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Congratulations to Legacy VAPA’s Corazón Hispano and Director Juan Cuevas for hosting the 1st Annual Mariachi Festival at Legacy yesterday! The event featured several groups from all over Los Angeles including a Palmdale middle school, Middleton ES, Marquez HS and more.

A Fun Fact: the Director of the Palmdale group was a student of Mr. Cuevas when he directed the mariachi program at Middleton ES for 10 years! Fun Fact 2: Both Mr. Cuevas and the director from Marquez, Mr. Almader, were Dr. Trimis’ music students at Huntington Park HS in the 90’s (and worked as TA’s in the Music Dept. after graduating). Mr. Almader taught music at HP following Trimis when he became an administrator.

Fun Fact 3: a VIP guest in the audience was Mercedes Felix, a math/choir teacher from San Pedro HS. The connection? Yep, she was also Dr. Trimis’ student at HP!  Facebook Story and Photos

Posted 5/19/19

ASB Election Speeches are here!

 

 

Hello, my name is Esmeralda Ceja. I am currently the Vice President of the junior cabinet, and was previously the president. I have been a cheerleader for 3 years. I’m also in leadership and Leader in Me. Being involved in school has brought me to the person I am today. In cheer, we work really hard because we know we are part of something big and we don’t give up because we don’t want to let our team down. I want to be ASB President because I want to see what ideas and suggestions everyone has to put on the table. I want us to be a team. I’m an honest and fair person. #ASBElection#ClassOf2020

CEJA SPEECH

 

 

 

Hello, VAPA. My name is Adriana Urbano and I’m running for ASB President for the 2019-2020 school year. I’m involved in my church, directing the choir, and I’m also involved in the school’s Jazz band. Vote for me and it will be a pleasure to work with the school and hopefully with you guys to make changes that will benefit you and your future. Thank you! #ASBElection #ClassOf2020

URBANO SPEECH

 

 

Hey, VAPA students! My name is Natalie Rios and you guys should@vote for me as your 2019-2020 ASB President. I have been a part of many school activities, such as Link Crew, dance, and theater. I am the type of person who is dedicated and committed. A dream of mine has always been to run for President, so I hope you vote for me! #ASBElections#ClassOf2020

RIOS SPEECH

Posted 5/1/19

Congratulations, Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School Jazz Ensemble, Aurora Showchoir, and Girl Talk Jazz Singers returning Monday evening from a 4-day concert tour to San Diego. The groups performed in a Music in the Parks Festival in Placentia, at the Oceanside Jazz Festival at Mira Costa College, and at Rady Childrens Hospital/Ronald McDonald House in San Diego.

Other highlights of the trip included at visit to the world famous San Diego Zoo, a behind-the-scenes tour of La Jolla Playhouse, and a campus tour of UC San Diego.

 

The group included 30 students, three chaperones, and three directors. Thank you so much to our hosts in San Diego including staff from Music in the Parks, Mira Costa College, Ronald McDonald House, the La Jolla Playhouse, and UC San Diego, and Maureen Roadman. A huge thank you to our parent chaperones, Ms. Rios, Mr. Zarate, and Ms. Ortiz, to our directors, Mr. Cuevas, and Mr. Olvera.

And thank you to our wonderful students who exhibited model behavior and dedication to their art as they navigated through several concerts and events over the 4 days. As we continue to develop our programs at Legacy VAPA, continuing our efforts to grow into one of the top high school arts schools in the nation among the likes of LACHSA and OCSA, we will be providing these kinds of opportunities to our students on a regular basis. More photos at https://bit.ly/2KIdz7J  Facebook: https://bit.ly/2DgvCMs

Posted 4/17/19

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Little Shop of Horrors, the Legacy Visual and Performing Arts 2019 Spring Musical, which closed last night at the Legacy Performing Arts Center.

Special thanks to all of our families, friends, and supporters; to Kevin Patterson (Musical Director), Juan Cuevas (Assistant Musical Director), Miguel Delgado (Technical Director), and Stacey Craig (Director).

Thanks also to our student leaders, Sahira Romero (Student Director, VAPA, ‘19) and Ashley Arambula (Stage Manager, VAPA, ‘19). We’re super proud of the work our theatre department is doing! Online Playbill may be found at https://bit.ly/2uSp2qE. More photos available at www.legacyvapa.smugmug.com 

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Posted 4/7/19

Legacy VAPA, once again, was in the house at this years Eastside Arts Festival, the Arts Event sponsored by LAUSD’s Local District East, on Saturday, March 23, 2019. VAPA had the most groups next to the host school, our partner school, East LA Performing Arts Magnet, including our Mariachi group (Corazón Hispano), Aurora Show Choir, VAPA Theatre Company, Girl Talk (VAPA Jazz Singers), and VAPA Dance Company.

VAPA performers did a remarkable job and did us all proud! Special thanks to parents, families, and friends, many who attended the festival! Special thanks also to Karen Ibarra (VAPA, ‘20), who represented VAPA in meeting the several senior staff and VIPs who were in attendance supporting the event including Monica Garcia (LAUSD School Board President), Dr. Frances Gipson (LAUSD Chief Executive Officer), Frances Baez (LAUSD LDE Administrator of Instruction), Diane Cordingly (LAUSD LDE Arts Specialist) and Dr. Al Webb (LAUSD Innovation).

Special thanks also to Carolyn McKnight (ELAPAM principal) for organizing the event with Ms. Cordingly and for her ongoing support. Thanks to the ELAPAM Upscale Showchoir (Ms. Melissa Rios, Director) for their hospitality hosting the VAPA Showchoir, and to VAPA Artist-Educators who direct the VAPA ensembles: Mr. Marcello Sanna-Pickett (Dance Company), Mr. Juan Cuevas (Mariachi Ensemble), Ms. Stacie Craig (Theatre Company), and Mr. Miguel Delgado (Tech Theatre).

More photos are available at www.legacyvapa.smugmug.com Go to www.vapalegacy.com for more info.

Posted 3/24/19

Congrats , newest members of the VAPA Chapter of the National Honor Society who were inducted February 28, 2019.

Students are recommended by their teachers who exemplify the four NHS pillars: scholarship, leadership, service, character. We are super proud of her students. Our NHS chapter is growing and is it a perfect example of the high academic level that you find at Legacy VAPA!

New NHS Members: Carina Ramirez, Ana Fernandez, Adriana Urbano, Abi Aguirre, Gabby Gonzalez, Evelyn Rodriguez, Evangeline Lopez, Ashley Alvarado! #vapasmart

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Posted 3/9/19
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Congratulations to our Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School Academic Decathlon Team (ACADECA) for a fantastic final HIPP Workshop yesterday at Roybal Learning Center (High Intellectual Preparedness Program). The HIPP workshops prepare ACADECA teams for the annual competition which concludes next Saturday with the Super Quiz at Roybal.

VAPA thanks Mr. Bill Cathers and Cathers Consulting who lead the workshops. The inspiring pep talk Mr. Cathers gave the students before they presented their speeches and interviews included stories and quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, Manny Moda,and John Wooden who was a mentor of Cathers. Some of the reminders and quotes presented include: 
“At the end of your prepared speech, you should look forward to the impromptu and think ‘Time to seal the deal or tone to save the deal’”
“Fail while daring greatly.
Failure is your greatest teacher.”
“High energy, low anxiety.”
“This is a process.”
“Beware the blue devils.”
“You can do it” (Manny Moda)
“It is more important to be compassionate than be competitive” (John Wooden)

Our ACADECA team took their essay last week, this week will take the intense all-day content exam, and Saturday will compete in the speech, interview, and Super Quiz competitions. We wish them the best of luck, are super thankful for all the work Coach Alejandro Avalos has done with the team, and are super proud of our entire ACADECA team!

 

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Posted 1/27/19

The Legacy VAPA Showchoir (Aurora) and additional VAPA Theatre Arts and Music Majors has the opportunity to see Dear Evan Hansen at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts last night in Costa Mesa. The Dear Evan Hansen Experience includes pre-show and post-show discussions facilitated by Legacy VAPA’s Psychiatric Social Worker, Dr. Irene Lara (who also attended the show), a personal reflection by each participating student, and a question and answer session with the cast after the show.

The critically acclaimed Broadway musical won 6 Tony Awards including the Tony for Best Musical in 2017 (Hamilton won the Best Musical Tony in 2016). VAPA’s Aurora Showchoir is singing two of the show’s songs in their competition season this Spring and the show is studied in depth as part of VAPA’s Writing for Musicals Program. Congrats to the cast and crew for an amazing performance and to Dear Evan Hansen creators, thank you for the question and answer session afterwards, and thank you to attending chaperones, Ms. Stacie Craig (Theatre Arts Chair) and Mr. Andy Olvera (Showchoir/Theatre Arts choreographer and Colorguard Director).

Dear Evan Hansen addresses issues which are prevalent in the lives of young people today including social anxiety, suicude, and the impact of social media). Songs are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who also wrote songs for La La Land and The World’s Greatest Showman) and the book is by Steven Levenson. 

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Thousands of smiles all over Los Angeles over 33 years. Yes, it has been that long. Dr. Edward Trimis started off in LAUSD as a TA at Huntington Drive Elementary School. After graduating from Cal State LA, he became a substitute teacher teaching all over the district and soon a teacher at Berendo Middle School teaching math and music. His first principal was John Liechty. The work at Berendo and tradition of singing carols for neighboring school just before the holidays. He brought the tradition with him and he became the music teacher at Huntington Park High school in 1991 when each year his students sang and played for several schools that fed into the high school including Middleton ES, Miles ES, and more. When he became an administrator, he continued the tradition working with his music teachers to going on caroling trips at Polytechnic HS, Manual Arts HS, City of Angels School, and Verdugo Hills HS.

 

And for the last three years, that tradition has continued at Legacy Visual and Performing Arts HS. This year, VAPA focused on our elementary schools visiting and performing for literally thousands of students at Tweedy ES, Bryson ES, San Miguel ES, Willow ES, Victoria ES, Stanford ES, and Park Ave. ES. The day this year was not unlike so many days the other years. It was December 13, the day before the last day of school for the holiday break, after finals were done and grades submitted. Where he used to travel by foot in the late 80's at Berendo, students now have a bus. Where is there were no smart phones to take photos and videos in those days, today that technology exists so a designated social media photographer is a must. Several things have not changed since 1985 when every one of the current students were not born, yet. The group still sang and played the same traditional songs which never go out of style, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Coming to Town, Feliz Navidad and the rest. Trimis still plays the bagpipes and there are still smiles all around. This year, the trip was especially cheerful. Nearly every group of elementary students sang along, some even performed their own music for the VAPA students (there were many holiday programs at schools on the same day), and there were many reunions between elementary school teachers and their students whom they had not seen in several years.

Thank you so much to our local district for supporting the trip, to the hard-working school principals and teachers at the schools that hoisted us, to to the staff that went on the trip, especially Juan Cuevas (VAPA Music Teacher) and experience this trip as a student at Huntington Park HS, Jessica Gonzalez, TA and an alumni of VAPA. And, of course, thank you to our wonderful student performers who realize that making a difference matters, it counts, and it is what we should be teaching and the work we should be doing in our schools. And that the arts move us all in different and wonderful ways and one of the best ways to communicate with one another and connect us all.

Posted 12/16/18
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Did you know that Legacy VAPA High School is one of only a few high schools in the state that are Using the Leader in Me school transformation model from Franklin-Covey? Here is a video featuring some LAUSD LIM schools. VAPA starts at 7:16! https://bit.ly/2rrGVLb

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Congratulations, Ms. Sonia Hernandez, exemplary Legacy VAPA math educator, celebrated tonight as a finalist for the 2018-19 California League of High Schools Teacher of the Year. The CLS Educator of the Year award is given annually to California elementary, middle, and high school educators who exemplify educational excellence and have made significant efforts to implement elements of educational reform. 

 

 

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Posted 11/16/18


We all want a fun Halloween. Please see these guidelines regarding dress code as it relates to Halloween Costumes:

 

For safety and health regulations, shoes must conform to the Dress Code standards.

 

No item of clothing may be worn and no prop may be brought to school if it does any of the following:

  1. Costumes may not be construed as demeaning to any person or groups based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or to any individual staff or student at the school contains discriminatory, profane, vulgar, sexually suggestive, obscene, threatening, or libelous language;
  2. Costumes may not advertise/promote consumption of alcohol, tobacco, drugs/drug paraphernalia, or use of weapons;
  3. Costumes may not represent or be associated with gang membership; or cause a significant disruption or distraction to the school program.

  

Additionally, for Halloween

  1. Masks may not completely obscure the identity of the student;
  2. Masks may be worn during specific school spirit activity at lunch, provided that safety is not hindered;
  3. Costumes may NOT include props such as real, replica, or fake guns/ knives/other weapons/dangerous objects, or any item that is not allowed on campus.
  4. No costume can be worn that is unsafe or that may create a safety hazard.

Thank you.

Posted 10/28/18


Saturday, October 13 was our Legacy High School Complex Open House and the final formal recruitment event for the 2018-19 Zone of Choice/Magnet enrollment recruitment season. The Zone of Choice application window closes November 8, 2018 (first round). This year VAPA stepped up recruitment efforts taking our VAPA Performance Ambassadors to perform at 5 school visits and at two Open House events at VAPA. Our students performed for close to 3000 students in total. The VAPA group includes 50 students from our jazz band, jazz choir, show choir, Mariachi Ensemble, and dance teams, plus MCs from our VAPA Student Leadership/ASB team.




In addition to these shows, VAPA presented at the LDE Choices Fair, recorded and posted 15 promotional videos featuring our students, posted several promo stories and student features on our website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), sent a welcome e-mail with links to all South Gate and Bell Zone of Choice families with available e-mails, and began to give campus tours two days a week.


We thank our teachers who have been so supportive by releasing their students for performances, our feeder schools who hosted us on their wonderful campuses, our prospective students and their families who continue to ask questions so they can make an informed school choice, our chaperones, staff, administrators, and directors who facilitated our efforts, and our amazing students who are, in reality, the best promoters of our awesome school, better than adult speeches, banners, PowerPoints, and videos. Thank you! Please continue to go to our website and social media platforms (all linked at the top of the website) for more info on VAPA. The first round of the Zone of Choice selection window closes November 8, 2018. #wearevapa @localdistricteast @l.a.u.s.d @lausd_arts @btbla @monicagarciala

Posted 10/13/18

Congratulations to Legacy VAPA theatre students and their teacher, Mr. Delgado, for taking the next step in their their theatre journey. Students in the new Legacy VAPA Thespian Charter Troupe # 8741 were inducted October 5, 2018, joining the international society they will remain in even after graduation.


The rigorous application process included a requirement of performing in at least three major productions. Each of the new members performed a monologue, selected a nick-name they will use when they compete this year, and signed the ledger at the ceremony. Officers for the chapter were also announced.

Congrats to Ashley, Sahira, Noreen, Oscar, Adrian, and Lirahn. We are super proud of all of them! Thank you also to the parents, friends, and supporters who attended the ceremony. Looking forward to great things from our new thespians!

Posted 10/7/18
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You don't want to miss your chance to become a Legacy VAPA student! The LUASD Zone of Choice Application window is from October2-November 8 this year. This is the opportunity for current 8th Grade students who live in the South Gate and Bell areas to enroll at one of the best arts schools in Los Angeles!

WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU! The more you know. Did you know that Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is one of the few schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District that has a full-time music teacher, full-time dance teacher (plus a full-time PE teacher), a full-time theatre arts teacher, a full-time technical theatre teacher, a visual arts teacher and a media arts teacher, and a vocal music program? Did you know that VAPA also has a full complement of A-G College courses including honors and advanced placement (AP) courses in many areas including AP Studio Art and AP Music Theory?


Did you you know that Legacy VAPA has a larger percentage of gifted and talented students than many schools (17.5%) and is applying to become a School for Advanced Studies? Did you know that Legacy VAPA offers several academic electives such as Academic Decathlon, Physical Training, and AP Psychology? Did you know that Legacy VAPA has a mariachi ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, marching/concert band, jazz choir, show choir, costuming, choreography, ballet, modern dance, one of the only high school Writing for Musicals classes in the nation, and more? Did you know that Legacy VAPA offers all of this in a small, conservatory-like environment (less than 500 students) but is also part of the Legacy High School Complex with access to most sports including cheer and aquatics?


Did you know that Legacy VAPA has space in the Zone of Choice program as well as Open Enrollment? Did you know that you could become a student today if your school releases you? Go to www.vapalegacy.com for more info, call 323-357-7531, or e-mail Dr. Edward Trimis (principal) at etrimis@lausd.net today!

 

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Posted 9/19/18

 

Huge congratulations go out to Legacy Tigers football and Legacy sports. After a tough JV game, last night Varsity blazed into their 1st Eastern League game of the season, and first ever game in the league, with the first touchdown on the board.

After several amazing plays and turn-overs, including interceptions and a touchback, Legacy defeated CIF Division 3 Champions, Huntington Park High School, 35-24. This is a big win for the Tigers, capping off our first week of Eastern League play after Legacy also won their league games/matches in both Girls Volleyball and Girls Tennis.

Special congratulations also go out to the Legacy Spirit Team including Cheer, Band and Color Guard, and Short Flags as well as our Tiger Mascot. Congrats and thank you to Coach Guzman and his coaching staff, AD Sánchez and the administration and supervision staff, the teachers, parents, students, fans, and community of the Legacy schools including VAPA, STEAM, and ISLC High Schools. This is going to be a banner year for Legacy Athletics!

Posted 9/15/18


 

Posted 9/15/18


 

Safe at Home Participants

Please do NOT use this form to register or re-register to vote if you are enrolled in a confidential address program such as Safe at Home. If sharing your address could put you in life-threatening danger, you may be eligible to register to vote confidentially.

For more information, contact the Safe at Home program at (877) 322-5227 or visit www.sos.ca.gov/registries/safe-home/.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election.

If this deadline has passed:

  • You can submit an application and it will be processed for future elections.
  • You have the opportunity to “conditionally” register to vote and vote provisionally at your local county elections office. Contact your local county elections official for more information or visit Conditional Voter Registration.

If you recently registered online, please wait at least 24 hours before checking your registration status.

What You Will Need

To register online you will need

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

Additional Information

See if you are registered to vote and if so, in what county.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use this online registration application to pre-register to vote.

For more information on registering to vote you may want to visit the Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Questions or Want to Report Fraud?

Call the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or your county elections office.

Posted 9/4/18

 


Last week the Freshman Class of Legacy VAPA for the second year participated in the off campus, ACE 3-Day Transition Program sponsored and facilitated by the Educare Foundation. The transformational, and in some ways, life-changing program helps develop skills in team-work, persistence, mindfulness, and many more qualities we are also working towards developing in our students through our work with the Leader in Me program and the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People and Link Crew.


The program concluded with a emotional parent/participant celebration complete with a slide-show, student reflections, parent/sibling and student affirmations and dinner.


Thank you so much to our ninth grade teachers who participated in the program as team leaders, Ms. Grinner and our staff who made all of the arrangements, the Educare Staff who were wonderful with our kids, and the awesome Class of 2022 who took the major step of getting out of their comfort zone and becoming the best students and young people they can be. We now have more than 1/2 if our student body who have gone through the program. In 2 more years we will have 100% if our students as ACE alumni!

 

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Posted 9/2/18
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Please note the following stadium guidelines which will be strictly enforced at all home football games:

 

In an effort to improve the game-day experience for fans at Southern California sports events, sports venues throughout the area, working as the Los Angeles Sports Council Task Force on Fan Behavior, have collectively developed the Southern California Fan Code of Conduct.

The Southern California Fan Code of Conduct lists 10 common-sense guidelines intended to foster a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all spectators. Although most venues and teams already have their own codes of conduct, this is the first time a common code, which could subject violators to ejection or arrest, will apply to multiple area sports facilities.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the California Interscholastic Federation-City Section and Southern Section supports the area’s outstanding collegiate sports teams. In order to ensure a safe and celebratory environment, we ask that fans refrain from the following behavior at all events:

  • Profanity or other offensive language, whether spoken or appearing on apparel
  • Smoking (LAUSD schools are non-smoking facilities)
  • Intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption
  • Bringing prohibited items into the venue
  • Throwing of items or liquids
  • Entering the playing field or court at any time
  • Fighting or other threatening behavior
  • Failure to retain ticket and/or present it to event staff if requested to do so
  • Resale of tickets at the venue
  • Violation of state, school, district, or local laws or rules

Failure to comply may subject you to ejection or arrest.

Fans are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to team/venue personnel. We welcome your help in our efforts to provide an enjoyable experience for all guests.

Posted 8/26/18



 

Posted 8/6/18

Are you a pianist/songwriter? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of kids? Do you want to becme part of a vibrant, cutting-edge, arts-loving, formward-moving school community? If so, we have a need for you!

 


 

Posted 7/24/18

 

It is already July and we are only a few weeks away from the first day of classes for 2018-19, and Legacy VAPA, VII! Our theme will be "Making a Difference: the 1960's Through Today" and as we prepare for a new year, LOTS of exciting activities, events, and programs are in the works!


As we are into our 1st full year of being a Leader in Me school, only the 2nd in Los Angeles, our student and staff leadership teams are hard at work transforming our little school, the little train that could, into even more of an amazing place!

Seven Habits for Highly Successful People will be taught to our entire student body this year as you start to see more and more positive changes on our campus and in our classrooms. We will also be fully implementing Link Crew, the peer mentorship program that is found in many highly successful schools, and we will continue to offer the ACE program through the Educare Foundation for all of our 9th graders. And on top of all of this, we are in a WASC visitation year! We welcome the Visiting Team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to VAPA on March 4 and 5, 2019.


One big schedule change, we will dismiss at 3:20 pm EVERY DAY but will have late-start Mondays on 14 days this year so our teachers and staff can participate in professional development. Late Start Days will begin at 10 am, though we will have tutoring and supervision in the MPR from 7 am to 10 am on these days. You may find the full calendar on our website calendar section and under "Bell Schedules".

Posted 7/14/18

Check our our Summer Programs Calendar! Band Camp, Showchoir Camp, and Summer School calendars may be found at www.vapalegacy.com

 



 

 

 

Posted 6/25/18

The Arts Events Calendar for 2018-19 is here! Check it out!


 

Posted 6/17/18

Check out our video which gives you a quick overview of all that happened at VAPA in 2017-18. IT was an awesome year and we are looking forward to VAPA, Part VII as we plan for our 10th Anniversary in 4 years! 

 

2017-18 VAPA Video

 


 

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Congrats to the Legacy VAPA Class 2018 who graduated on June 7, 2018. The graduation ceremony was at South Gate Municipal Auditorium and was attended by teachers, staff, family, and friends as well as School Board Member Ref Rodriguez and representatives from LAUSD Local District East.


A big thank you to senior class adviser, Erica Alvarez, senior in college counselor, Heather Simmons, senior teachers and support staff. The ceremony was awesome!


Special congratulations to our senior class president (Raven Bealey) for her spot-on poem that opened the ceremony, our valedictorians (Natalie Gonzalez and Daisy Loya) and salutatorian (Carolina Sanchez) for their amazing speeches, the band and mariachi ensemble for their beautiful performances, and the senior choir and senior flash mob dancers for their performance.


We wish all of our graduates the best as they move forward to the next leg of their life’s journey!

 

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Posted 6/11/18

 

Congrats to our Legacy VAPA filmmakers celebrated tonight at the Warner Brothers First Cut film screening at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank.

The experience had all the ingredients of a true Hollywood screening from a red carpet and photo background, a reception fit the filmmakers with gourmet food and snacks, a greeting by the studio executives, interviews with successful producers, a roundtable discussion with sone of the filmmakers, and the screening of the films on a huge screen in High Def. It was pretty spectacular. The screening was the capstone event for the #WBGood First Cut program which provides students the opportunity to tell their stories in film and digital media who might not otherwise have that opportunity. The program is a collaboration with GhettoFilm School, #WBGood, and LAUSD Division of Instruction and the Arts Education Branch.


Thanks so much to all of our arts/industry partners for providing the program to our students, Dr. Frances Gipson, Rory Pullens and his AEB team, and instructors Nick Adolfo and Frank Turner. And congratulations to our partners: Cortines VAPA HS, ELA Performing Arts Magnet HS, and Carson HS, and to our wonderful Legacy VAPA HS students!

 

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Posted 6/5/18

 

Congratulations to all of the Legacy VAPA Class of 2018 who were honored on July 30 in the 2018 Senior Recital and Awards Gala Event.


The Academy Awards-Style Awards show featured several performances and honored the achievements of this year's wonderful senior class. Thank you to Ms. Simmons who coordinated the event with support from Ms. Suarez and the rest of the VAPA Leadership Team, Ms. Dadrass (Coordinator), Ms. Solis (Counselor), Ms., Grinner (AP), and Dr. Trimis (Principal).




 

 

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Posted 6/2/18


 

Posted 5/30/18

Mr. Juan Cuevas graduated in 1996 from Huntington Park High School in Huntington Park, CA. At Huntington Park High, he was a music major and part of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir under the direction of Dr. Edward Trimis, where he received the prestigious Herb Alpert Music Scholarship.  After graduating from Huntington Park High he then graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education form California State University Los Angeles. While at CSULA he studied under the direction of Dr. David Betancourt.


In April of 2000, Mr. Cuevas took the position of Professional Expert at Middleton Street Elementary School where he built a music program with 25 third graders and grew to almost 100 members strong and three performing groups. In 2002, he participated in the Mc Mariachi Competition where his mariachi ensemble won 1st place and was selected to perform at Fiesta Broadway following the competition. His music program grew as did his reputation that he was selected to start a mariachi program at Plaza de La Raza in Lincoln Park in Summer of 2002.  Mr. Cuevas started his own Mariachi Estrella de Oro and performed professionally from 2003-2009 at numerous venues including Hollywood Bowl, Ford Anson Theatre, and Kodak Theatre among others. 


In Fall of 2016 he took over the Legacy VAPA High School music program where he has currently been building the program by starting a Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi, and an AP Music Theory class coming 2018/19 school year. During Mr. Cuevas’ first year at Legacy VAPA he led the marching band to 2nd place in the South Gate Children’s Lane Parade competition, and 1st place in the Jazz Band Music in the Parks competition in San Francisco.  His passion for teaching has led Mr. Cuevas to continue his education and will be graduating with Master’s Degree in Education this Spring and is constantly reminding his students that “…the saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.” -Chazz Palminteri.

Posted 5/27/18