School News

Order Your Merrill Yearbook by March 1st!


The deadline to order your student’s 2017-18 Merrill Yearbook is March 1st! The yearbook can only be purchased online directly through Josten’s website. We are no longer taking orders/payments through the main office, nor was/is there the option to pay through the online payment site where you pay school fees. You must go directly to … Read more »

Spring Break!


Spring Break is Friday, March 9th through Friday, March 16th!

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. We are asking that all students complete this requirement by the … Read more »

8th Grade Roughrider RoundUp 2018 on Tuesday, February 13!


On Tuesday, February 13th from 6:00-7:00 PM an Open House at Roosevelt High School for families of Merrill 8th graders who will be attending starting the 2018-19 school year. For more information, click HERE!

Upcoming Events

Feb 21
MFTH Pizza Sales
Feb 22
Fitness Arcade
Feb 22
Girls' Voices
Feb 22
Speech & Debate
Feb 22
Recycling Club

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

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Mustang Events Video – February 21st thru February 23rd

March 1st – Last Chance to Order Your 2017-18 Merrill Yearbook! Click HERE to order!

February 19th – No School, Teacher Professional Development

February 20th – B Day Classes

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. Please have all your student’s school fees, past due and current, paid in full by February 28th!

Sparks Middle School Campfire Club Sparks Campfire After School Club is back for the 2017-18 school year! Click HERE for registration information.

Merrill Athletics! Click HERE for more information on all athletic programs available at Merrill and to register if you did not register when completing OLR.

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.

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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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