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PTA Reflections Contest

The Head Elementary School PTA is excited to announce our call for entries for the 2023-2024 Reflections Arts Contest!

This year's theme is "I am Hopeful Because..."

Using inspiration from this year's theme, students in Pre-K through 5th grade can submit original entries to compete in 6 Reflections categories. The categories are:

  • Visual Art (2D and 3D)
  • Photography, Literature
  • Film Production
  • Dance Choreography
  • Music Composition

Entries will be judged at the local level and the top two student entries per category/grade level will move on for judging at the regional, state, and even national level. Entries are judged by 3 criteria - Interpretation of Theme (up to 20 points), Creativity (up to 10 points), and Technique (up to 10 points).

How does this work?  

  1. Students create an original work that meets the rules of the category they are entering (students may submit entries for multiple categories). Rules for each category can be found here.
  2. Students fill out a Student Entry Form and return it to school. The form will need to be fully completed including artist statement. The top portion will be completed by the PTA. If you need a hard copy of the form, please request via the Reflections email address.
  3. Parents submit entries digitally to Please note 3D Visual Art requires multiple picture angles.

When is the deadline?
Digital entries along with a fully completed student entry form must be received by Saturday, September 30. Entries will be judged digitally at the local level and the top two winners per category/grade level will move on to the regional level of competition.

Please note that for both the Visual Art (2D and 3D) and Photography categories, the original artwork will be required for the next levels of judging. Winners in these categories will be notified by Monday, October 9 and will need to bring their original artwork to the school no later than Friday, October 13.

Students who meet the deadline with a complete student entry form and digital submission will be entered into a drawing for a gift card!

We are so looking forward to seeing how our students express themselves through this year's theme, "I am Hopeful Because...".  We can't wait to celebrate their efforts!  

Please direct any questions to the Reflections email address.

Kristin Barton
Reflections Chair