School News

Time to Order Your Merrill Yearbook!


Merrill’s 2017-18 Yearbook is available to order online now! Your student’s yearbook can be purchased online directly through Josten’s website. This is the only way you are able to purchase a Merrill yearbook now! We are no longer taking orders/payments through the main office or through the online payment site where you pay school fees. … Read more »

Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 22nd – 24th


There is no school on Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving Holiday Break! Merrill’s main office will be closed.

Merrill Winter Concerts


Merrill Parents/Guardians & All Family Members are invited to attend our Winter Concerts! Chorus & Show Choir on Thursday, December 14th, 6th & 7th grades beginning at 5:30 PM, 8th & Show Choir performing at 7 PM. Orchestra will perform on Monday, December 18th at 6 PM for all grades. Band & Jazz Band will … Read more »

December 22nd – January 2nd


No School Friday, December 22, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018 for winter break! Merrill’s main office will be closed. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3rd!

2017-2018 Regular School Calendar


Click HERE to view or print the 2017-18 DMPS Regular School Calendar!

Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


Our students have enough to carry around! Opportunities in the community will now be available via Virtual Backpack for Des Moines Public Schools. Read about student-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Upcoming Events

Nov 21
Sisters for Success Meet
Nov 21
Journalism Club
Nov 21
Fitness Arcade
Nov 21
Wrestling Meet
Nov 21
School Board Meeting

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

Bulletin Board

Mustang Events Video- November 27th thru December 1st

Time to Order Your 2017-18 Merrill Yearbook! Click HERE to order! (Deadline is March 1st, 2018)

November 22nd thru November 24thNo School – Thanksgiving Holiday Break

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. All school fees, past due and current, must be paid in full before you can receive the link to order a 17-18 yearbook!

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.

Calendar of Events


About Merrill Middle School

5301 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

P: 515-242-8448 | F: 515-323-8656 | E:


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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