School News

No School – March 30th!


There is no school for students on Friday, March 30th due to staff training.

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 »

Iowa Assessment Testing


Merrill will be administering the Iowa Assessment Tests to all students on Tuesday, April 3rd & Thursday, April 5th during periods 1-3. It’s recommended your student be well rested and have a nutritious breakfast at home or at school on test days. Also, if you are able, please send two #2 pencils with your student … Read more »

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.

2018 Roosevelt Football Parent Meeting


March 5th at 6pm in the TRHS cafeteria for parents/guardians of 8th thru 11th graders who are interested in playing football fall 2018!

Upcoming Events

Mar 21
MFTH Pizza Sales
Mar 22
6th Intramurals - Basketball
Mar 22
Fitness Arcade
Mar 22
Girls' Voices
Mar 22
Speech & Debate

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

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Mustang Events Video – March 19th thru March 23rd

March 30th – No School – Teacher Professional Development Day

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 March 31st!

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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