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Summer Camp at Merrill


SIGN UP NOW FOR AN AMAZING SUMMER EXPERIENCE! Days of camp: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Dates of camp: June 9th thru July 16th Hours: 9:00AM – 2:30PM Students: current 6th and 7th graders Enjoy many field trips to businesses and organizations throughout the metro area. Meet professionals in the community and learn how to write … Read more »


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

May 26
Girl's Soccer Pizza Party
May 28
Garden Club Field Trip
May 28
Young Innovators Club Meets
May 28
8th Grade Adventureland Trip
May 29
8th Grade Promotion

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

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MUSTANG EVENTS!!  May 18th thru May 22nd  Click HERE to watch the video!

May/Mid-June Newsletter!

Monday, May 25thNO SCHOOL! Memorial Day Holiday

May 29th8th Grade Promotion & Dance/Party
Promotion – 1:15-2:30pm in the Merrill Gym
Dance – 6:30-8:30pm in the Merrill Gym (Beach Theme)

June 1stLAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Merrill will dismiss at 11:30 and no lunch will be served.

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

2015-16 Merrill Career CampJune 9th thru July 16th for 7th & 8th Grades Click HERE for more information and to register.

Summer Programs! Click HERE for information about DMPS Summer Camps & Camps/Programs Specific to Merrill.

Free School & Sports Physicals! Click HERE for more information.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Information (Click to view)

Merrill Athletics!

Click HERE to register for middle school sports with the new 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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