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Our VAPA Teachers


Ms.  Pickenpaugh


Mr. Riley


Mr. Ornelas


Mr. Carames

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

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"

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

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

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.

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.

Spring Musical April 12-14, 2018

It's time to start thinking about what night you would like to come and see our spring musical Little Shop of Horrors directed by Mr. C.  Here is a link for tickets (available on a sliding scale).  Buying tickets in advance allows you VIP entrance into the auditorium ten minutes before the general public to pick out the best seats in the house and prevents you from having to wait in the long line.  Also, help us sell out the show by posting about it on your social media and by sharing with friends, family and co-workers.  Thanks again for your support!

Spring VAPA Showcase (May 2017)


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Today: 3/24/18

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! 

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.