School News

Knowledge Bowl 2014

Iowa Junior High School Knowledge Bowl


Congratulations to 14 Merrill students who made it to the final round of the Iowa Junior High Knowledge Bowl!  All the students performed very well, and we are proud of their accomplishments! 2nd Place, 7th Grade Division:  Rhys Eshelman, Gabe Vald, Burke Pitz, Ben Russell, and Andy Kramer 6th Grade, 7th Grade Division: Evan Hilton, … Read more »

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State Science Fair

State Science Fair


The state science fair was held March 27 and 28 at Iowa State University.  Merrill was represented by 20 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at the fair. While all of our Merrill students can be proud of their accomplishments at the state science fair, six of our students won awards. They are as follows: ​Faiza … Read more »


Merrill Students Enjoy Pan American Day


Merrill Middle School sent 15 students to Drake University for Pan American Day this week. The students say it was an exciting experience that connected them to cultures throughout the Americas. To read about their experience and see photos of Drake’s Pan American performance art, click on the photo.

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Battle of the Books Teams Advance to District Finals


Fifteen Merrill students on two teams participated in the Regional Competition for Battle of the Books at Central Campus this morning. Each team read 40 books from a selected list chosen by the GT department. During the competition teams had to answer questions about the books and also name the authors of those books.  Both of … Read more »


Merrill Middle School Student Musicians Perform in All-City Concert


Merrill Middle School student musicians were chosen to participate in a city-wide concert in March. The performance featured a chorus, band and orchestra. Click on the headline to read more about this special night!

Upcoming Events

Apr 24
7th Grade Zoo Trip
Apr 25
Meals from the Heartland Food Packaging Event
Apr 28
7th Grade Zoo Trip
May 05
PTA Board Meeting
May 12
2014-15 Merrill 6th Grade Transitional Parent Meeting

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

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April Newsletter

April 22nd – Track Meet at Williams Stadium (East High), 2:50 PM

April 25th – Drake Relays


Parents of 6th and 7th Graders: Merrill is offering two sessions of FREE summer career camps. Each camp is limited to 20 students; students will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis. (There may be nominal fees for lunches on field-trip days.) This will be a fun and amazing opportunity to explore future career opportunities!

Camp 1: Arts and Sports, June 10- June 26

Camp 2: Science and Technology, July 1 – July 17

Both Camps:

*Meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

*Offer both classroom and field trip experiences.

*Run from 8:45-12:00 on class/speaker days and from 8:45 – 2:00 or 3:00 on field trip days.

For more information, please contact Gayle Canada or Emily Matsumura, Merrill AmeriCorps Volunteers. They may be reached at 242-8448 or at the following email addresses: or

Merrill Summer Camp Application

Career Camp Letter to Parents

April 24th – 8th Grade Parent Decorating Committee Meeting (if interested in helping with decorating for the 8th grade dance/party), 6:30 PM

April 25th – Meals from the Heartland Food Packaging Event at Merrill

May 14, 2014 – Sports Physical Clinic Flyer 2014

May 30th – Merrill 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 1:15 PM, Gym & 8th Grade Dance & Party, 7:00-9:30 PM, Gym

June 2nd – Last Day of School, Dismiss at 11:30, No Lunch Will Be Served

Calendar of Events


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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