School News

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).

Sparks After School Program


Camp Fire Heart of Iowa Sparks After School Program will be available for students in grades 6-8 at Merrill starting the first day of school after school from 3:30 to 6 PM in our cafeteria. Camp Fire Sparks After School program focuses on academic success and service learning. We believe that youth want to change the world. … Read more »

Willkie House After School Program


Information about the Willkie House After School Program will be available at Merrill’s Open House on Tuesday evening, August 21st from 5:00-6:15 PM. Click HERE for the flyer with more information!

LaShone Mosley scans ID on a DART bus.

Student IDs, DART Access to Change


The way students access DART buses is changing beginning in school year 2018-19. When students receive their school IDs this Fall, the badge will have a QR code embedded on it. The QR code will serve as the student’s “ticket” to ride DART. Students will be required to scan the QR code when boarding DART buses. Click on the headline to read more about the change, and the district’s partnership with DART.

Kathryn Panek, Merrill’s New Principal


Congratulations to Kathyn Panek, new principal at Merrill Middle School. Click the headline to read more about Ms. Panek and other new principals named at DMPS.

Upcoming Events

Sep 24
Origami Club
Sep 24
Coding Club
Sep 24
6th Intramurals Kick Ball
Sep 24
Bridge Club
Sep 24
Boys Cross Country Meet

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

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

Merrill Daily Announcements!                    Mustang Events Video!

An Important Letter from Principal Panek – Physical Education Dress Code

October 12thSchool Picture Retake Day!

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 are new to the district, 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.

Calendar of Events


About Merrill Middle School

5301 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

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New School Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM


Merrill Middle School offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme to foster an educational environment where all students are provided with Read More…

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