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Reflections Webinar Aug. 5, 2015

Register for a Reflections Webinar presented by the National PTA. Held on August 5, 2015 at 5pm PST, this is a great informational session for all PTA Reflections Chairs. Registration can be found by clicking Here.

Advancing Entries To Council

Follow these steps to advance your school's entries to Council
How To Advance Entries


Please complete following form and submit with advancing entries:

Unit Participation Form


Also complete this spreadsheet and e-mail to Bhu or Susanna:

Advancing Entries Spreadsheet


Have entrants use this form if there are other students participating in the entries

Consent Form

Resources for Reflections Chairs

Here are some great resources to help you educate and promote the Reflections program to your school communities, especially if you are new to the program this year. Even if you are a returning Chair, or are familiar with the program, some of these may help you organize your activities or generate some ideas.


-SRVCPTA Reflections Training Packet - Specific to our Council, this packet comprehensively cover what we need to do for Reflections at our schools.

-Local Chair Guide - Created by National PTA, it's great reference as it goes over the entire Reflections process in general and provides steps in implementing your program.

-Sample Action Plan - Use this or modify it with your activities and you won't forget an important detail.

-Tips For Promoting Reflections - Some of these may generate excitement and result in more participation from students.

-FAQ - Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Reflections Logos & Flyers

Download the appropriate Reflections logos and flyers to create customized, posters, banners and other materials to help promote the program to your school community.

Reflections logo

PTAReflections logo

Reflections logo - Black

Reflections logo - White

Reflections flyer (general)

Reflections flyer (customizable)

Arts In Education flyer

Special Artist flyer

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Let Your Imagination Fly This Summer!

Students, while you have some free time during your summer break, you can start working on your Reflections entries for this fall and be ready when the program deadline is due. The Reflections theme for 2015-2016 is "Let Your Imagination Fly!" Remember that the better you relate your artwork to the theme on your Title and Artist Statement, the higher scores you'd receive as Interpretation of Theme is worth 50% of total points! You may create your entry in these categories:

• Dance Choreography (not performance, though you may perform it)

• Film Production (not performance, though you may be in it but you MUST film it yourself)

• Literature 

• Music Composition (you MUST write the music yourself)

• Photography

• Visual Arts (2D & starting this year, 3D!)

Watch out for more information on this website and from your school's PTA Reflections Chair after school starts. In the meantime, LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLY!

2014-15 District Reflections Photography & Visual Arts Winners

2014-15 District Reflections Dance & Film Winners!

Click on each video to view dance or film:

Amber Kaplenko, Hidden Hills - Primary Dance Choreography

Alexis Kiku Iritani, Monte Vista HS - High School Dance Choreography

Karina Rose Bengco, San Ramon Valley HS - Special Artist Dance Choreography

Emily Giverts, Iron Horse MS - Middle School Film Production

Jack McGill, San Ramon Valley HS - High School Film Production

Reflections Logo

New Changes to Visual Arts Category!

Exciting new changes are coming to Reflections in the Visual Arts category! Starting this fall, 3D artwork will be accepted. 3D Art will include ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, etc. Now students can express their creations in media other than paper. Also, 2D Art will no longer have a thickness restriction. This means that students may use traditional canvas on wood and not worry about having their artwork disqualified if it's over 3/8" in thickness. There are conditions that students must follow, however, so please review all rules carefully. The General Rules and the specific rules for each category are available below. 

General & Category Rules 2015-2016

Please use Summary of Rules as a "cheat sheet." Once the student has determined the categories to enter, he/she MUST review carefully the General Rules and Full Rules for each category. Deadline dates will be determined by each school.

- Summary of Rules

- General Participations Rules

- Special Artist

- Dance Choreography

- Film Production

- Literature

- Music Composition

- Photography

- Visual Arts

* New! Distinction between various art forms for Visual Arts & Photography (PowerPoint slides)

Student Entry Form

Student Entry Form

Download and complete by computer or print and fill out manually. Please make sure the form is complete.

Judging Criteria, Tips & Score Card

Interpretation of Theme: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. 20 points or 50%

Artistic Merit/Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 10 points or 25%

Mastery of Medium: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area. 10 points or 25%

(For Official Use Only)
-Judging Tips
-Judge's Rating Sheet


32nd District PTA to find a timeframe of the Reflections program

CA PTA to find tips, detailed rules and the CA PTA store

National PTA to read more about the program and find the National PTA store

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