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1 Reflections 101 Explore the Arts! Susan RupertMarilyn Aikins MO PTA State Vice President MO PTA State Reflections Chair Director of Programs

2 National PTA Reflections Arts Recognition Program “Reflections” was started in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, then Colorado State PTA President. >10 million student participants Pre-K to 12 th Grade. Not a contest, but a program Theme: “Let Your Imagination Fly” 6 Art Areas: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts (now 2D AND 3D!)

3 Benefits of Participation: Students Unleash Creative talents and be inspired! Students Express Themselves imaginatively with artwork. Students Experience Joy of making art. Students Tap into Critical Thinking Skills to create art inspired by the annual theme. Students Receive Positive Recognition for original works of art (Local to State to National).

4 Start With The Basic Steps:

5 #1 – Be a Unit in Good Standing Local PTA units must be deemed to be in “good standing” in order to fully participate in the PTA programs. (i.e. Reflections and benefits offered by the association)

6 A PTA Unit is “in good standing” if it: Adheres to Purposes and Basic Policies of PTA; Remits National and State Dues to MO PTA by 1st of each month Has Bylaws approved every 3 years according to the procedures of MO PTA Submits copy of Unit’s Fiscal Year End Report to the MO PTA by December 1 st Submits copy of the unit’s annual financial review (formerly known as the audit) to the MO PTA by December 1st Submits copy of the required IRS Tax Form to MO PTA by December 1 st Submits Names and Addresses of officers to the MO PTA by March 31 st Meets Other Criteria as may be prescribed by the MO PTA.

7 The …ing Phases of a Reflections Program 1. Planning 2. Promoting 3. Informing 4. Judging 5. Uploading State Judging StateAdvancing 6. Celebrating Do first: Local Unit Sends to State Competition MO PTA Sends to National Competition!! 1 st Place On Display at the National Art Gallery!!

8 1. Reflections Planning Phase Form a committee: Don’t be a “Lone Ranger” Be informed: Utilize Local, State, National Resources Make a Time Line: Map out the process, step by step. Enlist Art Judges: Do this early so they can plan their own calendar.

9 2. Reflections Promoting Phase “The Kick Off” Customizable resources Back to School Activities Arts in Education Week Local Media School Media Social Media PTA Meeting Arts Organizations In/Out of school

10 3. Reflections Informing Phase 1. Locate “Call for Entries” Form in Tool Kit 2. Customize it to your Unit 3. Distribute to Your Students

11 Reflections Student Entry Form Be completed by student/parent Enter information online for entries advancing to State Round Incomplete Required Areas will not “upload”

12 Reflections Participant Packet contains the following: 1. Student Entry Form 2. General Participation Rules 3. Art Category Specific Rules 4. Special Artists Information, if applicable Make sure your local deadline information is included in this packet – (ie. When & Where)

13 Reflections Grade Divisions PRIMARY (Preschool- Grade 2) INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3-5) MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12) SPECIAL ARTIST (All Grades)

14 Reflections Special Artist Division  Traditional Grade Division: – Grade Division that most closely aligns to functional abilities. – Recognized without regard to special need or challenge.  Special Artist Division: – Non-graded (i.e. PK-2) – Meets A.D.A. guidelines. – Can receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance.

15 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (9th-12 th grade) Photography Winner, Hannah Ledesma from Greenwood Laboratory School Springfield

16 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (9 th -12 th grade) Visual Arts Winner, Grant Pace from Park Hill South High Park Hill

17 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (6 th -8 th grade) Photography Winner, Jaelyn Bray from Delta Woods Middle School Blue Springs

18 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (6 th -8 th grade) Visual Arts Winner, Ella Kirkendoll from Bode Middle School St. Joseph

19 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (3 rd -5 th grade) Photography Winner, Finnley Casey from Voy Spears Elementary Blue Springs

20 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (3 rd -5 th grade) Visual Arts Winner, Huong Luu from Edison Elementary St. Joseph

21 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (Pre K-2 nd grade) Photography Winner, Clara Jane Dykhouse from Fairview Elementary Columbia

22 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place (Pre K-2 nd grade) Winner Visual Arts Winner, Gia Mussorici from Bell Prairie School North Kansas City

23 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place Special Artist Photography Winner, Austin Isaacson from Liggett Trail Education Center Blue Springs

24 Example: 2015 State 1 st Place Special Artist Visual Arts Winner, Mia Tarantola from Liggett Trail Education Center Blue Springs

25 Reflections Program Resources Webinars and recorded training at Missouri Reflections “Tool Kit” on further questions to State Chair at

26 National PTA Reflections® Webinar Training Schedule and Registration Links – website, leaders guide. Live sessions & recorded trainings Reflections 101: Introduces general program information, share ideas, and offer recommendations on how to implement PTA Reflections in your school and beyond. If you can’t join us live, visit our digital Toolkit to view a recording. Instructions for Reflections Online Registration: Guides Local PTA Units on how to: Create an Account Submit your PTA Registration Form Submit Student Entry Forms Review & Entries to the State Round

27 Finding the Missouri PTA Reflections Tool Kit Visit mopta.org 1.Click on Programs and Services drop down. 2.Click on Reflections/Awards 3.Click on Reflections “Tool Kit” Reflections Toolkit Missouri PTA Reflections Local Leaders Guide Appendix A Theme Search Entry Form Appendix B National PTA Webinar Training Schedule and Registration Links Appendix C Local PTA Unit Participation Form Appendix CC - Reflections Chair's Checklist Appendix D - Student Entry Form Appendix E National PTA Reflections General Participation Rules.pdf Appendix E - Dance Choreography Rule Appendix E - Film Production Rules Appendix E - Literature Rules Appendix E - Music Composition Rules Appendix E - Photography Rules Appendix E - Special Artists Rules Appendix E - Visual Arts Rules Appendix F - Arts in Education Flyer ENGLISH Appendix F - Arts in Education Flyer SPANISH Appendix F - Explore the Arts! Participate in PTA Reflections Flyer ENGLISH Appendix F - Explore the Arts! Participate in PTA Reflections Flyer SPANISH Appendix F - Special Artist Division Flyer ENGLISH Appendix F - Special Artist Division Flyer SPANISH Appendix F - The world would be a better place if Poster ENGLISH Appendix F - The world would be a better place if Poster SPANISH Appendix G - Information for Judges Appendix G - Sample Judging Score Card Appendix H - Arts and Reflections Messages To Share Appendix H - Certificate of Recognition Template Appendix H - National Awards and Recognition ENGLISH Appendix H - National Awards and Recognition SPANISH Appendix H - Template Media Advisory Appendix I - Template Acknowledgment Letter Appendix J - Sample Program Evaluation Appendix K - Donation Request Letter Appendix K - Speaker Request Letter Appendix L - PTA UNIT IN GOOD STANDING

28 Then, Let the Artwork Begin!

29 Reflections The Deadline for advancing artwork to the State Round of judging is: Thursday, December 10, 2015 This earlier deadline has great advantages: Holidays and No School Days Time for Preparing Artwork for Uploading and Advancing Time for judging The “Life” factor padding Hint: Think of it in reverse order to determine your Unit deadline

30 Deadline Reminders Reminders Can Go On: Announcements School Bulletins Bulletin Boards Social Media Postcards

31 Collecting Reflections Artwork Uploads at Unit Level: Preliminary Screening of Student Art Work:  1. Completed Student Entry Form  2. General Participation Rules Followed  3. Art Category Rules followed » Correct dimensions » Correct format

32 Locating Reflections Judges Local Professionals of Specific Art Categories Retired Teachers College Professors Parent Volunteers

33 4. Reflections Judging Phase Suggested Use of Rubric Category Rules for reference Clear placing Deadlines Blind Judging

34 Preparing for “Blind” Judging Number the entry on the entry form, ( i.e. VA 100 (Visual Arts) then #s beginning with 100 are your primary level, 200 = intermediate, 300 = MS, 400 = HS, 500 = Special Artists) Use painter’s tape & perm. marker to number artwork Make a copy of the entry form Cut off the student’s info and secure to back of artwork. Allows judges to see only title and artist’s statement

35 Why “Blind” Judging? Reduces concerns of favoritism. – Remind students not to “sign” name to artwork – If signed on front, use painter’s tape to cover name on photography & visual arts. Anonymity is almost impossible on dance & film

36 5. Reflections Uploading Phase (in brief) 3 Entries per Division per Art Category Entries are submitted online only on the National PTA’s website or https://ptareflections.fluidreview.com Deadline is December 10, 2015

37 3 Stages of Recognition: Reflections Arts Program of National PTA 1.Local Unit Program 2.MO PTA (State) Level 3. National Recognition

38 1. Local Unit Recognition – Local School PTA Unit holds it own recognition program. – Local School PTA Unit Advances no more than 3 entries per division per category online to mopta for the State Round of competition.

39 2. MO PTA State Recognition 1.1 st thru 5 th place, and usually up to 6 Honorable Mention A.Award Winners announced in March. B.Unit Presidents and Reflections chairs are notified by . Winner’s list is also posted on the MO PTA website C.Students receive special invitation to Reflections Student Showcase. Details to be announced. D. 1 st Place award recipients in each category and grade division advance to National Competition.

40 3. National Recognition Outstanding Interpretation Awards- 7 awarded Awards of Excellence – 3 awarded per Division per Each Arts Area Awards of Merit – Up to 5 Awards per Division of Each Art Area Honorable Mention - All Remaining Students Reaching National Level

41 6. Celebrate it ALL! Participation Achievement Recognition Parent Engagement Community Involvement Celebrating!

42 Viewing Award Winning Artwork: National Winners at: National Gallery of Art Exhibition Hall pta.org – Programs tab – Reflections/awards State Winners at: mopta.org- – Programs tab – Reflections/awards

43 Promote the National PTA Reflections Theme Search Use form in Local Leader’s Guide Submit form to MO PTA by midnight, October 31 MO PTA selects 5 to advance to National PTA The winning student’s entry selected by National PTA will receive $100, and his/her theme will be presented at the Annual National PTA Convention. ******************************************************** Theme: “What’s Your Story?” Theme picked and announced March 2015.

44 Reflections Theme Search Form 1. Use National PTA Reflections Theme Search Entry Template from pta.org 2. Insert State PTA name. 3. Insert your local deadline. 4. Distribute form to your students.

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