School News

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Application Period Open For Trip to KOFU, Japan


The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip. Students must be at least 12 years old on or before June 1, 2019 to be eligible.

Amazon Book Wish List for Merrill!


We want to fill our classrooms with high quality, nonfiction text that will support students through reading, writing, and inquiry. Let’s see what we can do as a community to move forward to help all students engage with content and each other more fully. To access Merrill’s Wish List, click HERE!

Thanksgiving Break


No school on Wednesday, November 21st thru Friday, November 23rd.

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 »

Upcoming Events

Nov 15
Yearbook Club
Nov 15
History Club
Nov 15
6th Intramurals Ultimate Frisbee
Nov 15
Arcade - CLOSED Today!
Nov 15
Girls' Voices

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

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

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November 16th – Club’s Choice Fundraiser items arrive and will be distributed between 3-5:30 PM in the cafeteria. Please make sure your student’s items are picked up as Merrill will not be able to store them over the weekend.

November 21st, 22nd, & 23rdNO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday Break!

DMPS Kofu, Japan Exchange Program! For students entering 7th – 11th Grades in the 2019-20 school year. Click HERE for more information and to register!

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 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.

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