NO SCHOOL – Friday, January 18 and Monday, January 21, 2019

Early School Dismissal Day – Friday January 25, 2019

School will be out at 1:00 pm for Grades 1-6.

On this day the Kindergarten PM class will attend in the morning from 8:20 until 10:30 am.

Kindergarten AM classes do not attend school this day!

Spelling Bee (Jan. 25 & Feb 1, 2019)

This year we at Viewmont will be participating in a spelling bee. We have once again joined Scripps, the national spelling bee organization. We have access to all of the new online word lists and pronouncers guide.

The main school spelling bee will be for grades 4-6. We will also have a practice spelling bee for grades 1-3 for students to learn how to participate. Prior to the school bee we will have classroom level spelling bees to determine finalists to be able to compete at the school bee. Each classroom in grades 1-6 will have two students move on to their respective school spelling bee. We will follow national spelling bee procedures to select a five school finalists to move onto the district bee in February. The top two spellers will be allowed to advance to the region bee in March.

In order to prepare for the spelling bee, it is recommended that you start studying NOW.

The official words allowed for the National Spelling Bee are any words found in Webster’s Dictionary. However, there are suggested words to study on the website created for this event.

To access the study word lists – please do the following:

  • Go to to download a copy of the word lists. For grades 4 – 6 it is advised to study all the words through 8th grade as we often surpass the listed words. Any word in the dictionary after the 8th grade list is completed can be used to find the top speller.
  • If you have any questions, please email Chelsea Strong at

Things to remember:

  1. This is a competition that goes to the district and region level for grades 4-8.Students who plan on moving on to the district (and region) level should plan on studying extensively. This level of competition is competitive.
  2. We have chosen to participate at this level in order to provide opportunities to find success and achievement for the students.
  3. We hope that during this competition we will cheer each other on and find joy in the success of the students selected to move on! Whoever the winners are, they will represent our school and the pride that we have here at Viewmont Elementary.

If you do not have access to the internet, a copy of suggested study words can be provided. However, we want to minimize paper copies for this event as much as possible, so please use the website to find the words if you do have internet access.


Spelling Bee 1st-3rd Grade: Friday January 25, 2019 at 9:00-10:45 am

Spelling Bee 4th-6th Grade: Friday February 1, 2019 at 1:00-3:00 pm

We look forward to a great competition and wish you all the best of luck!


Chelsea Strong – School Spelling Bee Coordinator

Science and Engineering Fair-Website

UPDATE 12/20/2018:

Reminders and Deadline
Before students leave for Christmas break they must complete the Registration form if they intend to participate.  There are two different forms: K-4 grades, and 5th-6th grade. DUE today (Thursday, 12/20).

Come to an after school meet-up this Thursday in the library if your child needs help with anything related to their projects.
Recently the University of Utah provided us with a list of rules and guidelines to follow that are slightly different than what we originally shared.  Please review the updated information with your child.  One key difference is even though it is discouraged, students can bring in things other than their display boards (and notebooks/packets where applicable) as long as they follow the rules described under the Review the Rules section (Item 8 Things NOT to do) on the Viewmont Science Fair website (see link above).

NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

No School-Winter Break

Viewmont Christmas Choir Performances

Christmas Chpir Kids

Christmas Choir

Viewmont’s Christmas Choir will perform for parents and families Wednesday evening, December 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

They will also perform for our students on Thursday, October 20 at 1:45 pm (for Kindergarten-3rd Grade) and at 2:15 pm (for Grades 4-6).



Reminder of school start time – 8:20 am

Good morning.  We are seeing an increase in tardies now that the weather is colder.  Please remember that our first bell rings at 8:15 am and students need to be in their classroom at 8:20 am when the tardy bell rings.

We appreciate all that you do to get your children to school on time as our teachers are ready to begin the learning process at 8:20 am.  Thank you.


Science/Engineering Fair


This year we are kicking off the Science and Engineering Fair earlier than last year so that our 5th and 6th graders that place at Viewmont, will have an opportunity to compete at the District level and then on to the University.

Our school fair is open to all students.  To participate, students will conduct a science experiment or engineering project and make a project board to display their findings. They will also need to participate in a student interview with a judge.

See below for more information specific to your child’s grade.

K-4th grade – not required and non-competitive
5th grade – required, teachers will send out information on what parts of the project will be due and when.
6th grade – required, please contact Mrs. Parsons for further details


We have attached 2 documents (one for Engineering and one for Science) to help you and  your child begin the process.  More information will be coming soon.  Also included is the project entry form that needs to be turned in by December 20th 2018.

Videos and tips to support your child can be found at the University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair website.


Every Thursday (starting December 6th) , PTA will host an after school Science & Engineering Fair meetup for parents and students that need help with their projects.  During these meetups we will spend 10 minutes teaching the children a topic that correlates to where they should be at in their project.  The remaining time will be spent working answering questions and helping them with their projects.

Important Dates
Project Entry Form due: December 20, 2018
Projects due: January 15, 2019 – Set up after school
Open House: January 15, 2019 – After school – time TBD
Judging: January 16, 2019
Districts (Hillcrest Jr High): January  23, 2019
Regions (U of U): March 12-14, 2019

If you have questions and your child is in 5th or 6th grade reach out to their teacher.
If you have questions and  your child is in 4th grade or younger reach out to our PTA volunteers – Brittany Roller or Teresa Koontz

2019-2020 Open Enrollment Information


Non-Resident student: a student who does not live within the boundaries of a Murray school they would like to attend.

Open Enrollment in the Murray City School District for NON-RESIDENT students for the 2019-2020 school year begins on Monday, December 3, 2018 and will continue through February 15, 2019.

Only NON-RESIDENT applicants interested in enrolling students in MCSD must fill out the enrollment application at the district offices during office hours, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

  • A $5.00 application fee is required to be paid at that time.
  • If your student is already enrolled as a non-resident in MCSD and staying in the same school, you do not need to re-apply. Only if your student will be switching schools, i.e. from elementary school to junior high school, junior high school to Murray High, you will need to go through the re-application process.

Open Enrollment Information 2019-2020


More information on the Late Start Days during this school year

Late Start Dates 2018-2019:

  • Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Monday, April 29, 2019
    More information on the Late Start Days during this school year