Reflections Program

 Attention Reflections Chairpeople:

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Student Entry Form Directions:
Please insure that all student entries have this student entry form completed entirely and signed by the student’s parent prior to submission to the VB Council of PTA’s for further judging.  Please note that this completion includes the new portion for this year located at the top of the form.

Local Unit Participation Form Directions :
Please complete the Local unit PTA Participation form for tally your total student entries and include that form inside of your portfolio upon submission to the VB Council of PTA’s for further judging. 

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2016-17 school year ” What is your Story?”

  • Reflections Roundtable: 11-10-16 – Plaza Middle School
  • Reflections Drop-off: 11-16-16 – Salem Middle School (Cafeteria)
  • Reflections Celebration: 2-23-17 – Green Run High School


Registration for each event will take place at 6:00 pm and the event begins at 6:30 pm. 

Membership in the Virginia PTA provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections program which encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since it was founded in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, millions of students have benefited from this program.

Reflections Awards Program Students in Pre-K through grade 12 create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts.

PLEASE NOTE: Only the state level of the Reflections program will use the online registration tool this year. All local unit, council, and district PTAs are NOT required to use this registration process. ALL forms accompanying student entries MUST be COMPLETELY filled out.

Visual Arts 3D expansion! The visual arts category allows students to enter three-dimensional artworks in addition to the traditional 2D entries. Click here to view more information regarding this expansion.

Have you and your child ever wondered what the Reflections Program is all about? It is an annual art  program sponsored by the National PTA. Who is eligible? Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing. Parent groups not affiliated with National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program. It is the responsibility of the state and local PTA/PTSA to determine each student’s eligibility in the National PTA Reflections® Program. A student may develop an entry in or outside of school.

How does my child participate? He or she creates an original “work of art” in one of the categories listed above. This is usually done outside of school time and without help from an adult.

What are the age groups? Pre-K thru 2nd grade (Primary) and 3rd thru 5th grade (Intermediate). In addition MS (6th-8th) and HS (9th-12th). Can my child enter more than one category? Yes. Students may submit multiple works of art, either in the same category or in multiple categories.

What are the different categories for entry? The categories for Reflections entries are: dance, film, music composition, literature, photography, visual arts and special artist. This year as a new addition we will be introducing the new visual arts 3D expansion. This will now allow students to enter three-dimensional artworks in addition to the traditional 2D entries.

How do we submit our entry? The student submission must include the Entry Form with a title and artist statement. The artist statement should communicate his or her inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme. The statement must describe the content and include at least one sentence but not exceed 100 words.

Are there specifics about how to present the entry, especially for dance, video or musical composition? Yes. And there are too many specifics to name here for all categories. All the Reflections rules and guidelines for each category are on the Virginia PTA website (

How are the winners selected? A panel of impartial judges rates each entry on three criteria: interpretation of the theme, artistic merit and mastery of the medium (with interpretation being the most important factor). First place winners will fill out an additional on-line entry form before their work is submitted to the next level of competition.

When are the winners announced? All Reflections participants will be recognized at a Recognition Ceremony, details to follow. Awards will be presented and all the children will be recognized for their efforts. The first place winners will advance and be submitted to the Virginia Beach Citywide PTA to compete with winners from other VB schools. Winners advance through several levels until a national winner is selected in each category from each age group. Basic Reflections Guidelines: PLEASE REFER TO THE VIRGINIA PTA WEBSITE FOR ALL RULES.
Photography submissions may not exceed 11″x14″, including matting. Musical Composition recordings must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in file size. Video production must not exceed 5 minutes in length (AVI,MOV,MPG,MPEG,WMV,FLV) Literature submissions may be handwritten or typed. All submissions need a student entry form attached and the child’s name on the back (no names on the front) of papers/items submitted. Special Artist Division is an optional division of the National PTA Reflections Program for students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet ADA guidelines. Please check with Virginia PTA office regarding state availability.

Do school level Reflections Chairpeople  need to register our school entries online? No,  the only entries that will be registered online are those that reach the State level for further judging in the program.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Amber Sloan, VBPTA Reflections Chairperson at (757) 630-9494 or at