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National PTA Reflections Program

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The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students established in 1969. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme and helps to increase community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by artistic discipline and by school grade. Student’s works are critiqued alongside others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The four divisions and six categories are as follows:





Preschool-Grade 2

Music Composition


Grades 3-5


Middle School

Grades 6-8

Visual Arts

High School

Grades 9-12

Film Production

Special Artist

All Grades



Dance Choreography


Out of our 53 school sites, we had 43 school PTAs that participated and held a local or “unit” Reflections contest. This year, most students participated virtually by submitting their works online. 705 entries were received throughout the school district. At each school site Award of Excellence recipients in each category and age group were awarded, and those winners moved on to our Capistrano Unified Council PTSA to be judged. This year we received 203 Award of Excellence winners from around the District. From those, we awarded 25 Awards of Excellence, 40 Awards of Merit, and 41 Honorable Mentions. The Award of Excellence entries from each category, shown in the following slideshows, will move on to the Fourth District PTA, which represents 21 Councils in Orange County.

Congratulations to all the Capistrano Unified students who participated in the Reflections Program this year! You vividly brought this year’s theme, “I Matter Because…” to life with your creativity, imagination, and talent. Thank you to your families for the continued support of PTA and this very special program.

The National PTA Reflections Program relies on the efforts of many people. Our individual schools’ Reflections Chairs are key to the success of this program, and we are so grateful to each of them for all their time and energy. Thank you also to our Council PTSA volunteers who collected the advancing artwork, and created slideshows in order to share each student’s work during this time of social distancing.  A very special thank you to Courtney Fielder for being the CUCPTSA Arts Advocate and Reflections Chair for the last seven years.

Many thanks to our judges, experts in their respective fields, who carefully considered each entry and seriously evaluated its artistic qualities and interpretation of theme. Their decisions were difficult, and we greatly appreciate the countless hours they devoted to this process. Thank you also to the CUSD offices, staff, superintendent and Trustees for their support. Many thanks to Tania Cluttey for creating the web pages that made this virtual presentation possible.

Reflections was created to help all students find their voices and to tell their unique stories. It is truly inspiring to see the creativity of the students of this school district and it has been an honor and pleasure to witness the interpretations again this year. 

May we all remain artists!


Your 2020-2021 CUCPTSA Reflections Co-Chairs,
Mina Carson and Courtney Fielder


I Matter Because Theme

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I Matter Because Theme