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  • Dear Derby Families,
    What a great first week of school! It was a week of excitement with new teachers and new friends. For our incoming 6th graders, it was a big week of “firsts” and they did wonderful! I truly hope your student felt welcomed into our community this week.

    Please read below to find information on clubs that are starting (information was also sent home via hard copy), curriculum night coming up on Thursday, September 12th and ways to be connected. Our Derby Staff looks forward to hosting you this week. Enjoy your weekend.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher Principal

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
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    Monday (9-9)

    Tuesday (9-10)

    Wednesday (9-11)

    Thursday (9-12)
    Mathematics Curriculum Information Session (if interested in the media center) 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Counseling Department Presentation (if interested in the cafeteria) 6:00-6:30
    Derby Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Formally starts at 6:30 p.m)

    Friday (9-13)
    6th Grade Neon Night 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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

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

    PTA Volunteer Opportunity
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer.
    Thank you for your support!


    This is a shout out for all incoming 6th Grade Derby Dragons…the Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team is hosting Derby’s Annual 6th Grade
    Neon Night and you’ll want to be there! Here are some important details for you:

    Who…All 6th Grade Derby Dragons
    What…Neon Night Bash…Dancing with DJ’s from Star Trax Entertainment…Open Basketball…Friends…Prizes and more!!!
    Where…Derby Middle School Cafeteria, Gym and Courtyard
    When…Friday, September 13th from 6-8:00PM
    Cost…Admission $10 (bring additional money for concessions)
    *Please send exact change for admission.

    Wear your neon and come dress to impress…there will be prizes for the best neon outfits. There will be a gift card prizes for dance contests and basketball Lightening Competitions throughout the night. Many good concessions will be sold…pizza, candy, pop and more!!! This is an event you DO NOT want to miss! Come and enjoy an evening of FUN with your fellow 6th Grade Dragons!!!

    Any questions can be directed to Mrs. McGrath at

    We look forward to seeing you at Neon Night…bring out the FUN!!!

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs
    As we venture into the crips days of autumn, it is time to jump into some Derby after school activities. Our fall clubs begin the week of September 16th and include such offerings as Chess Club, Sewing Club, Coding Clubs, Green Team, Typing 101, Fantasy Gaming Unplugged, Competitive Video Gaming, Music Club, and Nature Club. Get a registration form from your A2 teacher, in the main office or on the Derby website homepage.

    Box Tops for LINKS

    Please consider donating your box tops to the Derby LINKS program. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 150 students participate in. The money goes to buy toys and games for rec time, as well as art supplies and snacks when we have parties.

    You can find a list of products that have box tops here:

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

    Do you have gently used children’s books for ages birth-8 years that your family has outgrown? Please consider donating your books to benefit Brilliant Detroit. There is a collection box in the Main Office. Books can be donated between the hours of 
    7:30 AM-3:30 PM or during Curriculum Night September 12th. Books will be collected through October 6th. 
    Brilliant Detroit
    “In 2015 Brilliant Detroit was created to provide a radically new approach to kindergarten readiness in neighborhoods. The idea was to create a unique delivery model in our approach to early childhood development by using underutilized housing stock to create early child and family centers in neighborhoods. Input was gathered and a model that is designed with, for, and by neighbors was built. Brilliant Detroit homes provide holistic services for kids 0-8 predicated on evidence-based programs around health, family support, and education. Brilliant Detroit was born to create kid success neighborhoods. Today, in each location, neighbors come together for fellowship, activities and learning to assure school readiness, and provide needed support for families.”


    Free and Reduced Lunch Application

    Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced Lunch Program

    BPS District Meal Balance Policy Letter

    2019-2020 Chartwells Parent Lunch Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Athletic Registration

    BPS is happy to announce that PowerSchool Registration, powered by InfoSnap, is also being implemented for Athletic Registration. You may find the link, by clicking here:

    As a reminder, this is an online student registration/data validation system, which allows the district to verify all student demographics, emergency and medical information, prior to the start of the athletic season. It is critical to ensure we have the most up-to-date contact and medical information for all students. The system is a secure and green process supporting our focus on safety and security. Electronic registration platforms of all kinds engage parents to ensure that information is entered properly, significantly reducing errors. The system will also allow families to electronically sign the annual permission forms. Reminder: you must still submit a physical to the Athletic Offices prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2018.

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  • Welcome to Derby Middle School

    Red Dragon


    The fundamental goal of Derby middle school is to develop confident, compassionate, intellectually curious young people, who are well prepared to excel throughout their high school years and beyond.  Excitement and enthusiasm are two words that describe  our middle school students.  It is a unique time in children's lives when they can fully explore new activities, interests, and ideas. 

    As a principal, I am most proud of our school's commitment to the development of character. Whether it is through classroom activities such as writing letters to wounded soldiers, to students volunteering as Links to our special needs students, to school-wide community service projects, our students demonstrate their good character every day.

    If you are a parent of our community and have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you are considering having your child attend Derby Middle School, I welcome you to visit our school for a personal tour.  Please contact my office to set up an appointment.

    Best Regards,

    Joanna McKinney
    Derby Middle School Interim Principal


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

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