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Best Buddies Chef Challenge


Merrill students, Greta Mally, 8th grade and her buddy Joy Rector, 7th grade, at the Best Buddies Chef Challenge, held at Embassy Suites. Merrill Middle School officially opened its doors as the first middle school chapter for the state of Iowa in its 12+ years of operation.  They will have 15 buddy pairs, which means 15 new … Read more »


New Addition at Merrill Nears Completion


Renovations at Merrill Middle School are mostly complete, giving Spanish language teachers and students permanent space and making the building more secure and handicap accessible. It also means an opportunity for more students to attend the International Baccalaureate World School. To see and read more, click on the image.


DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the header to learn more and register to play.


Mr. Hanna’s Ice Bucket Challenge


Click on the link above to view Mr. Hanna’s Ice Bucket Challenge!


What’s for Lunch? Ask the DMPS Mobile App


You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, click the header to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.

Gourd Races

Merrill Students Test Science Knowledge


More than 200 sixth graders designed and raced go-karts outside on the parking lot today. The go-karts had to mainly consist of a vegetable or fruit. The race was designed by Merrill’s science teachers, Christine Ryerson and Blake Hammond, as a way to promote scientific curiosity. Click on the image to see more photos.

Upcoming Events

Oct 31
Girls Basketball Practice
Oct 31
Merrill Cheerleading Practice
Nov 03
Girls Swim Practice
Nov 03
Best Buddies Match Party
Nov 03
Girls Basketball Game

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

Bulletin Board

MUSTANG EVENTS!! October 27th thru October 31st Click HERE to watch the video!

October Newsletter!

Report Card Information

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Information

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Click HERE to register for middle school sports with the new 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)

Calendar of Events


About Merrill Middle School


5301 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA

P: 515-242-8448 | E:


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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