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Our VAPA Teachers


Ms.  Pickenpaugh


Mr. Riley


Mr. Ornelas


Mr. Carames

Important 2018-2019 VAPA Dates

Sept. 13 - PACSAW classes start

The late Elliot Eisner, a leading scholar of arts education, identified ten lessons which are clarified through the study of art in schools.
  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about ...more

This Is Your Brain on Art

When we experience art, we feel connected to something larger.  Why?  Using brain-imaging and other tools of neuroscience, the new field of neuroaesthetics is probing the relationship between art and the brain.

Important 2017-2018 VAPA Dates

Oct. 11th - JLMS band @ Noche de Lotería

Nov. 3rd - "Anthem - Songs of Resistance and Hope"

Nov. 4th - JLMS band @ Noe Valley Farmer's Market

Dec. 8th - Fall VAPA Showcase "Art for Change"

Dec. 11-15 - Auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors" 

Mar. 19 - JLMS band @ SFUSD Arts Festival (Asian Art Museum)

April 12-14 - Spring Musical "Little Shop of Horrors"

April 12-14 - Annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival Field Trip

May 8 - Auditions for 2018-19 ArtSmart Program

May 18 - Spring VAPA Showcase "Noche en el Zocalo"

May 19 - Final recital for 2017-18 ArtSmart program

June 4 - JLMS band @ 8th grade graduation (Everett MS)

Visual and Performing Arts - Under construction

The arts at JLMS are hot, hot, hot!

An amazing team of teaching artists from a range of disciplines provided JLMS students the opportunity for a rich arts education experience at every grade level.  The fruits of this labor are on display twice a year at the Fall and Spring VAPA showcases.  Teachers and administrators also actively advocate for access and equity in the arts and take advantage of community partnerships with the Pacific Singers & Actors Workshop, ArtSmart, San Francisco Opera, Engineers Alliance for the Arts, 826 Valencia, American Conservatory Theatre, Curran Theater, Bay Area Theatre Company, Beach Blanket Babylon, and more.

Free after-school musical theater classes

Is your child interested in singing and/or acting?  Encourage them to sign up for the Pacific Singers and Actors Workshop (PACSAW)! This FREE 10-week after-school class is taught by professional actors and singers (from SF Opera, Beach Blanket Babylon, Teatro  ZinZanni), and is a wonderful opportunity for students who'd like to dip their toes into musical theater (and also for those who already love it).  Classes will be held on Thursdays from 3:45-4:45pm in Room 236 (Mr. C's room) on Sept. 13, 20, and 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25, and Nov. 1, 8 and 15.  Several students have already signed up, but there are still about 5 spots left.  If your child is interested, please contact Nicolle Foland at nicolle@singersandactorsworkshop.org.

2018 VAPA Spring Showcase

2017 VAPA Spring Showcase


2016 VAPA Spring Showcase

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Today: 9/21/18

Ms. Pickenpaugh Recieves Award

JLMS visual arts teacher Ms. Pickenpaugh was the 2018 recipient of the Daniel Ryan Arts Award.  Always thinking of her students, she plans on using the grant money for ceramics supplies!

JLMS @ SF Opera Community Open House

Several JLMS ArtSmart students performed at the SF Opera's Community Open House, " ARIA Festival: Youth Voices for Change ." ArtSmart is the extraordinary music education initiative found by opera star ...more

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Field Trip

On April 19-21, 2018, forty-five 7th and 8th graders, teachers, and parent chaperones went on the 15th annual field trip to Ashland, Oregon to the Shakespeare Festival . On the way there, they ...more

Little Shop of Horrors' Aundrey II

Learn about how JLMS students helped bring Audrey II to life for their riveting production of Little Shop of Horrors for the 2018 spring musical here.

2018 Spring Musical


Soul Society @ Big Night

Soul Society (featuring our own Mr. Brendan Reilly on bass) provided the music for the PTSA's "Big Night" fundraiser held on March 10, 2018, at JLMS parent-owned Sandbox Studios in the Dogpatch neighborhood.  A rockin' good time was had by all who attended! 

ArtSmart @ JLMS

Opera star Michael Fabiano's ArtSmart program at JLMS was featured in a great The SF Chronicle article

JLMS @ the SF Opera

On November 16, 2017, Mr. Carames took 30 students to see "Manon" at the SF Opera, where they were able to meet tenor Michael Fabiano backstage before the performance.

JLMS Principal Receives VAPA Award

On May 4, 2017, the SFUSD Visual and Performing Arts Department awarded our very own Mr. Paul Quesada the Principal's Dream Catcher Award for his outstanding support of the arts at JLMS. The Dream ...more

"Just in Case" Cast Peforms for BOE

On February 28, 2017, cast members performed a number from the upcoming JLMS spring musical "Just in Case: Tales of an Immigrant Life" at the SFUSD Board of Education's meeting.

Mr. Carames Receives TOTY Award

On November 3, 2015, Mr. Keith Carames received the Engineers Alliance for the Arts' Teacher of the Year Award for his work in their Student Impact Project.  Watch his acceptance speech here, where he talks about the importance of "building bridges" in students' lives.