Congratulations to Ruckel for earning another "A" Grade for 2016!!
Summer Office Hours • Monday to Friday • 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
First Day of School -- Wednesday, August 10
FLORIDA TAX-FREE SHOPPING DAYS • Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7
"Summer Meals"The Florida 2016 Summer BreakSpot program offers FREE nutritious meals for children 18 and under at Ruckel!
• BREAKFAST 7:15 to 7:45 AM
• LUNCH 11:00 to 11:30 AM • Monday to Friday
There are no forms to fill out. Children just need to show up.
Sites are first come, first serve, so drop by and grab a meal! Go Rams!
Ruckel Readiness Day • Monday, August 8
10:00 am to 12:00 pm 7th & 8th grade ONLY in the Gym
12:30 to 2:30 pm 6th grade ONLY in the Cafeteria and Locker Hall

Dear Ruckel Ram Parents and Students,
     Readiness Day will be for ALL students coming to Ruckel and will be held on Monday, August 8. This day is for all students to get their schedules and purchase planners, lockers, and spirit shirts. Also, parents can sign up to volunteer at Ruckel and join our wonderful PTO for just $5.00
     All 7th and 8th Grade students drop by the GYM and pick up your schedule, rent a locker, purchase a planner and a Spirit shirt.
      All 6th Grade students drop by the CAFETERIA to pick up your schedule, rent a locker, purchase a planner and a Spirit shirt. When you have your locker combination, please go practice opening your locker. Also, walk aroudn the campus and find your classrooms so you can plan your best route for Wednesday morning!
      If you are unable to attend Readiness Day, please report to the Front Office on Tuesday, August 9, for your class schedule. You will rent your locker and purchase your planner and T-shirt on the first day of school from your 1st period teacher.

    Parents, be sure to check out our drop off and pick up procedures -- click here for info.

You can help support the Ruckel Ram Football Team on Readiness Day by enjoying their Fish Fry Fundraiser, August 8 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Go Rams!

Lockers will be issued during Readiness Day. The rental fee is $5.00 for the school year.
Students will not use their own locks -- they will be issued combinations.

Ruckel's Student Planners are a must for all students, $5.00 each.

Ruckel long sleeve Spirit Jersey Shirts will be on sale at Readiness Day for $32.00 each.

If your child desires to add ‘Chorus’ as an elective for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Mrs. Tredway at so that your child can be placed in the appropriate and correct Chorus class. Parent Letter HERE
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Ruckel Middle School Mini Cheer Camp
with the Ruckel Cheerleaders
July 26, 27, 28 at the Ruckel Gym • 5:00 to 8:00 pm

SEE FLYER HERE! Download Registration & Permission Forms Here

Congratulations Ruckel Cheerleaders!!
The Ruckel Cheerleaders
participated and competed at Cheer Camp at Auburn University in Alabama and Stunt Camp at Florida State University in Tallahassee this summer. They won Superior ratings and First Place awards, and several members earned All-American status. They were selected for the Top Banana Award at each camp!
See all the amazing details on the Cheerleaders Page!

Summer Football Practice Schedule is posted
The 2016 Football Schedule is also available -- Go Rams!

Monday, August 8
11:00 am – 2:30 pm
at the Ruckel Bus Ramp Pavilion

$10 per plate -- See Coach Hedges for advance tickets or purchase at the event.
Each plate includes Fried Mullet, Baked Beans, Chips, and a Water Bottle
in a convenient to-go pack -- treat your friends to lunch & support your Ruckel Rams!


It takes more than helmets, pads, and jerseys
to equip a safe and successful Football Team!

There are 238 separate pieces of equipment that need replacing NOW
-- and some of them are bigger than the players!
We have many ways you can show your support, and gain exposure for your company or business at the same time.


Ruckel Boys Summer Basketball
See flyer HERE

Ruckel Volleyball Camp 2016
for incoming 6th-8th graders • Click here for Flyer
Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5 • 5:00 to 7:30 pm in the Ruckel Gym
RMS Girls Soccer Tryouts are scheduled for Fall 2016 -- see Soccer Page
Congratulations to Ruckel Track's Lily Holtery, who set a county record
at the Okaloosa County Championship Track Meet! Way to go!

"flying shoe graphic"Voluntary Summer Cross Country Training
Mondays through Thursdays • 6:30 to 7:30 am
Meet under the Ruckel Bus Loop Pavilion

In order to participate, students must have their Sports Participation Forms
on file in the Front Office.

Nurse's Corner
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here-- July/August 2016
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, Julie Riffle. 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.
Be Ready For Seventh Grade Flyer -- A reminder to 6th grade parents that your child will need a Tdap vaccinebefore he or she begins 7th grade. These can be obtained privately or at the Okaloosa County Health Department at no charge. Please bring proof of this immunization (on a Florida Certificate of Immunization Form 680) to the school Front Office so it may be entered in the system before their 7th grade school year.
Our Clinic Nurse will be also available on Readiness Day (Monday, August 8) until 2:30 pm if you have any questions or want to check in medications at that time.
""""The Ruckel Dance Team participated and competed at UDA Dance Camp in New Orleans and earned many awards. They won First Place Champions, a Superior trophy, a Team Full Out award, a bid to Nationals, Super Spirit Sticks, and all three 8th graders were selected as UDA All Americans.
See all the amazing details on the Dance Team Page!
"" Please follow directions during morning drop off
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.
See Details Here
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Parents, please remember students should not be reporting to school prior to 7:00 am as teachers are not on duty. If your student arrives between 7:00 and 7:20 am, they are to report to the Cafeteria where a faculty member will be present. This is for the safety of your student.
Congratulations to Ruckel's Duke TIP Qualifiers!"Photo of Duke TIP Qualifiers"
The following students participated in the 2016 Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) and earned State Recognition based on their qualifying scores. Amelia Covington, Ryan Ringel (also qualified for Grand Recognition at Duke Univ.), Jacob Kulow, Mia Normand, Raymond Martin, Seth Edwards, Joseph Huisken, Jonathan Ott, Kenzi Cook, and Shane Lacanilao. Congratulations to these outstanding students!
Keep Reading over the Summer -- Great Ideas Here!
Congratulations to these 15 Ruckel students who earned perfect scores on the Word
or PowerPoint certification in their Introduction to Information Technology course.
Students in this course can earn industry certifications in Microsoft Office 2013 Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint. They also earn high school credit for the IT course.

"IT Perfect Score students"

Pictured: Alia Scotka, Haley Shelton, Riley Clarke, Olivia Hooper, Athena Hobbs, Callie Russell,
Shelby Godbee, and Alex Huston. IT instructor Pat McCollough, Tessa Adams, Brian Young,
Trevor Mee, Haley Gilbert, Kelly Olson, Kayla Yabui, Damien Smith, Principal Paul Whiddon

"Relay for Life team"
Thank you for supporting
Ruckel's Relay For Life Team
this year!

Our theme was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow, We'll Find a Cure!

Ruckel Majorettes Take State Title!
"Ruckel Majorettes"
The Ruckel Middle School Majorettes competed at the Miss Majorette of Florida State Team Championship in Orlando on April 23 and 24. The team earned First Place and was named the State Middle School Team Champion.Pictured: Jasmine Evans, Chloe Osbourne, Emily Key, Tessa Adams (Row Leader), Madison Frisby (Captain), Joanie Coville (Co-captain), Makayla Ernsberger, Haley Gilbert, Karli Marshall, Jillian Sewell
Ruckel's Highest Impact Teachers
"Ruckel's High Impact Teachers"Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart recognized teachers from across the state that produced high learning gains in their students in the areas of Reading (4-10), Math (4-8) and Algebra 1 (8-9) over a three-year period.
These educators were honored at a reception given in their honor by Okaloosa Schools County Superintendant Mary Beth Jackson.

PIctured are the Highest Impact Teachers from Ruckel: Lori Swift, Diane Amos, Sarah Lewis, Paul Whiddon, principal; Penny Parmer, Brittany Waldhour, Mary Beth Jackson, superintendant; Kendall Cragin, Deborah Eller, Mary Tucker, Dalane Fox. Not pictured, Kathy Harper
"safety first sign"
Attention! Please don't use the St. Jude's Church parking lot for picking up your kids. We have the multiple pick up points on Ruckel Property.

Thank you for your cooperation.

"e-devices"Is your phone or tablet your main link to the world?
Then download the new RMS App to stay up-to-date
with school news and announcements.
See flyer HERE

"Boxtops for Education logo"Box Tops for Education Tyson's A+ For Schools Labels
Our opportunity to send in collected Labels for Education (Campbells labels) is ending this summer, as the Campbells program is ending as of July 31, 2016.
We still collect Tyson's A+ for schools labels AND Box Tops for Education

Thanks for supporting your school!!
"math symbols"Parents of 7th grade Math 7 and Math 7A students:
Your students have access to the online Math textbook at this web address:
Our 7th grade math students have a pink sheet of paper in the VIP section of their math binder with username, password, and other important information for using the online textbook. All students were guided through the process of navigating the online textbook and given an opportunity to practice on their own with a scavenger hunt. From Mrs. Amos, Mrs. Granger, and Ms. Swift
"ram"""The Ram Rally for Rising 6th Graders
was held Thursday, March 3, 2016

Zoning waivers are available!
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Visit our Academics Page for 2016-2017 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
• Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
Boys and Girls WeightliftingBoys and Girls TennisBoys Track
Boys SwimmingGirls Golf
Congratulations to our 2016 District Runners Up
Girls Track • Girls Swimming • Boys Golf
Become a Ruckel Middle School Partner in Education!
It takes more than teachers, staff, parents, and students to make a strong school.
See how YOU can help!

"click here"
"football players and cheerleaders""cheerleader pyramid"
Join the Ruckel PTO today!
PTO Board Meetings will be held the second Friday of the month at 7:45 am
in the Media Center unless other notice is given.

Don't miss any PTO news -- register for Remind, a free message service, and stay in touch!
"click here"
to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
"mailbox graphic" Would you like Ruckel Middle School news delivered straight to your Inbox?
Sign up for the RMS Email List! Or read the latest issue in the gold column to the left
Click Here and fill out the form to have your email address added
to our distribution list!
Do you need to unsubscribe from RMS Email? Click here for info!

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. Szklarski for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).
  • Book Club: "A Novel Idea" Book Club Tuesdays at 2:30 pm. Students should contact Mrs. Eller for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Chess Club will meet on Mondays in the Media Center 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Watch this space for updated information throughout the school year! All levels of players are welcome – beginner to expert! Contact Ms. Swift for information.
  • 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 educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Email Mrs. Walls or drop by room #210 for more information.
  • Rambots Robotics Team is taking applications now. Students interested in the Robotics Team
    should stop by Mrs. Brock's room (rm 409) to pick up an application. Completed forms are due back
    by Tuesday, September 1. See Mrs. Brock for more information.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 am in the Media Center. Their sponsors are Mrs. Williams and Mr. Regans.
  • The Multicultural Club celebrates diverse cultures and ethnic groups. Meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons until 3:30 pm in Mrs. Beachem's room #603. 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. Out first meeting will be Friday, September 4 -- 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!
"canteloupe chunks" 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

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!
• 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 ""
"Eagle Ram Tennis Center logo" The entire committee sincerely thanks all of our sponsors who have donated their time, talent and treasure.
We proudly announce that the Edwards Family are generously funding ALL the lights for four courts! To complete our last projects of shade, seating and Eagle Ram maintenance fund, we have a few more fundraisers -- Go Eagles, Go Rams!
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. See Ruckel's 2015-16 School Performance Plan!
CW Ruckel Middle School 2015-2016 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available here.
"Duke TIP logo"Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search.
2015 Info Letter Here.

Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) TESTING INFORMATION:
Below are some links on which your students can practice… -- Lots of lessons & games to practice -- Select "Qwerty" for correct lessons

Practice FSA can be found at
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 "Ram World logo"
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 Student Training Program (STP) 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 2016 Ruckel District Champions
Boys and Girls Weightlifting • Boys and Girls Tennis • Boys Track
Boys Swimming • Girls Golf

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

Congratulations to our 2014 Ruckel District Champions
Baseball • Girls Golf • Boys Tennis • Boys Track • Softball • Boys & Girls Soccer • Boys Swim
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:

"math symbols" Need a little tutoring help at home?
Check our Links Page for online textbooks, typing, and more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Links Page!
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
Crime Stoppers Anonymous tip line: 863-TIPS
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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Shop at the
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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.

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!

Messages sent to this email will only respond to RMS website issues.
Please email school administration with other questions. Thank you!
"Choice logo"The CHOICE program is an innovative, award-winning program that allows students to earn high school credits, college credits, scholarships, and professional industry certifications,Dept. of Economic Opportunity logo"
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.
"pointing hand" 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!
  • 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. See information flyer here.

    Parents are reminded that they can sign up for the Florida Offender Alert System at 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.
    "Ram Expectations"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  Congratulations!

    Parent Resource Forms:
    • State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam - Form
    • Volunteer Affadavit - Form --
    Updated July 2015 NOTE: Must be done EVERY CALENDAR SCHOOL year!
    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! Updated May 2016
    All current Okaloosa School Documents and Policies may be found HERE in both English and Spanish.
    Last Updated July 25, 2016