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Winter Apparel Drive!


Merrill students are having a Winter Apparel Drive through December 21st! New coats, hats, mittens/gloves, socks, and boots are needed! Drop off in the box by the main office. Thank you for all your support!

Winter Concert Dates!


‘Tis the Season for Music! The chorus concert is in the Merrill gym on Thursday, December 13th with 6th graders performing at 5:30pm, 7th graders at 6:15pm, and 8th graders at 7:00pm. The orchestra concert is Monday, December 17th beginning at 5:30pm and will be held at Roosevelt High School in their auditorium. The band … Read more »

Jr. Bridges 2 Harmony Workshop


The Roosevelt High School Bridges 2 Harmony Gospel Choir, under the direction of Devon Steve, is the premiere gospel choir in the central Iowa region. They will be holding a workshop for students grades 5th – 8th beginning January 9th meeting weekly in the Roosevelt Vocal Music Room. It concludes with a performance alongside Bridges … Read more »

Mock Trial Team Advances to State Semi-Finals


Another big year for the Merrill Middle School Mock Trial Team! After winning the State title last year, they made it to the semi-final rounds this year, arguing their case in the Iowa Supreme Court. They also earned the Judge Anthony Critelli Award in recognition of their civility and courtroom decorum. Congratulations to these middle school barristers – and our volunteer coaches and parents – for developing one of the top programs in Iowa.

Homework Help!


Need Homework Help? Roosevelt Homework Help is scheduled for Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:10 in the cafeteria and Thursday afternoons from 3:45-4:30 in Mrs. Vogel’s room. Just show up with your homework or late assignments!

It’s Time to Order Your 2018-19 Merrill Yearbook!


Purchase your 2018-19 Merrill yearbook online now through April 15th, 2019! The yearbook is $30 and you must pre-order to reserve your copy. Students will receive their yearbook before we dismiss for summer break! Click HERE to order!

Upcoming Events

Dec 13
Earth & Recycling Club Field Trip
Dec 13
History Club
Dec 13
Dec 13
Girls' Voices
Dec 13
Recycling Club

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Winter Concerts!
Chorus – December 13th: 6th at 5:30, 7th at 6:15, 8th at 7:00 in the Merrill gym
Orchestra – December 17th: 5:30 in the Roosevelt Auditorium
Band – December 18th: 6th at 5:30, 7th, 8th, & Jazz at 7:00 in the Merrill gym

Now through December 21st – Winter Apparel Drive! New coats, hats, mittens/gloves, socks, & boots may be dropped off in the box by the front office! The apparel drive is sponsored by Merrill’s Everyone Can Change the World Club. Thank you for all your support!

December 24th thru January 4thWinter Break

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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