Weekly Update


Dear Derby Families,

Thank you to the families who joined us last night for virtual curriculum night. For those not able to join- no problem. Feel free to reach out to any Derby staff member with questions or just to check-in at any time.

Yesterday, 8th-grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders helped introduce and model activities during our teacher Professional Development in the afternoon. It was definitely a great way to kick off our afternoon PD and a point of pride for our Dragons. We love to see our students in leadership roles!

Please read below as clubs and IM sports are beginning to open at Derby. If you have any questions, please give us a call or an email.
I hope you enjoy the Michigan autumn weather this weekend!

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 mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

This Week’s Events

Tuesday (9-22)
Girls Who Code Club 3:20 PM-4:20 PM

Wednesday (9-23)
Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Flu Clinic for Derby Families 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Friday (9-25)
Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM 

Mark Your Calendars
• Kaiser Picture Make-Up/ Retakes- Wednesday, October 14th, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

To Report an Absence:

We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report the absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

National Junior Honor Society

NJHS Candidate letters will be going out by email to all eighth-graders with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 ending last year. The GPA standard was lowered from a 3.7 to a 3.5 to take into consideration grade improvement that could have happened during the third quarter. Notices will go out to all candidates by email on September 30, 2020.

Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!

Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!! This fall we will be offering some new, dynamic after school clubs. Some will be 100% virtual, while some will be hybrid, meeting outside following social distancing protocols on days when the weather is good. When the weather turns for the worst, these clubs will move to a virtual platform. These forms are due to Mrs. Westerlund (via email kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or in the box on the cart outside the Derby main doors ASAP. Clubs this fall are free! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at (Club form is attached)

Fall 2020 Derby Clubs

Fall Intramural Sports

Coach Tuomi and Thayer are offering intramural Football to all 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students (boys and girls). Football will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Derby backfields from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The program will run **Monday, Sept 23rd through Wednesday, Oct 28**. Student-athletes will need to wear comfortable clothing (shorts and a t-shirt or sweats and sweatshirt). Cleats are preferable, but not required. Students will need to WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES. Students will also need to fill out an online safety screening and get their temperature checked by a coach before each practice. Football Intramural will begin Wednesday, September 23rd

Coach Priebe is offering Girls’ Intramural Basketball for all 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls interested. The team will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Derby (OUTDOOR) basketball courts from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The program will run **Monday, September 29th through Wednesday, Oct 28**. Student-athletes will need to wear comfortable clothing (shorts and a t-shirt or sweats and sweatshirt). Students will need to WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES. Students will also need to fill out an online safety screening and get their temperature checked by a coach before each practice.

To register your student, please go to Fall 2020 Athletic Registration

Sports Physical Required to Participate - No Exceptions
Please drop your student’s physical in the box outside the front entrance labeled “PHYSICALS” OR email to hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us OR fax to 248-203-4948. We will accept physicals dated on or after April 15, 2019 (this means that we will accept last year's physicals, but we need you to provide us a copy. Your pediatrician can provide last year's physical without a check-up).

The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications!

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. NOTE: While Virtual, this A2 will continue as a traditional A2 setup. Once we return face-to-face, this A2 will do the daily announcements live every day. Additionally, this is a mixed A2 with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. 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.

Application Link

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

Ralph Dan Hickmott
Derby Middle School
CP Math 7 | Digital Media Production


~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
Link to purchase a yearbook

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Thank you!

CVS Flu Clinic for Derby Families

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
11:15 AM – 1 PM 
Derby Location: Outside Counseling Entrance (2nd set of doors) or Counseling Lobby (inclement weather)
*Free with most insurance cards

*Please bring your insurance card

*Vaccines administered by a certified CVS pharmacist

*Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

*** Flu mist is not offered as deemed to be ineffective***
The flu vaccine is being offered to Derby families by CVS Pharmacy. Bring a copy of your insurance card. Flu shots are covered by most insurance companies. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

SOS Miles for Meals Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Race

Grab a friend, make a team, sign up the family, or compete alone! Run to support SOS, Schools Offer Support, a BPS organization that helps families in need. 5K and 1 Mile Race options available. Virtual race taking place October 8th - 18th, 2020.
SOS Miles for Meals Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Race

Chartwells Food Service

Please see BPS Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL Students for information on the BPS Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL students.

Please see Pre Order Meals and Pick Up Times on how to pre-order free meals and for meal pick up schedules.

Message from our Derby Counselors

Hello Derby Families,

We’ve received a few emails with confusion about even and odd classes that our 6th grade and some of our 7th-grade students have, so we hope to offer some clarification:

Please follow your child’s original/printed schedule. (This also would have been the schedule that was in PowerSchool on the first day of school.) If this schedule said “(E)”, this is for an Even day class. If it said “(O)”, this is for an Odd day class.*

As a reminder of previously sent out calendars, both Even and Odd day classes will be synchronous (live) on Mondays- see the times below. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Even classes are to be attended (either synchronously or asynchronously- see which one it is below). On Thursdays and Fridays, Odd classes are attended (see below).

*As of a few days ago, all classes are now marked as “(E-O)”- please ignore this and, again- follow the original/printed schedule. J

Thanks so much,
Your Derby Counselor and Administration team

Derby Middle School Remote Learning Bell Schedules

Derby Football Clothing

Derby football t-shirts, cut off sweatshirts, and long sleeve sweatshirts are available for sale starting now and lasting until the deadline Sunday, September 27 at 11:59 pm.

All orders placed should be delivered to Derby by October 16 and dispersed by Coach Thayer.

Here are the 3 links: T-shirtsCut off sweatshirtsLong sleeve sweatshirts.

Again, the ORDER DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, SEP 27 by 11:59pm!