Palms Middle School

Tip From a Palms Teacher

"Parents can play a bigger role at home. Monitor technology. Keep the option of doing one task at once. Sit down at a meal and talk. Read, draw, go for a walk. Choose anything that stimulates communication and love and appreciation for a real live thing."

Resources for Parents

Middle Years

Middle Years is a monthly newsletter with tips for middle school parents.

See our Middle Years Newsletter page for the latest issues.

GATE Parent Conferences

The LAUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program creates high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

Jack Kent Cooke FoundationThe 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 schedule is as follows:

  • February: A link to the online application is posted on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.
  • April: The application period closes.
  • April through August: Application reviews are conducted.
  • September: New Young Scholars are selected in their 8th grade year.

To see if you qualify and learn how to apply, see How to Apply.

100 Ways to Help Your Child and School Succeed

Brought to you by the California State PTA!

100 Ways to Help Your Child and School Succeed offers great ideas in the categories of Communicating, Parenting, Student Learning, Volunteering, Partnering with the School, and Collaborating with the Community.

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Parents’ Guide to Student Success

Brought to you by the National PTA!

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country. The Guides provide an overview of what your child should learn by the end of 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.

Download the Guide for your child's grade:

Websites That Help Kids Do Good

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

Educator-Recommended Websites for Students

Educator-Recommended Websites for Parents, Teachers and Administrators