Reflections

What is Reflections?

Reflections is an arts recognition and achievement program created by the National PTA Organization for all students where a PTA unit sponsors the program.

Although the program follows a contest format, a strong emphasis is initially placed on the interpretation, or ‘reflection’, of the chosen theme. Creativity and mastery of artistic ability are important; however, works are judged within the same division and within the appropriate developmental age.

The divisions are:

  • Primary – Preschool, Kindergarten to Grade 2
  • Intermediate – Grades 3-5
  • Middle School – Grades 6-8
  • High School – Grades 9-12
  • Special Artist – All Grades

More than 10 million students have participated in Reflections since it was created in 1969, where the longevity and enthusiasm for the program are a true assessment to its appeal. The program provides an opportunity for students to express themselves and receive positive recognition for original works of art while increasing the importance of the arts in education.

The goal of the Reflection program is to encourage student participation and foster appreciation for the arts. It’s a great way for students to explore and learn about various art forms, while simultaneously challenging them to use critical thinking skills.   

Students may submit an entry in any of the six artistic categories. Only original artwork created by the student is accepted.

The artistic categories are:

  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production

This year’s theme is: Show Your Voice! 

How to participate?

First register your PTA at PTA.org/Reflections

Check with your PTA President to make sure your PTA is good standing. If they are unsure, contact us at programs@scptamo.com and we check your standing.

Download the leadership guide at MOPTA.org You will also find the extremely useful social media images including promo reels, lawn signs, post cards, and flyers.

Determine your campaign plan and budget about sharing, inviting, and calling for Reflection entries including how you intend to recognize the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd recipients and other participants. Consider making all entrants feel special by sending a congratulatory letter and awarding with certificates, ribbons, medallions, buttons, plaques, trophies, art supplies, film, music supplies, gift certificates, books, and bookmarks. ShopPTA.com has a good collection of Reflections items which include the theme.

Set the deadline for the entries to be submitted to the school office. Meanwhile, start assembling a group of impartial and qualified judges to evaluate the entries. How many judges is up to you; however, 3 to 5 people works nicely. Reach out to professionals in the community as many enjoy supporting art programs in school.

Coordinate a time and way for judges to review entries and provide them with a welcome/thank you letter, instructions, entry rules, judging rubric, and score card. Remember to conduct blind judging where the students name and contact information is not revealed.

How to promote the Reflections program?

Share and publicize the Reflection program and theme to students, parents, principal, and school staff, while encouraging their support and participation. Talk about Reflections at a PTA meeting and have entry forms and rules available as handouts. Ask to include information about it in newsletters, social media, or announcements.

Additional ideas:

  • Host a Reflections Program workshop (or Family Art Night) for students to work on projects and provide supplies.
  • Talk to before/after school programs to host a Reflections workshop where students are invited to create or submit entries.
  • Organize ‘Art Night’ to meet local artists to help and inspire students.
  • Hand out flyers during carline.
  • Send flyers home in student folders.
  • Display posters and lawn signs.

Find posters, flyers, social media ready materials and video at the National PTA website. At any time feel welcome to reach out to the council as we are happy to help if we can. programs@scptamo.com

Springfield Council of PTAs Reflections Program Dates

September 20, 2022 – Springfield Council of PTAs Officer Orientation

  • 2022-2023 Reflections Packets Available

October 11, 2022,  4:30-6:00 pm – Reflections Chairperson Training, in-person option

Schweitzer-Brentwood Library Community Room // 2214 S. Brentwood Blvd.

October 12, 2022, 6:30-8:30 pm – Reflections Chairperson Training, in-person option

Library Station Frisco Room // 2535 N. Kansas Expy.

November 13, 2022, 11:00am-3:00 pm – Turn in School Winners for Council Judging

Library Center Community Room A/B // 4653 S. Campbell Ave. 

November 14-18, 2022 – Council-Level Judging Takes Place

December 19, 2022 – Council Winners Announced Via Social Media/Email Blast

January 2023, Time & Location TBD – District Reflections Awards Celebration

Reflections Program Contacts

Kimbala Ellis, Council Reflections Chair, reflections@scptamo.com

Allison England, Council VP of Programs, programs@scptamo.com

Reflections Remind Updates: Text @scptar to 81010 

2021-2022 Reflections Winners

2020-2021 Reflections Winners

“For over 50 years, the National PTA Reflections program has provided opportunities for millions of students to access the arts and gain recognition, which boosts student confidence and success in and out of the classroom,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA appreciates BAND’s support of the Reflections program, helping more students access the arts and experience the important benefits that come from participating in the arts.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

Springfield Reflections Leaders – Thank you for all you do for your students!