• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of September 6th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 9/14/2020 6:00:00 AM

    9/3/20

    Dear Derby Families,
    Congratulations! We have all officially made it through our first week of the virtual start to the school year. The Derby team values your collective patience, kindness, and openness to try our new learning platform. I know there were some frustrations, but your willingness to work through them together is truly appreciated. Once again, we are thankful to be part of such a supportive community. If you ever need assistance with any of the technology or have questions, please feel free to reach out to our main office and someone will assist you!

    It was great to see our students this week! Last Friday, we welcomed 249 new 6th grade Dragons to our Derby home through our mentoring program, WEB! The 8th graders did an outstanding job welcoming the students and leading them through various virtual activities. It was a proud moment to see our “experienced Dragons” help our new learners. 

    Please mark your calendars! Thursday, September 17th will be our virtual Curriculum Night. Details will follow but we wanted to make sure it was on your family’s schedule.

    We hope everyone has a restful long weekend. Please remember that in honor of Labor Day, there is no school Friday or Monday.

    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

    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: 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.

    Photo Make-Up Day!


    Wednesday, September 9th 7:30AM - 11:15AM

    Please plan for your student to attend before school hours OR during their asynchronous hour if possible. We are asking that students come to the Derby Front Doors with a mask on. We will let students one at a time. Don’t forget to place your pictures orders!
    You may pre-order online at: www.kaiserstudio.com using the school ID code: 2020DERBY. You may also send the completed Kaiser order form and payment with your student.

    Kaiser Order Form 
    This Photo Make-Up is only for students who have not had their pictures taken. 
    Photo Retakes and information TBD.

    How Do Students Access Their Schoology Account?


    Please click on this Schoology Parent/ Student Information link for instructions, and a short video on how to access Classlinks and Schoology.

    Zoom Safety


    The safety of our students is our #1 priority. Please do not post Zoom links on social media (even though you are trying to help). This creates a security issue for potential unwanted visitors. We will continue to teach about Zoom etiquette during school. Please have a conversation with your student regarding only visiting his or her assigned classrooms and using the “chat” features appropriately. Thank you!

    First Day of School Photos


    Send in your first day of school photographs for the Derby 2021 Yearbook…if you take pictures on the First Day of School, please take a minute to email them to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces! Thank you in advance.
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    One Derby…Order your 2020-2021 yearbook today!!!


    It is now time to order your 2020-2021 yearbook…secure a book for yourself today. This school year will absolutely be one for the record books. To order your yearbook, please go to the link posted below. If you have any questions about the yearbook, please contact mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Order now…reserve your copy…this will be a year to remember!!!


    ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

    A Note on FERPA


    BPS students have a right to privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This is a federal law that applies to any public or private school receiving federal funding in the United States. Under FERPA, schools are prohibited from disclosing personally identifiable information in records without written consent. This includes images of students that can identify them. We ask that our students and families respect this law and not take photos or screenshots of BPS virtual sessions.

    PTA Update


    Join us for the first zoom PTA meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on September 10th at 7:00pm. Find out what PTA has been up to so far this year and hear Mrs. Otterbacher‘s principal’s update. We will also be joined by our Derby counselors Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller. They will be answering questions and discussing a relevant topic. Please submit your questions to DerbyPTApresident@gmail.com, by 9/9. 
    (Zoom link sent in eNews email at 12:30pm on 9/8/2020)

    Get a Baldwin Public Library Card!

    All BPS K-12 students and staff are now eligible for a Baldwin Library card! We would like to strongly encourage all families and staff to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to access a wide range of resources. With a Baldwin card, you have the ability to check out print books and access most online databases (including Hoopla -- a favorite for audiobooks and eBooks). Plus, curbside pickup is available during the pandemic! Go to https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ for details, or watch this video for detailed instructions on how to sign up.

    Chartwells Food Service

    Please see BPS Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL Students for information on the BPS Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL students.

    Please see Pre Order Meals and Pick Up Times on how to pre-order free meals and for meal pick up schedules.

    Derby Wear Deadline September 9th!

    The deadline to purchase Derby Wear is this Wednesday, September 9th. To place an order, please log into your Membership Toolkit account using the following link: https://derbymspta.membershiptoolkit.com/
    If you have not yet verified your MTK account or are a NEW FAMILY, you will need to follow the steps below before accessing the Derby Wear Store. You must verify your account by September 18th to be included in the print directory.
    Here's what you need to do: 
    • Go to https://derbymspta.membershiptoolkit.com/
    • Click on the Register/Login button
    • RETURNING FAMILIES: 
    o Log into your account using the same username and password as last year.
    • NEW FAMILIES: 
    o Choose “New User”
    o Select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email and password information.
    o Click “verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
    o Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.
    • Verify your Parent/Family Information
    • Verify your Directory/Publish Preferences
    • Visit the Derby PTA Store to purchase Derby Wear, join the PTA, purchase a print directory and more
    You can also download the free Membership Toolkit app for your smartphone if you don't have it yet. It will provide quick access to everything on the website, including the online directory for PTA members.
    Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact us at derbydirectory2013@gmail.com.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of August 30th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 9/14/2020 6:00:00 AM

    9/3/20

    Dear Derby Families,
    Congratulations! We have all officially made it through our first week of the virtual start to the school year. The Derby team values your collective patience, kindness, and openness to try our new learning platform. I know there were some frustrations, but your willingness to work through them together is truly appreciated. Once again, we are thankful to be part of such a supportive community. If you ever need assistance with any of the technology or have questions, please feel free to reach out to our main office and someone will assist you!

    It was great to see our students this week! Last Friday, we welcomed 249 new 6th grade Dragons to our Derby home through our mentoring program, WEB! The 8th graders did an outstanding job welcoming the students and leading them through various virtual activities. It was a proud moment to see our “experienced Dragons” help our new learners. 

    Please mark your calendars! Thursday, September 17th will be our virtual Curriculum Night. Details will follow but we wanted to make sure it was on your family’s schedule.

    We hope everyone has a restful long weekend. Please remember that in honor of Labor Day, there is no school Friday or Monday.

    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

    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: 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.

    Photo Make-Up Day!


    Wednesday, September 9th 7:30AM - 11:15AM

    Please plan for your student to attend before school hours OR during their asynchronous hour if possible. We are asking that students come to the Derby Front Doors with a mask on. We will let students one at a time. Don’t forget to place your pictures orders!
    You may pre-order online at: www.kaiserstudio.com using the school ID code: 2020DERBY. You may also send the completed Kaiser order form and payment with your student.

    Kaiser Order Form 
    This Photo Make-Up is only for students who have not had their pictures taken. 
    Photo Retakes and information TBD.

    How Do Students Access Their Schoology Account?


    Please click on this Schoology Parent/ Student Information link for instructions, and a short video on how to access Classlinks and Schoology.

    Zoom Safety


    The safety of our students is our #1 priority. Please do not post Zoom links on social media (even though you are trying to help). This creates a security issue for potential unwanted visitors. We will continue to teach about Zoom etiquette during school. Please have a conversation with your student regarding only visiting his or her assigned classrooms and using the “chat” features appropriately. Thank you!

    First Day of School Photos


    Send in your first day of school photographs for the Derby 2021 Yearbook…if you take pictures on the First Day of School, please take a minute to email them to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces! Thank you in advance.
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    One Derby…Order your 2020-2021 yearbook today!!!


    It is now time to order your 2020-2021 yearbook…secure a book for yourself today. This school year will absolutely be one for the record books. To order your yearbook, please go to the link posted below. If you have any questions about the yearbook, please contact mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Order now…reserve your copy…this will be a year to remember!!!


    ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

    A Note on FERPA


    BPS students have a right to privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This is a federal law that applies to any public or private school receiving federal funding in the United States. Under FERPA, schools are prohibited from disclosing personally identifiable information in records without written consent. This includes images of students that can identify them. We ask that our students and families respect this law and not take photos or screenshots of BPS virtual sessions.

    PTA Update


    Join us for the first zoom PTA meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on September 10th at 7:00pm. Find out what PTA has been up to so far this year and hear Mrs. Otterbacher‘s principal’s update. We will also be joined by our Derby counselors Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller. They will be answering questions and discussing a relevant topic. Please submit your questions to DerbyPTApresident@gmail.com, by 9/9. 
    (Zoom link sent in eNews email at 12:30pm on 9/8/2020)

    Get a Baldwin Public Library Card!

    All BPS K-12 students and staff are now eligible for a Baldwin Library card! We would like to strongly encourage all families and staff to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to access a wide range of resources. With a Baldwin card, you have the ability to check out print books and access most online databases (including Hoopla -- a favorite for audiobooks and eBooks). Plus, curbside pickup is available during the pandemic! Go to https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ for details, or watch this video for detailed instructions on how to sign up.

    Chartwells Food Service

    Please see BPS Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL Students for information on the BPS Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL students.

    Please see Pre Order Meals and Pick Up Times on how to pre-order free meals and for meal pick up schedules.

    Derby Wear Deadline September 9th!

    The deadline to purchase Derby Wear is this Wednesday, September 9th. To place an order, please log into your Membership Toolkit account using the following link: https://derbymspta.membershiptoolkit.com/
    If you have not yet verified your MTK account or are a NEW FAMILY, you will need to follow the steps below before accessing the Derby Wear Store. You must verify your account by September 18th to be included in the print directory.
    Here's what you need to do: 
    • Go to https://derbymspta.membershiptoolkit.com/
    • Click on the Register/Login button
    • RETURNING FAMILIES: 
    o Log into your account using the same username and password as last year.
    • NEW FAMILIES: 
    o Choose “New User”
    o Select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email and password information.
    o Click “verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
    o Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.
    • Verify your Parent/Family Information
    • Verify your Directory/Publish Preferences
    • Visit the Derby PTA Store to purchase Derby Wear, join the PTA, purchase a print directory and more
    You can also download the free Membership Toolkit app for your smartphone if you don't have it yet. It will provide quick access to everything on the website, including the online directory for PTA members.
    Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact us at derbydirectory2013@gmail.com.

    9/2/20 

    Parents – Please see below if you haven’t completed the mandatory Returning Student Verification Process. We need this verification done by tomorrow, Friday, Sept 4, 2020. 

    Here are directions for the online registration system (RSVP)

    Parents of Returning Students:


    • The portal does not work well from the APP on your phone, so it is best to utilize a browser on a laptop or computer.
    • Log into the Parent Portal 
    If you can't remember your log in credentials, please click "Having trouble signing in?" and if you still cannot sign in, please contact Mrs. McIntyre at rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us or call at 248-203-5021 
    * Select the student you wish to register along the top.
    * Select the "Returning Student Verification Process 2020-2021" icon on the left side.
    * Enter the birthdate for the student you have selected.
    * Click continue and you will launch the forms that need to be verified and completed.
    * Once you finish entering your information click "SUBMIT" to ensure the information is shared with Derby. Then you will receive a confirmation email.
    * You will need to complete this process for EACH student within your family.
    * If you do not have access to the technology please call the school directly at 248-203-5021.

    Parents of NEW students to BPS District:


    * Once your student's schedule has been created you will be notified with the directions on how to sign up for a PARENT PowerSchool account along with your student.
    * If you do not have access to the technology please call the school directly at 248-203-5021.

     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of August 23rd

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 9/9/2020

    8/27/20

    Dear Derby Families,
    The new school year is upon us and everyone is excited for Monday! Staff is finishing up Professional Development for the week and preparing virtual lessons and videos for an engaging start to the year. Below you will find lots of important and helpful information to help your week go smoothly:

    • Students will begin receiving welcome emails from teachers today on their Outlook (username@birmingham.k12.mi.us) accounts. These emails have Zoom links to classes on Monday. Instructions on how to access Outlook accounts can be found below.

    • If you are having trouble with your student’s Outlook account, no problem! All teachers’ Zoom links can be found in the latest eNews email to help you next week. That email was sent around 4:25 pm today. 

    • For students with classes that run on even and odd days, Monday we follow an odd schedule.

    • Reminder to 7th graders that Spanish is a semester class.



    Our staff is thrilled to see your children! Our number one goal for the first few sessions of school is to build community and welcome our kids back. We want to ensure they know how to navigate this virtual environment, feel comfortable, and are ready to do their best. Thank you for your support!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal

    Derby Middle School FAQs for Week One!


    What do I do if I missed registration?
    We will be at the gym doors from 8:30 am-2:00 pm on Friday, August 28.
    Please pull up to the gym doors. We will be there with your students' schedule, books, and materials. Please come out of your car with a mask on and a sign with your student’s first and last name.

    Also, stay tuned for a makeup photo day. We are aiming for mid-September.

    If you haven’t done so already, please let me know if you need to pick up materials on Monday, August 31. Thanks, Heather Guise at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us

     

    What if I still have materials from last year?

    We are still collecting textbooks, library books, and jerseys from last year. Please bring them with you to drop off on the shelves at the front or gym doors.

     

    How do students access Outlook email Accounts?

    A student’s Outlook email is their Login ID (username) then add @birmingham.k12.mi.us (What they use to login to the computers at school. It’s also the same as their Google emails.) For security reasons, password information was sent via eNews.

    A student can change their password (Windows or Google) at any time. We can’t see what they have changed it to. We can only reset it if they forget what it is.

    Access to Outlook is available from the Derby website under Quick links. You can also find it by going to BPS webpage (Families Tab > Student Links > Outlook email) or the Derby webpage (Resources Tab > Outlook (student email).

    Where do we get our Schoology information?
    Schoology logins and tutorials will be sent from the district tonight. Students may login if they choose. We will be going over and helping students navigate our new system all next week!



    Where does my 6th grader get help with PowerSchool?
    Teachers will also be helping students with PowerSchool in the next couple of weeks. The great thing about Schoology is that students will be able to see grades and assignments all in one platform. Schoology reads PowerSchool.

    8/26/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    We hope you are doing well and getting excited for our school year! It is great to see faces this week during registration and students gathering materials. Our teachers are hard at work during professional development this week getting ready for our learners! You can expect a detailed update from me tomorrow, but here is a quick bit of news and answers to questions we have been receiving:


    • Off to the left of this homepage under Quick Links is our remote learning bell schedule. It has the time breakdowns for all of the classes including the first day of school and ½ days. Please pay attention to the odd/even schedules if applicable to your student’s schedule.


    • Your student will start receiving emails from teachers on their @birmingham.k12.mi.us email address. These emails will have Zoom links for Monday.


    • Schoology information (Schoology is our new online learning platform) will be sent out tomorrow. If your student can’t log in to Schoology, we will be spending A2 on Monday helping them!

    More details coming tomorrow as we are ready to welcome the Dragons next week!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of August 9th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 9/9/2020

    8/14/20 

    The Birmingham Public Schools online returning student verification process (RSVP) forms for the upcoming school year are now available! The RSVP forms allow our parents to provide us with the most up to date parent contact, emergency contact, agreements, and health information. To simplify this process for our middle and high school parents who currently access the PowerSchool Parent portal for grades, attendance etc., we placed a link in the PowerSchool Parent portal that will allow you to go directly into the electronic forms without the need for a SnapCode this year! You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the Registration.

    Here are directions for the online registration system (RSVP)

    Parents of Returning Students:
    • The portal does not work well from the APP on your phone, so it is best to utilize a browser on a laptop or computer.
    • Log into the Parent Portal
    • If you can't remember your log in credentials, please click "Having trouble signing in?" and if you still cannot sign in, please contact Mrs. McIntyre at rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us or call at 248-203-5021.
    • Select the student you wish to register along the top.
    • Select the "Returning Student Verification Process 2020-2021" icon on the left side.
    • Enter the birthdate for the student you have selected.
    • Click continue and you will launch the forms that need to be verified and completed.
    • Once you finish entering your information, click "SUBMIT" to ensure the information is shared with Derby. Then you will receive a confirmation email.
    • You will need to complete this process for EACH student within your family.
    • If you do not have access to the technology, please call the school directly at 248-203-5021.

    Parents of NEW students to BPS:
    Once your student's schedule has been created you will be notified with the directions on how to sign up for a PARENT PowerSchool account along with your student.
    If you do not have access to technology, please call the school directly at 248-203-5021.

    8/2/20

    Derby Dragons August Reading Challenge

    Please join us as we ROAR into August by grabbing a copy of Count Me In by Varsha Baja and connecting with your Derby community for a month of fun.

    We will have weekly, interactive discussion questions and other activities through a Google Classroom. Watch your student's @bps-schools.com email for more information about joining your grade level Count Me In Google Classroom.

    Suggested Weekly Reading Schedule:
    Week #1 (week of 8/3): read Chapters 1-8
    Week #2 (week of 8/10): read Chapters 9-16
    Week #3 (week of 8/17): read Chapters 17-24
    Week #4 (week of 8/24): read Chapters 25-31

    Yearbooks:

    Buy a Yearbook

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