• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of June 6th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 6/24/2021

    6/9/21

    Dear 8th Grade Families,

    It appears the weather is going to cooperate!  We will see everyone tonight at 6:30 on the Seaholm football field.  We are attaching reminders just in case.

    Here is the information for live-streaming:

    8th Grade Promotion Livestream

    On Wednesday June 9, Derby Middle School will stream the 8th Grade Promotion on Facebook Live.  You can access by:

    1. Visit Derby’s Facebook Page and visit the LIVE tab.  https://www.facebook.com/DerbyMS
    2. You can also access by going to: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyMS/live_videos/
    3. You can also access via the Events section of Derby’s Facebook page. 

    We can't wait to celebrate our Dragons with you!

    8th Grade Celebration Flyer


    6/5/21

    Dear Dragon Families,

    It was a very musical week at Derby as our choir and orchestra students celebrated with their end of the year concerts. We had a special appreciation for their music this year as they all played together and shared their talents with us. We also had a great showing for some of our student-athletes at the Oakland County Track Meet on Thursday. Way to go, Dragons!

    As we approach our last week of school, please read below for information on the last day of school, and turn-ins for technology and books.

    Have a great weekend.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (6-7)

    Tuesday (6-8)

    Wednesday (6-9)

    Thursday (6-10)

    Friday (6-11)
    Last Day of School- Half Day and Face-to-Face Learning for all In-Person Students! (Details Below!)

    Mark Your Calendars
    * First day of School is Monday, August 30th

    BPS Laptop Collection Process
    As we prepare to end the school year, we need to begin collecting BPS laptops that have been borrowed by students either this year or last spring. Therefore, if your child currently has a BPS laptop that they are no longer using, please return it to the Derby office any time between 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. If your child is still using the laptop, please keep it until the last week of school and you can then return it at that time. All BPS laptops must be turned in by Wednesday (6/9) at the end of the school day. Please be sure to bring the power cord when turning in the laptop. If your student is a completely virtual student, devices can be turned in on Friday, June 11th from 12-3 in the main office.

    Laptops needed for Summer Use
    Devices needed by current 6th & 7th grade Derby students for Summer programs & learning will be issued from the Derby Media Center starting Friday (6/11) from 12 pm – 4:00 pm and also on Monday (6/14) and Tuesday (6/15) from 10 am – 4:00 pm. They will need to be returned to Derby at registration for the Fall, during the week of August 16th.

    Current 8th grade Derby students going on to High School and needing a laptop this Summer will need to contact Seaholm H.S. to obtain a laptop from there.

    Last Day of School
    Our last day of school is fast approaching! While the day is a half-day, we will be holding class in-person. We want to ensure, for attendance purposes, that we see 75 percent of our student population and a virtual day makes this goal challenging to achieve. With an unusual start to the 2020-21 school year, we’re more excited than ever to have a semi-normal end to this very different school year. We look forward to seeing our students in-person on Friday, June 11 for our last day!

    *We will still have virtual live-streaming for those who choose that option. If a virtual student would like to attend in person on the last day, he or she is more than welcome.

    Derby Textbook Returns
    It’s that time of the year… students need to return their textbooks (science, math, ELA, and French, if applicable); they DON’T need to return any consumables (ISNs, workbooks, RPJs). Below, please find the schedule for students who are currently attending school in person/face to face.

    Students who don’t return their textbooks/have lost their textbooks will receive fines via email before school closes. Just a reminder that any textbook fines must be cleared up before registration (Derby, Seaholm, or Groves) in August. When paying textbook fines, be sure to include the fine slip.
    3rd hour 5th hour
    Monday, 6/7 7th grade science classes
    7th grade social studies classes All call – anyone who still has books in their possession!
    Tuesday, 6/8 7th grade math classes
    7th grade elective classes All call – anyone who still has books in their possession!
    Students who are currently attending school virtually may begin returning textbooks on Thursday, 6/3/2021 as well. There will be a cart in the main lobby vestibule where books can be returned. Please include your child’s name/grade on returned books.
    Please Return all BPS Library Books
    Calling all library books! We currently have 135 Derby library books that need to be returned. Please ask your child to look in their room, under their bed, on their bookshelves, in their closet, on the family bookshelves... anywhere a library book might be hiding. All BPS library books can be returned to the Derby library circulation desk or the main office vestibule shelves and we will send them to the correct location. Thank you for returning these materials so others can enjoy them.
    Empty the Library Shelves for Summer
    Derby would like to “Empty the Library Shelves” this summer to encourage broad reading for our students. Participation is optional and we have a few guidelines.
    Accounts must have no library fines or unreturned books by June 7, 2021
    Each student may check out up to 10 books for the summer
    Students must have parent permission which acknowledges you are responsible for these books and will return them the first week of school in the fall.
    Permission Form
    Each student will receive a printed list of titles checked out
    Books can be reserved online through the Destiny app in ClassLink through Wednesday (6/9), or students can come to the library during lunch recreation on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday for book selection assistance and checkout.
    Have a wonderful summer!
    Mrs. Sindelar (ssindelar@birmingham.k12.mi.us)

    …Derby Yearbook Distribution 2021…

    The time has come…the 2021 Derby Yearbook distribution coming. Here are details…

    Did you order a yearbook for your Derby Dragon? If you are unsure and need to know, please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to inquire.




    Yearbooks will be distributed to all in-person students on Friday, June 11th.




    Virtual students can come to the Derby Office to pick up their yearbooks during the following times:




    Friday, June 11th from 9:00-10:30 or 2:00-3:00pm.




    Monday, June 14th – Friday, June 17th from 8:00-11:00am.




    Students who did NOT order yearbooks can STILL GET A YEARBOOK. A limited amount of extra yearbooks will be sold until they are gone starting at 8:25am on Friday, June 11th in Room 109 (Mrs. McGrath’s classroom). The cost will be $50 per book, cash (exact change is necessary). Books will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Virtual students wishing to purchase a yearbook can come in to purchase starting at 8:25am on Friday, June 11th, or please email Mrs. McGrath at the email address listed above

    Save the Date!

    For a Promotion Ceremony & Celebration for the
    8th Grade Class of 2021!
    Please see the link below for details!
    CLASS OF 2021 CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

    PSAT Scores

    Many of our 8th grade students participated in PSAT 8 testing this April. PSAT 8 score reports are now available to students and parents through the College Board website. Schools will not receive access to PSAT 8 score reports until later this summer. If you would like to access your students PSAT 8 scores, students 13 and older must create their own College Board account (with parents permission). Read through the following information to create a student account:

    "Students will need a College Board account to view their scores. Students who do not have an account yet can sign up (www.collegeboard.org) for their free account. Paper score reports for the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 will be sent to schools this summer; paper score reports are not provided for SAT with Essay."

    "If a student is signed into their College Board account but does not see their scores, one reason may be that we were not able to automatically link their score report and their account. For security reasons, a student must verify additional information before scores can be displayed. Students will need either their SAT registration number (found in the roster report of the K-12 reporting portal) or the pre-identification UIC (student ID number) they were issued by the school. To match, the student will: 1. Log into or create a College Board account. 2. Scroll down and select Matching Tool. 3. Review their personal information. 4. If any information is incorrect, select Update to revise. (Students will be prompted to re-enter their password.) 5. If the information is correct, select Get My Scores. 6. The student will have to select one of the following options: a. I can supply my test information (test date and SAT registration number). b. I can supply my student ID (using the UIC the student was pre-identified with). In some cases, students will not be able to view their scores using the steps above because their information is inconsistent, the student has multiple College Board accounts, or their scores have not been released yet. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board’s Student SAT Helpline at 866-756-7346."


    UPCOMING SUMMER DERBY EVENTS- MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    Registration at Derby includes school photos, schedule and book distribution, and sale of locks, Lockerworks and planners (Derby spirit wear will be sold solely online this year). It will be held in the Derby gym as follows based on your last name:

    Tuesday, Aug 17th A-G
    Wednesday, Aug 18th H-Q
    Thursday, Aug 19th R-Z

    *If you can’t make your designated day or time, no worries – just come when you can. Also if this week doesn’t work for your family, please feel free to come Friday, Aug 20th or the week of Aug 23rd any time between 8 am – 3 pm. Your student can do all registration, except school photos. There will be a photo make-up date opportunity at a later date.

    First day of School is Monday, August 30th.
    Orientation Events will all be held for ALL students in ALL grades the first week of school this year. We want to ensure that each student has all necessary information and excitement to start the school year off successfully.


    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    Derby PTA Virtual Staff Appreciation for the month of June

    Through donations from Derby parents, the PTA was able to honor ALL of our staff throughout the 2020/2021 school year. Each month, staff names were drawn and gift cards were given as gifts. We hope to get back to a more normal environment next year where parents can begin giving actual gifts again. Here are this month’s winners:

    Nicki Walgren
    Martha Witherspoon
    Nancy Johnson
    Lisa Hart
    Madeline Johnson – DeCurtis
    Kelly Thompson
    Joe Courage
    Laurie Frasier
    Andrea Caldwell

    Thank you to the Derby parents for their donations and to the Derby Staff for everything you’ve done this year and continue to do!

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp
    Summer camps are online now at www.communityed.net – Birmingham Community Education.

    Seaholm High Schools Dance Team tryouts
    Did you miss Seaholm High Schools Dance Team tryouts? If so, we will have a second round of tryouts to join the program on June 17th and 18th from 6-8pm. If you are unable to attend these tryouts but are interested in joining the program please email Varsity Coach Allie at allie.maplemotion@gmail.com to learn how to submit a video instead. We are looking to grow our program and continue our tradition of excellence, we want you to be a part of it! Please save the date and follow our teams Facebook and Instagram at Maple Motion Dance Team.

    Any 8th-Grader Attending Groves Next Year

    Groves Summer Reading Requirements for Incoming 9th Graders:
    Students attending Groves next year as 9th graders have a summer reading requirement.
    *English 9A/B Students: Students must read This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell AND one novel of their choosing (any genre).
    * Honors 9A/B Students: Students must read This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell AND one novel of their choosing (any genre).
    * Excel 9 Students: Students must read This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell AND one novel of their choosing (any genre) AND they must read and print off two articles about a topic of history that interests them most.
    Groves will be setting up discussion by Zoom for This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell. Discussion dates will be sent from Groves. https://grovessummerreading.weebly.com/

    Summer Volleyball Camps!
    This summer join Heather Gambone, Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity volleyball coach for camps that offer players (boys and girls) of all ability levels the opportunity to improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com.
    Sign up at: https://forms.gle/oYeyVKoGXv3htBhp8


    Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive

    Calling all 8th grade girls interested in Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive. Register for swim and dive to join a community that is fun and has won the State Championship 2 years in a row. 

    Important upcoming dates:
    * May 28; Seaholm activities night 6-8pm captains will be available to answer questions
    * July 10; fundraising car wash at KFC on Lincoln & Adams
    * July 11; team bonfire 8-10pm
    * August 11; 1st day of practice (in the morning with bottle drive afterwards)
    * August 13-15; team getaway at camp Michindoh
    All new and existing swimmers and divers are welcome! Go Maples!

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.


     
     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 30th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 6/24/2021

     

    6/2/21

    Hello BPS Families!

    My name is Mandy Moore, and I have had the pleasure of serving as the Birmingham Public Schools PTA Council President for this extraordinary 2020-2021 school year. The PTA Council is a group of BPS parent leaders who serve in an advisory capacity and provide a support system for all the individual PTA units within our school district. The PTA Council connects our school communities and provides a vital link between our school PTA leaders and district leadership. Our work is all about making connections to ensure we’re positively impacting our schools and students!

    Your PTA leaders have worked tirelessly to continue their good work this year. They never stopped trying to figure out how to build morale and develop creative ways to reach and maintain communication to support all of our families. Our PTA leadership has done an incredible job, and I want to offer my thanks.

    Each spring, we hold a banquet to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our school communities. At the banquet, we present the Volunteer of the Year award for each BPS School and PTA Council. It is also a time to thank our outgoing PTA Unit Presidents and welcome the incoming PTA Presidents and PTA Council Officers.

    In the spirit of all the incredible work being done this year, we think it is more important than ever to highlight these dedicated volunteers.  Linked here is a list of those we would have honored in person. Since we cannot meet in person to celebrate them, we hope you’ll reach out to those you know and celebrate their commitment and care for our community for us.

    Thank you, BPS volunteers!

    Sincerely,

    Mandy Moore
    Birmingham District PTA Council President 2020-2021


    5/28/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We received some exciting news this week as Mrs. Nicole Walgreen received the Lisa Coe Paraprofessional of the Year Award!  We are so proud of the dedication and joy she brings to our students each day.  Way to go, Mrs. Walgreen!

    Our 8th-grade students had some fun this week as they toured the "National Mall" compliments of Mrs. Lori Green.  Students went on a scavenger hunt from  “monument to monument” while learning about each one.  It was nice to be able to bring part of the Washington D.C. trip to Derby! 

    As you celebrate the long weekend, we would like to say thank you to all the service men and women and their families who sacrifice for us all.  Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you for your service!

    Go Dragons,

    Marla Otterbacher

    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events

    Monday (5-31)

     

    Tuesday (6-1) 

     

    Wednesday (6-2)

    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M. (last day)

     

    Thursday (6-3)

    Oakland County Track Meet @ Clarkston High School

    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M. (last day)

    Derby Textbook Returns (6th and 8th graders)

     

    Friday (6-4)

    Derby Textbook Returns (6th and 8th graders)

     

    Mark Your Calendars

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    Memorial Day- No School Monday May 31st 

     

               

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    Last Day of School- June 11th-In-person half day! 

     

               

     

     

     

    To Report an Absence: 

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM  each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred). 

     

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

     

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. 

    This is different than in years past.  

     

    BPS Laptop Collection Process 

    As we prepare to end the school year, we need to begin collecting BPS laptops that have been borrowed by students either this year or last spring. Therefore, if your child currently has a BPS laptop that they are no longer using, please return it to the Derby office any time between 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. If your child is still using the laptop, please keep it until the last week of school and you can then return it at that time. All BPS laptops must be turned in by Wednesday (6/9) at the end of the school day. Please be sure to bring the power cord when turning in the laptop.  If your student is a completely virtual student, devices can be turned in on Friday, June 11th from 12-3 in the main office.  Devices needed for summer programs will be issued after the end of the school year and will probably be done by the buildings hosting the Summer School 

    Programs.

     

    Last Day of School

     

      Our last day of school is fast approaching! While the day is a half-day, we will be holding class in-person. We want to ensure, for attendance purposes, that we see 75 percent of our student population and a virtual day makes this goal challenging to achieve. With an unusual start to the 2020-21 school year, we’re more excited than ever to have a semi-normal end to this very different school year. We look forward to seeing our students in-person on Friday, June 11 for our last day!  

     

     

     

    Derby Textbook Returns

    It’s that time of the year… students need to return their textbooks (science, math, ELA); they DON’T need to return any consumables (ISNs, workbooks, RPJs).  Below, please find the schedule for students who are currently attending school in person/face to face.

     

    3rd hour

    5th hour

    Thursday, 6/3

    6th grade ELA classes

    6th grade social studies classes

    8th grade ELA classes

    8th grade social studies classes

    Friday, 6/4

    6th grade science classes

    6th grade math classes

    8th grade science classes

    8th grade math classes

    Monday, 6/7

    7th grade science classes

    7th grade social studies classes

    All call – anyone who still has books in their possession!

    Tuesday, 6/8

    7th grade math classes

    7th grade elective classes

    All call – anyone who still has books in their possession!

    Students who are currently attending school virtually may begin returning textbooks on Thursday, 6/3/2021 as well.  There will be a cart in the main lobby vestibule where books can be returned. Please include your child’s name/grade on returned books.

    Please Return all BPS Library Books

    Calling all library books! We currently have 156 Derby library books that need to be returned. Please ask your child to look in their room, under their bed, on their bookshelves, in their closet, on the family bookshelves... anywhere a library book might be hiding. All BPS library books can be returned to the Derby library circulation desk or the main office vestibule shelves and we will send them to the correct location. Thank you for returning these materials so others can enjoy them.

    Derby Homework Help Sessions

    These sessions will be held in our media center and staffed by two Derby teachers. The times and dates are as follows:

     

    Tuesday, June 1st  from 7:30-8:30 am or 3:30-4:30 pm

    Thursday, June 3rd  from 7:30-8:30 am or 3:30-4:30 pm

    Friday, June 4th from 7:30-8:30 am (AM session only!)

     

    These are drop-in sessions. Students do not need to pre-register or sign up. Just show up! 

     

     

    Save the Date!

    For a Promotion Ceremony & Celebration for the

    8th Grade Class of 2021!

    Please see the link below for details! 

    CLASS OF 2021 CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

     

     

    UPCOMING SUMMER DERBY EVENTS- MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 

    Registration at Derby includes school photos, schedule and book distribution, and sale of locks, Lockerworks and planners (Derby spirit wear will be sold solely online this year). It will be held in the Derby gym as follows based on your last name:

     

    Tuesday, Aug 17th                A-G

    Wednesday, Aug 18th        H-Q

    Thursday, Aug 19th              R-Z

     

    *If you can’t make your designated day or time, no worries – just come when you can. Also if this week doesn’t work for your family, please feel free to come Friday, Aug 20th or the week of Aug 23rd any time between 8 am – 3 pm. Your student can do all registration, except school photos. There will be a photo make-up date opportunity at a later date. 

     

    First day of School is Monday, August 30th.

     

    Derby Newspaper Video Submissions

    Want to be cemented forever in the Derby Dragon Newspaper?!  For our special Pandemic Edition final print issue, we are doing a unique page where a video of you can be available for readers.  Derby Dragon News has a circulation of 1000 copies and it gets distributed to all students plus some local businesses.

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    Send max 2 minute video answering the question “What were the highlights and lowlights of the pandemic for you?  What will you remember the most?”

     

                   

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    You can record on your camera phone and share it with rhickmott@bps-schools.com.  Best thing is to upload it to Google Drive and share it or if you have an iPhone, you can iMessage it to rhickmott@bps-schools.com

     

                   

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    I will take a picture of you in class if you send me a submission.  If you are virtual, send me a picture you are comfortable being published.

     

                   

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    A QR Code will be attached to your picture to direct readers to your video submission.

     

                   

     

    DEADLINE: Tues June 1 before end of the school day.

     

    Ralph Dan Hickmott

    Derby Middle School

    CP Math 7 | Digital Media Production

    Boys Track Coach

     

     

     

    The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year! 

    Are you interested in reading the afternoon announcements Live?  If you have the skills and comfort level in speaking to the entire school on camera live daily, this A2 may be a great fit for you.  Apply using the link below.  You can also view past live streams to get an idea of what we’ve done in the past.  Email Mr. Hickmott rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us with questions.

     

    Mr. Hickmott and the counselors will review this application and reach out to you if you are accepted.  Due to the limited class size, not all that apply may get in.  We will review your application and notify you.

     

    APPLICATION LINK REQUIRED

    https://tinyurl.com/BroadcastA2Application

     

    AUDITION TAPE REQUIRED

    Show off your skills using FlipGrid!  Download the Flipgrid App and join the group “derbynews”  Sign in using your BPS Google account and record a short 3 minute video about yourself.  Be as creative as you want!

    You can also do it on your computer using this link: https://flipgrid.com/derbynews

     

    DEADLINE: Application Link and Flipgrid will close on June 1, 2021.

     

    View Past Daily News Shows -> Click link and scroll to the “Past Live Streams” section to view daily news and broadcasts from last year.

    http://tinyurl.com/derbynewschannel

     

     

    Ralph Dan Hickmott

    Derby Middle School

    CP Math 7 | Digital Media Production

    Boys Track Coach

     

     

    Calling All Guest Writers!

    Derby Dragon News is setting aside pages for guest writers! Students in Digital Media Production create it every year for your reading enjoyment, but now, Derby Dragon News is looking for great Guest Writers to contribute to the final print issue coming out in June.  It will be a big paper that reflects on the pandemic.  If you are interested, read the details below on the topics and how to submit.  News Crew will read and consider every submission, but due to limited space, not all articles may be published.

     

    Here’s the details:

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    Write a maximum 700 word personal narrative article responding to one of the prompts below:

     

     

               

     

                           

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    “How has the pandemic changed you?”

     

                           

     

                           

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    “What are your highlights and lowlights of 2020-2021?”

     

                           

     

               

     

               

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    Include a photo/picture of yourself that can be added to the page

     

               

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    Email or share with Ralph Hickmott rhickmott@bps-schools.com

     

               

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    See your ELA teacher or Mr. Hickmott if you have questions

     

               

     

     

    …Derby Student Government – 6th and 7th Graders Apply NOW…

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is now accepting new members.  Students in 6th and 7th Grade can apply to join Derby’s Student Government Leadership Team at this time.  Student’s who are in Student Government will meet with the Student Government Leadership Team daily in A2 (the Student Government has their own A2 class).  The Derby Student Government plans numerous events during the school year.  We are in need of good leaders, students who like to do for the good, students who like to have fun!  Students who wish to apply for Student Government can fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath by dropping it off in her classroom (Room 109), or by placing the application into Mrs. McGrath’s mailbox in Derby’s main office.  Applications will be passed out during lunch, and are available in the main office.  Application packets are also available in the Derby foyer for any virtual students who’d like to apply.  Any questions can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  We cannot wait to bring new leaders on board!!!

     

     

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

     

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

     

     

    Derby Summer Reading

    This summer we will continue our annual grade level reads.  Since we know that many students prefer their own physical copy of a book, we organized a pre-order opportunity for each of these titles.  We now find ourselves with a few extra copies of the incoming 7th grade book, Harbor Me ($9.75) , and the incoming 8th grade book, Lord of the Flies ($6.50). Mrs. Westerlund will be selling these while supplies last.  Please reach out to her at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you are interested in purchasing one of these books:)  Happy Reading!!!!

     

     

     

     

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter

     

    May 3rd OCHD Newsletter

     

     

     

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

     

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

     

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to full press release here.

     

     

    BPS Parent Pride 

    Support Group for Parents of
    LBGTQ+ Kids

    Please see link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings. 

    Parent Pride 

     

     

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at www.communityed.net – Birmingham Community Education.

     

    8th Graders: Are you interested in trying out for Seaholm Cheer?

    Seaholm Cheerleading Tryouts are June 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and 

    June 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm (June 2nd time may change) at 

    Seaholm High School. 

    Parent Meeting is on June 3rd at 6:00 pm via ZOOM!

     

    Questions: call or email Coach Katie Martin, 248-804-1940, kaitlynmartin041@gmail.com

     

     

    Field Hockey Informational Meeting 

    Looking for a fall sport?  Come play field hockey!  Join us on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:30 pm for a zoom parent and player meeting.  Meeting is for students entering 8th – 12th grade.  If you are interested and cannot make the meeting email birminghamfieldhockey@gmail.com to be added to the email list. 

    Zoom Meeting ID: 810 7187 9689 password: 077480 link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81071879689?pwd=TXljM0ZrUkp4bTFJNWFkUEVzcFlzQT09

     

    Calling all 8th Grade Girl Golfers! 

    The Seaholm Girls Varsity/JV Golf Team would like to invite you to join us at the driving range to hit balls and meet the girls! All skill levels welcome! Please join us at Royal Oak Golf Center (3500 Edgar Street) on Friday, June 4th at 4pm. All COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed. If you are unable to join us yet interested in the Seaholm girls golf team for the fall please contact our team manager Christy Simpson so we can add you to our communications list for summer activities before tryouts. Christy.simpson@comcast.net

     

     

    Summer Volleyball Camps!

    This summer join Heather Gambone, Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity volleyball coach for camps that offer players (boys and girls) of all ability levels the opportunity to improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com.

    Sign up at: https://forms.gle/oYeyVKoGXv3htBhp8 

     

     

    Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive

    Calling all 8th grade girls interested in Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive.  Register here to join a community that is fun and has won the State Championship 2 years in a row  https://www.teamunify.com/team/recsa/page/team-registration 

    Important upcoming dates

    May 28; Seaholm activities night 6-8pm captains will be available to answer questions

     

     

    July 10; fundraising car wash at KFC on Lincoln & Adams

     

     

    July 11; team bonfire 8-10pm

     

     

    August 11; 1st day of practice (in the morning with bottle drive afterwards)

     

     

    August 13-15; team getaway at camp Michindoh

     

     

    All new and existing swimmers and divers are welcome!  Go Maples!

     

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey!  Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students.  All are welcome!  For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson.  Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA.  He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players.  You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com.  Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE

    Please note that dates and times could change

     

    June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

     

    June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

     

    July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

     

    August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

     

     

     

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

     

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might

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    work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher

     

               

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    providing one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities

     

               

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    guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher

     

               

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    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/134 or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at #248-203-3014.


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 23rd

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 6/24/2021

    5/21/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Wow! What a great day for our WEB leaders and 6th graders as they ran, jumped, and smiled through our first ever Dragon vs. Dinosaur Day! Fun was had by all as students were able to send the afternoon in the sunshine. BIG thanks to our WEB sponsors, the 8th-grade WEB leaders, and Mr. Kelley and Mr. Meyer for making this afternoon happen.

    We are looking forward to hearing some of our own students as they perform in the spring cabaret at Seaholm tonight. Good luck, Dragons!

    There is a lot of new information in our Enews this week. Thank you for taking a minute to read it. Enjoy your weekend.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (5-24)
    Girls’ Soccer HOME vs. BHMS 4:00PM

    Tuesday (5-25)

    Wednesday (5-26)
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (5-27)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (5-28)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Memorial Day- No School: Monday May 31st
    * Last Day of School, In-person, half-day: June 11th 

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Derby Homework Help Sessions

    These sessions will be held in our school library and staffed by two Derby teachers. The times and dates are as follows:

    Monday, May 24th from 7:30-8:30 am or 3:30-4:30 pm
    Tuesday, May 25th from 7:30-8:30 am or 3:30-4:30 pm
    Thursday, May 27th from 7:30-8:30 am or 3:30-4:30 pm
    Friday, May 28th from 7:30-8:30 am (AM session only!)

    Tuesday, June 1st from 7:30-8:30 am or 3:30-4:30 pm
    Thursday, June 3rd from 7:30-8:30 am or 3:30-4:30 pm
    Friday, June 4th from 7:30-8:30 am (AM session only!)

    These are drop-in sessions. Students do not need to pre-register or sign up. Just show up!

    Promotion Ceremony & Celebration for the 8th Grade Class of 2021

    Please see link below for details!
    CLASS OF 2021 CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

    Going to Seaholm in the Fall?

    Come to the Seaholm Activities Fair on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, to find out about all the extracurricular activities available to students. 50+ tables of clubs, sports and interest groups! Representatives from each group will be there; ready to help you decide what YOU want to do! For more info, contact Melissa DeGroat @ mdegroat@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Seaholm Gymnasium
    Last Names A – L 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Last Names M – Z 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    The Maple Tree Online is open for business again! Shop for Seaholm spiritwear here.

    Band Performance

    On Monday and Tuesday the band will be performing for parents, loved ones and the community on zoom during your child's class time. Students should wear RED on their performance day.

    On Monday 24th students in 1st hour EVEN (6th grade), 3rd hour EVEN (7th grade) and 6th hour EVEN (6th grade) will be performing.

    On Tuesday the 25th 1st hour ODD (6th grade), 2nd hour ODD (8th grade) and 3rd hour ODD (7th grade) will perform.

    Please join us for all or some of our music making! Mrs. Barclay will also record and share with families after! The Zoom information was shared in the weekly eNews email. 

    DONATE to the Derby Band

    Derby Registration

    Registration at Derby includes school photos, schedule and book distribution, and sale of locks, Lockerworks and planners (Derby spirit wear will be sold solely online this year). It will be held in the Derby gym as follows based on your last name:

    Tuesday, Aug 17th:       A-G
    Wednesday, Aug 18th:  H-Q
    Thursday, Aug 19th:     R-Z

    *If you can’t make your designated day or time, no worries – just come when you can. Also if this week doesn’t work for your family, please feel free to come Friday, Aug 20th or the week of Aug 23rd any time between 8 am – 3 pm. Your student can do all registration, except school photos. There will be a photo make-up date opportunity at a later date. First day of School is Monday, August 30th.

    The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year!

    Are you interested in reading the afternoon announcements Live? If you have the skills and comfort level in speaking to the entire school on camera live daily, this A2 may be a great fit for you. Apply using the link below. You can also view past live streams to get an idea of what we’ve done in the past. Email Mr. Hickmott rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us with questions.

    Mr. Hickmott and the counselors will review this application and reach out to you if you are accepted. Due to the limited class size, not all that apply may get in. We will review your application and notify you.

    APPLICATION LINK REQUIRED
    https://tinyurl.com/BroadcastA2Application

    AUDITION TAPE REQUIRED
    Show off your skills using FlipGrid! Download the Flipgrid App and join the group “derbynews” Sign in using your BPS Google account and record a short 3 minute video about yourself. Be as creative as you want!
    You can also do it on your computer using this link: https://flipgrid.com/derbynews

    DEADLINE: Application Link and Flipgrid will close on June 1, 2021.

    View Past Daily News Shows -> Click link and scroll to the “Past Live Streams” section to view daily news and broadcasts from last year. 

    Calling All Guest Writers!

    Derby Dragon News is setting aside pages for guest writers! Students in Digital Media Production create it every year for your reading enjoyment, but now, Derby Dragon News is looking for great guest writers to contribute to the final print issue coming out in June. It will be a big paper that reflects on the pandemic. If you are interested, read the details below on the topics and how to submit. News Crew will read and consider every submission, but due to limited space, not all articles may be published.

    Here are the details:
    Write a maximum 700 word personal narrative article responding to one of the prompts below:
     * “How has the pandemic changed you?”
    * “What are your highlights and lowlights of 2020-2021?”

    Include a photo/picture of yourself that can be added to the page
    Email or share with Ralph Hickmott rhickmott@bps-schools.com
    See your ELA teacher or Mr. Hickmott if you have questions

    Derby Student Government – 6th and 7th Graders Apply NOW

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is now accepting new members. Students in 6th and 7th Grade can apply to join Derby’s Student Government Leadership Team at this time. Student’s who are in Student Government will meet with the Student Government Leadership Team daily in A2 (the Student Government has their own A2 class). The Derby Student Government plans numerous events during the school year. We are in need of good leaders, students who like to do for the good, students who like to have fun! Students who wish to apply for Student Government can fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath by dropping it off in her classroom (Room 109), or by placing the application into Mrs. McGrath’s mailbox in Derby’s main office. Applications will be passed out during lunch, and are available in the main office. Application packets are also available in the Derby foyer for any virtual students who’d like to apply. Any questions can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We cannot wait to bring new leaders on board!!!

    Vaccine Clinic Opportunity

    For those interested, Mills Pharmacy will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Derby Middle School for eligible individuals ages 12 years and over on Monday, May 24, 2021, from 2 - 6 pm. Anyone who is eligible is welcome to attend. Eligible individuals are those that are over 12 years of age who have not received any vaccine in the 2 weeks prior to the clinic. Mills Pharmacy will be administering the Pfizer vaccine and vaccines will be offered free of charge. Appointments are required.

    To register for this clinic, please visit the Mills Pharmacy website and click on the COVID-19 vaccination page: COVID-19 Vaccination – Mills Apothecary (millspharmacy.com). There, parents/guardians will complete a copy of the COVID-19 consent form and send the following documentation to vaccine@millspharmacy.com with the school name.

    1. Consent Form
    2. A picture of your driver’s license (if applicable)
    3. Picture of insurance card (may specify if patient does not have coverage)

    You will receive an email confirmation once your documents are received with a link to sign up for an appointment slot. Please schedule an appointment under the Derby Middle School COVID-19 Vaccine option and select the correct service. Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

    Follow-up appointments for the 2nd vaccine dose will be scheduled for Monday, June 14, 2021 from 2 - 6 pm. Individuals will receive their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card after receiving their 2nd dose.

    Parents/guardians do not need to present at the vaccine clinic so long as the consent form and pre-vaccination checklist is complete and turned in at the time of the appointment. Mills Pharmacy will not be able to administer a vaccine to a student or individual without a signed consent form. Mills Pharmacy will review the consent form prior to administering the vaccine and individuals will need to wait for 15 minutes following vaccine administration for observation. 

    Any questions can be directed to vaccine@millspharmacy.com.

    2021 Derby Yearbook TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ORDER

    The 2020-2021 Derby Middle School Yearbook is finished and in production with the publishing company. Students who wish to receive a yearbook at the end of the year can order a book at www.yearbooksforever.com. The window for ordering the yearbook will be CLOSING SOON. Order today and ensure your Derby Dragon will receive this year’s award winning yearbook. This Covid school year yearbook will be a memory for years to come. Order today!

    Yearbook related questions can be emailed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    Derby Summer Reading

    This summer we will continue our annual grade level reads. Since we know that many students prefer their own physical copy of a book, we organized a pre-order opportunity for each of these titles. We now find ourselves with a few extra copies of the incoming 7th grade book, Harbor Me ($9.75) , and the incoming 8th grade book, Lord of the Flies ($6.50). Mrs. Westerlund will be selling these while supplies last. Please reach out to her at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you are interested in purchasing one of these books:) Happy reading!!!!

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Here are the current statistics on 7th and 8th grade EDP completion.

    We are at almost 100% for both grades:) If your child still needs to attend to their EDP, you will receive an email from Mrs. Westerlund this weekend.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter

    May 3rd OCHD Newsletter

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids Please see the link sent in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    8th Graders: Are you interested in trying out for Seaholm Cheer?

    Seaholm Cheerleading Tryouts are June 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and June 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm (June 2nd time may change) at Seaholm High School. Parent Meeting is on June 3rd at 6:00 pm via ZOOM! Questions: call or email Coach Katie Martin, 248-804-1940, kaitlynmartin041@gmail.com

    Field Hockey Informational Meeting

    Looking for a fall sport? Come play field hockey! Join us on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:30 pm for a zoom parent and player meeting. Meeting is for students entering 8th – 12th grade. If you are interested and cannot make the meeting email birminghamfieldhockey@gmail.com to be added to the email list. Zoom link was sent in weekly eNews email. 

    Calling all 8th Grade Girl Golfers!

    The Seaholm Girls Varsity/JV Golf Team would like to invite you to join us at the driving range to hit balls and meet the girls! All skill levels welcome! Please join us at Royal Oak Golf Center (3500 Edgar Street) on Friday, June 4th at 4pm. All COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed. If you are unable to join us yet interested in the Seaholm girls golf team for the fall please contact our team manager Christy Simpson so we can add you to our communications list for summer activities before tryouts. 

    Summer Volleyball Camps!

    This summer join Heather Gambone, Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity volleyball coach for camps that offer players (boys and girls) of all ability levels the opportunity to improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com.
    Sign up for summer volleyball camp link.

    Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive

    Calling all 8th grade girls interested in Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive. Register for swim and dive to join a community that is fun and has won the State Championship 2 years in a row. 

    Important upcoming dates:
    * May 28; Seaholm activities night 6-8pm captains will be available to answer questions
    * July 10; fundraising car wash at KFC on Lincoln & Adams
    * July 11; team bonfire 8-10pm
    * August 11; 1st day of practice (in the morning with bottle drive afterwards)
    * August 13-15; team getaway at camp Michindoh
    All new and existing swimmers and divers are welcome! Go Maples!

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 16th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/24/2021

    5/21/21

    Vaccine Clinic Opportunity

    Dear Families,

    For those interested, Mills Pharmacy will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Derby Middle School for eligible individuals ages 12 years and over on Monday, May 24, 2021, from 2 - 6 pm. Anyone who is eligible is welcome to attend. Eligible individuals are those that are over 12 years of age who have not received any vaccine in the 2 weeks prior to the clinic. Mills Pharmacy will be administering the Pfizer vaccine and vaccines will be offered free of charge. Appointments are required.

    To register for this clinic, please visit the Mills Pharmacy website and click on the COVID-19 vaccination page: COVID-19 Vaccination – Mills Apothecary (millspharmacy.com). There, parents/guardians will complete a copy of the COVID-19 consent form and send the following documentation to vaccine@millspharmacy.com with the school name.

    1. Consent Form
    2. A picture of your driver’s license (if applicable)
    3. Picture of insurance card (may specify if patient does not have coverage)

    You will receive an email confirmation once your documents are received with a link to sign up for an appointment slot. Please schedule an appointment under the Derby Middle School COVID-19 Vaccine option and select the correct service. Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

    Follow-up appointments for the 2nd vaccine dose will be scheduled for Monday, June 14, 2021 from 2 - 6 pm. Individuals will receive their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card after receiving their 2nd dose.

    Parents/guardians do not need to present at the vaccine clinic so long as the consent form and pre-vaccination checklist is complete and turned in at the time of the appointment. Mills Pharmacy will not be able to administer a vaccine to a student or individual without a signed consent form. Mills Pharmacy will review the consent form prior to administering the vaccine and individuals will need to wait for 15 minutes following vaccine administration for observation. 

    Any questions can be directed to vaccine@millspharmacy.com.


    5/14/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    I would like to send a warm congratulations to our orchestra students who participated in solo and ensemble this week. We are proud of your hard work and love hearing your music! Our track team competed in their first “live” meet against BCS and Berkshire this week. It was exciting to watch our student-athletes race against an opponent and feel some Dragon spirit!

    I hope everyone enjoys this beautiful weekend and thanks for catching up on our Derby eNews!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (5-17)
    Girls’ Soccer game HOME vs. Bloomfield Hills MS at 4:00PM

    Tuesday (5-18)
    Boys’ Tennis Singles tournament (Please see Tennis Coach for times and additional details)

    Wednesday (5-19)
    Track meet HOME vs. BHMS at 4:00PM
    Boys’ Tennis Doubles tournament (Please see Tennis Coach for times and additional details)
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (5-20)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (5-21)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Memorial Day- No School Monday May 31st
    * Last Day of School- June 11th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year!

    Are you interested in reading the afternoon announcements Live? If you have the skills and comfort level in speaking to the entire school on camera live daily, this A2 may be a great fit for you. Apply using the link below. You can also view past live streams to get an idea of what we’ve done in the past. Email Mr. Hickmott rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us with questions.

    Mr. Hickmott and the counselors will review this application and reach out to you if you are accepted. Due to the limited class size, not all that apply may get in. We will review your application and notify you.

    APPLICATION LINK REQUIRED
    https://tinyurl.com/BroadcastA2Application

    AUDITION TAPE REQUIRED
    Show off your skills using FlipGrid! Download the Flipgrid App and join the group “derbynews” Sign in using your BPS Google account and record a short 3 minute video about yourself. Be as creative as you want!
    You can also do it on your computer using this link: https://flipgrid.com/derbynews

    DEADLINE: Application Link and Flipgrid will close on June 1, 2021.

    View Past Daily News Shows -> Click link and scroll to the “Past Live Streams” section to view daily news and broadcasts from last year. 

    Promotion Ceremony & Celebration for the 8th Grade Class of 2021

    Please see link below for details!
    CLASS OF 2021 CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

    Going to Seaholm in the Fall?

    Come to the Seaholm Activities Fair on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, to find out about all the extracurricular activities available to students. 50+ tables of clubs, sports and interest groups! Representatives from each group will be there; ready to help you decide what YOU want to do! For more info, contact Melissa DeGroat @ mdegroat@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Seaholm Gymnasium
    Last Names A – L 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Last Names M – Z 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Derby Student Government – 6th and 7th Graders Apply NOW

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is now accepting new members. Students in 6th and 7th Grade can apply to join Derby’s Student Government Leadership Team at this time. Student’s who are in Student Government will meet with the Student Government Leadership Team daily in A2 (the Student Government has their own A2 class). The Derby Student Government plans numerous events during the school year. We are in need of good leaders, students who like to do for the good, students who like to have fun! Students who wish to apply for Student Government can fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath by dropping it off in her classroom (Room 109), or by placing the application into Mrs. McGrath’s mailbox in Derby’s main office. Applications will be passed out during lunch, and are available in the main office. Application packets are also available in the Derby foyer for any virtual students who’d like to apply. Any questions can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We cannot wait to bring new leaders on board!!!

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    2021 Derby Yearbook TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ORDER

    The 2020-2021 Derby Middle School Yearbook is finished and in production with the publishing company. Students who wish to receive a yearbook at the end of the year can order a book at www.yearbooksforever.com. The window for ordering the yearbook will be CLOSING SOON. Order today and ensure your Derby Dragon will receive this year’s award winning yearbook. This Covid school year yearbook will be a memory for years to come. Order today!

    Yearbook related questions can be emailed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Here are the current statistics on 7th and 8th grade EDP completion.

    7th grade:

    72% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    20% are working toward completing these requirements
    8% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello

    8th grade:

    28% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    52% are working toward completing these requirements
    20% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello
    * 8th graders who haven’t started their EDPs will begin spending lunch
    recreation next week working with Mrs. Westerlund to complete this required
    activity:)*

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    If you/your child are unsure if his/hers has been completed, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, kwesterlund@birminghamk.12.mi.us with any questions/concerns.

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Update for Schools 5/14/21

    Updated guidelines from OCHD. These will be posted in the K-12 toolkit on the OCHD website.
    https://www.oakgov.com/covid/best-practices/sick-caring/Pages/self-monitor-quarantine-isolation.aspx

    If a person exhibits symptoms of COVID (including any time during their vaccination cycle) they should follow the same guidance as before; get a test / seek medical direction from a health care provider.
    If a person is experiencing ONE or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a pre-existing known condition:

    * New Cough
    * Shortness of Breath
    * Difficulty Breathing
    * New Loss of Taste or Smell


    If a person is experiencing TWO or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a pre-existing known condition:
    * Fever (100.4 or higher)
    * Chills
    * Muscle Aches
    * Headache
    * Sore Throat
    * Fatigue
    * Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours)
    * Nausea or Vomiting (2x in 24 hours)
    * Congestion or Runny Nose

    Pfizer Covid -19 vaccine for ages 12-15:

    Any other vaccine can be administered before, after, or co-administered with the COVID -19 vaccine. OCHD has adopted that other scheduled immunizations may be given simultaneously as the COVID vaccine.

    Masks:
    We are still awaiting word if MDHHS will adopt the guidance to allow no masks, indoors, by vaccinated persons. At this time, Michigan and Oakland County still follow the current mask guidelines set forth by MDHHS. MDHHS guidance 5/4/21 – gatherings under 100 people, outdoors, can gather without masks.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    May: 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids Please see the link sent in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Summer Volleyball Camps!

    This summer join Heather Gambone, Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity volleyball coach for camps that offer players (boys and girls) of all ability levels the opportunity to improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com.
    Sign up for summer volleyball camp link.

    Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive

    Calling all 8th grade girls interested in Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive. Register for swim and dive to join a community that is fun and has won the State Championship 2 years in a row. 

    Important upcoming dates:
    * May 28; Seaholm activities night 6-8pm captains will be available to answer questions
    * July 10; fundraising car wash at KFC on Lincoln & Adams
    * July 11; team bonfire 8-10pm
    * August 11; 1st day of practice (in the morning with bottle drive afterwards)
    * August 13-15; team getaway at camp Michindoh
    All new and existing swimmers and divers are welcome! Go Maples!

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 9th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/17/2021

    5/11/21

    Asian American Experiences in BPS

    Do you know any people who are Asian? Would you like to learn more about our community? Please join the Covington Diversity Committee from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday May 12 for a panel discussion with Covington School students, alumni and teachers. They will discuss the reality of being Asian American in Birmingham Public Schools and what we can do to build a more equitable community. See the eNews for the Zoom link. 

    Please contact Rick Joseph with any questions: rjoseph@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    We hope to see you Wednesday at 7pm


    5/7/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    A HUGE thank you to our community for the amazing generosity of the gift card donations during staff appreciation week. Our team at Derby has felt the love and support. The PTA provided a delicious lunch and breakfast this week and staff are feeling grateful. Thank you!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Dragon Moms! Thank you for all of the support you give our learners and our school community. We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your children.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (5-10)

    Tuesday (5-11)
    Boys Tennis vs. East Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM

    Wednesday (5-12)
    ½ Day for all BPS students (Students attend virtually in the PM-see below for schedule)
    Girls Soccer vs. East Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM
    Track Meet vs. berkshire HOME 4:00PM
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (5-13)
    Boys Tennis vs. West Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (5-14)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    *  Derby Summer Book orders due --- May 14

    * Memorial Day- No School Monday May 31st
    * Last Day of School- June 11th

    Wednesday, May 12th is a virtual 1/2 day (PM START)
    PERIOD 1: 11:55-12:24
    PERIOD 2: 12:29-12:58
    PERIOD 3: 1:03-1:33
    PERIOD 4: 1:38-2:07
    PERIOD 5: 2:12-2:41
    PERIOD 6: 2:46-3:15

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year!

    Are you interested in reading the afternoon announcements Live? If you have the skills and comfort level in speaking to the entire school on camera live daily, this A2 may be a great fit for you. Apply using the link below. You can also view past live streams to get an idea of what we’ve done in the past. Email Mr. Hickmott rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us with questions.

    Mr. Hickmott and the counselors will review this application and reach out to you if you are accepted. Due to the limited class size, not all that apply may get in. We will review your application and notify you.

    APPLICATION LINK REQUIRED
    https://tinyurl.com/BroadcastA2Application

    AUDITION TAPE REQUIRED
    Show off your skills using FlipGrid! Download the Flipgrid App and join the group “derbynews” Sign in using your BPS Google account and record a short 3 minute video about yourself. Be as creative as you want!
    You can also do it on your computer using this link: https://flipgrid.com/derbynews

    DEADLINE: Application Link and Flipgrid will close on June 1, 2021.

    View Past Daily News Shows -> Click link and scroll to the “Past Live Streams” section to view daily news and broadcasts from last year. 

    Promotion Ceremony & Celebration for the 8th Grade Class of 2021

    Please see link below for details!
    CLASS OF 2021 CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

    Assistant Principal Update

    Assistant Principal Carman Smith is currently on a leave of absence for personal reasons. During this time, we are asking that students and family respect his privacy. While we are unsure of the duration at this time, we anticipate the leave to extend through to the end of the school year. In his absence, both Mrs. Otterbacher and Mr. Costello will help carry forward the good work being done with our students at Derby and within the entire Derby community.

    Going to Seaholm in the Fall?

    Come to the Seaholm Activities Fair on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, to find out about all the extracurricular activities available to students. 50+ tables of clubs, sports and interest groups! Representatives from each group will be there; ready to help you decide what YOU want to do! For more info, contact Melissa DeGroat @ mdegroat@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Seaholm Gymnasium
    Last Names A – L 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Last Names M – Z 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Derby Dragon Summer Reading Book Orders

    This summer we will continue our annual grade level reads, Since we know that many students prefer their own physical copy of a book, we have organized an OPTIONAL pre-order opportunity for each of these titles. ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MAY 14. end of the school year. Summer Reading Order Form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Derby Student Government – 6th and 7th Graders Apply NOW

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is now accepting new members. Students in 6th and 7th Grade can apply to join Derby’s Student Government Leadership Team at this time. Student’s who are in Student Government will meet with the Student Government Leadership Team daily in A2 (the Student Government has their own A2 class). The Derby Student Government plans numerous events during the school year. We are in need of good leaders, students who like to do for the good, students who like to have fun! Students who wish to apply for Student Government can fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath by dropping it off in her classroom (Room 109), or by placing the application into Mrs. McGrath’s mailbox in Derby’s main office. Applications will be passed out during lunch, and are available in the main office. Application packets are also available in the Derby foyer for any virtual students who’d like to apply. Any questions can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We cannot wait to bring new leaders on board!!!

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    2021 Derby Yearbook TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ORDER

    The 2020-2021 Derby Middle School Yearbook is finished and in production with the publishing company. Students who wish to receive a yearbook at the end of the year can order a book at www.yearbooksforever.com. The window for ordering the yearbook will be CLOSING SOON. Order today and ensure your Derby Dragon will receive this year’s award winning yearbook. This Covid school year yearbook will be a memory for years to come. Order today!

    Yearbook related questions can be emailed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Here are the current statistics on 7th and 8th grade EDP completion.

    7th grade:

    72% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    20% are working toward completing these requirements
    8% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello

    8th grade:

    28% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    52% are working toward completing these requirements
    20% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello
    * 8th graders who haven’t started their EDPs will begin spending lunch
    recreation next week working with Mrs. Westerlund to complete this required
    activity:)*

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    If you/your child are unsure if his/hers has been completed, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, kwesterlund@birminghamk.12.mi.us with any questions/concerns.

    FRIENDS

    Please see the flyer sent in eNews for more details and Zoom link information. 

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest May 3rd OCHD Nurse Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    May: 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids Please see the link sent in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Summer Volleyball Camps!

    This summer join Heather Gambone, Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity volleyball coach for camps that offer players (boys and girls) of all ability levels the opportunity to improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com.
    Sign up for summer volleyball camp link.

    Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive

    Calling all 8th grade girls interested in Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive. Register for swim and dive to join a community that is fun and has won the State Championship 2 years in a row. 

    Important upcoming dates:
    * May 28; Seaholm activities night 6-8pm captains will be available to answer questions
    * July 10; fundraising car wash at KFC on Lincoln & Adams
    * July 11; team bonfire 8-10pm
    * August 11; 1st day of practice (in the morning with bottle drive afterwards)
    * August 13-15; team getaway at camp Michindoh
    All new and existing swimmers and divers are welcome! Go Maples!

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    Free Public Speaking/ Debate Event(s) in May

    Do you like talking? Debating? Politics? Learning more about the world around you? Learn debate basics through 4 free online workshops! Please see the The Freemont Debate Academy & Seaholm High School link for more information.

    Parenting Sessions

    Please join us for a virtual 6-week, 12 session parent-based treatment group for child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Please see the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions Treatment Group link for more details.

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 2nd

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/9/2021

    5/2/21

    Dear Derby Families,
    Kudos to our NJHS students for planning Derby Character Week for our staff and students. They modeled activities showing “empathy” in honor of our beloved paraprofessional Meg Love, encouraged students to write positive messages on all of our windows, wrote thank you notes to our hardworking cafeteria staff, and ended the week with family style bingo in A2. Big thanks to the future leaders of our community (with the help of Mrs. Kmiec), they did a fantastic job!
    We hope everyone has a great weekend!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (5-3)
    Girls Soccer vs. Cranbrook AWAY 4:00PM

    Tuesday (5-4)
    Boys’ Tennis match vs. Covington HOME 4:00PM

    Wednesday (5-5)
    Last Birbery Book Club 11:05am (Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom)
    Track meet HOME vs. Royal Oak MS 4:00PM
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (5-6)
    Boys’ Tennis match vs. BHMS AWAY 4:00PM
    Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (5-7)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

     

     

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs

    It is now time for the Derby Middle School Class of 2021 to have their 8th Grade Celebration photograph taken. Students who attend school in-person will have their photograph taken while they are at school. Students who are fully virtual, or students who will not be learning in-person before May 7th should sign-up using the Sign-Up Genius Link below to come into Derby to have their photograph taken. Students who do NOT have a photograph taken will NOT have their photograph on display at Derby’s 8th Grade Celebration in June. Sign-Up Genius link for virtual students.

    Questions should be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thank you so much!
    The Derby 8th Grade Celebration Committee

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs
    Derby’s 8th Grade in-person students will have their photograph taken for the 8th Grade Celebration during A2 on the dates posted below. Please ensure your 8th Grader knows what day they will be photographed so they are prepared. Any questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thursday, April 29th

    Tuesday, May 4th

    Wednesday, May 5th

    Thursday, May 6th

    Friday, May 7th

    A2 – Auten

    A2 – Thayer

    A2 – McGrath

    A2 - Pavlock

    A2 – Perrone

    A2 – Green

    A2 – Wind

    ASD – Pratt/Priebe/Sumpter

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Hicks

    A2 – Chappell

    A2 – Liggett

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Caldwell

    A2 – Barclay

    A2 – Lalko

    A2 – Hickmott

    Thank you!

    Last Call: Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Wednesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) for the final time to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Derby Dragon Summer Reading Book Orders

    This summer we will continue our annual grade level reads, Since we know that many students prefer their own physical copy of a book, we have organized an OPTIONAL pre-order opportunity for each of these titles. ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MAY 14. end of the school year. Summer Reading Order Form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Derby Student Government – 6th and 7th Graders Apply NOW

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is now accepting new members. Students in 6th and 7th Grade can apply to join Derby’s Student Government Leadership Team at this time. Student’s who are in Student Government will meet with the Student Government Leadership Team daily in A2 (the Student Government has their own A2 class). The Derby Student Government plans numerous events during the school year. We are in need of good leaders, students who like to do for the good, students who like to have fun! Students who wish to apply for Student Government can fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath by dropping it off in her classroom (Room 109), or by placing the application into Mrs. McGrath’s mailbox in Derby’s main office. Applications will be passed out during lunch, and are available in the main office. Application packets are also available in the Derby foyer for any virtual students who’d like to apply. Any questions can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We cannot wait to bring new leaders on board!!!

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    2021 Derby Yearbook TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ORDER.

    The 2020-2021 Derby Middle School Yearbook is finished and in production with the publishing company. Students who wish to receive a yearbook at the end of the year can order a book at www.yearbooksforever.com. The window for ordering the yearbook will be CLOSING SOON. Order today and ensure your Derby Dragon will receive this year’s award winning yearbook. This Covid school year yearbook will be a memory for years to come. Order today!

    Yearbook related questions can be emailed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Here are the current statistics on 7th and 8th grade EDP completion.

    7th grade:

    72% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    20% are working toward completing these requirements
    8% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello

    8th grade:

    25% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    53% are working toward completing these requirements
    22% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello
    * 8th graders who haven’t started their EDPs will begin spending lunch
    recreation next week working with Mrs. Westerlund to complete this required
    activity:)*

    If you/your child are unsure if his/hers has been completed, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, kwesterlund@birminghamk.12.mi.us with any questions/concerns.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    FRIENDS

    Join us on Thursday, May 6th at 7pm where we will hear from Stephanie Cork of Brainspring on Literacy: A Parent's Guide. Our speaker will address how you know when your child may need more support and what you can do. BPS's literacy team will also be in attendance to answer questions specific to our district's tools and literacy education. Please see the flyer sent in eNews for more details and Zoom link information. 

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest April 26 OCHD Nurse Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    May: 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids Please see the link sent in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.


    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    LEND A HAND

    Please join State Representative and BPS graduate, Mari Manoogian, to help collect gently used clothing, toys, and unopened hygiene products for the 100 unaccompanied migrant children (ages 2-17) that are now in Albion with the non-profit organization, Starr Commonwealth. Let’s help make their stay in Michigan as comfortable as possible while they await reunification / placement. All items must be collected by May 5th. Collection bins will be inside the main lobby front doors (unlocked). Thank Derby for your compassion & generosity! Please see this Lend a Hand link for more information.

    Free Public Speaking/ Debate Event(s) in May

    Do you like talking? Debating? Politics? Learning more about the world around you? Learn debate basics through 4 free online workshops! Please see the The Freemont Debate Academy & Seaholm High School link for more information.

    Parenting Sessions

    Please join us for a virtual 6-week, 12 session parent-based treatment group for child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Please see the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions Treatment Group link for more details.

    Birmingham Youth Assistance

    Can you help us recognize middle school and high school Birmingham Public Schools students who made an effort to help others in some way during the pandemic? Birmingham Youth Assistance is hoping to honor students in grades 6-12 who have made a difference, large or small, in their community or neighborhood during the pandemic. Nominations, due by May 5, 2021, may be made by someone who benefited from the student’s community service; students also will fill out a brief form. All students who submit complete applications will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. One outstanding high school and middle school student will receive $500 and $100, respectively. For more information or to request nomination forms, please send an email to BirminghamYouthAssistance21@gmail.com.

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 25th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/3/2021

    4/26/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    The Dragons were busy this week with all three of our sports teams competing (soccer, tennis, and track), the 8th-grade science sunflower competition well underway, and Mrs. Hart’s class learning from a Robotics industry expert. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the second edition of our DMS Newspaper, ask your student to see a copy. Special thanks to our generous PTA for sponsoring the newspaper and ensuring that every student receives a printed copy.

    Please read below for information on 8th-grade photographs and our upcoming Character Week sponsored by our National Junior Honor Society.

    We hope you have a great weekend!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-26)
    Soccer game home vs. Cranbrook

    Tuesday (4-27)

    Wednesday (4-28)
    Birbery Book Club 11:05am (Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom)
    Track Meet vs. Ferndale HOME at 4:00PM
    Boys Tennis A Team Match AWAY vs. Berkeley 4:00PM
    Fantasy Gaming 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (4-29)
    Boys Tennis A Team Match HOME vs. East Hills 4:00PM
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (4-30)
    Virtual ½ Day AM
    JavaScript Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    * ½ Day for all BPS students-May 12th
    * Memorial Day- No School Monday May 31st

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs

    It is now time for the Derby Middle School Class of 2021 to have their 8th Grade Celebration photograph taken. Students who attend school in-person will have their photograph taken while they are at school. Students who are fully virtual, or students who will not be learning in-person before May 7th should sign-up using the Sign-Up Genius Link below to come into Derby to have their photograph taken. Students who do NOT have a photograph taken will NOT have their photograph on display at Derby’s 8th Grade Celebration in June. Sign-Up Genius link for virtual students.

    Questions should be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thank you so much!
    The Derby 8th Grade Celebration Committee

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs
    Derby’s 8th Grade in-person students will have their photograph taken for the 8th Grade Celebration during A2 on the dates posted below. Please ensure your 8th Grader knows what day they will be photographed so they are prepared. Any questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thursday, April 29th

    Tuesday, May 4th

    Wednesday, May 5th

    Thursday, May 6th

    Friday, May 7th

    A2 – Auten

    A2 – Thayer

    A2 – McGrath

    A2 - Pavlock

    A2 – Perrone

    A2 – Green

    A2 – Wind

    ASD – Pratt/Priebe/Sumpter

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Hicks

    A2 – Chappell

    A2 – Liggett

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Caldwell

    A2 – Barclay

    A2 – Lalko

    A2 – Hickmott

    Thank you!

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Wednesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Message from Derby PTA

    Our Derby Teachers have done such great work throughout this challenging school year. Let's recognize each of them with a little something during Staff Appreciation Week!

    Please sign-up at the Thank you Derby Teachers! link to donate one (or more) $5 gift card to be given to every teacher next week.

    You or your student can drop the gift card(s) off at the Front Office all week (April 26-30) and then your generous surprises will be presented to the Staff at the PTA-sponsored Luncheon on May 4th. Thank you!

    The NJHS Character Week Committee

    Empathy: We are honoring the amazing Mrs. Love. Ribbons will be given out at lunch time. They are blue and gold. We will also have a fundraiser going on at lunch “Treats” for sale. All proceeds will go to GIGI’s Playhouse, Mrs. Love’s charity of choice. This will take place all week. Perseverance and Bravery: There is a puzzle to be solve. Look for puzzle pieces around the school. What is the message? If you find a piece, a prize is attached. It’s for you. Thank you for your support and participation,
    The NJHS Character Week Committee

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    This week, all Derby 7th and 8th graders who still need to finish their EDP received an email from Mrs. Westerlund reminding them of what they should be working on in order to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Students should check their @bps-schools.com email accounts for this update.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    Please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, kwesterlund@birminghamk.12.mi.us with any questions/concerns.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order! The Derby Yearbook Crew.

    The Derby Website Has a New Look

    The Derby website has undergone a recent facelift. The content and information has limitedly changed, but the look and location of the content has been revised. This new design aligns with the revisions made to the BPS website. Check out our redesigned Derby site

    FRIENDS

    Join us on Thursday, May 6th at 7pm where we will hear from Stephanie Cork of Brainspring on Literacy: A Parent's Guide. Our speaker will address how you know when your child may need more support and what you can do. BPS's literacy team will also be in attendance to answer questions specific to our district's tools and literacy education. Please see the flyer sent in eNews on 4/23 for more details and Zoom links. 

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    April 19th OCHD Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    May: 1, 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    * May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    LEND A HAND

    Please join State Representative and BPS graduate, Mari Manoogian, to help collect gently used clothing, toys, and unopened hygiene products for the 100 unaccompanied migrant children (ages 2-17) that are now in Albion with the non-profit organization, Starr Commonwealth. Let’s help make their stay in Michigan as comfortable as possible while they await reunification / placement. All items must be collected by May 5th. Collection bins will be inside the main lobby front doors (unlocked). Thank Derby for your compassion & generosity! Please see this Lend a Hand link for more information.

    Free Public Speaking/ Debate Event(s) in May

    Do you like talking? Debating? Politics? Learning more about the world around you? Learn debate basics through 4 free online workshops! Please see the The Freemont Debate Academy & Seaholm High School link for more information.

    Parenting Sessions

    Please join us for a virtual 6-week, 12 session parent-based treatment group for child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Please see the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions Treatment Group link for more details.

    Birmingham Youth Assistance

    Can you help us recognize middle school and high school Birmingham Public Schools students who made an effort to help others in some way during the pandemic? Birmingham Youth Assistance is hoping to honor students in grades 6-12 who have made a difference, large or small, in their community or neighborhood during the pandemic. Nominations, due by May 5, 2021, may be made by someone who benefited from the student’s community service; students also will fill out a brief form. All students who submit complete applications will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. One outstanding high school and middle school student will receive $500 and $100, respectively. For more information or to request nomination forms, please send an email to BirminghamYouthAssistance21@gmail.com.

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 18th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/26/2021

    4/19/21

    Derby Track Meet Change

    Derby’s Track Meet vs Hazel Park will be on Thursday, April 22 at Seaholm Track.  This change is due to inclement weather forecasted for Wednesday.  Students are to meet at Seaholm by 4PM with the meet starting by 4:30.  Bring uniforms (to be passed out Mon) and water.

    Meets typically run from 4:30 to 7, but being virtual, it may end earlier.  If you can’t make it, please contact Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us).  

    Parents:  If you signed up to help out on Wed, but can’t make it, please let Coach Gonzales know (jgonzales@birmingham.k12.mi.us).  Volunteer to help run the meet and get a front-row seat of the action!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ba9a62aa4fd0-derby1 


    4/18/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Bravo to our 8th graders as they completed their first PSAT this week. Thank you for your patience as we navigated schedule changes to help make this a successful testing environment for our students. 8th-grade students will begin the M-Step in science and social studies classes this week.

    Please see below for information on a BPS summer learning opportunity and mark your calendar for a ½ day on Friday. We hope you have a great weekend and thank you for reading our eNews.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-19)

    Tuesday (4-20)
    Tennis A-team match AWAY vs. Cranbrook 4:00PM

    Wednesday (4-21)
    Track meet vs. Hazel Park HOME at 4:00PM
    Birbery Book Club 11:05am (Mrs. Sindelar's Zoom)
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.
    EDP Drop In Support (for 7th and 8th grade students) 11:05 - 11:45 A.M.
    **Join Mrs. Westerlund’s Zoom with any EDP questions

    Thursday (4-22)
    Tennis A-Team match HOME vs. Berkshire 4:00PM
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (4-23)
    Virtual ½ Day
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    * ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd- Records Day

    *Half Day AM Schedule for Friday (4/23) 

    8:35 – 8:59 am Period 1
    9:04 – 9:28 am Period 2
    9:33 – 9:57 am Period 3
    10:02 – 10:26 am Period 4
    10:31 – 10:55 am Period 5
    11:00 – 11:25 am Period 6 (No A2)

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    Seaholm Parent Night

    Parents of incoming 9th-grade students: Do you still have questions about the transition to high school? The Seaholm PTA is here to help!

    Please join us for a special PTA Zoom meeting on April 21 from 7-8 PM where Seaholm parents will talk and answer questions about the transition to high school. Our goal is to add a parent’s perspective to the information you’ve already been provided.

    We encourage everyone to submit questions ahead of time to shannon.herbst51@gmail.com. You will also be able to submit questions via the chat function during the meeting. The Zoom link was sent in eNews on 4/18. We look forward to seeing you on April 21st!

    Your Seaholm PTA

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Wednesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Cash and Coins for Jeff Gordon

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is sponsoring a ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ fundraiser. Jeff Gordon is a Birmingham Public Schools graduate and the best friend of one of our own, Mr. Halverson. Jeff was diagnosed with ALS in November. This fundraiser will take place in our Derby Math classes Monday, April 12th through Friday, April 23rd. We encourage students who are able to make a donation into the donation box in their Math classroom during this fundraiser. The Math teacher who raises the most money will earn a prize for their class. Students who are virtual CAN participate in this fundraiser by putting a donation into an envelope and writing the name of their Math teacher on the envelope. The envelope can be placed in the ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ donation box in the Derby foyer. Donations can be cash, or a check written out to Derby Middle School. His Fight is now Our Fight. Thank you in advance for supporting this cause!

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Football at Seaholm

    Seaholm Football: Calling all 8th graders interested in playing football at Seaholm. Please join us for an informational ZOOM meeting, April 24th @ 9 am with Coach DeWald. Zoom link sent in eNews on 4/18.

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Last week, all Derby 7th and 8th graders received an email from Mrs. Westerlund reminding them of what they should be working on in order to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Students should check their @bps-schools.com email accounts for this update.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their postschool goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    Mrs. Westerlund will be holding a Drop-In Help Session on Wednesday, 4/21 from 11:05-11:45 A.M. for any 7th and 8th graders. Zoom link sent in eNews 4/18.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order! The Derby Yearbook Crew.

    Website Update

    This week we will be changing the format of our website. While the content and information will be limitedly changing, the look and location of the content will be different. We are looking forward to the new design!

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter from April 5th

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meetings and more!

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    * May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    Seaholm Dance Team

    Did you miss our first informational session? No need to stress, we have another one soon! Don’t forget to fill out the form to be sent the link for our upcoming Seaholm Dance Zoom meeting!

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 11th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/19/2021

    4/11/21

    Dear Derby Families,


    I would like to send my sincere gratitude to Mr. Costello, Mr. Smith, and our entire team of paraprofessionals as we celebrated National Assistant Principals Appreciation Day and National Paraprofessionals Appreciation Day this Tuesday and Wednesday. Our paras are often the “unsung heroes” of our school, going above and beyond each day to help our learners. We greatly appreciate them!
    Please make sure you are up to date on the schedule change this week due to PSAT testing (further details are below). 6th and 7th-grade students will be virtual for a full day of learning on Tuesday while the 8th graders are in person to test. Wednesday will be an in-person day. We appreciate the support and patience as we navigate in-person testing during a complex school year.
    I hope you are having a great weekend and thank you for reading our eNews!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-12)

    Tuesday (4-13)
    8th graders in-person for PSAT, 12:00 dismissal
    6-7th graders virtual, full day
    Birbery Book Club, 11:05 AM (Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom)
    Boys Tennis vs. Berkley

    Wednesday (4-14)
    In-person day for everyone!
    Girls Soccer @ West Hills MS
    Fantasy Gaming Online 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (4-15)
    Cabaret Auditions (Information below!)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (4-16)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    * ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd, records day

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.


    *** Please Read- Note Schedule Changes on April 13th & April 14th ***
    On Tuesday, April 13th, our 8th-grade students will be participating in PSAT 8 testing. This date is mandated by the state and not chosen by Birmingham Public Schools. In order to ensure an optimal testing environment for our 8th-grade students, our 6th and 7th-grade students will not attend school in person on April 13th. Instead, all of our 6th and 7th-grade students will learn virtually on this date.

    On April 13th, our 8th-grade students will report to Derby for PSAT 8 testing. Testing will begin at 8:35am and end at 11:45am. 8th-grade students will be dismissed from school at 12:00pm. A grab-and-go lunch will be available for those that would like it. Our 8th-grade students will not attend school in the afternoon on April 13th. Buses will pick students up in the morning at their regular times and take them home at noon.

    Wednesday, April 14th, will be an in-person school day for all Derby students and not a virtual learning day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Derby administrator.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Seaholm Parent Night

    Parents of incoming 9th-grade students: Do you still have questions about the transition to high school? The Seaholm PTA is here to help!

    Please join us for a special PTA Zoom meeting on April 21 from 7-8 PM where Seaholm parents will talk and answer questions about the transition to high school. Our goal is to add a parent’s perspective to the information you’ve already been provided.

    We encourage everyone to submit questions ahead of time to shannon.herbst51@gmail.com. You will also be able to submit questions via the chat function during the meeting. The Zoom link was sent in eNews on 4/11. We look forward to seeing you on April 21st!

    Your Seaholm PTA

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Tuesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Cash and Coins for Jeff Gordon

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is sponsoring a ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ fundraiser. Jeff Gordon is a Birmingham Public Schools graduate and the best friend of one of our own, Mr. Halverson. Jeff was diagnosed with ALS in November. This fundraiser will take place in our Derby Math classes Monday, April 12th through Friday, April 23rd. We encourage students who are able to make a donation into the donation box in their Math classroom during this fundraiser. The Math teacher who raises the most money will earn a prize for their class. Students who are virtual CAN participate in this fundraiser by putting a donation into an envelope and writing the name of their Math teacher on the envelope. The envelope can be placed in the ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ donation box in the Derby foyer. Donations can be cash, or a check written out to Derby Middle School. His Fight is now Our Fight…thank you in advance for supporting this cause!

    DERBY MUSICAL THEATER CABARET

    In lieu of a musical at Derby this year, we will be having an outdoor spring cabaret performance. We are looking for musical theater solos, duets, and small ensembles. This event is open to all students to audition, but is limited to songs from MUSICAL THEATER performances only. If you are selected to participate, over the next few weeks you will work with coaches on your music selection for the performance. The show will take place at Seaholm High School, where we will perform using an outdoor stage. Auditions will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, April 15 for the middle school. You must be able to sing at least 1 minute of the song with track accompaniment that day.

    A few things for auditions:

    1. All songs need to have an instrumental or karaoke track that you will play during your audition. This track SHOULD NOT have any singing on it. (You can find many karaoke tracks on YouTube to sing with!).

    2. All Songs must be school-appropriate. Since this will be an All-Ages Show, we need to make sure that this concert is appropriate for all.

    3. Once you audition with a song, you cannot change songs.

    How to sign up to audition:

    1. You must fill out this Audition Google Form (Sign in to your @bps-schools email) which will lead you to the Sign-Up Genius for a time to audition.

    2. Use the link sent in eNews on 4/7 to attend your audition.

    3. If those times do not work for auditions, please email Mr. Hummel right away and we will try to find a time to accommodate!

    4. After you audition you will receive confirmation and sign a contract for official participation.

    Derby Cabaret Dates:

    Saturday, May 22
    * 10:00 A.M. Sound Check (You must be at the soundcheck to be able to perform)
    * 2:00 P.M. Concert

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. Hummel at JHummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Football at Seaholm

    Seaholm Football: Calling all 8th graders interested in playing football at Seaholm. Please join us for an informational ZOOM meeting, April 24th @ 9 am with Coach DeWald. Zoom link sent in eNews on 4/11.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents in grades 6-12. Register at http:// www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    This week, all Derby 7th and 8th graders received an email from Mrs. Westerlund reminding them of what they should be working on in order to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Students should check their @bps-schools.com email accounts for this update.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their postschool goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Lacrosse registration link
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Registration for Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is Now Open!

    Come play the fastest growing sport in America! Please visit 2021 Spring — Birmingham Bulldogs link for more information.

    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 Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab Opportunity

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab will ignite a joy of learning for students in grades 6-11! This unique learning experience will be grounded in a strong sense of community and will engage students in deep learning that is meaningful and authentic.

    In the spring, students will meet with teachers for community-building activities and to co-create the Design Lab planned for July.

    In July, the Oakland Youth Innovation Lab community will come together for a two-week intensive learning experience that is relationship-rich and infused with choice, self-direction, relevance, and joy.
    •Students will meet daily in advisory groups where they create a network of support, discuss ways to actualize their passions, and engage in service learning.
    •Students will participate in master classes in a variety of subjects, such as graphic design, robotics, poetry, portrait photography, and journalism which will be co-taught by teachers and experts from the community. Over the course of two weeks, each student will develop and launch a passion project.
    •The two-week Design Lab will culminate in a community exhibition where students share their passion projects with the school and local community.

    In the fall, ongoing mentoring will take place and lead to a community celebration in January 2022.

    This program allows students from Birmingham, Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Clarenceville, Oak Park, Southfield, and Troy to attend. All classes will take place at the host site in Oak Park.

    For more information, please go to the informational flyer. To register, please complete the following application: Birmingham - Oakland Youth Innovation Lab - Student Application - Google Forms

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 4th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/12/2021

    4/7/21

    DERBY MUSICAL THEATER CABARET

    In lieu of a musical at Derby this year, we will be having an outdoor spring cabaret performance. We are looking for musical theater solos, duets, and small ensembles. This event is open to all students to audition, but is limited to songs from MUSICAL THEATER performances only. If you are selected to participate, over the next few weeks you will work with coaches on your music selection for the performance. The show will take place at Seaholm High School, where we will perform using an outdoor stage. Auditions will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, April 15 for the middle school. You must be able to sing at least 1 minute of the song with track accompaniment that day.

    A few things for auditions:

    1. All songs need to have an instrumental or karaoke track that you will play during your audition. This track SHOULD NOT have any singing on it. (You can find many karaoke tracks on YouTube to sing with!).

    2. All Songs must be school appropriate. Since this will be an All-Ages Show, we need to make sure that this concert is appropriate for all.

    3. Once you audition with a song, you cannot change songs.

    How to sign up to audition:

    1. You must fill out this Audition Google Form (Sign into your @bps-schools email) which will lead you to the Sign-Up Genius for a time to audition.

    2. Use the link sent in eNews on 4/7 to attend your audition.

    3. If those times do not work for auditions, please email Mr. Hummel right away and we will try to find a time to accommodate!

    4. After you audition you will receive confirmation and sign a contract for official participation.

    Derby Cabaret Dates:

    Saturday, May 22
    * 10:00 A.M. Sound Check (You must be at the sound check to be able to perform)
    * 2:00 P.M. Concert


    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. Hummel at JHummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us


    4/4/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We want to welcome you back from what was hopefully a fun, relaxing, and healthy spring break. We return to our regular, in-person schedule at Derby this week. Please read below for updates on Spring Clubs and opportunities in the community for your learner.

    Thank you for reading our weekly update and have a great week.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-5)
    Welcome back from spring recess! Classes resume in-person today!

    Tuesday (4-6)

    Wednesday (4-7)

    Virtual learning today

    Thursday (4-8)

    Track meeting at 4:30 pm in the gym or on Zoom (link sent in email on 4/7)

    Friday (4-9)

    Mark Your Calendars:

    • Please see message below regarding student schedules on April 13th & 14th**
    • ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.


    *** Please Read- Note Schedule Changes on April 13th & April 14th ***
    On Tuesday, April 13th, our 8th-grade students will be participating in PSAT 8 testing. This date is mandated by the state and not chosen by Birmingham Public Schools. In order to ensure an optimal testing environment for our 8th-grade students, our 6th and 7th-grade students will not attend school in person on April 13th. Instead, all of our 6th and 7th-grade students will learn virtually on this date.

    On April 13th, our 8th-grade students will report to Derby for PSAT 8 testing. Testing will begin at 8:35am and end at 11:45am. 8th-grade students will be dismissed from school at 12:00pm. A grab-and-go lunch will be available for those that would like it. Our 8th-grade students will not attend school in the afternoon on April 13th. Buses will pick students up in the morning at their regular times and take them home at noon.

    Wednesday, April 14th, will be an in-person school day for all Derby students and not a virtual learning day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Derby administrator.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join us every Wednesday in April during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Derby Spring Clubs

    Are you ready to get involved in some after-school activities? If so, check out the following link for the Spring Club offerings. Please fill out the form and send it to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us OR print out the form and return it to the Derby main office ℅ Mrs. Westerlund. Any questions, please reach out to Mrs.Westerlund.

    Derby Track Information

    Practice is Daily: 3:25 - 4:45
    Meet Day & Times: 4:30 - 7ish and on Wed Virtually (May change once final Meet Schedule is organized)

    Remind App for Communication
    • Download the Remind App and join
    * Students: Join @DMSTrackS
    * Parents: Join @DMSTrackP
    • You can text the code to 81010 also to receive text notifications

    Track Uniform and Spirit Wear Forms

    Reminders:
    • Hydrate! Bring extra water!
    • Bring warmup pants and sweatshirts as the first weeks of practice may be chilly.
    • Masks are required when not actively conditioning.

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Register at http://www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    All Derby 7th and 8th graders should be working to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be reaching out to students/families to let them know if their student still has work to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 22nd

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy. BPS Health and Wellness Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to full press release here.

    Field Hockey League Opportunity 3rd - 8th graders!

    Come and learn how to play field hockey! No experience necessary! League is open for 3rd - 8th graders, boys and girls. Players will receive basic skill instruction and gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose the session indicated "With Starter Equipment”). League will run April 10 - May 15 at Oakland Yard Athletics. Register online at https://www.oaklandyard.com/lg_fieldhockey.asp.

    Discover Field Hockey - One Day 90 Minute Clinic

    Open to boys and girls ages 5 - 17, March 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration for Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is Now Open!

    Come play the fastest growing sport in America! Please visit 2021 Spring — Birmingham Bulldogs for more information.

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    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 Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab Opportunity

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab will ignite a joy of learning for students in grades 6-11! This unique learning experience will be grounded in a strong sense of community and will engage students in deep learning that is meaningful and authentic.

    In the spring, students will meet with teachers for community-building activities and to co-create the Design Lab planned for July.

    In July, the Oakland Youth Innovation Lab community will come together for a two-week intensive learning experience that is relationship-rich and infused with choice, self-direction, relevance, and joy.
    •Students will meet daily in advisory groups where they create a network of support, discuss ways to actualize their passions, and engage in service learning.
    •Students will participate in master classes in a variety of subjects, such as graphic design, robotics, poetry, portrait photography, and journalism which will be co-taught by teachers and experts from the community. Over the course of two weeks, each student will develop and launch a passion project.
    •The two-week Design Lab will culminate in a community exhibition where students share their passion projects with the school and local community.

    In the fall, ongoing mentoring will take place and lead to a community celebration in January 2022.

    This program allows students from Birmingham, Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Clarenceville, Oak Park, Southfield, and Troy to attend. All classes will take place at the host site in Oak Park.

    For more information, please go to Informational flyer. To register, please complete the following application: Birmingham - Oakland Youth Innovation Lab - Student Application - Google Forms

    Pathways to College

    Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information

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