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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!


Dollar Doing Good


In Merrill Middle School’s sixth-grade science classes, Mr. Hammond and Mrs. Ryerson posed this question:  How much good can you do with one dollar? To allow the students to respond to this question, each sixth-grade student was given one dollar with the charge to pay it forward in some way.  Students were encouraged to find … Read more »


Hall of Heroes


Students in Civics 8 investigated the contributions made by leaders of the human rights movement throughout history.  They created a research question and then followed an action plan to guide their research on their subject to help them answer the question.  After completing the action plan component, students created a life-size painting of their subject … Read more »


Poetry Madness


In 6th grade Language A, teachers used a March Madness bracket-style to hold a poetry tournament. Students selected a poem to enter into the competition, and each poem was matched up with another. After two poems were read, students voted on which one should advance to the next round, resulting in a Final Four and … Read more »


Merrill Students Win Essay Contest


Sixth Grader Zion Freeman (left) placed first and Charlie Deyoe Snyder (right) placed second in the MLK, Jr. Essay Contest at the Forest Avenue Library. Congratulations!

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 17th – Track Meet at McGrane (Hoover), 2:40 PM



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 17th & 18th – Meals from the Heartland Fundraiser Week Activities!


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

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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