PTA Reflections

PTA Reflections supports student success and serves as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in our school community. Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. The Reflection Program Theme for 2018-19 theme is Heroes Around Me.

PTA Reflections’ rules and the student entry form may all be found on the Jefferson County PTA website.

Entries will be due to the office TBA – an exact entry date will be provided soon. Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories, but students will be limited to one entry per category:

  • Visual Arts – Drawing, Painting, Sculpture
  • Photography – Film or Digital
  • Music Composition – Instrumental or Vocal
  • Film Production – Live Action, Documentary, Animation
  • Dance Choreography – Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary
  • Literature – Short Story, Essay, Poem

Information for Students, including an information flyer, fillable student packet, entry forms and how to prepare pieces to turn in can be found here: Reflections Student Rules and Forms. Here are some other helpful hints:

  • Read the Rules! Be sure to look at this year’s rules for creating your work. Rules do change from year to year. They spell out the sizes, lengths, and formats of each category. We cannot accept entries that don’t follow the rules.
  • Theme, theme, theme: The biggest factor in judging your work is how much you thought about the theme while creating your work. You could make the most beautiful painting in the show, but if it doesn’t match the theme for this year, it won’t win. Make sure your artist statement explains your thinking.
  • Originality: Make sure your work is your own. Please don’t copy a poster or book cover you’ve seen, or submit something that you made in an art class where everyone was making the same thing, or a dance piece that you were taught in dance class. The judges will spot that.
  • Dance Choreography: Be sure the video of your dance is well-framed and well-lit. It is hard to judge a dance that is hard to see. Save it in one of the approved formats.
  • Film Production: Although still images can be incorporated into a film piece, ALL still images must also be the work of the student. You may not use found photography or footage in your work. You CANNOT use PowerPoint to create your film. Rules dictate that the student must be the “cinematographer”, which means you must be either holding the camera, or using a tripod to set up the shot if you want to appear in the film.
  • Music Composition: Give us a good clear recording, in one of the approved formats. Please remember that music entries from grade 6 and up must include written sheet music. See rules for more details about what form that can take.
  • Photography: All photo entries must be a single picture. Do not submit a collage or collection of photos. It will not be accepted.
  • Visual Arts and Photography: Presentation matters. Please take care when you mount your work on a stiff background. Straight edges and a nice looking mat can help make an impression on the judges. If submitting 3D art, take some good photos of it from at least three different angles and mount those photos nicely on some matboard.
  • Literature: You can include pictures with your written piece, but you will be judged only on the words, not on your pictures.

Entry Submissions
The Manning School Reflection Committee will be collecting all entries TBA.  The location, date and time will be announced in a future Manning eBlast. A panel of Manning School Judges will judge all entries and determine school winners to advance to the Jeffco PTA Reflections Exhibition. We are excited that our talented Manning Students have an excellent opportunity to advance to the State and National levels!

Let the Creativity begin!  Have fun & Good Luck

For questions or comments please email Kazan Clark at