School News


NO SCHOOL – January 16th!


There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Merrill’s Main Office will be closed.


Merrill Matters Educational Meeting – February 7th!


On behalf of the Merrill PTA, you are invited to attend the Merrill Matters educational meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Merrill library.  Merrill Matters – Mean Girls & Bad Boys: Bullying & Dating Violence in Middle School is the topic for the meeting.


Parent/Teacher Conferences – February 13th!


Merrill will hold our Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, February 13th from 3:15-7pm for all Merrill families. There is no need to schedule an appointment. Teachers will be located in the gym, cafeteria, or their classrooms and will meet with you on a first come/first serve basis. Maps will be available to pick up when … Read more »


Yearbook Orders Due March 1st!


If you have not yet ordered your 2016-17 Merrill Yearbook, the deadline is March 1st, 2017! Get your hard-covered full color copy of the Merrill yearbook published by Josten’s for the great price of just $30! A very nice yearbook for your student’s memories of middle school. Pay online HERE, or by check to Merrill … Read more »


Spring Break!


Spring Break is Friday, March 10th thru Friday, March 17th, 2017!

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Upcoming Events

Jan 17
2nd Semester Begins - B Day Classes
Jan 17
Sisters for Success Meet
Jan 17
Fitness Arcade is Opened!
Jan 17
Debate Practice
Jan 18
MFTH Pizza Sales

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

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January 16thNO SCHOOL  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17th – 2nd Semester Begins, B Day Classes!

February 7th – PTA Meeting Merrill Matters 6:30-8pm, Merrill Library (Topic – Mean Girls & Bad Boys: Bullying & Dating Violence in Middle School)

February 13th – Parent/Teacher Conferences for all Merrill Families 3:15-7pm. No appointment needed. Meet with your students teachers on a first come/first serve basis.

February 14thValentine Dance! 2:30-4pm in the Gym! More details will be emailed to parents as we get closer to the date.

February 17thfor Merrill 8th Graders & their Families! Roosevelt Roughrider Roundup Open House 6:00-7:00pm. (click HERE to view the flyer with more details)

Please make sure you have paid your student’s 2016-17 school fees. Click HERE to be taken to the online payment system.

Order your student’s 2016-17 Merrill Yearbook now through March 1st, 2017! Yearbooks are $30 and can be paid for by debit or credit card on RevTrak online payment system! Click on the School Fees icon and log in with your IC Parent Portal username & password. Or pay by check to Merrill or exact cash to the main office. You must pre-order/pre-pay for a yearbook to reserve your copy! All required school fees (past due and current) must be paid in full prior to ordering/paying for the yearbook!

Providing Proof of Your Current or New Address Households who are new to the district, have a student new to a building (kindergarten, 6th, & 9th & 10th), or have moved and have a new address are required to upload proof of residency in the online registration process every year or provide a paper copy to the main office. 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.

Merrill Athletics! Click HERE for more information on all athletic programs available at Merrill and to register.

Sparks Middle School Club – CampfireAfter school club is returning for the 2016-17 school year! For more info and to register, click HERE

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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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