School News


Merrill/Cowles in Top 10 at State Mock Trial


Congratulations to the Merrill/Cowles Mock Trial team, which finished 9th at the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial State Championship held this week in Des Moines. In addition to a top 10 finish, team member Louise Bequeaith was named one of the outstanding, all-state attorneys at the competition. Click the photo to read more.


Students Start Early at Exercising Right to Vote


Merrill Middle School students got at taste of what democracy is all about Tuesday. They participated in a mock election, complete with a media presence. The goal? Teach students the only vote that doesn’t count is the one that is not cast! Click on the image to read more.

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Merrill/Cowles Heads to State Mock Trial


Congrats to the Merrill/Cowles team for advancing, for the 2nd year in a row, to the Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament. The team is coached by Christina Thompson. Members are Chloe O’Connor, Louise Bequeaith, Ellery McAlister, Nyah Noyes, Helena Anderson, Bobby Briggs, Alice Medick, Jane Romp, and Rachel McNerny. The tournament begins November 17 in Des Moines.

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Best Buddies Chef Challenge


Merrill students, Greta Mally, 8th grade and her buddy Joy Rector, 7th grade, at the Best Buddies Chef Challenge, held at Embassy Suites. Merrill Middle School officially opened its doors as the first middle school chapter for the state of Iowa in its 12+ years of operation.  They will have 15 buddy pairs, which means 15 new … Read more »


New Addition at Merrill Nears Completion


Renovations at Merrill Middle School are mostly complete, giving Spanish language teachers and students permanent space and making the building more secure and handicap accessible. It also means an opportunity for more students to attend the International Baccalaureate World School. To see and read more, click on the image.


DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the header to learn more and register to play.

Upcoming Events

Nov 27
Thanksgiving Day
Nov 28
Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 01
Girls Basketball Game
Dec 01
Girls Swim Practice
Dec 02
Middle School Girls City Swim Meet

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

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MUSTANG EVENTS!! November 17th thru November 21st Click HERE to watch the video!

Mid-November/December Merrill Newsletter!

November 24th - Show Choir Practice, 2:35-4:00 PM, Room 133 (No practice on Tuesday this week.)

November 24th6th Grade Intramural Basketball Begins! Form more details, click HERE

November 26th thru November 28thNO SCHOOL! Thanksgiving Holiday Break (Merrill office will be closed on Wednesday. Building closed on Thursday & Friday.)

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Information

(Click HERE for instructions to set up a Parent Portal Account!)

Click HERE to register for middle school sports with the new ONLINE form!

Click HERE for information about what sports programs are available and what grades are eligible!

Click HERE to pay sports registration fees! (Click on the School Fees Icon)

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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…

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