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  • 11/23/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    Please find our new Middle School schedule for virtual learning attached. This schedule will begin on Tuesday, December 1st. Please note that for even/odd classes, students will attend even classes on even calendar days and odd classes on odd calendar days.

    Students will be reviewing the new schedule in their A2 classes tomorrow.

    We wish all of our Dragon families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

    New Remote Learning Schedule starting on 12/1/20


    Dear Derby Families,

    We had the privilege today of going and delivering carloads of food to the Lighthouse pantry. The workers at Lighthouse said the Derby community once again outdid themselves in this exceptional time of need. We would like to thank Mrs. Kmiec and NJHS for organizing this service project and all of our Dragons for helping our neighbors.

    As we look ahead to Thanksgiving week we have a couple of reminders and announcements. There is no school on Wednesday (11/25), Thursday (11/26), Friday (11/27), and Monday (11/30). We will see everyone again on Tuesday, December 1st. When we return from break we will have a new virtual schedule. This schedule will be shared as soon as it is finalized and approved by our Central Leadership Team and Board of Education. More details coming soon!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (11-23)

    Tuesday (11-24)

    Wednesday (11-25)
    Thanksgiving Recess-No School

    Thursday (11-26)
    Thanksgiving Recess-No School

    Friday (11-27)
    Thanksgiving Recess-No School

    Mark Your Calendars

    * Thanksgiving Recess-No School November 25th, 26th, 27th, (28th, 29th) & 30th
    * Class Resumes December 1st

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    Derby Live Announcements

    Derby Live Announcements are a Go!
    Click in at 8:25AM - 8:35AM every day on YouTube Live. Student Anchor Teams will relay important announcements and fun daily facts to both inform and entertain! If you miss the live stream, the video will be available on the YouTube channel linked below for you to watch at your leisure. The stream link will activate by 8:25 everyday at: Look for a "Live Now" alert and a link to the video.

    Derby Gives Back - Light House Gift Card Drive 2020

    It is the season for giving. It is the season for supporting those in the communities surrounding us. The Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team will be joining together this season to help those in need through Light House of Oakland County. During this time of need and giving, we are asking families of our Derby Community to donate in ways you are able. The Derby Student Government Leadership Team will be collecting gift cards in any monetary amount to Kohls, Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart. The Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive will take place from Tuesday, December 1st - Wednesday, December 16th. If your family would like to sign-up to donate a gift card, please go to this Sign Up Genius Link to sign-up 

    Questions regarding the Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.usThank you in advance for supporting this important cause. We know the families we will be donating too will be forever grateful for your generosity.

    Library Book Circulation Information

    The Derby media center is circulating materials. We are using a holds/checkouts/pick-up system. There are a few important points to make sure your child is successful when requesting materials. After your child has selected a book, they must check the “Copies” area in the middle of the page to see if we have any available copies. If there are no copies available, placing a hold puts your child in line for the next available copy. This is a great feature if they are doing personal interest reading, but not so great if they are worried about timing for an assignment. If there are copies available, placing an available item on hold tells Mrs. Sindelar that it needs to be pulled, processed, checked out, and placed outside. Please do not make the trip to school until the title appears in the “Checkouts” area of Destiny.

    For more information about remote learning circulation, please visit our corresponding webpage.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    November: 21
    December: 5, 12, 19
    January: 9, 22, 30
    February: 6, 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22

    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom Link was sent in eNews. 

    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting!


    Please see links below for information on free meals available for all students. 
    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information
    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School
    Support School Meals

    Support Local Businesses

    Birmingham small businesses are the backbone of our community - the ones that invest time and resources in support of our schools, PTAs, youth sports, events and other initiatives. Many of the owners and employees also live right here in Birmingham. Now more than ever it is important to show them our support by shopping local. Most retailers are offering in-person, curbside, online and phone orders and many restaurants are offering curbside, take-out, delivery and outdoor dining to ensure the safety of all patrons.Birmingham Shopping District gift cards (Birmingham Bucks) can be purchased online and are usable at many retailers and restaurants downtown. They make a great gift for teachers, family, colleagues and friends. To purchase, visit The District is also planning some festive and safe outdoor family activities this season. For information visit


    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW $40.00 BEST PRICING OF THE YEAR! Don’t Miss Out on the Savings!
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at

    Thank you!

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
    * Homework assignment
    * Planning/support for a project
    * Quiz/Test
    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 PM - 4 PM
    Click the Virtual Academic Resource Center link for more information.


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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


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