Reflections Program 2019-2020
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Theme:  "Look Within"

Reflections has been a staple arts program in many schools for over 50 years.  Started in 1969 by the National PTA. Each year, the National PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Reflections program through their local PTAs. These student winners go on to compete at the district/regional and state levels, with the best-of-the-best entries going to National PTA to be considered for a National Reflections award.


Each year, PTA gives the following awards at the national level: 

  • Outstanding Interpretation Awards

  • Awards of Excellence

  • Awards of Merit

  • Honorable Mention


Every Gorzycki student is invited to create original art inspired by this year's theme and participate in the National PTSA project. All projects are judged. Some will move on to Council, some to State and some to National PTSA.


The Reflections program encourages students to explore their thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.  Through the efforts of our Local PTAs, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. 

With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students of all ages and abilities can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story.

How to Enter:

1.  Pick up an entry form at the Gorzycki Library or download the entry form here in English or Spanish.

2.  Pick a category.  The categories are:

  • Dance/Choregraphy

  • Film Production

  • Literature

  • Musical Composition

  • Photography

  • Visual Arts

See rules for each category, which are available in English and Spanish at this link:

3.  Submit entries.  Deadline to submit entries in the designated boxes in the Reflections bin in the library is Friday November 8, 2019.

Student's family or family member must be a member of the GMS PTA to participate in Reflections

  • All Tigers (6th-8th grades) are encouraged to participate, including Special Artists (for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504; please refer to the rules online for more information.

  • The theme is Look Within.  In the judging process, greater weight is put on interpretation of the theme, how closely the piece relates to the theme based on the entry submitted and the artist statement.



More information and all entry forms, consent forms and rules are available in English and Spanish at the Texas PTA website.

General Information

Gorzycki PTA Reflections Coordinator:

Lori Mannion

GMS Staff Coordinator:

Kathleen Dahill

For complete state PTA Reflections details click here

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