Reflections Art Program

celebrating the arts and self-expression

Deadline:  All entries must be received by October 18th, 2021 extended to November 1, 2021

 Pick up contest rules and entry forms from the SPHS front office, or visit link below.

A call to all SPHS students! Showcase your creativity and talent by expressing your
interpretation of this year’s theme,
I Will Change The World BY
. This year you can enter as many
pieces as you want from one or more of the  6 categories listed below:

* Dance Choreography
* Literature
* Photography

* Film Production
* Music Composition (Music Notation is Required)
* Visual Arts (Make sure to mat your artwork and attach the entry form)

Labeling of Artwork: Make sure to label all original artwork with the standard format shown below:

State. Art Category. Grade Division. Last name. First Name
Example: CA.Dance.PRI.Smith.Nancy

All entries must be original pieces, and not created for a different contest or classroom assignment.

Follow the program rules for each category, consider the following criteria, and have fun bringing your imagination to life!

Review Criteria:
Interpretation: How the piece relates to the theme (I Will Change The World By) based on the artwork itself and the artistic statement.
Creativity: How creative and original in its conception and presentation of the theme.
Technique: Level of skill demonstrated in the techniques of the artist’s chosen category/categories.

** Contest rules and entry forms are also available here! Please read the rules for each category, then completely fill out the entry, except the PTSA info box).

In addition, everyone can enter the Theme Search Contest.  (Entry forms also available in SPHS main office)

The 2023-2024 Reflections theme search will begin on September 1, 2021. California theme idea winners will be forwarded to National PTA for consideration. The student who submits the winning entry will receive a $100 prize. All submissions must be received by November 1, 2021.  Apply here 

Please contact the PTSA Reflections Art Chair at if you have any questions.


If you have any questions, please contact

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions. 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.

Please complete this registration form and send it, with any digital submissions, to If your submission is too large to send or is not in digital format, please note that in your message and the PTSA will contact you to arrange your submission.

Submission deadline: October 18, 2021. extended to November 1, 2021.

National PTA’s Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts 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. This 50+ year-old program helps them 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.

Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level.

National Reflections winners are announced in May and celebrated throughout the following year.

Students can submit original work in the following categories.

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