Welcome to Derby's Counselor Corner...
As counselors, we are here to assist your child and you! We can help with all aspects of your child's day - academically, socially, and emotionally. Middle school years can be challenging on many levels for the student and/or parent(s). Our role as counselors here at Derby is to problem solve with all parties involved, and to help develop a positive solution for success.Scheduling information for the 2021-2022 School Year:
Dear 5th grade parents/guardians (of incoming Dery Dragons):
Please review the attached course description sheet and course selection sheet with your child(ren) and make sure the course selection sheet* is filled out completely and emailed (virtual students) to your 5th grade teacher or handed in (hybrid students) to their teacher by the due date . *Please have students keep their own copy of this as backup (a phone or computer photo).
Hybrid students- Please turn in a copy of the course selection sheet to your child’s 5th grade teacher
Virtual students- Please scan and email a copy back to your child’s 5th grade teacher of the course selection sheet , or take a photo of it (with all items clearly seen in the photo) and email the photo to your child’s 5th grade teacher. ***Please keep a copy for your child to have to review when Derby counselors return in 2 weeks and select the marked classes in the computer program.
Dear 6th grade parents/guardians:
Please review the attached course description sheet and course selection sheet with your child(ren) and make sure the course selection sheet* is signed and emailed (virtual students) to RMcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us or handed in (hybrid students) to their science teacher by Friday, February 5th. *Please have students keep their own copy of this as backup (a phone or computer photo).
Copies of these documents are also available in the vestibule at the main office entrance which is open from 7am until 7pm Monday-Friday.
Dear 7th grade parents/guardians:
Please review the attached course description sheet and course selection sheet with your child(ren) and make sure the course selection sheet* is signed and emailed (virtual students) to RMcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us or handed in (hybrid students) to their science teacher by Monday, February 8th. *Please have students keep their own copy of this as well as backup (a phone or computer photo).
Dear 8th grade parents/guardians:
9th Grade Course Selection Sheets: 9th Grade Course Selection Sheets
These do not need to be looked at until around February 12th. Teacher recommendation will arrive on or around this time.
*Hybrid students will receive “teacher recommendations” (for math, science, etc.) from their A2 teachers
*Virtual students will receive “teacher recommendations” (for math, science, etc.) in the mail.
*Once filled out, turn in course selection sheets via email (or in person for hybrid students) to their science teacher by Wednesday, February 24th. Please have students keep their own copy of this as well as backup (a phone or computer photo).
FEBRUARY 2 ZOOM for Seaholm Orientation:
Incoming Freshmen/8th Grade Orientation
Students and parents are invited to attend the orientation presentation for the Class of 2025 on Tuesday, February 2nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This link will take you to our Welcome Class of 2025 site. This site will include videos from our department chairs outlining expectations and requirements for each content area, welcome videos from your administrators, as well as video highlights to get a good idea of Seaholm’s relevant and rigorous academics, competitive athletic teams and fun and welcoming activities.
The orientation starts with a pre-meeting at 6:00 PM if you are interested in learning more about our English/Social Studies/Flex programs. The overall presentation begins at 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you via the Zoom link.
Individual Department Head Zoom Links
Thad Wilhelm, Math Department Head
Brad Schopieray, Science Department Head
Robin Moten, English Department Head
Rochelle Rogers, Social Studies Department Head
Carlos Torres, World Language Department Head
Teresa Rogers, Specialized Instruction and Student Services Department Head
Hallie J. Snyder, Coordinator for Career Focused Education, Reproductive Health Supervisor & Curriculum Coordinator for Business Technology, Counseling, Engage/STEAM, Engineering Technology, Health, Life Management, Social Emotional Learning and Career Readiness
Note: If you are interested in having your child attend Groves High School next year, please contact Groves counseling secretary, Ms. Lisa Reeves, at LReeves@birmingham.k12.mi.us to direct you to your child’s respective counselor.Meet Your Counselors!2021 updates:HOW ARE YOU FEELING? You can answer with this FEELINGS WHEEL:
November 6, 2020:
With all of the shifting plans,
here’s a P.L.A.N. you can keep daily:
P- play (games, sports, family games, indoors, outdoors, act silly, watch a funny movie)
L- listen (for emotion and to understand)
A- appreciate (small or big things, show appreciation with acts of service, kindness, and affection)
N- nurture yourself (rest/recharge- sleep in on a Saturday, go for a walk, breathe deeply, do something for you)
We want to remind you that we are here for you or your child(ren), even if you just need to talk or vent.
Mr. Miller (students with last names A-L) DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5010
Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z) KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5014
New School Year:
PTA Presentation Notes- Be Well During Virtual School (Management and Stress Relieving Activities): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15FpKXmwjIhfFCz_pv5-1m9aJ0IYdZhj-_zd3MbP-aGI/edit?usp=sharing
Hello Derby families,
Welcome to a New School Year! We have already been in contact with some of you, and miss seeing all of your faces. Also, we hope all are healthy and staying safe. Please, reach out to us via our e-mails listed below if you are having a hard time with anything socially, emotionally, or academically and need to schedule a phone or video call with one of us. We will work with your schedules.*Should it be an emergency and we are unable to reach you in a time of critical need, please call 911 or one of the below phone numbers:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (or access the chat online link)
National Child Abuse Hotline: call or text 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Before we end this note, we want to let you know that both attached and below are some documents and websites of helpful items to use to continue to take care of yourselves.
Hang in there; we’re in this together!
Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller
Ms. Kelly (KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us) and Mr. Miller (DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us)
Your Derby School Counselors
Bingo for Calm and Connection
Virtual Feelings Scavenger Hunt
Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt
With lots of time around your family members, here are some conversation starters
DEEP breathing- what a stress reliever!
Previously shared resources:
Find a Therapist - Psychology Today
Helping Children Cope with Stress – World Health Organization
Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty- Harvard University
Let It Go
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 - CDC
Self-Care while Social Distancing: Twelve Ideas and Tips
Stop, Breathe & Think
SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19
5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)
School’s Out, Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-at-Home Resources)
100+ Free Social Emotional Learning Resources
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute
Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Parent Resource from NASP
Degrees and Certifications:
Dear Derby Parents and Guardians,
My name is Katie Kelly and I am the 6th-8th grade counselor for students with the last name M-Z at Derby Middle School. I am excited to work with you and your student(s) to make their Middle School experience successful.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have, or to simply introduce yourself at: 248-203-5014 or by email: KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us
I’m looking forward to a great year with your child(ren)!
Degrees and Certifications:
Dear Derby Families!
Hello, I am one of the middle school counselors and service the current 6th- 8th grade students with last names A-L.
Please feel free to contact me at 248-203-5010 or by clicking on the email link below.
Thanks in advance for your help with making your child's middle school years a positive one. Looking forward to working with you and your child!