Congratulations to the following state Reflections finalists!

                                 Colorado PTA State Reflections Awards (2017-18)
** Denotes Gold Medal winners that will move on to the National PTA Reflections Competition. All others receive a silver medal (in alphabetical order).
State Dance Choreography Finalists
Student’s Name Title of Work Local Unit Region/Council
Primary (Grades PK-2)
** Jaylin White Don’t Give Up! Leawood Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Brooklyn Astle Dancing with the Wind Coronado Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Maggie Lane I Can Change the World Mitchell Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
** Sawyer Hyde No More Holding Back Hulstrom Options K-8 PTA Region 3
Sierra Gillings Believer Bergen Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Cassidy Love Strong Betty Adams Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Middle School  (Grades 6-8)
** Anna Weinberg Home Bell Middle School PTA Jeffco Council
Layla Barber Rise Jenkins Middle School PTA El Paso Council
Sarah Griffin Follow Your Dreams Fairmount Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
High School (Grades 9-12)
** Isabel Koontz Imagine Unity Standley Lake High School PTSA Jeffco Council
Anna Alber-Farro’ Hold My Hand Thomas B Doherty PTSA El Paso Council
Abigail Humphries This Ain’t Goodbye Thomas B Doherty PTSA El Paso Council
State Film Production Finalists
Student’s Name Title of Work Local Unit Region/Council
Primary (Grades PK-2)
** Kalaya Strong Reaching for the Road Parmalee Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Avigail Houtz Within Reach Ranch Creek Elementary PTA El Paso Council
Emma Turnbow Horse Adventures Mountain View Elementary PTA El Paso Council
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
** Kai Kazmer Pick 6 Parmalee Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Adelaide Buseck Architecture Contest – Within Reach Westridge Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Zane Leyba The Portal Elk Creek Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Middle (Grades 6-8)
** Kaelen Becker The Dreamer Dennison Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Brooke Barrett Dream World Evergreen Middle School PTA Jeffco Council
Senior (Grades 9-12)
** Anna Alber-Farro’ June 28, Almost Out of Reach Thomas B Doherty PTSA El Paso Council
Ayla Charness A Basketball Within Reach Ralston Valley High School PTSA Jeffco Council
Carly Johnstone A Dancer’s Dream Ralston Valley High School PTSA Jeffco Council
Special Artist
** Jack Williams Six Ways to Trick Your Sister Coronado High School PTA El Paso Council
State Literature Finalists
Student’s Name Title of Work Local Unit Region/Council
Primary (Grades PK-2)
** Braedyn Bruckner Freedom Penrose Elementary PTA El Paso Council
Madhvi Chittoor My “Girivalum” Story – a 9 Mile Walk Hackberry Hill Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Maddie Woulfe The Coconut Elk Creek Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
** Elsie Holland Within Reach Aspen Creek K-8 PTA Boulder Valley Council
Sydney Hall Away We Go Mountain View Elementary PTA El Paso Council
Amitabha (Ami) Kawaguchi The Perfect Pitch Mountain View Elementary PTA El Paso Council
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
** Marshal Swanson Dreams Within Reach Columbine Hills Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Kate Bestall Within Reach Evergreen Middle School PTA Jeffco Council
Phoebe Ham Within Reach Falcon Middle School PTSA El Paso Council
High School (Grades 9-12)
** Anthony Guerra Within Reach Falcon High School PTSA El Paso Council
Grace Drew In Your Reach Ralston Valley High School PTSA Jeffco Council
Phoebe Logan-McKeown Eddy Jeffco Council Cameo PTA Jeffco Council
State Music Composition Finalists
Student’s Name Title of Work Local Unit Region/Council
Primary (Grades PK-2)
** Ellie Wallace Future Dreams West Woods Elementary PTSA Jeffco Council
Caroline Bent Roses in the air Bergen Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Madhvi Chittoor Joy Within Reach Hackberry Hill Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
** Alexander Alper Reaching for the Stars Dennison Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Haley Caron Precious Wishes Hackberry Hill Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Aida Knoedler Just Within Reach Dennison Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
MiddleSchool (Grades 6-8)
** Cameron Owens Attendre pour le autres (Reach for Others) Jeffco Council Cameo PTA Jeffco Council
Piper O’Neill In Reach Crested Butte Community School PTA Region 1
Shane Wickham Building Sand Castles West Jefferson Middle School PTSA Jeffco Council
High School (Grades 9-12)
** Abigail Salamera Bold Beginnings Standley Lake High School PTSA Jeffco Council
Miguel Camaran Not Grey Thomas B Doherty PTSA El Paso Council
State Photography Finalists
Student’s Name Title of Work Local Unit Region/Council
Primary (Grades PK-2)
** Annan Waldick Almost “Within Reach” Sierra PTA Jeffco Council
Harlee Marshall Colors Reflect in Crystals Within Reach Wilmot Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Evan Sloan Get It Boy! Powderhorn Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
**  Charlie Johnson My Baseball Dream Powderhorn Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Clara Halloran Mirror Meadowlark PTSA Boulder Valley Council
Ares Owens The Beauty of Weeds Frontier Elementary PTA El Paso Council
Middle (Grades 6-8)
** Spencer Berv Focus Crested Butte Community School PTA Region 1
Sean Brooks History:  Within Our Reach Challenger Middle School PTA El Paso Council
Brody Harpin Happiness is Within Reach West Jefferson Middle School PTSA Jeffco Council
Senior (Grades 9-12)
** Cierra Steele Smoke of the Past and Future Thomas B Doherty PTSA El Paso Council
Amoni Dorrington Step by Step Green Mountain High School PTA Jeffco Council
Ryan Kost Pieces of Life Thomas B Doherty PTSA El Paso Council
State Visual Arts  Finalists
Student’s Name Title of Work Local Unit Region/Council
Primary (Grades PK-2)
** Elsie Sorkin Super Dog Reaches for a Cupcake on a Table Dennison Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Keegan Janiec A Good Book is Within Reach Garfield Elementary PTA Thompson Council
Madhuvan Kanike Love Each Other Chipeta Elementary PTA El Paso Council
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
** Makayla Hendrix Angel of Stars Powderhorn Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Kay Bush Reach for the Stars Sheridan Green Elementary PTA Jeffco Council
Atticus Johnson The Nature of Science Garfield Elementary PTA Thompson Council
Middle (Grades 6-8)
** Reilley Locke Chosing My Wild Dreams Jenkins Middle School PTA El Paso Council
Annabel Lee Flame Manning School PTA Jeffco Council
Nicholas Roboff Reach Beyond Our Limits Manning School PTA Jeffco Council
Senior (Grades 9-12)
** Gabrielle Van Allen As Far as the Balloons Take Me Green Mountain High School PTA Jeffco Council
Skyler Huestis Within Reach Vista Ridge High School PTSA El Paso Council
Andy Yankovich With Just A Glance, You Have A Chance Ralston Valley High School PTSA Jeffco Council
Special Artist
** Vickie (Lulu) Vincelli Bands Jeffco Special Needs PTA Jeffco Council
Jenesis Adkisson Lights Shaker Jeffco Special Needs PTA Jeffco Council
Kevin NievesBrailsford Crash Me Uh Oh Jeffco Special Needs PTA Jeffco Council

The goal of the PTA 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.

The 2017-2018 theme is “Within Reach.”   To start a program, review the resources below, then contact your Council or Region Director to register your PTA and get answers for any questions or assistance.

2017=2018 REFLECTIONS TURN IN DATES:

December 11 — Regional Reflections (local units not part of councils) database due. Only needs to include those entries moving on from the school level.

December 15 – Regional Reflections (local units not part of councils) entries due. Photo/Visual arts entries must be physically received in the PTA office by this date. Music/Dance/Film and Literature entries may be submitted electronically. (This is optional, if you wish to use this option, email a request to reflections@copta.org and we will send you a link to where you can upload your entries).

January 5 – Council Reflections program database due.

January 12 – Council Reflections music/dance/film entries due via electronic upload (mandatory). Literature can be submitted electronically or along with visual arts and photo entries.

January 22 – Council Reflections visual arts/photo/literature (if not submitted electronically) must be physically received in the PTA office by this date.

January 29 (tentative) – Regional Reflections winners announced officially.

February 26 (tentative) – State Reflections winners announced officially.

March 18 (tentative) – State Reflections winners awards ceremony.

PTA Reflections Program Steps to Success!

StepInstructions/Directions/Resources
Step 1: Start the ArtsTake 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.

1) National PTA Reflections Rules
2) Contact your state PTA for a Local Leader’s Guide, state-specific dates, forms and additional information.
3) Kick-off your program with National Arts in Education Week.
4) Consider the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships to ensure your Reflections program meets its intended potential.
Step 2: Organize and Plan Your ProgramRecruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also, recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.

1) Customize your PTA Leader Checklist to organize tasks and schedule deadlines.
2) Build your PTA Arts Committee with this Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.
3) Recruit community arts professionals to serve as judges.
Step 3: Promoting ReflectionsAnnounce 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.

1) Announce your Call for Entries using this themed flier.
2) Distribute the Student Entry Form, rules and instructions provided by your State PTA. For reference, see National PTA Official Rules.
3) Consider these Tips for Program Promotion.
4) Create your own promotions: Customize this Themed Poster (En Español) or have fun creating your own using these image files below.
*Reflections logo (JPEGEPSPNG)
*Category Images: Dance Choreography; Film Production; Literature; Music Composition; PhotographyVisual ArtsSpecial Artist
*Themed Images: Hand (PNG, EPS); Within Reach (PNG, EPS); Within Reach En español (PNG, EPS)
Step 4: Organize Artwork for Judging1) Collect submissions and organize by Arts Category and Grade Division. Qualify submissions according to program rules and address student ineligibility, as needed.
2) 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.
3) 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 Participants1) Use the Reflections celebration guide to help plan your event.
2) Promote your event and celebrate students in local media using this media advisory and press release.
3) Present the Certificate of Recognition and other awards available at the PTA Store.
4) Learn about state and national awards for students and PTAs.
Step 6: Wrap Up1) Thank school staff, community partners, judges and parent volunteers using this Thank-you Letter for Volunteers.
2) Organize feedback using this Program Evaluation.
3) Submit student participation totals (Sept. 1 through Mar. 1, 2017).

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