Thank you for leading the Reflections program for the students in your community!
Reflections is a rewarding experience for students, parents, and volunteers. Our goal is to support our Leaders in maximizing the positive impact on students while providing tools to help guide you through the program from start to finish.
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⚠ Download the Local PTA Leader Checklist - This list is for school PTA Reflections Coordinators
⚠ Download the Council PTA Leader Checklist - This list is for district PTA Reflections Coordinators
⚠ Download "How to Host a Virtual Reflections Program"
Local PTA/PTSA Eligibility
Visit the Texas PTA Standards of Continuing Affiliation page for more information about Active Status and Good Standing.
Category Rules Individually
|General Rules||English | Spanish|
|Dance Choreography||English | Spanish|
|Film Production||English| Spanish|
|Literature||English | Spanish|
|Music Composition||English | Spanish|
|Photography||English | Spanish|
|Visual Arts||English | Spanish|
|Special Artist Rules||English | Spanish|
|Single Page Rules||English | Spanish|
|Student Entry Form||English | Spanish|
Reflections Program Timeline
Student Entry Deadline at the Local level: Local PTAs (individual schools) set their own due date to receive student entries. Most Local PTAs set their deadline near the end of October. Texas PTA encourages Local PTAs to contact their Council PTA or Regional Coordinator (if your Local PTA is not a member of a Council PTA) prior to determining the student entry deadline.
Advancing Entry Deadline at the Council/Regional level: Council PTAs and/or Regional Coordinators set their own due date to receive entries advancing from the Local PTAs. Due dates are typically set for late November or early December.
Advancing Entries to Texas PTA: Entries advancing to Texas PTA from the Council or Regional Coordinators must be received by 5:00 pm on January 15th. If the 15th falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, the acceptance date will extend to the following business day.
Advancing Entries to National PTA: Texas PTA advances selected entries no later than March 1.
Lunch & Learn Trainings
Reflections Judging in Eight Easy Steps
Step Two: Identify and recruit Volunteers and judges to help you with your Reflections program. Remember that it's best to have judges who are not closely affiliated with your campus.
Step Three: Verify eligibility of all entries received, including National PTA arts category rules and Texas PTA membership requirements. It's important to be proactive in working with families to resolve any eligibility concerns prior to judging.
Step Four: Host your Reflections judging. Before you begin, read through the Local-level Judging Guidelines and prepare your Scorecards. Discuss the Judging Rubric with your judges so they are aware that the highest judging criterion is interpretation of the theme. Council PTAs and Regional Coordinators should follow these Council-level Judging Guidelines.
Step Five: Download and complete the Advancing Entry Spreadsheet.
Step Six: Following judging, complete the appropriate participation summary for your judging level.
School PTAs: Local PTA Participation Summary
District PTAs advancing to state-level: Council PTA/Regional Results Summary
Step Seven: Advance entries to next round of judging by the published deadline.
- A free downloadable Reflections Certificate is available to print and customize on your own!
- Themed ribbons and certificates may be purchased through Shop PTA.
- As an alternative or an addition to traditional awards, you could also purchase themed t-shirts for your participating students, volunteers and/or judges to thank them for supporting PTA and the Reflections program!