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. 


The RYMESMA gifted and talented (G&T) students are currently collecting funds to assist our local food banks create Thanksgiving dinner baskets for those in need. If you would like to participate, please send money with your child to their homeroom teacher, or drop off donations in the front office, by Friday, Oct. 26.

Upcoming Events:
Early Release at 12:00 Thursday, Oct. 25
Parent Conferences
Thursday, Oct. 25 2:00-8:00 p.m. Sign up below:



3rd-4th and Support Staff



Red Ribbon Week: Oct. 22-26
Thanks to everyone who Put on Thinking Caps to say NO to drugs Monday, Oct. 22!

October 23- Turn the Page on Drugs (Bring your favorite book and dress as a character from the book)
October 24- Too Smart For Drugs (wear college shirts) 
Ned Show, 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria (Ned items on sale)
For more information about the Ned Show, click below

October 25-Be a Genius! ( Wear glasses, suspenders, etc.)
October 26 - Too Bright for Drugs (Wear yellow shirt with jeans)
All-Pro Dads Kickoff Breakfast!
Friday, Oct. 26, 7:55-8:25 a.m. in the Library
Fellowship, refreshments, beverages, and a raffle drawing! Don't miss it!
Friday, Oct. 26
Student Holiday 
(Staff Professional Development) Monday, Oct. 29
First Grade Field Trip Wednesday, Oct. 31
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every Tuesday, students and staff may donate $1 to wear pink.
Every Thursday, pink-themed treats may be purchased to support cancer research.
For more information, call 972-223-6505 and request to speak with Nurse Davis.
The DeSoto ISD Voly site is now 
LIVE.  The link is https://desotoisd.voly.org


Volunteers can start signing up to complete the background check and orientation.  

1. There is a Create an Account form on the front page.

2. Volunteers will create a Voly account by entering the required information.  

3. The volunteer will need to complete the fields on the volunteer application, including the Consent for Background Check.  

4. Once the volunteer hits Submit/Save, they will be taken straight to the Orientation Slides.  The volunteer will need to review each slide and click the check box at the end to acknowledge they have read it all.

5. Volunteers can always go back to their application to see their status (for the background check).  An approved or denied email will be sent when the background check has been completed

If you have any questions or concerns, email volunteer@desotoisd.org (Please allow 24 hours for feedback on your request). If a request is made on a Friday, feedback will be provided on Monday before 5:00 pm.  Feedback will not be provided during district holidays.

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

Here are your reminders for this week:

  • 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.

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