School News

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.

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. Contact your doctor to make an appointment to receive the meningitis vaccine. … Read more »

Online Registration Opens July 16, 2018


The link to register online for the 2018-19 school year will activate in Infinite Campus Parent Portals on July 16, 2018! All returning DMPS students must register online for the 18-19 school year before school starts August 23rd! Merrill will offer computers and have staff available to assist our families in need of help with … Read more »

SUCCESS 4 Sixth Grade Day Camp!


Merrill SUCCESS Program will host the SUCCESS 4 Sixth Grade Day Camp on Friday, August 3rd. To register and for more information, click HERE.

First Day of School – August 23rd!


The first day of school for the 2018-19 school year is Thursday, August 23! Merrill’s new school hours are 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM. Online registration opens July 16!

Upcoming Events

Aug 14
School Board Meeting
Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 03
Labor Day – No School
Sep 04
School Board Meeting
Sep 18
School Board Meeting

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

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Wishing All a Save & Happy Summer!

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

July 16th – 2018-19 Online Registration! The online registration link for the 18-19 school year will be active in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal on July 16th. Click HERE to access the login page! Click HERE to pay school fees (after you register!)

August 3rdSUCCESS 4 Sixth Grade Day Camp! Click to Register –  English –  Spanish

August 23rdFirst Day of School!

Sparks Middle School Campfire Club – Information about the 2018-19 Sparks After School Program will be posted when available.

Merrill Athletics! Information on 2018-19 Merrill Athletic Programs will be available after July 1st. Registering for athletics is done in the OLR process or prior to the start of the sport.

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 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

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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