PTA Reflections® Program

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections® program—welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is "What is Your Story?". Use the Reflections® Toolkit to guide your PTA and make your Reflections® program a success. If you have any questions or need assistance throughout the program year, please contact your council representative.

Step 1: Start the Arts

Walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections® while learning about resources and tools provided by Texas PTA and National PTA.

Step 2: Organize and Plan Your Program

Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.

Step 3: Promote Reflections®

Share announcements widely using PTA, school and community communication channels. Be sure to include a deadline and drop off location, as well as, submission instructions.

Step 4: Organize Artwork for Judging

First, check-in entries and review artwork. Qualify submissions according to program rules and address student ineligibility, as needed. Organize entries by Arts Category and Grade Division, then assign them to a judge.

  • Prepare submissions for Judges' review and provide Judging Guidelines and a Score Card to each judge. Judges will review artwork and judging information provided on the student's entry form.
  • Collect judges scores and rank entries.
  • Assign awards to all qualifying entries. Award levels may include: Award of Excellence; Award of Merit; Honorable Mention; Participant.

Step 5: Celebrate and Recognize Your Participants

  • Start with the Reflections® Celebration Guide to help plan your event.
  • Promote your event and celebrate students in local media using this media advisory and press release.
  • Present the Certificate of Recognition and other awards available at the PTA Store.
  • Learn about council, state and national awards for students and PTAs.
  • Use the Local PTA Advance to CCCC form to advance up to 10% (or at least one entry) from each grade division and arts category. Email a copy to Jill Kaale and submit a paper copy with your advancing entries.

Step 6: Wrap It Up

  • Be sure to thank school staff, community partners, judges, and volunteers using this Thank-you Letter for Volunteers.
  • Organize information to share with PTA and school leaders using this Program Evaluation.
  • Submit student participation totals (Sept. 1 through Mar. 1, 2017).

Questions? Contact your council representative, Jill Kaale.

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