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

Posted 1/22/20

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

Download the January issue

For back issues, see the Middle Years Newsletter page.

Posted 1/22/20

Dr. MoriuchiA message from Principal Dr. Moriuchi:

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

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

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

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

Posted 1/21/20

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

Posted 1/16/20

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

Posted 1/16/20

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

View pictures from past years of The Bruin Experiment here.

Posted 1/15/20

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

Download the December issue

For back issues, see the Middle Years Newsletter page.

Posted 1/4/20

mosaic for teacher appreciation

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

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

You can help in any of the following ways:

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

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

For more information, contact Friends of Palms.

Posted 12/12/19

GATe Parent Newsletter

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

Download them from our GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter page.


Posted 12/11/19

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

Posted 12/5/19