2021/2022 Reflections Program Award Winners

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program.

With this year’s theme “I Will Change the World By…”, students from Pre-K through Grade 12 were invited to create and submit original works of art in the areas of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. 

Congratulations to the “Award of Excellence” winners who will move on to compete at the California State PTA level.

Thank you to all of the participants and volunteers.  Your love for the Arts is what this program is all about. 

Dance Choreography
  • Primary Division – Amelia Ortiz-Wayman, Mentone Elementary PTA, Redlands Council
  • Intermediate Division – Kaelie Millsom, Crafton Elementary School PTA, Redlands Council
  • Middle School Division – Hadley Dylery, Moore Middle School PTSA, Redlands Council
Film Production
  • Primary Division – Cree  Chellsen-Fernandez, Arroyo Verde Elementary PTA, Redlands Council
  • Intermediate Division – Taylor Johnson, Hermosa Elementary PTA, Alta Loma Council
  • Middle School Division – Kaur  Harsirat, Cope Middle School PTSA, Redlands Council
  • High School Division – Lara  Baden, Redlands High School PTSA, Redlands Council
Literature
  • Primary Division – Tanith Uy, John L. Golden Elementary PTA, Rancho Cucamonga Council
  • Intermediate Division – Sawyer Strout, Crafton Elementary School PTA, Redlands Council
  • Middle School Division – Kelsie Victor, Cope Middle School PTA, Redlands Council
  • High School Division – Rhoyoung Park, Upland Highlanders High PTSA, Upland Council
Music Composition
  • Primary Division – Kathryn Virgen, J. Calvin Boyd PTA, Rialto Council
  • Intermediate Division – Haylee Watson-Thuen, Hermosa Elementary PTA, Alta Loma Council
  • Middle School Division – Shriya Roy, Beattie Middle School PTSA, Redlands Council
Photography
  • Primary Division – Logan Greene, Grapeland Elementary PTA, Rancho Cucamonga Council
  • Intermediate Division – Jude Mejias, Grapeland Elementary PTA, Rancho Cucamonga Council
  • Middle School Division – Teagan McVey, Moore Middle School PTSA, Redlands Council
  • High School Division – Jaden Yenjai, Upland Highlanders High PTSA, Upland Council
  • Special Artist Division – Yasin Elassadi, Terra Vista Elementary PTA, Rancho Cucamonga Council
Visual Arts
  • Primary Division – Catherine Jiang, Terra Vista Elementary PTA, Rancho Cucamonga Council
  • Intermediate Division – Ava  Dennis, Crafton Elementary School PTA, Redlands Council
  • Middle School Division – Ava Cassady, Banyan Elementary PTA, Alta Loma Council
  • High School Division – Sophia Conrad, Rim of the World High School PTSA, Mountain Area Council
  • Special Artist Division – Sophia Majer, Victoria Groves Elementary PTA, Alta Loma Council

Available Funding for Literacy Assemblies

Did you know the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) has available funding for literacy assemblies? On Thursday, October 7th, SBCSS presented information on Literacy Assemblies. Click here to view the Literacy Assembly Presentation, Literacy Assembly Packet , and to read more on the county website.

Reading Matters!

Reading at grade level by third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential. 1

In support of the Countywide Vision and the Regional Goal of supporting every child from cradle to career, the Vision2Read initiative is a year-long campaign designed to
  • Focus attention on the importance of reading;
  • Highlight literacy-related programs and services throughout San Bernardino County; and
  • Connect people to available literacy resources and/or volunteer opportunities.
Vision2Read invites all of San Bernardino County to join this effort and help “raise the bar” for literacy in our community and advance our efforts to achieve the Countywide Vision. 
 

Eleven Ways to Draw a Crowd to Your PTA Meetings

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By Heather Ippolito, California State PTA Vice President for Family Engagement

PTA units are always asking our state leaders “How can we get more people to attend our association meetings and events?” The Leadership Services and Family Engagement commissions teamed up and found some really great strategies to help answer this question that you might want to try in the upcoming school year.*

Visit the California State PTA blog to view tips from the California State PTA Family Engagement and Leadership Commission. 

First Tasks for New PTA Officers

Getting started as a brand-new PTA officer can seem daunting at first. There’s a lot that needs to be done to get things up and running, but who does what, and in what order?

View the list from the link below to help you figure out when and how to schedule meetings, create calendars, and perform other tasks that will ensure that your PTA gets off to a good start! 

First Tasks for New PTA Officers | California State PTA (capta.org)

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Feel free to also like the California State PTA Facebook page and subscribe to their mailing list to receive information from several areas.