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

Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/9/2021


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

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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 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!

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

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 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.



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 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

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

If you/your child are unsure if his/hers has been completed, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, 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.” (


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!

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 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 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.