• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: March 18th - March 22nd

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 3/17/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (3-18)

    Drama Club (3:15-4:45 P.M)

    Tuesday (3-19)
    Coed Wrestling away at Abbott Middle School 4:00 p.m.
    Girls Red Volleyball Home against Abbott Middle School 4:00 p.m.
    Girls White Volleyball away at BCS 4:00 p.m.
    Super Snacks Club (3:15-5:15 P.M.)
    Typing 101 Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Wednesday (3-20)
    Fantasy Gaming Club (3:15-5:15)
    Super Snacks (3:15-5:15)
    Winter Running Club (3:20-4:20)
    Ozobot Club (3:20-5:20)
    Derby Movie Club (3:20-5:20)

    Thursday (3-21)
    Coed Wrestling Home against Berkshire Middle School 4:00 p.m.
    Ukulele Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)
    Competitive Gaming Club (3:15-5:30 P.M.)
    Homework/Typing Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Friday, (3-22)
    Javascript (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Saturday, (3-23)
    Coed Wrestling at Hazel Park Junior High School 9:00 a.m.

    Mark Your Calendars
    March Madness Candy Gram Delivery during A2
    Spring Break April 1st-April 5th Classes resume Monday, April 8th


    Staffing Change
    Our choir teacher, Ann Marie Theis will be on a personal leave of absence for the remainder of the school year. We ask that you respect her privacy and not reach out to her. We will be moving forward to secure a long-term substitute teacher to teach the Choir classes at Derby going forward. We are aware of the Choral Festival performance next weekend and are working with District Music Facilitator, Olivia Zang, to have another music teacher step in to direct our students.

    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!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAAAC23A20-office1

    Derby Spring Sports Registration
    It's time to register for spring sports at Derby, which runs 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.

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=17931&culture=en

    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 hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us or 248.203.5003. THANKS

    Derby Spring Clubs-Registration
    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs….. As we venture into the warmer and brighter spring months, it is time to jump into some Derby after-school activities. Attached please find a spring club registration form that showcases all of our spring offerings. Forms are due back by Friday, 3/22. However, since many clubs have limited enrollments, be sure to return these forms asap Please feel free to reach out to Kathy Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us with any questions.

    Save the Date for the Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration:
    June 12, 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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5


    BPS Book Drive
    March 4-22, 2019
    Donate new or gently used children's books between March 4-22 to benefit RX for Reading Detroit. Thank you to Groves, Derby, BCS, Beverly, Bingham, Harlan, Pembroke, Quarton and West Maple for serving as drop-off points! Learn more at http://goo.gl/3E7BN5

    First Theater Guild presents
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    March 15 & 16, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
    March 16 & 17 - 2:00 p.m.
    First Theater Guild presents
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    Knox Auditorium
    1669 W. Maple in Birmingham
    Tickets are $8 at the door.

    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
    www.OaklandSTEM.com

    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: seaholmboyssoccer.com 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 seaholmboyssoccer@gmail.com.
    Go Mapes!

    SPRING IS COMING TIME FOR GIRLS LACROSSE!!!
    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!!
    https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/181481
    Any questions please email birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com.


    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 www.birminghamsoftball.com. 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 jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. 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 pguck@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: March 11th - March 15th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/12/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (3-11)

    Girls White Volleyball Home against East Hills Middle School at 4:00 p.m.

    Drama Club (3:15-4:45 P.M)


    Tuesday (3-12)

    Girls Red Volleyball Away at Berkshire at 4:00 p.m.

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

    Typing 101 Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)


    Wednesday (3-13)

    Parent/ Teacher Conferences 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

    No Clubs today due parent/ teacher conferences

    Coed Wrestling Away at Bloomfield Hills Middle School at 4:00 p.m.


    Thursday (3-14)

    Parent/ Teacher Conferences 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

    No Clubs today due to parent/ teacher conferences

    Coed Wrestling at West Hills at 4:00 p.m.

    OPEN DATE (Boys Swim League Meet @ Cranbrook) Away at 3:45 p.m.

    Girls Red Volleyball Away at Orchard Lake Middle School at 4:30 p.m.

    Girls White Volleyball Away at Abbott Middle School at 4:30 p.m.


    Friday, (3-15)

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

     

    Mark Your Calendars

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


    Please consider signing up to provide our teachers dinner during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank you!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a45a5a72fa2f49-derby1


    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!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAAAC23A20-office1

    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.

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=17931&culture=en

    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 hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us or 248.203.5003. THANKS


    Derby Spring Clubs-Registration

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs….. As we venture into the warmer and brighter spring months, it is time to jump into some Derby after school activities. Attached please find a spring club registration form that showcases all of our spring offerings. Forms are due back by Friday, 3/22. However, since many clubs have limited enrollments, be sure to return these forms asap Please feel free to reach out to Kathy Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us with any questions.


    Save the Date for the Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration:
    June 12, 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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5

    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 mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Message from Derby Student Council

    March Madness is upon us so it is time to buy some March Madness Candy Grams. Your Student Government will be selling Candy Grams during all lunches Monday, March 11th through Friday, March 15th. You can buy a Candy Gram for $1. Each Candy Gram will be delivered with a full size Hershey Bar to A2 classes on March 27th. Send a Candy Gram to your friends, send a Candy Gram to your teachers or even send a few Candy Grams to yourself. Heck, who doesn’t like some candy. All proceeds will be put toward Derby’s 2019 Field Day. Get your candy on and order your Candy Grams.

    NAEP Testing-Update

    Due to the unexpected school cancellation due to weather, 8th grade NAEP testing has been rescheduled! Our new testing date is Tuesday, March 12th. Forty-six 8th grade students have been selected to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 12th. If your child was selected to take the NAEP, you should have received a letter via mail. While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Joanna McKinney in writing ASAP. If you have any other questions about the NAEP assessment, please contact Michelle Gallacher at mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Important Message from Birmingham Public Schools

    BPS families,

    We learned of a disturbing national trend involving the distribution of a “business card” in person and online encouraging students to use the “N” word. All of our building administrators have been made aware of the trend. We have not received any reports of incidents in Birmingham Public Schools.

    We encourage you to discuss the inappropriateness of this trend with your children. Please also continue to have conversations with your children about appropriate social media behavior and inclusion in our schools and community. This is a great opportunity to remind our students that our schools should be places where diversity and inclusion are valued. This is also an opportunity to talk to your child about their school’s character education touchstone.

    It’s unfortunate that we must bring this to your attention. We value our school/parent partnership and appreciate your support.


    Play Smart, Play Safe
    Tuesday, March 12
    7:00 p.m.
    Groves High School
    Learn the truths and myths of concussions in youth and high school sports at the Play Smart, Play Safe event held at Groves High School on Tuesday, March 12. Brought to the community by The Sports Neurology Clinic with Groves HS Athletic Trainer and the Birmingham Patriots,

    BPS Book Drive
    March 4-22, 2019
    Donate new or gently used children's books between March 4-22 to benefit RX for Reading Detroit. Thank you to Groves, Derby, BCS, Beverly, Bingham, Harlan, Pembroke, Quarton and West Maple for serving as drop-off points! Learn more at https://goo.gl/3E7BN5

    Power of Human Connection: Community Message
    International Youth Motivator & Human Connector: Joe Beckman
    Thursday, March 14, 2019
    7:00 – 8: 30 PM
    Location: West Maple
    Character Education Principle 4: The school [district] creates a caring community.
    Joe Beckman’s mission has been to reclaim human connection through student keynotes, leadership workshops, staff trainings and video-based advisory curriculum that reignites connection and unleashes potential. Joe has shared his infectious energy, humor and passion in over 1,000 schools: positively impacting over 1 million people worldwide.
    All BPS parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to join us on Thursday, March 14, 2019 for a Community Message from International Youth Speaker, Joe Beckman, at 7:00 PM in the
    West Maple Media Center. To learn more information about Joe Beckman, please click on the “Birmingham Schools!!!” link for a video message.
    For more information, please click on Joe Beckman’s website at https://joebeckman.com/programs/. A special thanks to the School Community Partnership for funding the assemblies and community message event.

    Character Education Principle 4: The school [district] creates a caring community. Let’s reclaim human connection!

    To RSVP, please email Joan Crampton, BPS Administrative Assistant, at jcrampton@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
    Friday, March 15, 2019
    8:00 p.m.
    Join the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale for a performance on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the Seaholm High School auditorium. Those 18 and under are free and other adults are $15. Seniors are $12. Visit www.RoyalOakOrchestra.org or www.metropolitandetroitchorale.org for more information.

    First Theater Guild presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    March 15 & 16, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
    March 16 & 17 - 2:00 p.m.
    First Theater Guild presents
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    Knox Auditorium
    1669 W. Maple in Birmingham
    Tickets are $8 at the door.

    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. www.OaklandSTEM.com 

    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: seaholmboyssoccer.com 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 seaholmboyssoccer@gmail.com.

    Go Mapes!


    SPRING IS COMING TIME FOR GIRLS LACROSSE!!!
    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 over seen 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!!
    https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/181481
    Any questions please email birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com.

    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 www.birminghamsoftball.com. 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 jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. 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 9am

    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

    Library Boosters' Picks of the Week are: Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes and Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu

    Library Boosters

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: March 4th - March 8th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/3/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance

    Monday (3-4)

    Boys Swim Home against Berkshire Middle School 4:00 p.m.

    Drama Club (3:15-4:45 P.M)


    Tuesday (3-5)

    Girls Volleyball Red Away at Cranbrook 4:00 p.m.

    Girls Volleyball White Home against Country Day at 4:00 p.m.

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

    Typing 101 Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)


    Wednesday (3-6)

    Coed Wrestling Home against East Hills Middle School 4:00 p.m.

    Fantasy Gaming Club (3:15-5:15)

    Super Snacks (3:15-5:15)

    Winter Running Club (3:20-4:20)

    Ozobot Club (3:20-5:20)

    Derby Movie Club (3:20-5:20)


    Thursday (3-7)

    Girls Volleyball Red Home Home against West Hills Middle School 4:00 p.m.

    Girls Volleyball White Away at Bloomfield Hills Middle School 4:00 p.m.

    Ukulele Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Competitive Gaming Club (3:15-5:30 P.M.)

    Homework/Typing Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)


    Friday, (3-8)

    Team Pictures

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


    Saturday, (3-9)

    Coed Wrestling (Oakland County Wrestling Tournament @ Lake Orion High School

    9:00 a.m.

     

    Mark Your Calendars

    Parent/ Teacher Conferences March 13th and 14th 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


    Cocoa, Cookies and Conversation with Joanna McKinney, Derby Interim Principal


    Join us in the Derby lobby on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to welcome our new Interim Principal Joanna McKinney.

    Attendance

    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!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAAAC23A20-office1

    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 mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    NAEP Testing-Update

    Due to the unexpected school cancellation due to weather, 8th-grade NAEP testing has been rescheduled! Our new testing date is Tuesday, March 12th. Forty-six 8th grade students have been selected to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 12th. If your child was selected to take the NAEP, you should have received a letter via mail. While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Joanna McKinney in writing ASAP. If you have any other questions about the NAEP assessment, please contact Michelle Gallacher at mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    8th Grade Messages from Home DUE by March 8th-

    It is hard to believe that within a few short months, your son or daughter will walk out of Derby Middle School for the last time. Come June 14th your child will close the middle school chapter of their life and will move on to high school. After three years at Derby Middle School taking a wide variety of academic classes, exploring new electives, participating in sports, or having fun in a club it is time to move forth. It is now time for you to reserve a special portion of the 2019 yearbook for your son or daughter. This year ten pages of the yearbook have been reserved for loved ones to wish their 8thgrader good luck in their future or to record a memory from middle school. If you wish to order an 8th-grade message, now is your ONLY time as the 2019 deadlines are quickly passing by.

    Orders are due NO LATER than Friday, March 8, 2019, and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath at Derby Middle School along with $20.00 (cash or check payable to Derby Middle School). All 8th-grade messages will appear in color in the 2019 yearbook. In the past, the 8th-grade messages have been very popular and have been loved by our 8th-grade students. If you wish to see a sample of a previous 8th-grade message, please refer to your child’s past yearbooks. Please take the time to wish your son or daughter, brother, sister or grandchild the very best and to congratulate them on finishing middle school. The order form has been attached to this email. Please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us with any questions.

    Band and Music News
    7th and 8th-grade band festival will be on SATURDAY March 9th at Bloomfield Hills High School. The 7th grade band performs at 8:50am and the 8th grade plays at 10:50 am.

    Also, a reminder that our Music Department combined rehearsals are coming. These affect Band and Orchestra students in 7th grade only, on March 7th during 2nd and 3rd hour. These are to allow our 7th-grade students the opportunity to perform together as ensemble since they are always separated into two classes. The band is preparing for their MSBOA festival performance the following Saturday and the orchestra is working with a guest clinician!

    2nd hour is 7th-grade orchestra
    3rd hour is 7th-grade band

    Library Boosters' Picks of the Week are: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman and Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt

    Library Boosters



    Below is a letter that was sent to all BPS families on February 28th. We are forwarding to our Derby families as well to ensure that our Derby community receives this important message.

     

    BPS families,

    We wanted to share with you information about the “Momo Challenge,” an internet hoax that depicts a disturbing image and character that encourages self-harm and dares while warning children not to tell their parents. This story is getting national attention, and our students are talking about it. The video is reported to have appeared on social media accounts, including Youtube and Youtube Kids, Roblox, WhatsApp and other apps that have chat capabilities.

     

    Whether or not the Momo Challenge is real, which has been debated, this is a good time to encourage open dialogue and remind children of internet safety and best practices:

    · Remind children that information shared on social media is not always truthful.

    · Children should never engage in conversations with strangers online.

    · Use privacy settings.

    · Be aware of the sites and apps your children are using and know their usernames and passwords.

    · Turn off suggested autoplay on videos to stop children from viewing content they have not selected and you have not approved.

    · If appropriate, tell your children that Momo is not real and will not hurt them.

    · Encourage open dialogue with them around any concerns.

    Learn more about the concerns around the Momo Challenge and how you can play an active role in safeguarding your children:

    http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/News/Know-Momo-and-her-Deadly-Challenge-to-our-Youth

    https://www.clickondetroit.com/consumer/help-me-hank/momo-challenge-disturbing-image-tells-children-to-do-terrible-things-on-youtube-videos

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/andyrobertson/2019/02/27/dont-panic-what-parents-really-need-to-know-about-momo-challenge/#6bc120463a4b

     


    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: seaholmboyssoccer.com 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 seaholmboyssoccer@gmail.com.

    Go Mapes!

     

    SPRING IS COMING TIME FOR GIRLS LACROSSE!!!
    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 over seen 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!!
    https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/181481
    Any questions please email birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com.

    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 atwww.birminghamsoftball.com. 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 jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. 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

    Play Smart, Play Safe
    Tuesday, March 12
    7:00 p.m.
    Groves High School
    Learn the truths and myths of concussions in youth and high school sports at the Play Smart, Play Safe event held at Groves High School on Tuesday, March 12. Brought to the community by The Sports Neurology Clinic with Groves HS Athletic Trainer and the Birmingham Patriots,

    ALICE Information Sessions
    Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Berkshire Middle School
    21707 W. 14 Mile Road in Beverly Hills
    Join the district and Birmingham Police Department’s Commander Scott Grewe at Berkshire for an upcoming ALICE informational session. All are welcome, regardless of your student’s feeder pattern. Reach out with your own questions, concerns or encouragement at alice@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    BPS Book Drive
    March 4-22, 2019
    Donate new or gently used children's books between March 4-22 to benefit RX for Reading Detroit. Thank you to Groves, Derby, BCS, Beverly, Bingham, Harlan, Pembroke, Quarton and West Maple for serving as drop-off points! Learn more at https://goo.gl/3E7BN5

    Power of Human Connection: Community Message
    International Youth Motivator & Human Connector: Joe Beckman
    Thursday, March 14, 2019
    7:00 – 8: 30 PM
    Location: West Maple

    Character Education Principle 4: The school [district] creates a caring community.
    Joe Beckman’s mission has been to reclaim human connection through student keynotes, leadership workshops, staff trainings and video-based advisory curriculum that reignites connection and unleashes potential. Joe has shared his infectious energy, humor and passion in over 1,000 schools: positively impacting over 1 million people worldwide.

    All BPS parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to join us on Thursday, March 14, 2019 for a Community Message from International Youth Speaker, Joe Beckman, at 7:00 PM in the
    West Maple Media Center. To learn more information about Joe Beckman, please click on the “Birmingham Schools!!!” link for a video message.
    For more information, please click on Joe Beckman’s website at https://joebeckman.com/programs/. A special thanks to the School Community Partnership for funding the assemblies and community message event.
    Character Education Principle 4: The school [district] creates a caring community. Let’s reclaim human connection!

    To RSVP, please email Joan Crampton, BPS Administrative Assistant, at jcrampton@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
    Friday, March 15, 2019
    8:00 p.m.
    Join the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale for a performance on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the Seaholm High School auditorium. Those 18 and under are free and other adults are $15. Seniors are $12. Visit www.RoyalOakOrchestra.org or www.metropolitandetroitchorale.org for more information.

    First Theater Guild presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    March 15 & 16, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
    March 16 & 17 - 2:00 p.m.
    First Theater Guild presents
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    Knox Auditorium
    1669 W. Maple in Birmingham
    Tickets are $8 at the door.

    Friends of Different Learners Meeting
    WHEN March 7, 2019 7 pm

    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

    Co-Teaching: How does that Work? Please join us for an informative evening about Co-Teaching in Birmingham Public Schools.

    Do you have a student who has two teachers in the classroom? How does this collaboration service our students? Clarification will be provided by the Birmingham Public Schools Department of Specialized Instruction and Student Services. 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 September-August

    Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: February 25th - March 1st

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 2/24/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (2-25)
    Boys Swim Home against East Hills Middle School 4:00 p.m.
    Drama Club (3:15-4:45 P.M)

    Tuesday (2-26)
    Wrestling Co-Ed Home against Abbott Middle School 4:00 p.m.
    Super Snacks Club (3:15-5:15 P.M.)
    Birbery Reading Challenge Party and Quiz Bowl (3:30-5:30 p.m. in the library)

    Wednesday (2-27)
    Boys Swim at BCS 4:00 p.m.
    Fantasy Gaming Club (3:15-5:15)
    Super Snacks (3:15-5:15)
    Winter Running Club (3:20-4:20)
    Ozobot Club (3:20-5:20)
    Derby Movie Club (3:20-5:20)

    Thursday (2-28)
    Girls Red Volleyball Home against BCS at 4:00 p.m.
    Girls White Volleyball at Berkshire 4:00 p.m.
    Wrestling Co-Ed at Berkshire 4:00 p.m.
    Ukulele Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)
    Competitive Gaming Club (3:15-5:30 P.M.)
    Homework/Typing Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Friday, (March 1)
    Girls White Volleyball at West Hills Middle School 4:00 pm
    Javascript (3:20-4:20 P.M.)

    Mark Your Calendars
    NO TYPING CLUB after school, Tuesday, February 26th
    Forensics Team Meeting Tuesday, February 26th-7:00 am Room 219
    PTA Meeting Friday, March 1st


    A Message From Derby’s Counseling Office:

    February 1- 8th-grade presentations from Seaholm counselors for 9th grade in the library

    February 14, 15- our 8th graders doing 9th-grade registration in the library computer lab*

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SEAHOLM TO 8TH GRADERS
    Seaholm High School welcomes the class of 2023! This year students will have been able to tour its building twice prior to school starting in September 2019. The Community Open House last October saw over 100 Derby families take advantage of the opportunity to be led through the building with our students as guides to learn about the layout of Seaholm as well as learn about our programs. Their next opportunity for a tour will be in late August, during their registration and orientation. At that time, each incoming 9th-grade student will meet his or her mentor for the year and be able to tour building using his/her schedule of classes. We will have an exact date for that date in the spring when more information is known about the district calendar.

    Current 7th Graders
    January 17- presentations in 7th-grade social studies classrooms with course descriptions and selection sheets for next year’s classes
    January 25-FRIDAY- course selection sheets due to science teachers!
    February 14-Thursday- schedule for next year’s classes in science classrooms*

    Current 6th Graders
    February 1- presentations in 6th-grade social studies classrooms with course descriptions and selection sheets for next year’s classes
    Feb 8-FRIDAY- course selection sheets due to science teachers!
    Monday February 25- register in science classrooms for next year’s classes*

    Current 5th Graders
    February 7- parent night for 5th grade
    February 26- March 1- counselors visit 5th graders at elementary schools
    March 12-15- counselors schedule with 5th graders for next year’s classes
    *Students must know their PowerSchool username and password for this! Students, please see Mrs. McIntyre or Mrs. Bonner in the counseling office if you need them (your username and password)!

    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 for 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!

    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 mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    NAEP Testing-Update
    Due to the unexpected school cancellation due to weather, 8th-grade NAEP testing has been rescheduled! Our new testing date is Tuesday, March 12th. Forty-six 8th-grade students have been selected to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 12th. If your child was selected to take the NAEP, you should have received a letter via mail. While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Joanna McKinney in writing ASAP. If you have any other questions about the NAEP assessment, please contact Michelle Gallacher at mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.


    8th Grade Messages from Home It is hard to believe that within a few short months, your son or daughter will walk out of Derby Middle School for the last time. Come June 14th your child will close the middle school chapter of their life and will move on to high school.
    After three years at Derby Middle School taking a wide variety of academic classes, exploring new electives, participating in sports, or having fun in a club it is time to move forth. It is now time for you to reserve a special portion of the 2019 yearbook for your son or daughter. This year ten pages of the yearbook have been reserved for loved ones to wish their 8thgrader good luck in their future or to record a memory from middle school. If you wish to order an 8th-grade message, now is your ONLY time as the 2019 deadlines are quickly passing by.
    Orders are due NO LATER than Friday, March 1, 2019, and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath at Derby Middle School along with $20.00 (cash or check payable to Derby Middle School). All 8th-grade messages will appear in color in the 2019 yearbook. In the past, the 8th-grade messages have been very popular and have been loved by our 8th-grade students. If you wish to see a sample of a previous 8th-grade message, please refer to your child’s past yearbooks. Please take the time to wish your son or daughter, brother, sister or grandchild the very best and to congratulate them on finishing middle school.
    Please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain an” 8th Grade Messages from Home” order form or pick one up in the Main Office.

    MathCON Testing
    MathCON testing will take place during the school day at Derby on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Wednesday, Feb. 27.
    Signups will take place during all lunches starting Monday, Feb. 11. 
    MathCON gives students the opportunity to compete against other students (in their own grades) across the nation. Last year, more than 50,000 students from 400 schools participated in the online competition. Of those 50,000 students, about 1 percent (576 students – including two from Derby!) advanced to the finals in Chicago, where many of them received scholarships and recognition within their schools and communities.
    There is no cost for your student to participate. Testing last year took around two hours to complete. Please direct questions to Mr. Costello at fcostello@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Band News
    7th and 8th-grade band festival will be on SATURDAY March 9th at Bloomfield Hills High School. The 7th-grade band performs at 8:50 am and the 8th grade plays at 10:50 am.

    Also, a reminder that our Music Department combined rehearsals are coming. These affect Band and Orchestra students in 7th grade only, on March 7th during 2nd and 3rd hour. These are to allow our 7th-grade students the opportunity to perform together as an ensemble since they are always separated into two classes. The band is preparing for their MSBOA festival performance the following Saturday and the orchestra is working with a guest clinician!

    2nd hour is 7th-grade orchestra
    3rd hour is 7th-grade band

    Derby Forensics Team Meeting
    Forensics Team will meet Tuesday morning, February 5th at 7:00 am in room 219.
    For more information or questions, please contact Ms. Curcuru at SCurcuru@birmingham.k12.mi.us. or Mrs. Hacker at LHacker2@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Derby Library Boosters' Picks of the Week are: The Shores Beyond Time by Kevin Emerson and Sweep by Jonathan Auxier



    School Community Partnership
    Please join us for a reception to welcome Mr. Mark Dziatczak, BPS Superintendent.

    BPS Education and Administration Center
    31301 Evergreen in Beverly Hills
    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Light Refreshments will be served

    Discussing Race, Religion & Privilege with Our Kids and Why It’s Important
    For students to be successful in an ever-changing global society and have a positive impact on their world, it is important for them to understand, value and respect the range of diversity in schools. It is also critical for adults to foster communities where students can be intellectually curious in socially supportive environments. This presentation will help parents/guardians develop skills to successfully navigate discussions with children about race, religion, and privilege. All Birmingham Public Schools parents/guardians are invited to join us for practical information on facilitating candid conversations with kids and to hear information about district resources from Drs. Jay Marks, Diversity & Equity Consultant at Oakland Schools and Jamii Hitchcock, Director of Character Education, Diversity & Equity in Birmingham Public Schools.

    Monday, February 25, 2019
    6:30 – 8:00 PM
    BPS Education & Administration Center (EAC)
    *Light refreshments will be available.

    Character Education Principle 4: The school [district] creates a caring community.

    To RSVP, please email Joan Crampton, BPS Administrative Assistant, at jcrampton@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Power of Human Connection: Community Message
    International Youth Motivator & Human Connector: Joe Beckman
    Thursday, March 14, 2019
    7:00 – 8: 30 PM
    Location: West Maple
    Character Education Principle 4: The school [district] creates a caring community.

    Joe Beckman’s mission has been to reclaim human connection through student keynotes, leadership workshops, staff trainings and video-based advisory curriculum that reignites connection and unleashes potential. Joe has shared his infectious energy, humor, and passion in over 1,000 schools: positively impacting over 1 million people worldwide.

    All BPS parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to join us on Thursday, March 14, 2019, for a Community Message from International Youth Speaker, Joe Beckman, at 7:00 PM in the West Maple Media Center. To learn more information about Joe Beckman, please click on the “Birmingham Schools!!!” link for a video message.

    For more information, please click on Joe Beckman’s website at https://joebeckman.com/programs/. A special thanks to the School Community Partnership for funding the assemblies and community message event.

    Character Education Principle 4: The school [district] creates a caring community. Let’s reclaim human connection!

    To RSVP, please email Joan Crampton, BPS Administrative Assistant, at jcrampton@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ALICE Information Sessions
    6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Berkshire Middle School
    21707 W. 14 Mile Road in Beverly Hills
    Join the district and Birmingham Police Department’s Commander Scott Grewe at Berkshire for an upcoming ALICE informational session. All are
    welcome, regardless of your student’s feeder pattern. Reach out with your own questions, concerns or encouragement at
    alice@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Friends of Different Learners meeting
    Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
    Join the Friends of Different Learners for their regular meeting at Birmingham Covington School, 1525 Covington in Bloomfield Hills. The group
    will focus on “Co-Teaching: How does that work?” Join the group for an informative evening about co-teaching with a guest from the BPS Specialized Instruction and Student Services department. Visit www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org for more information.

    SPRING IS COMING TIME FOR GIRLS LACROSSE!!!
    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!!
    https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/181481
    Any questions please email birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com.

    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 atwww.birminghamsoftball.com. 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 jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. Early registration closes February 28, 2019.

    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:
    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 22-24
    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


     Library Boosters    Derby Library Boosters' picks of the week are: The Shores Beyond Time by Kevin Emerson and Sweep by Jonathan Auxier


     

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  • NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION:
    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.