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soccer ball​​​​​​​Students: Would you like to participate in Noon Sports?

Palms intramural sports are offered three days a week at lunchtime, and you're welcome to play!

The Spring 2020 semester games are:

  • Flag Football
  • Three-point Shootout
  • Soccer

To join in or to learn more, talk to your counselor or visit Mr. Mullaney in the P.E. office.

Posted 2/27/20

Please join Palms students, families and friends for Dining for Dollars on Thursday, February 27  from 4 - 9:00 pm at Hamburger Habit, 11223 National Boulevard, Los Angeles (at Sepulveda, across from Ross). Twenty percent of food and beverage purchases will be donated to Palms. Take-out or dine-in orders are eligible.


We are going paperless this year, so please either present the flyer or just tell them you are with Palms Middle School. 

Posted 2/24/20

Dr. Moriuchi​​​​​​​A message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

I want to inform parents and the community that Palms Middle School is in the middle of budget planning for the 2020-2021 school year.

When creating the master schedule and hiring teachers, our first priority is to do what's best for students by putting available personnel in classrooms to lower class size. We understand the importance of putting a qualified teacher in all classrooms.

The school is looking to increase enrollment in the 6th grade to make room for new students in the Communications and Media Magnet Center. We anticipate an exciting first year for this new magnet.

Lastly, I wanted to thank all parents for everything you do. Your commitment has made us stronger and we truly appreciate all you've done and continue to do. Have a great week.

Posted 2/23/20

coffee cupPalms parents are invited to Coffee With the Principal, which will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 9:00am in the Library.

Principal Dr Moriuchi will be discussing vaping and its harmful effects.

Vaping has received serious media attention and it has become a matter of concern at schools. Unless you're familiar with the types of vaping devices, you may not be aware that those around you are vaping.

Please join us and bring any questions you have on this topic and other school topics.

Posted 2/20/20

LAUSD's 5K "Move It!" Health and Wellness Festival will be held at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 to 1pm. It is a free family event with giveaways, entertainment, informational booths, thank you food trucks and more.

By popular demand, Palms Middle School's Ballet Folklorico, Son de la Palma has been selected to perform.

Posted 2/20/20

Kobe and Gianni Bryant​​​​​​​

The Palms Middle School Black Student Union has organized to celebrate the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianni, and the other victims on Monday, February 24, 2020: Kobe and Gigi Day.

They are inviting everyone to wear Lakers colors -- purple and gold -- and/or basketball jerseys.

A speech and a moment of silence will be given during the morning announcements and during lunch on the quad, followed by hip/hop, African dance routines, basketball dribbling contests, and more.

A celebration of Black History Month, also organized by the Black Student Union, will be held on the quad on Thursday, February 27, 2020 during lunch, with speeches, song and dance, and more.

Posted 2/19/20

Attention Palms students: are you looking for something fun to do at lunchtime? Are you interested in gardening, writing, puzzles, games, or more? Check out some of these noontime club offerings! They are a great way to meet new friends who share your interests.

  • Garden Club: Tuesdays, meeting in the 6th grade garden area at lunch
  • Gay Straight Alliance - Wednesdays, room 55
  • Kindness Game Club - Tuesdays, room 140
  • Pen Heads, Writing Club - Thursday, Library patio at lunch, all grades welcome
  • Flag Football for boys & girls - lunchtime (PE office for more info)
  • Chess Club - Monday, Wednesday, Friday at lunch in room 112. All grades welcome, no experience necessary (Mr. Westhoff)
  • Puzzle Club - Fridays at lunch, room 113 - jigsaw puzzles, classical music & chocolate (Ms. Garret)
  • Anime Club - meetings on hold until March (Mr. Kim)
Posted 2/18/20

Parents and community of Palms Middle School, join us tonight February 18, 2020 for our monthly Friends of Palms (FOP) meeting in the library at 6:30pm. This is where you will hear what is happening around school, meet other Palms families and staff members, as well as have a voice in making Palms even better. FOP supports many progams at the school and we are always looking for more parent participation and input. Your involvement and attendance is appreciated. See you soon!

Posted 2/18/20

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

Monday, February 17, 2020 is the Presidents' Day Holiday and all LAUSD will be closed. We wish you a safe and happy school holiday.

Coffee With the Principal is scheduled for Friday, February 21, at 9:00am in the Library. The topic will be anti-vaping and I look forward to seeing you there for this important topic.

Thank you for all you do for Palms MS.

Posted 2/17/20

Presidents  Day

Monday, February 17, 2010 is Presidents' Day, honoring our first president George Washington and our 16th president Abraham Lincoln.

School will be closed Monday, and will resume Tuesday, February 18, with the regular Tuesday bell schedule.

Enjoy the holiday!

Posted 2/14/20

Dr. MoriushiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

Our annual Valentine's Day Dance for 7th and 8th graders will take place on Friday, February 14, at 3:10pm, after school. There will be plenty of adult supervision at the event and all 7th and 8th graders are invited.

Also, this is a friendly reminder that the Art in the Afternoon program continues every Thursday afternoon. If your child is interested in signing up, please ask them to see Ms. Goldin in Room 162.

I wish all of you a great week and thank you, again, for all you do for Palms!

Posted 2/9/20

Micaela BecerraMical CohenEric Sandoval

Micaela Becerra, Mical Cohen, and Eric Sandoval

Each month, Palms faculty and staff select a student from each grade who they feel excels in and out of the classroom, including for extracurricular activities.

Leadership students visit each winner's homeroom and award them a certificate, a backpack, a Palms bag, and a medal.

Read about our first three Students of the Month!

Posted 2/6/20

WASC Accreditation

The official letter from the Accrediting Commission (ACS) for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is now available for download.

The letter confirms the status of Palms as a WASC-accredited middle school.

The certification covers the 6 years from 2020 to 2026, the maximum interval over which a school can earn accreditation.

Accreditation identifies schools that are "worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and have clearly demonstrated continual self-improvement."

Posted 2/6/20

Come out and join thousands of LAUSD students, family members, employees, and community members in the free LAUSD 5K "Move It!" Health & Wellness Festival on Saturday February 22, 2020 at Dodgers Stadium, 8am - 1pm. Registration is required. For more information and to register, see the "Move It" website

Posted 2/5/20

Do you know what to do if your child forgets to take something to school? Sometimes you should bring forgotten items to school, and sometimes you shouldn't. 

Do you know when, or where to take forgotten items?

Read the details on our Forgotten Items page and remind students too. 

Posted 2/5/20

The cold spell we've been having is expected to continue this week and next week, with daytime temperatures in the mid-60s and dropping into the high 50s.

Please make sure that students are dressed warmly, with layers, since they will spend some of their time in classrooms and some of their time outdoors.

Posted 2/5/20

Palms parents, we need your help! Volunteers are a huge contributor to many successful programs at Palms. We need your skills and your willingness to help.  

As we move into the 2nd semester, it is time to start succession planning for next year. Many FOP Board Members will be culminating along with their 8th graders, and we will have multiple roles to fill. Please let us know if you are interested in hearing more about the following volunteer opportunities. Much of this can be done from home, in the evenings, outside of work/school hours.

Join us in the library for the February FOP meeting on Tuesday, February 18, at 6:30pm, to learn more.

The areas that need the most immediate help are:

  • Fundraising
  • Dining for Dollars Nights
  • Website Management/Updating
  • Westside Saver Cards
  • Friends of Palms Board Members
  • Beautification
  • Palms Gear


Posted 2/4/20

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

As we begin the second month into the new semester, I want to commend your children on their first semester report cards and outstanding behavior. Our students continue to shine!

Tomorrow is the first
day you may apply for late Magnet School admission in LAUSD. That means if you missed the deadline last semester, you're eligible starting on February 3, 2020. There are spaces available in the Gifted Magnet School and the Modern Media and Communications Magnet School. You may go online to the Choices portal to apply or call the Magnet Office at (310) 253-7641 for help.

Parent conferences were changed to Tuesday, February 4, 2020, so feel free to make an appointment with your child's teacher about any concerns/questions. It was originally scheduled for February 18. This is a great time to speak with your child's teacher before report cards come out.
Thank you for all you do for Palms Middle School. We appreciate you! Have a great week.

Posted 2/3/20

Get ready for Valentine's Day and buy a candygram for someone special. Candygrams are on sale during lunch in front of room 144.

Posted 1/27/20

footballLunchtime flag football signups are going on today and tomorrow. Pick up your roster at the Boys' PE office. All boys and girls are welcome to join.

Posted 1/27/20

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

Good attendance is important when it comes to the academic and social success of every student. Research has shown that students who are in school every day have better grades and are more successful in their social relationships. It matters a lot. I encourage you to send your child to school every day and encourage them to strive for perfect attendance. Of course, they should rest at home when they're ill.

On Wednesday (January 29, 2020) we will recognize over 400 students who have perfect attendance for the first semester. They will receive a special treat at break time. Attendance matters!

Once again, a BIG SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to the parents who have volunteered, participated in our school meetings, and have contributed to the school. We are fortunate to have you and your students. Have a great week!

Posted 1/27/20

Azusa Pacific UniversityKeeping HIstory Alive

7th grade Medieval World History teacher Ms. Garret and 8th grade U.S. history teacher Ms. McCarrell received grants from the Keeping History Alive program of Azusa Pacific University.

Ms. Garret received $850 for classroom curricular materials, art supplies, and historical replicas for medieval history activities.

Ms. McCarrell received $450 for copies of the US Constitution, to let her share fun facts and exploration of our country's living document.

Congratulations to both history teachers!

Posted 1/25/20

art paletteArt in the Afternoon starts Thursday, January 23, from 3:05 - 4:20. If you like painting and crafting, this is the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy these fun activities after school on Thursday afternoons. Please see Ms. Goldin in room 162 or Ms. Purdy in room 165 to pick up your application.

Posted 1/22/20

Middle Years Newsletter​​​​​​​The January issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips on managing homework, appreciating personal differences, changing rules as tweens grow, working in groups, making New Year's resolutions, having a good online presence, taking notes while reading, pleasant goodbyes, and choosing electives.

Download the January issue

For back issues, see the Middle Years Newsletter page.

Posted 1/22/20

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

I am eager to welcome everyone back from winter holiday in anticipation of a successful second semester. The Art in the Afternoon program conducted by Ms. Goldin and Ms. Purdy is taking place after school. If your child is interested in joining, please have them see either of the two art teachers. It's a great opportunity to further their art skills and talent.

This is a reminder that Monday, January 20 is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and all LAUSD schools will be closed.

Lastly, we continue to stress the importance of every student reporting to school every day. Students who are in school every day earn better grades, have an improved chance of success in high school and college, and have healthier social interactions with adults and fellow students. Students who have perfect attendance will receive recognition at the end of the semester.

Thank you for all you do for Palms Middle School, and have a wonderful week.

Posted 1/21/20

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

Ms. Goldin's Advanced Art students are having a very successful school year with three students receiving recognition for their artwork in recent competitions. Eighth graders Noah Smith, Daniel Spagna, and Kevin Yamashita all won awards this fall.

Noah and Kevin competed in the Westchester Rotary Club 7th and 8th Grade Arts Contest. Candidates were required to perform or display their artistic entry and answer written and verbal questions about it. They were asked about their artwork and the meaning behind it, what inspired them, and who was the intended audience. Noah received a $50 award. Kevin won first place and $750!

Daniel's color drawing of a bird standing in front of trees, mountains, and the sun was selected for inclusion in the 2019-20 LAUSD School Calendar representing the month of July. The calendar, featuring art by LAUSD students, is entitled, "Our Students - the heART of Los Angeles Unified 2019-2020 School Calendar," and was created by the Collaborative Student Project, Union Avenue Elementary School.

Palms is immensely proud of our students' artistic achievements in the community!

Westchester Rotary Club Arts ContestKevin Yamashita Art

Daniel Spagna Calendar




Daniel Spagna Calendar

Posted 11/20/19

Congratulations to the 6th grade Beyond the Bell co-ed flag football team. They beat Peary Middle School 50-0 to become the LA City Champions!

Our 7th/8th grade boys team and 7th/8th grade girls team both advanced to the semi-finals of the LA City Championship, but unfortunately, both teams were defeated in that round.

Congratulations to all three teams - and especially our reigning champion 6th grade team - for terrific flag football seasons.

6th grade BTB flag football champs

Posted 11/19/19

Attention Palms students... the question of the day is: 

Marvel Logo or DC Comics Logo


It's Spirit Week! Monday is Marvel vs. DC. Are you a Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman/Harley Quinn kind of person, or do you prefer Spider-Man/Captain America/Black Widow/The Wasp? Heated discussions of Avengers vs. Justice League may now commence.

Stay tuned for more spirited activities this week.

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: 1990s Day

Thursday: Wear Red

Friday: College Day: UCLA vs. USC

Spirit Week

Posted 11/18/19

Subway​​​​​​​All Palms families are invited to Dining for Dollars at Subway (3122 S. Sepulveda Blvd., at National Blvd.) on Tuesday, November 10, 2019 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm.

20% of all sales will be donated to Friends of Palms.

Come have a great meal and enjoy the party!

Download the flyer and bring it with you

Posted 11/18/19

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

This is the final week of instruction before the one-week Thanksgiving holidays.

We are asking all parents to complete the annual School Experience Survey, which gives you an important opportunity to comment on your experience regarding the school's climate, instructional program, safety, and support your child receives.

Click here for the survey

Please complete the survey by Friday, December 6, 2019. It must be completed in one sitting. Your answers will help us to improve how the school is run and how instruction is conducted in the classrooms. Your input is very important. Please don't miss this opportunity.

Finally, Friday, November 22 is a minimum day and school will be dismissed at 12:20pm.

Thank you for all you do for Palms Middle School.

Posted 11/17/19

peopleThe last Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting of the Fall Semester will take place on Tuesday November 29, 2019, at 6:30pm in the Library.

All Palms parents are invited to come to the meeting, hear staff reports, learn what's happening on campus, and have their questions answered.

Posted 11/17/19

Congratulations to the winners of the Eight Grade East Coast Trip Scholarship Contest, sponsored by Friends of Palms!

2020 East Coast Trip Scholarship Winners

From left to right:

  • Briselda Nunez won $2,100 and a spot on the trip.
  • John Zurita won $2,100 and a spot on the trip.
  • Aamani Indraganti won $300 and a spot on the trip.

They will join over 50 other 8th grade students who will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC on April 3 through 9, 2020.

Posted 11/15/19

piggy bankA message from Friends of Palms:

We are happy to announce our Family Donation Drive Participation Push Contest.

Great things are happening at Palms and we need your help to keep them going. Your donation matters at any level, and participation is key!

We have pushed the deadline to Friday, November 22, 2019, but get your forms in today!

Our goal is 100% participation for all students and families! Complete the form that went home with your kids, donate what you can (consider adding a little more if you already donated), and turn it in to the homeroom teacher.

Every homeroom that reaches 100% participation will win a donut party and coffee for the teacher.
Every donation helps and we need everyone to participate to make this drive a success. Your donation matters at any level, participation is key!

Posted 11/14/19

Pams T-shirtStudents should show their Palms Pride by dressing for Spirit Week from November 18 to 22, 2019.

Monday Nov 18: Marvel versus DC Day!

Show off your favorite character or movie.

Tuesday Nov 19: Twin Day!

Match your outfit with your BFF.

Wednesday Nov 20: 1990s Day!

Dress like it's 1990 thru 1999.

Thursday Nov 21: Wear Red Day!

Wear anything red.

Friday Nov 22: College Day!

Wear your favorite college T-shirt. Saturday is the UCLA-USC football game.

Posted 11/13/19

6th grade students from Palms Middle School showcased their STEAM innovations at the First Lego League (FLL) Los Angeles Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, November 9th, at Boyle Heights Stem Magnet High School. At the competition, 23 teams from across Los Angeles competed in tasks that included engineering robots, using CAD and 3D printing to improve urban communities, and programming robots to achieve tasks on a game board. Palms students were able to participate thanks to Black Eyed Peas musician’s Foundation, which sponsored our 30 scholars in attendance.

The Palms community is tremendously proud of our students’ successes. All three teams representing Palms Middle School earned trophies! The prestigious Champion’s Award for first place overall went to our all-girls team, The Watermelons. Second place for Robot Score Trophy went to Team EV12, and second place for Robot Design Trophy was awarded to The Norwegian Ridgebacks.

Team Watermelon will be advancing to compete in the Southern California FLL Regional Finals Competition on Saturday, December 14th, at La Canada High School.

Photos of the winning teams are below. See the Robotics page for more photos of the event. Congratulations to all the teams who participated and to Ms. Czujko for leading them!


Posted 11/13/19

Vision To Learn, founded by LAUSD Superintendent Austin Buetner, is a non-profit organization that provides free vision screenings, eye exams, and eyeglasses to students in low-income communities, regardless of parent income.

The Vision to Learn van will be at Palms Middle School on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, 2019.

Vision to Learn began in Los Angeles and now serves students in more than 328 U.S. cities across 13 states. It is funded by foundations -- including the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the LA Clippers Foundation -- businesses, community organizations, individuals, and government funding.

Posted 11/11/19

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

Monday, November 11, 2019 is Veteran's Day, and all LAUSD schools will be closed. Palms will resume instruction on Tuesday at 8:00am.

This is an important reminder to all parents who are interested in having their children apply to the Modern Media and Communications and/or the Gifted/High Ability Magnet: The application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019. You may apply online at or you may come into the Magnet Office and either Ms. Green or Mrs. Weissmann will assist you.

The Vision to Learn program will examine students' vision on Thursday and Friday. It's a free program and will also provide eye glasses free of charge regardless of parents income. We are excited to bring this program to Palms.

Lastly, I want to thank all parents again who participated in the WASC interviews. WASC will formally notify our school in a couple of months with an accreditation letter. I'm so proud of our students, teachers, staff, and parents who shined during the visit.

Please contact the school at 310-253-7600 with any questions.

Posted 11/10/19

The LAUSD eChoices application deadline is quickly approaching! If you are interested in applying to a magnet, SAS, dual language, or affiliated charter program, log on and make your selections by Friday, November 15. The online application is available here. Placements will be announced in March 2020.

For parents of incoming 6th graders, don't forget that Palms has a new Modern Media and Communications Magnet starting next fall to supplement our existing Gifted/High Ability Magnet and School for Advanced Studies programs.

Parents of 8th graders may be interested in applying to one or more high school magnet programs.

Posted 11/10/19

School will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observation of Veterans' Day. Veterans' Day, formerly Armistice Day, honors those who have served in the US armed forces.

Posted 11/7/19

This week's Coffee with the Principal will be canceled due to meeting conflicts. The next Coffee with the Principal is scheduled for Friday, January 17, 2020.

Posted 11/6/19

Visitors Day​​​​​​​Palms Middle School's fourth Visitors Day will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 9:00-10:30am. This is a great opportunity for parents of 4th and 5th graders to see what Palms is all about. You'll visit classrooms, tour the facilities, and get a chance to hear directly from Palms students and parents.

Magnet Applications are due by Friday, November 15, 2019.

Current Palms parents... we need volunteers! Help us lead a tour group. Please arrive at 8:30 to the auditorium, and we will give you instructions and assign you to a group. You are one of our best resources to share information about Palms with prospective students and their families.

Posted 11/5/19

Dozens of creative and talented students entered this year's Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest, demonstrating their knowledge of people who have shaped our society.

Student Body voting determined the winners:

First place: Madison Fukuoka for Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan pumpkin

Second place: Kayla Pincus for Mayan Lord Pakal

Mayan Lord Pakal pumpkin

Third place: Ciel Choi for Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci pumpkin

Honorable Mentions: Quinn Casady for Marie Curie, Kaylee Nakagawa for Sacagawea and Baby Pomp, and Zoe Espinoza for Albert Einstein.

Congratulations to all of this year's contestants!

Posted 11/5/19

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

It has been a busy week and I wanted to share some fantastic news regarding our recent WASC visit which took place Sunday October 27 through Wednesday October 30, 2019.

A team of five educators from throughout Southern California recently shared their findings with parents, staff, and teachers regarding accreditation status.

I'm very happy to report that Palms Middle School received full accreditation status for six years - the highest a secondary institution could receive.

I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the magnificent parents who gave their time on Sunday to speak about their experiences at Palms. You helped make it happen. An official letter of accreditation is forthcoming.
The following are some calendar reminders about the upcoming week:

  1. Remember that Standard Time started at 12:00am Sunday, so remember to turn your clocks back one hour.
  2. Visitors Day #4 is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, 2019. at 9:00am.
  3. Everyone is invited to Coffee With the Principal on Friday November 8, 2019, at 9:00am in the Library.
  4. Monday, November 11, 2019 is a holiday and all LAUSD schools will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.

Thank you, parents for all you do for Palms Middle School. Have a wonderful week.

Posted 11/3/19

​​​​​​​Middle Years NewsletterThe November 2019 issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips on tween relationships, putting in effort, reading for pleasure, making the most of conferences, empathy to prevent bullying, thinking first, getting a tween talking, eating fruits and vegetables, and looking at online grades together.

Download the November issue

For back issues, see the Middle Years Newsletter Archive page.

Posted 11/1/19

fall back clockDaylight Savings Time ends this Saturday night/Sunday morning at 2 am. Don't forget to "fall back" one hour and enjoy that extra sleep on Sunday morning!

Posted 11/1/19

Elementary school visit

Elementary school students will be visiting Palms on Friday, November 1, 2019. This is a visit for students only, not their parents.

However, parents of Palms students can volunteer to help greet and guide the visiting students. To volunteer, contact Friends of Palms.

Palms parents can also volunteer to help with the upcoming Visitors Day on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Posted 10/31/19

Among LAUSD schools, only Kenter Canyon Elementary and Topanga Elementary Charter will remain closed on Thursday, October 31, 2019 due to the Getty Fire.

Outside activities may be limited, depending on conditions.

Posted 10/30/19

HalloweenHappy Halloween! Palms students may wear costumes as long as they follow the costume guidelines

Seventh and eighth grade students are invited to the Halloween Dance after school in the cafeteria from 3-4 pm. Admission is $1 and pizza, drinks, and chips will be sold. 

Have a spooky day!


Posted 10/30/19

See the LAUSD website for a list of schools that will remain closed and a list of those that will reopen Wednesday.

Posted 10/30/19

LAUSD logoLAUSD wants your feedback on their efforts to serve the needs of students. They ask each student and one parent to take 15 minutes to fill out the anonymous and confidential School Experience Survey between now and December 6, 2019.

You can fill out the survey online or obtain a paper copy at school.

Students: Click to take the survey:


Parents: Click to take the survey:


If you have two students at Palms, fill out the survey based on the older child.

Posted 10/29/19

pumpkin contest

The annual Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest will be held on Halloween (Thursday, October 31, 2019) in the Library.

Students can bring in a pumpkin that has been decorated or carved to represent a historical figure such as George Washington or Confucius, along with a display card describing the person.

We look forward to some great works of art!

The contest is organized by Ms. Garret and Ms. Wohl.

Posted 10/29/19

Palms administrators are keeping a close watch on the air quality and following LAUSD guidelines to keep students safe. Students will have modified PE today and will be kept indoors as much as possible throughout the day. Dr. Moriuchi and the staff will continue to keep parents informed as any developments occur.

Posted 10/29/19

firePalms Middle School will remain open on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 as firefighters continue to battle the Getty Fire.

LAUSD announced that the schools that were closed on Monday will remain closed on Tuesday.

Air quality will remain a problem, and winds that can spread the fire are expected to increase by Tuesday evening.

See also KTLA's list of closed westside schools.

Posted 10/29/19

Students may wear certain types of costumes to school on Halloween (Thursday, October 31, 2019), subject to the Halloween Dress Code rules:

  • Costumes must conform to the Palms Middle School Dress Code.
  • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or individual at the school.
  • Costumes may not cause a disruption or distraction to the school program, which includes being too revealing.
  • Costumes may not show obscene materials, threats, or prohibited substances.
  • No masks are permitted in classrooms.
  • Weapons, toy weapons, props replicating weapons, or unsafe props or equipment are not allowed.
  • Costumes may not completely hide the identity of the student or impair a student's vision or movement.

The full rules are on the Code of Conduct page.

Posted 10/29/19

Due to smoke from the Getty Fire, Palms Middle School is under a "Shelter in Place" alert. Students, staff, and faculty are safe and all activities, including lunch and PE, have been moved indoors. More information is available on the LAUSD website. Parents can look for additional updates via all-call messages from Dr. Moriuchi and calls/emails from LAUSD alert systems.

Posted 10/28/19

fireOctober 28, 2019: Due to a fire off the 405 freeway near the Getty Center, LAUSD has closed some schools, among them University High School, Palisades High School, Emerson Middle School, Revere Middle School, and Westwood Elementary School.

As of 5:30am, Palms Middle School is scheduled to be open.

Check for the latest information on the LAUSD Home page.

Update: TV station KTLA has posted a list of closed westside schools. UCLA and Santa Monica College are also closed.

Posted 10/28/19

microscope​​​​​​​The Palms Science Dept. reports that UCLA Cal Teach students have just started their internships this semester at Palms Middle School.

They are working with science teachers Ms.Vogel and Mrs. Santana and majoring in Biochemistry, Neurology, and Genetics.

Posted 10/28/19

​​​​​​​Dr. Derek MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

First, I want to thank all parents in the WASC accreditation process for the time they spent to help us.

The five members of the WASC Visiting Committee will be on campus from October 28 to October 30, 2019, observing classrooms and asking your children questions about what they're learning in class. They will also be interviewing a select number of Leadership students and random students.

This is a reminder that the WASC committee will be responsible for granting Palms accreditation for the next six years. We are confident that our school will shine.

Lastly, the 7th and 8th grade Halloween Dance is scheduled for Halloween day, Thursday, October 31, 2019. Please remember that masks are not allowed in classrooms and buildings. All costumes must be appropriate and not be offensive to anyone or to any group.

Please call the school at 310-253-7600 if you have any questions.

Posted 10/27/19

Palms Middle School's third Visitors Day will be held on Friday, October 25, from 9-10:30 am. This is a great opportunity for parents of 4th and 5th graders to see what Palms is all about. You'll visit classrooms, tour the facilities, and get a chance to hear directly from Palms students and parents.

Current Palms parents... we need volunteers! Help us lead a tour group. Please arrive at 8:30 to the auditorium, and we will give you instructions and assign you to a group. You are one of our best resources to share information about Palms with prospective students and their families.

Posted 10/24/19

Interested in learning about the many local high school programs and options? Attend tonight's High School Information Night. Join us from 6-8 pm, starting in the Palms auditorium, to learn more about the high school programs that may be a good fit for your child.

Posted 10/24/19

​​​​​​​pizzaThe results of the CPK Battle of the Grades are in. The 6th graders won a free pizza party at lunch!

Participating 6th graders: You will not need to bring a lunch to school on Thursday, October 24, 2019. CPK is providing you with a free pizza lunch! We have the list of participants, so go to Room 144 at lunch to claim your free pizza!

Congratulations to all of the 6th graders who participated in the CPK Battle of the Grades Contest, and thank you to the 7th and 8th graders who participated as well. You did an amazing job supporting our school!

Posted 10/23/19

zombiesThere will be a Halloween Dance in the Student Cafeteria, for 6th graders only, on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

The theme of the dance is Scary Dolls.

Admission is $1. Students can buy snacks and drinks at the dance, with the money going to the Student Body fund.

Posted 10/23/19

meal application

Every family with a student at Palms should submit their Meal Application, if they haven't already done so. Submit an online application whether or not you expect to qualify. We need to ensure that every qualified student receives their benefit of free or reduced-priced meals.

Meal Applications also determine our Title I funding, which pays for many Palms programs.

To submit your application:

  1. Go to My School Apps.
  2. Enter Zip Code 90017.
  3. Make sure the district is Los Angeles Unified School District.
  4. Click Select District & Continue.
  5. Click Begin Application Process.

You will need the grade and birthdate of each student in your household, the incomes of your household members, and the last 4 digits of your social security number.

For more information, see the LAUSD Meal Application page.

Posted 10/22/19

As part of their "Reach out to Friends and Family/Thanksgiving Project," Leadership is running a canned foods drive. Students are invited to contribute by bringing canned goods and other non-perishable foods to their homeroom class between now and November 15, 2019. For more information, view the flyer on the Leadership page.

Posted 10/22/19

Westside Saver Card

The Westside Saver Card is a popular discount card that's also a Palms fundraiser. Each year we include local businesses such as restaurants, snack shops, and small businesses in our neighborhood. You get a discount and Palms gets a donation!

We are in the process of adding new businesses and confirming previous contracts for our 2020 edition, and we could use your help.

If you're affiliated with a local business, this would be especially helpful.

To volunteer, contact Friends of Palms.

Posted 10/21/19

Dr. Derek MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

As we begin the 10th week of school, I want to commend our students for their outstanding behavior. They've demonstrated respectful conduct, kindness, and effort in their studies. Keep up the good work.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the auditorium there will be a special presentation of the new Modern Media and Communications Magnet for any parent interested in hearing about this exciting new magnet center, which will open in August, 2020. The theme will be communications, so students will learn about creative writing; making oral presentations; and video productions. We encourage all interested parents to attend. We are the only westside middle school to offer such a program.

Magnet applications are due by Friday, November 15, 2019. Mrs. Weissmann will be there to any your questions. Please call the school at 310-253-7600 with any questions.

Posted 10/21/19

HalloweenThe date of the 6th Grade Halloween Dance has been changed to Thursday, October 24. It will be held from 3-4:15 in the cafeteria. Admission costs $1. Drinks and snacks will be available. Sixth graders: get ready to do the Monster Mash!

Posted 10/21/19

Local District West's Unified Enrollment Fair will be held at Baldwin Hills Elementary on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 am to 12 pm. Families with students in Pre-K to Grade 12 are all welcome to attend.

The Unified Enrollment Fairs are held across the different local districts to share with parents various LAUSD program options, including:

  • Magnet Programs
  • Dual Language Programs
  • Schools for Advanced Studies
  • Permits with Transportation
  • Admission Criteria Schools
  • Zones of Choice
  • Affiliated Charters
Posted 10/18/19

The Great California ShakeOut

Schools all over California practiced earthquake preparedness on Thursday, October 17, 2019, known as The Great California Shakeout.

Everyone at Palms pretended there had been a large earthquake and practiced emergency procedures.

Ask a Palms student about ways to prepare for an earthquake so they can share what they've learned!

In an emergency...

If your child must be picked up after a real emergency, someone authorized on your child's Emergency Information Card must request your child from the Request Gate on the south side of Palms Blvd., show identification, and then wait for your child to be brought to you at the Reunion Gate. Learn where they are from this map:

Request and Reunion Gates

Posted 10/17/19

Great news from the Beyond the Bell Flag Football program... ​the teams in our Open Division (6th - 8th) and 6th Grade Futures Division have had a very successful season!

The Boys/Coed and Girls Open Division teams earned Southwestern League Championship honors on Saturday, 10/5, and the Western Regional Championships this past weekend at Marina MS. Both teams advanced to the District Quarterfinals for Division I on 10/26 at Marina MS. City Championships will be held on Saturday, 11/9, at Franklin HS; we'll let you know if either team advances.

The Palms 6th Grade Coed Futures Division Team will be playing this Saturday, 10/19, at Marina MS in the Coast Regional Playoffs. If they advance to the regional championships, they will earn a spot in the District Quarterfinals scheduled for Saturday, 11/2.

Beyond the Bell football teamBeyond the Bell football team

Posted 10/16/19

Tomorrow evening is the Middle and High School Fair at Palms-Rancho Park Library and Recreation Center (two locations in the same parking lot). Representatives will be on hand from about 30 public, private, independent and charter middle and high schools. The event runs from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday.

Posted 10/16/19

theater maskCalling all actors... If you love acting or have always been interested in theater, this is a great opportunity to participate in an after school drama group with Mr. Kim. 

Mr. Napoleon Tavale from East West Players, a theater group based in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles, will be the guest drama teacher. Along with Mr. Kim, Mr. Tavale will help students with comedy improv skills, monologue writing, and performance. Students will perform in a showcase for parents and friends at East West Players' historic theater in December.

The class begins on Thursday, October 17, from 3:30-5:30 pm, in the auditorium.

Posted 10/15/19

Palms Music LogoJoin us as we kick off this year's music programs with the Pops Concert on Wednesday, October 16. Mrs. Chi's choirs and Ms. Jones' band and orchestra will all perform. The concert is free and the lights go down at 6 pm. Arrive early to get a good seat! Refreshments will be available in the lobby during intermission. 

Posted 10/15/19

clock time 11 30clock time 8 00There will be a special bell schedule on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, when 8th grade students will take the PSAT (Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test).

Homeroom will be 3 hours and 40 minutes long, followed by Break. Periods 1 through 6 will each be 20 minutes instead of the usual 54 minutes. Lunch will be between Period 2 and Period 3.

While 8th grade students are taking the PSAT, 6th and 7th graders will have special projects, lessons on cybercitizenship, and other activities that homeroom teachers have lined up.

See 220-minute Homeroom Schedule on the Bell Schedule page.

Posted 10/15/19

calendar​​​​​​​All members of the Palms Middle School community are invited to attend the Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 6:30pm in the Library.

We'll hear from the school staff, fill available Friends of Palms and PTSA positions, answer your questions, and listen to your ideas.

We hope to see you there!

Posted 10/14/19

Dr. Derek MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful fall weather and nice transition to cooler temperatures.

This is an important week for all 8th graders who will be taking the PSAT (Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 during an extended homeroom class. The District will pay for all 8th graders to take it and it is mandated. Its results will be a preliminary indication of how your child might perform on the SAT which many colleges and universities require for college entrance. It's the District's goal to make every student college-ready.

Our annual Pops Concert will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 6:00pm in the auditorium. Please join us for this wonderful evening performance, where you will hear our talented students.

Thank you for all you do for Palms Middle School and for making it the best middle school in Los Angeles.

Posted 10/13/19

Safe Place for Youth logo​​​​​​​

Monday, October 14, 2019 is the last day to donate hygiene and clothing items to Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.), a non-profit that helps young people transition off the streets and into stable housing and employment.

Please place any of the following items in the donation box in the Student Services office by Monday:

  • Men's boxer briefs, NEW, sizes S-L
  • Women's underwear, NEW
  • Travel size body wash
  • Baby wipes
  • Razors
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste

The S.P.Y. Donation Drive at Palms is coordinated by Ms. Goldin.

Posted 10/12/19

2019-2020 Student Body Officers

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Student Body Officers!

  • President: Anthony Aguirre
  • Vice President: Paola Torres
  • Secretary: Jessica Hernandez
  • Treasurer: Daniel Santiago
  • Commissioner of Activities: Lana Reyes

The candidates, all from Leadership class, worked hard on their campaign slogans, posters, and speeches.

Hundreds of Palms students lined up to vote on Student Body Election Day -- Monday October 7, 2019 -- and received "I voted" stickers.

Posted 10/11/19

Palms will host its second Visitors Day on Friday, October 11, from 9-10:30 am.

Leadership students will lead group tours along with parent volunteers. Tours begin at in the Auditorium and last approximately 75 to 90 minutes.

No sign-up is necessary. Come and visit!

Palms parents are welcome to volunteer to accompany a Visitors Day tour.

Posted 10/9/19

On Thursday, October 17, from 5:30-7:30 pm, the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library will host the second annual Middle and High School Fair with over 30 schools represented (including Palms). This is a great opportunity for 8th grade families in particular to learn about high school options including public, private, magnet, SAS, charter, and independent schools. Representatives from each school will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

The Palms-Rancho Park Library is located at 2920 Overland Avenue, and the Palms Recreation Center is located at 2950 Overland Avenue. The Fair will span both locations.

View the flyer for more details.

Posted 10/7/19

There will be no school on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

It is an unassigned day, selected to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Many students and staff members throughout LAUSD would be absent if Wednesday was a regular school day.

School resumes on Thursday, October 10.

Posted 10/7/19

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

Student Body elections will take place on Monday, October 7, 2019, for eighth grade positions. Your child will have an opportunity to elect the best President, Vice-President, and Treasurer who represents their needs.

There will be no school on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. School will resume on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Our teachers and staff are busy preparing for the upcoming WASC visit on October 27, 2019. A committee of five members will be on campus that week to observe classes and interview parents and staff. We are very excited about the WASC accreditation process. I will continue to update you on our progress.

Thank you for all you do for the students and staff at Palms MS. Have a wonderful week.

Posted 10/6/19

GATEParents of students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program are invited to the Gifted Fall Meeting on Thursday October 3, 2019, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the auditorium.

The 11th Annual Symposium on Gifted Education will be held December 14, 2019 and the Spring Gifted Meeting will be held on April 23, 2020.

Posted 10/3/19

California Pizza Kitchen logoThe California Pizza Kitchen Philanthropizza Cards arrive on Wednesday, October 2! These cards are FREE and will be distributed to all Palms students and staff. They are valid for seven months, from October 1, 2019 - May 1, 2020.

Palms families, please use these cards every time you dine at the CPK locations in Culver City, Beverly Hills or Century City during the valid dates. CPK will automatically donate 20% of the bill to support Palms Middle School! Valid for dine-in or take-out.

Extra cards are available for friends and family while supplies last; visit the main office.

Thank you for supporting Palms!

Posted 10/2/19

​​​​​​​State test results  English and Math

State testing  8th grade science

The State of California tabulates and publishes the results of the state tests given every year.

The results from Spring 2018 testing show that Palms students scored significantly higher than the average middle school in LAUSD and the average middle school in California, in all 3 subjects:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • 8th Grade Science

We'll post the 2019 test results when they become available. For additional details, see California State Testing and State Test Results.

Congratulations to Palms students!

Posted 10/2/19

​​​​​​​Middle Years NewsletterThe October 2019 issue of the Middle Years Newsletter has tips on studying, juggling responsibilities, effective expectations, integrity, exercise, confidence, counselors, proofreading, and a game for learning geography.

Download the October issue

Back issues are available on the Middle Years Newsletter page.

Posted 10/1/19

green screen effects

When 5th grade students from Crescent Heights Elementary School came to Palms recently for tours, students in the Palms Video Production elective taught the visitors how to make a movie, with the 5th graders as actors and crew, and the Palms students as mentors.

They used green screen effects to make it appear that the visiting students were in different locations. This was the first use of live green screen effects by the Video Production class, with the backgrounds inserted in realtime.

As you can see in this close-up of the TV screen, the 5th grade students appear to be sitting on a beach!

green screen closeup

The Video Production elective is taught by Ms. Clark.

Posted 9/29/19

calendarThere will be no school on Monday September 30, 2019.

It is an unassigned day, selected to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Many students and staff members throughout LAUSD would be absent if Monday was a regular school day.

Enjoy the holiday or your day off! School resumes on Tuesday with the Tuesday bell schedule, with dismissal at 1:30.

Posted 9/27/19

Banned Books WeekWhat do Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Handmaid’s Tale have in common?

Both were books made into a popular movie or TV series. And they were both banned books that some communities wanted to prevent students from reading.

It's Banned Books Week, and Palms students are learning about the reasons that books are challenged, often because adults think that young adults "can't handle" serious topics.

English teachers and Mr. Frankel, our new librarian, are leading these lessons, as our students champion their right to read with discussions, signs, and posters.

Posted 9/25/19

ballot boxStudents from the Leadership elective class campaign to become Student Body Officers. The positions are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Commissioner(s) of Activities

Students will begin campaigning for 8th grade President and Vice  President this week, September 23-27, 2019.

We look for outstanding student leaders who want to take on this important role. They will represent Palms in important functions throughout the year and be role models for other students.

Posted 9/24/19

Mrs. Nelson s Book FairA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

I'm extending my appreciation to all parents and students who participated in our annual Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair.

We had a wonderful response from you and it was a great fundraiser for Palms.

Posted 9/24/19

Please note that the parent community magnet presentation meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow, September 25, 2019, has been moved to October 17 from 6-7 pm.

Posted 9/24/19

Visit our updated Community News and Events page to read about

  • the accomplishments of some former Palms students
  • the Palms Neighborhood Council's Community Clean Up Day on October 5

If you hear of other community news or know of upcoming community events, please let Friends of Palms know.

Posted 9/24/19

committeeParent elections for the Local School Leadership Council (LSLC) will take place on Monday September 23, 2019, at 5:00pm in the Library. The LSLC meeting will follow.

The Local School Leadership Council is a shared decision-making body, composed of elected parents, community members, school personnel, and Student Body officers.

Posted 9/23/19

California Pizza Kitchen logoEighth grade families: do you think you can dominate the 6th and 7th grade CPK Battle of the Grades? Tuesday night, September 24th, is your chance! Head to one of three CPK locations - Culver City, Beverly Hills, or Century City - and 20% of your bill will be credited to Palms. You must sign in to get credit for 8th grade. We've had a strong showing from the 6th and 7th grade families, so the 8th graders are going to have to give it their all if they want to rule the school!

Download the flyer for more information. 

Posted 9/23/19

Safe Place for YouthEach fall, Palms families participate in a drive coordinated by Ms. Goldin to donate hygiene and clothing items to Safe Place for Youth. S.P.Y. is a non-profit that helps young people transition off the streets and into stable housing and employment. This year's drive begins Monday, September 23, and runs until Monday, October 14, 2019. The donation box will be located in Student Services. Please donate what you can to help youth in need.

The following items were specifically requested for this year's drive:

  • Men's boxer briefs, NEW, sizes S-L
  • Women's underwear, NEW
  • Travel size body wash
  • Baby wipes
  • Razors
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
Posted 9/20/19

saxophoneJazz Band is an after-school class, held from 3:15-4:00pm, taught by Ms. Jones.

Jazz Band auditions will take place on

  • Friday September 20, 2019
  • Monday September 23, 2019
  • Tuesday September 24, 2019

Students who play a jazz instrument can sign up for an audition in Room 172. Auditions will take place during lunch. Students who read music should get the audition music ahead of time.

Details are available on the Jazz Band page.

Posted 9/19/19

coffee cupThe theme for this week's Coffee with the Principal is Communications Programs. Representatives from Hamilton High and University High will attend. Parents, please try to join us! Coffee with the Principal is held on the library patio beginning at 9 am.

Additionally, this Friday is a minimum day. Get a jump on the weekend with a 12:20 dismissal.

Posted 9/19/19

Please plan to attend Back to School Night and the Emergency Preparedness Fair tonight, Thursday, September 19, from 5-7 pm. You'll visit your children's classes, meet each teacher, and learn what teachers have planned for this academic year.

The Emergency Preparedness Fair takes place alongside Back to School Night. Seventh grade Health/Life Science students create exhibits and offer emergency preparedness giveaways and raffles. It's fun and informative.

Stop by the Book Fair to purchase some new selections for yourself, your children, or your children's teachers. Many teachers have wish list items on a display in the library.

Additionally, watch Ballet Folkórico perform authentic Mexican dances in gorgeous costumes on the quad.


Posted 9/19/19

At the Book Fair you can purchase books that have been requested by your child's teachers.

Book Fair Teacher Wish Lists

Look for the Teacher Wish List board in the Library and choose a book from a teacher's holder. The teacher will be so appreciative!

Posted 9/18/19

100% of Fundraising GoalBy now, you should have discovered the Family Annual Donation Drive form that was included in the back-to-school packet. We are so grateful to the families that have already donated!

Our goal is to have 100% participation from Palms families. Everyone can contribute something to the donation drive, so please participate and donate what you can. Every child benefits from every dollar.

Donations can be made online via PayPal or you can return the form to school with your child before Friday, October 13th. Platinum, Gold, and Silver supporters receive rewards! You can choose your own donation amount and frequency on our Donate page.

Posted 9/18/19

Join us tonight for the first Friends of Palms meeting of the year. The meeting begins at 6:30 in room 114. Learn more about how you can get involved at Palms! Friends of Palms supports the school by way of fundraising, providing parent volunteers, and building community through organizing fun events. This is a great chance to participate with your child's school. There are many ways you can help.

We hope to see you tonight! 

Posted 9/17/19

The Palms Middle School Book Fair starts this week and runs from September 13-20. Please help support our only library fundraiser of the year! Students can visit during nutrition and lunch, and parents are encouraged to stop by during Back to School Night, where you can purchase classroom books from teacher wishlists.

We need your help to make the Book Fair a success. Parent volunteers are needed to set up as well as to monitor the book fair during nutrition and lunch and throughout the day when classes visit. Email Friends of Palms for more information or sign up here:

Parents and guardians, please sign up to volunteer. Thank you for your support!

Posted 9/10/19

California Pizza Kitchen logoHey Palms 7th graders: can you beat the 6th graders in the Battle of the Grades? The 6th graders are off to a great start with an amazing turnout at CPK last week. We can't divulge any details about how much they raised, but the 7th graders are going to need to try hard if they want to compete to win a free pizza party at school.

The second Battle of the Grades fundraiser will be for the 7th graders. On Tuesday, September 10, visit one of these three California Pizza Kitchen Locations: Culver City, Century City Mall, or Beverly Hills. You can dine in or take out at any time tomorrow to get credit for the fundraiser, but remember this:

In order for students to get full credit for participation, they must sign in at one of the three participating locations and present the flyer. It's available on the Palms website on the Dining for Dollars page. There are extra paper copies of the flyers in at the school's main entrance.

Remember, the grade that spends the most money will have a pizza party at school in late October for those students who participated. Even better, Palms will get 20% back of all the funds raised on each fundraising night. 

Posted 9/9/19

student ID card​​​​​​​

Picture Day is Thursday, September 12, 2019.

We encourage all students to dress nicely and look their best.

All photos will be published in the yearbook and students will have their pictures on their Student ID card.

Parents may purchase a set of additional photos. Students will receive an order form in homeroom.

Posted 9/8/19

cell phoneDo you know the Palms cell phone policy?

  • Student may have a cell phone at school, on school property, at after-school activities, and at school-related functions, but the cell phone must be off and concealed during school hours and in the school buildings.
  • Cell phones must be in the off position (not vibrate mode) during the entire instructional day, including at break and lunch.

Read more about Palms policies under General Campus Rules.

Posted 9/7/19

book fairThis year's Book Fair runs from September 13-20, 2019. Please help support our only library fundraiser of the year. Students can visit during nutrition and lunch, and parents are encouraged to stop by during Back to School Night, where you can purchase classroom books from teacher wishlists.

We need your help to make the Book Fair a success. Parent volunteers are needed to set up as well as to monitor the book fair during nutrition and lunch and throughout the day when classes visit. Email Friends of Palms for more information.

Parents and guardians, please sign up to volunteer:

Thank you for your support!

Posted 9/6/19

Middle Years newsletterThe monthly Middle Years Newsletter, sponsored by the Palms Gifted Magnet, provides parents with tips and advice for helping middle school students with school, home, learning, and life in general.

The September 2019 issue provides tips on maintaining a good attitude, parent involvement, fun outings and projects, getting started with community service, everyday engineering, "elevator speeches," agreeing to disagree, taking good risks, crossword puzzles, and more!

Download the September issue

Posted 9/5/19

​​​​​​​Masters of Disaster7th grade students of Mrs. Santana will present safety and emergency planning information at the Emergency Preparedness Fair on Thursday September 19, 2019.

You can help us buy safety vests and presentation supplies for these students by contributing to the fundraiser:

Emergency Preparedness campaign - donate now!

As of today, we need only $321 more to buy these supplies.

The fundraiser is at the DonorsChoose website.

Posted 9/4/19

Palms studentsThe 2019-2010 school year is off to a good start. Enrollment at Palms Middle School has increased by more than 120 students since last year, a sign of Palms' success, value, and popularity in the community!

To give every student an appropriate schedule, some students have had their schedule of classes changed. 

Don't be alarmed. Class schedules settle down this week, and teachers are well aware that class reassignments are made during the first weeks of school. No student will miss instruction or be left behind if they change classrooms.

Read more about how Academic Placement works.

Posted 9/3/19