Back to School Information



Welcome to the 2019-20 school year in DeSoto ISD. We are excited about another fantastic year across the district and hope you are as well.

Join us for the Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 3 from 9 am to 12 noon at DeSoto High School.  Registered families may pick up school supplies and any Dallas County residents can check and update their immunization status with Dallas County Health and Human Services.  Many community partners and resource providers will be available and all campuses will be represented showcasing their programs and projects.  

Meet the teacher night dates are from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm as follows:

August 15, 2019
Middle School Campuses
Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

August 16, 2019
DeSoto High School
Where I Now Gain Success
Elementary Campuses (Not Including KJTMA)

Below, are details for parents and students for the start of the school including uniform changes, important dates, and school supply lists for students through grade 5. Older students will receive specifics regarding supplies after receiving their class schedules.

 

While all campus administrators are back to work Mon., July 29, many are attending training or tending to off-campus administration duties. Please leave a message or use e-mail if you have a question for the school.

The state's annual Sales Tax Holiday will be Aug. 9 through Aug. 11, 2019. The Sales Tax Holiday gives Texas shoppers a break from state and local sales taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. Shoppers can save up to $8.25 for every $100 they spend.

2019-20 School Calendar

School starts on Monday, August 19, and we want to help get our students off to a GREAT start!  Below are the recommended lists of supplies anticipated for the 2019-20 school year.  This list was created by the DeSoto ISD Education Improvement Committee which includes parents, teachers, staff, and community members.  We hope you are able to gather as many of these items as possible, as soon as possible, and bring them to your child's campus to ensure they are available to students as needed.  Supplies can be brought to campus on the first day of school. 

2019-20 School supplies for grades -K-5

2019-20 Middle School Basic Supplies

Bus Routes


New Student Registration (K-12 grades)
  • Registration for students new to DeSoto ISD 
  • August 5th-7th and 9th and August 12th-15th (only 8-11 on the 14th)
  • 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at each campus

Kindergarten Registration -  A child must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten and age 6 to enter first grade. 

Pre-K Registration -  DeSoto ISD offers full-day Pre-K for eligible students at all schools. A child is eligible for Pre-K if the child is age 4 on or before Sept. 1 and:

  • ...the family qualifies for free or reduced meal program (please fill out Child Nutrition application at 200 W. Parkerville prior to registering at school); or
  • ...is unable to speak or comprehend English; or
  • ...is a homeless child; or
  • ...is the child of an active-duty member of the armed forces or child of an injured or deceased member of the armed forces; or
  • ...has been or is in the conservator-ship of the state.


School Hours
High School Hours: 7:30 AM -2:50 PM
Middle School Hours: 8:00 AM -3:30 PM
Elementary School Hours:
8:00 AM -3:30 PM
Early Childhood:
7:45 AM -3:00 PM


RETURNING STUDENT INFORMATION

Students returning to DeSoto ISD must bring proof of residency at the beginning of each school year and have current immunizations on file at the school. Residency proof should be in the form of a current gas, electric or water bill. Immunization requirements are online for every grade. In particular, incoming seventh-grade students have new shots required. Click here for updated immunization information.


STUDENT DRESS CODE
Student attire in the DeSoto Independent School District is meant to promote a positive, professional learning environment where the focus is on learning and not on clothing. In following the established guidelines, campus principals will have complete judgement on matters concerning interpretation of the dress guidelines. Students who persistently violate these guidelines will be held accountable following the DeSoto ISD Student Code of Conduct. 

 

Click here for more information about the Dress Code Policy


BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INFORMATION  The DeSoto ISD makes nutritional breakfast and lunches available for all students. Menus are available at each school and online. Free- and reduced-meal programs are available for eligible students. A new application must be completed each year. Applications are online or in the Child Nutrition Office at 200 W. Parkerville Road. Click here for more information about Meal App NOW.

MEAL PRICES - 2019-20

  • Breakfast - Universal FREE Breakfast for ALL Students
  • Lunch - Elementary $2.55; Secondary $2.75


STUDENT ATHLETICS  Seventh- through twelfth-graders are eligible to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitive athletics. All students must have physicals, parental acknowledgment forms, and emergency information on file before the first practice. 


TRANSPORTATION SERVICES  Transportation is available for students living two or more miles from their home schools. For more information, contact your school.


STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT All DeSoto ISD students are expected to follow the guidelines of student behavior as outlined in the DeSoto ISD Student Code of Conduct. Click here for the complete Student Code of Conduct book.

 


INCLEMENT WEATHER / EMERGENCY ALERTS  In the event or inclement weather, DeSoto ISD officials will notify the media prior to 6 a.m. on the day in question. In addition, the district utilizes a parent alert system to call and/or e-mail all DeSoto ISD families.
Campus Contact Information

 

Amber Terrace Discovery and Design Early Childhood Academy
Principal: Keishla Coleman
224 Amber Ln., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-223-8757
Cockrell Hill Elementary School
Principal: Angela Robinson
425 S. Cockrell Hill Rd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-230-1692
Frank Moates Elementary School
Principal: Alexandra Barton
1500 Heritage Blvd., Glenn Heights, TX 75154
Phone: 972-230-2881
Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy
Principal: Angela Batiste
1200 Academy Way, DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: (972) 274-8026
The Meadows Elementary School
Principal: Leon Darden
1016 The Meadows Pkwy., DeSoto TX 75115
Phone: 972-224-2960
Ruby Young Elementary School
Principal: Shanta Duren
707 Young Blvd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-223-6505
Woodridge Elementary School
Principal: Tarsha Lunkin
1001 Woodridge, DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-223-3800
East Middle School
Principal: Deidre Hannible
601 E. Belt Line Rd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-223-0690
Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School
Principal: Kelli McWashington
1500 Majestic Meadows Dr., Glenn Heights, TX 75154
Phone: 972-274-8090
West Middle School
Principal: Shana Hawthorne
800 N. Westmoreland Rd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-230-1820
DeSoto High School
Principal: Shon Joseph
600 Eagle Dr., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-230-0726
Alternative Education Program
Principal: Homer Webb III
204 E. Belt Line Rd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-223-2242
W.I.N.G.S.
Principal: Bridget Nevels
210 E. Belt Line, DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-274-8219