Reflections Contest

2017 Theme: "Within Reach"

National PTA Reflections Info

New this year - IMPORTANT! ---- learn how to properly ensure all submissions are complete with accurate information for digital upload!!

It's easy to implement the Reflections program at your school. Rules, submission forms and judging rubrics can be found in the 2017-2018 KSPTA Arts and Awards Packet (tbd) - all paperwork needed is included here -- student forms, judging forms, entry forms, State submission forms!

Important Dates:

Reflections Art Contest

Local Unit deadline (your school)

December 1st, Friday (or sooner)

District/SMAC contest deadline (Lori Stanziola)

December 15, Friday

Drop off location and time


Reflections Contest Artwork Display & Open House

January 30, Tuesday - 6-8:00pm

Shawnee Mission West High School

Reflections Recognition and Reception

BOE Meeting - 6:30pm

Monday, February 26, 2018

Create an Original Work

Only new and original works inspired by the theme: Within Reach. will be accepted. Enter in 1 or more of the following arts categories.

      • Dance Choreography
      • Film Production
      • Literature
      • Music Composition
      • Photography
      • Visual Arts

Kansas PTA Reflections Awards are announced in March

National PTA Reflections Awards are announced in May

National PTA Reflections Toolkit

Best practices for hosting your program

2. Promote Your Program

3. Organize Artwork for Judging

    • Collect and qualify submissions by category and division.
    • Provide instructions to your judges using this template Reviewer's Packet.
    • Collect scores, rank submissions and assign awards by category and division.

4. Celebrate Your Participants

5. Wrap Up and Report Program Success

    • Thank school staff, community partners, judges and volunteers using this Thank-you Letter for Volunteers.
    • Complete an short online survey to report your success (Coming soon!)

Questions? Contact your state PTA for state program instructions, deadlines and award announcements.


Each year SMAC provides a brief training workshop for your local unit Reflection Chairs.

Learn how PTA Reflections contests work, including important dates and timelines, ways to promote the contests, get judges and much more!

The sessions will also focus on increasing student participation while reducing work for organizers.

New and past local school chairs are encouraged to attend.

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.

All forms and rules are available on the

Kansas PTA Website

Local PTA Unit Participation Form

The National PTA Reflections Toolkit can be found Here!