School News


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 »


Mustangs Finish First in Relays Event


The Merrill Middle School Mustang 4×100 team finished 1st in the Drake Relay’s Friday. The Mustang boys set a personal record with a 47.58 time. The girls did well, too. Their team finished third overall, running their best time of the year with a 53.70. Congratulations to the Mustangs!


DMPS Offers Free Summer Meal Program


DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click on the headline for more information and a list of sites.

The Merrill Mug operates from classroom 116.

Open for Business: The Merrill Mug


Students in Mrs. Grier and Mrs. Ferring’s classes are turning into barista entrepreneurs with the launch of The Merrill Mug. The “coffee shop” is open to staff and visitors on Friday mornings. The “business model” concept of learning, which teachers adapted from McCombs Middle School, supports students in strengthening math skills — like counting coins … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Sep 04
School Picture Day
Sep 07
NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Oct 23
NO SCHOOL - Teacher EQ Development
Nov 25
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 23
Winter Break

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

Bulletin Board

August Newsletter

Have you completed 15-16 online registration? – All students must register for school annually.  The email for online registration is in the primary household parent’s Infinite Campus inbox dated July 28th or later. Fees can be paid at the end of the online registration process by clicking the payment link on the confirmation page. If you did not pay fees after registering, you may access the online payment system by clicking HERE or drop payment off in the main office.

All 6th graders and families who have new addresses must provide proof of your new residence. If your address changes during the school year, you are required to provide proof of your new address. To see what forms are acceptable for address verification, click HERE.

September 4th – School Picture Day! Picture order forms are available in Merrill’s main office now!

6th Grade Parents Must Fill Out This Form, Sign, and Return to the Main Office! 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)

2014-15 Yearbook Pick Up Date - If you ordered/paid for a 2014-15 Merrill yearbook, you may pick that up in the main office.

NEW! For 2015-16 Merrill After School Club for all grades!! Registration now open!  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…

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