Welcome to Ruby Young Medical & Environmental Sciences Magnet Academy

At RUBY YOUNG MEDICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ACADEMY, we are committed to providing an environment that builds a solid foundation for our future scholars. Each day, students, teachers and administrators share in a common goal to provide a thriving learning environment that promotes academic success far beyond the classroom. 



Keep Calm: It's STAAR Time!
Monday, May 13: 3rd and 4th Grade Math,  (5th Grade SSI Only Math)

Tuesday, May 14:  3rd and 4th Grade Reading (5th Grade  SSI Only Reading)

Wednesday, May 15: 5th Grade Science (3rd/4th Makeups Begin)

Thursday/Friday, May 16/17: Makeups for All Absent Students

Please use the following resources to prepare at home this week:

Parent Night PPT Helping Your Child Succeed on STAAR.pdf

FREE Online Parent Resources for STAAR Preparation

Upcoming Events: 

Greetings Platinum Families!

As the days grow short in 2018-19, we are packing every minute full of activities. Please read through all items and mark your calendars, as there are several very important items coming up this week and next.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10! Please let you child's teacher(s) know that you appreciate them via note, email, Dojo, or in person.

If your child has 5 or more unexcused absences, and is at risk of truancy court proceedings, please plan to attend the Attendance Improvement Plan meeting this Wednesday, May 8, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with our attendance clerk, Ms. Jones. No appointment is necessary, and parents will be met on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring any doctor’s notes you may have for the days of your child’s absences.

According to DISD gradebook policy, no late work may be submitted after this Thursday, May 9, so we can close out final report cards on time. Please check with your child's teacher(s) to see if there is any past-due assignment that needs to be submitted this week.

We are seeing an increase in the number of tardies and late pickups, and a decrease in the number of children arriving in dress code. We know at the end of the year, it is easy to relax, but we strongly request that you remain diligent until the last day of school. We held grade-level conferences with all our students last week to discuss the role they play in these areas, and suggest practical solutions to help, such as choosing school clothes the night before. Please make sure children arrive by 8:00 a.m. each day (7:30 for breakfast), in dress code, and that they are picked up by 3:30 p.m. every afternoon.

STAAR Testing for grades 3-5 is next week: Math on Monday, May 13, Reading on Tuesday, May 14, and Science (5th only) on Wednesday, May 15. Please take time to help your child prepare for success, academically and emotionally. Discuss your child’s areas of confidence and concern. Make sure they get plenty of rest and arrive at school on time for breakfast each day. If you have questions or concerns about testing, please call the school at 972-223-6505 and ask for Mrs. Morris.

K-2 students will take some field trips during STAAR testing days. Please contact your child’s teacher to ensure all requirements have been met (fees, permission slips, etc.) Have fun!

Field Days will be held May 22 (3rd-5th) and 23 (K-2nd). Please contact your child’s teacher for more details, or if you would like to volunteer to assist.

From Nurse Davis: All medications must be picked up by an adult, no later than May 28. They will be discarded after that.

End of Year Awards and Recognitions will be held as follows:

Thursday, May 16th: 1st Grade 9:00-10:00 a.m., 2nd Grade 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Friday, May 17th: 3rd Grade 9:00-10:00 a.m., 4th Grade 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Graduation is Tuesday, May 21, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

5th Grade Walk-Across is Friday, May 24, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at DeSoto High School.


voly Total Hours (as of Mar. 28, 2019): 332.5!

If you would like to invest your time in our campus to support our staff and students, please be sure to register in the VOLY system, and sign up for the opportunities in which you are interested. The link is https://desotoisd.voly.org

Important: Please check-in when you volunteer. The district is logging hours for each campus, and we want everyone to know that RYE is the best in DISD!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a DeSoto ISD Volunteer!

Communication Protocol

  • If you have questions or concerns about your student's progress, please contact your child's teacher via email or a phone message. The school phone number is 972-223-6505. Email addresses are listed on school staff pages.
  • Please allow a 24-hour window for campus staff to respond to your communication. Typically, teachers will return your phone call or respond to your email at the end of the school day, or on their planning period, depending on the time the message was sent/received.
  • Please address campus-level concerns with the principal. This can be done by completing the School Communication Form which is located at the front desk. Again, please allow a 24-hour window for your concern to be addressed.


  • Daily attendance is important! Remember our attendance goal is 97% or higher for each grade level. You can assist us with meeting this goal by making sure that your child is present and on time each daySchool begins at 8:00 a.m. daily
  • Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for dress code requirements.  We are conducting enforcement checks each morning to ensure that our students remain in compliance. Third-fifth grade students should wear a belt with clothing that have belt loops. The DISD PK-8 can be found here, or by visiting the DeSoto ISD website, clicking the "For Parents" link from the left menu, and selecting "Student Code of Conduct." Refer to pages 9-11 for complete details.
  • Positive school & classroom behavior is an expectation. Majority of our students are still doing a tremendous job at staying on task during class & throughout the building. Let's continue to reinforce positive behavior both at school and home. We are conducting restorative discipline circles to help students become aware of their actions, as well making better choices in every situation they may face.
  • Our district does not tolerate bullying. Refer to page 16 of the Student Code of Conduct for details.
  • Ensure that your child is getting the proper amount of rest each day. Rest plays a vital part in daily restoration of the mind and body.
  • College Day is each Wednesday. Students are encouraged to wear a college shirt  with their uniform pants
  • Spirit Day is the last day of each week. Students are encouraged to wear a Ruby Young or DeSoto ISD shirt with jeans.




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