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  • 9/18/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    Thank you to the families who joined us last night for virtual curriculum night. For those not able to join- no problem. Feel free to reach out to any Derby staff member with questions or just to check-in at any time.

    Yesterday, 8th-grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders helped introduce and model activities during our teacher Professional Development in the afternoon. It was definitely a great way to kick off our afternoon PD and a point of pride for our Dragons. We love to see our students in leadership roles!

    Please read below as clubs and IM sports are beginning to open at Derby. If you have any questions, please give us a call or an email.
    I hope you enjoy the Michigan autumn weather this weekend!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email

    This Week’s Events

    Tuesday (9-22)
    Girls Who Code Club 3:20 PM-4:20 PM

    Wednesday (9-23)
    Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    Flu Clinic for Derby Families 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

    Friday (9-25)
    Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM 

    Mark Your Calendars
    • Kaiser Picture Make-Up/ Retakes- Wednesday, October 14th, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence to:
    Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report the absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    National Junior Honor Society

    NJHS Candidate letters will be going out by email to all eighth-graders with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 ending last year. The GPA standard was lowered from a 3.7 to a 3.5 to take into consideration grade improvement that could have happened during the third quarter. Notices will go out to all candidates by email on September 30, 2020.

    NEW! Virtual Academic Resource Center "VARC"

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
     *Homework assignment
     *Planning/support for a project

    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 - 4PM

    Offered as a scheduled service. Students must complete the VARC Google Form to request extra support. Please sign up at least three days in advance, to allow a better opportunity to match your request with a tutor. The tutor will contact the student via email with a Zoom meeting link. Allow up to 48 hours for confirmation. Tutors are Derby staff and NHS high school student volunteers.

    Mrs. Butchko, VARC Coordinator
    Mrs. Johnson, CSO

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!! This fall we will be offering some new, dynamic after school clubs. Some will be 100% virtual, while some will be hybrid, meeting outside following social distancing protocols on days when the weather is good. When the weather turns for the worst, these clubs will move to a virtual platform. These forms are due to Mrs. Westerlund (via email or in the box on the cart outside the Derby main doors ASAP. Clubs this fall are free! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at (Club form is attached)

    Fall 2020 Derby Clubs

    Fall Intramural Sports

    Coach Tuomi and Thayer are offering intramural Football to all 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students (boys and girls). Football will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Derby backfields from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The program will run **Monday, Sept 23rd through Wednesday, Oct 28**. Student-athletes will need to wear comfortable clothing (shorts and a t-shirt or sweats and sweatshirt). Cleats are preferable, but not required. Students will need to WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES. Students will also need to fill out an online safety screening and get their temperature checked by a coach before each practice. Football Intramural will begin Wednesday, September 23rd

    Coach Priebe is offering Girls’ Intramural Basketball for all 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls interested. The team will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Derby (OUTDOOR) basketball courts from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The program will run **Monday, September 29th through Wednesday, Oct 28**. Student-athletes will need to wear comfortable clothing (shorts and a t-shirt or sweats and sweatshirt). Students will need to WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES. Students will also need to fill out an online safety screening and get their temperature checked by a coach before each practice.

    To register your student, please go to Fall 2020 Athletic Registration

    Sports Physical Required to Participate - No Exceptions
    Please drop your student’s physical in the box outside the front entrance labeled “PHYSICALS” OR email to OR fax to 248-203-4948. We will accept physicals dated on or after April 15, 2019 (this means that we will accept last year's physicals, but we need you to provide us a copy. Your pediatrician can provide last year's physical without a check-up).

    The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications!

    Are you interested in reading the afternoon announcements Live? If you have the skills and comfort level in speaking to the entire school on camera live daily, this A2 may be a great fit for you. Apply using the link below. You can also view past live streams to get an idea of what we’ve done in the past. NOTE: While Virtual, this A2 will continue as a traditional A2 setup. Once we return face-to-face, this A2 will do the daily announcements live every day. Additionally, this is a mixed A2 with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Mr. Hickmott and the counselors will review this application and reach out to you if you are accepted. Due to the limited class size, not all that apply may get in. We will review your application and notify you.

    Application Link

    View Past Daily News Shows -> Click link and scroll to the “Past Live Streams” section to view daily news from last year.

    Ralph Dan Hickmott
    Derby Middle School
    CP Math 7 | Digital Media Production


    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW $40.00 BEST PRICING OF THE YEAR! Don’t Miss Out on the Savings!
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at

    Thank you!

    CVS Flu Clinic for Derby Families

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
    11:15 AM – 1 PM 
    Derby Location: Outside Counseling Entrance (2nd set of doors) or Counseling Lobby (inclement weather)
    *Free with most insurance cards

    *Please bring your insurance card

    *Vaccines administered by a certified CVS pharmacist

    *Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

    *** Flu mist is not offered as deemed to be ineffective***
    The flu vaccine is being offered to Derby families by CVS Pharmacy. Bring a copy of your insurance card. Flu shots are covered by most insurance companies. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

    SOS Miles for Meals Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Race

    Grab a friend, make a team, sign up the family, or compete alone! Run to support SOS, Schools Offer Support, a BPS organization that helps families in need. 5K and 1 Mile Race options available. Virtual race taking place October 8th - 18th, 2020.
    SOS Miles for Meals Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Race

    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.

    Message from our Derby Counselors

    Hello Derby Families,

    We’ve received a few emails with confusion about even and odd classes that our 6th grade and some of our 7th-grade students have, so we hope to offer some clarification:

    Please follow your child’s original/printed schedule. (This also would have been the schedule that was in PowerSchool on the first day of school.) If this schedule said “(E)”, this is for an Even day class. If it said “(O)”, this is for an Odd day class.*

    As a reminder of previously sent out calendars, both Even and Odd day classes will be synchronous (live) on Mondays- see the times below. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Even classes are to be attended (either synchronously or asynchronously- see which one it is below). On Thursdays and Fridays, Odd classes are attended (see below).

    *As of a few days ago, all classes are now marked as “(E-O)”- please ignore this and, again- follow the original/printed schedule. J

    Thanks so much,
    Your Derby Counselor and Administration team

    Derby Middle School Remote Learning Bell Schedules

    Derby Football Clothing

    Derby football t-shirts, cut off sweatshirts, and long sleeve sweatshirts are available for sale starting now and lasting until the deadline Sunday, September 27 at 11:59 pm.

    All orders placed should be delivered to Derby by October 16 and dispersed by Coach Thayer.

    Here are the 3 links: T-shirtsCut off sweatshirtsLong sleeve sweatshirts.

    Again, the ORDER DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, SEP 27 by 11:59pm!


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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 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 ( or fax it at (248-203-4948).

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  • Welcome to Derby Middle School

    Red Dragon


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

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

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

    Best Regards,

    Marla Otterbacher
    Derby Middle School Principal


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

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