2020-21 Theme: I Matter Because...


Submission Deadline: Friday, October 9th at 3pm


Contact:  Jennifer Gu, Highland Oaks PTA Reflections Chair

          Email: [email protected]


Highland Oaks Elementary PTSA is proud to be part of the PTA’s national Reflections Art Program that has brought the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. 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 are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance/choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Visual arts


Artwork is 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.

All entries, applications, essays MUST be submitted by electronically.

Files email should be in the file format as shown below:


Visual Art: *.jpg or *.pdf


Photography: *.jpg or *.pdf


Film Production: *.mov or similar


Dance: *.mov or similar


Music Composition: *.wav or similar


Entry Forms: *.pdf or *.doc


File Name for Art Work: [Category]-[Division]-[LastName]-[FirstName]-[School]


File Name for Entry Form: [Category]-[Division]-[LastName]-[FirstName]-[School]-EntryForm


Please see the links below for the Entry Form and Rules for ALL participants.