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Important 2018-2019 VAPA Dates

Sept. 13: PACSAW classes start.

Oct. 5: Auditions for “A Royal Tribute”

Nov. 7 - JLMS dancers @ Noche de Lotería

Dec. 7-8: “A Royal Tribute”

Dec. 14:  Winter Showcase "Powerful Relationships"

Jan. 23:  Auditions for the Spring Musical

Jan. 25:  Callbacks for the Spring Musical

Jan. 30:  ArtSmart Winter Recital


JLMS band @ Noe Valley Farmer's Market

JLMS band @ SFUSD Arts Festival (Asian Art Museum)

Spring Musical

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Field Trip

Auditions for 2019-20 ArtSmart Program

Spring VAPA Showcase "Noche en el Zocalo"

Final recital for 2018-19 ArtSmart program

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.

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

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.


ArtSmart Recital

On Wednesday, January 30,  6-7pm, students in JLMS's ArtSmart program will be sharing their vocal selections.  This free winter recital is an important part of their artistic education.  Many have never performed in front of a live audience and so your assistance is requested  If you can invest one hour of time to support these students, you will not be sorry, and they will remember your support for a long, long time.


Auditions for Spring Musical

Auditions for this year's spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, are Wednesday, January 23, 4-7pm in the auditorium.  Sign-ups are outside Mr. Carames' classroom (236).  No experience required.  Students must prepare a 60 second portion of any song from the musical and sing while accompanied by the pianist.  At the audition, students will also learn a song from the show and sing as an ensemble.  The callback list will be posted on Thursday, January 24.  Callbacks are Friday, January 25, 4-8pm in the auditorium.  Students selected for callbacks will read from the script and act out scenes.  The cast list will be posted on Monday, January 28.  Cast members will be expected to attend a MANDATORY rehearsal on Monday, January 28, 4-7pm in the auditorium.  

2018 FALL Showcase

The 2018 Fall VAPA Showcase, "Powerful Relationships," was held on Friday, December 14, 2018, in the JLMS auditorium.  Students from all grade levels taking band, dance, and visual arts classes presented their work from this semester.  

2018 Spring Showcase

2017 Spring Showcase


2016 Spring showcase

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2019 Carnaval SF Grand Parade

Loco Bloco will be holding its full-contingent rehearsals for the 2019 CARNAVAL SF GRAND PARADE at JLMS on Saturdays in April and May.  All students and community members ages 3-24 are invited to participate!  To learn more, plan to attend an orientation meeting and resource fair on Saturday, March 23, 11-2pm, at the school. 


JLMS @ the SF Ballet

On January 31, 2019, Mr. Carames, Ms. Rivera, and parents chaperones took 6th grade Theatre Arts and Dance students on a field trip to see the SF Ballet's production of Don Quixote


Ms. Pickenpaugh Receives Award

Ms. PicJLMS 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

On May 6, 2018, several JLMS ArtSmart students performed at the SF Opera's Community Open House, "ARIA Festival: Youth Voices for Change."  ArtSmart is the music education initiative found by opera star Michael Fabiano.  JLMS is one of three schools in the nation, and the only middle school, chosen to host this special program. 

JLMS @ Oregon Shakespeare Festival


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, they stopped at the Redding Racheria Indian Council Center to learn more about the Pit River, Wintu, and Yana Indian tribes.  Over the course of their three days in Ashland, students were housed at and attended costume design and improv acting workshops at Southern Oregon University, visited Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Segregation Center, saw a modern take on the musical "Oklahoma!," and got a backstage tour of the rehearsal and design studios at Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

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 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 Mr. Quesada the Principal's Dream Catcher Award for his outstanding support of the arts at JLMS.  The Dream Catcher Awards are designed to celebrate excellence in arts education, partnerships, and vision.  Mr. Keith Carames was the 2011 Dream Catcher Award recipient for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Project Based Learning.

"Just in Case" Cast Performs 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.