Entry Information


PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach.


The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, district, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level, where selected works, are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level-council, district, or state-depending on each state PTA’s structure. Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select entries to submit to the National PTA. Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA Convention and are displayed as a part of the program’s traveling exhibit.


Levels of Judging and Advancement

  • Local – this is your school’s PTA – University Park PTA
  • Council – this your unit’s council - IUSD
  • District – we are the Fourth District PTA (of the California State PTA)
  • State – California State PTA
  • National


2017-2018 Theme: Within Reach


Deadline to submit artwork: Oct 13 2017



Reflections – For Students

Choose an Arts Category - This is your chance to express who you are as an individual through one or more of the following:

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

Reflect on the theme: Within Reach and get creative!

Follow program rules provided by U.P PTA and consider the following criteria while creating your art piece: 

  • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
  • Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
  • Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Submit Your Entry

Follow PTA deadlines and instructions on how to enter (Details sent home).

In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you.

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)? 
  • What/Who was your inspiration?

Win Awards and Prizes!

Be considered for local, regional, state and national level awards and prizes.





A consent form must accompany each entry if a person's recognizable image or voice is included in the submission and can be found below.



An entry form must accompany each artwork submitted and can be found below.



Information flyer sent home with students and can be found below.

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Click on the art category below for detailed information.

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Questions: Send email to reflections@universityparkpta.com

Where does the money go?

Chromebooks, Assemblies, Family Fun Fest, School Improvements...

Our fundraising efforts channel money directly to University Park Elementary School for programs that support excellence in education for ALL of our students.

What are we?

We are a group of parent volunteers who have committed our time, talents and resources to support, enhance, improve and enrich our children's education.

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