School News

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony & Dance!


The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:00 AM in our gym. Doors will open at 8:00. Immediate family members (including Grandparents) are invited to attend. The Merrill PTA will hold a party and dance for the 8th graders on the evening of May 30 from 7-9 PM in the … Read more »

May 31st – Last Day of School!


The last day of school is Thursday, May 31st. Merrill will dismiss at 11:30. Lunch will be served.

Schoolkidz Supplies Kits for Sale Online Now!


The Merrill PTA is once again selling school supplies kits! If you find school supply shopping daunting, irritating, and flat out not fun, then the Schoolkidz supply boxes are for you! Using the official Merrill school supply list, each box includes all the supplies your student will need. Because different grades require different supplies, kits … Read more »

2018 Central Iowa Mock Trial Camp


For students grades 6-12 in the fall of 2018 who are interested in Mock Trial. For more information and to register, click HERE!

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 »

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.

Upcoming Events

May 24
Fitness Arcade
May 24
Girls' Voices
May 24
Recycling Club
May 25
Harry Potter Club
May 25
Box Co. (Origami) 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 – May 21st thru May 25th

May 30th – 8th Grade Promotion & Party, Promotion at 9:00 AM in the gym. Party (sponsored by our PTA) from 7-9 PM in the gym.

2018-19 School Supplies Kits Available to Order Online Now! Click HERE and Enter Code Number 74016. Kits are packaged by grade level.

June 4th thru June 7th – Camp of Champs, Roosevelt HS Youth “Boys” Basketball Click HERE for Camp Info & to Register

2018-19 6th Grade Parent Page Now Available! Click HERE!

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 before we dismiss for summer break!

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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