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  • Dear Derby Families,

    Our first full week back was a busy one! The ski club had their first successful trip despite the warm weather. Mrs. Koyl’s class designed their own miniature golf courses and Mr. Lalko’s class was testing their robot models. I can’t wait to see how their robots perform this week!

    We want to wish good luck to our swimmers Tuesday as the athletes head to league meet and to our basketball teams as they finish out the season. We also have a half day on Friday, January 17th and we will begin our MLK celebration on that day.

    I hope everyone is staying safe in the ice and enjoying the weekend!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
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    Monday (1-13)
    Boys Basketball Red Away vs. Norup Middle School 4:00 PM
    Boys Basketball White Home vs. Bloomfield Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M.
    Roblox eSport Game Design Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Tuesday (1-14)
    Chess Club 3:30-4:30 P.M.
    Science Olympiad Practice 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rubik’s 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:20 P.M. - Session CANCELLED today

    Wednesday (1-15)
    Birbery book club meetings during lunch rec
    Girls Swim Red (League Meet @ Groves HS) 3:00 PM
    Girls Swim White (League Meet @ Groves HS) 3:00 PM
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-16)
    Girls Swim Red OPEN DATE Away (League Meet Make-Up if Necessary) 3:00 PM
    Girls Swim White Away OPEN DATE (League Meet Make-Up if Necessary) 3:00 PM
    Winter Running club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Friday (1-17)
    End of 2nd Quarter and Records Day - ½ Day Dismissal 11:25 AM

    Mark Your Calendar-
    January 20th- No School Martin Luther King Day 
    January 21st- Seaholm Orientation for current 8th Grade Students

    If you would like to order a 2020 Derby Yearbook…please order now!!! This is the very last chance to order yearbooks. Yearbooks CANNOT be ordered after Friday, January 24th. If you would like to order a yearbook, please complete the attached order form. If you have any questions, please email  


    Do something different with your day off… 
    To celebrate MLK Jr. Day, and the legacy of Dr. King, join in our annual BPS Day of Service.

    Who: You! All students (K-12), families, friends, and staff are encouraged to attend. 
    What: Hear from inspiring student speakers, and take part in a variety of service projects, benefiting local organizations. 
    When: Monday, January 20 from 9:30-12 pm 
    Registration: 9:00 am - 9:20 am 
    Where: Groves High School 
    Program begins in the Groves Little Theater (West Entrance) 
    Why: Because you can make a difference! 
    How: Check out to sign up – spots are filling fast! 
    Volunteer signup genius for Day On, Day One 
    ***Sponsored by the BPS Community School Organizers***

    Support our BPS January Service Drive Through thru January 16th

    On Monday, January 20, 2020, BPS students and their families will come together for the 5th annual MLK Day of Service. As part of this effort, all Birmingham Public Schools will be collecting items to fill 200 “Bathroom Buckets” for Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW), a non-profit organization that collects funds and items to help US families who have been hit by natural disasters. Derby’s goal is to collect 800 rolls of toilet tissue (4 rolls per bucket).

    In addition Derby will be collecting 200 granola/breakfast bars for care packages that will be assembled for the homeless at our annual MLK Day of Service at Groves High School. 

    Donation bins are located in the Counseling and Main lobby areas. Please drop your items off before school and receive a RAFFLE TICKET to enter your chance to win a raffle item. If you would like to volunteer during the Day of Service, please sign up at MLK.


    ITEMS NEEDED BY THURSDAY, 1/16 for BPS sponsored “Day On, Day One” at Groves H.S. Mon., 1/20

    Toilet tissue and misc. other toiletries collected from BPS schools will be assembled into 200 “Bathroom Buckets” (family of 4) for DRAW (Disaster Relief at Work), a nonprofit that collects necessity items to fill a variety of bucket types for people living in the US who have been hit by natural disasters.

    Granola bars and other personal items will be assembled into Care Bags for homeless people.

    Toilet tissue and granola bars are being collected before school in both Derby front lobby areas. Raffle tickets are given for donations!!

    To participate in this day of service, please sign up Volunteer signup genius for Day On, Day One

    Attention all Derby girls who want to explore what it means to be an Engineer
    We have another opportunity for you. This time the focus will be on learning about civil engineering, specifically how traffic light systems work. Society of Women Engineers (SWENext Detroit) is having the event on Wednesday, February 5th, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Oakland County Road Commission.
    (These details are also posted on Facebook, @swenextdetroit.)
    Email Lisa Hart with any questions or if transportation to and/or from the event is an issue.
    Address:1200 N. Telegraph Building 49 West
    Pontiac MI 48341

    Map/ Directions

    Seaholm Orientation for Current 8th Grade Students- 
    Please mark your calendars for the Class of 2024 Orientation at Seaholm High School on Tuesday, January 21 from 7:00 PM—9:00 PM in the Seaholm auditorium. This evening event is designed for both parents and students. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building with student guides and visit key elective department demonstrations, and parents will receive counsel on navigating the logistics and culture of Seaholm. In order to prepare for the information you will receive, we ask that you visit our website ( starting on Monday, January 6, where we have a Class of 2024 Orientation tab to help with pertinent information. There, you will find a series of short videos from our department chairs who will lead you through important details of their curriculum and which will be convenient as you begin the scheduling process. Also, prior to the general meeting, we will have English and social studies teachers present information regarding the English Team, World History and Flex programs to help you make the decision of which course best fits your learning style. If you are interested in seeing this program, please arrive by 6 PM in the back of the auditorium through the lobby entrances.

    New Year, New Rec!
    Each day, Derby students have the opportunity to be active during rec time after lunch. Unfortunately, their options for activities are limited by the lack of equipment available to them during this time. We’d like to change that, but we need your help. A generous member of our community has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations made to help Derby purchase a number of items to help our students be active during their rec time. These items include ping pong tables, a gaga pit, a corn hole set, items for floor hockey, a variety of balls, new backboards for the outdoor basketball hoops and more. We’re only limited by what we raise, and we appreciate any support you are able to give! THANK YOU!
    You can find our rec fundraising link here:


    Winter 2 sports registration is open! 
    The sports run from January 21, 2020 - March 22, 2020.
    Boys' Swimming (6, 7, & 8)
    Girls' Volleyball (6, 7, & 8)
    Wrestling (6, 7, & 8)
    Please sign up here: 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).


    Derby Wrestling
    There will be an informational meeting and sign up for all students interested in joining the Derby Wrestling team on Wednesday, January 15th during all lunch periods in the cafeteria. Practice will begin on Tuesday, January 21st after school on the stage.

    Derby Plarn Farm….. Continuing in January, during recreation time, our Derby students are invited to join our Derby Plarn Farm where we will use recycled plastic bags and get them ready to be crocheted into mats with a strap, tie and a pillow for the homeless. To learn more about this local project, visit the Motor City Mitten Mission at Please save your plastic bags (Target, Kroger, etc.) and have your student drop them off in the collection box in the main office. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Beginning January 22, Derby will be running a group for girls, called “S.H.E.”. It will be open to all girls and selection will be on a first come first serve basis. There will be a group for 6th grade and 7th/8th grade that will run on Wednesday during lunch/rec twice a month. The purpose of this group is to empower girls to be the best they can be by taking care of themselves, believing in themselves, and being kind and respectful to themselves and others. Some of our activities will include group discussions, “purposeful” bracelet making, yoga, guest speakers, and a pizza lunch. 

    Please get a permission slip from your A2 teacher or in the counseling office and return by January 17.

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    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. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. 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!

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library.

    Birmingham Girls Softball! - Registration now open! 
    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. 
    To register or for more information, please visit our website at For questions, please email Jeff Weber at

    Derby is Hiring!

    The following available vacancy has been posted for the 2019/2020 School Year:
    JOB ID: 4600192758 – Noon Aide - 2 Positions – Derby Middle School – Posting Open Until Filled
    Applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply online through the Oakland Consortium at: 

    Box Tops for LINKS
    Hello Derby Families,
    Box Tops has gone digital! Please consider downloading the Box Top app on your phone and all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and Box Tops does the rest, no more clipping! Donating your box tops raises money for the Derby LINKS program to provide games, activities, field trips, and parties. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 100 students participate in.

    You can find more information on this process here:

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

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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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