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  • Dear Derby Families,

    What a wonderful first full week of school! Thank you to all of the families who were able to come meet the staff during our Derby Curriculum Night. We hope that you were able to learn about all of the exciting things your student will be experiencing at Derby this year. I continue to enjoy meeting all of our supporting parents. 

    Below you will find a link to help you read your child’s M-Step scores. Scores were mailed home on September 13th. Thank you for reading our Weekly Update and enjoy your week!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher Principal

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

    Monday (9-16)
    Girls Tennis Away vs. West Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M. in room 203

    Tuesday (9-17)
    Girls Basketball Away vs. Country Day Middle School 4:00 PM
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. in room 203

    Wednesday (9-18)
    Girls Basketball Away vs. West Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Girls Tennis Away vs. Bloomfield Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Typing Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. in room 211 (2nd floor Computer Lab)
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged Club 3:20-5:20 P.M. in room 205

    Thursday (9-19)
    Girls Basketball Away West Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Cross Country meet Away at East Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Competitive Video Gaming Club 3:20-4:35 P.M. in room 119
    Girls Who Code Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. in the library 

    Friday (9-20)

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Half-day- September 26th dismissal at 11:25 a.m.

    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by …

    Receiving and reading Ms. Otterbacher’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage
    Following us on Twitter (@DerbyMS) or Facebook
    Joining the Derby Remind account. Remind will be used to give parents real-time notifications of bus delays, school cancellations, and for other purposes that Derby Administration deems appropriate. For text notifications, text @derbyms to 81010. If you have trouble with that number, please text to (989) 252-7249. You can unsubscribe to the messages at any time by replying “unsubscribe@derbyms” For e-mail notifications, send a blank e-mail to from a desktop computer. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to the same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. With Remind, all personal information remains confidential. Your phone number is never visible. Remind is a one way messaging email system.
    “Remind” System/Athletics-Remind will be used to notify registered users if Derby practices and/or games have been cancelled due to weather or other conditions that may cause us to cancel events. We will not use Remind to send scores or any other athletic updates. For text notifications, text @derbya to (802) 328-5168. If you wish to unsubscribe, reply unsubscribe@derbya. For e-mail notifications, send a blank email to To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. (

    Parents of current 7th Graders and/or New-To-District Students:
    It is important for all parents/guardians to know that Michigan law requires all students be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases in order to attend school. The immunization status of all 7th grade students as well as all new-to-district students will be assessed by October 15th, 2019 in accordance with Public Act 89.
    To prevent your child from being excluded from school, please ensure that your child’s immunizations are up to date. If your child is unvaccinated, an Immunization Waiver Form must be obtained from the Oakland County Health Department and submitted every school year. If you have any questions regarding your children’s immunization status, please reach out to your pediatrician, the Oakland County Health Department or Robin McIntyre, Derby Counseling Office (

    PTA Volunteer Opportunity
    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. 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 for your support!

    It is now time to order your 2019-2020 Derby Yearbook. This year’s yearbook will be hard covered with 128 full color pages. We will celebrate the end of the school year with Yearbook signing celebrations and everyone will want to partake! The Derby Yearbook is award-winning, so order today. The cost of the Yearbook is $40 through September 28th, $45 September 29th through November 1st, and $50 November 2nd through January 25th. Yearbooks were NOT SOLD AT REGISTRATION and will NOT be sold after January 25th, so order TODAY! To obtain an order form please pick one up in the Main Office or email to obtain a digital copy.

    M-STEP Scores
    Dear Families,
    The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) was administered to students in grades 3-8 and Michigan Merit Exam at grade 11 in the spring of 2019. Your child’s test results reports are being sent via USPS on September 13th. The link below provides instructions on how to read your child’s M-Step scores.

    Derby Families,
    Please consider donating your box tops to the Derby LINKS program. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 150 students participate in. The money goes to buy toys and games for rec time, as well as art supplies and snacks when we have parties.
    You can find a list of products that have box tops here:
    Box tops can be turned into the counseling office. Thank you so much for your support of the Derby Links Program!
    Elizabeth Wilde, LMSW

    Derby Science Olympiad 
    Are you creative, inquisitive or interested in Circuits, Solar System or Building? Did you do Science Olympiad in elementary school? Derby Dragons Science Olympiad team is building on last year’s success. If this sounds interesting join us Monday, 9/23 at 7:00 P.M. in the Derby Library for our Derby Science Olympiad parent and student Informational Meeting! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Westerlund ( or Kevin O’Brien ( There is a great deal of information about the program on the website:
    Hope to see you there!!!!

    Soccer Clinic
    All Birmingham Schools have ½ day Thursday, September 26! What better way to spend the afternoon! Seaholm Men’s Soccer Team is hosting a Clinic for 1st-6th grade boys and girls on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm!
    Players will have fun improving their skills through various drills and team building exercises. 
    See attached flyer for more exciting details
    Registration online at:

    Seaholm Football Night
    Coaches and Derby Community -

    I am writing to share the date of our youth Football Night at Maple Field: September 20th vs. Rochester at 7pm. All Youth wearing football jerseys or cheer apparel (boys and girls) will receive free admission and a ticket for a free hotdog and drink. We would love to have a strong showing of Derby Dragons in their football jerseys!

    We will also be honoring our veterans at this game and are thrilled that we will have a B-17 Flyover at 7pm in honor of those who have served our country. It will be a game to remember and your players will not want to miss.


    Free and Reduced Lunch Application

    Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced Lunch Program

    BPS District Meal Balance Policy Letter

    2019-2020 Chartwells Parent Lunch Newsletter

    Birmingham NFL SNAP Flag Football League – Fall 2019
    Sept. 22-Nov. 3
    Preschool-8th Grade ∙ Recreational ∙ Non-Contact ∙ Coed ∙ 
    Seaholm/Groves Turf ∙ Sundays ∙
    Teams are forming now for every grade/school in the district.
    Register by Sept. 15 at or call 248-203-3800

    Message from BEF- Birmingham Education Foundation
    Dear Derby Family, Welcome back! 
    We all want our kids to have the best possible education, which is why I support the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF). Each year, the BEF grants upwards of $100,000 towards projects that enrich and enhance education for all BPS students. I hope you will join me in donating to the BEF this year. If every family in our district gave just $35, we would start the year with more than $175,000 to grant, allowing teachers to provide innovative experiences and opportunities that go above and beyond for our kids. Below is a list of the grants impacting Derby last year, totaling $5,690. With your help, we know that we can give even greater support this year. Sincerely, 
    Ben Dolan BEF President & dad of Groves & Berkshire students

    Your support will help BPS teachers make great things happen in our schools! Please make checks payable to the Birmingham Education Foundation.

    Grants Awarded to Derby Last Year 
    W.E.B. Program, R. Meyer, $4,190 
    Classroom Library Project, K. Westerlund, $500 
    100% of Derby Teachers Supporting the BEF, $1,000

    To learn more or give online, visit 
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    I am interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the BEF! I have enclosed an employer matching gift form. The Birmingham Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and gifts are tax deductible as provided by law. 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 | 248-203-3030 |

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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 the Athletic Offices prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2018.

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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,

    Joanna McKinney
    Derby Middle School Interim Principal


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

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