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News 2021-2022

History Project Display in the Students Section

history projects

Check out the amazing display of art created by students in Ms. Garret's 7th grade Medieval History classes this year.

It can be found on the School Projects page, part of the Students section of this website.

Student History Projects

School Projects

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A big Palms THANK YOU to 8th grader Zohar Brand, manager of the Students section for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Zohar did a fantastic job as the first Palms student to help manage the Palms website!

Posted 6/9/22

Eighth Grade Picnic: June 6

picnic basket

The Eighth Grade Picnic will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 during Periods 4, 5, and 6. Eligible eighth graders, who must have attended the Culmination rehearsal that morning, are invited to this free event.

Students should bring their own lunch, although some snacks will be available. Music and activities will also be provided.

The Eighth Grade Picnic was originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 7.

Posted 6/3/22

Culmination Tickets

culmination tickets

Tickets for Culmination on Friday, June 10, 2022 in the auditorium will be distributed to students on Thursday, June 9, the final rehearsal day. Each candidate will receive a maximum of two tickets.

Parents of culminating students should download the Culmination Parent Update form and return the tear-off portion by Monday, June 6, 2022:

Culmination Parent Update

Students who have guests with special needs (elderly or wheelchair-bound) may request special-needs tickets instead of regular tickets, using the tear-off. There is still a limit of 2 tickets total per student.

Posted 6/3/22

Culmination Rehearsal Schedule

cap and diploma

Culmination rehearsals for eighth grade students will be as follows:

Day Rehearsal Dismissal
Mon June 6 8:00am to 12:30pm 3:00pm
Tue June 7 8:00am to 1:30pm 1:30pm
Wed June 8 8:00am to 12:21pm 12:21pm
Thu June 9 8:00am to 12:21pm 12:21pm

Eighth grade students must attend all rehearsals in order to attend the Eighth Grade Picnic and participate in the Culmination ceremony, unless an exception is approved by the Eighth Grade Administrator.

Posted 6/3/22

Reading Contest: June 6 to August 6

Summer With the Library

See the Library Events page for information about the Summer With the Library reading contest of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Posted 6/2/22

Donate to Help Our Robotics Students


Students in Ms. Czujko's Robotics and Coding elective need equipment so they can study conditions of programming, best practices for visual and graphic design, and features for game engagement.

You can help by donating to the fundraiser at DonorsChoose.


Your Future Game Designers are Here!


To date, DonorsChoose fundraisers have raised $59,114 for Palms classrooms.

Posted 6/1/22

No School for Memorial Day: May 30

Memorial Day

There is no school on Monday, May 30, 2022 for Memorial Day, the federal holiday honoring U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the armed forces.

Posted 5/29/22

Video Production Students Win 10 Awards

Directing Change

Students from the Video Production elective, taught by Mrs. Clark, won 10 awards at this year’s Directing Change Mental Health and Suicide Prevention film competition and the monthly Hope and Justice film competition.

The videos were shown at the Palms Film Festival, which is the culmination of the 8th grade program for students in the Modern Media and Communications Magnet.

A list of the Palms videos is on the Honors, Awards & Recognition page.

You can also see the entries as one 26-minute presentation.

Posted 5/28/22

Coffee With the Principal: May 27

coffee cup

The final Coffee With the Principal for this school year will take place on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 8:00am. All Palms parents are invited to attend.

Coffee With the Principal

➡ Zoom link

Posted 5/26/22

Palms Ballet Folklórico at Fiesta Mexicana

The Palms Ballet Folklórico performance at UCLA's Fiesta Mexicana, on Sunday, May 22, 2022, is now on YouTube!

Posted 5/24/22

Dining for Dollars at MOD Pizza: May 25

MOD PIzzapizza

If you and your family like pizza, then you won't want to miss Dining for Dollars at MOD Pizza on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

MOD Pizza is at 8985 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034.

Three ways to get your pizza:

  1. Go to the the MOD PIzza website and use fundraiser code MODF5371.
  2. Use the MOD Pizza app with fundraiser code MODF5371.
  3. Bring the English flyer or Spanish flyer to the restaurant.

MOD Pizza will donate 20% to Friends of Palms.

Posted 5/22/22

Palms Art at the United Streets of America Art Show

Here is a sample of the art, by Palms students of Ms. Goldin, exhibited at the United Streets of America art show. The theme is What unity means to me.

Elijah Golden
Elijah Golden, 8th grade

Ashley Kelly
Ashley Kelly, 7th grade

Keillie Lopez Moreno
Keillie Lopez Moreno, 8th grade

McKenzie Martin
McKenzie Martin, 8th grade

Sydney Pulido Banda
Sydney Pulido Banda, 7th grade

Declan Shortt
Declan Shortt, 8th grade

Aiden Yu
Aiden Yu, 8th grade

Posted 5/21/22

Music Scholarships Continue

Colburn SchoolLos Angeles Secondary Music Teachers Assocation

Only a week after six Palms students received PTSA Music Scholarships, we have two more scholarships to announce:

Congratulations to Dominic and Aama!

Posted 5/20/22

Ballet Folklórico Performs at Castle Heights

Ballet Folkl rico at Castle Heights Elementary School

Palms Ballet Folkórico performing at Castle Heights

Students in Son de la Palma, the Ballet Folklórico elective at Palms, warmed up for their upcoming Fiesta Mexicana performance with a visit to Castle Heights Elementary School, where they gave a performance that may inspire students to learn Mexican dancing themselves.

Posted 5/20/22

See Art by Palms Students at the United Streets of America Art Festival: May 22

United Streets of America Art Festival

The United Streets of America Art Festival will feature art by more than two dozen of Ms. Goldin's art students, on the theme of What Unity means to me.

The festival, sponsored by Arts Bridging the Gap, will take place as a block party at Hollywood and Highland (6801 Hollywood Blvd.) in Hollywood on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from noon to 4:00pm. In addition to student art, there will be adult artists and their works and food for sale from local area restaurants.

Art Festival

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Participating Palms art students:

  • Janaan Ali
  • Aaliyah Booker
  • Delilah Domenzain
  • Michelle Echenique
  • Crystal Garcia
  • Elijah Golden
  • Dylan Guerra
  • Christina Guzman
  • Dylan Hernandez
  • Jocelyn Hernandez
  • Ashley Kelly
  • Musawwer Khan
  • Andrew Madrill
  • McKenzie Martin
  • Marissa Martinez
  • Tyler Maurer
  • Keillie Lopez Moreno
  • Mylove Oliva
  • Austin Orso
  • Sydney Pulido Banda
  • Victoria Seo
  • Saniya Shaji
  • Declan Shortt
  • Micah Smith
  • Bruktayt Worku
  • Aiden Yu

Posted 5/19/22

Ballet Folklórico at UCLA

Ballet Folk rico

Everyone is invited to come to watch and hear Palms Ballet Folkórico perform at Fiesta Mexicana in UCLA's Royce Call on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The doors open at 4:30pm, the show starts at 5:00pm, and admission is free.

UCLA's own Ballet Folkórico will also perform, with lively Mariachi music.

Fiesta Mexicana

Download flyer

Posted 5/18/22

Eighth Grader Isabelle Liu-Martinez Wins Art Contest Prize

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

art by Isabelle Liu-Martinez

Isabelle Liu-Martinez, an 8th grade art student of Ms. Goldin, won second-place prize and $75 in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's poster contest, competing against all other 8th grade students in the Los Angeles area.

LADWP, wanting to encourage students to join the fight against climate change, sponsored the art contest, challenging students to submit original artwork illustrating how everyone can do their part.

Congratulations to Isabelle!

Posted 5/17/22

Students of the Month - April 2022

Eliana BecerraUzoamaka EzechukwuSaniya Shaji

Eliana Becerra, Uzoamaka Ezechukwu, and Saniya Shaji

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.

The three Students of the Month for April 2022 are

  • Eliana Becerra (6th grader)
  • Uzoamaka Ezechukwu (7th grader)
  • Saniya Shaji (8th grader)

Leadership students provide each Student of the Month with a certificate, a backpack, a Palms bag, and a medal.

Congratulations to our fantastic students of the month!

YouTube video

All Students of the Month

Posted 5/16/22

California State Testing: May 16 to 23

California flag

California State Testing takes place from Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 20, 2022, with make-up testing on Monday, May 23.

Testing schedule (⬇download)

Date Test Bell Schedule (dismissal)
May 16 English Minimum Day (12:21pm)
May 17 Math Regular Tuesday (1:30pm)
May 18 English Minimum Day (12:21pm)
May 19 Math Minimum Day (12:21pm)
May 20 Science
(8th grade)
Regular Friday (3:00pm)
May 23 Make-up Regular Monday (3:00pm)

Tip for parents: Make sure your child comes to school on time, well rested, and having eaten a good breakfast.

Posted 5/16/22

Six Palms Students Receive Music Scholships


The following students each received a $500 scholarship toward their music lessons. The awards were given by the Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA.

  • Aditya Ahuja, 8th grade, Violin
  • Barathi Balamurugan, 7th grade, Alto Saxophone
  • Douglas Eastman, 6th grade, Piano
  • Aarna Kumar, 8th grade, Violin
  • Antoni Lipetsky, 6th grade, Piano
  • Aarohi Meli, 8th grade, Violin

Congratulations to Aditya, Barathi, Douglas, Aarna, Antoni, and Aarohi!

Posted 5/13/22

East West Players Performance Slideshow

Theo AgbonAlbert ChiAndres Gonzalez

Messiah IngramMoa SpitaleriMaya UmarHugo Zamora

A dozen students performed monologues – on the theme of "What is something that you really wanted?" – in the East West Players program on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

➡ Check out the slideshow!

This after-school program will return in Spring 2023.

Posted 5/13/22

East West Players Performance: May 11

East West Players

Students in the after-school East West Players program will perform in "The Monologue Show" on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, from 3:15 to 4:15 in the Auditorium.

The show's theme is "What is something that you really wanted badly in life, and what was your experience acquiring this?"

Posted 5/11/22

Winds and Strings Concert: May 12

French hornviolin

The Winds and Strings Concert will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 6:00pm in the Auditorium.

Parents will be able to hear how much our instrumental music students have learned this year in the Winds & Percussion or Strings elective class.

The doors will open at 5:50pm. Snacks will be available for purchase before the show.

Posted 5/10/22

Support Palms Science Students at DonorsChoose

Mr. Martinez wants to let his science students show their creativity using modern technology tools. You can support his campaign at DonorsChoose to purchase 3Doodler Create+ pens for students to use art and design while creating tangible artifacts in science. The pens will let students draw shapes in 3 dimensions.

DonorsChoose Campaign

Bring Science to Life with 3Doodler Create +

To date, DonorsChoose has raised $56,938 for Palms teachers.

There's still time to donate to Mr. Andersen's My Classroom Technology is Fading Fast! campaign.

Posted 5/8/22

Instrumental Spring Concert: May 5

Palms Middle School Music

Indoor on-campus music performances are back!

The Instrumental Spring Concert will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium.

All Palm families are invited and hear performances by Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band.

Posted 5/5/22

Eighth Grade Parent Meeting: May 4

8th grade

Eighth grade parents are invited to a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 5:30pm.

Eighth Grade Parent Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 5/4/22

Video Production Students Win in Directing Change Contests

Directing Change

Winning video by Riley Trosclair and Kennedy Saunders

Students from the Video Production elective, taught by Mrs. Clark, won ten awards at this year’s Directing Change Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Film Competition and the monthly Hope and Justice Film Competition.

In the Mental Health category they were competing against 700 submissions from middle school throughout California. In the Hope and Justice category they were competing against both middle school and high school students.

Each film crew consisted of 2 to 6 students, representing quite a few of our Modern Media and Communications Magnet students!

Hope and Justice category

  • Finally There by Riley Trosclair and Kennedy Saunders - 2nd place tie
  • Pledge To Mental Health by Angelica Cole, Christian Valdez, Shelliece Coleman, and Jesse Rivas - Honorable Mention
  • Finding Hope by J. Vasquez, S. Guzman, A. Mendoza, J. Sutherland, and S. Nolasco - Honorable Mention
  • Choose Hope by Kayley Zargar, Katjah Gayley, Baran Ahmadvand, and Ariel Feld - Honorable Mention

TAKE Action for Mental Health category

Walk in Our Shoes - What is Mental Health & Words Matter category

  • “The Hardest Part of Getting Help” by Kiran Eyre and crew - 5th place
  • “Reality” by Siyam San Juan Pascual and crew in the Walk in Our Shoes - What is Mental Health & Words Matter category - Honorable Mention

Walk in Our Shoes - The Superhero In Each of Us category

  • “A New Light” by Darnell Russell and crew - Honorable Mention
  • “Start Being There” by Riley Trosclair and crew - Honorable Mention

Congratulations to all of our video-making students!

Posted 4/26/22

Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall Meeting: April 28

Hamilton Community of Schools

The Palms community is invited to the April Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall Meeting, from 5:00-6:00pm

Town Hall Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 4/24/22

Ballet Folklórico Performance: April 28

Ballet Folkl rico performance

Palms students in the Palms Ballet Folklórico class will perform for you on Thursday, April 28, 2022 starting at 6:00pm, in the Palms Auditorium. The originally scheduled performance was postponed so that it could be held in the Auditorium.

Grupo Folklórico de UCLA will also perform.

Admission is free but seating may be limited.

Ballet Folklórico Performance

Download flyer

Posted 4/24/22

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting: April 26


All Palms families are invited to the Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, starting at 6:30pm.

This is your chance to hear the latest news, ask questions, offer opinions, and choose how you'll volunteer for the coming school year.

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

Zoom link

Volunteer Form

Posted 4/24/22

Thank You Palms Teachers!

Jefferson Memorial

Eighth graders at the Jefferson Memorial

Thank you to Mr. Brown, Ms. Garret, Ms. Gillispie, Mr. Mullaney, Mr. Nicholon, Ms. Rivera, Mr. Roche, and Mr. Taylor for serving as chaperones for the 88 students who went on the Eighth Grade Class Trip this year during Spring Break, visiting Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC. Our students came home with memories that will be long-lasting and a new understanding of U.S. history.

We've added additional photos to the Trip Journal 2022. Take a look!

Posted 4/20/22

LAUSD Town Hall Meeting: April 18

LAUSD Board of Education

Palms families are welcome to attend a Zoom-based LAUSD Town Hall Meeting with LAUSD Board of Education member Dr. George McKenna (District 1) and LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on Monday, April 18, 2022, at 6:00pm.

LAUSD Town Hall Meeting

Zoom Link

Posted 4/18/22

Fender Music Appreciation Program: Registration Deadline April 22

Fender Play Foundation

The 4-week Fender Music Appreciation summer session will be from Wednesday, June 22 to Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Registration began on Monday, April 4 and the registration deadline is Friday, April 22, 2022, for both new and returning students.

Instruments will be provided for students who commit to attending all classes. Quantities are limited. For new students, a mailing address for instrument delivery is required during registration.

Fender Music Appreciation Summer Session

Registration link

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

For more information, email Karen Robinson.

Posted 4/18/22

Eighth Grade East Coast Trip: Day 7

US Capitol Building

Eighth graders at the U.S. Capitol

On the 2022 Eighth Grade East Coast Class Trip, Palms students visited Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Follow the complete story on the Trip Journal 2022 page.


From the Trip Journal:

Day 7: Washington, DC (April 15, 2022)

Our last day in DC. The first stop this morning was the Jefferson Memorial, with beautiful views of the Washington Monument and the Tidal Basin. We explored the Smithsonian America History Museum and Natural History museum. We visited the National Archives and saw the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. Lunch was at the food trucks on the National Mall. We walked to Capitol Hill and spent some time on the front lawn of the US Capitol.

Posted 4/15/22

Eighth Grade East Coast Trip: Day 6

Iwo Jima Memorial

Eighth graders at the Iwo Jima Memorial

On the 2022 Eighth Grade East Coast Class Trip, Palms students are visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Follow the day-by-day story, with plenty of photos, on the Trip Journal 2022 page.


From the Trip Journal:

Day 6: Washington, DC (April 14, 2022)

We began our day with a beautiful boat cruise from Washington DC down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, George Washington's former estate. We spent a couple of hours on the grounds of Mount Vernon, and we also toured the historic mansion where George Washington lived and died. After that, we headed to historic Arlington National Cemetery, where we saw the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the gravesite of President Kennedy and several other important grave sites as well. After that, we visited the Iwo Jima Memorial before having a yummy dinner. We stopped by the front of the White House, and then visited several of Washington DC's most famous memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. It was another great day filled with lots of fun activities.

Posted 4/14/22

Eighth Grade East Coast Trip: Day 5

Independence Hall

Eighth graders at Independence Hall

On the 2022 Eighth Grade East Coast Class Trip, Palms students are visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Follow the day-by-day story, with plenty of photos, on the Trip Journal 2022 page.


From the Trip Journal:

Day 5: Philadelphia (April 13, 2022)

We left New York City this morning and drove to Philadelphia. We had lunch at Reading Market, a fabulous food market. After lunch, we visited Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and The Liberty Bell. Then we drove to Washington DC and had dinner at a fun and authentic diner. After a long day of travel, we checked into the hotel, but we're ready for a full day in our nation's capital tomorrow.

Posted 4/14/22

Eighth Grade East Coast Trip: Day 4

Statue of Liberty

Eighth graders at the Statue of Liberty

On the 2022 Eighth Grade East Coast Class Trip, Palms students are visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Follow the day-by-day story, with plenty of photos, on the Trip Journal 2022 page.


From the Trip Journal:

Day 4: New York (April 12, 2022)

Our day started with a ferry boat ride out to the Statue of Liberty and then we continued on to Ellis Island to visit the National Immigration Museum. After that we took the ferry back to lower Manhattan, where we enjoy a walking tour through downtown, seeing the charging bull of Wall Street, and the New York Stock Exchange, and the Federal Hall national monument, among other sites. After lunch, we paid our respects at the 911 memorial before zooming up 1250 feet into the air to check out the views at One World Observatory. We enjoyed some shopping time in Chinatown, then enjoyed a delicious Chinese meal. Then we walked around, visiting some of the sites in Midtown, including Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library, and Grand Central Terminal. It was a busy fun New York day.

Posted 4/12/22

Eighth Grade East Coast Trip: Day 3

Times Square

Eighth graders in Times Square

On the 2022 Eighth Grade East Coast Class Trip, Palms students are visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Follow the day-by-day story, with plenty of photos, on the Trip Journal 2022 page.


From the Trip Journal:

Day 3: New York (April 11, 2022)

We left Boston early in the morning and drove down to New York City. Our first stop was at the amazing Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of us spent time in Rockefeller Center while others were having dinner, and then we switched. After that, we all had a good time shopping and people-watching under the bright lights of Times Square. It was a great introduction to the Big Apple!

Posted 4/12/22

Eighth Grade East Coast Trip: Day 2

Harvard University

Eighth graders at Harvard University

On the 2022 Eighth Grade East Coast Class Trip, Palms students are visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Follow the day-by-day story, with plenty of photos, on the Trip Journal 2022 page.


From the Trip Journal:

Day 2: Boston (April 10, 2022)

Our first stop this morning was a visit to Bunker Hill, the location of one of the most famous battles. We toured to USS Constitution and visited the Museum. Our lunch stop was at Harvard, and we also walked around Harvard Yard. This afternoon we visited Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. We then had some free time in beautiful Boston Public Garden before dinner.

Posted 4/10/22

Eighth Grade East Coast Trip: Day 1


Eighth graders in Boston

The 2022 Eighth Grade East Coast Class Trip is from Saturday, April 9 to Friday April 15, 2022. Students are visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Follow the day-by-day story, with plenty of photos, on the Trip Journal 2022 page.


From the Trip Journal:

Day 1: Boston (April 9, 2022)

We arrived in Boston early afternoon. We first walked the North End and saw Paul Revere's Home, Old North Church, the Paul Revere Statue, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. We stopped on the way for cannolis. Our next stop was Boston Common, The Massachusetts State Capitol, Park Street Church, Omni Parker House, Kings Chapel, Old South Church, and the Old State House. We got food at Quincy Market.

Posted 4/9/22

Palms Robotics Team Wins Awards

Team Velocity

The Palms Robotics Team,, and Ms. Czujko

Team Velocity, the Palms Middle School's First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, successfully completed their inaugural robotics season. After scoring first place in their qualifying tournament division, they advanced to the LAUSD Championship Tournament as one of the top 20 LAUSD teams.

Team Velocity won first runner-up for the Inspire Award, the most prestigious honor given at the Tournament. The Palms team also advanced to the semi-final round and was awarded second runner-up for the Motivate Award in celebration of their strong team spirit, identity, and enthusiasm.

Former Palms robotics students, now at Hamilton High School, cheered on their alma mater as the team advanced to the final round at the tournament. Hamilton and Palms students became fast friends and set a shared future goal of building a strong STEM FIRST Robotics pathway from Palms Middle School through Hamilton High School and beyond.

Palms students ended the day with congratulations, words of wisdom, and some team pictures with musician of the Black Eyed Peas. His charity, the Foundation, partnered with LAUSD to plan, sponsor, and execute the LAUSD FTC season tournaments.

Posted 4/5/22

UCLA Parent Project Village Meeting: April 6


The UCLA Parent Project Village Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 6, starting at 5:30pm.

Zoom Link

Posted 4/3/22

COVID-19 Test Distribution: April 6 to April 8


Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests will be distributed to students during homeroom from Tuesday, April 5 to Friday April 8, 2022.

Ask your child about them when they get home from school.

Posted 4/3/22

Neighborhood School and School for Advanced Studies Visitors Day: April 6

father and daughter

Come to campus and learn about the Palms neighborhood school and the Palms School for Advanced Studies (SAS) on Visitors Day, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 3:45 to 4:30pm or from 4:30 to 5:15pm.

Enter through the library entrance (see map). The event will take place outdoors on the central quad.

Registration link

Download flyer

Posted 4/3/22

Pokémon Visitors Day

Pok mon Visitors Day

At the annual Pokémon Visitors Day, more than a dozen Pokémon stopped by for a tour of the Palms Middle School campus. Then they each showed off their talents on the patio near the lunch benches.

Students from Sixth Grade Pokémon Club were on hand to greet the visitors while Palms administrators and counselors stood by to answer the visitors' questions, which were mostly about trading cards.

Can you spot all 13 Pokémon?

Happy April 1 from Palms Middle School!

No School For César Chávez Day: March 28

C sar Ch vez Day

There is no school on Monday, March 28, 2022. It's an "unassigned ay," scheduled to coincide with the week of California's César Chávez State Holiday on Thursday, March 31.

César Chávez was an American civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which became today's United Farm Workers labor union.

Posted 3/25/22

Palms Parents and Staff Meet at the Koffee Klatch

Palms staff members

Koffee Klatch

Palms parents were able to meet and chat with the Principal, Assistant Principals, Magnet Coordinator, Counselors, Dean, and other Palms staff members at the Koffee Klatch on March 25, 2022.

Many parents hadn't had a chance to meet the staff in person before, and they were able to chat while snacking on muffins and danishes with their coffee.

Thank you to the Palms staff for taking the time to meet with parents, and thank you to Friends of West Los Angeles for donating the sanitizing products that were given out.

Posted 3/25/22

Meet the Palms Support Staff at the Coffee Klatch: March 25

coffee cup

Palms Middle School invites you to stop by the front entrance for the Koffee Klatch on Friday, March 25, 2022. It's an informal "meet and greet" with the Palms support staff, from 8:30 to 9:00am. This may be your first chance to meet them in person!

There will be coffee and pastries too!

Koffee Klatch

Download flyer

Posted 3/24/22

Mohammad Khan Wins Pi Day Contest

Mohammad Kan, Pi Challenge winner

Sixth grade student Mohammad A. Khan was the winner of the annual Pi Day Challenge on 3/14/22 (Pi Day).

Mohammad, a student in Mrs. Igarashi's math class, was able to memorize 331 digits of the number pi, winning a First Place certificate and a wooden pi plaque.

See photos of the top 5 winners on the Pi Day page.

Did you know that pi (π) is a transcendental number, is not the root of any algebraic equation, and has an infinite number of digits?

Congratulations, Mohammad!

Posted 3/23/22

Dining For Dollars at Panda Express: March 23

Panda Express

Have a family lunch or dinner at Panda Express on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, and you'll be helping Friends of Palms!

It's Dining for Dollars at all Panda Express locations.


Order code: VFR906899

Shortcut link:

Download flyer:

English  ⬇Spanish

Posted 3/21/22

Workshop for Sixth Grade Parents on Seventh Grade: March 23

6th grade7th grade

Sixth grade parents: The time is quickly approaching where your child will be in 7th grade before you know it.

If you're wondering how that process is going to work, what classes your child will have next year, their elective options, and where their classes will be, attend a workshop by Ms. Shin, 6th grade counselor.

Let's Talk About 7th Grade and What to Expect

Wednesday, March 23, 2002, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Zoom link

Posted 3/21/22

Show Your School Spirit For Spirit Week

Sports DayTwin Day

It's Spirit Week from Monday March 21 to Friday March 25, 2022.

Show your school spirit by participating each day!

Monday March 21: Sports Day

Represent your favorite team or wear your own jersey or uniform!

Tuesday, March 22: Twin Day

Dress like friend!

Wednesday, March 23: Heritage Day

Represent your heritage or culture with traditional attire!

Thursday, March 24: Hat Day

Wear your favorite or craziest hat!

Friday, March 25: Blackout Friday

Wear black from head to toe!

Posted 3/20/22

Come to Campus for the Chamber Music Concert

musical notes

Palms Families can finally come onto campus, for the Chamber Music Concert on Thursday, March 17, 2022, starting at 6:00pm.

The concert will be held outdoors on the central Quad (see campus map).

Enter campus through the Library entrance. You'll be sitting on the grass of the Quad, so bring blankets or low-profile chairs.

Instrumental music students, taught by Ms. Jones, have prepared the musical entertainment.

Posted 3/16/22

Palms Has a Track Superstar!

AAU USA logo

Eighth grade Palms student Kennedy Saunders won two bronze medals at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Indoor National Championships in Virginia Beach on March 11-13, 2022.

Kennedy won her medals in the 4x200 Meter Relay and 4x400 Meter Relay events. She also participated in the 60 Meter Dash and 200 Meter Dash, representing the West Coast Elite Track Club.

Congratulations, Kennedy!

Posted 3/16/22

Help Students Prepare for State Testing


Students can better prepare for State Testing by using a stylus with their iPad.

Ms. Andersen is asking for help in purchasing a set of styluses for her highly accelerated math students, some of whom have told her that it's difficult to answer questions without a stylus.

You can help by contributing!

DonorsChoose campaign

My Students Want To Do Well on the State Test

See the DonorsChoose page for the other Palms fundraisers in progress.

Posted 3/15/22

LatinX Parent Symposium: March 16

Fiesta Mexicana

Interested families are invited to attend the LatinX Parent Symposium on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, starting at 6:00pm.

The focus will be on forming a stronger and focused partnership between LatinX parents and students and Palms Middle School.

Key priorities will include increased parent involvement, student support, creating community-building events, and sharing school information and activities.

The first LatinX Parent Symposium was held in October 2021. An additional symposium is planned for May 2022.

LatinX Family Symposium

Zoom link

Posted 3/15/22

Spring Meeting for Parents of Gifted Students: March 14


Parents of students in the Gifted and SAS programs are invited to the Spring Gifted Meeting in Zoom on Monday, March 14, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

Spring Gifted Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 3/14/22

Sixth Graders Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14

Pi Day


Monday, March 14, 2022 (better known as 3/14) is Pi Day, when 6th grade Palms students celebrate the mathematical number π (pi).

Sixth grade math teachers introduce special activities, which may include measuring the circumferences and diameters of circles to confirm that pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter no matter how big or small the circle is.

Pi Day is a fun teaching experience for sixth grade math teachers and a fun learning experience for 6th grade students.

The celebration culminates in the annual contest where students recite digits of pi.

Posted 3/13/22

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting: March 15


All Palms families are invited to the last Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting before Spring Break, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 6:30pm.

Find out what's happening at Palms, have your questions answered, and learn how you can get involved with your school.

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

Zoom link

See the Meetings page for the minutes from previous meetings.

Posted 3/13/22

Palms Students Featured in Social Justice Journal

The Road to Find

The Road to Find provides a creative space for U.S. students to explore art while reflecting on social justice issues.

The Fall/Winter theme was Women's Rights. Eleven middle school students were featured, ten of them from Palms! They are in Ms. Goldin's art class.

Visit the Student Art section to see the students and their art.

Palms Student Section

Student Art

You can also see them the latest journal edition:

The Road to Find

Fall/Winter Edition

View online

⬇ Download

Congratulations to these featured Palms art students, who each received $25 for their excellent work and for being selected!

  • Destiny Castellanos, 8th grade
  • Sarah Linderman, 8th grade
  • Brenda Martinez, 7th grade
  • Marissa Martinez, 7th grade
  • Darya Mokhtari, 7th grade
  • Stacy Rincon, 7th grade
  • Victoria Seo, 8th grade
  • Declan Shortt, 8th grade
  • Nathan Valencia, 8th grade
  • Bruktayt Worku, 8th grade

Sonia Banker, The Road to Find Founder and Editor in Chief, said that the art by these Palms students spoke on deep and emotional levels and would continue to inspire those who read the journal.

Help Provide Books for English Learners


You can help students of Ms. Clendening who are learning English after coming to the United States from 9 other countries.

Please support the purchase of books in English, about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and about comic book legend Stan Lee, by donating to this fundraising campaign:

Engaging Informational Texts for English Learners

Ms. Clendening

The donation deadline is July 2, 2022.

Two other DonorsChoose campaigns are also in progress:

The World on a String

Replacement strings

for violins, violas, cellos, and basses

Ms. Jones

My Classroom Technology is Fading Fast!

LCD projector and document camera

for algebra and geometry lessons

Ms. Andersen

See the DonorsChoose page for a history of Palms campaigns. As of March 2022, Palms Middle School teachers have raised $55,258 through DonorsChoose.

Posted 3/12/22

Daylight Saving Time Begins: March 13

Spring Ahead

Set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 13, 2022, which marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Otherwise, you'll be an hour late to school on Monday!

This is also a good time to check your emergency supplies and to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and flashlights.

See the Emergency Preparedness page for more tips.

Posted 3/10/22

Workshop for Sixth Grade Parents on Well-Being: March 9

mental health

Sixth grade parents:

  • Do you ever wonder what kind of stuff your child thinks about?
  • Have you noticed a change in their behavior or personality recently?
  • What do middle school students talk about when they're at school?
  • What is the support system Palms offers for students who may be struggling or feeling not so great at school?
  • And why is social-emotional learning so critical for their development and well-being?

Get answers to these questions and more by attending a workshop by Ms. Shin, 6th grade counselor

Let's Talk About Feelings & Why It's Important Our Kids Do Too

Wednesday, March 9, 2002, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Zoom link

Posted 3/6/22

Split Lunch Schedule Changing March 14

Grade 6lunchboxGrade 7Grade 8

Up until now, 7th and 8th grade students have had the first lunch period, followed by the lunch period for 6th grade students. For the remainder of the semester, the order will be switched.

March 7 to 11, 2022 is the last week for the current split lunch schedule:

Grade Day Lunch Period 4
7th/8th Mon Wed Thu Fri 11:30 12:06
  Tue 10:45 11:21
Grade Day Period 4 Lunch
6th Mon Wed Thu Fri 11:36 12:30
  Tue 10:51 11:30

Starting on Monday, March 14, 2022, it will be the new split lunch schedule:

Grade Day Lunch Period 4
6th Mon Wed Thu Fri 11:30 12:06
  Tue 10:45 11:21
Grade Day Period 4 Lunch
7th/8th Mon Wed Thu Fri 11:36 12:30
  Tue 10:51 11:30

Posted 3/6/22

Students of the Month - February 2022

Michael Sohn, Emilee Morales, and Darnell Russell

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.

The three Students of the Month for February 2022 are

  • Michael Sohn (6th grader)
  • Emilee Morales (7th grader)
  • Darnell Russell (8th grader)

Leadership students provide each Student of the Month with a certificate, a backpack, a Palms bag, and a medal.

See the video with Michael, Emilee, and Darnell

Congratulations to our fantastic students of the month!

Posted 3/3/22

Winter 2022 GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter

GATE Parent Newsletter

The Winter 2022 GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter is now available. It describes the upcoming 13th annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference (March 12, 2022).

Download the newsletter

English  ⬇ Spanish

You can download back issues from the GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter page.

Posted 3/2/22

Yearbook Pre-Ordering Now Available

2022 yearbooks

The 2022 Palms Middle School Yearbook, a 92-page printed book, is now available for pre-order for $40. Pre-ordering is the only way to guarantee that you'll get a copy. There will be a limited supply of yearbooks for purchase later in the school year.

To order online, visit

Posted 3/1/22

Panorama Picture Day: March 2

Panorama picture

Eighth grade students should wear their school colors for Panorama Picture Day, Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Be sure to look your best and prepare your biggest smile!

Posted 3/1/22

Ballona Wetlands Field Trip

Ballona Wetlands field trip

About 50 students from the Palms Modern Media and Communications Magnet went on a field trip to the Ballona Wetlands to gain a better understanding of environmental sustainability and restoration.

The trip was organized by Ms. Girvan and Ms. Okihara.

The students took a guided tour of three wetlands stations, helped remove non-native plants to restore habitat, gained familiarity with local plant and animal life, and viewed the watershed and the environmental impact of litter.

Due to the pandemic, this is the first field trip that Palms students have been able to take this year.

See the Field Trips page for more Ballona Wetlands Field Trip photos.

Posted 2/27/22

Ms. Garret, Ms. Gillispie, and Mrs. Wohl Receive STEM Grant

Azusa Pacific University

Congratulations to Palms teachers Ms. Garret, Ms. Gillispie, and Mrs. Wohl, who received a team grant from the Bringing STEM to Life program of Azusa Pacific University's School of Education.

"STEM" refers to the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The grants, sponsored by The Helen and Will Webster Foundation and Azusa Pacific University, provide financial support for software, cloud-based curriculum, supplementary materials, virtual field trips, student learning kits, and virtual professional development.

Posted 2/24/22

Leadership Fundraiser: Little Caesar's Pizza

Little Caesar s Pizza

Leadership class is having a fundraiser, and you get pizza!

Visit Little Caesar's Pizza's Palms Middle School fundraising page, order a pizza kit, and Palms will receive $6 for each order!

The fundraiser has begun and will continue through the month of March.

Palms Little Caesar's Fundraiser



Posted 2/24/22

The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP)

The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) is an LAUSD program to support Black students' road to high academic performance, strong social-emotional awareness and management, and a positive cultural identity.

Counselor Mrs. Bradshaw is the Palms BSAP Coordinator.

Learn about the BSAP mantra, the goals of the BSAP program, and links to useful resources on the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) page.

Posted 2/22/22

Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall Meeting: February 23

Hamilton Community of Schools

This month's Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, starting at 5:00pm.

Town Hall meeting

Zoom link

Posted 2/21/22

Workshop for Sixth Grade Parents on Progress Reports and Study Habits: February 23

report card

Sixth grade parents:

  • Are you new to middle school and confused how to read your child's progress report card?
  • Are you interested in learning how grades and credits work in middle school?
  • Is your child struggling to keep up with their work?

Get answers to these questions and more by attending a workshop by Ms. Shin, 6th grade counselor:

Let's Talk Progress Reports & Teaching our Kids How to Build Good Study Habits

Wednesday, February 23, 2002, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Zoom link

Posted 2/19/22

No School for Presidents' Day: February 21

Washington and Lincoln

There is no school on Monday, February 21, 2022, for Presidents' Day.

Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, was born on February 12, 1809 (the same day as naturalist Charles Darwin).

George Washington, our 1st President, was born on February 22, 1732.

You can see Presidential Portraits of all 45 U.S. Presidents. See if you can tell which President served two terms that weren't consecutive!

Posted 2/19/22

Help Palms Teachers With DonorsChoose


There are four fundraising campaigns for Palms teachers currently in progress at DonorsChoose. Please consider making a donation.

For Mr. Tran:

Speakers for the Classroom - BlueTooth speakers to allow the teacher and students to share audio

For Ms. Jones:

The World on a String - replacement strings for violins, violas, cellos, and basses

For Ms. Czujko:

Ohana Tie Dye - supplies for school T-shirts

See the DonorsChoose page for details.

To date, donations at DonorsChoose have raised $53,629 for Palms teachers!

Posted 2/17/22

East West Players After-School Drama Club Starts February 16

East West Players

East West Players, the renowned theater company, is running an after-school drama club at Palms.

Students learn to do improv, monologues, skits, and much more. The club is open to all Palms students.

Club meetings are after school on Wednesdays in the Auditorium, from 3:10pm to 4:20pm. The first meeting is Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Magnet students can take the late bus if they have an approved application.

For more information, contact Mr. Kim.

East West Players Club
Spring 2022

First meeting in the Auditorium:
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 3:10pm

Download flyer

Posted 2/16/22

Stakeholder Group Budget Development Input Meeting: February 17

piggy bank

Palms parents are invited to attend the Stakeholder Group Budget Development Input Meeting on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 4:00pm.

Stakeholder Group Budget Development Input Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 2/15/22

Students of the Month - January 2022

C Nya CampbellMadelynn VasquezAhmad Alrifai

C'Nya Campbell, Madelynn Vasquez, and Ahmad Alrifai

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.

The three Students of the Month for January 2022 are

  • C'Nya Campbell (6th grader)
  • Madelynn Vasquez (7th grader)
  • Ahmad Alrifai (8th grader)

Leadership students provide each Student of the Month with a certificate, a backpack, a Palms bag, and a medal.

See the video with C'Nya, Madelynn, and Ahmad

Congratulations to our fantastic students of the month!

Posted 2/15/22

GATE Referrals: Now Through March 4


GATE Coordinator Ms. Okihara is collecting referrals for identification of GATE-eligible students.

Referrals began this week. The deadline to submit a referral is Friday, March 4, 2022.

For more information on the GATE identification process, download the parent brochure.

GATE Eligibility Brochure for Parents

English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 2/15/22

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting


Come, listen, and participate in the February Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 6:30pm.

If your child will be back at Palms in the Fall, this is a good time to choose a volunteer position to help your school!

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 2/13/22

7th and 8th Grade Valentine's Day Dance: February 14

Valentine s Day hearts

The Valentine's Day Dance, for 7th and 8th graders, will be held on Monday, February 14, 2022, from 3:00 to 4:15pm on the Library Patio.

Admission and food are free!

Download flyer

A late bus will be available after the dance.

Eligibility Requirement: You may not have any D's, F's, or U's on your five-week report card. Be sure to check this ahead of time.

This is not the same as 8th Grade Activity Eligibility.

Dance tickets will not be distributed and are not necessary. Students will line up to have their eligibility checked.

Posted 2/13/22

Minimum Day: February 11

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Friday, February 11, 2022 is a Minimum Day. A shortened day traditionally follows Thursday's Open House evening.

Dismissal on Friday is at 12:30pm.

Posted 2/11/22

Former Palms Student to Play in NFL Tribute: February 10

Kevon Fortune

Kevon Fortune, photo from the Los Angeles Times

Kevon Fortune, a former Palms instrumental music student and current Venice High School student, will be playing violin in a performance for the NFL Honors TV show on Thursday evening, February 10, 2022, as part of ABC's lead-up to the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Kevon is a member of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, the largest majority Black orchestra in the country, which was selected for this honor. The orchestra will play a number of pieces, including the Star Spangled Banner and the theme from Star Wars.

Kevon is profiled in a Los Angeles Times article, which reports that he is deciding on his college choices and plans a career as an aerospace engineer.

Posted 2/9/22

Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum at Palms: February 9 to 17

Connecting Cultures

A visit from the Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum, which celebrates the world's many cultures, is an annual tradition at Palms. An incredible collection of unique and interesting cultural artifacts will be on display in the Library. Palms classes will take turns visiting.

The exhibit will be at Palms from Wednesday, February 9 to Thursday, February 17, 2022.

The Connecting Cultures exhibit theme rotates every 3 years. This year's theme is Everyday Connections. Students will examine and learn about traditional or special occasion clothing, shoes and hats, talismans and other charms to attract good fortune or scare away bad spirits, traditional toys, games, and sports jerseys and equipment from around the world.

Due to the pandemic, parents won't be invited to tour the museum this year, so be sure to ask your children about what they saw, what they experienced, and what they learned.

Posted 2/8/22

African-American Family Symposium: February 9

African-American family

Interested families are invited to attend our third African-American Family Symposium on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, starting at 6:00pm.

The focus will be on forming a stronger and focused partnership between African-American parents and students and Palms Middle School.

Key priorities will include increased parent involvement, student support, creating community-building events, and sharing school information and activities.

Previous African-American Family Symposiums were held in September and November. Additional African-American Family Symposiums will be held in April and June.

African-American Family Symposium

Zoom link

Posted 2/7/22

Parent Workshops on Meeting College Entrance Criteria: February 24

Study Smart Tutors

Parent workshops named Setting Goals: Understanding and Meeting College Entrance Criteria will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

The workshops, in English in Spanish, will be held in Zoom and hosted by Study Smart Tutors.

There is room for 25 parents in the English session and 25 parents in the Spanish session, first-come, first-served.
To register and receive the Zoom link, fill out the registration form.

If you have questions, email Ms. Flynn, Categorical Program Advisor.

Understanding and Meeting College Entrance Criteria

Parent Workshops

Registration form

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 2/1/22

Palms Blvd. South-Side Entrance Closed

Campus map

The school entrance on the south side of Palms Blvd. is closed until further notice.

Students can still enter the campus using the Main Entrance or the Library Entrance on Woodbine Street or the Student Store Entrance on the north side of Palms Blvd.

Posted 1/30/22

New Tutoring Schedule for Spring 2022

HELP button

Here is the Spring 2022 tutoring schedule. There is no tutoring on Tuesdays or on shortened or minimum days.

Library Homework Help


Grades: 6, 7, and 8

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Time: 3:15 to 4:15pm

Location: Library

Day Teacher
Monday Mr. Mendoza
Thursday Ms. Garrret
Friday Ms. Garrret

Zoom-based Math Homework Help


Grades: 6, 7, and 8

Days: Monday, Wednesdays

Time: 5:00 to 6:00pm.

Teacher Zoom
Ms. Abode Zoom link

In-person Math Tutoring


Grades: 6, 7, and 8

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Time: 3:15 to 4:15pm

Grade Teacher Room
6 Mr. Tran Room 43 (Mon)
6 Mrs. Firstbrook Room 231 (Wed)
7 & 8 Ms. Andersen Room 133 (Mon, Wed)
7 & 8 Mr. Medved Room 108 (Mon, Wed)

Writing (ELA) Homework Help


Grade: 6

Day: Thursday

Time: 3:15 to 4:15pm

Teacher Room
Mrs. Gipson Room 56

Posted 1/27/22

Video Production and History Teachers Receive Grants

Directing Change

Video Production teacher Mrs. Clark received a $500 grant from Directing Change to support her classroom. She has previously received grants from the same organization. Some of her students have created award-winning videos for Directing Change's contests.

History teachers Ms. Garret, Ms. Gillispie, Ms. Rivera, and Mrs. Wohl received a $3400 team grant from the Keeping History Alive program of Azusa Pacific University’s School of Education. Each teacher received $850. The history grants provide financial support for purchases of software, cloud-based curriculum, supplementary materials, virtual field trips, student learning kits, and virtual professional development.

Posted 1/26/22

Help Palms Teachers With DonorsChoose


There are three fundraising campaigns for Palms teachers currently in progress. Please consider making a donation.


For Ms. Czujko:

Caring Robots - storage bins, supply cases, a hot glue gun, and glue sticks to let students share their knowledge and love of robotics with the community.

For Ms. Andersen:

My Classroom Technology is Fading Fast! - an LCD projector and a document camera for algebra and geometry lessons

For Ms. Okihara:

KN95 Masks Needed for Covid-19 Safe Classrooms - 100 masks to increase safety and reduce absences

See the DonorsChoose page for details.

To date, donations at DonorsChoose have raised $52,749 for Palms teachers!

Posted 1/24/22

Mask Update from the LAUSD Superintendent

LAUSD Superintendent Megan K. Reilly has shared the following message:

LAUSD logo

Dear Los Angeles Unified Family,

Thank you for your partnership with the return to campus for Spring semester. I know there is concern and anxiety about local conditions with the Omicron surge in Los Angeles County. We have some important updates to share.

In-school case rates dropped 7% since our baseline testing and current rates of students and staff are half of those in the general community due to the safety measures in place. We continue to be diligent and agile in creating the safest learning environments and therefore will implement the following protocols beginning Monday, January 24:

  • Ongoing Weekly Testing Through February: Testing will continue for students and employees, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Anyone who has had a positive COVID-19 test in the previous 90 days is exempt from the weekly, in-school PCR testing.
  • Upgraded Masks: Students will be required to wear a non-cloth mask with a nose wire at all times, including while participating in athletic activities.
    • Schools will provide surgical-style masks for students and employees if they need them.
  • TK-12 Close Contacts Will Remain On Campus: In accordance with Los Angeles County Public Health (LACDPH) Guidelines, all students and employees on campus will be treated as if they are a close contact, and willremain on campus as long as they remain asymptomatic and participate in the weekly testing.
    • Families will not receive individual close contact notifications, but can review daily case count updates for their school online at
    • These students can participate in sports and before- and after-school programs, as long as they do not have any symptoms, continue testing negative and wear a well-fitted mask during these activities.
    • If a student develops symptoms or tests positive, they must isolate immediately and follow home isolation protocols.
    • This change does not apply to Early Education students, including preschool, ETK, and PALS students. These students will quarantine at-home unless they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • At-Home Close Contacts: As a reminder, students exposed to COVID-19 outside of school must still participate in at-home quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Please visit for the latest guidance.

Los Angeles Unified families, you are crucial in our effort to keep our school communities safe. Monitoring your child for symptoms of COVID-19 and taking them to get vaccinated are two essential ways you can help keep our schools healthy and as stable as possible. For our latest mobile vaccination clinic schedules, which offer booster shots and doses for individuals 5 and older, please visit

Los Angeles Unified continues to follow the latest guidance from LACDPH. This guidance ensures that our schools are as safe as possible for students and employees. We monitor school conditions daily. For more information, visit

We thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Posted 1/22/22

Hear the Palms Bands and Orchestra!

Palms Band

Watch and listen to the Palms Bands and Palms Orchestra performing at the Winter Concert 2021

Our student musicians haven't previously been able to perform a concert in the auditorium, so this performance is especially nice to enjoy. And a little holiday music never hurts!


Winter Concert (Bands and Orchestra)

Posted 1/20/22

Parent Involvement Policy and School Family Compact


This year's Parent Involvement Policy and School Family Compact can be downloaded from their respective web pages:

Parent Involvement Policy

School Family Compact

The Parent Involvement Policy describes the means by which Palms Middle School involves parents in the learning process.

The School-Family Compact is an agreement among a Palms student, the student's parent(s) or guardian(s), and Palms Middle School, as they share responsibility for the success of the student's education.

Parents: Read both documents.

Students: Read the School Family Compact.

Posted 1/19/22

L.A. Camp Fair: March 6 and March 13

L. A. Camp Fair 2022

Parents and students who are looking for a summer camp, a summer school, or a summary program should attend L.A. Camp Fair 2022 on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at Dodger Stadium or on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at UCLA.

You can discover and learn about over 100 summer programs, including over 50 summer camps, and meet camp directors, counselors, and representatives. Admission is free.

Capacity is limited due to strict COVID-19 protocols, so get your free tickets now.

LA. Camp Fair

at Dodger Stadium

on the field

Sunday, March 6, 13

Details and signups

LA. Camp Fair


in Pauley Pavilion

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Details and signups

Posted 1/18/22

First 2022 Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting: January 19

Thank you Parents

The first Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting for 2022 and the Spring semester will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, starting at 6:00pm.

All Palms families are invited to attend, get the latests news from Principal Mr. Choi, hear from Friends of Palms and PTSA leaders, and have your questions answered.

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 1/18/22

LAUSD Reading Contest

blue bookLAUSD logored book

LAUSD is holding a Reading Contest, from now until Friday, April 22, 2022. The purpose is to recognize, reward, and encourage students to discover and reinforce the power and joy of reading.

Palms students, their English classrooms, and Palms Middle School have chances to win certificates, virtual Zoom backgrounds, an interview on the LAUSD podcast, gift cards, school banners, and even classroom pizza parties in the Grade 6-8 category! Rewards are based on the number of pages read.

Contest details: EnglishSpanish

Students: You can read digital or print books in any language. Schoology will track your progress if you use these resources to find your books:

  • Renaissance myON (accessed through the Renaissance Learning app located on the Waffle Icon)
  • Sora (accessed through the Renaissance Learning app located on the Waffle Icon)

  • Learning Ally (for Special Education students)

If you read books from other sources, use these Google forms to record your progress:

Data form: EnglishSpanish

Posted 1/17/22

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17, 2022 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School is closed for the holiday.

Principal Mr. Choi shares this quote from Dr. King's 1963 sermon, Strength to Love.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted 1/17/22

Attendance and Excused Absences


Parents: Please make sure that students attend school every day when they are healthy and that they do not come to school when they are sick.

If your child is absent due to an illness or an appointment, you should inform Ms. Valerie Saulsberry, Student Services Office Technician, on that day or the next day. Our school funding depends on having absences excused!

Do one of the following:

  1. Phone Ms. Saulsberry at 310-253-7627.
  2. Send Ms. Saulsberry a fax at 310-559-0397.
  3. Email Ms. Saulsberry with a CC copy to Mrs. Avila, our Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor.

Send the email:

To: "Ms. Saulsberry"

Cc: "Mrs. Avila"

Your message must include the student's name, dates and reasons for the absence, and (for a fax) your signature. If necessary, include supporting documents such as a doctor's or dentist's note.

Posted 1/14/22

Palms Student Selected for California All State Honor Band


Instrumental music teacher Ms. Jones reports that Palms clarinet player Daniel Karpoukhin has been accepted into the California All State Honor Band.

Congratulations to Daniel!

Posted 1/10/22

What Happens if a Student Has Symptoms or a Positive COVID-19 Test?


LAUSD Isolation Protocols

English • ⬇ Spanish

Download these diagrams to understand the LAUSD protocols for students who

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • are COVID-19 positive with symptoms
  • are COVID-19 positive with no symptoms

The protocols define the COVID-19 symptoms to watch for, indicate how long you should stay home, and tell you what to do while isolated at home.

Posted 1/10/22

Updated COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Information



A negative test result is required for returning to school on January 11, 2022.

All students, whether vaccinated or not, will receive a baseline test on Friday, January 14, 2022 in their P.E. period, and weekly testing for the rest of January. Any student who misses their weekly test at Palms will need to get tested at the LAUSD stationary site.


Free vaccinations will be available to LAUSD students age 12 and over at Palms on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from noon to 7:00pm on the P.E. side. They can receive their first dose, second dose, or booster.

Appointments are highly recommend.

Posted 1/9/22

Updated LAUSD COVID-19 Policies for Spring 2022

COVID-19 testingCOVID-19 masks

Due to the high infection rate of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, LAUSD has revised their guidelines for the start of school.

  • Monday, January 10, 2022 is now a pupil-free day.
  • The first day for students will be Tuesday, January 11.
  • All students, whether vaccinated or not, must submit negative COVID-19 test results before January 11 in order to come to campus.
  • Testing is available starting Monday, January 3.
  • Upload your test results to Daily Pass by Sunday, January 9. Families may upload external PCR or antigen tests, or at-home tests.
  • To make an appointment, go to or call the Family Help Desk at 213-443-1300. Appointments are recommended but not required for LAUSD testing sites.
  • Students can pick up two COVID-19 at-home rapid self-tests on Friday, January 7 or Saturday, January 8, from 8:00am to noon at any Grab & Go site.
  • Masks at school will be required at all times, indoors and outdoors. It is strongly recommended that all students wear well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire. LAUSD will provide masks if needed, and they can be picked up at test sites and Grab & Go sites.
  • As previously announced, vaccinations will be required for students 12 and older at the start of the Fall 2022 semester.

Posted 1/4/22

LAUSD COVID-19 Test Locations

COVID-19 testing

Free COVID-19 tests are available at 12 LAUSD sites, including Beethoven Elementary School and Audubon Middle School. Download these flyers for dates and times.

January 3 to January 15, 2022


January 18 and later


Schedule testing appointments for students at Daily Pass.

The Audubon Middle School test location is available even for students with symptoms.

Testing is also available from Tuesday, January 4 to Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the Hamilton High School auditorium (2955 South Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034), from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Appointments are encouraged.

Posted 1/3/22

Are You Registered With Amazon Smile?

Amazon Smile

Simply by registering your with the Amazon Smile program, and shopping starting from, you can get Amazon to donate to Palms every time you make a purchase.

It cost you nothing!

Palms has already earned over $1,100 this way, and you can help it continue to grow. It's easy to sign up, and you need to register only once.

Register Palms as your Amazon Smile charity

Posted 12/30/21

LAUSD COVID-19 Policies for Spring 2022

COVID-19 testingCOVID-19 masks

LAUSD has announced new COVID-19 policies for the Spring 2022 semester that begins Monday,January 10, 2022.

  • Baseline testing will be required for all students, regardless of vaccination status, during the first week back from winter break. Students will continue to test weekly until Friday, January 28, 2022.
  • A negative test result is not required for students to return to school on January 10. Students will be able to generate a Daily Pass for the first week of school.
  • Beginning Monday, January 31, 2022, weekly COVID-19 testing will be required only for students who do not have their vaccine record on the Daily Pass. This includes students age 12 and older who are conditionally admitted or medically exempt from vaccination.
  • Indoor masking will continue to be required, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Outdoor masking will be required only at schools where fewer than 85% of students on campus are fully vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated students without symptoms who are close contacts will participate in modified (in-school) quarantine if all L.A. County Department of Public Health requirements are met.

Posted 12/24/21

Palms Students Win Dia de Los Muertos Art Contest

Poster by Destiny Catellanos and Jazmin Paiz

Winning poster by Destiny Catellanos and Jazmin Paiz

Two students in Ms. Goldin's art class were winners of the Día De Los Muertos Art Contest sponsored by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

The poster by the team of Destiny Catellanos and Jazmin Paiz won first place in the middle school age category. They received a $500 scholarship.

Three Palms students received Honorable Mention awards and $50 gift cards: Petra Daly, Areli Sanchez, and Bruktayt Worku.

Congratulations to our amazing art students!

Visit the Students section to see more Día De Los Muertos posters by Palms art students.

Posted 12/20/21

Palms Students Bring Cheer to Retirement Home

Retirement home visit

On Thursday, December 16, 2021, students in Mr. Kim's Sixth Grade Leadership class visited the Charnock Residential Home, a local retirement center for seniors.

The Palms students make holiday cards and art, and they sang songs, to bring holiday cheer to our community members.

The Palms Retirement Home Visit is an annual tradition.

Posted 12/20/21

Winter Break: December 20 to January 7

snow person

Students have a 3-week Winter Break, from Monday, December 20, 2021 to Friday, January 7, 2022.

The Spring 2022 semester begins Monday, January 10, 2022.

Posted 12/18/21

Share & Care Parent Workshops: January 12 and 13


Cedars-Sinai is offering two free Parent Workshops in January, in the first week of the Spring semester, as part of their Share & Care program.

Each workshop for parents will discuss ways to set personal goals in a positive way and cover topics such as ways to improve your well-being, resolutions versus goals, and tips to help you achieve your goals and stick to them.

Cedars-Sinai's parent education Share & Care workshops cover topics ranging from communication, grief and loss, behavior management, and parenting as a team to handling transitions.

Personal Goals for a New Beginning

English Parent Workshop

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 9:00am-10:00am

➡ Zoom link


Metas Personales para un Nuevo Comienzo

Taller de Padres

Jueves, Enero 13, 2022, 9:00am-10:00am

➡ Zoom link

Posted 12/14/21

Another Successful Canned Food Drive

Cans for the Canned Food DrivePackaged food for the Canned Food Drive

Students from Leadership class completed another successful Canned Food Drive this year, under the direction of Leadership teacher Mr. Nicholson.


With homeroom teachers offering their classrooms as drop-off and pick-up locations, Leadership students assenbled backpacks for needy families, with canned food, packaged food, and homemade "Happy Holidays" cards.

Backpacks ready for distribution

Backpacks ready for distribution

Posted 12/14/21

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available at Palms: December 11 and 16

vaccination needle

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be on the Palms campus, on the P.E. side, on these two dates:

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021, 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021, 8:00am to 3:00pm

LAUSD students age 12 and over are eligible to receive their 1st dose, 2nd dose, or booster at this clinic.

Appointments are recommended and can be made at

Posted 12/6/21

Giving Tuesday: November 30

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 is Giving Tuesday, a day when everyone is encouraged to make donations to the organizations and causes they care about.

There's nothing more important than your children and their education, so this is an excellent day to donate to Friends of Palms.

Friends of Palms supports Palms students and teachers by funding programs, activities, and supplies, including software for the Math Department, supplies for the Science Department, books, an umbrella for the garden area, costumes for Ballet Folklórico, funds for field trips, scholarships, stipends for teachers to supply their classrooms, and much more.

Donate to Friends of Palms

Posted 11/30/21

Supplies Needed by Palms Teachers for Their Students


Three DonorsChoose donation drives are in progress. You can help our teachers and their students with needed supplies and furniture by donating to any or all of these drives. November 30, 2021 is Giving Tuesday, making it an ideal day to make donations.

To date, over $50,000 has been raised for Palms classrooms through DonorsChoose!

Posted 11/28/21

Canned Food Drive Through December 10

Canned Food Drive poster

The annual Canned Food Drive, arranged by Leadership class, has begun. It runs through Friday, December 10, 2021.

Collection boxes are in the Main Entrance and in each homeroom.

Here are the requested items:

  • Rice, pasta, sauces
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned proteins (tuna, salmon, chicken)
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Baking products
  • No glass please

Posted 11/25/21

Honoring Our Veterans

2021 Veterans Day Showcase

Many Palms students have relatives in the U.S. military. Palms Leadership students created a Veterans Day Showcase in the Main Entrance honoring those veterans and all other veterans. This is an annual tradition at Palms.

Posted 11/25/21

Eighth Grade Class Trip Scholarship Winners Announced

Eighth Grade Class Trip Scholarship Winners

Valentin Bautista, Camila Garcia, and Annie Lu Rios

The Eighth Grade Class Trip will take place Saturday, April 9 to Friday, April 15, 2022 during Spring Break. Students taking the trip will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Friends of Palms has awarded Class Trip scholarships to four students, based on essays that they wrote.

1st place winners, earning a fully-paid-for trip:

  • Valentin Bautista
  • Eryn Friend

2nd place winners, earning $350 each toward the trip cost:

  • Camila Garcia
  • Annie Lu Rios

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!

Posted 11/25/21

New in the Students Section: Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest Entries and Winners

Frida Kahlo by Stacy Rincon

Most Creative Pumpkin Award - "Frida Kahlo" by 7th grader Stacy Rincon

See the entries and winners from this year's Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest in the Students section of our website.

Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest

Student Art page

Posted 11/22/21

Looking Good, Palms!

Formal Wear Day

Above are more photos from the Fall semester Spirit Week in November 2021.

Can you tell which photos are from Formal Wear Day, which are from Tacky Day, and which are from College Day?

This year's College Day rivalry between UCLA and USC was settled when UCLA won the crosstown football game 62 to 33, perhaps spurred on by the Palms Band's campus performance of the UCLA fight song on Friday, November 19, during Coffee With the Principal.

Posted 11/21/21

Students Who Missed the November 19 COVID-19 Test

COVID-19 test

If a student missed his or her COVID-19 test test during P.E. period on Friday, November 19, 2021, he or she should get a COVID-19 test at any available location on Monday, November 22 or Tuesday, November 23 to ensure that they are eligible for school the week after the Thanksgiving break.

Posted 11/19/21

Two Thirds of Eligible Students Have Received Vaccinations

Vaccinations as of 11 19 2021

Palms students who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination must follow a two-step process:

  1. Get vaccinated. Visit for locations and appointments.
  2. Upload your vaccination record to

As of Friday, November 19, 2021, over half of the 914 eligible Palms students have completed the process and over two thirds have completed the process or are going through the process. Keep up the good work!

Don't wait to upload your vaccination record since the data must be reviewed by LAUSD before your school record is updated.

Students age 12 and older must receive their first dose by Sunday, November 21, 2021 and their second dose by Sunday, December 19, 2021.

At the mobile vaccination clinic on campus on November 18, 2021, 45 students age 12 and over received vaccinations, 40 students age 5 through 11 received vaccinations, and 8 adults received their boosters.

Posted 11/19/21

College Dual Enrollment Program Off to a Great Start

Los Angeles Southwest College

Over 70 Palms 8th grade students have signed up for the College Dual Enrollment Program for the Spring 2022 semester.

They will take an online course named College Survival Skills Development from Los Angeles Southwest College, earning college credit as they learn valuable skills for their college years.

Questions about the program should be directed to Mrs. Bradshaw, Eighth Grade Counselor.

Posted 11/19/21

No School for Thanksgiving Week: November 22 to 26

Happy ThanksgivingGiving Tuesday

There will be no school from Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26, 2021, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

School will resume on Monday, November 29.

We hope that all Palms families have a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving week.

Remember that Tuesday, November 30 is Giving Tuesday. Remember your school by donating to Friends of Palms that day!

Posted 11/19/21

Anything But a Backpack Day

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 was Anything But a Backpack Day, part of the Fall semester's Spirit Week.

Palms students found wonderful new ways to tote their books and supplies, as shown above.

Posted 11/16/21

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting: November 16


Palms families are invited to the last Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting for the Fall semester. The Zoom meeting will be on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 6:30pm.

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

➡ Zoom link

Posted 11/15/21

Spirit Week: November 15 to 19

Panther Pride

Student Leadership has announced the themes for each day of Sprit Week, November 15 to November 19, 2021.

Students who want to join in should wear clothes to match each day's theme:

Day Theme
Mon Nov 15

Grade-Level Colors Day
• 6th graders wear green
• 7th graders wear white
• 8th graders wear black

Tue Nov 16 Anything But a Backpack Day
Wed Nov 17 Formal Wear Day
Thu Nov 18 Tacky Day
Fri Nov 19 College Day: represent your favorite college

Posted 11/15/21

Hear the Pops Concert Again

If you attended the Virtual Pops Concert on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, you can enjoy it again. If you missed it, you now have a chance to see and hear it.

You can listen to nine songs performed by the Palms Bands and Orchestra, directed by Ms. Jones.

Pops Concert


Posted 11/7/21

Submit Your Vaccination Documentation

vaccination needle

Students age 12 and over:

• If you've received both COVID-19 vaccination doses:

Upload your documentation to

You need to do this even if you were vaccinated at an LAUSD site.

• If you are not yet vaccinated:

Make your appointment at

First dose deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021

Second dose deadline: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Posted 11/5/21

Daylight Saving Time Ends: November 7

Fall back an hour

Set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 7, 2021, which marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Otherwise, you'll be an hour early to school on Monday!

This is also a good time to check your emergency supplies and to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and flashlights.

See our Emergency Preparedness page for more tips.

Posted 11/5/21

College Course Available to Eighth Graders: Spring 2022

Los Angeles Southwest College

Palms Middle School now has a College Dual Enrollment Program, available to all 8th graders.

In the Spring 2022 semester, students can take an online course named College Survival Skills Development from Los Angeles Southwest College, earning college credit as they learn valuable skills for their college years.

Signups are first-come-first-served, with a few spots open as of November 4, 2021. The signup deadline is Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Interested families should read our College Dual Enrollment Program page, then contact Mrs. Bradshaw, Eighth Grade Counselor for more information or to sign up.

Posted 11/4/21

Kona Ice Truck Fundraiser: November 5

Kona Ice Truck

Palms families with a sweet tooth are invited to visit the Kona Ice Truck that will park in front of Palms Middle School on Friday, November 5, 2021, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

You can try shaved ice with flavors ranging from Lemon-Lime-A-Licious to Wild Watermelon and from Very Cherry to Groovy Grape.

This is a "First Friday Fundraiser" by Leadership class.

Kona Ice Truck Fundraiser

Friday, November 5, 3:00-4:00pm

⬇ Download flyer

Posted 11/3/21

Students of the Month - October 2021

Lukah HakmanIliana MoralesKennedy Saunders

Lukah Hakman, Iliana Morales, and Kennedy Saunders

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.

These are our three Students of the Month for October 2021.

Leadership students provide each student with a certificate, a backpack, a Palms bag, and a medal.

See the video with Lukah, Iliana, and Kennedy

Congratulations to our fantastic students of the month!

Posted 11/3/21

Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall: November 4

Hamilton Community of Schools

The November Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2021, from, 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall

Zoom link

Posted 11/1/21

Star Wars Actor Kelly Marie Tran Reads Monologue by Palms Student Jade Yates

Jade Yates and Kelly Marie Tran

On October 28, 2021, at the Young Storytellers "Biggest Show" at the Theatre At the Ace Hotel, a monologue named "The Artist" by 7th grader Jade Yates was read by actor Kelly Marie Tran. The show is available on YouTube.

By coincidence, Jade had drawn a picture of Kelly Marie Tran, which won last year's Asian American Pacific Islander Art Contest in Mr. Kim's Sixth Grade Leadership class, so Ms. Tran autographed Jade's portrait of her!

Read all of the details and see the video and more photos on our Young Storytellers page.

Posted 10/31/21

Virtual Pops Concert: November 3

Virtual Pops  Concert

Join us for the Virtual Pops Concert on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 6:00pm to hear how much the music students of Ms. Jones have accomplished!

This is our first instrumental music concert for this school year.

Zoom link

Download flyer

Posted 10/31/21

Happy Halloween!

We hope that everyone will have a fun and safe Halloween!

Halloween costumes

Student costumes in Mrs. Clark's homeroom

Posted 10/29/21

GATE Parent Workshop: October 27


Current and prospective GATE and SAS parents are invited to an LAUSD GATE Parent Workshop on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

The live webinar will provide an overview of the Choices application and verification process. it will also show how Schools for Advanced Studies and Gifted Magnets can meet your child's learning needs.

GATE Parent Workshop

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Zoom link

Download flyer:

⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 10/26/21

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety


Parents are urged to use extra caution and consideration when dropping off students in the morning or picking them up after school.

There are two concerns:

  1. Safety, the number one priority of everyone at school. Please leave enough time so that you can approach the school patiently, and never double park, let students jaywalk, or have students leave vehicles other than safety at the curb.
  2. Consideration of our neighbors. Palms is in a residential neighborhood, and we need to respect our neighbors by minimizing noise and disruption. Never honk or yell to get the attention of students or other drivers.

Consider using a nearby side street for drop-offs and pick-ups, letting students walk around the corner or down the block to school.

Thank you!

Posted 10/24/21

Rules for Halloween Costumes at School: October 29

Happy Halloween

Students can wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 29, 2021, subject to the following rules:

  • Costumes shall not be demeaning to any person or group based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or to any individual staff or student at school.
  • Costumes must comply with the dress code restriction against images that are "vulgar, sexually suggestive, discriminatory, obscene, libelous, contain threats, or that promote illegal or violent content such as the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia" or cause significant disruption or distraction to the instructional program.
  • No weapons or replica weapons are to be brought to school.
  • COVID-19 masks must still be worn, so you may not want to wear a Halloween mask that also covers the nose or mouth. Halloween masks may not completely obscure the identity of the student. However, Halloween masks may be worn during other specific activities, provided that safety is not hindered. Indoors, only COVID-19 masks may be worn.
  • No costume can be worn that is unsafe or that may create a safety hazard. Costumes may not impact a student's vision or movement, e.g., the ability to climb stairs.
  • Students and staff who wish to be excused from participating in a holiday program due to religious beliefs will be accommodated without penalty or bias.

See the Code of Conduct page for the standard Dress Code and the Halloween Dress Code.

Posted 10/24/21

LatinX Parent Symposium: October 27

Fiesta Mexicana

Interested families are invited to attend our first LatinX Parent Symposium on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, starting at 6:00pm.

The focus will be on forming a stronger and focused partnership between LatinX parents and students and Palms Middle School.

Key priorities will include increased parent involvement, student support, creating community-building events, and sharing school information and activities.

Additional LatinX Parent Symposiums will be held in December, January, March, and May..

LatinX Family Symposium

 ➡ Zoom link

Posted 10/24/21

Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest: October 27 Submission Deadline

Genghis Khan by Madison FukuokaMarie Curie by Quinn Casady

The Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest is held every October. Students decorate pumpkins as famous or less-known figures from the period of history that they are studying in their grade level.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Judging by 8th grade Student Body will take place on Thursday, October 28, and the pumpkins will be displayed in the Library.

Historic Figure Pumpkin Contest

Submission deadline: October 27

Download contest instructions:

6th grade  ⬇ 7th grade  ⬇ 8th grade

Posted 10/24/21

Last Week of Virtual Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair

Now is the time to buy books for your students, for other family members, and as gifts, before the Palms Middle School Book Fair ends on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

You'll be supporting our School Library, because our Book Fair partner Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to our school.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to the Palms Middle School Book Fair website.
  2. Click or tap the links to see recommendations, shop by grade or age, or search by title, author, or keyword.
  3. Add books to your cart.
  4. Check out when you are ready.
  5. Return to the Book Fair website as many times as you like through October 31.

If you'd like to let students shop for themselves, you can set up a pre-funded digital wallet for your child.

Posted 10/24/21

L.A. County COVID-19 Data Dashboard

L.A. County COVID-19 Testing

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has published a COVID-19 Data Dashboard with statistics about COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 testing, and COVID-19 cases in schools throughout the county.

Data is gathered each week from Monday to Sunday, and the Dashboard is updated on the subsequent Wednesday.

Among the current results:

  • For age 12 to 18, unvaccinated students are 7 times as likely as vaccinated students to be diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Each week, almost 600,000 tests are being given to county school students and staff, with 77% of the tests in LAUSD, 11% across all charter schools, and 12% across all other schools.
  • The positivity rate has been gradually dropping, and is now about 0.2% across the county.
  • Weekly student and staff cases of COVID-19 average about 9 per 100,000 in LAUSD and between 4 and 8 per 100,000 in West L.A.
  • Over the past 2 months, Palms Middle School has had 11 COVID-19 cases among students and none among staff. There were 372 schools in the county with more COVID-19 cases than Palms.
  • Palms was not one of the 29 county schools that have had "outbreaks" (3 or more cases, spread at school, within a 14-day period).

You can get the latest statistics by viewing the COVID-19 Data Dashboard each week.

Posted 10/22/21

Student Body Election Results

2021-2022 Student Body Officers

Congratulations to our new Student Body Officers from the Leadership elective.

They were winners in the Student Body Election on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

  • President: Mia Rubalcava
  • Vice President: Camila Garcia
  • Treasurer: Ian Thompson
  • Secretary: Iliana Morales
  • Commissioner of Activities: Christopher Thompson

Posted 10/22/21

Free Community Vaccination Event: October 22

vaccination needle

Free Pfizer vaccinations, Moderna vaccinations, and Pfizer boosters will be available on Friday, October 22, 2021, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, at the Special Needs Network.

Children must have a parent present. The Pfizer booster is available only to seniors age 65 and older, people with underlying conditions, and people working in high exposure professions.

Staff from the L.A. County Department of Mental Health will be available with wellness resources.

Free Community Vaccination Event

Friday October 22, 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm

4401 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Download flyer

Posted 10/21/21

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting: October 19


All Palms families are invited to the monthly Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 6:30pm.

The meeting will begin with a guest speaker: Primary care physician Dr. John Tran from UCLA Health will speak about mental and physical wellness.

We will also share school news and answer questions.

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 10/18/21

Virtual Book Fair: October 18 to October 31

Scholastic Book Fair

The Palms Middle School Book Fair is virtual this year.

The Virtual Book Fair runs from Monday, October 18 to Sunday, October 31, 2021.

You can purchase books for your Palms student, books for other family members, or books as gifts. At the same time, you'll be supporting our School Library, because our Book Fair partner Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to our school.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to the Palms Middle School Book Fair website.
  2. Click or tap the links to see recommendations, shop by grade or age, or search by title, author, or keyword.
  3. Add books to your cart.
  4. Check out when you are ready.
  5. Return to the Book Fair website as many times as you like through October 31.

If you'd like to let students shop for themselves, you can set up a pre-funded digital wallet for your child.

Posted 10/18/21

Method Books Needed for Winds, Percussion, and Band Students


Instrumental music teacher Ms. Jones needs to replace about 100 missing and incomplete method books for her students in Winds and Percussion and Band classes. You can help by donating to her DonorsChoose campaign.

The books, called Essential Elements for Band, come in individual editions for clarinet, trumpet, flute, saxophone, percussion, baritone, tuba, French horn, oboe, and bassoon.

Music Books for Beginning Winds and Band

Donate at DonorsChoose

You can also support the other DonorsChoose campaigns in progress for Palms teachers:

Posted 10/18/21

Writing, Computer Science, and Math Enrichment for Gifted African American Students

LAUSD Acccs, Equity   Acceleration Unit

The LAUSD Access, Equity and Acceleration Unit is providing gifted and highly gifted African American students with enrichment opportunities in the following subjects:

  • Creative Writing
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Math

The sessions will take place from 9:00am to 12:15pm on these dates (skipping the Saturday after Thanksgiving):

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021

The application deadline is Friday, October 22, 2021.

Apply online

Download flyer

Posted 10/17/21

High School Information and Q&A Meetings

High School

Parents of 7th and 8th grade students can learn about the many choices for high schools with information nights and Q&A sessions throughout October and the first weeks of November.

See the many events on the Calendar and the High School Information Night page for the following high schools:

  • Crenshaw High School STEMM Magnet
  • Fairfax High School
  • Hamilton High School
  • Hollywood High School
  • King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
  • San Fernando High School Math, Science, Technology Magnet
  • University High School Charter
  • Venice High School
  • Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets

The e-choices Magnet school application deadline is Friday, November 12, 2021.

Posted 10/10/21

Help Palms Students Receive Interactive Lessons


You can help Mrs. Firstbrook give interactive daily lessons to her students by contributing to her first DonorsChoose campaign.

Mrs. Firstbrook wants to acquire a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet so she can present her daily lessons using a variety of interactive educational platforms, allowing students to interact throughout lessons and see the note-taking skills modeled.

➡ Donate to the campaign

See also these other DonorsChoose campaigns in progress:

Posted 10/10/21

Student Body Election Campaigning

ballot box

Election campaigning is in progress this week (October 4 to 8, 2021) for Student Body officers. Campaign posters are plentiful.

The candidates are 7th or 8th grade students in the Leadership elective, who can run for these offices:

  • President (8th graders only)
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Commissioner of Activities

The Student Body Election will take place on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Posted 10/6/21

High School Information Night: October 5

Hamilton High School

This year's High School Information Night, also called Meet the High Schools Night, will take place on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 5:00pm-6:45pm.

This program will be of special interest to 7th and 8th grade students and their parents, who can learn about the programs at the Crenshaw, Fairfax, Hamilton, Hollywood, King/Drew, University, Venice, and Westchester high schools.

Magnet Coordinator Ms. Cohen will wrap up with a question and answer session about applications.

Zoom link

Download flyer

Posted 10/5/21

Students of the Month - September 2021

Ben SunAvitansh  Avi  AroraAarna Kumar

Ben Sun, Avitansh (Avi) Arora, and Aarna Kumar

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 provide each student with a certificate, a backpack, a Palms bag, and a medal.

See the video with Ben, Avi, and Aarna

Congratulations to our fantastic students of the month!

Posted 10/5/21

Help Palms Students Obtain Cutting-Edge Technology


Mr. Martinez, 8th grade Science and Computer Science teacher, would like to provide Palms students with a Makerblot 3D printer to allow students to unleash their potential using cutting edge technology.

A strong foundation in technology and engineering is key to developing 21st-century skills. Having access to a 3D printer will be a first for many Palms students.

Donate to the project

See past DonorsChoose projects

Posted 10/4/21

Follow Palms on Twitter: @PalmsMS_LAUSD

Palms Middle School on Twitter

Did you know that October is National Principals Month? You'd know about it if you followed Palms Middle School on Twitter. Now's a good time to follow us!


Posted 10/3/21

Black LGBTQI+ Youth Virtual Camp: October 9

Black Virtual Camp

The Black LGBTQI+ Youth Virtual Camp will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Registration must be completed by Monday, October 4, 2021.

The camp will be a safe space for middle school to high school African American youth, with a focus on art, wellness, social justice, campus and community organizing, relationship building, and Black queer icons. Youth from across the nation are welcome to attend.

Organizers partners, and counselor-facilitators include:

Black LGBTQI+ Youth Virtual Camp

Registration Form

Posted 9/29/21

Split-Lunch Periods Begin October 4

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Starting on Monday, October 4, 2021, a new Bell Schedule goes into effect, with one Lunch period for 6th graders and a different Lunch period for 7th and 8th graders. This will reduce crowding and increase social distancing.

6th graders will have Lunch after Period 4, while 7th and 8th graders will have Lunch before Period 4.

6th Grade Bell Schedule
Period Mon Wed Thu Fri Tue
Period 4 11:35 to 12:30 10:41 to 11:30
Lunch 12:30 to 1:00 11:30 to 12:00


7th/8th Grade Bell Schedule
Period Mon Wed Thu Fri Tue
Lunch 11:30 to 12:00 10:45 to 11:15
Period 4 12:06 to 1:00 11:21 to 12:00


The instructional minutes are the same as before. Only the order of periods has changed.

⬇ Letter from the Principal

➡ Bell Schedule page

Posted 9/28/21

Meet Ms. Faith!

Ms. Boyd-Swain

Ms. Faith Boyd-Swain, who asks students to call her Ms. Faith, is the School Climate Advocate at Palms Middle School. The position of School Climate Advocate is new.

Ms. Faith helps ensure that the climate and culture at Palms are positive and remain positive. She assists with conflict resolution, de-escalation, and mediation in order to build and maintain a positive school climate on campus.

Ms. Faith can be contacted by email or phone, and students with the permission of their teacher can visit Ms. Faith in the Dean's Office.

➡ Visit Ms. Boyd-Swain's web page

Posted 9/28/21

Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall

Hamilton Community of Schools

The Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00pm will cover enrollment, and an operations update as well as ESSER funds and community input.

ESSER, short for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, based on the Student Equity Needs Index (SENI), is a federal grant from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act.

Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall

Registration link

Posted 9/28/21

GATE Parent Meeting Followup Questions and Answers


At the Fall Parent Meeting for parents of GATE and SAS students, guest speaker Dr. Matsui answered many questions from parents.

There wasn't time to answer five of the questions, but Dr. Matsui has generously provided a document with answers to those additional questions. You can download it from the GATE page, in the Fall Gifted Meeting section.

GATE page

Posted 9/28/21

Palms Celebrates the Freedom to Read

Banned books display

Question: What do the following books have in common?

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Answer: They're all on the list of Banned or Challenged Young Adult Books.

This week is Banned Books Week, and Librarian Mr. Frankel is working with Palms English teachers to draw attention to the harms of censorship and the benefits of unrestricted reading.

Banned books lesson

Mr. Frankel's lesson on the freedom to read

Visit our Banned Books Week page and you'll be surprised to see the long list representing just some of the many books that have been banned in U.S. schools and libraries.

Posted 9/27/21

New DonorsChoose Campaign for Classroom iPad Pro


Please support the new DonorsChoose campaign by Mr. Diaz to replace a broken classroom iPad. It's an iPad Pro used to connect by Bluetooth to an LCD screen for classroom displays and student participation.

Campaign: iNeed an iPad!

You can also support three previous DonorsChoose campaigns that are still in progress:

Posted 9/26/21

Free Public Transportation Coming to LAUSD Students

Los Angeles Metro logo

The board of Los Angeles Metro has approved a plan to provide free public transpiration to all LAUSD students.

Once the plan is implemented, every LAUSD student will be given a free TAP card at school, along with instructions to create a corresponding account online.

Once that's done, students will be able to ride any Metro bus, Metro train, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, or Culver CityBus for free. Students might take free public transportation to get to school, libraries, parks, museums, or anywhere else they'd like to go in the Los Angeles area.

Posted 9/26/21

Volunteer Information Meeting: September 28

raised hand

Palms parents and others interested in volunteering to help the school: Please join the Friends of Palms and PTSA boards for an informal and informational volunteer meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 6:30pm.

We'll answer any volunteer questions that you have, and you can meet current board members and the other volunteers who you may be working with.

Volunteer Information Meeting

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 6:30pm

Zoom link

Posted 9/24/21

Get Help From the Student Tech Team

Tech Team Appointment QR Code

Tech Team Appointment QR Code

The Genius Bar is the name for the Student Tech Team's tech support service, available to Palms students and even to school staff.

The Tech Team can help solve your problems with iPads, Schoology, Google apps, Wi-Fi, Safari, etc. and teach you new skills like creating slideshows.
Appointments for help in the Library can be made

  • before school (7:30-8:00am)
  • during lunch (ten minutes after lunch period starts)

To make an appointment, use the link below or scan the QR Code above with your iPad or smartphone camera.

Tech Team Appointment Form

Download flyer

Posted 9/22/21

After-School Tutoring in the Library


After-school tutoring and homework help are available every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the Library, from 3:15 to 4:15pm.

There is no tutoring on Tuesday.

Day Teacher
Monday Mr. Mendoza
Wednesday Ms. Vogel
Thursday Ms. Flynn
Friday Ms. Garret

See the Library Homework Help page for more details.

There is also after-school Math Homework Help.

Posted 9/22/21

New DonorsChoose Campaign for Medical and Hygiene Supplies


Please support the new DonorsChoose campaign by Ms. Okihara to supply her classroom with Band Aids and girls' hygiene supplies. The current bandage supply is exhausted, and girls can no longer get hygiene items from the girls bathrooms.

Pads, Tampons and Band Aids Needed!

You can also support two previous DonorsChoose campaigns that are still in progress:

Money Matters for Ms. Czujko

Let's Get Reading! for Ms. Goldberg

Posted 9/21/21

After-School Math Homework Help: Mondays and Wednesday

Help button

Math homework help has begun for the Fall semester, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 starting Monday, September 20, 2021.

Students can come to the following classrooms after school to receive extra help in math from some of our math teachers. Participation is first-come first-served.

Grade Room(s)

49 (Monday)

43 (Wednesday)

7 131
8 108 or 133

Download flyer   ➡ See web page

Posted 9/20/21

Fall Gifted Meeting: September 27


A message from Ms. Okihara, GATE Coordinator:

Hello GATE parents!

Our first GATE parent night will be held virtually on Monday, September 27, 2021, from 6:00-7:00pm.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Matsui, is a former principal and deputy superintendent. He will be sharing the power of resiliency through challenges. We will also have teachers sharing best practices in the classroom that support gifted learners.

Please read these two articles prior to our meeting. Dr. Matsui is excitedly preparing for a robust Q+A session for our Palms community:

  1. Resilience
  2. What Reading Does for the Mind (Cunningham 2001)

Meeting Information

Date: Monday 9/27/2021

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Zoom link

Posted 9/20/21

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting: September 21

group of people

Everyone is invited to the monthly Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 6:30pm. You can learn what's happening at school, hear from staff members and parent leaders, have your questions answered, and learn how to get involved.

FOP/PTSA Meeting

Zoom link

Posted 9/20/21

Ms. Garret Honored by Extra Yard for Teachers

Ms. Garret at UCLA

On September 19, 2021, Palms history teacher Ms. Garret was honored at a UCLA football game at the Rose
Bowl as part of Extra Yard for Teachers, an annual salute to teachers supported by the Pac-12 and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

Extra Yard for Teachers is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four core areas: resources, recognition, professional development, and recruitment and retention.

Congratulations to Ms. Garret!

Posted 9/19/21

Amazon Smile Donations to Palms Top $1000

Amazon Smile

When you register Palms Middle School as your Amazon Smile charity, Amazon will then donate a portion of your purchases to Palms whenever you shop starting from

It costs you nothing and helps your school!

As of September 16, 2021, Amazon has donated $1,006.10 to Palms from Amazon Smile purchases.

➡ Register Palms at Amazon Smile

with Palms Middle School as your selected charity

Each time you shop at Amazon, start at


Posted 9/16/21

No School on September 16


There will be no school on Thursday, September 16, 2021. It is called an "unassigned day" on the LAUSD calendar, and coincides with the Yom Kippur holiday.

Posted 9/15/21

Council and Committee Orientation: September 15


Parents who would like to learn about our school councils and committees, with an opportunity to join, should attend the online SSC/ELAC/LSLC Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 4:00pm.

The meeting was originally scheduled for August 19.

SSC/ELAC/LSLC Orientation Meeting

Zoom link

🙋 The School Site Council (SSC) determines academic instructional programs and related expenditures at Palms.

🙋 The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs for the English Learners among our students.

🙋 The Local School Leadership Council (LSLC) makes decisions on the school calendar, professional development schedule, budget for instructional materials, student discipline, and other areas.

Posted 9/15/21

African-American Family Symposium: September 15

African-American family

Interested families are invited to attend our first African-American Family Symposium on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, starting at 6:00pm.

The focus will be on forming a stronger and focused partnership between African-American parents and students and Palms Middle School.

Key priorities will include increased parent involvement, student support, creating community-building events, and sharing school information and activities.

Additional African-American Family Symposiums will be held in November, February, April, and June.

African-American Family Symposium

Zoom link

Posted 9/14/21

KCAL News Interviews Former Palms Video Production Student

Baron Ellis interview

Baron Ellis was in Mrs. Clark's Video Production class when he made Online Dangers: The Power of Our Words, a video about cyberbullying that won the Directing Change California Words Matter Contest in June, 2021.

Baron, now 14 years old and at Hamilton High School, was interviewed by KCAL News on September 13, 2021.

Back in June, he was interviewed for an article published by Blue Shield of California.

Watch the KCAL Interview

Read the Blue Shield article

Posted 9/14/21

Hamilton Community of Schools Parent Workshop: September 14

Hamilton Community of Schools

Palms parents are invited to attend an online Hamilton Community of Schools Parent Workshop on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 1:00pm.

Topics to be discussed:

  • The importance of regular school attendance
  • What students can do...
  • What parents can do...

Parent Workshop

Zoom link

Posted 9/13/21

DonorsChoose Fundraising Passes $40,000


Have you helped a Palms teacher by donating to one of their DonorsChoose fundraising campaigns? It's easy, and your donations go straight into a Palms classroom!

There are two fundraising campaigns currently open, but more appear each month.

Since Palms teachers started using DonorsChoose in 2006, a total of $40,540 has been raised through the site. Thank you to our generous contributors!

Posted 9/13/21

COVID-19 Mandate for Students 12 and Over


LAUSD will require all students who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination to be fully vaccinated by the start of the Spring Semester on Monday, January 10, 2022, unless they have a qualified exemption. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded through DailyPass by the applicable deadline:

Student age 1st dose deadline 2nd dose deadline
Less than 12 30 days after their 12th birthday 8 weeks after their 12th birthday
12 and older - participating in in-person extracurricular programs Sunday, October 3, 2021 Sunday, October 31, 2021
12 and older - not participating in in-person extracurricular programs Sunday, November 21, 2021 Sunday, December 19, 2021

If you have questions, call LAUSD's family hotline (213-443-1300) and review LAUSD's COVID-10 FAQ.

Posted 9/12/21

Picture Day: September 15

Smile for Picture Day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 is Picture Day. Student photos will be taken during each student's P.E. period. These photos are used for Student ID Cards and for the Palms Yearbook.

Bring your best smile!

You should dress nicely, but our photo company advises you not to wear green.

Parents can pre-order photo prints


On Thursday, October 21, 2021 there will be a Make-Up Picture Day for students who were absent on September 15.


Posted 9/12/21

Tribute to Fallen Service Members for 9/11

Fall Server Members Display

Bulletin board display with art student Bruktayt Worku

Visit the Student Art page to read about the tribute to fallen U.S. service members, created by Palms art students.

The display is on a bulletin board in the main hall.

Palms students are welcome to contribute art, stories, or other work to the Students section.

Posted 9/11/21

Positive Behavior Support Program

Behavioral Expectations

On Friday, August 27, 2021, students attended the Behavior Intervention Assemblies, where they learned about the three behavioral expectations at the core of the Palms Positive Behavior Support Program (PBS).

The program increases positive student behavior and decreases problem behavior by teaching new skills.

Parents are encouraged to discuss these expectations with their children.

Posted 9/7/21

Looking for A Good Book?

Wishtree by Katherine ApplegateThe Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan GemeinharOther Words for Home by Jasmine WargaNevermoor  The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica TownseThe Jigsaw Jungle by Kristin LevineThe Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman

Palms students looking for a great read should consider the books nominated for this year's California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) awards:

Intermediate Category

  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Middle School Category

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • The Jigsaw Jungle by Kristin Levine
  • The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman

Want even more? Look at the previous CYRM nominees and winners. We've tracked dozens of them since 2011!

And don't forget to ask your English teacher for additional recommendations.

Posted 9/5/21

Submit GATE Referrals in September

GATE Coordinator Ms. Okihara is collecting referrals for identification of GATE-eligible students during the month of September.

The deadline to submit a referral is Friday, October 1, 2021.

For more information on the GATE identification process, download the parent brochure.

GATE Eligibility Brochure for Parents

English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 9/4/21

No School on September 3, 6, and 7

California flagHappy Labor Day

School will be closed on

  • Friday, September, 3, 2021, for California Admission Day
  • Monday, September 6, 2021, for Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021, as an "unassigned day" coinciding with Rosh Hashannah

School resumes on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Posted 9/2/21

Registration Open for America Scores After-School Program

America Scores Los Angeles logo

America SCORES LA is a free after-school program that uses soccer, creative writing, and service learning to help inspire underserved children at Palms and other Westside LAUSD elementary and middles schools.

The 90-minutes program runs 2 days per week:

  • Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00pm
  • Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm

The program is tentatively scheduled to run from Tuesday, September 14 to Thursday, November 19, 2021 but is awaiting final LAUSD schedule approval.

All LA Scores programs are run under strict compliance with LAUSD's COVID guidelines.

Register for America Scores LA

Posted 8/31/21

Art or Letters for Fallen U.S. Soldiers

military cap

Students who would like to create art or write a letter to the families of the fallen U.S. soldiers who were in Afghanistan can do so.

Send your art or letters to Ms. Goldin by email or see her during homeroom this week.

Posted 8/31/21

Hamilton Community of Schools Town Hall: August 30

Hamilton Community of Schools

The Hamilton Community of Schools is holding a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2021 at 5:00pm, in Zoom.

To attend, please register. You'll receive the Zoom link by email.

Town Hall Meeting

Registration link

Posted 8/31/21

Miss a Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting? Read the Minutes

Don t forget

If you are unable to attend a monthly Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting, you can read a summary in the meeting minutes.

Thank you to Kimberly Min, Friends of Palms and PTSA Secretary, for writing the meeting minutes.

Posted 8/29/21

Openings: School for Advanced Studies and Modern Media and Communications Magnet

ADMIT ONE tickets

There are still openings if you apply soon for the Palms School for Advanced Studies (SAS) or for the 7th grade program of the Modern Media and Communications Magnet.

You must apply by the deadline of Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and before all spaces are filled.

Remember that there is no school on Friday September 4, Monday September 6, or Tuesday September 7.

Posted 8/27/21

All Palms Families: Submit Your Meal Application


All Palms families are asked to submit a meal application for the 2021-2022 school year, whether or not you think you will qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school.

Submitting your application can:

  • Help your student at Palms.
  • Make your children eligible for future Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits, which provide food-purchase assistance to hard-hit U.S. families.
  • Help Palms Middle School qualify for funds provided by the federal Title I program.

To submit your meal application

Start here

Enter zip code 90017 and choose Los Angeles Unified School District.

Posted 8/26/21

First Coffee With the Principal: August 27

coffee cup

The first Coffee With the Principal Zoom meeting will take place on Friday, August 27, 2021, starting at 8:30am.

Principal Mr. Choi will share news and information about Palms and answer your questions.

Coffee With the Principal

➡ Zoom link

Meeting ID: 882 8763 9976

Posted 8/25/21

Safe Place For Youth Charity Drive: August 26 to September 30

Safe Place for Youth

The annual Safe Place For Youth (S.P.Y) charity drive, organized by Ms. Goldin, begins on Thursday, August 26, 2021, and runs through the month of September. This year the organization especially needs new clothes (all sizes) and art supplies.

To participate, log into your Amazon or Amazon Smile account, select items from the S.P.Y Wishlist, and purchase them for direct delivery to Safe Place for Youth in Venice, CA.

See the details on the Safe Place for Youth page.

In honor of this year's charity drive, Ms. Goldin wrote a poem:

Bright Light

Oh yeah it’s official
Like a Palms MS PE coach whistle

It is time for the annual Safe Place for Youth drive
Let's donate items to help the homeless and at-risk youth in Venice thrive

There is no "I" in team
4, 3, you, me

The Amazon donation link is on the Palms MS website
Let's help those who cannot help themselves so we can shine a bright light!

Posted 8/24/21

Mask Information from Los Angeles County

COVID-19 masks

The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department offers information about the use of COVID-19 masks.

Preventing COVID-19 with masks

EnglishSpanishother languages

When to wear a mask


How to wear a face mask

EnglishSpanishother languages

Posted 8/23/21

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting: August 24


The first Friends of Palms/PTSA meeting for the Fall semester will take place using Zoom on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, starting at 6:30pm. All Palms families are invited to attend. Hear from school staff, meet Friends of Palms leaders, have your questions answered, and learn ways that you can volunteer to help your school.

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

August 24, 6:30pm

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 880 2386 6272

To volunteer for an open position, fill out the Volunteer Form.

Posted 8/22/21

Palms Student Wins in Art & Literary Contest

art by Kaylee Nakagawa

Winning art by Kaylee Nakagawa

Recently culminated Palms student Kaylee Nakagawa was a Bronze winner in the 2021 Starlings Art & Literary Contest sponsored by the Starlings Girls Volleyball Prrogram.

The Starlings Art & Literary Contest debuted at the 2000 National Championship and is a highlight of each volleyball season. Girls in the Starlings program are invited annually to submit artistic and literary works on specific themes in categories that include essays, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The winners are honored each year at the Starlings National Championship.

Congratulations to Kaylee!

Starlings Volleyball, USA

Posted 8/20/21

Weekly Email From the Principal

Principal Mr. Choi

Parents of registered Palms students automatically receive the weekly email from Principal Mr. Choi. Emails are usually sent on Sundays, covering the latest news and the events for the coming week.

You can read the latest weekly email, as well as previous weekly emails, on the Weekly Email page.

If you are a Palms parent and not receiving the weekly email, check your child's student records. Your up-to-date email address may not be in the system.

Posted 8/15/21

Meet and Greet Brings New Families Together

Well over 100 new students, parents, and family members attended the Palms Meet and Greet gathering at Rancho Park on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

Meet and Greet 2021

Principal Mr. Choi, Friends of Palms President Stacey Shortt, and Team Prime Time Program Director Kent Campfield each spoke.

Students and parents met some of the 6th grade teachers.

Everyone enjoyed safely-wrapped snacks, kids played games organized by Team Prime Time, including an exciting water-balloon toss, and everyone had a chance to talk to their peers, despite the masks everyone wore.

Thank you to event organizer Nirit Brand and everyone who helped, including our student volunteers.

Posted 8/14/21

Choose Your Entrance

Campus entrances

Even if students have their Daily Pass QR codes ready, there will be lines at the school entrances, especially on the first day of school: Monday, August 16, 2021.

Four school entrances will be open, and students can use any entrance. The line at the Main Entrance may be the longest, so feel free to choose one of the others.

The four entrances shown on the map above:

  1. Main Entrance: off Woodbine, near the flagpole
  2. Library Entrance: off Woodbine, west of the Auditorium
  3. Cafeteria Entrance: on the north side of Palms Blvd.
  4. P.E. Entrance: on the south side of Palms Blvd.

Posted 8/14/21

Meet and Greet New Palms Families

new students

The annual Palms Middle School Meet and Greet takes place on Saturday, August 14, 2021, from 10:00am to noon.

New students and all of their family members are invited to come to the park, meet new classmates and other new families, and talk to Palms teachers, administrators, and leaders from the Friends of Palms booster club.

The Team Prime Time after-school program will be organizing fun games for the kids.

Please RSVP to Nirit Brand by email

Download flyer: ⬇ English   ⬇ Spanish

Meet and Greet

Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills Recreation Center

2541 Motor Avenue

From Pico, turn south on Motor, turn right into the first driveway, and drive to the end of the driveway, near the archery range.

Google map

Posted 8/13/21

Free COVID-10 Vaccinations at LAUSD Schools


Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available at a number of LAUSD schools, for anyone age 12 and over. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Download flyer for the list of schools

English  ⬇ Spanish

The closest westside school to Palms Middle School is Crenshaw High School, where the schedule is as follows:

  • Every Tuesday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Every Wednesday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Every Thursday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Every Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Every third Saturday starting August 14, 2021, 8:00am to 2:00pm

Everyone is eligible for the vaccinations, not just students and LAUSD families. The Pfizer vaccine is used.

You can walk in or make an appointment by phoning 1-323-730-1920 extension 3.

Posted 8/12/21

From the GATE Coordinator


The LAUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program creates high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments.

Here is a message from the Palms GATE Coordinator:

Welcome GATE students and families!

My name is Ms. Okihara, 6th grade teacher at Palms Middle School in the Modern Media and Communications Magnet. I will be supporting the school community as the GATE coordinator.

I am excited to assist each of you through the Gifted and Talented identification processes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you. I'm looking forward to a great and memorable year!

Posted 8/10/21

GATE Parent Newsletter: Summer 2021

GATE Parent Newsletter

The Summer 2021 edition of the GATE Parent Newsletter, for parents of students in the GATE and SAS programs, has a headline article on propelling academic success, creativity, and leadership.

Other articles cover coding with Scratch, Camp YouTube, a gallery of artwork by students, and registration for the Conservatory of Fine Arts.

Download the Summer 2021 GATE Parent Newsletter

English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 8/9/21

Camp Palms Schedule

Camp Palms

The Camp Palms new-parent orientation sessions have been changed to Zoom meetings. The Camp Palms schedule for new students has not changed.

6th grade students

  • Camp Palms Day 1: Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 8:30am-noon
  • Camp Palms Day 2: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 8:30am-noon

6th grade parents

  • Parent Orientation: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 6:00pm
  • Zoom link

  • Meeting ID: 853 4933 5416

7th grade students

  • Camp Palms: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 8:30am-noon

7th grade parents

  • Parent Orientation: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 6:00pm
  • Zoom link

  • Meeting ID: 853 4933 5416

Students: Bring water, a snack, and wear sunscreen!

Posted 8/8/21

Device/Connectivity Request Form

Wi-Fi signal

All Palms parents should fill out the new online form for student devices, and answer the form's questions.

LAUSD has a new system for device checkout this year.

The old Student Device Checkout Form has been updated and is now the simpler Parent Acknowledgement and Device/Connectivity Request Form.
To use the form:

  • Go to
  • Log in securely with your Parent Portal account. A special access code is no longer needed.
  • Use one form for all students in your household, to give your permission for students to check out devices.
  • Provide information about your off-campus connectivity.

Posted 8/6/21

Team Prime Time After-School Program

Team Prime Time

The Team Prime Time after-school program operates every school day, until 5:30pm on Tuesdays and until 6:00pm other days.

The program combines academic support and an Art and STEM Academy with sports and leadership training. It's a paid program.

Details, prices, flyers, and applications are on the Team Prime Time page.

Posted 8/5/21

Fill Out the Fall 2021 Parent Survey

Parent Survey

We ask all Palms parents to fill out the Fall 2021 Parent Survey:

Parent Survey

The survey asks about your distance learning experience this past year, your child's experience, technology needs, social-emotional needs, how you'd like to see new funds spent, and your level of interest in a Palms Success Academy.

The survey also gives you a chance to provide comments and suggestions or to ask questions.

If you ask questions in your survey form, please be sure to fill in the optional email address field at the end of the survey.

Posted 8/3/21

Messages From The Principal

Mr. Leonard Choi

Palms Principal Mr. Choi sends regular messages to Palms parents. You can read or re-read this year's first emailed message on the Weekly Email page.

Mr. Choi also held a Welcome Back to School Town Hall Zoom meeting on July 30, 2021.

Download the meeting slides

Here are the website links from the email and the meeting slides:

Posted 8/2/21

Health Safety

doctor checkup

LAUSD has the highest level of health safety of any school district in the nation, and Palms Middle School is part of that program. This includes daily health checks, weekly COVID-19 tests, appropriate air filtering, masking, and social distancing.

However, everyone must do their part while the pandemic remains.

Things to remember:

  • Students should use Daily Pass before school each day, and show their QR code at the school entrance. If you do not have a QR code, you'll be interviewed.
  • Everyone on campus must wear a mask. Students should bring a spare mask too.
  • If your student does not feel well, DO NOT send them to school. Don't take chances with their health or the health of everyone else on campus. Follow the normal absence procedure.
  • If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, they will be directed to the school's isolation and quarantine room and you will be notified.

Posted 7/31/21

Need Answers or Help?


LAUSD, Palms Middle School, and Friend of Palms are ready to help you with any problems, concerns, or questions that you may have.

LAUSD Family Vaccination Hotline (appointments too)


LAUSD COVID-19 Helpdesk

Monday to Friday, 6:00am to 6:00pm


California Youth Crisis Line
Call or text, English or Spanish


LAUSD Student Wellness Hotline

For support with mental health, immunizations, health insurance, food & housing, enrollment, and more.

Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm


LAUSD Magnet Transportation


LAUSD help with DailyPass issues

Information Technology Division (ITD)

Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:45pm


Palms Middle School

Monday to Friday, school hours


Friends of Palms

askfriends @

Posted 7/31/21

COVID-19 Testing Schedule


All students must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before attending Camp Palms or starting school on Monday August 16, 2021. Students can get free COVID-19 tests at Palms Middle School, at other LAUSD testing sites, or privately at another site or from their own doctor. Don't wait until the last minute!

Testing at Palms (a mobile team will be on-site)

Monday, August 2, 2021 and Monday, August 9, 2021

8:30am to 2:00pm

No appointment necessary.

Enter through the gate on Palms Blvd. and go to the Student Cafeteria. See campus map.

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

Testing at other LAUSD Sites

Mark Twain Middle School or Audubon Middle School

Make your appointment at

Regular days and hours:

August 2 to 6 and August 9 to 13, 2021

7:15am to 3:15pm

Extended Wednesday hours:

August 4 and August 11

7:15am to 7:00pm

Extended Saturday hours:

August 7 and August 14

8:00am to 4:00pm

Download flyer: ⬇English  ⬇Spanish

Private Testing

Take a COVID-19 test at any other location, including from your own doctor. You must then upload a record of the negative result at

Posted 7/30/21

Welcome Back to Palms Town Hall Zoom Meeting


All Palms families are invited to our first Zoom meeting of the year:

Welcome Back to Palms Middle School Town Hall

Town Hall Zoom Meeting

Friday, July 30, 2021


Zoom link

A message from Principal Mr. Choi:

We’re excited as the start of the 2021-22 school year approaches on Monday, August 16 at 8:00am.

We will be back in school, in person with full-day instruction, five days a week. This includes after-school programs and athletic and extracurricular activities! LAUSD is prepared to welcome everyone back with the highest standard of safety protocols at every campus.

We look forward to having everyone back together, learning safely. You should be receiving our Back To School Family Guide in the mail very soon. Please take a look and learn more about our academic, social, and safety plans. You can also visit for additional information on everything we’re doing to prepare for Monday, August 16.

Posted 7/29/21

Who Are the Counselors?

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The Palms counselors are student advocates. Throughout the school year, they assist with communication between parents, teachers and students. They assess student academic progress and address any issues that interfere with learning.

At the start of the school year, the first priority of your counselor is making sure that you are placed into the correct academic program, best suited to meet your needs.

Your counselor assignment depends on your grade level.

  • 6th grade: Ms.Shin (Counseling Office, extension 7625)
  • 7th grade: Mr. Rodriguez (Counseling Office, extension 7643)
  • 8th grade: Mrs. Bradshaw (Counseling Office, extension 7622)

You will have the same counselor for all of your years at Palms.

Our counselors look forward to meeting you!

Posted 7/29/21

Returning to Campus Versus Remote Learning

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For the upcoming school year, students can return to campus for a full 5-day-a-week instructional program. This is LAUSD's recommendation.

Daily health checks will still be required and masks will be worn while on campus. Rules for social distancing will follow Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines. COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be available. Students who are unvaccinated will receive regular COVID-19 tests. These tests will not be required for vaccinated students.

If families choose to have a student continue with remote learning, they should enroll in the City of Angels independent study program.

Student in this online program will not have teachers from Palms. Instead, there will be three 70-minute online periods per day, each with at least 40 minutes of direct interaction with City of Angels teachers. This program does not include the clubs or sports available at Palms. Students will retain their SAS or Magnet status (points) and their position at Palms.

Switching between on-campus and remote learning will be possible, but could be disruptive to the student's progress during the school year.

You can register for the City of Angels program through the Parent Portal through Friday, August 6, 2021 (extended from July 30).

Posted 7/27/21

Back to School Family Guide

Back to School Family Guide

LAUSD's Back to School Family Guide covers many topics of interest to parents and students, including

  • The school schedule
  • New spending on instruction and wellness support
  • Safety protocols: face masks, distancing, health checks, COVID-19 testing, and vaccinations
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • After-school programs
  • Athletics
  • The online program for students who continue to rely on remote learning

Download the Back to School Family Guide

⬇ English   ⬇ Spanish

Read Frequently Asked Questions

➡ English   ➡ Spanish

Posted 7/25/21

Welcome-Back Letter From Mr. Choi

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Mr. Choi, the Principal of Palms Middle School, welcomes you back to school with an informative letter in English and Spanish.

Read his welcome-back letter:


Posted 7/24/21


The Comeback

Palms Middle School welcomes all new and returning students for the 2021-2022 school year.

We're glad to offer on-campus instruction once again.

This year's theme, chosen by Principal Mr. Choi, is

Palms Middle School

The Comeback

with the message that The Comeback is Always Stronger Than the Setback.

Watch our website for regular news updates, including news about our August events:

Posted 7/23/21