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Alyvia Anderson, Victoria Gonzalez, and Jeevana Doddi

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 September 2022 are

Alyvia Anderson (6th grader)
Victoria Gonzalez (7th grader)
Jeevana Doddi (8th grader)

Leadership students provide each Student of the Month with a certificate and other prizes.

Congratulations to our fantastic students of the month!

Posted 10/4/22


Monday October 3 to Sunday October 9, 2022 is the Battle of the Schools Fundraiser for Palms Middle School at Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill, 4371 Glencoe Avenue, Marina del Rey.

Sharky's will donate 15% of net sales to Palms. We're challenged by Kentwood Elementary School. If we're the top earner, we'll advance for a chance to win $500 more.

  • If you order at, enter fundraiser code Palms under the Payment Method.
  • If you order with the Sharky's app, enter fundraiser code Palms under Order Type/Additional Details.
  • If you order in-store, show the flyer or say "Palms."

Sharky's Battle of the Schools

Download flyer:

English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 9/30/22


If you missed the Title I annual meeting on September 29, 2022, you can download the presentation as a PDF, in both English and Spanish.

Title I Presentation


Posted 9/29/22

Smile for Picture Day

Thursday, September 29, 2022 is Picture Day, when student photos are taken in P.E. period for Student ID cards and the Yearbook.

Students should remember to dress nicely and wear a big smile on Picture Day. Please do not wear green.

Students who miss school on Picture Day will have their photo taken on the make-up picture day: Friday, October 28, 2022.

If you want copies of your student's photo, you can order them from our photography service:

Student Photos

Download: ⬇ Photo order form

Posted 9/27/22


There is no school on Monday, September 26, 2022 for the Rosh Hashana holiday.


There will be no school on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 for the Yom Kippur holiday.


When these holidays fall on weekdays, LAUSD always designates them as no-school days.

Posted 9/25/22

Local District West

LAUSD Local District West will hold a Magnet Schools Fair on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

The Fair will take place at Bancroft Middle School in Lakewood:

929 North Las Palmas Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90038

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 9/24/22

The Wende Museum

The Wende Museum in Culver has selected flags designed by nine of Ms. Goldin's art students to be part of a temporary flag installation at the museum.

The Wende's Flag For Our Times Competition challenged students to create an original flag design representing dreams for a brighter future or one’s vision of a utopia. Palms students came through!

The selected Palms students are

  • Namkha Drolma
  • Daniel Huang
  • Samia Kilpatrick
  • Phaedra Lindner
  • Aanya Khatter
  • Brenda Martinez
  • Zara Syed
  • Mya Umar
  • Sacha Wiley

The Wende's current exhibition The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners combines Cold War-era political, ornamental flags from communist countries with contemporary artworks offering critical reflections on the here and now.

Posted 9/20/22


Back to School Night is Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

Palms parents come to campus (without students), visit each of their child's classrooms, meet the teacher, and hear about the class. See the schedule of classes on the Back to School Night page.

Make sure your child has provided you with their class schedule, and consult the campus map as needed.

During the same hours, parents can visit the Emergency Preparedness Fair, where Palms science students have safety information to share with you.

Thursday, September 22 and Friday September 23 are shortened days, with dismissal at 1:30pm.

As you come to campus, please consider carpooling or ridesharing, since there is no on-campus parking and you should not park in the faculty parking lots. Please be courteous of our neighbors if you park in the neighborhood.

Posted 9/20/22

people at a meeting

The SSC and ELAC elections will be held at the joint meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 5:30pm. To volunteer to join either committee as a parent member, fill out the Self Nomination Form before the meeting.

Zoom link

Self Nomination Form

Posted 9/19/22

8th grade

Eighth grade parents are invited to attend an informational meeting on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 9:00am in the Auditorium (see campus map).

If you attended the Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 13, you need not attend the same presentation at school, but you are welcome to come if you have additional questions.

Download 8th grade presentation


Posted 9/14/22

The first-ever Club Rush was held on the quad on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. At decorated booths set up by the Palms staff, students were able to see, hear, and learn about the many lunch-time and after-school clubs available to them, from Ballet Folklórico to Yo-Yo Club.

The weather was perfect, the mood was festive, and everyone had a great time.

The week of September 6-9 was deemed Club Rush Week. You can see descriptions of the current Palms clubs on the Clubs page.

Posted 9/14/22


Ms. Faith, the Palms School Climate Advocate, has set up a Virtual Calming Room for students who are stressed by homework load, grades, anxiety, changes of routines, or for any other reason.

The Virtual Calming Room has activities meant to alleviate stressors when you aren't on campus.

As always, counselors and support staff are ready if you want to talk to someone while you're at school.

Virtual Calming Room
Posted 9/13/22


An orientation meeting will be held in Zoom for the School Site Council (SSC) and the English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC) on Thursday, September 15, 2022, starting at 5:00pm.

All interested parents are invited to attend, learn about these committees, and become a member.


  • Welcome and call to order
  • Flag salute
  • SSC Orientation
  • Break
  • ELAC Orientation
  • Announcements and adjournment

    SSC/ELAC Orientation

    Zoom link

    Download flyer

    English  ⬇ Spanish


Posted 9/13/22

8th grade culmination

An Informational Meeting for 8th grade parents will be held in Zoom on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00pm and again on campus on Friday, September 16, at 9:00am in the Auditorium.

The meeting will review 8th grade activities and eligibility for culmination.

The Zoom link was sent to 8th grade families on September 9.

There is a limited Zoom capacity for this meeting, so families should participate from one common device or come to the in-person meeting.

The presentation will be posted on this website.

8th Grade Informational Meeting

Zoom link


Posted 9/10/22

Leadership students

Fall 2022 Leadership students

Leadership is an elective for 7th and 8th graders, under the direction of Ms. Rivera.

Students in Leadership plan school events, organize community projects, and much more. See the Leadership page for details.

Some Leadership students will run for Student Body Office, in the Student Body Election coming up later in September.

6th gradeSixth Grade Leadership is an elective for 6th graders, under the direction of Mr. Kim. Students in Sixth Grade Leadership plan dances and other school activities. See the Sixth Grade Leadership page for details.

Posted 9/9/22


Fall Tours are beginning!

Learn about the Palms neighborhood school and Palms Magnets, tour with a small group, or come to the all-school Visitors Day!

Tuesday Zoom Meetups

Magnet information on Tuesdays at lunchtime - see schedule

Gifted Magnet/High Ability Magnet tours

Four dates, 8:15am - see schedule and flyer

Modern Media and Communications Magnet, tours

Five dates, 2:00pm - see schedule and flyer

Visitors Day

October 20, 2022, 4:00-6:00pm - see flyer

Posted 9/8/22

coffee cupMr. Enriquez

Palms families are invited to the first Coffee with the Principal for Fall 2022, to meet and hear from Mr. Arturo (Art) Enriquez, our new Palms Principal.

The Zoom meeting will take place on Friday, August 26, 2022, starting at 8:30am.

Since it's a virtual meeting, you'll have to make your own coffee!

Coffee With the Principal

Zoom link

Password COFFEE

Posted 8/26/22

international flags

Parents of English learners are invited to a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 starting at 10:15am.

English Learner Coordinator Mrs. Romero will discuss the different instructional programs available for English learners, ranging from programs for students who are just starting to learn English to those who already have some English fluency.

English Learners Program Options Meeting

August 30, 10:15am

Zoom link

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

For questions, email Mrs. Romero

Posted 8/23/22

The Wende Museum

A message from art teacher Ms. Goldin:

The Wende Museum in Culver City is calling for artistic flag design submissions as a part of their Flag For Our Times competition.

Selected winners will have their flag design printed and displayed at the Wende Museum as a part of a temporary installation, with additional honorees to be spotlighted on the museum’s website and social media accounts.

The submission deadline is Sunday, August 28, 2022.

For more information or questions, please see Ms. Goldin in Room 162 during Homeroom or Break on Monday, or message her on Schoology. The contest directions are on the contest form, and you can also read the museum's contest description.

Download Flag For Our Times Contest Form

Read Contest Description

Posted 8/19/22

Attendance Matters!

A message from Mrs. Gabriella Avila, Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor:

Hello Palms Students & Families! Welcome back!

We encourage you all to attend school regularly, be on time, participate in class, and learn from your teachers and peers.

If you need information regarding community resources, please refer to the Community Resource Guide below for pertinent information.

We would love to connect with you, so please reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding attendance matters.

Thank you!

For more information, see Attendance and Absences.

Download Community Resource Guide

English  ⬇ Spanish


Posted 8/18/22

Spirit Week

We're kicking off a way to show your Palms Pride with the first Spirit Week of the school year. Leadership class has chosen themes for each day from Monday, August 22 to Friday, August 26, 2022. All students are encouraged to participate by wearing outfits to match the theme for the day.

Monday August 22

Formal Day - Dress up in your fanciest outfit!

Tuesday August 23

Twin Day - Dress just like a friend!

Wednesday August 24

90s Day - Wear clothes from 1990 to 1999!

Thursday August 25

Sports Day - Represent your favorite sports team!

Friday August 26

Tropical Day - Wear Hawaiian or similar clothes!

Posted 8/18/22

Hamilton High School

When Palms students move on to high school, many choose Alexander Hamilton High School.

Hamilton has a new website at

The Hamilton Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) website remains

Hamilton's previous website was

The Palms Middle School website can be reached at either,, or

Posted 8/18/22


As the school year begins you can help our new and continuing instrumental music students, taught by Ms. Jones, by donating to the Reeds for Wind Instruments fundraiser at DonorsChoose.

The donations will be used to buy the reeds required for clarinets, tenor saxophones, and alto saxophones.

Palms teachers have raised over $60,000 to date through DonorsChoose campaigns.

Donate to

Reeds for Wind Instruments

Posted 8/17/22

Amazon Smile

All Palms family members should register their account with the Amazon Smile program.

After a one-time sign-up, Amazon will donate to Friends of Palms whenever you make a purchase starting from Friends of Palms will use the funds to support Palms students, programs, and staff.

As of August 2022, Amazon Smile has donated $1,379 to Palms Middle School. With your help, we can increase that total significantly.

Sign up!

Register Palms as your Amazon Smile charity

Posted 8/17/22


The first joint meeting of Friends of Palms and PTSA will be Tuesday, August 16, 2022, starting at 6:30pm. Every member of the Palms community is welcome to join the meeting.

Friends of Palms is the fundraising organization for Palms Middle School. Friends of Palms raises money through your donations, and uses the funds to support students, teachers, and the school by helping with costs for classroom supplies, field trips, after-school Library hours, after-school programs, as well as coordinating events on and off campus, including the Family Annual Donation fundraising drive and "fun-draisers" like Dining for Dollars.

PTSA, our chapter of the national, state, and local PTA, focuses on child welfare and enrichment. The "S" in PTSA stands for "students." One-time PTSA memberships for each member of your family provides the funds for these efforts.

Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 6:30pm

Zoom link

Posted 8/14/22


School begins Monday, August 15, 2022 at 8:00am, with an extra-long homeroom, so that every student can find their homeroom and so homeroom teachers can share all of the information that students need to get started.

Here are some tips, especially for new 6th graders:

  • If you aren't familiar with the campus, or where your homeroom is, take a look at the campus map.
  • You do not need to bring your school books on the first day of school.
  • Bring a pen or pencil and a spiral notebook (or other paper) so you can write down information you'll need to remember.
  • You're welcome to buy lunch in the cafeteria, but if you'd like to keep things simple for the first day, you can bring a sack lunch.
  • Have a great first day of school and make some new friends!

Parents: You do not need to buy "planners" as in past years. Planners are now free. They will be handed out to all students in a homeroom class later this month.

Posted 8/14/22

Meet and Greet 2022

At the Meet and Greet on Saturday, August 13, 2022, many dozens of incoming 6th grade students and their families met other families and talked to Palms administrators, teachers, and representatives from Friends of Palms.

Principal Mr. Enriquez introduced himself and his staff. Teachers gave tips to new students. Team Prime Time talked about their after-school program. And volunteer Nirit Brand explained the role of Friends of Palms and the opportunity to get involved.

Posted 8/14/22

Principal Mr. Enriquez

Mr. Arturo (Art) Enriquez began his role as Palms Middle School Principal on Monday, August 8, 2022. The Palms community welcomes him, and welcomes him back! He was Assistant Principal at Palms from 2006 to 2011.

Mr. Enriquez received his Bachelors of Arts degree in History, Professional Clear Teaching Credential, Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration, and Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

He began his career as an educator in 1997, teaching History and Social Studies at John Adams Middle School, and later served as the English Language Learner/Categorical Program Coordinator.

He served as Assistant Principal at Palms Middle School, John Burroughs Middle School, Augustus Hawkins High School, and Fairfax High School.

Posted 8/14/22

Welcome Breakfast

The Welcome Breakfast, held Friday, August 12, 2022, was the first Faculty and Staff Appreciation event for this school year.

We welcomed the Palms staff to the 2022-2023 school year in style!

Thank you to the Friends of Palms volunteers who supplied food, funds, or helped with setup, serving, and cleanup.

Posted 8/12/22


Ms. Rothstein has two fundraisers going at DonorsChoose:

  • Positive Behavior Rewards: puzzles, reward coins, fidget toys, stress relief toys, and scented pencils to use as classroom rewards
  • Creating a Comfy and Cozy Classroom Library: floor seats, cushions, sensory pillow learning aids, and a string of lights to improve the classroom environment

DonorsChoose has raised almost $60,000 for Palms teachers over the years.

Donate to help Ms. Rothstein's students

Positive Behavior Rewards

Creating a Comfy and Cozy Classroom Library

Posted 8/11/22
From Cara Pohle 2022-2023 Friends of Palms President:

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

It is a Friends of Palms tradition to host a welcome back breakfast for school staff. It will take place this Friday, August 12th.

I'm here to ask for your help in providing a delicious spread for them.

This year there are no restrictions on food, which means if you are someone who likes to bake and/or prepare homemade food, that can happen again!

Not a baker or don't want to prepare food? No worries, is there an item from this list you can pick up? Feel free to update and add items if there is something you would like to bring that is not on the list.

Don't have time to go to the store but still want to help? Financial contributions towards the purchase of food items also welcome (venmo: @carapohle paypal: - put FOP breakfast)

Are you artsy and want to make a sign or decorate the space? We (I) can use you!

The breakfast will be set up at 7:30AM in the library on Friday.
Posted 8/10/22


Ms. Rivera is our new Leadership teacher for the 7th and 8th grade Leadership elective.

To get started this year, Leadership class needs a printer, ink, Post-It easel pads, and markers.

You can help by donating via DonorsChoose, a fundraising platform that has raised almost $60,000 for Palms teachers over the years.

Donate for Leadership

Student Council and Leadership Class Supplies

Posted 8/9/22

Details are now available for the upcoming Meet and Greet event for families who are new to Palms Middle School. You'll meet our Principal, other staff, other incoming families, and representatives from Friends of Palms.

The Meet and Greet will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Rancho Park Cheviot Hills Recreation Center (2541 Motor Avenue).

We'll meet in the back of the park. Take the first driveway south of Pico Blvd. towards the archery range, at the end of the long driveway.

Please bring your own water and hats. Masks are mandatory.

Download flyer

If you plan to attend, RSVP with our web form

Posted 8/9/22

Parent Check-In (registration)

Monday, August 8, 2022 is Parent Check-In (registration) day for 7th grade parents.

Wednesday, August 10 is Parent Check-In day for 6th grade parents.

Thursday, August 11 is Parent Check-In day for 8th grade parents.

If your child's last name starts with A through M, your check-in window is 9:00-11:00am. If your child's last name starts with N through Z, your check-in window is noon to 2:00pm. Bringing your child along is optional.


Parent Check-In (registration) flyer

Registration Packet

Posted 8/7/22

Team Prime Time

Applications for the Team Prime Time after-school program are now available. The program is available every school day, from the end of the school day until 6:00pm (5:30 on Tuesdays).

Download the flyer with program details

and the application form

English  ➡ Spanish

Posted 8/5/22

GATE Parent Newsletter

The LAUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program publishes a quarterly newsletter for parents of gifted students, including those in the Schools for Advanced Studies program.

The Summer 2022 newsletter:

  • reports on GATE online webinars and the annual parent conference
  • asks parents to fill out a survey with their webinar preferences
  • provides tips on preparing your child for intellectual ability testing

Download the Summer 2022 newsletter

English  ⬇ Spanish

Posted 8/5/22


You can help Palms science students of Mr. Martinez by donating to the "3D printing into the future" DonorsChoose campaign.

Mr. Martinez explains:

"A 3D printer will continue to enhance the print-rich classroom that I strive to create. Please help me give my students another 3D printer and get the supplies they need to use the 3D printer. Having an extra 3D printer will give every student the opportunity to print something of their own. This will also give them a glimpse of what tech life is like."

To date, Palms teachers have raised $59,900 using DonorsChoose campaigns.

Posted 7/30/22

GATE Parent Newsletter

GATE is the LAUSD "Gifted and Talented Education" program.

The GATE Parent Newsletter, issued in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer each school year, provides information for parents of students in the GATE and SAS (School for Advanced Studies) programs.

The Spring 2022 newsletter covers gifted identification, gifted verification, ideas for student volunteering, and more.

Download the Spring 2022 GATE Parent Newsletter

from the GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter page.

Posted 7/1/22

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

thumbs up

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

Camp Palms in the auditorium

Camp Palms is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Camp Palms is a middle school orientation for incoming sixth grade students, who will have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, meet some of the teachers, rotate through classes, and make new friends. There is also a one-hour orientation for parents on Tuesday, August 9.

Register for Camp Palms
Posted 6/7/22

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

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

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

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


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

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 5/30/22

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 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

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

Posted 5/24/22

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

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

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 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

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

Download backstory

See festival details

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 Folkórico

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

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

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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 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


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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted 4/24/22


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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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