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SUCCESS 4 SIXTH GRADE!

5/5/2016

SAVE THE DATE, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD, FOR THE SUCCESS 4 SIXTH GRADE SUMMER PROGRAM!  All 5th graders going into 6th grade next year are invited to attend a fun filled day at their new middle school this summer!  This program is free for new 6th graders and activities will include team building, learning how to … Read more »

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Mustangs Competes at City-Wide Track Meet

4/26/2016

Students from Merrill and all of Des Moines Public Schools’ middle schools competed at the City-Wide Track & Field Meet on April 25. Beautiful weather and a big crowd of family and friends cheered on the student-athletes. Click the photo to see more images from the event.

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Merrill Students Mark Disability Awareness Day

2/18/2016

Sixth graders at Merrill Middle School participated in Disability Awareness Day today, attending sessions by Best Buddies and other community programs. The event was organized by Elizabeth Grier, a special ed teacher at Merrill, to show that people are more alike than different, and to begin conversations about how to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. Click on the image to enjoy more photos.

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Alex Hanna Earns Make a Difference Award

1/25/2016

The YMCA’s annual MLK Day Prayer Breakfast had a DMPS flavor to it. The event presented three Make a Difference awards in the categories of Youth, Adult and Legacy. Former district administrator Marlene Doby was named the Legacy honoree; Roosevelt junior Perseverance Narcisse received the Youth award; and Merrill Middle School Principal Alex Hanna earned the Adult award for his work with students. Click on the image to enjoy photos.

The Merrill Mug operates from classroom 116.

“The Merrill Mug” Launches with New Commercial

12/10/2015

Students in Mrs. Grier and Mrs. Ferring’s classes are turning into barista entrepreneurs with the 2015-16 launch of The Merrill Mug. The “coffee shop” is open to staff and visitors on Friday mornings from 8 until 9 a.m. in room 116. The “business model” concept of learning, which teachers adapted from McCombs Middle School, supports … Read more »

Graphic Designers

Junior Designers

12/10/2015

Twenty seven Merrill sixth grade students spent the past six weeks learning basic principles of design and how to use digital software to apply new skills during a Graphic Design seminar. The experience was part of ReCharge, a shortened class period that supports student participation in designated enrichment seminars and academic interventions. In addition to … Read more »

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Boys Cross Country Meet
Sep 08
8th Grade Girls Volleyball Game
Sep 12
7th Grade Girls Volleyball Game
Sep 13
Boys Cross Country Meet

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Friday, September 2nd – Merrill School Picture Day! Click HERE for school ID code to pre-order online at Lifetouch!


Order your student’s 2016-17 Merrill Yearbook now through May 19, 2017! Yearbooks are $30 and can be paid for by debit or credit card on RevTrak online payment system! Click on the School Fees icon and log in with your IC Parent Portal username & password. Or pay by check to Merrill or exact cash to the main office. You must pre-order/pre-pay for a yearbook to reserve your copy!


If you have not registered your student online for the 16-17 school year, you must have that completed by September 1st! The link to register all your students for school is in the “primary parent’s” Infinite Campus Parent Portal inbox dated July 5, 2016. All students must be registered for school online! Parents of 6th graders and new addresses must provide proof of residency! (see bullet below) Documentation can be uploaded right in the online registration form or dropped off in the main office.


Providing Proof of Your Current or New Address Households who are new to the district, have a student new to a building (kindergarten, 6th, & 9th), or have a new address are required to upload proof of residency in the online registration process for the 16-17 school year which began July 5, 2016. If you move during the school year, you are required to provide proof of your residence to Merrill Office Manager, Jane Schumann, in the main office. To see what forms of documentation are acceptable for address verification, click HERE.


Merrill Athletics! Click HERE for more information on all athletic programs available at Merrill and to register.


Sparks Middle School Club – CampfireAfter school club is returning for the 2016-17 school year! For more info and to register, click HERE

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Merrill Middle School offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme to foster an educational environment where all students are provided with diverse and challenging opportunities. Read More…

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