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Safe Place for Youth

Every year in the Fall semester, Palms students and their families donate needed items to Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y), an organization that helps young people transition off the streets and into stable housing and employment.

Do not drop items off at Palms this year. Instead, order items online for delivery to S.P.Y.

How to buy items for S.P.Y from Amazon

  1. If you aren't already signed up for Amazon Smile, go to, log into your Amazon account, and set your charity to Friends of Palms Middle School.
  2. Shop at Amazon. Choose items from the ready-made S.P.Y Wish List page or anything else in the needed items PDF.
  3. Check out. When you are asked for the delivery address, don't choose your own address. Instead, choose Safe Place for Youth's Gift Registry Address if you see it in the address list. Otherwise, fill in 2469 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291.
  4. Keep a record of your purchase for tax purposes. S.P.Y is a registered charity.

How to buy items for S.P.Y elsewhere, or send money

  1. Purchase any needed items. Have them delivered to S.P.Y at 2469 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291.

You can also send monetary donations to S.P.Y at 578 Washington Blvd. #398, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.

Posted 11/25/20

Thanksgiving turkey

LAUSD schools will be closed for the week from Monday, November 23 to Friday, November 27, 2020.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are unassigned days. Thursday and Friday are school holidays for Thanksgiving.

Tip: If you plan to spent money on Black Friday (November 27), set a little aside to donate to Palms on Giving Tuesday (December 1)!

Posted 11/19/20

Parent Survey

Palms parents: If you haven't already filled out the annual School Experience Survey, please do so now. The survey enables stakeholders to give feedback on the culture, climate, and general functioning of Palms Middle School. Both the school and and the district look carefully at the responses.

To take the survey in English:

  1. Go to the LAUSD School Survey page.
  2. Click Parent Survey.
  3. For Type, choose Middle Schools.
  4. For SchoolName, choose Palms MS.
  5. Indicate the grade of your oldest child at Palms.
  6. Click Next and answer the questions.

To take the survey in Spanish:

  1. Go to the LAUSD School Survey page.
  2. Click Encuesta para padres.
  3. For Tipo, choose Escuelas Intermedia.
  4. For Nombre de la esceula, choose Palms MS.
  5. Indicate the grade of your oldest child at Palms.
  6. Click Siguiente and answer the questions.

It will take about 15 minutes. You do not need to provide any personal information.

Last year, 91% of students participated in the survey. Let's try to match that record with parent participation!

Posted 11/19/20

Housing Proposal

The LAUSD Board of Education is expected to vote on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 on a proposal to convert sections of ten LAUSD schools to housing for school district employees.

The proposed areas include one half of the grass field at Palms and one half of the Palms track, as shown in the photo above.

Parents are invited to an online information public meeting to learn more about the proposal and to provide feedback to the board before the vote.

Online Information Public Meeting

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6:00pm

➡ Zoom link

Meeting ID: 810 9258 4009

⬇ Download flyer

To see the proposal details:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down the Page 4.
  3. Click link number 7: Board of Education Report No. 105 – 20/21 Facilities Services Division.
  4. Read the Employee Housing Initiative Authorization proposal.
  5. Scroll down to Exhibit H (Palms Middle School).
Posted 11/18/20

COVID-19 virus

Parents are asked to make an appointment for each Palms student to take a free COVID-19 test. Confidential results will be provided to you within 48 hours.

Each student must have an appointment. The tests will take place on the Palms campus, one of LAUSD's test sites.

  • Monday, November 23, 2020, 8:00am to 12:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 8:00am to 3:00pm

This is a baseline test that will help LAUSD determine when and how to safely return to on-campus instruction.

⬇ Download flyer: EnglishSpanish

➡ Make a student appointment

➡ More information about COVID-10 testing

➡ Video about the testing program

Posted 11/18/20

Picture Day

The final Make-Up Picture Day will be Saturday, December 12, 2020. If your child didn't already have a photo taken for Student ID Cards and Yearbook, come to campus on this date. The schedule is shown below.


  • Go to the Palms Middle School Fotorama page.
  • Fill in the form to confirm your photo appointment.
  • Bring your child to campus at the day and time of your appointment.
  • Enter and exit through the gate on Palms Blvd.
  • Everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • Students must exit the campus once their picture has been taken.
  • You are not required to purchase a photo packet, but the photo is required for the Student ID Card and the Yearbook.


  • Dress nicely for your photo. Wearing school colors is encouraged.
  • Keep your mask on until instructed to remove it for the picture.
  • Wear a big smile!

Fall 2020 Make-Up Picture Day

Saturday December 12

Download order form

Time is determined by last name:

Time Last name
2:30pm A, B
2:40pm C, D
2:50pm E, F
3:00pm G
3:10pm H
3:20pm I, J, K
3:30pm L
3:45pm M
4:00pm N, O, P
4:15pm Q, R
4:30pm S, T
4:45pm U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Posted 11/17/20

career choices

What careers are you interested in?

The second of 8 monthly College and Career Assemblies for students will take place on Wednesday, Novemberer 18, 2020, during advisory periods.

The topics are

What is Naviance?

Creating  S.M.A.R.T. Academic and Social Emotional goals

The assemblies are arranged by Ms. Williams, Palms College and Career Coach. For more information about college planning, see the College and Career Corner and Naviance pages.

Posted 11/16/20


All Palms families are invited to attend the online Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:30pm.


➡ Zoom link


Meeting ID: 841 4840 7307


Posted 11/15/20

Palms Spirit Week

Students can show their Palms Pride and school spirit by dressing up for Spirit Week, with different clothes or accessories every day from Monday November 16 to Friday November 20, 2020.

Here are the themes selected by Leadership class:

Theme day What to wear
Mask Up Monday Wear a crazy mask or face paint
True Hero Tuesday Dress up as your hero
Wacky Hat Wednesday Wear a crazy hat or hair
Back to the Future Thursday Dress up as a certain decade
Fancy Friday Dress up in your fanciest outfit
Posted 11/12/20


Palms PENHEADS is a club for writers. Club members create stories, poems, and other forms of creative writing. It's a fun way for students to get their ideas flowing, share work with others, and receive helpful feedback.

PENHEADS meets online every Friday starting at 2:45pm.

➡ Download flyer

To read some of the creative writing by club members, visit the right-hand side of the PENHEADS Club page.

For answers to your questions or for the Group Access code, email Ms. March.

Posted 11/11/20