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  • Dear Derby Families,

    It is hard to believe that we have already begun third quarter this week! Many students received new elective classes on Tuesday and are taking on new worlds to explore. In honor of MLK week, students painted ceiling tiles with positive messages, wrote “I Have a Dream” hands and made posters in their A2 classes. We can’t wait to hang their works around our school.

    I would like to add a friendly reminder that second quarter grades are now available on Power School. We do not send report cards home. We have also been sending out scheduling emails with updates and will continue to do so throughout the process. Please stay tuned! I hope everyone has a great week and thanks for reading our E-news!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email

    Monday (1-27)
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M.
    Roblox eSport Game Design 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Tuesday (1-28)
    Rubik’s Cube 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Science Olympiad Practice 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (1-29)
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-30)
    Winter Running Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming 3:20-5:35 P.M.

    Friday (1-31)

    Mark Your Calendar-
    February 5th- 5th Grade Meeting 6:30 PM-7:30 PM in the Cafeteria
    February 7th - PTA Meeting 9:20 AM-10:40 AM in the Cafeteria
    February 14th- ½ Day Dismissal at 11:25 AM 
    February 15th- 23rd Mid-Winter Recess No School 
    February 24th- Classes Resume

    Snowcoming Dance!
    The Derby WEB Leaders are proud to announce that they will be hosting Snowcoming! Snowcoming is Derby’s first annual winter dance. Snowcoming will be held on Friday, February 7th, from 7pm-9pm. We would appreciate if students purchased tickets in advance to during their lunch/rec periods from Monday, January 27 – Friday, February 7th. Tickets will be $10 and will also be sold at the door the night of the dance. Concessions will be sold at the dance. Students may wear what they choose, as long as it is appropriate for school! The WEB Leaders can’t wait to see everyone at Snowcoming!

    Wrestling Team Announcement
    There is a parent meeting on 1/28 from 5:10-5:40 in the Derby Cafeteria. This is an informational meeting.

    Career Exploration
    1. Engineering Exploration: Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Girls! Do you like Science and/or Math? Do you want to explore what it means to be an Engineer?
    We have another opportunity for you. This time the focus will be on learning about civil engineering, specifically how traffic light systems work. Society of Women Engineers (SWENext Detroit) is having the event on Wednesday, February 5th, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Oakland County Road Commission. (These details are also posted on Facebook, @swenextdetroit.)
    Email Lisa Hart ( with any questions or if transportation to and/or from the event is an issue.

    Permission Slip due 1/31/2020:

    Address:1200 N. Telegraph Building 49 West Pontiac MI 48341
    Map/ Directions

    2. Health Care Exploration: 35 Derby students will have the opportunity to visit Henry Ford West Bloomfield for an afternoon to explore careers in Food and Nutrition, Infection Control/Epidemiology, Nursing/Family Medicine, Pharmacy and/or Radiology on Monday, 2/24/2020 from 11:45 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Bus transportation will be provided.

    Permission Slip (attached) due 1/28/2020

    Cafeteria Shelves and Lost & Found Clean Out!
    Please ask your student to check the Lost & Found and cafeteria shelves. Any items left behind will be tossed or donated on Monday, January 27th.

    New Year, New Rec!
    Each day, Derby students have the opportunity to be active during rec time after lunch. Unfortunately, their options for activities are limited by the lack of equipment available to them during this time. We’d like to change that, but we need your help.

    A generous member of our community has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations made to help Derby purchase a number of items to help our students be active during their rec time. These items include ping pong tables, a gaga pit, a corn hole set, items for floor hockey, a variety of balls, new backboards for the outdoor basketball hoops and more. We’re only limited by what we raise, and we appreciate any support you are able to give!

    You can find our rec fundraising link here:
    Update: We are currently up to $1000! Every little bit helps, THANK YOU!

    Jazz Band Rehearsal Dates-
    January 21st 
    January 28th
    February 4th
    February 11th
    February 25th
    March 10th
    March 24th

    Derby Science Olympiad News:
    Congratulations to our small, but mighty, Derby Science Olympiad Team who competed in its first Invitation at BCS on Saturday. We still have a couple of spots open on the team if you enjoy science and want to learn more about various science topics. The rest of our season includes tournaments on Saturday, 2/15 at the University of Michigan and Saturday, 2/29 at DCDS. Team members practice both in school (Tuesday from 3:20-5:20 P.M.) and out of school with their event partners. Want to learn more, reach out to Kathy Westerlund at

    Registration is now open for the 2020 Girls Lacrosse Season! All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the following link to register : All practice and game schedules are posted on FB Email questions to

    Birmingham Girls Softball! - Registration now open! 
    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. 
    To register or for more information, please visit our website at For questions, please email Jeff Weber at

    Seaholm Boys Basketball will be hosting Middle School Night on Friday, January 31st. 

    Derby & other Birmingham area middle school boys get in free to all of the games that evening beginning at 4pm. Our freshman team plays at 4pm, JV plays at 5:30pm and the Varsity game begins at 7pm.

    Boys just need to come to the concession stand near the ticket booth to check in with the boosters for a food & drink ticket and a hand stamp for the evening.

    We’re excited to have the boys join us! Please email with any questions. Please see attached for more information. 

    Thanks & hope to see you on Friday, January 31st!

    Seaholm Boys Basketball
    Coaches & Booster

    Human Trafficking Panel Presentation
    January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Join Sanctum House and Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement for a panel event on Monday, Jan. 27. Who are the likely targets of human trafficking? Where does human trafficking take place? The answers to these questions, and others, will likely surprise you. Panel conversation features leaders in the fight against human trafficking and discover the myths and realities of this important issue. Panelists include Paige Stocchi-Forgette, survivor; Michigan Senator Ruth Johnson (14th District); Michigan Representative Christine Greig (37th District); Karen Moore, Executive Director, Sanctum House; Lisa Keith, Department of Homeland Security; and Dr. Jodi Flanders, CEO, Medical Missions and Imaging PC and Medical Director, Sanctum House. RSVP at
    Human Trafficking: Myths vs. Reality 
    Jan. 27, 2020
    6:00 – 8:00 pm
    Oakland University Campus
    Oakland Center
    312 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester
    Banquet Room A

    YMCA Summer Camp Information 
    Please see the attached information about YMCA Summer Camps and scholarships opportunities.

    Derby is Hiring!
    The following available vacancy has been posted for the 2019/2020 School Year:
    JOB ID: 4600192758 – Noon Aide - 2 Positions – Derby Middle School – Posting Open Until Filled
    Applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply online through the Oakland Consortium at: 

    Box Tops for LINKS
    Hello Derby Families,
    Box Tops has gone digital! Please consider downloading the Box Top app on your phone and all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and Box Tops does the rest, no more clipping! Donating your box tops raises money for the Derby LINKS program to provide games, activities, field trips, and parties. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 100 students participate in.

    You can find more information on this process here:

    If you still have Box tops, they can be turned into the counseling office. Thank you so much for your support of the Derby Links Program!

    Derby Plarn Farm….. Continuing in January, during recreation time, our Derby students are invited to join our Derby Plarn Farm where we will use recycled plastic bags and get them ready to be crocheted into mats with a strap, tie and a pillow for the homeless. To learn more about this local project, visit the Motor City Mitten Mission at Please save your plastic bags (Target, Kroger, etc.) and have your student drop them off in the collection box in the main office. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Derby Reminders

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:05 am-3:14 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member. 

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time. 

    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home every day. Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.

    **Please remind your student to check the Lost & Found and the cafeteria shelves. Any items left behind on Monday, January 27th will be tossed or donated. Thank you!**

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you!

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library.

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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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