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Reflections 2013


November 5, 2013
National PTA is seeking a theme for the 2015-2016 Reflections program year.  The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the 118th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in Austin, Texas from June 19-22, 2014.
For submission forms/guidelines see: – Theme Search


By the end of November: All schools should begin collecting, judging and entering their students info on spreadsheet.


December 6, 2013 Turn in to Council your school’s judged entries (attached w/signed entry forms/spreadsheet)
(10:30-1:30pm) Special Services Bldg. 400 West Main St. Lewisville – 20% of each category allowed to be submitted


December 7, 2013 Accepting entries/spreadsheets at Special Services Bldg. – same guidelines as listed above.


by December 15th: Email will go out to each student that places at District level and going on to State.


January 7, 2014: District level Award Ceremony (for students that entries are going on to State level)
6:30pm-8:00pm Bolin Center (more details to come at later date).

For more information or help getting your PTA involved email Arts in Education Chair Ramona Hlavinka.


About Reflections…

Started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has encouraged millions of students to express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts.  Students in preschool through grade 12 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.  Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor Reflections on their campus.

Students should consult their PTA to confirm they are sponsoring the program and to learn when and where to submit their entries. Students are encouraged to download the guidelines below to begin the creative process. Reflections Chairs or Coordinators will find valuable resources in the Arts in Education Resource Guide. Promotional and recognition items are also available to help your program run as smoothly as possible. Click here to download forms for the Reflections program for Texas PTA.

Big Changes . . . Reflections 2012

New Online Process!

National PTA will be rolling out an online process where the Local PTA particpation form and student entry form will be completed online.  Student entry forms will only be required for each “advancing” entry. This online process is only for identifying advancing entries.  PTAs will continue to forward the physical entries for each level of judging. Council PTAs will have the ability to access and download a spreadsheet with their Local PTAs’ Reflections information to use in administering the Reflections program (i.e. tracking Local PTA activity, mail merges, assigning judges, etc.). Council PTAs will also use this same online system when identifying entries to be advanced to Texas PTA.

Introducing the Special Artist Grade Division

National PTA and Texas PTA are excited to introduce the Special Artist Division for our Reflections program.  This new grade division is limited to students who have physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges as defined by the Americans with Disability Act. Currently, students with developmental challenges may enter the program in the grade division that is appropriate for their cognitive level.  Parents and teachers of qualifying students may now choose to enter the student in the new Special Artist grade division or continue with the current process, but not both. Separate rules for the Special Artist Division are available here.

2012-2013: The Magic of a Moment

The Magic of a Moment theme was submitted through the Theme Search Contest by Kate Eldredge of Braun Station Elementary PTA located in San Antonio, Texas.


2011-2012: Diversity Means

The Diversity Means theme was submitted through the Theme Search Contest by Gavin Green of Ozark Elementary PTA located in Ozark, Missouri. We had 36 LISD schools participate, receiving 310 entries with 31 advancing to Texas PTA. Below are the 24 entries that are being recognized by Texas PTA.