News
December 4th, 2018

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!


December 3rd, 2018

‘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 »


December 2nd, 2018

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 »


November 30th, 2018

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.


November 27th, 2018

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!


November 25th, 2018

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!


November 24th, 2018

Merrill 8th graders and your families are invited to attend Roughrider Roundup Open House on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 6:00-7:30 PM. Find out about clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities. Visit with the Freshmen staff coaches, and administrators. Central Campus Central Academy, and IB Programme representatives available. 8th graders get free admission (must be accompanied … Read more »


November 13th, 2018

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.


October 28th, 2018

We want to fill our classrooms with high quality, nonfiction text that will support students through reading, writing, and inquiry. Let’s see what we can do as a community to move forward to help all students engage with content and each other more fully. To access Merrill’s Wish List, click HERE!


September 10th, 2018

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 at 6 PM. All are welcome to attend to find out more about this exciting opportunity for students. … Read more »