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

Due to predicted inclement weather conditions, all instruction will be conducted virtually, via Zoom, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Classes will continue to be conducted at their normal times. Campuses and district offices will be closed, and all staff will work remotely. This will be a normal school/work day; not a “Bad Weather” day with school closures. Please watch your email, ClassDojo, and local news for more information regarding Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 learning.
5th grade families, details for rescheduling the Science Interim Assessment that was planned for Feb. 11 will be communicated via ClassDojo and email.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please stay safe and warm. If you have any questions or concerns, please email janel.morris@desotoisd.org 

 2020-21 RYE Family AAL Resources Google Drive Folder.

Greetings RYE Platinum Families!

Please bookmark the DeSoto ISD Parent Resources page on your Web browser to see when technology trainings for parents will be available!

IF  YOU ARE UNABLE TO CONNECT TO AN ONLINE CLASS (you have no device, WiFi access, stable home setting, etc.), email janel.morris@desotoisd.org ASAP so we can troubleshoot your child's learning this year.

You can find the latest information about the district's 2020-21 "Anytime, Anywhere Learning" plans  at the district website

Enrollment is 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!

  Interim Assessments will take place, ON-CAMPUS, for 3rd-5th grade students in all STAAR-tested subjects, from Feb. 2-17, 2021. Please see the attached schedule: RYE Feb 2021 Interim Schedule.pdf
Feb. 2-4: 4th Writing, 3rd Math, 3rd Reading
Feb. 9-11: 5th Math, Reading, Science
Feb. 16-17: 4th Math, Reading
Makeup testing occurs Mondays and Fridays

The data gathered from this assessment will inform our district on where students currently stand and what interventions or help they need to stay on target to be successful on the 2021 STAAR. In addition, the data will help TEA understand the full academic impact of the pandemic and virtual learning, as we seek to recover and rebuild in the coming months and years.

We will social distance, with limits on the number of students per room, and the use of PPE to insure a safe environment. Students should wear their mask at all times while on campus. All tests will be completed online.

On each testing day, students in the testing grade level who receive an extra time accommodation as part of their special education IEP, 504 plan, or LPAC supports for English learners documentation should report to campus by 8:45 a.m., as well as home-supervised students whose last name begins with the letters A-M.

Students who are campus-supervised and do not receive extra time accommodations, as well as home-supervised students whose last name begins with N-Z, should report by 12:45 p.m. Interim tests are expected to take 2 hours, or less.

Home-supervised scholars may leave campus once they have completed testing. Students are encouraged to bring a sweater, snacks (no nuts, due to food allergies), and water bottle.

If you wish to elect campus-supervised learning for the fifth six weeks (beginning Monday, March 22, 2021), please complete the selection survey below:


How can you help your child in less than 30 minutes?

We know many of you are juggling many responsibilities now—working full-time, managing multiple children sharing one device to participate in online classes and submit virtual assignments, caring for family members, etc. However, there are two ways we believe all parents can help all children that will yield tremendous benefits to their academic success. If you will commit to both of these, at least three times a week (although more is encouraged, if time permits), we will be very grateful for your help, and are confident you will see results in your child’s growth:

  • Read with your child 15-20 minutes. This includes you reading aloud to them, AND having them read aloud to you. Help them sound out unfamiliar words, and ask them questions to see if they can define vocabulary, explain what is happening in the story, and predict what might happen next.
  • Review math facts for 10 minutes. For kindergarten, stick to single-digit addition, 1st grade can increase to sums up to 20, 2nd grade can also work on subtraction facts. Grades 3-5, please work on multiplication facts, daily, if possible. These are critical to increasing computation accuracy on STAAR math questions. STAAR will be administered ONLINE this year for ALL students, and you can begin practicing at https://tx-tss.caltesting.org/inbrowser/ to become familiar with the format, tools, 



If you need to return, or exchange, district devices, including Chromebooks and iPads, please call 972-223-6505 Monday-Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to reach anyone by phone, please email theresa.whitlock@desotoisd.org


  • TEA has provided clear and strict parameters for attendance. Please note that students who do not meet regular attendance will be referred to the district truancy officer and may not be eligible to receive satisfactory grades or promote to the following grade level.
  • Grading policies will be in effect for the 2020-21 school year, so students will receive numeric scores based on their quality of submitted work and assessments, rather than a “P” or “I” that were used at the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year. Teachers will provide more details on grading.
  • The 2020-21 Campus Improvement Plan is available here: 2020-21 RYE CIP

  • The Virtual Library is 100% safe and available anytime!

A message from our excellent library clerk, Ms. Agee:
 I am excited to share with you an opportunity for our scholars to participate in a free Special Author Series.  It will occur each Wednesday at noon for 30 minutes from now through the beginning of March.  January 13 will feature Sharon Robinson, who is the daughter of baseball great, Jackie Robinson.  She will share reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King.  
In order for our scholars to participate, they need to go to the RYE Virtual Library (link below).  The first room has a desk where a Flipgrid is displayed.  Click on the Flipgrid and they, with their parents acknowledgement, will be able to register for future Author events. You can also register to participate in the event(s) and this could be a great tool to use with your scholars to discuss the various books and the authors.
Please sign up  for this special opportunity.  Being able to hear what authors have to say about their own works and to give us a glimpse of history and/or their own journeys is a wonderful experience.  Also, while you are on the site, please peruse our selection of read aloud books, reading challenges, as well as check out eBooks and Audio Books from our catalog.
Thank you for your partnership in this wonderful opportunity.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me: pamela.agee@desotoisd.org

ebooks  Find out about our ANYTIME, ANYWHERE LIBRARY 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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