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  • 01/23/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We are enjoying seeing our students’ smiling faces everyday as we continue to transition to our hybrid learning model. We know that there are still details needing attention and opportunities to improve, but overall it has been wonderful to have students in our building again.

    Below you will find information on Winter 2 sports and 8th grade transition information from Seaholm. We thank you for taking the time to read our eNews and staying in touch!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (1-25)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.
    Volleyball Tryouts

    Tuesday (1-26)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    S.H.E. 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (1-27)
    Roblok Esports 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Role Playing 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-28)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Friday (1-29)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    *½ Day for all BPS Schools- February 4th

    * COUNT DAY!- February 10th

    * Mid-Winter Recess- No School February 15th-February 19th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see the Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Birbery Reading Challenge Begins this Week!

    Like most things this year, The Birbery Reading Program will be a little different than in the past. We are still excited to share great books from the past year with our 6-7-8th graders, but this year we have even more books to choose from -- and less requirements to participate. Our goal is to get your kids reading new titles with no stress… and the possibility of a small reward. Visit the Derby Library Birbery 2021 webpage for more details. 

    Derby Boys’ Swim Team Information & Calendar
    Derby Boys' Swim Team Information
    Derby Boys' Swim Team Calendar

    Derby Girls’ Volleyball

    If you are a virtual 7th or 8th grade girl interested in trying out for volleyball, please make arrangements to attend the Cohort A (A-K) or Cohort B (L-Z) according to your Last Name.

    Message from Seaholm High School to Current 8th Grade Students

    Hello Derby Grade Families,

    Seaholm High School looks forward to seeing you at our 8th Grade Orientation on February 2 via Zoom. This virtual program will include an overview of the high school course catalog, daily schedule and other important elements of our Maple world here at the high school. You will have an opportunity to meet key administrators and staff and ask questions. We will be sending you a link to our website prior to the visit so that you can view several informative videos regarding the curriculum and activities we offer so that you are well-prepared to ask those questions. The program will begin at 7:00 PM, but if you would like to learn more about our English/Social Studies/Flex program, please join us at 6:00 PM prior to the general program. At that time, department chairs and Flex staff will present an overview of their programs and answer questions.

    We are excited to have you join the Maple Forest next year! We hope to see you at this important and informative evening.

    Yours,
    Seaholm Admin

    Derby Forensics Team Information

    Do you have the gift of gab? Do you enjoy performing? Do you like giving speeches? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, please consider joining the Derby Forensics Team!
    The Derby Forensics team is ready to kick off their spring season! What is forensics? Forensics is competitive acting and public speaking. While the overall goal is to foster effective and confident communication, there is a competitive element as well. If you are interested in joining the team or learning more, consider attending an informational meeting for parents and students on Wednesday, January 27 from 5-5:30pm on zoom. Join using this Informational Meeting Zoom Link. This meeting will cover team logistics including the schedule and all tournament details. The season runs from February-April with practices on Wednesdays and Fridays. Questions? Contact the Derby Forensics Coach Courtney Bassett at cbassett@bps-schools.com or Derby Club Coordinator Kathy Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    NJHS School Supply Drive Service Project

    School Supply Drive Wednesday, January 13th - Friday, January 29th
    NJHS is looking for school supply donations for the children of Nolan Elementary/Middle school in Detroit, Michigan: Pencils, markers, colored pencils, gluesticks, crayons, and erasers. ***New supplies will be best*** There will be a collection in the vestibule inside the Derby main doors for students to drop off materials. Doors to the vestibule are open 7:00AM-6:00PM.

    Congratulations to the following Derby District Reflections Winners!

    The winning student entries have been forwarded to the Michigan Reflections program. Those results will be available in early March, and winners will be contacted directly.
    * Sophia Pineda, "I want to save the world" - Film Production
    * Owen Dobrowitsky, "Orange song" -Music Composition

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 202 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign into ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    EDPs (Education Development Plan)

    Before the December break, 7th and 8th graders had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Westerlund to learn about Xello, our career planning platform.

    What is an EDP?

    • It is an opportunity for students to learn about himself or herself, to understand career pathway options, and to explore postsecondary education and training.
    • It allows students to think about the courses he or she may want to take in middle school and high school based on possible future careers.
    • The EDP is a learning and planning process.
    • A document that students review and update every year.
    • It should identify a student’s possible career pathway and goals for achieving success, as well as the level of educational preparation that will be needed to meet the career goals.
    What to know about EDPs/Xello:

    Students access Xello through their student Powerschool accounts NOT their parents’ Powerschool account.

    7th graders need to complete the following “activities” in Xello by mid-March.

    * About Me: Matchmaker, Personality Style, Mission Complete, and Learning Style

    * Lessons: Learning Styles, Discover Learning Pathways, Biases and Career Choices, and Jobs and Employers.

    8th graders need to complete the following “activities” in Xello by mid-March.

    * About Me: Matchmaker, Personality Style, Mission Complete, and Learning Style (Review/update responses from last year)

    * Lessons: Skills, Exploring Career Matches, Transition to High School, and Self-Advocacy

    Students will have some opportunities during classes to complete these activities; however some of this work should be done outside of the school day as well. If you or your student have any questions, please feel free to reach out to EDP Coordinator, Mrs. Westerlund, at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Tips & Strategies to Keep Your Student Focused & Motivated


    Student Tips for Staying Focused: Tips for Staying Motivated

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $50.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    Derby Yearbook Photo Collection

    **We’ve got spirit! Yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you?**
    The Derby Yearbook is collecting photographs of Derby Dragons sporting their Derby attire. Please email any photographs from this school year of your child(ren) wearing Derby attire, or the colors red and white. Photographs can be emailed to: mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We will be collecting through Sunday, January 31st. Take this opportunity to have your child possibly featured in the 2021 Derby Yearbook: Email your pictures in TODAY!

    **Order Your 8th Grade Yearbook Farewell Message Now**
    It is now time for all 8th Grade Families to reserve a special portion of the 2021 yearbook for your son or daughter. This year ten pages of the yearbook have been reserved for loved ones to wish their 8th grader good luck in their future or to record a memory from middle school. If you wish to order an 8th grade message, now is your ONLY time as the 2021 deadlines are quickly passing by.
    To order a message is simple. Please print the attached order form and have it to Derby NO LATER than Friday, February 12, 2021. All orders should be MAILED to Derby Middle School Attention: Caela McGrath 1300 Derby Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 along with $25.00 (cash or check payable to Derby Middle School). All 8th grade messages will appear in color in the 2021 yearbook. In the past the 8th grade messages have been very popular and have been loved by our 8th grade students. If you wish to see a sample of a previous 8th grade message, please refer to your child’s past yearbooks.
    Please take the time to wish your son or daughter, brother, sister or grandchild the very best and to congratulate them on finishing middle school. An order form has been emailed to all 8th Grade families. If you did not receive this email, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy of the order form.

    Chartwells:DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?

    Please see the link Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    OCHD Newsletter
    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:

    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

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

    BPS Has Got Talent!

    Join us for our first-ever district wide virtual talent show! Students and staff of BPS are invited to submit a video showing off their talents! A panel of judges will review the entries, and on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 PM, the final show will air! Everyone will have the chance to vote for their favorite videos, and the winner will be awarded not only a prize for themselves, but also a grant for their school. There will also be awards for Judges Choice and Most Original. Please see the talent show flyer for more information.

    FRIENDS

    Please see eNews for the monthly FRIENDS flyer.

    FRIENDS FEBRUARY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Please join FRIENDS virtually on Thursday, February 4th at 7:30PM for a presentation on Police De-Escalation Strategies by Tameka Citchen-Spruce, a Detroit native and disability justice activist. More details can be found in the meeting sent via eNews.

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League webpage for additional details and to register.

     

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual winter classes. 


    01/21/21

    Winter 2 Athletic Registration

    Derby Dragons!! Please use the link below to officially register for Winter Sports. Derby will offer Girls’ Volleyball (7/8 grade), Boys’ Swimming (6th, 7th, 8th grade), and Girls’ Intramural Volleyball for 6th graders. If numbers allow, 7th and 8th grade girls may have the opportunity to do intramural volleyball. That will be determined at a later date. Please make sure that you have a physical on file. Students cannot tryout until they are registered and have a physical on file. Please confirm with our main office. Here is the link:

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=21595&culture=en

    Please see the Volleyball letter and tryout dates attached. Boys’ Swimming start dates and information will be coming soon. Please register now. Thanks.

    Carman Smith
    Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
    Derby Middle School


    01/20/21

    Winter 2 Athletic Interests

    Derby Dragons!!! The Winter 2 Athletic season is among us. A registration link for Winter 2 Athletic offerings will be available soon. in the meantime, please sign up for the sport that your student may be “interested” in. This will give us an idea of how to plan our practices and adhere to safety protocols. Use the following links to sign-up for Girls’ Volleyball (7th and 8th grade) or Boys’ Swimming (6th, 7th, and 8th grade):

    Girls’ Volleyball Interest Sign-up Sheet

    Boys’ Swimming Interest Sign-up Sheet

    ***REMINDER---THIS IS JUST SHOWING YOU ARE “INTERESTED” IN JOINING THE TEAM. THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION FOR THE SPORT. AS YOU WAIT FOR THE LIVE REGISTRATION LINK TO OPEN, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A PHYSICAL ON FILE WITH OUR MAIN OFFICE. WE EXPECT THESE SPORTS TO START NEXT WEEK AT SOME POINT. THANKS.


    -CARMAN SMITH
    DERBY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR


    01/17/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    I want to give a huge thank you for making our first week of hybrid learning a success. Even under masked faces, you could see and feel the smiles of our students. Mr. Hickmott compiled some of those images for us here. First week video While we still have some areas of improvement with live-streaming, teachers and support staff are diligently working to meet the needs of all of our learners. There is much to be proud of!

    As we continue to put the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of all we do, we can’t stress to you enough the importance of communicating with us when your child does not feel well. The advantage of live-streaming is your student can always login from home when he or she does not feel 100%. Please make sure to fill out the Clear to Go App before sending your child to school. We are all here to keep our Derby community healthy and our learners thriving.

    I hope you are all enjoying MLK Day weekend. Please remember that we do not have school on Monday, January 18th. The Dragons paused to reflect and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King in an extended A2 on Friday. If you are looking for more ways to celebrate the life of MLK with your family, check out the following resources:

    UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Children and Youth Program on Monday, January 18 from 9-11 am (EST). This event is open to all K-12 students as an opportunity to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. You can learn more about the event on their website and register to attend (note, there is also an art contest for students to submit artwork from now until March.) When you register, you will be sent a zoom link to participate: https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/mlk-children-and-youth/home

    CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
    The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is having a virtual Keynote Speech and Presentation, but will also offer some in-person events at the museum on MLK Day. More information available here: https://www.thewright.org/events/person-events-mlk-day-wright

    WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
    WSU has taken their signature Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute virtual, with featured guest Caroline Randall Williams, an award-winning poet, author, activist and scholar. For more information, please visit this link: https://events.wayne.edu/2021/01/18/rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-tribute-2021-87979/#.X-n1LWOGGrI.link

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (1-18)
    MLK DAY No School Today

    Tuesday (1-19)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M. (Cancelled for today)
    S.H.E. 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (1-20)
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-21)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Friday (1-22)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    * ½ Day for all BPS Schools- February 4th

    * COUNT DAY!- February 10th

    * Mid-Winter Recess- No School February 15th-February 19th

    * Classes Resume- February 22nd

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (an email is preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). You may email an accompanying doctor’s note as well if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families

    - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:

    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up Materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc. Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:00AM-6:00PM. Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Cohort Change Requests: Students may change from hybrid to virtual at any time. Parents do need to inform the office of this decision. Due to the need to adhere to social distancing requirements, we are no longer able to accept cohort change requests as we are busy balancing our cohorts. We are asking that you commit to your cohort or virtual decision through the end of the third card marking period (4/23/21). Should a virtual student want to move to hybrid prior to this date, we will consider a request if space is available.

    Derby School Schedule:

    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.

    Wondering what families can do to honor MLK?

    Check out this link for some ideas: MLK Ideas

    Derby Live Announcements

    Click in from 3:05 – 3:15 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 announcements live stream, the video will be available on the YouTube channel for you to watch at your leisure. The stream link will activate by 3:00 PM everyday.

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 275 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign into ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    EDPs (Education Development Plan)

    Before the December break, 7th and 8th graders had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Westerlund to learn about Xello, our career planning platform.

    What is an EDP?

    • It is an opportunity for students to learn about himself or herself, to understand career pathway options, and to explore postsecondary education and training.
    • It allows students to think about the courses he or she may want to take in middle school and high school based on possible future careers.
    • The EDP is a learning and planning process.
    • A document that students review and update every year.
    • It should identify a student’s possible career pathway and goals for achieving success, as well as the level of educational preparation that will be needed to meet the career goals.

    What to know about EDPs/Xello:
    Students access Xello through their student Powerschool accounts NOT their parents’ Powerschool account.

    7th graders need to complete the following “activities” in Xello by mid-March.
    About Me: Matchmaker, Personality Style, Mission Complete, and Learning Style
    Lessons: Learning Styles, Discover Learning Pathways, Biases and Career Choices, and Jobs and Employers.

    8th graders need to complete the following “activities” in Xello by mid-March.
    About Me: Matchmaker, Personality Style, Mission Complete, and Learning Style (Review/update responses from last year)
    Lessons: Skills, Exploring Career Matches, Transition to High School, and Self-Advocacy
    Students will have some opportunities during classes to complete these activities; however some of this work should be done outside of the school day as well.

    If you or your student have any questions, please feel free to reach out to EDP Coordinator, Mrs. Westerlund, at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Tips & Strategies to Keep Your Student Focused & Motivated


    Student Tips for Staying Focused: Tips for Staying Motivated

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $50.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?

    For more information check out: Kids Eat Free Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172.

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD NEWSLETTER 1/11/2021

    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:
    January: 23, 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. ZoomLink was send in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! 

    Parent Learning Series

    Creating Routines (and Calming the Storm)
    Wednesday, January 20th | 7:00-7:45pm | Zoom
    Facilitator: Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Mental Health Consultant

    In our current context families are juggling so many things. In this session we will discuss how routines at home can help increase a sense of normalcy for kids. We will explore concrete ways to calm our children when the emotions run high and co-regulation is imperative. This session will provide practical ideas and tools you can use to help. Nice follow-up to the December 9th session.

    Audience: Pre-K-Middle School


    The most important thing parents and caregivers can do right now is to keep a love of learning alive for their children. Parents and caregivers are essential partners in supporting learning at home, but what does this mean? Parents do not need to be teachers or content area experts. Please join our Partnerships@Home Learning Series for some ideas about fostering curiosity and a sense of wonder during everyday family life.

    Brought to you by Oakland Schools.

    FRIENDS

    Please see 1/17/21 eNews for monthly FRIENDS flyer.

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League website for additional details and to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual winter classes.


    1/13/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Due to the end of the 2nd quarter marking period, students have a 1/2 day on Friday, January 15th.  You will find the schedule here and attached.  While we are in hybrid, all 1/2 days will be virtual so we can run all 6 hours in one day.  (We would not have time to clean if we were in-person.)  Please note that this Friday, we will have an extended A2.  Students will be doing activities to discuss and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.  

    Thank you!

    Schedule for January 15th classes

     

     


    1/12/21

    Derby Parents/Guardians: 

    This week, we continue our Derby Parent Support Group series. Our third session will be held Wednesday, January 13th at Noon, via Zoom (see 1/12/21 eNews email for Zoom link ). 

    We will discuss how to support our kids with the transition back to school amid Covid-19 and other stressors. Whether your child is in hybrid or virtual learning, there is sure to be some shared experiences that can help us all. 

    We look forward to seeing you Wednesday. Please email Durand Miller or Elizabeth Wilde if you have any questions or would like to submit an idea for a session (best parenting practice or general parenting concern). If you have questions, feel free to send them over as well.

    Thank you,

    Derby Parent Support Team

    dmiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us (Durand)

    ewilde@birmingham.k12.mi.us (Elizabeth)


    1/8/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We are excited to begin our new learning platform on Monday, January 11th for both our hybrid and virtual learners. Staff have been busy this week with preparations for all. We are asking for patience from our virtual learners as we acclimate our in-person students to being back in the building these first few days.

    Please take one last look at our parent checklist before sending your student to in-person school next week.

    I would like to thank our Derby team, students, and parents for their patience and diligence as we welcome students back to our school!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


     

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (1-11)
    Drama Club (Virtual) 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (1-12)
    Cardio and Cocoa (Virtual) 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band (Hybrid) 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Girls Who Code (Virtual) 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (1-13)
    All students virtual

    Thursday (1-14)
    Cardio and Cocoa (Virtual) 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Friday (1-15)
    ½ Day for Middle and BCS Students- The half day will be VIRTUAL for everyone!

    Mark Your Calendars

    * MLK DAY No School- January 18th

    * ½ Day for all BPS Schools- February 4th

    * Mid-Winter Recess- No School February 15th-February 19th

    * Classes Resume- February 22nd

    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: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    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 from 3:05 – 3:15 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 announcements video will be available on the YouTube channel for you to watch at your leisure. The stream link will activate by 3:00 PM everyday.

    Lunch for In-person Students

    When students return January 11th, all Derby students will be provided free lunch from the cafeteria if they choose. (Students may also bring lunch from home.) In the beginning, students will be offered two cold lunch options. To help Chartwells with planning and ordering, please see the survey link below and tell us if your child will be eating lunch offered in the cafeteria on a regular basis. Simply click “Yes” or “No”.

    We are getting some questions regarding lunch in general. Please see the information below:

    Lunches: All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced lunch setting. Students will eat in the cafeteria, the hallway outside the cafeteria and the Counseling lobby. Students will be spaced out at the table with seats marked. We will be calling students up to the lunch lines one table at a time to ensure social distancing. (Spots will be marked on the floor.) We will also be tracking where students sit at lunch to help with contract tracing when needed.

    Recreation Time: All students will take part in rec before or after lunch. All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced rec setting. Sports equipment, such as basketballs, will not be made available during rec time this year. We will encourage students to walk or visit the library during this time.

    Please understand that while every effort will be made to enforce physical distancing guidelines, it is simply not possible to guarantee students will be six feet apart from each other at all times.

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $50.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    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 school library 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:
    January: 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. ZoomLink was sent via eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Chartwells

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?


    For more information check out: Kids Eat Free

    Please share with your communities if you like! There is no fee, but registration is required. Here is the flyer. The most important thing parents and caregivers can do right now is to keep a love of learning alive for their children. Parents and caregivers are essential partners in supporting learning at home, but what does this mean? Parents do not need to be teachers or content area experts. Please join our Partnerships@Home Learning Series for some ideas about fostering curiosity and a sense of wonder during everyday family life. Brought to you by Oakland Schools.

    Friends

    Monthly Friends flyer with meeting Zoom link was sent via eNews on 1/8/21. 

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual Winter 2021 Classes.


    1/7/21

    Agreement to Follow Protocol

    Good morning. We need every student returning to Derby in a hybrid capacity to please fill out this Agreement to Follow Protocol link. This is a one time survey (not to be confused with Clear To Go that you will fill out every morning). Please do this at your earliest convenience. We cannot allow the students to enter the building without the information. Thank you for understanding.

     


    1/6/21

    Dear Derby Families


    You recently received an eNews message from the District regarding water testing. I wanted to provide you with specific information regarding Derby. Our school was tested on December 6, 2020 by Trace Analytical. Following the results, remediation work began to bring our water back to healthy levels. However, this will continue to take time. Below, you will find more information regarding our results and the actions and dates of note during this process.

    Legionella
    Legionella was found in our building. To remediate this, BPS will initiate a chlorine flush of the system on Thursday, January 6, 2021. The building will be retested, and results will be reported in the next 14 days. Until that time students and staff should bring water from home or use water bottles provided by the District. 

    Lead and Copper
    Test results for our building showed 4 lead results and 5 copper results. BPS is focused on the remediation of Legionella and will shift to cold water flushes to eliminate copper and lead in the system in the coming weeks. All individuals should use water from home or bottled water until water filter stations are enabled again.  Hand washing can occur during this time. We will provide an update when our building is cleared for regular water usage. Once remediation is complete and our water bottle filter stations can be turned back on, this is the recommended water source for drinking water as they are designed to filter out lead.

    As a reminder, all water test results can be viewed at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/water. Additionally, I’m sharing the FAQs shared by the District below for quick reference. While this is not ideal as we face the challenges related to COVID, these are issues we can remediate and eliminate. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to keep our buildings as safe as possible for our students and staff. 


    Sincerely,
    Marla Otterbacher

    Principal

    Derby Middle School

    Legionella FAQ

    What is Legionella?

    Legionella
     is a bacterium that can cause Legionnaires’ disease, Pontiac fever, and, more rarely, extrapulmonary infections, collectively known as legionellosis. People can get Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contain LegionellaLegionella occurs naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems.*(1) There are many strains of commonly occurring Legionella. Most are considered pathogenic, but most disease is caused by Legionella pneumophila, particularly serogroup 1. **(2) 
    *(1) https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/fastfacts.html
    **(2) https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/clinicians/disease-specifics.html

    What strain of Legionella was found in our pipes?

    Both Legionella pneumophila and non-pneumophila species were detected in water samples collected in Birmingham Public Schools. These microorganisms get transported from place to place through the school plumbing when water is used in school buildings, so we are treating all taps as potentially contaminated, even if contamination was not measured from a particular tap. There are many naturally occurring microorganisms that can grow in building water systems when the water is not moving regularly within the building. The fact that we have detected Legionella in school building plumbing indicates that other microorganisms may be present.

    Is it safe to be in our buildings?

    BPS has covered all drinking fountains and stopped the use of showers in our facilities that would carry the aerosols containing Legionella bacteria. Bottled water has been provided. Additionally, anyone present in a BPS facility is required to wear a mask as a further precautionary step, mitigating both COVID and any aerosols containing the Legionella bacteria. With these precautions in place, individuals can be in our buildings.

    Is it safe to drink the water?

    At this time, we continue to ask all students and staff to use water bottles from home or use provided water by the District while we remediate issues. Water from our filling stations or tap should not be used to drink. It is recommended that only our water bottle filling stations are used for drinking water once they are enabled following remediation. 

    Are there symptoms to be aware of? 

    • Fever (typically between 102-105 degrees) 
    • Chills
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath
    • Muscle aches 
    • Headache

     Other common symptoms include: 

    • Confusion
    • Nausea 
    • Diarrhea 
    • Chest pain  

    How long after exposure do symptoms begin?

    It takes 2-14 days after exposure for symptoms to develop. Talk to your doctor if you believe you were exposed to Legionella and develop symptoms such as fever, cough, chills, or muscle aches.

    Who can get Legionnaires’ Disease? 

    Most healthy people do not get Legionnaires’ disease after being exposed to Legionella.
    People at highest risk are 50 years and older, as well as those who smoke or have chronic lung disease. Also at risk are persons with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, transplant recipients, and those taking certain medications such as tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitors.

    How is Legionnaires’ Disease spread? 

    People get Legionnaires’ Disease when they breathe in droplets of water in the air that contain the bacteria. The bacteria are not spread from one person to another, so there is no contagious period.

    Is it safe to swim in our pools?

    Our pools have been tested and were cleared for use. 


    1/6/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    As we continue to plan for our students transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program beginning Monday, January 11th, we would like to inform you of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Student Pick-up During the School Day: Please call the main office and let staff know what time you will be picking up your student. Enter the main doors, go through the vestibule into the entryway outside the main office. A staff member will verify your identification through the window. Once your identity is confirmed, we will release your child to you. Please do not enter the office.

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby: If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative, there will be a shelf in the vestibule with sticky notes. Please clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick up materials at any time. 

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past. 

    Physical Education: Students will not be changing for Physical Education class at this time. Locker rooms will not be used. Please encourage your student to wear gym shoes to school and clothes he or she can move in. Please pack shoes in a backpack if wearing them is not possible.  Students will be working with individual equipment during PE at this time. Please see more information from your child’s instructor.

    Restrooms: Students will be allowed in our restrooms 3 students at a time to allow for social distancing. 3 “pop lights” have been installed on the outside of each restroom. Upon entry, students will turn the light on with their elbow. When all three lights are on, students know they need to wait outside until it is their turn and safe to enter. (See demonstration in the student video.)

    Video: Our students are watching the following video this week in A2. We will be going more in-depth when students arrive at school next week.  We ask for patience from our virtual learners as we will need time to review with our in-seat learners.  It’s like the first week of school all over again!  Thank you!  Town Hall Video

    Cohort Change Requests: Students may change from hybrid to virtual at any time. Parents do need to inform the office of this decision. Due to the need to adhere to social distancing requirements, we are no longer able to accept cohort change requests as we are busy balancing our cohorts. We are asking that you commit to your cohort or virtual decision through the end of the third card marking period (4/23/21). Should a virtual student want to move to hybrid prior to this date, we will consider a request if space is available. 

    Families will be receiving an email from Derby today confirming their student’s cohort.  Confirmation regarding transportation will come from Durham Transportation Services.  

    Schedule: This is our schedule for all learners beginning Monday, January 11th.  It is also attached to this email. (The attached schedule sent Monday had an error, we apologize for the confusion! The schedule today is correct!)

     


    1/4/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a safe, fun, and restful break full of memories made with family.  We are welcoming 2021 and are optimistic about the opportunities the new year brings.     

    This week, you will continue to receive information and updates regarding the plan for our return to in-person and hybrid learning opportunities that will begin on Monday, January 11th. 

    Hybrid

    Cohort A – Monday and Thursday

    Cohort B- Tuesday and Friday

    Doors open

    8:25am

    In-Person Dismissal

    3:15pm

    Drop-off locations and Walkers

     

    Last names A-F (Cohort A) and L-R (Cohort B): Front Circle Drive

    Last names G-K (Cohort A) and S-Z (Cohort B): Adams Parking Lot

     

    Students remain in cars until 8:25am

    Bus Drop Off Location

    Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 8:25am

    Water Bottle

    Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended.

    Mask

    Yes, all students must wear a mask (if possible, please send extra masks to school with your student)

    School Supplies - Students will not be using lockers. Students will keep their backpacks at their desks.  Students will need their laptop, headphones and writing instrument.

    Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.  

    Complete agreement to follow these protocols 

    Yes, prior to entry into the building

    Share child’s symptoms and contact with individuals with symptoms on a system called “Clear To Go.”

    Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or in the morning before entering school. 

    Lunch and Breakfast

    Meals will be provided to all students at no cost from Chartwells, if they would like a school lunch or breakfast.  (Students will have the choice of two cold lunch options.)

     

     

    Medication: We will not be housing over the counter medications in our Clinic for the remainder of the year.  If your student requires prescription medication, we are happy to house it in our Clinic. In addition to the medication, you will need to provide a Permission to Medicate form along with the appropriate Treatment Plan form located on our school website (these can be found under the Families tab; look for Family Guide & Forms: Health & Wellness Forms and Resources). If you would prefer your child to self-carry their prescription medication, you will still need to provide us with the appropriate Treatment Plan form for our records.

     

    We will have a staff member accepting medication and documentation in our Main Office vestibule from 8:00am until 3:00pm on Wednesday, January 6th and Thursday, January 7th.  Please contact Robin Mcintyre at 248-203-5021 or rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us  if you need to make other arrangements or if you have any questions.

     

    Lockers: Students will not be allowed to use lockers due to social distancing requirements. Students will be allowed to carry backpacks, school materials, and technology with them throughout the day.  Teachers will be working with students to minimize the amount of supplies needed to reduce the weight of the bags.

     

    Lunches/rec time: In addition to our cafeteria, we will be using additional spaces such as the hallway and counseling lobby to ensure students are socially distanced during lunch.  Students will be given the opportunity to choose a seat and eat near friends.  As a reminder, there will be limited recreation choices this year due to social distancing guidelines. Students will have the opportunity to walk and talk with their friends during this time and we will be utilizing the gym, media center, and our outdoor spaces. 

     

    Bus Transportation: Bus transportation is being provided for those that live within the busing boundaries. Parents can expect communication from Durham transportation regarding pick-up times and bus stops later this week.  

     

    Tours:  Unfortunately, we can't allow students in the building this week. However, students may find use this virtual map helpful to explore Derby. We understand kids will need help the next few weeks in finding classes and getting acquainted with their school.  

     

    Schedule: This is our schedule for all learners beginning Monday, January 11th. 

     

    Time and Bell Schedule 2021 Middle School Schedule

    Full Day Schedule for Cohorts A & B

     

     

    • For 6th and 7th graders with EVEN/ODD classes, the EVEN/ODD classes will follow the calendar dates. (For example:  On January 11th, students will attend odd classes and on January 12th, students will attend even classes.)

     

    Please watch for more information and updates (videos for students) coming later this week.

     

    Go Dragons!

     


    12/22/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    We want to wish you are your family many happy memories and moments over our winter break!  We continue to be grateful that you share your children with us every day! 

    We have two announcements:

    *Please find the schedule attached for all Derby Dragons to begin on January 11th, 2021.  We would like to highlight the new start time of 8:35 a.m. and that A2 has moved after 6th hour to accommodate students and teachers who share time at Seaholm. We are still in the final stages of adjusting cohorts.  More information regarding procedures will be released after the break.

    * Please note that the vestibule for dropping off and picking-up materials will close today at 3:30.  It will reopen on Monday, January 4th at 7:30 a.m.

    We are looking forward to a happy and healthy new year!  

    Go Dragons!

    Marla Otterbacher

    Fred Costello

    Carman Smith


    12/21/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    Just a reminder that if you would like to change your selection of in-person or virtual learning, it is due today by 3:00.

    In order to adhere to social distancing as much as possible, we are currently working on balancing our cohorts. We are looking for volunteers to move to cohort B. (Cohort B attends school on Tuesdays and Fridays.) Please email Heather Guise at HGuise@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you are willing for your student to attend during Cohort B. She will email you back a confirmation. If we do not receive enough volunteers, we will reach out to families that may need to shift cohorts.

    Thank you for your partnership as we move into our next phase of learning.

    Marla Otterbacher

    Principal


    12/19/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    We were reminded this week of what an incredible generous, caring and supportive community we live and work in. Our Derby Dragons were able to donate just over $1000 in gift cards to the Lighthouse of Oakland County. What a heartwarming experience to be able to deliver some holiday joy to other families. A BIG thank you to our Derby Student Government for organizing this event. We are proud of you!  We would also like to thank all of the families and staff who donated. We appreciate you!

    As you read last week, we are busy with planning and preparations for our hybrid in-person learning option as well as the all virtual live streaming learning option set to begin on January 11th, 2021. Please read below for more details on lunch and a quick survey. In case you missed the communication from last week, it is at the very bottom of our Enews. After break, you can expect detailed procedures for in-person students as well as videos.

    We wish you all a great short week!

    Go Dragons!

    Marla Otterbacher

    Principal       


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021


    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (12-21)

    Tuesday (12-22)

    Wednesday (12-23)

    Winter Recess- No School

    Thursday (12-24)

    Winter Recess- No School

    Friday (12-25)

    Winter Recess- No School



    Mark Your Calendars:

        * Winter Recess- No School December 23rd-January 3rd

        * Classes Resume- January 4th

        * ½ Day for Middle and BCS Students- January 15th

        * MLK DAY No School- January 18th

    Chartwells

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?

    For Winter Break free meal pick up information, click the HOLIDAY MEAL PICK UP INFORMATION link.

    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: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.  

    Lunch for In-person Students

    When students return January 11th, all Derby students will be provided free lunch from the cafeteria if they choose. (Students may also bring lunch from home.) In the beginning, students will be offered two cold lunch options. To help Chartwells with planning and ordering, please see the survey link below and tell us if your child will be eating lunch offered in the cafeteria on a regular basis. Simply click “Yes” or “No”.    

    School lunch survey: https://forms.gle/1D81nW7a7dKi3zeG8

    We are getting some questions regarding lunch in general. Please see the information below:

    Lunches: All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced lunch setting. Students will eat in the cafeteria, the hallway outside the cafeteria and the Counseling lobby. Students will be spaced out at the table with seats marked. We will be calling students up to the lunch lines one table at a time to ensure social distancing. (Spots will be marked on the floor.)  We will also be tracking where students sit at lunch to help with contract tracing when needed.   
     
    Recreation Time: All students will take part in rec before or after lunch. All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced rec setting. Sports equipment, such as basketballs, will not be made available during rec time this year. We will encourage students to walk or visit the library during this time.

    Please understand that while every effort will be made to enforce physical distancing guidelines, it is simply not possible to guarantee students will be six feet apart from each other at all times.

    Sports Update

    Due to the latest decision by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to push back fall sports, BPS has decided to cancel the Winter 1 activities of basketball, swimming, and ski club. We are in the process of working on refunds for all families. Please stay tuned for further information regarding Winter 2 sports as we learn more information from the state and district.

    Message for Band Students:

    ALL Derby Band students have a surprise waiting for them in the vestibule area inside the main doors beginning tomorrow. The main door to the vestibule area is open 7:00AM-7:00PM. Please stop by to pick up your gift!

    Message for 6th Grade Science Students:

    All 6th grade science students have a science book to pick up for their next study unit. The books will be available to pick up in the vestibule inside of the main doors. The main door to the vestibule area is open 7:00AM-7:00PM. Please email Mrs. Guise at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you need her to leave a book out after hours for you.

    MICAH 6 Update

    Thank you to all families who support this 7th grade initiative.  We were able to give Coleman and his crew a lot of winter outdoor wear for the families in Pontiac.  

    Also, thank you to all who voted for Micah 6 in the Pontiac Impact Challenge. Micah 6 won this challenge by almost 5,000 votes, due in part to the support of the Derby Community. They will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their community. Thank you Derby Dragons.

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs

    Our winter 2021 Derby clubs are set to begin the week of January 11th.  Please visit the following link at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/9737 to view the various clubs being offered. Many clubs are close to full. We will accept registrations through the end of school on 12/22/2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojjwKtZmIFU77kyRBX_wmQ Look for a "Live Now" alert and a link to the video.

    Jazz Band

    Jazz Band will be on Zoom on Tuesdays 3:20-4:20 for the following dates:

    12/8, 12/15, 12/22.

    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $45.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    Derby Media Center - Book Circulation Information

    The Derby library 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 library circulation during remote learning, please visit our corresponding website

     

    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:

    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 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! 

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online academic support resource for students who need assistance with
    * Homework assignment
    * Quiz/Test
    * Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 - 4PM

    Click Here: Virtual Academic Resource Center

     

    Parent Learning Series

    Please share with your communities if you like! There is no fee, but registration is required. Here is the flyer. The most important thing parents and caregivers can do right now is to keep a love of learning alive for their children. Parents and caregivers are essential partners in supporting learning at home, but what does this mean? Parents do not need to be teachers or content area experts. Please join our Partnerships@Home Learning Series for some ideas about fostering curiosity and a sense of wonder during everyday family life. Brought to you by Oakland Schools.

    Friends

    Monthly Friends flyer with meeting Zoom link was sent via eNews on 12/19/20.

    Community Message from December 16th

    Dear Derby Dragon Families,

    As you are most likely aware, the Board of Education has voted to reinstate full-day in-person learning, starting on Monday, January 11, 2021. The plan allows for smaller groups of students in our building at one time, while also providing more instructional time.

    Families will still have the option to keep students in the virtual live streaming environment. If you would like to change your decision from the previous survey, please contact Mrs. Heather Guise via email at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us by Monday, Dec. 21.

    If your last name begins with A-L, your student is in Cohort A. Last names M-Z are in Cohort B. The only difference between the cohorts are the days in which students attend in-person classes. Cohort A will attend school in person on Monday and Thursday; Cohort B will attend school in person on Tuesday and Friday. Wednesday will serve as an all-virtual day, with all students participating synchronously via Zoom.     

    Lunches: All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced lunch setting. Students will eat in the cafeteria, the hallway outside the cafeteria and the Counseling lobby.  

    Recreation Time: All students will take part in rec before or after lunch.  All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced rec setting. Sports equipment, such as basketballs, will not be made available during rec time this year. We will encourage students to walk or visit the library during this time.

    Please understand that while every effort will be made to enforce physical distancing guidelines, it is simply not possible to guarantee students will be six feet apart from each other at all times.

    In the next couple of weeks you can expect information regarding procedures and exact times for scheduling.


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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:

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=21595&culture=en

     

    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 (hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or fax it at (248-203-4948).

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Welcome

  • 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
    motterbacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us

      

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

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