Derby Middle School

Inspiring all learners to positively impact their world.

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  • Derby Young Entrepreneurs Club 

    Calling all Creative Derby Dragons!  Here is a great chance for you to use your creativity.  Our Young Entrepreneurs/Innovators Club would like to invite you to help to create a future electric car prototype that is both Sustainable and Connected! We are looking at both interior and/or exterior of the car.  

    If interested, please send your thoughts, name, & contact information to the following e-mail: or feel free to drop it in the Drop off boxes located in Derby's gym, cafeteria or near the front door.  Top 3 ideas will get prizes!! Some of the prizes are: gift certificates, home work excuse passes (thanks to Mr. Costello), lunch with the Assistant Principal. For more details, please check our website: We plan to pitch some of our favorite ideas to a local big 3 automaker.


    Derby students meet with Bill Ford and member of his Design Team (see below).

    Derby students meet with Bill Ford and member of his Design Team

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  • cross walk   Student Safety @ Drop Off & Pick Up

    Please remember that the student drop-off and pick-up loop for parents is in front of Derby Middle School.  The parking lot near the gymnasium is designated for staff parking and our school buses.  Thank you.

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  • School building  Entry Door Safety

    For the safety of students and staff, please do NOT open the entry doors for other visitors when you have been buzzed in or when leaving......

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  • Welcome to Derby Middle School

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    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,

    Celeste Nowacki
    Derby Middle School Principal


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  • Administration

     Celeste Nowacki
    Assistant Principal
     Carman Smith
     Grades 6A , 7
    Assistant Principal
     Fred Costello
     Grades 6B, 8
    Main Office Staff
    Principal's Secretary
     Debbie Thornton
    Main Office Receptionist
     J. Morrison
    Attendance Reporting
    Counseling Office
    Counselor - 6A, 7
    Stacy Glowacki
    Counselor - 6B, 8
     Melissa Thomas
    Counseling/Clinic Secretary
    Heather Guise