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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.

Please do not download your Reflections documents from the National PTA website. The documents listed below have been customized for Texas PTA and are updated each year for your convenience.  

The Texas PTA Programs Department looks forward to working with you!

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2014-2015 Reflections Program

The World Would be a Better Place if... theme was submitted through the Theme Search Contest
by Mercedes Messer of Ezra Meeker Elementary PTA located in Washington.


Student Forms and Documents

Student Entry Form    English  Spanish
Student Entry Form    English  Spanish
Please note this form may be customized to include additional information that your PTA may require.

General Student Rules    English  Spanish 
Special Artist Division Rules    English  Spanish

Dance Choreography Rules    English  Spanish
Film Production Rules    English  Spanish
Literature Rules    English  Spanish
Musical Composition Rules    English  Spanish
Photography Rules    English  Spanish 
Visual Arts Rules    English  Spanish

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2013-2014 Reflections State-level Judging Results

Texas students Believed, Dreamed and Inspired for the 2013-2014 Reflections program, Believe, Dream Inspire. Of the 1,005 pieces that advanced to Texas PTA, we are proud to have awarded more than 400 students for their outstanding work! Students were recognized with Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, Award of Excellence, and Overall Award of Excellence.

Only 30 entries (one entry per grade division in each category) may be awarded the Overall Award of Excellence and advance to National PTA to compete in the final round of nationwide judging. We are excited to see these special entries advancing and hope our Texas students shine bright!

National-level Judging Results

The results are in from National PTA and our Texas students did a fabulous job! From the 30 entries sent to National-level judging, 12 of our students received an award! Congratulations to the following students;

Dance Choreography

Edith LeBlanc, Watermark
High School student from New Braunfels High School PTA, New Braunfels ISD Council of PTAs
Award of Excellence
 

Film Production

Emily Langley, Monkey Town
Intermediate student from E.P. Rayzor Elementary PTA, Denton ISD Council of PTAs
Award of Merit

Trinity Schaffer, Ocean Dream
Middle Junior student from Cinco Ranch Junior High PTA, Katy ISD Council of PTAs
Award of Excellence
 

Literature

Shreeya Madhavanur, Big Dreams on Small Wheels
Intermediate student from Borchardt Elementary PTA, Frisco ISD Council of PTAs
Award of Excellence

Richard Wu, Super Billy Learns to Fly
High School student from Clear Lake High School PTSA, Clear Creek Community Council of PTAs
Award of Excellence
 

Musical Composition

Jodi Lin, A Dream Come True
Primary student from GB Dealey Montessori PTA, Dallas ISD Northwest Council of PTAs
Award of Excellence
 

Photography

Mirabella Miranda, Catch
Middle Junior student from Richardson West Junior High PTA, Richardson ISD Council of PTAs
Award of Excellence

Audrey Vincenzo, Swedish Puddles
High School student from Byron Nelson High School PTA, Northwest ISD Council of PTAs
Award of Merit


Visual Arts

Ceprecia Crow, Through Chloe's Eyes
Special Artist High School student from Frenship High School PTSA, Frenship Council of PTAs
Award of Excellence

Josh Sturdivant, The Lizard Who Believed in Himself
Primary student from Carver Center PTA, Midland Council of PTAs
Award of Merit

Vy Nguyen, Dream With Eye Wide Open
Intermediate student from Austin Parkway Elementary PTA, Area 10 PTA
Award of Excellence

Mackenzie Baldree, Follow Your Dreams
Middle Junior student from Kaffie Middle School PTA, Corpus Christi Council of PTAs
Award of Merit

About National Awards and Recognition: Students will receive awards in the mail after the Annual National PTA Convention this summer. Follow this link for a complete listing of national awards and prizes.

All Reflections participants and their families are invited to join us in celebration of the arts at the Annual National PTA Convention in Austin, Texas June 19-22, 2014. The Reflections Gallery will recognize together all award recipients and Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients will present their works of art on stage during the annual Reflections Arts in Education Luncheon on Saturday, June 21. For more information about National PTA Convention, visit PTA.org.

Reflections award recipients and their families are also invited to attend the National PTA Reflections art exhibit opening ceremony on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11 a.m. to Noon ET at the U.S. Department of Education, LBJ Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington, DC 20202. To attend, please email reflections@pta.org no later than January 2, 2015. Limited seating available.

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Summer Leadership Seminar

Looking for a chance to experience our Reflections Outstanding Interpretation Award Recipients? Attend Summer Leadership Seminar's Legacy Brunch on Sunday, July 20! Click here for more information.
 

Outstanding Interpretation

Texas PTA is proud to announce our selections for the Outstanding Interpretation Awards. The entries below were selected from all Overall Award of Excellence entries in their respective arts categories, grades Pre-K-12, and represent the very best of Believe, Dream, Inspire!

Students recognized as an Outstanding Interpretation will be invited to attend Texas PTA's Summer Leadership Seminar to perform among the thousands of PTA leaders from across the state.

Dance Choreography
Rachel Chen, An Unstoppable Dream
Middle Junior student from Rice PTA, Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Film Production
Trinity Schaffer, Ocean Dream
Middle Junior student from Cinco Ranch Junior High PTA, Katy ISD Council of PTAs

Literature
Richard Wu, Super Billy Learns to Fly
High School student from Clear Lake High School PTSA, Clear Creek Community Council of PTAs

Musical Composition
Sam Green, Fantasy to Inspire
Middle Junior student from Renner PTA, Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Photography
Daniel Campos, La Fuerza de una Idea (The Strength of an Idea)
Intermediate student from Coker Elementary PTA, North East Council of PTAs

Visual Arts
Vy Nguyen, Dream With Eye Wide Open
Intermediate student from Austin Parkway Elementary PTA, Area 10 PTA

Special Artist
Ceprecia Crow, Through Chloe's Eyes
High School student from Frenship High School PTSA, Frenship Council of PTAs
 

Complete Program Results

All entries receiving an Overall Award of Excellence, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or Honorable Mention will receive an invitation to attend our statewide awards ceremony on April 12, 2014. The ceremony will be held in Downtown Austin, and details will be communicated via this website and email as soon as information is available.

Overall Award of Excellence Results PDF File
All Overall Award of Excellence entries have been advanced to National PTA
for the final round of nationwide judging. Results will be available in June.

Primary (Pre-K - 2nd) Award Results PDF File
Intermediate (3rd - 5th) Award Results PDF File
Middle Junior (6th - 8th) Award Results PDF File
High School (9th - 12th) Award Results PDF File
Special Artist (Pre-K - 12th) Award Results PDF File

All Results For Entries Judged by Texas PTA PDF File
All entries not awarded will receive participation recognition via mail.

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Advancing Entries and Basic Reflections Timeline
  • The typical Reflections timeline;

    Local PTA student deadline could be around the end of October
    Council/Area PTA deadline could be around the end of November or early December
    Texas PTA deadline is 5:00 pm, January 15th
    National PTA deadline is 5:00 pm, March 3rd
     
  • Local PTAs will advance 20% of their entries to the Council PTA or Area PTA level. If a Local PTA is not a member of a Council PTA, their entries are advanced to the Area PTA.

    Parents should confirm the deadline to submit entries with their Local PTA President or Arts in Education/Reflections Chair.  Texas PTA recommends that the Local PTA deadline is no later than three weeks prior to your Council PTA or Area PTA deadline.  Local PTAs must contact their Council or Area PTA for this deadline.
     
  • Council and Area PTAs will advance a maximum of 30 entries to Texas PTA as follows:
    One entry from each of the six arts categories and four traditional grade divisions (24 entries)
    One entry (Pre-K - 12) per arts category in the Special Artist Division (6 entries)


    All entries advancing to state-level judging must be received at the Texas PTA office no later than 5:00 pm on January 15.
     
  • Texas PTA will advance 30 entries to National PTA.  The results of state-level judging will be posted on the Texas PTA website no later than March 31.

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Local PTA (School-level) Reflections Chair Forms and Documents

 

Webinar

Hosting a Successful Reflections Program for Local PTAs

Coming Soon!


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Council / Area PTA (School-district / Area-level) Reflections Chair Forms and Documents

Webinar

Reflections for Council and Area PTAs - Supporting Local PTAs, Advancing Entries and Celebrating Success!

Coming Soon!

 

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Promotional and Recognition Resources

Permission to use the Believe, Dream, Inspire logo
is granted to all PTAs promoting their Reflections program.

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Timeline for Returning Reflections Artwork
  • Texas PTA will return all Visual Arts and Photography entries to the Reflections Chairs of each Council or Area from which artwork was received.
  • One shipment will be made to the Council/Area Chairs once the exhibit pieces have been returned to the State office around mid-May.
  • The Council or Area Reflections Chairs should arrange for the artwork to be delivered to their respective Local PTAs.

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Future Reflections Themes

2015 - 2016 Reflections Theme
Let Your Imagination Fly
Rachel Sperry
Northwood PTA
North Dakota
 

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