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Give students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts!


The Reflections Art Program, a National PTA Program that was founded in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson Program, has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students by offering opportunities for students to express themselves creatively through visual arts, photography,  literature, music, dance, and film and to receive positive recognition for their original works inspired by a pre-selected theme.  

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Questions? Contact CHMS PTSA committee member Christina McGoldrick (

Members of the California State PTA and students are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections Encourages Students 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.

Create an Original Work

Only new and original works inspired by the selected Reflections theme will be accepted.  Enter in one or more of the following arts categories:

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


Submit Your Entry

Follow the CHMS PTSA deadlines and instructions on how to enter. Your submission must include a completed and signed Student Entry Form and Artist Statement that tells us about your work and what it means to you.

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)? 
  • What/Who was your inspiration?


Judging Criteria

Volunteer arts and education experts review submissions without knowledge of the entrants’ identity. Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. 

  • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
  • Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
  • Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.


Reflections Participation Forms

       Student Entry Form


Recognition Awards

  • All participating students will be recognized by the CHMS PTSA for entry submissions.
  • Top awarded entries will represent the CHMS PTSA at the Council and District PTA levels.
  • Winning entries at the Council/District levels advance to the California State level.
  • Entries are reviewed on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity.
  • Entries are reviewed at the local unit, council, and district levels before advancing to state and national levels.
  • CHMS PTSA award recipients will be notified at the end of October. 
  • Carlsbad Unified Council PTA award recipients will be notified in November
  • Ninth District PTA award recipients will be notified in December.
  • National award recipients will be notified via email by National PTA, typically in May. The PTSA in its sole discretion will select finalists for exhibition and provide awards/prizes.



2017-18 Winners at Calavera Artists Show Community What is Within Their Reach


Congratulations to the Calavera Middle school students who have been presented with the Award of Excellence for this year’s Reflections Art Program, Within Reach.  


In the Literature category the following student received the Award of Excellence and the Award for Outstanding Interpretation of Theme:

Rishi Pathak


In the categories of Art and Photography the following students received the Award of Excellence and the Award for Outstanding Interpretation of Theme:

Leeya Sidher

Lily Velarde

Brooklyn Branson


In the categories of Art and Photography the following student received the Award of Excellence:

 Liliana Feyk


In the Literature category the following student received the Award of Merit

Aaryaman Nemani


In the categories of Art and Photography the following student received the Award of Merit:

Maya Chinai

Nora Ismail

Eliana Le’

Carleigh Lyon

Siena Lyon

Leila Marrow

Mia Stantz

Isabel Vidal

The following students were awarded Honorable Mentions

Mia Haskins

Max Haskins

Eliana Le’

Audrey Rucker

Greyson Tong


Congratulations to all the students who participated in 2017-18 year’s Reflections program!


The Reflections Committee would like to offer a big thank you to all those who helped make this year’s Reflections event a success and a special thanks to the 2017-18 year’s Reflections judge, Sandy Haasis.