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Help for Students and Families
  • Donate: Text the word NEED to 76278 or visit Students Most in Need
  • Grab & Go food centers:
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    • Hours: 7:00am to 11:00am weekdays thru April 3
    • Hours: 8:00am to 11:00am weekdays starting April 6
  • Local District West Hotline: 213-443-1300
  • Questions: call 213-443-1300 or email ask-shhs@lausd.net
  • Suggestions: call 213-443-1300 or email suggestions@LAUSD.net
  • Technical support: call 213-241-5200 or go to helpdesk.lausd.net

For the latest LAUSD news during the coronavirus pandemic, see the LAUSD Latest News page.

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Free Resources for Everyone!

  • Read, Watch and Learn for Free at Home with the LAPL Library

https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/blogs/lapl/read-watch-and-learn-free-home-library

A great way for everyone to stay connected with our free resources.

  • Explore the World of Music with Your Library Card

https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/blogs/lapl/explore-world-online-music-your-library-card

Your library card gives you free online access to vast music streaming and downloading resources you can start exploring right now! 

  • Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/blogs/lapl/your-questions-answered-here

Want answers to your many questions?  Check this link out.

  • Information on Coronavirus

https://lapl.org/coronavirus

Information about the COVID-19 virus and how to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • Ask a Librarian

https://www.lapl.org/ask-a-librarian

Ways to contact with us including Book A Librarian!

  • Homework Help and Other Free Resources for Students!

Tutor.com

K-12 Homework Help

Students (and parents!) can get help in math, science, English, social studies and writing. Professionally trained and experienced tutors work online with students in grades K-12 and adult learners. Online tutoring is also available for AP level class work and intro-level college coursework. The student and tutor communicate in a virtual classroom with chat and two-way white boards.

Ten Library Resources for Families and Kids to Access from Home

https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/blogs/lapl/ten-online-resources-families-kids.

This is an amazing list of resources that helps kids and families continue learning from home.

Student Success Information

 https://www.lapl.org/studentsuccess

On here parents and teachers can sign up for the newsletter that we put out with information about student and parent resources.

If you can’t find your child’s Student Success Card number, you can always email our Ask a Librarian service, as long as you can provide the student name, home address, home phone number, date of birth, and school name. 

Teen Volunteers Can Earn Credit From Home!

  1. Mini Book Reviews = 1 volunteer hour. Loved a book and want people to know about it? Look up the book in the library catalog at lapl.org and make sure the Palms-Rancho Park Library has a copy. If we do have a copy, write a one paragraph review of the book. What would you say to try and get someone else to read this book? What did you like about it so much? (no spoilers!) Be sure to write the title and author of the book at the top and your name and age at the bottom. I will print out your review on a bookmark so people can read what you think about it! 
  2. New YA Books = 2 volunteer hours. Do some research online about new Young Adult books coming out this year. What looks interesting to you? Send me at least 5 titles/authors that you would like to see this year at the library!
  3. Artwork to display in the library = 5 volunteer hours. Create your own piece of art to display in our Young Adult section of the library! This can be a painting, photograph, or any mixed media art that is able to be hung on a wall. My hope is to have an art exhibition going to show when everything is running normally.
  4. Write about your experience = 5 hours. Is your school closed for the foreseeable future? Are you self-quarantining? Write about your experience!  What have you been doing to keep busy and healthy? What is your school having you do in the meantime? What things do you hear on the news and social media about COVID-19? Write about 200 words (or more if you would like) to describe your experience in these complex times. If you would like others to see your writing, I can send it in to be posted to the LAPL Teen Web blog.

If you're looking for a way to earn more volunteer credit (or if you are just super bored and want something to do), the Palisades Library Teen Council is requesting submissions for their Teens Leading Changes community service project! Their project focused on mental health legislation got a little derailed due to the current pandemic situation, but now they are hoping to collect "moments of beauty under quarantine" to help capture this period of time. 

If you're interested, please send Emily a photo, bit of writing, or a selfie video (think 15 seconds) that may convey your thoughts/feelings/struggles/enjoyments of living under quarantine. She will pass it on to the Palisades group and give 2 credit hours for a submission.

Please email any of these to Emily Meehan (for artwork you can bring it in anytime we are open) and she will confirm your volunteer hours. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email the librarians:
Rachel Bindman, Senior Librarian 
Jennifer Murphy, Children’s Librarian III  
Michele Robinson, Children’s Librarian II 
Emily Meehan, Young Adult Librarian   
Frieda Afary, Adult Librarian

Posted 4/2/20

​​​​​​​piggy bankOn Thursday, April 2, 2002, CBS-2/KCAL-9, iHeartRadio and the Los Angeles Chargers will be hosting a fundraiser for students and families most in need.

The fundraiser will be broadcast on Channel 2, Channel 9 and iHeart Radio Stations throughout Los Angeles from 6:00am to 11:00pm.

All funds raised will be used to help support students who no longer have the benefit of being in school every day and provide meals and urgently needed supplies, digital devices, libraries and books.

For those who can, please donate to lastudentsmostinneed.org or text the word NEED to 76278.

Posted 4/2/20

The LAUSD Information Technology department has shared two resources to help families get internet connectivity and gain access to student collaboration and productivity tools.

 

Home Connectivity Options

IT Resources for Students and Families

 

Please consult these, or reach out to the IT department, to get more information.

Posted 3/31/20

LAUSD logoOn Monday, March 30, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the following:

  • Schools have now been closed for two weeks and will remain closed until at least May 1
  • The district is working hard to transition 500,000+ students and 75,000+ employees to distance learning. This includes ensuring all students have Internet access (via a partnership with Verizon) and tools, which might include technology such as Chromebooks
  • There are still nearly 15,000 high school students LAUSD has not been able to reach
  • Approximately 68% of students have been participating in online/distance learning. It is a top priority to ensure all students are connected and continuing to learn
  • Teachers will be communicating with students via Schoology, Google Classroom, email, or other established tools to share lessons and assignments
  • Three additional Grab & Go facilities have been opened, for a total of 63. They are providing food, toys, and baby supplies. The centers will stay open during spring break and until at least May 1
  • The PBS programming has been highly-watched and is a good resource for students and parents alike
  • The first LAUSD employee was diagnosed with COVID-19 this week
  • LAUSD donated 100,000 N95 masks to local hospitals

The LAUSD Students Most in Need Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 2. Please participate: CBSLA.com/give

 

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact LAUSD at 213-443-1300 or suggestions@LAUSD.net.

 

 

Posted 3/31/20


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Posted 3/30/20

New York Times logo

The March 27, 2020 episode of The Daily, a free podcast by the New York Times, is titled A Kids' Guide to Coronavirus.

The 30-minute podcast answers these questions submitted by youngsters:

  • How did the coronavirus get on Earth?
  • What is a virus?
  • Can you see it under a microscope? What color is it?
  • Why do people have it in their body?
  • What does the virus feel like? What happens inside your body?
  • How did the coronavirus start?
  • Can cats and dogs get it?
  • Can kids get the coronavirus?
  • Can we come up with medicine for it?
  • When can I go back to Check E. Cheese?

The podcast's final message is that "Everyone has to help, including kids."

Note: The podcast includes brief advertising.

Posted 3/30/20

Los Angeles Public Library

All Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) locations are physically closed, but students can still access the Public Library system's online resources.

All LAUSD students are automatically assigned a Student Success Card, which gives you access. You need only the library card number and your PIN, not the physical card.

Programs for students include:

Need your numbers?

If you are an LAUSD student but you don't have your physical library card or don't know your PIN, contact LAPL to verify your name, address, and school. They will look up your library card number and PIN.

Posted 3/30/20

Superintendent Austin Beutner will be providing an update to the entire school community at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 30. This will be shown on KLCS as well as online on the LAUSD website. Please tune in if you can.

Posted 3/27/20

With school closed during the coronavirus pandemic, LAUSD has revised the School Calendar. This is the calendar as of March 23, 2020, reflecting the emergency school closures.

School Calendar as of 3 23 20​​​​​​​

Posted 3/27/20

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

This is an important updated message on your child’s Continuity of Learning plan at Palms MS.

Every teacher is expected to have created a structure of learning in which established “office hours” have been shared with your child and you. This will most likely take the form of a set time for learning each day. The learning time may include a Zoom Meeting; assignment time; or another type of learning interaction such as Google docs. Teachers may assign writing; math problems; history projects; science activities; physical activity such as P.E; and art projects. Times will vary according to each teacher’s schedule.

There remains uncertainty regarding the time when school will start. Superintendent Beutner announced that it may be as early as May 4, but once again, that may change. In an effort to regain some normalcy, however, I ask that your children do their best to continue their learning in the best possible way considering our current circumstances. The LAUSD website has many suggestions such as online resources and KLCS programming. I encourage you to look into these.

As always I want to thank you for all you do for Palms Middle School. Please know that we miss your children and you. Stay healthy and safe. Practice social distancing.

Thank you.

Posted 3/26/20