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

Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/26/2021


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 ( or Coach Hickmott (  

Parents:  If you signed up to help out on Wed, but can’t make it, please let Coach Gonzales know (  Volunteer to help run the meet and get a front-row seat of the action! 


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

Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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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 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.

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 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 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.” (

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


Order a Derby Yearbook link
Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at 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


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!

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 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 Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email and he can provide the Zoom link):

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!