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Welcome to Palmquist PTO!

PREP Information

PREP session 3 classes have started.



Palmquist Roadrunner
Enrichment Program

Palmquist Elementary School features 20 after school programs, one of the largest after school program offerings in the county. Our unique program provides ...more

Before/After School Care

For more information and pricing please click: Boys and Girls Club After School Program

OUSD Nutrition Services

Did you know that we also have a smart phone app for the menu? You can search the app store for “School Lunch Nutrislice” and find the Nutrislice app. The app includes menus for each school, pictures of breakfast and lunch menu items, nutrition and allergen information, and the option to rate each food item out of 5 stars.



OUSD on Facebook!

Palmquist is Really Green and Waste Free

Fourth grade classes participated in a "waste audit". They sorted and weighed the trash. It is amazing that the only trash going into the landfill was 2 small bags. Look at all those blue bins ...more

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Homework Help Available at Oceanside Libraries

Does your child need help with homework?

The library offers free homework help provided by volunteers for students in Grades K—8th. No registration required.

Mission Branch Library

3861-B Mission ...more


Late Start School Hours 2013-14

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN: ONLY one session is available 12:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m everyday.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
8:55 - 12:15 - A.M. session / 12:15 - 3:35 -P.M. session
Wednesday (Minimum Day):
ALL KINDER students will attend from 8:55 a.m. - 1:05 p.m

GRADES 1st - 5th
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:55 am - 3:35 pm
Wednesday (Minimum Day):
ALL KINDER students will attend from 8:55 a.m. - 1:05 p.m

For the complete bell schedule please click: Bell Schedule

Web Activities at Home

We encourage students to work on our web-based programs at home.  Here are a few quick links!



http://web.stmath.com/entrance/  enter  activation code PAL73P-HSE-GW-PSV  for JiJi at home.

To check your child's AR points at home, check their AR test scores and see their bookshelf, log in to "Parent Connect" at the following website for your child's AR progress. Click to log in to Renaissance Home Connect  

Employees of the Year

Congratulations to Kim Hook  "Palmquist 2013 Teacher of the Year"...   and Sue Robison who was honored by KSON radio 92.1 as their Teacher of the Month.  Her kinder class was treated to Legoland!  We so appreciate all you do for us.

Our Amazing Staff in no particular order!

Counselor's News for Parents

Palmquist is pleased to have Ms. Aponte as our School Counselor.  If you have any question's, please stop by or leave a note for her with the front office. She encourages you to read her newsletter.
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JiJi's MIND Research Institute Mathematics


All students in grades K-5 now have campus access to the amazing JiJi math program from the MIND Research Institute.  Go Roadrunners! We are very proud to be the first school in Coastal North San Diego County with the MIND math program. In addition, Palmquist has MIND math programs through 8th grade level. We encourage you to stop by and see JiJi in action!!

Smarter Balance Testing Begins April 21

Bring on the Ladies to the Palmquist Chicken Coop!

Thanks to the Kristy Weaver family for the home for our ladies!!!  The ladies arrived on April 16th!  Companion planting was done by all 4th grade classes...

Roadrunner AR Quizzing is Amazing!!

AR stats for the last few years... so amazing the growth we have made. Shows quizzes passed each year

2010-11 14,925

2011-12 26,246

2012-13 43,136

2013-14 51,085 as of April 11

151,784,941words read as of April 11

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Palmquist Elementary and Lincoln Middle School Team Up to Celebrate Zero Waste Program with City of Oceanside Officials

Green Team members from Palmquist ES, with help from Lincoln MS Panthers for the Planet, showed off their environmental awareness Friday with a Zero Waste celebration. Students and staff from both ...more

San Diego UT post about our green team

Oceanside — Going green has more than one meaning for schools in Oceanside, where a recycling program is predicted to save the district at least $100,000 annually by 2020. The Oceanside Unified ...more

Palmquist 3rd Grade Goes to The SD Symphony

“Scholars for Tomorrow” Essay and Model Building Grand Prize Winner Simon Atkisson

Nearly $1,100 was awarded to a group of OUSD fourth grade students who participated in this year’s “Scholars for Tomorrow” Essay and Model Building contests sponsored by the Mission San Luis Rey. Winners and their teachers and parents were honored during a celebration at the Mission this past Wednesday.  Essay grand prize winner was our own Simon Atkisson in Mrs. Cox's 4th grade class.  Simon was awarded $100!

Your STEM-E Career Starts at Palmquist

Our school to career approach to learning is taking a giant leap forward.  Watch for the STEM-E announcement later this month!  Exciting times for Palmquist and our future scientists, engineers and community leaders.

New Award for Palmqusit!!

I want to thank the teachers and the community for the recognition last Thursday for the San Diego Science Alliance for award winning STEM schools. Palmquist is an award winning school, and many more are coming. I know the community is hoping to win the "Green School Awards" for the pilot for "Zero Waste" as well as other forward thinking initiatives such as "School to Careers", "Farms to Schools" and of course "Model Schools". This is just the beginning. We have the BEST staff and the BEST kids how can we lose. Many thanks for all you do!

Mulch Madness

Come on out for MULCH MADNESS! Located in PQ's Organic Garden.
This Wednesday, March 19th, immediately after school til' 3:30 pm. Bring your family and friends, and a shovel if you have one, We'll have a few to borrow. Once you get there, we well let you know what needs to done.
A BIG HUGE Thank You to Michelle Mcnerney for all of her wonderful dedication to making our garden beautiful and getting the irrigation up and running!

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PREP Session 3

It's time to register for session 3 PREP classes.  This is our last session of afterschool enrichment classes for the year. Classes start the week of March 24th (except Tennis which starts the Monday after Spring Break). Register and view classes online at www.palmquistprep.com

We have tennis, yoga, karate, 3 art classes, guitar, lego engineering, organic gardening, hip hop, hula, year book and mad science. The kids love them all! Don't miss out. Classes fill up quickly!

School of Choice and Interdistrict Transfer Options for 2014-15

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School of Choice -- January 6 through March 28

Interdistrict Transfers – January 6 through April 30

For further questions, please contact the OUSD Student Services Department at (760) 966-7802, or (760) 966-7849.

Legos Needed

Legos needed.... have your Roadrunners outgrown their Legos (any size is fine)? We hope to provide a lot for alll the kiddos to use on the playground. Just bring to the office. Thanks in advance.

Aquaponic Farm Update

We are in need of an architect who can design a quick simple structure to house/enclose our aquaponic farm. Our hope is to produce a multitude of vegetables from our garden per week. Please contact Ms. Morgan at 760-901-8500.

Green Oceanside, OUSD Teaming up for Annual Contest

Green Oceanside, OUSD Teaming up for Annual Contest

Environmentally conscientious students are invited to use their creative talents in this year’s City of Oceanside “Create to Educate” performance ...more

Kinder Registration Info for 2014-15


2014-15 Kindergarten Programs

Kindergarten Enrollment – Students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014.

*Transitional Kindergarten Program is ...more

Our Cabbage Patch Update

This week (February 3-7) the Palmquist cafeteria served up the best coleslaw west of the Rocky Mountains!  Our very own garden cabbage was used for this delicious delight.  We will be serving it up again next week in case you missed out.  Thanks to our dedicated garden group, Mr. Wagner,  Oceanside Unified Nutrition Services, and the Bonnie plant company

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Flu Season Precautions

Flu season is upon us.  Please use caution when sending your child to school. Flu EnglishFlu Spanish .

Walk Through California and the American Revolution

4th graders will be attending an interactive presentation of "Walk Though California and 5th graders will "Walk Though the Revolution" on January 28th and 30th.  The library will be closed before school and all day on those 2 dates.  Check out your library books before those days.

Palmquist Charger Track is Ready

Classes started their morning jog on our new track... More pics to follow later this week.  Thank you San Diego Chargers!!  Now beat those Broncos on Sunday!


JiJi at Home

17 cones have been added as "homework" so that our students can finish at least 50% of STMath by the end of January. Follow the directions below to  access on a pc/mac or on an iPad or other touch device.

Click STMath and enter activation code PAL73P-HSE-GW-PSV for JiJi at home on a desktop pc or mac.

Follow this link for the home code for iPad, Kindle Fire, and other Android tablets.

Staying Healthy During the Flu Season

Morning Computer Lab

The labs are open from 8:15 to 8:53 for students who need extra time with their reading.  At 8:40 am, all students may come in to take their AR quizzes.  Check in with Mrs. Soelberg.

Ticket to Read is Back!

TJ Ticket has returned for another year of fun reading at home and school.  Students will be receiving their "ticket" with their username and password.  Please feel free to login at home and start enjoying the adventures of TJ.


Palmquist Elementary Celebrated Grand Re-Opening

One year after entering into a full modernization phase of its entire campus, Palmquist Elementary School hosted a grand re-opening ceremony Friday morning to help showcase its sparkling new ...more

California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll: Palmquist Raising the Bar!

CBEE_HRBanner_2012-300x225.jpgRaising the bar of student achievement has helped land both Palmquist and Ivey Ranch Elementary schools on the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) 2012 Honor Roll. The high-achieving ...more

Palmquist Green Team on Channel 6 Live!

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Showcase, Science and Green Fair Night

Showcase Night Photos: Click on the students tab and then schoolwide activities to see the highlights of this amazing Palmquist night. Chicks, insects, animals, plants, conservation, recycle, renew, reuse, alternative forms of enery. Click on the following link to view this year's science project theme. “Creating Ways to Sustain a Better Earth”

AR Super Reader Award

We have a new award for 150 AR points. Students will receive the AR Star for their lanyard. Present this when you check out library books and you can go to the head of the line! As of April 16th, ...more

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ST Math JiJi Home Code for Touch Devices

Follow this link  for the home code for iPad, Kindle Fire, and other Android tablets.

5th Grade Sea Star Field Trip

Palmquist 5th grade classes will have an outdoor one day learning lab on the Sea Star based in Oceanside Harbor during the week of March 4th.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see videos of last year's trips.  First photos from Mrs. Stanford's class are below this article.

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10 minute daily math facts for grades 1-5.   Do at home or at school, regular pc or mac. 


enter activation code PAL73P-HSE-GW-PSV



Our Oceanside Public Library provides access to Tumblebooks.  Read online, take the practice AR quiz, come to school the following day and take your real AR quiz.  Follow the link to tumblebooks




Peaceful Playgrounds began as part of the Oceanside Physical Education District Initiative put into place four years ago. Oceanside Unified schools had the option to adapt the program at their ...more

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Project Based Learning

Updates on class projects coming soon!  Aquaponics, hydroponics, the universe... Roadrunners do it all!

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Floating Marine Lab Field Trip

Palmquist's 5th Grade teachers received a grant allowing their students to participate in the Sea Star Floating Marine Lab field trip aboard the Sea Star Vessel out of Oceanside Harbor.  Everyone has agreed that this was the best field trip ever!  Below are the video links of Mrs. McConchie's, Mr Jarvis', Mrs. Reed's and Mrs. Gill's class trips.  What an great adventure and experience for our students! Enjoy the videos!

People Magazine Features Palmquist's Organic Garden / OUSD Food Services Dept

Lighthouse Foods.jpg The August 22, 2011 edition of People Magazine (“A School Lunch to Love,”) profiles the strides the district is making to provide healthy meals to OUSD students. Nutrition Services Director Vino ...more

Bell Schedule 2013-14

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
8:53 Line Up for Morning Assembly  - 8:55 Tardy Bell Morning Assembly begins

10:10 – 10:30 (5th)  / 10:30 – 10:50 (4th)
/ 10:50 – 11:10 (2nd)
11:10 – 11:30 (3rd)  / 1:40 – 2:00 (1st) after lunch recess
Lunch Recess: 11:15 – 12:00 (1st)  / 12:00 – 12:45 (4th & 5th) / 12:45– 1:30 (2nd & 3rd)
Dismissal: 3:35
Morning Kindergarten 8:55 – 12:15*   |   Afternoon Kindergarten 12:15– 3:35*

Wednesday - Minimum Day (Dismissal is at 1:05)
8:53 Line Up for Morning Assembly  - 8:55 Tardy Bell Morning Assembly begins
Lunch Recess: 10:50 – 11:35 (1st & Kinder)  /  11:35 – 12:20 (2nd & 3rd)  /  11:05 – 11:50 (4th & 5th)
Dismissal: 1:05
* All Kindergarteners attend class on Wednesday from 8:55 a.m.-1:05 p.m.


Phyllis T. Morgan, Principal
Palmquist Elementary School
1999 California Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Tel: 760-901-8500

Principal's Corner

We are getting ready for our Smarter Balanced tests which will take place the end of April. We want to give special thanks to Cherry Daniel and all our technical crew who reformatted all our computer systems to the upgrade to Windows 7 and Office 2013.  XP systems will not be supported by Windows after April 8th and were subject to viruses. The District put a lot of resources to upgrade quickly. Ah the digital age! It is a constant race to keep up. Hope you had a wonderful week off. We are off and running to the end of the year. Best Wishes. Phyllis T Morgan, Principal

Common Core Parent Information

CommonCoreLogo-color2.jpgCalifornia is one of 45 states nationwide to adopt the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English/Language Arts and mathematics.   This shift in teaching has been characterized by some as “the most significant change to classroom instruction since 1998,” when California first adopted its own academic standards.  Click the Common Core link above to learn more about the standards and how the Oceanside Unified School District is implementing Common Core in the classroom.

Upcoming Events

March 31-April 4 Spring Break

April7 school resumes

April 8 Spring Portraits

April 9 Coffee and Conversation

April 10 PTO

April 18 Pajama Day and Pep Rally for state testing

April 18 Spring Movie Night

April ...more

Today: 4/20/14

Annual Bond Report

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2012 California State Distinguished School

distingbanner3.jpg For the third time, Palmquist Elementary School has been named a California Distinguished School. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson made the announcement today. Fellow OUSD ...more

Kids First Initiative and the 8 Keys of Excellence

Copy of Kids First.jpgThe OUSD Kids First initiative is off and running.  Click Kids First to view the 8 Keys of Excellence, watch student videos and to learn more about this life-changing project and how you can get involved as a partner with the district.  

Visitor/Volunteer Reminder

Parents need to sign in and get a pass when they enter campus.   In addition, they MUST return the pass on their way out and sign-out with their time of departure.

Parent Involvement Policy

Palmquist Elementary School is truly dedicated to the academic success of all students.

Palmquist Elementary School is jointly developing with parents a written school parent involvement policy that is agreed upon by parents and is distributed to all students’ families.

2013-14 AR Shirts

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AR Grade Level Leaders

As of April 11th

5th  Anthony C  860.4

4th Lieza  408.3

3rd  Sa'ne  401.2

2nd Billy 260.8

1st Ambrielle  373.6

180 Roadrunners have earned at least 100 points... AND 453 have earned the AR shirts!  Way to read....

AR Quizzing History at Palmquist

AR stats for the last few years... so amazing the growth we have made. Shows quizzes passed each year

2010-11 14,925

2011-12 26,246

2012-13 43,136

2013-14   51,085  as of April 11

151,784,941words read as of April 11

AR Parent Information

Accelerated Reader program:
Parents can look up books at www.arbookfind.com
to see if books are in the program.
To check on your child's AR progress,
log in to Renaissance Home Connect

e-Reader Policy

Please read, sign, and return the attached e-reader policy if your child plans to bring an e-reader to school.  Thank you.

Road to 900. Test Scores Keep Climbing

Test Scores Rise Again at Palmquist Elementary!
Palmquist Elementary's API Score improved to 872, a 29-point gain, following last year’s whopping 67-point climb. In the past two years, test scores ...more

Student/Parent Handbook Available Online


The 2012-13 OUSD Student/Parent Handbook is now available online.  Printable PDF versions in both English and Spanish can be obtained by clicking on the links below.   A hardcopy of this document may also be obtained at your child's school site or through the district's main or ESS offices.

Student/Parent Handbook (English)
Student/Parent Handbook (Spanish)

Official STEM-E School

Palmquist Elementary was officially designated a STEM-E School (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Environment) at the Oceanside Unified School District Board Meeting Tuesday, April ...more