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PTA Reflections

Congratulations to the following artists that received recognition in the National PTA Reflections competition for the 2016-17 Reflections theme: “What Is Your Story?”!

Jack Williams, Award of Excellence, Film Production – Special Artist Division, Coronado High School PTSA;

Emma Keller, Award of Merit,  Dance Choreography – Intermediate Division, Helen Keller Elementary PTA;

Sariah Smith, Award of Excellence, Literature – High School Division, Peak 2 PTA

Kaelen Becker,  Award of Excellence Film Production – Intermediate Division, Dennison Elementary PTA

Cameron Owens, Award of Merit, Music Composition – Middle School Division, Jeffco Council PTA Cameo

Xan McPherson, Award of Merit, Photography – High School Division, Lakewood High School PTSA

Sam Field, Award of Merit, Photography – Intermediate Division, Bradford K-8 PTA

The goal of PTA’s arts in education programming is to be a resource for PTA leaders in partnering with schools to provide opportunities for all students to explore and be involved in the arts.

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program —support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. When PTAs and schools work together to support arts education, they:

  • Encourage all students—despite individual challenges—to explore ideas, express their individuality and support their peers in a positive way;
  • Provide all students with an academic advantage by increasing student engagement and teacher effectiveness, which leads to increased school attendance rates and social connectedness among students; and
  • Enhance family engagement by connecting families and schools to one another and to their communities.

Schools and PTAs committed to quality learning in the arts can identify opportunities together for families to take an active role in support of arts education.

To start a PTA Reflections program in your school community, contact your state PTA for instructions and materials. Use the Reflections Toolkit to guide your PTA/PTSA and make your Reflections program a success.  The 2017-2018 theme is “Within Reach.”

Step 1: Start the Arts

Take the Reflections Leader e-learning course to walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections while learning about resources and tools provided by your State 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: Promoting Reflections

Announce your call for entries 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
  • Collect submissions and organize by Arts Category and Grade Division. Qualify submissions according to program rules and address student ineligibility, as needed.
  • 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 by grade division and arts category. Award levels may include: Award of Excellence; Award of Merit; Honorable Mention; Participant.
Step 5: Celebrate and Recognize Your Participants
Step 6: Wrap Up


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