Merrill Girls Head to Basketball Shootout

The 1st Annual DMPS “Metro Girls Basketball Shootout” gets underway on Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 AM on the campus of East High School. All ten Des Moines middle schools will take to the court in this day-long event. Show your support for these young student-athletes. Click the image for more details about the event.

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Merrill Home to Iowa Teacher of the Year

Clemencia Spizzirri was born in Ecuador, where she also began her career as a teacher. A decade ago she moved to the U.S. and is now a teacher here at Merrill Middle School. Today, she was recognized as the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Click the headline to read more about this outstanding educator and our very special celebration of her.

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Merrill/Cowles in Top 10 at State Mock Trial

Congratulations to the Merrill/Cowles Mock Trial team, which finished 9th at the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial State Championship held this week in Des Moines. In addition to a top 10 finish, team member Louise Bequeaith was named one of the outstanding, all-state attorneys at the competition. Click the photo to read more.

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Students Start Early at Exercising Right to Vote

Merrill Middle School students got at taste of what democracy is all about Tuesday. They participated in a mock election, complete with a media presence. The goal? Teach students the only vote that doesn’t count is the one that is not cast! Click on the image to read more.

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Merrill/Cowles Heads to State Mock Trial

Congrats to the Merrill/Cowles team for advancing, for the 2nd year in a row, to the Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament. The team is coached by Christina Thompson. Members are Chloe O’Connor, Louise Bequeaith, Ellery McAlister, Nyah Noyes, Helena Anderson, Bobby Briggs, Alice Medick, Jane Romp, and Rachel McNerny. The tournament begins November 17 in Des Moines.

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Best Buddies Chef Challenge

Merrill students, Greta Mally, 8th grade and her buddy Joy Rector, 7th grade, at the Best Buddies Chef Challenge, held at Embassy Suites. Merrill Middle School officially opened its doors as the first middle school chapter for the state of …

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New Addition at Merrill Nears Completion

Renovations at Merrill Middle School are mostly complete, giving Spanish language teachers and students permanent space and making the building more secure and handicap accessible. It also means an opportunity for more students to attend the International Baccalaureate World School. To see and read more, click on the image.

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DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the header to learn more and register to play.

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