National PTA's 50+ year Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Every year, over 300,000 students participate in the program, advancing from the local to the state to the national level, earning recognition and prizes for their talents.


The student-created theme for the 2022-2023 Reflections program is:

Show Your Voice!




     Students of all grades and abilities are encouraged to participate and submit entries online by Friday, October 21, 2022 and here’s how:


1. CREATE original works of art in the following categories and enter under their grade-level division. (students can submit one piece in each of the 6 arts categories)
Visual Arts (guidelines)
Dance Choreography (guidelines)
Film Production (guidelines)
Literature (guidelines)
Music Composition (guidelines)
Photography (guidelines)
Special Artist division (guidelines) – for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504
2. SAVE AND UPLOAD a file of the student artwork (photos of the Visual Arts pieces will be accepted) to the Google Drive under the appropriate category with the following title:


Student First and Last Name_Grade_Arts Category_Title of Work

e.g. Amy Weinberg_Grade 3_Dance Choreography_WorldPeace


3. DOWNLOAD, COMPLETE AND UPLOAD the completed 2022Student Entry Form, including a student-written artist statement, to the Google Drive under the appropriate category with the following title:


Student First and Last Name_Grade_Arts Category_Title of Work_ Student Entry Form

e.g. Amy Weinberg_Grade 3_Dance Choreography_WorldPeace_Student Entry Form


*All pieces must be uploaded to the Google Drive by Friday October 21, 2022 with a complete Student Entry Form to be considered*

4. SAVE YOUR ARTWORK AND STAY TUNED! Student entries will be judged by professional artists in three areas: interpretation of the theme (Show Your Voice!), originality and technique. Winners will be announced by the end of November. Awards, prizes and celebrations will follow in the winter. Students who are awarded top honors will advance to the county level and then have the chance to advance to the district, state and national level for awards and prizes. The pieces that advance will be physically collected, so be sure to save and carefully store your artwork!
We hope all Discovery Explorers will participate and make this the best Reflections year ever!



Visit Virginia PTA’s Reflections and National PTA’s Reflections websites for more information about the program and awards.
     In addition to Reflections program, students are welcome to submit their creative Reflections theme idea through the National PTA Theme Search Contest. Learn more and download, complete and submit this form directly to Virginia PTA by the stated deadline. Your theme idea could inspire hundreds of thousands of future Reflections artists across the nation and you could!


Questions? Email Amy Weinberg, DES Reflections Chair, at or call 443-927-6638.



Upcoming Events

Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year is Open

It's time to register for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year! Please contact Sandra Amores at or call 703-228-2685.