Merrill Minute

November 20, 2020

Merrill Middle School Homework Check-In

Greetings, Mustangs,

We are pleased to announce a new tool we launched this week to further support students and families during this time of virtual learning.

The Merrill Middle School Homework Check-In link can be found on the front page of our website and is your one-stop-shop to accessing the learning materials for each day and staying up-to-date on what is assigned and due. Click here to access the Merrill Middle School Homework Check-in.

A huge thank you to 8th Grade ELA teacher, Katie Johnson, and to the entire Merrill staff for making this tool a reality. We hope it is helpful.

Accessing the Homework Check-in Link

Supporting Virtual Learning at Home

I am thankful...

Merrill Virtual Schedule

As a reminder, we will continue virtual learning through Monday, November 30. Under the waiver granted by the Iowa Department of Education, DMPS is tentatively scheduled to return to the hybrid model on Tuesday, December 1.
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We've got spirit!

We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit wear just for YOU!

Below is a sample of items available through the Merrill Middle School PTA 2020 Apparel Sale. Click here to order today! The link will be active until November 29th with delivery expected a few weeks after that.

A few reminders...

District Interim Assessment

DMPS replaced MAP Growth with a new district interim assessment which is directly aligned to EL (the English Language Arts curriculum in DMPS) and Illustrative Math (the Math curriculum in DMPS).

These assessments were developed by Center Point and are being delivered through a new tool in Canvas called Mastery Connect. This change in assessments is driven by our DMPS Goal Action Plan. The new assessment:

  • Measures our success in providing students access to high-quality grade-level core instruction
  • Limits bias by utilizing shared experiences as background knowledge
  • Directly aligns with the curriculum to provide true feedback and evidence of learning to teachers and students

We began administration of these assessments at Merrill on Monday and plan to wrap them up in the next few instructional days. Students enrolled in Prep Academy or 8th Grade Academy for English and/or Math took the assessments at Academy.

We will make the data available to you as soon as we receive it back from Mastery Connect.

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November 25: No School

November 26 and 27: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1: Tentative return to Hybrid Model

December 23-31: Winter Break

Supporting Virtual Learning at Home