Category: Region 19 PTA

Meet the Candidates Night – Oct. 16

Murray PTA invites you to meet the candidates for Murray City Council on Monday, October 16th, from 7-8 PM at Murray High School. Children are welcome. We will have activities for them while voters visit with the candidates. This is an open house, so that you can stay for a few minutes or the whole hour.

If you cannot attend, you can find more information about the candidates at  Thank you!

Murray PTA Honors Teachers, Staff and Volunteers

The Region 19 (Murray) PTA recognized individual teachers, staff members, and volunteers at each of Murray’s 10 schools for the 2022-23 school year.

Murray PTAs are game-changing partnerships with Murray City School District,  tirelessly nurturing and championing educators, schools, and students throughout the year.  Their unifying work creates a powerful force of advocacy, support, and engagement that unlocks the full potential of every student, leaving a lasting impact on generations to come.

This year’s class of award recipients has lived up to that model, and we are so proud of them and their daily efforts to make Murray a better learning community. Here are the recipients:

    • Grant Elementary: Rebecca Fitts (Volunteer);  Charlie Quinonez (Teacher)
    • Horizon Elementary: Rylee Hannan (Volunteer); Amara Spere (Teacher)
    • Liberty Elementary: Alisha Chance (Volunteer); Amy Kohler (Teacher)
    • Longview Elementary:  Carolyn Forsyth (Volunteer); Melissa Mehinovic (Teacher)
    • McMillan Elementary: Kat Christenson (Volunteer); Keira Van Beekam (Teacher)
    • Parkside Elementary: Kylee Kiefer (Volunteer); Merissa Graves (Staff)
    • Viewmont Elementary: Nicole Van Nyhuis (Volunteer); Heather Preece (Teacher)
    • Hillcrest Jr. High: Jennifer Auwerda (Volunteer); Danielle Park (Teacher)
    • Riverview Jr. High: Janel Williams (Volunteer); Lindsey Parker (Teacher)
    • Murray High School: Katrina Harris (Volunteer); Erin Turner (Teacher)


Here are some videos of most of the recognitions this year.


Science Fair Results are in!

Go here to see the results of our Murray PTA Science Fair for 2023.

Battle of the Bands

Call for Science Fair Judges

MCSD PTA is sponsoring several school- and district-level Science Fairs over the next few weeks. They would love your support by serving as judges.

Judging a science fair is a blast and takes very little time. Here are just a few perks:

  • Being inspired by each student’s creativity and hard work;
  • Listening to them enthusiastically explain their experiments; and
  • Seeing the smiles on their faces as you congratulate them and possibly change their life in one moment.

If you are unavailable, please help us share this with others who may or may not get this message so we can fill all slots and help our future Murray scientists.

For Liberty, Viewmont, Riverview, and Murray School District Science Fairs, go here to signup: 
Liberty Elementary School
140 West 6100 South, Murray
 Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, 9:00-11:00 am 15 judges needed
Viewmont Elementary School
745 West 5720 South, Murray
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, 8:15-11:00 am; 15 Judges needed
Riverview Jr. High School
751 West Tripp Lane, Murray
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, 8:30-11:00 am; 15 judges needed
Murray School District Science Fair 
178 East 5300 South (Hillcrest Jr. High School)
Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, 5:30-8:30 pm; 15 judges needed

For McMillan Elementary School science fair, go here to signup: 
McMillan Elementary School
315 East 5900 South, Murray
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, 9:00-11:00 am; 54 judges needed
Thank you for your consideration and support in this effort.

We Need You

Murray Region PTA is looking for members to serve on its Region Board. This is a great leadership experience and an opportunity to work with our amazing community of students and schools. All positions are open.

Region Board Positions:

  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Spelling Bee Chair
  • Science Fair Chair
  • Reflections Chair


Go here to complete this form and email it to Jen Beckstead at by Feb 1st.