PTA Reflections “Within Reach”

The PTA Reflections Contest is on for this year! Reflections is a National PTA program to encourage students to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts.

We are under a tight deadline, but students are still able to participate – the deadline for submissions will be Monday, October 30, which gives you 2 weekends to work with. This year’s theme is “Within Reach” – all pieces entered need to be responsive to this theme.

Entering is not complicated. Students can enter original works in 6 categories: Dance choreography, Film, Literature, Music Composition, Photography or Visual Arts.

Judging is done at the School, County, and Regional/National levels in Grade categories (Primary – preschool to grade 2; Intermediate – grades 3-5; Middle School, High School and Special Artists.) There are awards at each level by category. First place winners in each category from Barrett will receive their awards at a county-wide assembly and their works will move on to compete against other county schools.

Official Rules are attached – here is a summary of what you would need to submit for a given category:

Dance Choreography – a video file under 5 minutes

Film Production – a video file under 5 minutes

Literature – prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative or short story less than 2,000 words – handwritten or typed

Music Composition – an audio file less than 5 minutes – all music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. No music scores are required at the elementary school level.

Photography – a single print/digital image (no collages) 3×5 up to 8×10

All entries need to be accompanied by an entry form, which includes a 100 word Artist Statement which is considered in the judging. Remember that the work needs to be inspired by the theme “Within Reach.” Submit entries in the Barrett Library (there will be a collection box from this Friday, October 20th until October 30.)

Complete information on formats for entries is at:

Copies of the Official Rules and Entry forms are attached in English and Spanish. There will also be forms available on the PTA Bulletin Board in the Barrett Entryway from Friday October 20th.

Email if you have any questions.

2017-18 Reflections Official Rules – Spanish

2017-18 Reflections Official Rules and Student Entry Form (Fillable) – English

2017-18 Reflections Student Entry Form – Spanish