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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.

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 »

Upcoming Events

Jul 25
Pathways to Success 6th Grade Camp
Aug 03
SUCCESS for Sixth Grade Day Camp
Aug 10
Computer Use & Assistance for 16-17 Online Registration
Aug 18
7th/8th New Student Orientation
Aug 22
Open House

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

Bulletin Board

Merrill Summer Office Hours – 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Both the Office Manager and Principal are in the main office during the summer break. However, the office may be closed when staff are on vacation time. Please call the main office at 515-242-8448 before coming in! Thank You!

Did you order a 15-16 Merrill yearbook? Yearbooks arrive typically late July/early August. An email will be sent out when yearbooks can be picked up. Returning students can also wait to pick their yearbook up after school starts. 15-16 8th graders will have to pick their yearbook up at Merrill!

July 5th, 2016Online Registration began for the 16-17 School Year! The link to register all your students for school is in the “primary parent’s” IC Parent Portal email inbox. All students must be registered online before the first day of school! Some households will be required to provide proof of residency when registering for school. (see bullet below) Documentation can be uploaded right in the online registration form!

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), 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! Signing up for 2016-17 athletics is right in the online registration process now!

August 24th, 2016First Day of School! Merrill will dismiss at 1:00pm.

Sparks Middle School Club – CampfireAfter school club is returning for the 2016-17 school year! For more info and to register, click HERE

New to Infinite Campus? Click HERE for the form to request access! (for parents with students attending Merrill Middle School)

Calendar of Events


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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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