School News


Trip to Washington DC – Spring Break 2015


The DMPS Social Studies Department is organizing the 4th trip to the nation’s capital for DMPS 8th graders. These students will have an opportunity to spend a week exploring Washington DC during spring break (March 15-19).


Merrill Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Merrill and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.

Stellar Awards

DMPS Middle School Students ‘Stellar’


More than 150 middle school students were honored on-stage at North High School for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories. Each DMPS Middle School was represented at the 1st Annual Stellar Awards and each student took home a standing plaque and a book, highlighting the quality recognized that evening. To see more of this amazing night, click on the picture.


Merrill Competes at Track Meet


Hundreds of middle school students, along with parents and teachers, gathered at East High’s Williams Stadium yesterday for the annual DMPS Middle School Track & Field Meet. Click the headline to read and see more about about this yearly competition as students gave it their all in a variety of athletic events.

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Meals from the Heartland


Merrill students banded together on April 25 to package over 53,000 meals for hungry people around the world.  To date, Merrill has packaged nearly 225,000 meals! Thank you to teacher Dave O’Connor who has worked tirelessly to bring this program to life here at Merrill.

Knowledge Bowl 2014

Iowa Junior High School Knowledge Bowl


Congratulations to 14 Merrill students who made it to the final round of the Iowa Junior High Knowledge Bowl!  All the students performed very well, and we are proud of their accomplishments! 2nd Place, 7th Grade Division:  Rhys Eshelman, Gabe Vald, Burke Pitz, Ben Russell, and Andy Kramer 6th Grade, 7th Grade Division: Evan Hilton, … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Sep 18
Show Choir Auditions
Sep 18
Girls Volleyball Game at Meredith
Sep 22
8th Grade Football Game at McGrane Stadium
Sep 22
8th Grade Football Game at McGrane Stadium
Sep 23
Girls Cross Country Meet @ Newton

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

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Mid-August-September Newsletter

September 16th – SRG Parent University! SRG Grading Informational Meeting Times: 3:30 – 4:30 PM or 5:00 – 6:00 PM at Merrill. Click HERE for More Details!

September 16th & September 18th – Show Choir Auditions (for students who signed up at the September 11th meeting) – 2:35pm in room 133 with Mrs. Copic

October 14th – Picture Retake Day! (If you wish to order pictures, have you student pick up an order form in the main office now and bring on picture day.)

Click HERE to register for middle school sports with the new ONLINE form! For more information about what sports programs are available and what grades are eligible, please click HERE.


Click HERE to pay school and sports registration fees!

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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…

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

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