-Presidents Maura Howe and Cody Ashe-McNalley.

Parents and students also met 6th grade math and science teachers Ms. Clark and Ms. Igarashi and English and history teacher Ms. Gipson.

The Team Prime Time after-school program set up activities for kids.

Many students and parents said they are looking forward to Camp Palms on August 8 and 9, 2017.

Check out our 2017 Meet and Greet slideshow!


The annual Meet and Greet gathering, where new Palms Middle School students and their families meet current Palms students, their parents, and school staff members, will take place on Saturday July 22, 2017, from 10:00am to noon at Rancho Park (2551 Motor Avenue).

Take the first driveway south of Pico, toward the archery range, at the end of the long driveway.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to Lori Berman, so we know how many people to prepare fun and food for!

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