School News

Spring Concerts

Spring Concert Dates!


Spring Concerts will be held in May starting with the 6th grade musical on Friday, May 5th at 1pm in the gym. The 7th & 8th grade chorus concerts will be held on Thursday, May 11th beginning at 6pm in the gym. The concert bands will perform on Tuesday, May 16th starting with 6th graders … Read more »

8th Grade Promo-Dance

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony & Dance!


On Friday, May 26th, Merrill 8th graders will be honored at a ceremony promoting them to 9th grade! The promotion will be held at 1:15pm in our gym. Cookies and punch will be served in the cafeteria following the ceremony courtesy of our PTA. Our PTA is also hosting a party and dance for our … Read more »

Last Day of School

Last Day of School!


The last day of school for elementary and middle schools is Tuesday, May 30th. Merrill will dismiss at 11:30 and no lunch will be served.

It's all about 6th Grade

2017-2018 6th Grade Parent Information!


Information, activities, and forms for our 2017-18 6th grade parents and students can be found HERE!

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Merrill Energy Report




16-17 Merrill Opening Year Assemblies!


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

Upcoming Events

May 29
Holiday – no school, offices closed
May 30
Last Day of School
Jun 06
Girls' Voice Field Trip to Adventureland
Jul 17
2017-18 Online Registration Opens!
Aug 02

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

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Spring Newsletter!

May 26th – 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony & Dance!  The promotion ceremony will be held at 1:15pm in our gym. The party/dance will be held from 7-9pm at Merrill. Details about the promotion and dance were emailed to 8th grade parents on May 8th.

May 29th Memorial Day—NO SCHOOL!
May 30thLast Day of School! Merrill dismisses at 11:30 and no lunch will be served.

2017-18 New 6th Grade Parent Information Page–click HERE!

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

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

Calendar of Events


About Merrill Middle School


5301 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

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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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