WHAT IS REFLECTIONS? The Ohio PTA, through National PTA, holds an annual cultural arts
program, Reflections. Children in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit original works of art in six areas: literature, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film production and music composition. The Reflections program allows PTAs throughout the state to recognize children for their creativity as they reflect on the yearly theme. Teachers, parents,
children and community can get involved in enhancing arts education though the Reflections
program. The Reflections Program is one of the best examples of the PTA's ability to bring out the best in our youth. PTA strongly supports education in the arts. It is about creating educational excitement and involvement within our schools between parents, teachers and our kids.
"Let Your Imagination Fly"
2017-18 Theme Search
At a Glance
More information to come soon!
2015-2016 Reflections® Art Program
Participation in the Reflections® Program is open to any student, from preschool to 12th grade in Ohio through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing. To be in good standing, initial membership dues must be received in Ohio PTA office by November 30. The Reflections program promotes advocacy for all children. By using the PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships in the development your local Reflections program, you can help improve your school in the areas of arts and cultural exploration.
Students can enter Reflections® in the following grade divisions - Primary: preschool–grade 2, Intermediate: grades 3–5, Middle/Junior: grades 6–8 and Senior: grades 9–12. They may submit works in any of the six arts areas: Literature, Music composition, Photography, Visual arts, Dance choreography, and Film production. Special artists can submit entries in any category. Our Reflections program begins at the local level, advances to PTA Council level, then to State for judging. The State winners of the Award of Excellence are then advanced to National PTA.
We are happy to announce Ohio PTA had six 2014-2015 National winners. All received the Award of Merit. Each will receive a silver medallion and certificate.
Award of Merit - Middle School- Dance-Molly Whitham
Award of Merit - Intermediate - Literature -Lily Wood
Award of Merit - Middle School- Literature - Gea Torres
Award of Merit - Primary - Literature -Gabriel Velinov
Award of Merit - High School- Music - Gregory Watson
Award of Merit - Middle School - Visual Arts -Natalie Upholz
National PTA Reflections® Theme Search:
National PTA is currently seeking a theme for the 2017-2018 Reflections® program year. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, June 30-July 3, 2016. Ohio PTA will accept theme idea entries until November 6, 2015. Mail directly to Ohio PTA office, 40 Northwoods Blvd., Suite A, Columbus, OH 43235-4718. Please use the online application form for all entries (includes list of past themes). Only signed original forms will be considered.
Interested in learning more about the arts in education? OAAE, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, provides a weekly Arts Online Education Update.
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National Response to Address Children's
Exposure to Violence
Did you know that more than half of this nation's children - estimated at 43 million - will have their lives touched by violence, crime, abuse, and psychological trauma this year? It will happen in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, playgrounds or playing fields, locker rooms, place of worship, shelters, streets, or in juvenile detention centers. The U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence is a must read report for every parent, guardian, and/or community stakeholder.
To view the complete report:
Visit National PTA for additional resources:
USDA Release Proposed Rule on
"Competitive Foods' in School
BENEFITS OF BREAKFAST IN OHIO
Benefits of Breakfast in Ohio Schools
Sponsors of Breakfast in Ohio Schools
Building Family-School Partnerships
Supporting student success in your PTA involves collaboration between parents, schools and communities. The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships provides a framework to use to help build FSP in your school. Talk with your PTA unit to see which of the standards below you feel you are meeting and which areas need strengthening. Check out the new Family-School Partnership e-learning workshop now available at www.pta.org/elearning for fresh ideas on how you can implement the Standards in your PTA.
STANDARD 1- Welcoming All Families
This is the first of six National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Interactions among teachers, students, parents and others set the tone for everything else. Families say the number one reason behind their school involvement is that they were greeted with warmth and respect.
STANDARD 2 – Communicating Effectively
Regular opportunities for open, honest dialogue helps families to feel they are informed about important issues and that they can easily communicate feedback to teachers, the principal, and other staff. Many schools deliver information through handouts, newsletters, handbooks and websites.
STANDARD 3 – Supporting Student Success
Every student should be afforded every opportunity to graduate from high school while being adequately prepared for and encouraged to pursue postsecondary education, including vocational education.
STANDARD 4 – Speaking Up for Every Child
All children need an advocate—someone to speak out and stand up for them. Most likely that “someone” will be a parent, guardian, or close family member.
STANDARD 5 – Sharing Power
Shared decision making needs to exist among all parties involved in a child’s education. In a true partnership, all parties have an equal say in important decisions.
STANDARD 6 –Collaborating with the Community
Partnerships that connect a school with businesses, hospitals, colleges, service clubs, social service agencies, youth organizations, public housing projects, churches, other faith-based organizations, and other community groups can turn a neighborhood into a thriving place to live, work, and raise a family.
More information for building Family-School Partnerships
- Ohio Family-School Partnership Award. See www.ohiopta.org Earn this award by participating in family,school and community partnership activities at the local, state, and national levels, within a one year time period (October 1 - September 30). PTA members who accumulate 150 points will earn an Ohio PTA. Family-School Partnership Certificate of Achievement Award. receive a pin and certificate as well as arecognition at the Ohio PTA Convention and in The News, the Ohio PTA publication.
- Every Child in Focus Calendar
September - Hispanic Indian Child
October - Urban Child
November - American Indian Child
December - Child w/ special needs
January - Suburban Child
February - African-American Child
March - Foster Child
April - Military Child
May - Asian American/Pacific Islander Child
June - Rural Child
July - American Child
WHY BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS FEBRUARY
Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month, was created in 1926 in the United States, when educator and historian, Carter G. Woodson, and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12), who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14), both dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th Century.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
THE M.A.C.K. (Male Action Changing Kids) Award
All participants must follow General Rules for Participation.
Deadline: Submit by March 1, 2015
Prose, poetry and drama are all accepted. The entry must relate to the program theme, “HOW A MALE POSITIVELY CHANGED/INFLUENCED MY LIFE.” Whether an entry uses a variety of techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner chosen from each division – Primary (Preschool – Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5), Middle School (Grades 6 – 8), and High School (Grades 9 -12). The 1st place winners will receive $100.00; 2nd place winners will receive $50.00; and 3rd place winners will receive $25.00.
Ohio PTA has launched its diversity and inclusion committee, called the Ohio PTA Mosaic Committee. The “mosaic” concept is derived from the fact that we want our PTA’s to be reflective of the communities that we serve. Rather than wanting every family to come in and just blend into our units, we want each family’s culture to be integrated into and embraced by our PTA’s. If you picture a mosaic work, each unique piece is bonded together by mortar creating a beautiful design. We want PTA to be the mortar that bonds each distinctive piece of the school community together creating a mosaic.
Our Ohio PTA Mosaic Committee is designed to:
• Help develop and expand Ohio PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan
• Address challenges that PTA’s face in the areas of diversity and inclusion
• Help ensure that local PTA’s reflect the communities they serve
• Strive to insure that local PTA’s are inclusive, making each family feel invited and valued and that each family has a sense of belonging
• Solidify PTA’s position as the “Go To” organization in the area of diversity and Inclusion
• Create programs to educate leaders and members on the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve
• Help give insight into different cultures
• Help translate materials
If you are interested in being a part of the important work of the Ohio PTA Mosiac Committee, please complete this application.
Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION
Jeane Groetz-Shockling d&I@ohiopta.org
Chairperson, Ohio PTA Mosiac Committee