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Reflections is a National PTA cultural arts recognition program and is America’s oldest and largest arts education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired more than 10 million students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.

“Show Your Voice!”

That’s the theme for the 2022-23 Reflections Art Program. California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

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

Artwork is submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.



2022-2023 Reflections Program Entries

All Calavera Hills Elementary School students are encouraged to participate in this year's Reflections program.
Here's how are students can participate:

1. Reflect on the theme Show Your Voice! ...

  • Get creative and consider the review criteria: InterpretationCreativity, and Technique.

2. Create Original Art

3. Submit Entry Form and Artwork by a Date Set by the PTA Unit

  • Entries are due on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 by 9:00am. 
    Entries can be submitted at the CHE school office Attn: Terri Trexler prior to the deadline. Late submissions cannot be accepted.  

  • CHE Reflections Student Entry Form can be accessed here and must accompany each submission.

We look forward to celebrating the creativity of our student participants at CHE and recognizing their efforts with a participant ribbon and certificate at our school-wide Recognition Assembly to be held on Friday, November 18th at 8:30am. We will be showcasing their art submissions on campus in November as well. 

For more information visit the CAPTA Reflection's website

For questions about Reflections at CHE, please contact our Reflections Chair, Terri Trexler.