2020-2021 Reflections Program

This year’s theme is “I Matter Because….” Students submitted their original completed works of art November 18th in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Questions? Email . Thank you!  

2020 Entries

Congratulations to the finalists whose pieces have been forwarded to the state competition.


Reflections is an annual event that occurs every fall nationwide. The National PTA assigns the theme and students are encouraged to submit original artwork, photographs, literature, film video, music compositions and dance choreography to their school in November.

In the Shoreline School District, each school sends 20 Finalists to the Shoreline PTA Council District Competition in late-November, and the submissions are displayed in the Shoreline Center lobby through early January. During the second week of January, Council usually hosts a district-wide reception for the school finalists and announces the 36 winners heading to the State level competition. This year, due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will be no display or reception for 2021. However, we will post the winners from the district heading to the Washington State Competition on this page in January 2021. Winners will also be announced in the Shoreline Area News.  More details will be posted on the Shoreline PTA Council Facebook Page.

Young artists get involved through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted.  All PTAs/PTSAs in good standing may sponsor the program. 
Complete details are linked here:

  • Music Composition – original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
  • Photography: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.
  • Visual Arts: drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
  • Film/Video: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Choreography/Dance: originally choreographed dance composition.

Participation is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions are:

  • Primary: Preschool – Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grades 3 – 5
  • Middle School: Grades 6 – 8
  • High School: Grades 9 – 12