School News

Merrill Open House


Join us for open house on Tuesday, August 21st from 5-6:15 PM. All Merrill families are invited! Meet your teachers, see your classrooms, tour the building, and visit with administration, office staff, and your classmates! Schedules and student ID cards will be available to pick up at open house in our gym. If you ordered … Read more »

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!

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.

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 »

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.

Upcoming Events

Aug 21
Open House
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.

Bulletin Board

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

2018-19 Online Registration! All parents/guardians must register their student(s) for school before the first day on August 23rd! Online registration is done through the parent portal in Infinite Campus. Click HERE to access the login page! Click HERE to pay school fees (after you register!)

August 21stOpen House 5:00-6:15 PM for families of all Merrill students!

August 23rdFirst Day of School! All students will receive a copy of their schedule and get assigned their locker on the first day of school!

First Day of School & Every Morning! 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 will be posted as it becomes available. 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

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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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