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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:  VAPA Winter Showcase "Art for Change"


JLMS band @ Noe Valley Farmer's Market

Auditions for the Spring Musical

JLMS band @ SFUSD Arts Festival (Asian Art Museum)

Spring Musical

Annual 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.
  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.  Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.  One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving  purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.  Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.  The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.  The arts traffic in subtleties.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.  All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.  When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
  9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

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.

2018 FALL Showcase

The 2018 VAPA Fall Showcase is on Friday, December 14, at 6pm in the JLMS auditorium.  Students from all grade levels currently taking band, dance, theatre arts or visual arts classes will be presenting work from this semester.  There will be food, drinks, and Bulldog gear available for sale starting at 5pm.

2018 Spring Showcase

2017 Spring Showcase


2016 Spring showcase

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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.