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 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!

STAAR Benchmarks will be administered April 7-16 for students in grades 3-5 for math and reading. This will be our final datapoint as we make our last push to prepare scholars for success on the May 2021 state assessments. All campus-supervised scholars will participate in benchmarks. All home-supervised scholars are invited to come to campus to participate in benchmark exams. Benchmarks will not be administered remotely, for data integrity purposes, and makeup testing will not be offered. (4th grade students absent April 13 will complete the STAAR writing makeup, if present on April 15 or 16). The benchmark administration schedule is listed below.

Monday, April 5

Tuesday, April 6

Wednesday, April 7

Thursday, April 8

Friday, April 9




3rd Math

3rd Reading

5th Math

Monday, April 12

Tuesday, April 13

Wednesday, April 14

Thursday, April 15

Friday, April 16


4th Grade STAAR Writing


5th Reading

4th Math

4th Reading

Announcements for home-supervised students coming to campus for benchmarks and 4th grade STAAR Writing Test:

  • Please report to the main door at 8:15 a.m. on the days your grade tests for temp checks.
  • Bring your face mask, sweater, water bottle, book, and snacks (no nuts due to allergies).
  • Testing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. each day. Most students take approximately 2.5 hours to complete the assessment, so 11:00-11:30 a.m. is the anticipated finish time.
  • The receptionist will notify parents by phone when home-supervised students complete testing for the day. They will wait in the main entrance area for pick-up. Home-supervised students are NOT to remain on campus for the full school day.
  • Any home-supervised student still testing at 12:15 p.m. will be provided lunch.
If you have questions about benchmark testing, please email janel.morris@desotoisd.org

If you wish to elect campus-supervised learning for the sixth six weeks (beginning Monday, April 26, 2021), please complete the selection survey below: https://form.jotform.com/201906732762052


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 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! If you have questions, email pamela.agee@desotoisd.org   

ebooks  Find out about our ANYTIME, ANYWHERE LIBRARY HERE


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



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