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).

RYE NEWS

Greetings, Excellent RYE Families!

We are in the home stretch of what has been a truly challenging year—hang in there! Please read all items and mark your calendars accordingly.

  • Waiver Days
  • Upcoming STAAR Test Dates
  • Friday Zoom Offerings
  • 5th Grade Middle School Schedule Confirmation
  • Dental Health Resources
  • iTutor Opportunities and Practice Resources for 3rd Grade
  • Panorama Survey
  • End-of-Year Universal Screeners
  • STAAR Pep Rally
  • Upcoming Appreciation Celebrations
  • End-of-Year Recognition and Awards
  • Immunization Reminders
 

Waiver Days

In order to prioritize technology resources and available staff to assist with testing, TEA and the DeSoto ISD Board have designated the days below as ASYNCHRONOUS learning days for all non-testing students. This means only the STAAR-participating grade level students will report to campus.

All non-testing scholars (including family members of testing students) will participate in virtual learning FROM HOME on waiver days.

Families without devices: If your child is normally a campus-supervised scholar, and does not have technology access at home, please communicate with your teacher before May 7, 2021, to determine what non-tech assignments they should complete at home on waiver days, to submit for credit upon their return to campus. If your child will not log into Zoom, Schoology, iStation, etc. on a waiver day, you must send an email or Dojo by 9:00 a.m. on each waiver day for your child to receive attendance credit.

Monday, May 10

Tuesday, May 11

Wednesday, May 12

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

NO STAAR Testing

WAIVER DAY

(4th Grade ONLY on campus)

WAIVER DAY

(4th Grade ONLY on campus)

NO STAAR Testing

NO STAAR Testing

Monday, May 17

Tuesday, May 18

Wednesday, May 19

Thursday, May 20

Friday, May 21

5th Grade STAAR Science

(NOT a Waiver Day)

WAIVER DAY

(3rd Grade ONLY on campus)

WAIVER DAY

(3rd Grade ONLY on campus)

WAIVER DAY

5th Grade ONLY on campus

5th Grade STAAR Reading

(NOT a Waiver Day)

Monday, May 24

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26

Thursday, May 27

Friday, May 28

NO STAAR Testing

STAAR Math & Science Makeups

(NOT a Waiver Day)

STAAR Reading Makeups

(NOT a Waiver Day)

NO STAAR Testing

NO STAAR Testing

 

Upcoming STAAR Test Dates

The TEA-scheduled STAAR window runs from May 11-June 11, to accommodate the health concerns of our students and families, and to provide flexibility for districts without a 1-to-1 technology initiative. If you have children at other campuses, their testing dates may vary from one another. For RYE, the STAAR testing schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 10

Tuesday, May 11

Wednesday, May 12

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

NO STAAR Testing

4th Grade STAAR Math

4th Grade STAAR Reading

NO STAAR Testing

NO STAAR Testing

Monday, May 17

Tuesday, May 18

Wednesday, May 19

Thursday, May 20

Friday, May 21

5th Grade STAAR Science

3rd Grade STAAR Math

3rd Grade STAAR Reading

5th Grade STAAR Math

5th Grade STAAR Reading

Monday, May 24

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26

Thursday, May 27

Friday, May 28

NO STAAR Testing

STAAR Math & Science Makeups

STAAR Reading Makeups

NO STAAR Testing

NO STAAR Testing

Home-Supervised Scholars:

  • Please report to the main door at 8:15 a.m. on your test days 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 12:30 p.m. will be provided lunch.

If you have questions about testing, please email janel.morris@desotoisd.org

Some testing days, the campus may be closed to all scholars except those taking STAAR. Home-supervised learning dates for RYE will be sent out shortly, so you can make alternate arrangements for childcare on those dates.

Friday Zoom Offerings

Although Fridays are asynchronous learning days, please remember that we offer guidance with Counselor Brookins and Virtual Library with Ms. Agee on a weekly K-2 and 3-5 rotation schedule. In addition, A2E2 classes are available for all K-2nd students, as well as Mrs. Wade’s 3rd grade homeroom, Ms. Jackson’s 4th grade, and Ms. Hunter’s 5th grade homeroom. Please find times and Zoom links in your school email message, or posted in ClassDojo.

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 Cheryl.brookins@desotoisd.org

Dental 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

iTutor Opportunities and Practice Resources for 3rd Grade

DeSoto ISD has partnered with iTutor to provide reading and math support to our virtual scholars in preparation for the upcoming STAAR exam. Please check your email for an invitation sent on our return from Spring Break, or contact Nicole.king@desotoisd.org for more information.

If you have not picked up your math and reading STAAR review practice books, please come by the campus M-F, 8:00a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily, and ring the buzzer. Let Mrs. Whitlock know you are picking up the STAAR Power Review student workbooks for reading and math.

Panorama Survey

The DeSoto Independent School District is in application for a Teacher Incentive Allotment, a grant which will supplement teacher compensation, curricular resources and other needs within the district as it seeks to better serve students.

As part of the grant’s requirements, students are asked to participate in surveys to begin developing baseline data regarding students’ perspectives on classroom environments and experiences.

The upcoming survey administration will also aid in helping teachers understand the various ways in which they will be evaluated and assessed in consideration of supplemental compensation under the TIA grant.

This year’s survey data will not be used for teacher’s 2021-2022 TIA ratings, but will provide teachers with baseline data to allow them to become familiar with survey categories and questions. 

This survey was administered to all campus-based scholars in grades 3-5 on April 28, 2021. Home-supervised 3rd-5th grade students who logged into Workout Wednesday with Coach Mims during enrichment were provided with the link, and directions on how to log into, and complete the survey. However, approximately 40% of our at-home scholars have not taken the survey.

Parents of home-supervised 3rd-5th grade students: please assist us by opening the website below. Your scholar will need his/her student ID (lunch number) to log in. He/she will be asked to provide perspective about two of his/her teachers (selected at random). It should take your child 20-30 minutes to complete both surveys. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Survey Link: surveys.panoramaed.com/desotoisd/

For more information, please contact:

End-of-Year Universal Screeners

Please ensure all students log into iStation during May 3-7, 2021 to complete their end-of-year assessments in reading and math. This will help us see how much they have grown since September! Each assessment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and it is recommended that students take a break in between, or take them on separate days, to avoid fatigue and give their best effort.

Although K-2 does not participate in STAAR testing, we do track their progress over the year to assess whether they are on track and well-prepared for success upon promotion to the next grade level. These assessments are conducted by your child’s teacher. The Texas KEA for kindergarten students will be administered April 20-28, 2021.

If you have questions about the KEA, TPRI, or ISIP, please contact your child’s teacher. 

STAAR Pep Rally

The STAAR Pep Rally, for campus-supervised scholars, will be held Friday, May 7. Please contact Mrs. Whitlock for more information (Theresa.whitlock@desotoisd.org or 972-223-6405)

Upcoming Appreciation Celebrations

Mark your calendars! Principal Appreciation Day is May 1st! Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7! Begin thinking now how to communicate your gratitude to Mrs. Duren, your grade-level teachers and enrichment teachers for all they do!

End-of-Year Recognition and Awards

Mark your calendars! May 21-28 will be a whirlwind of student and family celebrations (we have to make up for everything we missed during quarantine!), so watch your email and Dojo for details about dates, times, and plans (in-person, virtual, or drive-thru) to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the festivities!

Date

Event

Celebrating

Details

Friday,

May 21

Family Movie Night

Campus-Supervised Scholars

Space will be limited; watch for a SignUpGenius link to reserve your spot (first come, first serve!)

Monday,

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. (only campus-based scholars will participate in the parade)

Immunizations Reminder

As we anticipate 100% return to campus in Fall 2021, please take time to ensure your child(ren)’s vaccinations are all current. Contact Nurse Davis with any questions, at mary.davis@desotoisd.org

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.

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DEVICES

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

REMINDERS

  • 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


http://www.desotoisd.org/about_de_soto_i_s_d/for_parents

  • 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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