School News

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1st Semester Report Cards


First semester report cards were distributed to students on Friday, February 5. Please click on the link below for guidance about information included in report cards. 1st Semester Report Cards


Alex Hanna Earns Make a Difference Award


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


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


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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Nine-Week Progress Report Cards


Please click HERE for information about nine-week progress report cards.


Merrill Mock Trial Heads to State Tournament


The Merrill Middle School “Blue Team” will advance to the State Middle School Mock Trial Tournament in November. Thirty-nine teams competed in the Des Moines Regional competition on Monday, including 6 teams from Merrill. The Blue Team advanced to the Regional Playoffs on Tuesday and won their round, making the Blue Team one of only … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Feb 08
Boys' Basketball Games
Feb 09
Education Celebration @ Iowa Energy Game
Feb 09
Boy's Swim Metro Meet
Feb 10
Pathways to Success-Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Feb 11
Library Coin Drive

Merrill Middle School is an IB World School. Click here to learn more about this elite classification.

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February Newsletter                                                        Mustang Events Video

B Day Today, Wednesday, February 3rd!!

Register online for Girls or Boys Soccer & Track & Field (co-ed) now! Click HERE to be taken to the Athletic Page & then click on the sport on the right of the page for more info & to sign up.

Are you interested in helping a Merrill student in need? Click HERE for more information and to volunteer!

Accepting registrations for 2nd Semester for Campfire After School Club! Click for more info and contact person: Sparks Middle School Club

Have you moved or are you moving? If your address has changed or if you move during the school year, you are required to provide proof of your new residency to Merrill Office Manager, Jane Schumann in the main office. All families of current 6th graders were to provide address verification when registering for the 15-16 school year too. To see what forms of documentation are acceptable for address verification, click HERE.

6th Grade Parents, did you provide the Home Language Survey when you registered your student for school? If not click to download and return completed form to the Merrill Main Office.

New to Infinite Campus? Click HERE for the form to request access!

Merrill Athletics! Sign up for Athletics Now! Click HERE to register for middle school sports through the ONLINE form! Click HERE for information about what sports programs are available and what grades are eligible! Click HERE to pay sports registration fees! (Click on the school fees icon)

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About Merrill Middle School


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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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