District Updates for 2018-2019 School Year

District Updates for 2018-2019 School Year
Posted on 06/04/2018
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DeSoto ISD to Require Clear Backpacks for 2018-2019 School Year
Please be advised that parents will need to ensure that students have clear backpacks for the upcoming school year. This is the first in a number of measures to be implemented in the upcoming school year to increase school safety. 
The change was approved as one of a series of recommendations to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2018-2019 school year at the May 29 DeSoto ISD Board Meeting.
Other changes included the revised consequence matrix for student dress code violations; the prohibition of cell phones out or turned on for students in grades K-8 without teacher approval; added note regarding no facial piercings for students; and a clarification on natural hair colors.
DeSoto ISD Invited to Participate in Developing Superintendent Profile
Parents, staff, students, and community are invited to join JG Consulting, the superintendent search firm hired to assist the district in selecting its next leader, to provide YOUR input on what DeSoto ISD needs in its next leader.
Make plans to attend this upcoming focus group aimed at understanding what qualities and characteristics we deem important for the next superintendent of DeSoto ISD!
When: Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 pm
Where: DeSoto High School Academy Cafeteria located at 600 Eagle Drive
Be sure to join this important conversation in shaping a profile for the next leader of DeSoto ISD!
Can't attend? Submit your input online here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MXXNKHY.

Summer Meals Opportunities Available at DeSoto ISD Campuses

Select schools will be serving breakfast and lunch this summer, free to anyone 18 and under.  DeSoto High School, McCowan Middle School, Cockrell Hill Elementary, Woodridge Elementary and Amber Terrace Early Childhood will be serving breakfast and lunch throughout the summer. For more information visit www.summerfood.org. You can also call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877 to find a meal near you.  


  • DeSoto High School: June 4-June 28 & July 16-26; Breakfast: 7-8a/ Lunch: Noon-1p
  • McCowan Middle School: June 4-June 28; Breakfast: 7-8a/ Lunch: 12:30-1:30p
  • Cockrell Hill Elementary: June 4-June 28; Breakfast: 7-8a/Lunch:  12:30-1:30p
  • Woodridge Elementary: June 4-June 28 & July 11-July 19; Breakfast: 7-8a/Lunch: 11a-1p
  • Amber Terrace: June 4-June 28 & July 11-July 31 & Aug 1-Aug 17; Breakfast: 7-8a/Lunch: Noon-1p


Summer Programs Available for District Students

Prevent student learning loss by exploring DeSoto ISD's academic summer programs aimed at extending student learning through the summer months so your child starts the upcoming school year ahead of the curve. Visit http://www.desotoisd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=165774&pageId=944707 to learn about upcoming summer programs in DeSoto ISD. Additional programs added daily. 

Check out Summer Elementary Opportunities through Camp Explore:

At Camp Explore, students in grades K-5 will be challenged to construct, discover and defend their curiosity through kid-friendly high-interest activities designed with them in mind.

  • WHENM-F, June 4-June 29, 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • WHERE:  Woodridge Elementary
  • WHO: K-5
  • COST: $75 - Per week if Camp Explore
                    $50 - Field Trips (one-time fee)
                    $25 - Per week for aftercare (Camp Explore participants only)
                    $50 - ACE Aftercare per week
  • CONTACT INFORMATION: Alicia McCowan: 972-224-0960
Check out Summer Middle School Opportunities through STEM Camp:

In an effort to support our T-STEM pipeline from elementary through high school, this camp is designed to expose incoming 5-9th-grade students to STEM projects. Students will engage hands-on learning activities with the goal to expose students to real-life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Check out Summer Opportunities for ESL/BIL Learners:
English Language Learners will have an opportunity to receive special instruction designed to prepare them to be successful in kindergarten through 4th grade.  Rising kinder through 4th-grade students are invited to attend the DeSoto ISD BIL/ESL SummerCamp from June 5-June 27 at Woodridge Elementary. The camp is free for students identified at LEP. For more information, contact Dr. Amber Reed at amber.reed@DeSotoISD.org.
Athletics Camps Available for Young Athletes:

Give your Eagle scholar-athlete the opportunity to gain a competitive edge through our summer training opportunities. Check out low- to no-cost sport camp opportunities for students as young as 7 years old here:

DeSoto ISD to host teacher Job Fair June 9:
DeSoto ISD is hiring passionate and inspiring teachers who are ready to raise rigor and enhance our scholars' academic experiences! Join us from 9 am to noonSaturday, June 9 at the DeSoto ISD Belt Line Conference Center located behind the district's Instructional Support Center at 200 E. Belt Line Road in DeSoto ISD.
The district is seeking high-performing teachers with a proven track record of success in core content areas as well as advanced academics courses such as International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement educators.
Pre-registration is encouraged at www.TeachDeSoto.org.
Mark Your Calendars for the 2018 Back-to-School Fair:
DeSoto ISD parents and families are invited to attend the 2018 Back-to-School Fair set to take place from 8:30 to 11:30a, Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the DeSoto High School Academy Cafeteria located at 600 Eagle Drive. DeSoto ISD will provide free backpacks to registered students, food, games, prizes, activities and immunizations will be available as well.
Registration and additional information to come.
2018-2019 Calendar Now Available:
Looking for an opportunity to plan ahead? Check out the 2018-2019 DeSoto ISD School Calendar here: 
Plan doctor's appointments, vacation, and other personal to-do's using the upcoming year's calendar.


City News:

The City of DeSoto will be hosting youth- and family-focused events and programs this summer that include the Crawfish Festival event, free Theater Camp, Teen Camp, Moseley Pool and our Youth Football program. (See flyers for these events and more in this emails attachments.)


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