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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

May 25
Girls Cross Country Meeting
May 25
Pathways to Success-Big Brothers/Big Sisters
May 26
Jazz Choir Practice
May 26
DC Student Meeting (mandatory)
May 26
Spring Orchestra Concert

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

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May Newsletter                                                     Mustang Events Video

May 26th – Boys Cross Country Meeting, 7:30 AM, Room 214 w/Mr. Severson (for boys interested in CC for the 16-17 school year)

May 26th – 6th – 8th Orchestra Concerts 7:00pm in the Auditorium

May 26th – DC Trip Mandatory Student Meeting! (students MUST attend/parents MAY attend) 2:45-3:30 in the Library

May 30th – Memorial Day! No School — Office is Closed

June 1st – 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00 AM Merrill Gym/PTA Sponsored 8th Grade Celebration 6:30-8:30pm Merrill Gym!!

June 2ndLast Day of School! Merrill will dismiss at 11:30 & no lunch will be served

Sign Up for Summer Activities for 2016-17 Grades 6 thru 8! Click HERE

Merrill Athletics! Sign up for 2016-17 athletics will begin July 5, 2016

Providing Proof of Your Current or New Address All new families and current students attending Des Moines Public Schools are required to provide address verification when registering for the 16-17 school year which will begin July 5, 2016. If your address has changed or 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. 

New to Infinite Campus? Click HERE for the form to request access! (for parents with students attending 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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