Derby Middle School

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Weekly Update

  • Monday, (11-12)
    • Book fair fundraiser in the library 

    Tuesday, (11-13)
    • Book fair fundraiser in the library 

    Wednesday, (11-14)
    • Half day of school for students/Dismissal at 11:25 am
    • Parent Teacher Conferences 1-4:00 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm
    • Book fair fundraiser in the library 

    Thursday, (11-15)
    • Boys Intramural Basketball meetings at lunch and rec (see details below)
    • Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7:00 pm
    • Book fair fundraiser in the library

    Friday, (11-16)
    • Book fair fundraiser in the library 

    Mark Your Calendar
    • No School Wednesday, November 21st/Thanksgiving Recess
    • Monday, November 26th Classes Resume

    The Derby library will host the Scholastic Book Fair this week, Monday, November 12th through Friday the 16th. The book fair will be open before, during, and after school. We will also have hours during parent-teacher conferences. Stop by and see all the new titles. See you at the fair!

    At conferences. Please consider helping out:

    Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

    When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 and 5:00-8:00 pm
    Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

    Where: Derby Middle School Cafeteria, Gymnasium and Counseling Lobby

    Conference Reminders:

    Middle school conferences are run differently than elementary conferences. Instead of meeting with the teacher in the classroom, you will meet with them in the cafeteria or the gymnasium. Teachers will be seated along the perimeter of each area. Seating charts will be posted in the Counseling Lobby as well as in the cafeteria and gym. Please remember to bring a copy of your child's schedule with you to guide you through your conferences.

    Individual conference times are not scheduled. Show up during any of the two conference sessions and take the next available seat in front of the teacher you wish to visit. Each parent is allotted 5 minutes per teacher. Please keep in mind that there may be a line for your child's teachers at some point during your visit, so we ask that you please bring your patience too!

    Planning for conferences with your child’s teachers 
    Let’s keep a growth mindset at the forefront of our partnership in supporting students’ learning. Individual conference time is limited, so consider asking questions that are focused on the learning process and effort in learning, not only on results or “the grade.” Here are a few questions that keep our focus on a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset:

    · Is my child an active participant in class?
    · What are the areas of growth for my child?
    · How does my child react to the mistakes he/she makes academically, socially or behaviorally?
    · How does my child show risk-taking in class?

    Several of our staff members will have altered hours due to part-time status or prior obligations. They will be happy to return calls or emails regarding your child’s progress.


    Please see the attached list of teacher locations. Finally, Middle School report cards are only printed and sent home at the end of the year. With access to Power School, we do NOT send home quarterly report cards. We look forward to seeing everyone later this week!

    Attention 6th-grade boys interested in playing intramural basketball, there will be a short informational meeting Thursday, November 15th during your lunch recreation. You do not need experience to join the team. Everyone is encouraged to play. Come and meet new people and make new friends. All the information for signing up is on the website.

    7th and 8th-grade boys interested in playing intramural basketball should see Coach Lalko in room 98 during A2 on Thursday, November 15th.
    Remember you need a Green Slip from the main office before playing sports at Derby. The first day is practice is Tuesday, Nov 27th at 6:40 to 7:40 am. Thanks, Coach Lalko

    Please consider donating your box tops to the Derby LINKS program. We get .10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 150 students participate in. The money goes to buy toys and games for rec time, as well as art supplies and snacks when we have parties. You can find a list of products that have box tops here:

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

    Derby 6th Graders are invited to Jump, Bounce and Play at Airtime on Friday, November 16th from 6pm-8pm at 662 East Big Beaver in Troy. 
    *This event has been organized by 6th-grade parents. Each parent is responsible for the supervision of their own children.
    STEM opportunity for Middle School Girls
    SWENext is a great opportunity for girls to explore engineering in a fun environment, as well as to learn about a field in which women are underrepresented. It is also a great way to get exposure to STEM with interactive activities and to make new connections. The club is open to all middle school girls. Our kickoff event is on November 28th at American Axle. Students can sign up for the kick off from our social media pages, @swenextdetroit 
    Facebook: @swenextdetroit
    Instagram: @swenextdetroit

    Is your son interested in a Seaholm basketball Skills Camp?
    Registration for the November 24th Seaholm Boys Basketball Skills Camp for boys grades 3 through 8 is now open! The camp led by Seaholm basketball coaches and varsity players will run from 9am until 3pm. The cost is $75 and includes a pizza lunch and T-shirt. Additional details are on the website. Register now @

    Lighthouse Thanksgiving Donations Needed
    The Derby Community is hosting a food drive for Lighthouse of Oakland County to help provide food to families in need for Thanksgiving. Students are encouraged to donate items from the following list to the donation box in their A2 class starting Thursday, November 1st. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, November 13th. The A2 that collects the most will earn a prize. 
    -Thanksgiving Wish List-
    Canned Yams – Gravy – Boxed or Canned Potatoes – Stuffing – Green or Mixed Vegetables – Yellow Vegetables – Canned Fruit – Broth – Soup – Pie Crust Mix – Evaporated Milk 
    Pumpkin Pie Filling – Muffin Mixes – Boxed Mac and Cheese – Canned Cranberries – Cake Mix – Frosting – Jello
    Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!!!

    Give to the Birmingham Education Foundation!
    When a teacher has a great idea he or she thinks will inspire students, but falls outside the regular budget parameters, the Birmingham Education Foundation can step in to provide the necessary funding. Making a year-end donation to the BEF is your opportunity to directly impact the programs that will enrich the educational lives of every child in the district. Your tax-deductible donation will help delivery creativity and innovation to our classrooms. To make your gift today, visit or mail a donation to BEF, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.

    Monday, Nov 12, 2018
    Veterans Day Brunch 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    BPS Education and Administration Center
    31301 Evergreen in Beverly Hills
    Birmingham Public Schools invite military veterans to a Veterans Day Brunch on Monday, Nov. 12. The event will feature musical entertainment performed by Groves and Seaholm students, along with decorations and special touches from elementary school students. The event is free and will include a selection of brunch items. RSVP for the event by calling 248.203.3001. 

    BCS Districtwide 3-8 School Open House
    Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
    1:00-3:00 p.m.
    1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills

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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,

    Celeste Nowacki
    Derby Middle School Principal


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

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