State of the Arts
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
July 8, 2020
Dr. Edward A. Trimis, Principal
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is a student-centered, creative learning community that engages students intellectually and artistically, instilling responsible citizenship and academic rigor for college and career preparedness.

create. inspire. unify. educate.
Welcome to our latest Legacy VAPA State of the Arts newsletter! This newsletter is significant in many ways. It is published at the end of my 4th year at Legacy VAPA, I arrived in July, 2016, and have now served our VAPA community exactly 4 years, 1/2 of the school's existence. I was fortunate to take over from Alison Miller, the founding principal, with much of the heavy lifting already done due to her leadership and our founding faculty members. It really seems like quite a long time ago from where I sit. The other Legacy principals have come and gone, including Carla Barerra-Ortiz, Dr. Guillermina Jauregui, David Manzo, and Joyce Dara, while we have had some changes in our own staff. As I reviewed our faculty listing last week, I noticed that I have had the opportunity to hire a little over 1/2 of our faculty and staff. And with that, there was an opportunity for us. An opportunity to not only support those staff members who have other opportunities, but to hire new, talented faculty members who bring their wonderful experiences to our great students. And that they really have done. From Mr. Cuevas and his expertise in mariachi groups (which should be pretty obvious at this point), to Ms. Craig and her experiences at Nicolodeon and in the TV/film/theatre industry, to Mr. Avalos and his wealth of knowledge and experience to Mr. Tamborino, Ms. Fletcher, and all of the other new teachers, along with several this coming year, we have a stellar staff. The last 4 years have seen dramatic changes for us. We have seen our arts program reinvented, a couple of times, and each time coming out stronger. We have so many new programs, classes, musical groups, I would say too many to mention, but if you go back in time to June, 2016 and look at what we offered then and looked like then, you will see a different school than we have today. Orchestra, mariachi ensemble, show choir, jazz choir, changes in the dance program (bringing back Mr. Sanna-Pickett), the new after school program (Educare), new AP classes, psychology, philosophy, ACADECA, new sports (swim/water polo, golf), Leader in Me, Link Crew, the ACE Program, Writing for Musicals Class, new theatre classes... and this is only a partial list. We suffered the loss of our beloved Mr. Adolfo and somehow we carried on. We supported our teachers in the job action that yielded a stronger contract, and we came back. And, most recently, overnight we transitioned to online teaching and learning and were able to do this from March 14 through June 12, and, though difficult, we finished the semester and celebrated our seniors multiple times, and got through in the only way VAPA can, with perseverance, pride, humility, and creativity. Everything that makes us who we are as a school.

Each year at Legacy VAPA we have a theme. The theme guides our work, our programs, our concerts, and our communications. In light of the current pandemic and challenge we face, our theme for next year is one of hope: VAPA Success: Coming out of the Dark. Enjoy the State of the Arts and be sure to go to our website and social media platforms linked on the site at for more info.

Be sure to click the hyperlinks in RED at the bottom of each article to see more photos and enrich your experience!
#vapasmart #artsmart
           -Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal
Celebrating the Class of 2020
We were all thrown into online teaching and learning on March 14, 2020. And, immediately, several questions came up, many around the graduating seniors. How about Prom? Senior Awards? Graduation? The district did offer some help, celebrating seniors on the website, virtual events such as a spirit week and Prom, but, in reality, most celebrations were up to the schools. Immediately, we arranged for signs to be made and refund checks for senior packages including Prom to be written and for both to be delivered (by our team of office staff, teachers, counselors, and administrators). Then we arranged for a vendor to create a virtual graduation and started recording videos and other content for the event. After we advocated for weeks, LA County was allowed to host drive-through graduation events, so we pulled out our plan (already written before when we asked to host one) and submitted it. Of course, we wore face coverings and followed the County guidelines, but also gave out goodie bags to every senior. And, while all this was happening, we put together a virtual senior awards and recital, a virtual Open House, a virtual Sport Orientation, along with virtual Coffee with the Principal, and virtual classes, virtual staff meetings every week, and special events. It really was a busy couple of months!
Drive-Thru Graduation
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 who had a wonderful Drive-Through Graduation on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. We wish our graduates the best!

Drive-Thru Grad Photos
Check out these great photos from the Legacy VAPA Class of 2020 Drive-Through Graduation on June 16, 2020! Thank you, Mr. Turner for these wonderful photos! Bonus photos by Dr. Dadrass! These photos are downloadable and available for purchase at SmugMug!

Senior Awards
The Senior Awards Gala for the Class of 2020 was on June 11. We are so proud of the Class of 2020! Special congrats to students who submitted recital videos and thanks to all of the staff who participated in the event!

VAPA Yard Signs
The Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School Class of 2020 received personally delivered YARD SIGNS on May 12! THANK YOU to our staff who visited homes with the signs for our proud and resilient seniors. You rock!

Class of 2020 Slideshow
Congrats to the VAPA Class of 2020 featured in this slideshow by Dr. Jeina Dadrass. Students submitted their photos and Dr. Dadrass put it all together! We are so proud of our seniors!

Hamilton Watch Party
Yes, we did this! What did we do? Who tells your story? Immigrants get the job done. I'm not throwing away my shot. RIGHT! Our Legacy VAPA Hamilton Watch Party was on July 8! Thank you to all of the students and staff who participated! Did you miss it? No worries. We will have more watch parties!

Legacy VAPA Students Featured in ACSA Journal
Congrats to Clarissa Gaeta (VAPA, ‘22) and Nathalie Moreno (VAPA, ‘22) featured in the Association for California School Administrators (ACSA) EdCal journal. The story shared the writing team’s success in ShowSearch competition this past Fall. Gaeta and Moreno are in VAPA’s Writing for Musicals class and program taught by Stacie Craig, Theatre Teacher, supported by Dr. Edward Trimis, principal.

Legacy VAPA Students Win Leadership Award
Congratulations, Adriana Urbano, who worked with Michelle Flores, and Legacy VAPA Student Leadership to be awarded a 2019-20 Student Leadership Award from the LAUSD Commission on Human Relations, Diversity and Equity for their 2019-20 Toy Drive: Spreading Joy to Children in South Gate and Mexicali! Adriana and VAPA will be recognized at an upcoming School Board Meeting and an excerpt of this video will be played for the Board! Congrats!

Virtual Open House
Legacy VAPA Open House was online this year on Tuesday, May 26, at 5 pm! Participants heard about what teachers have done this year in their classes and had the opportunity to ask questions! Newly accepted and prospective students were invited along with current students.
VAPA Auditions
Are you a current 9th-11th grade or new Legacy VAPA student? Audition for one of VAPA's outstanding Advanced Performing Groups! You can audition for Show Choir, Jazz Band, Theatre Company, or Dance Company!

Legacy Sports Orientation
The Legacy High School Complex, 2020-21 Sports Orientation was presented as a YouTube Premier/virtual event on June Saturday, June 20. Check it out!

Legacy VAPA Athletes Honored
Congratulations to three of our Legacy VAPA, Class of 2020, athletes for being selected as members of the 2019 All City Division 3, 1st Team. The players were selected through an extensive process involving coaches and teams from all of the CIF, Los Angeles City Section, which includes both LAUSD schools and independent charter schools.

Hector Espinoza
selected as one of the top OL in the city
Juan Vega
selected as one of the top OL in the city!
Ulyses Flores
selected as one of the top WR in the city!
Legacy VAPA's Aurora Showchoir: Online
It was a challenge for classes: how to move your class online, essentially overnight. VAPA did a lot of things right. We got devices (AKA Chromebooks at VAPA) out to students who needed them. We created an online school website (updated frequently) with the latest updates and resources for our school community, including targeted pages for families, seniors, new students, info videos, and more. We produced several virtual versions of big events such as Senior Awards Night, Sports Orientation, Graduation, and more. We supported our teachers with weekly meetings and direction. And our classes met online, many with live-class instruction via Zoom (twice a week) and special programs and events, including the Aurora Showchoir and Jazz Choir. Online instruction included lessons in music theory, career exploration, independent performance assignments, lessons using NearPod and other digital tools, and a number of guest speakers including professional musicians, studio owners, and meet and greet sessions with other performing groups. T hank you to all of our guests, Tish Diaz(keyboardist, Jersey Boys and Andy Williams), Nonda Trimis (Seattle-based artist and recording studio owner), Makeshift Harmonies A Cappella (Verdugo Hills HS), Danny Osuna (performer/ composer/producer), and yesterday's guest for the Showchoir Summit, Upscale and Bella Voce Showchoirs (East La Performing Arts Magnet/ELAPAM). We thank all of our guests for donating their time and working with our students. Special thanks to Melissa Rios (Director, ELAPAM vocal groups) and Carolyn McKnight (Principal, ELAPAM).

End of the Year Wrap-up
Showchoir Summit
Danny Osuna Interview
VAPA Teachers Rock!
We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week honoring our wonderful Legacy VAPA Teachers online this year. This video was shared at our weekly staff meeting on Wednesday, May 6. Thank you, Laura Suarez for putting it together! We love our teachers at VAPA!

Cinco de Mayo 2020
This year we celebrated Cinco de Mayo online! Thank you Mr. Cuevas and invited students and guests for participating in the event! We hope to celebrate in person on May 5, 2021.
Happy Principals Day
A huge thank you to Mdr. Dadrass and our staff for celebrating National Principals Day this year with Dr. Trimis!
VAPA Online
Want to know more about what we are doing at Legacy VAPA Online? check out our Prezi for an explanation!

New Online Website
We have a few website changes. The VAPA website is now located at (not .com) and we have a new site at The new site has updates on the home page (especially necessary in these uncertain times) and specific pages for new enrollees, families, videos, and more. Check it out!
Parent Request System
New parent/family request forms are here! You may also call the VAPA hotline at 323-596-7531 and leave a message (or text).

"We'll Make It Though" Video and More
You may have seen the "Legacy VAPA" music video which features an original song by Principal Trimis, recorded in a studio featuring the Legacy VAPA Jazz Choir and 2020 graduate, Adriana Urbano. But did you catch Dr. Trimis' new work, "We'll Make It Through" dedicated to the Legacy VAPA students, families, teachers, and community and the front-line workers? The videos are all linked on the VAPA Online website and also at Also included are several non-VAPA, but wonderful videos, and updates from Dr. Trimis, Supt. Beutner, and COS Administrator Nunez.
Healing Circle
Yes, we did this. Thank you Dr. Lara, VAPA's PSychiatric Social Worker and some of our faculty who shared their thoughts and feelings to create hope and heal together on June 5. The session was held virtually via Zoom.
SRLA and LA Marathon Success
Congrats to all of our Legacy VAPA students who ran in the Los Angeles Marathon on March 8, the Legacy Students Run LA Team, along with all of the runners, and to Legacy Cheer who motivated all the runners at Mile 18!

Math Prep Saturdays
The Legacy VAPA Class of 2021 showed up! 62 out of 88 juniors (70%) made the choice to come to school on Saturday, March 7, to improve their math skills in our first of four Saturday College Prep Math workshops! Thank you so much for our wonderful math educators, Ms. Hernandez, Mr. Shaw, and Mr. Avalos. Thank you to Ms. Ruiz, South Gate COS math specialist, for working with our math department. Thank you to Ms. Grinner for being at school on Saturday with our staff for support, and thank you to our families and students who are supportive of the program. We had looked forward to great success on our testing this year. “VAPA Rising: Beyond Expectations, 2019-20”. We are so proud of our VAPA Class of 2021!
Aurora Showchoir's Second Season
It was quite a busy season considering it started mid-January and ended March 13! The hard-working group directed by Dr. Trimis and Valerie Espinoza with choreographer Andy Olvera competed in three competitions before their season was cut short just before the Valencia Jazz Festival (Jazz Choir), Eastside Arts Festival, Burroughs Day of Music Comp, and the Music in the Parks Festival. The DID, however, compete at Brea Olinda High School (2/7, 2nd Place), Temecula Valley High School (Chaparral Showcase, 2/28), and Burbank High School (Burbank Blast, 3/7). Their set, “Love Story”, continued to improve every week as they compete against some of the top groups from all over Los Angeles and Orange Counties. VAPA competed against some amazing groups from all over Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Huge thanks to Ms. Espinoza (assistant director) and Coach Olvera (choreographer). Special thanks to student leaders Maria Moreira (President), Evelyn Rodriguez, Arlyn Diaz, and GianCarlo Spiru (Vice-presidents), student choreographers, families, and friends.

Aurora reviewing video in rehearsal.
Aurora reviewing video in rehearsal.
On the way toi Burbank Blast.
St. Patrick's Day
Even in the time of a pandemic, our VAPA community was able to see and hear Dr. Trimis' annual St. Patrick's Day bagpipe performance on March 17!

In the Heights at VAPA, Postponed?
IN THE HEIGHTS WAS coming to Legacy VAPA this year April 30-May 3, with full staging and choreography with a live band, because THAT's how we roll at VAPA! We secured the rights, rented our orchestra music and scripts, and were deep into rehearsal, and then the COVID19 Pandemic hit and we were shut down! Take a note, though, we still have the rights to present the show at a later date, so this still could happen!
From the Composer and Lyricist of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

New VAPA Parent Center Opening
We celebrated Legacy VAPA’s New Parent and College Center Grand Opening on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Huge thanks to VAPA’s Parent Reps Laura Suarez and Erika Farias, VAPA parents in attendance, visiting parents from STEAM HS, visiting parents from ISLC HS who also gave a sign to the Center they created, VAPA artists who created two works to hang in the Center, and VAPA’s mariachi ensemble directed by Mr. Cuevas who provided entertainment for the opening.

Legacy Baseball Starts Strong
Congrats Legacy baseball team defeating Mendez High School on their home opener, 9 to 0! Thank you to Coach Cortez and his staff, and families, friends and supporters. The team was forward to the rest of the season!
Color Guard Spring Competition Begins
I couldn’t be prouder of our wonderful Legacy students who competed in their first competition on Feb. 22 at La Serna HS, and they were wonderful. As I said to the girls after the competition, I commended their courage, strength, artistry, as well as their dedication to their mentors, their school, and to the program. Several JV members were moved to Varsity the week before the opening competition due to some unexpected openings. While it may not seem like a big deal to some, as most educators will tell you, it really is. For our young people to make the choice to step up is huge. I commend them and look forward to the rest of the season. Special thanks to our veteran colorguard members who helped build the team, some of them who were 4-year members who had to leave the team for various reasons. Special thanks go out to our coach, Andy Olvera, and his coaching staff. I truly think this process is, in some ways, a magical one to make these good things happen for kids, but it doesn’t happen without a lot of work, dedication, and faith by the adults that work with them. And thank you to the great support of the parents, some who were in the audience, and thank you to Beyond the Bell (BTBLA) and EduCare Foundation who provide funding support for our afterschool programs. And, again, Congratulations, Legacy Color Guard, you made us all proud! Good luck with the rest of your season!

Legacy Cheer Qualifies
Congrats Legacy Cheer qualifying for NATIONALS January 18 in the USA Cheer Competition at Tustin High School! Special thanks to Coach Brenda, Coach Adolfo, friends, family, and supporters. We’re proud of you, Tigers!
Legacy Cheer at Nationals
Congrats to Legacy Cheer competing at USA Nationals on March 14! Special thanks to Coach Brenda, Coach Adolfo, families, friends, and supporters! We are super proud of our girls and wish them the best in their regular season this year! Legacy was scheduled to host the CIF Regional Cheer Finals on April 18, 2020.
School Experience Survey
The results are in! The School Experience Survey is one way we have to take the temperature of how our community is feeling about what we do at Legacy VAPA. We take a good look at the data and it informs us as we plan our goals for the upcoming year (the planning starts now as we go into Budget Development and create our Master Schedule for 2020-21). THANK YOU to everyone that participated in the survey!

Legacy Marching Tigers: Parade Success
Congrats Legacy VAPA Marching Tigers, Marching Band, Color Guard, and Cheer marching February 1 in the Chinese New Years Parade. The parade marks the end of marching season for the group. Cheer, Color Guard, and the Band had planned upcoming competitions and festivals including the Eastside Arts Festival at Torres, the LAUSD Jazz and Blues Festival, Music in the Parks, and Spring Fest.
MLK Parade
Congrats Legacy Tigers Marching Band for a great performance January 18 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Inglewood, California. Special thanks to Director Juan Cuevas and Drum Major Major Ashley Arellano, Assistant Drum Major, staff, friends, families, and supporters

" Our students are artists, intellectuals, athletes, leaders, college bound. We are VAPA."
Congrats to VAPA’s wonderful Academic Decathlon Team who ended their season February 1 with individual speeches, interviews, and the Super Quiz. Most people who have not been on an ACADECA team or coached one, don’t realize the amount of study, dedication, and hard work that goes into the program by the team members and the coach. It is so much work, in fact, many schools do not offer the program. At Legacy, VAPA is the only school with an ACADECA program. Out of 249 high schools in LAUSD, a mere 58 schools offer ACADECA. The program provides a platform for students to utilize 21st century skills while challenging themselves and each other to be creative, think critically, communicate and collaborate to be a winning team. The program teaches practical life skills such as time management, organization, public speaking, working in collegial study groups, and interviewing. At VAPA, we are a young team, only in our 4th year. We continue to work on our program and systems leading to continuous improvement. A huge thank you to family and friends for support, Mr. Alex Avalos, our relentless coach who strives for and expects excellence from all of our students, and our wonderful ACADECA students, who continue to make me proud with their work ethic, brilliant communication skills, and the way they are able to continue their commitment to ACADECA alongside everything else they are involved in at school! I am beyond proud and looking forward to seeing the program, and our students, grow in every way and get even better

VAPA Rising: Beyond Expectations
Parent Workshop
On January 31 the new VAPA Parent and College Center welcomed parents from all three Legacy schools to an arts and crafts workshop for Valentine’s Day! Thank you Parent Rep, Erika Farias, for organizing and facilitating the workshop!

Honor Roll + Extra Mile
Congratulations to our amazing Legacy VAPA Artist-Scholars who were honored January 28 at our Honor Roll Assembly. The students were recognized for honors (3-3.4 GPA) and high honors (3.5+ GPA) from the Fall semester.
Congrats to all of our wonderful VAPA students who were honored January 23 in our Extra Mile Awards celebrating success from the Fall. Huge thanks to our VAPA Faculty and Staff

Jazz Choir @ USC
Members of the Legacy VAPA Aurora Show Choir had the opportunity to see All Hail A Cappella at USC Monday, January 27 featuring performances from all 10 USC A Cappella vocal groups. The groups represent the best in college a cappella groups, with performances in at Staple Center, the Sing-Off, in Crazy Rich Asians, several recordings, and more. The USC groups are frequently national champions in ICCA (A Cappella Nationals). The trip was an example of the types of experiences we offer our students at Legacy VAPA. Students will be going to see other concerts and shows in addition to their own competition and festival performances including Hamilton and Mama Mia. Groups featured at All Hail A Cappella included Trogons A Cappella, The Sirens, Shir Perfection, Reverse Osmosis A Cappella, The SoCal VoCals, The Trojan Men, Asli Baat: Real Talk, Overflow A Cappella, Troy Tones, and UnderSCore. Check out the 10 USC A Cappella groups' Facebook pages for more information.

Jazz Choir @ Cortines
A big thank you to Beyond the Bell (BTBLA) and UCLA Professor Michelle Weir, a leading vocal jazz educator, for presenting an awesome vocal jazz workshop at Cortines VAPA GS (Grand Arts HS) on Thursday, February 20. Legacy VAPA’s Aurora Jazz Choir attended along with the jazz choirs from Cortines and Van Nuys HS. We are proud to offer one of a few vocal jazz programs in LAUSD!

Black History Month @ VAPA
Congrats to all of our amazing groups who performed for our annual Black History Month celebration on Thursday, March 27. Our entire school was treated to a poetry reading by Ms. Fletcher (VAPA English teacher), performances by our wonderful dance team, Jazz Band, and Aurora Jazz Choir, a showing of the award-winning animated short, “Hair Love”, and closed with a short tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant with a live performance of “Moonlight Sonata” from Dr. Trimis.
Girls Soccer Rocks
Congratulations to our Legacy Girls Soccer Team on today's 8-0 victory over Maywood Academy!
Next playoff game:#11 Legacy @ #6 Arleta on Friday February 14, 2020 at 3pm (older game photo)
Celebrating 100 Days
Congratulations Legacy VAPA students celebrating the 100th day of school on February 11. Thanks to Laura Suarez , Ms. Dadrass and the office staff for preparing treats for all of the VAPA students

VAPA at All City Band
Congrats to our Legacy VAPA musicians performing this year in the LAUSD All City Honor Marching Band. From left to right: Giancarlo Spiru, Daniel Martinez, Dulce Rosales, Elena Victoriano. Special thanks to Director Tony White and his staff including Directors Darnella Davidson, Vicky Lopez, Ariel Legaspi, and Erik Quintanilla. Special shout-out to Legaspi’s student, Grover Castro, completing his credential at Cal State, Northridge, continuing a long tradition of music educators in Los Angeles teaching multiple generations of music students! Legaspi was one of Dr. Trimis’ students at Huntington Park HS (along with VAPA Band Director, Juan Cuevas, 1991-99), Quintanilla was a student of Lenny Davis when Trimis taught at Berendo MS (1985-91), Tony White was a fellow Band Director at Fremont HS when Trimis was at HP, Davidson was a fellow Band Director at LA High School when Trimis was at HP, and Lopez was starting out at Belmont HS, a student of Tony Feliz, when Trimis was at HP and the Band Director for 5 years when Trimis was principal at Verdugo Hills HS. Special thanks to school leaders supporting the All City Band and for their motivating presentations including Al Cortes (Senior Executive Director, Beyond the Bell), Debra Duardo (Superintendent, LA County), and Laura Farber (2020 Rose Parade President).

VAPA Gets Frozen
VAPA got “Frozen” on December 22. A huge thanks and congrats to the cast and crew, orchestra and creative team, of Frozen, the Broadway Musical, playing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre! We brought 50 students/staff from Legacy VAPA including students from the Aurora Showchoir, Writing for Musicals class, and Theatre Company! Our VAPA students LOVED the show! We are committed to musical theatre and not only offer a musical writing class and produce original and standard musicals, we bring our students to professional productions whenever possible. Past shows our students have attended include Dear Evan Hansen, Beauty and the Beast , and Wicked , and was scheduled to see Hamilton in April.

VAPA Carolers Sing for Thousands
Congrats, Legacy VAPA Aurora Showchoir and brass quintet performing once again for thousands of students throughout South Gate for a 4th year on Dec. 16! Schools on the community caroling trip this year included International Studies Learning Center MS, Tweedy ES, Bryson ES, San Miguel ES, State Street ES, Victoria ES, and San Gabriel ES. The group ended their day at the 1st Annual Eastside Show Choir Open House and Clinic and ELAPAM at Torres Learning Center. Special thanks to host schools and their principals, teachers, and staff, to our "big sister" show choir, "Upscale" at ELAPAM Torres, our chaperone directors, Mr. Cuevas, Ms. Espinoza, and Mr. Olvera, and our wonderful performers! The tradition of performing at local schools during the holidays started for Dr. Trimis in 1985 when he was a teacher at Berendo MS and continued throughout his tenure with LAUSD, almost every year, when he would accompany students both as a music educator or administrator. School communities who have also participated over the years include Huntington Park HS, Polytechnic HS, Manual Arts HS, City of Angels School, and Verdugo Hills HS.
Legacy on Parade
Congrats Legacy Marching Band and Entertainment Unit (Color Guard/Short Flags and Cheer) who performed in the 2019 South Gate Christmas Lane Parade, leading the parade on Dec. 8 and the Huntington Park Parade on Dec. 14. We are super proud of our band and auxiliaries who continue to grow and improve. Special kudos to Drum Major Ashley Arellano, Assistant Drum Major Evelyn Rodriguez, Drum Captain Pam Flaherty, and the other officers. Thank you to directors including Juan Cuevas (Band), Andy Olvera (Color Guard), Brenda Altamerino (Cheer), and our Short Flags Director.

Breakfast With Santa
Congrats and thank you to the Aurora Show Choir, performing for kids and families at the City of South Gate Breakfast With Santa event December 14 at the South Gate Municipal Auditorium. VAPA’s Glee Club performed for this event in past years.
Winterfest Music
December 6 was our eighth annual WinterFest Show at Legacy VAPA (WinterFest is a two-night event, Music was Dec. 6 and Dance is Dec. 13). The show was important to me, personally, for many reasons. Since this is my fourth year as principal at VAPA, the seniors who performed, have been my students since their freshman year. We started at VAPA together so they have seen all of we have done in the last four years, and that has been extensive. The show mart the first school concert where our marching band got to wear their uniforms. Uniforms are just uniforms, but I think symbolic of how far we have come in the last four years. When I started there was not even a marching band, and look at them now. They are actually starting off the South Gate parade on Sunday, which is a huge deal. Special congratulations to Mr. Juan Cuevas, Director, for all of his work and starting so many programs that were not at the school for years ago: orchestra, mariachi, jazz band, jazz choir, show choir, and so much more. I was super proud of our ninth graders, many of whom performed their first concert last night! I was super proud of our seniors, especially Anyssa and Nathan who sang so well. I was super grateful for the leadership of our seniors and juniors, especially for officers in the different groups, for their leadership, notably, Ashley and Evelyn with the band and Maria with the jazz choir. I was especially grateful for all the adults who put this together including Mr. Brown, Technical Director, Laura, Julie, and Ines for support in the office, Ms. Grinner for her unwavering support of our programs, my wonderful jazz choir/show choir who performed so beautifully, Ms. Dadrass for helping with tickets, and all the others who assisted. And, always, it is wonderful to work with Mr. Cuevas, who was one of my top students when I taught Music at Huntington Park High School, as well as an awesome TA when he graduated. In terms of jazz choir, it was A great feeling to perform one of the early songs I wrote with my wife, the Christmas Dream, which was written by us only a few years after we were married, which is now 36 1/2 years.
Winterfest Dance
Congratulations Legacy VAPA Dance Program who presented the closing night of our WinterFest on Friday, 12/13/19 (dance)! A huge thank you to Laura and our office staff, Mr. Brown and his student teams for tech, Mr. Lira and Mr. Sanna Pickett for coaching and especially to Visiting Dance Teacher, Ms. Cynthia Navarro!

VAPA Performs for Principals
Congrats to Legacy VAPA’s Mariachi Corazon Hispano who performed December 11 for the LAUSD Local District East, Annual December Holiday Celebration and Meeting. Always impressive, it is exciting to see the group continue to grow in size and quality. The group is considered by done as one of the top high school mariachi groups in Los Angeles.
More VAPA Videos
Did you know there are MANY videos of VAPA events on our YouTube channel (Tiger TV). Check them out!

Informational Materials at VAPA
Go to our website for more information at On the website all of our social media platforms are also linked (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, PodBean, YouTube).

VAPA Rising: Beyond Expectations
Tip Line at VAPA
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is excited to offer a service for our students who see or learn about dangerous or concerning issues at VAPA and/or the Legacy High School Complex. Tips are anonymous and will be investigated by VAPA and LAUSD staff as soon as possible after being reported. Though the line accepts calls, texts are more effective. Please note another option is to report any concerns directly to Legacy VAPA teachers and staff by dropping into the office, calling 323-357-7531 or e-mailing Dr. Trimis at

South Gate Community of Schools
Virtual Town Hall
Greetings Parents, guardians, family members, students and LAUSD Personnel,
We hope that you are all doing well during these uncertain times. This is a message from LAUSD’s Community of Schools South Gate… In an effort to keep our community connected and well informed, please plan to join our community of school’s town hall meeting on

Monday, July 20th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
via Zoom using this link:
Meeting ID 929-7980-2672

We hope that you can join us!
Legacy VAPA IX
VAPA Success-Coming out of the Dark
In light of the current pandemic and challenge we face, our theme for this year is one of hope: VAPA Success: Coming out of the Dark. You will see this theme throughout our programs, classroom instruction, and events!
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal
Ms. Terri Grinner, Assistant Principal
Ms. Jeina Dadrass, Coordinator
Ines Melendez, SAA 
Local District East
Mr. Jose Huerta, LDE Superintendent
Mr. Jesus Nunez, Community of Schools Admninistrator
Mr. Austin Beutner, Superintendent
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
5225 Tweedy Bl.
South Gate, CA
Aug. 3 New Student Packet Pick-up
Aug. 10 New Student Packet Return
Aug. 12 Freshman Orientation
Aug. 13 Teacher Training/PD Day
Aug. 17 Pupil-Free Day/Meetings
Aug. 18 First Day of Instruction
Aug. 18 Textbook and Chromebook Distribution
Aug. 20 Coffee With the Principal
Aug. 27 Back to School Night

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