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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: January 14th - January 18th

    Posted by Celeste Nowacki on 1/13/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Monday, (1-14)

    Tuesday, (1-15)
    4:00 p.m. Boys Red Basketball Away at Berkshire Middle School

    Exciting news for our Derby Dragons. There is a national day dedicated to us!!! Tuesday, January 15 is National Dragon Appreciation Day. Please help us celebrate by going all out wearing your Derby spirit wear. Go Dragons!

    Wednesday, (1-16)
    4:00 p.m. Boys White Basketball Home against Hazel Park Junior High

    Thursday, (1-17)
    4:15 p.m. Girls Swimming Red League Meet away Seaholm
    4:15 p.m. Girls Swimming White League Meet away Seaholm

    Friday, (1-18)
    2:00 p.m. Girls Swimming Red Home League Meet Make-Up Date
    2:00 p.m. Girls Swimming White Home League Meet Make-Up Date

    Mark Your Calendar
    Monday, January 21st/ Dr. Martin Luther King Day/No School
    Friday, January 25th dismissal at 11:25 p.m. (half-day)

    A note from the Principal…
    Happy Friday, and welcome back to winter...brrrr! With the colder temperatures, students are spending more time indoors, which also makes it easier to come in contact with germs. Some buildings have seen an uptick in viruses, including Norovirus. I’ve attached a letter from the MDHHS which contains important information about this virus. According to the article, the best way to limit the spread of such germs is frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm running water. This is especially important after using the bathroom or before preparing or eating food, so it is important to remind our Dragons to wash their hands well, especially during cold and flu season. Be well!


    8th Grade Transition Information

    Our Seaholm Maples look forward to hosting current 8th graders AND parents to join us for our 8th Grade Orientation on January 22, 2019. Please visit the following site created especially for you—to learn more about what we have to offer our incoming freshman class of Class of 2023. We hope you find the images, videos, and resources helpful as you and your family make the transition to Seaholm High School. Be sure to review the academic information under the tab “Departments” in order to get a snapshot about requirements and offerings in each department.  Please join us! 

    8th Grade Orientation Site

    *Note: If you are interested in having your child attend Groves High School next year, we will have a separate scheduling session in the coming weeks. A counselor from Groves will lead the session and assist with registration. If this is the case for your child, please email Mr. Miller at

    Derby Winter 2 Sports Sign Up
    Our Derby winter 2 sports are:
    Boys Swimming – 6th, 7th and 8th
    Girls Volleyball – 6th, 7th, and 8th
    Wrestling – 6th, 7th, and 8th
    Here is the live link for Winter 2 registration. Reminder – you need to be on a “computer” not a cell phone for the link to work at its “best”.

    This is the LAST CHANCE to order your 2018-2019 Derby Middle School Yearbook. This year’s yearbook theme is ‘VIVID’. The yearbook will be hard covered and 128 full-color pages. Students were NOT able to order yearbooks at Registration in August. Everyone will want a yearbook for the last day of school for the signing celebrations we will have. The price is $50.00. Order now! The last day to purchase is January 25th.
    If you need a yearbook order form, please pick one up in the main office, or email If you do not know if your student has a yearbook ordered, you may check with Mrs. McGrath at the aforementioned e-mail as well.

    Derby Forensics Team
    Do you have the gift of gab? Do you like to act? Do you want to improve your Public Speaking Skills? If so, the Derby Forensics Team is the place for you! Please join us for an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:00 A.M. in Room 219. If you have any questions, please contact Coaches Ms. Curcuru ( or Mrs. Hacker (

    REGISTER NOW – MLK, Jr. Day of Service – Jan. 21, 2019 

    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 21st from 9:30 am-12 pm
    Registration: 9:00-9:20 am
    Where: Groves High School
    Why: Because you can make a difference!
    How: Check out to sign up – spots are filling fast!

    *Sponsored by the BPS Community School Organizers

    Derby Collection: January 2nd - January 18th

    Derby is Collecting:
    • 8oz. Bottles Hand Sanitizers
    • Box of Kitchen Garbage Bags - 30 count
    Our goal is to collect 200 of each item!
    Drop items off in counseling lobby before school and receive a RAFFLE TICKET for every item DONATED!!

    The Family Valuables bucket will be used to help survivors salvage valuables from their destroyed homes.


    If you are interested in information regarding the 8th Grade Spanish trip to Costa Rica in March of 2020, please join my Google Classroom: q5spg

    You will probably want to add the Google Classroom app to your smartphone to get notifications if you do not have it already. 

    ¡Pura vida!
    Sra. Caldwell

    Would you like to volunteer in our Main Office? Please sign up on the link below if you’re interested. We are very appreciative of our volunteers. A big thank you to all have volunteered their time!

    Camp and resource Fair + Micro Businesses
    Summer and year-round programs for children with special needs!
    Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
    This fair is an information vehicle for servicing families seeking camps and programs that accept children with special needs in both self-contained and inclusion environments. Last year, approximately 75 organizations participated in the fair and we are proud to have drawn over 150 families from the tri-county area. Once again, the fair will be located at Groves High School in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

    Local Micro/Small Businesses founded by the special needs community and supported by our entire community who sell jewelry, cards, ceramics, calendars, gifts, and more! Come and shop the handmade items and support young entrepreneurs! 
    For more information about the Camp Fair or Friends of Different Learners visit:

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