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Megan Baker – Riverview Jr. High

megan Megan Baker is the CCA and Foods teacher at Riverview Junior High School.  She grew up in Murray. Even as a child, she knew she wanted to be a teacher and made her friends play school every day after school. She attended Brigham Young University and was originally a Dance Education Major, but switched to Family and Consumer Science Education, with a minor in Contemporary Dancy. She has been teaching for nine years.
When asked what she likes about living in Utah, Mrs. Baker said she enjoys that we get to experience all four seasons (she wishes some were shorter than others), and she loves the view of the mountains.  She likes Italian and Asian food.  Her favorite things about summer are sleeping and taking her kids to the pool.  And when asked what her least favorite smell is, this was the answer. “My least favorite smell is the one coming from the sippy cup found under the couch full of chocolate milk that has solidified.”

Mrs. Evans – McMillan Elementary

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Mrs. Evans – McMillan Elementary

Mrs. Stacie Evans is an outstanding first-grade teacher at McMillan Elementary!  She shares her enthusiasm for learning daily and provides diverse and engaging activities to capture student interest.  Students loved her classroom butterfly farm, where they watched the life cycle of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.  She is thoughtful and consistent in sending a daily book home with each student that develops reading skills at the individual student’s level and interest.  Parents appreciate her regular and clear communication about student expectations and progress.  Mrs. Evans is a team player, and you can’t find her without a smile on her face!  We are grateful to have her at McMillan Elementary!

Science Fair Results are in!

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

Reflections Results are In!

The annual PTA Reflections program judging is complete and Murray is well-represented across the state.

Go here to get the results of all those who received recognition at the local level.

Here are those who went on to get recognition at the state level:

  • Gretta Nicolay, Honorable Mention in 2-D Art, from McMillan
  • Noelle Thackeray, Award of Merit in Dance, from Hillcrest
  • Reagan Jackson, Honorable Mention in Dance, from Riverview
  • Hope Greenwood, Honorable Mention in Film, from Viewmont
  • Ridley Young, Honorable Mention in Literature, from MHS
  • Jaida Koberstein, Award of Merit in Literature, from Hillcrest
  • Elynor Goodman, Honorable Mention in Literature, from McMillan
  • Isaac Smith, Award of Merit in Literature, from McMillan
  • Jameson Thackeray, Honorable Mention in Photography, from MHS
  • Kairi Tyler, Award of Merit in Photography, from McMillan

You can also watch this video to see highlighted winners.

Matt Pugsley – Horizon Elementary

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Matt Pugsley has been a staple at our school for the last nine years.  He is a great fit for the 6th graders because he allows space for the students to start being more involved in their own education choices while maintaining boundaries to create a good classroom environment.  Mr. Puglsey works hard at making sure the students have a good foundation to continue their Spanish studies at the junior high level.  Mr. Pugsley has a fun sense of humor, is a great dad, loves Disney, and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.

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.

Mrs. Christie – Horizon Elementary

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Mrs. Christie, Horizon Elementary

Mrs. Christie is one of a kind. She is loved not only by her students but by her parents and Coworkers. She is the perfect example of what a loving teacher looks like. She cares for her students and helps them learn and grow with confidence. She is a calming presence. She helps her students feel loved and welcomed, which is so important in those first years of big changes. Horizon Elementary is so lucky to have her in our school.

Mrs. Kjar – Longview Elementary

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Mrs. Kjar – Longview Elementary

Mrs. Kjar deserves to be Longview’s Hall of Fame! She has shown her commitment as a teacher with Murray School District since 2007, also working at Viewmont and Parkside. She genuinely cares for the kids in her class. She has been known to call parents and students to check in on them when she feels something is not right. Not only does she do this for her student’s, she goes out of her way to reach out to other teachers and staff members to let them know they are loved and thought about. These thoughtful actions go a long way!

This year she has learned of and dealt with a troubling medical diagnosis and treatment, while keeping a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She is doing so well, now! We are so grateful! Mrs. Kjar is an exceptional teacher, co-worker, and friend to all that know her. We are so lucky to have her at Longview Elementary, and she has positively changed her students for the better, in addition to the Longview staff. Her name says it all, she is very “Kjaring.” We LOVE Mrs. Kjar!