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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (3-25)

    Drama (3:15-4:15 P.M.)

    Tuesday (3-26)

    Forensics (7:00 A.M.)

    Jazz Band (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Wednesday (3-27)

    Super Snacks Club (3:15-5:15 P.M.)

    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged (3:15-5:15 P.M.)

    Candy Gram Delivery during A2

    Thursday (3-28)

    Friday, (3-29)

    Javascript (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Mark Your Calendars

    Spring Break April 1st-April 5th Classes resume Monday, April 8th

    Reminder: April 9th is the PSAT for 8th graders. This is a highly important day for 8th graders to be in class. Thank you for helping to see that your child is present, if at all possible, on that day.

    Change of Field Trip

    Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, coupled with parameters on field trip expectations and timing before break, we have decided to cancel the 8th grade DIA trip at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

    Mark Your Calendars: 2019 Spring Assessment Schedule

    Spring is upon us and you know what that means – it’s assessment time in Michigan! Starting in April, your student will begin participating in various district and state-wide mandatory assessments. Please keep the dates below in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc.:

     Spring Testing

    If you have any questions regarding testing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Derby’s Testing Coordinator, Michelle Gallacher, at

    Reminders From the Front Office:

    If you are planning on excusing your child early during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office. They should bring the note to the main office. We will hand your student a pass to leave class at the appropriate time. Parent/ Guardian will need to sign out their student at the main office before leaving the building. Students may sign themselves back in upon returning.

    This is the procedure for leaving during the day and will help expedite the students leaving early and reduce interruptions in the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation!

    Office Help

    Your help in our busy front office would be very much appreciated! Time slots are noted on the sign up below. Thank you!

    Derby Spring Sports Registration

    It's time to register for spring sports at Derby, which run from March 27-May 26. Please click on the link below for track and field (male and female, 6th-8th grade) and girls soccer (6th-8th grade). If you are interested in boys tennis, please get the proper forms from the front office and pay by check.

    All you need to do to get your student ready for the season is to fill out the registration above and bring in an up-to-date physical. Any questions? Please reach out to Heather Guise at or 248.203.5003. THANKS

    Save the Date for the Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration:
    June 12th, 2019, at 6 pm at Derby
    Ceremony seating is limited to two guests per student due to fire and safety codes. The Celebration is a long-standing Derby tradition for students immediately following the Ceremony with student pickup at 9 pm. $25 per student for the Graduation Celebration. Additional information, including how to pay, will be coming in the next month. You can also join the "Derby 8th Grade Graduation 2019" Facebook page where updated information will be posted. If you would like to volunteer to help at Graduation or the Celebration, you will receive reserved seating. To sign up to help: 

    Library Boosters' Picks of the Week are: How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons and Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs 

    Library Boosters

    You are invited to the NSBE Speed Mentoring Event
    Sunday, March 24th 1-5 PM
    Seaholm’s Black Student Union and junior National Society of Black Engineers will be hosting a speed-mentoring event on Sunday, March 24, in the Seaholm Library from 1:00—5:00 PM. All are welcome to this great event that allows for Birmingham students to share ideas about STEM careers with professionals in the field. Recommended for students grades 6—12. Please RSVP to Leslie Martin ( or Kyle Hall ( at Seaholm by March 22. We look forward to seeing you there!

    The BEF District-wide Garage Sale is Coming
    Drop Off: April 11-12, Sale: April 13-14
    Berkshire Middle School
    Spring is nearly here, and with it comes the annual BEF Districtwide Garage Sale! Clean out those closets, attics, and garages, and turn your unwanted items in to support for BPS by donating to the Sale! You can drop off items on Thursday, April 11 from 4 – 8 pm and Friday, April 12 from 12 – 8 pm. The sale will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm ($2 early entry begins at 8:00 am) and Sunday, April 14 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. (There will be a bag sale on Sunday!) 

    Volunteer at the sale! We need your help to make this sale happen. To sign up and lend a hand, please visit this link:

    STEM Camp
    Oakland Schools is hosting Stem Camp again this summer for middle schools students. Birmingham is able to send 3 students for free. Additional scholarships have been available in the past. If you feel that you would like to extend the opportunity to additional families demonstrating economic need, please contact us.
    STEM Summer Camp 2019 Flyer 

    Seaholm Boys Soccer NEW and RETURNING Players:
    Please join us for Parent and Player Information Night on Wednesday, March, 20th at 6:00 PM in the Seaholm’s Little Theater.
    NEW families encouraged to attend and returning families also welcome. This will be an informal gathering with Boosters and Coaches to discuss the upcoming season.
    All NEW and RETURNING players need to register for the upcoming 2019 season. Please register your player on Seaholm’s Soccer website: under “2019 Player Registration”. Once registered, you’ll be put on an email distribution list for all soccer program communications including camp and upcoming events.
    Questions? Email
    Go MAPES!

    Birmingham Girls Lacrosse Registration is open!!!
    BGLAX is for girls in 2-8th grade!! We have a 2/3/4 team, 5/6, and 7/8.
    Actual Lacrosse coaches overseen by the High Schools Girls Lacrosse Coach Jen Dunbar.
    No prior experience necessary!! Girls need goggles, mouth guard, stick, and cleats.
    Click on the registration link below!!
    Any questions please email

    Birmingham Girls Softball Registration
    Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 20th season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girl’s recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their 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 BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at Early registration closes February 28, 2019.

    Seaholm Football Seaholm Football is fired up for the 2019 season and has set dates for pre-season camps and conditioning. Interested players should mark these dates in family calendars - all events are attended by all players - incoming freshmen included! More information will follow, but keep these key dates in mind as you plan your summer:
    PARENT MEETING @ Seaholm Gym Saturday, April 13th 9 am
    Week of Champions @ Seaholm June 3-7 One hour before school each day
    Big Five Camp @ Seaholm June 24-26
    MHSAA Dead Week (No Practices) July 1-5
    Veer Camp in Montrose, MI - July 29-31 DATE CHANGE
    Maple Week Off (No Practices)- August 5-9
    Hillsdale Camp @ Hillsdale College - August 11-14
    Questions? Call or text Katy Knoer at 312-543-4343

    Job Opportunities

    No nights, no weekends!! Perfect school hours and a super fun work environment! BPS is looking for some awesome people to join our amazing team at Birmingham Public Schools Cafes!! Please call or text Pattie Guck, Director of Dining Birmingham Public Schools (248)228-7172 or email me at


    WHEN April 11, 2019, 7 pm 
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 

    Bringing Sensory Learning into the Classroom and Home Please

    Join us for an informative evening about sensory learning. Students learn in many ways. Some do best with the information they hear, others by what they see. Sensory learning engages more than one sense at a time. Information can be conveyed through touch and movement as well as hearing and sight. This instruction taps into learning strengths to help form connections and memories. All students can benefit from this kind of learning. More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. 

    WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE! BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER Just $10 Any additional donations help us to provide high-quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects like LINKS, the Disability Awareness Workshop, and the Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses Valid SeptemberAugust Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY


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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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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