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. 

What's Happening

NOTE: DeSoto ISD will delay the beginning of school until Sept. 8, 2020.

Greetings RYE Platinum Families!

We hope your summer is going well, and that you are all staying safe and healthy. We know you've likely had many questions about what the 2020-21 school year will look like for DeSoto ISD. If you missed the July 15 Zoom meeting with Principal Duren, you can watch the recording. Please help us prepare for staffing, meal, and PPE needs by completing this questionnaire for ALL school-age children in your house (not just those at RYE). If you have questions, or need assistance, please email janel.morris@desotoisd.org

You can find the latest information about the district "Anytime, Anywhere Learning" plans and processes at the district website

5th Grade Families: Prepare for promotion to middle school by choosing your elective classes for next year. Students who do not complete this step will be placed in electives based on seat availability.
6th Grade Elective Class Links
West and McCowan have provided transition presentations, below. We will add East when it is completed.
Preparing for 6th Grade at WMS
Preparing for 6th Grade at MMS

Enrollment windows are currently open. Please visit the district's enrollment site, and follow the directions for returning (currently enrolled) or new (currently enrolled in a non-DeSoto ISD campus or homeschool).


Greetings Platinum Families!

Updates for June 18, 2020:
Greetings Platinum Families!

Please see the attached message we received from Lifetouch today, regarding yearbook delays. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will keep you updated. If your family is relocating this summer, please email a good forwarding address to Mrs. Morris so we can send your order when it arrives.

This is the final day of normal operations at RYE for the 2019-20 school year. Although you may continue to receive intermittent announcements during the summer, please be advised that some requests (enrollment/withdrawal, printed report cards, court verification paperwork, etc.) may not be completed until July 27. We thank you for navigating this unprecedented era with us, extending your grace and patience, and participating so actively in your child's learning. We are in the process of "re-imagining" what education will look like as we move forward, and would love to hear your thoughts. If you have not submitted a feedback survey yet, please do so, using the link at the top of this page. We wish you a very safe and happy summer!

Updates for June 15, 2020:
DeSoto ISD thanks you for your dedication and contribution as we have worked to provide continued learning for our students. As the 2019-2020 school year has come to a close, final grades have been posted and are available to view via Parent Portal.

If a student received an Incomplete (or I), it indicates that the student did not complete the Culminating Performance Assessment (CPA) project for one or more of the four content areas and/or did not demonstrate proficiency of content for the term; therefore, the student does not earn credit for the term if enrolled in high school classes (including Algebra 1 in 8th grade). For students who receive an Incomplete, will need to submit the Culminating Performance Assessment by August 7th. CPAs can be found at www.desotoisd.org/summerlearning under "Extension of Anytime, Anywhere Learning."

As an extension of the Anytime, Anywhere Learning, the Curriculum Department presents self-paced summer learning activities for PK-12 that are designed to enhance background knowledge in a fun and informal way. The activities are optional and will not be submitted for grading. Please visit www.desotoisd.org/summerlearning to access extension materials.

Updates for June 1, 2020:

Greetings, Platinum Families!

We hope you are enjoying a slower pace of life, as we kick off the summer, and have fun fun activities or vacations planned, depending on re-opening status, and your personal health. We want you to enjoy this time away from the rigor of the last two months, but certainly encourage you to continue learning, discovery, and exploration in the coming months. I see some of you continuing to submit assignments in your Google Classroom, which is wonderful. We also hope you continue spending time in iStation, IXL, STEMScopes, etc. each week. Below, please find some resources to guide you through summer reading, and information about food distribution at DHS tomorrow, as we know many families have nutrition needs, especially during the summer months.

K-2 Summer Reading Project PDF
3-5 Summer Reading Project.pdf
North Texas Food Bank DHS.png

Updates for May 27, 2020:

Greetings Platinum Families!

As we close out the school year, we know that our end-of-year grade reporting looks a bit different than usual, which has caused some understandable questions and concerns. While there are still many gray areas, we do want to communicate the following guidelines, which are clear:

1. All RYE students are being promoted to the next grade level.

2. Final report cards, viewable through your Parent Portal this Thursday, will indicate "P" or "I." An "I" does not equate to a failing grade. For students in grades 3-5, it indicates that a CPA, or other sufficient evidence of academic work, was "Incomplete," or not submitted, for the subject (math, reading, science, or social studies). For grades K-2, it indicates that the student did not show grade-level progress during grading periods 1-4, when we were meeting in school for daily instruction, and that no work was submitted electronically, or completed on paper and turned in by email or in person. This "I" recommends "Intervention" will be needed through the summer and beginning of next school year in order to ensure the child's academic success when they promote to the next grade level. An "I" for PE, art, or music means a student did not submit any work online during school closure, and has no negative impact on a student's academic record.

3. Summer learning opportunities will be available online. Students with an "I" for core content areas (math, reading, science, or social studies) will be encouraged to participate. All families are welcome to continue these activities, to prevent "summer loss" and prepare for a strong start to 2020-21. Additionally, all digital platforms (iStation, IXL, Pearson, STEMScopes, etc.) will remain available through the summer, and we encourage families to pursue various learning activities through these programs.

As always, please reach out with further questions. Thank you again for all your support and persistence over these last 10 weeks.

Community Announcements

Please remember to complete your household 2020 census registration at www.census.gov

City of DeSoto Waste Management requests that you:
1) bag and seal all trash,
2) hold all bulk items until social distancing restrictions are lifted, and
3) bundle yard waste (such as tree limbs) in groups no larger than 10 items.

Spanish Resources (Consejos para las familias de aprendices de ingles)

Parents of English Learners can find resources for helping your child with distance learning assignments from Region 10 and TEA. Please open the attached flyer for more information: Tips for Families with English Learners- Explanation Posting Directions

Online library services are available at this link:


There are many read-aloud book recordings, which may be helpful to parents who are still working away from home during the day, but have a K-2 student at home who needs a reading partner.

Teachers are delivering "work for the week" via Google Classroom, so don't stress trying to finish everything today. All assignments are due by Sunday at 10:00 p.m. Please pace yourselves. :) If you complete everything early, we encourage you to log additional time in one of the following ways:
1) Additional IStation minutes
2) More IXL skills practice
3) Reading for more than 20 minutes a day--be sure to journal about what you read, and share what you are learning with your teachers in your Google classrooms!

For those with technology and Internet access:

  • Please use the information attached to assist with logging into the various platforms your teachers may be using to complete distance learning assignments.


Elementary_Technology Resources Info Graphic.pdf

  • The 2019-20 Campus Improvement Plan is available here: 2019-20 RYE CIP

ebooks  Find out about our Library      e-Books HERE 


  • Enrollment information can be found at the link above. Please email julia.ruiz@desotoisd.org if you need help with enrollment or withdrawals.



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