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Attention: Incoming 7th Grade Students


Before starting 7th grade in the fall, students must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes in the fall. Currently, 30% of Merrill’s incoming 7th grade students do not have the vaccination. Click the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

2017-2018 First Day of School!


The first day of school is Wednesday, August 23rd! Merrill will dismiss at 1:10pm. Our new school hours for the 17-18 school year are 7:45am to 2:40pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Every Wednesday early dismissal at 1:10pm at Merrill. The first bell rings at 7:40, and students need to be in their first … Read more »

2017-2018 Regular School Calendar


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



Merrill SUCCESS 4 SIXTH GRADE Day Camp will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd from 9:00am to 2:30 pm at Merrill. Check in time is 8:45-9:00am. Registration is required for the camp which is open to all 2017-18 Merrill 6th graders! The camp is free and lunch will be provided. Busing is also available from … Read more »

2017-18 Merrill School Picture Day!


Lifetouch School Portraits will be at Merrill on Friday, September 1st for school pictures. Students will be called down to the library over the intercom during first period alphabetically by grade starting with Central students. All students need to get their picture taken and will receive one free student ID card. If you wish to … Read more »

2017-2018 6th Grade Parent Information!


Information, activities, and forms for our 2017-18 6th grade parents and students can be found HERE!

Upcoming Events

Aug 01
School Board Meeting
Aug 02
Aug 10
17-18 Online Registration Assistance
Aug 15
School Board Meeting
Aug 17
New 7th & 8th Graders Student Tour

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

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Free Back to School Physicals! Click HERE for dates, times, and location.

July 17thOnline Registration Opens in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The registration link is NO LONGER in your IC email but included in the links on the left side of your portal home page. It will not be activated until July 17th! Registration fees are due at the time you register. The link to pay school fees online will be on the “Confirmation Page” after you submit your registration along with the link to apply for Free/Reduced Meals.

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.

August 2nd SUCCESS 4 SIXTH GRADE Day Camp! For all 17-18 Merrill 6th graders from 9am to 2:30pm at Merrill. You must pre-register for the camp. Registration form is on the New 6th Grade Parent Page (link in bullet below).

August 10th – OLR Assistance at Merrill from 7am to 7pm in our library. Laptops & Merrill staff will be available to assist parents with OLR who may not have access to a computer or may be unfamiliar with the process.

August 17th – New 7th & 8th Grade Merrill Student Tour! (for 7th & 8th grade students who are brand new to the district) 1-2pm at Merrill.

August 23rd 1st Day of School! Dismissal at 1:10pm. 2017-18 school hours for Merrill are 7:45am to 2:40pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Early dismissal on Wednesdays at 1:10pm.

2017-18 New 6th Grade Parent Information Page–click HERE!

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.

Merrill Athletics! Register for sports in OLR! Registration for all athletic programs is available in the 17-18 online registration process when you register for school. Click HERE for more information on all athletic programs available at Merrill.

Sparks Middle School Campfire Club At this time, we do not know if the Sparks program will continue at Merrill.

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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…

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