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  • 10/16/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    Thank you for your patience and perseverance during our ELA NWEA testing this week. We are diligently working to get our students tested before the state of Michigan October deadline. Please help your student be prepared for the math portion of the test which will take place from Wednesday-Friday of this week.

    Our BPS Middle School Learning Options communication was sent last night. (10/15) Please be sure to make a selection for each of your Derby students by Wednesday, October 21st so we can appropriately plan for all of our learners. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of our options, please contact any Derby administrator.

    Helpful links:
    Derby Survey
    Learning Options Video
    Hybrid/Live-Streaming Comparison Document

    You can expect more information regarding procedures specific to Derby in the coming days.

    We hope you have a great weekend!

    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 (10-19)
    Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

    Tuesday (10-20)
    Intramural Girls’ Basketball 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    Derby Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-21)
    Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    Intramural Girls’ Basketball 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    Derby Plarn Farm 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Online 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (10-22)
    Intramural Girls’ Basketball 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    S.H.E. 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Friday (10-23)
    Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM 

    Mark Your Calendars
    * ½ Day- Friday, October 30th Derby Half Day Schedule

    * End of First Quarter-Monday, November 2nd

    * No School for Students-Tuesday, November 3rd

    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 to: 
    Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report the absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    Medication to be Housed and Administered at School

    Please drop off medication & required documentation to Derby before the first day of school. Derby will be collecting medication to be housed and administered at school and necessary district documentation at the Counseling Lobby Doors (doors east of main doors) on:

    * Monday-Wednesday October 19th-October 21st- 7:30 AM-8:30 AM & 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    * Tuesday & Wednesday, October 20th & October 21st- 3:00 PM-4:00 PM 

    Meds will NOT be accepted without district documentation.
    Forms can be found on the BPS website (under Families): PAM-Permission to Administer Medication and the appropriate Care Plan (Asthma/Allergy, Diabetes, Seizure, etc.).
    Please contact Robin McIntyre if you any questions at

    NWEA Testing

    All students will be virtually taking the NWEA reading and math assessment in October. NWEA ELA testing will occur on October 14th, 15th, and 16th during your student's ELA class. NWEA MATH testing will occur on October 20th, 21st, and 22nd during your student's math class. Details regarding NWEA and how to prepare are attached to this Enews.

    NWEA Help! We are here if you need us!
    Help by Phone: (248) 203-5056
    Help by Zoom:

    We have been asked why we are giving the NWEA test when the students are not in person? We are under a state deadline to have students tested before the end of October. Thank you for your cooperation as we make this as seamless as possible.

    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.


    Classlink Login Student Tip from our Derby IT

    You do not need to use your full email address when you log into Classlink. You only need to enter the same information you would enter to log into a BPS computer. Students will need their normal computer login – for example, ABC4, and the normal password. Students have been entering their full email address and that has been causing problems. Please just use your Username.

    How Do I Access Schoology & Classlink?

    Please click on this link How To Access Schoology & Classlink for instructions on how to access Schoology and Classlink.


    ~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!



    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team encourages you to wear pink to your Zoom classes on Friday, October 23rd to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Derby’s Student Government will be making a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Share your Pink Out photograph with Mrs. McGrath for the Derby yearbook at
    We cannot wait to see you in your PINK!!!

    -MSU vs. U of M Day-

    GO GREEN…GO BLUE!!! The Derby Student Government Leadership Team encourages you to show your team spirit by wearing your MSU or U of M gear to your Zoom classes on Friday, October 30th to show your support for your beloved teams. Share your spirited team photographs with Mrs. McGrath for the Derby Yearbook at
    We cannot wait to see your GREEN or BLUE!!!

    CVS Flu Clinic for Derby Families

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    3:00PM – 5:00PM 
    Derby Counseling Lobby (please enter through 2nd set of main doors)
    To avoid wait time, CVS has provided an online registration option
    Clinic Registration Link: Click here to register

    If you miss the online registration, please drop-in
    * Free with most insurance cards
    * Please bring your insurance card
    * Vaccines administered by a certified CVS pharmacist
    * Must be at least 8 years of age
    * Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    *** Flu mist is not offered as deemed to be ineffective***
    The flu vaccine is being offered to Derby families by CVS Pharmacy. Bring a copy of your insurance card. Flu shots are covered by most insurance companies. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

    Seaholm Virtual Open House

    We are excited to invite you to our Seaholm Virtual Open House on Monday, October 26th at 6pm! At this event, you will get the opportunity to explore the Academic Departments, Counselor's Corner, Inspiration and Resources as well as meet staff and students who will be happy to answer your questions. Please complete this Open House form by October 23rd to receive your Zoom invitation.

    If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne O'Leary, Community Service Organizer at or at 248-203-3725.


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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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