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Parent/Teacher Conferences!


Merrill will hold our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, October 10th from 3:15-7pm and again on Thursday, October 13th from 3:15-7pm. Parents need only attend one evening but are welcome to come on both evenings if you do not get the opportunity to meet with all your student’s teacher in one evening. There is no … Read more »


16-17 Merrill Opening Year Assemblies!


Principal Hanna kicks off the 2016-17 school year with an inspirational speech!

SUCCESS for Sixth Grade Pic



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 »


Mustangs Competes at City-Wide Track Meet


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.


Merrill Students Mark Disability Awareness Day


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.


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.

Upcoming Events

Sep 29
Girls' Voices First Meeting
Sep 29
6th Intramurals - Kick Ball
Sep 29
8th Grade Girls Volleyball Game
Sep 29
8th Football Game
Sep 30
6th Grade Gourd Extravaganza!

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

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Mustang Events Video!                                           Fall 2016 Newsletter!

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October 10th & October 13th – Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7pm. Come on either night or both nights if you do not get to meet with all your student’s teachers in one evening.

October 28th – NO SCHOOL! Teacher Professional Development Day

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, the district has extended the deadline to September 29th! The link to register all your students for school is in the “primary parent’s” Infinite Campus Parent Portal inbox dated July 5, 2016 or the day you registered your new student at the Welcome Center . All students must register for school every year online! Parents of K, 6th, 9th & 10th 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 & 10th), 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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