School News


Spring Dance!


The Merrill Best Buddies Chapter is hosting a spring dance for all Merrill students on Friday, March 31st from 2:30-4pm in our gym. The dance is opened to all grades and free of charge. Come hang out with your friends, dance, and sing karaoke!


Iowa Assessment Dates @ Merrill


Merrill students will test for Iowa Assessments the mornings of Tuesday, April 4th & Thursday, April 6th. Make sure your student has two #2 pencils with erasers and a standard calculator for testing. No date has been set for make-up testing yet. More details will be emailed out before test dates.

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Important Info for Incoming 7th Graders


Before our incoming 7th and 12th grade students can begin school in the fall, they must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes. Click on the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

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16-17 Merrill Opening Year Assemblies!


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

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 »

Upcoming Events

Mar 27
6th Intramurals - Basketball
Mar 27
Journalism Club
Mar 28
6th Intramurals - Basketball
Mar 29
Workplace Mentoring Program
Mar 30
6th Intramurals - Basketball

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!

March 31st – Spring Dance! 2:30-4pm in the gym. The dance is free and opened to all Merrill students! Hosted by Merrill Best Buddies! Come dance, sing karaoke, and hang with your friends!

April 1stRoosevelt Cheer Tryouts! (for Merrill 8th graders wanting to tryout for Roosevelt Cheerleading) Click HERE for more details and who to contact.

April 4th & April 6th – Iowa Assessment testing at Merrill. All students are required to take the Iowa Assessments. If your student is absent, he/she will test at a later date to be announced.

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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