• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: January 21st - December 24th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 1/19/2020 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    I hope everyone is staying warm and safe today during this true Michigan snow! There were many different learning opportunities around Derby this week. Our 7th grade learners participated in an “egg drop” as they explored different types of energies. 6th and 8th graders worked together during a WEB activity as they discussed the word of the month, “perseverance.” Derby kicked off our MLK celebration week with an all school lesson that included watching a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King and the film Remember the Titans. Students held discussions around the themes: injustice, tolerance, perseverance and social change. I received positive feedback about our day and am excited about our upcoming activities for next week. 

    Please read below for a message from counselors regarding scheduling. It is hard to believe we need to start thinking about next year! Enjoy your long weekend and we hope to see you at Groves on Monday for our BPS Day of Service! 


    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal



    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (1-20)
    No School-- Martin Luther King Day 

    Tuesday (1-21)
    Class of 2024 Orientation at Seaholm High School 7:00 PM—9:00 PM in the auditorium
    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Chess Club 3:30-4:30 P.M.
    Rubik’s Cube 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Science Olympiad Practice 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (1-22)
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-23)
    Winter Running Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming 3:20-5:35 P.M.

    Friday (1-24)


    Mark Your Calendar-
    February 5th- 5th Grade Meeting 6:30 PM-7:30 PM in the Cafeteria
    February 7th - Principal’s Update/ PTA Meeting 9:20 AM-10:40 AM in the Cafeteria
    February 14th- ½ Day Dismissal at 11:25 AM



    An Important Message from Your Derby Counselors 
    Dear 6th grade parents/guardians,
    Stay tuned for details regarding your child(ren)’s 7th grade/next year course selections later this month. Nothing needs to be done for this now!

    Dear 7th Grade parents/guardians,
    Your Derby counselors were in your 7th grader(s)’ classrooms Thursday (1/16) conversing with them about their class selections for next year. They should have brought home their 8th grade course selection sheets . Please be sure to review it with them and support them in getting the selection sheet returned to their science teacher by Thursday, January 23, 2020.

    Dear 8th grade parents/guardians,
    Please refer to the letter sent earlier this week for details. Nothing at this point needs to be done until after the time that Seaholm counselors visit your students on the 23rd of January.

    Thank you,
    Durand Miller, School Counselor for students with last names A-L
    Katie Kelly, School Counselor for students with last names M-Z

    Seaholm Orientation for Current 8th Grade Students- 
    Please mark your calendars for the Class of 2024 Orientation at Seaholm High School on Tuesday, January 21 from 7:00 PM—9:00 PM in the Seaholm auditorium. This evening event is designed for both parents and students. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building with student guides and visit key elective department demonstrations, and parents will receive counsel on navigating the logistics and culture of Seaholm. In order to prepare for the information you will receive, we ask that you visit our website (https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/seaholm) starting on Monday, January 6, where we have a Class of 2024 Orientation tab to help with pertinent information. There, you will find a series of short videos from our department chairs who will lead you through important details of their curriculum and which will be convenient as you begin the scheduling process. Also, prior to the general meeting, we will have English and social studies teachers present information regarding the English Team, World History and Flex programs to help you make the decision of which course best fits your learning style. If you are interested in seeing this program, please arrive by 6 PM in the back of the auditorium through the lobby entrances.

    Career Exploration

    1. Engineering Exploration: Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Girls! Do you like Science and/or Math? Do you want to explore what it means to be an Engineer?
    We have another opportunity for you. This time the focus will be on learning about civil engineering, specifically how traffic light systems work. Society of Women Engineers (SWENext Detroit) is having the event on Wednesday, February 5th, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Oakland County Road Commission.(These details are also posted on Facebook, @swenextdetroit.)
    Email Lisa Hart (Lhart@birmingham.k12.mi.us) with any questions or if transportation to and/or from the event is an issue.

    Permission Slip due 1/31/2020:
    https://birminghamk12mius-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/mpapp_birmingham_k12_mi_us/ESup9GdMQmNBkuhhVA37QtcBk9OTZMBG_wnrpZ0ghjLNrQ

    Address:1200 N. Telegraph Building 49 West Pontiac MI 48341
    Map/ Directions
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    2. Health Care Exploration: 35 Derby students will have the opportunity to visit Henry Ford West Bloomfield for an afternoon to explore careers in Food and Nutrition, Infection Control/Epidemiology, Nursing/Family Medicine, Pharmacy and/or Radiology on Monday, 2/24/2020 from 11:45 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Bus transportation will be provided.

    Permission Slip (attached) due 1/24/2020

    3. Career Planning: In 8th grade math classes the week, students viewed a student created career exploration video and participated in a discussion/activity to begin to think about what types of careers might interest them. This should be helpful as students begin to organize their high school schedules. The documents used during this lesson are attached.

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    New Year, New Rec!
    Each day, Derby students have the opportunity to be active during rec time after lunch. Unfortunately, their options for activities are limited by the lack of equipment available to them during this time. We’d like to change that, but we need your help. 
    A generous member of our community has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations made to help Derby purchase a number of items to help our students be active during their rec time. These items include ping pong tables, a gaga pit, a corn hole set, items for floor hockey, a variety of balls, new backboards for the outdoor basketball hoops and more. We’re only limited by what we raise, and we appreciate any support you are able to give! 
    Update: We are currently up to $613! Every little bit helps, THANK YOU!

    You can find our rec fundraising link here: https://www.supportbef.org/derbyrec.html

    Jazz Band Rehearsal Dates-
    January 21st 
    January 28th
    February 4th
    February 11th
    February 25th
    March 10th
    March 24th


    Winter 2 Sports Registration is Open! 
    Winter sports run from January 21, 2020 - March 22, 2020.
    Boys' Swimming (6, 7, & 8)
    Girls' Volleyball (6, 7, & 8)
    Wrestling (6, 7, & 8)
    Please sign up here: You must still submit a physical to Mrs. Guise in the main office prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2019. Your student can drop it off, or you can email it (hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or fax it at (248-203-4948).

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    Derby Plarn Farm….. Continuing in January, during recreation time, our Derby students are invited to join our Derby Plarn Farm where we will use recycled plastic bags and get them ready to be crocheted into mats with a strap, tie and a pillow for the homeless. To learn more about this local project, visit the Motor City Mitten Mission at https://www.motorcitymittenmission.org/mat-pillow-for-the-homeless. Please save your plastic bags (Target, Kroger, etc.) and have your student drop them off in the collection box in the main office. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Derby Reminders

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:05 am-3:14 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member. 

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time. 

    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home every day. Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.

    **Please remind your student to check the Lost & Found and the cafeteria shelves. Any items left behind on Monday, January 27th will be tossed or donated. Thank you!**

    THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE – ORDER YOUR 2020 YEARBOOK NOW
    If you would like to order a 2020 Derby Yearbook, please order now!!! This is the very last chance to order yearbooks. Yearbooks CANNOT be ordered after Friday, January 24th. If you would like to order a yearbook, please complete the attached order form. If you have any questions, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    ORDER TODAY…EVERYONE WILL WANT A YEARBOOK FOR OUR SIGNING CELEBRATIONS ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
    https://birminghamk12mius-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/mpapp_birmingham_k12_mi_us/EeoZ6cDk5O1Ip7a63jOYn1kBQGBZX9DpeVkej1rVKIdYVw?e=8ArRvA

    Derby is Hiring!
    The following available vacancy has been posted for the 2019/2020 School Year:
    JOB ID: 4600192758 – Noon Aide - 2 Positions – Derby Middle School – Posting Open Until Filled
    Applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply online through the Oakland Consortium at: https://ats4.atenterprise.powerschool.com/ats/app_login?COMPANY_ID=JA000529


    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3 

    Box Tops for LINKS
    Hello Derby Families,
    Box Tops has gone digital! Please consider downloading the Box Top app on your phone and all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and Box Tops does the rest, no more clipping! Donating your box tops raises money for the Derby LINKS program to provide games, activities, field trips, and parties. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 100 students participate in.

    You can find more information on this process here:
    https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

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


    Birmingham Girls Softball! - Registration now open! 
    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. 
    To register or for more information, please visit our website at 
    www.Birminghamsoftball.com. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Birmingham Girls Lacrosse Season - Come join us this Wednesday, Jan 22, 6:30pm @ Quarton Elementary Bears Den (cafeteria) for Information/Registration for the 2020 Birmingham Girls Lacrosse Season. 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome! Registration link will be posted on Facebook & Instagram after the meeting. Please email us if you don’t have access to either. 

    https://www.facebook.com/birminghamgirlslacrosse/
    https://www.instagram.com/birminghamgirlslax/
    email : birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: January 13th - December 17th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 1/12/2020 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    Our first full week back was a busy one! The ski club had their first successful trip despite the warm weather. Mrs. Koyl’s class designed their own miniature golf courses and Mr. Lalko’s class was testing their robot models. I can’t wait to see how their robots perform this week!

    We want to wish good luck to our swimmers Tuesday as the athletes head to league meet and to our basketball teams as they finish out the season. We also have a half day on Friday, January 17th and we will begin our MLK celebration on that day.

    I hope everyone is staying safe in the ice and enjoying the weekend!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal



    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (1-13)
    Boys Basketball Red Away vs. Norup Middle School 4:00 PM
    Boys Basketball White Home vs. Bloomfield Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M.
    Roblox eSport Game Design Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Tuesday (1-14)
    Chess Club 3:30-4:30 P.M.
    Science Olympiad Practice 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rubik’s 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:20 P.M. - Session CANCELLED today

    Wednesday (1-15)
    Birbery book club meetings during lunch rec
    Girls Swim Red (League Meet @ Groves HS) 3:00 PM
    Girls Swim White (League Meet @ Groves HS) 3:00 PM
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-16)
    Girls Swim Red OPEN DATE Away (League Meet Make-Up if Necessary) 3:00 PM
    Girls Swim White Away OPEN DATE (League Meet Make-Up if Necessary) 3:00 PM
    Winter Running club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Friday (1-17)
    End of 2nd Quarter and Records Day - ½ Day Dismissal 11:25 AM

    Mark Your Calendar-
    January 20th- No School Martin Luther King Day
    January 21st- Seaholm Orientation for current 8th Grade Students


    THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE – ORDER YOUR 2020 YEARBOOK NOW…
    If you would like to order a 2020 Derby Yearbook…please order now!!! This is the very last chance to order yearbooks. Yearbooks CANNOT be ordered after Friday, January 24th. If you would like to order a yearbook, please complete the attached order form. If you have any questions, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  

    ORDER TODAY…EVERYONE WILL WANT A YEARBOOK FOR OUR SIGNING CELEBRATIONS ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
    https://birminghamk12mius-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/mpapp_birmingham_k12_mi_us/EeoZ6cDk5O1Ip7a63jOYn1kBQGBZX9DpeVkej1rVKIdYVw?e=8ArRvA

    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 20 from 9:30-12 pm
    Registration: 9:00 am - 9:20 am
    Where: Groves High School
    Program begins in the Groves Little Theater (West Entrance)
    Why: Because you can make a difference!
    How: Check out to sign up – spots are filling fast!
    Volunteer signup genius for Day On, Day One
    ***Sponsored by the BPS Community School Organizers***

    Support our BPS January Service Drive Through thru January 16th

    On Monday, January 20, 2020, BPS students and their families will come together for the 5th annual MLK Day of Service. As part of this effort, all Birmingham Public Schools will be collecting items to fill 200 “Bathroom Buckets” for Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW), a non-profit organization that collects funds and items to help US families who have been hit by natural disasters. Derby’s goal is to collect 800 rolls of toilet tissue (4 rolls per bucket).

    In addition Derby will be collecting 200 granola/breakfast bars for care packages that will be assembled for the homeless at our annual MLK Day of Service at Groves High School.

    Donation bins are located in the Counseling and Main lobby areas. Please drop your items off before school and receive a RAFFLE TICKET to enter your chance to win a raffle item. If you would like to volunteer during the Day of Service, please sign up at MLK.

    REMINDER: DERBY’S MLK COLLECTION

    ITEMS NEEDED BY THURSDAY, 1/16 for BPS sponsored “Day On, Day One” at Groves H.S. Mon., 1/20
    TOILET TISSUE (800 ROLLS)
    GRANOLA BARS (200 BARS)

    Toilet tissue and misc. other toiletries collected from BPS schools will be assembled into 200 “Bathroom Buckets” (family of 4) for DRAW (Disaster Relief at Work), a nonprofit that collects necessity items to fill a variety of bucket types for people living in the US who have been hit by natural disasters.

    Granola bars and other personal items will be assembled into Care Bags for homeless people.

    Toilet tissue and granola bars are being collected before school in both Derby front lobby areas. Raffle tickets are given for donations!!

    To participate in this day of service, please sign up Volunteer signup genius for Day On, Day One

    Attention all Derby girls who want to explore what it means to be an Engineer
    We have another opportunity for you. This time the focus will be on learning about civil engineering, specifically how traffic light systems work. Society of Women Engineers (SWENext Detroit) is having the event on Wednesday, February 5th, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Oakland County Road Commission.
    (These details are also posted on Facebook, @swenextdetroit.)
    Email Lisa Hart with any questions or if transportation to and/or from the event is an issue.
    Lhart@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Address:1200 N. Telegraph Building 49 West
    Pontiac MI 48341
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    Map/ Directions
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    Seaholm Orientation for Current 8th Grade Students-
    Please mark your calendars for the Class of 2024 Orientation at Seaholm High School on Tuesday, January 21 from 7:00 PM—9:00 PM in the Seaholm auditorium. This evening event is designed for both parents and students. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building with student guides and visit key elective department demonstrations, and parents will receive counsel on navigating the logistics and culture of Seaholm. In order to prepare for the information you will receive, we ask that you visit our website (https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/seaholm) starting on Monday, January 6, where we have a Class of 2024 Orientation tab to help with pertinent information. There, you will find a series of short videos from our department chairs who will lead you through important details of their curriculum and which will be convenient as you begin the scheduling process. Also, prior to the general meeting, we will have English and social studies teachers present information regarding the English Team, World History and Flex programs to help you make the decision of which course best fits your learning style. If you are interested in seeing this program, please arrive by 6 PM in the back of the auditorium through the lobby entrances.


    New Year, New Rec!
    Each day, Derby students have the opportunity to be active during rec time after lunch. Unfortunately, their options for activities are limited by the lack of equipment available to them during this time. We’d like to change that, but we need your help. A generous member of our community has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations made to help Derby purchase a number of items to help our students be active during their rec time. These items include ping pong tables, a gaga pit, a corn hole set, items for floor hockey, a variety of balls, new backboards for the outdoor basketball hoops and more. We’re only limited by what we raise, and we appreciate any support you are able to give! THANK YOU!
    You can find our rec fundraising link here: https://www.supportbef.org/derbyrec.html

     

    Winter 2 sports registration is open!
    The sports run from January 21, 2020 - March 22, 2020.
    Boys' Swimming (6, 7, & 8)
    Girls' Volleyball (6, 7, & 8)
    Wrestling (6, 7, & 8)
    Please sign up here: You must still submit a physical to Mrs. Guise in the main office prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2019. Your student can drop it off, or you can email it (hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or fax it at (248-203-4948).

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    Derby Wrestling
    There will be an informational meeting and sign up for all students interested in joining the Derby Wrestling team on Wednesday, January 15th during all lunch periods in the cafeteria. Practice will begin on Tuesday, January 21st after school on the stage.


    Derby Plarn Farm….. Continuing in January, during recreation time, our Derby students are invited to join our Derby Plarn Farm where we will use recycled plastic bags and get them ready to be crocheted into mats with a strap, tie and a pillow for the homeless. To learn more about this local project, visit the Motor City Mitten Mission at https://www.motorcitymittenmission.org/mat-pillow-for-the-homeless. Please save your plastic bags (Target, Kroger, etc.) and have your student drop them off in the collection box in the main office. Thank you in advance for your support.

    S.H.E.
    Beginning January 22, Derby will be running a group for girls, called “S.H.E.”. It will be open to all girls and selection will be on a first come first serve basis. There will be a group for 6th grade and 7th/8th grade that will run on Wednesday during lunch/rec twice a month. The purpose of this group is to empower girls to be the best they can be by taking care of themselves, believing in themselves, and being kind and respectful to themselves and others. Some of our activities will include group discussions, “purposeful” bracelet making, yoga, guest speakers, and a pizza lunch.

    Please get a permission slip from your A2 teacher or in the counseling office and return by January 17.

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3

    Birmingham Girls Softball! - Registration now open!
    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
    To register or for more information, please visit our website at
    www.Birminghamsoftball.com. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Derby is Hiring!

    The following available vacancy has been posted for the 2019/2020 School Year:
    JOB ID: 4600192758 – Noon Aide - 2 Positions – Derby Middle School – Posting Open Until Filled
    Applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply online through the Oakland Consortium at: https://ats4.atenterprise.powerschool.com/ats/app_login?COMPANY_ID=JA000529

    Box Tops for LINKS
    Hello Derby Families,
    Box Tops has gone digital! Please consider downloading the Box Top app on your phone and all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and Box Tops does the rest, no more clipping! Donating your box tops raises money for the Derby LINKS program to provide games, activities, field trips, and parties. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 100 students participate in.

    You can find more information on this process here:
    https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

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

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: January 6th - December 10th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 1/5/2020 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby families,

    What a nice two-day week to welcome back the Dragons from a long and peaceful break. It was great to see our students and staff ready to start 2020 well-rested and full of smiles! 

    We are back to the routine with a full week of school and our winter clubs beginning. Be sure to read below about district activities surrounding MLK Jr. day. Expect a letter from me later in the week regarding all school activities in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 8th grade families make sure to check out below regarding Seaholm orientation!

    We wish you and your family an awesome first full week of 2020! 

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal



    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (1-6)
    Girls Swim White Home vs. Berkshire 4:15 PM
    Boys Basketball Red Away vs. BCS 4:00 PM
    Roblox eSport Game Design 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Tuesday (1-7)
    Girls Swim Red Home vs. Berkshire 4:15 PM
    Chess Club 3:30-3:40 P.M.
    Girls Who Code (Advanced) 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Science Olympiad Practice 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rubik’s Club 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (1-8)
    Girls Swim White Away vs. Cranbrook 5:30 PM
    Boys Basketball Red Away vs. Hazel Park 4:00 PM
    Boys Basketball White Away vs. Berkshire 4:00 PM
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-9)
    Boys Basketball Red Away vs. Country Day Middle School 4:00 PM
    Boys Basketball White Home vs. Abbott Middle School 4:00 PM
    Winter Running Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming 3:20-5:35 P.M.

    Friday (1-10)


    Mark Your Calendar-
    January 13th-17th - Spirit Week
    January 17th End of 2nd Quarter and Records Day - ½ Day Dismissal 11:25 AM 
    January 20th- No School Martin Luther King Day



    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 20 from 9:30-12 pm 
    Registration: 9:00 am - 9:20 am 
    Where: Groves High School 
    Program begins in the Groves Little Theater (West Entrance) 
    Why: Because you can make a difference! 
    How: Check out to sign up – spots are filling fast! 
    Volunteer signup genius for Day On, Day One 
    ***Sponsored by the BPS Community School Organizers*** 

    Support our BPS January Service Drive Through thru January 16th

    On Monday, January 20, 2020, BPS students and their families will come together for the 5th annual MLK Day of Service. As part of this effort, all Birmingham Public Schools will be collecting items to fill 200 “Bathroom Buckets” for Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW), a non-profit organization that collects funds and items to help US families who have been hit by natural disasters. Derby’s goal is to collect 800 rolls of toilet tissue (4 rolls per bucket).

    In addition Derby will be collecting 200 granola/breakfast bars for care packages that will be assembled for the homeless at our annual MLK Day of Service at Groves High School. 

    Donation bins are located in the Counseling and Main lobby areas. Please drop your items off before school and receive a RAFFLE TICKET to enter your chance to win a raffle item. If you would like to volunteer during the Day of Service, please sign up at MLK.


    Seaholm Orientation for Current 8th Grade Students- 
    Please mark your calendars for the Class of 2024 Orientation at Seaholm High School on Tuesday, January 21 from 7:00 PM—9:00 PM in the Seaholm auditorium. This evening event is designed for both parents and students. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building with student guides and visit key elective department demonstrations, and parents will receive counsel on navigating the logistics and culture of Seaholm. In order to prepare for the information you will receive, we ask that you visit our website (https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/seaholm) starting on Monday, January 6, where we have a Class of 2024 Orientation tab to help with pertinent information. There, you will find a series of short videos from our department chairs who will lead you through important details of their curriculum and which will be convenient as you begin the scheduling process. Also, prior to the general meeting, we will have English and social studies teachers present information regarding the English Team, World History and Flex programs to help you make the decision of which course best fits your learning style. If you are interested in seeing this program, please arrive by 6 PM in the back of the auditorium through the lobby entrances.

    Box Tops for LINKS
    Hello Derby Families,
    Box Tops has gone digital! Please consider downloading the Box Top app on your phone and all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and Box Tops does the rest, no more clipping! Donating your box tops raises money for the Derby LINKS program to provide games, activities, field trips, and parties. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 100 students participate in.

    You can find more information on this process here:
    https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

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

    Join the Derby Music Department on our Donation Drive! 
    Contact a director or use the link for donation online! These funds help us be able to provide Derby students with top notch instruments, one on one lesson time, sectionals and new published music! 
    Online link: https://www.supportbef.org/derbymusic.html
    Director emails:
    Band- sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Choir- jhummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Orchestra- nkarpinsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby Plarn Farm - Continuing in January, during recreation time, our Derby students are invited to join our Derby Plarn Farm where we will use recycled plastic bags and get them ready to be crocheted into mats with a strap, tie and a pillow for the homeless. To learn more about this local project, visit the Motor City Mitten Mission at https://www.motorcitymittenmission.org/mat-pillow-for-the-homeless. Please save your plastic bags (Target, Kroger, etc.) and have your student drop them off in the collection box in the main office. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Attention 6TH GRADE-12TH GRADE GIRLS- Sisterhood Sunday
    Picture a room filled with girls of all ages and backgrounds laughing, sharing, lifting each other up, but most importantly, a place where they feel comfortable just being themselves! 
    Join us for our first SISTERHOOD SUNDAY conference that will be filled with 
    Personal Development Workshops based around Self Love, Being Kind, Dreaming Big and A Positive Mindset, along with an empowering guest speaker.
    What a great gift to give this holiday season! 
    Date: January 12th
    Time: 1:00-3:30pm
    Location: Oakland University
    Who is this event for: 6th Grade-12th Grade Girls
    Cost: $75 Includes EVERYTHING!
    To reserve your spot, please visit: www.toolegittoquit.org/sisterhood-sunday

    S.H.E. 
    Beginning January 22, Derby will be running a group for girls, called “S.H.E.”. It will be open to all girls and selection will be on a first come first serve basis. There will be a group for 6th grade and 7th/8th grade that will run on Wednesday during lunch/rec twice a month. The purpose of this group is to empower girls to be the best they can be by taking care of themselves, believing in themselves, and being kind and respectful to themselves and others. Some of our activities will include group discussions, “purposeful” bracelet making, yoga, guest speakers, and a pizza lunch. 

    Please get a permission slip from your A2 teacher or in the counseling office and return by January 17.

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3 

    ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM UNIFIED HOCKEY TEAM?
    COME SKATE WITH US ON FRIDAY, 1/10/2020!
    BU Hockey Middle School Skate
    The Birmingham Unified High School Hockey program is opening a JV practice to current 7th and 8th graders who will attend Groves, Seaholm, or IA (Birmingham District) in the future.

    The BU JV Kings will run through some of their typical drills with JV Head Coach Grant Ehlert. Afterwards, there will be a Parent/Player meeting in the conference room at the rink with BU Varsity Head Coach Mike Boback and Coach Ehlert. Both coaches will be available for questions along with JV players and members of the BU Booster Board. If you think you might be interested in playing hockey in high school, we invite you to come out and take a look at our program. Players from all experience levels, from house to AAA, are welcome. The program continues to be very successful and attract high end players and coaches.

    Please have your parent register at www.buvarsity.com (clock on "registration" tab) for this FREE event so we can gauge how many people we will have on the ice and so we can size our Coney Dogs order. 

    There is no fee to skate, and the pizza is our treat! Please email Jennifer Shaffer, jlgshaffer@yahoo.com with any questions. Birmingham Ice Arena Friday, January 10, 2020 4:15 - 5:00 pm on ice Parent/player information session to follow in the conference room along with FREE Coney Dogs. 

    ***Full hockey equipment is required AND waiver must be signed when you register***
    HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!!

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: December 16th - December 20th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 12/15/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    What a proud week to be a Dragon! Through our A2 classes, students sponsored families through the Lighthouse of Oakland County and sent over ten SUVs full of gifts for others to enjoy this holiday season. Once again, Derby was one of the largest donations Lighthouse has received this season. Thank you to our Dragon community for helping to make all of this happen!

    Also, this week we had students work with Dr. Jay Marks, Diversity and Equity Consultant from Oakland Schools and some 6th and 7th graders went through an Anti-bullying and Bias Language workshop with the ADL. Building a safe and inclusive space for all of our learners is our number one goal at Derby. We were very excited and proud of the work and ideas our students displayed this week.

    I can’t let this week go by without commenting about the AMAZING performance of our orchestra students last Wednesday night. Our music programs continue to impress and entertain me at each concert.

    We look forward to the International Taste Festival for our 6th grade students this Tuesday and to finish our last week of 2019 strong.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (12-16)
    Boys Basketball Red Home vs. Cranbrook 4:00 PM
    Boys Basketball White Away vs. Orchard Lake Middle School 4:15 PM
    Girls Swim Red Home vs. West Hills Middle School 4:15 PM

    Tuesday (12-17)
    Girls Swim Red Home vs. East Hills Middle School 4:15 PM
    Hour of Code 3:20-4:20 PM room 203 --- must be pre-registered

    Wednesday (12-18)
    Boys Basketball Red Home vs. East Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Boys Basketball White Away vs. Royal Oak Middle School 4:00 PM
    Hour of Code 3:20-4:20 PM room 203 --- must be pre-registered
    All Winter Club Registration forms due to the office/Mrs. Westerlund

    Thursday (12-19)

    Friday (12-20)

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Winter Recess- December 21st --January 1st Classes resume January 2, 2020


    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs
    As we venture into the cold, dark days of winter, it is time to jump into some Derby after school activities. Our winter session of clubs, which will begin the week of January 6, 2020. Some of our winter offerings include: Girls Who Code, Sewing Club, Roblox Game Design, Chess Club, Rubick’s Cube 101, Power Yoga, Typing 101, Scratch Coding, Winter Running Club, and Competitive Video Gaming. The winter club registration form is available in the Derby main office or electronically at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/9737. Registration forms are due by Wednesday 12/18/2019. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Box Tops for LINKS
    Hello Derby Families,
    Box Tops has gone digital! Please consider downloading the Box Top app on your phone and all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and Box Tops does the rest, no more clipping! Donating your box tops raises money for the Derby LINKS program to provide games, activities, field trips, and parties. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 100 students participate in.

    You can find more information on this process here:
    https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

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

    Lost and Found
    Please ask your student to check the Lost and Found for any items they might be missing and the cafeteria for lunch bags. Any items not claimed will be donated before our holiday December break. Thank you!


    “Favorite” Annual Event is coming Dec. 17th - Sixth Grade International Festival
    Your sixth-grade student recently received a parent letter explaining this popular upcoming event on Dec. 17, in case you missed it, click here: Sixth Grade International Festival
    We need MANY volunteers to support this event, please click the following link to volunteer for a shift
    Volunteer Sign up
    HOPE YOU CAN JOIN THE FUN!!

    Join the Derby Music Department on our Donation Drive!
    Contact a director or use the link for donation online! These funds help us be able to provide Derby students with top notch instruments, one on one lesson time, sectionals and new published music!
    Online Link: https://www.supportbef.org/derbymusic.html
    Director emails:
    Band- sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Choir- jhummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Orchestra- nkarpinsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us


    Derby Plarn Farm
    Starting in December, during recreation time, our Derby students are invited to join our Derby Plarn Farm where we will use recycled plastic bags and get them ready to be crocheted into mats with a strap, tie and a pillow for the homeless. To learn more about this local project, visit the Motor City Mitten Mission at https://www.motorcitymittenmission.org/mat-pillow-for-the-homeless. Please save your plastic bags (Target, Kroger, etc.) and have your student drop them off in the collection box in the main office. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Seaholm Boys Basketball Skills Camp
    Registration for the December 26th & 27th Seaholm Boys Basketball Skills Camp for boys grades 3-8 is now open! The camp led by Seaholm basketball coaches & varsity players will run from 10am-3pm at the Seaholm gym. The cost is $130 & includes lunch. Additional details are on the website. Please register @ www.seaholmmaplesbasketball.teampages.com

    Through December 31st - BEF Annual Fund
    https://www.supportbef.org/donate.html
    Donations are being accepted by the BEF this season as they work to help BPS students DREAM BIG. Your gift will become an aquarium, allowing students to watch salmon grow. Or parts for a student-designed robot. It could make a school-wide celebration of Motown possible. It might become a professional musician working directly with high school students, or a character education experience at a middle school. Above all, your gift will become experiences that help students to Dream Big. Visit https://www.supportbef.org/donate.html to make a gift.

    Attention 6TH GRADE-12TH GRADE GIRLS- Sisterhood Sunday
    Picture a room filled with girls of all ages and backgrounds laughing,sharing, lifting each other up, but most importantly, a place where they feel comfortable just being themselves!
    Join us for our first SISTERHOOD SUNDAY conference that will be filled with
    Personal Development Workshops based around Self Love, Being Kind, Dreaming Big and A Positive Mindset, along with an empowering guest speaker.
    What a great gift to give this holiday season!
    Date: January 12thTime: 1:00-3:30pm
    Location: Oakland University
    Who is this event for: 6th Grade-12th Grade Girls
    Cost: $75 Includes EVERYTHING!
    To reserve your spot, please visit: www.toolegittoquit.org/sisterhood-sunday

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3

    Derby Attendance and Safety Reminders
    To Report an Absence:
    To notify the school of a student’s absence, a parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service 248-203-5000 option 2 no later than 8:00 a.m. or by email at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us on the school day of the absence. Please note that sending a note to your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or email.

    Picking up Your Student During the School Day:
    Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. The parent/guardian must come in to the Main Office to sign out his/her child.

    Planned Absences/Homework Requests:
    Students who will be absent for two days or more for emergencies, family trips or other unforeseen circumstances are encouraged to discuss their plans with their teachers. Parents should notify the attendance office by telephone (248-203-5000: option #2) in advance of the absence. We strongly discourage students from missing extensive amount of school for any reason. These absences will be included in the total number of excused absences students are allowed to accumulate. Homework should be requested for any absence exceeding three days directly from the teacher by email. Teachers are given 24 hours to reply. This may involve illness or a prearranged absence including family trips. Students who have a planned absence of more than 2 days need to submit an Extended Absence Request Form to the Derby office. It is then the student’s responsibility to gather the assignments from teachers. Assignments given for prearranged absences are usually due on the day of the student’s return; however, a conference with the teacher determines how many days will be allowed for makeup work. Prearranged absence requests written by parents must also be given to the attendance office for verification.

    Student Arrival:
    Derby's doors open at 7:30 a.m. for student drop off. Students are not allowed to be in the building before 7:30 a.m unless they are in an adult supervised activity (study session, practice, club etc…) Once the doors open, students are to be in the main/counseling lobbies, cafeteria or go to the library and wait for the first bell. Food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria.

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:30. Students who stay after school in an adult supervised activity, must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides, will be outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time.

    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday. Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:05 am-3:14 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio, or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member.

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    The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning/working environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment. There will be no tolerance for discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, disability or age. The District prohibits harassment and other forms of discrimination whether occurring at school, on District property, in a District vehicle, or at any District related activity or event. The Superintendent will designate compliance officers and develop and implement regulations for the reporting, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Students - Inquiries related to discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to: Executive Director of Special Education, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000. Direct all other inquiries related to discrimination to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000.