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This week is National Arts in Education Week!  To celebrate, Mabry Elementary is participating in the Reflections Arts Program.  Reflections is a PTA sponsored arts contest held at Mabry and judged by local community members.  Students of all abilities K-5 have an opportunity to submit their own work of art based on their interpretation of this year’s theme:  Look Within


Student art can be in any of the following six categories:

  • Visual Arts [see rules pdf below] – Original artwork of drawing, crafts, painting, sculpture, carpentry, dioramas, etc.
  • Literature [see rules pdf below] – Original authoring of Poetry, Prose, Drama, Reflective Essay, Narrative, Short Story, etc.
  • Music Composition [see rules pdf below] – Original composition of A Capella, Blues, Choral, Country, Electronic, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Rock, etc.
  • Photography [see rules pdf below] – Original photos of panoramic, photomontage, single photos, multiple exposure, negative sandwich, black and white, color, etc.
  • Dance Choreography [see rules pdf below] – Original choreography of Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Gymnastics-floor routine, Ice Skating, etc.
  • Special Artist – [see rules pdf below] – See guidelines for allowable accommodations.


Students may submit art to more than one category.  Art submissions must follow the specific rules and guidelines for each category.  Click the links above to see the official rules for each category.  Please note that Mabry will not be participating in the Film Production category this year.


Criteria >

  • All art entries will be judged on three criteria:
    • Interpretation of Theme (theme =  Look Within)
    • Creativity
    • Technique
  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only
  • Entry must contain a completed student entry form with artwork title and artist statement
  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for recorded music in dance choreography when title, composer, and performer are cited in the submission
  • PowerPoint presentations are prohibited


Deadline > All art submissions must be submitted, following the guidelines for their respective category, no later than Friday, November 1st.  This gives students eight weeks to work on their art of choice. Art submitted after this date cannot be accepted.  Visual Arts will need to be submitted in person (location TBD).  All other art categories will be submitting their art digitally to [email protected].


How to Enter > Students will need to submit a completed Entry Form to either Ms. Jenny Lovell in the front office, or to [email protected].  See attachments at the bottom for a student packet which includes an overview of the program guidelines and an entry form.


Judging >Volunteer judges are needed to judge the student works of art.  Judging will take place between 11/4 – 11/8.  Some art will need to be judged in person (ex: visual arts), and some art can be judged online (ex: dance videos, music compositions, literature pieces).  Anyone can be a judge!  Art gallery owners, music school teachers, dance studio owners, High School students in art programs, parents, Mabry staff, etc.  Judges will be given instructions and a scorecard to use.  Contact [email protected] if you are interested in being a judge, or if you have a suggestion for a judge.


Celebration Event >  All student participants and judges will be invited to attend a celebratory event sometime after judging has ended.  The event will take place on the Mabry campus. Date, time, and location are to be determined but will be communicated.  Parents are invited to attend. 


Advancing Artwork >  Students with art that scored the highest within their division (K-2, 3-5, or Special Artist) and within their category will be eligible to advance their art to the district level.  This will take place on Monday November 18th at Maniscalco Elementary in Lutz, or Tuesday, November 19th at Roland Park Magnet School (near Westshore area).  Students will need to submit their art work by either of these two days in order to be eligible.


Send all questions regarding this program to [email protected] or to [email protected]

Yearbook Cover Contest

September 28, 2019

Requirements for front and back cover:
1. The design for both the front and the back must be student created by hand, not on the computer.
2. The student’s name must be on the back, not the front.
3. All creations must be submitted on plain white 8 ½ X 11 paper.
Primary Grades (PK-2nd) Back Cover 
Additional requirements for back cover contest:
Must include the school vision: Inspired to learn, lead, succeed
Intermediate Grades (3rd-5th) Front Cover
Additional requirements for front cover contest:
School name and the year, (2019-2020)

Turn your cover into your homeroom teacher. The deadline is Thursday, October 3, 2019! Please be creative!
The Fall Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be at Mabry from Monday, September 23 - Friday, September 27 during school hours for the students to shop. Families will be able to shop together on Monday, 9/23 from 1-3pm and again from 3-7pm on Thursday, 9/26 during conference night. 

Make checkout fast and easy for your child AND our volunteers with the new digital payment option, eWallet! Simply follow this link to set up an account and the funds will be immediately available for your child. Safe and secure! No cash, no checks, no hassle!! This will come in extremely handy if your child will be shopping without you during school hours.

Start With Hello

September 21, 2019

The Start With Hello program enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation. Visit for more information.

Monday, September 23rd 

(H) Hi's and High fives!

Promise 2 Start With Hello.

  • Say Hello and give Hi-fives to classmates.

Wear “Hello my name is” stickers during school.

Tuesday, September 24th

(E) Encourage Each other!

Promise 2 Be Kind.

  • Encourage random acts of kindness.

Wear a shirt with a message of kindness. “Be Kind” “Choose Kind” “Kindness Matters”

Wednesday, September 25th

(L) Learn something new about someone!

Promise 2 Embrace Diversity.

  • Mix it up in the lunch room and diversify the lunch tables!

Thursday, September 26th

(L) Look for someone who is alone, or left out.

Promise 2 Reach Out and Help.

  • Smile, reach out, and invite someone who is sitting alone to play or eat lunch with you.

Friday, September 27th

(O) Own IT!

Promise 2 Connect.

  • Continue to take steps each day to smile and greet others and to invite those who are left out or alone.

Green is the theme color for “Start with Hello” week. Wear a green shirt!

Uniform Drive THIS WEEK

September 14, 2019

Do you have school uniform clothes that your child has outgrown? The PTA’s Community Outreach Committee will place a box for your donations in our school’s front office from September 16 to 20. We are collecting uniform shirts, shorts, skirts, and long pants. These donations will go to Mabry dolphins and children at other schools in Hillsborough county. 

Bahamas Disaster Relief

September 14, 2019

Hillsborough County is collecting supplies for students in need in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian devastated the area.
You can bring in supplies and leave them with your student council rep through September 30.  Items needed are:
  • Book bags
  • Paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Erasers
  • Journals
  • Notebooks
  • Sticky Notes
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Classroom caddy/organizers
  • School uniforms-polo shirts, khakis
  • etc
Want to give a monetary donation?  Go to 

If you have any questions, contact Jessica Strauss at [email protected]