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Reflections 2014-2015
Reflect on the theme. Create an original work. Be recognized.
While you are vacationing keep in mind the up coming Reflections Program. 
The theme for the 2014-2015 school year. “The world would be a better place if...  This theme by Mercedes Messer of Puyallup, Washington was selected through the National Reflections Theme Search Contest. When asked what inspired her theme, Mercedes said, “Our world, because I care about it and wanted to know other kids’ ideas on how we could make it a better place.

The Reflections Program provides students with the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Reflections can also serve as an outlet for students to creatively explore what they are learning in the classroom. When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, dance, film, and other art media, they grow intellectually; they learn to analyze their thoughts and feelings. The Reflections Program helps parents encourage the creativity, self-discovery, and lifelong learning of their children. Supporting the PTA Reflections Program is one way you can increase student achievement, foster student talents, and promote the arts.


Student entries must reflect the theme “The world would be a better place if...”.They may enter in the following areas:


  • Visual Arts-drawing, crayons, colored pencil, markers, painting in tempera, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, collage, printmaking, needlework. all art must be flat, no art may exceed 24”x 30” including mat, all paper entries must be mounted on cardboard mats but no frames, judging is of the artwork itself and not the matting.
  •  Literature—including works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, short stories and lyrics. Entries must not exceed 2000 words on 8 ½” x 11” paper, judge for literary content— grammar, spelling and punctuation should be age appropriate and should not disqualify an entry, physically challenged --ELL, Pre-school, kindergarten and 1st grade students may dictate to another person who may write/type the original work—transcribers must retain the same level of language and accuracy as that of the student’s original work.
  •  Photography—kid taken photos only. Each print should be mounted and may not exceed 11” x 14” including mat, student must take the original photograph, additional processes may be done to the photograph by the student including: retouched prints, collage of student’s photos, photogram, montage, sandwich, multiple exposure, computer generated art done with digital photo taken by student.
  •  Musical Composition—music must be work of one student and is not to exceed 5 minutes recorded on cassette tape, acapella or instrumental compositions are acceptable, musical notation must be submitted for middle and senior age categories, music questions must be answered on official entry form.


    All our children’s art is precious.Every entry will be honored by the Parkside PTA.We want to be a cheerleader for all children.Please encourage them to participate, we won’t turn any entry away. Questions? Email Maureen Vlases at