Legacy VAPA High School: Preparing Students for Life Through the Arts.
create. inspire. unify. educate.
Hello, VAPA Community! This Monday Memo is a bit of switch in that is is sent out to our entire community. No worries, VAPA staff, the Monday Memo you expect will be a stand-alone 1-2 page traditional memo, planned to be delivered every week to your e-mail, mail box, voice mail, Schoology Group!
We continue to have so much going on at VAPA! I strongly encourage you to visit our website regularly at www.vapalegacy.com and see our social media feeds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates. Our coaches and many of our student group directors and student leaders also use the Remind app for updates to members. Parents and guardians are also welcome to join the Remind group that their children use (but realize you will be getting messages frequently!).
This week was a great week for VAPA as we continued to evidence of the best in academics, pursued victory with honor in athletics, and set the bar high in the arts with exceptional programs that are simply not found at your typical high school, for that matter, at other arts schools. As we continue to support and build our arts programs, it is critical we educate our community as we recruit new students and families as to what we do and who we are. Yes, we the arts. We we also excel in academics and athletics. We are a triple-A school (AAA). If you are a prospective student or parent of a prospective student, it is important to realize this. We have a comprehensive, sequential, and innovative/cutting edge arts program, better than most. in the area of academics, we have several AP courses and honors courses (more than some) including AP Music Theory and AP Studio Art (all of the AP Studio Art students passed the AP Exam last year), AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP English Language, AP English Literature, and adding AP Calculus, and possibly AP Statistics. We also offer Academic Decathlon, a highly sought after program only open by application and teacher recommendation. We have one of the highest percentages of gifted and talented students at 17.5 to 18 % and will become a School for Advanced Studies next year. In athletics, we are part of the powerful Legacy Tigers sports tradition, now in the Eastern League, with several titles under our belt and teams that regularly are league champions and go to the state play-offs and we offer a brand-new sports facility for baseball and softball in our campus. Just last week, our Legacy Softball team competed in the CIF City Section Championships (Division 2) progressing further than most teams in their league (6 VAPA students) and a VAPA students represented Legacy in the CIF City Section Track and Field Championships winning 2nd overall in a high jump with a jump of 6'2".So as we move forward, we need to let the community fo South Gate, Bell, surrounding communities, and all the areas that LAUSD serves, we are an arts school, AND we are a school that supports and develops academics and athletics as well. A "triple-A: school!
A few quick reminders about the remaining events of the year! Please support Spring Fest Dance (5/23 and 5/24), Extra Mile Awards (5/29), and Senior Recital (6/3). Graduation is June 6, the last day of instruction is June 7, Legacy Sports Day is June 8, Arts Intensives with Show Choir, Theatre, and Band are June 12-17 (9 am-2 pm), Summer School and Summer Bridge (9th Grade) is June 19-July 24, Glee Camp (K-8th Grade, pending LAUSD approval) is July 29-August 2, Freshman Orientation is August 15, and the 1st Day of Instruction is August 20.
create. inspire. unify. educate.
VAPA's Mariachi Hosts Mariachi Festival
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! Click for More Photos
VAPA Student Film Success
Congratulations to our VAPA film writers and directors! The CTE Career Path/Perkins funded program is directed by Mr. Nick Adolfo. Film-making is also a part of many other classes at VAPA, including Mr. Turner’s classes who have made several films. One of a handful of programs in the south east area of the district, and our best kept secret, students make multi-camera videos of our concerts and productions, produce Tiger TV (our news show), and make several short films and projects in our state of the art facility each year. This year we will host a Film Festival to showcase student work on Friday, May 17 at 6:30 pm(SpringFest-Film Fest). A team from Mr. Turner’s class recently were awarded an honorable mention in the Directing Change Short Film Competition and Mr. Adolfo’s students submitted a film for the second year to the Warner Brothers First Cut Film Festival. There is a gala screening event for Directing Change in May 21 and First Cut at Warner Brothers on May 28. Video is at http://bit.ly/2VAVIzM Video Archive: http://bit.ly/2VwpkDp VAPA Videos at the Tiger TV YouTube Site http://bit.ly/2HhcjDW
VAPA's Writing for Musicals Program Grows
So proud of our Writing For Musicals Program at VAPA. One of the few programs of its kind in the nation, the innovative course teaches students how to write music and lyrics, books and scripts, for musical theater for the stage and screen. Students had the opportunity to see several live musicals this year as they were studying and planning their final projects. The Original Musicals Showcase will featured 4 all original short musicals, 2 all original plays, plus a longer version of Grandma’s Keeper, The Show Search 2017 first prize winner, on Friday, May 17. A true theatre practicum, the shows all feature student actors and are directed by student directors. A huge thank you to Stacie Craig (Theatre Chair) who teaches the class and Miguel Delgado (Tech Theatre) and his students whose students directed and ran tech the shows. Thanks also to our professional panel who reviewed the shows and gave feedback to the writers; Pervis Sawoski (Sant Monica College Theatre Department Chair), Deirdre Marlow (Musical Writer Educator and Foundation for New American Musicals), and Mina Bloom (Professional Author/Composer for Musicals). Photos: http://bit.ly/2wgEhKZ More photos: http://bit.ly/2w3YJhZ
VAPA Student in CIF City Track Finals
Congratulations Legacy VAPA scholar/athlete Ulysses Flores, who competed in the CIF City Section Championships today, the first time in history of Legacy our Track and Field Team competed in the championships! Ulysses placed 2nd overall with a high jump of 6’2”!