Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 7th

Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/14/2021


Dear Derby Families, 

We know you have many questions surrounding our return to in-person learning options.  Our hope is to streamline the information and put it in one place for you in the email below.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.   

  • Changes in the calendar- Please note that middle schools will NOT meet on Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th. This includes meeting virtually. Teachers will be prepping the furniture and room setup for many of our students to return in-person.  School will resume virtually on Wednesday, March 17th and our first day of full in-person (with a virtual option) will be Thursday, March 18th. We will NOT be having a virtual week following spring break, April 5-9 as previously communicated. School will resume face to face on April 5th.     
  • Lockers-Students will be assigned a locker if they choose to use it. Locks will be for sale in our office for $6 for any student that would like to purchase one. 
  • Clear to Go- All new to in-person students will be entered into our Clear to Go system and expected to fill it out daily upon entry into the building. 
  • Outside-We will be going outside for lunch and rec as much as the weather allows.  Please send your student to school dressed to be comfortable outdoors each day.   
  • Schedule-Our daily schedule will remain the same. You can find that schedule here.  Our in-person students will come face to face on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with a virtual day on Wednesday.   
  • Tours-Virtual students who are entering the building for the first time this year may want to tour the building before Thursday. Our CSO, Mrs. Johnson, will be hosting tours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. If your student has been virtual and is interested in a tour, you may sign up here.   
  • Transportation-The current bus schedule should remain the same. You can find your student’s bus information on the Durham App or the transportation tab on Power School. 
  • Conferences-Conferences are Wednesday (3/17) and Thursday (3/18) from 4:00-7:00. If you have not already signed up for parent-teacher conferences, you may do so here: conferences. Zoom links for conferences will be sent out next week.   

We are including some “return to in-person” reminders for our students who will be in the building for the first time and those that need some refreshers.   

All In-Person Learners 


Doors open 


In Person Dismissal 


Drop-off (and walker) locations 


Last names A-L Front Loop   

Last names M-Z: Adams Parking Lot  

Students remain in cars until 8:25am 

Bus Drop Off Location 

Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 8:25am 

Water Bottle 

Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended. 


Yes, all students must wear a mask (if possible, please send extra masks to school with your student)  

School Supplies - Students will be assigned a locker if they choose.  If they do not wish to use a locker, they may carry their backpacks.  Students need laptops and headphones every day.   

Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.   

Complete agreement to follow these protocols   

This is a one time agreement to be filled out before entering the building for the first time.  This is different than the Clear to Go which is to be filled out each day.  Students who have already come face-to-face have completed this.   

Share child’s symptoms and contact with individuals with symptoms on a system called “Clear To Go.” 

Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or in the morning 

Lunch and Breakfast 

Will be provided to all students at no cost from Chartwells, if they would like a school lunch.  (Students will have the choice of two cold lunch options.) 


Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.  Staff members are on hand to get all students where they need to be.  

Please let us know if you have any more questions.  

Go Dragons! 


Dear Derby Families,

Thank you to many of our families who have filled out the selection form for our return to full in-person learning (with a virtual option). If you have not done so already, please take a moment to examine the comparison document and fill out the selection survey.

Lockers were assigned this week to students during A2. If students do not wish to use a locker, they don’t have to. Backpacks will still be allowed in class. If your child did not get a chance to buy a lock last week during lunch, locks are available for purchase in the office for $6 during all lunches. We will continue to sell them through the transition process to ensure that all students who would like a lock, may buy one.

More details regarding the return to learn plan will be coming this week from BPS and Derby. We hope you have a great week!

Go Dragons!
Marla Otterbacher

Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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This Week’s Events:

Monday (3-8)
Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

Tuesday (3-9)
Derby Jazz Band 3:15-4:15 P.M.
S.H.E. Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.
Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.
Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Wednesday (3-10)
Roblox eSports 3:20-4:20 P.M.
Fantasy Gaming Online 3:20-5:20 P.M.
Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
Boys Swim vs. Cranbrook at HOME 3:45PM
Girls White Volleyball vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00PM
Girls Red Volleyball vs. BCS AWAY at 4:00PM

Thursday (3-11)
Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Friday (3-12)
JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

Mark Your Calendars:
* Parent/ Teacher Conferences-March 17th & March 18th 4:00PM-7:00PM (Links to come!)
* Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
* Classes Resume- April 5th

To Report an Absence:

Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at 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.

Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

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

Derby School Schedule

* Please see this Derby School Schedule link for class times and bell schedule.

Track Announcement

Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

Email Coach Thayer ( or Coach Hickmott ( if you have any questions.

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. Career Exploration Opportunities registration link.

March 10 at 3:00 P.M.
Exploing Construction: How Technology is Reshaping the Industry

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

Career Readiness Family Expo

March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Help your child become career-ready!
This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.
Who should attend the Family Expo? All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
Register for the Career Readiness Family Expo link

Library Books – Please Return or Renew

The Derby library currently has 126 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign in to ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.


Order a Derby Yearbook link
Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at
Thank you for your order!
The Derby Yearbook Crew


DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE? Please see this Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 link for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
OCHD Newsletter March 1st

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 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 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:

March: 13, 20
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!

BPS Has Got Talent is Here! Cheer for our Dragons!

BPS Has Got Talent airing Thursday, March 11, 7:00 PM
Auction open now! Join in the fun and watch BPS Has Got Talent airing on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Cheer on Regan and Yoseph as they compete to win a $1,000 grant for our school! The show can be viewed by visiting the BEF’s Auction Page on the 11th, or on the BPS YouTube Channel or Cable Access Channel 17.

You can get involved with the event now by purchasing a Watch at Home Charcuterie Kit (limited number remain), bidding in the auction, or by helping our school earn funds & bragging right by playing Capture the Flag!

Please watch Derby's own in the Talent Show! The following Middle School students are finalists:
Middle School Category
Winner’s school will receive a $1,000 grant and the winner will receive a $200 visa gift card

Middle School Students Competing:
Areeya Penzak, Berkshire
Aidan Rito, BCS
Regan Hoomaian, Derby
Lilly Barnhart, Berkshire
Dominic Berkemeier, BCS
Yoseph Thake, Derby
Good luck to Regan and Yoseph!

BPS Parent Pride

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

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

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 is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
Email questions to

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 For questions, please email Jeff Weber at

The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

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.

Do the Write Thing Challenge

Interested in writing? Like to join contests? Then, this might be the “WRITE” thing for you/your child.

The annual Do the Write Thing Challenge is a national essay program that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives. Through this program, students are invited to communicate in written form what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. Students are also encouraged to make personal commitments to do something about the problem. Two national ambassadors from Michigan will be invited by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to attend the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” recognition week in Washington, D.C. The deadline for schools to participate is March 26, 2021. For more information, visit the Do the Write Thing Detroit website and access the 2021 Michigan Schools Packet.


- Boy Scouts of America's Scouts BSA Program for 11-17-year-olds began allowing females to join the traditionally male organization in February of 2019. One of the female troops formed at that time was Troop 1001G sponsored by First Presbyterian in Birmingham. Five females from Troop 1001G have achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout as of February 8, 2021. One of these Eagles is Derby’s very own Margot Nardone!! Great JOB!!! Congratulations Margot!



Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

When:  Wednesday, March 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Thursday, March 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm

Where:  VIRTUAL (zoom links to come)

What to expect this spring at Derby: 

Individual conference times will be scheduled. Each parent is allotted 5 minutes per teacher. Please enter the following web address into your browser window to schedule your conferences: 

Link to Conferences

If you do not have internet access, please contact Heather Guise via phone at 248-203-5003.

Planning for conferences with your child’s teachers 

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

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

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

Staff Member

Wednesday, March 17

Thursday, March 18

Mr. Chappell

4:00 - 5:45 pm

4:00 - 5:45 pm

Mr. Karpinsky

4:00 – 7:00 pm

Not Available

Mr. Alexander

Not Available

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Mr. Hummel

6:00 - 7:00 pm

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Mrs. Zang

Not Available

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Middle School report cards are only printed and sent home at the end of the year. With access to Power School, we do NOT send home quarterly report cards. We look forward to seeing you at conferences!