School News

Best Buddies Taco John’s Fundraiser


The Merrill Best Buddies Chapter will be hosting a fundraiser at Taco John’s (4th and Grand in West Des Moines) on Thursday, October 25th from 4-8pm.  Taco John’s will be donating 20% of the total amount of purchases during this time so please treat yourself to an easy dinner and support Merrill Best Buddies! Click … Read more »

October 25th & 26th


No school on October 25th & 26th due to Teacher Professional Development Days!

Merrill Science Fair


The Merrill Science Fair will be held on Thursday, November 8th. 6th & 7th graders participate in the science fair and have been working on their projects in preparation for judging at the fair. 6th grade judging will take place during the school day in the 6th grader’s regular scheduled science class time. If you’re … Read more »

Amazon Book Wish List for Merrill!


We want to fill our classrooms with high quality, nonfiction text that will support students through reading, writing, and inquiry. Let’s see what we can do as a community to move forward to help all students engage with content and each other more fully. To access Merrill’s Wish List, click HERE!

DMPS 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip


Des Moines Public Schools is excited to offer our 8th annual Washington D.C. 8th grade trip. This trip will take place over Spring Break 2019. We will be hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 12th at the Callanan Middle School Cafeteria at 6 PM. All are welcome to attend to find out more about this exciting opportunity for students. … Read more »

Athletic Shuttle Bus!


Students who are participating in Merrill/Roosevelt athletics can ride the Athletic Shuttles after school to get to practices located at another school. The shuttle bus numbers are: Cowles to Merrill #622 (for Merrill athletics), Merrill to Callanan #568 (for 8th football practice), and Merrill to Roosevelt #568 (for swim and wrestling practices).

Upcoming Events

Oct 24
History Club
Oct 24
MFTH Pizza Sales
Oct 24
6th & 7th Science Fair Prep Workshop (Optional)
Oct 25
Staff Development – No School
Oct 25
Best Buddies Taco John's Fundraiser

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Middle School Hours!    8:30 AM to 3:25 PM          Merrill Office Hours – 8 AM – 4 PM

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October 25th – Merrill Best Buddies Taco John Fundraiser! Click HERE for the flyer with details.

October 25th – Teen Talk 2018 Click HERE for more information and to register!

October 25th & 26thNO SCHOOL! Teacher Professional Development Days

Front entrance doors open at 7:30 AM and interior doors at 8:00 AM at which time 6th & 7th graders report to the gym and 8th graders to the cafeteria. Students who are bused to school will enter through the west entrance at 8:00 AM. Breakfast is served from 8:05-8:25.

Sparks Middle School Campfire Club – For information and to register, click HERE!

Merrill Athletics! Information on 2018-19 Merrill Athletic Programs is posted on each sports page under the Student tab. If you did not register for athletics in your student’s OLR, a link to the MS Athletic Registration Form is available on each athletic page. You only need to complete the form once. Select all the sports your student is interested in participating when you register.

Providing Proof of Your Current or New Address Households who have a student new to a building (6th & 9th grades (& 10th grade at Roosevelt for athletics), 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 Merrill’s main office.

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