Welcome Students and Families!
Explore the Arts and Express Yourself!
For over 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.
Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2020-2021 school year will be I Matter Because... Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
Students, parents and/or guardians are asked to contact the student's own school PTA in the fall of 2020, to find out about deadline (likely in January, 2021), which art categories (if not all 6) are being offered, and to get a copy of the Student's Packets (Student Entry Form + Official Rules). You might find these info at your school office or on your school PTA’s website.
Otherwise, you may use these generic versions of the Student Entry Form from the Student's Packets. If you can't get find any help from your school PTA, contact the North Dakota PTA Reflections chair directly (see email on the bottom of this page) and we will figure it out together! Generally speaking, students who attend schools in North Dakota that have PTAs, or have joined local PTAs for the purpose of participating in PTA programs, are qualified to participate in the PTA Reflections program.
Tips for Students and Families
Families can support their students’ participation by creating time and space for students to work on their entries, providing encouragement and needed materials.
Entries should represent students’ unique creativity. Adults are welcome to encourage students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic expression.
Use of copyrighted material (i.e. cartoon character, sports team logos) is prohibited in the literature, music composition, photography and visual arts categories. Use of copyrighted music in dance choreography and film production entries is acceptable when the title, composer and performer of any music in the submission are cited on the student entry form.
Try to participate in not just one, but two - or more - arts categories! It can be as fun and as easy as snapping a photo, writing a short poem/essay and/or drawing a picture.
Judging at the state and national level will be based on:
INTERPRETATION (20 points) -- How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement on the student entry form
CREATIVITY (10 points) -- How creative and original the piece is in it's conception of the theme and it's presentation
TECHNIQUE (10 points) --The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.
State and National Awards
Students will have the opportunity to move up through their school to compete at the state level and the national level.
🎈🎉 The 2020 North Dakota PTA Reflections Celebration Party will be held at... (POSTPONED. Will be rescheduled following CDC guidelines). All students who's entries are advanced to the state-level will be honored (that's usually everyone who participates) . Families/guardians of these students are also invited. Light refreshment will be served. This party is also open to all PTA Reflections Chairs, PTA officers from all PTA schools in North Dakota, regardless of participation, and open to school staff and individuals that helped to run this program at their schools.
First-place winner from each grade division/art category at the state level will advance to the national Level for judging. Winners at the national level will be announced by the National PTA in early May (HERE).
"Look Within" national winners will be invited to the 2020 National PTA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky that takes place June 18 – 21, 2020. "I Matter Because..." national winners will be invited to the 2021 National PTA Convention in Grapevine, TX that takes place June 24– 27, 2021.
So...Let's get started with your creation inspired by the theme "I Matter Because..."!
Need examples? Click videos below to see past national-level winning entries!
2020 North Dakota PTA Reflections Party
The 2020 North Dakota PTA Reflections Celebration Party will be held at...
(POSTPONED, will be rescheduled following CDC guidelines)
🎈🎉 All students who entered "Look Within" will be honored! 🎉🎈