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.

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Application Period Open For Trip to KOFU, Japan

The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip. Students must be at least 12 years old on or before June 1, 2019 to be eligible.

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DMPS 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

Des Moines Public Schools is excited to offer our 8th annual Washington D.C. 8th grade trip. This trip will take place over Spring Break 2019. We will be hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 12th at the Callanan Middle School Cafeteria …

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Athletic Shuttle Bus!

Students who are participating in Merrill/Roosevelt athletics can ride the Athletic Shuttles after school to get to practices located at another school. The shuttle bus numbers are: Cowles to Merrill #622 (for Merrill athletics), Merrill to Callanan #568 …

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Sparks After School Program

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa Sparks After School Program will be available for students in grades 6-8 at Merrill starting the first day of school after school from 3:30 to 6 PM in our cafeteria. Camp Fire Sparks After School …

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Willkie House After School Program

Information about the Willkie House After School Program will be available at Merrill’s Open House on Tuesday evening, August 21st from 5:00-6:15 PM. Click HERE for the flyer with more information!

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Student IDs, DART Access to Change

The way students access DART buses is changing beginning in school year 2018-19. When students receive their school IDs this Fall, the badge will have a QR code embedded on it. The QR code will serve as the student’s “ticket” to ride DART. Students will be required to scan the QR code when boarding DART buses. Click on the headline to read more about the change, and the district’s partnership with DART.

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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.

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2018 Central Iowa Mock Trial Camp

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

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