Calling all students!  

We want YOU to enter a project for the Reflections Arts Contest!  

This is for all students in grades K-5. Reflections is a PTA arts contest, in which students can submit entries from any of these 6 categories: Dance choreography, Literature, Music composition, Visual arts, Photography and Film Production.  The great thing about your project is it can be anything your child wants it to be.  Use the theme “Look Within” and the rules of their chosen category (listed at the bottom) to get inspired.  

Students should submit their Reflections project to Mrs. Theres in the music room by Friday, October 25th.  The winning entry in each category/ age division will move on to the next level of competition.  I would love to see one of our students from Conn represent our school in each category at the Wake County level!!  

Each project should come with a completed entry form (attached, or you can submit one digitally by clicking the link below).  Students may enter into more than one category, but each submission must have a completed entry form. 

Dance Choreography: Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 200 MB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4. Film Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 200 MB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.

Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11” paper, PDF file.

Music Composition: All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 200 MB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, MP4. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format (Score is only required for middle and high school divisions).

Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG. Cannot exceed 3 MB in file size.

Visual Arts: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG. Cannot exceed 3 MB in file size.

Special Artist: Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. See Official Rules for details.


Questions?  Feel free to contact Mrs. Theres at or use Talking Points!

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 REFLECTIONS CONTEST winners!

Conn Elementary Reflections Winners

1st Place:
Lucas Schaffhauser, Intermediate Film Production, Heroes Around Me
Caroline Gaddy, Intermediate Photography, Kisses For Our Foster Mom
Saiya Thomas, Primary Visual Arts, Heart of a Hero
Adam Saunders, Intermediate Literature, A Savior Above Us
Ella Putz, Intermediate Visual Arts,  My Heroes
Saiya Thomas, Primary Literature, Heart of a Hero

WAKE COUNTY Reflection Winners

3rd Place:
Saiya Thomas, Primary Literature, Heart of a Hero

We are so proud of the creative work that our Conn students submitted and worked so hard on!  Great job, everyone!

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Reflections Program

The Reflections Program is a National PTA cultural arts contest which recognizes outstanding student works in six art areas: 

Photography     Literature     Visual Arts (2D and 3D)

     Dance Choreography     Film Production     Musical Composition


This year's theme: "Heroes Around Us"

How to enter:

Students can enter any or all categories as many times as they choose!

Complete the Student Entry Form and turn it in along with your art submission
Remember to follow all rules and presentations guidelines! 
Forms must be completely filled out including signatures, title and artist statement

Here are the General Participation Rules. See more information for students here.

Our judging will take place before the holiday break and the winning art will be sent to the next level of competition. Students will be recognized later in the school year.

North Carolina PTA Reflections Web Page  |  Wake PTA Reflections Web Page

Questions? Contact Sarah Theres at

Thanks to the Conn students who participated in Reflections 2015-16!

Primary (K-2) Division:
1st: Leonardo Gorga (1st grade)
2nd: Camm Fyfe (2nd grade)
Visual Arts
1st: Luca Sabino (1st grade)
2nd: Carleigh Spencer (K)
3rd (tie): Scarlet Murray (1st grade) and Izzy Freeman (2nd grade)

Secondary (3-5) Division:
1st: Camille Corey (3rd grade)
1st: Avery Sweet (5th grade)
2nd: Emily Irving
Visual Arts
1st: Jack Pasfield (3rd grade)

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