Reflections

PROGRAM INFORMATION

 The Reflections Program is the nations oldest and largest PTA arts recognition and achievement program of its kind. For 45 years over 10 Million students across the nation have taken part in this renowned PTA program. Students have the opportunity for their works of art to be recognized from the local, District/Regional, State to the National Levels.

PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education. “Research shows that involvement in the arts is closely associated with students’ academic achievement, social and emotional development, and civic engagement. The arts as a core academic subject is essential for a complete and balanced education for all students,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “PTA has long supported the arts, and it is a top priority of the association to ensure that all children have access to arts programs and classes… The National PTA Reflections program provides students the opportunity to experience and be involved in the arts.” “The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for our students, parents, schools and community is one that is unparalleled by any other in Michigan”, said Monika Babiak, former RCS PTA Reflections Chair. “We are helping to build a foundation of Education including the Arts”.

  • GREAT EDUCATION=GREAT FUTURE
  • "Within Reach"
  • (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

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The Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:

  1. Unleash their creative abilities
  2. Experience the joy of creating art
  3. Discover hidden talents
  4. Be inspired to be innovative
  5. Experience recognition and achievement

BUILD CONFIDENCE-LEARN CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE

BEGIN YOUR CREATIVE JOURNEY TODAY

ELIGIBILITY

National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

  • Divisions
  • Primary: PreK-Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grade 3-5
  • Middle/Junior: Grades 6-8
  • Senior: Grades 9-12
  • Special Artist: Non-Graded

The Special Artist Division of the National PTA Reflections Program is a non-graded division limited to students with physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges. Rules and guidelines within the Special Artist Division are intended to ensure accessibility to the program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Qualifying students may choose to participate in this non-graded division with non-artistic assistance from an adult/teacher OR they may choose to participate in the general divisions following all arts category rules in the division that most closely aligns to their functional abilities; without assistance.

JUDGING

Students entries are judged in their portrayal and interpretation of the annual theme, use of materials, and any use of simple or variety of techniques applicable to each category. Judging is done at the local school, District, State and National levels respectively.

THEME SEARCH

Congratulations to the 2015 Theme Search Contest Winner, Brianna Eisman of Douglas Anderson PTSA, FL. Brianna’s theme "What Is Your Story?" will be featured as the 2016-2017 PTA Reflections program theme.

IMPORTANT DATES 2016-17

  • December 8 District Turn In
  • March 5 District Award Ceremony
  • TBD State Ceremony

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Today’s PTA and the Reflections Program is dedicated to empowering parents who make a difference in the education, health and safety of America’s children. You can be of enormous help to PTA and the Reflections Program. Help as little or as much as you can to make our children the best they can be TODAY!

Ways to get involved/what to do:

  1. Find out more about Reflections at your local school: spread the word at your school
  2. Find your Reflections School Chair and volunteer to help out
  3. Sign up to become a Reflections School Chair or Co-Chair/Group
  4. Teachers can sign up too! Contact reflections17.18@gmail.com
  5. Pay to become a PTA member
  6. Volunteer to be on the Reflections District Award Ceremony Committee

Items include but are not limited to: media announcements/ releases, technology support, ceremony design, ushering, artwork display, graphic design, award presentation, certificate design & distribution and much more.

 

Contact Your RCS PTA Council Reflections Chairperson(s)

 Wendy Holt     reflections17.18@gmail.com