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Welcome to the Binghamton High School PTSA Website
Welcome to the Binghamton High School PTSA Website
WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU The Binghamton High School PTSA is an association that welcomes diverse input from parents/guardians/caregivers, teachers, students, and community members to support opportunities for every child’s academic and social growth. Support stems from different interests, is provided in many ways, and goes beyond attending meetings. Contributing your ideas, your energy, and your commitment to work together is the level of support that is needed most! The focus of PTSA meetings is to share information and raise awareness of opportunities to improve our school and our community. We encourage parents, students, staff, and community to come together to share concerns and successes, and support each other in advocating for every child’s academic and social growth. Meetings are generally held on the 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. in Patriot Hall. Please use Oak Street entrance to enter.
Upcoming Meetings: Please Join Us!
•December 13, 2017        
•January 10, 2018    
•February 14, 2018
•March 14, 2018                       
•April 11, 2018  
•May 9, 2018 
Reflections Checklist for Success
Dear Students,
Congratulations on deciding to participate in the National PTA Arts Program Reflections!  Before you get started, please review all the guidelines for your arts category – it is heartbreaking when an entry is disqualified.  When you are ready to submit, refer to the checklist below. Your BHS PTSA is excited to show the rest of our region and state how artistic and creative our students at Binghamton are.  Entries will be judged by independent judges who are experts in each category.  The top two entries from each category will advance to the Southeastern Region competition.  From there, one winner from each category will advance to NYS competition, and possibly on to National.   Last year we had entries move on to NYS competition!
To give yourself the best possible chance of moving on to the next level, please go over the following checklist that we have developed to help you succeed.   Remember, this is your work – teachers, friends or relatives are not allowed to edit, assist or suggest changes; but they may help you to review and follow guidelines/rules, and make sure you have filled out the entry form completely and correctly.  
For your work:

Did you carefully consider and interpret the theme “Within Reach”? 

Read all guidelines for your category – did you follow all rules for dimensions, print or file size, time limit, word count, format, etc? 

Is your name, school, category and grade division written on the back of your art piece?

Writing pieces – if you typed it on a computer – did you use spell check and grammar check?  If it is handwritten – is it legible?  Print neatly and proof read it!   Do not make it double sided.

Photography – we recommend printing on Photo Paper, as opposed to computer paper.  It will greatly increase the impact of the image.  Please contact the PTSA if you need help to acquire photo paper.

Entry Form – is it complete and legible? 

Unless you are 18, you must provide a phone and email for a parent.  A mailing address is required as well – the PTA needs to know how to return your work to you later.

Print neatly – if we cannot read your form, we won’t know who you are or how to contact you. 

You and a parent or guardian must sign the form!  

Title of Artwork:  Give your work a title.  This is important for many reasons.  It shows pride in what you have created, helps the judges to understand your interpretation of the theme, and gives the judges a way to identify your work when judging since they will not see your name.

Artwork Details:

o   Dance and Film – you must cite all music used – music title and the artist.

o   Music – provide the name of the musicians playing, and what instruments were played?  

o   Literature – what was the total word count for the essay or poem?

o   Photo/Visual Arts – list the materials used and the dimensions of the entry

Artist Statement - an entry cannot move on without an artist statement.  Be mindful of the word count requirement.  Attach a separate paper if it won’t fit or is being typed (use spellcheck.)  Your statement will help the judges to understand how you interpreted the theme.  If they see no relation between the art and the theme, you will receive a low score.  

About National Awards and Prizes

Each year, 1,000 student submissions are reviewed at the national level by arts and education experts. Our judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. 

Prizes for Students and PTAs

Outstanding Interpretation Awards: 1 per arts category and special artist division.

  • An expense-paid trip for student honoree and one adult to showcase work at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration
  • $800 Young Artist Scholarship
  • Gold medal and certificate
  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery
  • $200 Outstanding Local PTA Award

Awards of Excellence: 3 per division of each arts category and 1 special artist of each arts area.

  • $200 Young Artist Scholarship
  • Silver medal and certificate
  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

Awards of Merit: 5 per grade division of each arts category

  • Bronze medal and certificate
  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery
Invitation to Teachers to Participate in Reflections Contest
Dear BHS Faculty Member:                                                         
My name is Deborah Larson; proud parent of a BHS Senior.  I am excited to return as Reflections Chairperson.  The theme this year is “Within Reach”.  Reflections is an Arts Program that was created by National PTA in 1969.  The purpose of the program is to promote the Arts, and provide an opportunity for students of all ages to receive recognition for their creativity at a local level, and potentially at the regional, state or national level. The theme this year; “Within Reach” should be easy to interpret and inspire some creative art and writing!   Winners will be chosen based on three factors; their interpretation of the theme, along with creativity and artistic ability.  Winners are chosen using a blind judging process. There are six arts categories plus a Special Artist division.  

1.       Musical Composition

2.       Visual Arts

3.       Film Production

4.       Photography

5.       Literature

6.       Dance Choreography                                    


Binghamton High School (9-12 division) can advance two entries for each category to the Southeastern Region Level.  We may also advance two entries for the Special Artist Division, giving us the potential for sending 14 artist submissions to the Regional level of competition.  How can you help?  Devoting just 5 minutes of class time to introduce the program and theme, then distributing information packets to any interested students would give this program a large boost. Reflections is all about celebrating a student’s creativity within, which in turn, requires the submission (artwork and artist written statement) to be entirely created by the individual student.  Please do not edit, assist or suggest changes to their work.  Assigning Reflections as an extra credit or a class project is a great way to challenge student’s growth and creativity, but critiques should be given after the entry has been submitted.  Packets have been assembled which include posters, a flyer inviting the students to participate, the general guidelines/rules, a set of Category specific rules and more.  We would be grateful if posters can be prominently displayed in classrooms and elsewhere, and if you can maintain a set of guidelines/rules for each category.  Copies can be made of any paperwork, or you can refer students to BHSReflections1@gmail.com where they can request any information.
In order to meet regional deadlines, submissions must be received before 4:00 p.m. in Room A100 on, or before, Monday, November 13, 2017.  Also enclosed is a new checklist to help students double check they have followed the rules, and to fill out the entry form.  Thank you for supporting PTSA with this creative opportunity for our students.  Last year was the first time we ran this program at BHS.  Expecting fewer than 10 entries, we received 53!  We did make some mistakes last year, but hopefully the lessons learned will translate into an even better experience for the school community moving forward. Thank you for your time.  I look forward to working with you on this project, and hope the checklist will be of assistance to all involved.  Feel free to contact me at any time with questions.
Deborah Larson
BHS PTSA Reflections Chair debbyjlarson@gmail.com           or            BHSReflections1@gmail.com
BHS PTSA Officers
President: Lasandra Herman
email: lhbhsptsa@icloud.com
Vice President: Ebony Oliver
email: ebbhsptsa@icloud.com
Treasurer: Barb Putrino
email: barbputrino@yahoo.com
Secretary: Linda King
email: lindamking2004@yahoo.com 
Meeting Minutes
Minutes are provided for informational purposes only.  Minutes from the previous month will be approved and dated at the next scheduled PTSA meeting.
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