Welcome to the 2015-2016 Penfield Central School District's Reflections Site!

Penfield schools participating in this year's program:
  • Penfield High School
  • Bay Trail Middle School
  • Cobbles Elementary
The theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly"

Entries were due Monday, 16 November 2015


All entries must be accompanied by a completed Student Entry Form (select the one for your school):

  • Penfield High School Student Entry Form [pdf format]
  • Bay Trail Middle School - [pdf format]
  • Cobbles Elementary - [pdf format]

The artist's statement on how their work relates to the theme is a very  important part of the submission.  Check out the weighting on the judging score card.

All entries receive recognition for participating.  Judging will occur by local artists for each school and the top two entries in each category will then be entered into the regional Genesee Valley PTA competition.  Winners from there move on to NYS PTA, then National PTA competitions.

There is NOT a limit to the number of entries a student may create for Reflections.

Don’t be intimidated by the rules, your PTA Reflections committee is there to help.

** New this year **

Visual Arts category now includes 3D Art forms!

EXAMPLES: Architectural model, carpentry, ceramics, design, dioramas, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, sculpture & wind chimes NYS PTA SIZE LIMIT: 3D artwork must be able to fit within a box no larger than 20”x20”x24”.  Must include packaging materials and 3 photos of the entry for judging, ID and exhibition purposes.   Visual Arts Rules

General and Category Rules:


  • Local - school PTA/PTSA
    • For each PTA/PTSA in good standing, two winners per category & age level are advanced to GVPTA
    • All participants are recognized with a certificate presented by the Reflections chair(s), school principal and/or PTA/PTSA president
    • Other awards based on budget
    • Entries may be displayed in school display cases or at Arts of Education events
    • Entries NOT advancing are returned in December
  • Regional - Genesee Valley PTA
    • All locally advanced entries are invited to a GVPTA reception in late January/early February where entries advancing to the NYS PTA level of judging are announced
    • Each entry receives a participation certificate
    • Entries NOT advancing are returned at the GVPTA reception
  • State - New York State PTA
    • Award of Excellence to the entry with the highest score for each arts category in each division. These entries will advance to the National PTA level.
    • Award of Merit to the next four entries with the highest scores for each arts category in each division.
    • New York State PTA Award recipients are announced after the Legislation/Education Conference in March.
    • New York State PTA recognizes and celebrates the state level award recipients during the Awards Session at the annual New York State PTA Convention in November. Hundreds of attendees from across the state get to enjoy the students’ artwork exhibited in the New York State PTA Reflections Art Gallery at Convention.
    • State level entries receive a certificate and ribbon
    • State level winners are recognized at the GVPTA Spring Conference in May OR Presidents/Principals Dinner in November
    • Entries NOT advancing are returned in May
  • National PTA
    • Outstanding Interpretation Award - Presented to one student in each arts category and the Special Artist Division for best theme interpretation. Recipients receive $800, a gold medal, and an $200 award for their local PTA. Awardees are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention and Exhibition in June and their artwork may be displayed at an exhibit in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.
    • Award of Excellence - Presented to the top three scores for each arts category in each Division. In 2014, PTA recognized 78 students with Awards of Excellence. Recipients received $200, a bronze medal, and were mentioned in the National PTA’s Awards Ceremony Program. They may be highlighted during an exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington.
    • Award of Merit - Presented to the next five highest scores for each arts category in each division. In 2014, PTA recognized 120 students with Awards of Merit. Recipients received a certificate.
    • The National PTA Award recipients are announced via news release and on www.pta.org at the end of May. State PTA Presidents and State PTA Reflections Specialists are notified via email. The National PTA Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients are honored at the National PTA Convention Awards session as well as during the Arts in Education Luncheon.
    • New York State PTA will contact the students who have received national recognition, except for the Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients. National PTA notifies Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients and coordinates their travel to the National PTA Convention where they are recognized.
    • Entries NOT advancing are returned in December of following year

More Information...

New York State PTA Reflections Program Information
National PTA Reflections Program Information

Student Entries must:
  • Be the original work of one student only
  • Be created expressly for the Reflections program– inspired by the current year’s theme
  • Adhere to the rules– This includes General Rules for Participation, Special Artist Division Rules and the arts category rules: Dance Choreography; Film Production; Literature; Music Composition; Photography and Visual Arts
  • Be accompanied by a completed and signed paper Student Entry Form– Student Entry Form For PTAs using only the online form, a printed version must be included with the student art entry.
  • Include a title and an artist statement– putting into words his/her inspiration for the artwork and describing how it relates to the theme. The statement must describe the content and include at least one sentence, but not exceed 100 words

Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself—the dance choreography or film production (including screenplay, camerawork, and directing) or musical composition (including written score and any lyrics), etc.—must be the creative product of one student only. (See the specific arts area rules for details.)
Use of copyrighted material (other than recorded music in dance choreography and film production entries) is prohibited.

A Word to Parents
As with any student activity, parent involvement and support are very important. But parents must remember that student artists need to be responsible for their own work. Children must make their own decisions about what to create and what to enter in the Reflections Program. By producing their own literature, musical compositions, photographs, films, dance routines, and visual artwork, children learn about the arts and, more importantly, they learn about themselves. Students should simply do their best; crooked lines, incorrect musical notes, or misspelled words do not disqualify anyone.

2017-2018 Theme Search

Each year, National PTA challenges students from across the country to submit theme ideas for the Reflections program. The student who submits the overall winning entry receives a cash award and their entry becomes a future Reflections theme.

Challenge the students in your PTA to submit their ideas!

This Year's 2017-2018 PTA Reflections Theme Search Entry Form with prior themes and Instructions - click here

Deadline: 16 October 2015

Check here in the fall for the 2018-2019 form and deadline.

PHS PTSA Webmaster,
Oct 20, 2015, 7:48 PM