School News


Chinese New Year Celebration at Merrill


Merrill Middle School has been chosen as the site for the 2015 Iowa Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A reception, dinner, award ceremony, music and dancing will follow from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click on the image for additional information.

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Perfect Attendance – I-Pad Winner!


Gus Rasmussen, Merrill 6th grader, was the winner of an I-Pad presented to him on February 4th by Principal Hanna! Gus was awarded the I-Pad for having perfect attendance during first semester. In order to be in the drawing, students had to have perfect attendance in the months of October, November, or December allowing them one entry per month! … Read more »


Students to Provide Lunchtime Feedback


Starting this week, middle and high school students will be asked to review one new menu item each month. It’s a new program the Central Nutrition Center hopes will engage students in a discussion about nutrition and taste. To see photos of February’s featured item and learn how to give your feedback, click on the image.


Math Gamers Test Probability


On Friday, students in Mr. Randazzo’s Accelerated II Math class tested their luck (or is it?) with student-created games that incorporated the concept of probability. Throughout the unit, students have studied the foundations of probability — how likely something is to happen and how predictions are made. Students created their own board and carnival-style games … Read more »


Merrill’s New Wing Officially Open


Students and staff watch as Principal Alex Hanna cuts the ribbon on the new wing of Merrill Middle School. The addition makes room for more students to enroll at the International Baccalaureate school. A new, more secure entry and a handicap accessible elevator were also added to the school. Click on the image for more photos.


7th Grade Students Act on Global Issues


Students in Ms. Tharp and Mr. Thomas’s 7th grade Individuals & Societies classes are proposing and passing resolutions to current global issues in a United Nations-esque conference experience. Based in a unit that explores religious roots of Southwest Asia and Northern Africa, students applied historical understanding to modern-day issues in society. Students are taking on … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Mar 02
Garden Club Meeting
Mar 02
Drama Club Meets
Mar 03
Waterways Club Meets
Mar 03
Jazz Choir Practice
Mar 05
Al Exito Group Meet

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

Bulletin Board

MUSTANG EVENTS!!  February 23rd thru February 27th  Click HERE to watch the video!

March Newsletter

March 10thEarly Bird Parent Communication from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM. Click HERE for more information.

March 24thRoosevelt Cheer Tryouts (for current 8th graders at Merrill) Click HERE for more information!

Iowa Assessment Testing at Merrill! Click HERE to read an important letter from Merrill.

Free I-Pad Give Away! Click HERE for details!

PTA Silent Auction! Click HERE to see the auction items and bid!

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Information (Click to view)

Merrill Athletics!

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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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