State of the Arts
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
November 3, 2016
Dr. Edward A. Trimis, Principal
Welcome to the "State of the Arts"
With this inaugural newsletter, I proudly welcome you to our very special Visual and Performing Arts High School at the Legacy High School Complex in South Gate, CA. November 3 marks my first 100 days as the principal of Visual and Performing Arts High School, and a wild and wonderful 100 days it has been! We have done so much and have so many plans for both the near and not so near future! Here are the highlights! Be sure to click the hyperlinks in RED at the bottom of each article to see more photos or enrich your experience!

                    -Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween from Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School! And special haunts from the Class of 2017, representative scare actors shown here!

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Homecoming 2016
Homecoming this year was the week of Oct. 17 and culminated with the traditional Homecoming Pep Rally on Oct. 21, Homecoming Game the same night, and Homecoming Dance on Oct. 22. A good time was had by all!

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Marching Band Debuts
There was something different this year at the Friday Night Football Games, a marching band! Congratulations to the Legacy Tigers Marching Band, directed by Mr. Adams and Mr. Cuevas!

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VAPA at City Hall
  Congrats to our awesome VAPA students who joined Principal Trimis in a presentation to the South Gate City Council at their meeting in October 11. Lizeth Machado, VAPA Student Body President, introduced our school to the mayor and the council, and Adriana Urbano sang "On My Own" from Les Miserables accompanied by Dr. Trimis. The mayor said that in all of his years on the council, he had never experienced such a fine student performance at a council meeting! Ms. Machado was poised and articulate, a great example of our best at VAPA and everything a student body president should be! After the meeting, the students joined Dr. Trimis and the City Council for a photo op. After the presentation, many council members voiced their support for VAPA HS and offered opportunities for performances and other ways for VAPA to get involved in the city of South Gate!

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Football Success 2016
Congratulations to the Legacy Tiger JV and Varsity football teams for a great season. Special thanks and congrats also to the Legacy Spirit Team including Cheer, Band, and Flags! The Legacy Band wore their new uniforms for the first time at the Hollywood HS game. Looking good, Tigers!

VAPA Has Top SBAC Scores in English!
  Congratulations, Legacy VAPA High School! We are in the top 3rd of LAUSD LD East Schools on the Smarter Balanced English tests! VAPA HS Principal is Dr. Edward Trimis, AP is Gabby Noriega, Director is Marisela Ramirez, Local Superintendent is Jose Huerta, Superintendent is Michelle King, and School Board Member is Dr. Ref Rodriguez.

Girls Tennis Winning Season
Congratulations coach Desmond & the Lady Tigers Tennis Team for their undefeated league championship (9-0). Playoffs were against Downtown Magnets HS on 11/2!

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Tigers Cross Country League Finals
Congratulations, Legacy Tigers Cross Country Team who competed in League Finals on 11/2, at Elysian Park! We're proud of you!

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Legacy Girls Volleyball in Play-Offs!
Congratulations to Legacy Girls Volleyball who beat Marshall High School in the first game of the Play-Offs to City Championships! The Tigers won 3 games to 2!

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1st Annual Aloha Assembly
  It was everything an Aloha Assembly is supposed to be! Great introductions to school clubs, intros of Fall sports teams, performances by dance team, flag team, solo dancers, solo singers, choir, the debut of DrumLine to debut of VAPA Glee Club, and even a skit on dress code for good measure! Thanks so much to Ms. Dadrass, our Student Leadership group, our student body officers, our MCs, all the groups who performed, all the people who spoke, and all of our teachers and students who were an amazing audience. Students even got to hear their new principal and his bagpipe and keyboard skills! What a day!

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1st Annual Club Rush
  The First Annual Club Rush came to Visual and Performing Arts High School (at the Legacy Campus) on Thursday, August 25 this year! Thank you to all the club sponsors, club presidents, and members for making the event a success! We do have a few more clubs looking for sponsors (LGBTQ/GSA Club and Black Student Union to mention a few). Each club needs a sponsor, student president, and constitution. Clubs start meeting right away!

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VAPA Students in the Spotlight
Congratulations to VAPA students who are auditioned this year for the Music Center of Los Angeles Spotlight Awards in voice and dance. Prior to preparing for the audition, our students were visited Jeri Gale and her team from the Music Center who presented information about the Music Center Spotlight Awards, National Young Arts Competition and the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Thanks to guest speaker and LAUSD Alumni, Spotlight Alumni, and UCSD student, Beth Blackwell and guest performer, LAUSD Alumni, Spotlight Alumni, and Musical Theatre Major at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Lucy Rodriguez.All of the soloists took the stage for our annual Spotlight Rectal on Monday, October 10, 2016. The singers were accompanied and coached by Dr. Edward Trimis, principal. The Spotlight Showcase also featured the band and dance company. VAPA video-recorded students for submission to the Spotlight program on Thursday, Oct. 13. Spotlight is a scholarship and training program, which encourages personal and artistic growth, while exploring new possibilities in the arts! The mission of The Music Center’s Spotlight program is to provide a supportive environment in which high school students can develop the skills needed to pursue their artistic dreams, with an emphasis on self-esteem, preparation and perseverance.

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Back to School Night 2016
Visual and Performing Arts High School had great event on Thursday, Sept. 8! Our 2016 Back to SchoolNight! Favorite quote of the night (heard in several classrooms), "Because we are an Arts School....." talking about Arts Integration in all of our classes. YES! It is amazing for us all to be at a school where the arts matter!

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VAPA Joins Arts School Network
  Congratulations, Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School, now a new member of the Arts School Network. ASN is a national organization that supports arts schools from middle school though college and some school districts and arts organizations. VAPA joins an elite list of member schools including a few in Southern California such as LAUSD, Cortines HS, ARTES, LA County High School for the Ar ts, Orange County School of the Arts, and Coronado School of the Arts. Nationally, members include the Tisch School of the Arts (at NYU), Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Dallas, Texas), and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC). 

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VAPA @ Tweedy ES College Day
Congrats to our wonderful marching band, dance company, glee club, and student body leadership reps who participated in the Tweedy Elementary School College Day Celebration on September 28! It was a fantastic event and a great example of VAPAHS connecting with our community and youngest students to support each other! There will be many more partnership events such as this between VAPA, LAUSD schools, and the South Gate community! #

The Year of the Tiger
So much is coming new to VAPA and the Legacy High School Complex this year! Marching Band, Swim Team, Water Polo (B/G), Golf (B/G), Social Media Photo Club, Black Student Union, GSA/LGBTQ Club, Music Tech Class, Korean, Piano, Writing for Musicals Class, K-Pop Club, ACADECA, technical theatre program, and more..... 

Korean Comes to VAPA

When you go to Room D-100, you will be greeted by the teacher and students saying “Annyeong Haseyo” 안녕하세요 (Korean ). When you enter the classroom, you will see a wall of Korean vocabulary, posters, Korean has come to South Gate. While it may seem an unlikely combination to some, the Latino and African-American students at The Visual and Performing Arts High School at the Legacy High School Complex, are now learning Korean--- and loving it! The 60 seats for the new Korean classes at VAPA High were all filled within 2 days. The new Korean Language program, funded in part by the Foundation for Korean Language and Culture, is a perfect fit for VAPA. “I had thought about bringing Korean to VAPA after participating in the Foundation’s summer educational trip for administrators. While I knew we could not fund a full-time position as a small school, I knew that ½ Korean and ½ another content area would work. When we searched for a choir teacher to take over the choral program and free up our instrumental music teacher to teach music technology, the search was on for someone who could teach Korean and music. And we found that in our new teacher, Karla Kim. She teaches piano, 2 choir classes, and 3 Korean classes. And it is a great fit for us! Our students are into K-Pop and K-Drama, even though they don’t know the language, so why not take it to the next level? Now they will understand what they are seeing on TV and the music they are listening to!”

 Did you c heck out the KLCS Video Awards when Erick Villarreal (VAPAHS, 2017) was honored and featured in an interview along with our very own video/film educator, Mr. Adolfo! The program aired Sunday, September 4th at 7PM and Monday, September 5th at 6PM.
Glee Re-Do
It's baaaack, and better than ever! Dr. Trimis directs the new Glee Club at VAPA! One of the most active groups, Glee has already performed on many occasions this Fall. Glee will be featured as the back-up choir for "Hamilton" in the Fall Talent Show!

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Principal's Podcast
Have you missed Dr. Trimis' weekly phone call? Have no fear! You can find the call, plus additional special podcasts, on our website as well as PodBean and I-Tunes!

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Day of The Dead 2016
The Day of the Dead 2016 was celebrated by the Spanish Language at Literature classes at VAPA taught by Ms. Prado, Nov. 1-2! Can you tell we're an arts school with super creative students? Congratulations! Wonderful work!

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New Informational Materials at VAPA
Have you checked out our new flier, revised brochure, and new website at On the website all of our social media platforms are also linked (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, PodBean, YouTube).

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Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal
Ms. Gabriela Noriega, Assistant Principal
Ms. Jeina Dadrass, TSP Coordinator/Leadership Advisor
Ines Melendez, SAA 
Local District East
Mr. Jose Huerta, LDE Superintendent
Ms. Maricela Ramirez, Director
Ms. Michelle King, Superintendent
Dr. Ref Rodriguez, SchoolBoard Member
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School 
5225 Tweedy Bl.
South Gate, CA  
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Nov. 11        Holiday
Nov. 15        PTSA Meeting
Nov. 15        Magnet Community Meeting
Nov. 16-17   Student/Staff Talent Show
Nov. 21-25   Fall Break
Dec. 1-2       Fall Play
Dec. 8          Winter Fest (Music)
Dec. 9          Winter Fest (Dance)
Dec. 15        Community Caroling
Dec. 16        Staff Breakfast
Dec. 17        Winter Break Begins
Jan. 9           Return to School
Jan. 16         Holiday
Feb. 1-28      Zone of Choice Application Period
Feb. 20         Holiday
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