State of the Arts
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
April 3, 2017
Dr. Edward A. Trimis, Principal
Welcome to the "State of the Arts"
It's hard to believe that so much has happened since I became the proud principal of Visual and Performing Arts High School at the Legacy High School Complex in July, and even since our last State of the Arts in November. This newsletter will share some of the highlights of the last 5 months. You may notice something right off the bat in our name; one of the most exciting things this year is our application to become a magnet high school in 2018-19. As we move forward, we will become a district-wide school of choice, available to any student in the LAUSD boundaries, and will provide transportation for students who live 5 or miles away from our school. Becoming a magnet is the next logical step in what has already been a spectacular year of positive growth and change at VAPA. In preparation for our new re-branding as Legacy Visual and Performing Arts Magnet High School, we have adopted a similar name format. So here we go with the updates!  Be sure to click the hyperlinks in RED  at the bottom of each article to see more photos and enrich your experience!

                    -Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal
Color Guard Debuts
The Legacy High School Complex and VAPA HS are excited to bring another new performing group to Legacy: Color Guard! CG is performing this Spring as part of the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) circuit and will continue in to the Fall as part of the Legacy/VAPA Marching Band and Color Guard in field show competitions, parades, and football games. Thank you to Coach Andres Olvera, Beyond the Bell, Educare, the Educare Foundation, and Karen Martell, Educare Coordinator, who support the new color guard!

VAPA Performs for PTA
Congratulations, Brianda Palafox (Legacy VAPA, '17) and Erick Villarreal (Legacy VAPA, '17) who performed for the South East PTA Celebration and Awards Event at South Gate Park on March 30. Both seniors are active performers this Spring as they continue to gain performance experience while getting ready to complete requirements to graduate in June.

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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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VAPA Voices at Vocal Jazz Clinic
Members of the VAPA Voices Jazz Singers had the opportunity to participate in a vocal jazz workshop and performance at Cortines High School for the Visual and Performing Arts on March 14. The workshop featured the Mira Costa Community College Frequency Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Matt Falker. Thank you to all who made it happen-Mr. Falker and his group who led a great clinic; the Cortines Vocal Jazz Ensemble who also performed and hosted the event; Tony White (LAUSD Beyond the Bell Music and Entertainment Coordinator) and his staff; and the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation who brought the event to LAUSD. The packed room of participants, including students and directors from all over the district, was a clear sign vocal jazz is live and well in LAUSD as we all celebrate what would have been Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday. Happy Birthday, Ella!

VAPA Voices Jazz Singers and A Cappella Singers Perform
Congratulations to the new VAPA Voices Jazz Choir and A Cappella  Singers who have been extremely active this Spring. The group performed at the SCVA Valencia Jazz Festival on March 10. They also attended the ICCA Regional Finals on March 11; the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the national competition produced by Varsity Vocals made familiar to most by the Pitch Perfect films. Congratulations to all 10 college a cappella groups who were amazing and especially to the winner, VAPA's sister a cappella group from UCLA, the ScatterTones! It was a great for our VAPA Voices A Cappella Singers to see the level of excellence they are striving for! 

Zone of Choice Articulation and Open House 2017

Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is in both the South Gate Zone of Choice and the Bell Zone of Choice. Students who live in these areas can choose Legacy VAPA as their high school! Each year, VAPA visits local middle schools, along with the other 2 Legacy schools (STEAM and ISLC), to promote and recruit for the Legacy schools. These are photos from these visits, including Elizabeth Learning Center, South Gate MS, Southeast MS, and more. It was quite a Zone of Choice Recruitment season, starting early in February and ending February 4 at the Legacy Open House.

South Gate MS Articulation Photos       Nimitz MS Articulation Photos           Articulation Photos (all)                           Open House Photos

Video Reviews VAPA Highlights from Fall and Winter
It has been such a year of change and positive growth for Legacy VAPA in 2016-17! This video summarizes part of the VAPA story thus far this year!

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VAPA Banners Help VAPA Stand Out
Banners posted this March bring a splash of color to the Legacy VAPA Classroom Building! Thank you Foley Advertising for the great banners! There will be another set of banners on the light pole in front of the building.

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LDE Promoting VAPA and Legacy Schools
Did you know that LAUSD has some of the most successful and cutting-edge schools in California? Legacy High School Complex is a collection of small specialty high schools that offers three distinct choices for high school students in the South East (South Gate/Bell/Huntington Park), including an international studies high school (International Studies Learning Center), a school focused on STEAM (Science/Technology), and a high school focused on the arts (VAPA HS). The first choice Zone of Choice selection is closed, but students can still enroll in one of the three schools if there is space, and permits may be available. If you want to be a student in the new Legacy Visual and Performing Arts Magnet High School, opening in Fall 2018, enroll now to secure your spot and avoid the rush. Legacy VAPA Magnet High will likely fill to capacity when the Choices Magnet selection begins this Fall. Thank you LAUSD Local District East for supporting our local schools by putting together a promotional campaign which started today with a number of our students being photographed for street banners and interviewed for a promotional video!  
Cheer Camp and Glee Camp Come to VAPA
Glee Camp and Cheer Camp are coming to Legacy this summer! Glee Camp is July 31-Aug. 4, and Cheer Camp is Aug. 7-11. Both camps are 8 am-12 pm. Discount applied for campers who register ahead of time, as well as campers who register for both camps. Also, sibling discounts for multiple campers from the same family! Both camps include cast or team photo, Camp T-shirt, and closing performance and awards ceremony!

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VAPA Voices Go into the Studio and Record School Jingle
On January 25, 2017,  Legacy VAPA: We're Here For You was recorded by the Legacy VAPA High School vocal group, JACS, and the LVAPA Jazz Ensemble and features Adriana Urbano, Brianda Palafox, and Erick Villarreal (voice over artist). The single was recorded at Nourse by Northwest Studios, engineered and produced by Shawn Nourse, with composer/lyricist and executive producer, Dr. Edward Trimis. Legacy VAPA: We're Here For You is available on i-Tunes, Spotify, Pandora, and Google Play.

VAPA Shines at Eastside Arts Festival
Our VAPA performers showcased their skills at this year's Eastside Arts Festival at Torres High School on March 4. Great work, VAPA! Wonderful performances! Groups included Legacy VAPA Show Choir, Musical Theatre Company, Jazz Band, Dance Team, and VAPA Voices JACS (Jazz and A Cappella Singers).

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New Tech Theatre Program and New Drama Teacher at VAPA
We are excited to welcome another brand new program at Legacy VAPA, Technical Theatre! The Tech Theatre program is sponsored by the LAUSD ROP program and offers a full-day program of classes taught by our new tech theatre teacher, Miguel Delgado, in lighting design, sound design, stage craft, house management, and more. We are also excited to bring to VAPA our new theatre arts teacher, Stacie Craig. Ms. Craig joined us at the start of the semester with Spring musical auditions. With Ms. Craig on board, Mr. Delgado teaching the tech theatre program, and Mr. Sanna-Pickett returning to teach and direct our dance program, our performing arts staff is complete! Just in case you are still confused, here is a summary of the performing arts faculty at Legacy VAPA: Juan Cuevas (instrumental music and jazz studies), Karla Kim (vocal music and piano), Marcello Sanna-Pickett (dance), Stacie Craig (theatre arts), and Miguel Delgado (technical theatre). We also have our color guard instructor, Andres Olvera, on board with drumline starting soon. Our visual arts faculty includes Sara Holland (arts and design) and Nick Adolfo (media arts). Additional instruction provided by Dr. Edward Trimis (Jazz Choir, A Cappella Singers, Glee Club, and Writing for Musical Theatre class). 
Marching Band Connects With Community At Local Parades
Congratulations to Legacy/VAPA Band Director Juan Cuevas who took his new marching band to the community with back-to-back performances at both the Huntington Park and South Gate Holiday Parades on December 10 and 11. The band was joined by the short flags team and cheer team. When the band performs this Fall, they will be joined by the new Legacy Color Guard.

South Gate Parade Photos 12-11-16

VAPA Connects With the Community In Holiday Performances
VAPA performers were active this holiday season singing for thousands on the caroling trip, singing for the Breakfast with Santa Event at South Gate Park, and singing for the LAUSD LDE Holiday Meeting.The First Annual VAPA Voices Caroling Trip was on Thursday, December 15, 2017. The VAPA singers visited many schools, Greenfield Care Center of South Gate, and the Local District East Offices. Schools included 118th Street School, Bryson ES, Tweedy ES, Huntington Drive ES, South Gate MS, South East MS. Photos were taken by student's in VAPA's Social Media Photography Club.

Caroling Trip Photos 12-15-16

Writing For Musical Theatre Class at the Wallis
Did you know VAPA has a Writing For Musical Theatre class? Members of the class attended the world premier of the original musical produced by our sister class at the Wallis Performing Arts Center tonight. VAPA will debut 4 original musicals at our Showcase of New Musicals on Thursday, April 27, at 12:30 pm.

More Photos From the Event
Friday, December 9 was the Winterfest: This Generation dance celebration. The packed house was treated to a moving multicultural celebration of dance from all over the world featuring over 65 students from the VAPA Dance program. Congratulations to Mr. Noriega, Mr. Sanna-Pickett, and all of our great student choreographers and dancers!

See More Photos From Winterfest
Winterfest was on December 8 and 9 and featured our VAPA visual and performing artists. Visual and Media Arts were featured in a showcase before the performances each day. Congratulations to the students of Ms. Holland, Mr. Adolfo, and Ms. Prado.

Winterfest Art Photos
This year's Winterfest was a hit! Thursday's event (12/8/16) featured all of the VAPA music groups including Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Glee Club, Show Choir, A Cappella/Jazz Singers, Beginning Band, Jazz Band, and Marching Band.

Winterfest Music Photos
Orchestra Arrives at VAPA
 Yes, we are doing this! Orchestra has arrived at Legacy VAPA! Do you play a stringed instrument? See Mr. Cuevas to join!

Legacy VAPA Orchestra (sometime soon)
AP English Class at the Getty Villa
Always an enriching school experience at VAPA, Ms. Dadrass' AP English Language students spent a lovely day at the Getty Villa on March 21!

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VAPA's Got Talent 2017
Congratulations to all of the students and staff who performed in the 2017 VAPA Talent Show on Feb. 17! It was amazing!

Talent Show Photos
VAPA Represented in STEM Fest at Legacy
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the STEM Festival March 18 at Legacy STEAM High School.
Special thanks to LDE Science Specialist Craig Sipes for producing the event, to our sister school, STEAM HS and Principal Carla Barrera-Ortiz for hosting the event, to Ms. Bridgette Spencer and our VAPA students who worked at one of the demo booths, to the Legacy staff who worked the event, and to all the school administrators, teachers, and staff members, parents, and students who participated. VIPs in attendance included LDE senior administrators Dr. David Baca and Dr. Al Webb, LDE Superintendent Jose Huerta, and LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King.
VAPA Community Fun Day at South Gate Park
One of our core missions at Legacy VAPA is connecting with our community. Thank you Ms. Dadrass and the VAPA Leadership class for a great event on April 1 that helped us better connect at South Gate Park! Thanks also to our performing groups ( High School Musical cast, Glee Club, Jazz Choir), Mr. Delgado and his team who did sound tech, and teachers and staff in attendance!

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1st Annual Staff Breakfast is A Hit
The Annual VAPA Staff Breakfast was on Friday, December 16. The VAPA Voices Glee Club provided the entertainment! These photos were taken by VAPA HS Yearbook student photo journalists.

Black History Month Celebration
Congratulations to all of our student and staff performers who were featured in this years 1st Annual Black History Month Celebration and Black Student Union, sponsor, Ms. Spencer!
A VAPA Valentine's Day
VAPA had a song and love-filled Valentine's Day this year with singing telegrams and surprises. Happy Belated Valentine's Day from Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School!

Valentine's Day Photos
Legacy Cheer Having a Great Season
Congratulations to members of the Legacy Cheer Team, who are having a great season! Their first competition took place on Saturday, January 7, at Azusa Pacific University! Legacy would like to give a big thank you to their coaches and supporters! Congratulations also to our South Gate Aztec Cheer Team, the Tigers' "little sisters and brothers" who practice at Legacy, who also competed!

Girls Basketball's Glorious Season
This was basketball season for the record books. After a spectacular season defeating most teams with huge point spreads in the elite Open Division, the Legacy Girls Basketball team came up against a few teams who proved to be unstoppable, at least this year. Both losses were extremely close and happened in the last few seconds of the game. Their State Play-off game against Independence High School in Bakersfield was not an exception. Congratulations to Coach E and the girls for an exciting and impressive season. We are super proud of our Lady Tigers!

Swim Team Comes to Legacy
As our sports program continues to grow and get better and better, we are excited to bring our very first Swim Team to Legacy this year! Our all girls team this year is strong, and Legacy hopes to add a boys team next year when we add water polo to the program!  Thank you Coach Jessica Curiel for being our founding coach!

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Powder Puff Comes to Legacy
The "Year of the Tiger" continues as the first ever Powder Puff Football game comes to the Legacy High School Complex! The event on March 30th was spectacular! Well-attended and well-played, the game saw the juniors lead the seniors for much of the game until the seniors pulled it out in the last few minutes to win! Thank you for all who participated- the players, the student leaders, and the staff who helped supervise the practices as well as the game!

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Winter Sports Rock Legacy and VAPA
It may surprise some to find out our awesome Legacy schools not only offer the best in Arts, STEAM, and International Studies education, but also some of the best sports teams in LAUSD. This Winter every Legacy team made the play-offs and continued to play in the post-season! Winter sports include boys and girls soccer and boys and girls basketball.

Girls Soccer vs. Verdugo 2-16-17
Congratulations to our first ever Legacy VAPA High School Academic Decathlon Team (ACADECA) who completed their season this year with two Saturday competitions at Roybal HS, starting with the January 28 event which included an interview, a speech, and an essay, and concluding with the Quiz and the Super Quiz On March 4. I am so extremely proud of these young men and women and their coach, Mr. Avalos, on many, many levels. I am proud of our students and their coach for doing something that has never been done before, which is a feat in and of itself. It takes courage, strength, hard work, and faith to do something brand new. I am proud of our ACADECA students and their coach for putting all the time in to make this happen. Countless hours at weekend workshops and after school, often putting in long study sessions after a full day of school which, at our school, typically includes one or more rehearsals or performances. And I am proud of our students and their coach for being a testament to how anything is really possible with our kids. They may not realize it, but they're breaking all kinds of stereotypes about what our kids can and can't do. They are a testament to the power of study and hard work. They're shining examples of how we are closing the achievement gap in our community and our school. And, lastly, to quote a line from High School Musical, this is the start of something big, the beginning of our ACADECA journey. I'm sure it will get bigger, better, and even more successful. It is great time to be a part of our amazing Legacy VAPA family. I also want to give a really big thank you to the parents, supporters, teachers, and my AP, Ms. Noriega who helped realize our vision of starting an ACADECA program! When you see one of our ACADECA students or their coach at school, congratulate them on a job well done. They make us all proud!
---Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal

California ACADECA Site
Legacy/VAPA at South Gate Youth in Government Day
Thank you, Richard Luna and the South Gate City Council for a wonderful Students in Government Day today. The event included several presentations, a job shadow, and a Mock City Council Meeting at City Hall. Participating schools were South Gate HS, Southeast HS, and Legacy ISLC, STEAM, and VAPA.

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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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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. Christina Rico, 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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April 6          Open House
April 8-16     Spring Break
April 20-22   Spring Musical/VAPA Disney
April 26        Community Meeting with Mr.Huerta
April 28        Original Musicals Showcase
April 28        Senior Prom
May 1-12      AP Tests
May 12-14    Spring Concert Tour
May 15-19    Smarter Balanced Tests
May 24         Spring Fest (Music)
May 25         LAUSD Film Festival
May 26         Spring Fest (Dance)
May 30         Academic Awards Assembly
May 31         Senor Recital
June 1          Senior Awards Night
June 2          Grad Nite
June 9          Graduation                                                
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts HS:
Preparing students for college, career, and life through the arts.