School News

8th Grade to Freshman Transition Night!


Merrill 8th Graders & their Parents/Guardians are invited to attend 8th Grade to Freshman Transition Night on Thursday, September 28th from 5:30-7 PM in the Merrill Cafeteria. Click HERE for topics and speakers.

October 2nd & 5th – Parent/Teacher Conferences


Parent/Teacher conferences will be held at Merrill on Monday, October 2nd and again on Thursday, October 5th from 3:15-6pm both evenings. There is no need to schedule an appointment. Conferences are on a first come/first serve basis. Meet with your student’s teachers as they are available. Teachers will be located in the gym and cafeteria. … Read more »

October 6th – Merrill Picture Retake Day!


Lifetouch School Portraits will return to Merrill on Friday, October 6th for picture retakes. If your student was absent for picture day, please make sure they get their picture taken this day as this is the last chance to get their picture taken this school year! All students will receive one free student ID card. Details … Read more »

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.

2017-2018 Regular School Calendar


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

Merrill Activities & Athletics


Merrill offers athletics for 7th & 8th grades and other activities for all grades! To learn more about Merrill sports, clubs, and other activities, click HERE!

Upcoming Events

Sep 21
Volleyball Game (8th Grade)
Sep 22
Best Buddies Applications Due!
Sep 23
8th Grade Volleyball Tournament
Sep 25
Volleyball Game (7th Grade)
Sep 25
Boys Cross Country Meet

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

Bulletin Board

Mustang Events Video- September 18th – September 22nd

September 28th – 8th Grade to Freshman Transition Night! From 5:30-7pm in the cafeteria. Click HERE for more 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. 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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