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PTA Reflections


 For more than 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the current theme. Choosing from one or all of the following arts categories: Dance, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts

Entries are usually due at the Washington Elementary school office by January. Qualified entries will be advanced for state-level judging. 

Every March, North Dakota PTA holds a Reflections Celebration Party at to honor all state-level participants and winners. First-place entries from each category/division will then be advanced to National PTA for further judging. National awards may include paid trips to the National PTA Convention & Exposcholarships, medallions and more. Start working on your entries today! 


Dance Choreography





Visual Arts

How do I participate?

- Families can support their children’s participation by creating time and space for students to work on their entries, providing encouragement and needed materials.

- Entries should represent students’ unique creativity. Adults are welcome to encourage students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic expression.

- Make sure to check out the Student Packet, which includes How to Enter, Official Rules, and the Student Entry Form

-Use of copyrighted material (i.e. cartoon character, sports team logos) is prohibited in the literature, music composition, photography and visual arts categories. Use of copyrighted music in dance choreography and film production entries is acceptable when the title, composer and performer of any music in the submission are cited on the student entry form.

- Try to participate in not just one, but two or more arts categories! It can be as fun and easy as snapping a photo, writing a short poem/essay or drawing a picture.

- Judging will be based on INTERPRETATION (20 points) -- How closely the piece relates to the current theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement; CREATIVITY (10 points) -- How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation; and TECHNIQUE (10 points) -- The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Need Examples? Click below to see past national-level winning entries! (no audio)

2018 National Reflections Winners

2017 National Reflections Winners