Every year the National PTA sponsors Reflections, a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. The contest is open to students of all grades and abilities. Students may enter in one of six categories: Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Film, Photography and Literature.

About:  Reflections is a free contest with the purpose of encouraging students to express themselves creatively through the arts.

Theme: The 2016/17 theme is “What Is Your Story?

Deadlines:  The deadline for submissions is in November, the week before Thanksgiving break. In November the Reflections Box will be located just outside the main office for students to submit entries.

Judging:  All entries are judged on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium, and interpretation of the theme. However, a well-developed concept is more important than technique. Entries will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to explore the theme.

Celebration:  All school entries will be shown in the Third Street Reflections Art Exhibit, held during Open House. The National PTA also bestows the following awards at the national level: Outstanding Interpretation, Excellence, Merit, and Honorable Mention. An awards ceremony for winners will be held at the end of January.

For more details or forms and instructions, click the links below:

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A Word to Parents 

As with any student activity, parent involvement and support are very important. Parents should remember that student artists need to be responsible for their own work. Children must make their own decisions about what to create and what to enter in the Reflections Program. By producing their own literature, musical compositions, photographs, films, dance routines, and visual artwork, children learn about the arts and, more importantly, they learn about themselves. Students should simply do their best; crooked lines, incorrect musical notes, or misspelled words do not disqualify anyone.

PTA Reflections information for students may be found here: http://www.pta.org/programs/reflections.cfm?ItemNumber=2898&navItemNumber=4777