PTA Reflections - "Let Your Imagination Fly!"

The Reflections Gallery presented by Los Alamitos PTA Council in March.  The 2015-16 theme is , "Let Your Imagination Fly!"  Over 200 entries from every school, representing every genre of arts:  dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, visual art, photography.  Participation in the program is growing.  Weaver and McGaugh had more than 65 entries. 

As the nation's largest volunteer-run child advocacy organization, PTA supports arts education because it recognizes its immense value to our 

children  Los Al PTA is run by volunteers who serve as Reflections unit chairs.  They run the Reflections program at their respective schools, which gives students this opportunity to exercise their creativity. Many thanks to:  Karen Bender (McGaugh); Jennifer Knapp & Heidi Dicus (Weaver);  Michelle Williams (LAE); Nicole Halvorson (LAHS); Loreen Watanabe (Hopkinson);  Carrie Ann Rettberg  & Marita Frank (McAuliffe); Cindy Duncan (Oak); Marie Fitch (Lee);  and Maria Osorio (Rossmoor)  Special commendation to Maria Osorio who coordinated all of the units as the PTA Council Reflections Chair, and organized the Gallery.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA and local PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice— dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. 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. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. 
In April, the PTA Reflections arts education program and participants were honored by LAUSD administration and school board in a ceremony.  These are the 23 Los Alamitos PTA Council awardees: who advanced to the Fourth District round of judging:
Dance Choreography:  Jonas Lamb (Rossmoor); Isabella Menendez (Weaver); Natalia Burns (Oak); Hannah Nelson (LAHS)
Film Production:  Thai Vu (Weaver); Kaiden St. Dennis (LAE); Elizabeth Legere (Oak)
Literature: Abigail Yee (Weaver); Taylor Donato (McGaugh); Chelsea Brazier (Oak); Simon Martin (LAHS)
Music Composition: Tayla Wu (Weaver); Aleena Kang (Weaver); Stephen Kelman (McAuliffe); Liam Watts (LAHS)
Visual Art:  Duy Dang (Weaver); Jamie Nguyen (Hopkinson); Miranda Kreal (Oak); Angela Nguyen (LAHS)
Photography: Jaxon Hutton Wallace (Hopkinson); Isabella Steinberg (McGaugh); Luke Goldade(Oak); Sydney Ahmed (LAHS)
These 7 students earned additional awards at the Fourth District PTA Council:
Award of Excellence:  Abigail Yee ( Literature, primary).  She advanced to the California State round of judging.
Award of Merit: Duy Dang  (Visual Art, primary); Angela Nguyen (Visual Art, high school);
Honorable Mention: Hannah Nelson  (Dance Choreography, high school); Thai Vu (Film Production, primary); Simon Martin (Literature, high school); Miranda Kreal (Visual Art, middle school)
    LAUSD Recognition for Reflections.  Photo credit: Loreen Watanabe