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Attention: Current 6th Grade Students


Before starting 7th grade in the fall, students must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes in the fall. Currently, 48% of Merrill students do not have the vaccination. Click the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

It's all about 6th Grade

2017-2018 6th Grade Transition Night!


To help better understand the transition to middle school, Merrill 2017-18 6th grade parents/guardians and your students are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, May 4th from 6-7pm in the Merrill gym. Meet our administrators, teachers, and support staff, learn about our PTA and after school activities for 6th graders, and much more! … Read more »


Meals from the Heartland Fundraiser Week


Starting Monday, April 17th everyday through Friday, April 21st and again on April 24th & 26th, students will be able to participate in our annual “Meals from the Heartland” fundraising activities for just $1.00 each day!  This is the 9th year Merrill has raised funds for our food packaging event being held this year on … Read more »

Spring Concerts

Spring Concert Dates!


Spring Concerts will be held in May starting with the 6th grade musical on Friday, May 5th at 1pm in the gym. The 7th & 8th grade chorus concerts will be held on Thursday, May 11th beginning at 6pm in the gym. The concert bands will perform on Tuesday, May 16th starting with 6th graders … Read more »

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Merrill Energy Report




16-17 Merrill Opening Year Assemblies!


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

Upcoming Events

Apr 26
MFTH Pizza Sales
Apr 26
Workplace Mentoring Program
Apr 26
Best Buddies Field Trip
Apr 26
Earth Day Picnic!
Apr 27
Fitness Arcade

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

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Mustang Events Video!        Spring Newsletter Now Available!

24th & 26th – Meals from the Heartland Fundraising B Day Dodge Ball in PE on the 24th & Earth Day Picnic on the 26th! Click HERE to see each day’s activity that students may participate in for just $1.00!

2017-18 New 6th Grade Parent Information Page–click HERE!

Please make sure you have paid your student’s 2016-17 school fees. Click HERE to be taken to the online payment system.

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 moved and have a new address are required to upload proof of residency in the online registration process every year or provide a paper copy to the main office. 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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About Merrill Middle School


5301 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

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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…

Merrill is all about: “Achieving Academic Excellence For All”.

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