School News

Boy hold gourd kart he built.

Gourd Extravaganza Drives Imagination


As the culminating event for their measuring unit, more than 200 6th graders designed and raced gourd-karts outside on the parking lot at Merrill Middle School. The annual race started five years ago and was designed by the Merrill’s science teachers, Christine Ryerson and Blake Hammond, as a way to promote science and curiosity. Click the headline to see photos of the creative designs.


Parent/Teacher Conferences!


Merrill will hold our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, October 10th from 3:15-7pm and again on Thursday, October 13th from 3:15-7pm. Parents need only attend one evening but are welcome to come on both evenings if you do not get the opportunity to meet with all your student’s teacher in one evening. There is no … Read more »


16-17 Merrill Opening Year Assemblies!


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

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.

Upcoming Events

Oct 21
Fall/Halloween Dance Ticket Sales
Oct 21
Fall/Halloween Dance!
Oct 21
NO Girls Basketball Practice!
Oct 24
6th Intramurals - Kick Ball
Oct 24
Girls Swim Practice Begins

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

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Mustang Events Video!                                           Fall 2016 Newsletter!

October 19th – October 21st – Dance Tickets Sold during Student Lunch Times! Tickets are $3. Central Students may purchase their ticket anytime in the attendance office.

October 21st – Fall/Halloween Dance! 2:30-4pm in our gym for all grades!

October 28th – NO SCHOOL! Teacher Professional Development Day

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

Order your student’s 2016-17 Merrill Yearbook now through May 19, 2017! Yearbooks are $30 and can be paid for by debit or credit card on RevTrak online payment system! Click on the School Fees icon and log in with your IC Parent Portal username & password. Or pay by check to Merrill or exact cash to the main office. You must pre-order/pre-pay for a yearbook to reserve your copy! All required school fees (past due and current) must be paid in full prior to ordering/paying for the yearbook!

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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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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