School News


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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Merrill Energy Report




16-17 Merrill Opening Year Assemblies!


Principal Hanna kicks off the 2016-17 school year with an inspirational speech!

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

Feb 27
6th Intramurals - Basketball
Feb 27
Drama Workshop
Feb 27
Journalism Club
Feb 27
Advanced Drama Workshop
Feb 28
Sisters for Success Meet

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

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Mustang Events Video – No Available This Week!        Spring Newsletter coming March 1st!

March 10th thru March 17thSpring Break!

Please make sure you have paid your student’s 2016-17 school fees. Click HERE to be taken to the online payment system. Fees must be paid in full before a yearbook will be ordered for your student.

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

Calendar of Events


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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