Jefferson Elementary School

PTA Reflections

Congratulations to the following Jefferson students whose projects are advancing to the District level!  


Visual Arts - Arwa Aksikas, Deaghan Connell, Jillian Dykes, Jillian Harpster, Anastasia Mandelaris, Nina Suerth


Dance Choreography - Elizabeth Anderson


Music Composition - Ronan Bishof


Literature - Raina Samuel, Elias Tamer, Noveena Thakar


The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by the National PTA. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in this annual program.


The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. A theme is given and students can submit work in one of the categories.  Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.


Young artists may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Only original works of art are accepted. It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home.  Once judged at the local level, the winners go on to the council and/or district judging. Those winners go to the Illinois PTA to receive recognition.  


The best project in each grade level, from each category, will advance to the National PTA level. The six arts areas are as follows:

2018 Theme: “Heroes Around Me” (link to YouTube video)


Deadline: November 2, 2018


Student entry form:


Contact: Deepa Thakar at