School News


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 »

Merrill 8th graders prepare nutrient-rich cookies for Central Iowa Shelter and Services.

Cookies for a Cause


Eighth grade students in Ms. Taylor’s Family and Consumer Science classes have been busy in the kitchen learning fundamentals of nutrient-rich food preparation. This includes researching creative ways to approach traditionally “sweet treats” that are donated to Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines. Students choose recipes and prepare cookies that contain nutritionally dense … Read more »

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First Day of School
Sep 04
School Picture Day

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August Newsletter

Wednesday, August 12th – The Merrill Library will be opened from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM for parents who do not have access to a computer or internet to register their students online for the 2015-16 school year. All registration is to be done online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The link to register is in the primary household parent’s IC inbox! If you wish to pay school fees by check or cash, please drop payment off in the main office on August 12th between the hours designated above.

2014-15 Yearbook Pick Up Date - Wednesday, August 12th between the hours of 7:00am – 7:00pm in the main office!

Class Supplies List (for all grades) (Click to download & print)

SUCCESS for Sixth Grade Flyer
SUCCESS for Sixth Grade Registration Form

Exito Para El Sexto Grado Programa de Transición del 6to

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2015-2016 Online Registration began July 1, 2015! Check your Infinite Campus inbox for the email containing the link to register your student/s online!

Click HERE for information about address verification and who is required to provide students proof of residency for the 15-16 school year!

You must have an active Infinite Campus Parent Portal account to register for school. 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!! Registration now open!  Sparks Middle School Club 

Merrill Athletics! Sign up for Athletics Now!

Click HERE to register for middle school sports with the new ONLINE form! (beginning July 1, 2015)

Click HERE for information about what sports programs are available and what grades are eligible! (beginning July 1, 2015)

Click HERE to pay sports registration fees! (Click on the School Fees Icon beginning July 1, 2015)

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