School News


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 »


Welcome, Merrill Students!


Welcome to the 2015-16 school year, Mustangs! School started for Merrill students on Wednesday, August 26. Students spent the day meeting teachers and new classmates and engaging in team building activities. We look forward to a fantastic year of learning, growing, and working together. Have a great year, Mustangs!


Middle School: Faster, Higher, Stronger


Hundreds of middle school students gathered at Williams Stadium on Monday evening for the annual DMPS All-City Middle School Track & Field Meet. Great weather led to some great results, and a reminder of the district-wide effort to increase middle school sports and activities. Click the image to read and see more of the competition.


Merrill Makes a Mark on Hunger


Merrill students, staff, and parents made a huge mark on fighting hunger last Friday when more than 750 participants worked to assemble and package 55,000 meals through Meals From The Heartland. The cafeteria was filled with assembly lines of students scooping, measuring, weighing and packaging meals that will be distributed to those in need of … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Oct 13
Picture Retake Day
Oct 13
Sisters for Success Meet
Oct 13
Show Choir Practice
Oct 13
Drama Club Workshop
Oct 13
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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Mustang Events Video!!

October Newsletter

Parent Communications! Thursday, October 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00pm & Wednesday, October 28th from 2:30 to 6:30pm. More information about Parent Communications is in the October Newsletter above!

October 30th - Fall Dance! 2:30-4:00pm in the gym. More information about the dance is in the October Newsletter above!

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 we monitor how students fulfill this requirement. If you have not yet filled out and submitted the online form, 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


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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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