School News


Math Gamers Test Probability


On Friday, students in Mr. Randazzo’s Accelerated II Math class tested their luck (or is it?) with student-created games that incorporated the concept of probability. Throughout the unit, students have studied the foundations of probability — how likely something is to happen and how predictions are made. Students created their own board and carnival-style games … Read more »


Merrill’s New Wing Officially Open


Students and staff watch as Principal Alex Hanna cuts the ribbon on the new wing of Merrill Middle School. The addition makes room for more students to enroll at the International Baccalaureate school. A new, more secure entry and a handicap accessible elevator were also added to the school. Click on the image for more photos.


7th Grade Students Act on Global Issues


Students in Ms. Tharp and Mr. Thomas’s 7th grade Individuals & Societies classes are proposing and passing resolutions to current global issues in a United Nations-esque conference experience. Based in a unit that explores religious roots of Southwest Asia and Northern Africa, students applied historical understanding to modern-day issues in society. Students are taking on … Read more »


Merrill Girls Head to Basketball Shootout


The 1st Annual DMPS “Metro Girls Basketball Shootout” gets underway on Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 AM on the campus of East High School. All ten Des Moines middle schools will take to the court in this day-long event. Show your support for these young student-athletes. Click the image for more details about the event.


Merrill Home to Iowa Teacher of the Year


Clemencia Spizzirri was born in Ecuador, where she also began her career as a teacher. A decade ago she moved to the U.S. and is now a teacher here at Merrill Middle School. Today, she was recognized as the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Click the headline to read more about this outstanding educator and our very special celebration of her.


Merrill Mock Election Results Returned


On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Merrill Middle School students participated in a mock election. Click on the image to read the results.

Upcoming Events

Jan 25
Best Buddies Event
Jan 26
Garden Club Field Trip to Botanical Center
Jan 26
Drama Club Meets
Jan 26
Boys Swim Practice
Jan 26
Boys Basketball Game (All Teams)

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MUSTANG EVENTS!! January 20th thru January 23rd  Click HERE to watch the video!

January Newsletter

January 20th - 6th Grade Intramurals Basketball & Bowling Begin! Click HERE for more details!

January 22nd – 2nd Semester Kick-Off (Click HERE for the flyer!)

January 27th - Please join us at 6 p.m. for a gathering to learn more about the upcoming International Baccalaureate evaluation site visit. We will meet in the Merrill library. Contact Olivia Howe, Merrill IB Coordinator, with any questions.

January 29th – Targeted Communications – 2nd Semester Parent Communication Plans

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