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

Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/3/2021


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

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

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 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.

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

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

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 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.” (

Please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, with any questions/concerns.


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


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!

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.

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)


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

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 or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.