School News

MFTH Earth Day Picnic Fundraiser- April 23rd!


Merrill students have been participating in daily and weekly activities all year to help raise funds for our Annual Meals from the Heartland Food Packaging Event being held on Friday, April 27th! The picnic has been changed to Monday, April 23rd since the temperatures are forecast to be in the 60’s that day! Students can … Read more »

Merrill 8th Grade Dental Screenings – April 25th


Smile Squad will be completing dental screenings for all 8th grade students on April 25, 2018. A student can bring a completed dental form from their dentist before or on the day of the screenings or the student’s parent/guardian can notify the school nurse of you do not want your child to participate. Please read … Read more »

MFTH Food Packaging Event!


  Friday, May 27th will mark our 9th Annual Meals from the Heartland Food Packaging Event. Merrill Students grades 6-8 will gather in the cafeteria during the morning hours and package food to help feed people all around the world! Students have had and will continue to have the opportunity to participate in various activities … Read more »

Meningitis Vaccine Reminder!


Iowa law requires that all students entering 7th grade be fully vaccinated for meningitis. If this requirement is not completed, those students will not be permitted to attend school until an updated immunization record is on file with the Merrill School Nurse, Debra Menke. We are asking that all students complete this requirement by the … Read more »

Kathryn Panek to be Merrill’s Next Principal


Congratulations to Kathyn Panek, our School Improvement Leader, on being named as the next principal of Merrill Middle School. She will replace Alex Hanna when he retires this summer. Click the headline to read more about Ms. Panek and other new principals named at DMPS.

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New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

Upcoming Events

Apr 23
MFTH Fundraiser Picnic
Apr 23
Student Council Meet
Apr 23
Show Choir Practice
Apr 23
6th Intramural Basketball Tournament
Apr 23
Hyperstream Coding Club

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

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Mustang Events Video – April 23rd thru April 27th

April 26th – Best Buddies All School Dance 2:45-4pm! Tickets are $3 and sold during lunches on April 24th, 25th, & 26th. Help support Merrill’s Best Buddies Chapter!

April 27th – Meals from the Heartland Food Packaging Event! All grades will participate in packaging food during 1st thru 3rd periods!

2018-19 6th Grade Parent Page Now Available! Click HERE!

May 15th-18th Middle School Spring Football Clinic!   Current 7th & 8th graders interested in playing football fall 2018!   Click HERE for details!

Please make sure you pay your student’s 2017-18 school fees! Merrill fees are $53.00. Click HERE to be taken to the online payment page. Please have all your student’s school fees, past due and current, paid in full before we dismiss for summer break!

Sparks Middle School Campfire Club Sparks Campfire After School Club is back for the 2017-18 school year! Click HERE for registration information.

Merrill Athletics! Click HERE for more information on all athletic programs available at Merrill and to register if you did not register when completing OLR.

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. Acceptable forms of verification are listed in the online registration process or you may contact your school’s main office.

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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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