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

 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 [email protected] 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 Excellent RYE Families!

We have finally made it to the end of the 2020-21 school year! Thank you for all your patience and perseverance during this unprecedented time in our world, and in the world of your child’s education. Let’s close out the year strong, so we can fully enjoy a restful and relaxing summer break, with high hopes for a return to the people, activities, and traditions we honor and value.

  • Award Ceremonies
  • STAAR Makeups
  • Electronic Device Returns
  • Report Cards
  • Accessing STAAR Scores/SSI
  • Summer Learning Opportunities
  • Amazon Distribution Center Tour and A2E2 Virtual Career Fair
  • Vaccines
  • Summer Reading at DeSoto Public Library
  • Panorama Survey Deadline Extension
  • Summer Meals

2020-21 RYE Award Ceremonies






May 24

1st Grade Awards

Campus-Based & Home-Based

  • In-school celebration at 8:00 a.m. for campus-supervised scholars
  • Drive-thru at 10:00 a.m. for home-supervised scholars

Tuesday, May 25

2nd Grade Awards

All students

Zoom Celebration at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 26

3rd Grade Awards

All students

Zoom Celebration at 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 27

4th Grade Awards

All students

Zoom Celebration at 2:05 p.m.

Friday, May 28

Kindergarten Graduation

All students

Parade at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 28

5th Grade

All students

Zoom Award Ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

Promotion Parade at 2:00 p.m. (ALL 5th grade students invited)

For more information, please contact your child's teacher(s).

STAAR Makeups

If your child is in grade…

And was absent on…

Please bring him/her to campus by 8:00 a.m. with a mask, water bottle, and jacket to complete make-up testing on…


May 18

May 19

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26


May 11

May 12

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26


May 17 or 20

May 21

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26

Hone-supervised students will be dismissed upon completing their test, and the front office will call parents when their child may be picked up. If you have questions or concerns, please email [email protected]

Electronic Device Returns

If your student was provided with a district iPad, Chromebook, Wifi hotspot, or other electronic device, please bring the item(s), and any charging cords, for return, during one of the following technology intake sessions:

Wednesday, May 26, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 27, 7:35 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, or need to arrange for an alternate time, please email [email protected] or call 972-223-6505.

Report Cards

End-of-year final report card paper copies will be sent home with students Friday, May 28. ALL parents can access the electronic 2020-21 final report card for their child in the Parent Portal, beginning May 28, 2021. If you are unable to access your Parent Portal, please send an email to [email protected] with a description of the problem for assistance.

Accessing STAAR Scores/SSI

Four Things to Know About STAAR.pdf 

If your child is in grades 3-5, and completed STAAR assessments this year, you can view their scores, beginning June 15, 2021, by following these steps:

1. Go to https://texasassessment.gov/staar/administrators/test-results/

2. Scroll down to click on “Student Portal.”

3. Click “Look up Unique Access Code”

4. You will need your child’s first name, Social Security Number (SSN) or S-number for a child born outside the U.S., and your child’s birth date. Enter this information and press “Go.”

5. You should see a message in green text, “Access Code Lookup Successful,” with a combination of letters and numbers that resemble a set of license plate digits. If you write this code down and save it in a safe place, you can enter this information in the future, rather than going through the name/SSN/birthdate entry process each time.

6. Press “Go” again to access all of your child’s state assessment results (STAAR and TELPAS, if applicable). As your child continues through Texas public schools, assessment data will continue to populate in this online repository.

If your child is completing 5th grade, and did not score in the “Approaches” or higher, category on STAAR math or reading, you will receive notification from an RYE campus administrator notifying you what resources are available for intervention and learning recovery this summer, to help close any academic gaps and help them enter 6th grade in a strong position to be successful readers and mathematicians.

Summer Learning Opportunities

For more information about DeSoto ISD Summer Learning programs, please click the link below:


Amazon Distribution Center Tour and A2E2 Virtual Career Fair

Tuesday, May 25th, there will 2 opportunities for students to engage in a virtual tour and career exposure event.

Virtual Amazon Tour Registration


Flyer w/ QR code to Career Exposure

For more information, please contact [email protected], [email protected], or call 469-747-3100.


Reminder: as we anticipate returning to full-time campus-based learning in the fall of 2021, make sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date. See the attached notices from the Department of Health and Human Services for more details, and email [email protected] with any questions.

USDHHS Reminder on the Need for School Vaccinations.pdf 

K12 2021-2022 Bilingual Immunizations.pdf
Summer Reading at DeSoto Public Library

The best way to keep your student’s mind growing this summer is by spending plenty of time in good books! The Mayor’s Summer Reading Program will kick-off this Saturday, May 29, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the DeSoto Public Library. Click the links below, or call 972-230-9666 for more information.


Panorama Survey Deadline Extension

The Panorama Survey will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26. Thank you to the families who have already completed their surveys. For those who have not, you can access your anonymous surveys by navigating to surveys.panoramaed.com/desotoisd/familyand selecting our school from the drop-down menu. Please be sure to select "submit" at the end of the survey(s).

We appreciate your input, in advance, and assistance with helping our campus reach 100% survey completion. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Summer Meals

DeSoto ISD Child Nutrition Services will provide free meals for children 0-18 this summer. Please watch for more information from DeSoto ISD communications about campus locations, days, and pick-up times.


5th Grade Middle School Schedule Confirmation

2021-22 incoming 6th grade students need to finalize their middle school schedule selection with a digital signature. 5th grade parents: please ask your student to log into Classlink, and go to the "Eduthings" platform to find their 6th grade schedule. Provide your electronic signature (if you have not already done so) to confirm your child’s spot in his/her classes for next year.
The 7-minute video linked below will walk you through the process:
Signature Confirmation of 6th Grade Schedule Tutorial
If you have questions, or need assistance, please email [email protected]

Free Health Resources

Please see the attached information from Nurse Davis regarding assistance with dental, medical, mental health, and physical resources (such as food and clothing) for qualifying families.

Dental Health Assistance Letter.docx

For students who have joined us in campus-supervised learning , please remember to charge your devices each evening; and bring your device, charger, headphones, and mask daily. Dress code guidelines and school supply lists are attached:

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, etc.



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 [email protected]


  • 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! If you have questions, email [email protected]   

 Summer Reading Activities


  • Enrollment information can be found at the link above. Please email [email protected] if you need help with enrollment or withdrawals.



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