News
October 23rd, 2018

The Merrill Best Buddies Chapter will be hosting a fundraiser at Taco John’s (4th and Grand in West Des Moines) on Thursday, October 25th from 4-8pm.  Taco John’s will be donating 20% of the total amount of purchases during this time so please treat yourself to an easy dinner and support Merrill Best Buddies! Click … Read more »


October 21st, 2018

No school on October 25th & 26th due to Teacher Professional Development Days!


October 21st, 2018

The Merrill Science Fair will be held on Thursday, November 8th. 6th & 7th graders participate in the science fair and have been working on their projects in preparation for judging at the fair. 6th grade judging will take place during the school day in the 6th grader’s regular scheduled science class time. If you’re … Read more »


October 21st, 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 »


August 25th, 2018

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 (for 8th football practice), and Merrill to Roosevelt #568 (for swim and wrestling practices).


August 15th, 2018

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 program focuses on academic success and service learning. We believe that youth want to change the world. … Read more »


August 12th, 2018

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!


August 3rd, 2018

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.


August 2nd, 2018

Congratulations to Kathyn Panek, new principal at Merrill Middle School. Click the headline to read more about Ms. Panek and other new principals named at DMPS.