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At RUBY YOUNG ELEMENTARY 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. It is with this commitment, that students and staff recite the following Student Affirmation each morning.

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Please make note of the upcoming events and activities!

Student Testing Schedule:

STAAR Testing will take place April 10-13. Check with your child's campus regarding additional details.

Visit http://www.desotoisd.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_165690/File/Departments/Curriculum%20and%20Instruction/Assessment%20and%20Accountability/Assessment%20Matrix%202017-18%20Updated%202-12-18.pdf for a detailed testing schedule.

During this time, we encourage parents to ensure students are getting adequate rest, a solid breakfast (breakfast and lunch will still be provided at each campus), and prepare students with snacks and comfortable clothing. 

Encourage your child to do his or her best and reiterate their special talents and potential. As teachers and administrators, we are working extremely hard to prepare and encourage students from a school perspective but want to work with parents and families to ensure we are covering our children from every angle possible.

DHS Parents: Please note Apr. 14 is ACT test day and May 5 is SAT test day. 


Best Southwest Scholarship Applications Close Apr. 6

The 2018 Best Southwest Scholarships are now open!

Best Southwest Partnership Scholarship Criteria:

To be eligible for the 2018 Best Southwest Partnership Scholarship award, applicants MUST:
--be a graduating Senior in 2018.
--have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
--complete an essay describing why he/she should be selected for this award, and describe his/her character, leadership attributes, aspirations, education and career plans, and future goals.
--provide a copy of their academic transcript and ACT/SAT scores
--provide an official letter of reference from his/her
school (e.g., principal, teacher, guidance counselor)

Apply online now through Fri. Apr. 6 at: https://form.jotform.com/80375034490959


DeSoto ISD Set to Host Apr. 7 AP and IB Teacher Job Fair

DeSoto ISD is hosting a hiring event specifically targeted to identify experienced and highly successful Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate educators. The job fair will take place from 9 am to 11 am, Saturday, April 7 7 at Belt Line Conference Center located at 200 E. Belt Line Road in DeSoto.

We are seeking educators who are:

-Advanced Placement Trained

-Advanced Placement Summer Institute Certified

-Advanced Placement Reader Certified

-Able to prepare and provide students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school

-Experienced in the administration of End-of-Course Advanced Placement Examinations

-Able to challenge students with rigorous courses that will facilitate students' development of analytical reasoning skills

Know an exceptional AP or IB Educator? Invite them to attend this April 7th hiring event!

Pre-register at www.TeachDeSoto.org.


Social Media Awareness Workshop for Parents and Students: Apr. 10

Interested in learning how to support safe online activity for your child? Join DeSoto ISD’s Parent and Family Engagement team for this Apr. 10th workshop to be held at the DeSoto High School Academy Cafeteria. The event is set to start at 6pm. Be sure to bring your own laptop or device to maximize your experience at this important parent workshop. For more information, contact DeSoto ISD Parent and Family Engagement at 972.223.6666.


Texas Trust Student Teller Applications  for Texas Trust Student Teller Education Program - STEP Close April 10

Interested in learning more about Credit Union business in a working branch? Texas Trust Credit Union will soon be accepting applications for the Student Teller Education Program positions for DeSoto ISD.

Who can apply? Students classified as a junior or senior for the 2018-2019 school year and enrolled in a Business Practicum program.

When will the class be held? This class will take place like any other CTE class during the regular school day at DHS.

Why would I want to apply? Besides creating skills that can be transferred into today’s job market, this class will look great on your transcript and resume.

So, what will I learn? For starters, students will have the opportunity to work as a teller under the direct supervision of a Texas Trust staff member. But there is so much more. You will learn how to interact with the public in a professional and servant leadership manner. Additional skills include basic accounting, cash handling, product knowledge, and marketing just to name a few.

Still interested? Pick up an application at the TXTCU branch in the high school, or see your counselor to get one.
For questions contact Michelle Carter-Pope at 972-595-1726 or email mcarter-pope@texastrustcu.org

Early Childhood Enrollment Opportunities Coming Up Apr. 14

The DeSoto ISD Pre-K Roundup is open for four-year-old pre-k and kinder enrollment. Join us from 8 am to noon on Apr. 14 at Amber Terrace Discovery and Design Early Childhood Center. Students must qualify under one of the following criteria to be accepted to the DeSoto ISD free full day pre-k program:

-Unable to speak or comprehend the English language

-Eligible to participate in free or reduced lunch program

-Homeless as defined the 42 US Code Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child's guardian or other person having lawful control of the child

-Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the US, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority, was injured or killed while serving on active duty

-Be in, or have been, in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201 Family Code

-Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical first responder.

Please bring your child's birth certificate; immunization record; social security information;  utility bill, lease or mortgage as proof of residence; and parent/guardian driver's license.

*Families are also open to apply for tuition-based pre-k4 opportunities in DeSoto ISD at $5,600 per year or $560/mo. Student must reside in the DeSoto ISD attendance zone. Online payment options available.


Registration now open for 2018 DeSoto ISD Male Leadership Forum

Calling all young male scholars in grades 6-12 in DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, and Dallas! DeSoto ISD is preparing for another groundbreaking student leadership development opportunity focused on the young men of the Best Southwest!

At the 2018 DeSoto ISD Male Leadership Symposium, young men can attend motivational talks and workshops in which professional men share insights on their successes and journeys to the top of their respective fields. Register to attend the Apr. 21 leadership development opportunity to be held Apr. 21 at DeSoto High School located at 600 Eagle Drive in DeSoto. Visit http://www.desotoisd.org/departments/staff_and_student_engagement/male_leadership_symposium to register today!


DeSoto ISD Announces a SECOND Magnet Enrollment Opportunity

Due to overwhelming responses of interest regarding DeSoto ISD Magnet Programs, DeSoto ISD is hosting a second magnet application period starting March 30 through April 30. This application period is open to both in-district and out-of-district scholars interested in taking advantage of DeSoto ISD's unique and wide-ranging body of programs for students in grades K-12.

Ready to take your child's educational experiences to new heights? Soar with DeSoto ISD! Visit www.DeSotoISD.org/MagnetApplication now through April 30!


DeSoto ISD Parent and Family Engagement Foster Parent Workshop:: May 3

Mark your calendars for the May 3 Parent and Family Engagement Foster Parent Workshop in observation of National Foster Care Awareness Month to be held at the DeSoto ISD Board Room located at 200 E. Belt Line Road from 6-8 pm. For more information, contact DeSoto ISD’s Parent and Family Engagement group at 972.223.6666.


DeSoto ISD Board of Trustee Elections Voting Period

DeSoto ISD School Board elections are scheduled for Sat., May 5, 2018.

Early Voting will take place Monday, April 23,  2018, through Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Disciple Central Community Church in DeSoto, TX.

Election Day: Sat., May 5, 2018.

To learn more about the candidates, visit: http://www.desotoisd.org/board_of_trustees


City News:


DeSoto Living Festival:

The 2018 DeSoto Living! Festival will be held on Saturday, April 7th, at the Desoto East Middle. ALL Zone Sponsors including Presenting Sponsor and Access Self Storage - Lancaster have returned! Sponsors such as Methodist Charlton Medical Center, DeSoto ISD, Atkinson Toyota South Dallas, The Reunion Capital of Texas, Oncor Electric, Bank of DeSoto, Atmos Energy, Home2 Suites Dallas - DeSoto, Republic Services, as well as the DeSoto Police and DeSoto Fire & Rescue; have confirmed their participation again for this year’s big event!

We currently have 125 vendors, including food trucks who have already pre-registered. It’s encouraging and exhilarating to receive such a positive feedback from our local business community and chamber members.

We are encouraging churches, businesses, and other non-profit or community groups from the Best Southwest Area to participate. Groups may take responsibility for one of the activities on our website or create an activity of their choice with approval by the Vendor Coordinator. Register on Eventbrite or contact Brittani Washington at the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce at 972.224.3565. Spaces are going fast, so reserve your space today! Visit desotochamber.org for more information!

DeSoto Works Job Fair

Looking for a job? Looking for a career switch? Join us for the DeSoto Works Job Fair on April 18th
With over 60+ Employers present, let's find your next opportunity.

To pre-register: Sign up online

Childcare Provided with Pre-registration. Email prosperity@dc3online.org to sign your children up.

More Questions: 972-224-9940

EMPLOYERS: Please RSVP your attendance by 4.11.18


Everything Teen Event Coming to BSW:

The Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo is back again for the third year! Happening Sat., April 28, at the City of DeSoto Civic Center! Join K104 Radio personality Lady Jade and WFAA Daybreak’s DJ LC for this community event that connects teens to local resources, services, and support! Come build positive relationships with professionals through fun and engaging efforts provided community organizations, workshops, motivational speakers and more!

Register for this free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/best-southwest-everything-teen-expo-2018-tickets-41791121369

DeSoto High School CTE Cosmetology students will provide free hair and make-up demos for teens at the Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo! Join instructor Anessa Nelson and her students as they showcase this awesome program. Other teen groups are encouraged to register for tables to display and discuss their programs and projects. .Community service hours are also available for teen volunteers. 

For more information, contact Ms. Marq Runnels, DeSoto Public Library Teen Volunteer Coordinator, at 972.230.9663 or mrunnels@desototexas.gov.

Weekly Reminders for 4/9/2018 through 4/13/2018

DeSoto ISD Mission Statement-"Preparing students academically and socially to be problem solvers and productive citizens."

Good afternoon, Platinum Parents!

Well, the weekend brain break is coming to a close once again. I hope that you were able to get some rest and prepare for the upcoming week.

We had some really wonderful PBL presentations by our 4th grade students under the guidance of Mrs. Robinson on last Thursday. Our students are really working to be problem-solvers and productive citizens in the 21st century. Thank you to all of our local stakeholders and partners who were able to attend and be apart of this exciting event.

The district-wide elementary pep rally was truly an amazing and delightful experience for students, staff and parents! Our students attended with pride and exhibited excellent character throughout the entire event. They are excited and truly pumped up about meeting their goals for STAAR!

Our 4th and 5th graders will be taking their first round of assessments April 10th -13th which is this week. Let's remember to keep them in our thoughts and prayers on these days. In addition, let's be the support they will need during this time so that they remain relaxed yet intensely focused on the task at hand. They have worked extremely hard over the course of this year!  We want them to have an opportunity to "brag" about their learning by showing off on the upcoming STAAR assessments. We are expecting a platinum level of greatness to be shown by the students of RYE!  Unfortunately, we will not allow guests on campus this week to ensure that our testing environment remains secure and uninterrupted. This will include lunch for all grade levels. 4th & 5th grade parents, please see the attached letter regarding STAAR (STAAR Parent Letter-4th-5th.pdf). A copy of this letter was also sent home last Friday.

Here are your reminders for this week:

  • Daily attendance is important! Remember our 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 day. School begins at 8:00am daily. 
  • Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for dress code requirements. Refer to pages 9-11 for complete details. We are conducting enforcement checks each morning following announcements to ensure that our students remain in compliance as we enter into the last quarter of this academic year. Third-fifth grade students should wear a belt with clothing that have belt loops.
  • 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.

Upcoming Events

  • April 10, 2018 - 4th STAAR Writing/5th STAAR Math
  • April 11, 2018 - 5th Grade STAAR Reading
  • April 12, 2018 - Monthly PTA Meeting-1st Grade will be our featured stars!
  • April 13, 2018 - Sock Hop (Cost: $1.00)-Concession items will also be available during this time.
  • April 16, 2018 - District-Wide Holiday (No School on this day!)
  • There will be no tutoring this week.
  • 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
  • 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. 

As always, thanks so much for your continued support as we finish this academic session strong! Have a wonderful week!