Ruckel Middle School needs proctors for FCAT
April 21 to 24, 28 & 29

Seven Proctors each day: April 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29. Proctors are needed 7:30 to 11:40 am.

The Proctor Training will be each test morning at 7:10. ALL proctors need
to attend one of these trainings before proctoring. If you don't have a volunteer
affidavit on file, we can take care of that during the training. You will need a picture ID.
Please contact Mrs. Piccorossi in Student Services.

6th grade Math Monday and Tuesday, April 21 & 22
7th grade Reading Wednesday & Thursday, April 23 & 24
8th grade Reading Monday and Tuesday, April 28 & 29

FCAT for 7th & 8th Graders - Parents LetterFCAT Testing on Computers - Parents Letter
Link to ePAT Here Link to Student Tutorials Here
Please take a moment and complete the School climate survey available through the
Grades On-line/Parent Portal. The climate survey can be accessed in both an English and Spanish version. You will need your child's student number, which can be found on their report card or schedule.
""Congratulations to 2014 Ruckel Idol
Savannah Rogers!

• • •
First Place (tie): Katelyn Inness
First Place (tie): Katrin Woods & John Hencinski
Second Place: Aubrey Hinely
Third Place: Simon Pruitt
Way to go, Rams!
Softball & Baseball games vs Davidson on April 7
have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 30
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Tennis match postponed from April 1 with Pryor
has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 1
""Congratulations to these Ruckel students for winning awards
at the 2014 State Science & Engineering Fair!!
Bayley McMenimen, First Place in Engineering and $250
Camille Miles, First Place in Engineering, $200, US Navy Certificate and Medallion
Daniel Bobbitt, Fourth Place in Engineering and $200
Eve Glenn, Fourth Place in Behavioral and Social Sciences
Zachary Verzwyvelt, Honorable Mention in Environmental Sciences
Ryan Murphey, Engineering, $25 award

Congratulations to the Ruckel students who won awards at the East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair! See List Here!

to your child's 1st period teacher
by Friday, April 25. 

What Not to Wear...Ruckel Edition!   •  Ruckel Dress Code Policies
Just because the weather's changed, doesn't mean the Dress Code did!!

Ruckel Middle School Chorus
Spring/Awards Concert
Tuesday, May 6 • 6:30 pm
Rocky Bayou Baptist Church

2401 N. Partin Drive
Everyone's invited to enjoy an evening
of light music including Broadway tunes,
soloists, instrumentalists, guest soloists,
awards, and all the music from Disney's Frozen!
All sung by the talented students
of the Ruckel Choruses

$5.00 Donation per person
at the door

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.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the
Ruckel Yearbook Staff, please pick up an application
from the Front Office or from Mrs. Nall in room 210. Applications are due by Thursday, May 1.

""A safety reminder to car riders: Students who are dropped off in the morning or picked up after school from the front of the school may not go out to the parking lot to meet their ride. All students must be picked up from the sidewalk;
signs mark the pick up and drop off area. Parents not wishing to wait in line may meet their child at the sidewalk and escort them out to the parking lot.
To help ease congestion on Partin Drive, we ask that you always move forward as directed by the staff. ""
Due to construction on the Eagle Ram Tennis Center,  parking for Softball games will be in the Ruckel front parking lot. After parking, walk down the sidewalk past the Media Center and enter the gate on Partin Drive. You will not be able to park near the Tom Thumb station or walk from the P. E. field.

""Rising 9th graders are encouraged to register for Eagles NEST (New Eagles Soaring Together). Niceville HIgh School's summer program introduces you to the experiences and opportunities that they have to offer. The NEST program is meant to help you have a smooth transition into the next phase of your education—HIGH SCHOOL! In order to get started on the right foot, you are invited to attend this informational yet fun-filled transition program.

When: Wednesday, July 16 to Friday July 18 • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: The Niceville High School Cafeteria
Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, NEST materials, and lunch each day)

To register, print out this flyer, detach the form, fill it out, place in an envelope with your payment and return to the Ruckel front office by June 6th. After June 6th, please return forms and payment to Niceville High School.
Ruckel IT students have earned 125 Microsoft Word industrial certifications and
96 PowerPoint far! Go Rams!
""""Learn more about being
Zoning waivers are available!
Visit our Academics Page for curriculum details! • Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
"" Keep collecting those little pink squares! The student who turns in the most BOX TOPS between March 17 and May 16 will win a $100 Visa gift card!! See PTO Page for Details!
Our next collection deadline is May 16, so get clipping Box Tops & Campbell's Labels!!
We're collecting Tyson Project A+ as well!
Clipping those labels means $$$! Spread the word throughout your neighborhoods!
""""Cheerleading Tryout Schedule Here
Pre-Tryout Clinic for Cheerleaders April 25 • Flyer Here
NOTE: Parent Meeting has been cancelled.
Cheerleading tryout packets will be available April 6
in your local elementary school office.
• • •
Ruckel Rockettes Tryout Schedule Here

Ruckel Rockettes Tryout Clinic May 15 to 17 • Info Here
Tryouts Saturday, May 17 - Attendance at Tryout Clinic is mandatory.
Paperwork is now available in your school's Front Office, or
contact Ms. Brown at

Interested in Ruckel Volleyball?? Check the Volleyball Page for info!
"" Ruckel Chess Club
All levels of players are welcome. Please enter quietly
through the doors closest to the bus ramp.

The Ruckel Chess Club Tournament will begin Thursday, April 10.
We will meet in the cafeteria 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Students will check the tournament brackets to find their
opponents in the single-elimination tournament.
For more information, contact Ms. Swift at

Next Early Release Day is Thursday, May 1, at 11:35 am
More info on our Calendar Page.

""This year's fundraiser for the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch is called "Cram the Canoe." Our agency has chosen to provide new athletic shoes for girls and boys ages 10 to 15 and for sporting goods for the ranch, such as new balls, outdoor games, life jackets for canoeing, etc. We intend to fill new canoes with these items to take to the kids at camp this summer. Donations can be dropped off to any School Resource Officer until the end of the school year.
Ruckel Middle School has been recognized as the Niceville/Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
School of the Month for February. At the meeting this week, Mrs. Gunderson and four of her
Robotics Team members put on a demonstration and receive invitations to see the EOD's robots
in action and to see the robot at the hospital. Pictured with Mr. Whiddon and Mrs. Gunderson
are team members Veronica Grant, Felecity Francis, Zeke Browning Smith and Max Clifton.

Thank you to our newest Adopt-A-Classroom Sponsors!
The Topel Family
• • •
We still have 22 teachers in need of adoption!
Ruckel's MathCounts team won First Place in the county competition held on Saturday, February 8!
Team members are Trey Buck, Ryan Erickson, Jordan Richardson, Joshua Mills, and Ally Keen. They also placed first in the "Ciphering" Round and brought home two First Place trophies! They participatde in the state level competition in Orlando in March. Four of the five team members individually placed in the county top 10! Trey Buck won 1st place, Ryan Erickson earned 3rd, Joshua Mills placed 4th, and Ally Keen took 9th! Our MathCounts team coach is Jason Buck. Go Rams!
""Ruckel Middle School and Niceville High School
are sponsoring a capital campaign to build tennis courts
on the Ruckel campus. Visit the Eagle Ram Tennis Center
to learn more! Upcoming Fundraising Events include:
• Dinner at Tradewinds restaurant, Thursday, May 1
• Donation drawing for a SUP and 2 or 3 other fine items
• Golf event at Eglin Golf Course, Saturday, June 14
• Tennis event at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center, late May/early June

Congratulations to the Ruckel Core Value Students for First Semester.

These students exemplify ALL of the core values of Courtesy, Empathy, Respect,
Responsibility, Integrity, Cooperation, Excellence, and Honesty.

First Nine Weeks
6th Grade: David Ott, Kayla Stephensen; 7th Grade: Blayne Johnson, Ariana Richardson;
8th Grade: Matthew Deyong, Meredith Freeman & Camille Miles   
Second Nine Weeks
6th Grade:
D.J. Tomassetti, Sara Strunk& Erica Scarborough; 7th Grade: Taylor Strickler, Hannah Sjostrom, Campbell Taylor & Noah Miller; 8th Grade: Blake Johnson, Julia Freeman
""Four Ruckel Choirs performed at the District I Music Performance Assessment in February.
The DOLCE 6th Grade Beginners received the highest rating of Superior; the AMBASSADORS mixed ensemble and the CHANSON treble ensemble also made straight Superior ratings.
The TAPESTRY Beginning/Intermediate Girls Ensemble received two Excellent and two Superior ratings. Ruckel Ram Choruses Rock!

"" The Ruckel Jazz Band performed at District 1 MPA on March 1, at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. The band received Superior ratings from all three judges. Congratulations to these students: Meredith Freeman, Colton Williams, Mandy Martin, Jazzlyn Timper, Zachary Verzwyvelt, Julia Freeman, Emily Paulson, Ryan Mathewson, Trent Walker, John Hencinski, Marcus Larson, Daisy Riley, Hannah Reid, Ryan Murphey, Joseph Walker, and Daniel Bobbitt.
""The Ruckel Rockettes competed in a National Dance Competition in Orlando the first weekend of February. They placed 5th in the Nation, which is a huge accomplishment for this caliber of competition. Our Rockettes were also the only middle school in our county to make it to the final round. Way to go Rockettes!!
The Ruckel Rockettes dance team won STATE CHAMPION in January! They competed in the Small Junior High Jazz division and won a First Place trophy. In addition to the First Place trophy, they were awarded the Sportsmanship Award. Congratulations!
2014 Ruckel Rockettes Tryout Clinic May 15 to 17; Tryouts on May 17 -- Details Here
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013-2014 Ruckel Science & Engineering Fair!
List of winners here!
""Ruckel's Isabella Zimmermann placed second in the Eighth Grade division of the Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach's Spring Art Show for her pencil piece entitled Tranquility. If you missed this great show, you can view these and many more pieces by Ruckel students at the annual District Art Show at the Okaloosa County Fairgrounds during the first week of May. Congratulations, Isabella!
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Okaloosa County In School Suspension (ISS) Policy -- details here
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices
! -- Updated!
This form must be signed and returned to your First Period teacher.

Nurse's Corner
ALL upcoming 7th graders need to have their TDaP prior to the first day of school
and the documentation must be turned in to Joyce Hayes in the Front Office.
No 7th grade student can start school without proof of current immunzation status
on file in the office: NO EXCEPTIONS!
6th grade students should receive this vaccine as soon as possible & bring it to the office.
Schedules will not be issued to 7th grade students next year if they do not have proof of vaccine. Students who do not have this documention will be sent home.
Questions? Call the School Nurse, Cynthia Bowers, RN, at 833-4201.
7th Grade Immunization Flyer New for 2013!
School Immunization Chart New for 2013!
Complete School Immunization Requirements Flyer New for 2013!
For more information, visit
Please Note: Your student's Certificate of Immunization Form 680 must be updated by your medical caregiver -- we cannot do it at the school.
You may check with the school and receive a copy of the current immunization record to take with you to your appointment.

Call the Okaloosa County Health Department at 850-245-4342
for their Immunization Clinic Hours and more information.

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.
Visit the RMS Student Spotlight to see what our amazing Rams are doing!
Congratulations to our 2013 Ruckel District Champions
Girls Cross Country Champs! • Boys Cross Country, Runners-up!
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 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.

Monday through Thursday, 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the RMS Media Center. Please contact the Guidance Office for an application. There is no cost for this service. A bus is available for after-Success Center transportation.
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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.

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.
Club & Team Meetings
  • Academic Team: See the Academic Team page for upcoming competition and practice dates. Varsity coach is Mrs. Rhodes; JV coach is Ms. Love. Practices are held on Fridays after school -- check calendar on team page.
  • Chess Club: Our first meeting isThursday, October 10 at 2:30 pm in room 102 with Ms. Swift. We will meet the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert! For more information contact Ms. Swift at
  • MathCounts Varsity and JV teams meet Tuesday mornings from 7:00 to 7:35 am, in Mrs. Amos's room #302. If we do well, we will be going to the State Competition in Orlando! Go Rams! For more information, email
  • 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.
  • 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 second and fourth Fridays from 7:00 to 7:30 am in classroom #909A, Ms. Brown's room near the chorus area.
  • 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!
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!
""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.
Ruckel Principal Paul Whiddon with
Ruckel's Support Person of the Year, Janet Simpson
and Ruckel's Teacher of the Year, Bill Breitenbeck
at the annual awards reception.

""Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search. Info Letter Here.
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.
    Congratulations to the members of the 2013 FCAT 500 Club!

    Important info for students enrolled in advanced Math classes at Ruckel Middle School

    Info about Math classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel

    Info about Math, IT, and Science classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel

    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 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  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 April 2, 2014
    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! Please dispose of any old forms.
    Last Updated April 18, 2014