2018-2019 PTSA Board

LaSandra Herman, President 607-765-2621
Ebony Oliver, Vice President 607- 348-5626
Barb Putrino, Treasurer 607- 644-0088
Linda King, Secretary 607- 760-7651

                                                  P T S A Award
Congratulations to the BCSD PTSA which was awarded the 2017 Alumni/Community Badge from the New York State PTA. The PTSA earned this honor by having at least 15% of members be alumni or community members. This is a wonderful achievement that shows how much members in our community have embraced and supported the BCSD!


The Binghamton High School P T S A 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 P T S A 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 p.m. in Patriot Hall. Please use Oak Street entrance to enter.

Upcoming Meetings: Please Join Us!                       

Reflections Checklist for Success

Dear Students,

Congratulations on deciding to participate in the National P T A 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 B H S P T S A 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 N Y S competition, and possibly on to National.   Last year we had entries move on to N Y S 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:

  • Dance and Film – you must cite all music used – music title and the artist.
  • Music – provide the name of the musicians playing, and what instruments were played?  
  • Literature – what was the total word count for the essay or poem?
  • 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