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Ms. Garret receives award

Palms seventh grade history teacher Ms. Garret was recognized during Extra Yard for Teachers Week (September 12-19, 2020). for "going the Extra Yard for her students." The award includes $1,200 for classroom supplies and projects.

The news was tweeted and shared on Facebook by @UCLA Athletics, saying

Ms. Garret has shown herself to be a leader in diversity and inclusive education through her community involvement. She works tirelessly to ensure that all students are fully adapting to distance learning.

Congratulations to Ms. Garret!

Each year, during the College Football Playoff Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers Week, universities, conferences, and ESPN come together to celebrate and recognize teachers across the country.

Posted 9/21/20


The Local Schools Leadership Council (LSLC) will hold its parent election, following by its monthly meeting, on Monday September 21, 2020 at 5:00pm using Zoom.

Zoom meeting link

Meeting ID: 841 3159 4379

Passcode: 534723

Posted 9/20/20

Palms Middle School logo

All Palms parents are invited to the Friends of Palms/PTSA online meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 6:30pm.

We'll be sharing news and status reports, accepting volunteers for open positions (including for the Palms PTSA), and answering your questions.

Zoom meeting link

Meeting ID: 889 3172 0819

⬇ Meeting agenda


Posted 9/20/20

father and daughterDue to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to have any on-campus tours at this time. Instead, Virtual Tours are under construction. We'll have more information about Virtual Tours after October 1, and we'll share the details with you then.

Posted 9/18/20

Superintendent Austin Beutner gave a weekly update this morning.

In his update, Mr. Beutner shared the following:

  • LAUSD has provided nearly 60 million meals and 8 million items including diapers and baby supplies, athletic and recreational items, clothes, books, and headphones
  • Government services play a critical role in supporting families. Completing the census will ensure California families get a fair share of these funds. Go to by September 30th to complete the questionnaire if you have not already
  • Back-to-school gatherings are happening via Zoom
  • 98% of students are engaged with their school community
  • LAUSD will be making fewer changes based on enrollment, which will result in more stability and smaller class sizes
  • LA County is in the highest risk category for Coronavirus, which is characterized as "widespread"
  • The return-to-school plan includes state-of-the-art health practices at school, testing for students, staff, and family members, and the ability to notify and isolate members of the school community who may have come in contact with the virus
  • Testing is underway; 5,000 staff members and their children were tested last week. They expect to get up to 20,000 people per day being tested soon, and eventually to get to 40,000
  • The initial positive rate was .1% (5 people)
  • Their plan is to contact directly anyone who tests positive or may have come in contact with the individual in their school cohort. They will also inform all in a school community about an occurrence at their school
  • Over the next few weeks, all staff and students will be provided with an initial baseline test. When we are closer to returning to school, there will be a second baseline test
  • We will return to school when it's safe to do so
  • Began offering care for the children of essential workers and will also begin offering one-on-one tutoring for those who need it most

Watch the video.

Posted 9/14/20

2019 fitness test results

In the Spring of most school years, 7th grade students take the California Physical Fitness Test, with results published in the Fall. The test was not given in Spring 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and P.E. is a challenge in the remote learning environment.

However, we are glad to share our fitness test results from 2019, when Palms boys and Palms girls scored higher than LAUSD averages in all six categories:

  • kids runningAerobic Capacity
  • Body Composition
  • Abdominal Strength
  • Trunk Extension Strength
  • Upper Body Strength
  • Flexibility

For the full data, including California averages, and Palms results from earlier years, see the Fitness Test Results page.

Stay fit, Palms students!

Posted 9/12/20

Students clapping

Palms students are invited to join any of the following online clubs. Check out the details on the Clubs page.

You can get more information from your teachers during Student Support Advisory periods. The Zoom links will be posted in Schoology.

Posted 9/10/20

A World of Learning

LAUSD's Fall Enrichment Program, a set of virtual after-school courses, is available to all LAUSD students.

It offers programs in dance, theatre, visual arts, STEM, computer science, marine science, and more.

Registration is from Tuesday, September 8 to Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
Enrichment classes will be held from Monday, September 21 to Thursday, December 17, 2020.

To register, log into with your Parent Portal login information. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can register at most one course per student.


Flyer: ⬇ English • ⬇ Spanish

FAQ: ⬇ EnglishSpanish

Registration instructions: ⬇ English

Posted 9/8/20

calendarVisit our Community News and Events page for Los Angeles events of interest.

In the latest news:

  • The Solatia group at Venice High School is holding an art competition on the theme Incorprating green spaces into urban areas.
  • The Hope for Unity Art Exhibit and a Peace Poster Contest are being sponsored by art supply store Baller Art Ware.

See the Community News and Events page for details and flyers!

Posted 9/4/20

School for Advanced StudiesGifted High Ability Magnet

The Palms School for Advanced Studies and the Palms Gifted/High Ability Magnet are still accepting 6th-grade applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Interested families should fill out an application at

Update on September 17, 2020

Palms is no longer accepting applications.

Posted 9/3/20