Middle School NEWS
October 2, 2017
Reflections Contest entries due Nov. 3
This month the O’Rourke PTA will officially kick off the
2017-18 National PTA Reflections program. The National PTA
developed the Reflections program in 1969 to interest children,
parents, teachers and communities in the arts.
This year's Reflection theme is “Within Reach”
Students in grades 6-8 can submit theme based entries in six
art areas: literature, musical composition, photography, visual
arts, dance choreography and film production. (Details below)
Entries are due Friday, Nov. 3, in the O’Rourke Main
Copies of the official entry form, along with program rules
for each art area, can be found in the Main Office. The
basic entry guidelines are included in the packet. Two entries
in each area will be selected for the Regional Reflections
competition. Winning entries can then move on to the State and
National level. [PRINTABLE
For information, visit:
If you have any questions, please contact Reflections
Chairperson Deidre Maturo at
- Dance Choreography: Accepted styles
include solo/ensemble include: ballet, contemporary, ethnic
and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. Choreographer may be the
perfomer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be.
Video recording must not exceed 5 mintues and must be less
than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats
include: AVI, Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4),
Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v).
- Film Production: Accepted forms
include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or
a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant
must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person
including all storyboarding and editing. Video recording
must not exceed 5 minutes and must be less than 1GB (one
gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI,
Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media
(.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v).
- Literature: Accepted forms of fiction
and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play
and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short
story. Entry must not exceed 2,000 words and must be
handwritten or typed; one side only. Students for whom
English is not their first language may submit literature
entries in their own langauge. An interpretive translation
in English must accompany the entry. Accepted formats
include: Single-sided print on 8 1⁄2 x 11 paper, or PDF
(.pdf) file format.
- Music Composition: All instruments,
sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted
material is prohibited. The composer may be the perfomer, or
one of the performers, but does not have to be a performer.
Notation, score or tabulature is required for middle and
high school division. Audio recording must not exceed 5
minutes. Accepted file formats include: MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV,
ACC (M4A) and FLAC formats. Music videos are not accepted.
- Photography: Accepted forms of
photography include: A single photo, panoramic, photomontage
(one seamless print of multiple original photos), a multiple
exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original
black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must
be the one to take the photograph. Must be mounted or matted
on cardboard matte, poster board, or other sturdy material.
Accepted formats include: Matted print, or digital image
(.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp).
- Visual Arts: Accepted forms include:
Architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages,
photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted),
computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing,
fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work,
mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes.
Framed entries not accepted. Paper entries must be mounted
on sturdy material and 3D works must include packaging
materials and 3 photos of the entry for judging and ID
Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be
submitted. Each entry must be the original work of one student
only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient
for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a
student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product
of one student. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited,
except for background music in dance choreography and film
production entries when cited. Entries will be judged on how
well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the
theme, originality and creativity.