School News

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.


Alex Hanna Earns Make a Difference Award


The YMCA’s annual MLK Day Prayer Breakfast had a DMPS flavor to it. The event presented three Make a Difference awards in the categories of Youth, Adult and Legacy. Former district administrator Marlene Doby was named the Legacy honoree; Roosevelt junior Perseverance Narcisse received the Youth award; and Merrill Middle School Principal Alex Hanna earned the Adult award for his work with students. Click on the image to enjoy photos.

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 »

Graphic Designers

Junior Designers


Twenty seven Merrill sixth grade students spent the past six weeks learning basic principles of design and how to use digital software to apply new skills during a Graphic Design seminar. The experience was part of ReCharge, a shortened class period that supports student participation in designated enrichment seminars and academic interventions. In addition to … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 24
First Day of School-2016-2017!
Sep 02
School Pictures
Sep 13
8th Football Game
Sep 20
8th Football Game
Sep 29
8th Football Game

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

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Back to School Newsletter!   Please make sure to read this very important newsletter with information about the first day of school for all grades!

All students must be registered for school online through the Parent Portal before the first day of school!

Need help with OLR? DMPS will have staff available to assist with online registration everyday during the State Fair at the DMPS booth!

August 18th – 7th & 8th New Student Orientation! This orientation is for 7th/8th grade students who are brand new to Merrill! This includes newly enrolled students from the Welcome Center or current DMPS students who moved into the Merrill area. Click HERE for more details!

August 22nd – Merrill Open House! 5-6pm Come tour the school and meet your teachers!

August 24th – First Day of School! Merrill will dismiss at 1:00pm running the early out bell schedule!

2015-16 Merrill Yearbooks Have Arrived? If you ordered a 15-16 yearbook, please pick it up in Merrill’s main office. Returning students can wait to pick their yearbook up after school starts. 15-16 8th graders will have to pick their yearbook up at Merrill!

Online Registration is in full swing! The link to register all your students for school is in the “primary parent’s” Infinite Campus Parent Portal inbox. All students must be registered online before the first day of school! Parents of 6th graders must provide proof of residency! (see bullet below) Documentation can be uploaded right in the online registration form!

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), or have a new address are required to upload proof of residency in the online registration process for the 16-17 school year which began July 5, 2016. 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! Signing up for 2016-17 athletics is right in the online registration process now!

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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