Palms Middle School

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Beyond the Bell

Beyond the Bell provides a free, on-campus, after-school intramural sports program. Trained supervisors plan and conduct the program each day after school.

The program offers sports instruction, on-campus team competitions, and weekend regional tournaments.

The goals of the program are to provide supervised recreational and enrichment activities in a safe environment. Beyond the Bell is a permissive program where participants arrive and leave at their own discretion and of their own volition. All participants must conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the rules of the school and playground.



  • Monday through Friday, from dismissal time to 6:00pm.
  • Saturdays: Tournament games, for those who participate.
  • Mon/Wed/Fri: Coaches conduct skills and drills in the current sport.
  • Tue/Thu: Students in structured teams have league play against other teams.
  • Rainy days: Students usually do indoor activities in the gym.

Fall sports (click for schedule and tournament information)

Spring sports (click for schedule and tournament information)


  • Stop by to sign up any day after school.
  • No tryouts are required.
  • We encourage you to come every day, especially to be part of a team, but there is no commitment.


  • Coaches create teams from the students who:
    • attend
    • are interested in team sports
    • can commit to playing at nearby locations for tournaments


  • Palms teams play nearby schools in their region. After 2 or 3 games, the top 2 teams advance to further rounds. The Final Four teams (1 from each region of the city) play for the coveted title of District Wide Champions.
  • Tournament schedules and results

Homework time

  • When a classroom is available, students who stay until 6:00pm may do homework for the last half hour (5:30-6:00pm).

For More Information

Students should

  • Listen for P.A. announcements about the Beyond the Bell program.
  • Talk to their P.E. teacher.
  • Come to Beyond the Bell and see what it's all about!

Parents can

  • Contact the P.E. department.
  • See the LAUSD Beyond the Bell website.
  • Contact Rafael Acosta, our Beyond the Bell Program Coordinator, by email.

2017 Girls' Volleyball Team - District Champs

2017 Girls' Volley Ball Team - District Champs

BASKETBALL 2016/2017





See the full schedule and the tournament results!



Palms Girls Soccer Team, Spring 2015

Girls Soccer Team, April 2015

Palms Volleyball Teams, Spring 2015

2015-03 Co-Ed volleyball team2015-03 Girls Volleyball Team

Spring 2018 Girls' and Boys' Basketball Teams

BTB 2018 Boys Basketball

BTB 2018 Girls Basketball

2018 Spring Basketball

2018 Spring Basketball Results and Rosters

The boys' basketball team finished in 3rd place in the Coast Region this season, qualifying them to compete in the Jr. NBA Invitational Tournament. They have already advanced to the "Elite 8" of the 64-team tournament and will take on the Hughes Middle School (Long Beach Unified) on Saturday, February 17th, at 9am, at the Los Angeles Convention Center as a part of NBA All-Star Weekend Festivities. More info on the Gatorade Jr. NBA All-Star Invitational.


The girls' team also qualified for this special tournament and played San Fernando Middle School, but they lost in the first round of play. Congratulations to all Palms players!


Boys/Coed Basketball Team (Coach Joshua Respress)

  1. Chris Cole
  2. Gregory Anderson
  3. Jeffrey Johnson
  4. Prinee Onyeneche
  5. Mekhi Johnson
  6. Akitoa Nakano
  7. Haitham Azghimar
  8. Gustavo Schlickman
  9. Devean Mpoupe - Singai
  10. Timothy Whiteman
  11. Joseph Kovame - Walker
  12. Christopher Durant

Girls Team Roster (Coach Julio Mendoza)

  1. Yolanda Garcia
  2. Rubi Lopez
  3. Dana Escalera
  4. Madeleine Doi
  5. Lindsey Gonzalez
  6. Lianne Hong
  7. Bitania Shenandagan
  8. Kailah Cobbs
  9. Auriell Ferguson
  10. Emily Yamashita

Spring 2016 Girls Volleyball Team

2016 Girls Volleyball Team with Trophy
Posing with a tournament trophy

Top row: Jacelin McKie, Jeristella Go, Gracie Vennewitz, Hannah Pechet, Rachel Lee

Bottom row: Kyryll De Los Santos, James Rowan, Giovanna Marietta, Nicole Heinze, Michal Weinberg.

Palms Girls and Boys Take Spring 2015 Basketball Titles

From the Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics (FIYA):

Palms Middle School made the most of their first year in D-1 Basketball, capturing both the girls and boys championships Tuesday at Staples Center.

In the girls game they took on perennial power Culver City, who went through the regular season undefeated. Palms got off to a fast start but Culver City would not go down quietly, with the game remaining close until the end when Palms pulled away for the 43-31 victory.

On the boys side, Wilders Prep of Inglewood made its first appearance at Staples and came in hungry for the title. Sharp shooting from three-point range kept the Eagles in it, and a second half run got them within eight points as momentum seemed to be shifting. But Palms regrouped and went on to win 67-45.

Congratulations to all four teams on great seasons.

Palms played in the Final Four semi-finals on Friday March 14, 2015, and the finals on Tuesday March 17, 2015. Congratulations!

Palms: #1 in Girls and Boys Basketball

Palms Girls Flag Football Team, Fall 2014

2014-09 Girls Flag Football

Some Palms Girls Flag Football team scores, September 2014:

  • Palms Middle School 14, Wright Middle School 13
  • Emerson Middle School 8, Palms Middle School 2
  • Palms Middle School 8, Webster Middle School 2

Palms Basketball Teams: 2013 Beyond the Bell Regional Champs!

Beyond the Bell 2013 Boys Basketball ChampionsBeyond the Bell 2013 Girls Basketball Champions