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  • School Closure

    All Birmingham Public Schools will be closed beginning Friday, March 13 and will remain closed.
    With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, residents are being urged by the Governor’s office to take all necessary precautions to prepare and keep themselves and their families safe. The State is making preparations to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19. 

    Important updates from BPS can be found at this link, COVID-19 Updates.

    Learn more about online learning opportunities at


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  • 2020 8th Grade DC trip UPDATE 4/6

    Good news on the refund for this year's trip. I have posted an email I received from my Worldstrides rep below. This email outlines a change in policy for refunds for those families that did not purchase trip insurance. Those families that did purchase the insurance will maintain the full refund benefit as it was originally described in the FRP agreement.

    The second paragraph explains the change for those that did not have insurance. As I understand it, you still have the option to keep the money in your account to be applied to a future trip.

    To get your refund, or get clarity on your options, you simply need to call Worldstrides at 800-468-5899. Give them trip ID 173358


    I want to thank you for your tremendous patience as we’ve navigated this situation with our partners at WorldStrides. I’ve just spoken with my contact there, and I hope you’ll be pleased with how they’ve cleared a path forward here that will better suit our families!

    I know we’re all disappointed by the disruptions that COVID- 19 caused and missing the chance to travel together is just one thing that is making this time so hard. WorldStrides will honor the Full Refund Program, as we’ve already discussed. Here’s the change. For those who did not purchase FRP, you will also get a similar cash refund, with an adjustment of $149 for just a small portion of WorldStrides’ unrecoverable costs including deposit paid. Your exact refund amount may vary depending on what you’ve paid in toward your trip cost. No action is required on your part to begin the refund process.

    Due to the high volume of refunds being processed, WorldStrides has asked for your understanding on timing. Families can expect to receive refunds in late June or early July.  

    -The team at Worldstrides


    Kindest regards



    Dear Dragon Families,
    Bravo to our students who continue to do a great job working on the BPS Google Classrooms.  Our teachers will continue to upload assignments/enrichment activities this week. (Look for a special message from us at the end of the week!)  
    This week is "Virtual Spirit Week!". See below for all of the details (and attached) and join in the fun from home! We may not be able to see each other every day, but we can still show our Derby pride and share a smile. We hope you all are doing well and staying healthy!
    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher

    o    Derby will be hosting Spirit Week next week Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 2nd.  We want YOU to participate!
    o    It is simple…follow the Spirit Day plan as stated in the attached flyer and have someone take a photograph of you each day you participate.
    o    Email your photographs to for a chance to see YOUR picture appear in the Derby Yearbook AND for your photograph to appear in an upcoming video that Mr. Hickmott is putting together.
    Who will display the most spirit…the choice is yours…we cannot wait to see your pictures!!!


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  • Athletic Registration

    BPS is happy to announce that PowerSchool Registration, powered by InfoSnap, is also being implemented for Athletic Registration. You may find the link, by clicking here:

    As a reminder, this is an online student registration/data validation system, which allows the district to verify all student demographics, emergency and medical information, prior to the start of the athletic season. It is critical to ensure we have the most up-to-date contact and medical information for all students. The system is a secure and green process supporting our focus on safety and security. Electronic registration platforms of all kinds engage parents to ensure that information is entered properly, significantly reducing errors. The system will also allow families to electronically sign the annual permission forms. Reminder: You must still submit a physical to Mrs. Guise in the main office prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2019. Your student can drop it off, or you can email it ( or fax it at (248-203-4948).

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  • Welcome to Derby Middle School

    Red Dragon


    The fundamental goal of Derby middle school is to develop confident, compassionate, intellectually curious young people, who are well prepared to excel throughout their high school years and beyond.  Excitement and enthusiasm are two words that describe our middle school students.  It is a unique time in children's lives when they can fully explore new activities, interests, and ideas. 

    As a principal, I am most proud of our school's commitment to the development of character. Whether it is through classroom activities such as writing letters to wounded soldiers, to students volunteering as Links to our special needs students, to school-wide community service projects, our students demonstrate their good character every day.

    If you are a parent of our community and have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you are considering having your child attend Derby Middle School, I welcome you to visit our school for a personal tour.  Please contact my office to set up an appointment.

    Best Regards,

    Marla Otterbacher
    Derby Middle School Principal


    Respect Everyone....Respect Yourself....Respect Everything....Respect Everyday!

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