Reflections Contest

Expression Through the Arts

The PTA Reflections program is a theme-based competition that encourages students to explore and express themselves through the arts. Categories include, dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts.

The theme for the 2020-2021 school year is I Matter Because…

Questions? Contact Amanda Whiteman ( if you have any questions about this year’s program.

Contest Details

This National Arts contest invites you to show your love for the arts in the categories of dance choreography, music composition, photography, visual arts, literature and filmmaking. Winners will be selected in each arts category in 3 divisions, if applicable: Pre-K-2, 3-5, and special artist.

Students will be celebrated at a school-wide assembly, and first place winners will move on to county and possibly state or national levels.

Important Dates

  • Friday, October 30: Reflections Submissions Due in Library
  • Thursday, January 16: McKinley Reflections Assembly
  • Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Arlington County Reflections Awards Assembly, Washington-Liberty High School


Student Entry Packet (English)

Student Entry Packet (Spanish)

Print an entry form or pick up a form from the PTA board in the hallway. Please leave the PTA portion at the top blank. It will be filled out by the Reflections Chair for first place winners before they are passed onto the county level.


For detailed instructions on each category, please visit the following links (downloadable pdf documents):


Take special care with your entry form. Your work, title and artist statement should all closely relate to the theme, I Matter Because…. Entries will be judged based on the work and the artist statement in three categories: Interpretation of Theme  (40 points), Creativity (30 points) and Technique (30 points). Your artist statement and title are crucial to your Interpretation of Theme score.

You may enter as many categories as you like and you may enter the same category more than once.  A separate form must be filled out for each entry.

Please turn in your entries to the Reflections box in the library.

See the Virginia District PTA website for additional details.

How You Can Help

Help promote contest participation, collect student entries, facilitate judging, and organize the school awards ceremony.

Contact the program chair(s) if you wish to help.

2020/21 Program Chair(s)

Amanda Whiteman (

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