T-STEM/ A2E2 Parent Newsletter

November 2020

DeSoto ISD Mission

The mission of DeSoto ISD is to prepare each student academically and socially to be a problem solver and productive citizen for a 21st century global society.

A2E2 Mission

DeSoto ISDs’ A2E2 Magnet Programs will personalize learning through rich and impactful experiences, equipping students with 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness
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Famous Failures

The Number One Skill in Life is Not Giving Up

Our first 6 weeks of school is complete. We managed to work in a novel instructional environment and we continue to ford the path for instruction in the future. We should expect good days and bad days. Trials and tribulations are expected during any transition, however we must persevere, reflect, and adjust.

If you are struggling in your current environment, remember that trials bring out of us greatness. We fall and we get... back... up...

If you have fallen short of greatness and need help, reach out and get help. If you have managed to thrive during our remote instruction, reach out and help others.

Even through our hard times, it is a great day to be an eagle!

Tina Harris, A2E2 Site Coordinator

Sophia Jones, A2E2 Site Coordinator



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Daily SELs (Socio-emotional Learning)

DeSoto High School Morning Focus Oct 27th
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Congratulations to Dasia Hudson!!!

Agriculture Spotlight

DeSoto High School Sophomore and Agriculture student Dasia Hudson placed in the Top 10 of her class at the Extraco Agriculture Competition in Waco, TX.

Read more

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Tutoring Resource: The Aggie Homework Helpline

The Aggie Homework Helpline (AHH) is an initiative to help provide quality, free online tutoring to PK-12 learners and families. The mission of the AHH is to connect Texas families and school district partners with Aggie tutors and education interns who are committed to improving learning outcomes for PK-12 students.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/pqcX50BUqvV

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DeSoto High School Library

Hello Eagles!

Come check out the virtual library at our high school. We have some great resources for you. Most of you have been added to the Virtual Library Group. If for some reason you have not been added to the group here is the code:

Schoology Virtual Library Access Code (Instructions below)


We also have a reading room geared towards Red Ribbon week. I have included steps on how they can get to the Red Ribbon Week Slide. There is a great TED talk that I think they might enjoy.

Thank you all for everything that you do!

Delia Franklin

Library Assistant

DeSoto High School


(972)230-0726 ext. 3600/3602

How to log into DHS Virtual Library

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TCU Community Scholars Program LAST CALL!

Do you want to be a TCU Scholars recipient this year? If so, attend the meeting on:

Wednesday, October 28th - 4:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 522 277 5934 Passcode: 764002

November 3rd- National Election

Are you a senior who is 18 and wanting to serve your civic duty? Why not take the time to vote on November 3, 2020?

Election Day Information

Election day is Tuesday, November 3.

Click the link below to view the Official Website of the Dallas County Elections Department.

Dallas County Polling Sites

Reconstruction: The Vote | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Parent Conference on November 6, 2020

Due to the online learning method that is being employed this year, it is very important for all parties to be involved and knowledgeable about what is expected and what is happening in instruction. Therefore, the teacher, student, and parents need to establish a line of communication that is inclusive of all voices. Reach out to teachers to schedule time to meet. Below are a few tips for a productive meeting:

  1. Do some research ahead of the meeting.
  2. Talk to your child to see what they are covering and what they know about the topic.
  3. Be prepared with samples of student work.
  4. Make sure that your child is present and contributes to the meeting.

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FAFSA Discussion

Discussing: Why FAFSA, Choosing schools, and deadlines

It’s time for a tune up!! Join us for the Mid Week Pit Stop this week focusing on FAFSA!

Zoom Meeting ID: 849 1925 8459 Passcode: 045693

The Next 11th grade (junior) Meeting

Hello Junior Students and Parents,

The junior class meets every two weeks to touch base and discuss next steps for students to ensure that they are prepared for their future endeavors. Please join in on the discussion every two weeks.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2020 from 5:00 pm- 5:45 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 927 4286 2185

Passcode: 738487

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2020- 21 College Fairs

Attend one of the upcoming VIRTUAL Historically Black University (HBU) College Fairs.

  • September 19, 2020
  • October 17, 2020
  • November 14, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 17, 2020

Earth X Film Challenge

Planet911 Youth Film Challenge

How will you change the world? Create a film that tells your story and compete for $12,000 in Cash Prizes for you and your school or organization.
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CBCA Founder Robert Mason Delivers Powerful Convocation Speech

Applying for the Black Common APP


Please, WATCH the CBCA Videos BEFORE Completing this form https://commonblackcollegeapp.com

1. Complete Form

2. Use your Personal Student Email

3. List your Top Four Colleges/Universities for the CBCA LIST

4. Submit

5. Add the colleges/universities to your FAFSA LIST

6. Request Your TRANSCRIPTS

This Code is ONLY Purchased for DeSoto ISD High School SENIORS.

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Senior Checklist Discussions

Discussing: College and University comparisons, Scholarship info, Senior checklists, Study skills, and Essay help

It’s time for a tune up!! Join us for the Mid Week Pit Stop Every week on Wed, starting this TODAY until Nov 18, 2020, (6 occurrence(s) On Zoom! Meeting ID: 916 2880 2272 Passcode: C2x3vz

LETS GEAR UP - Common Black College Application

Gifted and Talented (GT)/ Advanced Placement (AP) Newsletter

Hello, DeSoto GT and Advanced Academics Families!

Please refer to the Gifted and Talented (GT)/ Advanced Placement (AP) Newsletter below.

Highlights: PALS Initiative, Alma Book Read Aloud, NaNoWriMo, AP Student Ambassadors

PALS Planning Meeting Sign

National Novel Writing Month

AP Ambassadors Application

AP Week begins November 9, 2020

Online Newsletter Access: http://bit.ly/gtaa301

Never miss a moment! We are now connecting with families through Remind! You can join our Remind account by texting @4g3668 to 81010. Standard text messaging rates apply.

If you would like to stop receiving this newsletter, just click reply and enter, STOP

Have a great evening!


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Kudos to Ms. Kenya Wilson- Brown!!

The biology team, led by Ms. Wilson-Brown, has paved the way for a new form of virtual instruction. They decided to collaborate and co-teach their classes to better capitalize on the various strengths of the teachers. Ms. Wilson-Brown has made adjustments in her science instruction but she still manages to demonstrate labs and set an expectation of learning for her students.

Good job team.

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DeSoto ISD Pilots Digital Programs with Perot Museum

The DeSoto Independent School District and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science joined forces to pilot live, digital experiences that aim to provide students the opportunity to take part in programming that enhances knowledge and the love of science. Footage from the event can be viewed in the video below.

More info

Click the link to ask any questions you might have during the event:


SuperHero Science with the Perot Museum
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Study Tip Highlight #2- Using Mind Maps

Mind maps and graphic organizers are great tools for organizing information.
How to make a mind map Study Tip # 6

College Fact Highlight #2- How to Navigate in A PC/ Laptop

DeSoto ISD ZOOM: How to access and navigate on PCs and Laptops
DeSoto ISD ZOOM: Navegación y herramientas para Computadoras Personales y Portátiles

SAT Grammar Highlight #2- Grammar Test

Can you pass this grammar test?


STEM Career Highlight #2 - Various STEM Careers

Careers Discussed:

Forensics Researcher



Audio Systems Engineer


Applied Genomics Research Associate

Animal Programs Specialist

Check out https://texasrealitycheck.com/ to see what the requirements are for each:

  1. Education:
  2. Estimated Average Salary:
  3. Degree Required:

STEM Careers: Inspire the Next Generation of Innovators

College/ University Highlight #2- Paul Quinn College

Paul Quinn College in Dallas part of Chipotle’s debt-free degree program for workers

The program covers 100% of tuition up front for eligible employees.

Read the article...

Paul Quinn College envisions a world without intergenerational poverty and inequality. Quinnites are dedicated to achieving this dream in their lifetimes.

"Who WE Are" - Paul Quinn College