Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 9th

Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/17/2021


Asian American Experiences in BPS

Do you know any people who are Asian? Would you like to learn more about our community? Please join the Covington Diversity Committee from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday May 12 for a panel discussion with Covington School students, alumni and teachers. They will discuss the reality of being Asian American in Birmingham Public Schools and what we can do to build a more equitable community. See the eNews for the Zoom link. 

Please contact Rick Joseph with any questions:

We hope to see you Wednesday at 7pm


Dear Derby Families,

A HUGE thank you to our community for the amazing generosity of the gift card donations during staff appreciation week. Our team at Derby has felt the love and support. The PTA provided a delicious lunch and breakfast this week and staff are feeling grateful. Thank you!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Dragon Moms! Thank you for all of the support you give our learners and our school community. We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your children.

Go Dragons,
Marla Otterbacher

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

This Week’s Events:

Monday (5-10)

Tuesday (5-11)
Boys Tennis vs. East Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM

Wednesday (5-12)
½ Day for all BPS students (Students attend virtually in the PM-see below for schedule)
Girls Soccer vs. East Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM
Track Meet vs. berkshire HOME 4:00PM
Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.

Thursday (5-13)
Boys Tennis vs. West Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM
Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

Friday (5-14)
Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

Mark Your Calendars:
*  Derby Summer Book orders due --- May 14

* Memorial Day- No School Monday May 31st
* Last Day of School- June 11th

Wednesday, May 12th is a virtual 1/2 day (PM START)
PERIOD 1: 11:55-12:24
PERIOD 2: 12:29-12:58
PERIOD 3: 1:03-1:33
PERIOD 4: 1:38-2:07
PERIOD 5: 2:12-2:41
PERIOD 6: 2:46-3:15

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.

The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Are you interested in reading the afternoon announcements Live? If you have the skills and comfort level in speaking to the entire school on camera live daily, this A2 may be a great fit for you. Apply using the link below. You can also view past live streams to get an idea of what we’ve done in the past. Email Mr. Hickmott with questions.

Mr. Hickmott and the counselors will review this application and reach out to you if you are accepted. Due to the limited class size, not all that apply may get in. We will review your application and notify you.


Show off your skills using FlipGrid! Download the Flipgrid App and join the group “derbynews” Sign in using your BPS Google account and record a short 3 minute video about yourself. Be as creative as you want!
You can also do it on your computer using this link:

DEADLINE: Application Link and Flipgrid will close on June 1, 2021.

View Past Daily News Shows -> Click link and scroll to the “Past Live Streams” section to view daily news and broadcasts from last year. 

Promotion Ceremony & Celebration for the 8th Grade Class of 2021

Please see link below for details!

Assistant Principal Update

Assistant Principal Carman Smith is currently on a leave of absence for personal reasons. During this time, we are asking that students and family respect his privacy. While we are unsure of the duration at this time, we anticipate the leave to extend through to the end of the school year. In his absence, both Mrs. Otterbacher and Mr. Costello will help carry forward the good work being done with our students at Derby and within the entire Derby community.

Going to Seaholm in the Fall?

Come to the Seaholm Activities Fair on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, to find out about all the extracurricular activities available to students. 50+ tables of clubs, sports and interest groups! Representatives from each group will be there; ready to help you decide what YOU want to do! For more info, contact Melissa DeGroat @

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Seaholm Gymnasium
Last Names A – L 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Last Names M – Z 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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:

28% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
52% are working toward completing these requirements
20% 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

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.” (

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.


Please see the flyer sent in eNews for more details and Zoom link information. 

OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

Please see attached for latest May 3rd 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: 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.

Summer Volleyball Camps!

This summer join Heather Gambone, Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity volleyball coach for camps that offer players (boys and girls) of all ability levels the opportunity to improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at
Sign up for summer volleyball camp link.

Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive

Calling all 8th grade girls interested in Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive. Register for swim and dive to join a community that is fun and has won the State Championship 2 years in a row. 

Important upcoming dates:
* May 28; Seaholm activities night 6-8pm captains will be available to answer questions
* July 10; fundraising car wash at KFC on Lincoln & Adams
* July 11; team bonfire 8-10pm
* August 11; 1st day of practice (in the morning with bottle drive afterwards)
* August 13-15; team getaway at camp Michindoh
All new and existing swimmers and divers are welcome! Go Maples!

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)

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.

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.