NVCC Applauds Reflections Winners


NoVa Community College will spotlight Alexandria City Reflections winners this Thursday, March 1, at the annual NoVa Children’s Concert.

Children's Concert Flyer 2018The concert, which begins at 7:30, is aimed at families with children and is free. It includes performances by Alexandria students, including groups from GW Middle School and George Mason Elementary.

The NoVa Alexandria Band will play, as well, with a repertoire chosen for kid-friendliness.

At some point between acts, the Alexandria Reflections winners will be called up onstage for a round of applause. (This is not our official awards presentation; that will take place on March 16, when students will receive their Reflections medals and ribbons.)

You don’t have to register or RSVP to come to the concert. Just show up, and bring the whole family! The concert is always a lot of fun.

Students who won any Alexandria City Reflections awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place, as well as Honorable Mentions and Director’s Awards) will be honored. If your child is very young or particularly shy, you might want to practice, so he or she will be ready. Students will be asked to say the following:

  • Name
  • School
  • Reflections Arts Category (Dance, Literature, Photography, etc.)

The concert is at Schlesinger Hall, 4915 East Campus Drive. Come in the campus’s Beauregard Drive entrance, and drive up the hill. The concert hall is on your right and the parking garage is on your left. Ignore signs about paying for parking. Parking is free the night of the concert!

If you can’t read the flyer above, you can download a PDF here. And feel free to post it at school, or put it on your PTA listserve. Spread the word!

Mt Vernon Student Artists Shine!

Blue Corn Flower

Blue Corn Flower, by Sophia Z., 4th grade, Mt Vernon Community School (Photography, Intermediate)

Mount Vernon Community School, which usually has the largest Reflections contest in the city, held its awards program this week at the Casa Chirilagua, a great example of a partnership with a community group. Part of the program was this terrific video of some of the work entered in the contest by the creative and talented students of MVCS.

If you’re a Reflections chair looking for a way to show off your student entries, you might find the video presentation inspirational.

Click here to link to the video.

Congratulations to Lee Raynes, Laurie Rossbach, and Clese Erikson, who worked so hard to put on a great Reflections program, and to all of Mount Vernon’s Reflections participants.


New Opportunity for Teen Writers

Literature IconIf you’re a teen who likes to write — or a teacher or Reflections chair at a school with talented teenaged writers — you should know about this new short-story contest for teens, the Amy Wahl Short Story Prize, with divisions for age 13-15 and for age 16-19. The contest is administered by Double Dessert Press.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

Find more information here:


Double Dessert Press

ACPS Students Move On to the State

Two ACPS student entries have won 1st Place in the Northern Virginia PTA District Reflections competition and are moving on to the Virginia state contest:

  • Adelaide Flint, 4th grade, George Mason ES – “Stronger” (Photography, Intermediate)
  • Peyton Marcy, 7th grade, George Washington MS – “Something Just Like This” (Dance Choreography, Middle School)

Click here to see the complete list of NoVa District Winners for 2017-18.

We are proud of all of our winners, and especially excited for Adelaide and Peyton! Take a look at the work of these two talented students….


Stronger, by A. Flint, George Mason ES