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School will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of this civil rights leader. 

Posted 1/16/20

coffee cupPlease join us for our monthly Friends of Palms (FOP) meeting on Friday, January 17th, at 8:00 am, in the Library. The meeting will be immediately followed by Coffee with the Principal. FOP meetings are a great opportunity to hear what is happening around school, meet other Palms families and staff members, and have a hand in helping to make Palms better. Coffee with the Principal provides a further opportunity to learn what is happening in our school through a casual conversation with Principal Moriuchi. We hope to see you there.

Posted 1/16/20

The first meeting of The Bruin Experiment will be held today, Wednesday, January 15, from 3:15-4:30 pm, in room 161, in the Industrial Arts building in the center of campus. Students will meet each Wednesday to develop their projects and learn about the scientific method. Ms. Flynn and Ms. Garret will be supervising TBE this year. The weekly meetings will culminate in a science fair held in May at UCLA. Over 50 students applied to participate in this year's program! Due to the high level of interest, each student may not miss more than two meetings, or they may lose their spot.

View pictures from past years of The Bruin Experiment here.

Posted 1/15/20

Roman Architecture

Guest speaker Dr. Neil Cuadra spoke to four periods of Ms. Garret's 7th grade history class on Tuesday, January 14, 2010.

Using a prepared slideshow, he showed students that many social developments and engineering achievements of the Roman Empire affect our lives today. For example, he showed students how the government buildings in Washington, DC were modeled after classical buildings in Rome and how Roman numerals lend prestige to names and events.

Ms. Garret's students, who had already studied some aspects of the Roman Empire, were able to answer both easier and tougher questions during the lesson.

Posted 1/14/20

Middle Years Newsletter​​​​​​​The December issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips on healthy technology habits, brain growth, meaningful math, family debates, helping with nervousness, spreading kindness, family traditions, middle school dating, and starting the second semester.

Download the December issue

For back issues, see the Middle Years Newsletter page.

Posted 1/4/20

mosaic for teacher appreciation

The Staff Appreciation Lunch is coming up on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 1:30pm in the Library Patio.

At this annual event, parent volunteers show their appreciation by providing a luncheon for Palms teachers and staff.

You can help in any of the following ways:

  • Bring food: desserts, salads, or sides
  • Bring supplies: plates, utensils, cups, napkins, plants, flowers, or table take-aways
  • Donate money so we can buy other food and supplies
  • Help set up, serve, or clean up
  • Spread the word about helping with this event!

If you bring items, drop them off at the Library or Main Office by noon. To help set up, come to the Library Patio by 11:45am. To help clean up, stay after 2:00pm.

For more information, contact Friends of Palms.

Posted 12/12/19

GATe Parent Newsletter

The Fall 2019 and Winter 2019 issues of the GATE Parent Newsletter are available. They cover the application process and list upcoming events.

Download them from our GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter page.


Posted 12/11/19

music notesPlease join us for the Palms Middle School Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 11, at 6 pm, in the auditorium. Both Mrs. Chi and Ms. Jones' students will perform, and the concert will feature both vocal and instrumental holiday music. We look forward to seeing you there. Admission is free, and snacks will be sold during intermission.

Posted 12/5/19

Marie Callender s logoPlease join us for Dining for Dollars Day at Marie Callender's West Los Angeles (11324 National Blvd., just west of Sawtelle) on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Have breakfast, then stop in later for dinner or a slice of pie!

20% of all sales will be donated to Friends of Palms, including whole pies and take-out orders.

Download the flyer and bring it with you.

Posted 12/4/19

Thanksgiving turkeyLAUSD schools, including Palms Middle School, will be closed during Thanksgiving Week, November 25-29, 2019. Palms students will be dismissed at 12:20 on Friday, November 22, to give everyone a jump start on the holiday break. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted 11/20/19