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

Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/12/2021



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


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

Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email

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 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.

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 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

• 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

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


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


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!

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 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

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 For questions, please email Jeff Weber at

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