2018-2019 Reflections for Farmington Area PTA Council

Reflections is a National PTA program that encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves through a nationwide contest.  Students can submit art in the form of visual arts, literature, music composition, film production, photography or dance choreography.  Entries are judged on how well the art relates to the theme, creativity and technical aspects of the medium.

This contest is open to all students attending Farmington Public Schools.

The 2018-2019 theme is... "Heroes Around Me"

2018-2019 Rules  
Click here for a complete set of official rules.  Below is a summary of the rules.
  • General Participation Rules - FOR ALL CATEGORIES
    • Each entry is the work of only one student.  
    • Music Composition, Dance Choreography and Film Production entries can have performers other than the entering student but the composer, choreographer or producer/camera person is the student entering the contest.  
    • Consent form required for anyone featured in the entry that is not the entering student.  Click here for Consent form or download from the bottom of this page.
    • Do not write student name on the front of any entries.  Do not include entering student's name inside any music, dance or film files.
    • All entries must be original and inspired by this year's theme "Heroes Around Me"
    • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. 
    • Entries are judged by age group. 
      • Primary age group consists of Kindergartners, 1st graders and 2nd graders.
      • Intermediate age group consists of 3rd graders, 4th graders and 5th graders.
      • Middle age group consists of 6th graders, 7th graders and 8th graders.
      • High School age group consists of 9th graders, 10th graders, 11th graders and 12th graders.
      • Special Needs students can choose to be judged with other Special Needs students in an age group called Special Artist.  
  • Visual Arts Rules
    • 2D Art must be mounted and cannot exceed 24" by 30"
    • 3D Art cannot exceed 24" by 30" by 24"
  • Photography Rules
    • Student must be the person taking the picture
    • Must be mounted (but not in a picture frame).  Printed picture cannot exceed 8"x10".  Mounting cannot exceed 11"x14".  Affixing the photo to cardboard is acceptable mounting.
    • Collages are not allowed in the photography category but can be submitted in the visual arts category - see visual arts rules.
    • Digital format of picture must also be submitted (not a picture of a picture but the original digital file - Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG.
  • Literature Rules
    • Cannot exceed 2000 words, one side of paper only, handwritten or typed.
    • Parents can transcribe word for word what Kindergartners or 1st Graders dictate.
    • 2nd Graders through 12th graders must write or type their own entry.  
    • Parents can type for a student but original handwritten entry must also be attached.  ESL students can write in their native language and have someone else translate the entry into English (native language version must be attached to the English version).
  • Music Composition Rules
    • Cannot exceed 5 minutes or 1 GB in filesize.
    • Student must be composer - does not need to be performer
    • Acceptable audio file formats include: MP3 and WMA.  Must be an audio file, not a video file. 
    • Music notation/score required for middle school and high school levels. 8.5" by 11" paper, one side of paper only, number all pages.
  • Dance Choreography Rules
    • Cannot exceed 5 minutes or 1 GB in filesize.
    • Student must be choreographer - does not need to be performer.  Background music needs to be cited on student entry form.
    • Acceptable file formats include: AVI, MOV, MP4, and WMV. 
  • Film Production Rules 
    • Cannot exceed 5 minutes or 1 GB in filesize.
    • Student must be the director/writer/camera person.  A  tripod must be used if the student wants to be in the film.
    • Acceptable file formats include: AVI, MOV, MP4, and WMV. 
  • Special Artist Rules (see complete set of official rules)

Entry Form
Each entry needs it's own student entry form.  Each school will dictate whether multiple entries per student is permitted at the local level.  At the district level, only one entry per category per student is permitted.  Multiple entries per student permitted but each each needs its own entry form.  Click here for entry form or download from bottom of this page.

  • Submit your entry and entry form to your school's PTA.  Each school's PTA will have it's own deadline and can add to the rules of the contest in order for them to manage the program best within their schools.
  • If your school does not have a Reflections chairperson, contact the district chairperson (paulinekim@rocketmail.com)
Judging will first occur at the school level.  Top 3 entries in each age group and category from each school will move on to the district level Reflections contest.  2D and 3D Visual Arts are considered one category (Visual Arts) at the district level, state level and national level Reflections contest.  Your school will determine if 2D and 3D Visual Arts are judged separately or together.
In general, we conduct blind judging, so please do not write your name on the front of your entry.  Please do not include your name in any electronic files for music composition, film production and dance choreography.  Judges are selected from the community and are knowledgeable in the category.  Click here to read how judges are asked to determine their scores.  Note that Interpretation of the Theme receives more points than creativity or skill level, so a strong artist statement is important. 

Theme Search Contest
Every year, the National PTA also holds a Theme Search Contest.  That's how they come up with the themes like "Heroes Around Me"  It comes from students all across the nation!  If you'd like to participate in the theme search contest for the 2020-2021 Reflections theme, click here for the theme search packet or download from the bottom of this page.  Theme Search entries need to be submitted to Pauline Kim (paulinekim@rocketmail.com) by October 27, 2018.  Please contact your school Reflection chair for the information requested in the PTA Box on the form before you submit the form.  You do not need to submit a Reflections entry in order to participate in the Theme Search Contest.

We look forward to seeing all your wonderful entries.  Have fun with it!

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