Merrill Minute

April 23, 2021

Merrill Band and Orchestra Instruments

All band and orchestra students who..

1. Completed their final rotation of music on Friday and

2. Rented a school instrument this year

... are requested to return their Merrill instrument right away.

Mr. Morgan will be at the band room door at the furthest North East door of the Merrill parking lot on Saturday, April 24th from 8:30-10:00 A.M. For all students who have completed their music rotation, instruments must be returned by Monday.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please feel free to contact or if you have any questions.

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7!

Teacher Appreciation Week Hosted by the PTA

The Merrill PTA held a Facebook fundraiser, and with the generosity of the Merrill community, raised over $1500 for teacher appreciation events for the rest of the year. The PTA will kick off Teacher Appreciation week on Monday with bagels and coffee and finish the week on Friday with an ice cream truck. Additionally, the PTA will again sponsor a BBQ for the Merrill staff on the last day before summer.

For anyone who didn't get a chance to donate to the fundraiser, or who would like to help with teacher appreciation in another way, click the link to a Sign Up Genius to help provide drinks and snacks in the teacher's lounge. Thank you, Merrill Community and Merrill PTA!

Thank you, PTA!

The Merrill team would like to extend a huge thank you to the Merrill PTA for supporting the Merrill staff and students throughout this pandemic year. From books to playground equipment, food and drinks to school supply kits, and finally advocacy for public education all the way up to the state level, the Merrill PTA is always there. Click here to learn more about the Merrill PTA. Thank you, Merrill PTA!

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ISASP Testing: Week of May 17th!

Des Moines Public School students in grades 3 through 11 will take the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) in May. This assessment is required by the Iowa Department of Education for federal accountability purposes. Below are the testing dates at Merrill.

Merrill Testing Dates for 6th and 7th Graders

· Monday, May 17th: Testing from 9:15 A.M. - 11:50 A.M. (Reading, Math)

· Tuesday, May 18th: Testing from 9:15 A.M. – 11:50 A.M. (Language, Writing)

Merrill Testing Dates for 8th Graders

· Wednesday, May 19th: Testing from 9:15 A.M. - 11:50 A.M. (Reading, Math)

· Thursday, May 20th: Testing from 9:15 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (Language, Writing, Science)

Click here to read the Merrill ISASP letter from Mrs. Panek.

Technology Collection - Coming Soon!

We will be collecting ALL DMPS assigned laptops and hot spots at the end of the school year. If you do not turn in these devices, you could be responsible for the replacement. When school is out for the year, you will need to turn in the following items to Merrill:

  • Laptop
  • Power cord and adapter (both the cord and the adapter itself)
  • Hot Spot with power cable and original box (for those families who have a DMPS hotspot)
  • Laptop Bag (in-person students)

(Virtual Families: If your student was assigned a DMPS computer, but has been using a personal computer at home, you may turn in the DMPS computer at any time.)

Preparing for technology collection...

Mustang Track and Field

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Summer Programming at Central Campus

Central Campus is excited to announce that they will be hosting 8 summer camps. The target audience is rising 7th & 8th grade students for fall 2021. Students will enjoy summer fun experiencing eight of Central Campus’s exciting programs.

Registration link:

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Unified Field Day

Book Talks with Mrs. Kent: Mysteries

How to reserve a book...

Science Bound

A few reminders...

Grading and Feedback

Tracking Student Progress

To track your student’s progress throughout the year, we suggest two steps:

  • Join Canvas as an Observer so that you can see the assignments that your student is being given, the work that is submitted, and the feedback that is received.

  • Check Infinite Campus periodically for updates on SRG topic scores, being sure to select Term 22 for student scores and in-progress grades during second semester.

For more information about SRG in Des Moines Public Schools, please click here. For additional information or questions about Infinite Campus or Canvas navigation, please contact Danielle Taylor or Allison Chartier, Merrill Instructional Coaches. For course specific questions, please contact your child's teacher.

Student Evidence:

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.

Merrill Bell Schedule for ALL Students (Virtual and In-Person)

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Community Resources - Academics

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Merrill Links - We are here for you!


May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 3: Last Day of School - Early Dismissal