""School Holiday
Monday, May 25
Memorial Day

• • •
Last Day of School is Thursday, June 4
Students will be released at 1:30 pm
Please be sure to find any lost or overdue library books and return them to the Ruckel Media Center NOW! We are rounding up our strays in preparation for the end of the year.


"" Ruckel Middle School Cheerleading Clinic dates:
Tuesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 28 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Tryout Date: Friday, May 29 at 3:30 pm until finished.
Application packets are now available and will be delivered to our feeder elementary schools by Wednesday, May 6. Completed packets are due back at the Ruckel front office no later than Wednesday, May 20. Contact Coach Brittany Waldhour by email for more information at Brittany.Waldhour@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
""If your child has medication in the Ruckel clinic, it needs to be picked up BY A PARENT no later than Thursday, June 4 (the last day of school) by 1:30 pm. Any medication left will be destroyed beginning at 1:35 pm that day.
Rising 7th graders, remember to get all of your required immunizations before beginning your 7th grade school year! See details on the Nurse's Page.

Parents, please fill out the Climate Survey on Gradebook.
The Climate Survey closes May 22.

Ruckel students have done very well again this year at the Okaloosa District Art Show. They were awarded
forty-five ribbons on a hundred entries. Eighth grader Leah Florence was awarded Best of Show in 3-D with her Metal Horse, a found-objects sculpture, which is now on display in the front office of the school.
All award-winning pieces are on display at school until the end of May.
""Spring Football

See the practice schedule for May HERE
If you have any questions, you can call or e-mail Coach Head
at 850-621-0016, ddtmheads@aol.com.
End-of-Year Activities
May 22 - 6th Grade Dodgeball
May 22 - Yearbook Distribution
May 29 - Assembly
May 29 - 8th Graders Big Kahuna's
June 2 - EOCs 1-3 (only courses not state tested)
June 3 - EOCs 4-6 (only courses not state tested)
June 4 - Grade Level Awards Ceremonies and,
End of Year Chorus and Band Concert for students

If you have any questions about
the 8th Grade Washington, DC Trip for next year,
please don’t hesitate to call Mrs. Eller @833-4142 or email
her at: ellerd@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us for more information!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Ram Baseball Team
2015 County Champions!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Lady Rams Softball Team
Undefeated 2015 County Champions!
Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Ruckel Rockettes!
Faith Hall
Savanna Hill
Makayla Jones
Parker Lee
Jodie Miceli
Ashleigh Pierce
Caroline Swanick
London Taylor
Kalli Trawick
Avery Wright
""Ruckel Chess Club 2014-15 Tournament Winners
Champion Ryan Ringel, runner-up Jake Kulow, semi- finalist David Dye, semi-finalist Wade Ramby.

Ryan's name is engraved on a plaque on display at Ruckel.

The Ruckel Chess Club will meet next school year beginning in October.
Thank you Chess Club members for a wonderful year
""""""Friday, May 29, our 8th graders will celebrate their transition to high school with a fun trip to Big Kahunas!
The cost is $31.00 per student and includes transportation, park entrance, and lunch. We will leave for the park at 9:00 am and expect to be back at the school at 4:30 pm. Permission forms are due on May 18.
If you are interested in chaperoning, please email Pat Martin at martinp@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us.
""Our Grand Opening and Round Robin was a success on May 2.
All of your generous support and encouragement made this day possible. The entire committee sincerely thanks all of our sponsors who have donated their time, talent and treasure. In addition, thank you to the Kiwanis Club for grilling at our event.
We have an exciting announcement!
With joyful hearts, we proudly announce that the Edwards Family are generously funding all the lights for four courts! What a true blessing!
To complete our last projects of shade, seating and Eagle Ram maintenance fund, we have a few more fundraisers, including our annual Eagle Ram Golf Tournament which will be Friday, June 12, 2015.
""We are having a contest in May, so be on the lookout for Tyson's Project A+ codes -- they are worth 24¢ EACH!! Please keep collecting those Box Tops and especially the Tyson's Project A+ codes Ask your family and friends to save the for you, too. Bring them to school in a Ziploc bag with Students name, grade and 1st period teacher. Turn in to the 1st period teacher or bring to front office. Every little rectangle is a TREASURE!

Summer Basketball League -- May 19
Starting Tuesday, May 19, Ruckel will be having a Summer Basketball League hosted by Shoal River.
The Summer Basketball League is open to all incoming Ruckel students and current
6th and 7th grade students. The goal of the league is to improve our basketball skills
for the """"upcoming 2015-16 season. Details here.

Ruckel Lady Rams Summer Basketball Camp
June 8 to 11, 5:00 to 6:30 pm and June 15 to 18, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Ruckel Middle School Gym
Cost: $85.00 per player
See Flyer Here
Questions? Contact to Coach Dowden at 850-305-1481 or email at dowdend@ymail.com
""Congratulations to
Ruckel Idol Felipe Siquara!
1st Place Winners (tie)
Mya Nunez and Tabitha Hansen & Ricky Kozak

2nd Place Winners (tie)
"Push 220" (Joey Cary, Alex Czajkowski, Faith Clatchey,
& Biz Wooten) and Gwyneth Clark
3rd Place Winner: Sofie Hagle

We are very proud of all of the students that participated. Sponsored by the Ruckel Rockettes
""The 2014-2015 Ruckel "Rambots" Robotic Team,competed at STEMM Center on Friday, May 8, for the ORBIT (Okaloosa RoBotics Invitational Tournament) competition. Team members include: 8th graders Jake Hill, Hunter Pruitt, Macray Simmers, and Randy Tyson; 7th graders Kaden Bennett, Frank Berte, Lilly Bolin, Kaitlyn Edwards, David Laird, Sean Mikus, Dylan Money, David Ott, Johnny Parr, Justin Phillips, DJ Tomasetti, and Nick VanNimwegen
""Congratulations to the Ruckel JV Academic Team for their First Place finish in the Okaloosa Academic Team Competition on Saturday, March 14, at Bruner Middle School.
The students on the team are: Riley Cleveland, Mya Nunez, Joseph Huisken, Gavin Mattern,
Glenn Henderson, Elliott Etheridge.
The Ruckel Varsity Academic Team won Third Place at the same competition.
Members of this team are: Kenedi Mills, Randy Tyson, Eshaan Sharma, Amy Erickson, Matthew Erk,
Will Murray. Way to go, Rams!

""""Thanks for attending our
RAM RALLY • Thursday, March 12
For rising 6th graders & their parents
Zoning waivers are available!
Visit our Academics Page for 2015-2016 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
• Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
• Learn about Math classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Learn about Math, IT, and Science classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Notice of instructors teaching out of field 2014-2015 ""
"" What Not to Wear...Ruckel Edition!   •  Ruckel Dress Code Policies

• Shorts, skirts, and dresses should reach at least mid-thigh.
This includes boys – please be aware of the length of "Chubbies" shorts.
• No undergarments showing ("T" back shirts that show straps are not allowed).
Tank top straps should be wide enough to cover undergarments.
• No holes in pants above the knee.
Congratulations to the Introduction to Information Technology students who earned Microsoft Word certifications. That's 77 so far!
To protect your student's instruction time, Ruckel has implemented
a Classroom Interruption Policy - More info here.
Please become familiar with our Tardy Policy and our Checkout Policy.
Has your student been absent? Read our Attendance Policy here.
The School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in the Media Center at 7:00 am.
""RMS GRAND TOTAL donations for Change for Children: $2,100. Thanks to everyone for your support – teachers, Math teachers, students & parents, 8th grade Dance Committee, & staff! We are beyond ecstatic for your campaign contributions.
We delivered the check to Chidren In Crisis, Inc. at their May 5 celebration which Mr. Whiddon & Ms. Beachem attended along with eight Multicultural Club members.
CW Ruckel Middle School 2013-2014 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available at this link.
This tutoring and homework help program is available Tuesday through Thursday at 2:30 in the RMS Media Center. Please contact Ms. Love or the Guidance Office for permission forms.
Thank you to our latest Adopt A Classroom sponsors!
The Ashworth Family • The Brannan Family
Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) TESTING INFORMATION:
After evaluating feedback from districts, educators, parents and other stakeholders in Florida, there has been a revision to the Computer Based Testing that will be administered this Spring. Grades 4-7 will complete their FSA Writing Test through Paper-Based administration. (Previously, this was only 4th grade.) Grades 8-11 will remain a Computer Based administration for the Writing component.
We are pleased that the DOE is listening to concerns and making adjustments that we feel are best for our students. 8th graders should continue to practice their typing skills so that they will be prepared for the writing assessment!
Below are some links on which your students can practice…
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing -- Lots of lessons & games to practice
www.powertyping.com -- Select "Qwerty" for correct lessons

Practice FSA can be found at www.fsassessments.org
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Next school year, there will no longer be early release for elementary or middle school classes.
More info on our Calendar Page.

Check out the 2015-2016 School Calendar HERE
""Parents, we are looking for a Parent Volunteer to coach our Varsity MathCounts Team for 2015-2016. We have had Parent Volunteers in the past, but as their students move on to the high school, so do the coaches. See more info on our Academic Activities page! Ruckel has gone to State every year for more than 15 years! If you would be interested in Coaching this team please contact Susie Watson at watsons@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
Nurse's Corner
All medications must be brought by the parent to the nurse’s office. The parent must fill out and sign a consent form and turn it in with the medication to the nurse. No student is allowed on campus with any medication. If the student brings in medications, it can result in a discipline referral -- this is a county regulation. Download the Dispersion of Medication Form here.
Ruckel's School Financial Report is available HERE
In our technology-rich world, our students have access to things that we may want to protect them from. Sometimes the thing we need to protect them from is themself. Sexting is becoming a wide-spread concern among teenagers in the world. Please review the Power Point link found here and have a conversation with your teenager as you see fit to inform them about the dangers of participating in this activity.
All students must leave campus after school unless they are involved "
in a supervised school sponsored activity.
Florida Statute 232.25(1)and (2)
Supervision of students by school personnel is provided:
a. During the time the student is being transported to or from school at public expense
b. During the time the student is attending school
c. During the time the student is on the school premises participating with authorization in a school sponsored activity and
d. During a reasonable time (30) minutes before and after a student is on the school premises for attendance at school or for authorized participation in a school sponsored activity, and only when on the school premises

Okaloosa County In School Suspension (ISS) Policy -- details here
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices

This form must be signed and returned to your First Period teacher.

Congratulations to our 2015 Ruckel District Champions
Baseball • Softball • Boys and Girls Tennis • Boys Swim Team • Boys and Girls Golf

Congratulations to our 2014 Ruckel District Champions
Baseball • Girls Golf • Boys Tennis • Boys Track Team • Softball
Boys Soccer • Girls Soccer • Boys Swim Team
Amazing job, Athletes, Coaches, and Parents! GO RAMS!!

2012-2013 Ruckel Championships
Visit lots of useful sites from our Links Page -- here's a sample:

"" Need a little tutoring help at home?
Check our Links Page for FCAT Explorer, online textbooks, and more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Links Page!
Plus mobile access to tutor.com for Military Families!
Focus: Florida Achieves is a site to assess and improve skills for FCAT and other assessment exams. You need your password from your teacher.
Bullying: Stomp it out!
Don't do it! • Don't take it! • Report it if you see it! • It's that simple.
Anonymous tip line: 833-4149
The School District of Okaloosa County adheres to a policy of prohibiting discrimination in employment,
programs, services and activities.The district strives to provide equal opportunity for all and to identify
and overcome potential barriers to recruitment, employment, training, or promotional opportunities
for its staff and applicants.Violations of this policy will not be tolerated.

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7:00 to 7:45 am Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday!

Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!
Open 7:00 to 7:45 am • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

Club & Team Meetings
  • Academic Team: See the Academic Team page for upcoming competition and practice dates.Interested students see Ms. Love for Junior Varsity (6th grade) and Mrs. Brock for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).
  • Book Club: "A Novel Idea" Book Club Tuesdays t at 2:30 pm in Miss Scott's room, #408!!! Students should contact Mrs. Eller or Miss Scott for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Chess Club for the 2015-2016 school year will begin in October 2015 with Ms. Swift. The tentative plan is to meet on Mondays in the Media Center 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Watch this space for updated information in September! All levels of players are welcome – beginner to expert! Contact Ms. Swift for information at swiftl@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
  • MathCounts We are seeking a parent volunteer to run our MathCounts program. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Watson.
  • Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. For more information, see Mrs. Duty.
  • Rambots Robotics Team meets once a week in room 606. Team is selected in the fall for spring competitions. See Mrs. Szklarski for more information.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 am in Room #502. Their sponsor is Mr. Chambers.
  • The Multicultural Club celebrates diverse cultures and ethnic groups. Meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons until 3:30 pm in Mrs. Beachem's room #705. For more information, check their web page.
  • The National Junior Honor Society meets periodically to work on service projects and for induction
    ceremonies. Please visit their web page for more information.
  • The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets on the first and third Fridays from 7:00 to 7:30 am in the Media Center. See our page for dates.
  • The Yearbook Staff meets after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in Mrs. Nall's room, room 210. Meetings end promptly at 3:45 pm.
Is your club missing? Email your information to RuckelPics@cox.net!
The RMS web site is only as current as the information which is provided --
if YOU have something to share, please email photos or information to RuckelPics@cox.net!

Messages sent to this email will only respond to RMS website issues.
Please email school administration with other questions. Thank you!
""The CHOICE program is an innovative, award-winning program that allows students to earn high school credits, college credits, scholarships, and professional industry certifications,""
all at the same time and at no cost to the student.

It functions as a critical link in transitioning secondary students into successful high-skill, high-wage careers in the workforce and/or postsecondary opportunities. The CHOICE team's focus is career-readiness because the workforce-ready student is in high demand.

Click the icons to explore the programs we offer and to learn more about the current job market and wages.
""Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search. Info Letter Here.
The first paper application postmark deadline is October 9, 2014.
Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
Online registration is available and recommended.

Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
Filling out your application online will have your student enrolled in our program faster than applying
with a paper form -- click above and get started!
"" Okaloosa County School District Food Services
Learn details about school Breakfast & Lunch programs and
other facts about our Food Services!

Ruckel Lunch Menu Here Ruckel Breakfast Menu Here

"" Remember, in order to be promoted from 8th grade to 9th grade,
you must pass all 12 core classes
-- that's four core classes per year (Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts).

Contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
See your student's grades online with the Parent Portal
Having trouble figuring out how to get your child's assignments off the new grades-on-line? Here are a couple of steps to help:
(1) Log in with your student's number. The last four digits of this number is their password.
(2) When the "report card" view comes on the screen, scroll over to the grade from the class that you would like to check. This is a hyperlink that will take you to a view of the assignments for your child in that class.
(3) To see the class work, homework, and test scores that comprise each grade (the class report page),
put cursor on grade and left click.

If you want to receive e-mail notification regarding your student’s progress, the program is a bit different now.
  • Please log into the Parent Portal, sign up for the report(s) you would like to receive, and provide your email information. You will need your student's identification number, which can be found on their schedule and begins with 46. The PIN number is the last four digits of the student ID number.
  • After receiving a verification email, grade notification emails should begin.

    You can also access the Parent Portal on your Apple devices using the iOCSD app -- click here to go to the iTunes store and download it for free!

    Please call Kim Picorossi in RMS Student Services at 833-4149 if you have questions. Thanks!
  • ""The Florida Department of Education has developed an online tool called Success Measures to help parents and families throughout the state learn about changes to our standards and assessments. Provide your student's grade level and courses, and learn more about the assessments which will pertain to them.
    Public Safety alerts are now available from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office via the Nixle service.
    Nixle is an on-line service that allows the Sheriff's Office to communicate with citizens in situations involving significant public safety incidents ranging from a missing child or crime in progress to a traffic crash that shuts down an area road. See information flyer here.

    Parents are reminded that they can sign up for the Florida Offender Alert System at www.flsexoffender.net. This
    valuable and free service allows citizens to track Florida's registered sexual offenders and predators. he Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement has a letter describing this service and a brochure you can download.
    ""These guidelines explain what's expected of every Ruckel Ram and the order of consequences for broken rules.
    Click the Ram for info!
    To learn more about the school grades for the Okaloosa School District, AYP status and school report cards,
    please visit the following link http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.  Congratulations!

    Parent Resource Forms:
    • State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam - Form
    • Volunteer Affadavit - Form NOTE: Volunteer paper work has to be done EVERY CALENDAR SCHOOL year!

    OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS - effective September 12, 2014
    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! Please dispose of any old forms.
    Last Updated May 22, 2015