Reflections Arts Program

2017-18 Theme "Within Reach"

Thank you to all the participants in this year's Reflections Art Program. We had a wonderful display of artwork at the Showcase. 
The winners were recognized with certificates and ribbons by our principal, Mrs. Rosenzweig.

Primary Visual Arts

Award of Excellence to Bhavana C. for Happiness

Award of Merit  to Ava P. for Reaching For Your Dreams

Honorable Mention to Leonardo L. for Community

Intermediate visual art

Award of Excellence to Tvisha G. for Within Reach

Award of Merit to Venkataperumal R. for Within Reach

Honorable Mention:

Maya M. for Let's Be Stars! 

Justin N. for Within Reach - Saving The Ocean

Primary Literature

Award of Excellence to Osvaldo S L. for A Poem

Intermediate Literature

Award of Excellence to Krithika N. for My Dream 

Award of Merit to Dhruv G. for The Door's Illusion

Honorable Mention to Noor G. for Skinny and Sunshine

Primary Photography

Award of Excellence to Leonardo Z L. for Leaf of the Fall

Award of Merit to Eduardo Y L. for Yellow for Leaf of the Fall

Honorable Mention to Osvaldo S L. for Soccer Ball into the sky

Intermediate Photography

Award of Excellence to Dhruv G. for Leaping Catch

Award of Merit to Shivani C. for The Beauty

Primary Music

Award of Excellence to Inika A. for You Gotta Reach the Sky * 

Award of Merit tp Leonardo Z. L. for Color of the Fall

Intermediate Music

Award of Excellence to Mahathi S. for Within the Reach *

Congratulations to Inika A. (Primary Division) and Mahathi S. (Intermediate Division)!

Recipients of the Award of Merit at the State Level!

The Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Reflections encourages students of all ages 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

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance/choreography

  • Literature

  • Photography

  • Film production

  • Music composition

  • Visual arts

Review general entry rules listed on the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Reflections webpage prior to working on your project. Download official entry form


Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention

  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at convention

  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to convention

For judging purposes, entries are divided into 2 divisions:

Primary: Pre-K - 2nd grade

Intermediate:  Grades 3 - 5

Entries are judged on the following 3 criteria:

  1. Interpretation - How does your submission relate to the topic “Within Reach” ? Use the artist statement section on the entry form to explain the connection between the submission(s) and the topic. (20 points)

  2. Originality - How much independence of thought and idea has been expressed in the work. (10 points)

  3. Technique - what unique skills have been used to create this piece (10 points)

(For Official Use Only)

-Judging Tips
-Judge's Rating Sheet

Review general entry rules listed on the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Reflections webpage prior to working on your project.


San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs

CA PTA to find tips, detailed rules and the CA PTA store

National PTA to read more about the program and find the National PTA store

Lili Shiau,
Oct 8, 2017, 9:48 PM