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Nine-Week Progress Report Cards


Please click HERE for information about nine-week progress report cards.


Merrill Mock Trial Heads to State Tournament


The Merrill Middle School “Blue Team” will advance to the State Middle School Mock Trial Tournament in November. Thirty-nine teams competed in the Des Moines Regional competition on Monday, including 6 teams from Merrill. The Blue Team advanced to the Regional Playoffs on Tuesday and won their round, making the Blue Team one of only … Read more »

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Merrill 7th/8th Washington DC Trip!


The 7th & 8th grade Merrill Student Trip will be to Washington D.C. in June 2016! More information under the Students tab > Activities!


Spring Break Trip to Washington, DC


Plans are in the works for a trip to Washington, DC as well as historic Philadelphia during the 2016 spring break for DMPS 8th grade and high school students. For interested parents and students, please click the photo to learn more about this fun and educational opportunity including information on costs, application forms, schedules and more.

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Join Debate!


Students at Merrill have an opportunity to sign up for competitive debate at Merrill Middle School for the upcoming school year. The Merrill Middle School Debate Program is in its second year as a student organization in the district.  Debate students learn to be poised under scrutiny, practice composure under fire and present their ideas … Read more »


Merrill Launches ReCharge


A new school year brings a new eighth period class, called ReCharge, to Merrill students.  ReCharge is dedicated time at the end of each day for academic interventions, student support, and enrichment opportunities. The addition of this 32-minute period is meant to provide students with rich learning experiences that increase student proficiencies, whether it be … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 30
Debate Practice
Nov 30
Girl's Basketball Game
Dec 01
Show Choir Practice
Dec 01
Earth Club Meets
Dec 01
Fitness Arcade is Open!

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

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November Newsletter

Mustang Events Video!!

November 25th – November 27thNO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 30th will be a “B” Day Schedule.

Are you interested in helping a Merrill student in need? Click HERE for more information and to volunteer!

Healthy Kids Act Form! In 2008, the Iowa Legislature enacted “The Healthy Kids Act,” requiring that all students in grades 6-12 engage in physical activity for a minimum of 120 minutes per week in which there are at least five days of school. The law also requires that Des Moines Public Schools monitor how students fulfill this requirement. If you have not yet filled out and submitted the online form when you registered your student for school, please click HERE.

All current 6th graders and families whose address has changed or if you move during the school year, are required to provide proof of your residency to Merrill Office Manager, Jane Schumann in the main office. To see what forms are acceptable for address verification, click HERE.

6th Grade Parents Must Fill Out This Form, Sign, and Return to the Main Office as part of the registration process! Home Language Survey

Not sure how to log into Infinite Campus or have forgotten your login information? Please click the link below to get information on the Parent Portal and how to access your account.  Infinite Campus Parent Portal Information (Click to view)

NEW! For 2015-16 Merrill After School Club for all grades!! Click for more information and to register.  Sparks Middle School Club

Merrill Athletics! Sign up for Athletics Now! Click HERE to register for middle school sports through the 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


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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